While the assortment of new eShop releases is smaller than usual this week, the fact that a new Mario game is amongst them means itâ€™s still a more exciting week than most.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Â£49.99) has surprised many â€“ itâ€™s smart, unique, delightfully silly, and very pleasing to the eye.
The current Metacritic score of 85% places it just outside the ten highest rated Switch games released so far, and a few positions higher than Splatoon 2 (with 83%). Not that this means a great dealâ€¦aside from the fact that Kingdom Battle is another reason to purchase a Switch.
Joining the unlikely crossover on the eShop are Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack (Â£31.49), League of Evil (Â£7.19), ACA NeoGeo Zed Blade (Â£6.29), and Sky Ride (Â£6.29).
Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack features the 3DSâ€™s Azure Striker GUNVOLT and Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2 in one package, complete with all DLC and a few improvements such as a new UI. It hasnâ€™t seen a complete visual overhaul, though â€“ only certain aspects have been given the HD treatment.
League of Evil meanwhile is an 8-bit style action game with a level designer. It originally released on mobiles back in 2011 where it gained a cult following. Nintendo Life reports that itâ€™s more than deserving of a Switch conversion, praising the tight controls, bold visuals, and challenging difficulty level.
Sky Ride is a conversion likewise, this time of a PS4 title. Despite the reasonably accomplished visuals, itâ€™s apparently a bit of a mess. Weâ€™re talking Vroom in the Night Sky level of awfulness here.
A demo of VOEZ also hits the Switch this week, while Shantae: Half-Genie Hero gets new DLC, titled Pirate Queen’s Quest (Â£8.99).
Over on 3DS thereâ€™s just one new release – Parascientific Escape – Crossing at the Farthest Horizon (Â£4.99), the third instalment in Circleâ€™s well-received puzzle/adventure series.
We were expecting to see Culdcept Revolt (3DS) and Astro Bears Party (Switch) hit the eShop this week, but both are absent from Nintendoâ€™s schedule. They may still make it to their respective eShops before the week is out, mind.
As for discounts, the majority come courtesy of RCMADIAX, with their New 3DS and Wii U back catalogue dropping to 93p per game. Nano Assault EX and Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure on 3DS also see a price drop, falling to Â£6.35 and Â£6.99 respectively.
Next week: Monster Hunter Stories (3DS), LEGO Worlds (Switch), The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+ (Switch), and ACA NeoGeo Blueâ€™s Journey (Switch).