A lot of great new games will be released for Nintendo Switch in March. So that you don’t miss the best in view of the flood of new releases, we have selected ten highlights from a wide variety of genres for you in this article that you should definitely keep an eye on:
Have a nice death
Have a Nice Death – In the action roguelike you play the Grim Reaper
Release date: March 22nd
Have a Nice Death is a 2D roguelike with an atmospheric art design that oscillates between dark and cute. We play Death himself, who has been completely reworked and unfortunately has to realize that his employees are now going crazy and disturbing the balance of souls. So he has no choice but to grab his scythe and keep things in order. The gameplay relies entirely on fast-paced and action-packed hack & slash battles, while the thirty different spells and weapons enable powerful combos. If we fail, we have to go back to the beginning, as usual with roguelikes. But we collect loot and experience for the next try. Until March 21st you get a 20% discount in the Nintendo eShop.
Have a Nice Death instead of €24.99 now for €19.99 in the Nintendo eShop
Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania [DLC]
Release date: March 6th
If you’re one of those people who can’t get enough of the roguelike hit Dead Cells, there’s good news: the Return to Castlevania expansion is coming as soon as Monday. This is a crossover with the Castlevania series that sends us into a dark castle full of undead and monsters, which is ruled by Dracula himself. Not only the new opponents such as harpies, werewolves and independently moving armor are based on the model. You can also fall back on the classic weapons such as whip, throwing ax and holy water. Even the soundtrack is a reinterpretation of well-known Castlevania tunes. If you don’t own Dead Cells yet, you can also download the main game and DLC together in the Combo Package get it, currently with a 26% discount.
Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania DLC for €9.99 on Nintendo eShop
ONI: Road to be the Mightiest Oni
Release date: March 9th
In the lovely anime action game ONI: Road to be the Mightiest Oni, we simultaneously play Kuuta, the last survivor of the Demon King’s army, and his companion Kazemaru, a mysterious spirit creature. While Kuuta bashes his creatively designed and often huge foes with a large club, Kazemaru can drain their spirits, making them easy prey for Kuuta. Together they explore the three regions of the mysterious island of Kisejima. Here Kuuta wants to survive the legendary trials that are said to be able to awaken the powers of demons. You can get a 10% pre-order discount in the Nintendo eShop until March 8th.
ONI: Road to be the Mightiest Oni instead of €29.99 now for €26.99 in the Nintendo eShop
Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key
Release date: March 24th
With Atelier Ryza 3, the famous JRPG series Atelier is once again dedicated to one of its most popular protagonists. This time we accompany the alchemist Ryza on her journey to a mysterious archipelago called the Kark Isles, which has suddenly appeared near her home and could become a threat. As usual, it’s a classic, party-based RPG, we’re going with a party of up to 11 characters. Some characters known from other Atelier games also join us and support us in the fight. Of course, as a skilled alchemist, we also spend a lot of time collecting valuable materials in order to create useful and powerful items from them.
Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret key for €59.99 on Nintendo eShop
PROJECT ZERO: The Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
Release date: March 9th
The Switch version of The Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is a technically improved re-edition of the 2008 released fourth part of the horror series Project Zero, which is known outside of Europe as Fatal Frame. This time the story revolves around a group of children who disappeared on an island and later reappeared but can’t remember anything. Now, as teenagers, the group return to the island to find out what happened back then. As always in the Project Zero series, the so-called Camera Obscura, which provides insights into the realm of spirits and is the most important weapon in the fight against supernatural dangers, plays a major role.
PROJECT ZERO: The Mask of the Lunar Eclipse for €49.99 from Nintendo eShop
Release date: March 17th
In Flame Keeper we play Ignis, a living, burning lump of coal fighting hordes of shadowy creatures to reignite the eternal flame. Similar to Have a Nice Death, the action roguelike relies on fast-paced hack and slash combat, but uses 3D graphics and an isometric perspective. In addition to a large number of monsters, Flame Keeper should also offer an extensive progression system with many different skills, which allows you to tailor your character to your preferred play style. The gameplay scenes shown so far also make you want more with their cute, cartoon-like graphic style and great animations.
Flame Keeper for €11.99 in the Nintendo eShop
Figure 2: Creed Valley
Figment 2 – Musical Adventure continues on Switch and gets a demo
Will be released in: March
Like its predecessor, Figment 2 also takes us into a fascinating, surreal world, which is superbly staged by the colourful, fairytale-like art design. Once again we embark on a journey through the human subconscious in the isometric action-adventure. Our mission is to protect the psyche from the threat of harmful nightmares. To do this, we have to solve tricky puzzles and survive numerous battles. What’s new is that this time we switch back and forth between two different perspectives, namely cosmopolitan and narrow-minded, and can thus perceive our surroundings in different ways. In addition, we can now tackle the adventure for two in local co-op.
Figment 2: Creed Valley on Nintendo eShop
Release date: March 9th
Ib is a remake of a 2012 Japanese 2D horror adventure that initially didn’t get much attention in the west, but has since developed into a real insider tip thanks to its many crazy, surreal and terrifying ideas. You play as the young girl Ib, who is visiting an art gallery with her parents, but suddenly realizes that she is alone and the building and artwork around her begin to change. Ib must now find a way out of the labyrinthine gallery while encountering other characters who are just as lost as she is. Depending on your actions and choices, the game will lead you to seven different endings.
Ib for €14.79 in the Nintendo eShop
Release date: March 16th
Backbeat is a mix of music game and puzzle adventure set in 90’s USA. We slip into the role of a young bass player who, in search of the right sound, discovers funk for herself. Now she is trying to gather a band around herself with which she can win the big band battle. The story takes us through 40 different locations where we have to bring our band members together in the right place with perfect timing. We always move to the beat of an atmospheric funk soundtrack. The more members we have, the more complex the puzzles become, especially since each character has its own supermove. There is a 10 percent discount in the Nintendo eShop until the release.
Backbeat instead of €34.99 now for €31.49 in the Nintendo eShop
The Settlers: New Alliances
Will be released in: March
The latest installment in the time-honored Settlers series is making its way to Nintendo Switch. The development strategy game lets you take control of three visually very different races (the Elari, the Maru and the Jorn). Thanks to the excellent, colorful graphics and the great animations, it is a pleasure to just watch the residents scurrying through the streets. In order to make our settlement a success, we must produce a wide variety of goods and provide the necessary infrastructure. While the commodity chains are less complex than in previous Settlers games, there is a greater focus on combat and real-time strategy that sets The Settlers: New Alliances apart from other city building games.
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