A long Bank Holiday weekend is upon us (Cheers, Lizzie!) and if youâ€™re fortunate enough not to be working, chances are youâ€™re curious about what new Switch games are debuting roundabout now.
There are certainly a lot of noteworthy new releases, spanning genres numerous. On the retro side of things thereâ€™s Wonder Boy Collection â€“ packing four SEGA classics â€“ and Jim Power: The Lost Dimension, a re-release of a cancelled Mega Drive run â€˜n gunner thatâ€™s bundled with a new 8-bit demake created by PIKO.
Atari is also back with Gravitar: Recharged, featuring a refreshed painterly aesthetic, while Samurai Riot Definitive Edition delivers arcade-style side-scrolling brawling.
Fishing Paradiso may float your retro boat too, being a pixel art affair. Blending fishing with role-playing, itâ€™s said to be easy to pick up but difficult to master.
Then thereâ€™s the pixel art Metroidvania Souldiers â€“ which boasts Souls-like melee combat – and Silt, a monochrome puzzle adventure set within the oceanâ€™s abyss. #
Reviews of Souldiers are positive so far, including a 7/10 from The Metro who called it â€œA lengthy adventure with plenty of compelling reasons for return visits.â€ Silt meanwhile gained a 7.75 from GameInformer who loved the art style and atmosphere but found the puzzlesÂ “exasperating.”
Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery also comes to Switch this week, being an evocative tale exploring the lives of two artists, told mostly through puzzle solving. The PC/mobile original gained positive reviews back in 2021. The Big Con: Grift of the Year Edition is a belated conversion likewise â€“ a coming-of-age story steeped in â€˜90s nostalgia. The first review score out the door is an 8.5 from Nintendo World Report. Imagine playing through a lost â€˜90s Nickelodeon cartoon and youâ€™ll get the gist.
Devolver Digitalâ€™s Card Shark offers something a little different, daring you to cheat your way to the top of 18th-century French society by deceitful card playing. Card marking, false shuffles, deck switching â€“ anything goes, if you donâ€™t get caught.
Other new releases include the side-scrolling RPG Pinku Kult: Hex Mortis, the Rampage-inspired Gigapocalypse, nuclear war survival sim Mr. Prepper, and the 16-bit style platformer Super Perils of Baking. Let them eat cake!
New Switch eShop releases
Wonder Boy Collection – Â£24.99
A carefully curated collection of essential Wonder Boy releases – featuring four SEGA masterworks from the golden era of platformers. This quartet of acclaimed games brings something for everyone with their blend of classic platforming and action-RPG gameplay.
Whether youâ€™re a series fan or a newcomer looking to experience a gaming legend, Wonder Boy Collection brings the perfect Wonder Boy package!
Bringing together four of the very best Wonder Boy games – from the original 1986 arcade version to 1994â€™s Monster World IV – this remarkable collection gives you a chance to experience one of the most influential series from gamingâ€™s past.
TEN is a challenging platformer in which you face a relentless gauntlet of ten-second deathtrap rooms in a desperate struggle to escape your fate and uncover the truth!
Collect tokens, purchase upgrades and learn how to overcome each floorâ€™s onslaught of saw blades, cannon fire, lasers, bizarre monsters and more. Every room is a test. Every death is a lesson. Evolve and master every obstacle as you die, try, die and try again.
Conquer various environments and triumph over escalating threats, challenges, and deadly bosses as you make your way to the surface – and to your freedom.
Play through several levels and defeat enemies as you expand your arsenal. This game mode is singleplayer or co-op. You will start your adventure in Braal Kingdom and travel through other kingdoms as you gain cupcakes after each level to unlock new worlds. It features a cute story with immersive cinematic cutscenes.
EleMetals: Death Metal Death Match! – Â£10.99
Death is not the end
Hold on to your soul. Fight death by mashing the corresponding button, and buy yourselves a few extra moments. Every time you die, coming back is going to be much harder.
Expect the unexpected
Dont forget, the environment is not your friend. All of the levels are designed to make your life more…interesting. Depending on the map, you’ll be dealing with new rules, traps and game altering Lava Tridents, Spears or Swords. If you run out of ammo, headbang to get more. Enjoy the cartoon bloodshed!
Your glorious journey, wouldn’t be complete without an incredible soundtrack. Music is the cherry on top of this game. It’s a real treat for all metal fans. Soundtracks and sound effects were made by the veteran duo Fat Bard.
“Mr. Prepper is about being prepared. You know something is wrong and you need to get ready for what’s coming. Struggle for your freedom and deal with the authoritarian government in this survival crafting game.
Moonrise Fall is an atmospheric exploration puzzle game about a boy who finds himself lost in a supernatural forest after losing both parents in a car crash. Put your detective skills to the test. Armed with a clue-filled journal, a camera, and a lantern he must unravel the mysteries of the forest and photograph the strange creatures that reside there. Moonrise Fall is a brain teaser-filled world mixed with classic adventuring, exploration, and collecting. A surreal understated experience about loss and finding new life inspired by real-life experiences. Uncover locations like caves, mines, a lumber mill, as well as otherworldly locales at your own pace. Discover why the boy has been trapped in this strange place and by whom.
Secrets of Magic 3: Happy Halloween – Â£8.99
Match your way through this fun and phantasmal adventure game, overcome tough obstacles, use power ups to help you win gold to buy amazing Halloween decoration items and unlock new items as you progress in your game. Are you up for this spooky challenge?
Complete the story by defeating your opponents by following the story!
Our character is a boxer, he falls to the hospital as a result of a heavy blow in the match, but this is not even an obstacle for him!
As soon as our character is healed, he returns to the fields to beat his opponents on the fields like in the old days!
Follow Quests, Talk to People, Get Hints and follow the story!
Fight your opponents and earn money.
Get some rest at home, improve yourself in the gym and increase your strength!
Pinku Kult: Hex Mortis – Â£7.99
Something strange is happening in Razore City! Missing persons and bizarre deaths have been increasing at alarming rates and some suspect the mysterious girl seen around the city wearing a fox mask is the cause â€¦ but thereâ€™s just no proof!
ShÅkan Corp need someone expendable â€“ a nobody, like YOU â€“ to investigate these occurrences and get closer to the mysterious girl. They will reward you handsomely for each solved case â€“ and even more if youâ€™re able to pin down the â€œGirl in the Fox Mask.â€ Sounds too good to be true? Watch your back or you may find yourself facing a similar fate…
Control your own Razore City denizen as you are tasked by the mysterious ShÅkan Corp to investigate numerous bizarre happenings around the city and track down the mastermind behind it all, the strange girl in the fox mask, in this RPG adventure. Venture through the city, discovering twisted locations whilst levelling up your team of misfits to eventually take on Hell itself.
The Minesweeper: Crew Bomber Expedition – Â£3.59
Minesweeper easily sharpens your mind and increases your thinking speed. At the same time, it is a fun and challenging logic puzzle.
The goal of the minesweeper game is to destroy the minefield without detonating any of the landmines. Use flags to mark the mines and tap the numbers to open safe squares. Plus, now you can enjoy an alternative style for the non-conformists.
Enjoy the best mine detector in the world at any time!
Samurai Riot Definitive Edition – Â£8.89
Samurai Riot is a 2D Arcade-style Beat â€˜Em Up game with a unique co-op system. Make deep moral choices throughout the branching storyline with high replay value.
Silt is a surreal underwater puzzle-adventure game. Alone in an underwater abyss, you are a diver searching the deep to uncover long-forgotten mysteries. Possess the creatures around you to solve puzzles and travel further into the darknessâ€¦
Nature has evolved into bizarre forms. Discover strange organisms, unexplored ruins and ancient machinery hidden beneath the waterâ€™s surface.
Survive encounters with giant deep-sea goliaths. Harness their power to awaken a long-dormant force at the centre of the abyss.
Experience art brought to life. Siltâ€™s unsettling, monochrome world is constructed from the sketches and dark imagination of artist Mr Mead. A harrowing journey awaits youâ€¦
The Big Con – GRIFT OF THE YEAR EDITION – Â£10.99
Hustle your way across the â€˜90s as a runaway teen con artist. Choose how to make your scratch as you don disguises, pick pockets, and rip people off in this comedic crime-filled adventure.
You’ll experience real-time blistering speed and bullet-dodging action as you compete for glory…assuming youâ€™re able to survive in this 2D bullet hell where only â€œlikesâ€ really count.
Coming to you from the largest studio ever constructed…The show where contestants risk it all to gather likes from audiences watching all over the world; 24 hours a day. The entertainment never ends!
With breakneck speed, bullet dodging action and lots of guns, you’ll have to survive swarms of rabid mutants to progress and level up your contestant. Twin-stick bullet hell action will test your reflexes through each arena.
One day, disaster strikes on the sweet, colorful world of Cutemellow â€“ a cruel, angry cat named Uzzu and their swarm of monsters have invaded! Under their orders, they begin wreaking havoc on the once peaceful planet â€¦
Who is Uzzu and what do they want? When they break into the best laboratory of Cutemellow, they take off with Scientist Snailâ€™s top secret experiments with one goal in mind: To take control over Cutemellow and all surrounding worlds!
Join Flewfie on this epic adventure! Fly across the sticky Caramel Coves, the shimmering scenes of the Crystal Plains and sneak through the murky depths of the Abandosphere â€“ and explore each world to discover many quests on your journey! With the help of your friends Scientist Snail, Bunn Bunn and Pinky Panda, can you put an end to the chaos and stop Uzzu?
The last thing you remember was your boat sinking… You wake up in the middle of the ocean afloat on a small raft. Long gone is your luxury life in the city, the cars, the apartment, the parties. Now you have to rebuild your life at sea, do you have the survival skills? Do you have the courage to survive and build a new life?
LOOPERS is science fiction story told through the enthralling writing of Ryukishi07 and the fascinating visuals of Kei Mochizuki.
Follow an ensemble of young people as they try to escape a world in which they relive August 1st over and over again.
Enjoy a visual novel so full of friendship, love, madness, laughs, and emotion it’ll leave you breathless!
A lone pilot, far from home, must navigate an abstract universe of uncharted planets and space stations guarded by mysterious, hostile aliens in Gravitar: Recharged. You must complete missions in each solar system, navigating a variety of challenging environments, each with varying levels of gravity that will test your skills as a pilot. Complete each mission within a solar system and you will be transported to the next through a massive black hole. Will you ever make it home?
The visual aesthetic of Gravitar: Recharged takes the Recharged series in a new direction, with expansive environments rendered in painterly style and pastel tones. In the capable hands of industry-veteran composer Megan McDuffee, the original soundtrack complements the art style with soothing, atmospheric tracks that evoke a sense of wonder.
Cheat your way to the top of 18th-century French society. Master deceptions using card marking, false shuffles, deck switching, false deals, and more! Use your ill-gotten gains to buy your way into the closed world of high-stakes tables.
Repentant is a dramatic point & click adventure game with hand-painted art.
Experienced criminal Oliver begins to suffer from strong remorse after the terrible deeds of which his family has suffered. Unsuccessful attempts to restore relations with his ex-wife further worsen his condition and alcohol dependence.
One day in a small shop, he becomes a witness of a robbery committed by a young girl. At this moment, he gets the opportunity to atone for his sins by helping another person. But who really needs help and who is the victim? It remains to be seen.
Repentant is partially a sequel to the game Little Kite, but it can be played by a person who is not familiar with Little Kite.
The Gateway to Vespuccia, the City of Air and Light, Lamplight City – the thriving port city of New Bretagne is a beacon of progress and industrial advancement in the New World. Yet beneath the promises of a shining 19th-century future, the city rests upon foundations of poverty, class struggle, and crime.
For police detective turned private investigator Miles Fordham, Lamplight City’s shadowy corners are just part of the territory. But with his former partner constantly speaking to him from beyond the grave, his grip on sanity is slowly loosening. Can Miles find justice for his clients and track down his partner’s killer before his entire world comes apart?
Lamplight City is a detective adventure set in an alternate steampunk-ish “Victorian” past.
While out fighting for the glory of their kingdom, you and your fellow soldiers are whisked away to Terragaya, a mystical land on the fringes of the afterlife. Your task is to locate the Guardian and move on to the next world. The hitch? You and your compatriots never actually died.
Battle your way to the heart of the mystery: Outwit cunning enemies, solve nefarious puzzles, upgrade your character, and explore every corner of a dazzling, intricate 16-bit world. Souldiers is a handcrafted retro epic for the ages.
A new type of game joins the popular Pretty Girls lineup! In Pretty Girls Speed, youâ€™ll be pitted against a wide variety of dauntingly gorgeous challengers as you try to claim victory as quickly as possible. Play cards that sequentially to the ones on the table, or if you donâ€™t have any to use, youâ€™ll automatically have more dealt to you. Be the first to get rid of all your cards, and you win!
Pretty Girls Speed may be quick and intuitive, but itâ€™s also a challenge that requires both skill and a little luck! Try your hand at two different game modes, each with increasing difficulty. In Battle Mode, youâ€™ll select a character to play against and try to be first to win two out of three rounds. But be careful! With each opponent that you defeat, your next will be even stronger. In Challenge Mode, youâ€™ll have to conquer all 100 levels. Do you have what it takes to claim the â€œSpeedâ€ throne?
TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity – Â£8.99
Fight your way through a constantly changing tower to solidify your eternal legacy!
You find yourself trapped in a mysterious tower â€“ one that transforms its very structure every 24 hours.
The legacy of your epic struggle shall be carved into the hearts of those who challenge you like an epitaph.
Surpass countless poor fallen souls and make your way to the heretofore unseen top.
Journey to the top and unravel the mystery hidden within the tower!
Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery – Â£10.29
Behind the Frame is a vivid, interactive fiction about an aspiring artist on the cusp of finishing the final piece of her gallery submission.
A relaxing, eloquent experience that can be played at any pace. Become immersed in a panoramic world filled with resplendent colors, beautiful hand-animated visuals, and a smooth, easy-listening soundtrack.
As a passionate artist, seek the missing colors that will bring your paintings to life – all while remembering to take the occasional coffee and breakfast breaks that keep you going. There is more than what meets the eye, for every painting has a story to tell.
Fishing Paradiso is a narrative-driven adventure game designed to be both therapeutic and engaging with its relaxing gameplay and RPG-style progression systems. The more you fish, the more the game opens up with new environments to explore, new story objectives, and new characters to meet and befriend. With over 100 different types of fish to catch, not to mention dozens of upgrades to unlock, furniture to collect, thereâ€™s never been a better time to set sail and see for yourself what surprises paradise has in store!
A new legend begins here!
Build and manage a town in grasslands, snow fields, even in the underworld! Set up inns, weapon stores, and more to convince adventurers to come visit.
Use items and equipment to power up your adventurers and help them get more gold and experience from their quests. Be on the lookout for new dungeons to explore and new monsters to fight!
Need help attracting adventurers? Try building new facilities, selling new kinds of food, or improving the local area to earn Titles. Keep experimenting, and you might stumble on some rare awards…
Surface Rush is an arcade, skill based game, where you must throw Pumpum and make him bounce through the ocean bottom. Keep an eye on the oxygen bar and keep moving towards the goal.
Clan O’Conall and the Crown of the Stag – Â£5.59
Master bow, blade and fist, and unite as one to save your father from the Mother of Demons! Clan Oâ€™Conall is a hand-crafted platformer experience like no other.
Set in the ancient land of Hibernia, drawn from real Celtic myth, three heroes of the Clan Oâ€™Conall must stop CaorÃ¡nach from claiming the Crown of the Stag for her demonic legions.
SWAP on the Fly!
Switch between characters instantly, combining the powers of a Swordmaster, a Huntress, and a Brute, weaving between them to chain up legendary combos and travel the vast, untamed land of Hibernia.
Next week: Mario Strikers: Battle League Football, STAR WARS: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles, Mysteries Under Lake Ophelia, The Wizard and The Slug, My Lovely Wife, One Last Memory â€“ Reimagined, Mini Gardens, Spacewing War, and even if TEMPEST.