Youâ€™ll hopefully forgive us for not listing this weekâ€™s eShop discounts – over 250 games are currently on offer across Switch, 3DS and Wii U, just in time for the festive period.
Switch highlights include Rocket League (Â£11.28) and SteamWorld Dig 2 (Â£10.99), while on 3DS youâ€™ll find SteamWorld Heist (Â£3.99) and Project X Zone 2 (Â£7.49). Wii U owners can grab Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for a bargain Â£4.99.
Yet again, itâ€™s a pretty busy week for new Switch releases. Fourteen games are due, along with a demo of next week’s Max: The Curse of Brotherhood.
Then on New 3DS thereâ€™s RCMADIAXâ€™s BLOK DROP CHAOS (Â£1.39), while the Wii U receives three more TG-16 titles – Battle Lode Runner (Â£5.39), Bomberman ’93 (Â£5.39) and Lords of Thunder (Â£7.19).
Yooka-Laylee (Â£34.99) is arguably the biggest release of the week. We spoke of Playtonicâ€™s platformer more highly than most other critics, awarding it a 9/10. Word has it that the Switch version runs incredibly well, suggesting it has been worth the wait.
Then we have a surprise release of the Square-Enix JRPG Romancing SaGa 2 (Â£15.99 until 8th Jan, Â£19.99 thereafter), the three-game-strong Mutant Mudds Collection (Â£10.99), and two belated Wii U conversions â€“ 2D dungeon crawler Unepic (Â£8.99) and Plantera Deluxe (Â£4.99). The NeoGeo re-release for this week is the 2D brawler The Last Blade (Â£6.29), meanwhile.
Hereâ€™s what else youâ€™ll find on the Switch this week:
Stern Pinball Arcade â€“ Free to start
FarSight Studios throws in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to start your collection off, with additional licensed tables including Last Action Hero, Ghostbusters, and Starship Troopers.
Pinball FX3 – Free to start
Like the above, Pinball FX3 chucks in a free table to get you started. Right now, the Carnivals and Legends pack â€“ containing two tables â€“ is currently free as well.
Poly Bridge – Â£13.49
Unleash your engineering creativity with this physics-based bridge builder.
The End is Nigh – Â£13.49
This spiritual successor to Super Meat Boy is worth your time, gaining an 8/10 from Nintendo Life: â€œItâ€™s a manageable challenge from start to finish, and a game that becomes more and more enjoyable as you slowly adapt to its seemingly unforgiving design.”
Gorogoa – Â£11.99
This hand-drawn elegant puzzler has gained critical acclaim too, including Eurogamerâ€™s coveted â€˜Essentialâ€™ tag. â€œInspired and transporting, this is a game unlike any other,â€ was their verdict.
One More Dungeon – Â£6.99
Also out on PS4, this first-person roguelike dungeon crawler isnâ€™t off the to best possible start, gaining a sloppy 4/10 from PlayStation Country.
Bleed – Â£13.49
Another belated conversion, but this one is more deserving of a Switch release â€“ this acrobatic fast-paced 2D action-platformer gained a mixture of 7s and 8s on PS4 and Xbox One.
Hiragana Pixel Party – Â£6.99
A ‘rhythm-action platforming Japanese-learning chiptune adventure’ that teaches how to read Japanese Hiragana and Katakana characters.
Next week: Mario Party: The Top 100, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, FruitfFall Crush, Tiny Troopers Joint Ops XL, DragonFangZ – The Rose & Dungeon of Time, Crawl, Puzzle Box Maker, and Mom Hid My Game!