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 Retail eShop – New Releases
Life is Strange: True Colors™ (Square Enix Europe LTD, 31st Dec, £49.99 / €59.99) – A bold new era of the award-winning Life is Strange begins, with an all-new playable lead character and a thrilling mystery to solve! Alex Chen has long suppressed her ‘curse’: the supernatural ability to experience, absorb and manipulate the strong emotions of others, which she sees as blazing, colored auras. When her brother dies in a so-called accident, Alex must embrace her volatile power to find the truth – and uncover the dark secrets buried by a small town. – Read our Life is Strange: True Colors™ review
MONOPOLY® Madness (Ubisoft, 9th Dec, £24.99 / €29.99) – Rediscover the property trading game you love in a way you’ve never seen before. Mr. MONOPOLY is looking for a temporary stand-in while he takes vacation! Get ready to engage in a real-time competitive race to see who has what it takes to take Mr. Monopoly’s place.
Switch eShop – New Releases
A YEAR OF SPRINGS (Ratalaika Games, 10th Dec, £4.99 / €4.99) – Experience the stories of Haru, Erika, and Manami in A YEAR OF SPRINGS, a visual novel trilogy about three friends navigating their feelings of love, connection, and just wanting to belong. In ONE NIGHT, HOT SPRINGS, visit the hot springs with Haru, a young and anxious trans woman who just wants to enjoy herself on a trip with Manami but doesn’t want to cause any trouble.
Ball laB (eastasiasoft, 8th Dec, £3.59 / €3.99) – Stripping away modern complexities to return to a simpler, more challenging style of gaming, Ball laB is a straightforward precision platformer presented in minimalistic greyscale pixel art graphics. Each puzzling stage fills a single screen, with the objective being to get from one end of the level to another without falling victim to spikes, pitfalls or other hazards.
Ever Forward (PM Studios, 7th Dec, £11.59 / €12.91) – Ever Forward is an adventure puzzle game — it is the story of Maya. Maya is lost in a strange world somewhere between reality and imagination. She is alone to confront her despair on her journey of discovery, where she must unlock her memories and confront her fears to unravel the secrets of the world.
Guardian of Lore (Top Hat Studios, 6th Dec, £9.44 / €10.49) – Play as Prince Sayri, and save the memory of ancient civilizations from wicked magic that aims to destroy the stories that contain it. Become part of beautifully crafted 2. 5D worlds from Native-American folktales, and battle against an evil invader army threatening their disappearance. How much of each story will you be able to preserve for future generations to come? Become a Guardian of Lore and find out!
Kubinashi Recollection (Phoenixx, 9th Dec, £7.43 / €7.99) – Sekibanki goes on a great adventure set in a dream world to regain her lost memories! Use your own head to try to clear stages full of all sorts of tricks in a 2D action puzzle game like you’ve never experienced.
Loop Hero (Devolver Digital, 9th Dec, £12.14 / €13.49) – Wield an expanding deck of mystical cards to place enemies, buildings, and terrain along each unique expedition loop for the brave hero. Recover and equip powerful loot for each class of hero for their battles and expand the survivors’ camp to reinforce each adventure through the loop. Unlock new classes, new cards, perks and devious guardians on your quest to shatter the endless cycle of despair. – Read our Loop Hero review
LOVE 3 (Screenwave Media, 7th Dec, £7.19 / €8.19) – LOVE 3 is a precision platformer where you control fiveEight, a lone survivor searching for others in a mechanical, apocalyptic world. Face challenging obstacles, discover hidden secrets, and try to find hope within the hopeless as you overcome each new danger. What you find as you explore will influence the end, so make sure you find what’s important.
Memories of East Coast (eastasiasoft, 10th Dec, £4.49 / €4.99) – Experience the bittersweet emotion of character Sam as he takes a meditative trip to a place he hasn’t visited in fifteen years, where a specter of his past unexpectedly emerges and forces him to confront old truths in new ways. Hand-drawn art and a carefully selected soundtrack of lo-fi music accompany you on this thought-provoking exploration of memories both fond and sorrowful.
Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX (KOEI TECMO EUROPE, 9th Dec, £24.99 / €29.99) – Enjoy “Monster Rancher” and “Monster Rancher 2” to the fullest! ・All save slots available from the beginning! ・Freeze up to 20 monsters! ・Exclusive monsters from different countries added to the game! (“Monster Rancher 2”) ・Added the “Fast Forward” mode that allows you to skip through some scenes and “Training Records” to keep the record of your previous actions! – Read our Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX review
Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space (Skunkape Games, 8th Dec, £15.49 / €16.79) – Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space is a remastered version of Telltale’s second season of episodic Sam & Max games, lovingly updated by a small team of the original developers. Sam is a six-foot canine detective with a nose for justice. Max is a hyperkinetic rabbity-thing with a taste for mayhem. Together, they’re the Freelance Police—an irreverent comedy duo whose esoteric crime-fighting style has been entertaining comic book and video game fans for more than thirty years.
Super Impossible Road (Rogue Games, 9th Dec, £20 / €21.99) – In the future, you’ve got to play a little dirty if you want to win races. Master hairpin turns across dangerous courses that twist and coil over beautiful galactic backdrops, knocking opponents into the void of space. Kick into hyperdrive with temporary speed boosts and use every opportunity to jump off the paths of the rollercoaster-like tracks. Bypass gates and checkpoints and roll over competitors on the way to first place! The spiritual sequel to the award-winning Impossible Road is back and more ferocious than ever with all-new modes, 60 FPS local multiplayer, insane online play, and much more! So what’re you waiting for? Crack those knuckles and jump into the fastest, craziest, most spectacular racer you’ve ever played.
Transient: Extended Edition (Iceberg Interactive, 8th Dec, £15.29 / €16.99) – From the creators of CONARIUM and the DARKNESS WITHIN series, comes TRANSIENT, a Lovecraftian Cyberpunk thriller. In the distant, post-apocalyptic future, what is left of mankind lives in an enclosed citadel created to survive the harsh outside environment. Delve deep into this dystopian world and investigate what is happening to you and your friends.
Unstrong: Space Calamity (Origamihero Games, 7th Dec, £3.89 / €4.29) – A long time ago, the star people of the Sun City Pyrmia made sure that nothing would go wrong with the sun. But then they disappeared, and whatever happened remains a mystery. Many centuries later, a star-shaped world held together by chains was torn apart by a big explosion, its debris sent drifting through space.
Wild & Adventure Pinball (SuperPowerUpGames, 10th Dec, £13.49 / €14.99) – Enjoy 6 games in one with the perfect reproduction of real pinball machines, with all kinds of graphic details and sounds. Discover all the secrets, complete all the missions and become number 1 in the world or the best among your Friends, posting your high score on the online leaderboard.
Yu-Gi-Oh! RUSH DUEL: Dawn of the Battle Royale!! (KONAMI, 7th Dec, £35.99 / €39.99) – Summon powerful monsters left and right. Turn the tide with countless draws. Rush Duels aren’t over until the very last card is played!
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!