Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for November 24, 2022. In today’s article, we have a bunch of new releases to check out. Nothing immediately jumps ahead of the pack, but there are several interesting titles to consider. We have summaries of them all to help you make your decisions. After that there are a few new sales to check out. We have lists of incoming and outgoing sales for the day. Let’s get into it!
Check out the latest trailer for “Fire Emblem Engage”
Yes, I’m getting excited Fire Emblem Engage. I love this series and I’m always happy to have another one on the horizon. As I mentioned when I posted the last trailer Nintendo put out, I don’t really watch any of this anymore. I want to enjoy that taste when the game is in my hands. But if you’re more concerned with getting all the information you can beforehand, here’s a powerful new trailer for you to watch.
Aliisha: The Oblivion of Twin Goddesses ($32.99)
This is a strange one. You play as two sisters in this adventure game. One of them uses motion controls and is meant to be played with your console in TV mode. The other uses touch controls and is meant to be played in handheld mode. You can play alone and apparently it’s possible to play through the game in one mode, but the ideal setup sees one player play in TV mode while another player uses handheld devices in local wireless mode to play the other sister’s mode. Does it work? I haven’t had the chance to try it, but I guess I applaud the idea of trying something different.
Primal Light ($14.99)
A 16-bit style 2D action platformer with a decidedly 8-bit sensibility to design and difficulty. You fight your way through ten linear levels, mastering new abilities and sniffing out secrets as you go. This one came out a couple of years ago on Steam and the response seems to be generally favorable while acknowledging that this is a tough nut to crack. If you like your platformers grungy and mean, you should check this out.
Savior of the Abyss ($9.99)
Here is another horror game made in an RPG Maker style, similar in form and broad function Corpse Party. It seems fine, and reviews are decent if not particularly enthusiastic on other platforms. Regular readers know I’m not particularly partial to horror games, so that’s as far as my investigations will go. If you believe Corpse Party is the bee’s knees, this could be for you.
Arcade Archives Galaxian ($7.99)
Namco’s 1979 shooter Galactic is the first 1970s game to join the Arcade Archives series, apparently. As a bonus, this is one of those games that is not it in the existing Namco museum for Switch. What can be said about it? It feels like the bridge between Taitos Space Invaders and all the more exciting Galaga that it actually is. The pace is slow and methodical, but there is a certain joy in trying to get a high score in it. Definitely one for those with a bit of nostalgia or an interest in gaming history, but others will probably want to look to the more fast-paced Gaps or wait for Galaga.
Overlook Christmas ($16.99)
I guess it’s time for the games that try to capitalize on Christmas to arrive. This is a point and click adventure game, and luckily it doesn’t look as scary as many Christmas games seem to be. You must save Christmas by solving puzzles in over sixty scenes to save Santa Claus. The developers apparently did their best not to make the puzzles too ridiculous, so that’s something. I’ll probably agree Christmas nights to get in the party mood, but that’s just me.
Scar of the Doll: A Psycho-Horror Story about the Mystery of an Older Sister ($9.99)
Whew, that’s a title and a half. Originally released back in 1998, this remake tweaks various elements and adds some new content to sweeten the pot. A young woman’s older sister mysteriously disappears, and her investigations to find her lead her into horror after horror. The localization for this visual novel appears to be very rough and that’s about the last thing you want to see in a game like this. Do what you must.
Floating Cloud God: Anniversary Edition ($7.99)
An unusual side-scrolling shooter where the power of your attacks is based on how many followers you have by your side. You must protect them, because if they are taken out, your ability to defend yourself will be greatly reduced. Add a distinctive look and you have a game that does its best to stand out in a crowded genre. The original game came out ten years ago as a PlayStation Mini and it got great reviews at the time. This new version has some improvements and additions, but is basically the same game.
Monmusu Gladiator ($5.99)
This is a roguelite role-playing game about raising monster girls and fighting your way through tournaments. Battles are more or less the usual card games. It is reasonably priced, so it may appeal to some. I need a good reason to pay attention to games of this type these days. I’ve played too many of them.
Fainting! Earth Escape ($29.99)
A side-scrolling platform game about an alien trying to escape from Earth. There are five worlds to play through, and you can unlock new costumes and skills along the way that will give you abilities you can use to solve puzzles or beat enemies. There are plenty of collectibles to pick up as well. It looks fine, but I’m always keen on premium-priced platformers from a relatively unknown developer. I’ll let you know if it ends up surprising me.
Blade of Darkness ($14.99)
Oh, this is Severance: Blade of Darkness. This game originally came out on PC about twenty years ago and if I remember correctly it was pretty decent for the time. I have no idea how it holds up now, but if you’re nostalgic for a very special time and place in gaming history, you might want to try this. You choose one of four characters and head out to slice and dice monsters to save the world. My biggest memory of this is that you can chop off limbs and use them as weapons. Ah, the early 00s.
Legendary Heroes ($4.99)
A sort of real time strategy RPG, a bit like a single player MOBA in feel. There are ten different characters to choose from and you will develop them throughout the game by gaining experience and leveling up. I don’t really see much here, but I guess five dollar games don’t need one to sell most of the time.
Half Dead 3 ($4.99)
An affordable room-by-room adventure game that’s meant to be played in multiplayer. Up to four players can join via online multiplayer, and I’m pretty sure that’s the only way to get a lot of fun out of this. At least it’s cheap? Make some friends and you’ll get an hour or two of laughter out of it. Some of the death traps are pretty funny.
A Building Full of Cats ($2.99)
Explore a building full of cats and pet them all. Many of them are hidden. There are more than three hundred cats to pet over several floors of the building. It’s nice when a game is straight forward about what you get. Three dollars, find cats. Does that sound good to you? So here you go.
Freud’s Bones – The Game ($12.99)
It’s always a bit interesting when the description of a game on the eShop spends almost as much time talking about the story than the game itself. This one seems to have a good story behind it, although I’m sure most games do. Small miracles until the end. Anyway, this is a very unusual adventure game about Sigmund Freud. I’ll try not to hold it against it. Just about everything, from the presentation to the puzzles, is distinct. Is it good? Well, I’ll leave it up to you to decide, but it’s had a pretty sunny reception on other platforms.
My Downtown ($19.99)
Another somewhat absurdly priced matching puzzle game from the folks at Green Sauce Games. You get more than a hundred levels to play, and between puzzles you can customize your city. You can get this for less than half the price on mobile, and I can imagine it playing just fine over there. But hey, these obviously find an audience or they wouldn’t keep coming.
This is a puzzle game where you have to help a mother polar bear save her cub in more than one hundred and fifty levels. The ice you travel on is treacherous, and every step you take causes it to melt away a little more. You need to plan your steps carefully, especially as things get more difficult. A sweet little puzzle for a fiver.
Retro Target ($4.99)
There are plenty of cheap football games on the Nintendo eShop and you’d be forgiven for thinking this is just another one not worth paying attention to. But this is from the same developer as New Star Manager and Retro bowland it has a good history of making decent, playable games. Retro goals is another. It’s single-player only, and mixes 90s-style arcade football with a management component. Not a bad way to spend some time and money, if you’re into football.
(North American eShop, US prices)
Not a huge list, but it really can’t be, can it? But what is here is nice. You have a selection of games from the folks at Inti Creates, and it’s hard to go wrong with any of them. There is also a new low price on Minecraft Dungeons: Ultimate Editionand the excellent marksman Eschatos is also at a low level after launch. Not much in the outbox, but take a look at it too.
Select New games on sale
Azure Striker Gunvolt Striker Pack ($19.99 from $39.99 until 11/30)
Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 ($25.49 from $29.99 until 11/30)
GC: Luminous Avenger iX ($7.49 from $14.99 until 11/30)
GC: Luminous Avenger iX 2 ($18.74 from $24.99 until 11/30)
Mighty Gunvolt Burst ($3.99 from $9.99 until 11/30)
Bloodstained Curse of the Moon ($4.99 from $9.99 until 11/30)
Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2 ($7.49 from $14.99 until 11/30)
Blaster Master Zero ($4.99 from $9.99 until 11/30)
Blaster Master Zero 2 ($4.99 from $9.99 until 11/30)
Blaster Master Zero 3 ($8.24 from $14.99 until 11/30)
Dragon marked for death AA ($7.49 from $14.99 until 11/30)
Dragon Market for Death FF ($7.49 from $14.99 until 11/30)
Street Cleaner: The Video Game ($9.00 from $15.00 until 11/30)
Eschatos ($20.24 from $26.99 until 12/1)
Buried Stars ($13.49 from $44.99 until 12/1)
Minecraft Dungeons Ultimate ($24.79 from $39.99 until 12/5)
New stories from Borderlands Deluxe ($37.49 from $49.99 until 12/5)
Vampire the Masquerade SoNY ($3.24 from $12.99 through 12/14)
Vampire the Masquerade CoNY ($2.99 from $19.99 until 12/14)
The sale ends tomorrow, Friday the 25th. November
Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot ($14.99 from $29.99 until 11/25)
Akinofa ($1.99 from $4.99 until 11/25)
Asterix & Obelix XXL room tail ($8.99 from $29.99 until 11/25)
Beyond a Steel Sky ($15.99 from $39.99 until 11/25)
Multi Race: Match the Car ($2.99 from $9.99 until 11/25)
Murder Mystery Machine ($9.99 from $19.99 until 11/25)
My Universe: Cooking Star ($7.49 from $29.99 until 11/25)
My universe: Doctors and nurses ($14.99 from $29.99 until 11/25)
My Universe: My Baby ($8.99 from $29.99 until 11/25)
My Universe: Pet Clinic ($5.99 from $29.99 until 11/25)
PigShip & the Giant Wolf ($3.59 from $7.99 until 11/25)
Pinball Jam ($11.24 from $24.99 until 11/25)
Railways ($3.20 from $4.99 until 11/25)
Sakura MMO 3 ($7.99 from $9.99 until 11/25)
The Sisters: Party of the Year ($14.99 from $29.99 until 11/25)
XIII ($27.99 from $39.99 until 11/25)
That’s all for today, friends. We’ll be back tomorrow with the rest of the new releases for the week, plus the new sales coming in over the next twenty-four hours. If there’s any big news happening, we’ll get that too. If you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to Pokemon. I hope you all have a great Thursday, and as always, thanks for reading!