The latest Nintendo Download update for Europe has arrived, and it’s bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. As always, be sure to drop a vote in our poll and comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy!
Switch eShop – New Releases
Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden (£13.49 / €14.99) – Discover and investigate a forgotten underwater city built in an intriguing Art-Deco style. This former utopia hides many spine-chilling secrets and supernatural forces, the remains of which still lurk in every corner. Face the ancient evil that is hiding in the deepest chambers of the city of Eden. During your exploration of this Eden beneath this sea, you will solve cleverly designed minigames and find hidden objects or play a special minigame as an alternative.
ADVERSE (£4.79 / €5.29) – ADVERSE is a first-person shooter platformer with a fluid movement system, set in an idyllic universe, in which players have to fight through enemies spanning eight unique worlds and 40 different levels. It is the latest project in the Loneminded catalogue, keeping true to the brand by being a fun, competitive platformer with in-game leaderboards with the addition of a multi-layered scoring system.
Air Bounce – The Jump ‘n’ Run Challenge (EpiXR, 21st Jan, £4.49 / €4.49) – Jump or Die! AIR BOUNCE – THE JUMP ‘N’ RUN CHALLENGE is a fast-paced crazy difficult sometimes rage-inducing 3d first-person platformer. Are you ready for the challenge?
All Walls Must Fall – A Tech-Noir Tactics Game (Ultimate Games, 20th Jan, £7.19 / €7.99) – Berlin, November 2089: The Cold War never ended. For 150 years both sides have used time manipulation technology to observe and counter each other’s every move. Now this fragile state of affairs is approaching a breaking point, as a rogue nuclear strike will send the world into turmoil. Both sides have scrambled to send agents back in time to find who is behind the attack and how to prevent it. If they fail, the whole world will turn to ash, forever.
Balancelot (£7.99 / €7.99) – In this satirical medieval fantasy tale, a poor squire dreams to attend and conquer the kingdom’s jousting tournament. But because he’s poor, he cannot even afford a horse. However the unicycle happens to be close enough so the epic journey may begin! Use your skills to balance the clumsy but fully functional unicycle. Crush your enemies, drive them before you and hear the lamentation of your one-wheeler! Features * Extreme unicycle driving * Over 50 challenging levels * Multiple medieval-themed environments * Encounters with mythical monsters from the past, * A twisted story with beautiful in-game cut scenes * Humor as sharp as a knight’s lance
Bezier: Second Edition (Thalamus Digital, 21st Jan, £4.99 / €6) – SCENARIO: Bezier is a twin-stick blaster set inside a vast computer built deep underground. The story traces the principal’s escape from this “”Noah’s Ark”” gone wrong. A simple shooter on the surface, the deeper narrative pulls in his relationship between evolution and god, family and love. These themes question his motives, force him to confront what is real, and lead him to salvation. Powered by BezierSynth technology, traditional rendering is renounced in favour of a fluid aesthetic guided by story elements and player interaction, while an 80 minute soundtrack blends together orchestra, synthesizers and many ethnic instruments to drive the drama through fifteen dynamic game zones. FEATURES: Pure twin-stick arcade actionMultiple playing modesSeven devastating weapons15 different game zones100 different enemies80-minute soundtrack
Bouncing Hero (Turtle Cream, 21st Jan, £3.23 / €3.59) – Bouncing Hero is an extreme auto-jump platformer. Use your skills to control the knight on his pogo stick and avoid the sophisticated traps to conquer the castle!
CATTCH (£6.29 / €7) – Amazing! You’ve finally found something you really needed! Colourful and enthralling platform game with the bold anthropomorphic animal as protagonist! Meet the Cattch! Cattch is the cat with a classy jersey! He acts just like you, and when he gets to chill he loves to spend his time watching TV. But he won’t stay out of trouble when things go south and his friends are attacked by villains. Embark on an epic and dangerous journey accompanied by dexterity, agility and keen mind. If you don’t have any of those, it’s not a big deal, because Cattch will surely help you to catch up!
Chess Royal (Silesia Games, 21st Jan, £2.15 / €2.39) – In this game you can play chess against powerful chess engine or face-to-face against your friends. If you want to play against the engine, choose the strength of it so you can be challenged appropriatelly. In the Puzzle Tower, your objective is to find solution to the presented chess problems. Features: Strong AIPlay face-to-faceChess puzzlesAchievements
Colorful Colore (£1.79 / €1.99) – For us, there are two foundations to a wonderful puzzle title: 1/ SIMPLE YET CHALLENGING In each level, the goal is never far… The path, though, is a real maze. Choose a direction and avoid the walls not matching your color. It’s easy at first, but quickly gets tricky with clever level design and new mechanics such as switches and teleporters. Solving all 50 stages is an achievement to be proud of! We’re confident that Colorful Colore will tease your brain in various and unique ways to ultimately deliver this awesome sense of reward. 2/ FEELS GOOD A lot of love and attention to details have been given to the presentation. Colorful animations, immersive visuals and sound effects, cool music. . . The experience is both vibrant and clean, stimulating and relaxing, offering the perfect environment for your satisfying puzzle-solving time!
Conarium (£12.74 / €16.99) – Conarium is a chilling Lovecraftian game that follows the gripping story of four scientists and their endeavour to challenge what we normally consider to be the “absolute” limits of nature. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness, but largely set after the original story.
Dadish 2 (Thomas K Young, 18th Jan, £8.19 / €9) – After an impromptu “Bring Your Kids To Work Day” goes awry, Dadish sets off to find his missing children. Along the way he’ll wade through swamps, ride rockets, climb a big tree, and even visit outer space! Help reunite Dadish with his missing kids in this charming and challenging platforming adventure. Dadish’s biggest adventure yet! A challenging retro platformer from the creator of Super Fowlst and Dadish.
Danger Gazers (Ultimate Games, 18th Jan, £6.47 / €7.19) – Unlock new heroes and relics as you try to conquer the wasteland, master the skills, decisions and patience. Luck is not on your side. It’s all about replayability and maximum randomization. Procedurally generated levels? Check. Random map generation? Check. Random events? Check. Tons of guns and items? Double check! Features: Pave your own path: you will have to choose your next stop wisely if you don’t want your journey to turn into hell.
Dark Sauce (£4.49 / €4.99) – Dark Sauce is a cubical platforming game that delivers everything the true gamer needs: colourful 3D graphics with voxels, challenging levels, memorable NPCs, dungeons, dragons and valuable loot! Delve deep into the dungeon full with villainous monsters and lethal traps. Mountains of gold will be your reward, but beware — ancient and dangerous dragon relentlessly guards them.
Dirt Bike Insanity (£7.19 / €7.99) – Sit behind the handlebar and race against opponents on many specially prepared tracks located in the different sceneries. The game has both large outdoor and indoor areas to explore, tracks are filled with different sets of hills, bumps, ramps and turns. Start a race and win it to unlock new maps and earn money to buy new dirt bikes. The game offers both race and free ride modes. LET’S GO, let the race begin!
Dungeon Nightmares 1+2 Collection (K Monkey, 18th Jan, £11.99 / €13.99) – The game is inspired by classic roguelike games which include 100% procedural-generated maps and permadeath. These features play an important part in making this game tense with the feeling of dread & terror as you walk the hallways of the dungeon. Every time you play, the dungeons are randomised which guarantees unlimited replay value. The game is simple. Get through each dungeon by surviving the horrors that lurk deep within and making your way to the exit.
EPHEMERAL -FANTASY ON DARK- (HuneX, 21st Jan, £28.79 / €31.99) – Dark Fantasy X Campus Love Adventure coming to Nintendo Switch™ with full voice acting and switchable language (English & Japanese)! ! A forbidden campus love story across races, between Cloé and the other Residents of the Dark. Our heroine, Cloé, was born and raised in a caged town behind tall fences. All of the residents of this town are zombies, like Cloé. Daily life in this town is peaceful… Apart from the many suicides. Cloé has always wished to learn more about the outside world, and one day. . . Cloé receives an admission notice for a prestigious school, only enrolled by the elites of various races. Werewolf, Invisible man, Vampire, Mummy. . . Enjoy a hierarchical school life with these charming residents of the dark! In this school, Cloé learns of the forbidden love across racial barrier… Contents only possible on Nintendo Switch™!
Epitaph (Everook, 19th Jan, £9.29 / €10.29) – Battle for control of the afterlife in Epitaph, a competitive, fast-paced tactical game. Pick three Reapers, the aspects of death, and fight your opponent in real-time, cooldown-based combat. You’ll control all three characters at once, sequencing their abilities and setting up explosive combos to decimate your opponent. But be careful – every time a Reaper dies, they come back stronger, so moving closer to victory will make your opponents even more deadly.
Frodoric The Driver (Ultimate Games, 21st Jan, £4.49 / €4.99) – Frodoric is a Belgian shepherd who has run out of his favorite cigarettes. Due to the regulations set by the government and national health care, the Tobacco Store is far away and requires him to embark on a journey through hundreds of locations. Hop in the car with your best friend Furcat (persian cat) and drive! Key features: Drive through dozens of unique locations and regions! Slam other cars to score points! Use many types of weapons to break through the obstacles on the road! Collect points and buy new vehicles! Fantastic music that will help you relax for many hours! Dynamic weather and procedural difficulty system! Fantastic retro-like visual style!
Ghostanoid (JoyBits, 21st Jan, £6.29 / €6.99) – We are very good at our job, but this time we are faced with tiny, evil and quick-witted ghosts. Somebody has to be able to handle them. Who else could it be if not you? You can do it for sure. Ghosts are very fond of their houses and they won’t give up without a fight. They will throw things at you, trying to rebuild their home and interfering with your productive work in every possible way. And the shaman ghost … I’d better not say anything about it, he is a pure demon. To complete the task you will be given a new super-durable platform with advanced kinetic ball system of demolition.
Gradiently (£1.79 / €1.99) – Gradiently – casual color puzzle game for everyone. Reorder tiles in a way they will form perfect gradient. 400 beautiful hand-tuned gradients Minimal art style Full touch screen support Relaxing soundtrack
GRISAIA PHANTOM TRIGGER 5.5 (PROTOTYPE, 21st Jan, £13.49 / €14.99) – Several years after Yuuji Kazami and his friends fought for their lives in a fierce battle, a new generation of heroines gather at Mihama Academy, which has been reinstated as a ‘specialist training school’. Taking place in the same world as The Fruit of Grisaia, new characters bring an exciting fresh take in Volume 5. 5 of this brand new series! This thrilling story, which unfolds at the reborn Mihama Academy, will undoubtedly excite not only those who have played previous releases, but those who are new to the series as well! Available in three languages!
HITMAN 3 – Cloud Version (IO Interactive, 20th Jan) – Death Awaits. Agent 47 returns in HITMAN 3, the dramatic conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy.
Her Love in the Force (Voltage, 21st Jan, £19.99 / €24.99) – The Story: Join The Public Safety Police Academy and dive into a world of men! In pursuit of your dreams of becoming a detective, your supervisor encourages you to enter The Public Safety Police Academy. But as it turns out, this school is full of elite and ruthless officers from around the country! Will you survive. . . ? !
Jiffy (Lone Wolf Technology, 21st Jan, £1.79 / €2) – Key Features: 44 challenging levels5 bossesEndless Mode: Procedural endless level generationBattle Mode: One room, endless enemiesGreat gameplay mechanics and tight controlsChange your theme color
Joe’s Diner (£17.99 / €19.99) – Somewhere along the venerable Route 7, in the middle of nowhere, you will find Joe’s Diner. As an employee working the graveyard shift for the next month, your primary task is to keep the tables clean. Unfortunately there’s a rub to it. The old Diner was built on the site of a former Indian cemetery. Amongst the buried, two rival chieftains are laid to rest while alive each could not stand the other.
Legend of Numbers (£2.69 / €2.99) – In this numbers world, use simple match and merge functions to navigate the numbers and your own wisdom to create a legend for them! Come explore the hundreds of fun, exciting levels just waiting to be played!
Little Squire’s Quests (Max Interactive Studio, 19th Jan, £4.49 / €4.95) – Join Little Squire’s Quests to help our hero save the princess in the best pin rescue game. Your task is simple, just pull the pins, kill monsters, rescue the princess, collect treasure and complete the level. Sharpen your brain and improve intelligence by playing pull the pin puzzle game, you will always find it fascinating and engaging from start to finish. Many quests await you in our pull the pin game. Kill demons, kill spiders, pass lava, hunt for treasures, save the princess.
Loot Hero DX (Ratalaika Games, 21st Jan, £3.99 / €3.99) – Plow through monsters and become hero in this epic fantasy quest! A legendary Dragon is haunting the lands. Towns are set ablaze, and dark magic power resurrects the evil creatures of the world. A hero is needed to travel to the corners of the lands and slay the beast to restore peace. Charge valiantly into battle against increasingly difficult enemies, collect XP and loot, buy better equipment, level up, and do it all over again! This game boasts a huge number of enemies for you to take down, while building up a cache of gold, feats, and a bestiary full of monsters to hunt.
Lost Lands: Dark Overlord (free to play) (FIVE-BN STUDIO , 19th Jan) – Susan had just stepped away to answer the phone, but when she returned she saw something pulling her son Jimmy through a shimmering portal. It closed before she could pull him back. To save him, she must find a way to this other world. Before Susan lies a world that no one else has ever seen before. . . a world where magic is real and anything is possible. Find out who took Jimmy and what they want in Lost Lands: Dark Overlord!
Missile Dancer (DICO, 21st Jan, £8.99 / €9.99) – Missiles! Missiles! And more missiles! Avoid the enemy missiles and destroy their flagship aircrafts with yours! Soar the skies on your fighter jet in this action-packed vertically scrolling shooter. Expand your radar and lock on your enemies to shoot them down with a mighty missile strike! You can increase the range of your lock-on radar and the number of missiles with bonus items after defeating enemies. Don’t be hit! And be careful! Your guns won’t take the enemies down! They’re your best option against the incoming attacks! Two game modes: Arcade and Against the clock. Complete the story like in the old time arcade machines, or try your best score in 3-minute score attack. Don’t play alone! You can play local co-op in the same Nintendo Switch. Double the fun! – Read our Missile Dancer review
Olympic Table Tennis (Pix Arts, 18th Jan, £4.99 / €4.99) – Challenge many AI levels opponents in this table tennis simulation and win the Olympic Tournament! Olympic Table Tennis is a new way of playing table tennis, totally different from other table tennis games on store: here, the paddle follows the ball, you concentrate on where you want to send it and the lift effect to apply. The goal is to leave the computer away from the ball. Full 3D, the game is driven by an highly realistic physics engine. 6 different paddles to choose from each with their own physical characteristics.
Otti: The House Keeper (Ultimate Games, 20th Jan, £5.75 / €6.39) – Otti: house keeper is a game about defending your house from thieves and uninvited guests. Help Otti, a thief in the past, to get rid of ghosts of the past. Otti was cursed and can’t contact with humans, so use traps, mechanism and logic to save Otti live and his gold. Every level – is a new building and specially designed puzzle, use your reaction and ingenuity to solve it. Fully playable with touchscreen! TRAPS: A large selection of all kinds of traps, each with a unique mechanics of work. Launch ghosts, drop an anvil on the thief’s head, use evil cacti and this is the lesser part of what you have to use. MANIPULATION: It is not enough to set a trap and wait, you need to lure the thief into it. Manipulate the attention of thieves with sounds: hit vases and boxes, blow up barrels. Now they play by your rules. MECHANISMS: Sometimes traps aren’t enough to defeat a well-trained thief. Then mechanisms come to the rescue.
Red Colony (Shinyuden, 18th Jan, £5.66 / €6.29) – After a mad scientist experiments with all kinds of DNA, a deadly virus infects his staff and turns them into blood-thirsty zombies. Maria is a researcher trapped in the turmoil who desperately searches for her daughter before it is too late. The secrets she finds during her escape from the colony will make her fight a stronger enemy than the wicked virus. . . Despair. 2D side-scrolling horror action gameLots of puzzles and scary scenes but little ammo and saving stationsAnime style graphics featuring an attractive female castEnvironmental and realistic sound for a more terrifying experienceHomage to the classics
Rock ‘N Racing Bundle Off Road & Grand Prix (£17.99 / €19.99) – Get ready to enjoy Off Road races with your friends and family! Rock’N Racing Off Road offers the most entertaining and exciting races, with loads of skids, crashes and amazing jumps. You will have several modes of play, such as Cup mode, time trial and multi-player with the option of up to 4 Players at a time. Get ready for some speed with your family and friends! Grand Prix Rock ‘N Racing gives you the fastest, most exciting races. You can evolve your car, improving the engine, brakes, tires and more until you’ve achieved the perfect evolution to win the Championship!
Sally Face (Portable Moose, 21st Jan, £11.69 / €12.99) – Delve into an unsettling adventure following a boy with a prosthetic face, as he uses his handheld video game system to speak with the dead and learn their stories. After a string of mysterious murders, Sal and his three friends discover something truly sinister casting shadows over their small town. FEATURES Intriguing narrative will linger in your thoughts. Speak with the ghosts, using the Gear Boy. Handcrafted by a solo dev: including art, design and music. Inspired by 1990’s cartoons and personal nightmares. Bizarre characters, ponies, headbanging and more
Shing! (Mass Creation, 21st Jan, £13.49 / €14.99) – Join a band of wisecracking warriors in a bloody adventure through the land of mythical monsters and mysterious machines. FEATURES: Play solo or with friends: up to 4 players in local co-op. Experience immersive and intuitive controls: right analog stick controls your weapon giving you instant access to extensive moveset. Enjoy gameplay that never gets old: master the multi-layered combat, overcome clever enemies and face epic bosses. Experiment with freestyle combat system: mix and match combos, switch characters on the fly and turn enemy abilities against them Witness the glory of beat-em-up 2. 0!
Shinobi Blade (Max Interactive Studio, 19th Jan, £4.45 / €4.99) – Shinobi Blade is an action-packed game, lets you play the role of a teenage ninja who sneaked out of the Dojo, before mastering all the ninja skills. You’ll learn what it is to truly be a ninja, be silent, agile and smart to outwit your opponents in 30 gorgeous missions. You need to be agile to avoid meat grinders/poison traps, street smart to solve puzzles/unlock gates. You possess skills such as jump, climb, deadly Katana slashes, lightning-fast shuriken to carve up hordes of gruesome monsters. Upgrade these great skills to overcome all dangers and challenges to complete all the missions. Final showdown with the demon bosses Charybdis, Minotaur and Vampire Kid to become the true master ninja demon slayer! ! !
Spinny’s Journey (Thunder Sparrow, 18th Jan, £7.69 / €8.39) – Tales of a Space Explorer and how he escaped from Planet Earth Spinny, an alien explorer, arrives on Planet Earth. It is inhabited by a bipedal civilization whose architectural excellence is among the most beautiful in the galaxy. Amazed, our hero wanders from city to city. Spinny, although a skilled explorer, has mistakenly forgotten a small detail when coming to this planet. Things on Earth are gigantic compared to him: he is indeed not no bigger than a peanut. This error is causing him a lot of trouble. A terrifying sparrow attacks him and tears off several parts of his spaceship.
The Game is ON (Bigosaur, 21st Jan, £4.99 / €4.99) – The Game is ON is a puzzle game where you have to move things and click around until the situation on the screen matches some well known phrase or idiom from the English language. By solving the puzzles, you get jigsaw pieces. Collect enough pieces to unlock extra levels. You can also get jigsaw pieces by solving the puzzles in least possible moves and by finding pieces hidden in levels. Some are hidden behind other objects or produced after you manipulate buttons or other things on the screen.
The Unexpected Quest (OverGamez, 23rd Dec, £11.46 / €12.74) – Embark on quests, hunt down treasures and manage your resources as you build, battle, cast magic and brew potions to bring order to the world. EXPLORE Strange creatures living in different locations await you. Some of them will help you, others need your help, and others will take a liking to your head. . . or, rather, your fresh brains. You will visit quiet villages, snow-capped mountaintops, impenetrable forests, and foul-smelling swamps. But one thing will remain the same – adventure awaits you everywhere!
Unspottable (GrosChevaux, 21st Jan, £9.99 / €11.99) – Unspottable is a competitive couch party game where you need to punch your friends before they punch you. Blend in the crowd of AI characters, hunt down the other players and use the many different environment specific rules to win the game.
War Truck Simulator (Ultimate Games, 19th Jan, £5.75 / €6.39) – Hello soldier, you are a representative of a special military group that operates on enemy territory! Get behind the wheel of a military truck for special tasks! There are many different missions ahead of you, saving defenseless and injured civilians, and taking part in armed conflicts! Hope you are ready. Get ready for challenging missions! Get in and gasp! Operate the truck’s manual gearbox, Shoot enemies with machine guns, Five different maps in terms of weather and seasons. Weather conditions affect driving, Each map has a different difficulty level, Various tasks await you!
Switch eShop – Demos
DLC / Add-On Content
Nintendo Switch games with new DLC this week:
So that’s your lot for this week’s Nintendo Download. Go on, be a sport and drop a vote in the poll above, and comment below with your hot picks!