If you can drag yourself away from Pokemon Sword/Shield, you’ll find a wealth of other new releases on the eShop. It’s a slightly more subdued week than usual, mind.
Reviews of arcade revival Bubble Bobble 4 Friends – which launches in Europe first thanks to the franchise’s popularity here in the ‘80s – went live late last week. Scores were wildly mixed, varying from Vook’s 2/5 to Nintendo Life’s 8/10. Generally, though, it seems that it’s a worthwhile update that’s best played with friends. We’re hoping those who scored it highly kept the price tag in mind – it’s a whopping £35.99.
Scores for the family-centred pixel-art RPG Children of Morta are much more positive. In fact, it’s one of the highest-scoring Switch games of recent times. Nintendo World Report felt it deserving of a 9.0. “Children of Morta is one of the most wonderful surprises of 2019, and it needs to be on your radar,” they said.
Reviews of Netflix tie-in Narcos: Rise of the Cartels are starting to filter through now, meanwhile. Eurogamer found this tactical top-down shooter to be better than expected, while TSA enjoyed the PS4 version. “Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is a decently executed turn-based strategy title. Sure, sometimes it’s a bit too easy, but when the enemy moves efficiently it become a dangerous game of cat and mouse,” was their verdict.
Others to consider include co-op adventure Asterix & Obelix XXL3, roguelike 2D shooter Black Future ’88, retro re-release Arcade Archives IN THE HUNT, and SoccerDie: Cosmic Cup – an oddball fusion of football and bullet hell shooting.
The 3DS also gets two new titles. Turkey, Please! offers pixel-art adventuring with a thanksgiving twist, while Fatal Fracture appears to be a wave-based first-person shooter. Both will set you back very little.
Check back next week, when the Switch receives not one, not two, but five Five Nights at Freddy’s games. We’re sure somebody knows what they’re doing.
New on Switch eShop
Asterix & Obelix XXL3: The Crystal Menhir – £35.99
Set off on an exciting adventure and immerse yourself in the world of Asterix! Alone or in co-op, explore the lands of the Roman empire and unravel the mystery of the Crystal Menhir and its incredible powers!
The Touryst – £17.99
You are just arriving at the Monument Islands. Want to go swimming? Rather take a dive into the deep sea? Do you want to visit the amusement arcade, do some shopping, dance at the beach party? Fancy some surfing? Or will you talk with the strange old tourist and listen what he has to say about these ancient mysterious monuments…?
Arcade Archives IN THE HUNT – £6.29
“IN THE HUNT” is a shooting game released by IREM in 1993.
Control a new type of submarine known as GRAMVIA in order to stop the plot of the evil organization D.A.S., which has returned from the ashes.
Use three types of torpedoes and two types of missiles to destroy your enemies above and below the sea!
Experience catastrophic destruction through precise pixel graphics!
Tiny Gladiators – £13.49
Tiny Gladiators swings you back and forth like a battleaxe: crush your rivals in 1-on-1 combat, then set out on your road to revenge, building up your magical arsenal as you seek your father’s killer. Now charge back into the fighting arena, armed with fearsome powers, to strike your rivals down!
Castle of no Escape 2 – £6.99
Countless heroes have tried and failed to destroy the ancient spell that holds the castle walls. Meanwhile, hundreds of monsters are roaming inside, guarding the sword shards — the last known thing to be capable of defeating the demonic castle owner, thus shattering its magical structure.
Plan your every step carefully, because save points aren’t a thing in a rogue-lite game! There is, however, another option. There are two difficulty modes: PAL/NTSC. If the game feels too unforgiving, you can tone down the difficulty, lowering the framerate to 50 (PAL). Note, though, that music and sounds become more evil at the 83% of their original pitch.
Marblelous Animals – £4.49
Marblelous Animals is a fun and cute adventure in which you’ll be in charge of leading these chubby animals to their home.
Zumba® Burn It Up! – £34.99
Everyone’s favourite dance party is back! Zumba® is a global movement that brings the fun to fitness with over 15 million people taking weekly classes across 186 countries.
The Mims Beginning – £7.19
Experience the mysterious and mystical by taking on a journey with Mims in this strategic god-like video game. Create structures, plant vegetation, breed animals, take care of your minions, use divine PSI powers, triumph in face of natural disasters, fight monsters, predict the future, reveal secrets and so much more. Assume the lead over Mims as they journey across the galaxy in their epic quest!
Black Future ’88 – £17.99
Black Future ’88 is a Synth-Punk roguelike 2D action Shooter. Vertically climb an always evolving procedural tower to reach the top and kill its insane owner…before your heart explodes. Shoot, slash, dash and upgrade yourself to survive the endless waves of deadly traps, homicidal AI and colossal Wardens standing in your way in a stylish alternative version of 1988.
Narcos: Rise of the Cartels – £24.99
Narcos: Rise of the Cartels tells the story of the hit Netflix TV series, of the rise and fall of El Patrón. Choose your side and ally with the DEA or conversely side with the Narcos. Explore recognisable locations from the show and take a role in pivotal world-altering events and battles that will define and shift the war on drugs.
Cube Creator X – £15.99
Big John Games, in a partnership with ARC Systems Works, brings the latest adaptation of the Cube Creator series to Nintendo Switch with Cube Creator X. Nintendo Switch allows Cube Creator X to stretch its legs and accommodate much larger worlds which feel vast and alive (more than three times the total cubes in Cube Creator DX). ARC Systems’ incredible history of brilliant art direction is evident in a massive cosmetic upgrade in character and level design. Multiplayer is supported for Competitive and Cooperative styles of play up to four players.
Strike Force – War on Terror – £12.59
Strike Force – War on Terror is an action oriented tactical shooter. Where you are a member of the Strike Force Unit. Your objective is to battle terrorism around the world! Nothing stands in your way. From vast outdoor environments to narrow bunker corridors, you are deployed to take out targets in the middle east and snowy mountains. Gear up with a modern arsenal of machine guns, assault rifles, sniper rifles and pistols and fulfill your objective.
SoccerDie: Cosmic Cup – £5.99
SoccerDie: Cosmic Cup is a love-letter to classic arcade and bullet hell titles that features the most accurate soccer simulation specifically created to support land mines, giant brains, stompy dinos, colorful ghosts, unreasonable tanks, and at least one vampire.
Baobabs Mausoleum Ep.3: Un Pato en Muertoburgo – £5.39
After the macabre and horrific events suffered in the second chapter of Baobabs Mausoleum, here comes the final episode full of sordid stays in limbo, golf courses watched over by enchilada-shaped clouds, trips to the internet of the Marianas and a final outcome with a high risk of causing you very negative effects both in the eyesight and in the brain; the final episode of Baobabs Mausoleum is here ready to make you completely crazy.
Still There – £13.49
STILL THERE is a story-driven psychological adventure game about lingering grief, technical puzzles, wacky AIs and dark humour. Evade the past, welcome oblivion, make the perfect Italian coffee.
Bouncy Bob 2 – £4.49
Bouncy Bob: Episode 2 is a perfect co-op experience for up to 4 players. Choose your character and prepare to have fun with one of the game modes. In Tower Challenge you need to overcome single-player challenges with rising difficulty. Arena Mode makes you play with your friends on one of the 14 arenas. In Swarm you need to survive zombie attacks and Blender makes you cut as many fruits as possible. Last but not least – why not to play Volleyball with one of your friends? Bouncy Bob: Episode 2 is a fun party games for everyone.
Children of Morta – £19.79
Embark on the adventure of an extraordinary family of heroes. With the Corruption spreading through the land, guardians of the Mountain Morta have to stand up against the ancient evil. But… it’s not a story about saving the universe. It’s a story about a valiant family standing together while the world around them is being devoured by darkness.
Bubble Bobble 4 Friends – £35.99
Play alone or with up to 3 friends in couch co-op mode and jump your bubble dragons through 100 levels to defy the wicked magician Bonner and his henchmen. The bubbles don’t just let you trap your opponents, either – your dragons can also jump on them to reach higher platforms.
True Fear: Forsaken Souls – Part 2 – £8.99
True Fear: Forsaken Souls combines the best of the psychological thriller with intuitive gameplay mechanics for a mind-bending mystery escape game.
Munchkin: Quacked Quest – £22.49
Dive into Munchkin: Quacked Quest and re-discover the parody, puns, and humor from the hit card game Munchkin by Steve Jackson. Gather gold, throw your foes (and friends) into sacrifice pits, collect ducks, eliminate the monsters—from reanimated skeletons to the Potted Plant and even the Plutonium Dragon—and reach the highest level to win the game! After all, there’s only one spot at the top and you just found a chainsaw…
Bloo Kid 2 – £3.99
After rescuing his girlfriend from the hands of the evil wizard, Bloo Kid and Pink Girl enjoy life with their newborn “Pink Kid”. But then, a whole new adventure starts just out of the bloo…
Bloo Kid 2 is a classic 2D retro-style platformer experience with lovely designed pixel-graphics and a full chiptune soundtrack.
New on 3DS eShop
Turkey, Please! – £1.99
It is Thanksgiving Day, and you are looking forward to a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings. But it won’t happen on its own!
With your cousins tearing around the house, Uncle Leon trying to watch the game, and your little brother being his usual annoying self, dinner may never be ready.
Looks like it’s up to YOU to save the holiday!
Fatal Fracture – £1.39
Destroy all enemies in an endless cycle of levels.
Next week: Decay of Logos, Electronic Super Joy, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, Nyan Cat: Lost in Space, Five Nights at Freddy’s, League of the Shield, FoxyLand, Pine, G.R.E.E.N. THE LIFE ALG0R1THM, Chameleon, Monster Jam Steel Titans, Widget Satchel, Real Heroes: Firefighter, Story of a Gladiator, One-Way Ticket, BLACKSAD: Under the Skin, and Knowledge Trainer: Trivia.