SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Update, ‘Steam Tactics’ and Today’s Other New Releases and Sales

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for August 5th, 2020. In today’s article, we’ve got a couple of news items related to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to go over before we get into the summaries of today’s new releases. There are four new games on the eShop today, serving as a nice appetizer for the usual jam-packed Thursday and Friday drops. The list of new sales today isn’t big, but it’s got a lot of goodies in it thanks to Bethesda running a sale in connection with QuakeCon. Let’s get to it!


‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Updates with New Stage and More

A new version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate dropped today, making a number of adjustments to the game but most notably adding a new smaller version of the Battlefield stage. Perfect for up close and personal fights between two players, it seems. You can set Small Battlefield as a Preferred Rule for online battles if that’s the juice you’re craving. All of the Battlefield stages have seen their music selection expanded, so you can now listen to any of the tunes from the game while battling on them. There were also some under-the-hood improvements to the online mode in this update, including changing the threshold for Elite Smash eligibility to allow more players in.

Fake It ‘Til You Make It in This Week’s ‘Super Smash Bros.’ Event

Along with the surprise update came the usual announcement of the weekend Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event. Titled Smash Ball Fake Out, the event is a tournament that will run for the usual three-day period from Friday to Monday. There are no restrictions on characters this time around, so choose your best and see how far you can get. The better you do, the better spirits you’ll earn. So what’s the catch? Items are on, but consist only of Smash Balls and Fake Smash Balls. Can you tell the difference at a glance? Good luck!

New Releases

Mystery Mine ($9.99)

Hmm, I always caution against taking the eShop genre listings too seriously, and this game is a nice example of why. According to the eShop, this is action, adventure, platformer, and role-playing. In reality, it’s a platformer with some light adventure elements. You have to find your way to the underworld, battling monsters and bosses along the way. You’ll find new items and some puzzles to solve, breaking up the standard action a little. It’s not very good if you ask me, but one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Statistically speaking, someone will love this. Will that be you? Probably not!

Steam Tactics ($9.99)

This game has a lot of things going on with it. It’s a world where anthropomorphic animals pilot aircraft on behalf of the kingdom in order to keep the peace. You play as a doggo mercenary who has been hired by the queen to help keep the realm safe while the king is ill. Combat is turn-based and there are plenty of upgrades, customization options, new ships, and battles to keep you busy for a while. It’s a bit on the lighter side as this genre goes, so it’s a nice choice for those new to the genre who want to get their sea legs. Not the most thrilling of rides for veterans, however. But you know, how many games can you play that have a frog pilot with a petite handlebar mustache?

Wizards: Wand of Epicosity ($19.99)

This is a humorous tower defense game starring YouTuber Tobuscus. When he accidentally kills the hero that was supposed to save the world, Tobuscus has to take his place. He’s not much of a wizard, but he’ll give it his best. This is apparently a port of a mobile game that released several years back under the title Tobuscus Adventures: Wizards. It costs four times more here than it did there, but that’s how it goes. It was delisted a long time ago on the App Store so it’s not like you could get it there even if you wanted to. At any rate, this doesn’t look particularly special beyond the YouTuber connection, so I suppose it depends on how much you want another tower defense game.

Spitlings ($14.99)

A multiplayer game about horking your nasty spit-gobs all over the place may not be the most 2020-appropriate experience, but worry not: Spitlings has support for both local and online multiplayer, ensuring you can have wild fun with your friends without covering them with your fatal spittle. Uh, anyway. Up to four people can join in on the fun here, and the idea is that you control a weird little creature than can attack and jump by spitting. You have to use those abilities to clear out hundreds of stages filled with goo and glop. Seems like it might be good for a laugh if you’ve got the right mix of people to play with.


(North American eShop, US Prices)

As I said up in the intro paragraph, the list of incoming discounts today isn’t all that big. There are two things worthy of note here. First, Bethesda’s QuakeCon sale sees pretty much its entire line-up on sale for some great prices. You really can’t go wrong with any of them. Well, maybe Youngblood. The second thing worth looking at is the DLC/upgrade for Mortal Kombat 11. For thirty bucks you can get all of the add-ons for your Mortal Kombat 11, or if you don’t own it you can buy the base game and the DLC for a combined fifty bucks. That’s not bad at all! And hey, don’t forget to check the outbox on your way out. Some fun indies in there, along with the Dragon Ball games.

Select New Games on Sale

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ($29.99 from $59.99 until 8/11)
DOOM ($29.99 from $59.99 until 8/11)
DOOM 1993 ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/11)
DOOM II Classic ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/11)
DOOM 3 ($4.99 from $9.99 until 8/11)
DOOM 64 ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/11)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus ($29.99 from $59.99 until 8/11)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood Deluxe ($19.99 from $39.99 until 8/11)
Space Ribbon ($0.49 from $4.99 until 8/24)
Santa Tracker ($0.29 from $2.99 until 8/24)
Box Align ($0.99 from $1.99 until 8/24)
Crazy Zen Mini Golf ($1.64 from $4.99 until 8/24)
Unlock the King ($0.49 from $0.99 until 8/24)
Anti-Gravity: Tiny’s Adventure ($0.49 from $0.99 until 8/24)
Pinball Lockdown ($1.97 from $5.99 until 8/24)

HexON ($0.49 from $0.99 until 8/24)
Lumini ($4.99 from $9.99 until 8/17)
Back to Bed ($1.99 from $4.99 until 8/17)
Mortal Kombat 11 ($19.99 from $49.99 until 8/17)
MK11 Aftermath + Kombat Pack Bundle ($29.99 from $49.99 until 8/17)
Let’s Go Nuts ($1.49 from $9.99 until 8/23)

Sales Ending Tomorrow, Thursday, August 6th

99Moves ($0.98 from $2.99 until 8/6)
99Seconds ($0.98 from $2.99 until 8/6)
Abyss ($0.98 from $2.99 until 8/6)
Animal Hunter Z ($4.99 from $9.99 until 8/6)
Battle & Crash ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/6)
Behind the Screen ($7.99 from $9.99 until 8/6)
BINGO ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/6)
Blossom Tales ($7.49 from $14.99 until 8/6)
Boom Ball: Boost ($0.99 from $12.99 until 8/6)
Brave Dungeon + Dark Witch Story ($7.19 from $8.99 until 8/6)
Caterpillar Royale ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/6)
Chasm ($7.99 from $19.99 until 8/6)
Coast Guard: Beach Rescue Team ($5.99 from $11.99 until 8/6)
Collide-a-Ball 2 ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/6)
Cryogear ($12.92 from $19.89 until 8/6)

Darkest Dungeon ($14.99 from $24.99 until 8/6)
Darts Up ($0.98 from $2.99 until 8/6)
Deep Diving Adventures ($9.99 from $19.99 until 8/6)
Destruction ($7.99 from $9.99 until 8/6)
Doodle God: Crime City ($2.44 from $6.99 until 8/6)
Doodle God: Evolution ($3.49 from $9.99 until 8/6)
Dragon Ball FighterZ ($14.99 from $59.99 until 8/6)
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 ($12.49 from $49.99 until 8/6)
Dungeon Shooting ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/6)
Dynamite Fishing – World Games ($1.99 from $4.99 until 8/6)
Galaxy Warfighter ($2.44 from $6.99 until 8/6)
Gnomes Garden ($1.49 from $4.99 until 8/6)
Grand Guilds ($16.99 from $19.99 until 8/6)
Hero Express ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/6)

High Noon Revolver ($0.29 from $2.99 until 8/6)
Instant Sports ($15.99 from $24.99 until 8/6)
Monkey Wall ($3.99 from $4.99 until 8/6)
MXGP3 – Official Motocross ($7.49 from $29.99 until 8/6)
Oceanhorn ($7.49 from $14.99 until 8/6)
Orbitblazers ($5.99 from $19.99 until 8/6)
Ping Pong Trick Shot Evolution ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/6)
Polyroll ($1.99 from $9.99 until 8/6)
Push the Crate ($6.79 from $7.99 until 8/6)
Push the Crate 2 ($4.24 from $4.99 until 8/6)
Rainbows, Toilets & Unicorns ($3.49 from $6.99 until 8/6)
Rally Rock ‘N Racing ($4.99 from $9.99 until 8/6)
Rotating Brave ($3.99 from $4.99 until 8/6)
Rush Rally 3 ($9.99 from $14.99 until 8/6)
Slayin 2 ($7.69 from $11.99 until 8/6)

Star Horizon ($5.99 from $9.99 until 8/6)
Streets of Red ($6.49 from $9.99 until 8/6)
Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission ($17.99 from $59.99 until 8/6)
Super Ping Pong Trick Shot ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/6)
Tallowmere ($2.79 from $6.99 until 8/6)
Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/6)
The Adventure Pals ($3.74 from $14.99 until 8/6)
The Bunker ($6.49 from $12.99 until 8/6)
The Legend of Dark Witch ($5.59 from $6.99 until 8/6)
Top Run ($2.49 from $4.99 until 8/6)
Towertale ($6.99 from $9.99 until 8/6)
Venture Kid ($0.99 from $9.99 until 8/6)
Wardrobe: Even Better Edition ($6.79 from $19.99 until 8/6)

That’s all for today, friends. Tomorrow is going to have a bunch of new releases as usual for a Thursday, and we’ll summarize each and every one of them. From the quirky Cruel Bands Career to the familiar Alphadia Genesis, there’s a lot to check out. We’ll also have whatever sales and pressing news that comes along in the next day, of course. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday, and as always, thanks for reading!