While it’s true that most weekly eShop line-ups have a retro twist, this week’s line-up of new releases is so heavily loaded with nostalgia that we were almost tempted to add a florescent bumbag to our Christmas list.
Hoping to transport you back to the ‘80s and ‘90s are the incredibly slick retro racer Horizon Chase Turbo, shoot’em up revival R-Type Dimensions EX, a HD re-release of the PS2 platformer Asterix & Obelix XXL 2, vertical shooter Rival Megagun, pixel art scrolling brawlers Coffee Crisis and 99Vidas, 2D RPG Cattails, and the N64-style multiplayer FPS Screencheat: Unplugged.
As per usual, Hamster has a couple of arcade games lined-up too: ACA NeoGeo Cup ’98 and Arcade Archives ROUTE 16. The latter is a top-down maze game from 1985, if you’re wondering.
The 2006’s point ‘n clicker Secret Files: Tunguska also gains a Switch re-release. We reviewed the Wii version back in 2008(!): “If you’re hankering from some beard-scratching then you can’t go far wrong with this,” we said.
As for new stuff, SEGA’s back for another season with Football Manager 2019. This War of Mine: Complete Edition offers a depressing take on the survival genre, while underwater puzzle adventure ABZU is set to make a splash. Other full-price titles include Ark: Survival Evolved and Spintires: MudRunner – American Wilds, meanwhile.
The hand-drawn puzzle-driven story NAIRI: Tower of Shirin is worthy of your time too, gaining 8/10 from ourselves earlier today. To quote: “The cute and expressive graphics and the excellent writing harmoniously work together to give the game world a lived-in feel, and even characters only met for a brief while overflow with personality.”
Here’s the full line-up, along with new demos and pre-orders.
New Switch releases
Football Manager 2019 Touch (SEGA) – €34.99 / £29.99
Football Manager 2019 Touch is the streamlined way to experience life at the helm of the world’s greatest football clubs. If you’re bursting with ambition but short of time, then this is the Football Manager for you.
This War of Mine: Complete Edition (11 bit studios) – €39.99 / £35.99
In This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city. The pace of This War of Mine is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside will stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of your survivors. At night, take one of your civilians on a mission to scavenge through a set of unique locations for items that will help you stay alive.
ABZU (505 Games) – €19.99 / £14.99
Perform fluid acrobatics as the diver, using graceful swimming controls. Discover hundreds of unique species based on real creatures and form a powerful connection with the abundant sea life. Interact with schools of thousands of fish that procedurally respond to you, each other, and predators. Descend into epic seascapes and explore aquatic ecosystems modelled with unprecedented detail.
Color Zen (Cypronia) – Free
Color Zen is a new kind of puzzle game. With simple, intuitive controls, the game invites you to relax and immerse yourself. There are no points or penalties for failure; just an abstract world of color to move through at your own pace. So put on your headphones and find your way, with Color Zen.
Mordheim: Warband Skirmish (Legendary Games) – €24.99 / £19.99
Set during a brutal civil war, command a small fantasy warband searching for valuable shards of the comet that destroyed the city of Mordheim. Hide in the shadows and wait for the right moment to strike, get a vantage point and pick your targets off with ranged weapons, or bring the fight straight to your opponent in an up close and personal confrontation. The choice is yours!
99Vidas – Definitive Edition (QUByte Interactive) – €8.99 / £7.99
’99Vidas’ is a brawler set in a contemporary world, that pays tribute to both the classic and the new in the gaming industry. Brought to you in 16-bit pixelated glory, chock-full of references to not only gaming but also 80’s and 90’s pop culture. ’99Vidas’ takes full advantage of modern era gameplay mechanics, making it the best of both worlds.
Spintires: MudRunner – American Wilds (Focus Home Interactive) – €39.99 / £34.99
Spintires: MudRunner – American Wilds is the ultimate version of the indie hit Spintires: MudRunner, putting players in the driver’s seat and daring them to take charge of incredible all-terrain vehicles, venturing across realistic, physics-simulated landscapes with only a map and compass as guides!
Basketball (Sabec) – €7.99 / £7.20
Basketball is a fast-paced game that does not need fancy basketball shoes to play – but that doesn’t mean you don’t need skill! It takes practice to win. Show off your best moves on the court – block shots, steal the ball and even make a slam dunk! Have you got what it takes to win the Urban Basketball championship?
GRIP Digital Deluxe (Wired Productions) – €47.99 / £43.19
This edition includes the game and the following:
• All launch Vehicle customisation/garage DLC packs
3D Billiards – Pool & Snooker (Joindots) – €19.99 / £17.99
Step up to the virtual table and show what you can do with a cue! In addition to the pool hall classic eight-ball, you can also play nine-ball, ten-ball and even snooker! Whether alone against the AI or in a duel against a real player on the same console, you’ll send balls careening across the table in four selectable, highly-detailed rooms as you work your way up the local high score list.
Horizon Chase Turbo (AQUIRIS) – €19.99 / £17.99
Horizon Chase Turbo is a racing game inspired by the great hits of the 80’s and 90’s. Race your way through the opponents and master the circuits as you relive the classic arcade gameplay with unbound speed limits of fun.
R-Type Dimensions EX (Tozai Games) – €14.99 / £13.49 (€11.99 / £10.79 until December 4)
Fight through all 14 Bydo-infested stages in retro 2D graphics or shiny 3D graphics – and swap back and forth with the touch of a button ‘on-the-fly’. The classic game-play remains untouched while the new Infinite game mode allows continuous progression from game start to final boss… the Bydo will not evade you this time!. Pull yourself together, save the earth and strike down the Evil Bydo Empire!!
Asterix & Obelix XXL 2 (Microids) – €49.99 / £44.99
But where has Getafix gone? The long-bearded druid has disappeared after betraying his own people for Julius Caesar! The Gaulish village is in uproar! They must find out the truth! Always ready for a fight, Asterix and Obelix are sent to Rome on a mission by their chief Vitalstatistix. There, they find a new amusement park – Las Vegum – built by the famous Roman emperor. To what end? What is Getafix hiding?
Gelly Break (EuroVideo Medien) – €34.99 / £31.49
Gelly Break is a varied jump’n’run with an intense co-op mode for two players, which will demand real teamwork in addition to the right tactics, especially in the boss battles against huge unique enemies. Discover a new world and rescue the captured Gellies from Evil Blob!
Professional Farmer: Nintendo Switch Edition (United Independent Entertainment) – €39.99 / £35.99
Professional Farmer is set on your own farm! Enjoy the life of a farmer with all its amazing tasks and challenges! Drive your original vehicles, cultivate your fields, take care of your animals and market your produce! Different seasons and weather conditions guarantee realistic game fun.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures (Atari) – €49.99 / £44.19
Build your entertainment empire in three distinct game modes – classic Campaign, tricky Scenarios, and the open Sandbox. Over 200 wonderfully wacky rides, restaurants, shops and decorations ensure parks burst with action, and the intuitive coaster builder lets you create wild, death-defying coasters with ease. Play it on your TV or on-the-go – it’s never been so easy to become a RollerCoaster Tycoon!
ACA NEOGEO NEO GEO CUP ’98: THE ROAD TO THE VICTORY (HAMSTER) – €6.99 / £6.29
“NEO GEO CUP ’98: THE ROAD TO THE VICTORY” is a soccer game released by SNK in 1998.Take control of a legendary soccer team and aim for the World Championship trophy! Choose the right power up to ensure your victory! Watch out for accidents during matches that can cause injury or even force players off the field!
Akihabara – Feel the Rhythm Remixed (JMJ Interactive) – €7.99 / £7.20
Take a trip through engaging music and intense puzzle action, set in Tokyos Electric Town! Stack blocks to build combos, tap in rhythm with the music to break them. Play through the campaigns, go for the high score!
Animal Hunter Z (STARSIGN) – €9.99 / £8.99
This is a FPS in which you wipe out infected animals wandering around forests, farms and golf courses within the time limit. Use the four different types of weapon (rifle, shotgun, air rifle and grenade), to be as quick and efficient as possible in your mission.
Arcade Archives ROUTE 16 (HAMSTER) – €6.99 / £6.29
“ROUTE 16” is an action game released by SUN ELECTRONICS CORP in 1981. Zoom around the city, dodging past enemies while collecting items to clear the game! Use Search Mode to see the full city, and Zoom Mode to have a close up of the action. A truly unique experience! More than just that, experience the thrill of an unrelenting chase.
Big Bash Boom (Big Ant Studios) – €29.99 / £24.99
Anyone, anywhere, will be able to jump in and be hitting the ball like a pro with Big Bash Boom, which is fully licensed and includes all teams and players featured in this year’s KFC Big Bash League (BBL) and Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).
Cattails (FalconDevelopment) – €14.99 / £11.99
Play as a feral cat that roams an expansive wilderness. Hunt for food, fight cats from other colonies, and become friends (or enemies!) with your neighbours. Romance one of twelve eligible cats, raise a family of cute kittens, and train them by taking them with you on your adventures! Or, delve into dark caverns to find treasures. Just make sure you always have some food on hand in case you get hungry.
Crimson Keep (Merge Games) – €19.99 / £14.99 (€15.99 / £11.99 until December 6)
Descend into the Crimson Keep, an ever-changing labyrinth full of monsters, traps, and treasure. Discover the sunken remains of an ancient castle and cleanse it of the evil within. Uncover secrets that will bestow great power on you – it could be your only hope of escape.
Dexteritrip (Undergames) – €6.99 / £6.25
Dexteritrip is a frenetic, hardcore and minimalistic fast paced action platform game, in which your gaming skills will be constantly tested. Face up to 100 super challenging levels of increasing difficulty, which will have you avoiding death traps, planning your moves, teleporting, shifting gravity and killing enemies.
GensokyoDefenders (UNTIES) – €19.99 / £17.99
Blistering shoot-em-up action meets tactical tower defense as you choose from almost 20 popular characters to stop the fairy onslaught! Take advantage of their unique powers and a selection of tricky Traps to freeze, fry, and blow your enemies away!
Marenian Tavern Story: Patty and the Hungry God (KEMCO) – €19.99 / £17.99
Run the adventure tavern how you like! Collect ingredients and cook new dishes above 600! You get level ups not by defeating monsters, but by eating food. Train your characters, conquer new dungeons, and aim to get new ingredients through exploration, farming, fishing, and many more ways!
NAIRI: Tower of Shirin (Another Indie Studio) – €9.99 / £8.99
Follow Nairi, a troubled upper class girl, and Rex, a gangster-turned-scholar, as they uncover a dark mystery involving the mysterious Tower of Shirin! In a world brimming with delightful, deadly, and dastardly creatures Nairi will need all her wits to outsmart bandit cats, befriend crime lord ducks, and escape a conspiracy as old as time.
Rival Megagun (DEGICA) – €12.99 / £11.69
Rival Megagun is a competitive split-screen vertical shmup (or shoot ’em up, shooting game, STG) where you transform into a gigantic boss ship – your ‘Mega Gunship’ – to invade your opponent’s screen.
Screencheat: Unplugged (Samurai Punk) – €11.99 / £10.79
Master a wide variety of weapons and engage in fast and frantic combat with up to four players locally or with bots, then challenge yourself in the tricky time trials mode. With colourful maps, unique modes and a huge number of customisation options including wacky mutators, Screencheat: Unplugged is the ultimate party FPS.
Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax (Aksys Games) – €9.99 / £8.99
SGW: Stellar Climax is an 1-4 player couch co-op action shooter game, combining SHMUP and Brawler-like gameplay with light RPG elements. Choose from different game modes, gameplay settings, mechs, weapons and upgrades to customize your experience freely. Soar through space, defeat evil and save the future… from itself!
ARK: Survival Evolved (Snail Games USA, available November 30) – €54.99 / £44.99
Stranded on the shores of a mysterious island, you must learn to survive. Use your cunning to kill or tame the primeval creatures roaming the land, and encounter other players to survive, dominate… and escape!
Harvest Life (rokapublish, available November 30) – €24.99 / £19.99
Get your organic farm going! Depending on the weather and the local villagers’ demands you tend to your fields and take care of your livestock. Sell your products in your farm store to expand your farm. Exciting challenges will add even more adventure to your gameplay. Will you manage to get the carriage through the woods before the wolves get it? Will you find the lost dog in the creepy catacombs? And will you finally win your sweetheart’s love?
Cluedo: Complete Collection (Marmalade Game Studio, available November 30) – €39.98 / £39.98
CLUEDO is the classic mystery game – a grand mansion … a dastardly murder … a gathering of suspicious characters. The Season Pass grants access to ALL current and future themes and character packs.
Cluedo (Marmalade Game Studio, available November 30) – €29.99 / £29.99
CLUEDO is Hasbro’s classic board game – a grand mansion … a dastardly murder … a gathering of suspicious characters. Now you can play the beloved Hasbro family board game on Nintendo Switch!
Coffee Crisis (QubicGames, available November 30) – €9.99 / £8.99
Coffee Crisis is an arcade-style beat ’em up that pays homage to the 90’s era of classic arcade and 16-bit brawlers. The Smurglian race has come to Earth and they’re not leaving until they steal our most prized commodities: our metal music, the best coffee, and all of the WiFi. Get in the shoes of the only baristas on Earth with enough heavy metal in their veins to fend off this alien assault.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (CAPY, available November 30) – €8.79 / £7.99
Traverse a mythic little realm, use a sword to do battle & evoke ‘sworcery’ to solve mystical musical mysteries. Experience a videogame world that is affected by moon phases & help a wandering warrior monk complete her woeful errand.
Escape Doodland (QubicGames, available November 30) – €9.99 / £8.99
Doodland is a grotesque world created on a piece of paper. It is invaded by Omnomus, a cruel monster that loves the taste of inhabitants of this land. Each part of the world has a unique atmosphere. You will have to run, jump, swim and fly to overcome many demanding obstacles.
I Am The Hero (Ratalaika Games, available November 30) – €7.99 / £7.99 (€9.99 / £9.99 until December 16)
I Am The Hero is a love note to retro gaming, ripped from the fuzzy memories of the developer’s childhoods and seasoned with a wild passion for fighting games. If you want a truly modern re-interpretation of classic gaming, then it’s time to join the fate and answer one simple question, “are you the hero?”
Enjoy fast paced, retro action inspired by modern and old-school classics. I Am The Hero will give you shot of nostalgia and adrenaline that you’ve been crazing.
INSTANT TENNIS (Breakfirst Games, available November 30) – €8.90 / £7.90
Easy to pick-up with motion controls: Swing the Joy-Con like a tennis racket.
Fun to play with family and friends!
– 1 player in solo mode or 2 players in versus mode
– Turn base tournament with up to 8 players
– 3 game modes, 9 courts, 19 characters
OkunaKA (Ignition Publishing, available November 30) – €14.99 / £10.99 (€13.49 / £9.89 until December 7)
OkunoKA is a super hard platformer where you play as Ka, an improbable blue fellow who’s about to save the world of souls from thean evil hands of Os, who is transforming its inhabitants into machines.
As the incorruptible and immortal Ka, you’ll be jump and run through these breackneck lands, purifying the corrupted and attempting to defeat Os.
Oxyjet (Upstairs Digital, available November 30) – €14.99 / £13.49 (€9.99 / £8.99 until December 31)
Cooperate, manoeuvre and beat the other team! The hectic gameplay is simple but requires teamwork, quick thinking and tactics to master. You can battle it out with friends or strangers either by playing locally or online.
An Oxyjet ship is built for two. But if you don’t have a teammate or if you prefer going solo, you can control a spaceship by yourself in 1v1 or 1v2 fights. A solo ship presents its own strengths and weaknesses.
Race Arcade (Iceflake Studios, available November 30) – €9.99 / £8.99
Race Arcade is the ultimate top down racing game with a strong retro feeling and super smooth gameplay. This fresh and evolved racing experience seamlessly combines all the best parts from the good old racing games with the most recent technologies.
This is a big game with tiny cars and 100 tracks in diverse environments. Track themes vary from normal race tracks to ice roads, molten lava fields and even post-apocalyptic cities. There are six different cars with unique driving models. The car selection varies from a sports car to a real UFO so there are plenty of options to choose from.
Secret Files: Tunguska (Koch Media, available November 30) – €14.99 / £13.49
Help Nina and Max, the adventurous protagonists of Secret Files Tunguska, to solve a variety of challenging quests and elaborate riddles as the title’s fascinating plot leads you to the most remote corners of the Earth. Travel to exotic locations, explore rich sceneries, engage with interesting characters and collect useful information. Unravel a mystery that remained unsolved for more than a hundred years!
The First Tree (David Wehle, available November 30) – €9.99 / £8.99
The First Tree is a third-person exploration game centered around two parallel stories: a fox trying to find her missing family, and a son reconnecting with his estranged father in Alaska. Players take control of the fox on a poignant and beautiful journey that crescendos at the source of life, and perhaps result in an understanding of death. Along the way, players can uncover artifacts and stories from the son’s life as he becomes intertwined in the fox’s journey towards The First Tree.
ROCK BOSHERS DX: Director’s Cut (Tikipod, available November 30) – €5.99 / £5.39
Young Queen Victoria is bored of royal life, and has snuck off incognito to go adventuring on Mars. But oh no, she and her fellow adventurers have been locked up and forced to work the rocky mines deep underground. Help Victoria escape her captors dastardly plot, and try to find a way back home!
New Switch demos
Fitness Boxing Trial Version (Nintendo) – Free
It’s time to get moving! In Fitness Boxing, you can participate in boxing-based workouts while bopping along to instrumental versions of some popular music hits!
Freedom Planet Demo (Marvelous Europe) – Free
Freedom Planet is a fast-paced combat-driven platform adventure that pits a spunky dragon girl and her friends against hostile foreign powers and alien attack forces. There’s trouble around every turn, from insects to giant robots to sheer explosive destruction, but players will have a variety of special fighting abilities at their disposal to blast through more than a dozen massive, nonlinear stages. The campaign may be played through as Lilac, Carol, or the unlockable Milla, each of whom has completely unique gameplay mechanics, an altered story mode in which the selected character takes the lead, and even a few of her own unique stages.
Hot Springs Story Demo (Kairosoft) – Free
Build your own resort and propel it to success with but a touch of the finger in this one-of-a-kind simulation! Rooms, restaurants, arcades, and baths–position each facility to lull your guests into hot spring Nirvana and skyrocket your establishment to fame! Craft the perfect Japanese garden from lanterns, pine trees, azaleas, and more–you’ll need it all if you want to attract VIPs like pop stars and novelists.
INSTANT TENNIS Demo (Breakfirst Games) – Free
Easy to pick-up with motion controls: Swing the Joy-Con like a tennis racket.
Fun to play with family and friends!
– 1 player in solo mode or 2 players in versus mode
– Turn base tournament with up to 8 players
– 3 game modes, 9 courts, 19 characters
Robbotto Demo (JMJ Interactive) – Free
A gigantic space cruiser was slowly gliding through the vastness of cosmos, when suddenly disaster struck! The ship flew straight through a magnetic storm, causing all the robots and machines onboard to go crazy. Luckily, Robb and Otto, the ships top maintenance robots were putting out a fire in the ships shield generator room, and didn’t get affected by the storm. Now the two unlikely heroes must travel through the ship and disable all the malfunctioning machines.
OkunoKA Demo (Ignition Publishing) – Free
OkunoKA is a super hard platformer where you play as Ka, an improbable blue fellow who’s about to save the world of souls from thean evil hands of Os, who is transforming its inhabitants into machines. As the incorruptible and immortal Ka, you’ll be jump and run through these breackneck lands, purifying the corrupted and attempting to defeat Os.
New Switch pre-orders
V-Rally 4 Pre-Order Edition (BigBen) – €49.99 / £44.99
Game description: Dominate dangerous roads, hostile conditions, and environments, constantly striving for more speed. Let adrenaline boost your reflexes at the wheel of the most legendary off-road vehicles in each category, and take on the most difficult routes in fabulous surroundings.
EVERSPACE – Stellar Edition (ROCKFISH Games) – €39.99 / £35.99 (€31.99 / £28.79 until December 11)
Game description: It takes you on a challenging journey through an ever-changing, beautifully crafted universe full of surprises. Shoot, craft and loot your way to victory while the odds are stacked against you.
Hunter’s Legacy: Purrfect Edition (Lienzo) – €6.99 / £6.29
Game description: Embark on a feline-filled quest set in an action-packed fantasy universe brimming with fierce enemies, intense sword-fighting! Hunter’s Legacy is a 2D platformer where you control Ikki, a powerful huntress cat equipped with twin swords, a bow, and magical abilities, who must save the Kingdom of Iripur from the evil Morodir.
Guacamelee! 2 (DrinkBox Studios) – €19.99 / £17.99 (€17.99 / £16.19 until December 17)
Game description: Luchador Juan Aguacate is out of retirement for a stunning new adventure. Explore a huge, hand-crafted world inspired by Mexican culture and folklore, filled with sassy new villains and weirdos (and a few old friends!). Learn bone-crunching wrestling moves to fend off skeletal hordes and overcome skilful platforming challenges… and who said anything about a Chicken Illuminati? Certainly not us!
Knight of Pen & Paper 2 Deluxiest Edition (Plug In Digital) – €12.99 / £11.69 (€10.00 / £9.00 if you own Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition)
Game description: Prepare to inhabit a world of chivalry, class warfare and off-beat pop references in the sequel for the successful and award winning game Knights of Pen & Paper! Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is a turn-based, retro style, pixel-art adventure full of danger, intrigue, death, and saving throws!
Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle (Plug In Digital) – €22.49 / £19.99
Game description: Get the two games Knights of Pen & Paper + Knights of Pen & Paper 2 in this discounted bundle!
Take on the roles of in-game players taking on the roles of their characters in a traditional pen and paper RPG session in the ultimate meta roleplaying experience. As both the playing characters AND the game master, you can choose which battles to fight. Put together a bunch of monsters to make for a challenging fight and your efforts will be equally rewarded!
Carcassonne (Asmodee Digital) – €19.99 / £17.99
Game description: Draw and place your tiles to build your medieval city. Cities, roads, monasteries and fields will help you enlarge your landscape, where you can place your followers, the meeples. Knights, robbers or farmers… Each meeple will help you control your territory and win points.
But be careful, you’ll need your wits and tactics to optimize your points! Place your tiles and meeples wisely to stop your opponents and win the game!
Includes Carcassonne – Inns & Cathedrals if you pre-order the game.
Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Wizard Fire (FTE Games) – €7.99 / £7.20
Game description: Wizard Fire a is classic multiplayer action RPG for one to two players. Originally released in 1992, and a noted classic arcade title from the 90s.
SEGA Mega Drive Classics (SEGA EUR) – €29.99 / £29.99
Game description: SEGA’s collection of Mega Drive & Genesis classics comes to a new generation! Including over 50 titles across all genres, from all-time classics like Sonic and Streets of Rage 2 to deep RPGs like the Phantasy Star series; arcade action, shooters, beat’m ups, puzzlers, old favourites and hidden gems. There is a classic title for every player to enjoy! New features also bring modern convenience to the classics. Save your game at any time, rewind those slip-ups, or customise your controls.
Abyss (EnjoyUp Games) – €2.99 / £2.69 (€1.97 / £1.77 until December 25)
Game description: Natural resources are scarce and the survival of the human race is in danger. Desperate to find new energy resources, the ASAN creates a biomechanical robot called Nep2no that is capable of withstanding extreme depths in the hope of finding new energy sources. After many years of exploration, a new energy source is found, code named “Gaia”.
Santa Tracker (Onteca) – €2.99 / £2.99
Game description: Read Santa’s very own blog as he prepares for the big day and receive exclusive news stories from the North Pole. Use the Advent Calendar to find out where Santa has been spotted during the run up to Christmas. Is he working in the toy factory? Out for a ride? or just having a cup of Tea? On Christmas Eve he will travel the world delivering in every time zone from New Zealand to San Francisco just after the kids have fallen asleep.
Next week: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Hello Neighbor Hide and Seek, SEGA Mega Drive Classics, YO-KAI WATCH 3, Demetrios – The BIG Cynical Adventure, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, Son of a Witch, Energy Cycle Edge, and Carcassonne.