November 19 – November 25: This Week in Nintendo News
Some of our readers spent this week celebrating, and the end of the week also brought with it plenty of sales. Don’t forget to check out Nintendo’s eShop Cyber Deals, which feature discounts on Switch, Wii U, and 3DS games. The sale will run until December 11 at 8:59 AM PT / 11:59 AM ET, so while you decide what games to buy, let’s take a look at this week’s announcements.
Nintendo Switch News
Fans of the tactical RPG Valkyria Chronicles will be pleased by the surprise announcement of Valkyria Chronicles 4. It will be out in 2018. The Japanese release of the Switch version is summer 2017, but no Western dates have been given yet. Valkyria Chronicles 4 is set during the same time frame as the first game, and it follows characters from Squad E of the Federation. The tactical gameplay from the first game will return, and it features a new Grenadier class. Check out the announcement trailer.
Visual novel fans have wondered if the Switch might become a good home for the genre, and now the otome games The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya and The Men of Yoshiwara: Ohgiya have been announced for the Switch in Japan. Nothing has been announced about a Western release yet, but previous versions of the games have been translated.
Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura, which we looked at in more detail last week, received a release date. It will be out on November 24 in Japan. No localization news has been revealed. While the main game only features one character, Asuka, there will be day-one DLC to get Yumi. The Yumi DLC is the same price as the base game, 926 yen.
Gal Gun 2 will be available on March 15, 2018 in Japan, and in Spring 2018 in the West. In it, you’ll use the “Demon Sweeper” vacuum to separate demons from the girls they’re possessing as you help the angel Risu defeat the demon Kurona. If you’re wondering how Gal Gun plays, this new trailer might clear things up.
Unfortunately, the turn-based strategy game Tiny Metal, which was set to launch this month, has been delayed to December 21.
Meanwhile, Atelier Lydie & Suelle has gone gold. Three new characters, recurring characters from the series, were confirmed, as well: Pamela Ibis, Corneria, and Hagel Boldness. Gust also released a video of Nintendo Switch footage for the first time. Take a look.
Next, let’s talk about some updates. As of November 23, the Version 1.5 update is available for Blaster Master Zero. This update adds the two-player Blaster Battle Mode, only available on the Nintendo Switch. Check out the trailer!
It’s not the only one! Enjoying Splatoon 2? New updates due out on November 23 and mid-December will add new content and features to the game! The Version 2.2 update, available now, adds four new battle stages, 140 pieces of new gear, new battle music, a level cap increase to Level 99, new amiibo functionality that lets you take photos, and the ability to swap gear from within the match room. The December update will add a new mode called Clam Blitz. Check out the trailer!
Square Enix also reiterated its plans to release “mid-sized titles” for the Switch and mentioned both new IPs and “rebooting past titles.”
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the Animal Crossing game for iOS/Android, came out on November 22 and can be downloaded now!
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) November 20, 2017
Which of these games are you most excited for? What did you enjoy the most from this week’s news? Let us know in the comments.