This week's episode of New Releases kicks off the month of March, which brings plenty of sequels and console exclusives, like the much-anticipated Sea of Thieves, which is finally leaving port after a few delays. Nintendo Switch gets an adventure all its own with Kirby Star Allies, while RPG fans can dive into Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom on PS4 and PC. You can also work together to escape prison in the EA Original title A Way Out, or shoot your way to freedom in Far Cry 5.
Kirby Star Allies -- March 16
Available on: Nintendo Switch
The pink puffball's latest adventure is all about working together, even if you're playing alone. That means four-player co-op is included, but you can also use the new heart mechanic to bring enemies over to your side if you don't have a full party. Of course, the real treat here is seeing an insanely buff King Dedede.
- Nintendo Switch Exclusive Kirby Game Features A Weirdly Buff King Dedede
- All The New Switch Games Shown During The Nintendo Direct January 2018
Sea of Thieves -- March 20
Available on: Xbox One, PC
If I tell you that Sea of Thieves is all about gathering a pirate crew with your friends, you can probably figure the rest out: you can explore a massive ocean, run a tight ship, battle other crews, search for buried treasure, and so much more. You might even run into a kraken or two.
- Sea Of Thieves For Xbox One And PC: 10 Reasons We’re Excited
- PC's Sea Of Thieves Requirements, Recommended Specs Announced
A Way Out -- March 23
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
A Way Out is a forced co-op game--one player controls Leo, the other controls Vincent--where your goal is to escape prison. In practice, this means one of you can be stuck in a cut scene while the other explores or take on a sticky situation from multiple angles.
- EA's Co-Op Prison Escape Game A Way Out Crosses A Big Milestone
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Available on: PS4, PC
This RPG sequel had its own set of delays, but it'll soon be time to help King Evan restore his stolen throne. New to the game are the Pikmin-like Higgledies, which can be commanded in battle. And you'll definitely be having plenty of those across the game's open world.
- Check Out A New Boss Fight From PS4/PC's Beautiful RPG Ni No Kuni 2
- New Ni No Kuni 2 Footage Shows Off Real-Time Army Battles And Another Boss
Far Cry 5 -- March 27
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Even Far Cry 5 had its share of delays, but it's still looking to make a bang this month. The latest entry in the shooter series eschews the typical exotic locale for a home-grown conflict in the American midwest. You'll be fighting to liberate an entire county from a gun-toting cult.
- How Far Cry 5 Balances Philosophical Introspection And Hunting Bears With Bazookas
Monster Hunter Worldhas been throwing haymakers left and right for Capcom, regularly overcoming sales milestones for the developer. Consider the most important milestone of all conquered as of today, as Monster Hunter World becomes the best-selling Capcom game of all time.
Eurogamerreports that Monster Hunter World current sits at 7.5 million copies shipped since its launch in January and this is well before the PC version releases this fall. The game has already earned the label of “fasting selling” for Capcom and, even with a significant drop-off after three months, the overall sales of the game are going to receive a major shot in the arm when it launches on PC. Another developer would like to bring it to another platform as well.
IGNcaught wind of a tweet showing that Iron Galaxy, the studio responsible for somehow porting Bethesda’s massive Skyrim to the Nintendo Switch,is interested inan opportunity to bring Capcom's big hit to the hybrid console.
Dear @monsterhunter team at Capcom - we understand that porting the game to Nintendo Switch is challenging (https://t.co/0JrAIQgcft) but this is exactly what @IToTheG does. Give us a shot & we won’t let you down ;)— Adam Boyes (@amboyes) March 3, 2018
The Monster Hunter franchise is no stranger to Nintendo platforms, having made appearances on the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS, so this potential outcome isn’t far-fetched at all. With Monster Hunter World performing so admirably for the company, maybe we’ll get a response sooner rather than later and add to the Switch’s solid library. We’ll report as more information is made available. No matter where you play the game, keep ourMonster Hunter World Guide and Walkthrough bookmarked.
Update: In addition to the European Eshop, the free Nintendo Switch demo for Kirby Star Allies demo is now live in North America. The demo contains two levels and boss fights from the upcoming game and can be played with up to three other players locally.
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A bunch of new games are now available on Nintendo Switch. It's yet another busy week for the hybrid console, with a total of 20 titles arriving on the Eshop over the course of the week, in addition to a big new update for the open-world JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Headlining this week's releases is Mulaka, a Zelda-inspired 3D adventure game steeped in Tarahumara culture. Switch owners can also now pick up the co-op heist game Payday 2; Outlast: Bundle of Terror, which includes the base adventure and its Whistleblower DLC expansion; and Bridge Constructor Portal, a mash-up between the Bridge Constructor series and Valve's inventive puzzle game Portal. You can learn more about the titles in this week's episode of New Releases.
Other notable releases this week include another pair of classic Arcade Archives games, Sengoku 2 and Star Force; the critically acclaimed text adventure Subsurface Circular; the horror game Detention; the investigative game A Normal Lost Phone; the 2D platformer Little Triangle; and the Q-Bert-like puzzler Totes the Goat. You can see the full list of this week's new Switch games below.
In addition to this week's releases, Nintendo has rolled out a new update for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Players who've purchased the game's expansion pass will receive another DLC items pack, which contains eight Legendary Core Crystals, upgrade parts for Poppi, and other useful items. On top of that, the update adds a New Game+ mode for all players who've cleared the main adventure, which unlocks "many new features" in the game.
This month's big first-party game for Switch is Kirby Star Allies, which arrives on March 16. Ahead of its release, Nintendo has added a free demo of the game to the Eshop--but so far only in Europe. While Nintendo hasn't said if it will release the same demo in North America, all Switch owners are able to access the European Eshop and download the demo by creating a new Nintendo Account (with your region set as Europe) and linking it to your console.
This Week's New Nintendo Switch Releases
- Spot the Difference
- Outlast: Bundle of Terror
- Payday 2
- Air Hockey
- Bridge Constructor Portal
- ACA Neo Geo: Sengoku 2
- Arcade Archives: Star Force
- Damascus Gear Operation Tokyo
- Guilt Battle Arena
- Little Triangle
- A Normal Lost Phone
- Packet Queen#
- Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated
- Poisoft Thud Card
- Subsurface Circular
- Totes the Goat
- Grid Mania
- Super Toy Cars
Once more - and slightly delayed from the usual Saturday publication, sorry about that - we've gathered here to take a look at the past week's worth of gaming deals as well as a few assorted bonus nice things for good measure.
While most of this week, for me, has been spent being ruthlessly defeated while playing Into The Breach, there has seemingly been no shortage of discounts, bundles, special offers and the like on the wild, wild web. Here are a few of them. Also, get Into The Breach, it's great.
As usual, we've got deals that'll work in the UK, deals that'll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. Let's get started.
The brilliant Bloodborne is getting a new lease of life this week when it arrives as a PlayStation Plus freebie and, to celebrate, fans are planning to flock back to the game to populate its multiplayer features.
How can you join in? Existing fans are being encouraged to create a new character, play through the game and engage in co-op as much as possible.