May 28 – June 3: This Week in Nintendo News
This week was filled with many little pieces of Nintendo news, with one of the biggest being the announcement of Lost Sphear. Lost Sphear, a new classic-style JRPG from the studio behind I Am Setsuna, follows a group of heroes on their quest to restore the world through the power of Memory. It will be available in early 2018, and a physical Switch release is available in limited quantities through the Square Enix Online Store.
Two other upcoming Nintendo Switch games got release dates this week. The upcoming turn-based RPG Battle Chasers: Nightwar will be out on October 3, and Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will hit the Nintendo Switch eShop on June 8. A physical release should come eventually, but details are still being worked out.
Meanwhile, the indie action RPG Indivisible was also announced for the Switch alongside its previously-announced platforms.
And like last week, more Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle rumors surfaced. This time, leaked information discussed a boss battle in which the rabbid dressed as Princess Peach takes a selfie with the boss once it’s defeated. (The boss also dabs when it successfully attacks.) It also revealed a 20-hour long campaign, individual skill trees for each of the 8 main characters, and amiibo support. This remains one of the most controversial Switch games among fans, but if the rumors are true, we should see it at E3.
Speaking of E3, Nintendo announced further details for its 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational and 2017 Arms Open Invitational tournaments, both of which will be held during E3. You’ll be able to watch these tournaments at Nintendo’s website, Youtube channel, and Twitch channel. Full details on the tournaments can be found here.
In a final piece of Switch-focused news, the Switch online service will remain free until 2018. Once the paid service launches, subscribers will also be able to access a library of classic games that they can play for as long as their subscription remains active. This is a significant improvement over the original plan of games that would only be available for a month. NES games will be included at launch, and Nintendo will consider the possibility of adding SNES games.
Don’t worry, 3DS players, this week included several pieces of 3Ds news, as well. First, we got our first look at the upcoming Switch and 3DS musou game Fire Emblem Warriors, thanks to its official Japanese website. So far, Koei Tecmo has revealed two original characters named Shion and Lian, as well as Chrom and Marth.
Next, we learned that Ever Oasis might receive an eShop demo ahead of its June 23 launch. While it hasn’t been officially announced, a user on Reddit found an Ever Oasis marketing poster that says a demo is available. Since many fans still aren’t sure what Ever Oasis will feel like, we hope the demo comes out soon.
Spike Chunsoft also announced a new Attack on Titan game for the 3DS. Attack on Titan: Future Coordinates is the follow-up to Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains. (This should not be confused with Koei Tecmo’s visual novel, Attack on Titan: Escape from Certain Death.) It will be out this year in Japan, although no localization news has been announced.
But the biggest Nintendo 3DS news this week has to be the announcement of not one, but two River City games on their way West. The medieval-style Retro City: Knights of Justice will be out as an eShop exclusive this summer, and River City: Rival Showdown will follow in the fall.
That’s it for this past week’s Nintendo news highlights. Which of the new announcements are you the most excited about?