December 3 – December 9: This Week in Nintendo News
This week included some major announcements for fans of Mega Man and Bayonetta, along with other release date news and new trailers, making it an excellent week overall.
Nintendo Switch News
Capcom started the week off with a bang for Mega Man fans. First, Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 are both coming to the Switch in summer 2018. The first contains Mega Man 1-6, and the second contains Mega Man 7-10. It will also include a new “rewind” feature to let you undo mistakes.
— Mega Man (@MegaMan) December 4, 2017
Next, all 8 numbered Mega Man X games will be coming to the Switch in 2018 as well.
And finally, in the most exciting piece of Mega Man news today, Mega Man 11 has been announced for late 2018. It will be a 2.5D side-scrolling action game with hand-drawn characters and environments. Take a look at the announcement trailer!
Bayonetta fans have a lot to be excited about this week as well, starting with Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 coming to the Nintendo Switch on February 16 in North America and Europe and February 17 in Japan. The two games will be bundled: Bayonetta 2 will be sold physically for $59.99, with a download code included for Bayonetta, and if you buy one on the eShop, the other will be discounted. (Bayonetta 2 for $49.99 and then Bayonetta for $9.99, or Bayonetta for $29.99 and then Bayonetta 2 for $29.99.) Bayonetta’s co-op Tag Climax mode, which was online-only on the Wii U, will support local co-op on the Switch. The game will also support amiibo figurines and video capture.
But that’s still not the most exciting news! PlatinumGames also announced that Bayonetta 3 is in development as a Switch exclusive. The Bayonetta 3 teaser trailer is short, but definitely intriguing.
Moving on, Koei Tecmo announced Winning Post 8 2018, a new horse-racing game planned for next year. It will include improved training systems, new events, and 16 levels for horse stats instead of four. It will be out on March 15, 2018 in Japan. No localization has been announced yet.
Koei Tecmo also announced the release date for Attack on Titan 2. It will be out on March 15 in Japan and March 20 in North America and Europe.
Another unexpected announcement came from Headup Games with Bridge Constructor Portal, a crossover between the bridge construction series and Portal. The Switch version will come in early 2018. Take a look at the announcement trailer below to see how bridge-building and Aperture Science go together.
A roguelike RPG called Dragon Fang Z: The Rose & Dungeon of Time has been announced, coming first to the Switch. It will be out on the eShop on December 14 in Japan and December 19 in North America. Check out the trailer below.
Meanwhile, for platformer fans, have you been waiting for news on the physical release of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for the Switch? Your wait is over! The “Ultimate Day One Edition” of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will be on sale at select retailers in spring 2018. It will cost $39.99 and include the game, the 30-song Risky Beats soundtrack CD, a new art book, the Pirate Queen’s Quest DLC, and the recent Costume Mode and Friends Mode. It will be published by XSEED in North America and PQube in Europe.
We’ve got good news for horror fans, too. Outlast and Outlast II are both on their way to the Switch. They should be out in the first quarter of 2018.
Last week, we saw a new trailer for Floor Kids, and now we have a release trailer and an imminent release date: Floor Kids is out now as of December 7, available on the eShop for $19.99. Let’s take a look.
In other release date news, remember Never Stop Sneakin’, the stealth game announced back in October by Humble Hearts, the developer of Dust: An Elysian Tale? It will be out on the eShop on December 14!
One day later, Romancing SaGa 2 will become available. This is a port of the mobile/handheld version of the game. The classic RPG originally came out in 1993. This version of Romancing SaGa 2 includes updated graphics and audio, new character classes, new dungeons, and a New Game+ feature. Check out the official announcement and take a look at the trailer below.
And a few days after that, the party platform fighter Brawlout will be available from the eShop for $19.99. It will also include Juan from Guacamelee! as a playable character. Check out the fast-paced gameplay of Brawlout by watching the new trailer.
Next, the new platformer Celeste from the creators of TowerFall will be out in January 2018. Check out the latest trailer to see more of this mountain-climbing platformer.
Next, the rhythm game Gal Metal will be out on February 8 in Japan. No localization news has been announced.
A new trailer is now available for Legrand Legacy: Tales of the Fatebounds, a game inspired by classic JRPGs. It will be coming to the Switch in the first quarter of 2019. Take a look!
Bandai Namco has also revealed the first details about My Hero Academia: One’s Justice. It is an action game in which players will use superhuman powers called “Quirks” and battle it out in stages that feature level destruction. The hero Izuku Midoriya and the villain Tomura Shigaraki were both introduced. Bandai Namco also trademarked “One’s Justice” in Europe, which implies it will be released in the west.
The shoot ’em up game The Next Penelope is on its way to the Switch, with the release set for December 21. This fast-paced action game is a futuristic take on The Odyssey and features a galaxy-wide search for Ulysses.
Next, there’s a new trailer for Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive. This version of the side-scrolling beat ’em up will include all the game’s DLC and local multiplayer, with online multiplayer to be added in early 2018. The game is now out, as of December 7.
We also have new information about Valkyria Chronicles 4. The new “Brave” system will activate sometimes when one of your soldiers is about to die. Brave lets you either use “Entrust” to restore one Command Point and increase a nearby ally’s ability, or use “Rise Up” to restore one Action Point and attack and move one time while invincible. There will be six classes (Scout, Assault, Engineer, Lancer, Sniper, and the new Grenadier class), and six more characters were revealed:
- Crimaria Lewin, a Valkyria and the special duty captain of the Imperial “Xechs Oule” text unit, who works alongside a wolf named Fenriri
- Forse, tactical commander of Xechs Oule
- Berger, supervisor of Xechs Oule who sees them like chess pieces
- Kiara Rosina, a sadistic member of Xechs Oule who eliminates Berger’s enemies
- Nikola Grev, another sadistic member who was brought up alongside Kiara and also protects Berger
- Krautz Voltz, the commander of an independent Imperial group called “Ausbruch”
Note: the official translations of these names have not been revealed yet.
If you’re interested in seeing more of Atelier Lydie & Suelle, a new gameplay video has been uploaded by Gust. The video is in Japanese, but you should still be able to get a good idea of how synthesis works. There will also be a live stream presentation of the game on December 14.
And if you’re interested in the upcoming JRPG Lost Sphear, a demo is available now from the eShop.
On December 8 a new update became available for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. This update adds a local multiplayer Versus Mode, which allows you to compete against a friend. Each player will be able to use three moves per turn, and you’ll choose from upgraded versions of the playable characters. Check out the Versus Mode trailer.
Nintendo Switch and Wii U News
Enjoying The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? The second DLC pack, “The Champions’ Ballad,” is now available. It includes a new dungeon, new details about the Champions, and the Master Cycle Zero, a motorcycle for Link. It also adds nine new armor items, as well as the Ancient Bridle (increased number of spurs) and Ancient Saddle (lets you call a horse from far away). It is available as part of the Expansion Pass, which costs $19.99.
Nintendo Switch and 3DS News
The Japanese website for Fire Emblem Warriors has been updated with new details about the first DLC pack, which is due out later this month. It will include Azura, Oboro, and Niles as playable characters, Grieving Beast, The Country Where the Gods Sit, and Ice Village as History Maps, and new costumes (Hoshido Noble for female Corrin, Dark Blood for male Corrin, Butler for Takumi, Maid for Camilla, and Dark Songstress for Azura). It will also add new bond conversations, items, and weapon traits, as well as Armor Break clothing destruction for certain characters.
Nintendo 3DS News
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is due out for the 3DS on February 13 in the Americas and February 16 in Europe, and the latest trailer gives an overview of its turn-based combat, which uses a unique grid-based system.
Which of these announcements did you enjoy the most? Are you looking forward to Mega Man 11? What about Bayonetta 3? Let us know in the comments.