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The real news in the eShop this week is West of Loathing

This screenshot from West of Loathing shows two characters standing in front of what appears to be a massive pile of buffalo bones. A horse also stands nearby. Asymmetric

This biggest news from the Nintendo eShop this week is the release of Pokémon Quest, a stripped-down take on everyone’s favorite pocket monsters. The game is free-to-start on the Nintendo Switch, and will come to mobile devices this June. If you’ve ever wanted a version of Pokémon that has been squished through the aesthetics of Minecraft, you’re in luck.

But now that we’ve got that out of the way, we can talk about the real big news in the eShop this week: West of Loathing. It’s a game that shouldn’t be as good as it is; West of Loathing barely has graphics, its sense of humor relies on puns and you may be fooled into thinking there’s not much there when you first begin playing. But trust us: This is a game filled with warmth and solid goofs. It often feels like something out of the classic Shockwave animations of the early internet. If any of this sounds good, even a little, you’d be well rewarded by giving this a try.

“West of Loathing is a great Western game, and it isn’t even in color,” our review, which gave it a nine out of 10, stated. “It’s evocative of all the ambitions and moments that make a cowboy story worthwhile and engaging, while at the same time gently mocking the entire affair from start to finish.”

It’s also only $11, and it’s worth every one of those dollars.

Just Shapes and Beats is also out this week, if you’re in the mood for some co-op bullet hell that’s also a rhythm game.

An online demo of Mario Tennis Aces will also be available, starting tomorrow. “This event will only be active for the short time period between 6 p.m. PT on June 1 and 11:59 p.m. PT on June 3,” Nintendo states. “By participating and keeping your save data, you can unlock Mario’s classic outfit in the full version of the game once purchased, so don’t miss out!”

Here are the rest of the games coming to the eShop this week:

  • ACA NEOGEO NINJA COMBAT (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Defoliation (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • FOX n FORESTS (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Happy Birthdays (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available June 5
  • ICEY (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Johnny Turbo’s Arcade Joe and Mac Caveman Ninja (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Kid Tripp – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Lost Sea (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Neonwall – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available June 1
  • Pirate Pop Plus (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Quad Fighter K (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Shape of the World (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available June 6
  • Shift Quantum (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • SilverStarChess (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Smoke and Sacrifice (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Super Sportmatchen (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available June 5
  • Them Bombs! (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Trax - Build it Race it (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • World Soccer Pinball (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Yesterday Origins (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Masked Forces (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Dragon Lapis (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Kid Tripp – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

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