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When Fortnite Battle Royale launched on Android, it made an unusual choice: it bypassed Google Play in favor of offering the game directly from Epic Games’ own website. Most apps and games don’t have the luxury of making this choice – the built-in distribution Google Play offers is critical to their business. But Epic Games believes its game is popular enough and has a strong enough draw to bring players to its website for the Android download instead. In the process, it’s costing Google around $50 million this year in platform fees, according to a new report.

As of its Android launch date, Fortnite had grossed over $180 million on iOS devices, where it had been exclusively available since launching as an invite-only beta on March 15th, before later expanding to all App Store customers.

According to data from app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower, the game has earned Apple more than $54 million thanks to its 30 percent cut of all the in-app spending that takes place on apps distributed in its store.

That’s money Epic Games isn’t apparently willing to give up to Google, when there’s another way.

Unlike Apple, which only allows apps to be downloaded from its own storefront, Google’s platform is more open. There’s a way to adjust an Android device’s settings to download apps and games from anywhere on the web. Of course, by doing so, users are exposed to more security risks, malware infections, and other malicious attacks.

For those reasons, security researchers are saying that Epic Games’ decision sets a dangerous precedent by encouraging people to remove the default security protections from their devices. They’re also concerned that users who look for the game on Google Play could be fooled into downloading suspicious copycat apps that may be trying to take advantage of Fortnite’s absence to scam mobile users.

Google seems to be worried about that, too.

For the first time ever, the company is informing Google Play users that a game is not available for download.

Now, when users search for things like “Fortnite” or “Fortnite Battle Royale,” Google Play will respond that the app is “not available on Google Play.” (One has to wonder if Google’s misspelling of “Royale” as “Royal” in its message was a little eff u to the gamemakers, or just a bit of incompetence.)

In any event, it’s an unusual response on Google’s part – and one it can believably claim was done to serve users as well as protect them from any potential scam apps.

However, the message could lead to some pressure on Epic Games, too. It could encourage consumer complaints from those who want to more easily (or more safely) download the game, as well as from those who don’t understand there’s an alternative method or are confused about how that method works.

In addition, Google is serving up the also hugely popular PUBG Mobile at the top of Fortnite search results followed by other games. In doing so, it’s sending users to another game that can easily eat up users’ time and attention.

For Google, the move by Epic Games is likely troubling, as it could prompt other large games to do the same. While one odd move by Epic Games won’t be a make or break situation for Google Play revenue (which always lags iOS), if it became the norm, Google’s losses could climb.

At present, Google is missing out on millions that will now go directly to the game publisher itself.

Over the rest of 2018, Sensor Tower believes Fortnite will have gained at least $50 million in revenues that would otherwise have been paid out to Google.

The firm expects that when Fortnite rolls out to all supported Android devices, its launch revenue on the platform will closely resemble the first several months of Apple App Store player spending.

It may even surpass it, given the game’s popularity continues growing and the standalone download allows it to reach players in countries where Google Play isn’t available.

Meanwhile, there have been concerns that the download makes it more difficult on users with older Android devices to access the game, because the process for sideloading apps isn’t as straightforward. But Sensor Tower says this will not have a large enough impact to affect Fortnite’s revenue potential in the long run.

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The latest Nintendo Download update for Europe has arrived, and it’s bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. As always, be sure to drop a vote in our poll and a comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy!

Nintendo Switch – New Releases

State of Mind (Daedalic GmbH, €39.99 / £35.99) - This domestic drama evolves into a thriller about a worldwide conspiracy, which at its core aims to determine the fate of humanity: Could a perfect digital utopia be the answer? A virtual paradise not affected by material needs and quarrels? Could a super-AI be our saviour – or would it simply declare us as dispensable since it could not be taught the value of philanthropy? - Read our State of Mind review

Vegas Party (Funbox Media, €24.99 £22.49) - The game takes the player into the gambling-friendly universe of this over-the-top version of Las Vegas city. Played as a race, the goal is to reach the end of the Strip before anyone else. Manage your token account in 10 gambling minigames, avoid the dangers like twisters and earthquakes, take advantage of your gaming skills and your good luck, trust no one and forget the meaning of the word “mercy” because it does not apply here!

Switch eShop – New Releases

2064: Read Only Memories INTEGRAL (MidBoss, €17.57 / £15.79) - 2064: Read Only Memories INTEGRAL fuses old and new: a classic-style adventure game with lush pixel art and catchy electronic soundtrack, but which explores modern-day issues of individuality, freedom, and identity. Explore a colorful future metropolis, meet fascinating and diverse characters, and get to the bottom of a deadly conspiracy. - Read our 2064: Read Only Memories INTEGRAL review

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games, €13.49 / £12.14) - 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!

MONSTER HUNTER GENERATIONS ULTIMATE Demo (CAPCOM, Free) - Hunting season is OPEN! 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 fercious 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!

FLIP OVER FROG (MUTAN, €7.00 / £6.29) - 4 x 4 square encampment battle! Flip over cards, get the largest number of your symbol cards face up, and then keep your area! Predict the symbol card of your opponent and then flip over! Simple yet profound…the ultimate example of a party game!

Cosmic Star Heroine (Limited Run Games, €10.79 / £9.89) - 3 exotic planets to explore. Aliens. Robots. Magic. Forbidden technology. Conspiracies. A galactic threat. And one brave heroine to make things right. Cosmic Star Heroine is an exciting RPG from the creators of Cthulhu Saves the World. - Read our Cosmic Star Heroine review

FunBox Party (Drageus Games, €1.99 / £1.79) - Fun Box party is a perfect party package, because having fun together is the best kind of fun. Three arcade games that are perfect for making any party the best one ever! In each of these games, your speed, reflexes and – most importantly – good fun counts.

ACA NEOGEO REAL BOUT FATAL FURY 2 (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - “REAL BOUT FATAL FURY 2” is a fighting game released by SNK in 1998. It is the 7th title in the Fatal Fury series. New elements have been added on top of refining the previous systems. This entry adds Rick Strowd and Li Xiangfei as playable characters, and Geese Howard makes his return as well! - Read our ACA NEOGEO REAL BOUT FATAL FURY 2 review

CastleStorm (Zen Studios, €14.99 / £13.49) - Enjoy a unique take on medieval warfare in Zen Studios’ light-hearted action-strategy game! As rival fortresses attack your own, you’ll use a ballista to fling an assortment of weapons at enemy towers and spear approaching enemies, while sending your own troops and unleashing powerful spells. - Read our CastleStorm review

EXTREME POKER (DORASU, €4.29 / £3.89) - From standard to original, play several games based on poker rules! Using acquired chips, you can customize the front and back of your cards with your favourite design!

Manual Samuel (Curve Digital, €9.99 / £9.99) - An adventure game with a twist. Death’s deal means Sam must survive a day controlling his entire body manually. Breathing, blinking & driving, all these tasks fall to you. - Read our Manual Samuel review

Next Up Hero (Aspyr, €19.99 / £17.99) - Next Up Hero is a dungeon crawler featuring hand-drawn heroes that hack, slash, bongo-drum, boomerang, and jet their way through Ventures. Choose your Hero and start rolling dungeons, gearing out, and maxing your stats. Invite a friend for co-op — you’re going to need all the help you can get.

Red’s Kingdom (Rising Star Games, €9.99 / £8.99) - Mad King Mac has always caused trouble for his subjects, but stealing Red’s winter stash of acorns, his prized golden nut AND kidnapping his father? That’s going too far! Help lead Red on a journey across the land in search of his missing nuts, overcoming obstacles and unlocking abilities in this charmingly epic isometric puzzle adventure! - Read our Red’s Kingdom review

Robbotto (JMJ Interactive, €9.99 / £8.99) - A gigantic space cruiser was slowly gliding through cosmos, when suddenly the ship flew straight through a magnetic storm, causing all the robots and machines onboard to go crazy. Luckily, Robb and Otto, the ships top maintenance robots didn’t get affected by the storm. Now the two unlikely heroes must travel through the ship and disable all the malfunctioning machines. - Read our Robbotto review

Detective Gallo (MixedBag, €14.99 / £13.49) - Detective Gallo is a point&click comic-noir adventure that is entirely hand-illustrated and hand-animated, and whose protagonist is a feathered and grumpy private eye struggling with a very tricky case, bizarre characters, and puzzles that will put his insight and patience to the test.

Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders (Artifex Mundi, €13.49 / £12.14) - A young and talented apothecary Tara decides to find the cause of the plague in her country and prevent it from spreading further. A quest full of puzzles and challenges awaits, one that will lead her to the far reaches of kingdom and even beyond it. Tara will be assisted by a mysterious acrobat and swordsman Darius, as well as goofy but kind-hearted geenie Minu. Join the quest and lead Tara to victory.

Polygod (Krafted Games, €14.99 / £13.49) - Polygod is a rogue-like, randomly generated, single & multiplayer FPS with a brutal difficulty curve! Blending a fast-paced, Quake-esque feel with randomness, difficulty and our handcrafted power-up system, Polygod is a hardcore gamer and speedrunner’s dream.

Tiny Hands Adventure (Blue Sunset Games, €15.99 / £13.99) - Join a young t-rex Borti on his quest to find the best replacement for his tiny hands and arms. Explore several unknown worlds, find all the collectables and face bosses that have what you want.

Treadnauts (Topstitch Games, €9.99 / £8.99) - Treadnauts gives competitive platform fighters a kiss of physics finesse. Gracefully pilot your tank through gorgeous arenas to land a deadly shot on your opponents! You’ve got a slew of useful tricks at your disposal, including treads that stick to any wall, boosters for midair hops, zero-friction slides, and rocket jumps for soaring into the sky. It’s all about moving with style!

EARTHLOCK Demo (Snowcastle Games, Free) - Enter a beautiful world haunted by its fateful past and join a party of unlikely heroes on their journey to rescue Amon’s uncle from an ancient cult and uncover the secret of EARTHLOCK. - Read our EARTHLOCK Demo review

Morphite Demo (Blowfish Studios, Free) - Set in a distant future, Morphite follows the story of Myrah Kale. Her life takes a sudden turn when a simple mission develops into an epic interstellar journey revealing her mysterious past and relation to a coveted substance called Morphite. Inside Myrah’s vessel, players will engage in random encounters with real-time space combat, trade with other travelers across the galaxy and navigate outer space with Morphite’s easy-to-use Starmap system. - Read our Morphite Demo review

3DS eShop – New Releases

Squids Odyssey (The Game Bakers, €8.99 / £8.09) - Read our Squids Odyssey review

Wii U eShop – New Releases

Squids Odyssey (The Game Bakers, €8.99 / £8.09) - Read our Squids Odyssey review

Switch eShop – Pre-Orders

Night Trap – 25th Anniversary Edition (Limited Run Games, €11.99 / £10.99, pre-order from 13/08/2018) - Night Trap tells the story of five teenage girls spending the weekend at the Martin home. As a member of the Special Control Attack Team, your job is to monitor the home and protect the girls using an intricate system of cameras and traps as it is being invaded by vampires.

Freedom Planet (Marvelous Europe, €14.99 / £12.99, pre-order from 16/08/2018) Freedom Planet is a fast-paced combat-driven platform adventure that pits a spunky dragon girl and her friends against hostile foreign powers and alien attack forces. There’s trouble around every turn, from insects to giant robots to sheer explosive destruction, but players will have a variety of special fighting abilities at their disposal to blast through more than a dozen massive, nonlinear stages.

My Farm (Plug In Digital, €9.99 / £8.99, pre-order from 16/08/2018) You start with just a hen, an empty field and a few pennies. You have to feed your hen, take care of it and improve its living conditions! The aim of the game is to earn money by selling eggs and other farm produce, in order to buy more animals at the Farmers’ Fair, and items that improve your farm from the Shopkeeper.

NEKOPARA Vol.1 (CFK, €10.99 / £9.89, pre-order from 23/08/2018) ”NEKOPARA”, a famous PC adventure game, is out for Nintendo Switch! Minaduki Kashou leaves a family-run traditional Japanese sweets shop to open his own cake shop, “La Soleil”. with human look-alike Nekos, Chocola and Vanilla.

Old School Musical (Plug In Digital, €12.99 / £11.09, pre-order from 16/08/2018) Have you ever played a rhythm game before? Well, this is like that, but much better! With each note, you are responsible for the success of our two heroes’ quest. Swing your sword and shoot with your spacecraft to the beat of chiptune tracks from Dubmood, Zabutom, Hello World, Yponeko and Le Plancton.

Ninjin: Clash of Carrots (Modus Games, €14.99 / £11.99, pre-order from 17/08/2018) Ninjin: Clash of Carrots is an anime-inspired beat-‘em-up with a gaggle of varied enemies, deep customization…and ninjas! Play through side-scrolling worlds consisting of multiple stages and collect carrots stolen by the evil Shogun Moe!

Switch eShop – Special Offers

Game Title Price Saving Until Original Price
Hacky Zack (Digerati) €8.99 / £8.09 -10% Sun 2nd Sep €9.99 / £8.99
Space Ribbon (Onteca) €9.99 / £8.70 -33% Fri 14th Sep €14.99 / £12.99
Kero Blaster (ACTIVE GAMING MEDIA) €8.99 / £8.09 -10% Wed 22nd Aug €9.99 / £8.99
Lumo (Rising Star Games) €15.99 / £15.99 -20% Thu 30th Aug €19.99 / £19.99
88 Heroes – 98 Heroes Edition (Rising Star Games) €14.99 / £14.99 -50% Thu 30th Aug €29.99 / £29.99
Bit Dungeon+ (Dolores Ent.) €6.29 / £5.66 -30% Thu 30th Aug €8.99 / £8.09
ClusterPuck 99 (Coatsink Software) €4.24 / £3.84 -50% Thu 30th Aug €8.49 / £7.69
Glaive: Brick Breaker (Blue Sunset Games) €3.99 / £3.59 -60% Thu 6th Sep €9.99 / £8.99
Ninja Shodown (Rising Star Games) €7.79 / £5.99 -40% Thu 30th Aug €12.99 / £9.99
Puzzle Box Maker (Bplus) €11.99 / £10.79 -20% Fri 14th Sep €14.99 / £13.49
Squids Odyssey (The Game Bakers) €8.99 / £8.09 -40% Thu 23rd Aug €14.99 / £13.49
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX (Rising Star Games) €26.24 / £22.49 -25% Thu 30th Aug €34.99 / £29.99
Superola and the Lost Burgers (Undergames) €3.59 / £2.99 -40% Mon 10th Sep €5.99 / £4.99
The Long Reach (Merge Games) €5.09 / £4.41 -66% Thu 30th Aug €14.99 / £12.99
Tiny Troopers Joint Ops XL (Wired Productions) €9.74 / £7.49 -25% Thu 30th Aug €12.99 / £9.99
Woodle Tree Adventures (ChubbyPixel) €3.24 / £2.91 -35% Sun 2nd Sep €4.99 / £4.49
WWE 2K18 (2K) €22.49 / £19.99 -50% Tue 28th Aug €44.99 / £39.99
WWE 2K18 Digital Deluxe Edition (2K) €32.49 / £28.99 -50% Tue 28th Aug €64.99 / £57.99
WWE 2K18 Season Pass (2K) €20.09 / £16.74 -33% Tue 28th Aug €29.99 / £24.99
Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (FDG Entertainment) €9.99 / £8.99 -33% Fri 31st Aug €14.99 / £13.49
VSR: Void Space Racing (SONKA) €4.99 / £4.49 -50% Fri 7th Sep €9.99 / £8.99
FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) €39.99 / £34.99 -33% €59.99 / £54.99
Shut Eye (Forever Entertainment) €1.99 / £1.79 -50% €3.99 / £3.59
The Next Penelope (Plug In Digital) €9.74 / £8.24 -25% €12.99 / £10.99
Transcripted (Plug In Digital) €5.99 / £5.24 -25% €7.99 / £6.99

New 3DS eShop – Special Offers

Game Title Price Saving Until Original Price
DON’T CRASH GO (RCMADIAX) €0.99 / £0.93 -34% Thu 13th Sep €1.49 / £1.39
FOUR BOMBS (RCMADIAX) €0.99 / £0.93 -34% Thu 13th Sep €1.49 / £1.39
PINK DOT BLUE DOT (RCMADIAX) €0.99 / £0.93 -34% Thu 13th Sep €1.49 / £1.39
SWIPE (RCMADIAX) €0.99 / £0.93 -34% Thu 13th Sep €1.49 / £1.39
TABLE TENNIS INFINITY (RCMADIAX) €0.99 / £0.93 -34% Thu 13th Sep €1.49 / £1.39

3DS eShop – Special Offers

Game Title Price Saving Until Original Price
Around the World with Hello Kitty and Friends (Rising Star Games) €14.99 / £14.99 -50% Thu 30th Aug €29.99 / £29.99
Beyblade Evolution (Rising Star Games) €4.99 / £4.99 -75% Thu 30th Aug €19.99 / £19.99
BIT.TRIP SAGA (Rising Star Games) €4.99 / £4.49 -75% Thu 30th Aug €19.99 / £17.99
Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop (Rising Star Games) €14.99 / £14.99 -50% Thu 30th Aug €29.99 / £29.99
Girl’s Fashion Shoot (Rising Star Games) €4.99 / £4.99 -75% Thu 30th Aug €19.99 / £19.99
Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (Rising Star Games) €11.99 / £11.99 -60% Thu 30th Aug €29.99 / £29.99
Harvest Moon: Skytree Village (Rising Star Games) €19.99 / £14.99 -50% Thu 30th Aug €39.99 / £29.99
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (Rising Star Games) €9.99 / £8.99 -50% Thu 30th Aug €19.99 / £17.99
Hello Kitty & Friends: Rockin’ World Tour (Rising Star Games) €14.99 / £12.49 -50% Thu 30th Aug €29.99 / £24.99
Hello Kitty and the Apron of Magic : Rhythm Cooking (Rising Star Games) €14.99 / £12.49 -50% Thu 30th Aug €29.99 / £24.99
Hometown Story (Rising Star Games) €7.49 / £7.49 -75% Thu 30th Aug €29.99 / £29.99
Jewel Master Cradle Of Egypt 2 3D (Rising Star Games) €4.99 / £4.49 / CHF -75% Thu 30th Aug €19.99 / £17.99 / CHF –
Jewel Master Cradle Of Rome 2 (Rising Star Games) €4.99 / £4.49 / CHF -75% Thu 30th Aug €19.99 / £17.99 / CHF –
Shifting World (Rising Star Games) €4.99 / £4.49 -75% Thu 30th Aug €19.99 / £17.99
Super Black Bass 3D (Rising Star Games) €4.99 / £4.49 -75% Thu 30th Aug €19.99 / £17.99
Virtue’s Last Reward (Rising Star Games) €12.49 / £9.99 -50% Thu 30th Aug €24.99 / £19.99
Ambition of the Slimes (CIRCLE Ent.) €3.00 / £2.79 -40% Thu 30th Aug €5.00 / £4.79
Bit Boy!! ARCADE (Bplus) €3.99 / £3.59 -50% Fri 14th Sep €7.99 / £7.19
Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition (Ratalaika Games) €1.49 / £1.34 -50% Thu 30th Aug €2.99 / £2.69
Brilliant Hamsters! (Rising Star Games) €4.99 / £4.99 -50% Thu 30th Aug €9.99 / £9.99
Castle Conqueror Defender (CIRCLE Ent.) €2.99 / £2.89 -40% Thu 30th Aug €4.99 / £4.89
Crystareino (KEMCO) €5.99 / £5.39 -40% Wed 5th Sep €9.99 / £8.99
Excave II : Wizard of the Underworld (Rising Star Games) €5.00 / £4.49 -50% Thu 30th Aug €10.00 / £8.99
Excave III : Tower of Destiny (Rising Star Games) €3.99 / £3.59 -50% Thu 30th Aug €7.99 / £7.19
Infinite Dunamis (KEMCO) €4.99 / £4.49 -50% Wed 5th Sep €9.99 / £8.99
Psycho Pigs (Rising Star Games) €3.99 / £3.59 -50% Thu 30th Aug €7.99 / £7.19
Puzzle Labyrinth (CIRCLE Ent.) €3.00 / £2.49 -40% Thu 30th Aug €5.00 / £4.29
PUZZLEBOX setup (Bplus) €1.49 / £1.34 -50% Fri 14th Sep €2.99 / £2.69
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB) €4.99 / £4.49 -50% Thu 23rd Aug €9.99 / £8.99
SADAME (Rising Star Games) €5.99 / £5.19 -60% Thu 30th Aug €14.99 / £12.99
Unholy Heights (Rising Star Games) €2.99 / £2.69 -50% Thu 30th Aug €5.99 / £5.39

Wii U eShop – Special Offers

Game Title Price Saving Until Original Price
Hello Kitty Kruisers (Rising Star Games) €14.99 / £12.49 -50% Thu 30th Aug €29.99 / £24.99
99 Moves (EnjoyUp Games) €1.24 / £1.14 -50% Thu 13th Sep €2.49 / £2.29
Abyss (EnjoyUp Games) €0.99 / £0.89 -50% Thu 13th Sep €1.99 / £1.79
Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition (Ratalaika Games) €1.49 / £1.34 -50% Thu 30th Aug €2.99 / £2.69
BOX UP (RCMADIAX) €0.99 / £0.93 -34% Thu 13th Sep €1.49 / £1.39
COLOR BOMBS (RCMADIAX) €0.99 / £0.93 -34% Thu 13th Sep €1.49 / £1.39
GALAXY BLASTER (RCMADIAX) €0.99 / £0.93 -34% Thu 13th Sep €1.49 / £1.39
PENTAPUZZLE (RCMADIAX) €3.00 / £2.74 -33% Thu 13th Sep €4.49 / £4.09
PIXEL SLIME U (RCMADIAX) €2.00 / £1.80 -33% Thu 13th Sep €2.99 / £2.69
PONCHO (Rising Star Games) €4.49 / £3.99 -50% Thu 30th Aug €8.99 / £7.99
Rock ‘N Racing Off Road DX (EnjoyUp Games) €4.95 / £4.45 -38% Thu 13th Sep €7.99 / £7.19
SHOOTY SPACE (RCMADIAX) €2.00 / £1.80 -33% Thu 13th Sep €2.99 / £2.69
SUPER ROBO MOUSE (RCMADIAX) €3.00 / £2.74 -33% Thu 13th Sep €4.49 / £4.09
TAP TAP ARCADE (RCMADIAX) €1.33 / £1.19 -33% Thu 13th Sep €1.99 / £1.79
TAP TAP ARCADE 2 (RCMADIAX) €2.00 / £1.80 -33% Thu 13th Sep €2.99 / £2.69
TOUCH SELECTIONS (RCMADIAX) €2.00 / £1.80 -33% Thu 13th Sep €2.99 / £2.69

DLC / Add-On Content

Nintendo Switch

  • Pic-a-Pix Deluxe – Small Puzzles 8 (Lightwood Games) - €1.99 / £1.99
  • Pic-a-Pix Deluxe – Mixed Puzzles 8 (Lightwood Games) - €1.99 / £1.99
  • Pic-a-Pix Deluxe – Large Puzzles 8 (Lightwood Games) - €1.99 / £1.99

So that’s your lot for this week’s Nintendo Download. Go on, be a sport and drop a vote in the poll above, and a comment below with your hot picks!

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Nintendo eShop Update: 16th August 2018 (North America)

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This week’s Nintendo eShop releases for North America are in, delivering new demos and games for Nintendo Switch – as well as plentiful discounts across all platforms.

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Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week on Nintendo of America’s website.

Nintendo Switch Demos

  • Animated Jigsaws: Beautiful Japanese Scenery, Rainy Frog – Free
    Animated Jigsaws – Beautiful Japanese Scenery contains moving images from spring, summer, autumn and winter capturing the natural beauty of Japan from all four seasons. Piece together scenes from some of Japanese most famous places including Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Tokyo and the Snow Monkeys enjoying a bath in a natural hot spring. The hectic scramble crossing at the metropolitan Shibuya district in Tokyo is also included.
  • Monopoly for Nintendo Switch, Ubisoft – Free
    Experience three unique 3D boards at home or on-the-go with up to six players in total, or take your game online and challenge players in quick matches. Customise your game by selecting from six official House Rules chosen by Monopoly fans around the world. Don’t have time for a full game? Speed it up with Special Goals that shorten play sessions, and Actions Cards to move you around the board and penalize your opponents. Build your empire and trade your way to victory.
  • Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, Capcom – Free
    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.
  • Morphite, Level 77 – Free
    Set in a distant future where humanity has colonized the far reaches of space, Morphite follows the story of Myrah Kale, a young woman whose life takes a sudden turn when a simple mission develops into an epic interstellar journey revealing her mysterious past and relation to a coveted substance called Morphite.

Nintendo Switch Games

  • ACA NEOGEO Metal Slug 4, Hamster Corporation – $7.99
    Metal Slug 4 is an action shooting game released by SNK in 2002 and it marks as the fifth title in the Metal Slug series. In addition to Marco and Fio, the brand new characters, Trevor and Nadia have joined the battle. Use the new items effectively and get the highest score with the new Metallish System.
  • All-Star Fruit Racing, PQube – $35.99 (available Tuesday 21st August)
    All-Star Fruit Racing propels players into vibrant worlds filled with incredible action: drift through looping bends, soar over monumental jumps and defy gravity itself around tubular tracks in an explosively colorful racer bursting with championships, modes and awe-inspiring sights.
  • Arcade Archives Kid’s Horehore Daisakusen, Hamster Corporation – $7.99
    Kid’s Horehore Daisakusen is an action game that was released from Nichibutsu in 1987. Kid, who has been drawn into the space-time labyrinth from the 23 century, fights to escape from a large track of the enemy in order to return to the present day. Players defeat enemies with dropping in holes with using items, to escape from the times, such as primitive times and the Edo era and contemporary.
  • CastleStorm, Zen Studios – $14.99
    Enjoy a unique take on medieval warfare in Zen Studios’ light-hearted action-strategy game – enhanced with new features designed specifically for Nintendo Switch. As rival fortresses attack your own, you’ll use a ballista to fling an assortment of weapons at enemy towers and spear approaching enemies, while sending your own troops and unleashing powerful spells. Battling opposing units up-close as an individual hero nicely balances the ranged combat, and CastleStorm’s goofy characters and richly detailed graphics keep it an enchanting experience throughout.
  • Detective Gallo, MixedBag – $14.99 (available Friday 17th August)
    Detective Gallo is a point&click comic-noir adventure that is entirely hand-illustrated and hand-animated, and whose protagonist is a feathered and grumpy private eye struggling with a very tricky case, bizarre characters, and puzzles that will put his insight and patience to the test.
  • Flip Over Frog. Mutan – $7.50
    Flip over cards, get the largest number of your symbol cards face up, and then keep your area. Predict the symbol card of your opponent and then flip over. Simple yet profound… the ultimate example of a party game.
  • FunBox Party, Drageus Games – $1.99
    Fun Box party is a perfect party package, because having fun together is the best kind of fun. Three arcade games that are perfect for making any party the best one ever. In each of these games, your speed, reflexes and – most importantly – good fun counts.
  • Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Nitro Ball, FTE Games – $7.99
    Join the game show and blast your way through 5 intense levels gathering power-ups and special weapons, including a special super power.
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Steel Crate Games – $14.99
    In the Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes game, 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! 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.
  • Manual Samuel, Curve Digital – $9.99
    Manual Samuel is a classic adventure game with a wild twist. After making a deal with Death, our hero, the spoiled rich-kid Samuel, must survive for 24 hours controlling his entire body manually. From breathing and blinking to driving and working, all these tasks will fall to you. It won’t be easy, with Death himself tagging along for the ride, you might be in some very deep faeces.
  • Next Up Hero, Aspyr Media – $19.99
    Next Up Hero is a dungeon crawler featuring hand-drawn heroes that hack, slash, bongo-drum, boomerang, and jet their way through Ventures. Choose your Hero and start rolling dungeons, gearing out, and maxing your stats. Invite a friend for co-op — you’re going to need all the help you can get.
  • Out of The Box, Raiser Games – $14.99 (available Wednesday 22nd August)
    Dive into a wild story of gangsters and criminals in Out of the Box, a captivating thriller where you decide the fate of the peculiar customers of a luxurious nightclub in a never-ending race against the clock.
  • Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders, Artifex Mundi – $14.99 (available Friday 17th August)
    Ominous clouds are gathering over Persia. The good natured king Badiya is mortally ill and the demonic Grand Vizier Zaved holds his subjects in an iron grip, bringing the country to the edge of ruin. To make matters worse, a shadowy disease has appeared out of nowhere, spreading across the land. A young and talented apothecary Tara decides to find the cause of this plague and prevent it from spreading further.
  • Polygod, Krafted Games – $14.99 (available Friday 17th August)
    Polygod is a rogue-like, randomly generated, single & multiplayer FPS with a brutal difficulty curve. Blending a fast-paced, Quake-esque feel with randomness, difficulty and our handcrafted power-up system, Polygod is a hardcore gamer and speedrunner’s dream. Only the most skilled and strategic players will defeat the Trial of the Gods.
  • Red’s Kingdom, Rising Star Games – $9.99 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
    Mad King Mac has always caused trouble for his subjects, but stealing Red’s winter stash of acorns, his prized golden nut AND kidnapping his father? That’s going too far! Help lead Red on a journey across the land in search of his missing nuts, overcoming obstacles and unlocking abilities in this charmingly epic isometric puzzle adventure.
  • Robbotto, JMJ Interactive – $9.99
    Join Robb and Otto, two intrepid maintenance robots as they must travel through a malfunctioning spaceship, in an effort to shutdown all the rampaging machines.
  • Spectrum, Digerati – $11.99 (available Monday 20th August)
    Spectrum is a unique platform game set in a stunning abstract world. Jump, dive and find your flow to skillfully navigate through 80 ingenious levels of shifting shapes and vibrant colours. Stylish visuals combine with an atmospheric soundtrack to create an immersive experience of pure, zen-focus platforming.
  • The Walking Dead: The Final Season – Season Pass, Telltale Games – $19.99
    After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be Clementine and AJ’s chance for a home. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. In this gripping, emotional final season, your choices define your relationships, shape your world, and determine how Clementine’s story ends.
  • Tiny Hands Adventure, Blue Sunset Games – $16.99
    Join a young t-rex Borti on his quest to find the best replacement for his tiny hands and arms. Explore several unknown worlds, find all the collectables and face bosses that have what you want. The adventure starts now.
  • Treadnauts, Topstitch Games – $9.99 (available Friday 17th August)
    Treadnauts gives competitive platform fighters a kiss of physics finesse. Gracefully pilot your tank through gorgeous arenas to land a deadly shot on your opponents. You’ve got a slew of useful tricks at your disposal, including treads that stick to any wall, boosters for midair hops, zero-friction slides, and rocket jumps for soaring into the sky. It’s all about moving with style.

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The latest Nintendo Download update for North America has arrived, and it’s bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. As always, be sure to drop a vote in our poll and a comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy!

Nintendo Switch retail

All-Star Fruit Racing (PQube, Tue 21st August, $39.99) All-Star Fruit Racing propels players into vibrant worlds filled with incredible action: drift through looping bends, soar over monumental jumps and defy gravity itself around tubular tracks in an explosively colorful racer bursting with championships, modes and awe-inspiring sights! Read our All-Star Fruit Racing review.

Switch eShop

Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games, Today, $14.99) 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.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season - Season Pass (Telltale Games, Mon 13th August, $19.99) After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be Clementine and AJ’s chance for a home. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. In this gripping, emotional final season, your choices define your relationships, shape your world, and determine how Clementine’s story ends.

ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG 4 (HAMSTER, Thu 9th August, $7.99) ”METAL SLUG 4″ is an action shooting game released by SNK in 2002 and it marks as the fifth title in the METAL SLUG series. In addition to Marco and Fio, the brand new characters, Trevor and Nadia have joined the battle! Read our Metal Slug 4 review.

Arcade Archives Kid’s Horehore Daisakusen (HAMSTER, Thu 9th August, $7.99) ’Kid’s Horehore Daisakusen’ is an action game that was released from Nichibutsu in 1987. Kid, who has been drawn into the space-time labyrinth from the 23 century, fights to escape from a large track of the enemy in order to return to the present day.

CastleStorm (Zen Studios, Today, $14.99) Enjoy a unique take on medieval warfare in Zen Studios’ light-hearted action-strategy game – enhanced with new features designed specifically for the Switch. Read our CastleStorm review.

Detective Gallo (MixedBag, Fri 17th August, $14.99) Detective Gallo is a point&click comic-noir adventure that is entirely hand-illustrated and hand-animated, and whose protagonist is a feathered and grumpy private eye struggling with a very tricky case, bizarre characters, and puzzles that will put his insight and patience to the test.

Flip Over Frog (MUTAN, Thu 9th August, $7.50) 4 x 4 square encampment battle! Flip over cards, get the largest number of your symbol cards face up, and then keep your area! Predict the symbol card of your opponent and then flip over! Simple yet profound…the ultimate example of a party game!

FunBox Party (Drageus Games, Tue 14th August, $1.99) Fun Box party is a perfect party package, because having fun together is the best kind of fun. Three arcade games that are perfect for making any party the best one ever! In each of these games, your speed, reflexes and – most importantly – good fun counts.

Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Nitro Ball (FTE Games, Today, $7.99) Join the game show and blast your way through 5 intense levels gathering power-ups and special weapons, including a special super power.

Manual Samuel (Curve Digital, Today, $9.99) Manual Samuel is a classic adventure game with a wild twist. After making a deal with Death, our hero, the spoiled rich-kid Samuel, must survive for 24 hours controlling his entire body manually.  Read our Manual Samuel review.

Next Up Hero (Aspyr Media, Inc., Today, $19.99) Next Up Hero is a dungeon crawler featuring hand-drawn heroes that hack, slash, bongo-drum, boomerang, and jet their way through Ventures. Choose your Hero and start rolling dungeons, gearing out, and maxing your stats. Invite a friend for co-op — you’re going to need all the help you can get.

Out of The Box (Raiser Games, Wed 22nd August, $14.99) Dive into a wild story of gangsters and criminals in Out of the Box, a captivating thriller where you decide the fate of the peculiar customers of a luxurious nightclub in a never-ending race against the clock.

Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders (Artifex Mundi, Fri 17th August, $14.99) Ominous clouds are gathering over Persia. The good-natured king Badiya is mortally ill and the demonic Grand Vizier Zaved holds his subjects in an iron grip, bringing the country to the edge of ruin. To make matters worse, a shadowy disease has appeared out of nowhere, spreading across the land.

Polygod (Krafted Games, Fri 17th August, $14.99) Polygod is a rogue-like, randomly generated, single & multiplayer FPS with a brutal difficulty curve! Blending a fast-paced, Quake-esque feel with randomness, difficulty and our handcrafted power-up system, Polygod is a hardcore gamer and speedrunner’s dream. 

Red’s Kingdom (Rising Star Games, Today, $9.99) Mad King Mac has always caused trouble for his subjects, but stealing Red’s winter stash of acorns, his prized golden nut AND kidnapping his father? That’s going too far! Read our Red’s Kingdom review.

Robbotto (JMJ Interactive, Today, $9.99) A gigantic space cruiser was slowly gliding through the vastness of cosmos, when suddenly disaster struck! The ship flew straight through a magnetic storm, causing all the robots and machines onboard to go crazy. Luckily, Robb and Otto, the ships top maintenance robots were putting out a fire in the ships shield generator room, and didn’t get affected by the storm. Read our Robbotto review.

Spectrum (Digerati, Mon 20th August, $11.99) Spectrum is a unique platform game set in a stunning abstract world. Jump, dive and find your flow to skillfully navigate through 80 ingenious levels of shifting shapes and vibrant colours. Stylish visuals combine with an atmospheric soundtrack to create an immersive experience of pure, zen-focus platforming.

Tiny Hands Adventure (Blue Sunset Games, Fri 10th August, $16.99) Join a young t-rex Borti on his quest to find the best replacement for his tiny hands and arms. Explore several unknown worlds, find all the collectables and face bosses that have what you want.

Treadnauts (Topstitch Games, Fri 17th August, $9.99) Treadnauts gives competitive platform fighters a kiss of physics finesse. Gracefully pilot your tank through gorgeous arenas to land a deadly shot on your opponents!

Switch Demos

Nintendo eShop sales

Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week here.

Activities

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Flower Festival Event – Every day is a new day in the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp smartphone game. Starting today, the Flower Festival event begins. Stop by your garden to get special event flower seeds. If you cross-pollinate event flowers, you can get seeds for flowers of different colors. Trade event flowers to Lloid for items like a red-and-yellow bicycle and Flower Festival clothing, among other fun summer items. This event is running from Aug. 16 at 11 p.m. PT through Aug. 28 at 10:59 p.m. PT.

August Legendary Pokémon – The Legendary duo of Kyogre and Groudon has dominated the land and seas since originally appearing in the Hoenn region. Now you can get one of them via a code from your local participating GameStop store from Aug. 3 to Aug. 26. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Sun players can get Kyogre, while Pokémon Ultra Moon and Pokémon Moon players can get Groudon. Available while supplies last. 

Nintendo Labo Creators Contest No. 2 Ends Soon – Calling Nintendo Labo fans! In less than one week, the latest Nintendo Labo Creators Contest ends. Have you started on your entry? A team of Nintendo Labo judges will select two Grand Prize winners and eight runner-up winners in two categories: Best Toy-Con Musical Instrument and Best Gaming Experience using Toy-Con Garage. The contest ends at 10:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 20. You can also check out other submissions here – and don’t forget to give a “like” to your favorites! The prizes include a specially designed, collectible cardboard-inspired Nintendo Switch system, Nintendo Labo Creators jackets and more. For more info, please visit the official contest site here.

So that’s your lot for this week’s North American Nintendo Download. Go on, be a sport and drop a vote in the poll above, and a comment below with your hot picks!

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