July 23 – July 29: This Week in Nintendo News
Let’s start off with what might be the biggest news of the week: Dragon Quest XI is being localized! Square Enix announced that the latest entry will be brought West as Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age in 2018. However, they didn’t say which versions, so we can’t definitively call this Switch or 3DS news.
In other general Nintendo news, if you’ve been dissatisfied with the My Nintendo offerings, better rewards might be on their way or here already, depending on your region. This week, My Nintendo Europe added several indie games as Gold Coin rewards:
- Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (3DS) – 50 coins
- Zen Pinball 3D (3DS) – 50 coins
- Art of Balance (Wii U) – 90 coins
- Bit. Trip Presents… Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U) – 100 coins
Let’s hope this is a sign of more My Nintendo game rewards to come.
Nintendo Switch News
Moving on, Lost Sphear has a release date. The classic-style JRPG from Square Enix’s Tokyo RPG Factory will be out on October 12 in Japan and on January 23 in North America and Europe. Polygon also released a 15-minute gameplay demonstration of Lost Sphear, which takes the basic gameplay of I Am Setsuna and expands it.
Next, the developer of Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase announced a Nintendo Switch remake of Penguin Wars, a Japanese arcade game originally released in 1985. The eShop-only remake will be out in Japan this fall, but they have not announced a Western release yet.
Meanwhile, on October 3, you’ll be able to play Superbeat: Xonic on your Switch. The popular rhythm game will be available both physically and digitally.
Two more Switch games also got release dates this week. Lego Worlds will be out for the Switch on September 8, and Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition will follow on September 12. That’s it for new announcements, although Capcom mentioned that the high sales of Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers mean they’ll release more games for the Switch.
Finally, if you’re interested in Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura, it will be included in a 90-minute Senran Kagura live stream set for August 1. New Senran Kagura titles will also be announced, although they did not specify platforms.
Nintendo 3DS News
While not a major release, a new 3DS game came out this week. The third game in the point-and-click Parascientific Escape, Parascientific Escape: Crossing at the Farthest Horizon, came to the eShop on July 27. It is the final entry in the series.
Next, Atlus unveiled the Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth launch edition, which includes a special case, a 24-page art book, and a 6-track CD. Etrian Odyssey V will be out this fall.
Well, it might have been a quieter week for 3DS news… but it wasn’t without some controversy. Nintendo revealed the amiibo functionality for Metroid: Samus Returns and confirmed to Eurogamer that these unlockables are exclusive to the amiibo.
The upcoming Samus amiibo unlocks an extra energy tank and Metroid 2 art, the squishy Metroid amiibo reveals nearby Metroids on your map and unlocks “Fusion” difficulty (along with Samus’s suit from Metroid Fusion), the Smash Bros. Samus amiibo unlocks a missile tank and concept art, and the Zero Suit Samus amiibo unlocks another energy tank and lets you listen to the soundtrack. Many fans feel these are things that should be included in the game already, especially the difficulty setting.
What are your thoughts on this week’s news? How do you feel about the Samus Returns amiibo features? Let us know in the comments.