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New Nintendo Switch releases (Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2020)

Lair of the Clockwork God and NBA 2K21 headline this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

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Lair of the Clockwork God and NBA 2K21 headline this week’s crop of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

What a double bill that is. One of the best indie games released this year, and the latest entry in 2K’s licenced basketball franchise.

Lair of the Clockwork God is a genuine treat, a sharply-observed – and frequently hilarious – blend of game genres from the makers of The Swindle, Time Gentlemen, Please! and Behold the Kickmen. Read our spoiler-free review to find out how bloody clever it is.

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NBA2K21, meanwhile, is likely to give players what they want and expect, which is often no bad thing when it comes to a sports game. 2K’s NBA series has always shone on Switch, delivering a full-featured experience that almost stands toe-to-toe with the Xbox and PlayStation versions. We’d be surprised if that changes this year.

If you need a little colour in your life, take a look at Spinch, the new psychedelic platformer from Queen Bee Games. It’s an explosion of joy for the senses that features art from cartoonist Jesse Jacobs, and music composer James Kirkpatrick created using modified Game Boys.

Our final pick is Here Be Dragons, a turn-based strategy game with a beautifully designed “living map” graphical style.

Other new Nintendo Switch releases include Ary and the Secret of Seasons, SpellbreakBatu Ta Batu and a tricksy platformer called Bacon Man. We’ll update this post throughout the week with any late additions.

New Nintendo Switch releases: Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2020

Monday, August 31, 2020

  • Pocket Circuit

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

  • Ary and the Secret of Seasons
  • Bacon Man
  • Ballzout
  • MX vs ATV All Out

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

  • Mask of Mists
  • Piffle

Thursday, September 3, 2020

  • Arcade Archives Contra
  • Connection Haunted
  • Good Pizza, Great Pizza
  • Here Be Dragons
  • Jelly Champs!
  • Lucah: Born of a Dream
  • Maze Breaker 3
  • Niche – a genetics survival game
  • Perfect Traffic Simulator
  • Secret Files 3
  • Spellbreak
  • Spinch
  • Under The Jolly Roger

Friday, September 4, 2020

  • Batu Ta Batu
  • Dirt Trackin 2
  • Fantasy Tower Defense
  • Lair of the Clockwork God
  • NBA 2K21
  • Paradise Killer
  • Roommates
  • Spider Solitaire Minimal

Catch up with the week’s new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 releases.


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