FIFA 18, Golf Story, and more.
Looking for something to play on the Nintendo Switch this week? Fear not, you have 18 new choices thanks to one of the system’s biggest launch weeks yet.
While Nintendo has delivered a steady stream of games via the Switch’s eShop since the system launched in March, few have been so dense as this one. While past Nintendo consoles like the Wii U faced criticism for having stretches of time in which nothing new and worthy of playing released, Nintendo is clearly looking to prevent that issue on the Switch.
Thanks to the abundance of announcements of Nindies, third-party games, which Nintendo has clearly been aiming to acquire, and more, the Switch’s library continues to expand. Of course, that means not every game may be a must-play for the week, but there are a variety of genres and art styles represented with this week’s lineup.
Sine Mora EX and Arcade Archives: Mario Bros. already released this week for the Switch, while Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime will hit the system on October 3 ahead of next week’s Thursday release drop. For more, check out all of the releases launching this week:
EA’s latest iteration of its long-running soccer series hits Switch as it does with other platforms. You can check a full match of the game above, and while IGN hasn’t had a chance to review the Switch version of FIFA 18, check out IGN’s review of the game on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
The Switch version does have cut modes, and the developers recently explained why, while EA executives have discussed how FIFA 18 is being looked at to determine how EA continues to support the Switch in the future. FIFA 18 will debut on September 29.
Take on the journey of a golfer who left his hometown and the sport long ago after training with his father, only to return and continue his journey. Play through eight different environments in this RPG, solving most of life’s problems with a golf club.
We’ve only just begun playing Golf Story ourselves, but its charming writing and fun 2D golf gameplay has been enjoyable and the style is reminiscent of the RPG-like Mario Golf on the Game Boy Color. Stay tuned to IGN’s Golf Story review.
After a number of iterations on the DS and 3DS, including Pokemon- and Zelda-themed versions, Jupiter Corporations puzzle series comes to Switch with Picross S. Solve hundreds of puzzles and play in a cooperative mode as you use numbers lined around a grid to properly create a pixelated picture.
Picross is far easier to understand once diving into a few simple puzzles, which are mapped out on 5X5 grids. The game lacks touch control support, which is disappointing considering how suited these puzzles were to the 3DS and DS’ touchscreens, but for those looking for more puzzles to solve, the initial Picross S puzzles are satisfying.
ACA NEOGEO Burning Fight
Released for the SNK in 1991, players take on the role of Japanese and U.S. detectives infiltrating a large syndicate and a crime organization that dominates western Japan.
Astro Bears Party
With HD Rumble support and up to four-player local multiplayer, Astro Bears Party challenges players to run around planets and avoid each other — while also tricking your opponents to mess up.
Test your skills in over 100 levels by simultaneously navigating two balls through each course, creating your own course through the non-linear maps.
With its easiest mode labelled as “Hard,” Butcher is a throwback to difficult, 2D shooters. And as the official description of the game goes, “As cyborg programmed to eradicate the last remnants of humanity, your sole purpose is to… well… annihilate anything that moves.”
Brave Dungeon + Dark Witch Story: COMBAT
This combo pack features Brave Dungeon, a dungeon-crawling RPG with various class and customization options, while Dark Witch Story: COMBAT is a card battle game featuring both a Quest single player mode and a multiplayer Battle mode.
Conga Master Party
With nine clubs to unlock and over 40 characters to play as, Conga Master Party offers eight different multiplayer modes — two exclusive to Switch — as players compete to be the best Conga dancer.
A fantasy rhythm game that tasks players with keeping time to the notes cascading down the screen from over 200 pieces of music.
This ultimate edition of Inversus features 50 maps, hundreds of unlockables, and a challenging competitive gameplay hook as players duke it out on opposite paths of a black-and-white grid.
One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe
Play as members of the Straw Hat pirate crew and experience an original storyline that introduced new characters, Pato and Red Count, and check out all of the game’s previously released DLC with enhanced graphics.
An homage to ’90s platformers, Pankapu akes place in the dreams of Djaha’rell, a child troubled by a tragic incident.
Physical Contact: Picture Place
This puzzle game has two players battling it out head-to-head in this picture-based puzzle game.
A marble shooter action game, Sparkle 2 features 90 levels with Story, Challenge, Cataclysm, and Survival modes available.
Tower of Babel
Swap between one, two, and three dimensions of play as you explore the mysterious tower of Babel and overcome its hundreds of obstacles.
What are you going to be playing from the Switch’s lineup this week? Let us know in the comments below, and for more on all things Nintendo, be sure to stay tuned to IGN’s Nintendo Voice Chat podcast.
Jonathon Dornbush is an Associate Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush.