July 9 – July 15: This Week in Nintendo News
San Diego Comic-Con 2017 starts next week, and Nintendo has announced its plans. The San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina’s ballroom will be decorated with a Nintendo theme, and the following Switch and 3DS games will be available to play:
- At Nintendo’s SDCC booth:
- Super Mario Odyssey
- At the Marriott Marquis & Marina
- Flip Wars (previously known as Project Mekuru)
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Splatoon 2
- Pokkén Tournament DX
- EA SPORTS FIFA 18
- Super Bomberman R
- Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
- Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
- Hey! Pikmin
- Pokémon Sun
- Pokémon Moon
- Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Attendees will also have a chance to try out the New Nintendo 2DS XL and “catch a glimpse of the upcoming Super NES Classic Edition hardware.”
There will be a special Splatoon 2 photo booth in honor of Splatoon 2’s July 21 release, with visits from two professional Splatoon 2 cosplayers. Finally, the Marriott Marquis & Marina will also be home to the Play Nintendo Challenge, competitions in Splatoon 2 and Pokkén Tournament DX. There will be prizes.
San Diego Comic-Con 2017 runs from July 20 – July 23. Now, let’s take a look at the new announcements from this week.
Nintendo Switch News
This week was a bit lighter on new game announcements, but we did have a few. First, WWE 2K18 was confirmed for the Nintendo Switch. It will be out this fall. Meanwhile, in addition to the previous announcements of Away: Journey to the Unexpected and Hover: Revolt of Gamers, the publisher Playdius will also bring BAFL: Brakes Are For Losers, Old School Musical, and Splasher to the Switch.
And if you love party games, the humorous Jackbox Party Pack 1 and Jackbox Party Pack 2 have been announced for the Switch as well.
That’s it for new announcements for now… but the president of Nihon Falcom said in an interview that he is interested in bringing Falcom games to the Switch. Nihon Falcom is the company behind series like Ys and The Legend of Heroes, as well as Gurumin, which was re-released for the 3DS last year.
Moving on to other Switch news, Nights of Azure 2 will be out in October, and special costumes will be available depending on the version of the game you get. For Switch players, this means a costume based on Yuri Kozukata from Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water.
Before you play Nights of Azure 2 in October, you’ll be able to play Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, which received a Switch release date of September 22. And if you’ve been enjoying Cave Story+ but miss the game’s old look, stay tuned in August for a free update that will bring a classic graphics option to the game!
Finally, Max Brass was added to ARMS this week, but that’s not all. The ARMS 2.0 update also includes a new mode where players fight over a Hedlok mask. Whoever gets the mask turns into Hedlok, and the other players must work together to defeat him. Hedlok mode is available for every type of multiplayer.
Nintendo 3DS News
Are you looking forward to Hey! Pikmin? If you’re uncertain about the side-scrolling Pikmin game, a demo is now available on the 3DS eShop. And while 3DS players need to wait a little longer than mobile players to start Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy, Level-5 released new details about the game, including information on two new mini-games.
The Bumpy Labyrinth mini-game, pictured above, charges players with guiding the dog Sherl through the labyrinth to his goal. There is also an Accessory Shop mini-game, where players arrange items in a store in order to sell them all to customers.
While this week wasn’t filled with many new game announcements, there was still plenty of Nintendo news. What are you most interested by?