Game Releases by Score

Undertale 1.

Undertale

Platform: Switch
September 18, 2018
Welcome to UNDERTALE. In this RPG, you control a human who falls underground into the world of monsters. Now you must find your way out... or stay trapped forever. ((Healthy Dog's Warning: Game contains imagery that may be harmful to players with photosensitive epilepsy or similar condition.)) features: * Killing is unnecessary: negotiate out of danger using the unique battle system. * Time your attacks for extra damage, then dodge enemy attacks in a style reminiscent of top-down shooters. * Original art and soundtrack brimming with personality. * Soulful, character-rich story with an emphasis on humor. * Created mostly by one person. * Become friends with all of the bosses! * At least 5 dogs. * You can date a skeleton. * Hmmm... now there are 6 dogs...? * Maybe you won't want to date the skeleton. * I thought I found a 7th dog, but it was actually just the 3rd dog. * If you play this game, can you count the dogs for me...? I'm not good at it.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.0
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Platform: Switch
December 7, 2018
Inklings from the Splatoon series, as well as returning Smash characters like Mario and Link will be making appearances in this classic Nintendo franchise's Switch debut. Faster combat, new items, new attacks, new defensive options, and more will keep the battle raging whether you’re at home or on the go.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.6
Celeste 3.

Celeste

Platform: Switch
January 25, 2018
Help Madeline survive her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain in this super-tight, hand-crafted platformer from the creators of TowerFall.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.5
Bayonetta 2 4.

Bayonetta 2

Platform: Switch
February 16, 2018
In this climatic sequel to the critically acclaimed Bayonetta action game, players will be on the edge of their seats from start to finish. Brimming with epic, gorgeous cut scenes and battles that are more exhilarating than ever, this game never lets up on the action. Fight on top of a jet as it soars through a downtown city. Duke it out against a giant angel, who bears a whip for an arm, on top of a speeding train. And take to the skies in a fight against a demonic monster while ascending to the top of a skyscraper.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.5
INSIDE 5.

INSIDE

Platform: Switch
June 28, 2018
Hunted and alone, a boy finds himself drawn into the center of a dark project.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.5
Sonic Mania Plus 6.

Sonic Mania Plus

Platform: Switch
July 17, 2018
Sonic Mania Plus is the definitive retail enhanced version of the original Sonic Mania's digital release, presented in a pristine collectible physical release. The encore pack is a $5 upgrade fee for owners of the original game.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.0
Bastion 7.

Bastion

Platform: Switch
September 13, 2018
Bastion is an original action role-playing game featuring a reactive narrator who marks your every move, lush hand-painted 2D artwork, and tight responsive gameplay that rewards playing with finesse. The game is designed to be simple to pick up and start playing, while offering a lot of rich choices around character customization as well as a deep story and gameworld you can lose yourself in.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.7
Hollow Knight 8.

Hollow Knight

Platform: Switch
June 12, 2018
Hollow Knight is a 2D action-adventure game with an emphasis on traditional 2D animation and skillful gameplay. Journey to Hallownest, a vast and ancient underground kingdom inhabited by a bizarre collection of insects and monsters. Players will forge their own path as they explore ruined cities, forests of fungus, temples of bone and other fantastic lands, all on their way to uncovering an ancient mystery.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.9
Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2 9.

Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2

Platform: Switch
February 16, 2018
The Witch is Back. The witching hour strikes again. Brimming with intricate battles that take place in, on and all over epic set pieces, Bayonetta 2 finds our sassy heroine battling angels and demons in unearthly beautiful HD. You're bound to love how it feels to string together combos with unimaginable weapons and to summon demons using Bayonetta's Wicked Weave in this frantic stylized action game. Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive. Bayonetta comes packed in with the purchase of every retail packaged version of Bayonetta 2. Features: -Initiate the new Umbran Climax technique to temporarily summon demons and boost Bayonetta's attack power and range whenever you fill her magic gauge. -Fight with new over-the-top weapons that open new possibilities to the way you battle, including the Kafka, a bow that shoots poisonous arrows; the Rakshasa, a pair of beautiful katana blades; and a giant rifle-inspired scythe known as the Chernobog. -Team up with a friend in Tag Climax, a two-player online co-op mode. Enjoy a little friendly competition by trying to deal the most damage as you work together to take down angels and demons. -In online quick matches, you can wager halos, the in-game currency that you earn by defeating enemies. You receive a large sum back if you can prove you're a better fighter than your partner. Halos can then be traded in a story mode shop to unlock new techniques, buy accessories and pick up alternate weapon variations. -Every chapter ends with a medal ranking: Stone, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum or Pure Platinum. The more skilled you are, the higher your ranking. -This game is approachable for players of all levels, with settings of three difficulty levels. Through Touch Play, you can play with the GamePad stylus and touch screen, regardless of which difficulty you choose.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.7
Dead Cells 10.

Dead Cells

Platform: Switch
August 7, 2018
Dead Cells is a rogue-lite, metroidvania action-platformer. You'll explore a sprawling, everchanging castle... assuming you're able to fight your way past its keepers in 2D souls-lite combat. No checkpoints. Kill, die, learn, repeat. RogueVania: The progressive exploration of an interconnected world, with the replayability of a rogue-lite and the adrenaline pumping threat of permadeath. 2D Souls-lite Action: Tough but fair combat, more than fifty weapons and spells with unique gameplay, and of course, the emergency panic roll to get you out of trouble. Nonlinear progression: Sewers, Ossuary or Remparts? Once unlocked, special permanent abilities allow you to access new paths to reach your objective. Opt for the path that suits your current build, your play style or just your mood. Exploration: Secret rooms, hidden passages, charming landscapes. Take a moment to stroll the towers and breath in that fresh sea mist infused air...
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.4
Into the Breach 11.

Into the Breach

Platform: Switch
August 28, 2018
Control powerful mechs from the future to defeat an alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.9
Okami HD 12.

Okami HD

Platform: Switch
August 9, 2018
In Okami, the player takes the role of the mythical sun goddess Amaterasu, in the form of a wolf. Her task is to restore color (or 'life') to the world by destroying the monsters who have stolen it. Since Amaterasu is a diety, there are naturally people who worship her and people who don't. The more people who worship her (as a result of her restoring color and doing other good deeds for them), the more powerful she becomes.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.6
Hyper Light Drifter 13.

Hyper Light Drifter

Platform: Switch
September 6, 2018
Echoes of a dark and violent past resonate throughout a savage land, steeped in treasure and blood. Hyper Light Drifter is an action adventure RPG in the vein of the best 16bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale. Drifters of this world are the collectors of forgotten knowledge, lost technologies and broken histories. Our Drifter is haunted by an insatiable illness, traveling further into the lands of Buried Time, hoping to discover a way to quiet the vicious disease.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.8
Diablo III: Eternal Collection 14.

Diablo III: Eternal Collection

Platform: Switch
November 2, 2018
Generations of gamers have battled the demonic hordes of Diablo, and now it's your turn to take part in the action-RPG legacy. This Eternal Collection features Diablo III, the Reaper of Souls expansion set and the Rise of the Necromancer packall together in one definitive volume. Prepare yourself, mortal hero. The hellgates are opening.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.6
Ikaruga 15.

Ikaruga

Platform: Switch
May 29, 2018
A rebel pilot named Shinra must battle an enemy nation using a specially-designed fighter called the Ikaruga, which can switch between two energy polarities (black or white) at the touch of a button. Bullets that are the same color as Shinra's ship can be absorbed, while the opposite color will do damage - this polarity-switching mechanic is the game's core feature and the foundation for its stage and enemy design. It's now up to Shinra makes his final stand, as the Ikaruga might be the rebel federation's last chance to defeat the oppressive Horai regime.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.7
Dragon Ball FighterZ 16.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Platform: Switch
September 28, 2018
After the success of the Xenoverse series, its time to introduce a new classic 2D DRAGON BALL fighting game for this generations consoles. DRAGON BALL FighterZ is born from what makes the DRAGON BALL series so loved and famous: endless spectacular fights with its allpowerful fighters. Partnering with Arc System Works, DRAGON BALL FighterZ maximizes high end Anime graphics and brings easy to learn but difficult to master fighting gameplay to audiences worldwide. Key Features: * 3vs3 TAG/SUPPORT Allows players to train and master more than one fighter/style which brings deeper gameplay * HIGH-END ANIME GRAPHICS Using the power of the Unreal engine and the talented team at Arc System Works, DRAGON BALL FighterZ is a visual tour-de-force * SPECTACULAR FIGHTS Experience aerial combos, destructible stages, famous scenes from the DRAGON BALL anime reproduced in 60FPS and 1080p resolution (Higher resolution will be supported on PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.7
Guacamelee! 2 17.

Guacamelee! 2

Platform: Switch
December 10, 2018
Brawling has never been more beautiful! The long-awaited sequel to the smash hit action-platformer is here: Guacamelee! 2 brings luchador Juan Aguacate out of retirement for a stunning new Metroidvania-style adventure, where he must face his greatest challenge yet - one that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of the Mexiverse! Explore a huge, hand-crafted world inspired by Mexican culture and folklore, filled with sassy new villains and weirdos (and a few old friends!). Learn a deep repertoire of bone-crunching wrestling moves to fend off the skeletal hordes and overcome skillful platforming challenges... and who said anything about a Chicken Illuminati? Certainly not us! Check out these features: * An epic adventure spanning time and space, featuring drop-in 4-player local co-op for you and your best amigos! * A brand new upgrade system: discover "trainers" around the world, defeat their challenges, and develop your skill sets for movement, combat, and more! * A vibrant, colorful adventure that takes you from the Mangrove Swamp to Hell itself, featuring twice as many enemy types as the first game and a roster of eccentric new bosses! * An absolutely fuego electro-Mexican soundtrack, and more gorgeous visuals than ever thanks to a fancy new rendering engine! * Definitely no secret society of chickens that teaches you ancient chicken abilities previously lost to the ages!
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.5
Katamari Damacy REROLL 18.

Katamari Damacy REROLL

Platform: Switch
December 7, 2018
The stop-at-nothing pushing prince is back and ready to reroll. When the King of All Cosmos accidentally destroys all the stars in the sky, he orders you, his pint-sized princely son, to put the twinkle back in the heavens above. Join the King and Prince of Cosmos on their wacky adventure to restore the stars at home or on the go – now in full HD.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.3
Owlboy 19.

Owlboy

Platform: Switch
February 13, 2018
Owlboy is a vertical platform adventure set in the sky, where the islands of the world have been spread apart after a great calamity. You play as Otus, among the last of the Owls, a renowned race that has produced many of the world's great wonders
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.4
Velocity 2X 20.

Velocity 2X

Platform: Switch
September 20, 2018
Velocity 2X is the highly anticipated sequel to Velocity Ultra that features amazing puzzle-platforming action alongside award-winning top-down shoot em-up gameplay! Engage the Quarp Drive teleport to outsmart the enemy in race-tuned space combat, then dock your ship, jump out and run around on foot to infiltrate enemy bases. Once youve disabled internal defences, jump back into the Quarp Jet and continue your mission! Velocity 2X takes the same approach to great gameplay design that made Velocity Ultra so much fun, and applies it to a puzzle-platforming adventure too, making Velocity 2X twice the twitchy fun!
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.0
Iconoclasts 21.

Iconoclasts

Platform: Switch
August 2, 2018
Robin just wants to be a mechanic and help people, but without a license she's a sinner in Mother's eyes. Ever since picking up her wrench, the world has been going nuts and she's wanted to bolt it back together. Now Penance is raining down on everyone she loves and One Concern agents are after her. But something big is going on bigger than droughts of Ivory fuel and personal conflicts and Robin's in the thick of it. * Hours of nut-twisting platform action-adventure * Numerous densely detailed locations filled with fine-tuned action and puzzles * 20+ gear-grinding, screen-filling boss battles stand in your way * Three game-changing difficulty settings supported by a unique tweak system * A heart-wrenching epic can one mechanic fix the whole world? Iconoclasts is the masterwork of indie developer Joakim Sandberg, seven long years in the making. Iconoclasts delivers awesome action, hilarious hijinks and an emotional rollercoaster of deeply personal storytelling.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.2
The Messenger 22.

The Messenger

Platform: Switch
August 30, 2018
As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world, to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival. What begins as a classic action platformer soon unravels into an expansive time-traveling adventure full of thrills, surprises, and humor.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.4
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 23.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Platform: Switch
May 4, 2018
Help Donkey Kong and his friends get back their home from Vikings in the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game from Retro Studios. All the challenging ground-pounding, barrel-blasting and mine cart action from the Donkey Kong Country series is back, along with a bushel of new game-play elements and features.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.6
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom 24.

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

Platform: Switch
December 4, 2018
A legendary game series returns with an all-new adventure and in HD/ Monster Boy is a colorful side-scrolling action adventure created in cooperation with Ryuichi Nishizawa, the creator of the famous Wonder Boy in Monster World series. Monster Boy is being created to bring back the enjoyment of the classic games that shine by simplicity. Exciting gameplay, upbeat music and smooth graphics. You'll need to overcome huge bosses, find hidden passages, discover powerful equipment and use all your wits and skills to remove a powerful curse. Transform into 6 different creatures, each with their own skills and abilities. Take advantage of all the unique powers to open new paths and advance in an epic story. We put all our passion into Monster Boy to create a truly enjoyable love letter to gaming from the 80's and 90's - will you join us and celebrate together with us? Features: * Switch between up to 6 playable characters: Each character feels different and all of them keep the gameplay fresh and exciting. * Unlock new paths and secrets with special equipment: Look for magic weapons and equipment that gradually open up the world. * Over 15 hours of epic adventure: Explore the new 'Monster World' in a huge interconnected environment. * Soundtrack from Japanese superstar composers: Yuzo Koshiro, Motoi Sakuraba, Michiru Yamane, Keiki Kobayashi and Takeshi Yanagawa * Full HD graphics at 60 frames per second: The game supports 1080p/60fps (docked) and 720p/60fps (portable mode) * HD Rumble support: Feel the action with high performance HD Rumble support
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.3
Transistor 25.

Transistor

Platform: Switch
November 1, 2018
Wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin in this sci-fi themed action role-playing game from the creators of Bastion. Fight through a stunning futuristic city The game seamlessly integrates thoughtful strategic planning into a fast-paced action experience, combining responsive gameplay and rich atmospheric storytelling. During the course of the adventure, you will piece together the Transistor's mysteries as you pursue its former owners.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.4
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse 26.

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

Platform: Switch
March 20, 2018
Embark on a brand new adventure which teams Shantae with her arch nemesis, Risky Boots! When a curse falls upon Sequin Land, Risky Boots and Shantae must join forces to battle unimaginable evil. Shantae must give up her job as Scuttle Towns "Guardian Genie" and become a pirate if she hopes to get her magic back and save the day. As a pirate, Shantae gains new weapons and tools to advance her quest and power through monsters! * Flintlock Pistol (blast enemies and switches from afar) * Pirate Hat (glide on the wind using this enormous headwear) * Risky's Boots (run at super speeds! Chain your attacks as you dash through enemies & over lava) * Cannon (blast yourself into the air on a belch of black powder) Core Gameplay Components: * Whipping! Destroy monsters, topple bosses, and solve puzzles with your hair * Platforming! Run and jump through deviously designed levels * Exploring! Navigate a world of interconnected levels and Labyrinths * Belly Dancing! Dance with your Magic Lamp to suck up magic and items * Customizing! Earn new abilities, unlock stat-boosting artifacts, magic & costumes * Storytelling! Flirtatious characters and wonderfully off-beat humor
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.2
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition 27.

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

Platform: Switch
October 8, 2018
Evil chose the wrong day to double-dip. Carlos Calaca has kidnapped El Presidente's Daughter, and he plans to sacrifice her in order to merge the World of the Living with the World of the Dead. Juan Aguacate, an agave farmer who stumbles upon a Legendary Luchador mask, must find the strength and courage to become the Hero he's always dreamed of being and put a stop to this. Guacamelee! STCE is a Metroidvania-style action-platformer set in a magical world inspired by traditional Mexican culture and folklore. The game features melee combat, parallel dimensions and same-screen co-op. The Super Turbo Championship Edition also includes extra abilities, new level content and enhanced graphics. Also chickens.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.1
Sid Meier's Civilization VI 28.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI

Platform: Switch
November 16, 2018
Civilization VI offers new ways to interact with your world, expand your empire across the map, advance your culture, and compete against historys greatest leaders to build a civilization that will stand the test of time. Play as one of 24 different leaders from various countries around the world and throughout history. Build an empire of lucrative trade routes with Cleopatra of Egypt, flex the military might of your legions with Trajan of Rome, or develop a powerhouse of culture with Hojo Tokimune of Japan. Each of the leaders can be played any way you prefer, with unique abilities, units, and infrastructure in their quest for victory.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.8
Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition 29.

Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition

Platform: Switch
February 1, 2018
Crypt of the NecroDancer is a hardcore rhythm-based roguelike game. Can you survive this deadly dungeon of dance, slay the NecroDancer, and recapture your still beating heart? Or will you be a slave to the rhythm for all eternity? Players must move on the beat to navigate procedurally generated dungeons while battling dancing skeletons, zombies, dragons, and more! Groove with the game's epic dance soundtrack, or select songs from your own MP3 collection! You can even play with a dance pad to really shake your bones!
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.1
Warframe 30.

Warframe

Platform: Switch
November 20, 2018
They were called Tenno. Warriors of blade and gun: masters of the Warframe armor. Those that survived the old war were left drifting among the ruins. Now they are needed once more. The Grineer, with their vast armies, are spreading throughout the solar system. A call echoes across the stars summoning the Tenno to an ancient place. They summon you. Allow the Lotus to guide you. She has rescued you from your cryostasis chamber and given you a chance to survive. The Grineer will find you; you must be prepared. The Lotus will teach you the ways of the Warframes and the secrets to unlocking their powers. Come Tenno, you must join the war.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.3
Mini Metro 31.

Mini Metro

Platform: Switch
August 30, 2018
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.4
Night in the Woods 32.

Night in the Woods

Platform: Switch
February 1, 2018
Night In The Woods is a 2D story-focused adventure/exploration game with many extracurricular activities to enjoy, characters to meet, and secrets to discover. Run, jump and use astral projection to explore the many sides of town of Possum Springs and the surrounding environs. Waste time around town with your crew of loser friends. Gain abilities that grant passage to new areas. Discover the secrets of a large cast of characters and the town itself. Experience a big crazy world and the remarkable events unfolding there. Play bass. Break stuff.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.4
West of Loathing 33.

West of Loathing

Platform: Switch
May 31, 2018
West of Loathing is a single-player slapstick comedy adventure role-playing game set in the wild west of the Kingdom of Loathing universe. Traverse snake-infested gulches, punch skeletons wearing cowboy hats, grapple with demon cows, and investigate a wide variety of disgusting spittoons. Talk your way out of trouble as a silver-tongued Snake Oiler, plumb the refried mysteries of the cosmos as a wise and subtle Beanslinger, or let your fists do the talking as a fierce Cow Puncher. Explore a vast open world and encounter a colorful cast of characters, some of whom are good, many of whom are bad, and a few of whom are ugly. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.0
Darkest Dungeon 34.

Darkest Dungeon

Platform: Switch
January 18, 2018
Darkest Dungeon is a gothic roguelike RPG dungeon crawler about the psychological stresses of adventuring. You will lead a band of four heroes on a perilous side-scrolling descent, dealing with a prodigious number of threats to their bodily health, and worse, a relentless assault on their mental fortitude! Five hundred feet below the earth you will not only fight unimaginable foes, but famine, disease, and the stress of the ever-encroaching dark. Darkest Dungeon focuses on the humanity and psychological vulnerability of the heroes and asks: What emotional toll does a life of adventure take?
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.0
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes 35.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Platform: Switch
August 16, 2018
In Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, one player is trapped in a room with a ticking time bomb they must defuse. The other players are the “Experts” who must give the instructions to defuse the bomb by deciphering the information found in the Bomb Defusal Manual. But there’s a catch: the Experts can’t see the bomb, so everyone will need to talk it out – fast. Rounds are fast-paced, tense, occasionally silly, and almost always loud. Puzzle solving and communication skills – and maybe a few friendships – will be put to the test as players race to defuse bombs while communicating quickly, clearly, and effectively.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.9
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Ultimate Edition 36.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Ultimate Edition

Platform: Switch
May 8, 2018
Iconic genie Shantae is back in her most thrilling adventure yet! The award-winning 2D platforming series levels-up to stunning new heights thanks to an eye-popping new graphical style, an infectious soundtrack and incredible new game features. Transform into different creatures, dance through dynamic, danger-filled stages, complete quests for friends and face-off against awesome screen-filling bosses in an action-packed thrill ride without equal. FEATURES: * The complete package! -- This Ultimate Edition contains the award-winning Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, plus three major expansions - Pirate Queen's Quest DLC, Friends To The End DLC and Costume Mode DLC -- all in one bumper package! * Day One Edition bonuses! -- Also includes the essential Shantae: Half-Genie Hero artbook, and the toe-tapping, 30-song Risky Beats soundtrack CD! * Incredible visuals! -- Eschewing the series' former pixel art look, 2D characters and 3D worlds combine seamlessly in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for the most beautiful platformer yet. * Peerless adventuring! -- Revisit stages with new transformation abilities and morph into a wacky range of creatures (elephants! crabs! mice!) to uncover deeply hidden secrets and unexplored areas. * Play as the full gang! -- Shantae's got company! Take control of popular co-stars Sky, Bolo, Rottytops and even series antagonist Risky Boots herself, and use each character's unique skills to journey through new storylines and scenarios long after Shantae's quest is over!
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
Valkyria Chronicles 37.

Valkyria Chronicles

Platform: Switch
October 16, 2018
Fierce Combat & Explosive Tactics! As heroic Commander Welkin, you must lead a small platoon in defense of your country against the evil invading Empire. Turn-Based tactics meet action-packed real-time shooting in this beautifully crafted epic. Fight in third-person, real-time battles! Epic storyline filled with dramatic warfare! Customize your platoon with 50 characters!
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.7
Toki Tori 2 + 38.

Toki Tori 2 +

Platform: Switch
February 23, 2018
Experience Toki Tori’s Epic Puzzle Adventure on the go, for the first time ever. Explore a forest island, learn magical songs and interact with the local wildlife to solve environmental puzzles. Toki Tori 2+’s game design requires just two moves: whistle and stomp. It's super accessible, yet it builds up to incredible complexity later on. There’s a ton to do, too. After puzzle-solving your way to five Ancient Frogs and saving the island from a strange pollution, you can still find 100s of golden wings, snap dozens of creature pictures and go Achievement hunting. You can now create checkpoints wherever you like, allowing for easy experimentation. - A unique take on the Metroidvania formula - Follow the path, or stray off-road and tackle the expert puzzles - Whistle magical songs to rewind, fast-travel and more - Snap dozens of Tokidex creature pictures
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.1
Bayonetta 39.

Bayonetta

Platform: Switch
February 16, 2018
Bayonetta is a cinematic and stylish action game from the creative mind of Hideki Kamiya. As a gun-wielding witch with powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces-off against countless enemies in a game of 100% pure all-out action. Outlandish finishing moves are performed with acrobatic grace as Bayonetta flows from one fight to another. Bayonetta pushes the limits of the action genre with magnificent over-the-top action and fast-paced, dynamic climax combat.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 40.

Mega Man X Legacy Collection

Platform: Switch
July 24, 2018
Mega Man X Legacy Collection includes Mega Man X, X2, X3, and X4
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.7
Kingdom: Two Crowns 41.

Kingdom: Two Crowns

Platform: Switch
December 11, 2018
In Kingdom Two Crowns, players must work in the brand-new solo or co-op campaign mode to build their kingdom and secure it from the threat of the Greed. Experience new technology, units, enemies, mounts, and secrets in the next evolution of the award-winning micro strategy franchise.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.5
Child of Light 42.

Child of Light

Platform: Switch
October 11, 2018
Save the mysterious kingdom of Lemuria from the Queen of the Night, who has stolen the sun, moon and stars. - Venture through a magical realm full of everything from friendly fairies and gnomes, to vile wolves and dark dragons. - Fight monsters and evil mythical creatures as the mischievous yet brave Aurora and her loyal firefly Igniculus, in thrilling action-based battles. - Go into combat with a friend in the seamless drop-in, drop-out cooperative multiplayer mode.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Danmaku Unlimited 3 43.

Danmaku Unlimited 3

Platform: Switch
March 13, 2018
Inspired by classic Japanese shooting games, Danmaku Unlimited 3 is a lovingly crafted medley of the best aspects of Japanese bullet hell games, all in a polished, accessible package. An old school shoot'em up? Why is it worth my time? Bullet hell style mechanics is having a kind of renaissance with its inclusion in many hit indie games. However if players want to explore more into the world of Bullet Hell a lot of traditional titles can be hard to understand in its mechanics or just plain too difficult to get into as a newcomer. Danmaku Unlimited 3 is designed to be intuitive and accessible to players unfamiliar with the genre, all the while without losing any of the intensity and flashiness that makes the genre so exciting to play. Okay, so how does the game do that? CORE A staple feature in Bullet Hells, only the very center of the player's craft, the core, is vulnerable to enemy fire. GRAZING Get the core close to bullets to just barely "graze" it will power up the player's craft. Once fully charged it can unleash a powerful rampage that makes you feel like a total boss. SPIRIT/GRAZE SYSTEM Shooting down enemies turns their shots into harmless ghost bullets that the player can safely touch while also powering up the plane. All of this allows the game to be at a level of challenge that is manageable for a wide range of players without reducing the game into a bullet free turkey shoot. I'm good at bullet hell shooters, won't I just breeze though the game then? The game has two unique modes, GRAZE MODE features a differently tuned system (with conditions to trigger the ghost bullets) that offers a higher level of challenge comparable to the toughest traditional bullet hell titles. Is there a story? It is about a guardian, entrusted with Earth, rebelling against her overseers. Shakespeare it isn't, but you are here for the bullets and explosions right? How is the music? A Shmup is nothing without good music! Music is by BLANKFIELD from Japan, who does awesome remixes of Touhou and many other anime/game musics! Anything else? - The campaign features 5 stages each ending with an epic multi-stage boss fight. - Up to 25 weapon combinations for players to unlock and experiment to find what works best for them. - Unique rendering technique that procedurally animate sprites on the fly. - TATE support for players that use vertical screens. Or if you like to play lying down on your sides, I'm not going to tell you how to live your life. Okay I'm sold! (Or not, if so then thanks for making it down to here!) TLDR List - Authentically crafted Japanese style shoot'em up in High Definition - Intuitively designed to be an accessible gateway to the world of Bullet Hell - 5 handcrafted stages packed with dynamically rendered sprites - Epic multi-phase boss battles with spellbinding bullet patterns - Up to 25 unique weapon combinations - Turn enemy attacks into your advantage with the SPIRIT/GRAZE system - Music by the talented Japanese indie circle BLANKFIELD Multiple modes of difficulty that caters to players of all skill ranges
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.9
Super Meat Boy 44.

Super Meat Boy

Platform: Switch
January 11, 2018
Super Meat Boy is a tough as nails platformer where you play as an animated cube of meat who's trying to save his girlfriend (who happens to be made of bandages) from an evil fetus in a jar wearing a tux. Our meaty hero will leap from walls, over seas of buzz saws, through crumbling caves and pools of old needles. Sacrificing his own well being to save his damsel in distress. Super Meat Boy brings the old school difficulty of classic NES titles like Mega Man 2, Ghost and Goblins and Super Mario Bros. 2 (The Japanese one) and stream lines them down to the essential no BS straight forward twitch reflex platforming. Ramping up in difficulty from hard to soul crushing SMB will drag Meat boy though haunted hospitals, salt factories and even hell itself. And if 300+ single player levels weren't enough SMB also throws in epic boss fights, a level editor and tons of unlock able secrets, warp zones and hidden characters.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.1
Just Shapes & Beats 45.

Just Shapes & Beats

Platform: Switch
May 31, 2018
A game about shapes, and about beats. "Just Shapes & Beats" is a chaotic co-op musical bullet-hell based on three simple things: avoid Shapes, move to the rad Beats, and die, repeatedly. It's a new spin on SHMUPs, adding a layer of coop that's at the core of the game: 'cause everything is better with friends. Play alone or with up to four players, local or online, through the game's Story Mode or Challenge Runs. MUSIC TO YOUR EARS, AND HANDS You like music? SO. DO. WE. That's why we have 35 hand crafted stages with licensed tracks from over 20 chiptune and EDM artists. Hits like a ton of brick straight into your eardrums and your eyeballs; BAM EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH FRIENDS Gather up your squad and play up to 4 player co-op, drop-in drop-out, either all on your couch for a house party, or an online party! Don't have/like your friends? WE GOTCHU MY DUDES, make new or BETTER friends by playing a few quick online challenge runs. Let us pick your new best buds for the next hours; strangers are just friends you haven't met yet. Kind of a lone wolf, back hurts from carrying people, would rather play with yourself? Do it, the game is just as fun, just a different experience waiting for you; ain't nobody judging here yo. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE We have many different game experiences to offer! Story mode helps you learn the ropes with our intermediate-ish tracks and the optional Casual mode. When you think you're ready, Challenge Runs is where you get to prove yourself: get judged on your skills by playing through randomly picked tracks. Need some kind of training montage to get better? Rip off your sleeves and practice the tracks you're struggling to master in the Playlist. PARTYYYYY Literally the soundtrack for your party! Let the game play in Party Mode and let it light up your social gatherings, + you can even still have people playing this if they like, WE'VE THOUGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING. So yea, go ahead and throw the most epic party of your life thanks to us, you are welcome.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
Lumines Remastered 46.

Lumines Remastered

Platform: Switch
June 26, 2018
The acclaimed puzzle game produced by legendary creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi arrives on the Nintendo Switch console. An HD remaster of the original game, LUMINES REMASTERED beautifully marries the elements of sound, light and puzzle-action into one addictive, yet easy-to-play game. You're at the center of the high-energy, block-dropping action while you groove to awesome house, trance and techno beats! Play LUMINES REMASTERED on-the-go in Handheld mode or at home in TV and Tabletop modes. Features a colorful array of skins: No two skins (levels) are the same! Unlock all 40 skins, each with a cool stylized theme and matching thumping beats. Mode variety: In addition to the basic Challenge Mode, test your skills in other modes including Skin Edit, Time Attack, Puzzle, Mission, VS CPU and also play against in friend in VS 2-Player mode (local only). The HD Rumble effect: Feel the rhythm and blocks dropping from the dynamic HD Rumble feedback of the Joy-Con™ controllers! It's up to you what you want to feel – only the blocks or both rhythm and blocks. Trance Vibration: Ready for some real fun? Send rhythm feedback to multiple sets of controllers – placed in your pockets or around your hips – with the Trance Vibration setting and feel the game beyond your hands. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.9
Fortnite 47.

Fortnite

Platform: Switch
June 12, 2018
Jump in to be the last one standing in the free 100-player Battle Royale. Build huge forts. Outwit your opponents. Earn your Victory. Squad up together online with friends in the same room or around the world. BUILD & DESTROY - Shape the battlefield by building your own cover. Opponent hiding behind a wall? Take out their cover to get the edge. GEAR UP - Board the battle bus and drop in on your favorite zone. Gather resources, collect gear, and battle your opponents. SQUAD UP WITH FRIENDS - Team up online with your friends around the world or in the same room. WEEKLY UPDATES & EVENTS - Updates constantly fuel the fun with new gameplay modes, outfits, weapons and items. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
5.0
Mega Man Legacy Collection 48.

Mega Man Legacy Collection

Platform: Switch
May 22, 2018
Mega Man Legacy Collection is a celebration of the 8-bit history of Capcoms iconic Blue Bomber. Featuring faithful reproductions of the series origins with the original six Mega Man games, the Legacy Collection will remind long-time fans and introduce newcomers to what made Mega Man such a popular and iconic character. Mega Man Legacy Collection will feature all six games and more! In addition to the six Mega Man games, Mega Man Legacy Collection features new ways to experience the classic games with the Museum Mode and new Challenge Mode. Challenge Mode remixes gameplay segments from all six games, with plenty of scaling difficulty objectives for experienced players to conquer yet serving as a good starting point for new players, too. Museum Mode contains a comprehensive collection of history, high-res art and original concept pieces a mega treat for any fan of Mega Man and video game history. FEATURES * Six classic games in one Play a piece of video game history with the original six Mega Man games and experience the origins of the classic series. * 8-bit style with HD flair The games retain their retro 8-bit style with an added HD finish, giving a crisp, clean look to the charming, classic sprites. * Challenge remix mode for new and veteran players The robust new Challenge Mode remixes gameplay from all six games for a new type of challenge. It provides both increasingly difficult trials for experienced players and also teaches newcomers to become familiar with the style of the games and tackle some of the trickier areas. * Museum of the era The Museum Mode features a massive repository of history and art collected from the era of the games in this collection. Take a look back at the history of Mega Man with loads of information, high-res art, concept pieces, sketches and more in the Museum. * Developed with an all-new engine Using the newly developed Eclipse Engine, Capcom and Digital Eclipse are able to archive these six pieces of video game history with faithful reproductions of the originals for a new generation of gamers. * Leaderboards and video replays Fans will be able to watch video replays of the top players on the leaderboards, showcasing a whole new generation of Mega Man talent!
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.7
The Banner Saga 3 49.

The Banner Saga 3

Platform: Switch
July 26, 2018
Banner Saga 3 is the final dramatic chapter in the mature, story driven Viking RPG series which has won over 20 awards and has been nominated for 4 BAFTA awards. As the world continues to crumble around you, who can you trust, how will you protect your allies and what choices will you make as the Darkness draws near? Witness the Banner Saga as you've never seen it before as a dark force takes over and effects everything you've come to know in the beautifully hand-painted finale of the trilogy. Choose new playable characters to join your party, including dredge heroes! Take advantage of new upgrade options as they progress in battle.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.3
Octopath Traveler 50.

Octopath Traveler

Platform: Switch
July 12, 2018
Embark on a vast new role-playing adventure as one of eight travelers, all with their own origins, paths, and goals. The producers of the Bravely series at Square Enix have brought a new world to life through a mix of CG, pixel art, and "HD-2D" visuals. Embark on a vast new role-playing adventure as one of eight travelers, all with their own origins, paths, and goals. Where to begin? Who to team up with? Where to go next? Only you can decide. Each traveler can use a distinct Path Action, a specialized way of achieving objectives and interacting with people you encounter. The warrior can "challenge" people to a duel, whereas the dancer can "allure" others to follow her, even into battle! Enjoy the freedom to choose your own path while experiencing the story through the role you play. Combat revolves around the Boost system, a fusion of traditional turn-based battling and modern enhancements. Each turn, build up BP that can be spent to dramatically increase your strength or provide aid. Identifying when to Boost may just be the key to victory. * A new RPG adventure from the minds at Square Enix who brought you the Bravely series * Choose from eight distinct characters, each with their own path, and see where the story takes you * Music and visuals inspired by RPGs of yore, brought to life with modern touches Deep, strategic turn-based combat with an innovative battle system * Enjoy the free demo in Nintendo eShop and help make this an RPG for the ages by sharing your feedback with Square Enix
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
Moonlighter 51.

Moonlighter

Platform: Switch
November 5, 2018
Become Will, a fearless shopkeeper from the town of Rynoka setting off on the greatest adventure of his life. By day, you run the shop. By night, you explore hostile dungeons in search of new merchandise, doing all you can to keep your business afloat. After all, when it is all said and done... every adventure has to pay off.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.1
GRIS 52.

GRIS

Platform: Switch
December 13, 2018
Gris is a hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life. Her journey through sorrow is manifested in her dress, which grants new abilities to better navigate her faded reality.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.7
LIMBO 53.

LIMBO

Platform: Switch
June 28, 2018
LIMBO, a black and white puzzle-platforming adventure, puts players in the role of a young boy traveling through an eerie and treacherous world in an attempt to discover the fate of his sister.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.4
Dark Souls Remastered 54.

Dark Souls Remastered

Platform: Switch
October 19, 2018
Re-experience the critically acclaimed, genre-defining game that started it all. Beautifully remastered, return to Lordran in stunning detail. DARK SOULS: REMASTERED includes the main game plus the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.0
Overcooked! 2: Surf 'n' Turf 55.

Overcooked! 2: Surf 'n' Turf

Platform: Switch
October 3, 2018
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.4
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends - Definitive Edition 56.

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends - Definitive Edition

Platform: Switch
December 27, 2018
'Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends' introduces entirely new levels of fun to the refreshing gameplay vanquishing swarms of enemies with mighty warriors found in 'Dynasty Warrors 8.' In story mode, where you can immerse yourself in the vivid tales of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, it is now possible to play as the mighty warrior 'Lu Bu,' and embark on a journey that depicts his way of life. Additionally, many new hypothetical scenarios to existing Romance of the Three Kingdoms battles have been added, as well as new playable characters, weapons types, growth/speedrun elements, and more! What's more, a revamped Ambition Mode and completely new Challenge Mode offer whole new ways to enjoy the 'Dynasty Warriors 8' universe.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.6
Flipping Death 57.

Flipping Death

Platform: Switch
August 7, 2018
Welcome to Flatwood Peaks, a small whimsical town with a problem -- Death is on vacation. Play as Penny and help trapped ghosts with your trusted scythe. Flip the entire world around to solve puzzles on both the living and the dead side and slowly uncover the mystery surrounding your own demise.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.9
Yoku's Island Express 58.

Yoku's Island Express

Platform: Switch
May 29, 2018
Yoku’s Island Express is an open world/metroidvania-style pinball adventure, Seamlessly blending platform navigation with pinball mechanics across a large open world.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
Flat Heroes 59.

Flat Heroes

Platform: Switch
August 2, 2018
Flat Heroes is a minimalistic, super intense action game starring squares for 1 to 4 players. It features a delightful control that allows players to move around the scenario in a super fluid way allowing them to beat all the challenging scenarios that its cooperative mode offers. The game also features four completely different versus modes for players to compete against each other or against the AI, each mode highlighting a different set of skills. The graphic style is based on the latest graphic design trend, keeping a simple but direct aesthetic and polishing all the animations and transitions to create an eye candy experience.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.3
Horizon Chase Turbo 60.

Horizon Chase Turbo

Platform: Switch
November 28, 2018
Horizon Chase Turbo is a racing game inspired by the great hits of the 80's and 90's: Out Run, Top Gear, Rush and others. Race your way through the opponents and master the circuits as you relive the classic arcade gameplay with unbound speed limits of fun.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.2
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle - Donkey Kong Adventure 61.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle - Donkey Kong Adventure

Platform: Switch
June 26, 2018
Embark in an epic battle against a vengeful Rabbid Kong who uses his new powers to take over a mysterious island. Donkey Kong, Rabbid Peach, and a moody new Rabbid hero, Rabbid Cranky, will team up on a journey across four brand-new environments. Discover a world full of reinvented tactical gameplay, new enemies, and secrets to uncover. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong Adventure DLC is available for download exclusively on Nintendo Switch. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.2
Valkyria Chronicles 4 62.

Valkyria Chronicles 4

Platform: Switch
September 25, 2018
A Continent Engulfed in the Bitter Flames of War. Commander Claude Wallace and his childhood friends set out to fight in a desperate war, but bone-chilling blizzards, waves of imperial soldiers, and the godlike powers of the Valkyria stand between them and victory.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
Salt and Sanctuary 63.

Salt and Sanctuary

Platform: Switch
August 2, 2018
A doomed sailor is shipwrecked on an uncharted island. In fog-shrouded valleys, where grinning, mossy corpses cling to rusted arms, shambling figures begin to stir. Beneath crumbling, salt-worn structures, labyrinthine passageways lead to unspeakable evil, long forgotten by man. Salt and Sanctuary seamlessly combines fast, brutal, and complex 2D combat with richly developed RPG mechanics. Discover, craft, and upgrade over 600 weapons, armor pieces, spells, and items as you explore a cursed realm of forgotten cities, blood-soaked dungeons, desecrated monuments, and the fallen lords they once celebrated. From Ska Studios, the award-winning indie studio behind a long list of stylistic, visceral, and brutally executed action titles that includes The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, and Charlie Murder, comes Salt and Sanctuary, the studios most ambitious title to date.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.9
Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion 64.

Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion

Platform: Switch
June 13, 2018
Play as an Octoling for the very first time in this large-scale downloadable content for the Splatoon 2 game. This full-on single-player adventure spans 80 missions starring Agent 8, a new character who awakens without her memories on a dark subway platform. Navigate this mysterious underground test facility in a desperate battle to reach the surface of Inkopolis. Escape from these twisted depths, and you'll finally be able to join multiplayer matches as an Octoling. You may think you know everything about the world of Splatoon, but these waters run deep, and so does the lore. Purchase this content today for immediate access to special octo-themed in-game gear.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.3
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 65.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

Platform: Switch
May 24, 2018
Battle with swords and whips in this retro-style action game brought to you by game creator Koji Igarashi and Inti Creates! Play as Zangetsu, a demon slayer bearing a deep grudge, who must travel through perilous lands to defeat a powerful demon lurking in a dark castle. Zangetsu will meet fellow travelers along the way, who can join your journey as playable characters. Switching to these characters with their unique abilities will unlock new paths through the treacherous stages. Your choices in recruiting these adventurers will change the difficulty of the game, and may even affect the ending! *Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is the 8-bit style game promised as a stretch goal of the 2015 Kickstarter campaign for "Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night."
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.4
Freedom Planet 66.

Freedom Planet

Platform: Switch
August 30, 2018
Freedom Planet is a combat-based platform adventure that pits a spunky dragon girl and her friends against an alien attack force. Theres trouble around every turn, from insects to giant robots to sheer explosive destruction, but youll have a variety of special fighting abilities to blast your way through each stage. - As Lilac, you can use Dragon powers to whip enemies with your hair, spin like a cyclone, or fly through the air at high speed like a comet. - As Carol, you can bust through foes with a flurry of punches and kicks or summon motorcycles that let you ride up walls and ceilings.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.1
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA 67.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA

Platform: Switch
June 26, 2018
Ys returns with a brand new adventure for the first time in 8 years! Adol awakens shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. There, he and the other shipwrecked passengers he rescues form a village to challenge fearsome beasts and mysterious ruins on the isolated island. Amidst this, Adol begins to dream of a mysterious blue-haired maiden living in an unknown world. Join Adol as he unravels the riddle of the cursed isle and the blue-haired maiden Dana in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana! FEATURES: An Epic Tale - Follow Adol on his latest adventure and uncover the mysteries of the cursed island. Party On! - Change your playable character on-the-fly as you battle ferocious foes in lighting-fast combat. Another Side - Unravel the mystery of the blue-haired maiden Dana through her unique gameplay sections. It Takes a Village! - Rescue your fellow shipwrecked passengers and bring them to your village where they will provide valuable services.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
Toki Tori 68.

Toki Tori

Platform: Switch
March 30, 2018
Take control of Toki Tori, a surprisingly heroic chicken, as he puzzles his way through 80+ levels spread over 5 unique worlds. Toki Tori isn’t very athletic, he can’t even jump. Luckily he has some great tools at his disposal, including the Telewarp, Freeze-o-Matic and InstantRock. Creative thinking and problem solving are required to collect all eggs in each level, but don’t worry. When you get stuck, you can always rewind the time. And if all else fails, use the Wildcard to skip a level. - Classic egg-collecting puzzle platformer - 80+ levels, 5 worlds, dozens of hours of gameplay - A wide variety of puzzle-solving items and weapons - Never get stuck: rewind the time or skip a level - Super smooth graphics at 60 fps - HD Rumble support - Video capture support
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.1
Victor Vran: Overkill Edition 69.

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition

Platform: Switch
August 28, 2018
Overkill Edition includes the fully updated and award winning Action RPG Victor Vran, the expansive Fractured Worlds & the legendary Motorhead: Through The Ages. Look your very best and reinforce your play style with a monumental arsenal of powerful weapons, game-changing outfits, wicked demon powers and fate-binding destiny cards. Redefine how you play at any moment, even in the heat of battle. Modify your demon slaying loadout as you dodge deadly attacks, leap from towering locations and take on hordes of hideous beasts and cunning boss monsters. Fedora or no fedora, you decide! Slaying demons doesn't have to be a lonely affair -- form a pack and find even greater strength in numbers, to explore the story of the dark world together.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.1
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker 70.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Platform: Switch
July 13, 2018
The intrepid Captain Toad sets off on his own adventure for the very first time through a wide variety of tricky, enemy-infested, maze-like stages to find hidden gems and nab elusive gold stars.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.9
Wandersong 71.

Wandersong

Platform: Switch
September 27, 2018
A musical adventure where you use singing to save the world! Play as a silly bard who embarks on a globe-trotting journey to learn about the mysterious Earthsong, said to prevent the universe’s imminent end. It's up to you to sing your songs, unlock the world's secrets and make new friends.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.3
Dragon Quest Builders 72.

Dragon Quest Builders

Platform: Switch
February 9, 2018
Generations ago, the realm of Alefgard was plunged into darkness by the terrible and treacherous Dragonlord, ruller of all monsters. Mankind was robbed of the power to build and forced to wander the ruins of their former home, scrounging and scavenging in the dust to survive. Now its up to you, a Legendary Builder chosen by the Goddess herself, to return the power of creation to the people and rebuild Alefgard. Only when the wonder of imagination has been returned will mankind be able to overthrow the evil Dragonlord once and for all!
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.0
Super One More Jump 73.

Super One More Jump

Platform: Switch
January 25, 2018
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.4
The Lion's Song 74.

The Lion's Song

Platform: Switch
July 10, 2018
The Lion’s Song is a narrative adventure game. It is steeped in early 20th century history and focuses on a cast of Austrian artists and scientists with each episode taking a closer look at their intimate struggles with creativity and inspiration. The Lion's Song is set against the backdrop of early 20th century Austria with every episode following a different character. Each character possesses an exceptional mind and the game draws players into a story of personal struggle for creativity, human connections and inspiration: a talented composer suffering from writer's block just before her breakthrough concert, an up-and-coming painter growing through his challenges and a brilliant mathematician trying to make her voice heard in a men's world. The choices players make in "The Lion's Song" will have a direct impact on the story lines of all future episodes and ultimately determine if the protagonists do find the success they are working for. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.0
Overcooked! 2 75.

Overcooked! 2

Platform: Switch
August 7, 2018
Overcooked returns with a brand-new helping of chaotic cooking action! Journey back to the Onion Kingdom and assemble your team of chefs in classic couch co-op or online play for up to four players. Hold onto your aprons... it's time to save the world (again!) FEATURES: * Online/Local Multiplayer Madness - You'll knead to work together to get the highest score in chaotic local and online multiplayer. * Feast Your Eyes On This - Cook in new kitchens ranging from sushi restaurants, magic schools and mines! * Romaine Calm! - Travel through teleporters, across moving platforms and save time by throwing ingredients across dynamic kitchens that shift and evolve. * Whet Your Appetite! - Cook up a range of new recipes including sushi, cakes, burgers and pizzas.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.8
R-Type Dimensions EX 76.

R-Type Dimensions EX

Platform: Switch
November 28, 2018
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.5
WindJammers 77.

WindJammers

Platform: Switch
October 23, 2018
A dazzling new game combining the thrills of tennis, the dangers of the discus, and the heart-stopping competition of competition sports. Six of the world's toughest and most clever athletes take court in the most thrilling new sport of the fin-de-seicle! WINDJAMMERS - It will blow you away!
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.1
Hand of Fate 2 78.

Hand of Fate 2

Platform: Switch
July 17, 2018
Hand of Fate 2 is a dungeon crawler set in a world of dark fantasy. Master a living boardgame where every stage of the adventure is drawn from a deck of legendary encounters chosen by you! Choose wisely -- your opponent, the enigmatic Dealer, will pull no punches as he shapes you into the instrument of his revenge. The table has changed, but the stakes remain the same: life or death!
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.3
Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection 79.

Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection

Platform: Switch
May 29, 2018
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the iconic Street Fighter franchise with the ultimate tribute to its arcade legacy in the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. This content-rich all-in-one package highlights the series' past in an anthology of 12 classic titles with arcade-perfect balancing including the original Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III, Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact and Street Fighter III: Third Strike. The collection also offers a definitive online experience across four of the included titles; Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Street Fighter III: Third Strike. Street Fighter players can recreate the classic arcade gaming experience by competing against the CPU whilst waiting for friends in online battles where they can put their fighting skills to the ultimate test. Fans of the series can also enjoy diving into the past 30 years of Street Fighter history with rich character bios, a huge Museum Mode including never before seen art and interactive timeline, and listen to tracks in the Music Player. GAMEPLAY FEATURES: * Celebrate 30 years of the most iconic fighting game series The hit series with over 39 million units in global sales returns for its 30th anniversary celebration with a compilation of 12 classic arcade titles in one package. * Relive the titles that made gaming history Includes the original Street Fighter released in 1987 which introduced two of gaming's most famous heroes, Ryu and Ken. Additionally, the iconic Street Fighter II became the first ever one-on-one video game that gave players a choice of characters, including the debut of the series' strongest female Chun-Li. Street Fighter III continued the core numbered series and was the first game to introduce the parry attack. * New gameplay options including online play Players can utilize save states as they progress through the game offline. In addition, players can duke it out online in four classic titles (Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Street Fighter III: Third Strike). In addition to Ranked and Casual Match options, up to four players can join a lobby where they can play against the CPU while waiting for their match. Each title will have their own Global leaderboard and the "rewind" tech ensures low-latency online battles. * Hadoken your way down memory lane Revisit historic moments from the series and explore an interactive timeline of events that helped create one of the world's leading fighting game series. View stunning pieces of concept art and uncover little known facts behind each game release. * Learn more about fan-favorite characters Scroll through character bios and learn new details about series favorites whilst enjoying sprites and key animations to see how the classic fighters have evolved over time. * Remember the tunes! Sit back and enjoy the most memorable Street Fighter tracks from the collection in the Music Player.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.7
The Darkside Detective 80.

The Darkside Detective

Platform: Switch
February 7, 2018
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.4
Rogue Legacy 81.

Rogue Legacy

Platform: Switch
November 6, 2018
Each time you die, your child will succeed you. Every child is unique. One child might be colorblind, another might have tourettes-- they could even be a dwarf. That's OK, because no one is perfect, and you don't have to be perfect to win this game. But you do have to be pretty darn good because this game is HARD. Fortunately, every time you die all the gold you've collected can be used to upgrade you manor, giving your next child a step up in life and another chance at vanquishing evil.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.4
ABZU 82.

ABZU

Platform: Switch
November 29, 2018
Discover a lush hidden world as you descend into the heart of the ocean, where ancient secrets lie forgotten and encounters with majestic creatures await. ABZU is an epic descent into the depths of the sea, where players will explore beautifully rendered ocean environments with fluid swimming controls. The experience draws inspiration from the deep innate narrative that we all carry within our subconscious: the story of ABZU is a universal myth that resonates across cultures. The name references a concept from the oldest mythologies; it is the combination of the two ancient words AB, meaning ocean, and ZU, meaning to know. ABZU is the ocean of wisdom.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.8
Pinball FX3: Bethesda Pinball 83.

Pinball FX3: Bethesda Pinball

Platform: Switch
April 4, 2018
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.0
N++ 84.

N++

Platform: Switch
May 24, 2018
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.5
The Banner Saga 1 85.

The Banner Saga 1

Platform: Switch
May 17, 2018
The Banner Saga is an epic role-playing game inspired by Viking legend. Hand-painted landscapes portray a world eerily suspended in perpetual twilight. Cities and towns begin to crumble into chaos. Heroes abandon their hearths and homes to traverse the snowy countryside, gaining allies along the way to help battle a strange, new threat. Decisions have consequences; wise choices must be made when conversing with possible allies during intricately crafted dialogues. Turn-based strategy brings tactical challenge in hand-animated battle sequences. With visuals evocative of the golden age of animation, The Banner Saga brings skillfully crafted art, story and strategy to gamers waiting to re-experience classic adventures and tactics.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.1
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country 86.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country

Platform: Switch
September 14, 2018
Guide a group of legendary warriors on a journey through the tragic history that doomed a kingdom and drove a hero down a dark path 500 years before the events of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game. Defend yourself from Malos and his forces using all the fury of this refined battle system, allowing you to fight as both the artificial lifeforms known as Blades and their masters, the Drivers.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.7
South Park: The Fractured But Whole 87.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Platform: Switch
April 24, 2018
From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes South Park: The Fractured but Whole, a sequel to 2014's award-winning South Park: The Stick of Truth. Players will once again assume the role of the New Kid, and join South Park favorites Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman in a new hilarious and outrageous RPG adventure. In South Park: The Fractured but Whole, players will delve into the crime-ridden underbelly of South Park with Coon and Friends. This dedicated group of crime fighters was formed by Eric Cartman whose superhero alter-ego, The Coon, is half man, half raccoon. As the New Kid, players will join Mysterion, Toolshed, Human Kite, Mosquito, Mint Berry Crunch and a host of others to battle the forces of evil while Coon strives to make his team the most beloved superheroes in history.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.0
OkunoKA 88.

OkunoKA

Platform: Switch
November 30, 2018
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.1
The Banner Saga 2 89.

The Banner Saga 2

Platform: Switch
June 7, 2018
The award winning and BAFTA nominated saga continues in The Banner Saga 2. Continue your journey soon after the climactic events of The Banner Saga. The choices you made in the first game will affect who is alive and who is dead in this exciting sequel.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.3
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2 90.

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2

Platform: Switch
July 24, 2018
The celebrated Mega Man X series comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC! Play as Mega Man X the powerful evolution of classic fighting robot Mega Man as he battles a variety of deadly bosses known as Mavericks in eight exhilarating action-platformer games. Mega Man X Legacy Collection includes the legendary 16-bit titles and the series' exciting foray into 32-bits: Mega Man X, Mega Man X2, Mega Man X3, and Mega Man X4. The heroic robot grows stronger as he takes down Mavericks and steals their weapons, and also has the ability to dash and wall jump for thrilling, fast-paced combat. Mega Man X's mysterious friend, Zero, also joins the fray as a playable character later in this collection. Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 also spans two gaming eras, showcasing the evolution of the series with Mega Man X5, Mega Man X6, Mega Man X7, and Mega Man X8. A third playable character, Axl, joins the cast in Mega Man X7 and Mega Man X8 as the series jumps into a new realm of 3D character models and environments. In addition to eight iconic Mega Man X titles, both Mega Man X Legacy Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 come with an armory of new features. Test your Maverick-hunting skills in the new X Challenge mode, which pits players against two deadly bosses in a series of two-on-one battles. Think you can take down the slippery Chill Penguin and hulking Frost Walrus simultaneously? Give it your best shot! Additionally, Mega Man X Legacy Collection includes a huge museum filled with rare production art, catalogs of classic merchandise, a playlist of nostalgic commercials, and more. The collection also includes an animated a prequel film starring the origins of Mega Man X villain, Sigma.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.7
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate 91.

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate

Platform: Switch
August 28, 2018
This critically acclaimed action RPG series makes its debut on Nintendo Switch. Take on epic hunts on the go or from the comfort of your own home! Choose from 14 different weapon types, mix and match them with unique Hunting Styles and Hunter Arts, or even play as an adorable but ferocious Felyne in Prowler Mode! Featuring the largest cast of monsters for any game in the series, from returning fan favourites to mysterious never-before-seen monsters. You can join up to three other players for co-op multiplayer action, either online or in person using local wireless. Join the hunt in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for Nintendo Switch.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.5
Mega Man 11 92.

Mega Man 11

Platform: Switch
October 2, 2018
Thirty years ago, in 1987, a super robot named Mega Man was created. In 2018 after 30 years of unforgettable adventures the fight for everlasting peace continues! The tight action-platformer gameplay that made the series a success is alive and well. To save the day, the Blue Bomber must battle Robot Masters and take their powerful weapons for himself, which now changes the hero's appearance with new levels of detail. A new, vivid visual style refreshes the series' iconic colorfulness, combining hand-drawn environments with detailed, 3D character models.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
This War of Mine: Complete Edition 93.

This War of Mine: Complete Edition

Platform: Switch
November 27, 2018
This War Of Mine provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle. For the very first time you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout. At night you get a chance to scavenge nearby locations for items that will help you stay alive. Make life-and-death decisions driven by your conscience. Try to protect everybody from your shelter or sacrifice some of them to endure the hardships. During war, there are no good or bad decisions; there is only survival. The sooner you realize that, the better.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
Rogue Aces 94.

Rogue Aces

Platform: Switch
April 12, 2018
Join the Rogue Aces and liberate the islands from The Baron and his dreaded pilots. Will you be able to face the fiercest of foes with only one life and three planes?
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.6
Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! 95.

Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!

Platform: Switch
November 16, 2018
Catch Pokémon Like Never Before. The Poké Ball Plus is a Poké Ball-shaped device that can be used to play Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! in place of your Joy-Con. You'll be able to throw Poké Balls in-game with a flick of your wrist! In addition to motion controls, the device lights up with a variety of colors, vibrates, and plays sounds. With the Poké Ball Plus, you can also take one of your favorite Pokémon from these games for a stroll as you go about your daily life in the real world. The Poké Ball Plus even works as a Pokémon GO Plus when playing Pokémon GO. Pikachu or Eevee: Which Will You Choose? Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! bring the experience of a classic Pokémon RPG to Nintendo Switch with gameplay that is easily approachable for newcomers to the series, but is also deep enough to keep veteran Trainers on their toes. The games also have two-player simultaneous play, so you can take the journey with a friend! And there's a deep connection between Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and Pokémon GO, so fans of the hit mobile game will find even more to enjoy.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.2
Aaero: Complete Edition 96.

Aaero: Complete Edition

Platform: Switch
December 24, 2018
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.0
Armello 97.

Armello

Platform: Switch
September 27, 2018
Armello is a swashbuckling adventure that combines RPG elements with the strategic play of card and board games, creating a personal, story-fuelled experience.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.9
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus 98.

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus

Platform: Switch
February 22, 2018
A new sequel in the highly acclaimed PAC-MAN Championship Edition series finally comes to next-generation consoles and PC! Taking highlights from the past, PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 takes the best aspects from Championship Edition and Championship Edition DX and evolves the game for the future! Featuring eye-popping 3D graphics and funky visuals, the latest version of the classic game takes chomping and chasing through mazes to a whole new level! Get on the train, a new PAC experience is coming!
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
Battle Chasers: Nightwar 99.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Platform: Switch
May 15, 2018
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is an RPG inspired by the console genre-greats and the 90’s cult comic book. Experience deep dungeon diving, turn-based combat presented in classic JRPG format, and a story driven by exploration of the world.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.0
Sega Genesis Classics 100.

Sega Genesis Classics

Platform: Switch
December 7, 2018
SEGA's collection of Mega Drive & Genesis classics comes to a new generation of consoles - and players. Over 50 titles across all genres from all-time classics like Sonic and Streets of Rage 2 to deep RPGs like the Phantasy Star series; arcade action, shooters, beat 'em ups, puzzlers, old favourites and hidden gems. New features bring modern convenience to the classics. Save your game at any time, rewind those slip-ups, or customise your controls. Earn bragging rights with online multiplayer and achievements. The largest collection of retro classics on console in one great package.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
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    • Release Date: Oct 31, 2020
    • Platform: Switch
Highs and Lows
Highest of the Month
  1. 85

    Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

  2. 83

    Amnesia: Rebirth

  3. 83

    Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

  4. 83

    Disc Room

  5. 82

    Ys Origin

    • Release Date: Oct 1, 2020
    • Rating: T
    • User Score: 8.5
    • Platform: Switch
Lowest of the Month
  1. 39

    Remothered: Broken Porcelain

    • Release Date: Oct 13, 2020
    • Rating: M
    • User Score: 5.9
    • Platform: PC
  2. 48

    Cloudpunk

    • Release Date: Oct 15, 2020
    • Rating: M
    • User Score: 2.4
    • Platform: Switch
  3. 53

    G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout

    • Release Date: Oct 13, 2020
    • Rating: T
    • User Score: 5.7
    • Platform: PS4
  4. 59

    Space Crew

    • Release Date: Oct 15, 2020
    • User Score: tbd
    • Platform: PC
  5. 59

    Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed

    • Release Date: Oct 16, 2020
    • Rating: E10+
    • User Score: tbd
    • Platform: Switch