June 4 – June 10: This Week in Nintendo News
With E3 right on our doorstep, you might expect a slow week for news, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This past week was filled with excitement for both the Switch and 3DS, including a special Pokémon Direct.
While Nintendo didn’t announce a mainline Pokémon game for the Switch like many fans hoped, they did reveal Pokken Tournament Dx, an upgraded version of the Wii U and arcade Pokémon fighting game. If you’re interested in Pokken Tournament Dx, it will be played during this year’s Nintendo Treehouse event.
A third tournament has also been added to Nintendo’s E3 lineup: the 2017 Pokken Tournament DX Invitational on June 14 at 10:30 AM PT / 1:30 PM ET.
If Pokken isn’t quite your thing, this week also saw a lot of indie game news. The 3D platformer Poi will be coming to the Switch later this year, Axiom Verge: Multiverse Edition will be available both physically and digitally in August (for the Wii U as well as the Switch), and the Switch puzzle game Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase will come West both physically and digitally this fall.
Playtonic Games also assured fans that Yooka-Laylee should have a Switch release date soon. All of the improvements they’ve made to the 3D platformer will be available in the Switch version on day one. A new trailer and additional gameplay footage was also released for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, which will be available for the Switch when it launches in 2018.
Meanwhile, WayForward Games, the developer behind the Shantae series, announced The Mummy Demastered. This official tie-in to The Mummy will be available in late August for for several systems, including the Switch. It promises a “retro-styled” platformer starring an elite agent fighting Princess Ahmanet’s undead army.
(Originally, a misplaced tweet led fans to believe The Mummy Demastered would also be available for the Wii U, but WayForward has since corrected this.)
Finally, Marvelous announced that the Switch release of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star will have an exclusive DLC costume, “the Unshackled Bride.” Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star will be out for the Switch on July 20.
Moving on to this week’s 3DS news, this was where the more exciting Pokémon news occurred, with the announcement of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. These new Pokémon games will include an “alternate story,” although at this point it’s unclear whether that means they’re upgrades to the original Sun and Moon or something else.
And for a bit of nostalgia, Pokémon Gold and Silver will be added to the 3DS Virtual Console on September 22. It appears as though Crystal will not be added.
Now, if you’ve been eagerly anticipating some localization news from Atlus, you’re in luck. Atlus confirmed that Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth will be out this fall in North America (and in winter for Europe), followed by Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux in 2018. Fans had been hoping these titles would make their way West, so it’s good to see this news.
We should expect many more announcements from Nintendo at E3, but this was still a good week for Nintendo news. Which of these games are you most interested in?