SwitchArcade Round-Up: Mini-Views Featuring ‘The TakeOver’, ‘Bug Fables’, and More, Plus the Latest New Releases and Sales

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for June 15th, 2020. In today’s article, we’ve got a batch of new Mini-Views for you to check out. There are a few truly awesome games in there, so make sure you have a read. There is also a summary of the lone new release that came in over the weekend, and the usual list of incoming and outgoing sales. Let’s get started!


The TakeOver ($19.99)

There are quite a few beat-em-ups on the Switch that draw inspiration from SEGA’s Streets of Rage series, and it’s interesting to see the different ways they express that. The TakeOver is obviously riffing on the sights and sounds of that classic franchise, but it has a combat system with its own complexities and quirks. The game has a pre-rendered look that some will love and some won’t, but the moment-to-moment action and exciting set pieces make this game a real winner. I wish I could remap my controls, as the game’s default set-up is hard for me to wrap my brain around, but I suppose the Switch OS itself can handle that in a somewhat annoying way. Anyway, if you’ve finished Streets of Rage 4 and are looking for another top-class beat-em-up, you won’t be unhappy with The TakeOver.

SwitchArcade Score: 4/5

Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling ($24.99)

There is a new Paper Mario game coming out next month, but for some fans the last true Paper Mario game came out in 2004. Personally, I can still appreciate the, er, more experimental entries in the series, but if you’re ride-or-die for the original game and Thousand-Year Door, you’ll definitely want to check out Bug Fables. It’s not even a little shy about its source of inspiration, but it somehow avoids feeling like an empty clone. There’s a lot of heart in here, even if big chunks feel so familiar you half-expect Goombella to wander in off the side of the screen. Anyway, if you like the old Paper Mario games, you’ve got to play this. If you’ve never played those games, worry not: this is a terrific RPG in its own right.

SwitchArcade Score: 4.5/5

Arcade Archives Sunset Riders ($7.99)

Sometimes memories lie to you, especially if you haven’t refreshed them in quite some time. But I’m very happy to report that my warm, fuzzy feelings for Konami’s four-player Western run-and-gun romp Sunset Riders were well-placed. This game is still an utter joy to play, filled with hot action, bright colors, and wild stage design. This port includes all of the different ROM versions to choose from, and runs as well as you would expect from a Hamster release. That said, I’ve never pined for an online multiplayer option in an Arcade Archives release quite like I am here. It’s a fun game solo, but it’s even better with others. Also note that the game’s content is just as it was when it released in the early 90s, and as such contains some stuff that isn’t exactly up to 2020 sensitivities. As long as you’re okay with that, saddle up.

SwitchArcade Score: 4/5

Him & Her ($0.99)

On the one hand, there’s really nothing going on in Him & Her that you haven’t seen in plenty of other indie puzzle platformers before. On the other hand, it’s a buck. Back to that first hand, the presentation is somewhat plain and the game never really feels like it’s finding its wings in terms of level design. Over to the other hand again, it’s a buck. The stage rotation and gravity manipulation via wall-climbing is just interesting enough to keep you going for a couple of hours. You’ll beat the game, squeeze a little bit of entertainment from it, and probably live the rest of your life without thinking about it again. One dollar.

SwitchArcade Score: 3/5

New Releases

Strangers of the Power 3 ($9.99)

This little indie RPG takes a swing at making a simple 3D-style game to moderate success. The main character is a healer who starts the game by trying to earn her adventurer’s license by completing a trial. Things go wildly awry, and suddenly the fate of the world is at stake. Considering the size of the developer, it’s okay. Not much more than that, and you can probably find better RPGs at or around this price level, but I’ve certainly played worse.


(North American eShop, US Prices)

Yeah, it’s a little hard to focus on new sales while that big Summer Sale is still going on, but in addition to the usual discounts on new releases, there are also a couple of other titles worth looking at. Those who like their platformers old-school and kind of aggravating may find Sydney Hunter worth a couple of bucks. High Noon Revolver is an enjoyable ode to the likes of Capcom’s Son Son and definitely worth thirty cents. As for the outbox, QUByte’s latest sale is wrapping up and its titles like UBERMOSH:OMEGA and Zen Chess Collection are worth thinking about. Have a closer look at see for yourself, of course.

Select New Games on Sale

Sydney Hunter & Curse of the Mayan ($1.99 from $9.99 until 7/1)
Old School Racer 2 ($0.79 from $7.99 until 7/3)
Viviette ($6.99 from $9.99 until 7/2)
High Noon Revolver ($0.29 from $2.99 until 6/19)
Escape from the Universe ($0.99 from $9.99 until 6/19)
Story of a Gladiator ($5.49 from $10.99 until 7/2)
The Unholy Society ($6.99 from $9.99 until 6/19)
Breakfast Bar Tycoon ($1.99 from $4.99 until 7/3)
Grand Guilds ($16.99 from $19.99 until 6/19)
Towertale ($6.99 from $9.99 until 6/19)
Purrs in Heaven ($4.89 from $6.99 until 7/2)
Climbros ($8.41 from $9.90 until 6/19)
Roulette at Ace’s Casino ($5.99 from $7.99 until 6/21)
Spacejacked ($7.99 from $9.99 until 6/29)
House Flipper ($21.24 from $24.99 until 6/19)
The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters ($13.49 from $14.99 until 6/26)

Yes, Your Grace ($16.99 from $19.99 until 7/2)
FunBox Party ($0.39 from $3.99 until 6/30)
Skull Rogue ($1.49 from $14.99 until 6/30)
Dead Dungeon ($0.44 from $4.99 until 6/22)
One Person Story ($0.74 from $2.99 until 6/23)
Farabel ($0.99 from $9.99 until 6/22)
Bridge Builder Adventure ($2.99 from $14.99 until 6/29)
Dark Burial ($0.99 from $3.99 until 6/23)
Pew Paw ($3.99 from $6.99 until 7/3)
Legendary Eleven ($3.99 from $9.99 until 6/29)
Quad Fighter K ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/18)

Sales Ending Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16th

99Vidas – Definitive ($0.99 from $9.99 until 6/16)
Aborigenus ($1.24 from $4.99 until 6/16)
Aldred Knight ($0.99 from $1.99 until 6/16)
Arcade Fuzz ($0.09 from $1.99 until 6/16)
Box Align ($0.19 from $1.99 until 6/16)
Colorgrid ($0.49 from $0.99 until 6/16)
Cosmonauta ($0.49 from $0.99 until 6/16)
Croc’s World 3 ($1.49 from $4.99 until 6/16)
Dexteritrip ($1.99 from $6.99 until 6/16)
Diabolic ($1.49 from $4.99 until 6/16)
Dogurai ($1.99 from $4.99 until 6/16)
Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher ($0.99 from $9.99 until 6/16)
Dyna Bomb ($1.59 from $7.99 until 6/16)
Ghost Sweeper ($3.99 from $4.99 until 6/16)
Hang the Kings ($0.49 from $0.99 until 6/16)

Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop! ($7.49 from $14.99 until 6/16)
Knight Swap ($0.49 from $0.99 until 6/16)
Lost Horizon 2 ($7.49 from $14.99 until 6/16)
Magicolors ($0.99 from $1.99 until 6/16)
Metaloid: Origin ($5.59 from $6.99 until 6/16)
Mushroom Quest ($0.39 from $2.99 until 6/16)
Nicky: Home Alone Golf Ball ($0.49 from $0.99 until 6/16)
Pang Adventures ($3.99 from $9.99 until 6/16)
SlabWell: Kaktun’s Alpaca ($1.99 from $7.99 until 6/16)
Superola & Lost Burgers ($1.99 from $4.99 until 6/16)
The Lion’s Song ($5.99 from $9.99 until 6/16)
Top Speed: Racing ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/16)
UBERMOSH: OMEGA ($0.09 from $4.99 until 6/16)
Unlock the King ($0.49 from $0.99 until 6/16)
VASARA Collection ($0.99 from $9.99 until 6/16)
Wand Wars ($9.99 from $19.99 until 6/16)
Zen Chess Collection ($1.99 from $3.99 until 6/16)

That’s it for today, friends. We’ll be back tomorrow with some new release summaries, along with whatever news and sales coming along in the interim. There could be a review, but we’ll have to see how things go. I hope you all have a good Monday, and as always, thanks for reading!