Spring has arrived and although the stable of games from Nintendo seems fairly small for the months up to E3, many other publishers and indie developers are here to fill in the gap of the next big blockbuster game. From remasters to interesting new games, April is filled to the brim with stuff for us to play. We have also decided not to add the Labo VR Kit because it is uncertain how actually fun this game will be for our hard earned coins.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (April 9)
The most well known game attorney is back in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. Become Phoenix Wright and experience the thrill of battle as you fight to save your innocent clients in a court of law. Play all 14 episodes, spanning the first three games, in one gorgeous collection. Solve the intriguing mysteries behind each case and witness the final truth for yourself!
Cuphead (April 18)
This was both a shocker and a dream come true for us Nintendo fans during the Nindies Direct of March. Cuphead is coming to the Switch this month and will include everything the game had to offer on Xbox One, including Xbox Live. The game will also get all the future DLC on the same day as the Xbox Version.
Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings.
My Time at Portia (April 16)
In these last few years, we saw the rise of the farm sim become extremely popular on pc and consoles thanks to Stardew Valley. Many other publishers tried their take on the matter, but couldn’t budge the pixelated marvel that is Stardew. Say hello to My Time at Portia now! This 3D adventure has been coming up big and will come to Switch this month to even the odds!
My Time at Portia let’s you start a new life full of color and adventure. You grow your homestead with farming, crafting and arranging your home the way you want, build your reputation on the island and with the townsfolk, even making relationships and have kids. and during your off-time you can go on adventure in the mountains, fighting off golems and other creatures that are lurking in the shadows.
Our World Is Ended (April 18 in Europe, May 8 in America)
great visual novel games are still hard to find on the Switch, with most being Otome (or Harem) games. Many of them are being mediocre in their storytelling and with a few standouts like Nightshade, there is still plenty of room for these type of adventure games.
Our World is Ended might give us another great Visual Novel. The game follows Judgement 7, a team of young developers working on a brand new game engine called the W.O.R.L.D program. When wearing an Augmented Reality headset, this revolutionary program changes the landscape in real time. When Reiji, the game part-time director, tries the program in the streets of Asakusa, he catches a glimpse of an unsettling cityscape. Could this be a glitch or is there more to it than meets the eye?
His doubts are soon to be confirmed as the members of Judgement 7 will find themselves trapped between fiction and the real world. Characters and creatures from their previous games have breached into the world and now risk of becoming reality. The city is on the verge of being overwritten. Judgement 7’s battle to bring the world back is about to begin!
Katana ZERO (April 18)
Katana ZERO was also announced at the end of march during the Nindies Direct. The game looked like an intense 2D Hack’n Slash action platformer that kills the person in one hit if they aren’t careful, luckily the player also has a rewind feature to undo everything and restart the level from scratch to get a perfect run!
Katana ZERO is a stylish neo-noir, action-platformer featuring breakneck action and instant-death combat. Slash, dash, and manipulate time to unravel your past in a beautifully brutal acrobatic display.
Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster (April 16)
This game and the one a bit further on this list don’t really need introductions, but we will give you one if you never had a PlayStation before. Final Fantasy X / X-2 are two games made by Square Enix, The games are regarded as some of the best in the franchise’s history and amongst the best PS2 RPG’s.
FINAL FANTASY X tells the story of a star blitzball player, Tidus, who journeys with a young and beautiful summoner named Yuna on her quest to save the world of Spira from an endless cycle of destruction wrought by the colossal menace Sin.
FINAL FANTASY X-2 returns to the world of Spira two years after the beginning of the Eternal Calm. Having been shown a mysterious but familiar image in a sphere, Yuna becomes a Sphere Hunter and along with her companions Rikku and Paine, embarks on a quest around the world to find the answers to the mystery within.
SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech (April 25)
SteamWorld Quest: The Hand of Gilgamech is the latest entry in a hugely varied line of Steamworld games. Having history on both Wii u and Nintendo 3DS with tower-defense like games and platform games. The series now ventures in a new direction with RPG card-battle mechanics.
In this creative roleplaying card game you’ll lead a party of aspiring heroes through a hand-drawn world and intense battles using only your wits and a handful of cards. Take on whatever threat comes your way by crafting your own deck choosing from over 100 unique punch-cards!
What awaits you is a luscious treasure chest filled with gold, dragons, vivid worlds, magic, knights in shining armor as well as XP, turn-based battles and all that good RPG stuff! The game’s humorous mix of traditional fantasy and steampunk robots makes for an unforgettable experience with lots of laughs.
Dragons Dogma Dark Arisen (April 23)
Capcom is bringing Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, the 2013 Western role-playing game-inspired action game, to Nintendo Switch. It will include all previously released content and dlc. Capcom promises a “revamped user interface” that will offer improved screen visibility on Switch.
Set in a huge open world, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen presents a rewarding action combat experience. Players embark on an epic adventure in a rich, living world with three AI companions, known as Pawns. These partners fight independently, demonstrating prowess and ability that they have developed based on traits learned from each player.
Final Fantasy XII (April 30)
Just Like the Final Fantasy X, number XII is a mainline game and launched in the backend of the PlayStation 2 lifecycle. The game has an entire different combat system and allthough it might be a teense bit less well regarded then the adventures of Yuna and Tidus, this game was and still is a visual masterpiece that deserves to be checked out.
Enter an era of war within the world of Ivalice. The small kingdom of Dalmasca, conquered by the Archadian Empire, is left in ruin and uncertainty. Princess Ashe, the one and only heir to the throne, devotes herself to the resistance to liberate her country.
Vaan, a young man who lost his family in the war, dreams of flying freely in the skies. In a fight for freedom and fallen royalty, join these unlikely allies and their companions as they embark on a heroic adventure to free their homeland.
Box Boy + Box Girl (April 26)
The ‘big’ release from Nintendo this month, aside from the crafting game LABO VR, is the sequel to Box Boy, a puzzle platformer that was popular back on the Nintendo 3DS. The character Qbby even got his own amiibo in Japan!
In addition to 270 new levels, two players can work as a team to solve puzzles in a new co-op mode. As a bonus, players who complete the game can access a new adventure starring Qudy.
So as we head on in to April, there is clearly allot of different games to look forward to. It’s still a while off until Nintendo unleashes his big guns, but we wouldn’t say that that’s such a bad thing when we see the release list getting stuffed full of amazing games from different developers!