The past week was a stellar one for the eShop, with Celeste already being a frontrunner for Game of the Year. Don’t think the great games are stopping there; this week, Switch gets SteamWorld Dig, Night in the Woods and more.
Thursday 1st February
Night in the Woods
Switch, £17.09 – Finji
“At the end of everything, hold onto anything.”
Night in the Woods was released on other systems last year, to a great critical reception. In this anthropomorphic world, you play as college dropout Mae Borowski – returning to your hometown, you discover that things have changed since you left. With such great word-of-mouth, this is one to look out for this week.
Switch, £8.99 – Image & Form Games
The 2013 game that kickstarted the SteamWorld franchise and earned widespread praise is now on Nintendo Switch! This follows Image & Form releasing SteamWorld Heist on Switch, too. If you haven’t tried the original Dig, it is well worth giving a shot, with a similar Metroivania gameplay loop to the sequel, Dig 2 (also on the Switch eShop). You can read the review for said sequel here!
Switch, £13.49 – CORECELL
“Use time abilities to solve puzzles and survive in battle.”
A combat-focused action platformer, this title has you playing as Freyja as she uses a weapon called, you guessed it, AeternoBlade. Fight through the Awelsia region, with an art style reminiscent of JRPG titles like Final Fantasy. Which is both good and bad; the character design is cool, but some of the in-game visuals are rough around the edges.
Shiftlings – Enhanced Edition
Switch, £11.29 – RockPocket
“Shiftlings is a colourful puzzle platformer with a twist! You’re controlling two quirky custodians who are tethered together; one large and one small.”
A puzzle platformer with an emphasis on local co-op, this is one for those playing with a friend. Not that you can’t enjoy Shiftlings alone – the tether between the two characters gives opportunity for a lot of unique puzzles. There are 55 levels, and cola bottles to collect for additional content.
Sky Force Reloaded
Switch, £8.99 – Infinite Dreams
“Enjoy flashy explosions, beautiful scenery and massive bosses in single player of local cooperative mode!”
Sky Force Reloaded claims to bring back the spirit of the arcade shooter. There are plenty of games like this on the eShop – this one does talk about explosions a lot, though, if that helps. Furthermore, the 3D look and more vibrant areas are a step above some others in the genre.
Switch, £17.99 – Joindots
“Minigolf for 1 to 4 Players!”
Much like Tennis from last week (25th January), 3D MiniGolf does what it says on the tin. The gameplay isn’t over the top like a Mario Golf may be, but has a cartoonish charm in the visual presentation. The modes you would expect are all here, including solo play, multiplayer for up to 4, and Tournament mode.
Her Majesty’s SPIFFING
Switch, £9.99 – Billy Goat
“The Empire Staggers Back”
It’s not hard to see that this is a Star Wars parody (The Empire Strikes Back, to be exact). While it looks silly, don’t completely write it off. The bright 3D visuals and conversational gameplay mean this could be a decent adventure not far removed from the likes of Monkey Island.
ACA NEOGEO SAMURAI SHOWDOWN II
Switch, £6.29 – HAMSTER
“Slash! Kick! Rage! The finest and sharpest battles are back!”
One day, someone has to tell me who is buying these. This week, the NEOGEO title is the 1994 game SAMURAI SHOWDOWN II from SNK. There are 15 characters with which to battle in this 2D fighting game, if you are looking to take a trip to the past.
Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back
Switch, £3.99 – Forever Entertainment
“Frederic – Evil Strikes Back – The Bigger, Better, More Awesome sequel. Great new tracks. Great new locations. Great new features. Great new story.”
A lot of greats in that description. This rhythm action game sees you protecting music itself. Using your piano-playing skills, you partake in 10 different musical duels. There are 10 tracks to go with them, and a quirky art style to match the bizarre story.
ZIG ZAG GO
New 3DS, £1.39 – RCMADIAX
“Shapes on the go with ZIG ZAG GO! Use the touch screen to change directions quickly and avoid oncoming shapes.”
The only 3DS release this week is only for New Nintendo 3DS. This cheap puzzle game is relatively simple. If you’re looking for a quick distraction, this could be ideal.
Friday 2nd February
Switch, £4.49 – QubicGames
“Follow John Carnage in his post-apocalyptic adventure in the world of Mad Carnage, created in collaboration with Evan Currie, a bestselling sci-fi novelist!”
I took a double-take on this one, but no, it isn’t a Mad Max tie-in. You might not have expected this, but Mad Carnage is a grid-based strategy game with cars. In Campaign, Custom Game, and Multiplayer modes, you can use these cars to take down your opponent; cars can upgraded, too. The story sounds promising, with Evan Currie on board, so it just might be worth the asking price for that.
Tuesday 6th February
Switch, £13.49 – Raw Fury
“In a bizarre universe where the oppressed are on the brink of oblivion, Dandara has awoken to reshape the world.”
Pre-order offer: 20% off (reducing the price to £10.79).
Dandara looks like a game that could potentially be a surprise hit. A 2D Metroidvania platformer, the character of Dandara has the ability to defy gravities with graceful jumps and manoeuvres. The pixel-based art style, similar to Celeste, looks gorgeous, too; the game will come with original music to boot. Dandara doesn’t come out until Tuesday, but we may be hearing a lot more about it soon.
Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition
Switch, £14.39 – Tribute Games
“Craft your arsenal to avenge your fallen comrades and save the world from the fearsome forces of CLAW!”
Another pixel-art game, but with more of a shoot-’em-up look. You play as one of the Mercenary Kings, a group of warriors from Earth. Your team can help you upgrade weaponry. Also, this game has multiplayer for up to 4 players, across local or online play.
Switch, £5.40 – Dufgames
“An action-packed space shooter.”
That description, is, well, to the point. Black Hole is a twin-stick shooter with arcade vibes. The action does happen in black holes, however, which is undeniably cool. There are 4 worlds, which combine to a total of 40 levels, and a bunch of additional features. HD rumble, touch controls, motion controls, IR controls (!), and a colourblind mode are all in here, which is good to see!
From Night in the Woods on Thursday to Dandara on Tuesday, the eShop has plenty to keep you busy on Switch in the immediate future. After that, the likes of Dragon Quest Builders and Bayonetta 1 and 2 aren’t too far off! You can check back here this time next week for more on that.
Sources: Nintendo eShop, Nintendo UK Upcoming Games, & nintendo.com