SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Alina of the Arena’, ‘Train Valley 2’, Plus Today’s Other Releases and Sales

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for November 23rd, 2023. In today’s article, we take a look at a rather modest line-up of Thursday new releases. Apparently it’s some kind of holiday in both Japan and the United States, and that makes for a somewhat quiet day as these things go. We’ve got summaries of all the new releases, plus the usual lists of new and outgoing sales. Let’s get to it!

New Releases

Alina of the Arena ($14.99)

Throw another log on the roguelite deckbuilding genre, but this one has a hex grid which I’m told makes it a far more real game. It does all the things you would expect from a game like this, but having the battles play out in arenas with a bit more room to wiggle around in does change things up a little. But can it stand out in the crowd? I’ll be doing a review soon to let you know just that.

Train Valley 2: Community Edition ($24.99)

Last time we had a console edition, now we have a community edition. I think that’s an upgrade? Not sure. At any rate, this is another round of Train Valley. Build your railroads and try to keep things running smoothly. It’s closer to a time management game like Mini Metro than a full-blown simulation, and if you enjoy that genre I think you’ll enjoy both this game and its predecessor. You get a couple of DLCs loaded into this edition for free, too.

Charrua Soccer – Pro Edition ($8.99)

The enjoyable Apple Arcade soccer game is now available on Switch in this special Pro Edition. It features a bunch of modes, with several tournaments to play through, and has support for up to four players via local multiplayer. As soccer games go, this one falls more on the approachable end of the spectrum, but I think there’s enough depth here to keep the good times rolling for a while. For under ten bucks, this is a solid little sports game.

Tallowmere 2: Curse of the Kittens ($4.99)

It’s been out for around a year now on mobile, but the sequel to Tallowmere makes its way to Switch with this release. It offers more roguelite fun, with lots of builds to play, solid action, and plenty of loot. Play alone or pull in a friend for some local two-player co-op. A generally good time all around.

Arcade Archives Warp & Warp ($7.99)

This quirky, rarely-seen 1981 Namco classic is a great candidate for Arcade Archives. It has two play areas that you can warp between now and then. The first area is a top-down shooter where you need to blast all of the aliens using your beam gun, while the second is a Bomberman-style maze where you have to blow up all of the aliens using bombs. Wait, did Namco rip off Bomberman? Well, no. This game came out two years before the first entry in that series. Wait, so did Hudson rip off Warp & Warp? I have no idea, but this is a fun score chaser that has a feel all of its own.

Colored Effects ($4.99)

Here’s a puzzle-platformer whose chief gimmick involves changing colors to interact with elements of each level. You have to switch colors at the right times to make your way through to the exits. There are also some boss battles every so often to keep things spicy. If you want a five dollar Switch platformer today, this is a good choice.

Big Ball Sports ($14.00)

Another SAT-BOX party sports game, this time with six different sports given the extra twist of the balls being huge. This is fairly comparable to the publisher’s Desktop Sports games, so if you enjoyed those then here’s one more.

The Bin Bunch

Astro Miner ($4.99)

Tricky Taps ($4.99)

ASMR Slicing ($4.99)

Super Solitaire – Card Game ($9.99)

Deleted ($9.99)


(North American eShop, US Prices)

You wouldn’t think there would be much else to find among new sales with the massive Cyber Deals thing in effect. But here we are with the likes of Annalyn, Antonball Deluxe, and A Robot Named Fight in the list of new deals. If you only grab one, make it Annalyn. Truly a great little arcade-style game. Not a whole lot in the outbox aside from some Game Mill stuff, but have a look at the list anyway just to be safe.

Select New Sales

Annalynn ($3.74 from $4.99 until 11/29)
Chalk Gardens ($1.99 from $5.99 until 11/29)
To Leave ($1.99 from $19.99 until 11/29)
Heroine Anthem Zero Episode 1 ($3.89 from $12.99 until 11/29)
Dream ($2.99 from $9.99 until 11/29)
Last Command ($13.99 from $19.99 until 11/29)
Cat Tales ($1.99 from $19.99 until 11/29)
Dr Smart Space Adventure ($1.99 from $14.99 until 11/29)
Carbage ($1.99 from $14.99 until 11/29)
Antonball Deluxe ($11.24 from $14.99 until 11/29)
NachoCado ($1.99 from $9.99 until 11/29)
Floogen ($1.99 from $3.99 until 11/29)
Dungeons of Shalnor ($1.99 from $9.99 until 11/29)
Shalnor Legends 2 ($8.99 from $14.99 until 11/29)
BeatTalk ($7.19 from $17.99 until 11/30)

Madorica Real Estate ($5.99 from $14.99 until 11/30)
Madorica Real Estate 2 ($7.59 from $18.99 until 11/30)
Shotgun Farmers ($4.99 from $9.99 until 11/30)
Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp XXL ($10.79 from $17.99 until 11/30)
Monster Prom 2: Monster Roadtrip XXL ($15.99 from $19.99 until 11/30)
Pico Park ($3.99 from $4.99 until 11/30)
The Kids We Were ($7.99 from $15.99 until 11/30)
Camped Out! ($9.99 from $19.99 until 11/30)
Skyhook ($2.49 from $4.99 until 11/30)
A Robot Named Fight ($7.79 from $12.99 until 12/1)
Draw a Stickman: Epic ($4.19 from $6.99 until 12/1)
Draw a Stickman: Epic 2 ($4.19 from $6.99 until 12/1)
Draw a Stickman: Epic 3 ($5.99 from $9.99 until 12/1)
Ministry of Broadcast ($8.99 from $14.99 until 12/1)
Don’t Sink ($5.99 from $9.99 until 12/1)
Duke of Defense ($8.99 from $14.99 until 12/1)
Remothered: Tormented Fathers ($2.99 from $29.99 until 12/4)
SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off ($4.94 from $14.99 until 12/4)
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake ($31.99 from $39.99 until 12/4)
Glitch’s Trip ($1.99 from $12.99 until 12/13)
Football Cup 2023 ($2.99 from $9.99 until 12/13)

Sales Ending Tomorrow, Friday, November 24th

Beholder 3 ($7.99 from $19.99 until 11/24)
Bramble: The Mountain King ($17.99 from $29.99 until 11/24)
Closer ($4.79 from $5.99 until 11/24)
Color Pals ($3.24 from $4.99 until 11/24)
Death Come True ($10.39 from $15.99 until 11/24)
Dreamworks Trolls Remix Rescue ($34.99 from $49.99 until 11/24)
Embracelet ($4.79 from $11.99 until 11/24)
Flashout 3 ($4.99 from $19.99 until 11/24)
Garden Simulator ($10.79 from $26.99 until 11/24)
GI Joe: Operation Blackout ($7.99 from $39.99 until 11/24)
Japan Train Models: JR East ($11.19 from $13.99 until 11/24)
NASCAR Arcade Rush ($34.99 from $49.99 until 11/24)
Neko Rescue Tale ($2.99 from $4.99 until 11/24)
Pickleball Smash ($27.99 from $39.99 until 11/24)
Robolt ($2.99 from $4.99 until 11/24)
Skull Island: Rise of Kong ($27.99 from $39.99 until 11/24)
Starsand ($7.99 from $19.99 until 11/24)
Street Outlaws 2: Winner Takes All ($7.49 from $49.99 until 11/24)
The Crisis Zone ($1.99 from $4.99 until 11/24)

That’s all for today, friends. I’ll be making a trip to Tokyo tomorrow to visit a game publisher and try out an upcoming game, so I can’t be fully sure I can put together a normal SwitchArcade article tomorrow. I’ll do my best, though. I hope you all have a thrilling Thursday and/or Thanksgiving and/or Japanese Labor Day, and as always, thanks for reading!