The Nintendo Switch comes up trumps this week, not just gaining the major releases hitting the PS4 and Xbox One, but a few belated conversions and other titbits too.
Reviews of Dragon Quest Builders 2 â€“ also out on PS4 this week – are now live, and weâ€™re pleased to report it’s on track to become one of the highest rated games of the month. Nintendo World Report dished out a lofty 9.5, while claiming â€œDragon Quest Builders 2 features solid controls, attractive presentation, online multiplayer and limitless charm.”
It also gained a 9.0 from TheSixthAxis. â€œA bigger story, new things to build, multi-player and more make this an absolutely jam-packed experience,â€ they proclaimed.
2D run â€˜n gunner Blazing Chrome â€“ clearly inspired by Contra and other legendary 16-bit shooters â€“ is off to the best possible start too, with 9/10s from both Nintendo Life and Nintendo Enthusiast.
Nintendo Life couldnâ€™t praise it enough: â€œPerfect for short sessions, its slick gameplay and old-school art direction make for an astonishingly fun game full of explosions, epic set pieces and spectacular boss battles. Its brutal difficulty may not be for everyone, but if you’re up for the challenge, then get ready for one of the most accomplished 2D action titles in years.â€
Grass Cutter – Mutated Lawns is another gaining scores higher than you may expect. This simple, inexpensive, arcade throwback skilfully combines elements from Pac-Man, Bomberman and Boxxel. We have no qualms in saying itâ€™s one of the best budget buys currently around.
Like Dragon Quest Builders, SEGAâ€™s SolSeraph â€“ a spiritual successor to ActRaiser â€“ also combines action with construction. We really wanted this to turn out well, but sadly, reviews are mediocre at best â€“ the PS4 version currently has a tepid 51% Metacritic. While not every review paints a bleak picture, positive reviews are in short supply. The Metro even felt it deserving of miserable 2/10, calling it â€œhopelessly old-fashionedâ€ and â€œshallowâ€.
Pinball spin-off Senran Kagura Peach Ball has received mixed reviews, meanwhile. Everything from Nintendo Enthusiastâ€™s 9/10 to Nintendo Lifeâ€™s 4/10. â€œIf you find anime ladies with animal features highly appealing, you can probably add a couple of points to the score below,â€ suggested NL.
The full list of new Switch releases can be found below. Other games to consider include Namco’s still review-shy God Eater 3, the â€œhumerusâ€ strategy adventure Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition, gunâ€™n run 2D platformer Metaloid: Origin, and TINY METAL: FULL METAL RUMBLE â€“ an expanded version of the sleeper hit original.
New Switch eShop releases
DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 – Â£49.99
Create your own unique character and embark on an epic journey with your feisty companion Malroth! As you travel across the land, youâ€™ll meet a cast of colourful characters and help restore their homes to their former glory.
GOD EATER 3 – Â£49.99
The latest numbered entry in the popular God Eater franchise has finally come to Nintendo Switch! Now you can experience the game’s intriguing story, distinct characters, and stylish, high-speed combat whenever you’re on the go, both alone and with friends!
Doodle God: Crime City – Â£6.29
As you build your Gang and make your fortune you must evade the Cops as well as fight off rival games in order to become the â€œBig Bossâ€ of the City. In the â€œCityâ€ mode watch your Crime City come alive as you successfully pull off heists, escape the Cops or beat-off rival gangs. But you gotta watch your back because behind every corner there is a good Cop trying to make a name for himself or a rival Gangster trying to take your turf!
Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition – Â£17.99
Crush your enemies and eat their skulls! Enter the Samurai Afterlife and join forces with undead warriors, magical monks, and mighty mustachioed samurai generals!
Wayout – Â£2.69
Turn off the grid by pushing all the buttons in the right order and find a WayOut of this puzzle. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet – Â£17.99
Pirate heroine Nelly Cootalot takes on the villainous Baron Widebeard in this point and click adventure game. Meet a cast of outlandish characters and face perplexing challenges in your quest for the Treasure of the Seventh Sea.
Metaloid: Origin – Â£8.99
Metaloid: Origin is an fast-paced gunâ€™n run 2D platformer. Take on the role of one out of three android warriors known as â€œPredatorâ€ and dash through 9 different levels in order to save their planet from an robot army led by Lucian Corp, who invade their planet and exploit the planetary resources to fuel their galactic war efforts.
Blazing Chrome – Â£15.29
Dash through 5 apocalyptic environments with hundred of robots-enemies to blow to pieces. Blast your way through the enemy lines and and try to defeat a bunch of mechanical bosses with using hoverbikes, huge armors and a whole arsenal of awesome weapons.
Mad Bullets – Â£8.99
Mad Bullets, the wackiest shooter will put your reflexes and laughing muscles to an intensive test. You can forget about boring stories, complicated controls and irritating tutorials, and jump right into a mind blowing, high-speed action. Now is the time to become the hero of the Wild West! Do you think you have what it takes to face a real challenge?
Super Mutant Alien Assault – Â£7.99
Fight through rapid fire single screen levels each with a random combination of platform layout, objective, vending machines and enemies. Dodge and weave amongst the aliens to stay alive but donâ€™t leave them standing too long or the shipâ€™s radiation will mutate them into bigger, nastier versions.
Dead in Vinland – True Viking edition – Â£24.99
DEAD IN VINLAND is a survival/management game, mixed with RPG and adventure elements, about a Viking family trying their best to survive on a mysterious island. This â€œTrue Vikingâ€ edition comes with all the DLCs released!
Professor Lupo and his Horrible Pets – Â£13.49
Professor Lupo is a space scientist whoâ€™s been traveling around the galaxy on the Aurora Space Station, gathering the most impressive collection of aliens: his Horrible Pets. Adorable and harmless at first sight, these aliens turn into nasty, lethal creatures once they sense a human being close by. The Professor is on his way back to the Earth to sell them to the highest bidder for weaponization. But something has gone terribly wrong, the Aurora Space Station is under attack by unknown forces, and now the aliens are roaming free!
TINY METAL: FULL METAL RUMBLE – Â£12.59
TINY METAL marks its return with FULL METAL RUMBLE packed to the brim with bigger, better, and more metal content. A new engrossing wartime narrative and beloved tactical gameplay return as TINY METAL: FULL METAL RUMBLE revisits the core of what made the first franchise entry a beloved and intense, turn-based strategy experience.
Vektor Wars – Â£9.99
The year is 2024 and you are Commander James Moses, a Space Ranger. Your mission: destroy the robot death army, rescue the Robodudes and save the world!
SolSeraph – Â£11.99
Brought to you by ACE Team, the creative minds behind Rock of Ages and Zeno Clash, SolSeraph combines action and strategy for a rich and unique gameplay experience reminiscent of the 16-bit era.
Forklift – The Simulation – Â£8.99
Forklift – The Simulation drops you in the seat of a realistic and completly physical simulated forklift. Enthusiasts will enjoy the realistic look and feel of driving. Manage a Warehouse and deliver the goods in time. Master and unlock 9 different challenges with increasing difficulty.
Grass Cutter – Mutated Lawns – Â£6.29
The goal is to cut the grass. Very simple, but only at first glanceâ€¦ Grass Cutter calls for focus and commitment. Just one blink of an eye â€“ and you lost. It is very challenging! The game is made in a cubic retro-style, has high complexity at advanced levels and is ready to truly test your reaction!
3 Little Pigs & Bad Wolf – Â£23.39
A board game for parents and children.
Desktop Bowling – Â£5.83
A full bowling experience that’s simple to play and supports up to 6 players!
Streets of Rogue – Â£17.99
Streets of Rogue is a rogue-lite about player choice, freedom, and anarchic fun. The game takes inspiration from fast-paced top-down rogue-lites and adds free-form, experimentation-driven, emergent gameplay elements of immersive sims and RPGs. Rather than taking place in a dungeon, the game is set in a functioning, procedurally generated city, where complex AI informs denizens from all walks of life, who are just trying to get by in their daily activities.
Arcade Archives Shusse Ozumo – Â£6.29
‘Shusse Ozumo’ is a sports game that was developed by Technos Japan in 1984. Players play as Sumo wrestlers and aim to become a Yokozuna. ‘Shusse Ozumo’ is the oldest sumo arcade game and was the forerunner of later Sumo Tournament games. Sumo is a competitive full-contact wrestling sport where a wrestler (Rikishi) attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring (Dohyo) or into touching the ground with anything other than the soles of the feet. Dance a battle of skill and power in the sumo ring! There is only room for one yokozuna!
Switchy Road – Â£4.49
Follow the road as you switch shapes to cross through the ever-changing gates. The new gaming sensation thatâ€™s crossing the nation is endless fun for the whole family! A simple, yet challenging puzzler to keep you on your toes at home or on the go.
New Switch demos
- TINY METAL: FULL METAL RUMBLE
- Venture Kid
- Songbird Symphony
- The Sushi Spinnery
- Lethal League Blaze
New Switch pre-orders
- Jim is Moving Out!
- Zombie Driver Immortal Edition
- Songbird Symphony
- Robbie Swifthand and the Orb of Mysteries
- Fantasy Strike
- Royal Roads
- Tarot Readings Premium
- World Cruise Story
- Mini Trains
- Titans Pinball
Next week: MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order, LOST ORBIT: Terminal Velocity, Distrust, Let’s Go Nuts, Royal Roads, Etherborn, Hyperlight Ultimate, Astro Bears, and Jim is Moving Out!