Welcome to the second entry for this of this series! August was another fun month for the Nintendo Switch. Games like No More Heroes III, Slime Rancher, and Garden Story got the spotlight in August. There was also a an Indie Direct featuring some surprise launches. Still, there might have been some games that you might have missed amongst all the big releases. Here are 10 Switch games you might have missed in August that are worth checking out.
Dodgeball has always been a silly but entertaining game that has plenty of potential as a video game. A lot of that potential is finally realized in Dodgeball Academia, an arcade/RPG dodgeball game with enjoyable mechanics and fun humor. The dodgeball gameplay is much better than you’d expect, with solid controls and varied ways of playing. The story mode is entertaining throughout, with tons of twists and turns on the game’s formula that keep it engaging. There are some RPG mechanics in the forms of level ups, buffs, and new abilities, but these systems aren’t particularly deep. The multiplayer can be enjoyable as well, though this seems to be limited to local multiplayer. Still, this is a quirky and entertaining dodgeball game that will constantly impress.
The Switch is a stellar console for roguelikes, and Dreamscaper is yet another fantastic game for the genre. Like Hades, Dreamscaper is difficult, but also manages to be accessible for beginners due to fun action gameplay that constantly rewards progress. The story can be heavy, dealing with themes like anxiety and depression, but it also helps keep players emotionally invested. A gorgeous soundtrack neatly ties everything together. Dreamscaper is a must-play on the Nintendo Switch.
I’m a huge fan of Collectable Card Games. Most of these games rely on predatory tactics to get players to overspend on cards. This even includes Shadowverse, one of the most generous games in the market. Shadowverse: Champion’s Battle gets rid of the problem by giving players a game where a single purchase gives them access to all of the cards in the game. A fully fleshed out story mode complete with anime cutscenes and tons of collecting makes this game a no-brainer for fans of card games like Yu-Gi-Oh or Hearthstone. The multiplayer is also entertaining, with great matchmaking and competitive players.
This is the first game on the list that was featured in the Nintendo Direct, so you might have already heard of it. Whether you have or not, Necrobarista is a great choice for visual novel fans. It’s one of the most visually appealing games in the genre, with fun 3D graphics and a soothing setting. The great tunes and somber story go great with the games themes too. The gameplay is as linear as a game in the genre can be, with no real decision-making along the way. Those who are fine with just sitting back and taking in the story will be delighted with Necrobarista.
Space Invaders is an iconic name, but not necessarily an iconic franchise. Overall, none of the games have lived up to the original’s legacy. Despite this, Space Invaders: Invincible Collection has most of the games in the series, including some of the best ones like Space Invaders Extreme, Space Invaders DX, and Space Invaders GIGAMAX 4 SE. It’s a bit pricy, but keep an eye out for a sale if you are a fan of shoot ’em ups.
Idea Factory Switch ports are well known for being hit or miss when it comes to quality. They are unfortunately full of glitches and sometimes blurry visuals. Still, there is some value in a few, and that includes the newly released Dragon Star Varnir. This JRPG isn’t the best on the Switch, but it is one of the best made by Compile Heart. The turn-based combat system utilizes multiple 3D levels that adds some depth to the skills that players can use. It’s full of fanservice, but if players don’t mind half-dressed anime girls, this is a solid JRPG to pick up.
This is easily the shortest game on our list, but that’s fair for the price. I don’t want to reveal too much, but Fire Tonight is a cute narrative driven puzzle game. It’s full of 90’s aesthetics and synth music, making it a little gem with a story that will stick with players.
Greak: Memories of Azur
If you are looking for a cute little platformer game, Greak might scratch the itch. It has some unique mechanics involving multiple characters to solve puzzles. I’ll go ahead and say that Greak is a game that feels like it should be multiplayer but just isn’t. Despite the loneliness that players might feel while playing Greak, it has beautiful visuals and enjoyable puzzles. It’s far from a perfect game, but you can do much worse in the eShop.
If Greak has you bitter about the lack of multiplayer, maybe Pile Up is the game for you. Pile Up is a 3D puzzle platformer that emphasizes cooperative play. It’s family friendly, as its not too difficult and boasts tons of colorful characters and environments. The paper aesthetics are wonderful and are sure to catch the eyes of children. It’s not very long, but with the low price, that’s easy to forgive.
Townscaper is the second game on our list that costs less than $10. The city-builder is pretty simple, acting as more of a toy than an actual video game. Players don’t need to tend to the needs of citizens or manage a government. Instead, players just pick where they want to put something down and do it. Some bells and whistles make the structures look nice, but this is really just a simple town builder. Despite the simplicity, players will find themselves enamored with the possibilities. Townscaper is so simple, yet everything that players makes will be gorgeous. Those who want something like Cities Skylines will be disappointed, but anyone who wants to play with some blocks should check this out.