Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for April 24th, covering today’s new Switch releases, news on games, and the sales you should consider! It’s a bit of an expensive day on the Switch, with no cheap indies, but two $59.99 games of dubious morality you can consider checking out! Don’t worry, this week will have plenty of lower-priced indies that you can pick up. Don’t even look at the Coming Soon tab, it will make your wallet explode in fear of what is to come this week. Seriously, this is like…golden age of mobile gaming frequency of releases here, folks. Enjoy it while you can.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Releases on June 29th for Switch
Nintendo and Bethesda revealed the release date for the Switch port of the critically-acclaimed second game in the Wolfenstein reboot franchise: June 29th. While its theme of killing Nazis is unfortunately topical, expect over-the-top ridiculousness moreso than subtle satire here. It’s Wolfenstein after all, but this and the original game have both been rather well-received, and hopefully this port turns out well!
Splatoon 2 version 3.0.0 rolling out soon
Expected around 6:00 PM PDT on April 24th, version 3 of Splatoon 2 will release, adding some new content to the game. Shops will have new gear (over 100 pieces), and multiplayer will have two new game tracks. Players can earn Rank X, and strike a special pose in the lobby by pressing L+R. Camp Triggerfish will also soon be available, along with steady stream of new weapons that unlock in the game. Check out the full patch notes ahead of the updates’ release tonight. There are a ton of bug fixes. Good on Nintendo for having absurdly-detailed patch notes!
#Splatoon2 Version 3.0 goes live tonight at 6pm PT! With over 100 pieces of new and returning gear, new music, and the new competitive X Rank, it’s an INKredible time to get splatting! Plus, more weapons & the return of Camp Triggerfish! Update notes: https://t.co/8ipQu47pa8 pic.twitter.com/czMUQN88Cf
— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) April 24, 2018
Death Road to Canada delayed
Due to the van attack in Toronto on April 23rd, publisher Ukiyo and developer Rocketcat have decided to delay the console release of Death Road to Canada. A statement from the publisher:
Following yesterday’s tragic events in Toronto, Death Road To Canada’s planned release on April 25th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch has been postponed.
“We feel it would be deeply inappropriate to launch the game at such a time,” said Paul Hann, Managing Director of Ukiyo Publishing. “We would like to express our deepest condolences to everyone affected by the tragic events in Toronto.”
An understandable decision, so we’ll just have to wait a bit longer to play Rocketcat’s latest title on the Switch.
Gal*Gun 2 ($59.99)
The Vita really is dead if this is coming out on the Switch. This is a game where you use a pheromone gun to shoot demon-possessed schoolgirls who are cursed with obsession over you. A problem we’ve all had. It also promises a Demon Sweeper gadget that can suck up the demons that possess the girls…and also some clothing. Uhhh. There’s also a branching plot where you can get involved romantically with a few of the girls in the game. Y’know, after you free them from their demon possession, because consent is important, folks! That’s how I’m choosing to look at this game: it’s a massive parable on consent.
Nintendo’s gonna allow anything on the Switch now, I guess!
I’m sure the next of today’s new releases is a more morally-upstanding game.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole ($59.99 Standard, $89.99 Gold)
I guess not!
You don’t need an introduction to South Park at this point, I hope. This is the sequel to The Stick of Truth, which released in 2014 for PS3 and Xbox 360. This sequel tells a new story full of superheroes, complete with RPG-style combat taking place on a grid. You’re “The New Kid" and you become a superhero, following a crime conspiracy in town, and sorting out the events of your tragic backstory…given to you by Cartman. All the kids are their superhero identities that have appeared throughout the series, such as Cartman as The Coon, Butters as Professor Chaos, and more. It also has over 100 fart sounds! The game’s definitely going to offend you in some way, but the game is more than just a licensed tie-in, it’s a fully-realized RPG…just in a ludicrous scenario. The Switch version is the same price as the other versions of the game, but all available DLC in the other games is on Switch right now. The Gold edition of the game comes with all DLC, available now and as it releases this year.
Firefighters – The Simulation ($39.99)
Okay, here is a wholesome game! This is pretty much what it says on the tin! You go around an open world, putting out fires! From simple house fires, to saving a nuclear power plant, you’ll not just fight fires, but also help prevent disaster from escaping nuclear waste, while protecting radioactive substance transportation, and everything that a firefighter might need to do. Will you save a cat from a tree? You’ll have to play to find out! You get to use a bunch of equipment including robots to help complete your mission. This might just be interesting?
Firefighters: Airport Fire Department ($39.99)
Want more firefighting action, but in a different environment? Instead of driving around a city, putting out fires, here you have to keep the airport safe from all the fire hazards that could befall it. There’s a lot of jet fuel at airports, anyway. Keep planes from blowing up, and jet fuel stocks from giving these passengers a one-way ticket…to their doom.
DragonFangZ – The Rose & Dungeon of Time ($19.99 from $24.99 until April 26th)
If you’re a bit more strict on the definition of roguelike than most developers are nowadays (what with everything with procedurally-generated levels calling itself a roguelite), you might like this. It’s turn-based, you lose everything when you die, and you have to start over fresh. While a taste for JRPG style might help you enjoy this game’s themes, it should satisfy roguelike fans.
Sonic Forces ($23.99 from $39.99 until May 7th)
There are two kinds of Sonic fans: those who have massive skepticism of anything in 3D or released after 1994, and those who think Sonic music is great with lyrics, and have created their own OCs (original characters) in the Sonic universe. Sonic Forces is the game for that second crowd, with its own character creator. Reviews weren’t great, but the character creator seems nifty, and word I hear is that Sega’s at least laying down a lot of technology for what might be good 3D games in the future? I mean, if you like 3D Sonic games, you have to have optimism, I guess. Also, there’s free cosmetic DLC with Sanic. Okay, maybe this is worth it. At least Sega can laugh at itself. (and find the right people to make a real good 2D Sonic game)
Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition ($3.99 from $4.99 until April 29th)
There are probably better ways to deal with bullies than to just beat them up. You can also just beat them up, which is what this game is about. Travel the world, and make sure the bullies can’t bully anyone any more. Though, what they really need is an education, since they spray paint “BULIZ RUL" all around the place. Really, that’s society failing these poor bullies. Maybe a sequel will let you sort out the core causes of why bullies exist. Until then, this one’s on sale and there is a demo available.
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