eShop news (April 5): The Spectrum Retreat / Skies of Fury / Catastronauts

Today’s Nintendo eShop news: The Spectrum Retreat announced for the Nintendo Switch, but also…

  • Skies of Fury
  • Catastronauts
  • BAFL – Brakes Are For Losers
  • Nippon Marathon

The Spectrum Retreat

Yesterday, Ripstone Games and Dan Smith revealed The Spectrum Retreat, a first-person narrative puzzler coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year.

Here’s all you need to know about it:

Having won the BAFTA Young Game Designers Award (YGD) 2016 for the prototype when he was only 18 years old, Dan Smith has subsequently developed the game with the support of Ripstone, building an intriguing narrative around the intuitive first-person puzzle action. Players must explore the pristine and uncanny hotel, The Penrose, solving its ingenious colour-coded puzzles and discovering the reasons behind their seemingly never-ending stay.


The Spectrum Retreat takes place in the near future at The Penrose hotel, a peaceful yet unsettling refuge from the outside world. As a valued guest, your existence is embedded into the corridors and guest rooms of The Penrose. Through exploration of the striking art-deco hotel you will begin to uncover the mysteries of both The Penrose and the uncertainties surrounding your current stay. Your desire to unearth the truth is obstructed by an array of colour coded first-person puzzles, mind-bending physics challenges and the growing fear of exposing your true intentions.

The Spectrum Retreat (Switch – eShop) will be released later this year. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!

Source: Ripstone PR

Skies of Fury

Yesterday, Illumination Games and Seed Interactive announced Skies of Fury, an “action-packed flying game” releasing on Nintendo Switch on April 12th in Europe and North America.

Here’s all you need to know about it:

Take to the skies as a fighter pilot and experience WW1 dogfighting on Nintendo Switch. Fight as both German and British pilots during WW1’s battle for the skies! Skies of Fury DX is an action-packed flying game that allows players to experience historical Bloody April, 1917, as both British and German pilots.


Skies of Fury DX is the first air combat game released on Nintendo Switch. Dogfight through the single-player campaign or challenge your friends to an epic multiplayer, split-screen battle. The game features ten unique WW1 planes based on British and German designs and six stunning hand-painted environments. Discover features like formation flying with your wingmen, daring aerial maneuvers, and devastating power-ups to unleash fury on your enemies.


With 100 campaign missions, unlockable comics based on the real history of Bloody April, and hundreds of options to customize your planes, Skies of Fury DX is a refreshing addition to any aviation buff’s collection.

Skies of Fury (Switch – eShop) comes out on April 12th in Europe and North America. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!

Source: Illumination Games PR


Earlier this week, Inertia Game Studios revealed their latest game: Catastronauts, a “colourful and chaotic interstellar party game”, that’s headed to the Nintendo Switch later this year.

Here’s all you need to know about it:

Catastronauts is a fast-paced multiplayer action game in which players become a crew of intergalactic spacefarers who must work together to destroy an attacking enemy fleet, whilst frantically struggling to keep their own ship intact.


Co-ordination, co-operation and decisiveness are essential to victory, as multiple tasks need to be taken care of across the vessel. Who is going to fire the lasers, arm the torpedoes, repair a breach in the hull and extinguish that damned fire? Boldly go, or things will go badly!


In addition to the regular occupational hazards, each level offers unique challenges and dangers to deal with including solar flares and malfunctioning extraction doors. Meanwhile a whole host of unique mechanics will keep even the most experienced crew members on their toes.

Finally, here’s some screenshots:

Catastronauts (Switch – eShop) comes out later this year in Europe and North America. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!

Source: Inertia Game Studios PR

BAFL – Brakes Are For Losers

Earlier this week, Playdius and Oudidon announced that BAFL – Brakes Are For Losers will be released on April 19th in Europe and North America, where it will cost $4.99 / 4.99€. The game is already available for pre-purchase on the Nintendo eShop.

Here’s all you need to know about it:

BAFL – Brakes Are For Losers is all about pure racing fun. Inspired by classic top-down multiplayer arcade games with insane tracks, gather up to eight players for a hectic racing party, compete in championships, upgrade cards, and use dirty tricks to break friendships.


BAFL – Brakes Are For Losers also offers a challenging solo experience with championships against fierce AI competition – and special modes, such as Time Attack or Perfect Race. Run in unique tracks inspired by the pop culture of the ‘80s and ‘90s along with funny details and surprising events. Tour through a wide variety of environments ranging from a tropical Caribbean island all the way to the Moon!


Following a successful launch on Steam, independent developer Oudidon is excited to welcome Nintendo Switch players to the party with an invitation to race through its state of the art party racer inspired by epic arcade games of the past. In BAFL – Brakes Are For Losers, there are no freaking brakes!


BAFL – Brakes Are For Losers unique features include:

  • Up to 8-player madness on the same screen
  • A Hardcore brakeless driving style
  • Solo and local multiplayer in challenging championships
  • Time Attack and Perfect Race also without brakes
  • Badass Soundtrack
  • Did we mention? No. Freaking. Brakes.

Finally, here’s some screenshots:

BAFL – Brakes Are For Losers (Switch – eShop) comes out on April 19th in Europe and North America. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!

Source: Playdius PR

Nippon Marathon

Yesterday, PQube shared some more details about Nippon Marathon, revealing that it would feature the following:

  • authentic Japanese commentary
  • full Japanese, Korean and Chinese text localization
  • L.O.B.S.T.E.R Mode

But what’s L.O.B.S.T.E.R Mode exactly? It’s one of the 3 Party Games found in Nippon Marathon: a pass-the-pad test of skill and endurance, for 2 to 8 players.

Here’s all you need to know about it:

After every player picks and names their own contestant, they must run Surfin’ Jack Cactus’ gauntlet: a precariously narrow, randomly generated assault course filled with swinging hammers, pneumatic boxing gloves, basketball cannons and irate American footballers, as well as paper targets that grant bonus time when hit. There may be some beached fish flopping around, too…


The player who records the longest distance before the timer expires wins the round, while all others shellfishly grab a letter. Between each round Surfin’ Jack Cactus spins his bonus wheel to see whether more time’s added to the clock or the course is re-rolled, and the sole winner is the player who manages to avoid being dubbed the LOBSTER, PRAWN or EBI (depending on the chosen length of the game).

Here’s some screenshots:

Nippon Marathon (Switch – eShop) comes out this Fall in Europe and North America.

Source: PQube PR / 4Gamer



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