June 11 – June 17: This Week in Nintendo News
Nintendo’s digital event at E3 2017 turned out to be a fantastic presentation, with many games lined up for 2017 and many more planned for 2018 and beyond. That wasn’t the end of this week’s Nintendo news, though–far from it! The week was filled with exciting news for both the Switch and 3DS beyond what was shown in the Nintendo Spotlight.
First, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was officially unveiled at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, and although many fans had doubts about it from the leaks, its XCOM-like tactical gameplay won people over. Still unconvinced? Check out Nintendo Treehouse’s gameplay demonstration to see what it’s all about.
While there wasn’t a lot of Nintendo Switch news at E3 outside of the spotlight, Nintendo did announce an upcoming free DLC character for ARMS. ARMS is available now as of June 16, and Max Brass will join the roster next month. Meanwhile, in an interview with Kotaku, Monolith Soft CEO Tetsuya Takahashi said they’re aiming to give Xenoblade Chronicles 2 a simultaneous worldwide launch.
Two new Switch games were also announced this week. Blade Strangers is a crossover fighting game that will feature characters from Cave Story, Code of Princess, and Umihara Kawase. It will eventually come to the West. The mobile action game Implosion will also be brought to the Switch in July. Localization news for Implosion has yet to be announced, but since the mobile version is available in the West, it’s not unlikely.
Finally, Level-5 is interested in making a Professor Layton game for the Switch, but since these games tend to be very touchscreen-focused, they aren’t sure how it would work when the Switch is docked. One possibility, of course, is to make it only playable in handheld mode, but they’re still working on other solutions.
Speaking of Professor Layton, Level-5 released new information about Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy, introducing two more millionaires, a costume customization feature, and another feature that lets you decorate the inside of the detective agency. They also announced that this game will include more puzzles than any previous Professor Layton game, and unveiled a special bonus for players who buy the digital 3DS version of the game: a Flora Reinhold costume for Katrielle.
E3 was good for the 3DS as well, with three new games announced during the Nintendo Treehouse live stream. The first and most exciting is Metroid: Samus Returns, a reimagining of the original Metroid II: The Return of Samus. If you’re interested in a new 2D Metroid game, be sure to check out the gameplay footage from Nintendo Treehouse. Metroid: Samus Returns will be available on September 15.
Nintendo also confirmed the rumored Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, a remake of Superstar Saga that includes a new game mode starring Bowser’s minions as they try to rescue their king. It will be out on October 6. Next, they announced Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido, a bizarre puzzle game that involves fighting opponents with sushi plates, for 2018.
This week also saw the release of two demos for upcoming 3DS games. The Miitopia demo covers the first 2-3 hours of the quirky RPG, and your demo progress can be transferred to the full game. The Ever Oasis demo is much shorter and doesn’t carry over, but should still give you a better idea of what the gameplay will be like.
Those games are coming soon (June 23 for Ever Oasis and July 28 for Miitopia), but there’s another 3DS game you can enjoy even sooner. The medieval-themed River City: Knights of Justice will be available on the eShop on June 20.
Finally, Dragon Quest XI has gone gold. While we still don’t know anything about the Switch version or localization news, Square Enix announced many new details, including a third optional restriction that prevents you from equipping armor. For players in search of a special challenge, Dragon Quest XI will give you the tools to make it possible. They also announced that it should take approximately 50 hours to complete, with up to 100 hours of gameplay for completionists.
With all these new 3DS games on the way, you might think support for the 3DS isn’t dwindling at all… and you’d be correct! In an interview with IGN, Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that Nintendo will support the 3DS “well into 2018 and beyond.” It sounds like the 3DS and the Switch might be able to co-exist after all.
Between E3 and Nintendo’s other announcements, this was an exciting week for Nintendo fans. Which of these upcoming games are you most looking forward to?