SwitchArcade Round-Up: Nintendo Switch Online Retro Game Updates, Plus Today’s New Releases, Sales, and News

SwitchArcade Round-Up: Nintendo Switch Online Retro Game Updates, Plus Today’s New Releases, Sales, and News

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for April 12th, 2024. In today’s article, we’ve got a couple bits of news items to get us going. And it’s a good thing we do, because this is not a strong day in any other regard. Several new releases, but not terribly good ones. Some sales, but not a lot. An unusual Friday, but perhaps one well-suited to my schedule today. So a light read today, but I think it’s still an enjoyable one. Let’s finish up the week!


‘Super R-Type’ and More Have Been Added to Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo just sort of does whatever with the retro game collections that are part of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Sometimes you go weeks without anything new, sometimes Nintendo lets you know a week in advance that games are coming, and sometimes we just get stuff dropped out of nowhere. Today is one of the latter days. Three new treats in the Super NES app for you to play: Super R-Type, Wrecking Crew ’98, and Amazing Hebereke. The latter two have previously seen releases in Japan only, but they are more than playable even if you don’t know Japanese. Some fun picks, to be sure. All you have to do is update your app and you can enjoy the new games.

Library of Ruina Switch Digital Pre-orders Now Live

Arc System Works America and Project Moon released a new trailer for the upcoming deckbuilder and begun digital pre-orders for the game on the eShop for Nintendo Switch. This new console version of the library battler features Japanese voiceover options not present in the original release. The store page mentions hundreds of hours of gameplay. I’ll see how that ends up being for my review. Stay tuned for that. Until then, you can pre-order Library of Ruina on Switch for $39.99 ahead of its April 25th release date in the West.

New Releases

Outer Terror ($9.99)

This wave of Vampire Survivors-inspired games isn’t going to pass anytime soon, is it? Here’s one more! It’s not very good, but perhaps its exploration elements will convince you that it’s worth the spin. Still, I can’t imagine any reality where I would recommend this over Vampire Survivors or Brotato, both of which will also leave you with more money in your pocket.

King Krieg Survivors ($5.99)

Another generic Vampire Survivors imitator, and another one of them that makes the poor decision of being more expensive than the real thing. It seems competent enough if you’re extremely hungry for another one of these kinds of games, but don’t expect anything new or interesting.

Japan Train Models – JR Freight Edition ($9.99)

These must be doing well enough for the publisher, because here’s a fourth one. This one focuses on the freight trains of Japan Railways. Like before, there isn’t really a game here. It’s more of a digital train model set. Build dioramas, check out all of the angles of the two licensed train types, and so on. If that sounds like a good time to you, then here you go.

Glorious Savior ($14.99)

It’s KEMCO RPG time, and it’s another one of EXE-Create’s efforts. If you have any experience with this publisher’s work in recent years at all, you probably know what you’re going to get here. It’s okay as this sort of thing goes, but like many of KEMCO’s titles it really doesn’t feel like something you should pay fifteen bucks for.

Cryptrio ($4.99)

A falling block puzzler where all of the pieces are monsters. You need to match three of the same type to make them disappear, which isn’t such an odd conceit for a game like this. What spices it up is that the monster pieces all have their own shapes you’ll have to deal with. And of course, you’ll want to set up some chains too. Every once in a while a boss will roll in and give you a hard time. Not bad for the very reasonable price.

Farmyard Haven ($5.29)

Another one that is more an exercise in relaxation than any sort of challenge, Farmyard Haven allows you to build a farm the way you like. There aren’t any particular restrictions, and you don’t need to worry about gathering resources or anything like that. There’s no way to win or lose. Just make a farm. Then start over again and make another farm. This is so mechanically similar to this publisher’s other game, Cozy Hamlets, that whoever wrote the eShop description forgot to swap out the name. Is it for you? I cannot tell you that. Ask your heart.

The Bin Bunch

Color Road ($4.99)

Park Them All! ($4.00)

Make It Fly! ($4.00)

Exploration Adventures ($7.99)

Fight Club ($14.99)


(North American eShop, US Prices)

Well, it’s that kind of day. Maybe you’ll find something good in the inbox, but nothing in there is getting me excited. The weekend outbox is much larger, so you might have a better shot of finding something cool in it. I’ll let you comb through it yourself, though. Well, one pick: Haiku, the Robot. That’s a good one. The rest is in your hands.

Select New Sales

Tanuki Sunset ($8.49 from $16.99 until 4/19)
Oxytone ($3.99 from $7.99 until 4/19)
Raid on Taihoku ($6.59 from $10.99 until 4/23)
RichMan 4 Fun ($8.99 from $11.99 until 4/23)
Hero’s Hour ($16.19 from $17.99 until 4/25)
Leafy Trails Collection ($7.49 from $9.99 until 4/25)
Pretty Girls Klondike Solitaire Plus ($4.19 from $5.99 until 4/26)
Burning Secrets ($2.99 from $4.99 until 4/26)
Ravva & the Phantom Library ($5.99 from $9.99 until 4/26)
Alive Paint ($2.49 from $4.99 until 4/26)
Diorama Dungeoncrawl ($4.99 from $9.99 until 4/26)
Slime Girl Smoothies ($8.99 from $14.99 until 4/26)
Magic Exposure ($2.49 from $4.99 until 4/26)
Tricky Thief ($2.49 from $4.99 until 4/26)
Rick Henderson ($2.79 from $7.99 until 4/26)
Horatio Goes Snowboarding ($2.44 from $6.99 until 4/26)
Takotan ($2.37 from $6.99 until 4/26)
Thunder Ray: Origins ($11.98 from $19.98 until 4/26)
Hero of Fate ($8.99 from $14.99 until 5/2)
Space Warrior ($1.99 from $2.99 until 5/2)

Sales Ending This Weekend

A Painter’s Tale: Curon, 1950 ($3.49 from $6.99 until 4/13)
Abandon Ship ($8.74 from $24.99 until 4/13)
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure ($5.99 from $19.99 until 4/13)
Alt-Frequencies ($1.99 from $7.99 until 4/13)
Ashwalkers ($7.99 from $19.99 until 4/13)
Astria Ascending ($15.99 from $39.99 until 4/13)
Astrologaster ($3.49 from $9.99 until 4/13)
Before I Forget ($3.99 from $7.99 until 4/13)
Born of Bread ($23.99 from $29.99 until 4/13)
Cassiodora ($10.19 from $16.99 until 4/13)
Double Kick Heroes ($7.69 from $21.99 until 4/13)
Dungeon of Naheulbeuk ($7.99 from $39.99 until 4/13)
Elypse ($13.99 from $19.99 until 4/13)
Fates of Ort ($5.09 from $14.99 until 4/13)
Foretales ($12.99 from $19.99 until 4/13)

Ghost of a Tale ($7.49 from $24.99 until 4/13)
Gravity Circuit ($15.39 from $21.99 until 4/13)
Guild of Ascension ($6.79 from $16.99 until 4/13)
Healer’s Quest ($5.24 from $14.99 until 4/13)
Instant Sports ($3.74 from $14.99 until 4/13)
Instant Sports Plus ($14.99 from $24.99 until 4/13)
Instant Sports Summer Games ($4.99 from $19.99 until 4/13)
Instant Sports Winter Games ($11.24 from $24.99 until 4/13)
Iris & the Giant ($4.49 from $14.99 until 4/13)
Lethis: Path of Progress ($5.99 from $19.99 until 4/13)
Letters: A Written Adventure ($8.24 from $14.99 until 4/13)
Linelight ($2.99 from $9.99 until 4/13)
Mari & Bayu: The Road Home ($9.34 from $16.99 until 4/13)
Nocturnal ($12.99 from $19.99 until 4/13)
Out of Space: Couch Edition ($2.49 from $9.99 until 4/13)

Pompom: The Great Space Rescue ($4.99 from $9.99 until 4/13)
Revita ($11.04 from $16.99 until 4/13)
Ruggnar ($7.69 from $13.99 until 4/13)
RUN: The World In-Between ($5.49 from $9.99 until 4/13)
ScourgeBringer ($5.09 from $16.99 until 4/13)
Skabma: Snowfall ($17.49 from $24.99 until 4/13)
Souldiers ($10.99 from $19.99 until 4/13)
The Nom ($1.99 from $4.99 until 4/13)
They Always Run ($10.99 from $19.99 until 4/13)
Venice 2089 ($3.49 from $6.99 until 4/13)
Vernal Edge ($14.29 from $21.99 until 4/13)
Void Scrappers ($1.99 from $3.99 until 4/13)
Haiku, the Robot ($10.99 from $19.99 until 4/14)
Islets ($11.99 from $19.99 until 4/14)
Salt & Sacrifice ($7.99 from $19.99 until 4/14)
Salt & Sanctuary ($4.49 from $17.99 until 4/14)
Save me Mr Tako: Definitive Edition ($2.99 from $14.99 until 4/14)
The Forest Quartet ($2.99 from $9.99 until 4/14)

That’s all for today and this week, friends. We’ll be back next week with more new releases, more sales, more reviews, and some news. My trip to the hospital was uneventful, which is how we want trips to the hospital to be. I’ll have to go back around in June, but such is the schedule these days. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and as always, thanks for reading!

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