April 8 – April 14: This Week in Nintendo News
Last week brought us many new announcements, and this week turned out to be quite exciting, with new games, localization announcements, and more.
Nintendo Switch News
Yo-kai Watch 4 has been announced for the Switch in Japan, according to this report. It will be out in 2018 and include characters from the Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside anime. It will also feature enhanced content and surprising game mechanics.
The Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 will be out on July 24 in North America and Europe (and July 26 in Japan) for all major platforms, each available digitally for $19.99. North America will also get a $39.99 combo pack that includes both collections, although for the Switch version, the second collection will still be a digital download. The first collection includes Mega Man X, X2, X3, and X4, while the second includes X5, X6, X7, and X8, and each also has an “X Challenge Mode” where the bosses attack the player in pairs. You’ll also be able to choose between the original graphics, updated graphics, or CRT-style graphics. Finally, they will also feature several modes to enjoy the series’ trailers, toys, soundtracks, etc., as well as the anime film “The Day of Σ,” which was originally included in the PSP game Mega Man Maverick Hunter X. Check out the new trailer.
Nippon Ichi Software has announced Closed Nightmare, a horror adventure game that uses live action footage, for the Switch and PS4. It will launch in Japan on July 16. The game will make use of live-action videos, text, exploration, and puzzle challenges. It follows a woman who wakes up in a mysterious room with her left arm paralyzed and is told she must participate in an experiment. The first teaser trailer has been released.
Skipmore announced that Kamiko crossed 200,000 sales and also revealed the Fairune Collection for the Switch and PC. It will include both Fairune and Fairune 2, as well as Fairune Origin and Fairune Blast, which add new content to this collection. It is due out in May.
The publisher for those games also announced that it is bringing the mobile rhythm game Lanota to the Switch in June, as well as the 3DS defense game Samurai Defender in May.
Next, Rival Megagun is a newly-announced competitive split-screen shoot ’em up coming to all major platforms in Q4 2018. In this game, you will turn into a giant Mega Gunship to invade your opponent’s screen. It will include both online and local 2-player multiplayer, as well as a single-player arcade mode. Check out the announcement trailer.
Finally, Sega announced Sega Ages, 15 classic Sega titles coming to the eShop worldwide starting this summer. So far they have revealed Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star, and Thunder Force IV.
Time for some localization news! XSEED’s 2018 lineup includes Senran Kagura Reflexions, known in Japan as Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura. It will be coming to the North American eShop this summer with the base game featuring Asuka. The DLC characters will be released after launch. You can see the official announcement in the video below at 0:44. (The other games featured are not coming to the Switch.)
The retro-style shoot ’em up Kyogeki Quartet Fighters is also being localized under the title Quad Fighter K. It is an 8-bit arcade shooter about fighting aliens, and it features local co-op play with up to three other players. It will be out on the eShop this summer.
Moving on to ports, Baobabs Mausoleum is coming to the Switch. This is a surreal-looking adventure game about a town that appears every 25 years and an FBI agent (who is also a vampire eggplant) trying to escape it.
And we’ve got more Mahjong news. Logic Mahjong Souryu: Yonin Uchi / Sannin Uchi has been ported to the eShop in Japan, although it will not include the story mode and guest characters from the original release.
The action platformer Iconoclasts is coming to the Switch, with a release date announcement to come later. It will include an easier difficulty setting and a Boss Rush.
I'll be adding to all changing difficulty as you load game, a difficulty that lets you get past harder challenges without dying and Boss Rush! pic.twitter.com/4yXbmwy7c3
— Joakim Sandberg (@konjak) April 10, 2018
The remake of Disgaea for Switch and PS4 will be called Disgaea Refine and is also due out on July 26 in Japan.
Next, the boss-focused action RPG Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption has been delayed to Q3 2018, but has added the Switch to its list of platforms. It will cost $18.99. This game put you up against bosses based on the seven deadly sins and makes use of debuffs before each battle for a unique style of difficulty. Check out the Switch announcement trailer.
Gematsu interviewed Goichi Suda (Suda51) about Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes and learned many interesting details about it. Be sure to check out the full interview, but here are the major points:
- The indie collaborations will come in the form of T-shirts. Travis will have 51 or 64 T-shirts from different indie games.
- There will be seven game worlds Travis enters: an arcade game called Electronic Thunder Tiger II, a pinball game called Killer Marathon, a simulation puzzle game called Life is Destroyed, an action adventure game called Coffee and Donuts, a racing game called Golden Dragon GP, an RPG called Serious Moonlight, and a seventh world he said is a secret.
- Outside of the game worlds, there is Adventure Mode, which is like an old-school PC adventure game (which was shown in the last trailer).
- There won’t be voice acting.
- It will be roughly the same length as the previous No More Heroes games.
- There might be a physical release.
- It is connected to The Silver Case, and you’ll understand the connection if you play The 25th Ward.
- He would love to port No More Heroes 1 & 2 to the Switch, but needs permission.
- He wants Travis in Super Smash Bros.
- Suda always makes normal games.
A new trailer is now available for The Lost Child. This trailer highlights “Astrals,” a term that includes Angels, Fallen Angels, and Demons that players will fight and recruit.
The website for Dragon Quest Builders 2 has been updated with new information about Malroth, a boy with amnesia who will fight alongside the protagonist and help you collect materials. Malroth is the name of the antagonist in Dragon Quest II, and since the full title of this game was recently revealed as Dragon Quest Builders 2: The God of Destruction Malroth and the Vacant Island, this ally seems rather suspicious. It was also confirmed that the game takes place after the events of Dragon Quest II, in which the corrupt “Hargon Order” wants to destroy the world and suppress the power of the Builders.
And there will be a physical release of Mercenaries Saga Chronicles, the collection of tactical RPGs recently brought to the Switch. It will be out this summer. Check out the latest trailer.
The first English trailer is also available now for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. In addition, a Collector’s Edition has been announced for North America. It will include the game, a steelbook case, a 15-track soundtrack CD, a 52-page softcover art book, and acrylic art stands of Ragna the Bloodedge, Yu Narukami, Hyde Kido, and Ruby Rose, all in a collector’s box. Pre-orders will begin in May. Additionally, pre-orders for both the Collector’s Edition and standard edition will include a 7-track mini soundtrack.
Nintendo has also released a new Japanese overview trailer for the Switch version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. It provides an overview of the gameplay as well as the Switch version’s new features, co-op mode and Funky Kong mode.
The Snack World: Trejarers Gold is now out in Japan, and the new trailer highlights the game’s features. The Switch version includes all of the content from the original 3DS game as well as its two DLC packs, along with enhanced graphics, a widescreen resolution, and gameplay improvements. Here is the Japanese launch trailer.
A demo for the tower defense game PixelJunk Monsters 2 will be out on April 27.
Next, it has been confirmed that My Hero Academia: One’s Justice will use the title My Hero One’s Justice outside of Japan, and a new English trailer is available now.
A new update is available for ARMS, bringing it to Version 5.3. This update adds a Dashboard from which you can see rankings, tip videos, and tournament clips, along with 15 new Gallery images and other adjustments. You can read the full patch notes here by clicking Ver. 5.3.
Gal Gun 2 also received new costume DLC in Japan, featuring three costumes that can be bought individually or together in a single pack.
The developers of Mulaka have also addressed an issue where the game won’t detect the Pro Controller while in tabletop mode. They’re investigating the issue, but for now you can remove the Joy-Cons from the sides of the Switch, and it should recognize the controller.
Finally, the Switch version of Deemo will be updated to Version 1.2 later this month. The update will add 14 new songs.
Nintendo 3DS News
Atlus has announced Etrian Odyssey X (pronounced “cross”), the final 3DS entry in the Etrian Odyssey series. It is set in a flying city called Maginia, where adventurers gather to search for treasure in Lemuria, “the remote island of the distant sea.” It will feature 19 classes, including the new “Hero” class, and include systems such as character creation, sub classes, Force Burst/Force Break, and difficulty levels, along with the series’ traditional map-drawing. It is also supposed to have more volume than any other entry in the series and will feature a world map, something the developer has wanted to do for a while. Finally, first-print purchases will include five illustrations from guest illustrators as DLC. Etrian Odyssey X is due out on August 2 in Japan. Check out the announcement trailer.
Nintendo Wii U News
Yes, we actually have some Wii U news this week. An arcade-style 2D shooter called Shadow Archery is now out in the Wii U eShop and it will be free for its first week. After that, the price will rise to $0.99.
Which of these announcements are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.