May 6 – May 12: This Week in Nintendo News
The start of May brought us several Nintendo announcements and updates, and this week started out strong with the long-awaited explanation of the Switch’s online service and other exciting news.
Nintendo Switch News
Nintendo has finally unveiled the online service that will launch in September. In addition to online gameplay, it will also include cloud save data backups, the Nintendo Switch Online app, NES games with added online gameplay, and special offers. The games in the starting lineup include Soccer, Balloon Fight, Tennis, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong, Dr. Mario, Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario Bros. 3. Twenty games will be included when the service launches, with more to be added later.
You’ll be able to subscribe to the online service as an individual for $3.99 for a month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 for twelve months, or subscribe to a twelve-month family plan for $34.99. A family group can include up to eight people.
Nintendo also told Kotaku that there are “no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner,” although it’s unclear if this means the Switch won’t have any form of Virtual Console or if they’re just moving away from that specific branding.
Additionally, an adjustable charging stand is coming out for the Switch on July 13 for $19.99. It has an AC adapter port on the side, lets you adjust the angle, and will allow you to charge the Switch while playing in Tabletop mode.
Moving on to new game announcements, a mini-game collection called Waku Waku Doubutsu Land has been announced for the Switch in Japan. It will be out physically and digitally on July 26. Here is the announcement trailer.
Next, Warriors Orochi 4 has been announced for the Switch and PS4. It is planned for 2018 and will feature 170 playable characters, the most in the series, five of which are new.
In addition to the Jake Hunter game being localized for the 3DS, a new entry in the series has been announced for the Switch and PS4, Jake Hunter Detective Story: Prism of Eyes. It will feature 3 completely new scenarios, 10 scenarios that previously released for mobile devices with new graphics, and a parody mystery case, for a total of 14 scenarios. It will be out in Japan on August 9.
A four-player local multiplayer game called Battloon has been announced for the Switch and PC. Playing as balloons, you will try to drive your opponents into spikes. It is due out in 2019. Check out the announcement trailer.
Nicalis has announced a new crossover color-matching puzzle fighting game called Crystal Crisis for the Switch that will feature multiple game modes, both online and local multiplayer, and 19 characters from various games:
- Quote, Curly Brace, and Ballos from Cave Story
- Isaac from The Binding of Isaac
- Atom and Black Jack from the Tezuka Productions animation studio
- Princess Solange from Code of Princess EX
- Aban, Tina, and Jim Hawkins from 1001 Spikes
- President Thompson and a Zombie from The Tempura of the Dead
- Akuji from Akuji the Demon
- Knight from Hydra Castle Labyrinth
- Johnny Turbo from TurboDuo
- Helen (a new Nicalis character also in Blade Strangers)
- Hunter (a new Nicalis character)
- Elise (a new Nicalis character)
- Ninja (a new Nicalis character)
Next, a 3D animation novel called The Midnight Sanctuary is coming to the Switch, PS4, and PC this summer. It is set in an isolated village where an apparent “Saint” appears. Its Steam page describes it as an “occult suspense” story. Take a look at the announcement trailer.
Pygmy Studio has announced Lunaxxx, a “sensation balance action game” being made for the Switch together with Kenichi Nishi, who directed Chibi-Robo. It will use HD Rumble.
We also have a new Gunvolt game coming to the Switch. Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX is the next entry in the series and will star Copen as its protagonist. Check out the announcement trailer.
Mineko’s Night Market, previously announced for PC and Mac, has now been announced for the Switch as well. It is a game about “crafting crafts, eating eats, and catting cats” set in a small village. Check out the new trailer.
Meanwhile, Idea Factory has decided that the Switch is a good home for otome visual novels. First, Hakuoki Shinkai: Fuukaden, which came out for the PS4 last year and includes both Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds and Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms, is coming to the Switch in Japan on September 6. Next, Code: Realize ~Bouquet of Rainbows~, another collection released for the PS4 that includes Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ and Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~, is coming to the Switch on September 13. Idea Factory is also bringing Cendrillon palikA (originally announced for the Vita) and a new collection called Nil Admirari no Tenbin: Irodori Nadeshiko to the Switch later this year.
Idea Factory is also bringing a new Hakuoki title, LoverPretend, Birushanah Senki: Genpeiden, Shiritsu Versailles Gakuen, Sengoku Night Blood, Amnesia, Norn9, and Reine des Fleurs to the Switch.
Moving on to some horror, the Japanese adventure game Angels of Death is coming to the Switch this summer in Japan, possibly to coincide with the anime adaptation in July. While no Switch trailer has been shown yet, here is the original PC trailer for an idea of the game’s style.
In addition to Angels of Death, the publisher Playism is also bringing the flight-based action game Vertical Strike Endless Challenge to the Switch, as well as the previously-announced side-scrolling action game Kero Blaster and the hack-and-slash game Croixleur Sigma.
The platformer N++ is has been announced for the Switch now, and it will be out on May 24. Check out the announcement trailer.
We’ve also got good news for Monster Hunter fans. The Switch version of Monster Hunter XX is coming west as Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate on August 28 for $59.99.
Next, the Switch version of The Banner Saga will be out on May 17.
The developers of the third-person shooter Crazy Justice have confirmed that their game will be out in June.
And in unexpected news that’s the opposite of a delay, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has been moved up to June 29 from its July release date.
Capcom has announced Training and Versus Modes for Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. All of the games will have a local multiplayer Versus Mode, and each Versus stage will also indicate which character first appeared there. Training Mode will appear in Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, where you can practice using a variety of training options. The Versus and Training Modes will be added in a day-one patch on May 29, because they were added in response to fan feedback. Digital Switch pre-orders have also opened up in addition to the physical pre-orders.
Gunvolt from Azure Striker Gunvolt, Quote from Cave Story+, Isaac from The Binding of Isaac, and Shovel Knight from Shovel Knight have been announced for Blade Strangers. Check out their character reveal trailers. The extended opening movie is available now as well.
Next, the “roguevania” Dead Cells, which is due out in August, will have a physical release at the same time as the digital one.
A new gameplay trailer is available now for The Lost Child. Check it out to see some of the dungeon crawling and combat you can expect in this dungeon RPG.
The new Japanese web commercial for Octopath Traveler is very short and doesn’t show many new details aside from a few areas we haven’t seen before, but it does give a quick glimpse of the remaining two characters, who will most likely be called Cyrus and Ophelia.
An open beta for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle on the Switch will run from May 10-14 with 20 accessible characters. On May 14, an offline demo with 4 characters will also become available.
Finally, as reported on Twitter, Nintendo has posted a job listing for a level designer for The Legend of Zelda.
Nintendo Switch and 3DS News
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon has been announced for the Switch, 3DS, PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita, and PC. This is the 8-bit retro game included as a stretch goal for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, with a style similar to early Castlevania games. It will be out on the eShop on May 24 for $9.99 and feature multiple playable characters. Check out the announcement trailer.
Nintendo 3DS News
An overview trailer is now available for Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers. Check it out to see the combat, Mii features, and more.
Japan is getting a “Nintendo Classic Mini Family Computer Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Edition” to be released on July 7 with 20 games.
And while we don’t know yet if it will be related to Splatoon 2 or not, Nintendo is set to reveal Splatoon news that will “shock the world” on June 9, just ahead of E3.
Nintendo has released a new video introducing several of the players who will compete in the Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018.
Which of this week’s announcements are you the most excited for?