December 10 – December 16: This Week in Nintendo News
Another new week means another seven days of Nintendo news, and this week had some good announcements and updates.
Nintendo Switch News
Heads up, Street Fighter fans. Capcom has announced the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection for May 2018. It will cost $39.99 and include 12 classic games: Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III, Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact and Street Fighter III: Third Strike. There will also be online gameplay for Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Street Fighter III: Third Strike.
Meanwhile, Of Mice and Sand: Revised is on its way to the Switch on December 21. This is an updated version of a 3DS game from Arc System Works that describes it self as a “desert-exploring moving fortress simulation game.” You command a craft in the desert as you explore in search of treasure. This version includes new events, maps, and enemies and will cost $9.99. Check out the trailer.
Arc System Works also announced Simple Mahjong Online for Japan. It will launch on the same day, December 21.
SteamWorld Heist is also coming to the Switch as SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition. It will cost $19.99 and be available from the eShop on December 28. This version will include all of the previous DLC along with optional touchscreen controls. Check out the new trailer.
Even sooner than that, you’ll be able to pick up the puzzle adventure game Gorogoa, which just received a Switch announcement. It will be out on December 14. Check out the new trailer to see how this puzzle game plays.
Payday 2 is coming to the Switch as well. It will be out on February 23 in Europe and Australia and February 27 in the Americas.
Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut has been teased for the Switch, but no release date was given.
Those aren’t the only older games coming to the Switch, either. Titan Quest, an action RPG that originally came out in 2006 and saw an improved anniversary edition last year, will be out on the Switch sometime in 2018.
An indie game called SpiritSphere DX has also been announced for the Switch. It is planned for spring 2018 and will cost $11.99. It appears to have tennis-style combat, so take a look at the announcement trailer to see how it plays.
A new Adventure Time game has been announced as well. Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion will be out in spring 2018. It will follow Finn, Jake, Marceline, and BMO in an open world game with a new story.
Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory is on its way to the Switch in 2018, as well. It will include Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire and Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion, which were originally released separately on PlayStation systems. There will also be an Exemplary Edition that includes the game, a hardcover art book, a soundtrack, and a “Medallion of Honor” in a collector’s box. Check out the announcement trailer!
Next, a puzzle platformer called Sally’s Law is coming to the Switch in winter 2018. It is a rolling platformer with a title meant to indicate a situation where luck works in your favor, the opposite of Murphy’s Law.
Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King, which was announced previously for the Switch, now has a release date of December 21. A few other release dates were revealed as well: Dragon Quest Builders will be out on the Switch in Japan on March 1, with a demo available February 1, and Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud will be out in Japan in spring 2018. My Hero Academia: One’s Justice will also be out in 2018 in Japan, and Katsuki Bakugo was revealed as a playable character.
Next, the new official Japanese website for Valkyria Chronicles 4 is now up. It provides details on the characters that were previously introduced, along with the combat system and classes.
EA and Zoink Games have shared new gameplay of Fe, a “wordless platformer” about a small creature using sound to communicate and explore the world. This gameplay footage is from PlayStation Experience, but Fe is also coming to the Switch. It will be out in early 2018. The gameplay begins at around 2:25 in the video.
Four new characters were also announced for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. Iron Tager, Makoto Nanaya, v-No.13, and Es from BlazBlue have been added to the roster.
Meanwhile, Nicalis has announced that when Runner3 launches for the Switch in early 2018, physical copies will be available for $39.99. It will include a color instruction booklet and a soundtrack sampler CD, along with another surprise teased by Nicalis. Take a look at the new trailer.
And when Steins;Gate Elite launches in Japan, the first run of Switch copies will include a download code for “Famicolle ADV Steins;Gate,” a new version that styles Steins;Gate as if it were a Famicom game.
Now, let’s talk about some game updates. The new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe update is now available. Version 1.4 adds language support for Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean. It also fixes a music glitch. However, once you have the 1.4 update, you won’t be able to play online with player still using Version 1.2.1 or earlier.
A more substantial update is available for Splatoon 2. Version 2.1.0 adds the Clam Blitz multiplayer mode, along with numerous tweaks, adjustments, and fixes across the game. For the full details, go here and click Ver. 2.1.0.
Finally, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will receive a Version 1.1.1 update on December 22 that fixes bugs, adds an easy mode for the Tiger! Tiger! mini-game, and improves the mini map and fast travel. They will also add a few new features for subsequent playthroughs and distribute a set of items to players who have the Expansion Pass. You can read the full details here.
Nintendo 3DS News
After Pokémon Gold and Silver were released for the 3DS, many fans wondered if the third game of that generation would join them… and now it is! Pokémon Crystal will be available from the 3DS eShop on January 26. It will cost $9.99. It will be compatible with Pokémon Bank, use wireless communications for Link Trades and Link Battles, and feature a post-game Celebit event.
Next, it has now been confirmed that a new Etrian Odyssey game for the 3DS will be out in spring 2018. It is not Etrian Odyssey 3 Untold, but rather a new game intended to serve as a culmination of the series so far. No further details have been revealed yet.
Finally, don’t forget that The Alliance Alive is coming to the west in 2018. It will be out on March 27, and a new trailer is now available to showcase the Daemon characters in the party, Barbarosa, Vivian, and Ignace. Check it out.
Which of these games are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.