Kirby spin a familiar yarn on 3DS, while the succulent shooter Assault Android Cactus+ hits the Switch

It’s impossible to say how many big-name 3DS games Nintendo has left in the pipeline. The ageing handheld is at least going out in style – Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is out this week, gaining decent reviews.

This 9-year-old Wii platformer reportedly holds up well in a shrunken down form, gaining 9/10s from both GameSpot and Nintendo Life, and an 8.5 from EGM.

“The strong gameplay design from Kirby’s Epic Yarn still shines a decade later, and the carefully-crafted additions in Extra make the original feel threadbare in comparison,” was EGM’s verdict.

The Switch receives a few belated conversions, meanwhile. The very good Assault Android Cactus+ brings colourful, hypnotic, twin-stick shooting while Valley is an underrated first-person platformer. A fantasy Mirror’s Edge, if you will, involving discarded World War II technology. We’ve played through both of these on Xbox One, and while both are a little short, we can safely say they’re worth considering.

There’s also 12 is Better Than 6, a sketchbook top-down shooter set in the wild west, and Beat Cop – a retro, pixel art style adventure in New York, inspired by ’80s cop shows. Failing that, there’s good old Pong, in the form of Proficient Paddles Deluxe. Hurrah?

You’ll find the full list of Switch releases below, including pre-orders and new demos.

New 3DS eShop releases

Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn – £34.99
Join Kirby on a whimsical quest to save Patch Land in Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, only for Nintendo 3DS family systems! Use our hero’s new-found yarn powers and enjoy a relaxing adventure through a fantastical patchwork world, made of different fabrics.

New Switch eShop releases

Beat Cop – £13.49
New York, more like a beast than a city. Explore its darkest corners and uncover its secrets as Jack Kelly, a former detective who has been framed for a murder. Degraded and forgotten by old pals, it’s your last chance to find the truth behind this whole terrible mess. The thing is, your new boss treats you horribly, your wife is a money sucking spawn from hell and the local mafia wants your head on a plate. I guess you could say, that things are complicated down here, in the middle of Brooklyn. Oh, and don’t forget about writing tickets, reprimanding pedestrians & such.

12 is Better Than 6 – £8.99
It is 1873. An escaped slave is slowly walking through the desert, making his way from Mexico to Texas. He keeps a revolver close and is wearing the sombrero stolen from a dead man.

Arcade Archives IKARI WARRIORS – £6.29
Play as Colonel RALF and Lieutenant CLARK to infiltrate enemy territory and take down an evil organization from the inside. There’s just one problem, your enemies are endless… but ammunition is limited! Pick up any ammo your enemies drop to replenish your stock, and use power up items to your advantage as you advance behind enemy lines!

Assault Android Cactus+ – £17.99
Experience an arcade style twin stick shooter set in a vivid sci fi universe. Junior Constable Cactus is outside her pay grade when she responds to a distress call and ends up stranded on a crippled space freighter under attack by its own robot workers.

Braveland Trilogy – £13.49
Braveland Trilogy is a turn-based game inspired by old-school strategies with hexagonal battlefield. The story will take place in a hand-drawn world and cover many interesting places and characters. Various warriors will join your army – archers, scouts, healers, footmen, arbalesters and more.

Bard’s Gold – Nintendo Switch Edition – £7.99
Bard’s Gold is a challenging platformer that lets you explore eerie worlds in a quest for a Goblin that stole your gold.

Freecell Solitaire – £3.99
Freecell Solitaire has faithfully recreated the world’s most loved card game!

Hard West – £17.99
Welcome to the Wild West as you’ve never seen before. Follow Warren on his descent into the darkest recesses of the human soul, and try to survive in a world full of hard choices and even harder consequences. Because in this world, death is a constant presence and the black pacts which you make with forces beyond human comprehension will forever haunt all those around you.

Mahjong Stories: Vampire Romance – £4.50
For many years Edward suffered from insomnia and saw what others did not. One day he tried to escape all the nightmares but his evil destiny overtook him near the weird graveyard. Its unhappy souls suffered under the authority of the cruel ancient vampire, and their last hope was the Savior, brave and clever enough to solve all the mysteries and break the cursed seals. So Edward decided to stay and challenge Count Orlok…

Pillar – £7.19
Lost in an intimate snowy town, a palette of individuals are in search of a mysterious artifact said to bring great knowledge and understanding. Lead each character through their quest in this collection of minigames, each with unique personalities and challenges… maybe their paths aren’t so different after all.

Paperbound Brawlers – £12.99
Be a gravity ninja. Between one and four players run with scissors, walk on walls, and lob ink bombs in whimsical-yet-intense battles within the pages of old storybooks.

Monument Builders Rushmore – £6.29
Travel back in time and become the person in charge of building famous Mount Rushmore! Direct workers and manage resources with the help of Henry Johnson, the site foreman, to finish work projects in time! Defend against thieves trying to sabotage your work sites! Will you be up to the task of building a monument on such a vast scale?

Proficient Paddles Deluxe – £3.20
Proficient Paddles: Deluxe is a super fast-paced arcade game. One or two players? It’s your choice! Battle a friend locally with each Joy-Con controller or go against an AI with three selectable difficulties. Will you show your patriotism by outfitting your country’s paddle, or embrace your inner showman by flaunting one of the many eye-catching colored paddles? The choice is yours! In this fast-paced sports action title, you make your own battles…

Quest for the Golden Duck – £7.99
Inspired by a classic game from the golden age of arcades, Quest for the Golden Duck allows you to bring up to 3 more friends in a co-op game. Or take control of the monsters in PvP game and prevent the other team from stealing all the gold from the castle.

R.B.I. Baseball 19 – £29.99
R.B.I. Baseball 19 takes the field delivering heightened authenticity for a genuine MLB experience. We’ve added hundreds of new animations, updated player models, every official 2019 uniform, more player gear, improved ball physics and environments, and more!

Valley – £15.59
Explore the vast and beautiful world of Valley using the power of the L.E.A.F. suit: a fierce exoskeleton that grants exceptional speed and agility along with the phenomenal ability to manipulate the life and death of all living things.

Unknown Fate – £13.49
Unknown Fate is a single-player first person puzzle-adventure with a mysterious story, puzzles to solve and enemies to defeat.

New Switch demos


New Switch pre-orders

GALAK-Z: The Void: Deluxe Edition – £10.70
AngerForce: Reloaded for Nintendo Switch – £6.87
Azure Saga: Pathfinder DELUXE Edition – £6.87
Bonds of the Skies – £10.52
Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Joe and Mac Returns – £7.03
Unit 4 – £5.39
Windscape – £12.79

Next week: The Caligula Effect: Overdose, Blood Waves, Moero Chronicle Hyper, BombFall, Little Shopping, Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Joe and Mac Returns, Golf Peaks, Twist & Match, Bonds of the Skies, Dusty Raging Fist, and Motorsport Manager for Nintendo Switch.

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