September 10 – September 16: This Week in Nintendo News
It’s another exciting week for Nintendo, with a Nintendo Direct on Wednesday and big announcements for fans, so let’s take a look.
NES Classic and SNES Classic News
If you’ve had trouble finding a SNES Classic or the earlier NES Classic, we have good news! Nintendo announced that due to the high demand, shipments of the SNES Classic Edition will continue into 2018. There will also be more units available on launch day than there were of the NES Classic in all of last year, with regular shipments after that.
Not only that, but the NES Classic Edition is coming back! Although it was discontinued, it will return to shelves in Summer 2018. More details will follow.
On Wednesday at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET, a new Nintendo Direct covered upcoming 3DS and Switch games.
There are two new 3DS models to look forward to! The Orange & White design for the New Nintendo 2DS XL will come to North America on October 6, and another version with a Poké Ball design will be out on November 3.
Moving on to the games, we finally got new details about Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon. As confirmed earlier this week by Serebii, the mascots of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are fusions of Necrozma with Solgaleo and Lunala: Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma. Two new Ultra Beasts will also be in the game.
And if you get Pokémon Gold or Pokémon Silver from the 3DS Virtual Console, you’ll be able to get a Celebi for Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, or Ultra Moon. They will be added to the Virtual Console on September 22, and you can pre-purchase them now.
Next, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions will be out on October 6, alongside the new Goomba and Koopa amiibo figures, which can be used in the game (as well as the Boo amiibo) to get items and equipment from stamp sheets.
Meanwhile, if you’ve been waiting for news on the upcoming multiplayer Kirby game, Kirby: Battle Royale will launch on January 19.
Visit the official website to vote once a day on your favorite Copy Ability from the Kirby series. Polling will end on October 2, and the winning ability will be featured in a 3DS theme, a wallpaper, and possibly Battle Royale.
Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters will be out on September 29, but if you have Bony Spirits or Fleshy Souls, you’ll soon be able to download the free Oni Evolution update to add new features.
And available now is Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition. It can be downloaded now from the eShop, with a physical version to follow.
Moving on, do you love Mario Party mini-games? If so, Mario Party: The Top 100 was made for you. It’s a collection of 100 Mario Party mini-games and will be available on November 10. Curiously, the official site says you can ” set the number of turns for board-game play,” which suggests Mario Party 100 will have boards after all.
Next, our anticipated RPG The Alliance Alive will be out in early 2018 and is up for pre-order now! It is one of four upcoming Atlus games for the 3DS, alongside Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology (which will have a launch edition that includes character decals and an art book), and Etrian Odyssey V.
After a brief look at other upcoming 3DS games already announced, the Direct moved on to Nintendo Switch news with an exciting new look at Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The extensive trailer shows much of the world we’ll explore in this vast RPG, as well as a release date: December 1.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 also has a Special Edition available that includes a soundtrack selection CD and an art book.
Splatoon 2 will be updated on September 20 with two new stages and a new weapon, and the ARMS 3.0 update is available now, as is a new update for Flip Wars. For an even larger update, an expanded version of the puzzle game Snipperclips was announced. Snipperclips Plus will be out on November 10, and its new content will be available for the original as DLC.
November 10 is also a good day for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild fans, as it’s when the Champion amiibo figures will become available.
Next, Lyn from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade will be part of Fire Emblem Warriors, and we got a new look at the previously-announced Morphies Law and Rocket League (with its exclusive Nintendo features). A MOBA called Arena of Valor is also on its way to the Switch.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be out on November 17, followed by Doom this holiday season, and the upcoming Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus in 2018.
If you love classic Nintendo arcade games, you’ll be pleased to know that they’re coming to the Switch as part of the Arcade Archives. First up is Arcade Archives: Mario Bros., which will be available on September 27.
After a reminder of several other upcoming Switch games, we finally got to see footage from Project Octopath Traveler, as well as an idea of what this RPG will be like. Best of all, a demo is available now from the Nintendo eShop! After you play the demo, you’ll also be able to fill out a survey to share your thoughts with the development team before the game’s 2018 launch.
More information will be revealed on September 23 at the Tokyo Game Show 2017.
Dragon Quest Builders is coming to the Switch in spring 2018, as is Kirby: Star Allies. Finally, Nintendo gave a brief overview of a few more upcoming titles as a reminder, and moved on to a new look at Super Mario Odyssey.
A Nintendo Switch bundle will also be available with a download code for Super Mario Odyssey and a special carrying case, concluding an exciting Nintendo Direct.
Nintendo Switch News
Outside of the Nintendo Direct, we still have some Switch news to look at. First, Tiny Barbarian DX has a release date. Nicalis will publish this 2D platformer on the Switch both physically and digitally on October 10. It will cost $29.99. The first retail run will include a full-color instruction booklet and a PVC key chain.
In fact, Nicalis is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In addition to a new logo, they unveiled their new website and reminded fans of their many upcoming Switch releases: Tiny Barbarian DX, Ittle Dew 2+, Blade Strangers, The End Is Nigh, Redout, and ’90s Super GP, with more games to be announced.
We also have a release date for Sine Mora EX! This side-scrolling shoot-em-up from THQ Nordic will be out for the Switch on September 26 in North America and October 10 in Europe.
The Penguin Wars remake is due out on September 21 in Japan, with a new trailer to celebrate.
Next, Koei Tecmo announced that players who buy Nights of Azure 2 on the Switch within three months of its release (October 24 in North America, October 27 in Europe) will receive a free costume based on Yuri Kozukata from Fatal Frame.
Meanwhile, the developer of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap said in a discussion about the Switch that the game has sold more copies for the Switch than for its other three platforms combined. That’s promising news for fans who want to see more of this style of game on the Switch.
Nintendo Switch and 3DS News
Back to Koei Tecmo, we have not one, but two more trailers for Fire Emblem Warriors, introducing even more of the heroes you’ll play as.
The New 3DS version is now available to pre-load in Japan, and the digital version takes up 16,811 blocks.
Nintendo 3DS News
For the 3DS alone, we have three pieces of news for Japanese games: Yo-kai Watch Busters 2 will be out on December 7, Attack on Titan 2: Future Coordinates will include both Story Mode and a mission-based World Mode, and developer Happymeal is making a NES-style 3DS adventure game called Ise Shima Mystery Guide: The False Black Pearl. Localization has not been announced for any of these three titles.
Nintendo Wii U News
And finally, in an unexpected piece of news, the sci-fi platformer Hive Jump will be released for the Wii U on September 28 for $14.99. It will include a mini-map on the GamePad and off-screen play.
Which announcements are you the most excited about? What did you think of the Nintendo Direct? Let us know in the comments.