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Nintendo eShop update brings Slay the Spire to Switch

Try your hand(s) at the deck-building roguelite RPG

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Slay the Spire, the genre-bending roguelite/deck-builder, highlights this week’s update to the Nintendo eShop. Consider us enthused; Slay the Spire was a Polygon-recommended title when it launched on PC back in February. Simple to pick up and hard to master, the game bucks conventional wisdom and prioritizes deck-building fundamentals to deliver a tight and very challenging run to the top.

Mega Crit and Humble Bundle’s game is $24.99 and available right now. Be prepared to face a lot of failure, and to try unorthodox or counterintuitive things to overcome the next battle. Combat in Slay the Spire resembles a traditional turn-based RPG, with players drawing cards for their characters from a pool dedicated to them. Keeping one’s deck lean and pared down to essentials is a must. For more, check out our beginner’s guide.

Other highlights include Phantom Doctrine, a Cold War spy thriller whose gameplay reminded us of XCOM. Creativeforge Games did the same thing in an old west setting with 2015’s Hard West, and that launched for the eShop back in March. And there’s also Battle Worlds: Kronos, a crowdfunded, turn-based strategy game which launched on PC in 2013

The rest of the coming week’s new additions to the eShop are:

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