May 13 – May 19: This Week in Nintendo News
Last week was filled with intriguing Nintendo announcements, and this week also saw lots of interesting news.
Nintendo Switch News
FuRyu has announced Beyblade Burst: Battle Zero for the Switch. It will be out on October 25 in Japan. No localization has been announced yet.
A competitive sports game called Super Sportmatchen will be out for the Switch and PC on May 24 for the United States and Japan, and on June 1 in Europe. It will cost $14.99 and feature local four-player multiplayer for ten different sports events. Check out the announcement trailer.
If you enjoyed Cat Quest, you’ll be pleased to know that Cat Quest II: The Lupus Empire has been announced for the Switch, PS4, and PC. A trailer will be coming soon.
Go Vacation has been announced for the Switch. It is set on a resort island and features over 50 co-op and competitive activities, such as volleyball, snowball fights, decorating your villa, and more. You can play alone or with up to four players. It appears to be a remaster of the original Wii game, and it will be out on July 27.
A 3D action-adventure game called Giraffe and Annika will be coming to the Switch and PS4 in 2019 after its 2018 PC release. It follows a girl named Annika exploring a mysterious island. Check out the announcement trailer.
Arc System Works is bringing the original Guilty Gear to the Switch, PS4, and PC.
The NES-inspired Alwa’s Awakening, which came out for the PC last February, will be coming to the Switch this summer. Take a look at the Switch announcement trailer.
Switch ports for two more otome visual novels have been announced for Japan: Sangoku Rensenki ~Otome no Heihou!~ and Yoshiwara Higanbana: Kuon no Chigiri. They will be out this fall.
In a surprise announcement from Level-5, Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy DX will be coming to the Switch, at least in Japan. It will be out on August 9 and include both touchscreen controls and controller controls, as well as special NFC charm toys that unlock new costumes.
The choice-driven game VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action, previously released for the PC and Vita, is coming to the Switch and PS4 in the first quarter of 2019.
The classic JRPG-inspired Shadows of Adam is coming to the Switch for its first console release. Shadows of Adam is a turn-based RPG inspired by SNES-era games. More details about the Switch release will be coming soon.
Brave Neptunia: World! Universe! Pay Attention!! Ultimate RPG Declaration!! is being localized, but under the much more manageable title of Super Neptunia RPG. It will be out this fall with both English and Japanese voice-over options, and English and French subtitle options.
The exploration game Shape of the World will be out on the eShop on June 6 for $12.99. A new trailer is available now.
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle has lacked a European release date, but that has now been revealed for June 22. It will be out in Japan and Asia on May 31, and on June 5 in North America.
Taiko Drum Master: Nintendo Switch Version! will be out on July 19 in Japan, with Squid (from Splatoon) and Kirby joining as new performance characters. It will include party games that use Joy-Con controls, and they also announced a special Taiko drum controller.
Code of Princess EX will be out in North America and Europe on July 31, and in Japan on August 2. It will be available both physically and digitally. Check out the release date trailer.
Shortly afterwards, Okami HD will be out for the Switch on August 9 in Japan.
My Hero One’s Justice will be out on August 23 in Japan. Its western release date has yet to be announced.
There will be a limited run physical edition of PixelJunk Monsters 2 from Limited Run Games, which will include both the main game and the Season Pass content. Both a standard and Collector’s Edition will be available. The Collector’s Edition is limited to 2500 copies and includes the game, a full-color manual, full-color interior art, a poster, three art cards, a soundtrack CD, and a SteelBook case separate from the standard case. Pre-orders will open on May 18.
A new trailer is available for Octopath Traveler, officially introducing Cyrus and Ophilia. Cyrus is a scholar whose field skill Scrutinize lets him get information from characters, and Ophilia is a cleric whose field skill Guide lets her take people with her. The trailer also gives an overview of the eight characters’ Talents, as well as going into details about how forming your party works. It also confirms that you’ll be able to follow the stories of all the characters you recruit, so you can see all of their stories in a single playthrough.
There will be a pre-launch online tournament demo event for Mario Tennis Aces. Once you download the demo, which will be available on May 24, you’ll be able to join the event between June 1 at 6 PM PT and June 3 at 11:59 PM PT. Everyone who participates in the demo tournament will unlock Mario’s classic overalls for use in the main game. Offline gameplay will also be available in the demo. Plus, a new trailer also shows off Adventure Mode. Check it out.
Aksys Games has announced what will be included in the North American limited edition for Little Dragons Cafe. It will cost $79.99 and include a copy of the game, a 17-track CD soundtrack, 18 collectible character cards, and a baby dragon plushie. Little Dragons Cafe will be out on August 30 in Japan.
A new “platforms comparisons trailer” is available for the action RPG Moonlighter, showing how the game will run on all of its platforms and also giving an overview of some of its features.
A gameplay trailer is available now for Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded, showing some of the game’s exploration, combat, item fusion, and more. Take a look.
New details have been announced about Jake Hunter Detective Story: Prism of Eyes, in particular that for the first time, Scott Kingsley and Yulia Marks each have a main story. They were temporarily playable in the past, but never were protagonists of their own stories.
A short video has been released for Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk, showing one of the game’s event scenes.
Want to play the new Super Smash Bros. at E3? Nintendo has announced that if you register for E3 by May 31, you’ll receive an email from E3 organizers of June 5 with instructions on how to reserve an electronic ticket for one of the limited time slots with Super Smash Bros. You’ll need to bring your ticket to E3 with you, either on a phone or printed out. In other news, attendees who bring their Switch with them to E3 have a chance at being selected to receive an exclusive Switch pin.
A new update will be released for Kirby: Star Allies this summer. Nintendo hasn’t gone into detail about what it will include.
Nintendo Switch and 3DS News
A Japanese overview trailer has been released for Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido. If you’re interested in a better look at the gameplay, check it out.
A new gameplay trailer is also available now for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
Nintendo 3DS News
Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk (not to be confused with the next game in the series discussed above) will be out this fall in North America. You’ll investigate crime scenes, unravel a mystery, and also unlock bonus content through passwords hidden in the game.
There will be a Japanese Etrian Odyssey X gameplay live stream on May 21.
The NES Classic Edition will return to shelves on June 29. Both it and the SNES Classic Edition should be available through the end of the year.
#NESClassic Edition will return to stores on June 29! This system and the #SNESClassic Edition system are expected to be available through the end of the year. https://t.co/LclbG5m4ta pic.twitter.com/1PcXBI5qJC
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 14, 2018
Crayola has also announced a partnership with Outright Games to make video games for kids, including Switch games.
Which of these announcements are you the most excited about?