Our long international nightmare is over.
The theory that everything got out of the way of Splatoon 2 last week is definitely confirmed by this week's Switch lineup, which runs another six games deep. And there's a lot of multiplayer fun to be had with Namco Museum (including Pac-Man Vs. for the platonic ideal of Gamecube->GBA connectivity) and Overcooked making the jump. A retail game - Fate/EXTELLA - is also in the mix, though if you have no background in the series looking up the plot summary of PSP game Fate/EXTRA at minimum is required. Otherwise, just know that it's (Highlander x anime) + Dynasty Warriors.
The platonic ideal of dual screen gaming comes out this week with the New 2DSXL in North America, so there's a couple of retail games to go along with it in Hey! Pikmin and Miitopia. You can read Perry's review for Hey! Pikmin, but Miitopia's will hit later on. (Fans of the 2016 GOTY, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, this will feel familiar except I doubt Miitopia is that good.) The retro love continues with Super Sidekicks from the Arcade Archives and three TG-16 games as Konami doesn't know how to quit the Wii U yet. One of them is a very infamous Retroactive title, appropriate given last week's Retroactive announcement.
Europe has a similarly full lineup for the Switch, though since they got Fate last week there was a late substitution for a
children's card game. Also, the New 2DS launch duo is actually a trio in Europe, as we have to find a new running gag to substitute for Dr. Kawashima's Devilish Brain Training. Between Splatoon 2 being on half the Switch systems in the country (only half?) and Dragon Quest XI on 3DS this week the Switch pickings are slim for Japan, but it does give an excuse to mention that Graceful Explosion Machine did get an update.
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (US$59.99/C$79.99: Tuesday)
Hey! Pikmin ($39.99/$49.99: midnight ET, preload available)
Miitopia ($39.99/$49.99: midnight ET, preload available)
Namco Museum ($29.99/$34.99: Friday, Pac-Man Vs MP app free)
Overcooked: Special Edition ($19.99/$26.79)
Infinite Minigolf ($14.99/$19.99: Friday)
Ultra Hyperball ($9.99/$12.99: Friday)
Super Sidekicks ($7.99/$9.87)
Qbics Paint ($4.99)
Wii U eShop
Cubeshift (free download; not available in Canada)
Parascientific Escape - Crossing at the Farthest Horizon ($5.00/$7.49)
Kid Tripp ($3.99/$4.49)
Swipe ($1.49/$1.99: New 3DS only)
Wii U Virtual Console 50% upgrade discounts available
Air Zonk ($5.99)
Ninja Spirit ($5.99)
Victory Run ($5.99)
Demos and Trials
Namco Museum: Pac-Man Vs. Multiplayer
Sales and Price Drops
Highlights: Mighty No 9 is on sale until August 2.
3DS Retail Friday
Hey! Pikmin (€39.99/£34.99)
Dr Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training (€29.99/£24.99)
Namco Museum (€34.99/£29.99: Friday)
Overcooked: Deluxe Edition (€19.99/£17.99)
Infinite Minigolf (€14.99/£13.49)
Ultra Hyperball (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)
Super Sidekicks (€6.99/£6.29)
Qbics Paint (€4.99/£4.49)
Physical Contact; Speed (€4.99/£4.49)
Wii U eShop
Galaxy Blaster (€1.49/£1.39)
Kid Tripp (€3.99/£3.59)
Swipe (€1.49/£1.39: New 3DS only)
Sales and Price Drops
My Nintendo members are eligible for discounts on the following titles until 10 August: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Mario Party: Star Rush, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Ultimate NES Remix, Monster Hunter Generations, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, Picross 3D: Round 2, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure, Pullblox, Nintendo Pocket Football Club, Dillon's Rolling Western, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, F-Zero, Earthbound
StreetPass Mii Plaza games are on sale until 10 August.
Capcom titles are on sale until 10 August.
Drop It: Block Paradise is 50% off until 10 August.
Midnight 2 is on sale until 17 August.
CIRCLE titles are on sale until 17 August.
Lightwood Games titles are on sale until 10 August.
Gamelion titles are on sale until 10 August.
Japan - Switch
Graceful Explosion Machine (¥1399)
Hyper Feather Ball (¥980: Friday)
Super Sidekicks (¥823)