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
Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (Nintendo, $29.99) – Take on a series of brain-bending activities that test your mental mettle in the new multiplayer* party game that anyone can play! You can boost your skills and speed by playing a wide variety of activities while also having a blast. Go brain-to-brain with friends and family in four-player matches to see who gets the highest score. Everyone can play together at varying difficulties, so a kid can hold their own against an adult in this battle of the brains! The Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain game will be available on Dec. 3. Want a sneak peek at the game? Download the free demo now in Nintendo eShop to try three activities in Solo and Party mode.
Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition (Bandai Namco, 3rd Dec, $49.99) – Immerse yourself in a world of magic in Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition. Make a new home in this enchanted Disney world and hang out with beloved Disney characters. Explore Disney-themed worlds full of fun challenges, and live your dream life as you go on fun adventures, dance with Disney Princesses and soar with Mickey in Magical Dream parades! Get ready for hours of enchanted fun as you build your own Disney Magical World. Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition will be available on Dec. 3.
Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space (8th Dec, $19.99) – This remastered version of Telltale’s second season of episodic Sam & Max games has been 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 30 years. Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space will be available on Dec. 8.
Switch eShop – New Releases
6Souls (3rd Dec, $7.99) – Embark on an exciting journey to find the abandoned Clifford Castle and uncover its secrets! Our heroes, adventure enthusiasts Jack and his faithful dog companion Butch, go on an exciting quest to find an abandoned castle where the entire Clifford family vanished years ago. The whole castle is surrounded by mystery, from its dark dungeons to its highest towers. While discovering new rooms, our heroes will learn fascinating details about the Clifford family, meet the castle’s peculiar residents and uncover its secrets.
9-Ball Pocket (7th Dec, $5.99) – 9-Ball Pocket brings you eight-ball pool, also known as American billiards. All of this comes in a setting with great graphics and Jazz music.
Arcade Archives PHOZON (25th Nov, $7.99) – “PHOZON” is an action game released by NAMCO in 1983. Control a nucleus called CHEMIC and merge with MOLECULES to complete specified formations. The formations get increasingly complex, but that only makes completing them more satisfying. 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.
Archvale (Humble Games, 2nd Dec, $14.99) – Take up your weapon in this RPG bullet-hell world and embark on a journey to defeat the evil forces of the Undying guardians and reunite the world with the fabled Archvale. A malicious and cruel king once ruled the land and terrorized all who faced him. He along with the fabled arch to Archvale have become the fodder for ghost stories and passed down myths. All that remains of him are the Undying; beings whom the king cursed with immortality to live out their eternity in his prisons. You and you alone can defeat the Undying and rid the world from the dark shadow the king has left. Journey across diverse regions, looting and crafting your way to better weapons and equipment. Through these upgrades you will be able to succeed against the host of enemies that await you and stand between you and the truth about the said-to-be-mythic arch to Archvale.
Armed to the Gears (25th Nov, $11.99) – Control a hacked Infantry-Class robot and turn one of these powerful war machines against its makers. Control a fully armed Mech and fight through cyberpunk cities, military bases and industrial ruins. Capture and defend territories, build turrets and structures, and wage war against powerful enemies!
Asterix & Obelix: Slap them All! (Microids, 2nd Dec, $29.99) – The year is 50 B.C. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely… One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. Everything is falling apart! Our two heroes will travel all around the world to fight the Roman Empire in a 2D horizontal scrolling Beat Them Up game, completely hand-drawn and made in the purest tradition of the genre.
Astro Rangers (26th Nov, $2.29) – Astro Rangers is an intense, action-packed shooter where you need to do everything you can in order to win. You have an immersive, and satisfying gameplay experience where you must complete a variety of missions. Usually, you have to eliminate all your enemies as fast as you can in order to win. Since there are multiple weapons to choose from, every session is very different, and you can easily strategize and pick how to play. If you always wanted an intense, fun, and engaging shooter with lots of missions, try out Astro Rangers today!
Ball laB (8th Dec, $4.99) – 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. You play as a ball. You can roll along flat surfaces, bounce to ledges, hop onto platforms or ride elevators to reach your goal. If you hit a hazard, you’ll instantly respawn at the beginning of the stage, adding to your death counter with each attempt. How many tries will it take for you to clear all 60 challenges?
Beyond a Steel Sky (7th Dec, $39.99) – From multi-award winning Revolution comes ‘Beyond a Steel Sky’, a groundbreaking 3D adventure thriller, set in an AI-driven future. “From Charles Cecil, creator of the Broken Sword series, with art direction by Dave Gibbons, legendary comic book artist behind ‘Watchmen’, comes ‘Beyond a Steel Sky’, the long awaited sequel to the cult classic ‘Beneath a Steel Sky’.
Castle on the Coast (2nd Dec, $14.99) – Castle on the Coast is a bedazzling collectathon arcade platformer. George, a friendly giraffe, parkours through challenging levels full of crystal caverns, stone-laden halls, and trippy alternate dimensions, trying to bring together a family of the two powerful, conflicted wizards. In the co-op mode, he can use help from his squirrel friend called Swirlz. Thanks to cooperation mode, even the youngest gamers will be able to enjoy George’s adventures, playing together with their friends or their sitters. Besides all the arcade fun, Castle on the Coast offers a more serious, moral angle. It will touch upon dealing with loss, conflict, and loving your enemies. A magic castle entrenched in conflict. Help George explore the magical Castle on the Coast, home to crystal caverns, stone-laden halls, and trippy alternate dimensions. Seamlessly wander from level to level with no loading screens in a large, interconnected world. All is not well in this land, however.
Construction Site Driver (3rd Dec, $13.99) – You may know about driving, but that doesn’t mean you’re ready for what awaits you at the site. Begin your adventure today and discover the unique joys of being a construction worker! Take control of one of ten distinct and varied vehicles that share one characteristic – every one of them is essential in completing the building. Drive a cement mixer, a drilling truck, a fork lift, an excavator and more! Feel the immense power of those impressive vehicles and use them to the best of your ability!
Crazy Trucks (26th Nov, $14.99) – Features: ★ Party racing game for 1 to 4 players ★ Monster Truck themed arenas ★ Realistic, slightly crazy psychics ★ Dozens of trucks to choose from ★ Over 10 game modes with additional settings ★ Highscores to compare yourself with friends ★ Numerous tracks customized for game modes ★ Customizable victory conditions Game modes: ★ Soccer – A soccer match designed for 1v1 or 2v2 players ★ Elimination – Clear the arena of your rivals before they get you ★ Storage Wars – Collect and store tires scattered across the map ★ Challenge – Jump over your rivals on the world’s highest ramps ★ Endurance – Race against opponents on challenging tracks ★ Scrabble – Complete the slogan by collecting lost letters ★ Collect – Find items scattered throughout the arena and more . . .
Dairoku: Agents of Sakuratani (2nd Dec, $49.99) – Able to see what others cannot, Agent Shino Akitsu works for a secret government organization monitoring powerful beings who travel between realms. She meets entities with different personalities and abilities. Part gatekeeper, part travel guide, she does her best to keep these otherworldly individuals from getting into inter-dimensional trouble.
Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders (3rd Dec, $12.99) – Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders is a point & click adventure with an extensive, immersive story. Take on the role of the detective in ancient China and solve mystery of serial murders.
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.
Football Battle (2nd Dec, $2.99) – Live your football story! Enter the field, decimate your opponent with various powerful kicks and fun and quirky powerups. Finally let them know who is the boss with the emotes system – become a football legend today!
Ghost Sync (2nd Dec, $14.99) – In a world infested with evil beasts called savarians, a girl is on a journey to hunt these dangerous beings. One day she runs into a dog possessed by the soul of a young man. This meeting triggers a further long adventure awaiting only to reveal what is behind the mystery involving the world fate. Possess looming enemies and summon spirits to support you in turn-based battles with outstanding animations! Take on missions in the Guild to raise your rank, and upgrade weapons to become more powerful. More enjoyment awaits you in this fateful RPG!
Guardian of Lore (29th Nov, $13.99) – 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!
Jigsaw Fun: Wonderful Nature (2nd Dec, $14.99) – Enjoy 100 hand-picked, high quality, images to solve of nature from all around the world. Change the size of your puzzle for increased difficulty and solve jigsaws up to 600 pieces. You can also play with up to 4 players to solve jigsaws together!
Let’s Sing 2022 (Ravenscourt, 23rd Nov, $39.99) – Give it your all and become the superstar you were meant to be with a playlist that features current hits as well as classics that guarantee a blast from the past. Lady Gaga with “Stupid Love”, Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber with “Monster”, Ariana Grande with “Positions”, Jason Derulo & Jawsh 685 with “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” or Billie Eilish with “everything I wanted” are just some of the smash hits featured in the latest entry into the Let’s Sing series. If you want to travel back in time instead, how about the Backstreet Boys with “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” or The White Stripes with “Seven Nation Army”?
LOVE 3 (7th Dec, $9.99) – 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.
Mind Scanners (30th Nov, $16.99) – Mind Scanners is a retro-futuristic psychiatry simulation in which you diagnose the citizens of a dystopian metropolis. Locate a host of other-worldly characters and use arcade-style treatment devices to help them. Manage your time and resources to keep The Structure in balance. Remember, you take full responsibility for your patients.
Miracle Snack Shop (2nd Dec, $19.99) – After facing some major adversity, Seolhwa Cha ends up owning a small snack shop. There is just one problem: business is dead. Seolhwa doesn’t have time to sing the blues though because in his attic something has appeared. . . A portal? Out from that portal walks. . . a queen from another world? ! As Seolhwa serves the first bowl of shaved ice to Philia, also known as Queen Salt. . . He takes his first step toward growing closer to her. . . . . . What are you waiting for, Ice Sculptor? The queen wishes for shaved ice. A frozen treat of a story that will make your heart pound, and it all begins in your snack shop!
MONOBOT (AOE Plus, 2nd Dec, $12.99) – Monobot is a 2D physics-based puzzle platformer where you take control of Monobot, a small entity caught up in a hostile world set in a dark, distant future. You must guide Monobot through his solo journey, unravelling puzzles to uncover the buried secrets of this dystopian world. -Explore a dark world filled with killer robots set on destroying non-conforming bots -Solve puzzles to unlock pathways, discover powerful upgrades, and uncover the dark story of what happened to humanity -Upgradeable powered robotic arm to overcome obstacles within the desolate future -Use artificial gravity to help Monobot traverse areas of the planet -Collect communication logs to decipher a grand story of humanity’s rise and fall -Explore the world created with a rich and beautiful handcrafted cinematic art style -7 chapters of a vast world filled with puzzles, stealth, and danger -Alternate endings depending on gameplay choices made
My Last First Kiss (25th Nov, $24.99) – The Story: Even after all these years, you haven’t forgotten about your first love. You try confessing your feelings to him, but he turns you down. Luckily the friends you grew up with are there to help mend your broken heart… until that night, when you become more than just friends…
Paradise Lost (3rd Dec, $14.99) – WWII had no victor The war persisted for 20 more years only to end in flames when the Nazis launched nuclear missiles on most of Europe. In the aftermath, the heart of Europe remains shrouded in the mystery of complete destruction and deadly radiation. The last story on Earth You play as Szymon, a 12-year-old boy who’s just discovered a massive Nazi bunker while wandering the barren wasteland of Poland after his mother’s death. He’s searching for a mysterious man from a photograph his mother cherished. An abandoned bunker Descend into the retro futuristic bunker where advanced technology is intertwined with Slavic pagan imagery and explore the underground city hidden within. Uncover the story of the bunker, from its takeover by Polish rebels to the ultimate fate of its inhabitants. Find Ewa A mysterious girl named Ewa contacts Szymon through the bunker’s technology. If he can only find her, she might know the man in the picture.
Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire – Blue (2nd Dec, $5.99) – In the latest installment of the Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire series, 5 new female companions will challenge you to a classic game of tile-matching. Select pairs of tiles to make them disappear, but be careful to stay ahead of the clock! Plan your moves strategically so you don’t hit a dead end. For every third round you clear, you’ll unlock new outfits for your lovely companions, all of which can be viewed in the alluring Dressing Room mode. Each time you play, tiles are shuffled to keep every session fun and unpredictable. For a more casual experience, switch to Easy mode to disable the clock and take advantage of hints and shuffle assists. With more than 60 layouts and randomized patterns, there’s always a reason to come back for more tile-matching and quality time with these Pretty Girls!
Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire – Green (2nd Dec, $5.99) – In the latest installment of the Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire series, 5 new female companions with animal features will challenge you to a classic game of tile-matching. Select pairs of tiles to make them disappear, but be careful to stay ahead of the clock! Plan your moves strategically so you don’t hit a dead end. For every third round you clear, you’ll unlock new outfits for your lovely companions, all of which can be viewed in a naughty Dressing Room mode. Every time you play, tiles are shuffled to keep each session fun and unpredictable. For a more casual experience, switch to Easy mode to disable the clock and take advantage of hints and shuffle assists. With more than 60 layouts and randomized patterns, there’s always a reason to come back for more tile-matching and quality time with these adorable animal girls!
The Kids We Were (2nd Dec, $15.99) – The Kids We Were is a cinematic adventure game with a heavy focus on narrative. Set in the late Japanese Showa era (the 1980s), it’s a nostalgic journey through a unique time in Japan’s recent history. Take on the role of Minato, a young boy who sets out on an unexpected and incredible summer adventure.
Transient: Extended Edition (8th Dec, $19.99) – 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. Solve puzzles, hack systems and plug in to explore other dimensions. Discover a truth that might tear apart your sanity and question your very existence. Experience TRANSIENT like never before in the Extended Edition. Go beyond what you know with additional gameplay, a brand-new ending and an assortment of quality of life improvements. “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change” ― Heraclitus HP LOVECRAFT MEETS CYBERPUNK Experience a never-before seen blend between H. P. Lovecraft’s cosmic existentialism and a grim, dystopian cyberpunk setting.
Word Forward (3rd Dec, $4.99) – Word Forward is the word puzzle game where every choice matters. Can you use all of the letters in the 5×5 grid to make words disappear and clear the board? Word Forward isn’t about spelling the longest words or the most clever – it’s about using chess-like strategy to clear every tile and declare victory in 500 puzzles. It requires wits and cunning – Word Forward is a brain teaser that will really make you think! PLAY the #1 word puzzle game enjoyed by more than 6 million people worldwide.
World Quiz (2nd Dec, $9.99) – Features • Over 5,000 questions split into 24 categories to really test people’s knowledge of the world. • Three levels of difficulty to make it playable for the whole family. • Over 190 different countries featured. Question Types; Cities London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Florence, New York, Prague, Kiev, Bratislava, Lisbon, Vienna, Budapest, Brussel, Warsaw, Tokyo, Ankara, Moscow… Historical Monuments Big Ben Tower, Pisa Tower, Berlin Cathedral, Hagia Sofia, Red Square, Statue of Liberty, Colosseum, Pyramids of Giza… Unique Constructions Tower Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Golden Gate, Eiffel Tower… Food/Drink Tiramisu, Bryndzové Halušky, Potato dumplings, Christmas Pudding, Mojito, Apple Strudel, Stroopwafel, Feta cheese, Sake… Natural Beauties Loch Ness, Mont Blanc, Mount Olympus, Grand Canyon, Glass Beach. And amny, many more!
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!