Welcome to the latest SwitchArcade roundup, covering the latest in Nintendo Switch news, releases, and sales! If you’re still playing Super Mario Odyssey, two new outfits are available: an outfit inspired by the Satellaview, an SNES add-on, and a baseball helmet and uniform. Those pinstripes sure look like the Seattle Mariners’ shade of Northwest Green that they use, hmm…
Not Tonight announced and coming to Switch
No More Robots is an indie publisher founded by former game journalist Mike Rose, who helped grow tinyBuild into one of the most prominent ‘indie publishers’ in gaming. The studio’s second title after Descenders is Not Tonight, a game developed by Panic Barn. It takes place in near-future Britain where Brexit is in full effect, and you play as a government worker, checking the IDs of citizens as they try to get into buildings, trying to stop anybody who’s set to cause trouble. Considering that political satire is barely fake at this point, this might be a preemptive documentary.
Clusterpuck 99 ($ 9.99)
Coatsink delivers a fun local multiplayer game to the Switch this year. I played a bunch of this one at PAX South, and had a lot of fun. It’s basically hockey, where each team is trying to get the puck into their opponent’s goal, but you have wacky arenas to play in, with the ability to do charge moves to make aggressive plays. Pick up a bunch of controllers and/or Joy-Cons, and play with some friends.
Zombillie ($ 4.99)
This looks a whole lot like Millie, a game from the same publisher that also involves a many-legged creature making its way through mazes where the player can’t collide with themselves. The theme is darker, so if that intrigues you, perhaps this is the one to go with!
The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business ($ 4.99)
This wacky point-and-click adventure game makes its way to the Switch for the first time. There’s plenty of puzzles to solve, and a goofy detective story to take in. This series released on PC and mobile a few years ago, so if later installments don’t wind up on the Switch, you at least have some recourse to complete the adventure for yourself.
Lode Runner Legacy ($ 11.99)
I often wonder if Lode Runner is a genuine classic, or just a game that a bunch of people remember. Regardless, if you like climbing ladders and picking up trinkets, here’s a new version of Lode Runner for you. There are user-created levels, and even the ability to create a blocky protagonist of your own.
The Charming Empire ($ 24.99)
D3 Publisher delivers its latest Japanese title, a dating simulation from the Taisho Roman era of Japan. You play as the sister of the current emperor, though a conspiracy may be afoot. All the while, you’re out there looking for love from the empire’s most eligible bachelors. If you’re a fan of some of the other D3-published titles, this might be perfect for you.
Gotcha Racing 2nd ($ 9.99)
ARC System Works delivers a racing game that’s all about gacha randomness: you have to assemble a car from randomly-drawn parts from the gacha machine, and try to keep building better cars in order to advance through the game’s circuits. You also have multiplayer in a four-column, split-screen format. Might be an intriguing top-down racer to check out.
Tengai ($ 7.99)
More Psikyo side-scrolling shoot ’em up action is here! This game, also known as Sengoku Blade, has you controlling flying heroes as you try to fight through a fantastical historic Japan and stop the Yorishiro ceremony. Psikyo sure makes some ridiculous-looking games, don’t they?
Sengoku 3 ($ 7.99)
No relation to the Zerodiv-published Tengai which is also a Sengoku-period game, this SNK title is a side-scrolling beat ’em up where ninjas fight the undead. Should be fun if you like the Neo Geo era of gaming.
Games On Sale
Bleed 2 ($ 13.49 from $ 14.99 until April 12th)
The original Bleed was on sale not long ago. Picked it up and enjoyed its speedrun action gameplay? You can pick up the sequel for a discount now! If you haven’t played the original, well, expect to fight for high scores and fast times, using your sword and gun – and your pink hair – to defeat hordes of enemies and bosses. Make them bleed. Make them all bleed…2.
Xenoraid ($ 6.69 from $ 9.99 until April 4th)
10tons doesn’t just make dual-stick shooters. They made a true vertically-scrolling shoot ’em up called Xenoraid, and it’s well worth checking out. You control a squadron of ships, and can switch between pilots with different abilities in order to get the best possible advantage on the enemies. You make your way through a series of levels, and can buy upgrades between levels, fighting the boss at the end of the series. Unusual for a virtually-scrolling shoot ’em up, the game actually takes place in landscape, so no worries about getting a game that’s only using up a tiny amount of the screen. Definitely give this one a shot if you haven’t yet.
Transcripted ($ 6.79 from $ 7.99 until April 5th)
This is a curious combination of dual-stick shooter with Zuma-style gameplay where you have to shoot and match colors to make your way through levels. Definitely a clever combination, and I’ve probably not played a match-3 game in long enough that I can’t complain about how there are too many match-3 games that are same-y. Because this definitely isn’t.
Pan-Pan ($ 4.00 from $ 5.00 until April 12th)
This is a fun puzzle-based Metroidvania. You crash-land on a strange planet, and have to find all the lost parts of your spaceship to reassemble them and get off the planet. The entire game lacks dialogue and the story is told entirely through actions. Not a perfect game, but an entertaining experience for sure.
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