Dock it like it’s hot – sixteen (!) new releases are imminent on the Switch eShop. So many titles, in fact, that some are bound to be overlooked. Time to sort the wheat from the chaff.
FIFA 18 (£54.99) and One Piece Unlimited World Red – Deluxe Edition (£54.99) are both available digitally and physically. Despite launching tomorrow, we’re still waiting on FIFA 18 reviews. It’s lacking some features from the PS4/Xbox One version – this much has been known for a while – but it’s still looking like a decent enough rendition.
Reviews of One Piece are starting to trickle through now, including a 7/10 from Nintendo Life. “The handful of extra quests and costumes included in this ‘Deluxe Edition’ probably won’t be enough to tempt anyone into double (or triple) dipping, but excellent visuals and drop-in co-op with single Joy Con controls make the Switch version a great place to jump in,” they said.
Here’s a rundown of the remaining fourteen titles:
Arcade Archives Mario Bros. – £6.29
After converting numerous NeoGeo games to Switch, HAMSTER gained the go-ahead to bring Nintendo’s arcade classics to Switch. First up is Arcade Archives Mario Bros, which apparent suits the Switch perfectly due to its focus on co-op play.
Golf Story – £13.49
An unlikely combination of a role-player and a typical 2D golf game, Golf Story has generated quite the buzz on Twitter this week, gaining comparisons with Earthbound, Undertale and the handheld Mario Golf entries.
Eurogamer gave it their recommendation earlier today. “[…]one of the finer games you’ll find on Nintendo’s Switch this year”, was their verdict.
Picross S – £7.19
Coming from the studio behind the 3DS’s ‘Picross e’ series, there’s little reason to doubt that this Switch rendition won’t be another chip off the ol’ block.
Deemo – £26.09
Mobile rhythm game Deemo makes the jump to Switch, some 10 million downloads later. New are tracks promised via free updates.
Conga Master Party! – £7.99
Rising Star’s 2D party game reportedly suffers from poor replayability and repetition, but still manages to provide some short-lived fun.
Binaries – £9.99
We reviewed the PS4 version of this physics-based 2D puzzler around a year ago. “It’s the significant challenge the game possesses that makes those victories all the sweeter,” we said before handing out an 8/10.
BUTCHER – £8.99
In a nutshell, BUTCHER is a 2D rendition of DOOM. The PS4 and PC versions gained glowing reviews, making this one to consider.
INVERSUS Deluxe – £10.99
INVERSUS may not look like much, but don’t let that put you off – it’s a fast-paced competitive shooter that’s highly compelling, with exclusive Switch modes to boot.
Pankapu – £10.99
Launching on PS4 just a week ago, Pankapu is a narrative driven 2D platformer set in a magical realm. Reviews have been slow to surface, but early impressions are favourable.
Brave Dungeon + Dark Witch Story:COMBAT – £8.09
Two older 3DS games in one package. Brave Dungeon is a dungeon-crawling RPG while Dark Witch Story:COMBAT is a turn-based card battling game.
Astro Bears Party – £4.49
Tron with space bears, basically.
NeoGeo Burning Fight – £6.29
SNK’s failed attempt to take on Final Fight. Hardly one of the NeoGeo’s highlights.
Sparkle 2 – £6.99
Another belated conversion, having hit the PS4 and Xbox One way back in 2014. Makes us wish Nintendo would release a new version of Magnetica/ Actionloop for Switch.
Physical Contact: Picture Place – £3.39
A Sudoku-style puzzle game for two-players. Riviting.
Three Switch games also receive discounts this week – Thumper (£11.99), Death Squared (£9.59) and The Bridge (£7.19).
On 3DS, Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters (£34.99) is due to materialise on Friday. It’s an enhanced version of Fleshy Spirits/Bony Souls, with new locations and foes to capture. Reviews are under embargo launch day, but it’s probably a safe enough purchase.
Then on Wii U we have three more Turbografx re-releases from Konami – Shockman, Chew Man Fu and China Warrior. They’ll set you back £5.39 a piece.
China Warrior is known for featuring remarkably large sprites. Sadly, it’s also known for being absolute tripe.
Next week: Axiom Verge, Oxenfree, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Mario and Luigi: Super Star Saga + Bowser’s Minions, Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy, and no doubt a whole lot more.