January 28 – February 3: This Week in Nintendo News
January proved to be a surprisingly busy time for Nintendo, with new Switch announcements popping up almost every day. Not only that, but Nintendo announced that in 2017, the Switch sold 14.86 million units, and Super Mario Odyssey topped the sales for Switch titles at 9.07 million units. Even Xenoblade Chronicles 2 crossed 1 million sales last year, which is impressive for a series that has been somewhat niche.
As we head into February, the days are still filled with plenty of news. Let’s take a look.
Nintendo Switch News
First, Nintendo has announced that the paid online service for the Switch will launch in September. However, they didn’t give any further details.
The Switch is quietly becoming a good home for visual novels, at least in Japan, with the latest announcement being for Nekopara. Nekopara, which follows a protagonist working with two catgirls, will be out in Japan for the Switch later this year. It will include a new theme song, new episodes, and new CG images. While they haven’t said so yet, it is safe to assume this will be the all-ages version.
Speaking of visual novels, PQube is handling the localization of Song of Memories, which is described as a “romantic visual novel with a dark and sinister underbelly” (and an apocalyptic setting) and also seems to have RPG and rhythm game elements. Take a look at the announcement trailer.
And the side-scrolling action adventure game AeternoBlade, which originally launched for the 3DS in 2014, is coming to the Switch on February 1. Its sequel, AeternoBlade II, is also planned for the Switch.
Next, we were just talking about the Switch’s need for card games, and now Japan is getting one. Hototogisu Tairan 1553: Ryuuko Aiutsu is a trading card game with simulation and strategy elements on its way to the eShop this spring. It will be based on the Battles of Kawanakajima and include multiple game modes.
This Is the Police 2 has been announced, and the Switch is one of its consoles. It will follow Sheriff Lilly Reed as she tries to bring order to a remote northern town called Sharpwood, and it is intended to add more strategic elements.
Team17 has announced a new beat ’em up called Raging Justice. It is being developed by a studio called MakinGames, which was formed by former Rare developers. Raging Justice will be a brutal side-scrolling beat ’em up that gives you the option to arrest your opponents (or not). It will also include local co-op and a global leaderboard. Check out the announcement trailer.
Two point-and-click adventure games are also receiving Switch ports. The Wardrobe follows a skeleton trying to save his old friend’s soul, and Detective Gallo follows a private detective bird investigating the murder of several plants. Their release dates have not been announced yet.
Typoman, a puzzle platformer previously released on other systems including the Wii U, has also been announced for the Switch. This unusual game gives you the power to change words found in the environment to overcome obstacles and solve puzzles. Take a look a the Switch announcement trailer. Typoman can be pre-purchased now on the eShop and will be out on February 22.
A mobile fishing game called Fishing Star is also on its way to the Switch in Japan. No localization has been announced yet.
Finally, a multiplayer beat ’em up with permadeath called Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe was announced for February 27. It will cost $8.99 and pay tribute to horror games and films, and it includes parodies based on many works, including Stranger Things, Rick and Morty, and Attack on Titan. It is an expanded version of a PC game called Devil’s Dare. Check out the announcement trailer below.
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, which was announced during the recent Nintendo Direct, has revealed Nakoruru from Samurai Shodown as one of its playable characters in addition to the characters already announced. Check out the new trailer, which also reveals its unusual story premise.
Next, Square Enix has released a video about changes made to Project Octopath Traveler. If you remember, after the demo became available on the Switch, Square Enix put out a survey asking players for feedback on the demo. Since then, they’ve looked at the feedback and made changes accordingly. The biggest additions mentioned include being able to run without holding down B, a fast travel feature, a radar to point you toward exits and other important spots, visibility adjustments, improved UI, and the ability to skip scenes. They’re also working to balance the combat system, although they acknowledged both players who found it difficult and those who enjoyed it. Check out the video below for the full details.
And Darkside Detective now has a release date. This adventure game will be out for the Switch on February 7.
One day later, Mercenaries Saga Chronicles will be out on February 8. Pre-orders from the eShop will open on February 1, with a 10% pre-order discount.
The physical edition for Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap now has a release date as well: February 13. The first run will include a reversible cover insert, a full-color manual, a 12-track CD soundtrack sampler, and a PVC character strap of Wonder Boy’s Lizard-Man form. A new trailer is now available.
Next, Nintendo has released an overview trailer for Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, which will be out for the Switch on February 16. Remember, physical copies of Bayonetta 2 will come with a download code for Bayonetta, and buying either on the eShop will discount the price of the other so that you’re always getting both for the price of one full-price game. The overview trailer is in Japanese, but take a look to see the games in all their stylish glory, local co-op for Tag Climax, and amiibo support.
New gameplay details were also revealed for Gal Gun 2. You’ll take on requests that can come in several forms: regular shooting missions, defense missions, and search missions. Gal Gun 2 also has a mode called Doki Doki Mode, where you have to drive out demons hiding in the girls’ bodies.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 was playable at the Taipei Game Show 2018, and some off-screen gameplay has appeared online. If you’re looking forward to this game and want to see what the gameplay is like, you can check that out here. In addition, SEGA has released a new trailer that sets up the premise for the story.
Next, the latest Kickstarter update for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night included a video showing how crafting will work in the game. If you’re interested, take a look.
And Koei Tecmo has released another trailer for Attack on Titan 2. While the previous trailer we looked at showed the daily life segments of the game, this one focuses on battles. They also announced a Digital Deluxe Edition, which adds a pack of special costumes that will be released weekly after the game’s launch. Additional costumes will be available as pre-order bonuses and within the first four weeks for digital purchases.
Don’t forget, the first wave of the Battle Pack DLC for Pokken Tournament DX is now out. Wave One introduces Aegislash as a new playable character, along with Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu as support characters. Check out the short trailer below to see how Aegislash plays.
Moving on to updates, the Version 1.0.10 update is now available for Tiny Metal. It adds three new Skirmish maps, expands the Metalpedia entry for Hero Units, and makes various tweaks and fixes. You can check out the full patch notes here (the same update was applied to all platforms) and check out the video that explains the update.
For ARMS, the Version 5.1 update is available now. It adds a Gallery where you can unlock illustrations, new badges, new additions to Party Crash, and a new Tournament Mode, in addition to some bug fixes. You can read the full patch notes by going here and clicking Ver. 5.1.
Nintendo 3DS News
According to Nintendo, they still intend to support the 3DS alongside the Switch, although it’s unclear if that means we’ll see new first-party 3DS games or not.
Meanwhile, the demo for Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology can now be downloaded from the eShop, as well as a free 3DS theme. You’ll be able to transfer your demo save data to the full game. In a surprising announcement, there will also be DLC available after the game’s launch, with the following schedule:
- February 13: a harder difficulty setting (free), a Growth Ring for additional exp ($1.99), a Mole Armlet for additional money ($1.99), Chibi Art Pack ($2.49), Classic Art Pack ($2.49), and a Bathing in Mana fanservice event that includes a new boss fight ($3.99).
- February 20: an event called Rage of the Fallen where you must rescue Aht and Marco in another timeline ($2.49) and an event called Under the Moonlight where you must help Eruca and Rainey investigate an information leak in another timeline ($2.49).
- February 27: an event called Settling the Score where you help Rosch and Gafka investigate a time distortion and fight a sequence of seven bosses ($2.49), an event called Meeting in the Chasm that explores Namesia’s past ($2.49), and a special dungeon called Hunting Corridor where you can find an item to boost your stats ($2.99).
The next Nintendo series to receive the mobile treatment will be Mario Kart, with the announcement of Mario Kart Tour. It should release before the end of the next fiscal year (March 2019).
The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near. A new mobile application is now in development: Mario Kart Tour! #MarioKartTour Releasing in the fiscal year ending in March 2019. pic.twitter.com/8GIyR7ZM4z
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018
Movie News (yes, really)
Nintendo also announced a partnership with Illumination Entertainment, the animation studio behind Despicable Me and Minions, to create an animated movie based on the Mario series. It will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures.
Are you interested in any of the new games announced for the Switch? Which of these announcements are you most excited by? Let us know in the comments.