Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for May 2nd, where we’re covering all the latest Switch news – and there’s a lot today – recent releases, and a few interesting sales! Seriously, May is going to bankrupt me, folks. The number of games that I want to buy this month is too many.
New interview with Splatoon 2 producer about Octo Expansion
The Octo Expansion is coming soon to Splatoon 2, and Nintendo just posted a dev talk video with producer Hisashi Nogami, discussing the DLC and its inspiration. This expansion is looking rather promising, so definitely check this out for more details:
Ikaruga coming to the Switch this month
Treasure started teasing their legendary color-swapping shoot ’em up Ikaruga for the Switch in April, and now they’ve announced with publisher Nicalis that the game is going to hit on May 29th for $14.99. No physical release has been announced yet, which is bad for some folks, but good for me: my GameCube copy of the game is only growing more and more valuable. If I knew where the case was, I guess. But then, I don’t actually like to sell my old games? At least I’ve never gotten around to it. At least this version will support portrait orientation, aww yeah!
Lumines Remastered releases June 26th
Amazing to think that a PSP rhythm game could somehow manage to garner enough love to find a remastered release all these years later. Who cares how it happened, Lumines is fun and it’ll come to what we might wind up calling the greatest portable system ever on June 26th. It’ll also be on other, less-cool systems.
Chicken Assassin: Reloaded will release in July
Chickens: we eat them. So we probably deserve whatever retribution they decide to give to us. This chicken’s working out to try and slaughter everyone who dares get in his way, because his chicken girlfriend was kidnapped. Ultra-Mega-Chicken have mercy on us all. This one hits the Switch (and lesser platforms) on July 17th.
Zen Bound 2 Comes to Switch on May 24th
Remember the stylish Zen Bound series on iOS? They were some great games! Thankfully, this mobile gaming classic will see another release, as some eShops are starting to see a listing for a Switch port, showing up on May 24th. You have to wrap rope around different objects, and there will be 5.1 audio support, motion controls support, and over 100 levels, including the levels from the original Zen Bound.
Disco Dodgeball Remix releases on May 22nd
82 Apps’ game of futuristic dodgeball, complete with online multiplayer, will see a port from Switch to PC hit this month. This should prove to be fun, and its unorthodox multiplayer will be a good fit next to Splatoon 2. May’s getting to be quite the crazy month for releases.
Runner3 gets new trailer and May 22nd release date
Stop with the new games, I’m struggling to keep up at this point! May 22nd sees Choice Provisions’ auto-running platformer series starring CommanderVideo from the Bit.Trip franchise back fro more running action. Here, there are branching paths, quests, vehicles, and a “retro" level for each level that lets you move freely, not tethered to the tyranny of auto-running! This sure sounds like it’s going to have a ton of content.
Super Saurio Fly ($15.95)
This one actually released this past Saturday for some reason. However, it looks like a pretty neat little game where you play as a pterodactyl that can fly around levels, trying to rescue his eggs from those who would kidnap them for whatever reason. Dinosaur politics are complicated. Shoutout to the true apex predator: SUE the T-Rex.
Arcade Archives 10-Yard Fight ($7.99)
HAMSTER’s back and delivering their releases early this week for whatever reason. Irem’s arcade football game was originally an NES launch title, but started off as an arcade title. Given how far sports games have progressed, this might work best as a nostalgia trip or a historical relic, but who knows, maybe this is just what you’ve been looking for.
ACA NEOGEO STAKES WINNER ($7.99)
And another NeoGeo port from HAMSTER! This one is all about racing horses, trying to win and cross the line before all those other jockeys and horses. The horse face icons by each player’s power meter are amazing. I wonder when HAMSTER will run out of NeoGeo games they can port…will they?
Animal Super Squad ($9.99)
This game was developed by DoubleMoose, featuring staff behind Goat Simulator, and published by Pewdiepie’s Revelmode. This is a physics-based platformer where you have to help animals get through levels in on piece, as they ride in vehicles, survive traps, and just have to deal with all sorts of strangeness on the way to the goal. Community-based level sharing is here as well.
Slain: Back From Hell ($9.99 from $19.99 until May 10th)
This game looks really cool, though reviews are a bit more iffy given some of the flaws and high difficulty level. And yet, I am continually tempted to pick up the metal-themed adventure. Do I wait, hoping for a lower price drop, or do I just finally buy it, because $10 for a developer’s hard work really isn’t that much? But I have a ton of other games to play. Such is life.
Plantera Deluxe ($3.99 from $4.99 until May 13th)
This game isn’t metal at all, but I can’t think of the title without thinking of Texas groove metal masters Pantera. I have the same problem with Panera Bread, where I keep thinking it should be Pantera Bread instead. Anyway, this is a cute game where you grow plants and tend to creatures on your farm.
Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition ($6.49 from $9.99 until May 6th)
While we’re covering Switch on a daily basis, this is still a mobile site, and we all have smartphones, so I know this is $3.99 on mobile (and it supports gamepads on iPhone!) but if you want it on Switch at a small premium and with a bonus multiplayer mode, give this a shot! The game is ridiculous and challenging, as you toss spears at any enemies in a neon-filled, Germanic universe. You’ll get frustrated at times, but it’s overall a fun experience.
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