Eleven games make their merry way to the Switch eShop this week. While thereâ€™s certainly a lot to consider, with Sine Mora EX and The Flame in the Flood standing out as highlights, many of this weekâ€™s releases launch at eyebrow raisingly high prices.
88 Heroes and Tiny Barbarian DX, weâ€™re looking at you here. There does appear to be a reason for their lofty asking prices, though â€“ both have received almost-full-price retail releases elsewhere in the world. It doesnâ€™t make their prices easier to swallow, but at least thereâ€™s logic behind it. Well, sort of.
Hereâ€™s what youâ€™ll find on the UK Switch eShop this week:
Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle â€“ Â£29.99
An anime influenced 1-on-1 ‘bullet hell’ battler, similar to SEGAâ€™s Virtual On series.
Sine Mora EX – Â£24.99
THQ has given this underrated side-scrolling shooter a complete makeover, bringing it up to current-gen standards. It’s more than deserving of a second chance to find a new audience.
Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure – Â£22.49 until 18th October (Â£24.99 thereafter)
Imagine a typical 32-bit era platformer only on a far larger scale and with wackier, more unpredictable, physics and a sprinkling of internet memes. Thatâ€™s Unbox in a nutshell.
88 Heroes – 98 Heroes Edition – Â£29.99
88 Heroes (plus 10 of their friends) attempt to defeat Dr. H8 with only 88 minutes left until doomsday, and only 88 seconds to complete each of the 88 levels.
ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’95 – Â£6.29
One of SNKâ€™s more celebrated brawlers, it even went on to grace the likes of PSone and the SEGA Saturn.
Neon Chrome – Â£12.99
10Tons’ top-down cyberpunk shooter arrived to a mixed reception on PS4 back in 2016.
Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition – Â£4.49
A 2D side-scrolling brawler with a main character that looks rather similar to Spongebob. Hmm.
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition – Â£14.99
Destined to become an eShop chart-topper, The Flame in the Flood is a river-based rogue-lite known for being tough but rewarding.
Tiny Barbarian DX – Â£26.99
Reviews of this retro-themed platformer are trickling through now, including an 8/10 from Nintendo World Report and 7/10 from Pocket Gamer.
Wulverblade – Â£14.99
This colourful and chunky hack and slasher also seems to be going down well with critics, gaining an 8/10 from Nintendo Life.
Yono and the Celestial Elephants – Â£12.99
An isometric puzzler from Plug in Digital thatâ€™s also hitting PC this week.
Over on 3DS, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (Â£34.99) strolls into town on Friday, both on the eShop and at retail. The Wii U isn’t without a few new releases either. Eba & Egg: A Hatch Trip (Â£4.49) is a 2D platformer in which two characters are controlled simultaneously, and we also have two more Turbografx re-releases from Konami. Legend of Hero Tonma is a 2D platformer that was designed and developed by an all-female team, while Motoroader offers top-down racing frolics for up to five players. It’s actually a futuristic racer, but you’d be pushed hard to tell.
Next week: Fire Emblem Warriors, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Videogame, and Spelunker Party!