This week’s Switch line-up is one for the ages, with major new releases left, right and indeed centre. Our only possible explanation is that publishers believe the anticipated Super Mario Maker 2 will see a surge in eShop traffic. Well, that and the fact that the end of the month is often associated with payday.
As many will have doubtlessly predicted, Super Mario Maker 2 has gained glowing reviews. IGN felt it was deserving of a 9.5. “Super Mario Maker 2 does nearly everything better than its already excellent predecessor, keeping the charm of a Mario game while introducing some incredible new ideas,” was their verdict.
It also gained 4.5/5 from both GamesRadar and US Gamer. “Super Mario Maker 2 is an almost perfect package, putting equal emphasis on discovery, creation, story mode, and outright brilliant gameplay,” said GamesRadar.
US Gamer’s verdict echoed suit: “Super Mario Maker 2 starts with the foundation established in the first game, and adds new themes, new game styles, and new items. It falters due to the loss of the second screen of the Wii U and 3DS iterations, and the lack of Amiibo costumes hurt, but this is still a fantastic package for a Mario fan or budding lever designer.”
SEGA’s Virtua Racing is one of the more noteworthy retro re-releases of late, improving on the original with modern touches. Don’t be put off by its age – it’s still an excellent racer.
“Virtua Racing is by far the most impressive Sega Ages release to date, offering an incredible remaster that doesn’t just replicate the arcade game but actively improves its resolution and frame rate,” beamed Nintendo Life before handing out 8/10.
That’s joined by SEGA AGES Wonder Boy: Monster Land, aka the one if with the infuriating warning noise when low on health. Switch headphone users beware.
Capcom dishes up another re-release too, in the form of the original Devil May Cry. While the £15.99 asking price is far more reasonable than the £30 mark up for Resident Evil re-releases, a re-release of the Devil May Cry HD Collection would have been far more welcome.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night hits the Switch this week too. Sadly, this conversion was outsourced, and boy does it show. It’s a clear downgrade with freezes, framerate issues, muddy visuals and other niggles. The developer promises fixes are on the way, but how long we’ll have to wait is a mystery. Hopefully it’s salvageable.
Dandy Dungeon is one you shouldn’t overlook during this busy week. It’s a very literal fantasy RPG, involving a Japanese salaryman creating his own role-playing game in which he’s the hero. “Dandy Dungeon is a breath of fresh air in a time when most games take themselves too seriously. I love the music and humour here,” said God is a Geek.
It also gained 80% from GamingTrend: “While a little reliant on grinding near the end, Dandy Dungeon: Legend of Brave Yamada is a delightful little tongue-in-cheek RPG with a little heart and a lot of laughs. Its simple yet engrossing gameplay system mixed with fun puzzle mechanics and cute presentation make this a wonderful Switch title to play on the go.”
You’ll find the full list of new Switch releases below. Other highlights include the courtroom drama We. The Revolution, medieval cemetery management sim Graveyard Keeper, esteemed shooter Psyvariar Delta, and good old Terraria.
New Switch eShop releases
Super Mario Maker 2 – £59.99
Break the rules and make the Super Mario courses you’ve always dreamed of in Super Mario Maker 2, only on Nintendo Switch! With lots of new tools, course parts and features at your disposal, let your imagination run wild as you craft unique levels to share with friends and players all over the world.
Devil May Cry – £15.99
The first appearance of Dante, the ultimate devil hunter!
But this is no ordinary job for Dante, who is also motivated by revenge…
We. The Revolution – £17.99
We. The Revolution is a unique game with a singular art style set in the blood-soaked and paranoid world of the French Revolution, where often you could not tell a friend from an enemy. As a judge of the Revolutionary Tribunal, you will pass sentences and play a dangerous political game. At the end of a day, you will also confront your decisions with your family.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – £34.99
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a gothic horror, side-scrolling, action RPG set in 18th century England. A paranormal force has summoned a demon-infested castle, revealing crystal shards infused with tremendous magical power.
NEKOPARA Vol.3 £9.89
The game has been updated for its console release, which includes a completely new opening movie and song as well as full-HD graphics. NEKOPARA is once again ready to serve its loyal customers all around the world!
Baobabs Mausoleum Ep.2: 1313 Barnabas Dead End Drive – £5.39
Now arrives the second Baobabs Mausoleum chapter with “Baobabs Mausoleum Ep.2: 1313 Barnabas Dead End Drive” which follows the adventure of our FBI Agent Watracio Walpurgis in his quest: Escape from Flamingos Creek.
Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love – £17.99
Experience the totalitarian Matryoshka through the eyes of Evan – a low-ranking, goofy journalist involuntarily pulled right into the middle of an espionage stand-off between two powers. Jump into the wacky spy adventure, uncover secrets of the bizarre communist country (and the powerful capitalist empire!), witness a story full of unpredictable twists and turns, and discover the true agenda of the mysterious Supreme Leader!
Fort Boyard – £26.99
Enter Fort Boyard and take up the challenge with more than 10 activities that combine Action and Party Games! Endurance, dexterity, and perseverance will be your best assets for collecting boyard coins.
Q-YO Blaster – £8.99
Q-YO Blaster is a horizontal Shoot ‘Em Up , with peculiar characters, strange enemies, bullets, many bullets and many explosions. Enter the miniature world and stop the threat.
War Tech Fighters – £15.99
War Tech Fighters is a space action game that combines the spectacular action of Japanese Anime with Hollywood Blockbusters. Configure, upgrade and customize your War Tech and dive into battle to fight back the Zatronian forces and save your galaxy!
MotoGP 19 – £49.99
Play with your favourite 2019 Championship rider and race on 19 different tracks! Discover all the classes: MotoGP™, Moto2™, Moto3™, Red Bull MotoGP™ Rookies Cup and the new MotoE™.
Chiki-Chiki Boxy Pro Wrestling – £13.49
The battle gong sounds! Make your way through the tournament, aiming for the top! The controls are easy! You can bust out flashy moves with just a single button. Unleash jump attacks, drops, holds, and specials, carrying them out just how you think of them! Up to 6 players can play. Compete in intense battles with players from all around the world! Combine your favorite parts and moves to create your very own custom wrestler!
Graveyard Keeper – £17.99
Graveyard Keeper is the most inaccurate medieval cemetery management sim of the year. Build & manage your own graveyard while finding shortcuts to cut costs, expand into entertainment with witch-burning festivals, and scare nearby villagers into attending church. This is a game of capitalism and doing whatever it takes to build a thriving business.
SEGA AGES Wonder Boy: Monster Land – £5.99
The arcade platform action RPG stars a now-teenage Tom-Tom, also known as Wonder Boy. Having previously saved Wonder Land from clutches of the evil king, the hero is called upon again when the evil MEKA dragon invades. It’s up to Wonder Boy to defeat all the monsters in the now-called “Monster Land.” Fight monsters, purchase magical weapons, and traverse the realm today!
SEGA AGES Virtua Racing – £5.99
Experience the herald of modern racing games, Virtua Racing! It’s a race against time, but be careful, running into opponents and obstacles will slow you down. Can you beat the clock?
Psyvariar Delta – £23.50
First released in arcades in 2000, this enhanced version retains the classic BUZZ system that lets players enjoy the thrill of levelling up by avoiding direct hits and evading enemy attacks just enough to graze their planes.
Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase – £6.27
Dispatch Games brings back the Jaleco arcade classic with, Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase. The game has been refreshed with updated graphics and gameplay, but retains its arcade charm with its catchy music and unique style that have been fan favourites for many years.
Terraria – £24.99
The very world is at your fingertips as you fight for survival, fortune, and glory. Delve deep into cavernous expanses, seek out ever-greater foes to test your mettle in combat, or construct your own city – In the World of Terraria, the choice is yours!
Penguin Wars – £11.89
Join Riley and his friends on their journey to Gira Gira land. Collect items and earn candy to evolve your favourite character. You can also buy “Gira Skills” that let you learn special moves for each character. You can play one on one, two on two, or even play with different rules such as using bombs and other items against your opponents. Each character has a different skill set so make sure to use and master appropriate characters to help you on your journey.
Arcade Archives CLU CLU LAND – £6.29
“CLU CLU LAND” is an action game released by Nintendo in 1984. In “CLU CLU LAND”, you control of the main character, GLOOPY, to find hidden gold ingots hidden around the stage. GLOOPY automatically moves forward, but by holding and releasing the turn posts at the right time, you can send GLOOPY off in different directions. You are also able to enjoy playing together in coop mode.
Rain City – £5.96
Players control the main character to look for his sister in the city. The story moves along while meeting various characters, gathering information, solving puzzles, and clearing minigames. There are elements that test skills including memory and observation, and the many items that appear add to its appeal to the game.
Azuran Tales: TRIALS – £11.69
Armies of undead, flying sharks and the price of immortality. Azuran Tales: Trials is a brutal platformer with RPG elements, challenging combat and merciless enemies. Journey across the World of Azuran as you discover its beautiful levels, expansive lore and unravel the mystery of Magrath. But don’t expect an easy journey as you explore this world full of lore, monsters, traps, and unique bosses. This game is straightforward and hard to beat so you will be forced to learn and adapt or fail and die each and every time!
Human Rocket Person – £4.49
Join Human Rocket Person on the adventure of a lifetime as he tries to save the universe. Jump your way through different levels on your incredible pogo stick. Fly with special abilities and master the awkward controls.7
Furwind – £8.09
Furwind is a colorful, pixel art style, action-platformer game that evokes the challenging classics of the old days. Embark on this epic adventure in which a little fox will fight the ominous darkness that is invading its world.
Dandy Dungeon – Legend of Brave Yamada – – £19.79
Yamada-kun (age 36) is a programmer at a major game publisher. He hates his job. Deep into every night, alone in his apartment, he works on his own game: it’s an RPG, and he is the hero, Brave Yamada!
Goonya Fighter – £20.29
Walk too far and you flop over; punch the wrong way and be sent flying!
And get back up again just as easily!
For beginners and pros alike, welcome to a different kind of fighting game.
Epic Astro Story – £8.99
Pioneer an untamed planet, building roads and houses for your fellow denizens of the future. Cultivate your quaint colony into a stellar space citadel, and you’ll pull alien tourists from everywhere this side of Alpha Centauri!
Lines X – £0.89
Lines X is a Numberlink-based puzzle game involving finding paths to connect colored tiles in a grid.
Bitlogic – A Cyberpunk Arcade Adventure – £5.99
Bitlogic is an action and adventure game elegantly classic but enhanced with new adapted graphics. In the game you take control of Bit, your personal avatar in a virtual cyberpunk world full of dangerous enemies, hidden paths and digital mysteries. Immerse yourself in Bit’s universe and dare to uncover the secrets behind the source code. Explore, defend yourself and find the correct way to the heart and soul of Bitlogic. This Bitlogic version is an enhanced adaptation of our Bitlogic MSX game.
Real Drift Racing – £4.49
Time to unleash the demon of speed! Drifting, speed and competition – all in one game! Get ready to drive on high performance cars and make them drift at lightning speed on realistic tracks.
Headball Soccer Deluxe – £4.49
Smash the football and score goals in this addicting football game!
Spell Casting: Purrfectly Portable Edition – £8.99
Spell Casting is a line drawing puzzle game in which you are a young wizard learning spells in the comfort of your home thanks to Wizardly Distance Education offered by the prestigious Magical Education Of Wizards School!
Rally Rock ‘N Racing – £8.99
In Rally Rock ‘N Racing, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of natural environments, such as deserts, snow-covered mountains, forests… where you can show your skill at the wheel, competing against everyone to become the fastest. The game has several modes, such as Championship, Time Trial, Arcade, and 4-player multiplayer.
Maddening Euphoria – £0.99
Maddening Euphoria is a unique, challenging arcade game with randomly generated level design, in which you control brother and sister duet Mason and Millicent Zane as they flee from their own imagined realisation of their troubles in life – an inescapable wall of death – while avoiding bottomless pits, deadly spikes and speed-reducing pools of thick goo. Keep within spitting distance of the wall to receive a short, colourful Second Wind speed boost and gain the opportunity to be one eighth euphoric.
Attack of the Toy Tanks – £4.99
In Attack of the Toy Tanks players must take control of the provided vehicle of war and battle it out across the game’s 60 levels in the main campaign.
New Switch demos
- Dragon Quest Builders 2
- Grass Cutter – Mutated Lawns
- GOD EATER 3
- Desktop BaseBall
- Strikey Sisters
New Switch pre-orders
- Streets of Rogue
- LOST ORBIT: Terminal Velocity
- KILL la KILL – IF
- Grass Cutter – Mutated Lawns
- GOD EATER 3
- Asdivine Dios
- Dead in Vinland – True Viking edition
- Raiden V: Director’s Cut
- Siralim 3
Next week: Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered, OVIVO, Stranger Things 3: The Game, Pure Mahjong, CLANNAD, Siralim 3, and Redneck Skeet Shooting.