It’s another Nintendo Download Update for Europe, and it’s a rather interesting batch. We have some high profile pre-purchases along with varied games that are actually out this week, from promising Indie titles to a major first-party arrival on the 3DS. Let’s get to it.
Switch Retail Downloads
Monopoly (Ubisoft, €39.99 / £29.99) – One of the first games Ubisoft actually announced for the Switch, it’s now finally ready to make its entrance. Yep, it’s virtual Monopoly, though you can also customise rules and play shortened Special Goals games if you or the system’s battery are running out of time.
Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers (GameMill Entertainment, €39.99 / £35.99) – Previously on 3DS, this beat ’em up-style title takes various IPs from the famous network and mashes them up into one adventure; it can be tackled solo or in local co-op.
Monster Jam: Crush It! (GameMill Entertainment, €39.99 / £35.99) – Based on the PS4 and Xbox One title from 2016, this chaotic racer features more than 30 maps covering forest, desert, winter and farm environments. You’ll also find 84 skill challenges and 12 “authentic” events. There are also 6 officially licensed Monster Jam stadiums included, if you’re keen on that kind of thing.
Switch Retail Download Pre-Purchase
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks, €59.99 / £49.99)
Morphite (Level 77, €14.99 / £13.49) – Described as an “atmospheric exploration sci-fi shooter with platforming elements”, Moprhite is a collaboration between Crescent Moon Games, We’re Five Games and Blowfish Studios, and follows the exploits of Myrah Kale, whose life “takes a sudden turn when a routine mission develops into an interstellar adventure revealing her mysterious past and connection to the coveted substance Morphite.” It looks intriguing and we’ll get cracking on a review; in the meantime you can read our interview with one of the developers.
Perception (Deep End Games, €13.99 / £12.99) – Released on Halloween, this was a definite win for marketing and savvy timing. This only arrived on other platforms earlier this year and was received quite positively; it takes the first-person scary house trope and adds a twist. The protagonist is blind, so you can only see the surroundings in limited details and outlines, effectively using sound as your guide. This is an enhanced edition that includes three options for playing the campaign and various adjustments designed to improve on the original.
Chess Ultra (Ripstone, €12.49 / £9.99) – This aims to provide Switch owners with a substantial option to fulfil their chess needs. There are various tutorials, challenges and a few different boards, along with a variety of online and offline modes. Cross-platform play and a Switch exclusive desktop local multiplayer option stand out, along with the ability to setup online tournaments. We’ll bring you a full review very soon.
Super Beat Sports (Harmonix, €14.99 / £13.49) – This shares a couple of modes from a motion-focused title previously released on Apple TV, albeit this version has additional and new minigames. There are five games suited for between one and four players, and as you’d expect from a studio that once produced Rock Band titles these quirky sports games utilise rhythm gameplay. We’ll get to the beat and bring you a review soon.
Sparkle 2 EVO (Forever Entertainment, €4.49 / £4.04 until 9th November, then €4.99 / £4.49) – A game that’s earned some acclaim on mobile, it’s focused on the gradual evolution you undertake as a small lifeform, with the goal being to ‘transform into a magnificent aquatic being’. It looks intriguing, with the idea being that you have the freedom to explore and develop at your own pace. We’ll evolve and let you know what we think in a review.
King Oddball (10tons, €4.99 / £3.99) – You take control of a boulder (the King of boulders it would seem) with the aim of using your ridiculously long tongue to lick up other, smaller boulders, before launching them at tanks and helicopters. We gave it a reasonable recommendation in our King Oddball review.
Wheels of Aurelia (MixedBag, €9.99 / £8.99) – A visually intriguing game that aims to blend a visual novel approach with 16 quickfire playthroughs. On paper it’s a fascinating idea, but the execution struggles to align an interesting concept with an enjoyable gaming experience. We feel it fails to hit its mark, and said as much in our Wheels of Aurelia review.
Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) – Despite the cast continuing to endure within The King of Fighters franchise, this title from 1996 was the third and last standalone entry in this series. It might be hard to believe with the Neo Geo being mostly populated by one-on-one fighting games, but this one actually does quite a lot to distinguish itself from the norm, starting with the control scheme and the way you can seamlessly string combos together. We’ll let you know what we think of this ACA release in a review.
Switch eShop Temporary Discount
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (FDG Entertainment, €11.24 / £10.11 until 9th November, normally €14.99 / £13.49)
Switch eShop Demo
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (Monkey Stories, free)
3DS Retail Download
Kirby Battle Royale (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) – This left-field entry in the series puts the focus on battling using Kirby’s various copy abilities. There is a solo story mode to follow, but undoubtedly the main attraction is multiplayer brawling, both local and in regional online. There are various modes to add different spins to the battles; we’ll let you know what we think in a review. Available from 3rd November.
3DS Retail Download Pre-Purchase
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (Nintendo, €44.99 / £39.99) – Bonus until 16/11/2017: Download code for the theme “Pokémon: Pikachu & Poké Ball” for Nintendo 3DS. Bonus until 10/01/2018: Download code for 12 Quick Balls.
Creeping Terror (Aksys Games, €8.99 / £8.09) – A spooky seasonal release on the 3DS, this one has you exploring an “abandoned mansion deep in the forest” while trying to survive being hunted by a beast.
Phil’s Epic Fill-a-Pix Adventure (Lightwood Games, €7.99 / £5.99) – From a studio that’s established a solid reputation for quality word and puzzle games, this focuses on picture logic. Described as a “mix of Minesweeper and Picross”, you try to reveal large pictures by solving one grid at a time.
New Nintendo 3DS eShop
Frutakia 2 (Crazysoft, €3.89 / £3.49) – Part slot machine, part puzzle game, in this one you try to match three or more animals as you have control over moving rows up and down.
GALAXY BLASTER CODE RED (RCMADIAX, €1.49 / £1.39) – A basic shooter in which you try to hold off various foes descending from the top of the screen.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond The Myth: New Explorers 6 (Koch Media, €1.99 / £1.79)
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond The Myth: FM Synth Arranged Sounds (Koch Media, €4.99 / £4.49)
Culdcept Revolt – Bypass (NIS America, free)
3DS eShop Temporary Discount
Ambition of the Slimes (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.00 / £2.87 until 16th November, normally €5.00 / £4.79)
Castle Conqueror Defender (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.93 until 16th November, normally €4.99 / £4.89)
Puzzle Labyrinth (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.00 / £2.57 until 16th November, normally €5.00 / £4.29)
My Little Baby 3D (Treva Entertainment, €7.99 / £7.99 until 23rd November, normally €29.99 / £24.99)
3DS eShop Permanent Discount
Battleminer (Wobbly Tooth, €3.99 / £3.99, previously €4.99 / £4.49)
New Nintendo 3DS Temporary Discount
GUIDE THE GHOST (RCMADIAX, €0.99 / £0.93 until 9th November, normally €1.49 / £1.39)
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Master Reboot (Wales Interactive, €4.79 / £3.99 until 30th November, normally €11.99 / £9.99)
Soul Axiom (Wales Interactive, €4.49 / £3.59 until 30th November, normally €14.99 / £11.99)
Back to Bed (Bedtime Digital, €2.49 / £2.24 until 25th November, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
Armored ACORNs: Action Squirrel Squad (Nexcra, €4.40 / £3.96 until 16th November, normally €6.99 / £6.29)
Spy Chameleon (EnjoyUp Games, €2.49 / £2.24 until 30th November, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
That’s your lot for this week – let us know what you’ll be downloading in the poll and comments below.