Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for May 3rd, 2023. It’s a bit of a quiet one today, which is probably to be expected given we are now officially on Golden Week over here in Japan. That tends to mean very little news and few releases from this side of the world, and when we’re talking the Switch that has a big impact. Still, we have a handful of new games to look at along with a number of sales, so it’s not nothing. Let’s get to it!
Minit Fun Racer ($2.99)
A cute little racing action game spun out of the rather good Minit. Apparently all of the proceeds from this game will go to charity? That’s cool. There are lots of wacky elements to keep this from being just another Sunday drive, so if you’ve got a few bucks to blow and want to have some quick fun, here you go.
Arcade Archives Tecmo Knight ($7.99)
Phew, here’s a deep cut. This is a 1989 beat-em-up from Tecmo (obviously), and it’s very rare to see it get rereleased. One of the speculated reasons why is down to how wildly gory it is, easily holding pace with the likes of games like Splatterhouse. I can’t be completely sure Hamster preserved it all, but it seems to be intact. It predates the release of Final Fight so in terms of playability it is probably closer to the Double Dragon side of the line, but it’s enjoyable enough. This one is more about the Conan-style blood-and-guts journey than the gameplay mechanics, though.
Weeping Willow ($4.99)
This is a kinetic visual novel, which means you don’t have any choices to make. Just a story to read as it plays out, so don’t come in expecting anything beyond that. The story sees the main character’s husband disappear only to come back a few days later. Seems like it’s all good, right? Just one problem. The main character knows that isn’t her husband, but everyone else seems to believe that it is. As you might expect, some big things quickly go down. Affordable enough if you’re looking for something to read.
Super Dungeon Maker ($19.99)
Some folks have asked for a Zelda Maker along the lines of Super Mario Maker for a long time, and I don’t think Nintendo is going to be doing it anytime soon. Perhaps it will fall to indies to fill the gap, then. Super Dungeon Maker won’t let you make a full-on Zelda game, but it will let you make some very Zelda-esque dungeons. You can then share them online, which of course means you can play the dungeons other people have built. This kind of thing tends to live or die by its community, and it’s really impossible to say whether or not one will properly form here. Jump in if you feel like being bold.
Color Pals ($4.99)
I feel like we saw a game very similar to this recently, but the title has escaped my Swiss cheese brain already. Anyway, it’s a platformer where the gimmick is that you can only touch surfaces that match your current color. There are fifty stages to play, and a three-star system is in place to add a bit of replay value. Pretty standard five-dollar Switch platformer fare, but that might be what you’re after today.
(North American eShop, US Prices)
Some sales worth noting today, I think. A number of Ubisoft games are hitting their lowest prices yet, including Starlink and Rayman Legends. Also hitting a new low is The Kids We Were, a game I cannot recommend enough. There are a few things in the outbox, but I’ll give a special call-out to Jupiter’s line of Picross games. You can never have enough of those, right? Right. Check those lists!
Select New Games on Sale
Wild Romance ($6.99 from $9.99 until 5/9)
The Kids We Were ($8.31 from $15.99 until 5/10)
Overlord Escape from Nazarick ($17.99 from $29.99 until 5/10)
Bugsnax ($14.99 from $24.99 until 5/11)
Megaquarium ($9.83 from $24.59 until 5/14)
Touhou Spell Bubble ($27.49 from $54.99 until 5/15)
Just Dance 2023 Ultimate ($42.49 from $84.99 until 5/16)
Assassin’s Creed Ezio Collection ($19.99 from $39.99 until 5/16)
Assassin’s Creed III Remastered ($9.99 from $39.99 until 5/16)
Assassin’s Creed Rebel Collection ($14.79 from $39.99 until 5/16)
Family Feud ($7.49 from $29.99 until 5/16)
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope ($29.99 from $59.99 until 5/16)
Rayman Legends Definitive ($7.99 from $39.99 until 5/16)
Trivial Pursuit Live ($6.99 from $19.99 until 5/16)
South Park The Fractured But Whole ($11.99 from $59.99 until 5/16)
South Park TFBW Gold ($17.99 from $89.99 until 5/16)
Monopoly ($7.99 from $39.99 until 5/16)
Monopoly Madness ($7.49 from $29.99 until 5/16)
Monopoly/Monopoly Madness ($14.99 from $49.99 until 5/16)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas ($8.99 from $59.99 until 5/16)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas Deluxe ($15.99 from $79.99 until 5/16)
Immortals Fenyx Rising ($11.99 from $59.99 until 5/16)
Wheel of Fortune ($6.99 from $19.99 until 5/16)
RISK Global Domination ($5.99 from $19.99 until 5/16)
Sales Ending Tomorrow, Thursday, May 4th
Antigravity Racing ($2.96 from $8.99 until 5/4)
As Far As The Eye ($4.99 from $24.99 until 5/4)
Chasm ($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/4)
Fates of Ort ($5.99 from $14.99 until 5/4)
Flight Sim 2019 ($4.95 from $9.90 until 5/4)
Kao the Kangaroo Bundle ($18.14 from $32.99 until 5/4)
Marco & the Galaxy Dragon ($11.99 from $19.99 until 5/4)
Pachi Pachi 2 on a Roll ($2.39 from $7.99 until 5/4)
Pachi Pachi on a Roll ($2.09 from $6.99 until 5/4)
Picross S8 ($7.99 from $9.99 until 5/4)
Project Nimbus: Complete ($3.99 from $19.99 until 5/4)
Sable’s Grimoire: Dragon’s Treasure ($4.79 from $5.99 until 5/4)
Samurai Maiden Deluxe ($59.99 from $74.99 until 5/4)
Sherlock Holmes & Hound of Baskervilles ($5.19 from $12.99 until 5/4)
Ship Sim 2020 ($2.47 from $9.90 until 5/4)
Sir Lovelot ($1.99 from $9.99 until 5/4)
Sumire ($1.99 from $9.99 until 5/4)
Void Scrappers ($3.19 from $3.99 until 5/4)
That’s all for today, friends. I’m going to go watch a movie with Mrs. Musgrave tomorrow, but I think I’ll still be able to have an article ready for you all. Assuming I can keep my word there, we’ll have a number of new releases and sales to look at. I hope you all have a terrific Wednesday, and as always, thanks for reading!