E3 brings a bunch of surprises to the Switch eShop, including Collection of Mana

At the start of the week the UK Switch eShop line-up was looking slim with only the hardcore RTS Battle Worlds: Kronos and the purplish point ‘n clicker reboot Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry on the agenda. Then E3 and a new Nintendo Direct happened, and well, let’s just say it’s another busy week.

Square-Enix has dished out a double-whammy of surprises. THE LAST REMNANT Remastered is available now for a modest £15.99, boasting an updated game engine. The Xbox 360 original arrived to a lukewarm reception in 2008, although it appears it has achieved ‘cult’ status over the years.

The surprise launch of Collection of Mana has generated more of a buzz, bringing together the GameBoy’s Final Fantasy Adventure, the much-loved Secret of Mana, and the never-before-translated Trials of Mana. The ability to save anywhere and a jukebox are just two of the new features. It’s also getting a limited retail release, which perhaps explains why it’s £34.99.

In celebration of a brand-new Contra, Konami has ushered Contra Anniversary Collection out the door. No reviews are live just yet but given how well the recent Castlevania Collection turned out, it’s a safe purchase. Regional variations are coming post-launch too.

Then from Nintendo themselves there’s Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda, which is less of a surprise – it was tipped to launch this month. A spin-off of the indie hit Crypt of the NecroDancer (which is down to £3.59 currently), it’s a 2D rhythmic action-adventure with 25 remixed classic Legend of Zelda tunes.

Stepping away from E3 surprises, there’s Verlet Swing, which Nintendo World Report rather liked. “Verlet Swing is one of the most outlandish games I’ve played in a long time. The presentation is simply delightful in a weird drug-induced kind of way, and seeing what was in store for me next was something that helped push through the frustration that cropped up,” they said.  

As usual, you’ll find a list of new Switch eShop releases below. Check back next week when we’ll be getting geared up for Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled and increasing our potassium intake with My Friend Pedro.

New Switch eShop releases

Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry – £35.99

Watch out, ladies, I’m coming! My new adventure, Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry, takes me – whatever the route or twist of fate – from the end of the ’80s directly to the year 2018 and wow, how the world has changed! While my view of the world and women from way back in the 1980s collides with modern reality, I’m all set to date my way across the 21st century!

Radiation City – £17.99

Scavenge for resources inside any building and especially the landmarks of Pripyat: hotel Polissya, the cultural center, cinema Prometheus, the swimming pool and all the abandoned flat buildings. Craft and choose your gear wisely. Discover and use the campsites for safely passing the nights. Equipment, weapons and the vehicles you may find and use are your only friends.

Collection of Mana – £34.99

Quintessential JRPG series “Collection of Mana” is now on Nintendo Switch! Fall in love with the Mana series all over again, including the first-ever release of the action-packed third game in the trilogy: “Trials of Mana”!

THE LAST REMNANT Remastered – £15.99

Last released in 2008, The Last Remnant captured the hearts and minds of gamers with its enthralling story, countless characters and intricate battle system. Now this cult classic RPG is back with a Remastered version and is coming to Nintendo Switch with even more beautiful graphics, enhanced via an updated game engine.

Battle Worlds: Kronos – £26.99

Battle Worlds: Kronos is a turn-based strategy game deeply rooted in the hexagonal tradition of the genre. The planet is once again torn by war, for the succession of a new emperor. Its destiny is in your hands!

Contra Anniversary Collection – £15.99

Grab power ups and blast your way through waves of menacing enemies and bosses that will put your reaction skills to the test. Also included is a digital Bonus Book with tons of concept documents and sketches, the official chronology of the franchise, an exclusive interview with the veteran producer of the series, and more!

PlataGO! Super Platform Game Maker – £17.99

No need to code, no need for complex scripting – PlataGO! is a 100% drag-and-drop tool, that lets you start making platform games immediately. No fuss, no tutorial – just jump straight in and start creating!

Phantom Doctrine – £17.99

Phantom Doctrine is a strategic turn-based espionage thriller set at the peak of the Cold War. Drawing on a wide variety of influences and capturing the subtle intrigue of classic spy films, the game thrust the player into a mysterious world of covert operations, counterintelligence, conspiracy, and paranoia.


Spend your summer days exploring, interacting with residents, and investigating local legends to uncover the mystery hiding behind the town’s idyllic exterior. With gorgeous artwork from Yuki Kato, lead artist behind the BLAZBLUE franchise, and top-quality production values, WORLDEND SYNDROME is a romantic horror story that will send a shiver up your spine but have you asking for more!

Dead Dungeon – £4.49

Dead Dungeon is a hardcore 2D platformer in the best traditions of classic games, with an excellent chiptune soundtrack. The game will check your nerves for strength and bring a lot of emotions.

Demolition Crew – £2.00

Jump and smash your way to the top of different buildings in a race against time, puzzles and enemies. On top of each building you hit a bell to mark the building ready for demolition. In each level you will find power-ups like down stab, double jump and bombs to help you on your way.

Vosaria: Lair of the Forgotten – £4.49

A pump-action 2D side-scrolling game with different enemy types. along with a jump-to-the-roof mechanic that spices up the combat. Avoid traps, survive enemy encounters and upgrade your weapons and gear to overcome the challenges.

Arcade Archives POOYAN  – £6.29

POOYAN is a shooting game released by KONAMI in 1982. One day in the woods, Mama Pig takes up a bow and arrow to save her POOYAN (her kidnapped children) from the wolves.
Use the bow and arrow to pop the balloons the wolves are riding down on. Throw meat (the wolves favorite) to take down multiple wolves for a bonus score!

Bullet Battle: Evolution – £14.99

Team up with friends (or even your enemies!), strategize and defeat your foes in this top-tier multiplayer TPS. With graphics this good, you’d swear you were really there.

Next week: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, My Friend Pedro, Slender: The Arrival, Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story, Mainlining, Captain Cat, Sea King, Citizens of Space, Boxing Champs, Muse Dash, Forest Home, Fort Boyard, and Duke of Defense.

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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