Hello everyone! It’s the end of another week, which means it’s time for another list of Mr Zee’s top 3 Switch releases for the week! This week there were quite a bit of releases including some re-releases, some retro, a few visual novels (which there are so many of on the Switch,) and a couple games that were out of left-field and surprisingly well made! Once again, this list is entirely the opinion of Mr. Zee, but we’d love to hear your guy’s own top 3 as well! Without further ado, let’s take a look at the list!
#3 Ben 10: Power Trip
Whether you were a fan of the original 2005 series, the new 2016 reboot, or any of the series in between, this game is a delightful surprise. Ben 10 as an animated series (we don’t talk about the movies) has always been one of Cartoon Networks most well received shows and has even won an Emmy! However in the video game department, Ben 10 has always fallen short of expectations. It’s unfortunate that super hero games in general don’t get much attention, and while this game does seem like it could still be improved in a few ways, this game seems to currently be the best attempt at creating the feeling of what a Ben 10 game should be.
One unfortunate aspect is that this game is based off of the 2016 reboot, which for many fans of the original series is a great fall in quality. Of course, kids who never experience that original show love it just fine and they’ll love this game too! But let’s look at more positive aspects such as the open world exploration, the ability to quick switch between aliens on the fly (even mid-combo!) And how each alien does have an important use throughout the game. You’ll get to choose between six different aliens in this game including Heatblast, Diamondhead, XLR8, Four Arms, Rath, and Shock Rock. There’s also a co-op function in which player two can play as Keven Leven (who if you haven’t watched the reboot is fitted with his own version of the Omnitrix) and he is able to transform into six of his own aliens that all have the same abilities as Ben’s. Another downside is that player 2 has real control over the progression of the game as they cannot move too far away from player 1, start any missions or sidequests, or go into any outside areas.Outright Games Ben 10 Power Trip – Nintendo Switch
Released on Steam back in July of this year, Röki has received great positive feedback. The game is a point and click adventure with a feel somewhat similar to Playdead’s LIMBO and INSIDE although with less horror and spider limb tearing. The game takes place within the northern lands of Scandinavia where you’ll come across several puzzles and creatures out of Norse mythology. The music, atmosphere, and story are all spot on. The main complaints for the game seem to be in that it is somewhat short and not incredibly challenging, but on the other hand that makes this game great for beginner gamers.Röki (Original Game Soundtrack)
#1 Shantae: Risky’s Revenge
Wayforward Technologies’ flagship series is of course making its way back again with another re-release. Exactly ten years after it’s initial release, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge is still proving itself to be a timeless classic for those that enjoy a good retro side-scrolling platformer. For those that don’t know, Shantae is a game in which you play as a half-genie girl who takes on the role of guardian of the small town known as Scuttle Town. She often finds herself at odds with the pirate captain Risky Boots as well as several other recurring villains that make random appearances akin to a superhero comic story.
Unfortunately, the recent Shantae games have garnered a distasteful reputation for oversexualizing their characters and making every female character well endowed in a small top or bikini. Because of this, many fans enjoy going back to classics such as Risky’s Revenge when the graphics were pixel art and not nearly as raunchy. I encourage you to check it out if you haven’t tried any of the games in this series yet!
That’s all for our list this week! Check back next week for our next top 3 list, and leave us a comment below with your own thoughts of this week’s releases!