June 25 – July 1: This Week in Nintendo News
It was another exciting week for Nintendo, especially with the announcement of the Super NES Classic Edition. When the NES Classic Edition was discontinued, many people speculated that a SNES version would follow it. Those theories proved to be true! The Super NES Classic Edition will become available on September 29, 2017, and it includes the following 21 games:
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy III
- Kirby Super Star
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Mega Man X
- Secret of Mana
- Star Fox
- Star Fox 2
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania IV
- Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- Super Mario World
- Super Metroid
- Super Punch-Out!!
- Yoshi’s Island
Your eyes did not deceive you: the SNES Classic Edition includes Star Fox 2, which has never been released before. It’s also worth noting that Final Fantasy III on the SNES is the game properly known as Final Fantasy VI.
The Super NES Classic Edition also comes with two wired controllers. It will cost $79.99.
Nintendo Switch News
Moving on to Nintendo’s current consoles, this week also saw several announcements for the Switch, including three new game announcements. First, the action RPG Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon will be out on October 24. Next, the indie action-adventure game Count Lucanor, which was inspired by series like The Legend of Zelda and Silent Hill, has a Switch release planned. Finally, an indie adventure game called The Long Reach was announced, as well.
The much-anticipated SteamWorld Dig 2 also received a release window of late summer/early fall.
Speaking of upcoming games, if you played I Am Setsuna and thought it could be better, Lost Sphear director Atsushi Hashimoto told Kotaku that their new game will address I Am Setsuna’s flaws. Characters can move during combat, battles have more complexity, and both the world and soundtrack are more varied. Lost Sphear will also be a longer game.
Several Nintendo Switch games were updated this week, too. ARMS version 1.1.0 added LAN Play and Arena Mode to the game, while also fixing a few bugs and mistakes. Update version 1.2 for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe implemented several tweaks and fixes for online multiplayer. Finally, update 1.4 for Super Bomberman R added Vic Viper, Simon Belmont, and Pyramid Head as playable characters, added four new VS stages, and made several other changes players should appreciate.
Finally, the Master Trials DLC pack is now available for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on both the Switch and Wii U. This is the first half of Breath of the Wild’s planned DLC.
Nintendo 3DS News
Things were quieter on the 3DS front this week, with the intro for Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology and a European release date for Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (October 13) as the highlights.
Aside from that, two games were unfortunately delayed. Level-5’s new RPG The Snack World: Trejarers was delayed to August 10 in Japan, and Culdcept Revolt was delayed to October 3 in North America and October 6 in Europe. However, we also got a new Culdcept Revolt trailer.
Finally, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney was rated for the 3DS in Korea. While it could be nothing, it might be a sign that the fourth Ace Attorney game is on its way to the 3DS at last.
The SNES Classic Edition dominated this week’s Nintendo News, especially due to the surprising inclusion of Star Fox 2. Which of this week’s announcements are you most excited for?