January 7 – January 13: This Week in Nintendo News
The start of the year is always a slow time for video game news, and last week was no exception. This week, however, proved to be a little crazy thanks to an unannounced (but heavily rumored) Nintendo Direct Mini.
Nintendo Direct Mini
After rumors of a January 11 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo surprised fans by releasing an unannounced, 14-minute Nintendo Direct Mini with a short overview of new announcements for 2018. You can watch the full thing below.
First up, the DS action RPG The World Ends With You is being remastered as The World Ends With You: Final Remix for the Switch. It will feature HD visuals, both touchscreen and Joy-Con controls, and a new epilogue scenario featuring a character who was originally shown as what appeared to be a sequel tease back in 2012.
Next, new DLC is coming to Pokken Tournament DX. The Deluxe Battle Pack DLC will come in two waves. The first will include Aegislash as a playable character, along with Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu as support characters. The second wave will include Blastoise as a playable character, along with Mew and Celebi as support characters. Avatar items will also be included. Wave 1 is set for January 31, and Wave 2 will follow on March 23.
Kirby: Star Allies received a release date. It will be out on March 16. They also showed off the “Artist” ability and “Spider” ability, combined Friend Abilities, and four-player co-op.
Demos are also available now from the eShop for Kirby Battle Royale and Dragon Quest Builders.
Hyrule Warriors is coming to the Switch this spring as Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. It will include all of the content from both the Wii U and 3DS versions, including all of the DLC content. New costumes for Link and Zelda based on Breath of the Wild are also being added.
Mario Tennis Aces was announced next, an all-new Mario Tennis game with new gameplay features and a mission-based Story Mode. It will be out this spring.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is coming to the Switch as well. This action RPG will be available in the summer, and you can also pre-order a $99.99 limited edition that includes the game, a hardcover “Codex of Adol Christin” book, a softcover art book, a soundtrack, and a replica letter opener, all in a special collector’s box.
A free update for Super Mario Odyssey is planned for February. It will add a post-game competitive mini-game called “Balloon World,” in which you search for hidden balloons, along with new outfits and Snapshot filters.
Next, the latest SNK fighting game, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, features two-versus-two combat with SNK’s female characters. It has a single-button Special Move system, Dream Finish finishing moves, a new costume system, and more. You can also pre-order a $119.99 Diamond Dream Edition, which includes the game, a hardcover art book, a soundtrack, a set of lapel pins, a sleeveless shirt, a “Fatal Cutie” cap, a towel, and a wrist sweatband, all in a special collector’s box.
For more fighting game action, ACA Neogeo Art of Fighting 2 is available now from the eShop.
Donkey Kong is coming to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle as a new playable character included in the upcoming DLC pack due out this spring, along with a new storyline and world.
A new character will be available in Payday 2 when it comes to the Switch on February 27. This new character, Joy, will be a timed exclusive.
The action platformer Celeste will be out on January 25, and the platform adventure game Fe will be out on February 16.
Want more Donkey Kong? The Wii U’s platformer Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is being brought to the Switch on May 4. This version will include a special beginner-friendly mode starring Funky Kong, who has an easier gameplay style. Two player co-op is possible in either the original or this new mode.
Finally, prepare to die in Dark Souls Remastered, which is coming to the Switch on May 25. It will include both the main game and the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.
Mini or not, this Nintendo Direct was full of surprises. Now, let’s see what the rest of the week had to offer.
Nintendo Switch News
Skies of Fury DX has been announced for the Switch, based on the mobile game Ace Academy: Skies of Fury. It is an aerial combat game set during World War I, with 10 aircraft, 100 missions, multiple modes, and hand-painted environments. Take a look.
Rabi-Ribi is also coming to the Switch. This 2D side-scrolling platformer stars a bunny girl trying to restore her old life as a normal rabbit. It features 9 main areas and 20 sub-areas, multiple difficulty settings, post-game content, and more.
Next, in Japan, March 22 will see the release of a “fashion and rhythm game” called PriPara: All Idol Perfect Stage for the Switch. Past PriPara games have been released for the 3DS, although they have never been localized.
Are twin-stick shooters more your style? A twin-stick space roguelike called Last Encounter has been announced, featuring procedurally generated areas, perma-death, and up to four-player local co-op. The Switch version is planned for the second quarter of 2018. Here is the announcement trailer.
Next, the upcoming adventure and fighting game Pato Box has added the Switch to its list of platforms. Inspired by Punch-Out, Pato Box follows a boxing champion searching for answers and revenge after the company sponsoring him betrays him. In between its Punch-Out style fights, you will explore the company’s headquarters in a 3D environment, solving puzzles and mini-games along the way. Check out the announcement trailer.
In December, the RPG Ambition of the Slimes came out for the Switch in Japan. Publisher Flyhigh Works has announced that it is coming to North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on January 18. You’ll be able to download it from the eShop for $5.00. Check out the teaser trailer below.
Darkest Dungeon is coming to the Switch on January 18 as well. In addition to the release date, the developers announced that both of its DLC packs, The Crimson Court and The Shieldbreaker, will be available at launch. Darkest Dungeon will cost $24.99, The Crimson Court will cost $9.99, and The Shieldbreaker will cost $3.99. Their upcoming DLC, The Color of Madness, is also planned for the Switch.
Arc System Works has revealed new information about Cube Creator X, which was announced last month for the Switch in Japan. It will feature an Adventure Mode, a creation-focused Creative Mode, and a Stage Builder Mode. Adventure Mode will include a safe area where you can talk to other characters and relax called the Home World, which is new to the series. There are now three times as many cube types, new features such as heat and weather, and enhanced avatar customization. Check out this video from the website to see Cube Creator X’s gameplay in action. (Note: there is no sound in the video.)
And BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle will be out on May 31 in Japan and Asia and June 5 in North America. In addition to the 20 characters in the main roster, 20 more are planned as DLC, starting with Blake Belladonna from RWBY. This decision has been met with sharp criticism from fans.
Meanwhile, the ever-growing roster for Koei Tecmo’s Attack on Titan 2 now includes Keith Shadis, Kitz Weilman, Dot Pixis, and Darius Zackly. Attack on Titan 2 will be out on March 20.
Nintendo 3DS News
Do you remember 2016’s Japan-exclusive eShop game Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo? That game only told the first part of Detective Pikachu’s story, and now the complete version is being released as Detective Pikachu. A talking Pikachu teams up with a boy named Tim to solve mysteries in this action adventure game. Check out the announcement trailer!
A Detective Pikachu amiibo will be released at the same time. It is larger than normal amiibo figurines and lets you view short video clips from completed chapters that might give you an extra hint on how to proceed.
In other Pikachu news, the New 2DS XL Pikachu Edition will be out in North America on January 26. It will cost $159.99.
Finally, are you looking forward to The Alliance Alive? The latest trailer gives an overview of how its turn-based combat system works. Take a look!
What do you think of this week’s announcements? Let us know in the comments.