February 11 – February 17: This Week in Nintendo News
It’s another week of Nintendo news, and it’s another week filled with excitement.
Nintendo Switch News
PSA: Some copies of Bayonetta 2 have shipped with misprinted download codes for Bayonetta. If this happens to you, get in touch with Nintendo support and they’ll straighten it out.
Another rumor has been confirmed with the announcement that the remastered version of de Blob is coming to the Switch later this year. This colorful platformer was originally developed for the Wii and recently remastered. No new trailer has been revealed yet, but you can check out the trailer from the previous remaster releases to see what it’s like.
Shelter 2 (as well as its Mountains DLC) and Paws: A Shelter 2 Game are coming together to the Nintendo Switch as Shelter Generations. Shelter 2 is a survival game that follows a mother lynx, while Paws is a platformer about a cub trying to survive. This compilation will be out in March.
Next, God Wars: Great War of Japanese Mythology has been announced, with the Switch as one of its platforms. It will include all of the content from God Wars: Future Past, along with a new scenario, new playable characters, new battle stages, and gameplay improvements. No release window or localization has been announced yet.
Manticore: Galaxy on Fire is the next mobile game to receive a Switch port. This sci-fi action game is coming to the eShop on March 22. Check out the Switch announcement trailer.
We’ve got another horror announcement, too. The sci-fi horror game Hollow, which originally launched for the PC, will be out on the Switch eShop on February 22. You play a pilot exploring a derelict mining facility in orbit around Jupiter as you try to figure out what happened. Take a look at the short announcement trailer.
Another PC port was announced this week, as well. Subsurface Circular, a text-based adventure game (with background graphics) from the developers of Thomas Was Alone and Volume, will come to the Switch on March 1 for $5.99. Take a look at the announcement trailer.
It also looks like the puzzle game Toki Tori 2+ is coming to the Switch tomorrow under the fitting title Toki Tori 2+: Nintendo Switch Edition.
Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn has been announced for both a physical and digital release this spring. If you’re interested in this beat ’em up, be sure to check out the announcement trailer – which acknowledges the dubious reputation of the original Shaq Fu. The developer also announced that if you bought NBA Playgrounds for the Switch before June 10, 2017, you’ll get a free copy of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn when it comes out!
And in another piece of beat ’em up news, a pixel art game called I Am the Hero is coming later this year. According to its description, it combines beat ’em up and fighting game elements, has both single-player and co-op gameplay, and hopes to be a modern interpretation of classic gameplay. Let’s take a look at the announcement trailer.
Now let’s talk about some release dates. The action-adventure game Mulaka, which was announced last year, will be available on the Switch on March 1 for $19.99. Pre-orders are available starting now, and don’t forget that a portion of the earnings will go toward organizations that support the Tarahumara region of Mexico. For more information about Mulaka, check out our interview with the developers and take a look at the new trailer.
Fear Effect Sedna, the Kickstarter-funded addition to the Fear Effect series, will be out on March 6 for $19.99. It has been co-written by the original writer, has an isometric viewpoint, and features real-time tactical action gameplay. Check out the latest trailer.
Moving on, Nintendo has announced a Splatoon 2 Starter Edition, which includes Splatoon 2, a 100-page strategy guide, and two sheets of Splatoon stickers. It will cost $59.99 and is due out on March 16. Nintendo also announced Amiibo figurines of Pearl and Marina, available in a two-pack set later this year.
Next, if you enjoy dungeon RPGs, DualShockers released a gameplay video showing the first 20 minutes of the recently-announced English version of Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk.
Inti Creates has revealed further gameplay details for Gal Gun 2, including aiming at weak points to fire an “Ecstasy Shot,” moving to other locations, changing your posture to shoot around obstacles, long-distance shots, shooting a girl that has been pushed down, fighting Mini Demons that attach themselves to girls, upgrading your Demon Sweeper to tear off clothes for an “Undressing Ascension,” and making eye contact to enable an “Eye-Heart Ascension.”
A new trailer is also available for Kirby: Star Allies, although this “special trailer” doesn’t actually show anything from the game itself. Instead, it’s more of a cute animation featuring Kirby.
But maybe you’re less into cute Kirby animations and more into cute idols and rhythm game music. If so, be sure to check out the first trailer for PriPara: All Idol Perfect Stage, which shows off avatar creation as well as its musical gameplay. PriPara is due out on March 22 in Japan.
And three more DLC characters have been announced for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Platinum from BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Orie from Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], and Kanji from Persona 4. A new trailer introduces these three characters. They also revealed that the DLC characters will be released in six character packs, as well as an All-In-One Pack if you want to buy all the characters at once. Individual packs will cost $4.99 each, while the All-In-One Pack will cost $19.99. Meanwhile, the base game will cost $49.99, while the Digital Deluxe Edition will bundle the game and its character packs for $69.99.
We’ve also got new details about Liar Princess and the Blind Prince, as well as a teaser trailer. The story, told in a picture-book like style, deals with a wolf monster that formed a bond with a prince, only to accidentally blind him. When the prince is imprisoned, the wolf visits him and pretends to be a princess who can take him to a witch who will heal his eyes. The wolf visits the witch to obtain a human form, and begins to guide the blind prince. As we discussed previously, both the wolf and princess forms will be necessary to guide the prince through the stages.
And My Hero Academia: One’s Justice will have Ochaco Uraraka, Tenya Iida, and Shoto Todoroki among its playable characters.
A new Valkyria Chronicles 4 trailer is also available. This one focuses on characters from the Imperial Army.
Are you curious about Happy Birthdays, the Switch version of the Birthdays the Beginning that will be out this summer? The first Japanese trailer is available now, and you can check it out to get a better idea of the gameplay and style.
There’s not a lot of Switch update news this week, but One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Edition has been updated to support co-op play on a single unit using the Joy-Cons. Localization news has yet to be announced.
And Deemo will be updated to Version 1.1 on February 16. This update will introduce controller support and 24 new songs. Take a look at the update trailer.
Unfortunately, the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Version 1.3.0 update has been delayed to March 2.
Nintendo Labo News
Whether you’re on board with Nintendo Labo or still not convinced, here’s some new information about the unusual cardboard toy peripherals. Nintendo has released three new trailers, one overview trailer and two specific to the two Toy-Con kits coming on April 20. This gives a better look at how you’ll build the Toy-Cons, as well as how the gameplay works. The software also includes Toy-Con Garage, which lets you use the Toy-Con technology to set up your own creations using its input and output system.
Nintendo 3DS News
Image & Form Games has announced that SteamWorld Dig 2 is coming to the 3DS! This “ultra-portable” version will cost $19.99 and run at 60 fps even with the 3D turned on. It will be out next week, on February 22.
And if you’re excited for Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, which is out now, check out the launch trailer.
What do you think of the latest Nintendo news? What announcements are you the most excited for? Let us know in the comments.