March 4 – March 10: This Week in Nintendo News
February was a solid month for Nintendo news, and March is off to a good start. This proved to be another exciting week, with a new Nintendo Direct alongside all the other announcements.
Nintendo Direct News
A new Nintendo Direct was held on March 8 at 2 PM PT, featuring upcoming 3DS and Switch games. You can catch the full Direct below if you missed it.
Now, let’s go through it and break down all of the Nintendo Direct announcements.
First, they ran through several 3DS announcements. A new WarioWare game called WarioWare Gold is coming to the 3DS on August 3. It features 300 micro-games.
Dillon’s Dead Heat Breakers will be out on May 24 in North America and Europe, April 26 in Japan. Animal versions of your Mii characters can team up with Dillon.
Next, let’s talk about two exciting remakes coming to the 3DS. Just like the first Mario & Luigi game was remade, now Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey is on its way in 2019. In addition to the content of the original game, it adds a new mode that follows Bowser Jr.
And the original Luigi’s Mansion is being remade for the 3DS. It will be out later this year and feature a few new features, including a bottom-screen map and a boss rush mode.
Nintendo concluded the 3DS section of the Nintendo Direct with another look at Detective Pikachu. That wouldn’t be the last time the 3DS was mentioned in this Direct, however, but for now let’s move on to the Nintendo Switch announcements.
In Kirby Star Allies, due out on March 16, you’ll be able to befriend unexpected characters as “Dream Friends.” These include King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Banana Waddle Dee. The game will also get an update on March 28 that adds even more Dream Friends, Rock, Kine, Coo, Marx, and Gooey.
Okami HD is also coming to the Switch eShop this summer. The Switch version will include optional touchscreen and motion controls.
Remember Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido, the odd action-puzzle game announced for the 3DS at E3? Well, it’s coming out for the Switch as well and will be out for both systems on June 8.
And if you like what you’ve seen of Octopath Traveler (which seems to be its official title), the Nintendo Direct included a look at two more of the eight playable characters. Tressa is a merchant who can buy items from NPCs, and Alfyn is an apothecary who can get special information. Every character will have a main job, but you can also equip a sub-job. Finally, Octopath Traveler will have a limited Wayfarer’s Edition that includes a pop-up book, a cloth map, a sound selection CD, and a replica coin.
Next, they showed the first gameplay footage of Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. When it was first announced, fans weren’t sure how it would play, but it sounds as though it will include a variety of gameplay styles across seven different in-game titles, including action, racing, and puzzle gameplay. It will also have co-op, as well as a new adventure mode. It looks like it will play a lot differently than the previous titles, but it might still be a lot of fun. (And it looks like a quick reference to The Silver Case was in the trailer.)
Moving on, the Dark Souls: Remastered announcement caused a flurry of excitement after the last Nintendo Direct, and you’ll be able to test it on the Switch through a network test prior to its May 25 launch. They also announced the Solaire of Astora Amiibo figurine, which lets you praise the sun whenever you want.
Nintendo had already revealed that Mario Tennis Aces would be featured in this Nintendo Direct, and it got a 5-minute overview about its gameplay features, such as the powerful Zone Shots, blocking, Zone Speed, Trick Shots, and much more. Mario Tennis Aces will include a story mode, four-player local multiplayer, and online multiplayer. It will be out on June 22.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is the latest Wii U game coming to the Switch… and to the 3DS. It will be out on July 13 and include new courses based on Super Mario Odyssey worlds, as well as a co-op mode for Switch.
A much-acclaimed indie game was up next, as Undertale was announced for the Switch. All we know so far is that this quirky RPG will be out “eventually.”
Next, a couple Switch rumors were confirmed! The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will go multiplatform on July 10. This collection contains the original trilogy of Crash Bandicoot games, remastered with some new updates and features.
The Little Nightmares rumor was also true. Little Nightmares: Complete Edition will be out on May 18 with both the main game and its Secrets of the Maw expansion content.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole is coming to the Switch as well. This RPG will be out on April 24, with its current DLC available at launch and its upcoming DLC available this summer.
Nintendo also announced the release date for Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. It will be out on March 22 in Japan and May 18 in North America and Europe.
And there’s some big news for Splatoon 2. First, the version 3.0 update will launch in late April, adding over 100 pieces of gear, three new stages, and a new rank called Rank X. But that’s not all. Splatoon 2 is also getting a $19.99 single-player expansion starring an Octoling named Agent 8. It will feature 80 missions, and clearing it will let you play as an Octoling in multiplayer.
Finally, Nintendo ended the Nintendo Direct with the announcement of Super Smash Bros. for the Switch, which will include the Inklings from Splatoon. It will be out this year, but no further information was given. Is it a port? A new game? We don’t know, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do.
My Nintendo News
As announced earlier this year, your My Nintendo Gold Points can now be applied to eShop purchases. 100 gold points = $1, and you earn 5% from digital purchases and 1% from physical purchases.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 6, 2018
Nintendo Switch News
The action RPG Code of Princess, first released for the 3DS, is now coming to the Switch as Code of Princess EX. This version features HD graphics, a local co-op option, smarted AI, improved game balance, a new leveling system, and other improvements. It will be out both physically and digitally this summer for $39.99. The retail launch edition will also include a full-color instruction booklet and another unannounced bonus. Check out the trailer below.
A turn-based strategy RPG funded through Kickstarter, Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics – The Forest of Fear, will be coming to the Switch and other consoles later this year, as well.
Enchanting Mahjong Match will be out on the eShop worldwide on March 15. It will feature 140 levels and special items, although it appears to be focused on the matching aspect of Mahjong, as you can see in the announcement trailer.
Next, the “food-gobbling rhythm game” Eat Beat Deadspike-san, originally a mobile game, will arrive on the Switch eShop on March 22. It features BlazBlue characters and music, with a two-button rhythm game system where you must eat food to power up. It will cost $6.99. Take a look at the announcement trailer.
The classic platformer Another World has also been announced for the Switch. Originally released in 1991 (under the name Out of This World in North America), Another World follows a physicist named Lester who is accidentally transported to another world. It’s received new editions for its 15th and 20th anniversaries, but it’s unclear if this will be one of those or a new version.
The Holy Potatoes! trilogy is also coming to the Switch throughout 2018. Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! will be out in spring, Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?! will be out in the summer, and Holy Potatoes! What the Hell?! will be out in fall. These three simulation games put you in control of potato characters as you forge and sell weapons, manage a spaceship and explore the universe, and cook in the Afterlife, respectively.
From the Japanese Nintendo Direct, we also have a few pieces of additional news. Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to the Switch in Japan on April 4 under the title Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud, because it makes use of the cloud instead of running locally.
The rhythm game Taiko Drum Master: Nintendo Switch Version is also coming to the Switch in Japan this summer, with new songs from Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2.
And the RPG SaGa: Scarlet Grace will be out on the Switch this year as well in Japan, with new characters and voice overs. No localization news was announced for these three games.
Neo Atlas 1469, the world map-making simulator due out for the Switch in Japan on April 19, has been listed in the European eShop for a western release on the same day.
The Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy has also been confirmed for a same-day release, coming out on April 26 (digital-only outside of Japan). Check out the latest trailer.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Edition will be out in the Americas on May 10 and in Europe on May 11. In the Americas, it will be digital-only. This version includes the main game as well as 40 pieces of included DLC content. Check out the announcement trailer.
A new interview is available now from Gematsu with several staff members behind SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. Among other details, it confirms a feature that will let you take screenshots while changing the characters’ poses and backgrounds, and adding stickers. There will also be a story mode with seven stages and unique dialogue and interactions depending on which two characters you pick.
More details have also been revealed for Liar Princess and the Blind Prince, due out in Japan on May 31. You’ll be able to transform in patches of moonlight, and while in princess form you can ask the prince to perform simple actions to help solve puzzles, such as carrying objects. You’ll also encounter flower gardens, and giving flowers to the prince will let you learn more about the forest witch’s past. A trailer is also available.
And in a recent live stream, Level-5 revealed the first gameplay trailers for two of their upcoming games, Inazuma Eleven: Ares and the Switch version of The Snack World: Trejarers Gold. Inazuma Eleven is due out in Japan this summer, while The Snack World will be out next month, on April 12. There has been no official localization news for either of these games. If you want to check out the trailers, the Inazuma Eleven trailer starts at 52:12 in the live stream video, and the Snack World trailer at 1:25:33.
Atelier Lydie & Suelle, which is out now in Japan, has revealed that the character Lucia Voltaire will be available as a playable character through DLC, one of several DLC packs available now.
The Version 5.2 update for ARMS is now available. This update adds the “Big Time ARMS” from Party Crash mode to regular battles (but not online battles), toggled by pressing Y while selecting your ARMS. It has also added 15 new images to the Gallery and implemented some bug fixes and tweaks. You can read the full patch notes here by choosing Ver. 5.2.
Nintendo 3DS News
The official page for Detective Pikachu has been updated with information about the game’s first three chapters.
What are your favorite announcements from this week’s news?