SwitchArcade Roundup: ‘Fortnite’, ‘Bomb Chicken’ Release Date, ’20XX’, and More

Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for June 19th, where we’re covering today’s Switch news, upcoming eShop games, new releases, and sales! Sadly, no news on the front of Sony cutting out their jerk-like behavior and letting Epic do cross-platform sync on the Switch. But, with Season 5 set to start soon, we’ll see if they change their tune when people buy their new Battle Passes. I know I’ll do mine on the Switch instead of PS4, though I’ll seriously miss the stuff I got from Season 3. Oh well.


Fortnite 4.4 Content Update out now

What’s new in Fortnite this week? The Stink Bomb, which slowly damages enemies! A Final Fight LTM is now in the game, where the team with the most members still alive at the end wins! Also, you can only carry 12 rockets unloaded at a time now, so that means a little less havoc you can wreak on your enemies’ fortresses at the end. You can be like me: don’t build anything because you don’t want people to know you exist, and pray you get to the final two and get the jump on a guy to pull down a Victory Royale.

Bomb Chicken gets price and release date

Nitrome’s Switch debut is coming soon: July 12th, for $14.99. The puzzle-platformer will have you playing as the eponymous bomb-laying chicken, causing explosive mayhem and trying to make your way through the world with your bomb-laying powers. Like, stacking a bunch of bombs on top of each other to reach a higher-up platform. Nitrome keeps cranking out the hits, and if this is the game they decided deserved to reach the masses, well, I’m really excited.

Splatoon 2 hackers force opponents to play unreleased map

Apparently some ne’er-do-wells are forcing Splatoon 2 players in League Battles to play on an unreleased map! This is a triple problem:

  1. This is potentially a bannable offense, and it could cause innocent players to get busted for hacking! You’d hope the team that keeps playing on the unreleased map would get caught, but I use Twitter and know that human moderators deciding to ban people can and will mess up.
  2. There is a competitive advantage in playing a map that you might know, and the other team has never seen!
  3. That’s on top of the competitive advantage you would have in knowing which map is going to be played each time!

Seems like a problem! Hopefully it gets fixed! At least it inspired this galaxy brain meem:

Playing new maps in Splatoon 2… from r/splatoon

By the way, I’ve been playing the Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion, and having a good time with it. The one problem I have with the game is that the difficulty is kind of toothless. See, once you fail twice, Pearl and Marina can save you for one more entry fee. You might lose a bit of credit for doing this, but not enough for it to be an issue, between the easier challenges and the bonuses you get for unlocking later lines of the subway. While you don’t get the complete mem cake for skipping the challenge, you can still get the outfit bonuses for completing all of the challenges on one line. So, all it takes is a bit of elbow grease to unlock everything. Still, I feel compelled to try and beat the challenges, but there’s that escape hatch. Hey, at least it means you can unlock multiplayer Octolings without too much issue.

The expansion is a lot of fun, even if you haven’t played through the base singleplayer mode, because it really tests your skill with a bunch of different weapons and puts forth a bunch of interesting scenarios you won’t see if you just play multiplayer modes.

Upcoming Games on the eShop

Miles and Kilo, the sequel to Kid Tripp, hits the eShop on July 5th! I wasn’t a huge fan of Kid Tripp, but Miles and Kilo is some really, really good stuff. It has some really fun levels, throws in some interesting challenges, and looks great running at 60 FPS. It’s a five-star mobile game, and if you haven’t played it on iOS, definitely do so when it releases on July 5th for $7.99.

Paranautical Activity, the roguelike-inspired FPS with voxel graphics, makes its way to Switch on June 26th. It’s a difficult game, inspired by the fast-paced gameplay of Doom and similar titles, but it’s fun if you can dig into it. The game is infamous for one of its developers getting kicked off of Steam for threatening Gabe Newell after Steam didn’t show the game as released on release day, and still in Early Access. Which is an extreme overreaction, but keep this in mind: the first day is really important to developers. No reason to threaten to kill anyone, but these stores and their featuring are crucial to developers’ livelihoods. I’m surprised there aren’t more stories like that…at least ones that go public. Anyway, things got patched over and the game’s back on Steam, and now you can play it on your Switch. Do not threaten Reggie, though.

20XX is basically Mega Man X but if it was a roguelike platformer. Seriously, I don’t need to describe it more than that. It’s awesome, and it’s gonna be on Switch on July 10th. Get excited.

Flashback is out today in the EU, but North American players can’t check it out until July 24th. At least we’re getting that awesome physical edition. I’ve never even really played Flashback and I’ve got it preordered.

Remember N-Fusion‘s game Air Mail, published by Chillingo back in 2012? I forgot all about that game, but years later, this game about flying through a dangerous world to deliver mail sees some improved visuals for its Switch release. Take a game made for mobile devices in 2012, and spruce up the graphics as far as you can? Sounds like a smart idea, because this looks gorgeous.

New Releases

INK ($8.99)

Here is a challenging platformer for you people who think Splatoon needs more ink splatted everywhere. The levels are invisible, but you spread ink everywhere to reveal what is around you! When you die, you explode into a bunch of ink, so it might help you out! Of course, this makes speedrunning particularly challenging because, well, you can’t see where you’re going, so memorization is important! These kinds of games are great for a handheld system, so definitely consider this one with its unique twist!

The Lost Child ($49.99)

NIS America delivers a first-person RPG that originally released on PS4 and Vita. Let’s check out the description:

The Lost Child is an RPG set in modern Japan.

Okay, interesting start.

Hayato Ibuki, an occult journalist,


is thrust into the middle of a conflict between angels, demons, and fallen angels.

Look, I’m a dumb American, but that doesn’t sound a lot like contemporary Japan.

Now, he must capture defeated foes and turn them into valuable allies.

I at least like this guy’s politics.


Here’s a bunch of sales going on right now that aren’t from the E3 sales that end on June 21st:

  • Black The Fall ($8.99 from $14.99 until June 23)
  • BUTCHER ($6.49 from $9.99 until June 23)
  • Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition ($6.49 from $9.99 until June 23)

  • Devious Dungeon ($6.39 from $7.99 until June 24)
  • League of Evil ($5.99 from $7.99 until June 24)

  • Deep Ones ($4.24 from $4.99 until June 25)
  • I Am Setsuna ($19.99 from $39.99 until June 25)
  • Inversus Deluxe ($9.74 from $14.99 until June 25)
  • Jurassic Pinball ($1.79 from $1.99 until June 25)
  • Lost Sphear ($24.99 from $49.99 until June 25)
  • Metropolis: Lux Obscura ($6.79 from $7.99 until June 25)
  • Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator ($1.69 from $1.99 until June 25)
  • Oh..Sir! The Hollywood Roast ($2.54 from $2.99 until June 25)
  • Sonic Forces ($23.99 from $39.99 until June 25)
  • Spelunker Party! ($14.99 from $29.99 until June 25)

  • L.A. Noire ($37.49 from $49.99 until June 26)
  • WWE 2K18 ($19.79 from $59.99 until June 26)
  • WWE 2K18 Digital Deluxe Edition ($29.69 from $89.99 until June 26)

  • Bit Dungeon Plus ($7.19 from $8.99 until June 28)
  • FIFA 18 ($23.99 from $59.99 until June 28)
  • Hollow ($4.99 from $19.99 until June 28)
  • Mecho Tales ($0.79 from $0.99 until June 28)
  • Plague Road ($1 from $15 until June 28)
  • Super Beat Sports ($11.99 from $14.99 until June 28)
  • The Bunker ($9.09 from $12.99 until June 28)

  • Glaive: Brick Breaker ($5.49 from $9.99 until June 29)
  • TumbleSeed ($9.99 from $14.99 until June 29)

  • BRAWL ($7.49 from $9.99 until June 30)
  • Mad Carnage ($3.74 from $4.99 until June 30)
  • Layers of Fear: Legacy ($15.99 from $19.99 until July 2)
  • Football Manager Touch 2018 ($26.79 from $39.99 until July 3)
  • Hyper Sentinel ($9.74 from $12.99 until July 5)
  • Sally’s Law ($7.79 from $12.99 until July 6)

These sales end by tomorrow, so buy them ASAP if you want them!

  • AeternoBlade ($11.99 from $14.99 until June 20)
  • The Sexy Brutale ($9.99 from $19.99 until June 20)
  • Wanderjahr TryAgainOrWalkAway ($7.99 from $9.99 until June 20)

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