There’s a nostalgic tinge to this week’s eShop line-up. For starters, we have two vertical shooter re-releases on Switch – 1994’s ACA NeoGeo Aero Fighters 2 (£6.29), and the catchy named Strikers 1945 for Nintendo Switch (£6.99) from Japanese publisher Zerodiv.
Alongside these two, we also have Retro City Rampage DX (£12.99) – a game that needs no introduction, having graced just about every system going since its original release back in 2012. It even made a belated WiiWare appearance, where it was primed to become the last WiiWare release…until Maximum Games slipped out Deer Drive Legends almost a year later in 2013.
We aren’t done with this retro kick yet. Slime-san (£10) is a fast-paced 2D platformer with pixel art visuals, while GUNBARICH for Nintendo Switch (£5.99) is yet another Psikyo re-release, this time being an arcade puzzle game dating back to 2001. Like Strikers 1945, this too is being published by Zerodiv.
Then we have Puzzle Adventure Blockle (£5.99), a rotating block puzzler with anime characters.
Lastly, for new Switch releases there’s Use Your Words (£11.79), a party game for 3-6 players that prompts participants to think of the funniest answers they can muster. Phones and tablets can be used as additional controllers.
Despite last week’s arrival of the New 2DS XL, not a single new title is due on the 3DS eShop. The Wii U gets a look in though. Flight of Light (£7) is an accomplished looking rhythm action affair that appears to take inspiration from Frequency and Amplitude.
Konami meanwhile preps two new Virtual Console releases – colourful Turbografx shooter Air Zonk (£5.39), and the mascot driven platformer BONK III: Bonk’s Big Adventure (£5.39).
As for discounts, nothing stands out on 3DS and Wii U – at least, nothing that hasn’t been on discount dozens of times before – but the Switch does get two price cuts. Square-Enix’s I am Setsuna is down to £20.99 until 10th August while TumbleSeed falls to £8.03 until 17th August.
Next week: The King of Fighters 2000 (Switch).