‘Kirby’, ‘Octopath Traveler II’, Plus Right this moment Different New Releases, Gross sales, and Information – TouchArcade

Hey mild readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Spherical-Up for February twenty fourth, 2023. In immediately’s article, we kick issues off with a bit information bit from our pal Mikhail. After that, it’s new launch time, and there are a variety of them. The headliners are Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe and Octopath Traveler II, however there’s loads right here to sift via. After that, it’s time for the gross sales lists. I suppose that may do for a Friday, so let’s get to work!


Cozy Grove Retail Version Revealed with Pre-Orders Now Dwell

Cozy Grove is getting a bodily launch on Nintendo Swap (and PS5) via iam8bit and Skybound Leisure. We’ve coated Cozy Grove ever because it hit Apple Arcade, and it will definitely made its strategy to a number of platforms. The mysterious life simulation expertise is getting two retail releases with pre-orders now stay. As a fan of bodily video games on Swap, I’m glad that extra indie video games are hitting retail cabinets with out being restricted to a small pre-order window on only one web site worldwide. Cozy Grove‘s retail launch will likely be accessible via iam8bit’s personal retailer and GameStop within the US. The retail version is priced at $29.99 whereas the iam8bit unique launch is $34.99 with the latter together with considered one of 28 enamel pins. The retail version consists of sticker sheets and the brand new NeighBEARS DLC on cartridge. It’s going to be fascinating to see if Cozy Grove makes it onto our finest Swap bodily video games of the 12 months characteristic in December. -Mikhail Madnani

New Releases

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe ($59.99)

One other Wii sport will get a brand new lease on life with this remake of Kirby’s Return to Dreamland. You get the identical predominant sport, which is a positive Kirby journey, plus some new extras to mess around with. There are new Copy Talents, some new minigames, and a complete new mode the place you play as Magolor as he tries to get better his misplaced powers. There’s a demo accessible on the eShop if you wish to attempt it out before you purchase it, however I think about you seemingly have already got the gist of the way it performs. We must always have a evaluation of this one early subsequent week in case you want extra convincing.

Octopath Traveler II ($59.99)

Right here’s the sequel to Octopath Traveler, the hit 2018 Sq. Enix RPG that launched the HD-2D graphic fashion that has since been utilized in a lot of titles. The scenario is actually totally different this time round. The HD-2D factor isn’t as novel anymore, the sport isn’t a Swap unique, and Nintendo clearly isn’t publishing. Is that any reflection of the sport’s high quality? From what I’ve performed up to now, completely not. That is one other banger of an RPG from the parents at Sq. Enix, and I positive hope to have the ability to write up a evaluation of it for you all quickly.

Clive ‘N’ Wrench ($29.99)

A sport greater than ten years within the making, Clive ‘N’ Wrench is one other a type of indie 3D platformers born out of a love of the classics and a priority that the style was fading out. Right here within the present 12 months we all know that isn’t a significant issue anymore, however I’ll by no means say no to a different good one. I suppose the large query is that if this is, in reality, one other good one. I haven’t had an opportunity to play it but, nevertheless it positive appears promising. I’m a bit fearful about the way it performs on the Swap, although. I like to recommend holding off on this sport pending some critiques, regardless of how charming it appears.

Valis: The Fantasm Soldier Assortment II ($44.99)

Should you thought the primary Valis assortment was a little bit of a sketchy worth at $39.99, issues are by some means worse right here. You do get 4 video games as a substitute of three right here, however the high quality on the entire is an enormous step decrease. First, the PC Engine model of Valis IV which in all probability ought to have been within the first assortment if the objective right here wasn’t to take advantage of the followers. It’s alright. Subsequent, Syd of Valis and Valis: The Fantasm Soldier for the Genesis. Syd is rancid; Valis is okay however the model on the primary assortment might be higher. Lastly, the MSX authentic Valis: The Illusion Soldier, which is frankly a historic curio greater than something. Including to the woes, there are some points with the sound emulation on the Genesis video games. It’s important to be a critical Valis fan for this to be price your cash, and even then… it’s actually pushing it.

Roniu’s Story ($7.99)

Oh hey, I performed this one on the Evercade. It is a nifty little puzzle sport designed for the NES. It’s important to seize all the required gadgets and make it to the exit on every stage utilizing your wits, good timing, and a bit little bit of magic. The trick is that each step you’re taking makes the trail behind you crumble. Suppose earlier than you progress. There are forty-seven ranges to play, and it doesn’t take too lengthy to get via it. Nonetheless a really enjoyable time and well-worth the asking value for puzzle followers.

Arcade Archives Don Doko Don ($7.99)

Taito’s Bubble Bobble might be one of the well-known single-screen platformers ever made, nevertheless it wasn’t Taito’s solely kick on the can by any means. Don Doko Don is considered one of its lesser-known efforts in that milieu, however that’s actually no reflection of its high quality. You management a lumberjack and have to filter out the entire enemies on every stage by thwacking them along with your hammer and tossing them at one thing arduous. There are of course loads of alternatives to attain additional factors. Should you take pleasure in video games like Bubble Bobble, Rod Land, and the like, give this a shot. It’s enjoyable.

Lootbox Lyfe+ ($9.99)

Lootboxes have destroyed the world, and it’s as much as you to attempt to put it aside. It is a Metroidvania-style sport with an emphasis on platforming. You get eleven totally different areas to discover, and a lot of new skills you’ll be able to study and gadgets to gather. These gadgets, in fact, are available lootboxes. Stain your soul and take what you have to, I suppose. Your predominant character here’s a bouncing ball kind of creature, and also you completely have to have some platformer chops to get via the sport. It’s fairly good, although.

Pizza Tycoon ($14.99)

This sport technically has some precise lineage to it. Over on PC, it’s bought beneath the identify Pizza Connection 3 and is a contemporary follow-up to some well-liked sims from the Nineties. That stated, like a variety of trendy follow-ups to cherished video games of the previous, this sport simply doesn’t appear to have the sizzle and spark of its predecessors. The objective is to create your personal pizza empire, from the toppings of the pizzas all the way in which as much as designing the ground plans of your eating places and, er, coping with your competitors in unsavory methods. There’s a marketing campaign mode to play via and a free mode you’ll be able to take pleasure in after you’ve completed that. I’m going to exit on a limb and say that the Swap in all probability isn’t the most effective technique of enjoying this sport, however in case you’ve bought a enterprise sim itch this might scratch it.

Grisaia Phantom Set off 08 ($29.99)

Properly, right here it’s: the finale of the Grisaia Phantom Set off story. It’s been an extended street, however the closing battle with The Deadly Reply is upon the scholars of Mihama Academy. Haruto should go up in opposition to former members of the Phantom Set off unit, and when the mud settles, what truths will come to gentle? Should you’re coming to this collection recent, don’t begin right here. Head all the way in which again to the primary chapter. Should you’ve been following all alongside, I think about you don’t want me to nudge you into selecting up the ending of the collection. I suppose that’s my work right here achieved.

Story of the Fallen Onmyoji ($19.90)

As ever, I’m going to notice that any visible novel with screenshots displaying damaged phrase wrapping in all probability isn’t going to have an excellent localization. With that in thoughts, this can be a story a couple of world the place people and yokai co-exist. A member of a fallen onmyoji (“mystics”, as a tough translation) household has to place a cease to a curse that has began to unfold. The remedy for the curse? A smooch, naturally. Fortunately for him the entire bothered events are attractive women. Properly, you know the way this nonsense will play out. Nobody is right here anticipating Conflict and Peace.

Hentai World ($14.99)

I surrender. I’ve achieved some harmful looking out all around the internet, and I can’t discover out what sort of puzzle sport that is. But when we take the eShop description on its phrase, it’s a puzzle sport the place you’ll be able to unlock risque photos of cartoon women. Not full-on bare stuff, thoughts you. However in all probability stuff you wouldn’t need your grandmother catching you , at the least. I suppose the sport is being trustworthy in a way by not displaying any of the puzzle gameplay in any respect in its screenshots. Not one individual on this planet goes to purchase a sport of this title for the puzzles, in spite of everything.

Highway Stones ($4.99)

It is a very slight twist on the same old tower protection idea. As a substitute of constructing towers to defend in opposition to the waves of monsters, you have got crystals that you may transfer round for such functions. I’m not the most important fan of this style, however this sport appears to have gone over properly with those that are when it launched on different platforms. Is perhaps definitely worth the fiver if tower protection is your jam.

Stays ($9.99)

That is a type of survival video games, with the setting being in orbit round a planet. Properly, that’s a dire scenario. Use the wreckage of ships to craft what you want and attempt to construct an area station to maintain you protected and equipped. You’ll additionally want to determine what occurred to you and the way you bought into this mess. This one appears to be very well liked by those that take pleasure in these survival video games, and I positive can’t argue in opposition to its cool premise. The principle criticism is that it’s a bit skinny on content material, however for ten bucks I reckon that’s to be considerably anticipated.

Massive Journey: Journey to Europe 3 Collector’s Version ($14.99)

Discover the hidden objects in numerous scenes. I’m all out of novel issues to say about these sorts of issues except they really have a narrative, and this one doesn’t have one price mentioning. Thirty scenes to seek out stuff in, plus some minigames to interrupt up the proverbial motion.

Ink & Paper: DoodleCut ($4.99)

That is simply QIX, however with a sketch and doodle theme. Slice away parts of the sphere to disclose doodles whereas avoiding hazards. You should purchase actual QIX on Arcade Archives for just a few {dollars} greater than this.

Neodori Perpetually ($4.99)

A drift-heavy arcade-style driving sport, Neodori Perpetually provides up 5 sport modes, a bunch of automobiles, a dozen or so environments to race in, and procedurally-generated ranges. The aesthetic is simple to like, however the gameplay is a little more hit-or-miss. Remember that it’s promoting for a fiver and it’s possible you’ll go in with the fitting concept to take pleasure in what it has to supply.

Darkish Dungeon Warrior ($8.00)

SAT-BOX applies its traditional engine to a barely totally different theme. As a substitute of doing desktop sports activities battles or one thing, you and as much as 4 gamers by way of native multiplayer are exploring easy dungeons and battling monsters to finish missions. Don’t anticipate something too fancy right here. It’s primarily an off-the-cuff expertise to take pleasure in with pals.

Hunahpu Quest. Mechanoid ($3.99)

It is a platformer with forty ranges and a little bit of puzzling alongside the way in which. It type of jogs my memory of the type of 16-bit sport you’d discover on the rental retailer on a Friday night time in case you got here too late. And hey, it’s even priced like renting a type of. However will it provide the similar feeling of gentle remorse? Just one strategy to discover out.

Dino Puzzler World ($14.99)

This too is simply QIX, however with dinosaur photos to uncover. Slice away parts of the sphere to disclose the image whereas avoiding hazards. As soon as once more I need to remind you that you may purchase actual QIX on Arcade Archives, and on this case for about half the value.

Gross sales

(North American eShop, US Costs)

The inbox has a variety of Star Wars video games in it immediately, however there are additionally a lot of Bandai Namco video games, THQ Nordic video games, and indies like the superb Arcade Paradise within the combine. Not a lot within the weekend outbox aside from the positive works of Onion Video games, however in case you don’t have these in your assortment but you would possibly wish to take into account them. Examine these lists!

Choose New Video games on Sale

Namco Museum ($7.49 from $29.99 till 3/6)
Bossgard ($4.99 from $19.99 till 3/9)
Goat Simulator: The GOATY ($5.99 from $29.99 till 3/9)
Iron Lung ($5.09 from $5.99 till 3/9)
Sucker For Love: First Date ($8.49 from $9.99 till 3/9)
Star Wars Pinball ($14.99 from $29.99 till 3/10)
Star Wars The Pressure Unleashed ($15.99 from $19.99 till 3/10)
Star Wars Republic Commando ($7.49 from $14.99 till 3/10)
Star Wars Episode 1 Racer ($7.49 from $14.99 till 3/10)
Star Wars Jedi Academy ($9.99 from $19.99 till 3/10)
Star Wars Jedi Outcast ($4.99 from $9.99 till 3/10)
Star Wars KotOR ($9.74 from $14.99 till 3/10)
Star Wars KotOR II: Sith Lords ($9.74 from $14.99 till 3/10)
Wreckfest ($29.99 from $39.99 till 3/10)
Tribes of Midgard ($7.99 from $19.99 till 3/10)

Operencia: The Stolen Solar ($10.19 from $29.99 till 3/10)
Catan ($7.49 from $14.99 till 3/10)
Ghostbusters Remastered ($14.99 from $29.99 till 3/10)
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning ($23.99 from $39.99 till 3/10)
Arcade Paradise ($13.99 from $19.99 till 3/10)
Duke Nukem 3D twentieth Anniversary ($2.49 from $9.99 till 3/10)
Bulletstorm Duke of Swap ($7.49 from $29.99 till 3/10)
Torchlight II ($4.99 from $19.99 till 3/10)
Torchlight III ($9.99 from $39.99 till 3/10)
Circus Electrique ($11.99 from $19.99 till 3/10)
Redout 2 ($20.09 from $29.99 till 3/10)
Redout 2 Deluxe ($22.49 from $44.99 till 3/10)
Dragon Fury ($17.49 from $24.99 till 3/10)
KURSK ($2.49 from $9.99 till 3/10)
Are You Smarter Than a fifth Grader? ($19.99 from $29.99 till 3/10)

Into the Darkish ($13.99 from $19.99 till 3/10)
Endling EiF ($19.99 from $29.99 till 3/10)
InnerSpace ($1.99 from $19.99 till 3/10)
The Gardens Between ($3.59 from $19.99 till 3/13)
The Bass Fishing ($6.74 from $14.99 till 3/16)
Earth Protection Pressure: World Brothers ($23.99 from $39.99 till 3/16)
Samurai Maiden Deluxe ($59.99 from $74.99 till 3/16)

Gross sales Ending This Weekend

Boxer ($1.99 from $9.99 till 2/25)
On line casino Golf ($2.99 from $9.99 till 2/25)
Prepare dinner Serve Scrumptious 2 ($1.99 from $12.99 till 2/25)
Prepare dinner Serve Scrumptious 2/3 Bundle ($2.99 from $24.99 till 2/25)
Prepare dinner Serve Scrumptious 3 ($1.99 from $19.99 till 2/25)
Longhead ($2.99 from $9.99 till 2/25)
As soon as Upon a Time on Halloween ($2.99 from $9.99 till 2/25)
Black Chicken ($13.29 from $18.99 till 2/26)
Capybara Insanity ($3.84 from $6.99 till 2/26)
Dandy Dungeon: Courageous Yamada ($13.29 from $18.99 till 2/26)
Melty Blood Sort Lumina ($29.99 from $49.99 till 2/26)
Mon Amour ($6.29 from $8.99 till 2/26)
moon ($13.29 from $18.99 till 2/26)

That’s all for immediately and this week, pals. It positive feels prefer it was an extended one for me, and I’d prefer to say I’m going to relaxation up now however in actuality I’ve to hustle arduous if I wish to pay my payments this month and have sufficient left over for my internet fluid. I hope you all have a beautiful weekend, and as all the time, thanks for studying!