April 1 – April 7: This Week in Nintendo News
April has begun, and it’s already off to a strong start with many new announcements.
Nintendo Switch News
Arc System Works has announced Wizard’s Symphony, an RPG coming to the Switch and PS4 in Japan later this year. It is a dungeon RPG derived from the old Wizard’s Harmony series, and more information will be revealed on April 12.
Next, 13AM Games, who developed Runbow, has announced a new game called Double Cross. Double Cross is an action adventure platformer featuring an agent searching for clues to a case across different times and dimensions. It will be out digitally this summer for the Switch and PC. Check out the announcement trailer.
First-person narrative puzzle game The Spectrum Retreat has been announced for all major platforms. It is set in a strange hotel and features color-coded puzzles. Check out the announcement trailer. The Spectrum Retreat will be out later this year.
Next, the 1989 platformer arcade game Toki is being remade for the Switch, with the original artist and developer both returning. It stars a warrior named Toki who has been turned into an ape by a witch doctor. Toki must use his new form’s abilities, along with items he finds along the way, to save his sweetheart Miho from the evil Doctor Vookimedlo.
And if you like SNK games, you’ll be excited to learn about the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection, a collection of arcade games coming to the Switch this fall. They will feature updated graphics, redesigned controls, and the ability to rewind and save at any time. There will also be a $64.99 limited edition that includes the game, a soundtrack, and an art book, all in a collector’s box. So far, 13 games have been revealed, with more still to come:
- Alpha Mission (arcade and home versions)
- Athena (arcade and home versions)
- Ikari Warriors (arcade and home versions)
- Ikari III: The Rescue (arcade and home versions)
- Guerrilla War (arcade and home versions)
- P.O.W. (arcade and home vesions)
- Prehistoric Isle in 1930
- Psycho Soldier
- Street Smart
- TNK III (arcade and home versions)
- Victory Road (arcade and home versions)
Sekai project is bringing the roguelike RPG A Magical High School Girl, previously released for the PC and iOS, to the Switch eShop. This is a “magic crafting” game where you craft your own magic to use against enemies. Check out the Switch announcement trailer.
Next, an adventure game called Buddy Collection if: Red String of Destiny has been announced for the Switch in Japan for April 26. Based on the first episode of free-to-play PC game Buddy Collection, it will greatly expand Episode 1 with new scenarios and branching paths. It is a mystery game that also has romance elements, set in a school for detectives. Localization has yet to be announced.
An updated version of the iOS visual novel Ghostpia is coming to the Switch in Japan. The teaser trailer doesn’t show much, but it does give a sense of the game’s aesthetic. Localization has yet to be announced.
Another game currently in Early Access on Steam, Battery Jam, is now coming to the Switch as well. It is a local multiplayer game where your goal is to capture as many tiles in the arena as possible. It will feature a Free-for-All Mode, a Team Mode, various game modes and settings, and more. For a better idea of what the gameplay is like, check out the original Steam trailer.
And the cult management game The Shrouded Isle, currently available for the PC, will also be coming to the Switch with the Sunken Sins content included. This game puts you in the role of a cult’s high priest as you manage your followers and select sacrifices. Take a look at the Switch announcement trailer.
Next, the first-person narrative adventure game Firewatch is coming to the Switch this spring. Firewatch puts you in the Wyoming wilderness as you communicate with your supervisor via radio. According to the announcement, it is being rebuilt for the Switch to be faster and more responsive.
Skies of Fury DX, the air combat game announced in January, will be available from the Switch eShop on April 12.
Shelter Generations is also set for April 12. This two-game collection, which we discussed previously, features both Shelter 2 and its spin-off Paws: A Shelter 2 Game. A new gameplay trailer is now available.
And Natsume’s gallery-style shooter Wild Guns Reloaded will be out on April 17.
Two days later, on April 19, the Switch version of the top-down racer BAFL: Brakes Are For Losers will be out on the eShop for $4.99. It features 8-player local multiplayer, multiple modes, and of course, no brakes. Check out the new trailer.
Last week we talked about the European release date for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition, and now we know the North American release date as well: May 8. As we discussed last week, it includes the main game and its DLC, and there will also be a retail Day One Edition for $39.99 that also includes a 30-song soundtrack CD and a 100-page art book.
Also on May 8, the beat ’em up Raging Justice will be released. The developers also announced a third playable character, an inner-city kid named Ashley King. A new trailer is also available, so take a look.
And on May 15, the Switch version of Battle Chasers: Nightwar will be released at last. This turn-based RPG will be available both digitally and physically for $39.99.
Later that month, on May 29, Legend of Kay Anniversary will be released for the Switch.
In other release date news, Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn will be out on June 5. The digital copy will cost $19.99, and there will be a physical copy with additional content for $39.99, although the bonus content hasn’t been detailed yet. Check out the latest trailer.
The Lost Child will be out in North America on June 19 and in Europe on June 22. It will have dual audio, and there is also a limited edition available for $59.99 that includes the game, a soundtrack, and a hardcover art book, all in a collector’s box.
The Mahjong is coming to the Switch in Japan, as is a physical version of Escape Trick: 35 Fateful Enigmas. Escape Trick is out on the eShop worldwide, but there is no news about whether the retail copy will be released in the west or not.
And the horror visual novel Death Mark will be out on the Switch on June 28 in Japan. No localization news has been announced. Take a look at the first Switch trailer.
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy also has a release date. It will be out on September 7, both digitally and physically. NIS America also announced that Shermie will be a playable character. Shermie debuted in The King of Fighters ’97. Check out her introduction trailer.
Finally, while there is no release date yet, the turn-based tactics game Wargroove is now set for the second half of the year.
Some new information has come out about Dark Souls Remastered. While docked, the Switch version will have a 1080p resolution at 30 fps, and in handheld mode it will have a 720p resolution at 30 fps.
Crazy Justice is a cel-shaded third-person shooter due out later this year, and the developers have released a two-minute gameplay video of the Switch version, showing a Battle Royale match. Take a look.
The official English site is up for Steins;Gate Elite, and it confirms that the Switch version will include an 8-bit adventure game in addition to the main visual novel. You can see gameplay footage from the original Japanese announcement.
Next, NIS America has confirmed that Ys VIII for the Switch will include all of the previous DLC content released. This DLC, costumes for the characters, will be included from the start with no download required.
And the developers of the minimalist rogue-like FPS POLYGOD confirmed that gyro motion controls will be an option for the Switch version.
The first trailer is now up for the simulation game Little Dragons Café. The trailer runs through the basic story premise, shows some of the gameplay and characters, and gives a glimpse of exploration and raising your dragon. It looks like the dragon will be involved in exploring the world. The game will be out this summer.
Rocket League has been updated to Version 1.43. This update adds support for Tournaments, which can be held between 8-128 teams, including cross-platform tournaments. It also adds icons if you’re having connection problems, chat bans and report notifications, new inventory features, video capture for the Switch version, options for “Performance” vs. “Quality,” and more. Take a look at the full patch notes here and check out the Tournaments overview video.
Nintendo 3DS News
We’ve known for a while now that one last Etrian Odyssey game is coming to the 3DS, and soon we’ll know more. Atlus has announced that they will officially reveal it on April 10, during a live stream at 12:00 JST.
Which of this week’s announcements are you the most excited by? Let us know in the comments.