Pocket Rumble, a 2D fighter influenced by SNK’s NeoGeo Pocket beat’em ups, has been a long time coming. If memory serves, it was originally due not long after the Switch itself.
After one hefty delay (“technical kinks” were to blame, apparently) it’s finally out this week for a mere £6.99. The first review to surface suggests it’s worth the wait. “This is great for newcomers and veterans of retro fighters as this one is easy to learn and hard to master”, said Nintendo World Report before dishing out an 8/10. They did however warn of online connection issues.
The colourful auto-runner/party game mash-up Runbow (£11.99) also makes a belated Switch appearance this week. As anybody who played the Wii U original will testify, it’s a hoot with chums.
Physics-orientated shooter Kill The Bad Guy (£6.29) is another belated conversion. The idea is to cause accidents to kill the bad guys, requiring advance planning. The Xbox One version was panned for feeling like a bite-sized mobile game, so we get the impression it’ll fare a little better on Switch.
As for new stuff, both retro throwback platformer Miles & Kilo (£7.19) – from the creators of Kid Tripp – and the colourful RTS Mushroom Wars 2 (£17.99) were highly rated by Nintendo Life.
“It manages to be an equal parts casual and hardcore platform experience while incrementing on the already abundant charming appeal of the previous game with excellent humour,” was their verdict on Miles & Kilo. Mushroom Wars 2 meanwhile was called “A sumptuous feast in multiplayer” and a “deep and enjoyable real-time strategy experience.”
Here’s a round-up of the remaining eShop releases, including a demo of Wario Ware Gold on 3DS and ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION on Switch – a mech shooter generating a mild buzz.
New on Switch eShop
SpiritSphere DX – £9.00
One part tennis, other part magical beat down! Play solo or compete with friends by battling across fantastical realms and unleash the power of the Spirit Spheres!
Voxel Shot for Nintendo Switch – £6.29
Voxel Shot is a simple pick up and play action game set in an adorably quirky world of toys where you and your friends beat up zombies (and each other!) using a variety of different weapons.
ACA NEO GEO SAMURAI SHODOWN V – £6.29
“SAMURAI SHODOWN V” is a fighting game released by SNK in 2003. Yoshitora Tokugawa, Mina Majikina and more join the cast of twenty-four warriors. New systems available include the Sword Gauge and Concentration One, for even more sword-swinging action.
Awkward – £9.99
Awkward is the ultimate test on finding out how well friends, couples, and family know each other. Players are asked to answer increasingly uncomfortable questions in secret, while their companions try to guess the outcome.
ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION – £7.19
With 35 full-length battle-heavy missions, a horde gameplay mode known as “Inferno Mode” covering 5 varied maps and over 100 mech-customisation possibilities for yourself and your allies, there’s plenty of replayability and content present in the standalone version of ASSAULT GUNNERS HD EDITION.
Disease -Hidden Object– £6.29
This is a horror adventure game where the player go back and forth in between the real world and the hallucination world. The purpose of this game is to search items and collect scattered documents while solving mysteries and finding out the truth of the abolished hospital.
Squids Odyssey – £10.79
Squids Odyssey is not just about gorgeous cartoon art, jaunty music and humorous storytelling: the battles provide a deep challenge as strategy and skill are required to use the environment and the Squids’ strengths to lead your team to victory!
The Journey Down: Chapter Three – £17.99
In the final chapter of The Journey Down, Bwana, Kito and Lina explore the vast reaches of the Underland and unravel its long-forgotten history. Their adventure comes to a bombastic conclusion when they learn the true nature of the Great Asili tree and the Armando Power Company.
Ultra Space Battle Brawl – £11.99
Fight against your friends in a super-silly-yet-most-awesome-intergalactic-definitely-not-baseball-fight-ever! Sit next to your opponent in this couch party battle game* that will make your neighbor wish you were not there, or they were there with you making noise and have a really great time together.
Yuso – £5.99
Yuso is a puzzle game where you have to clear the screen of Yuso! The game gets harder as you progress, introducing new colours and gadgets to help or harm you along the way.
The Wardrobe – £13.49
The Wardrobe is a 2D point & click adventure game in which you play as Skinny, a teen-skeleton with an impertinent attitude and a sparkling wit, willing to do anything to save his best friend’s soul from eternal damnation!
Rento Fortune Monolit – £8.99
Trade lands, build houses, win auctions, roll wheel of fortune and most importantly – have fun. Obtain monopoly over the game board and bankrupt the other players in order to win.
Switch discount highlights
The Count Lucanor – £4.07
Die for Valhalla! – £9.12
Gekido Kintaro’s Revenge – £8.90
Immortal Redneck – £14.39
Spy Chameleon – £5.75
Flinthook – £7.36
World Soccer Pinball – £1.61
New on 3DS eShop
Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter – £6.29
Humanity thought that its victory in the war with the Thorions, a race of fearless war machines, would restore peace to the Earth. But a generation later, humanity’s worst fear is realized: the Thorions have returned seeking revenge, and aiming to wipe out the human race in a quest to dominate the galaxy.
WarioWare Gold Demo – Free
WarioWare Gold boasts 300 gut-busting microgames – from all-time fan favourites to brand new ones – the highest in the series to date!
Next week: Octopath Traveler, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Shining Resonance Refrain, Pato Box, Super Destronaut DX, Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard, Bomber Crew, Muddledash, 20XX, Neverout, The Lion’s Song, Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?, Ghost 1.0, Super Volley Blast, and Fill-a-Pix: Phil’s Epic Adventure.