September 24 – September 30: This Week in Nintendo News
The rush of news from TGS 2017 has quieted down, but this week still had plenty of news for Nintendo fans.
One of the most important announcements from this week is that the Wii Shop Channel is being discontinued in 2019. You have until March 26, 2018 to add Wii Points to your account, and until January 30, 2019 to make any purchases through the Wii Shop Channel. According to the official announcement, you will still be able to redownload games and transfer data from your Wii to your Wii U, but these services will be shut down in the future.
Nintendo Switch News
If you’ve had your eye on Japan’s Minna de Waiwai! Spelunker, we have good news. Square Enix announced that it is coming West as Spelunker Party on October 19 for $29.99. A free demo will also be available next week on October 7. Spelunker Party can be played both alone or with friends as you explore each stage. Check out the announcement trailer.
Speaking of Square Enix, if you’re interested in Dragon Quest Builders, you’ll be pleased to know that Square Enix recently included 20 minutes of Dragon Quest Builders gameplay on the Switch in its TGS live stream. Check it out below, starting at 6:14:25 in the video.
Meanwhile, the Switch version of Koei Tecmo’s Attack on Titan 2 has been confirmed for North America and Europe.
Golf Story, the story-driven golf game for the Switch, is now available! Check out the launch trailer.
A simulation RPG called Order Land that launched in December for the 3DS in Japan is coming to the Switch next, on September 28. There has been no localization news for either version yet. Another game with no localization news is Okuriinu, a horror visual novel for the Switch based on a short story of the same name.
Meanwhile, while there has been no official announcement yet, the developers of the RPG Darkest Dungeon tweeted a video of the game being played on the Switch.
Wait for it… wait for it… pic.twitter.com/1qh9juaOX6
— Red Hook Studios (@RedHookStudios) September 29, 2017
And if you’re interested in the recently-announced Gal*Gun 2, be sure to check out this recent interview from Gematsu, which touches on several interesting points (including the lack of censorship and their reason for numbering it the way they did).
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (which is the official translation of the title) will be out on December 21 in Japan. Firis and Ilmeria from Atelier Firis will appear in the game as well. The latest Famitsu issue also revealed that Suelle has an “Ambition Notebook” that gives you tasks to complete in order to increase your reputation.
Next, Sonic Forces revealed the “Casino Forest” as one of its Classic Sonic stages. Take a look.
Update 3.1 is now available for ARMS, adding the Sparring Ring stage and making several character adjustments. You can find the full details here under the “Ver. 3.1” link.
Finally, if you can’t wait to see more gameplay from Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo released a new Nintendo Minute video showing gameplay from the Seaside Kingdom.
Nintendo Switch and 3DS News
The Fire Emblem Warriors DLC will be coming West, along with a Season Pass, and Nintendo has announced the release schedule and prices:
- DLC Pack #1 will be out in December 2017 for $8.99. It is based on Fire Emblem Fates.
- DLC Pack #2 will be out in February 2018 for $8.99. It is based on Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.
- DLC Pack #3 will be out in March 2018 for $8.99. It is based on Fire Emblem Awakening.
- The Season Pass will be out alongside the game on October 20 for $19.99. It includes all three DLC packs as well as a bridal costume for Lucina.
If you have Mighty Gunvolt Burst for either the Switch or 3DS, two new DLC characters are now available to purchase. Call, from Mighty No. 9, has a defensive Barrier skill and the ability to fight alongside Patch robots, while Joule from Azure Striker Gunvolt can turn songs into different types of bullets and use Anthem to ignore CP limits. Each characters costs $1.99.
Nintendo 3DS News
Remember Creeping Terror, the exploration-focused horror game coming to the 3DS? It will be available to download from the Nintendo eShop on October 31, the perfect day to try a new horror game.
Are you playing Monster Hunter Stories? Do you also love The Legend of Zelda? You might think these two things have very little in common, until you see the latest DLC coming for Monster Hunter Stories! The new Legend of Zelda DLC includes Link’s costume, Epona, and the Master Sword, and best of all, it’s free! It will be available to download on September 28.
Finally, we have a new Etrian Odyssey V character trailer, this one for the Shaman.
Which of these announcements are you most excited for?