February 26 – March 3: This Week in Nintendo News
As we wrap up February and head into March, we have plenty of new announcements and updates for Nintendo games to discuss.
Nintendo Switch News
Gekido: Kintaro’s Revenge is coming to the Switch in March. This beat ’em up game was originally released for the Game Boy Advance, and now it’s coming to the Switch with new modes.
A new Zoids game is also coming to the Switch. This is part of a new Zoids series called Zoids Wild, which will include an anime, a toy line, and more.
Rabi Laby: Puzzle Out Stories is a collection of Rabi Laby, Rabi Laby 2, and Rabi Laby 3, as well as the spin-off Witch’s Cat, that is coming to the Switch in Japan following its initial PS Vita release. No localization news has been announced.
Next, the adventure simulation game The Trail: Frontier Challenge, which originally launched for the PC, is coming to the Switch. It is available now in Europe and will be out on March 8 in the Americas. The Trail puts you in the shoes of a pioneer, working together with other players to make a new life for yourselves on the frontier. Check out the Switch launch trailer.
It has also been announced that the roguelike RPG For the King is not only leaving early access this April, but will then come to consoles in early 2019, including the Switch. For the King seems to combine tabletop RPG mechanics with turn-based combat and rogue-like elements.
Localization was also announced for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy. It will be out on April 26, digital-only in the West.
And Moonlighter, an action RPG/shopkeeping sim coming to the Switch later this year, will be getting a physical release as well. Here is the original Switch announcement trailer.
In a new Weekly Famitsu interview with the director and producer of Dragon Quest Builders 2, they revealed that in the current version, you can build at three times the height as in the first game, you’ll be able to import save data from the original for a bonus, there might be some sort of multiplayer playground feature, and that there is a character named Malroth (a name first used in Dragon Quest II).
We also have a few new pieces of release date news. First, the physical edition of Voez will be out in North America this summer for $39.99. A new trailer is available now.
Wild Guns Reloaded, the gallery style Wild West shooter, is now available to be pre-ordered from GameStop for $29.99. The Switch box art was also revealed. It will be out physically and digitally in April.
And Outlast is out now on the eShop! With little fanfare, this horror game has appeared as Outlast: Bundle of Terror, which includes the main game along with its Whistleblower prequel DLC. The eShop also says Outlast 2 will be out on March 27.
Mulaka is also out now, and you can check out the launch trailer below.
World Neverland: Daily Life in the Elnea Kingdom will be out worldwide on March 15 for $29.99. This sandbox simulation promises a fully-realized kingdom with a fully simulated society.
Next, Happy Birthdays (the Switch version of Birthdays the Beginning) will be out on March 29 in Japan, June 5 in North America, and June 8 in Europe.
Check out the latest trailer for Kirby: Star Allies. This new Japanese trailer gives an overview of the gameplay, and there is also a demo available in Europe.
There is also a combat overview trailer for Valkyria Chronicles 4. Although this trailer also is only available in Japanese so far, you can check it out for a good idea of how combat will work.
Another DLC character has been announced for Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura. Ryouna is available now in a new DLC bundle that includes new costumes and items, which can also be downloaded separately (the costumes for free, the items in a separate bundle). There is still no localization news for this Senran Kagura spin-off.
Speaking of DLC, the developers of The Darkside Detective held an AMA on Reddit, where they commented on future content, saying they will port the Christmas-themed case first and then begin working on new content. They’re also hoping to make a second season, although it’s unclear if that means a sequel or DLC.
The version 2.3.0 update for Splatoon 2 is available now. This update is mainly focused on bug fixes and tweaks, making changes to multiplayer, Ranked Battles, Salmon Run, and single player, along with additional fixes. You can find the full patch notes here when you choose Ver. 2.3.0.
Finally, the Version 1.3.0 update for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is available now. This update fixes bugs, adds the Advanced New Game mode (which includes many new features, such as bonding with certain story Blades and being able to exchange bonus experience with Traveling Bards), and makes a few all-around improvements like giving you the option to skip the Blade bonding animation and adding an Easy mode. You can read the full patch notes here by choosing Ver. 1.3.0.
Nintendo 3DS News
A demo for The Alliance Alive is available now from the eShop in North America and will be available in Europe on March 1. If you complete the demo, you’ll earn up to 4,000 Talent Points to use in the full game.
What are your favorite announcements from this week? Let us know in the comments.