30 Best New Nintendo Games of August 2018

Sep 7, 2018

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State of Mind

Get a sneak peek of the future in this cyberpunk adventure game that lets you choose between miserable reality and virtual utopia. On top of its inviting premise, it's also an artistically presented indie game, with deliberately polygonal visuals that skirts the borders of cartoon and realism. An atmospheric title though it is, it seems it left too many of its questions unanswered. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 6.65

All-Star Fruit Racing

Following on the heels of Nintendo's iconic Mario Kart series, 3DClouds' kart racer has got it's own superstar cast of fruity personalities. Take to their vibrant 3D world and zoom past their deliciously decorated tracks. On the Switch, it even has a four player splitscreen that adds that perfect dose of competitive spirit. An alternative kart racer for kids and adults alike, it has a Provisional PlayScore of 6.68

Morphies Law

An intriguing shooter for the Nintendo Switch, the game's appeal anchors on its unique, body-mass stealing mechanic. Step inside their 4 versus 4 arena and watch your enemies grow, shrink, and disappear depending on their skill and luck. Adding a strategic element to the saturated shooting market, it's a refreshing addition and it receives a Provisional PlayScore of 6.82

Unexplored - Unlocked Edition

The definitive edition of Ludomotion's roguelite edition, descend into the depths of their fearsome dungeons along with all three of Unexplored's DLC Packs. From Mithril Run, The Dark Ritual and everything in between, it's puzzle-packed roguelite adventure with a Provisional PlayScore of 7.1

Megaton Rainfall

Wield unimaginable superpowers in this action game from Pentadimensional Games. Set in a procedural Earth, use your newfound powers to aid the world against an alien threat. But, with power comes great responsibility, so weigh out the consequences of your destruction and avoid as much human casualties as possible. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.2

Bad North

Real-time strategies are a brutal bunch but Bad North seems to master the balancing act of tactical depth and friendly navigation. Set camp on their island Kingdoms as you take command of Viking man and fleet against your many invaders. An inviting treat for first time RTS-ers, it has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.22


Wanna be as cool as skater kid in the 80s? Then this game's for you. Travel back to the voxel suburban streets of the groovy retro era in this arcade style skating game. Take a pick from their roster of classic 80s character tropes, and skate till you drop in the nostalgia-ridden highways. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.25

Picross S 2

Picross has been the loyal puzzle dealer for 3DS fans, and now their serving it up on the Switch too. A sequel to the crossword puzzler, there's more than 300 new problems, hundreds of new questions, and an all new Clip Picross mode. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.45

Little Dragons Cafe

Taking what he's learned from Harvest Moon, Yasuhiro Wada brings his specialty for the quaint and adorable into this new IP. From farms and virtual earths, we come to family restaurant management. Pick between two twin siblings and learn the ropes of running the restaurant and taking care of their tiny dragon. Mixing simulation with rhythm-like mechanics, it has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.48

Cycle 28

A momentum-based space shooter, Cycle 28 challenges you to find your rhythm in the darkness of outerspace. Crafted in the classic arcade style, the 2D shooter is hypnotic, albeit a little frustrating. Keeping you coming back for more though, it has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.54

Manual Samuel

After striking a deal with the skater boy named Death following a disastrous truck accident, the eponymous brat must accomplish his everyday tasks manually for the next 24 hours. Control blinking, breathing, standing, and watch him struggle through the simplest functions. It's weird, challenging, and even tedious--but it's worth the laughs and it has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.58

Not A Hero: Super Snazzy Edition

Bust crime in extraordinary ways in this next level shooter from the creators of the popular OlliOlli. Roll up the red carpet for their lineup of 9 antiheroes and use their individual abilities to rid the city of criminal scum. Set in the dynamic 2 and a quarter dimension, roll dive and shoot around the pixel environments and put your guns to good use. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.7

Freedom Planet

A furry paradise in, yes, more retro visuals. Step inside the shoes of their feline stars and guide them across the celestial world of Avalice. Coming alive with cartoon, combat-based platforming, it has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.8

The Walking Dead: The Final Season - Episode 1 - Done Running

A popular TV series and now, with Telltale's help, a compelling choice-driven adventure series. Reaching its end on the fourth and final season, the zombie infestation (or its survivors) is finally reaching the inevitable end. In this first episode, we get to watch AJ and Clementine come to maturity as they deal with growing pains amidst the undead intrusion. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.82

Blade Strangers

This crossover fighting game from Nicalis brings around all your favorites from the Saizensen games. Meet the characters of Code of Princess, Cave Story+ and more, and watch them all unite in one arena. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.82

Salt and Sanctuary

With the arrival of Dark Souls, comes its close indie equivalent. Like the FromSoftware origina, Ska Studios' cleverly crafted 2D ARPG also separates the noobs from the pros with its brutal metroidvania action. Survive the doom and gloom of its world through crafting, spells, and sheer determination. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.83

Cosmic Star Heroine

An RPG indie game from Zeboyd Games. Explore 3 exotic alien planets filled with robots, aliens and magic. Discover long lost secrets, conspiracies, and an impending galactic threat in a fun 2D visual style experience. Take up your destiny, and become the star heroine the galaxy needs. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.87


Like a lovechild of Angry Birds and tower defense, use the power of medieval artillery to blow your enemies to the ground in this hybrid indie title. Mixing strategy, resource collecting, and comedy gold, it has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.87


Savor every second of every minute-long lifetime in this unassuming adventure game from indie-loving publisher, Devolver Digital. Wrapped in pixel graphics and filled with that retro RPG vibe, step outside the comforts of home and venture out to lift the curse. Enjoy every minute as you uncover secrets and fight baddies, with a Provisional PlayScore of 7.89

Overcooked! 2

Overcooked was the cream of the party game crop, and with this juicy sequel they've taken extreme cooking to the next level. Packed with a wholesale of new worlds and levels to accomplish, gather your most trusted sous chefs and guide each other through thicks and thins of the ever-moving kitchen. An achievement in couch party gaming and a perfect fit for the Switch, it has a Provisional PlayScore of 7.99

Flipping Death

For fans of Zoink's hard hat testing misadventures in Stick it to the Man, their newest puzzle platformer serves you up with their brand of quirky humor. With death on vacation, take on the role of the reaper of souls and flip through dimensions to settle the living's unfinished business. Dive into puzzles wrapped in Zoink's signature hilarity, with a Provisional PlayScore of 8.02

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Panic-driven bomb defusal has never been this fun. This stimulating party game offers a different kind of adrenaline as you come face to face with the logic puzzles of a ticking time bomb. Work together with your team of supposed experts and test out your comprehension skills as they guide you through knob, wire, and symbol. An addictively frantic party game, it has a Provisional PlayScore of 8.18

Flat Heroes

For Parallel Circles' indie action game, victory is in minimalism. Grab your chance to become the hero they deserve as you conquer each of their 300 handcrafted levels. As flat as it looks, the same cannot be said for this creative title. It has a Provisional PlaySCore of 8.18

WarioWare Gold

The only 3DS game for this month, and it's coming to us straight from the Intelligent Systems office. The latest in their line of Wario-centric action games, join him and his Mushroom Kingdom buddies as go on minigame after minigame from the golden vaults of Nintendo. Catch pizzas, pluck nose hairs, blow dandelion flowers and so much more. A fun filled arcade game, it has a PlayScore of 8.2

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition

Voiced by none other than Geralt of Rivia himself, Victor Vran goes on a demon-killing spree among the infested lands of Zaragovia. Become rock and roll personified and free the world from the damning curse. It has a Provisional PlayScore of 8.25

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate

While CAPCOM has expanded the horizons of their Monster Hunter series, they haven't forgotten their roots. Opening the hunting season on the Nintendo Switch, they've pulled out the big guns for the hybrid console, boasting the biggest bestiary of all MH titles yet. Encounter series favorites, discover new monster types, and tame all of them with an arsenal of 14 different weapons. It has a PlayScore of 8.32

The Messenger

Retro is big on the Switch, and this just might be one of the best. In a tale of Ninja Gaiden meets Back to the Future, play as the skilled Ninja and slice and dice through enemies and all around time itself. A tongue in cheek platformer that aces the retro vibe, it has a Provisional PlayScore of 8.43


Another metroidvania game for the Switch vaults. Joakim Sandberg unleashes his seven-year passion project, dazzling us with its gorgeous pixel-fuelled art. Play as the Robin the mechanic and, wrench in hand, go on a platforming adventure to fix the world, one bolt at a time. An emotional tale of woman against world, jampacked with intricately designed puzzles, it has a Provisional PlayScore of 8.46

Dead Cells

A loving tribute to the classic Castlevania, Dead Cells took the gaming world by storm, becoming one of the latest trends in the streaming world. Mixing traditional platforming gameplay with the unpredictability of roguelike gaming, explore their everchanging castles with your special powers and discover new surprises with every death. It has a PlayScore of 8.51


Finishing its rounds in the modern consoles, the beautiful PlayStation 2 gem has made it to Switch shores. Playing on the traditional artstyle of Japan, Okami challenges you to rebuild the land of the rising using nothing but a magical paintbrush. Bring the darkness out of Nippon and defeat Orochi once and for all. Freshened up with an HD makeover, it equally majestic on the Switch, making it this month's highest rated Nintendo game with a Provisional PlayScore of 8.61


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