This weekâ€™s Switch eShop line-up features dozens of familiar faces. Or in other words, the Switch eShop is about to be swamped with more belated conversions.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Â£49.99) leads the way. Critics claim that itâ€™s a great way to experience one of the Wii Uâ€™s lesser-known titles, featuring some deceptively challenging level design. Review scores are mostly a mixture of 8s and 9s so far, putting it alongside some of the systemâ€™s finest.
It also gained Eurogamerâ€™s â€˜recommendedâ€™ badge earlier today. â€œRetro Studios displays mastery of the 2D platformer in this exquisite sequel,â€ was their verdict.
Obscure horse racing sim ACA NEOGEO STAKES WINNER (Â£6.29), and Arcade Archives 10-Yard Fight (Â£6.29) â€“ an American football title from 1983 â€“ are this weekâ€™s arcade re-releases, both striking us as somewhat niche.
Cast of the Seven Godsends (Â£9.99) also provides arcade-like thrills, influenced by Ghouls nâ€™ Ghosts. The Xbox One and PS4 versions gained middling reviews due to stale mechanics and a general lack of polish, so it’s probably best to approach with caution.
Atmospheric 2D puzzle/platformer Nihilumbra (Â£5.99) â€“ which hit PC in 2013 and Wii U in 2015 â€“ fared better amongst journalists, even gaining a lofty 9/10 from Nintendo Life. Together with a low entry point, we imagine itâ€™s worth a look.
Going back to the arcade theme, the cheapy cheap (Â£1.79) Timberman VS is a competitive multiplayer woodchopping party game, featuring retro pixel art. It reminds us of Super Hotâ€™s hidden tree chopping mini-game.
Then we have the side-scrolling physics-based adventure game Animal Super Squad (Â£8.99), and the 3D optical illusions puzzler Perfect Angle (Â£8.99), which entails lining up objects perfectly to create images with shadows and such. Those who played through Resident Evil VII may notice some similarities.
Don’t Die, Mr Robot! (Â£7.19) makes the jump from PS4, meanwhile. This bullet-hell avoid â€˜em up has received a remix for its Switch debut, with new music, improved visuals and 50 new stages. L.F.O. -Lost Future Omega- (Â£5.89) offers a similar psychedelic experience, albeit one more music orientated.
The humble Wii U gets a look-in too, with not one but two new titles â€“ the NES era influenced retro shooter Shadow Archery (Â£TBC), and the low budget FPS Masked Forces (Â£2.69), complete with Call of Duty: Ghosts-esque artwork.
As for Switch discounts, weâ€™ve rounded up some of the more alluring deals below:
Aegis Defenders – Â£11.24 (-25%)
Axiom Verge – Â£13.49 (-10%)
Bleed 2 – Â£12.14 (-10%)
Caveman Warriors – Â£10.52 (-10%)
Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today – Â£10.79 (-20%)
Gekido Kintaro’s Revenge – Â£10.79 (-20%)
Neon Chrome – Â£7.79 (-40%)
Neonwall -Â£8.09 (-10%)
Rocket League – Â£11.25 (-25%)
We reviewed Caveman Warriors at launch. If you can get a friend or two together, this Metal Slug/Joe & Mac hybrid is worth a look.
Next week: Shantae: Half- Genie Hero Ultimate Edition, Super Chariot, Immortal Redneck, and Hyper Sentinel.