What an amazing week for the Nintendo eShop! Tons of diverse, different, affordable Switch games PLUS two great (and free) demo’s for 3DS (Monster Hunter Stories) & Switch (Rayman). I could even make an argument that his week’s lineup could be considered the best eShop update to hit the Nintendo Switch since launch.

Personally, I’m intrigued with Phantom Trigger. The videos and impressions I’ve seen circling the web look great at first glance. Sonic Mania is a good get for anyone looking for platforming and/or nostalgia. Severed I’ve had my fill of, having played it on Wii U & 3DS already, but its a good game & worth your consideration if you haven’t played it by now. However, even with all of these games to consider, I must admit I’m excited for the freebies! Rayman Legends is wonderful, definitely try out that free demo this week. Plus, everything I’ve seen regarding Monster Hunter Stories has me impressed. I can’t wait to go hand-on with the demo on that still-not-dead Nintendo 3DS! Great Week!


Nintendo Switch

Flip Wars – This tense multiplayer action game will have you stomping to flip over panels—and unwitting opponents. To win, flip the most panels to your color in local battles*, online** or single-player. The more you flip, the faster you’ll move in a mad dash to nab power ups. Increase your flip range, turn invincible, and more across three modes and 12 arenas.

Sonic Mania – 2D Sonic is back in a new adventure. In a celebration of past and future, play as Sonic, Tails and Knuckles as you race through new Zones and fully re-imagined classics, each filled with exciting surprises and powerful bosses. Go head-to-head with players in Competition Mode or play in Co-Op Mode with a friend. Welcome to the next level for the world’s fastest blue hedgehog. Sonic Mania will be available on Aug. 15.

Severed – From the creators of the Guacamelee! game and inspired by classic dungeon crawlers, Severed puts players in the role of a one-armed warrior named Sasha who wields a living sword on her journey through a nightmarish world in search of her family.

Phantom Trigger (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

IRONCAST (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Troll and I (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – available Aug. 15

ACA NEOGEO THE King OF Fighters 2000 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Rocket Fist (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)

Rayman Legends Definitive Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) –Demo Version – available Aug. 14


Other Nintendo Stuffs

MONSTER HUNTER STORIES (3DS Free Demo Version) – Venture into monster nests to collect eggs and hatch a wide array of species with uniquely powerful skills. Form teams, battle alongside them, crush opponents with combo attacks and ride into the sunset a champion. Need more muscle? Then mix and match genes to create monsters with more abilities.

Celebrate Kirby’s 25th Anniversary with activities throughout August – It’s been 25 years since Kirby debuted in the Kirby’s Dream Land game on the Game Boy system. That’s worth celebrating! You can redeem your points and get these celebratory Kirby 25th Anniversary items:

Kirby 25th anniversary HOME Menu Theme (Nintendo 3DS)

Kirby 3D anime video: “Right Back At Ya!” (Nintendo 3DS)

A Kirby 25th anniversary wallpaper

Also new this week:

Elminage Original (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

SOLDIER BLADE (Virtual Console for Wii U)

Final Soldier (Virtual Console for Wii U)


Fire Emblem Heroes – Fans of the mobile game will see a flurry of activity this week. Starter Support Events: Beginner and veteran Summoners alike will have a chance to strengthen their armies. During this event, they can summon five-star versions of four popular Heroes, and enjoy special log-in bonuses.

  • Hero Fest: 12 a.m. PT Aug. 10 to 11:59 p.m. PT Aug. 17 at: Here comes a Starter Support Hero Fest to help out new Summoners. It features some great Heroes at a boosted starting appearance rate of 5 percent.
  • Log-In Bonuses: Now through 11:59 p.m. PT Sept. 10: You can earn up to 60 Orbs! Here’s how:
  • Starter Support Log-In Bonus: Receive 20 Orbs if you log-in between now and 11:59 p.m. Aug. 24.
  • Six-Month Anniversary Celebration Log-In Bonus Part 1: Receive 20 Orbs if you log-in now through 11:59 p.m. PT Aug. 21.
  • Six-Month Anniversary Celebration Log-In Bonus Part 2: Receive 20 Orbs if you log-in between 12 a.m. PT Aug. 22 and 11:59 p.m. PT Sept. 10.

New features coming to version 1.6.0:

  • New mode: Arena Assault: In this mode, you’ll need to use a different team of Heroes in each map for a real challenge.
  • New feature: Catalog of Heroes: Check out all the Heroes you’ve met so far.
  • Plus, the Max Hero Merit limit has been raised from 2,000 to 3,000+

New updates: Tempest Trials Get Powered Up: The event runs 12 a.m. PT Aug. 11 until 11:59 p.m. PT Aug. 24.

  • Auto-Battle will automatically continue until you clear all maps or your team is defeated.
  • Team Management for Multi-Map Battles: You’ll be able to create up to 10 reserve teams.
  • New Stage with level 10 foes.
  • Score Bonus: Each day, you’ll get triple the points the first two times you head into battle.
  • Stat Boost for Bonus Allies: When you use Bonus Allies in Tempest Trials, they’ll get a 10-point boost to HP and a four-point boost to all of their other stats. They also will earn double experience and SP.