Darkest Dungeon DLC Added.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC Added.
Tales of the Tiny Planet added.
What’s on eShop? is a returning feature from the WiiUandMii days! With the big eShop releases coming on the Thursday of each week, we will be telling you ahead of time what is coming and what to look out for. As well as this, any other games coming out in the following days will be updated here every Wednesday. So, let’s look at the releases for this week!
Thursday 18th January
World to the West
Switch, £17.99 – Rain
“Discover a world of corrupt colonies and forgotten civilisations in World to the West, an innovative action-adventure on Nintendo Switch”
This is a single-player exploration, action and puzzle game. You can switch between four different characters to solve these obstacles in the environment, as you go through the eccentric adventure of teleportation, an expedition and more.
Switch – £8.99 – System 3 Software
“Rally Racers – where road rage becomes raging fun!”
This one might sound familiar – a cartoon racer with multiplayer action. As well as weapons and boosts, the thing setting Rally Racers apart is the ability to lure opposing racers over to your side. Switching allegiances allows for some extra strategy as you go through 7 worlds of races and challenges.
ACA NEOGEO POWER SPIKES II
Switch, £6.29 – HAMSTER
“Enjoy the fun of volleyball in ACA NEOGEO POWER SPIKES II. Hyper Mode is the intense, futuristic version!”
Where is Virtual Console, Nintendo? Until then, we have another NEOGEO game; this time, it’ a future-set volleyball game that was first released by VIDEO SYSTEM in 1994.
Switch, £17.99 – Red Hook Studios
“Darkest Dungeon is a challenging, gothic rogue like turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring.”
One for roguelike fans. With permadeath and procedural dungeons, you will be making your way through many ruinous areas with an enticing gothic visual style. The extra element is having to battle stress as well as monsters; mental health impacts on how your characters play.
DLC is also available; The Crimson Court (£7.99) is a campaign that runs alongside the original, with new challenges and features; The Shieldbreaker (£2.99) introduces a new ally to the game. You can buy Darkest Dungeon: Ancestral Edition, which includes the base game and all the DLC, for £25.99.
Ambition of the Slimes
Switch, £4.99 – Flyhigh Works
“Stand up, Slimes! The biggest revolution in fantasy gaming is about to begin!”
A game based around giving the usually-weak Slimes their time to shine. Yep, really – you can jump inside and Claim enemies. This is sort of like the opposite of how Kirby does it… By taking over strong beings, you can get the advantage in this RPG.
Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator
Switch, £1.99 – Gambitious
“This is the game that parts lovers, destroys families and turns friends into enemies. And it does even more!”
That’s a bold, and slightly unsettling, statement. A game about insulting the CPU or real players, you can even go online in these verbal duels. Whether the crude humour if for you may decide your interest in this. Honestly, it’s surprising some of the language made it onto the the eShop page…
Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast
Switch, £2.99 – Gambitious
A spin-off from The Insult Simulator above, it’s similar to that game but with a focus on celebrity-like characters. There is also some upgrades to the gameplay, with comebacks and more to the career mode.
Switch, £4.49 – Forever Entertainment
“Go on an adventure as a small, one-eyed square, and traverse caves full of puzzles, riddles, and brainteasers! Discover 63 levels and the Level Editor!”
A carefully-designed 2D pixel-art puzzle game, you play as a square looking to progress through a square world. Solve obstacles and riddles in 63 levels, and learn the origin of the mysterious Qbik. There is also a level editor, for extra longevity.
3DS, £3.59 – Crazysoft Limited
“It’s raining gold coins! Come, play and catch them!”
In Raining Coins, you play as Eve (whose outfit can be mixed up), trying to catch gold coins. These can be exchanged for the toys Eve is after. This is a game aimed at the family – younger players as well. For your money, you will get four worlds with 80 rounds in total.
3DS, £4.49 – Jupiter Corporation
“The eight game in the PICROSS e series! The newest version of the series, with all the functions of previous titles!”
Another entry in the pictorial puzzle PICROSS series! e8 has all the functions of previous game PICROSS e7, as well as new puzzles. The crossword element has numbers that hint at the way to finish puzzles.
3DS – £6.99
“Link-a-Pix is a clue-linking puzzle where every grid has a picture hidden inside.”
Another puzzle game on eShop this week! The grid puzzles also act as images, and by forming paths between clues you can solve the puzzles. Colours and numbers act as signifiers of which clues should be linked. This may well appeal to someone who enjoys logic-based puzzles.
Tales of the Tiny Planet
Switch, £17.99 – Joindots
“Tales of the Tiny Planet tells the story of a Planet searching through the galaxiesfor his lost friends.”
A physics-based puzzle adventure – but with only one button. Contraptions in the world must be navigated and solved to find your planet friends, all by timing your button presses correctly. Climbing leaderboards, speed running, and finding secrets gives added depth to the game; also, come on, look at that adorable planet.
Friday 19th January
Switch, £2.99 – SPRINGLOADED
“An addictive unique puzzle game you won’t be able to put down.”
Proudly showcasing a positive quote from Kotaku’s Kirk Hamilton, this is a fast-paced reaction action game where you have to find numbers quickly. Flipping perspectives on your way through 77 stages, you can’t hang around. There is also a pre-order sale of 25% off, meaning a price of £2.24.
Switch, £4.49 – 10tons
“Start a baseball riot! Baseball Riot is a fun physics-based puzzle game packed with slapstick comedy and mayhem!”
Play as Game Carpaccio, a retired star batter, on his mission. Use baseballs as weapons against opponents, using bounces and many other exaggerated tools to overcome Explodz Inc. in over 100 levels.
Switch, £8.99 – QubicGames
“Are you ready to face your darkest fears…with a bomb in your hand?”
Not Super Smash Bros., sorry all. Brawl does feature multiplayer for up to 4 players, however. There are big Bomberman vibes, with the top-down perspective and bomb combat. 5 games modes and 3 challenge modes should keep you busy.
Switch, £13.49 – FinalBoss Games
“Vesta is a witty 6-year-old girl who lives in a desolate underground maze – the ruins of a once-bright city inhabited by humans and perfect machines.”
That description almost sounds like Horizon Zero Dawn… OK, saying that may be raising expectations unfairly high. In this game, you are helped through the world by your friend BOT. Explore over 36 levels containing plenty of robotic obstacles – fight and solve puzzles as you uncover the story.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC – New Quests
Switch, £26.99 (Season Pass) – Nintendo
This new DLC for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is currently only available through the Season Pass (expect an update if this changes). Today, there are new quests added to the game titled: Passion of the Artisan, M.I.A. Nopon, Industrial Sort of Tour, Midnight Feasting, and The Lone Watchmen.
Monday 22nd January
Switch, £17.99 – Pixel Maniacs
“Welcome to ChromaTec’s test lab! You’re here to test our newest, state-of-the-art military-grade colour-technology.: The ChromaGun (patent pending!)”
If you’re after Portal on Switch, this is the closest you will get – at least for the foreseeable future. The look is very similar; though, instead of creating portals, you are manipulating colours. WorkerDroids are attracted to different colours, so using your toolset in clever ways to progress is what ChromaGun is all about.
Tuesday 23rd January
Switch, £7.69 – Coatsink Software
“Can you outrun the end of the world? When the great and terrible storm destroys Shu’s village, he embarks on a desperate journey to survive.”
A visually characterful 2D platformer, you enlist others inhabitants (10 to find) of this world – and their skillsets – to help you move forward. 21 levels in 6 lands await you, with an original soundtrack to boot.
Switch, £39.99 – Square Enix
“Restore memories to save a fading world.”
The pick of the week is Lost Sphear, a follow-up to I Am Setsuna (also available on Switch now). The power of Memory must be restored to save the world in this JRPG. Expect combat based around positioning and timing – this should be a meaty game ideal for the early-year draught of games.
That’s your eShop releases until next Wednesday. What stands out for you? Let us know what you’re playing in the comments or on social media!
Sources: Nintendo eShop & Nintendo UK Upcoming Games