April 22 – April 28: This Week in Nintendo News
We’ve seen a lot of Nintendo announcements so far in April, and this week was also filled with exciting news.
Tatsumi Kimishima, who took over as Nintendo’s interim president, will retire from the position on June 28. He will be replaced by Shuntaro Furukawa, who has been with Nintendo since 1994.
Nintendo has also announced its E3 schedule! The main presentation will be shown on June 12 at 9 AM PT, with a look at upcoming 2018 Switch games including Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Treehouse will start with Super Smash Bros. and begin right after the presentation. The Splatoon 2 World Championship will be held on June 11 and 12, with the Super Smash Bros. Invitational starting afterwards.
Nintendo Switch News
During Nintendo’s latest financial results briefing, they announced that they’ll be revealing information about the Switch’s online service in early May.
A Chinese-developed turn-based strategy RPG called Banner of the Maid has been announced for the Switch, PS4, and PC. It stars Pauline Bonaparte, whose visit to her brother Napoleon results in her being swept into a revolution. It will be out later this year.
Pro Yakyuu Famista Evolution has been announced for the Switch in Japan, a baseball action game coming on August 2. Previous entries in the series haven’t been localized, but we’ll let you know if there is any news. Check out the announcement trailer.
Arc System Works has announced that Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core Plus R is coming to the Switch eShop later this year. It features 25 playable characters, multiple game modes, a gallery, online multiplayer, and the Guilty Gear XX #Reload Korean soundtrack. They also announced that they plan to bring more fighting games to the Switch in the future.
Path to Mnemosyne, a puzzle adventure game originally announced for the PC, will also be coming to consoles. It features “an infinite zoom” as you solve puzzles to regain your memories. Take a look at the console teaser trailer for a better idea of what it will be like.
Next, a mobile MMORPG called Elemental Knights Online is coming to the Switch in Japan this summer. The mobile version was released worldwide, but no localization news for this version has been announced so far.
The collection of Kunio-kun games announced for the Switch, Kunio-kun: The World Classics Collection, will be out in the fall. In addition to the 15 games previously announced (11 classic game and 4 overseas games), there will be three more unannounced related games.
Last week, we discussed the announcement of Psyvariar Delta. The debut trailer is available now, along with gameplay details. It will feature customizable UI, new modes and rankings, content from both Psyvariar Revision and Psyvariar: Medium Unit along with a new fighter, and new music. Interestingly, the official website has different language options, and the English page lists the release date as “Summer 2018,” suggesting it might be localized.
Moving on to new release dates, the dungeon crawler Wizard of Legend will be out on May 15.
Two days later, the action platformer Fox n Forests will be out on May 17. The developers also released a new gameplay video showing one of the game’s levels. Check it out.
The Switch version of the 2D side-scrolling game Icey will be out in May, although a specific release date wasn’t given. Icey is a meta game where you can question the narrator’s directions. Take a look at the latest trailer.
Unfortunately, Penguin Wars has been delayed from May 15 to mid-to-late June. The publisher also announced a $39.99 Launch Edition, which will be limited to 5000 copies and include a digital download code for the soundtrack and a physical Riley character patch. The standard physical edition will cost $29.99.
The Switch version of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has a release date at last. It will be out on June 29. Here is the latest Switch trailer.
Next, Shining Resonance Refrain will be out in the Americas and Europe on July 10 and in Japan on July 12. Launch edition copies will include a collectible metal slipcase. A new trailer has also been released introducing the main characters and their basic combat styles. Take a look. The opening movie is also available.
Sonic Mania Plus will be out on July 17 in the Americas and Europe, and on July 19 in Japan. It will cost $29.99 and include a holographic slip cover, a reversible Sega Genesis/Mega Drive sleeve, and a 32-page art book. If you have the original Sonic Mania and just want the new content, it will be available to download for $4.99. Check out the latest trailer.
Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion is also coming on July 17 in the United States, and on July 20 worldwide, for all major platforms. It features an adventure set across multiple kingdoms, a fast-paced turn-based combat system, and a new story set in the Adventure Time universe. Check out the first trailer.
And the fighting game Blade Strangers will be out both physically and digitally this summer for $39.99, and the roster will include four characters who have yet to be announced. Most of the characters come from previous games by the developer and publisher, as well as a few original characters.
The platformer Flipping Death will be out in August, with a physical release to follow.
A new short trailer for Ys VIII introduces the main characters. If you’d like to see more gameplay footage, a longer Japanese trailer is also available.
NIS America has introduced the main characters of Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk. Dronya is a witch who serves the Haltz Kingdom and wants to explore the labyrinth, Luca is her young apprentice who is skilled at household chores, and the Tractatus de Monstrum is a cursed book containing the player’s soul that leads Dronya’s puppet soldiers into the labyrinth.
Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory will include new content not present in either previous Fallen Legion game, with 5 new playable characters, 16 new levels, new story branches, new bosses, improved combat, a New Game+ and One Life Mode that feature remixed battles, and dual audio. A new trailer gives an overview of the added content.
A new trailer is also out for Pool Panic, which is due out later this year, showing off more of the game’s oddball pool-based gameplay and varied settings. Let’s take a look.
Next, an English translation is in the works for SaGa: Scarlet Grace, although it’s unclear which versions will be localized.
We’ve also gotten to see the box art for Octopath Traveler, which is the same across all regions. With all 8 characters depicted on the cover, this is also our first clear shot of the two characters who have yet to be announced.
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SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy will have an extensive Customization Mode with over 100 accessories, 4 different voice styles, different backgrounds and frames, and poses, with all items unlockable through an in-game currency earned by playing the game.
The Version 1.4 update is now available for Mighty Gunvolt Burst, adding a new DLC character to the Switch version of the game. (It appears like he won’t be available for the 3DS version.) Tenzou is the protagonist from the original Gal Gun and will cost $1.99. Check out the trailer below to see his special skills in action.
Splatoon 2 Version 3.0.0 is available now. It adds new gear, two new songs, a single-player addition where Callie will appear at Tentakeel Outpost, Splatfest adjustments, and many fixes and tweaks. You can read the full patch notes by going here and choosing Ver. 3.0.0.
A new update available now for Attack on Titan 2 adds a new multiplayer mode. In Expulsion Mode, you choose from preset skills and loadouts and then compete to see who can defeat the most Titans within the time limit. A short video shows it in action, and ends with a note that another multiplayer mode will be coming in May.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has been updated to Version 1.4.0. This update adds two new Blades: an artificial Blade called “Poppibuster” that characters other than Tora can use, available through the Expansion Pass, and T-elos Re, based on a character from Xenosaga. Poppibuster will be available through a quest, and T-elos Re is a reward for anyone who has cleared the game. You’ll need to get her through a Core Crystal, but her resonance rate is high. Version 1.4.0 also adds the ability to trade bonus EXP for Poppi Parts, and new sort methods (Driver, Trust, and Field Skill), along with fixing some bugs. You can read the full patch notes here by choosing Ver. 1.4.0.
Moving on from this update, in May, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will get more Blades, new quests, challenge battles, and an “Extreme” difficulty mode.
Nintendo Switch and Wii U News
The “All in One Package” of Dragon Quest X that includes Version 1-4 of this MMORPG will be out in Japan on July 26.
Nintendo Switch and 3DS News
Are you looking forward to Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido? The opening movie has been revealed.
Nintendo 3DS News
In a surprise announcement from the financial results briefing, Nintendo is preparing new 3DS software for 2019 and beyond in addition to the upcoming 3DS games already announced.
Nintendo has partnered with Cygames for a mobile action RPG called Dragalia Lost. It will launch this summer and eventually be released worldwide. The first trailer is available now, and there is a pre-registration campaign to reward players with a greater number of Dragon Crystals when the game launches.
Which of these weeks announcements are you the most excited by? Let us know in the comments.