The latest Nintendo Download update for North America 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 – Highlights
Life is Strange: True Colors (Square Enix Europe, 7th Dec, $59.99) – A bold new era of the award-winning Life is Strange series begins, with a new playable lead character and a thrilling mystery to solve in Life is Strange: True Colors! 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
Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon (Yacht Club Games, 13th Dec, $19.99) – Delve with Shovel Knight into the depths of the Pocket Dungeon in an action-packed puzzle adventure mashup like none other! Join your mysterious guide Puzzle Knight as you shovel through scads of foes, procure new equipment and battle bosses both familiar and new. Explore a tale with endless twists and turns, quest as your favorite heroes and even challenge a friend for fast-paced head-to-head competition in Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon. Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon will be available on Dec. 13. Pre-order in Nintendo eShop today!
Loop Hero (Devolver Digital, 9th Dec, $14.99) – The Lich has thrown the world into a timeless loop and plunged its inhabitants into never-ending chaos. In Loop Hero, 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
Wytchwood (Whitethorn Digital, 9th Dec, $19.99) – Research and concoct devious spells and sorceries in this crafting adventure game set in an expressive land of gothic fables and fairytales. As the mysterious old witch of the woods, you will explore a strange countryside, collect magical ingredients, brew sorcerous enchantments and pass your twisted judgement upon a capricious cast of characters and creatures. After all, how will they ever learn if you don’t teach them the moral of the story?
Switch eShop – New Releases
0x0 Minimalist (4th Dec, $3.99) – Classic computer puzzle game. Push to complete the puzzle, starts easy and gets really hard.
A YEAR OF SPRINGS (10th Dec, $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. In LAST DAY OF SPRING, spend a week as Erika, a well-meaning ex-delinquent who runs into more issues than expected when trying to plan a spa day for Haru. In SPRING LEAVES NO FLOWERS, help sheltered university student Manami think about what friendship and romance mean to her as she spends a day with Haru, Erika, and her boyfriend.
Arcade Archives Liquid Kids (2nd Dec, $7.99) – “Liquid Kids” is an action game released by TAITO in 1990. Take control of the young hero from the hippo tribe, Hipopo, and battle against the Fire Demon to protect the peaceful Woody-Lake. An adventure of danger and excitement is just beginning. The “Arcade Archives” series has faithfully reproduced many classic Arcade masterpieces. Players can change various game settings such as game difficulty, and also reproduce the atmosphere of arcade display settings at that time. Players can also compete against each other from all over the world with their high scores. Please enjoy the masterpiece that built a generation for video games. *This game uses the Japanese ROM for the main part of the game. The options menu and manual are available in Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Asteroids: Recharged (14th Dec, $9.99) – The original space shooter warps to the modern era! Asteroids: Recharged has been reimagined for modern gameplay, with vibrant visuals, powerful new abilities, and another original soundtrack from award-winning video game composer Megan McDuffee. Asteroids: Recharged creates a familiar, but revitalized and modern challenge to both old school and new high score chasers. And 30 unique and creative challenge levels take the space shooting gameplay into new territory, complete with local and global leaderboards. An entirely new collection of power-ups — including spread shots, rail guns, reflector shields, and more — will help stave off splintering asteroids and aggressive UFOs. Co-op play lets you play with a friend, and ramps up the intensity as players do their best to coordinate and survive.
Clockwork Aquario (ININ Games, 14th Dec, $19.99) – Westone’s hidden arcade treasure is back! The long thought lost arcade treasure by the legendary Westone team is finally being brought to light after 30 years! In cooperation with Strictly Limited games, the unfinished ROM has been dug up and finished with the input of the original developers. The beautiful pixel art was at the top of its class at the time and has lost nothing of its charm over the years. Jump and run through a colorful fantasy world, pick up and throw your enemies, hit multiple at the same time to get a multiplier and rack up your high score! You can also play with up to two friends, will you collaborate to take down Dr. Hangyo or try to sabotage each other to get the high score? – Read our Clockwork Aquario review
Ever Forward (7th Dec, $14.99) – 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. Players will need to use their observational skills and intelligence to solve multiple puzzles to piece together the mystery of Maya’s past and what dark secrets she has buried.
Iridium (30th Nov, $11.99) – Earths colonies have been attacked and destroyed. The distance and time between each attack is consistent with an enemy who travels using Faster than light technology. Each attack moves them closer to Earth. It is only a matter of time before they reach us. The World Defence Force must act, with centuries of peace leaving Earth with limited military options Project Iridium is Kickstarted – It’s our last, best and only hope. The small scout craft Iridium has been transformed into a rapid attack craft. In true form to its namesake, built on modern Iridium technology. Equipped with inertial dampening for rapid directional turns, protected by high powered shield, outfitted with advanced upgradable weapon systems and an Iridium alloy hull stronger than any other material produced before it. You are our pilot, our best hope. We must stop the invading forces or we face certain annihilation!
Kubinashi Recollection (9th Dec, $11.99) – 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.
Memories of East Coast (10th Dec, $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. Blending a heartfelt narrative with psychological commentary, Memories of East Coast challenges players to consider alternate perspectives on loss, grief and sickness, layering complex themes for full immersion without any character art. This is a personal journey, colored by nostalgia and brought to full bloom within the player’s own mind.
Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX (KOEI TECMO AMERICA, 9th Dec, $29.99) – The full experience of “Monster Rancher” and “Monster Rancher 2” in one package! Enjoy “Monster Rancher” and “Monster Rancher 2” to the fullest! [The DX features] ・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
My Universe – Doctors & Nurses (13th Dec, $29.99) – You have the option to play two new recruits who’ve just arrived. Gradually, you’ll realise that your day-to- day existence is going to be anything but restful. Build relationships with the other members of your new team and get to know their funny and moving personalities. But be sure not to get distracted by your rival, Doctor Pierce! Over the course of your adventure, you’ll take care of the various patients who present to you at the hospital as the days go by. Listen carefully to them to understand their symptoms and play fun mini-games to treat them. Every day is a new challenge with its fair share of surprises!
One Hand Clapping (14th Dec, $14.99) – One Hand Clapping is a relaxing, inspiring puzzle platformer that focuses on vocal input to progress through its vibrant world. Build confidence in your voice as you utilize melody, rhythm, and harmony as your tools. Take your time. You have nothing to lose and won’t get punished for making a mistake. Meet loveable characters who will assist you and cheer you on and inspire self-expression without being pushy. You don’t have to be a vocalist prodigy to enjoy One Hand Clapping. Just conquer your doubts, battle the silence, and sing your song.
RICO: London (Numskull Games, 9th Dec, $49.99) – Blast your way to the top! Team up and storm the skyscraper in this gang-busting, name-taking, explosive shooter. Take down London gangsters, turning the weapons of the fallen into your personal arsenal. Man by man, floor by floor, quell the enemy onslaught. Whatever it takes.
Super Impossible Road (Rogue Games, 9th Dec, $19.99) – 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.
The Letter: A Horror Visual Novel (15th Dec, $19.99) – When seven people fall prey to a vicious curse, they discover that the true threat rests not within the shadows, but within their own hearts and minds. The Letter: A Horror Visual Novel is an interactive horror-themed drama inspired by classic Asian horror films. Told through an immersive branching narrative, the game casts players in the ever-shifting roles of seven characters as they find themselves entangled in a mystery that’s plagued Ermengarde Mansion for centuries. The choices you make will shape and drive the story forward. Will you mend a relationship on the verge of collapse, or will you let it fall apart? Will you risk saving someone despite the consequences you could face or leave them to meet a gruesome end? Beyond the horror themes of The Letter: A Horror Visual Novel, there is heavy emphasis on character development and interaction. The fate of each of these individuals is in your hands.
Valkyria Chronicles + Valkyria Chronicles 4 Bundle (29th Nov, $39.99)
Wild & Adventure Pinball (10th Dec, $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.
So that’s your lot for this week’s North American Nintendo Download. Go on, be a sport and drop a vote in the poll above, and comment below with your hot picks!