On the Switch eShop this week you’ll find something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Just like last week’s re-release of Sniper Elite V2, Ubisoft’s re-release of Assassin’s Creed III is another that has graced a Nintendo platform once before.
It’s worryingly similar to the Wii U version, in fact – it may be called a ‘remaster’ on the box, but Nintendo Life – amongst others – claims that it feels like a “straight up port”.
“The expected graphical bells and whistles are mostly absent and this game feels more like a straight port of the 2012 original. Framerate issues plague many of the busier areas of the open world and make combat and traversal a chore for the most part, while audio problems are also a constant niggle,” they said before dishing out a middling 5/10.
It’s worth noting that the package also contains Liberation, which sweetens the deal somewhat while making the £29.99 price tag easier to swallow.
Indeed, Switch owners need especially deep pockets this week. Capcom’s trio of Resident Evil re-releases have arrived, debuting at £29.99 each. £90 for three old Resident Evil games…now that’s a hard sell.
Reviews for Resident Evil, Resident Evil 0, and Resident Evil 4 are at least positive, and this is despite RE4 lacking motion controls. The other two are apparently bogged down by long loading screens, but the few new enhancements are welcome.
Nintendo Insider awarded RE4 an 8/10: “The lack of Wii-like motion controls hurts this release, as it means this isn’t the best way to play the game. However, the fact you can play it on the go for the first time is probably the next best thing. If you have somehow managed to miss playing this title in the past 15 years, then go ahead and add another point to the score, as those that have played the many re-releases over the years won’t be quite as impressed as they once were.”
The original RE garnered an 8/10 from Nintendo Enthusiast too. “Gaming’s first realization into true survival horror is timeless thanks to the technical enhancements of this HD remaster,” they said.
Resident Evil 0 received similar scores, including a 7.5 from Nintendo World Report. “Revisiting the core survival horror gameplay with an added modern control scheme proves to be a wonderful pairing,” was their verdict.
If a double whammy of Assassin’s Creed and Resident Evil wasn’t enough, Sonic is also back. Team Sonic Racing, as the name suggests, relies on teamwork – simply coming in 1st place isn’t enough, as you need to ensure the rest of your team makes it to the podium, sharing items and creating slipstream as you race. It’s a decent enough twist, but there’s a general lack of excitement and surprises, and it also doesn’t help that the menus and UI are rather bland. One step forward, one step back.
Screen Rant are one of the few sites to review the Switch version – which is reportedly lacking the CGI intro – where it was awarded an above average 3.5/5.
“Sporting 21 courses set that span seven distinct zones, Team Sonic Racing is replete with gorgeous and memorable tracks that keep races interesting hours and hours in,” they said before criticising how the unlockable ‘Mod Pod’ upgrade system works. “[it] is a pointless nuisance that turns unlocking quasi-random items one-by-one a complete chore.”
Coincidentally, one of SEGA’s pre-Sonic mascots has also made a return. Wonder Boy Returns Remix is an improved version of the 2016 PS4/PC remaster, adding a new charge shot and a wider field of vision. “[…] it’s a great modernisation of a classic and a stress-free way to feel the thrill of Wonder Boy and get to the final boss,” said Nintendo Life, opting for a 7/10.
You’ll find the full list of new Switch re-release below, with other highlights including TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge, 2D run and gunner Gunlord X, GTA style crime caper American Fugitive, and the first person horror adventure Among the Sleep.