News by Matt C.
Every week, there are approximately 8475638456348 announcements for Switch ports of previously-released games. That’s great news for Switch owners, bad news for our wallets, and awful news for Lindsay, DDNet’s news editor.
Once again, this week’s list is huge, and, once again, this isn’t even the result of some sort of big event. Once again, there are just a lot of indies that have low-key dropped onto the eShop this week without so much as a press release going out.
Here’s a quick and dirty list of new Switch port announcements from this week:
- Valiant Hearts: The Great War (available now) (PS4 review)
- SMITE (available now)
- ACA NeoGeo Stakes Winner 2 (available now)
- Arcade Archives Atomic Robo Kid (available now)
- Mother Russia Bleeds (available now)
- Warframe (available now)
- ACA NeoGeo Thrash Rally (available now)
- Arcade Archives Urban Champion (available now)
- Art of Balance (available now)
- Trine: Enchanted Edition (available now)
- TwinBee (NES Nintendo Switch Online) (available now)
- Metroid (NES Nintendo Switch Online) (available now)
- Mighty Bomb Jack (NES Nintendo Switch Online) (available now)
- Ms. Splosion Man (November 22)
- Battery Jam (November 22)
- 99Vidas (November 27)
- R-Type Dimensions EX (November 29)
- ABZU (November 29) (PS4 review)
- The First Tree: Console Edition (November 29)
- Harvest Life (November 30)
- Rock Boshers DX (December 2018)
- Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy (2019)
- The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (2019)
- The Raven Remastered (2019)
- Five Nights at Freddy’s (TBC)
- Trine 2: The Complete Story (TBC)
- Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power (TBC)
If you haven’t played Valiant Hearts on any of the other platforms it’s already been released on, it’s absolutely vital to pick it up (and even if you have, double dipping to have it on Switch isn’t a bad idea). This is one of the best World War I games you’ll ever play, precisely because it avoids the usual bombast of war games and focuses on the humanity of those involved and the tragedy of such a pointless loss of millions of lifes.
Anyone who likes shoot ’em ups will also want to make sure their Nintendo Switch Online sub is up to date (or at least grab a trial) because TwinBee is now available through the NES classics part of that service. Konami’s original “cute ’em up” is an essential piece of shmup history, and—speaking as someone who played it a lot as a kid–it still holds up.
What are you most looking forward to?
(Important note: we’re not including announcements of Switch as a platform for upcoming games, which would usually get their own news coverage anyway. This is list is purely for announcements of Switch ports / re-releases and the like.)