August 27 – September 2: This Week in Nintendo News
Today was a big week for Nintendo news, but before we get into all the major announcements, let’s discuss a sad one: the discontinuation of Miiverse. Yes, the rumors were true. Miiverse will be shut down on November 7. Nintendo has published an FAQ about it, including information on what functionality will remain and how you can download your old posts if you want to save them.
Now, let’s move onto happier news and discuss the big Nintendo event of the week!
Nintendo Switch Nindies Showcase Summer 2017
On Wednesday, Nintendo held a special “Nindies” showcase to highlight some of the indie games coming to the Switch.
They began with the announcement of Super Meat Boy Forever, a sequel to the challenging platformer Super Meat Boy. Super Meat Boy Forever is a runner rather than a traditional platformer, but promises to have the same level of difficulty and challenge that made Super Meat Boy a fan favorite.
Next, the final campaign for Shovel Knight, titled King of Cards, will launch in 2018. After the announcement of an unusual new object-finding game called Mom Hid My Game, we once again got to see the intriguing narrative-driven golf game Golf Story, which has been confirmed for a September release!
A breakdancing rhythm game called Floor Kids is due out this holiday, but before that, Golf Story isn’t the only Switch indie game you can play this month. A beat-em-up called Wulverblade was also revealed with a September release window.
Enjoy bridge-building games? Poly Bridge will task you with building polygonal bridges this holiday. Intrigued by the atmospheric adventure gameplay of Kentucky Route Zero? All five episodes will be on the Switch as the Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition in 2018.
Next, we were intrigued by the unique art style of the underwater arcade shooter Earth Atlantis. It is planned for a fall release.
The action game Next Up Hero will reach the Switch in 2018, and the highly-anticipated platformer SteamWorld Dig 2 will be out on September 21, only a few weeks away!
Another 2018 game was announced next, Mulaka, a 3D action game based on the Tarahumara culture.
Meanwhile, on October 12, Switch fans will have a chance to play an adorable game called Yono and the Celestial Elephants. It will be a Switch console exclusive.
Meanwhile, if you enjoy Azure Striker Gunvolt and the other games from Inti Creates, you might be interested to learn that their next game is a side-scrolling action RPG in a dark fantasy setting, Dragon: Marked for Death. It features optional co-op and involvement from many people who worked on the Mega Man Zero and ZX games. It will be available exclusively for the Switch this winter.
On the weirder side of things, Battle Chef Brigade is a cooking-themed puzzle and action game coming first to the Switch this holiday season, and Morphies Law is a shooter focused on changing the size of your body parts.
An unusual party game called Sausage Sports Club was announced for this fall, we got a new trailer and a holiday release window for Nine Parchments, and a procedurally generated turn-based game called Light Fingers is coming first to the Switch in 2018.
The showcase ended with possibly the biggest news of the week, the first trailer for No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again. Travis Strikes again is a 3D action game planned for 2018. It will feature crossovers with several indie games, including Hotline Miami and Shovel Knight.
Nintendo Switch News
Yes, there’s still more Nintendo Switch news from this week even after the exciting Nindies showcase. First, while they weren’t shown in the presentation, Nintendo released trailers for five more Nindies at PAX West:
- Away: Journey to the Unexpected
- Dimension Drive
- Super Beat Sports (newly-announced)
- Runner 3
Unfortunately, Runner3 has also been delayed to 2018.
Moving on, Arc System Works is bringing Double Dragon IV to the Switch eShop on September 7, and Nicalis announced a Game Boy-inspired action game called Save me Mr. Tako: Tasukete Tako-San for the fourth quarter of 2017.
A party game called Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park he Youkoso was announced for the Switch, although only for Japan so far. Meanwhile, FlyHigh Works revealed that it will bring Rayark’s Deemo, Sigono’s OPUS: The Day We Found Earth, and Rain Games’ Teslagrad to the Switch in Japan, with no Western release date yet.
Finally, two more Switch games were announced. Castle Pixel’s action-adventure game Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King is coming to the Switch as a console exclusive, and Devolver Digital and Sectordub announced puzzle exploration game Pikuniku for 2018.
Moving on to new trailers, if you haven’t already picked up Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, there is a new Luigi-focused trailer. Turn-based tactics game Tiny Metal also got a new trailer at PAX West. The latest trailer for the Switch version of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 also shows off some of its Switch-exclusive features. And Lost Sphear received an exciting trailer that shows many of the ways it has changed the formula used for I Am Setsuna.
Racing game Gear.Club Unlimited also received a December 1 release date, and Sonic Forces will be out on November 9 in Japan.
And finally, in a piece of news that serves as both Switch and 3DS news, Fire Emblem Warriors launches on October 20 in North America and Europe. A special edition featuring CDs, character art cards, and a dual-sided poster will also be available. A new trailer also revealed Elise from Fire Emblem Fates.
Nintendo 3DS News
Two more 3DS trailers also came out this week. Etrian Odyssey V continued its regular class introduction trailers with a new trailer for the Pugilist, and Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney celebrated its upcoming 3DS release in November with a Japanese 3DS trailer.
Next, in addition to the Fire Emblem Warriors special edition, Nintendo also announced a special dual pack of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon called the Veteran Trainer’s Dual Pack. It will include both games, 16 art cards, and a download for 200 Poké Balls. This is separate from the previously-announced dual pack that comes with a steelbook case.
Finally, River City: Rival Showdown will be out both physically and digitally in North America this November for $29.99.
River City: Rival Showdown takes the original River City Ransom and adds new story paths, multiple endings, and more. A limited edition key chain will be included with physical copies.
Between the regular news and the Nindies showcase, this was a good week for Nintendo fans, especially when it comes to the Nintendo Switch. Which of these announcements are you most excited about?