eShop Explore 009

eShop Explore 009

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The King’s Bird

The King’s Bird is a physics-based platformer without much text or spoken word, but hidden bits of lore hint at subtle story elements as you progress through the game’s gorgeous and vibrant levels. The King’s Bird features roughly 100 platforming levels, with each level offering physics-based challenges like gliding along ceilings, wall jumping, and gliding to certain locations using your momentum. And for extra replayability, there are optional collectibles scattered throughout each level.

If you like platformers, you’ll probably like The King’s Bird. We especially enjoyed the gorgeous backdrops and tight controls, which help you learn from your mistakes and ensure that no death is unfair. The only drawback in this game is an unstable framerate that becomes noticeable when you approach late-game, and when the frames stop dropping, they drop hard. The devs have patched the game since we first started playing it, but we’re not totally sure if these issues have been resolved through the patches.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher –Graffiti Games
Developer – Serenity Forge
Price – $19.99
Genre – Action, Platformer, Adventure
Size – 5.0 GB


12 is Better Than 6

12 is Better Than 6 is a top-down twin-stick shooter set in Northern Mexico and the Southern United States in the late 1800s. You play as an escaped Mexican prisoner searching for his freedom and piecing together fragments from his troubled past. This game reminds us of titles like Hotline Miami, where the goal is to take down heavily armed enemies with stealth and razor-sharp accuracy. Just be ready to fail and try again. And perhaps again, and again. You know the drill.

The story elements are gripping, and hand-drawn pen-and-paper-style graphics make 12 is Better than 6 really stand out. Depending on your skill level, you can probably finish the game in about 3-5 hours, and there isn’t much replayability after beating the game. But for $9.99, we feel it’s worth checking out if you’re interested in the story, art style, and Wild West vibe.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Developer – Ink Stains Games
Price – $9.99
Genre – Action, Adventure, Arcade
Size – 292 MB


OlliOlli: Switch Stance

OlliOlli: Switch Stance ports both OlliOlli and its sequel, OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliewood, to Nintendo Switch. Both games play in similar ways: they’re both 2.5D skateboarding titles with platforming elements and a goal to pull off sweet moves, like grinding on a specific set of rails or achieving a high score. But OlliOlli and its sequel feature different control schemes, which can be very frustrating and confusing. And don’t expect a Tony-Hawk-style experience, since OlliOlli’s main objective is more about getting from point a to point b than it is about skating.

If you’re new to the OlliOlli games, we suggest starting with the sequel, since its tutorial is more polished and the game offers a better overall experience. Ultimately, you might decide to only play the sequel; that way, you only have to learn one control scheme, and you’ll be playing the better version of the game. But either way, if you like platformers and skateboarding games, this OlliOlli port might be a great fit for you, and if you can hang in there and master the controls, you’ll feel like a real boss.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Gambitious
Developer – Roll7
Price – $14.99
Genre – Arcade, Sports, Multiplayer, Action
Size – 1.0 GB


Almost There: The Platformer

Almost There: The Platformer is packed with tons of levels and filled with all the classic platforming hazards like spikes, lazers, and moving platforms. The early levels help you get used to the control scheme, but later levels unlock harder challenges for yourself. Each level is timed, and you receive a star rating (up to three stars) depending on how quickly you complete each level.

Almost There may sound like a perfectly classic platformer, but its controls are pretty wonky. You’ll use the left and right directional buttons to wall-jump (i.e., bounce up vertical surfaces), and this just doesn’t feel right. The controls detract from the experience, and we wish this game had a more traditional control scheme. We’re also dissatisfied with the speedrun star rankings. If you want a three-star ranking, you have to be absolutely pixel-perfect in your execution, and this is simply not realistic for the vast majority of players, especially with the game’s wonky control scheme. If you’re interested in Almost There, maybe wait to check it out until it’s on sale.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
Developer – The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
Price – $9.99
Genre – Platformer, Action, Arcade, Racing
Size – 217 MB



Daggerhood is a platformer where you make your way through tough levels and boss fights with the help of a unique dagger-throwing mechanic. Throw your dagger with the tap of a button on your controller, then zip to the location of your dagger by tapping that same button one more time. This mechanic works well, and it’s something we really haven’t encountered before. Daggerhood’s level design is fantastic, its pixel art is incredible, and optional collectibles offer tons of replayability.

As you make your way through each level, the difficulty increases, new enemies appear, and you start feeling more and more accomplished, especially when you get through the boss levels that cap off each of the game’s five worlds. Daggerhood is one of the stronger budget platformers we’ve played in a while, and if you’re a fan of challenging platformers, Daggerhood is absolutely worth every penny.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Ratalaika Games
Developer – Woblyware
Price – $4.99
Genre – Action, Platformer, Arcade, Adventure
Size – 159 MB


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