Influenced by such Nintendo classics as Zelda and Earthbound, indie hit Undertale has taken its sweet time making its way to Switch despite being an ideal fit for the system.
We awarded the PS4 version a stonking 9/10 roughly a year ago, and as such, we’re more than pleased to see it finally reach a whole new audience. It’s as heartfelt as gaming gets.
It’s an eventful week for the Switch, in fact. Nintendo’s hotly debated online service is now in full swing, bringing with it a selection of NES classics. Sadly, they aren’t without fault â€“ there’s no control mapping or auto-save facilities.
Fans of all things retro are better catered for elsewhere, with the first of SEGA’s AGES titles also making an appearance â€“ Sonic the Hedgehog, which features the rule set from the often-forgotten arcade version, and the almighty Thunder Force IV.
The amusingly titled Cyber-Lip is this week’s NeoGeo release, meanwhile. Hamster has also dusted off the arcade version of Excitebike. Bad timing, sadly â€“ the original is one of the â€˜free’ online NES titles. This version does at least have a few unique features.
Then there’s the seven-game strong Capcom Beat’em Bundle, featuring two titles to never see a home release. Review scores are mostly clocking in at 7/10, with online issues being the major cause for concern.
The incredibly well-received Velocity X2, Broken Sword 5 and the Reigns: Kings & Queens double pack also make the jump to Switch. As for new releases, there’s the childlike adventure The Gardens Between, the futuristic Trickstyle alike racer Hover (we all remember Trickstyle, right?), and Little Dragons CafÃ© â€“ a new venture from the creator of Harvest Moon.
The full list of new releases can be found below, along with discount highlights and new pre-orders. There’s also a new release for New 3DS â€“ the ever-popular Minecraft!
ACA NEOGEO CYBER-LIP – Â£6.29
â€œCYBER-LIPâ€ is an action game released in 1990 by SNK. The state-of-the-art scientific army computer CYBER-LIP has suddenly gone rogue! Use a variety of items and weapons to stop the slaughter of all humanity! In two-player mode, two people can work together to take out the target.
Life Goes On – Â£9.99
Life Goes On is a comically-morbid platformer where you guide heroic knights to their demise and use the dead bodies to solve puzzles. Wanting to live forever, a mighty king sends his army of knights to find the Cup of Life.
MagiCat – Â£4.49
MagiCat takes players on a quest to retrieve a stolen artefact and explore the astounding magical worlds of the MagiCat universe. Using the powers of dashing, high jump, and fireball, along with items that can be unlocked as the story progresses, players must help MagiCat regain the world’s lost relic.
Reigns: Kings & Queens – Â£7.19
Reigns: Kings & Queens includes both award-winning games Reigns and Reign: Her Majesty. Sit on the throne as a benevolent (or malevolent) monarch of the modern age and swipe your royal decrees to the left or right to impose your will upon the kingdom.
Retimed – Â£12.39
Challenge friends and family to awesome and fast-paced arena battles. Choose between chaotic team matches and intense free-for-all fights. Dash and dodge bullet clusters in nerve-wrecking slow-motion moments. Use different surroundings to outplay your opponents and enjoy the colourful world of Retimed!
strong>Risk of Rain – Â£8.99
Risk of Rain is an action platformer with roguelike elements. With permanent death as a primary feature, players will have to play their best to get as far as possible.
SEGA AGES Sonic The Hedgehog – Â£5.99
Sonic The Hedgehog includes Mega Play, previously only available in the Sonic the Hedgehog arcade game. Familiar stages will feel new again as you race against time to the finish line. It’s a thrilling challenge for seasoned Sonic fans!
SEGA AGES Thunder Force IV – Â£5.99
The fourth instalment in the Thunder Force series from legendary game developer Technosoft! Battle against the Vios forces and fly as RYNEX in this side-scrolling shoot â€˜em up that enthralled the world with its innovative ideas, beautiful pixel graphics, and a rocking soundtrack.
Velocity 2X – Â£11.99
VelocityÂ®2X blends two unique styles of fast-paced, frenetic gameplay into one incredibly fun and challenging SF experience.
Arcade Archives EXCITEBIKE – Â£6.29
â€œEXCITEBIKEâ€ is a motorcycle racing game released by Nintendo in 1984. In addition to solo qualifying races, there are final races where you face off against motocross riders. Each course has its own variety of obstacles. Use all your techniques to avoid the obstacles as you aim for first place.
Broken Sword 5 – the Serpent’s Curse – Â£24.99
Paris in the spring. Shots ring out from a gallery. A robbery… a murder… and the beginning of another epic Broken Sword adventure. From multi-award winning Revolution comes the latest mystery in this much loved adventure-puzzle series.
My Brother Rabbit – Â£13.49
My Brother Rabbit is a beautifully drawn adventure set in a surreal world that mixes reality with a child’s imagination. A young girl faces a terrible reality when she falls ill. The little girl and her brother use the power of imagination to escape the hostile outside world.
Little Dragons CafÃ© – Â£44.99
From Yasuhiro Wada, the creator of Harvest Moon, comes a new experience packed with delicious dishes, places to explore, magical characters andâ€¦ a dragon’s egg?! It’s an exciting mix of ingredients that makes Little Dragons CafÃ© the tastiest game in town!
Light Fingers – Â£TBC
Played on a magical clockworks game board, this turn-based multiplayer game* has real-time action and devious opportunities for misdirection, all in the pursuit of securing more loot than your opponents.
A Case of Distrust – Â£13.49
A Case of Distrust is a narrative mystery from 1924 San Francisco. Play as private investigator Phyllis Cadence Malone in this historical 2D adventure game. Explore underground speakeasies, smoke-filled billiard halls, classic barber shops, and more.
THE Card: Poker, Texas hold ’em, Blackjack and Page One – Â£4.49
Built-in ranking system! Compete with users across the country over the coins earned in a game.
Hover – Â£22.49
Experience the thrills of a fast-paced single and multiplayer Parkour game. Join the Rebellion and deride the security forces of an anti-leisure tyranny. Rise up to the many challenges of a futuristic Open World. Assemble your team, enhance your gear and perform incredible tricks and combos.
The Gardens Between – Â£17.99
The Gardens Between is an adventure puzzle game where you guide two best friends through a surreal world of mysterious garden islands. But you don’t control the characters â€“ you control time.
Siegecraft Commander – Â£17.99
Play through the Knight campaign as you battle against the tribal Lizardmen or enjoy the groundbreaking PvP combat system that will deliver fast-paced real-time strategy action or tactical turn-based gameplay. Multiplayer allows either game mode, while single-player focuses entirely on real-time strategic gameplay.
Scribblenauts Mega Pack – Â£24.99
Scribblenauts Unlimited – Journey into Maxwell and Lily’s world as you use the power of your imagination to solve exciting puzzles in endless ways. Discover the story of Maxwell’s 41 siblings and create unique objects of your own to share online with your friends!
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure – Challenge your wits in an epic adventure against earth’s mightiest villains! Invent your own alter ego with the Hero Creator. Join your favorite DC Comics super heroes to explore iconic all-new locations like TITANS TOWER & BELLE REVE and restore order to the universe.
CAPCOM BEAT ‘EM UP BUNDLE – Â£15.99
Games included: Final Fight, Captain Commando, The King of Dragons, Knights of the Round and Warriors of Fate, as well as two games that were previously unavailable on consoles: Armored Warriors and Battle Circuit!
UNDERTALE – Â£11.99
Fall into the underworld and explore a hilarious and heartwarming world full of dangerous monsters. Date a skeleton, dance with a robot, cook with a fishwoman…or destroy everyone where they stand. The future is yours to determine!
Legendary Fishing – Â£24.99
Experience the thrill of catching over 20 different types of fish, from King Salmon to Largemouth Bass, in this legendary fishing experience. Includes unlockable gear, missions, multiple destinations, and hours of fun solo or with friends and family.
Omvorm – Â£6.99
Welcome to Omvorm! The first puzzle game from indie studio 4MB Interactive and our debut on Nintendo Switch! Omvorm is a fast-paced shape shifting puzzle game that requires quick reactions and calmness under pressure.
Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae – Â£10.79
High school girls + Japanese swords! Enter the arena, take on a swarm of enemies and leave none standing in this action-fuelled indie game.
New Switch pre-orders
DARK SOULS: Remastered – Â£34.99
Nickelodeon Kart Racers – Â£29.99
Rapala Fishing Pro Series – Â£29.99
Alwa’s Awakening – Â£6.99
Animated Jigsaws: Japanese Women – Â£7.99
Paw Patrol: On a Roll! – Â£34.99
Rise and Shine – Â£13.49
LEGO Harry Potter Collection – Â£34.99
WARRIORS OROCHI 4 – Â£54.99
Switch discount highlights
Hand of Fate 2 – Â£18.08
Manual Samuel – Â£6.69
Nine Parchments – Â£7.19
Oceanhorn – Monster of Uncharted Seas – Â£8.99
Sky Force Reloaded – Â£7.19
Rogue Aces – Â£7.19
Enter the Gungeon – Â£9.34
Minit – Â£7.64
The Messenger – Â£15.29
New on 3DS eShop
Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition – Â£19.99
Explore randomly-generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in Creative Mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armour to fend off the dangerous mobs.
Next week: Valkyria Chronicles 4, FIFA 19, DRAGON BALL FighterZ, TowerFall, Armello, Think of the Children, Ultimate Chicken Horse, Snake vs Snake