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The return of the Metroid series headlines this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

It won’t come as a surprise to discover that Metroid Dread is our pick of this week’s new Nintendo Switch releases.

Developer Mercury Steam proved with Metroid: Samus Returns that it can capably handle action and movement. We’re now excited to see what the studio can achieve in terms of structure, level design, and mood when freed from the rigid template of a Game Boy remake.

Nintendo is pushing Metroid Dread as the game to play on the new Nintendo Switch OLED model, which is also out this week. However, the long-awaited release of Tetris Effect: Connected is the game that will really give the new seven-inch OLED screen a chance to shine.

Also rolling on to Switch is Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, a welcome remake and repackage of the franchise’s best games. It features 300 levels, a cast of new playable characters, some dubious DLC, and a selection of multiplayer favourites.

Other new Nintendo Switch releases include the brilliant beat ’em up party game Gang Beasts [now delayed into next week] and the licensed Smash wannabe Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

We’ll update this page with any late additions to the Nintendo eShop lineup throughout the week.

Nintendo Switch eShop releases: October 4-9, 2021

Monday, October 4, 2021

  • Toree 2

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

  • Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot: The First Cases
  • Amane Switch
  • Exophobia
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
  • Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan
  • RiMS Racing
  • Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

  • TBC

Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • Balloon Pop – Learning Letters, Numbers, Colors, Game for Kids
  • Business Tour Deluxe
  • Creepy Tale 2
  • Drum Box
  • Gang Beasts [delayed to October 12]
  • InfiniteCorp: Cyberpunk Card Game
  • Jack Axe
  • The Marauder Chronicles: Curse Over Valdria
  • The Lightbringer
  • Lotus Bloom
  • PandaBall
  • Panmorphia
  • Prehistoric Life Puzzles
  • Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire
  • Sophia’s World

Friday, October 8, 2021

  • AAA Clock
  • Bouncy Bullets 2
  • Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala
  • Knockout Home Fitness (EU)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Lord of the Click II
  • Metroid Dread
  • Slice of Life
  • Tetris Effect: Connected

Saturday, October 9, 2021

  • Medieval Tower Defense
  • Toroom

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