The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
Action 03 March 2017
Another installment in the popular action-adventure game series by Nintendo, and also the first game in the series for WiiU. In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you play once again as the main character of the franchise, Link, who gets involved in yet another exciting and dangerous adventure as he tries to learn what led to the downfall of the land of Hyrule. The gameplay is a combination of several genres: adventure, action RPG, and even survival. During the game, you explore the open world, solve puzzles and fight enemies; the combat is arcade-like and requires you to use varied tactics. You also have to gather resources in order to prepare food and drink, which affect your abilities, just like pieces of equipment.
Splatoon 2 (Switch)
Action 21 July 2017
A continuation of a multiplayer-focused TPP shooter from 2015, developed for the Nintendo Switch console. Splatoon 2’s gameplay follows its predecessor and lets the players control Inklings – joyful human octopuses who fight using paint-based weapons. Those can be used not only to attack opponents, but also to paint the map – which is one of game’s objectives and allows increased movement speed and faster ammo regeneration. Major novelties include e.g. new weapons (Splat Dualities), moves (Dodge Roll) and heroes (including refreshed versions of the old crew). Controls have been adjusted to both Joy-Con and Pro Controller (a more classic gamepad). It is important to note that in both cases the players can use gyroscope, which is useful for aiming.
Sonic Mania (Switch)
Arcade 15 August 2017
A 3D platformer that came out as a reboot of one of the most popular adventure game series, featuring the titular Sonic the Hedgehog. This production was created by a SEGA’s subsidiary, Sonic Team, employing people who helped create the series and its most important iterations. In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is set firmly in the franchise's initial premise, allowing you to play as the main hero (or one of his many friends), and traverse a series of locations where your goal is not only to reach the end of a map, but also to do it as quickly as you can. For most of the time, action is presented in third-person perspective, however, the game features also also some classic 2D levels. Each location is filled with traps and opponents, but also various power-ups that can boost your score or protect you from damage.
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch)
Action 11 May 2017
A sandbox game that defies classification, developed by the independent Mojang AB studio. Minecraft has been developed with the intention of unleashing the creativity of players, who can freely change the game's virtual world made from voxels (cubic blocks). The gameplay concentrates on terrain transformations, building structures, crafting items, and creating your own adventures. The game consists of two modes: a classic one, which allows for unending experience, and survival, in which we have to prepare to fend off monster assaults at night. In addition to single player, Minecraft also offers online multiplayer. The game from Mojang AB is distinguished by its unique retro visuals.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)
Racing 28 April 2017
An enhanced port of Mario Kart 8 developed for Nintendo Switch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe reprises a lot of elements known from the two previous installments of the series, such as motorcycles, gliders, the ability to perform somersaults, or underwater racing. However, the developers introduced an interesting novelty – anti-gravity racing, in which we can stick to walls or even to the ceiling. The game doesn’t contain a story-driven single player campaign – we focus on taking part in a series of competitions in which we can race against AI-controlled opponents, as well as other players. Mario Kart 8 contains several multiplayer variants, including online as well as local game modes (split-screen, or a wireless mode for up to eight players). The new edition contains all of the content present in the original game, including released add-ons, at the same introducing new tracks and characters, such as Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, King Boo, Dry Bones, or Bowser Jr.
Fighting 16 June 2017
A 3D action game developed for Nintendo Switch which focuses on 1 on 1 battles taking place on secluded, spacious arenas. The contenders are equipped with large boxing gloves propped on springs that allow them to extend to large distances. We can choose from a number of fighters, with each having unique traits and abilities. Additionally, we can choose a set of gloves that correspond to our playstyle – e.g. a slow albeit powerful model, or a speed-oriented set. The arenas are also varied, filled with numerous objects such as traps, obstacles, or springboards. Arms contains an AI module, but player on player combat is the highlight of the game, with both offline and online game modes. The game also employs the unique capabilities of Joy-Con controllers, including its special sensors.
LEGO City: Undercover (Switch)
Action 04 April 2017
Another installment in the popular series of third-person perspective action games that uses the license of the popular LEGO bricks franchise. This time, the title is available exclusively on Nintendo platforms. The game takes place in a modern metropolis and its main protagonist, Chase McCain, is an undercover cop. His task is to find, infiltrate, and stop criminal operations, which he does in-style, Hollywood style. Gameplay mechanics in LEGO City: Undercover combine the most important features of the LEGO series with elements typical of the Grand Theft Auto and Driver series. The overall feeling of the game is strongly inspired by classic action movies. The gameplay is a mix of various genres and during the game the player will participate in spectacular car chases, fly a police helicopter, chase after suspects on rooftops, and engage enemies in fist fights. The controls are simple and intuitive and the game provides us with many opportunities to employ the unique capabilities of Nintendo consoles and their controllers.
Strategy 10 August 2017
A turn-based strategy game set in a steampunk world and inspired by both the mechanics of the Puzzle Quest series and the works of such writers as Herbert Wells or Jules Verne. Ironcast is set in an alternative version of the Victorian England, and the country has been at war with France for a decade. When the French are beginning to gain the upper hand in the conflict, a private association is founded in order to produce cutting-edge combat mechs. The player battles subsequent skirmishes that utilize the mechanics once introduced in the so-called "match-3" logic games. During each turn, the player can match objects on the map up to three times, erasing elements which symbolize money, ammo, energy, repairs, or the mech's cooling system. Afterwards, those are used to reinforce the player's combat machines, as well as to activate different special abilities. The in-game campaigns are randomly generated, and each time, the player's goals are to stop the forces of the French, and defeat their boss in a final fight.
Disgaea 5 Complete (Switch)
RPG 23 May 2017
Disgaea 5 Complete is another installment in the strategic/tactical RPG series created and developed by the Japanese studio Nippon Ichi Software since 2003. Disgaea games are characterized by a high dose of fourth-wall breaking humor and frequent references to pop-culture. Disgaea 5 is the first game in the series that was released on Nintendo Switch. We play as Killia, a young demon who wants to free his world from the rule of the dark lord of the underworld. To defeat the enemy, Killia has to unite all of the conquered and threatened worlds. He goes on a dangerous journey along which he recruits many unusual allies. Most of the time we will spend on three dimensional battlefields covered with square tiles. Combat is turn-based. In battle, we will use combinations of attack, spells, and special abilities. Along with the new classes, the developers have introduced the option of banding our heroes into units, and the Revenge system connected with that option. Disgaea 5 has the same characteristic visual style of the previous iterations and looks like an interactive anime.
I am Setsuna (Switch)
RPG 03 March 2017
A jRPG developed by Tokyo RPG Factory, also known as "Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna" in Japan. It makes references to the classics of the genre and games such as the legendary classic Chrono Trigger. The story is set in a land of ever-lasting winter. Furthermore, the region is regularly terrorized by demons. In order to satisfy them, the inhabitants decide to sacrifice a girl, the game's eponymous protagonist. Along with a nameless henchman and a mysterious female traveler called Kuon, Setsuna sets out for a long and dangerous journey to the place where the sacrifice is to be made. On her way, she meets many different characters and encounters deadly monsters. The player observes the characters from high above and travels from one location to another using the world map, visiting numerous towns, restocking supplies, buying new equipment and fighting various enemies. The game employs a dynamic turn-based combat system, resembling the one used in early Final Fantasy games or the said Chrono Trigger. Once the player has refilled a special meter, they gain access to different boosts.
Troll and I (Switch)
Adventure 21 May 2017
An action-adventure game from Spiral House studio, set in 1950 in Northern Europe. Player takes control of two characters – a boy named Otto and a big Troll. As the village of the first protagonist is destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm, they set on a journey to find a new home for him. Most of the game comes down to exploring locations, solving simple puzzles and fighting or avoiding enemies. Both heroes have different skills – Otto mastered fighting with spear, while the Troll has magical abilities and huge strength. This means they have to cooperate in order to progress. Troll and I also features a complex crafting system, used to create weapons and other useful items. Aside from single player mode, the title offers cooperative multiplayer option.
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Switch)
Action 21 July 2017
Developed by Marvelous AQL, another installment of the third-person perspective action games subseries of the Fate franchise, which after a longer break returns to gaming consoles. The action of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star takes place after events from Fate/EXTRA. As the previous war comes to an end, the supercomputer Moon Cell Automaton takes over the world and sends the players to a digital kingdom known as SE.RA.PH., where they have to fight one more battle for freedom. Mechanics slightly resemble productions from the Dynasty Warriors series. During gameplay you control one of 16 characters known as Servants – there are both some new and old characters. Each of the aforementioned figures possesses unique, great powers that you can use in combat with tens (or even hundreds) of enemies at the same time. In contrast to the other titles in the franchise, representing either jRPG or visual novel genres, this production features fast and spectacular action in the form of a hack-and-slash.
Cars 3: Driven to Win (Switch)
Arcade 13 June 2017
Another installment in a series of racing games based on Pixar animated movies. The game was developed by Avalanche Software, creators of titles like Pure and Split/Second: Velocity. The title enables the player to control more than twenty customizable vehicles-characters (animated cars are the main protagonists of Cars). Among them there are Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez, who prepares for an encounter with his rival Jackson Storm. The action takes place on twenty unique tracks. As player wins races, he gains access to various upgrades for his vehicles. Car development system is connected to the ability to unlock new characters, tracks and gameplay features like new game modes. Cars 3: Driven to Win features high quality three-dimensional graphics that faithfully recreate the movie.
Cave Story+ (Switch)
Action 20 June 2017
Overcooked: Special Edition (Switch)
Action 27 July 2017
An unusual cooking action game co-developed by Ghost Town Games and Team 17 Software. The action of Overcooked takes place in an alternative, comedic reality; specifically in the realm known as The Onion Kingdom, which is on the verge of doom in the face of an incoming ancient evil. Luckily, as it turns out, the vile threat can be simply eaten; to cook it, however, the best chefs are needed, so players assume their roles. During gameplay you face a series of difficult challenges requiring you to prepare a variety of dishes while sticking to the recipe and delivering the right ingredients to the correct spots. To make things more difficult, the pace is fast and the kitchen is filled with many moving elements and traps that you have to skilfully avoid. Apart from the single player mode, the title features multiplayer in which cooks can cooperate or compete with each other.
New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers (Switch)
Strategy 23 March 2017
A simple strategy game developed by Arc System Works. In the game, a player gets to control a group of pioneers with the task to establish a flourishing settlement and tend to settlers’ needs. As the game starts, a player has at his disposal only one building and several servants, who have to be assigned to particular jobs like gathering resources, in order to expand the settlement. Further on the list of available structures, one can find production units (mills, farms, factories), and utility buildings, which, among others, increase the population limits. Settlers can also domesticate animals, which in turn support our pioneers in hunting and transportation, serving as faithful steeds. As the game progresses, a player receives the so-called Invention Cards, which allow him to modify given gameplay aspects, such as the harvesting speed. New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers offers three diverse game modes – Story Mode, Survival Mode, and Free Mode. The entire experience delivers pleasing to one’s eye visuals featuring a cartoonish style.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Master Trials (Switch)
Action 30 June 2017
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Master Trials for is the first expansion for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that was developed by Nintendo. It is a typical game expansion that does not introduce any major changes to gameplay mechanics. Nintendo focused on adding new content to the game and, by doing so, prolonging our adventures in Hyrule. The biggest introduction that comes with the expansion is the new adventure called Trials of the Sword. It takes us to small maps where we do not have access to our previously gathered equipment and have to fight with waves of enemies. We get new pieces of equipment and useful items by defeating our enemies and exploring our surroundings. Doing so will prepare us for fights with more powerful opponents. Master Trials also introduces a new difficulty level called Master Mode In terms of new items, this add-on introduces one new mask and eight armor sets.
Namco Museum (Switch)
Arcade 28 July 2017
A package containing ten classic arcade games from the 1980s, which were developed by the titular company. The compilation includes both games which became iconic parts of pop-culture over the years (Pac-Man, Galaga, Galaga '88) and less known, though still classic titles (Dig Dug, The Tower of Druaga, Rolling Thunder, Rolling Thunder 2, Sky Kid, Splatterhouse, Tank Force). The Japanese developer did not decide to improve the audiovisuals or to implement extended graphical settings. Before entering any of the games included in Namco Museum, the player can adjust the difficulty level, number of lives and other gameplay-related details to their individual preferences. The compilation is complemented by online leaderboards - thanks to them, one can share their results with others from all over the globe.
Graceful Explosion Machine (Switch)
Action 06 April 2017
A classic 2D shoot'em up action game, created by Vertex Pop and released on Nintendo Switch. Graceful Explosion Machine allows players to fly a futuristic space ship. The titular GEM is an advanced, well-equipped vehicle whose pilot is stuck deep in space. In order to find his way back he must face a horde of aggressive Aliens. The game is presented from a side view and we must constantly move right throughout more than 30 levels located in four different worlds. Our main goal is to eliminate the subsequent enemy hordes which can be done by using four different types of weapons: blaster, rocket launcher, energy sword and sniper beam. The key to success is to be able to change your weapons accordingly to a situation, perform dodges and counterattacks.
Puzzle Adventure Blockle (Switch)
Logic 03 August 2017
A funny logic game in which the gameplay is based on rotating entire levels. By doing that we help the hero to reach exit, collect various items and avoid dangers. Puzzle Adventure Blockle has two main characters – a cat called Kulu, who was sent by Katz city mayor to find seven stones that can help him to take over the world, and beautiful goddess, Arkia, who can manipulate levels. She agreed to use her powers because she has problems with her memory and she was promised that she can return to her world if she completes the mission. The game was developed by a Japanese studio called Intense who can be known for its action game Dot Runner: Complete Edition. Puzzle Adventure Blockle graphics are made in 2D set in a funny manga graphic style. The game, available on Nintendo Switch, can be acquired for a small price but was released only in digital distribution.
Dragon Quest Heroes II (Switch)
Action 03 March 2017
An action game with numerous RPG elements. Similar to its predecessor, it is a spin-off title in the Dragon Quest franchise by Square Enix, and although it retains a similar atmosphere, it offers several new solutions. The plot of Dragon Quest Heroes II references the events of its predecessor. Despite the lack of any direct links to the core Dragon Quest productions, there are a few familiar faces to see here. As befits a hack and slash game, Dragon Quest Heroes II focuses on quick and spectacular combat. The player fights hordes of enemies who would pose no threat in a one-on-one fight but can be dangerous in larger numbers. Moreover, from time to time, the protagonist faces powerful bosses; to defeat them, it is necessary to use more advanced tactic. Although the game focuses on arcade hand-to-hand combat, it does not lack a complex plot and script. Dragon Quest Heroes II offers three-dimensional graphics which resemble Japanese manga and anime stylistics.
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (Switch)
Fighting 26 May 2017
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is a remastered version of the second game from the popular fighting game series, initially released in 1991. It was developed by Capcom and UDON Entertainment. The new edition has received a series of improvements and tweaks. There are two completely new playable characters available: Evil Ryu and Violent Ken. Each of the available fighters has their own story and set of moves, attacks, and combos. The game's visuals were also improved. All textures are now in high resolution, but we can still switch back to the retro-stylized pixel-art visuals if we want to. Though some things were changed and improved, the core of gameplay remains the same. The Versus mode allows us to fight with other players or against A.I. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers also offers a special game mode where two players face the same A.I. controlled enemy.
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (Switch)
Arcade 17 March 2017
Second DLC for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth developed by Nicalis studio. It adds tens of unique items to create more surprising combinations, new monsters to defeat, the special bestiary that describes them, and bonus rooms that form a huge labyrinth. Aside from that, the add-on features more difficult Greed mode and an additional chapter, as well as a new playable character and five unique challenges. However, the most important novelty is the added support of modding tools, which allows players to freely modify the most important elements of the game and create new equipment, monsters, characters and even whole campaigns or game modes.
NBA Playgrounds (Switch)
Sports 09 May 2017
NBA Playgrounds is an arcade sports game inspired by the NBA Street game series. It was developed by Saber Interactive, a studio mostly known for their futuristic first-person shooters like TimeShift and Inversion. In NBA Playgrounds, players take part in basketball matches. Even though the gameplay is based on classic rules, it has not much to do with reality. The players can jump incredibly high and do various tricks during those jumps. Nonetheless, mastering all of the game's twists, turns and moves takes some time. It has to be mentioned that the developers managed to acquire the official NBA license. Thanks to that, we can play as both current and old NBA stars. As we win, the players get new abilities, which allows them to do more complicated sport stuns. NBA Playgrounds can be played both in single player and multiplayer modes. The game has characteristic cartoonish visuals. Characters available in the game are caricatures of sorts of the real NBA players, and various lighting effects are present during our matches. All of this goes well with NBA Playground's gameplay.