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
The Knight Witch (Team17, Nov 29th, $19.99) – This hand-crafted adventure emphasizes the importance of saying “thank you.” Cast devastating card-based spells, forge close bonds and make moral choices, all in your quest to save your home and discover who’s behind the War Golem invasion. Encounter evil foes and choose how to proceed. As you journey across Dungeonidas, your heroic deeds and efforts will be seen and discussed by the citizenry. Knight Witches become stronger with gratitude and trust, and they can earn it in many ways – however, not all methods are sincere. Will you do anything to gain popularity, or will you try and stay honest? The choice is in your hands. The Knight Witch blasts its way on to the Nintendo Switch system on Nov. 29.
Switch eShop – New Releases
A Building Full of Cats (Silesia Games, 24th Nov, $2.99) – A Building Full of Cats is a hidden object game where you need to pet all the cats in the building. Don’t leave any cats behind!
Aliisha: The Oblivion of Twin Goddesses (Softstar Entertainment, 24th Nov), $32.99 – Lisha and Aisha are twin sisters. They are born with certain characters that set them different from ordinary people. Lisha, a few seconds older than Aisha, is gifted with a highly rational mind but nearly incapable of perceiving emotions or affection. On the other hand, Aisha is very sensitive and susceptible. She loves to go on advanturous trips and often gets injured, but she cannot feel any pain. During one trip, Aisha discovered an abandoned temple that exists in a folklore told by local people. The legend has it that all the priests served in the past at the temple are all twins. Furthermore, Aisha learns that a certain mysterious appliance in the temple can integrate the souls of twins. Eager to solve the mystery, Aisha urges Lisha to go exploring the temple together. Though not convinced, Lisha send her AI robot “AMBU” to go on the advanture with Aisha as her urge persists.
Animal Puzzle Cats (RuWaMo, 17th Nov, $4.99) – Discover cats & puzzles in this simple adventure! Play alone or with friends! Try your best as an animal puzzle maker. Earn new stages, discover new pictures and try your best!
Arcade Archives METAL BLACK (HAMSTER, 17th Nov, $7.99) – “METAL BLACK” is a shooting game released by TAITO in 1991. Set on a world on the brink of destruction at the hands of interstellar invaders, players take control of the secret fighter BLACK FLY and take the battle to the enemy. Fight your foes for the energy source NEWALONE, and use it to charge powerful beam weapons to destroy your foes! 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. *The options menu and manual are available in Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Arctictopia (Gravity Game Arise, 24th Nov, $5.00) – Arctictopia is a puzzle-solving game in the Arctic Ocean. Figure out routes and plan your moves to help mama polar bear find her cub on the melting ice. As the ice sheets melt away, the polar bears’ route home becomes even more treacherous. . . ■Features ・10 unique mechanics woven into 150 intriguing levels. ・Immerse yourself in a hand-drawn, picture book-styled (but frigid! ) North Pole and as you cross the Arctic Ocean. ・Plan your every step carefully — with each move you make, the ice under your paws melts a bit. ・Relax and take your time puzzle-solving. It’s easy to retrace your steps or try a different level. Chill and enjoy the challenge. ・Adorable cub, seal and puffin.
Baby Shapes for Kids – Puzzle, Animal, Funny, Parent, Coloring, Farm Simulator Games (17th Nov, $2.99) – Fun and intuitive matching game for your baby or toddler! It helps to learn shapes and colors in game. Learning shapes is easy and entertaining and your child will love it too!
Blade of Darkness (QubicGames, 24th Nov, $14.99) – A grim new threat looms over The Central Kingdoms. The borders protected by the fierce King’s Knights are no longer secure. The fearsome orc clans, more numerous than ever, lurk on all roads. The proud nomadic peoples of the steppes are on the alert, for strange beasts prowl the darkness. Not even the stout dwarves, hidden in their underground palaces, seem safe from threat – from the unknown tunnels of its mines, a foul army of hideous creatures advances inexorably. Chaos seizes the World. Only the memory of the oldest recalls the exploits of a hero and a few warriors, who in other times fought against the forces of Chaos. Ianna, the mother of all living beings, gave the hero a powerful sword to enter the abyss and defeat evil. But that happened a long time ago. A new hero is needed, a chosen one who is worthy to wield the Sword and destroy the enemy. . . this time forever.
Camper Van Simulator 2 (BoomHits, 18th Nov, $12.99) – Are you ready for a summer excursion to remember? Hop into your trusty camper and explore beautiful, sun drenched environments! With 10 awesome cars, campers, bike and other vehicles to choose from and 50 missions to complete, you will feel like you are on a trip of your life!
Car Parking Madness School Drive Mechanic Car Games Simulator 2023 (VG Games, 28th Nov, $5.99) – In our game you will be able to improve your parking skill. In the game you will be able to find many parking options with varying degrees of difficulty. You can also ride on different cars from ordinary to supercars.Will you be able to complete the entire task and deliver the cars and park all of our cars without a single mistake?
Cleopatra Fortune S-Tribute (City Connection, 23rd Nov) – Cleopatra Fortune was originally released as an arcade puzzle game by Taito in 1996. This game is a reproduction of the home console version released in 1997. In Arcade Mode, players wipe out falling stones, treasures, coffins, and mummies by arranging closures or line clears to score high points. Two players can also play against each other. In Mystery Mode, players can enjoy the story as they clear 50 problems posed by the Sphinx. ◆Basic rules ・Closures: Use stones and walls to surround treasures, coffins, and mummies, and all items inside the closure will disappear. Mummies will not disappear unless they are surrounded with treasures or coffins. The more items that disappear at once, the higher the score will be. ・Line Clears: Arrange a line made up of all treasures, all coffins, all mummies, or all stones and the entire line will disappear. ・Chains: When several closures and line clears disappear in a row, they form a chain.
Dead Station (ChiliDog Interactive, 23rd Nov) – Dead Station is a new hit by Hoodoo Bear, the developers of Oliver’s Adventures in the Fairyland. It’s an old school platforming experience set on the space station «Soyuz-1» overrun by some hostile monsters. Your task is to arm yourself with melee weapons and firearms, find any answers on what the hell happened there and survive no matter what! It’s a new twist on the survival-action genre — you’ll have to use your wits and surroundings in order to progress through this station. Actually it’s not «dead», but more like «deadly»! Do you think you have what it takes to venture through these dangerous halls and corridors?
Desktop Soccer 2 (SAT-BOX, Nov 17th, $8.00) – Turn your desk into a soccer field! Divvy up the Joy-Con™ and play with up to 4 players! You won’t be able to put down this easy-to-play game! Not only can you customize your team formation and player positions, you can even give your players unique appearances in Style Settings! Change up their signature move by equipping them with different items! Create your own unique dream team!
Floating Cloud God: Anniversary Edition (Dakko Dakko, 24th Nov) – In this new version of ‘Floating Cloud God’, all-new gameplay features meet with updated enemies and tougher boss battles to provide a fresh celebration of The Power of Love! Playing as Floating Cloud God, protect your followers to earn their love, then use that love to fly faster, shoot stronger, split your shots, or boost the power of your demon-seeking Cloud Burst! You can even turn love into Cloud Cover, to shield your worshippers when they are in danger! Get as many followers as you can through seven treacherous (but beautiful) stages, take down the deadly bosses guarding each goal, and help the Pilgrims reach their stolen statue!
Freud’s Bones – The Game (Meangrip Studio, Nov 24th, $12.99) – Freud’s Bones is a surreal and obscure adventure on the study of psychoanalysis and Sigmund Freud. Immerse yourself in Freud’s mind and discover the mystery behind his crisis. Investigate ominous Egyptian artifacts, existential crises and become a petulant inner voice.
GOODBYE WORLD (PM Studios) – Programmer Kanii and graphics artist Kumade are two friends who met in college.After graduating, they’ve been creating indie games together, but so far life has been harsh; Their games don’t sell, and most of their time is spent working part time jobs to make ends meet…
As Kanii desperately tries to find a way to make a product that sells, Kumade makes a decision―
HALF DEAD 3 (LLC ROOM710GAMES, 24th Nov) – Several years passed after the previous season. You wake up in a strange room with your friends and try to open the doors, but you see nothing but similar rooms. “What a sinister complex? ” you ask yourself. “It seems that this is someone’s joke! ” But with every minute you understand that everything is serious here. And you shouldn’t stay in one place. You definitely need to survive. So do it. Help yourself and your friends find a way out. The show begins!
How to Fool a Liar King Remastered (Ratalaika Games, 25th Nov) – The story begins after the ending of “How to Take Off Your Mask. ” Regina, our heroine, magically appears in the kingdom of Eroolia. She has no idea how she ended up in Eroolia, and here, she meets Juli and his companions, whom she ends up joining on their journey to Laarz, a country of cat people. Will she find out how to get back home? Or will she fall in love before that happens? Is Regina’s presence in Eroolia an accident or is there a purpose behind it? Can she trust Juli who seems to be full of secrets?
KnifeBoy Rebooted (Shinyuden, 25th Nov) – KnifeBoy is a unique looking action adventure game set in a semi-open world with a twisted story and tight gameplay. Explore this wicked world while defeating huge bosses, improving your movements with steam-punk power-ups, complete side quests and learn about Knife Boy’s past by collecting comic books scattered around the world. Shortly after the great rebel leader, KnifeBoy, destroyed The New World Order, he was killed by someone he thought he could trust. With The New World Order no longer in power, a new regime; Anonymous, stepped out of the shadows to rule the world in its stead. The rebel army quickly broke up after its leader’s death and left the world in uncertainty. But not for long, Dr. J managed to bring KnifeBoy back from the dead to oppose the newly established regime once more and save his partner Blue from her imprisonment! ⦁ Fight a diverse cast of enemies, big boss fights and avoid deadly traps!
Legendary Heroes (QUByte Interactive, 24th Nov) – The greatest battle of all time has begun. Heroes from all universes have been summoned to show their power and prove which team is the best! Legendary Heroes is a real-time RPG/strategy game with MOBA elements. Protect your towers and crush your opponents! Play with 10 different Heroes, each one with 4 special abilities. Gain XP, upgrade your powers and become stronger, faster and more resistant. Fast and intense matches in 30 different maps which brings unique challenges for all players – veterans or newbies. Game features: – Intense action/strategy in real time – Heroes with unique special powers – Maintain your progress over multiple matches – Make your team stronger with power-ups
MEGALAN 11 (Sometimes You, 30th Nov) – This is an exploration-puzzle game. Bad luck rescuers have only eleven days to get out of the trap on a planet long abandoned by all. The ship of a scientific expedition catches a SOS signal, but as a result of an unsuccessful landing, the rescue operation turns out to be a complete failure. You will have to find shelter and adapt to the harsh conditions of the red planet, and even though there are five people in the crew, you have to rely only on yourself. You have to explore the abandoned base and defend it, make raids in the desert and collect metal for equipment repair.
Monmusu Gladiator (Waku Waku, 24th Nov) – Monmusu Gladiator is a rogue-lite RPG where you can raise creatures called Monmusus. Play as a monster breeder and, along with your partner, overcome hardships and raise the strongest Monmusus to conquer all the tournaments! Build your deck by winning battles and earning Nurture Cards. – Raise the strongest Monmusus however you want! Raise cute Monmusus using the board game-style system while enjoying the easy controls and intense battles. Choose cards and increase your stats! Create your own one-of-a-kind deck and raise the strongest Monmusus! Your choice between stats and events could make the difference between life and death. – Intense Battles Simply press the skill button when your AP is charged! Battle on until freedom is yours!
My Downtown (Green Sauce, 24th Nov) – Play over 100 levels, collect coins, manage the city and build from houses to skyscraper to craft a beautiful and breathing city!
Parents Vs Kids (25th Nov) – Parents Vs Kids is a family game with a cartoon design that will spice up your daily life at home! The dishes to do, the dog to walk, the rooms to tidy up… Always chores, but no one to do them… Parents VS Kids is THE game that will decide for you who will do them! Compete as a family: Parents against children and may the best one win! You win? You choose!
Pixel Art Coloring Book (Peaksel, 17th Nov) – Color by number, relax and enjoy while creating your masterpiece! Ultimate de-stress and relaxing coloring by number is suitable for any taste and age. These fascinating pixel art coloring images with easy & challenging pixel art pictures are JUST FOR YOU to relax and nourish your mind. Pixel Art Coloring Book contains too loveable, too curious, too cute pixel art images to color by number all day long! The game offers a lot of cool pixel art images. Try coloring animals, anime, mandalas, beautiful pop art and many different pixel coloring pages. Just open relaxing pixel art coloring pages & let your stress go away! Enjoy pixel art from adorable and beautiful to cheeky and funny images!
Pocket Pool (QubicGames, 25th Nov) – The plan is simple: aim a cue ball, hit other balls and put them in a pocket. Here’s the tricky part: the pool is a banana! Or a watermelon, or a castle, a pirate ship. . . you name it, we got it. Enjoy this bonkers game, alone or with your frienemies.
Primal Light (No Gravity Games, 24th Nov) – Experience the bizarre and unwelcoming primal world that Krog calls home. In his blue skin travel through beautiful 16-bit pixel art environments, avoid death from animate (monsters) and inanimate (traps, pitfalls) threats alike, and slay gargantuan, grotesque bosses. Collect charms that help you in battle and unlock new, exciting abilities. Let the soundtrack hypnotize you and guide your way to victory! Your village has met a tragic end. A horrible phantom burned it to the ground and left you alone in the cold, unforgiving world filled with danger. But you must not rest nor wallow in self-pity. It is up to you to collect 12 legendary artifacts and, with their power, undo the tragedy, save your people and get your old life back. You. Are. Krog.
Retro Goal (FiveAcesPublishing, 24th Nov) – RETRO GOAL is a fast and exciting mix of arcade Soccer action and simple team management, from the developers of hit sports games NEW STAR MANAGER and RETRO BOWL. Choose a team from the world’s favourite leagues and recruit the superstars, professionals and hotheads who will lead you to victory – then take full control on the pitch and make every touch count! – Read our Retro Goal review
Return to Shironagasu Island (room6, 17th Nov) – A mystery adventure game and visual novel set on solitary Shironagasu Island. Explore the island and discover its sinister secrets as detective Sen Ikeda and your assistant Neneko Izumozaki. – STORY – Sen Ikeda, a detective in New York, receives a mysterious invitation to Shironagasu Island in the testament of a millionaire. Together with Neneko Izumozaki, a girl with special abilities, he travels to the secluded island. Solve numerous mysteries and murders! Meet enigmatic and captivating characters! Discover the hidden secret of Shironagasu Island! Stay alive and escape from the ominous island! – Currently, voices can only played if the game’s language is set to Japanese. This is because of a temporary contractual setback with the voice actors. – We plan to resolve the issue in a future update.
Savior of the Abyss (CFK, 24th Nov) – Stella opens her eyes to find she has been imprisoned in a small basement room in an abandoned wing of an old hospital. Stella decides to step out into that dark, ominous hallway in order to find out where she is and what’s happening here. Stella must explore each wing of the hospital, surviving the life-threatening trials that await her. As she does, she will learn why she was brought here and all the secrets this facility is hiding. . . Savior of the Abyss is a horror adventure game in the RPG maker style, created by Korean indie game dev ALLAUGH GAMES. This game stands apart from others in this style by focusing on Cthulhu-centered Lovecraftian elements, bringing them to a present day setting. The story deals with the horror humans feel when confronted by beings and monsters beyond their imagination that they have no power to resist.
Scar of the Doll: A Psycho-Horror Story about the Mystery of an Older Sister (Mamekujira, 17th Nov) – Scar of the Doll is an original psycho-suspense Visual Novel produced by Child-Dream in 1998, when became an exceptional hit. With its psychologically compelling horror elements and highly dramatic scenario, the game became a hot topic of discussion, including a feature in a mystery magazine, becoming a pioneer in the indie adventure genre. -The main theme is “Tobu Yume wo Minai” by composer Hiroyuki Oshima and “Shonen” by composer Teruyasu Oishi. Popular BGM of the original work are remastered. -Additional content for the second half of the story has been added. In addition, a zapping scenario from different sub-character’s points of view has been introduced. -All graphics, including characters and stills, have been renewed. -The horror elements can be turned on and off, so those who do not like horror can enjoy the game with comfort. The contact with her big sister who is studying at a graduate school in Tokyo has been cut off altogether.
Ship of Fools (Team 17, 22nd Nov) – The Great Lighthouse that once protected the Archipelago is broken and a storm of malice and corruption is coming. Together, you and your ship mates will jump aboard The Stormstrider and make your voyage across the sea. Man the cannons, ready your sails and protect your ship from sea monsters over multiple runs. It’s up to you to defend your home from the almighty Aquapocalypse.
Soccer Story (No More Robots, Nov 29th, $19.99) – It’s been a year since The Calamity™ tore apart the very foundations of soccer as we know it, and since then, Soccer Inc. has made dang well sure that not a soul has been allowed to even look at a soccer ball, let alone kick it. Soccer may have been banned across the world… but now there is hope! A magical soccer ball has chosen you, our Savior of Soccer! Soccer Story is a physics-driven adventure RPG, where every problem can be solved with your trusty magic ball. Along the way, you’ll need to best bad guys in 1v1s, compete in a range of different sports (with your soccer ball, of course), and sometimes use your brain just as much as your balls
Swoon! Earth Escape (SOFT SOURCE, 24th Nov) – The planet is flooded with a mysterious green acid. Help Swoon and the rest of the crew escape the Earth. Collect all the mechanical parts of your spaceship and face the most daring bosses in this epic retro-style journey! • Play 5 different worlds in 2. 5D and 3D, travel from the adventurous Jurassic Island to the glowy Sci-Fi world! • Unlock new wearable suits from your Garage, learn skills like Roll, Swirl and Path Builder. Put on the Adventure, Snow, Steampunk and Sci-Fi suits and switch between them to kill enemies, solve puzzles or build alternate paths. • Explore, collect mechanical parts, gems and keys to unlock new game features. • Save all your friends and get ready to leave planet Earth!
THAT’S A COW (RedDeerGames, Nov 18th, $5.99) – Jet udders You are an animal rocket. Launch yourself and don’t get shot down. New goodies every hour Play with the claw machine every hour, or after flying through enough levels. Get a new look for the cow with different headgear or projectiles. Fly and shoot Spin and change the direction of your flight. Shoot enemies with a stream of white drink to make them as gentle as sheep. Higher, faster, forward Use the milk or other liquids to fly away, push physical obstacles or stop your enemies. Crash through windows, gain speed and reach the finish line. Shuffle your hooves and don’t hold back.
Triangulate (Tackorama, 17th Nov) – Every turn each player scores points by placing a triangular tile anywhere on the grid to match one of three colours and shapes. Players balance optimal scoring and tactical tile placement – what might seem a good scoring tile now could be bad later if it allows your opponent better scoring potential. The game ends when the board is full and a winner is usually declared (a draw is possible if both players are evenly matched). Triangulate features full controller support as well as on-demand colour changes with colour-blind palettes already present (plus some regular garish colour palettes).
Until the Last Plane (eastasiasoft, Nov 30th, $9.99) – This is the story of people who fought in the World War II, brave pilots who soared through the vast skies and the smart engineers who helped them by managing their planes. In Until the Last Plane, you’ve been assigned to the management of an airfield. Spend your military resources wisely, recruit pilots and create the right parts for your planes. When you’re ready, send a squadron out to accomplish the next critical mission!
Watch Over Christmas (DIONOUS, 24th Nov) – Santa has been kidnapped and Holidays are at stake. Watch Over Christmas is a unique Christmassy game that tells the story of a 12-year-old boy, Cisco, who is called upon to save everyone’s most beloved holiday. On the night just before Christmas, an unexpected visitor will inform him that Santa has been kidnapped and that he is the only hope of saving Christmas as we know it. Through numerous fun and challenging puzzles, Cisco will find himself on a quest to rescue Santa and the magic of Holidays. Watch Over Christmas is a game designed with all the elements of classic point-and-click adventure games with a modern twist. Story-driven, no moon logic puzzles and beautiful exploration are the key elements that unfold the magic of playing and offer a Christmas experience suitable for all ages. More than 60 stunning hand-drawn backgrounds, an original score, and a special companion are just a few features that complement the game’s atmosphere.
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!