August 6 – August 12: This Week in Nintendo News
Attention all competitive Nintendo players! If you think you’re ready to face off against the best of the best, your chance is coming soon. The qualifying rounds for Nintendo’s 2017 World Championships start next weekend at participating Best Buy stores in the United States.
The qualifiers are split into two age groups (12 & younger in one category and 13 & up in the other), and you’ll be competing in Mario Kart 7 time trials. The dates and locations for the qualifiers are:
- August 19 and 20: New York City and SF Bay Area
- August 26 and 27: Chicago and Los Angeles
- September 2 and 3: Minneapolis and Dallas
- September 9 and 10: Seattle and Miami
The top players will move on to the finals in October. For more details, be sure to check the official site.
Nintendo Switch News
Meanwhile, we have many new Switch games to look forward to. There has been a wealth of Dragon Quest news lately, including the announcement of Dragon Quest Builders 2. Although the original Dragon Quest Builders was not available for any Nintendo consoles, this one will come to the Switch.
This isn’t the only sequel unexpectedly coming to the Switch. The newest Atelier game, Atelier Lydie & Soeur: Alchemists of the Mysterious Painting was announced for the Switch in addition to its expected PlayStation platforms. It will follow two sisters who explore worlds found within paintings.
Next, Koei Tecmo decided to bring not one, but two horse-racing game to the Switch on September 14 in Japan. Wining Post 8 2017 and Champion Jockey Special are both on their way and received new trailers.
Localization plans for these games have not been revealed.
Super Meat Boy was also shown for the Switch this week in a Twitter announcement, and a similar announcement displayed Mutant Mudds Deluxe. In other indie game news, the developer Angry Mob Games announced that Brawlout, a fighting game inspired by Super Smash Bros., will be out on the Switch later this year.
It’s great to see games being announced, but what about new Switch games coming out? Well, Severed launched this week as well, and anyone who enjoys exploration and touchscreen-based gameplay should give this intriguing title a look.
Both The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and ARMS were updated this week, as well. Breath of the Wild version 1.3.1 fixed some bugs and added support for the new “Tips from the Wild” news channel that launched on August 9. This will allow you to obtain certain items from the channel. ARMS version 2.1 added new exercises to Training and made several gameplay adjustments and balance tweaks.
This week also saw a new Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle trailer focused on Mario, a Fire Emblem Warriors trailer focused on Cordelia, a character introduction trailer for Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon, and the announcement of Competition Mode for Sonic Mania.
The week was not without disappointment, however. While we did get to see the exciting animated intro for Battle Chasers: Nightwar, the Switch release date is now being listed as “slightly later” than the October 3 release date for the other versions. We hope the delay won’t be too long.
Nintendo 3DS News
Moving on to the 3DS, the previously-mentioned Fire Emblem Warriors trailer was far from the only piece of 3DS news this week. Dragon Quest I and II both became available for the 3DS this week in Japan, with Dragon Quest III to follow later this month.
As previously rumored, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is also on its way to the 3DS eShop and will be out this November for $19.99.
A new Yo-Kai Watch spin-off, Yo-Kai Watch Busters 2: Treasure Legend Banbaraya was also announced for this winter in Japan. No localization news for either Busters game has been announced. Meanwhile, the Japanese developer FuRyu opened a teaser site for an unknown 3DS game that appears to have an oden theme.
Turning our attention back to games coming West, Etrian Odyssey V has a release date for the Americas. It will be out on October 17. The European release will be sometime this fall. Meanewhile, the Monster Hunter Stories demo is now available to download from the eShop.
Now, what will you play all of these 3DS games on? What about the newly-announced Samus Edition New 3DS XL, which will be released on September 15 for $199?
Finally, Nintendo announced the new “Dusk Form” Lycanroc for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. This Pokémon will not be available normally in the game, but instead will be an early purchase bonus. A Rockruff that can evolve into Dusk Form Lycanrock will be available for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon from November 17 – January 10.
It was a busy week for Nintendo news! Which of these announcements are you most excited for?