It’s Wednesday, and that means it is eShop update time! We, as ever, have some big releases coming over the next few days, with Fe, the two Bayonetta games, and plenty of other interesting titles. Well then, let’s get straight into it!
Thursday 15th February
Switch, £8.99 – Atooi
“Drifting through the stars. Xeodrifter is the story of an interstellar drifter travelling the stars on a simple mission of exploration.”
After colliding with an asteroid, Xeodrifter sees you exploring 4 planets, blasting, investigating and fighting to survive. The accessible pixel-art gives the hostile environments some charm in this action platform adventure.
TorqueL -Physics Modified Edition-
Switch, £8.99 – ACTIVE GAMING MEDIA
“Roll, extend and jump to your goal! A curiously unique action puzzle game!”
If you pre-order TorqueL, you’ll get 20% off (changing the price to £7.19) – so that is something to bear in mind. The visuals look pretty simple, but the mechanics underneath are anything but; progressing means rotating and extending the box you control. The Switch edition has updated physics and also uses the HD Rumble of the system to help you feel your way through the levels.
Switch, £6.29 – D3 Publisher
“A 3D Pool billiards game that uses the Joy-Con to make it feel like you’re holding a real cue!”
We’ve had Tennis, and now the latest matter-of-fact name comes via BILLIARD. Using the motion controls and HD Rumble to try and simulate the experience of using a cue is a nice idea, but it depends on how it works in practice – you may find yourself sticking to the traditional controls. You can play another friend on the same Switch system, or engage in solo activities like Tournament Mode.
ESCAPE TRICK: 35 Fateful Enigmas
Switch, £15.99 – D3 Publisher
“Tap suspicious looking places to find hidden hints, and make expert use of the items you gather to escape!”
This point-and-click adventure follows a journey to find the father of the player character, with a key being the only clue for you and a woman named Kei to go on. For fans of the genre, this may be one to check out.
AQUA KITTY UDX
Switch, £6.49 – Tikipod
“Play co-op or solo, the milk must flow!”
Awesome name and bizarre description – AQUA KITTY starts off well. This is the Ultra Edition, containing a new Dreadnought mode that allows access to the imprisoned kittens of Meowiana trench (I’m not making this up). The gameplay is side-scrolling shooting, but with underwater cats trying to dig up milk. Yes, really.
Switch, £8.99 – CORECELL
“Looks kawaii, but it’s brutally challenging. Try again or walk away.”
A colourful, accessible real-time strategy RPG here. The cute visuals could make this an ideal RPG for younger players who are trying to break into the genre.
Samurai Aces for Nintendo Switch™
Switch, £6.99 – Zerodiv
“Psikyo is coming back now! Samurai Aces for Nintendo Switch – the first shooting game from Psikyo is now on Nintendo Switch!”
There has already been a couple of arcade Psikyo games released on Nintendo Switch, but this is the first shooter – PSIKYO Shooting, which released in 1993. The eccentric character designs are worth a look, if nothing else.
ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY 3
Switch, £6.29 – HAMSTER
“Only one needs to be the strongest. A new legend is about to be unveiled!”
Ittttttt’s NEOGEO time! The retro release for the week is FATAL FURY 3, a 1995 fighting game released by SNK. 10 characters are included, and there is apparently even a story. Who knew.
Wii U, 3DS, 89p – Nostatic Software
“Fly your dragon and do battle against enemy dragons invading your territories!”
If you’re looking for a quick game with a silly title on your Wii U or 3DS, 89p isn’t awful for Fat Dragons. It’s pretty much what it says on the tin – large dragons fighting other dragons in a 2D world.
3DS, £8.99 – KEMCO
“Travel beyond the gate and save a new world in a turn-based fantasy RPG!”
For 3DS players after something a bit more substantial than Fat Dragons, Machine Knight supplies a new RPG for the console. It’s nothing revolutionary, but has the aspects you would expect – skill trees, a party of heroes, and a world to explore for a relatively cheap price.
Friday 16th February
Switch, £17.99 – Electronic Arts
“In Fe on Nintendo Switch, traverse a dark Nordic forest and explore its ecosystem filled with secrets, side quests and mystical creatures.”
EA has been tentative so far with Switch, and their first major effort – FIFA 18 – didn’t get the best reception. Fe might be a much better attempt, with the beautiful artistic look and solitary story being a great fit for the platform. There are no words in the story of Fe; instead, the game lets you discover the world all by yourself by running, climbing, and gliding. Communication with other animals is done via song, which is a wonderful idea. This is one of the big games to watch this week!
Switch, £24.99 – Nintendo
“Bayonetta is reborn on Nintendo Switch!”
The big name releases of the week are the two Bayonetta games (also releasing physically). The first is the cheaper of the bunch, and purchase will give you a discount for the sequel. Bayonetta is a sexy, formidable witch who can use her magic and, ahem, “climax action” to rip her enemies apart. Attacks are bloody and destructive, and the action is fast-paced and oddly beautiful. This series has a cult fanbase that will only grow on Switch.
Switch, £39.99 – Nintendo
“Take climactic action with you, wherever you go, with Bayonetta 2 for Nintendo Switch!”
Bayonetta 2 was a very early announcement for the Wii U, but ultimately being trapped on that system wasn’t going to be a deserved way for the game to end up. It’s good then that the wider audience of Switch will be able to play the bigger, bolder sequel, which keeps up the ridiculous action and introduces new characters to the world of Bayonetta. Like with the first Bayonetta, purchasing this game will give you a discount on the other title on the eShop – and remember, Bayonetta 3 is on the way, so you may need to catch up!
Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf
Switch, £13.49 – Forge Reply
“The video game where you are the hero.”
Look, I don’t mean to be harsh, but that might be the worst description of a game ever. You can do better than that – especially as the game itself looks pretty awesome! Lone Wolf has a diverging story, turn-based action, and a substantial story that has you exploring a medieval-style world. If you’re feeling that kind of setting, Lone Wolf might be a worthy game to pick up this week! Also, there is 15% off if you pre-order, bringing the price down to £11.46.
The Longest Five Minutes
Switch, £39.99 – NIS America
“Our hero faces the origin of all evil, the Demon King himself, but suddenly loses all memories of his adventure.”
A clever premise, here. Forgetting your memories as you try to complete a dangerous quest is a great idea for a story, and the nostalgic-yet-clean visual style is enticing as well. This is a full-price release, and will be out physically as well.
Tuesday 20th February
Old Man’s Journey
Switch, £8.99 – Broken Rules
“A heartfelt game about life, loss, and hope.”
I can see Old Man’s Journey getting some attention, as the art style and themes look like that of an affecting story such as Journey or Night in the Woods. The main character is an older man, who is soul-searching as he completes puzzles and makes his way through the world. One to watch, this – I’m getting Up vibes.
Switch, £7.19 – Gaijin Games
“Space Dave!, the spiritual successor to the hit game Woah Dave!, is a modern take on the fixed shooters of yesteryear.”
Based on the arcade shooters of times gone by, Space Dave allows 1 or 2 players to defend the ground from incoming aliens – think of a Space Invaders-style set-up for this one. 8 characters, leaderboards, power-ups, and crucially, information about Dave is included.
Switch, £4.49 – Cardboard Keep
“Stretch out cute doggies to their food! Deceptively simple mechanics, progressively trickier puzzles.”
Puzzle Puppers is one of the great video game names. Stretching dogs to solve puzzles is a little disturbing, I’ll admit, but it’s cartoonish and seem like they aren’t in pain. So it’s all good, right? You can even collect Bonus Hams to unlock special levels – come on, this is adorable.
Switch, £7.99 – Sabec
“An easy to play POOL game for all ages”
We’ve had Tennis, we’ve already talked about BILLIARD, but that isn’t enough. Now, the unimaginative name effect returns again via POOL. Come on, you can do better than this. POOL is pretty simple, with games against either the AI or another player, and not much else besides.
Wednesday 21st February
Layers of Fear: Legacy
Switch, £17.99 – Bloober Team
“The Masterpiece of Fear”
Horror games is where the Switch perhaps lacks a little compared to other genre, but Layers of Fear: Legacy is bringing the spooks this week. You play as an artist exploring a house that, well, isn’t particularly friendly; the horror comes in psychological and psychedelic forms.
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology
3DS, £34.99 – Deep Silver
“Master the Power of the White Chronicle and repair time!”
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology was listed in our feature on the biggest 3DS releases in 2018. Releasing both physically and digitally, this JRPG is an updated version of the DS original and gives the adventure a visual and audio overhaul, plus new additions like new character Nemesia, a third timeline, and New Game+.
Another meaty week on the eShop! If somehow this doesn’t keep you busy enough in terms of gaming, then we have Payday 2 and Typoman leading the charge next week. We’ll see you then!
Sources: Nintendo eShop, Nintendo UK Upcoming Games, & nintendo.com