SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Risk of Rain 2’ Gets Updated, ‘Horace’ and Today’s Other New Releases, Plus the Latest Sales

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for October 21st, 2020. It’s a Wednesday, and that means it’s the calm before the storm as far as new releases go. Or at least, that’s what it’s supposed to be. Unfortunately for our wallets, there are two very good games out today. One of them is, I daresay, a must-have. Yikes. We’ve got summaries of those games and the other new releases today, along with a couple of news bits and the usual lists of incoming and outgoing sales. Let’s go wild!


‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Gets Really into Tools in the Next Event

Ah, Wednesday. That most glorious of days where I can count on at least one news story rolling in. The latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate weekend event has been announced, and it naturally ties in a little bit with the latest characters to join the roster. Kicking off on Friday and running through the weekend, this tournament event puts the spotlight on characters who use tools. Steve, the Inklings, Villager, Isabelle, and plenty of others can join in on the fun.

‘Risk of Rain 2’ Gets a Big Update

Switch-owning fans of the excellent Risk of Rain 2 have no doubt been waiting with antici… pation for the big 1.0 update to the game. I mean, 1.0. That’s an important number right there. There’s too much in the update to list it all here, but the highlights include an actual proper ending, an intro cut scene, a new survivor and stage, four new music tracks, some new monsters, a new boss, several new items and equipment pieces, tons of new lore entries, and much more. There are lots of gameplay changes, too. This update is free, so just head on over to the appropriate screen and update your game to enjoy the benefits.

New Releases

Horace ($14.99)

SwitchArcade Highlight!

Uhh, what the heck? This game is completely awesome! I mean, I think it’s definitely aimed at a particular demographic, but I don’t check off all of those boxes and I still love this bigger-than-it-seems platforming adventure. I don’t want to say too much about it because the twists and turns are really fun to find on your own, but this may well be one of the best Metroidvania-style games released on the Switch yet. I’ll have a review of this one sometime next week, but if you have any love at all for the genre, you can buy this without too much worry.

ScourgeBringer ($16.99)

SwitchArcade Highlight!

This is a pretty solid roguelite platformer that echoes many of the greats of the genre while still pushing enough of its own thing to not feel overly derivative. The game owns its inspirations in its shop description so I will mention them guilt-free. Dead Cells meets Celeste, one review said. And so it is. You go room by room, battling enemies, avoiding hazards, and occasionally getting your hands on some new goodies to help you with those first two things. The highlight here is the excellent combat system and overall smooth controls, which just plain feel good to mess with. I’ll have a review of this one next week as well, but I’m quite high on it at the moment.

Bullet Beat ($4.99)

Nothing quite like paying more to get less, eh? Bullet Beat is a shooter that generates its action based on the music. There are eight levels/songs here and an infinite mode. Those tunes are dubstep-heavy, so… hope you like dubstep? Here’s the thing: in the PC version you could upload your own music and get basically an endless number of stages by doing so. That feature is obviously not included in this Switch port. What is included is a couple of dollars of Switch tax. This isn’t the greatest game even in its best form, but if you’re really interested in it I recommend grabbing the PC version off of Steam for three bucks so that you can get the intended experience and save money while doing it.

Blackjack Hands ($0.99)

QUByte does this sort of thing a lot these days, I think. Following up on Poker Hands, Blackjack Hands uses a very similar idea but substitutes in the rules of its namesake. You have a board that you can shift around Threes!-style and need to make Blackjack hands to beat the dealer by merging cards. There are 50 levels to play, which means you’re spending two cents per stage. Not bad at all. I liked Poker Hands well enough for the little time and money it demanded, and this one is fairly enjoyable too.


(North American eShop, US Prices)

Sure, not the biggest list of new sales. But there is some good stuff in there, without a doubt. Like all of those Klei games. The Animus games don’t go on sale very often, so if you’re interested in those this may be the time to act. Death Road to Canada is always a good time. You’ll also want to have a careful look through the outbox. It’s a large list and although I don’t there are any particularly rare discounts on offer there, you’ll surely find several decent titles if you’re looking for some.

Select New Games on Sale

AFL Evolution 2 ($42.49 from $49.99 until 10/27)
Restless Hero ($3.49 from $6.99 until 10/29)
Caretaker ($4.79 from $7.99 until 10/31)
BringIt to MOM ($1.99 from $19.99 until 11/1)
OTTTD ($0.99 from $7.99 until 11/1)
Invisible, Inc. ($14.99 from $19.99 until 11/2)
Don’t Starve ($4.99 from $19.99 until 11/2)
Mark of the Ninja: Remastered ($4.99 from $19.99 until 11/2)
Death Road to Canada ($7.49 from $14.99 until 11/4)
Animus ($3.99 from $7.99 until 11/9)
Animus: Harbinger ($3.99 from $7.99 until 11/9)
Bullet Battle: Evolution ($7.49 from $14.99 until 11/9)
Bubble Cats Rescue ($1.59 from $3.99 until 11/9)
Pet Shop Snacks ($0.49 from $4.99 until 11/9)
Pixel Action Heroes ($3.99 from $4.99 until 11/9)
Color Zen Kids ($3.19 from $3.99 until 11/9)
Birds and Blocks ($1.99 from $4.99 until 11/10)

Sales Ending Tomorrow, Thursday, October 22nd

Adventure Pinball Bundle ($2.96 from $8.99 until 10/22)
Agartha-S ($1.03 from $7.99 until 10/22)
Animated Jigsaws: Japanese Women ($4.99 from $9.99 until 10/22)
Ara Fell: Enhanced ($10.49 from $14.99 until 10/22)
Behind The Screen ($4.99 from $9.99 until 10/22)
Black Rainbow ($3.99 from $9.99 until 10/22)
Brightstone Mysteries: PH ($6.99 from $9.99 until 10/22)
Bug Fables: Everlasting Sapling ($21.24 from $24.99 until 10/22)
Caveblazers ($4.49 from $14.99 until 10/22)
Chasm ($11.99 from $19.99 until 10/22)
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! ($1.29 from $12.99 until 10/22)
Country Tales ($6.99 from $9.99 until 10/22)
Crypt of the Serpent King ($0.99 from $2.99 until 10/22)
Double Pug Switch ($8.09 from $8.99 until 10/22)
Dynamite Fishing: World Games ($2.49 from $9.99 until 10/22)

Farm Mystery ($2.99 from $9.99 until 10/22)
FutureGrind ($0.99 from $9.99 until 10/22)
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams ($7.49 from $29.99 until 10/22)
Headsnatchers ($1.99 from $14.99 until 10/22)
inbento ($3.49 from $4.99 until 10/22)
Julie’s Sweets ($2.49 from $9.99 until 10/22)
Killer Queen Black ($1.99 from $19.99 until 10/22)
L.F.O. -Lost Future Omega- ($1.03 from $7.99 until 10/22)
LUNA The Shadow Dust ($17.99 from $19.99 until 10/22)
Mekorama ($2.99 from $4.99 until 10/22)
Miles & Kilo ($1.59 from $7.99 until 10/22)
Momodora: RUtM ($11.99 from $14.99 until 10/22)
Monkey Wall ($2.49 from $4.99 until 10/22)
Monster Boy & the Cursed Kingdom ($17.99 from $39.99 until 10/22)
Monster Energy Supercross 2 ($11.99 from $39.99 until 10/22)

MotoGP 18 ($7.49 from $29.99 until 10/22)
Panty Party ($7.49 from $14.99 until 10/22)
Pianista ($19.99 from $24.99 until 10/22)
Pizza Parking ($1.49 from $5.99 until 10/22)
Quarantine Circular ($4.79 from $5.99 until 10/22)
Ring of Pain ($17.99 from $19.99 until 10/22)
Royal Roads ($2.99 from $9.99 until 10/22)
Safari Pinball ($0.98 from $2.99 until 10/22)
Shakedown: Hawaii ($9.99 from $19.99 until 10/22)
Space Crew ($15.99 from $19.99 until 10/22)
SpaceColorsRunner ($1.49 from $5.99 until 10/22)
Super Daryl Deluxe ($9.99 from $19.99 until 10/22)
Super Sportmatchen ($7.45 from $14.90 until 10/22)
The Drama Queen Murder ($1.99 from $9.99 until 10/22)
The Lost Light of Sisu ($0.99 from $9.99 until 10/22)

Tilt Pack ($9.99 from $14.99 until 10/22)
Typoman ($5.19 from $12.99 until 10/22)
Urban Trial Playground ($2.24 from $14.99 until 10/22)
Vaccine ($4.99 from $9.99 until 10/22)
Where Angels Cry: TotF ($3.99 from $9.99 until 10/22)
WildTrax Racing ($4.95 from $7.99 until 10/22)
Yet Another Zombie Defense HD ($0.49 from $4.99 until 10/22)
Zombies Ruined My Day ($2.99 from $3.99 until 10/22)

That’s all for today, friends. Tomorrow is Thursday, which means a whole lot of new releases to look forward to. Not so many as last week, but it’s counter-balanced by the arrival of the second and final part of the Pokemon Sword/Shield expansion, the Crown Tundra. Apart from that, games like Torchlight III, Disc Room, and Supraland will be leading the charge. We’ll also have whatever new sales come along, just in case you need to spend more cash. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday, and as always, thanks for reading!