Fans of all things retro will probably appreciate this weekâ€™s eShop line-up. No less than four of the fifteen titles originated from the arcade.
Unsurprisingly, a couple of these are Hamster re-releases – 1993â€™s ACA NeoGeo World Heroes 2 and Arcade Archives Kid Niki Radical Ninja (Â£6.29 each), a colourful IREM action game from 1986.
Then we have a double-whammy of Psikyo shooters – STRIKERS 1945 II for Nintendo Switch and ZERO GUNNER 2- for Nintendo Switch (Â£6.99 each). Nintendo Life awarded the latter an 8/10 earlier this week. â€œWhen you consider how much the Dreamcast version of Zero Gunner 2 changes hands for on the secondary market these days, the fact that you can download a superior version on your Switch for a tiny fraction of that cost is worth celebrating,â€ they said.
As for the weekâ€™s big hitters, thereâ€™s Square-Enixâ€™s traditional RPG Lost Sphear (Â£39.99) â€“ which has gained a mixture of 7s and 8s â€“ and Celeste (Â£17.99), a challenging pixel art platformer from the creators of Towerfall. Polygon gave it an 8.0: â€œCeleste feels like a very capably made platformer, easily on par with other masocore greats.â€ They said, referring to such games as Super Meat Boy and Spelunky.
Weâ€™re also going to give Earth Wars (Â£4.00) a shout out. Itâ€™s a rebranded version of Earthâ€™s Dawn, a well-received Japanese action RPG that still sells for Â£25 on Xbox One and PS4. It looks like the difference in price is due to a change in publisher. At four measly quid itâ€™s quite the bargain.
Here’s a quick rundown of the remaining Switch releases:
Super One More Jump – Â£4.99
From the studio behind Death Squared comes yet another intense 2D platformer designed to test your mettle.
FANTASY HERO ~unsigned legacy~ – Â£8.99
A rather lavish looking action RPG from Arc System Works.
Tennis – Â£6.29
Just in time for the Australian Open. Can be played either with the Pro Controller or by swinging the Joy-Cons in the appropriate manner.
Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 – Â£13.49
Desert Strike reborn for the Minecraft generation.
Island Flight Simulator – Â£17.99
The Wii U and PS4 versions from 2016 received a kicking, so donâ€™t hold out much hope.
Tachyon Project – Â£8.99
This twin-stick shooter didnâ€™t gain the most favourable of reviews back in 2015.
ChromaGun – Â£17.99
Take aim with a paint gun and command colour-coded worker droids to solve puzzles.
Shu – Â£7.69
This cutesy 2D platformer looks like a decent enough alternative to Rayman Legends.
Switch owners can also find the following on offer from today: NBA 2K18, WWE 2K18, Bulb Boy, Chess Ultra, Sparkle 2 Evo, Tennis In The Face, The Bridge, Violett and The Jackbox Party Pack 3. An INVERSUS Deluxe demo is now available, too.
Thereâ€™s only one 3DS game due this week, but itâ€™s a corker – PokÃ©mon Crystal Version (Â£8.99), which is also getting the code in the box treatment for around Â£10.
Next week: Sky Force Reloaded and Samurai Shodown II.