January 21 – January 27: This Week in Nintendo News
From the Nintendo Direct to Nintendo Labo, January has already been a surprisingly busy month for Nintendo news, and this week was surprisingly busy as well.
First, the creator of Downwell, a vertical scrolling shooter platformer game released for PC, mobile, PS4, and Vita, has joined Nintendo. This doesn’t necessarily mean Downwell will be released on Nintendo platforms, but we look forward to seeing his work with Nintendo.
Second, Miitomo is ending service on May 9. Starting now, Miitomo coins will no longer be sold, although daily bonuses will be given out until the end. You can keep your primary Mii by linking Miitomo to your Nintendo Account, and you can save QR codes of your sidekick Miis. Finally, don’t forget to save any Miifotos you want to keep. All of this must be done before Miitomo shuts down on May 9.
Nintendo Switch News
For JRPG fans, this week brought some potentially good news from Square Enix. Square Enix is aware of the demand for the Secret of Mana remake to come to the Switch, and they are considering it. Not only that, but they haven’t ruled out localizing the Switch’s Seiken Densetsu Collection, either. This is no guarantee, but it’s a good sign.
A new horror game called Those Who Remain has been announced for current platforms, including the Switch. It is a psychological thriller that follows Edward Turner, a man “who arrives in the wrong place at the wrong time” – in this case, a creepy town cursed by a demon. Check out the announcement trailer!
If you’ve ever been interested in learning how to play shogi, a game is coming out in Japan under the tentative title Hifumi Katou-Supervised Hifumin’s Shogi Dojo. It is being overseen by retired professional shogi player Hifumi Katou, and it will teacher new players how to play shogi. Ahead of its release, the company will use a free mobile runner game to market it. No localization has been announced yet, but in Japan it will have both a physical and digital release.
Next, Atari is hoping to bring a new RollerCoaster Tycoon game to the Switch, but they’re doing so through a crowdfunding campaign. They’re funding it through a crowdfunding platform called StartEngine, and their hope is to create a RollerCoaster Tycoon game designed specifically for the Switch by the studio behind RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch. Some fans are skeptical about the news, but take a look at the video pitch if you’re interested in learning more.
The original SteamWorld Dig will be coming to the Switch on February 1 for $9.99. If you enjoyed SteamWorld Dig 2, be sure to take a look.
Shortly after that, the 2D metroidvania-style platformer Dandara will launch on February 6. Check out the launch trailer to see its unusual gravity-defying gameplay.
Also on February 6, the metroidvania-style action platformer Aegis Defenders will be released, now with a Switch version in addition to the versions previously announced. It combines platformer gameplay with tower defense elements and also features four characters that you can switch between at any time. If you prefer to play with friends, there will also be drop-in/drop-out multiplayer. Check out the new trailer.
Two days after that, a side-scrolling action platformer with the very descriptive title of Atomik: RunGunJumpGun will hit the Switch eShop for $7.99 on February 8. It also involves defying gravity, but in a fast-paced, chaotic style of gameplay.
Next, the 2D action game Earth Wars (which was released in the west for other platforms under the name Earth’s Dawn) is coming to the Switch in Japan on January 25. Localization for this version has not been announced. Here’s the original Earth Wars trailer if you’re interested in seeing what it’s like.
Do you want to manage a virtual aquarium on the Switch? The mobile aquarium management game Abyssrium now has a Switch version in development. It will have better-quality graphics than the mobile version, and possibly new features as well.
Hello Kitty Kruisers is on its way to the Switch as well. Although it started as a mobile game, this Hello Kitty racing game also appeared on the PC and Wii U. It’s coming to the Switch both digitally and physically this spring.
If you’re more interested in fast-paced Wild West shooting, then you’ll be happy to know that Wild Guns Reloaded has been announced for the Switch. You’ll be able to play through the story as one of four characters, or try the game’s multiplayer mode. The Switch version will also add two new modes: an easier Beginner Mode that gives you unlimited lives and a challenging Boss Rush: Time Attack that lets you fight all the game’s bosses.
Next, Dead Cells is coming to the Switch later this year. This “roguevania” (a combination of rogue-lite and metroidvania elements) is a 2D action game that focuses on exploration and challenging combat. Check out the console announcement trailer below.
The action-platformer Flinthook and the 2D action game Mercenary Kings are coming to the Switch as well, and Limited Run Games will handle limited edition physical releases for both of them. The release dates haven’t been given yet.
All right, lets move away from ports for now. A new action platformer called Castle of Heart has been announced exclusively for the Switch. It features 20 levels, around 50 different types of weapons, and a blend of real-life locations, dark fantasy elements, and Slavic mythology. The announcement trailer, while short, gives a glimpse of what to expect.
Next, an open world sandbox survival game set in the world of ARK: Survival Evolved has been announced. Called PixARK, it uses voxel-based graphics and will be out later this year for all major platforms, including the Switch. It will include both single player and online multiplayer, crafting systems, dinosaur taming, procedurally generated worlds, and more. Check out the announcement trailer.
Moving on, the website for Valkyria Chronicles 4 has been updated to include calm tank driver and corporal Miles Abegg, tank-loving lance corporal Dan Bentley, and ambitious second lieutenant Ronald Albee. It also gives information about the powerful tank units, which have excellent defensive capabilities countered by a weak point at the rear. The less powerful armored vehicles are useful for transporting soldiers.
Bandai Namco has announced that All Might will be another playable character in My Hero Academia: One’s Justice. His special “One For All” ability lets his attacks knock opponents back.
We also learned that Legrand Legacy, which we covered in an interview here, is now planned to release the Switch in Q3 2018. Originally, the Switch version had been announced for the first quarter of 2019, along with the other console versions.
Owlboy now has a console release date. It will be out on February 13 digitally, with physical editions to come at an unannounced later date.
— D-Pad Studio (@DPadStudio) January 22, 2018
Speaking of physical editions, if you have your eye on the horror-themed turn-based RPG Darkest Dungeon, which just recently came out on the eShop, you might want to wait. In March, physical copies of the Darkest Dungeon: Ancestral Edition, which includes the main game along with its two current pieces of DLC, will become available for $39.99.
Lost Sphear is available now, so take a look at the launch trailer for this new turn-based JRPG.
We also have a new trailer from Koei Tecmo for Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings, which will be out on March 27. It mainly focuses on introducing the characters and story, but also shows some of the new combat features, such as combination attacks and Battle Mix (synthesizing while in combat). Take a look.
Next, remember the Kickstarter game My Time at Portia, a sandbox RPG inspired by Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon that included the Switch as one of its consoles? An official Switch trailer has now been released, so take a look. My Time at Portia is planned to release sometime this year.
Previously, we’ve seen combat footage from Koei Tecmo’s Attack on Titan 2, due out on March 20, but the latest trailer has a calmer tone as it shows us the “Town Life” gameplay. Within the walls, you’ll be able to interact with characters from the series as your own customizable character, develop new equipment, train, and more. Check out the Town Life trailer to see what it’s like.
The romance visual novel World End Syndrome will be out on April 26 in Japan. No localization has been announced yet.
A few weeks ago, we learned the controversial news that BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle would have 20 DLC characters. This week, the producer defended the decision by saying that with the main game’s low price, you’ll be able to buy the game and all of its DLC for only slightly more than what a full game would normally cost.
Moving on to updates, if you’ve been waiting patiently to play Voez with a controller, you can now. The Version 1.3.1 update is available now, and it adds docked gameplay and controller support. Additionally, the next update will come in February and add 14 new songs, including an exclusive song called “Kagakusha no Kikan” by Raito.
And the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Version 1.3.0 update is planned for mid-February. This update will add Advanced New Game Mode (that is, New Game Plus) and fix a bug that occurs around Chapter 7 where a Blade will disappear from the Blade List.
Which of these games are you most interested in? What news from this week did you like the most? Let us know in the comments.