Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for November 19th, 2019. It’s a little shorter today than usual, but we still have a handful of new releases to check out along with a bit of news and a few sales. Today sees a duel between two brand-new racers. Which one comes out on top? Not the one with Odie in it, I can tell you that much. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty!
‘Samurai Shodown’ Coming West in Q1 2020
While the Switch port of SNK’s Samurai Shodown revival was originally scheduled to hit this year and indeed will be coming out in Japan on December 12th, it appears its Western release is slipping a few months. The game will now release in the West in the first quarter of next year. The good news is that the interesting pre-order bonus from Japan will be available in the West as well. The NEOGEO Pocket Color Samurai Shodown! 2 will be a bonus for anyone who buys the game ahead of time on the eShop. Surprisingly playable, and a nifty little extra.
WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship ($49.99)
Well, you probably know how it goes when it comes to ambitious ports like this on the Switch. Basically, it’s an impressive port that nevertheless represents a big graphical step down from other versions. If you have another way to play it, you’ll almost certainly want to do that. But if all you have a Switch, you’ll find this to be a very enjoyable take on rally racing with lots of crunchy sim and RPG-style mechanics. It’s also not too bad from a technical perspective when you’re playing in docked mode. Undocked, it makes a lot of the same compromises we’ve seen in other tough ports like DOOM or The Witcher 3, with a variable frame rate and shifting resolution depending on what’s happening on-screen at the moment. It’s worse here than it is in many of those other games simply because high-speed racing demands more technical stability. It’s playable, but if you only play undocked this may not be the best choice.
Munchkin: Quacked Quest ($24.99)
Based on Steve Jackson’s classic card game, Munchkin: Quacked Quest is a rather odd hybrid of various genres. It’s clearly aimed at being a multiplayer party game, and that’s rather fitting given what it’s based on. Beyond that? Some action elements, some RPG elements, some roguelite elements, and a whole lot of wacky humor. You can play by yourself if you want, but my impression is that to do so is largely missing the point. So grab a few friends or family members and enjoy the local multiplayer for all it’s worth. I haven’t tested it in that capacity yet, so I can’t speak much to its merits. It certainly looks fun, though.
Zumba Burn It Up! ($39.99)
I’m not sure how popular Zumba is these days, but I do remember a time when Wii games based on the fitness program sold by the bucketloads. This new game comes from a totally different company, but I think Zumba fans will find it checks off most of the necessary boxes. You get lots of tunes to dance along to, with varying levels of intensity. On-screen Zumba… coaches? Not sure what you’d call them, but the people on-screen are doing moves, and you need to try to match them. There’s a multiplayer mode, various goals and achievements to work towards, and some tools for tracking your progress. Can you lose weight with it? Sure. It’s probably not going to leave you dead on the ground like Ring Fit Adventure, but it gives you an excuse to dance vigorously in your living room, and that will certainly burn some calories if you put enough time into it.
Garfield Kart Furious Racing ($29.99)
It’s a little hard to choose the best kart racing game released this year, but what many people don’t know is that there is an intense battle for the worst kart racing game as well. Here to toss his lasagna-fattened hindquarters into the ring is Garfield, everyone’s favorite Monday-hating cat. This is… sigh… an enhanced new version of the “classic" 3DS game Garfield Kart, featuring all of the content from that game plus a little bit extra, all wrapped up in what are supposed to be improved visuals. At the very least, it has support for local and online multiplayer, so there’s always someone to share your misery with.
Well, that’s not a lot, is it? I’ll admit there are some deep discounts there on a couple of games that rarely go on sale, but it’s not much to get too excited about. Given what happens at the end of the week, though, I wouldn’t worry too much about having things to spend money on. As for the outgoing sales, the Team 17 sale is finishing up soon. Make sure you grab anything you were interested in on that list, as we’ve not seen lower prices than these before and may not see them again soon.
New Games on Sale
Mana Spark ($0.99 from $9.99 until 12/10)
Classic Games Collection Vol.1 ($3.74 from $4.99 until 12/9)
Timber Tennis: Versus ($0.99 from $1.99 until 12/1)
Clue: The Classic Mystery Game ($19.49 from $29.99 until 11/25)
Dusty Raging Fist ($5.99 from $9.99 until 11/27)
Shalnor Legends: Sacred Lands ($0.99 from $9.99 until 11/30)
Vosaria: Lair of the Forgotten ($0.99 from $9.99 until 11/30)
Battleship ($4.99 from $19.99 until 11/25)
Sales Ending Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20th
American Ninja Warrior: Challenge ($14.99 from $29.99 until 11/20)
Automachef ($11.24 from $14.99 until 11/20)
Big Buck Hunter Arcade ($4.99 from $19.99 until 11/20)
Burnstar ($2.99 from $9.99 until 11/20)
Cake Laboratory ($1.99 from $2.99 until 11/20)
Car Mayhem ($1.99 from $9.99 until 11/20)
Car Quest ($0.49 from $9.99 until 11/20)
Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers ($4.99 from $19.99 until 11/20)
Crimsonland ($4.19 from $13.99 until 11/20)
Crypt of the Serpent King ($0.99 from $2.99 until 11/20)
Drift Legends ($4.99 from $9.99 until 11/20)
Goosebumps The Game ($4.99 from $19.99 until 11/20)
Lanternium ($3.99 from $9.99 until 11/20)
Mugsters ($5.09 from $14.99 until 11/20)
My Time at Portia ($17.99 from $29.99 until 11/20)
Neverlast ($1.99 from $9.99 until 11/20)
New Star Manager ($5.99 from $19.99 until 11/20)
Nickelodeon Kart Racers ($14.99 from $29.99 until 11/20)
Oliver’s Adventures in Fairyland ($2.79 from $6.99 until 11/20)
Overcooked Special ($6.79 from $19.99 until 11/20)
Overcooked! 2 ($14.99 from $24.99 until 11/20)
Planet Alpha ($4.99 from $19.99 until 11/20)
Raging Justice ($4.49 from $14.99 until 11/20)
Rapala Fishing Pro Series ($4.99 from $19.99 until 11/20)
Sheltered ($3.74 from $14.99 until 11/20)
Sparklite ($21.24 from $24.99 until 11/20)
Street Outlaws: The List ($29.99 from $39.99 until 11/20)
The Demon Crystal ($1.99 from $9.99 until 11/20)
The Escapists 2 ($6.79 from $19.99 until 11/20)
The Escapists: Complete ($5.99 from $14.99 until 11/20)
The Room ($3.39 from $9.99 until 11/20)
Worms W.M.D ($10.19 from $29.99 until 11/20)
Yoku’s Island Express ($6.79 from $19.99 until 11/20)
Yooka-Laylee ($13.59 from $39.99 until 11/20)
ZOMB ($1.99 from $9.99 until 11/20)
Zombieland: Double Tap – Road Trip ($29.99 from $39.99 until 11/20)
That’s it for today, friends. Tomorrow should see a couple of releases, and I do have a couple of reviews in the queue if things turn out too slow. Naturally, we’ll also have whatever news and sales come our way. I hope you all have a terrific Tuesday, and as always, thanks for reading!