March 18 – March 24: This Week in Nintendo News
Between the Nindies showcase and GDC 2018, this week was filled with announcements.
On Tuesday, Nintendo held a Nindies Showcase, highlighting some of the indie games coming to the Switch. If you missed it, you can check out the full presentation below.
Although short, this showcase still had some great announcements. First, the highly-praised action stealth game Mark of the Ninja is being remastered. Mark of the Ninja Remastered will be out this fall.
Next, the fighting game Fantasy Strike is coming to the Switch this summer. It features unusual weapons, such as paint or time, and emphasizes strategy over button-mashing.
Also coming this summer is Just Shapes & Beats, a musical bullet hell game.
A gritty top-down shooter called Garage is coming first to the Switch this spring, with a style inspired by gory VHS B-movies.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, another game coming first to the Switch this year is Pool Panic, a bizarre game with over 100 levels that describes itself as “the world’s least realistic pool simulator game.”
Sticking with bizarre premises, Bomb Chicken is an arcade platformer starring a chicken that can lay bombs. It will be out first for the Switch this summer.
The rhythmic puzzle game Lumines is beloved by fans, and now Lumines Remastered is on its way this spring.
Next, the choice-based kingdom simulation game Reigns, as well as its sequel Reigns: Her Majesty, is coming to the Switch as Reigns: Kings and Queens this spring with an exclusive local co-op mode.
Light Fall will be a timed console exclusive this spring. This platformer involves using a magical box called the Shadow Core to progress through the world. It will also feature a special Speedrun Mode.
Now let’s get back to the bizarre. West of Loathing is a slapstick comedy stick figure Wild West RPG, and now it’s being ported to the Switch as a console exclusive this spring.
Next, Pode is a beautiful puzzle exploration game inspired by Norwegian culture, starring a rock helping a fallen star find its way home. It will also be out this spring.
The Messenger is an action platformer with a special twist: it is an 8-bit platformer that transforms into a 16-bit time travel story. It is coming to the Switch this summer.
Next, a rogue-lite real-time strategy game called Bad North will be out first on the Switch this summer. It has a Viking theme.
And speaking of Viking games, not only is the story-driven tactical RPG The Banner Saga 3 coming to the Switch this summer, but The Banner Saga and The Banner Saga 2 are also on their way to the Switch so that you’ll be able to carry over your progress and choices to the third game.
Nintendo Switch News
The action-adventure platformer Flashback is coming to the eShop as Flashback 25th Anniversary, which includes both the original 1993 game as well as a “Modern Mode.” Modern Mode adds graphic filters, remastered music and sound, a “Rewind” function, tutorials, and more. In Europe and Australia, it will also be available in a Collector’s Edition that includes the game, a digital remastered soundtrack, a retro instruction booklet, an exclusive numbered metal card, and a retro cartridge-style metal case, all in a collector’s box. Check out the teaser trailer.
In other platformer news, the side-scrolling action-adventure platformer The Adventure Pals is coming to the Switch sometime in April, after its release on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on April 3. It will cost $14.99. Along with the announcement, the publisher released gameplay footage showing local co-op in the Switch version. The Adventure Pals features drop-in/drop-out co-op and RPG elements.
The Switch is slowly becoming a home for visual novels, and in Japan, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou (released in English as Higurashi When They Cry Hou) is coming to the Switch on July 26. In addition to the standard edition, there will be a limited edition that includes a drama CD and a 65-page full color book. No localization has been announced yet.
And the otome visual novel The Charming Empire is also coming to the Switch in Japan, although a release date was not given. No localization news has been announced.
We’re still not done with visual novel news, though. A suspense story called Defoliation is coming to the eShop in Japan this summer. No localization has been announced yet.
And the remake of the visual novel YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of This World is also coming to the Switch in Japan later this year.
Futuristic combat racer GRIP has announced that it’s coming to consoles in addition to the PC, including the Switch. GRIP features numerous weapons, fast-paced action, and the ability to drive on the walls and ceiling. Take a look at the trailer.
And for fans of old school beat ’em ups, the newly-announced 9 Monkeys of Shaolin coming to all major systems this fall might be just what you need. It promises over 25 levels, 10 different polearms, 3 fighting styles, a story about fisherman Wei Cheng mastering martial arts on a quest for revenge, co-op, and more. Take a look at the announcement trailer.
Next, Arc System Works announced Gotcha Racing 2nd, a gacha-themed racing game where you build your own vehicle from an infinite number of parts.It will be out on the eShop on March 29 for $9.99. The first Gotcha Racing came out for the 3DS. Check out the announcement trailer.
Arcade Archives: Punch-Out!! is coming to the eShop in Japan. This is the arcade version of Punch-Out!! and will allow you to use either a horizontal layout or a vertical layout in honor of the arcade game.
Spike Chunsoft announced PixelJunk Monsters 2, a sequel to the tower defense game PixelJunk Monsters. It will be out for the Switch (as well as the PS4 and PC) on May 25 for $14.99 and includes both local and online co-op.
And back to visual novels, they also announced the localization of Steins;Gate Elite, a remaster of the original visual novel using animated scenes.
Nidhogg 2 is coming to the Switch this summer. It is an action game that features one-on-one sword fighting combat.
Hyper Light Drifter was also announced for a Switch release this summer (shortly after the announcement that Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes will include Hyper Light Drifter apparel). This pixelated action RPG is known for its exploration and combat.
Masters of Anima, the strategic action game announced earlier this year, now has a release date. It will be out on the eShop on April 10. A new overview trailer is available now as well, so take a look.
The open world survival game ARK: Survival Evolved is coming to the Switch this fall. You can see some off-screen footage in the announcement video, although some fans have concerns due to its performance issues on other platforms.
The Penguin Wars remake will be out on May 15 in North America and Europe. It will be available both digitally and physically. It will feature Story Mode, local VS Mode, and online VS Mode. As in the original game, the core gameplay involves throwing balls at each other and trying to have the fewest on your side at the end of the round.
Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare also has a released date. It will be out on March 29 for $8.99. It was delayed due to concerns about one of the parody characters, which has since been altered.
And Ys VIII will be out on the Switch on June 26 in North America and June 29 in Europe. The Day One Adventurer’s Edition will include a reversible cover, a foil pack of character cards (Adol, Dana, and Dogi), and a double-sided poster. Here is the latest trailer.
Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded also got a release date. It will be out on July 17 in North America and July 20 in Europe. A new trailer is available now.
Next, the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will be out on May 29. The Switch version will not have a pre-order bonus, but will include Super Street Fighter II: The Tournament Battle, an exclusive version of a previously arcade-only version of Super Street Fighter II. With four Switch consoles for local wireless multiplayer, up to eight players can participate in a tournament. Take a look at the new trailer that highlights this special mode.
Now, there has been plenty of debate and confusion about how Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes will play, especially since it has different gameplay styles across the different worlds, but now a 9-minute gameplay video from DualShockers has been uploaded from GDC 2018. It shows what appears to be an early level.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 will have a Season Pass with four pieces of post-launch DLC. They appear to be bonus scenarios, including a beach event.
A new Japanese trailer is now available for Happy Birthdays, due out in Japan on March 29, June 5 in North America, and June 8 in Europe.
A new trailer is also available for Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory, featuring the main character of the “Flames of Rebellion” campaign, Legatus Laendur. The Switch version of the game, due out on May 29 in North America and June 1 in Europe, includes both Fallen Legion games previously released.
Pre-orders have opened up for Little Dragons Cafe with a date of August 24, although a release date has yet to be officially announced. New screenshots are also available on the GameFly and Amazon pages. The first fifteen minutes of gameplay footage is also available from Nintendo World Report.
Excited for the Kirby: Star Allies update on March 28 that will introduce new Dream Friends? Check out the latest trailer, which shows Rick, Kine, and Coo in action. A separate trailer shows off Marx.
Nintendo Switch and 3DS News
On March 29, the third DLC pack for Fire Emblem Warriors will become available for $8.99, as well as in the season pass.This DLC pack adds Owain, Tharja, and Olivia as playable characters, three more History Maps, three new costumes, additional Armor Break model changes, and more dedicated weapons and weapon skills.
On the same day, the game will be updated to Version 1.5.0. This update increases the level cap to 150, adds another weapon skill, adds several new blessings and elements, and adds the feature to start a battle with the same blessings you used in the previous battle, in addition to minor fixes, UI improvements, and video capture support for the Switch version.
Nintendo 3DS News
A new trailer is now available for Detective Pikachu, which will be out this Friday. Let’s take a look.
Nintendo has announced the Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018 and the Splatoon 2 World Championship Tournament. They will take place during E3 on June 11-12. You can learn more about the Splatoon 2 qualifiers here.
Which of these announcements are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments.