Super Mario Odyssey is just a week away. If youâ€™re looking for something to tide you over, then youâ€™re in luck – fourteen new games hit the Switch this week, many of which have a whiff of â€˜short but sweetâ€™ about them.
Good luck to anybody planning to beat Fire Emblem Warriors (Â£49.99 â€“ Switch, Â£39.99 â€“ New 3DS) before Marioâ€™s arrival, though. Indeed, Nintendoâ€™s timing on their latest Dynasty Warriors crossover is open to criticism. It seems casually thrown in alongside other their other big releases.
Reviews went live yesterday, and scores probably arenâ€™t quite as high as Nintendo hoped â€“ the Metacritic currently stands at 74%, with the clear majority of reviewers opting for 7/10. The Metro stands out as an exception â€“ they felt it was only worthy of a 4/10, and called it â€œpainfully simplisticâ€. If you struggle to enjoy the Dynasty Warriors games, you probably arenâ€™t going to get much enjoyment from this.
We also have a couple of time-consuming JRPGs out this week – Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth (Â£34.99) on 3DS and Kemcoâ€™s Revenant Saga (Â£11.69) on Switch. Revenant Saga launched on a whole host of other formats, including the humble PS3, earlier this but the only review we can find is for the mobile version. It doesnâ€™t even have enough Steam user reviews to aggregate a verdict. Odd.
The 3DS also receives demos of Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique 3 â€“ Styling Star and Kirby Battle Royale, while the Wii U gains a single new release â€“ the match-three puzzler Swap Blocks (Â£3.99).
Hereâ€™s a round-up of the rest of the weekâ€™s Switch releases. All thirteen of â€˜em.
The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Videogame – Â£49.99
The movie itself is apparently a bit rubbish, and this tie-in isnâ€™t much better â€“ Nintendo Life could only muster up a mediocre 5/10 review score, claiming that it definitely feels like a movie tie-in.
Spelunker Party! – Â£24.99
Square-Enix invites you to explore underground caverns with friends, either online or offline. It recieved a retail release elsewhere in the world, hence the Â£25 price tag.
Syberia – Â£26.99
This cult-classic adventure really is a golden oldie, dating back to 2002. Syberia II is currently pencilled in for a 1st December release, incidentally.
ACA NEOGEO ROBO ARMY – Â£6.29
Contrary to beliefs, the NeoGeo didnâ€™t have a huge amount of scrolling brawlers. Sadly, this early release wasnâ€™t up to much despite the appealing art direction.
The Count Lucanor – Â£10.79 until 25th October (Â£11.99 thereafter)
This 2D pixel art adventure went down well on PC, becoming something of a sleeper hit. This Switch release also beats the PS4 version out the door by a good month or so.
Don’t Knock Twice – Â£7.99 until 14th November (Â£9.99 thereafter)
This horror game didnâ€™t fare too well on PS4 and Xbox One back in September, criticised for a lack of originality and a short length.
Elliot Quest â€“ Price TBC
This Zelda II/Metroid hybrid is deserving of a second lease of life, having passed many by.
The Jackbox Party Pack 4 – Â£19.99
Fibbage 3, Survive the Internet, Monster Seeking Monster, Bracketeering and Civic Doodle feature in this five-strong party game compendium. What, no tiddlywinks?
Jydge – Â£12.99
Itâ€™s a tad amusing that this top-down shooter launches on Switch the same week as Rogue Trooper Redux, as thereâ€™s a hint of 2000 AD about it.
Party Golf – Â£13.49
Viewed from a side-on perspective, this four-player party game offers Procedurally-generated terrain with a psychedelic twist.
Rogue Trooper Redux – Â£19.99
Rebellionâ€™s PS2-era shooter gets a digital dust-off. Despite vastly improved visuals and improvements to the cover system, many critics claim that itâ€™s still showing its age.
Putty Pals – Â£7.50
Not to be confused with System 3â€™s Putty Squad, which is apparently receiving a Switch release in December, Putty Pals is a 2D puzzle/adventure intended to be played via couch-based co-op.
Super Ping Pong Trick Shot – Â£4.49
An inexpensive, but simplistic looking, puzzler. With balls.
This weekâ€™s discounts are also worth a mention. On Switch the Resident Evil alike Vaccine falls to Â£6.29 while Astro Bears Party can be had for Â£4.49. Then on Wii U the enjoyable Stick it to The Man is down to Â£4.19, while Gunman Clive HD Collection sees a drop to Â£1.79.
Alternatively, Gunman Clive and Gunman Clive 2 on 3DS can be yours for 99p and Â£1.25 respectively. It was hard to argue with the original’s Â£2 asking price, so 99p is certainly a steal.
Next week: Super Mario Odyssey and Just Dance 2018.