Hob: The Definitive Edition, Darksiders, and Mechstermination Force hit the Switch

Things are a rather quiet on PS4 and Xbox One this week, with Borderlands: GOTY Edition being the only major new release. Jolly camp Nintendo is a whole lot busier, thankfully.

As per usual, the system gains another batch of belated conversions. From THQ Nordic comes the Zelda alike adventure Darksiders Warmastered Edition, which reportedly not just holds up well despite its age, but performs smoothly on Switch. Perhaps not a huge surprise, seeing even the Wii U had a competent version.

Then there’s Hob: The Definitive Edition, from the creators of Torchlight and its sequel. This conversion comes from specialists Panic Button. The first review to appear is an 8/10 from Nintendo Life. “Hob: The Definitive Edition retains all the qualities of the original, with only a reasonable downgrade in its visuals serving as a caveat. With a cel-shaded art style helping negate the effect of this aesthetic sacrifice and all the improvements genuinely helping elevate Hob’s overall quality, Hob becomes the latest 3D platformer to secure a well-earned place among Switch’s most exciting new additions,” they said.

As for newer titles, there’s Mechstermination Force – a colourful boss rush shooter from the creator of Gunman Clive. Nintendo Life also awarded it an 8/10, although warned that with Cuphead around the corner you may want to wait.

Nintendo Insider opted for a 9/10, meanwhile: “It may not have the usually expected run-and-gun Metal Slug action to fill the gap between boss fights, but when those boss fights are this good it doesn’t really need them.”

We’re also pleased to report that competitive airship shooter Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing is worth a look, gaining an 8/10 from TheSixthAxis. They did however note that Pro Controller support isn’t due until a later date. [“…despite the game’s origins as a VR game, this is a sci-fi battler that will likely draw you in without too much trouble,” was their verdict.

You’ll find the full list of new Switch releases and pre-orders below. Who’s up for some Donkey Kong 3? Stanley the Bugman is always welcome round these parts.

Darksiders Warmastered Edition – £26.99
Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of the world, War – the first Horseman of the Apocalypse – stands accused of breaking the sacred law by inciting a war between Heaven and Hell. In the slaughter that ensued, the demonic forces defeated the heavenly hosts and laid claim to the Earth

Silence – £35.99
War rages on. During an air raid, 16-year-old Noah and his little sister Renie seek shelter in a bunker. There, not only are they protected from the deadly bombardment, but are also at the crossroads of a world between life and death: Silence. When Noah’s sister gets lost in Silence, he is forced to venture into this idyllic yet threatening world to find her.

Hob: The Definitive Edition – £17.99
From the creators of Torchlight and Torchlight II! Traverse and transform the mysterious world of Hob. This vibrant, atmospheric adventure game is set in a stunning and brutal world in disarray. As players delve into the mysteries around them, they discover a planet in peril. Can it be mended, or will the world fall further into chaos? Now with enhanced performance and features, only available on Nintendo Switch in this definitive edition.

Horror-world Exploration: Explore the oppressive caverns of the hive, guided only by a sparse map. Enemies can appear from anywhere at any time.

Pitfall Planet – £11.99
Featuring the cutest pair of robots this side of the Milky Way, Pitfall Planet’s action takes place on a distant, forgotten mining world. Play as the two astrobots, who after being stranded and separated from their ship, must traverse the subterranean caves of the ruined planet, overcoming its many perils in the process.

The friends of Ringo Ishikawa – £12.05
Ringo Ishikawa is a gang leader but also a senior in High School, with day-to-day challenges and routines to follow. You have freedom in how you pass each day, and as time progresses a natural story plays out that is inspired by yakuza-delinquent aesthetics. This is a story about gangs, friendships and, most of all, about growing up.

Mechstermination Force – £10.99
Battle against massive bosses, jump and climb onto them to find their weak spots and blow them to kingdom come in this action-packed platforming boss rush, from the creator of the Gunman Clive series.

12 Labours of Hercules – £2.69
Travel back to the time of Hercules, an ancient Greek hero as he embarks on a great adventure to rescue his kidnapped wife from the clutches of Hades the ancient god of the underworld. On the way encounter a vast cast of fellow heroes who will help you battle beasts, move boulders and more!

Safety First! – £1.80
Safety First! is a twin-stick physics puzzler in which you have to fix broken electric wires using your Magical Yellow Repair Liquid (MYRL). Get ready for a challenging journey through a variety of gameplay mechanics and hilarious sound design. Can you beat all 69 levels?

SpellKeeper – £4.99
SpellKeeper is a unique logic game with dozens of challenging puzzles and beautifully hand-drawn graphics. Take on the role of the Chosen One and save butterflies trapped in magic cocoons.

V-Rally 4 Ultimate Edition – £59.99
This Bundle includes: – Main Title – Career Booster (x2) – Ford GT 2006 – Citroen DS3 RX – Volkswagen Pikes Peak – Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing – £17.99
In Bow to Blood you will compete to become Champion of the Arena, as its inscrutable Overseers test you and your fellow challengers in a winner-takes-all fantasy reality show.

Minefield – £3.99
Minefield is a modern day re-imagining of a classic game. Work your way through a board avoiding all the mines, keeping track of your best time in three difficulty modes.

AngerForce: Reloaded – £8.09
AngerForce: Reloaded for Nintendo Switch is a hardcore scrolling fly-and-shoot game done in the 90’s arcade style. It’s set against the backdrop of a 19th-century human world that has seen the outbreak of a robot rebellion.

Modern Tales: Age of Invention – £13.49
Paris, 1900. During the world expo an unknown force kidnaps the brightest minds of the century. To what sinister end? Step into the shoes of Emily Patterson – the daughter of one of the captured scientists – to conduct your own investigation, follow the trail of the captor and thwart his evil plans before the fate of the world is sealed.

Pressure Overdrive – £10.99
Pressure Overdrive is a complete overhaul of the original Pressure game. In this enhanced version, you revisit an action-packed world, filled with crazy characters and funky humour. Pressure Overdrive will challenge your skills, while you race, ram and blast your way through countless bullets and enemies. Customize your buggy for clever play styles and have a friend join the cause in local coop mode. “La Resistance” counts on you! Do you have what it takes?

Royal Adviser – £6.29
In Royal Adviser the players take on the roles of court advisers of an old King and attempt to seize power for themselves. Each player has a secret goal that they must achieve by manipulating the kingdom and advising the King on daily issues. They can also form secret alliances, spy, and accuse each other of their ambitions.

In the year 2085 a huge multiplex construction site has become victim of a massive scale hacking incident and the construction robots have started attacking the workers on site. What could have possibly happened? Experience the fights for yourself, taking control of two beautiful heroines as you battle through their stories to the end.

Sephirothic Stories – £12.14
Shendoah―a world protected by Sephiroth. However, with the power of the world tree having begun to wane, countless people have been overcome by an encroaching murk that has transformed them into monsters. Now with the world on the verge of destruction, an unlikely band sets out an adventure with their convictions… Yet, what shocking truth awaits them at the end of their journey…?

Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission Launch Edition – £49.99
Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission is a Tactical-Card game packed with exhilarating confrontation, deep card game strategy and a thrilling storyline taking place in the wide Dragon Ball Heroes universe! This Bundle regroups the main game (SUPER DRAGON BALL HEROES WORLD MISSION) and the 11 early Unlock Cards (Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission Power-Up Pack). It will be available until 09/05/2019, 00:59 local time.

Arcade Archives DONKEY KONG 3 – £6.29
DONKEY KONG 3 is a shooting game released by Nintendo in 1983. Take on the role of the hero STANLEY, and use your Sprayer to drive away DONKEY KONG and exterminate the various flower-stealing bugs that appear in the botanical garden. Get high scores with a perfect bonus by chasing off DONKEY KONG and having no flowers stolen!

Circuits – £4.49
Simple in concept, but very challenging and rewarding, Circuits is a musical puzzle game that requires careful listening to complete each level. The goal of Circuits: to piece together the different parts of a song. Sounds easy, but maybe it’s not…

Feather – £7.28
Fly like a Bird. Feather is a peaceful game about immersing yourself in a beautiful island. Become a bird, fly around and lose yourself in zen-like flow whilst listening to the soothing ambient soundtrack. With responsive and fluid flight controls to swoop, glide, backflip and roll your way around the island.

Godly Corp – £7.19
Do you want to do something meaningful in your life? Do you desire more responsibility like responsibility for the fate of the multiverse hanging in the balance? You might want to consider a career with Godly Corp, an upcoming over-the-top simulator with a focus on wobbly tentacle physics! Rest assured that every mistake will bring tremendous consequences, just as you wanted!

Monster Slayers – £10.79
Monster Slayers is a rogue-like deck-building RPG adventure with an innovative card-based battle system that lets you customize a deck to suit your play style. Create a hero to join the Monster Slayers Guild and choose your path through the perilous Northern Valley as you follow your quest to defeat the legendary Harbinger and become a true Monster Slayer.

Yet Another Zombie Defense HD – £4.04
Yet Another Zombie Defense HD is all about defending yourself against hordes of darkness attacking you every night. However, when you’re a lone survivor struggling against waves of enemies who are getting stronger and stronger, your end is inevitable. The only important question is how long can YOU survive?

Zombie Scrapper – £2.69
Zombie Scrapper is a twin-stick shooter that drops you right into the zombie apocalypse. You will battle hordes of zombies in destructible environments; not just your regular undead horde, but you’ll have to outmanoeuvre fast zombies, out muscle big beefcake zombies, and make exploding zombies go boom! All while scavenging whatever scrap you can get your hands on to unlock a truly powerful arsenal of weapons, to keep your brains where they belong!

New Switch pre-orders

Box Align – £0.89
Discover the power of the Box Align puzzles! A simple yet challenging Puzzle Game where you put your brain to work while trying to eliminate all the boxes with as few moves as possible.

Moto Rush GT – £9.44
Racers, beware! Fast-paced, polished and dynamic motorbike racing now on Nintendo Switch! One of a kind game entirely playable with any control method including… Toy-Con Motorbike! (Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit). Forget about speed limits and the rules of the road! Here, you are in charge!

Trüberbrook – £22.49
Trüberbrook is a thrilling mystery-sci-fi adventure game. Enjoy an adventurous vacation to a 1960’s parallel universe! A Sci-Fi-Mystery Adventure Game with handmade scenery.

Little Friends: Dogs & Cats – £39.99
It’s time to meet your new Little Friends! These adorable puppies and kittens can’t wait to meet you in the first pet training game for Nintendo Switch!

The Demon Crystal – £8.99
Once upon a time, there was a rich country “Fareis country” in a certain place. However, as the peace and prosperity continued, the people of the kingdom were corrupted and the power of the nation declined. Princess Chris chooses outstanding people from the citizens to make the country a lively thing like the old days, and appointed the Royal Guards’ Director Ares Niser as the Governor. But the time of trial has come to this peaceful and happy country.

SlabWell: The Quest For Kaktun’s Alpaca – £6.99
Somewhere deep in the Amazon jungle, lies the finest treasure mankind has ever crafted: The Jade Alpaca. Professional thief duo Sam and Jacky head off on an adventure to recover the mythical artifact, determined to solve the riddles and overcome the challenges that have kept it safe through centuries.

UglyDolls: An Imperfect Adventure – £34.99
Robots are cool when they’re blinking lights and zooming by with their sleek metallic finish. In UglyDolls: An Imperfect Adventure, a whole horde of robots are on the loose and taking over Uglyville trying to make it “perfect!”.

Xtreme Club Racing – £8.89
Get behind the wheel in one of eShop’s frantic extreme driving games. Travel back in time with a flashback to the ARCADES with pure ARCADE style retro-playability. Tracks in the mountain with different theme park type settings. Many and diverse interactive elements in the competition where the driver’s driving and reflexes are put to the test.

Next week: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, Reigns: Game of Thrones, Box Align, Vaporum, Back to Bed, Way of the Passive Fist, War Theatre, Super Star Path, Street Basketball, Jungle Z, Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!, Switch ‘N’ Shoot, The Mystery of Woolley Mountain, Windstorm – Ari’s Arrival Shadowgate, Bot Vice, and Doggie Ninja The Golden Mission.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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