Switch blaster master crew springs into action

While the Nintendo Switch launch lineup may have been a bit light, at least we now know that the publisher plans on rolling out new games for the eShop on a regular basis. One week into the console's run and we've now got eight new titles to dive into.

To be clear, these aren't big, AAA games, but that doesn't mean they won't be a lot of fun to play. The highlight of this week's offerings is the new Blaster Master Zero, which Polygon reminds us harkens back to the days of the original Nintendo Entertainment System. This latest offering is actually inspired by the gulp 30-year-old game and will set you back $9.99. If you are looking for something to break up your adventures across Hyrule in Breath of the Wild, this is shaping up to be a solid bet. It's even got two-player co-op, making those detachable Joy-Con controllers extra handy when you want to play with friends on the go.

If retro games aren't your cup of tea, however, you might be a bit disappointed with the rest of this week's offerings on the Switch. Nintendo this week launched the "ACA NEOGEO" series, which boasts a collection of NeoGeo games that will set you back $7.99 a pop. The collection includes Nam-1975, The King of Fighters '98, Waku Waku 7, Metal Slug 3, World Heroes Perfect and Shock Troopers. Those should offer a nice nostalgia trip for old-school gamers, and they actually hold up pretty well even today. That goes triple for Metal Slug 3, a genuine classic.

But wait, there's more!

Remember how we were talking about that rhythm game VOEZ, the one that can only be played on the Switch's touchscreen and was only available in Japan. That all changes this week as VOEZ hits the eShop for $25. There's a bunch of modes to play through, including an angsty teen drama campaign and, most important, a roster of 100 songs. These types of games are great for long sessions or quick bursts on the train, so it's nice to see something like VOEZ popping up on the Switch nice and early. Also, rhythm games are rad, so you might as well give this one a try.

And that'll about wrap things up for the Nintendo Switch's first week on the eShop. In our opinion, this bodes well for Nintendo's digital market. If they could compliment titles like these with their own catalog of games from earlier eras, that will certainly help fill out this first year nicely.

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