For once, we have a slightly quieter week on the eShop! Though, a quiet week still means notable releases such as Payday 2 and Toki Tori 2+ – you know, it’s just not ALL THE GAMES, like we often see nowadays. As an aside, Typoman launches this week, a game which originally was a Wii U game. Back then, we interviewed developers Brainseed Factory about the unique typographic style of the game, which you can read here. Right, back to the eShop listings!
Thursday 22nd February
Switch, £9.99 – Wales Interactive
“Typoman is a puzzle platformer which takes you on a journey to explore the Power of Words in the ever-lasting battle between good and evil.”
This was a Wii U exclusive back in 2015, and this is a pretty faithful port – and you can get 20% off if you pre-order the game on the Switch eShop. Here’s an excerpt from our review of the Wii U version: “It has a fantastic premise, and Typoman shines the brightest when it uses the focus on typography for clever puzzles and action sequences. Add to this a really well-executed narrative and striking aesthetic (not to mention a fantastic soundtrack), and Typoman becomes a standout game on the Wii U eShop that is well worth checking out.” An intriguing premise and clever puzzles makes this the Tanuki Bridge eShop highlight for the week!
Ace of Seafood
Switch, £6.69 – Nussoft
“In the seas of the distant future, humans have all but disappeared. Now fish and crustaceans fight great wars, shooting deadly rays of light at each other.”
Have you ever desired to play as a fish? Well, if so, this could be the game for you, as it allows you to create parties of up to 6 fish as you explore and battle in the sea. Oh, and the fish can shoot lasers.
PAC-MAN™ Championship Edition 2 PLUS
Switch, £16.99 – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
“The ultimate PAC experience – now on Nintendo Switch!”
We’ve seen plenty of arcade-style games on Switch, but now the signature arcade game is breaking into the eShop scene. This is regarded as one of the better PAC-MAN games, introducing plenty of visual improvements and a Switch-exclusive co-op mode.
Spacecats with Lasers
Switch, £4.49 – Bitten Toast Games
“The evil space rats locked you up in their space arena and your only hope is to fight as many waves as possible.”
Last week was Puzzle Puppers, and this week we get Spacecats with Lasers; an overhead wave-based shooter where fashion is as important as your combat skills. The main enemy is the pug king, but I’m not sure I can get behind a dog being the enemy. Sorry.
Switch, £17.99 – Forever Entertainment
“In Hollow, you are one of the pilots that transports precious resource cargo from the mining ship Shakhter-One down to Earth.”
A first-person shooter/adventure game with a dark sci-fi setting reminiscent of The Swapper, Hollow has an interesting and in-depth set-up of a tranquil space station that goes wrong. If you’re after an atmospheric shooter on Switch, this may be a great pick.
Switch, £11.69 – KEMCO
“Join forces with elves and dwarves, and slay the evil dragon, Wyrmvarg in a retro-style fantasy RPG!”
Another RPG trying to bring back the pixel-art nostalgia (that sprite above looks a lot like Link… ), Dragon Sinker lets you have up to 12 party members and 3 teams at any one time, with up to 12 jobs available. A sweet detail is that as jobs change, the costumes characters wear change and add a bit of visual variety.
Switch, £8.99 – Atypical Games
“Radiation Island is a survival adventure game in a huge open-world environment.”
We’re starting to see more first-person games coming to Switch now, from big, AAA, releases like Doom to survival adventures like Radiation Island. This harsh world is full of dangers, from zombies to bears, that punctuate activities such as mining, gathering and crafting. Think of it like a gritty, more realistic version of Minecraft.
Superola and the Lost Burgers
Switch, £4.99 – Undergames
“Blue skies are back!”
I can’t argue that this game hasn’t got an awesome name, and it has a decent amount of substance to back it up. Playing as, yes, a llama that enjoys burgers, you make your way through 10 worlds and 70 stages of platforming gameplay. There are also secrets to find, as well as endless and VS multiplayer modes. Save those burgers!
Arcade Archives HEROIC EPISODE
Switch, £6.29 – HAMSTER
“Young soldier, everything is in your hands! Save your people from this crisis!”
It’s time for the retro section – HAMSTER again has something to offer on the eShop this week! HEROIC EPISODE came out in 1986 (released by IREM) and has you play as a soldier as he shoots his way to a stolen goddess statue.
ACA NEOGEO MAGICAL DROP III
Switch, £6.29 – HAMSTER
“Magical warriors have gathered! There’s even more fun now with three modes of play!”
This NEOGEO game was released in 1997 by Data East. It’s a chain-based puzzle game with multiple modes that refined the gameplay of previous game Magical Drop II.
SteamWorld Dig 2
3DS, £14.99 – Image & Form
“SteamWorld Dig 2 takes you on a platform mining adventure forged in Metroidvania flames.”
A sequel to the critically-acclaimed SteamWorld Dig, this released on Switch last year – you can read our review here – and manages to improve on the original whilst maintaining the core risk/reward mining gameplay. It’s now coming to 3DS, which means adding another screen to the UI; as you can see above, this is used for the map and seeing your gathered resources.
Friday 23rd February
Switch, £44.99 – StarbreezeStudios
“Getting paid to be the bad guys is as sweet of a gig as ever in PAYDAY 2 for Nintendo Switch.”
PAYDAY 2 comes to Nintendo Switch! This is another game that previously released on the platforms – way back in 2013 – and is getting another lease of life on Switch. PAYDAY 2 is a co-op shooter (local and online, up to 4 players) where you team up to bring crime to the world, robbing banks and more. Switch does get some bonuses with this release, including touch screen menu support, new rumble feedback, a local multiplayer mode when multiple Switch players are around, and exclusive character Joy – who you can see in the image above, complete with a mask inspired by the Joy-Cons.
Toki Tori 2+: Nintendo Switch Edition
Switch, £13.49 – Two Tribes Publishing
“Experience Toki Tori’s epic puzzle adventure on the go, for the first time ever!”
Toki Tori 2+ is 33% off if you pre-order on the eShop; Daniel Switzer reviewed Toki Tori 2 for us back in 2013, when it came out on Wii U. Later that year, the Toki Tori 2+ update was added, slightly changing parts of this adorable puzzle platformer. For example, it added a guide mode and new puzzles; to solve puzzles, your available actions as the playable chicken are whistling and stomping, but don’t think that means a lack of challenge – there’s a reason a guide mode was added! It’s a pretty game with loads of stuff to do and plenty of extras to collect.
Twin Robots: Ultimate Edition
Switch, £7.99 – Ratalaika Games
“Only you can help the Twin Robots pass their tests and escape the old factory in one piece!”
The original idea setting Twin Robots apart is that, well, you’re playing as two robots. Named Watt and Volt, you can switch between them or even play as both at once in the co-op mode. These robots tackle a series of challenges to prove that the defective status they were given is incorrect.
Well, that’s the listings! Are you planning on picking any of these games up? You can let us know in the comments!