February 18 – February 24: This Week in Nintendo News
This week brought many more exciting announcements to Nintendo fans. Let’s take a look.
Nintendo Switch News
Shining Resonance Refrain is coming west this summer for $49.99, and the western release will include the Switch. This is a remaster of the Japan-exclusive action RPG Shining Resonance. It features the original game with all of its DLC included, a new Refrain Mode that has new playable characters and story content for subsequent playthroughs, and dual audio. In this RPG, when you build up BPM during combat, your party will be able to perform a song for beneficial effects as part of the “B.A.N.D. System.” If you get the Draconic Launch Edition, the game will come with a metal slipcase. Check out the announcement trailer, and tune in to Sega’s Twitch channel on Friday at noon PST to see the first localized footage.
A retro-style shoot ’em up called Kyogeki Quartet Fighters has also been announced for the Switch in Japan and will be out on February 22. It supports four players at a time. No localization news has been announced.
Similarly, Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo is coming to the Switch in Japan. This mech-themed action game will be out on the eShop on March 1. No localization news has been announced yet, and it’s unclear if this is based on the original or the HD Edition.
And the tactical RPG God Wars: The Complete Legend has been confirmed for a western release on the Switch! It includes all of the content from God Wars: Future Past, a new expansion called Legend of Yomi (which has over 50 stages and multiple endings), and a new character, as well as general improvements. Take a look at the announcement trailer.
A stunt bike racing game called Urban Trial Playground has been announced for the Switch. It will be out on the eShop on April 5 and includes 50+ levels and multiple game modes, including Freestyle, Time Trial, and Ghost. There will also be split-screen 2-player competitive multiplayer. Check out the announcement trailer.
A co-op arcade racing game was announced this week as well. The Switch is one of the platforms announced for Trailblazers, which will features 3-versus-3 team races with a paint mechanic – you have to paint your team’s color across the course to gain advantages and win the race. Curious about how painting and racing go together? Check out the trailer below. Trailblazers will be out this spring.
Next, Nickelodeon and Outright Games have announced PAW Patrol: On a Roll, a new puzzle-platformer game based on the PAW Patrol kids’ show. It will be out in September.
And Aksys Games has announced Little Dragons Cafe, a new game from the creator of Harvest Moon that follows a brother and sister running the family cafe while also raising a baby dragon. It will include planting crops, fishing, exploring to find ingredients, learning new recipes, and more. It has been in development for two years and will be out this summer.
A PC and mobile survival game called Radiation Island has been announced for the Switch, and it’s available right now for $9.99. Check out the announcement trailer.
Finally, the latest edition of Weekly Jump revealed that Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy will come to the Switch, including all of the previous DLC.
Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 + 2 will be out on May 22 for the Switch. The retail pack will include Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 on the cartridge, with 2 available as a digital download. It will cost $39.99 and also come with a 30th Anniversary cleaning cloth. They will also be available digitally, Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 for $14.99 and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 for $19.99. Check out the new trailer.
Next, The Lost Child is coming to the Switch in North America and Europe this summer, both physically and digitally. This RPG follows an occult journalist who gets caught up in a war between angels and demons (described by NIS America as a “Cthulhu-inspired menagerie”). It is set in the same world as El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. While no Switch trailer is available yet, here is an English character trailer from earlier this month.
And if you were interested in Castle of Heart, a fantasy action-platformer announced for the Switch last month, the developers have announced that it will be out on the eShop on March 23. A new trailer is now available as well.
Atlus has announced that the development of Shin Megami Tensei V has reached the point where they feel they can say the game is really “in the making.” While they didn’t say much, they mentioned that they’re putting three times as much effort into the demons as they have previously.
There is also an extended trailer available now for SD Gundam G Generation Genesis for the Switch, which includes all of the DLC that came out for the PS4/Vita versions. No localization news has been announced.
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, which we’ve talked about several times recently due to its unusual DLC plan, will have a story mode called Episode Mode that includes original stories for each of the titles whose characters appear in the game. There will also be a Tactics Mode and a Survival Mode, as well as Training Mode, a Gallery, and a Replay Theater to watch recorded battles.
Pre-orders have begun for Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition from GameStop. If you pre-order it, you’ll also get a 5-inch Chocolate Cow Plush. Light of Hope is not part of the original Harvest Moon series, but a later series after Natsume split with the developers.
Koei Tecmo has released a new video about Atelier Lydie & Suelle that shows off new gameplay, including the synthesis system, combat, and gathering items, all in the context of an alchemy test.
Last week, we discussed the announcement of Manticore: Galaxy on Fire for the Switch, which will be out on March 22. Deep Silver has released a gameplay trailer, so if you’re curious about this sci-fi action game, take a look. The developers also confirmed that it will be a premium version with no microtransactions, include additional content (6 new locations, 5 new story missions, and 3 “distraction” missions), has a new upgrade system tied to story progression, has a more open structure and a seamless transition to exploration, and has new UI and controls build for the Switch. It also runs at 1080p/60 fps when docked, and 720p/60 fps in handheld mode.
We also have a new Japanese character trailer for Valkyria Chronicles 4. This trailer introduces more characters fighting on the side of the Federation. Take a look.
The Extra Pack 2 DLC for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will include Goku (Ultra Instinct) as a new character, as well as Jiren, Android 17 (Dragon Ball Super), and Fu. It also adds the “Infinite History” scenario, a new story scenario dealing with Fu and time travel. Interested? Check out the newest trailer to see more of this DLC content and the Infinite History scenario.
There has been a new update for Rime that improves the graphics and resolution, stabilizes the frame rate, and makes several other changes that significantly improve the game. You can read the full patch notes here, and also learn about a special offer if you play Dreadnought on the PC as well. Here is some comparison footage posted by a player.
A new update is also available now for Doom on the Nintendo Switch. In addition to minor tweaks and bug fixes, this update upgrades the game icon, adds a new party system for multiplayer, and adds motion controls that let you use the gyroscope to aim. You can read the full patch notes here.
Super Mario Odyssey can now be updated to Version 1.2.0, which adds the Balloon World mini-game and new snapshot features announced during last month’s Nintendo Direct. A few adjustments have also been made. You can read the full patch notes here by clicking Ver. 1.2.0.
Nintendo 3DS News
While there has been no official announcement yet, composer and music director William Anderson tweeted an image of his recent sheet music. When you zoom in, you can see that these are English versions of songs that appear in Yo-Kai Watch Busters, a spin-off of the Yo-Kai Watch series. As such, it seems likely that Yo-Kai Watch Busters will be localized.
Downbeat in 15. pic.twitter.com/Nq2EyqQJYv
— william anderson (@Wm_K_Anderson) February 16, 2018
And a new trailer is out for Detective Pikachu, coming to the 3DS on March 23. This trailer shows us Tim and Pikachu as they try to solve the mysteries in the city, as well as several characters you’ll encounter in the game, including Mewtwo, who seems to know Detective Pikachu. In Japan, there will be a Detective Pikachu demo, although Nintendo hasn’t said if the demo will be available in other regions.
Which news from this week are you the most excited about? Let us know in the comments.