March 25 – March 31: This Week in Nintendo News
As March winds down, we still have a few new announcements to discuss at the end of the month.
Nintendo Switch News
First, in a bit of industry news, Level-5’s CEO Akihiro Hino has announced that they are planning for their future main titles to be released on the Switch. He specifically referred to their 3DS series, although it’s unclear if that is all he meant.
All-Star Fruit Racing, which is currently available for the PC in Early Access, is coming to consoles in July. This is a kart racing game with fruit-based power-ups, multiple gameplay modes, 21 courses, kart customization, and split-screen co-op. (Online multiplayer was not announced for the Switch version.) Check out the announcement trailer.
Mastiff announced a lineup of games it will be publishing this year, one of which has been confirmed for the Switch. Pool Elite will come to the Switch in addition to the PS4 and Xbox One this summer. It features realistic physics and multiple game modes. Another game on the list was announced only for “consoles,” so it remains to be seen if it will be on the Switch.
PlataGO! Super Platform Game Maker will be coming to the PC and consoles this year. It is a fully editable platformer creation tool. Check out the announcement trailer.
Third-person exploration game The First Tree, currently available for PC, is coming to consoles later this year. It follows a fox looking for her missing cubs and a boy reconnecting with his estranged father.
Lego The Incredibles has been announced for all major systems, with a release date of June 15 in North America and July 13 in Europe. It will be based on both The Incredibles and The Incredibles 2. Check out the Switch announcement trailer.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition is coming to Europe on April 27. (The North America release will be this spring, but a date has yet to be announced.) In addition to the main Half-Genie Hero game, this version includes all of the former DLC, the previously backer-only content, and a blue swimsuit costume exclusive to the Ultimate Edition. If you pre-order or buy it at launch, the Day One Edition also comes with a 30-song soundtrack CD and a 100-page art book.
We’ve heard very little about the Switch version of Dragon Quest XI, but after announcing the PS4 and PC western release date, Square Enix said the Switch version will be released in North America and Europe, although it will be “much later.” Unfortunately the 3DS version will not come west.
And in unfortunate news, the physical Standard Edition of Penny-Punching Princess will not be released in the United Kingdom due to “unforeseen circumstances.” This doesn’t affect any other version or region.
Natsume and Rising Star Games have revealed that the console versions of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition will include a new Gem Sprite character (and marriage candidate in a human form) named Soleil and co-op play where a second player can control Soleil. There will also be four pieces of DLC, available separately or in a Season Pass. Check out the latest trailer, which shows the co-op gameplay.
Dragon Quest Builders 2, which in Japan has the subtitle “The God of Destruction Malroth and the Vacant Island,” will star a descendant of the legendary builder and take place on the unpopulated “Vacant Island.”
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is due out for the Switch this holiday season, so be sure to check out this new trailer that gives an overview of this RPG’s features, including exploration and combat.
Last week we saw two trailers for the new Dream Friends being added to Kirby: Star Allies, and now a new one shows off Gooey. The Version 2.0 update for Kirby Star Allies is available now. In addition to the new Dream Friends, it also adds a new celebration picture and fixes several issues. You can check out the full patch notes by going here and choosing Ver. 2.0.
Two new costumes are now available in Super Mario Odyssey. They are the Satellaview Suit and Helmet, and the Baseball Uniform and Batting Helmet. Check them out!
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Which pieces of news from this week are you the most excited for? Let us know in the comments.