November 26 – December 2: This Week In Nintendo News
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is due out at the end of the week, a major release for JRPG fans as we head toward the holiday season. The week was filled with other interesting announcements, including the reveal of Super Mario Cereal from Kellogg’s that will include amiibo functionality with Super Mario Odyssey, allowing you to scan the box and obtain coins or a heart.
Nintendo Switch News
First, in one of the week’s most exciting announcements, Shin Megami Tensei V was confirmed for a western release. This was largely expected, but it’s good to get the confirmation so early on. The previous SMT V trailer has also been released now in English, so take a look!
Next up, the 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee finally has a Switch release date. It will be available to download from the eShop on December 14, with pre-orders beginning on December 7. No information has been given about a physical release yet. Check out the announcement trailer to see Yooka-Laylee running on the Switch.
It’s not the only Switch game to get a release date, either. The Longest 5 Minutes will be out on February 13 in North America and February 16 in Europe. NIS America is also selling a limited edition of the Switch version that includes the game, a two-disc soundtrack with an art booklet, and a set of four lapel pins, all in a special collector’s box. Check out the new trailer to see what The Longest 5 Minutes is like.
Next, a new dungeon crawler has been announced, and it’s coming to the Switch in early 2018. Wizard of Legend is a dungeon crawler with rogue-like elements that puts you up against powerful enemies in fast-paced combat to prove yourself to be a powerful wizard. Take a look at the announcement trailer below.
A co-op platformer called Adventure Pals will also be out on the Switch next year, planned for spring 2018.
And not only is Super Meat Boy Forever coming to the Switch, but the team also hopes to bring the original Super Meat Boy to the Switch in December.
Another indie game, Furi, which is geared around boss battles, is planned to release for the Switch in early 2018 with all the content from previous versions as well as further fixes and tweaks.
Next, an action battle game by Bandai Namco based on the anime My Hero Academia is in development and will come to the Switch. It is called My Hero Academia: One’s Justice, but no other information has been revealed yet.
In good news for Touhou fans, Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded, the updated version of Touhou Genso Wanderer, will be out on the eShop in Japan on December 21. No localization news has come out yet.
And the Switch version of Battle Chasers: Nightwar is coming along well, and while they don’t have a release date yet, it looks good for early next year.
Meanwhile, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 came out on this Friday, December 1, and a new story trailer is now available. Be careful, though, as the trailer contains content that could be considered spoilers. Soraya Saga (who has always been involved with the series) says it’s just the tip of the iceberg, but viewers avoiding spoilers might still want to steer clear.
However, it should be perfectly safe to view “Shadow of the Lowlands,” a haunting Xenoblade Chronicles 2 musical video uploaded by Nintendo. It features Mitsuda’s music and the Irish chorus group ANÚNA.
Next, remember the breakdancing-themed indie game Floor Kids announced during the Nindies presentation? It’s due out this holiday season, and a new trailer is now available to show off some gameplay highlights.
Last week, tactical RPG fans were thrilled by the surprise announcement of Valkyria Chronicles 4. This week, Sega revealed new details about the game. Valkyria Chronicles 4 takes place during the Second Europan War and follows characters from the Federation. Two new characters were revealed: an aggressive (but caring) sergeant named Raz and a blunt sharpshooter named Kai.
A new trailer is also available for Atelier Lydie & Suelle. Check it out.
Five new playable characters have also been revealed for Koei Tecmo’s Attack on Titan 2. The latest additions to the roster are Thomas Wagner, Mina Carolina, Nile Dawk, Marlo, and Hitch.
The first DLC pack for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is available now for $9.99, and adds Tapion, Android 13, Dabura, and Buu (Gohan Absorbed) as playable characters, Zamasu as an instructor, 4 costumes, 5 parallel quests, 13 skills, and 8 Super Souls. The promised fall update can be downloaded now, as well. As previously outlined, this update adds the Hero Colosseum mode, in addition to other tweaks and adjustments. Take a look at the launch trailer below to see the Hero Colosseum in action.
The newest ARMS update is now available. Version 4.1 adds Springtron as a playable character, along with new badges and adjustments. Check out the full details here by clicking Ver. 4.1.
Which of these games are you excited for? Did you pick up Xenoblade on Friday? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.