Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for December 15th, 2022. It’s Thursday today, and as the case every week it means we have several new releases to look at. The biggest title today is River City Girls 2, the sequel to WayForward’s popular take on the classic beat-em-up franchise. There are some other interesting titles aside from that, and we’ve got summaries of all of them. After that, it’s the usual lists of new and expiring sales. Let’s get going!
River City Girls 2 ($29.99)
The River City Girls are back! There are two new playable characters and an all-new adventure to embark on. There’s a lot of stuff carried over from the first game here because, well, it makes sense to do that. But there are lots of new areas, enemies, and other new things to experience as well. Oh, and online play. Yes, you can now play online with another person. The stakes in this genre have only gotten higher since the first game came out, so we’ll have to see if this sequel keeps the pace. I’ll have a review soon.
Cosmo Dreamer ($8.20)
This is a vertically-scrolling bullet-hell shooter, and a surprisingly good one. Seriously. If you like your bullet-hell games, there is an awful lot to like in this title. The only real downer about it is that it doesn’t have online leaderboards, which is a serious omission for score-chasers. Still, it’s around eight bucks and what you get in here is more than worth that if you like this genre.
Hero Hours Contract 2: A Factory for Magical Girls ($1.99)
Hey, another one of these. This developer makes some fun stuff for a low price, and this is no exception. It’s magical girls taking on late-stage capitalism, seizing the means of production and exploring a factory to find their missing magical girl friends. You’ll also have to commit copyright violations to get your image rights back, destroy crypto-currency, and try to survive the many horrors of self-employment. Hey, it’s not shy about its messaging.
Hm. Really going for it, I guess. This is a side-scrolling shoot-em-up from a developer without many priors in this area, with its main feature being that it allows up to three players to play together via local multiplayer. It also features a lot of “comedy", so that’s something. You get thirty-five levels spread across seven areas, and can unlock a ton of cosmetic items to customize your character with. You can get an honest-to-goodness Cave shooter for around the same price as this. Choose accordingly.
The way the description reads, it feels like I should know LogiKing from somewhere else, but I don’t. It’s a card game where you have to use ten cards and try to out-think your opponent to become the King of Logic. Not to be confused with the King of Limbo. You can play single-player against CPU opponents to get the hang of the rules, then hop online to take on opponents via online multiplayer. You can also play against someone via local multiplayer if you’ve got a friend who wants to battle against you. I can’t really sort out the rules from the information I have at my fingertips, so I’ll have to play this one to see how it works.
Santa’s Holiday ($19.99)
Another extremely confidently-priced game from the folks at Green Sauce, and it’s pretty much following the publisher’s usual M.O.: match-3 puzzles and collecting decorations. But hey, this time it has a Christmas theme. I don’t think I would pay twenty bucks for this, but maybe you would? It’s in your hands, friends.
Aery – Path of Corruption ($9.99)
Oh good, more Aery. You know the score by now. Fly around in various environments, pick up the memory shards and feathers scattered about, and read some navel-gazing text of dubious philosophical value. The locations this time seem to have an urban theme. Otherwise, it’s the same as the seven or eight other Aery games on Switch.
The Crackpet Show ($16.99)
A roguelite shooter with a TV show theme for up to four players via local multiplayer. It does that thing of blending a cartoony style with ultra-violence because juxtaposition still works. This one has gone over very well over on Steam during its Early Access period, so as long as they didn’t biff the port to Switch (a very real possibility) this could be one to pick up for fans of top-down shooters.
Tropical Resort Story ($14.00)
Another Kairosoft simulation game, this time with the premise of building and operating a tropical resort. It’s mostly the same as the other builders from this developer, and as usual you can get a perfectly playable version on your mobile device for a far more reasonable price. Your call.
Arcade Archives Marvel Land ($7.99)
There was this little window of time where you could do a platformer in arcades and actually make some money with it, and Marvel Land comes from that era. You might remember it best from its Genesis/Mega Drive port, but be aware that version had extra content added in so this arcade release might not match your memories. Like many arcade platformers there isn’t a whole lot on the bone here, but it’s a nice ride while it lasts. Certainly heavy on Namco fan service.
(North American eShop, US Prices)
Okay, let’s see what we’ve got today. Some Activision sales, including new low prices on Diablo II Resurrected and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. Some eastasiasoft sales. Other than that, not too much. I imagine more will come in tomorrow. In the outbox, it’s your last chance to get the great Cave shooters DoDonPachi Resurrection, Mushihimesama, and ESPGaluda II for nice prices. Check both of those lists carefully.
Select New Games on Sale
Broken Universe: Tower Defense ($1.99 from $9.99 until 12/21)
reky ($1.99 from $9.99 until 12/21)
Detective Di: Silk Rose Murders ($1.99 from $12.99 until 12/21)
Pocket Mini Golf 2 ($1.99 from $4.99 until 12/26)
Run Sausage Run ($1.99 from $4.99 until 12/28)
Sausage Wars ($1.99 from $4.99 until 12/28)
Overwatch 2: Watchpoint Pack ($23.99 from $39.99 until 12/30)
Diablo II Resurrected ($13.19 from $39.99 until 12/30)
Diablo Prime Evil Collection ($19.79 from $59.99 until 12/30)
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy ($15.99 from $39.99 until 12/30)
Crash Bandicoot 4 ($19.99 from $39.99 until 12/30)
Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled ($13.99 from $39.99 until 12/30)
Crash Team Racing NF Nitros Oxide ($20.99 from $59.99 until 12/30)
Blizzard Arcade Collection ($9.99 from $19.99 until 12/30)
Spyro Reignited Trilogy ($15.99 from $39.99 until 12/30)
Madness Beverage ($2.54 from $14.99 until 12/30)
Animal Rivals Up in the Air ($2.03 from $11.99 until 12/30)
Cat Tales ($1.99 from $19.99 until 1/2)
Lair of the Clockwork God ($3.99 from $19.99 until 1/4)
The Solitaire Conspiracy ($2.39 from $11.99 until 1/4)
Behold the Kickmen ($1.99 from $3.99 until 1/4)
Thomas Was Alone ($1.99 from $9.99 until 1/4)
Mind Scanners ($8.49 from $16.99 until 1/4)
High Noon Revolver ($1.99 from $2.99 until 1/4)
Godlike Burger ($9.99 from $19.99 until 1/4)
Nova-111 ($4.49 from $9.99 until 1/4)
Super FunkY Bowling ($2.00 from $2.99 until 1/4)
Kirakira Stars Idol Project Memories ($14.00 from $28.00 until 1/5)
Arsonist Heaven ($3.49 from $4.99 until 1/5)
Blow & Fly ($3.49 from $4.99 until 1/5)
Wind of Shuriken ($5.59 from $7.99 until 1/5)
Enter Digitron: HoC ($3.19 from $7.99 until 1/5)
Pretty Girls Speed ($4.19 from $5.99 until 1/5)
Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire ($3.59 from $5.99 until 1/5)
Ball laB ($2.49 from $4.99 until 1/5)
Thunder Kid: HftRE ($4.79 from $7.99 until 1/5)
Thunder Kid II: Null Mission ($4.79 from $7.99 until 1/5)
Demonaica: Everlasting Night ($8.99 from $14.99 until 1/5)
Lucid Cycle ($3.49 from $6.99 until 1/5)
Seven Pirates H ($31.99 from $39.99 until 1/5)
Mixolumia ($11.25 from $15.00 until 1/5)
Sales Ending Tomorrow, Friday, December 16th
AVICII Invector ($7.99 from $19.99 until 12/16)
Blitz Breaker ($1.99 from $4.99 until 12/16)
City Traffic Driver 2 ($5.19 from $12.99 until 12/16)
Cyber Velocity Run ($3.99 from $7.99 until 12/16)
Destruction ($1.99 from $9.99 until 12/16)
DoDonPachi Resurrection ($13.99 from $19.99 until 12/16)
Dungeon Escape ($1.99 from $4.99 until 12/16)
El Gancho ($4.19 from $6.99 until 12/16)
Espgaluda II ($13.99 from $19.99 until 12/16)
Explosive Candy World ($2.99 from $4.99 until 12/16)
Forward to the Sky ($9.79 from $48.99 until 12/16)
Gunborg: Dark Matters ($7.49 from $14.99 until 12/16)
Immortus Temporus ($2.49 from $4.99 until 12/16)
Memories of East Coast ($2.49 from $4.99 until 12/16)
Mushihimesama ($13.99 from $19.99 until 12/16)
Plunderer’s Adventures ($2.99 from $4.99 until 12/16)
Queeny Army ($2.99 from $4.99 until 12/16)
Rage Among the Stars ($2.99 from $4.99 until 12/16)
Ravva & the Cyclops Curse ($1.99 from $4.99 until 12/16)
Retrace: Memories of Death ($1.99 from $7.99 until 12/16)
Sea King Hunter ($1.99 from $9.99 until 12/16)
SkateBIRD ($5.99 from $19.99 until 12/16)
Slap the Rocks ($2.99 from $4.99 until 12/16)
The Fox Awaits Me ($8.99 from $44.99 until 12/16)
Venus: Improbable Dream ($4.99 from $9.99 until 12/16)
That’s all for today, friends. We’ll be back tomorrow with the rest of the new releases for the week. Hopefully some good ones. I haven’t really looked at the schedule yet because sometimes I like to live dangerously. We’ll have summaries of all the new games, plus whatever sales and big news come in between now and then. I hope you all have a great Thursday, and as always, thanks for reading!