Small Weekend Update：Star Ocean First Departure R Announced For Nintendo Switch, Plus More News！
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● Square-Enix announced a HD remake of Star Ocean First Departure for world-wide release on both Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 as Star Ocean First Departure R. First Departure first appeared on PlayStation Portable in 2007 and is a remake of the original Star Ocean game which released on Super Famicom in 1996. This will be the first time a Star Ocean series title has released on a Nintendo system since Star Ocean Blue Sphere appeared on Game Boy Color back in 2001. Check out the first artwork for the First Departure R here and today’s livestream here.
● The Gust announcement this week is expected to be Liza no Atelier Tokoyami no Joou to Himitsu no Kakurega (please await the Gust announcement for exact name!) which is featured in this month’s Dengeki PlayStation magazine for Fall 2019 release on PlayStation 4. The official reveal will be on 28 May, and it’s unknown at present whether Nintendo Switch will also see the game.
● Saitama Games are crowdfunding on Campfire for additional content for their smartphone RPG Yusha VS Dragon and for a new Nintendo Switch game. The company hope to progress with the Switch title, even if they aren’t 100% successful. The aim is to get the teaser site for the Switch game open this November with a release in December 2020.
● Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw the limited-time Guitar Case Collection newly available with Black, Red, and Sticker designs (all require Leaf Tickets). Check out images for all here.
● Fire Emblem Heroes saw Tempest Trials +: The Holy Guard today featuring Special Hero Louise: Eternal Devotion and two Sacred Seals, Spd/Res 1 and Brazen Ask/Spd 1. Tomorrow will see Summoning Focus: Heroes with Dragon Fang.
● Check out the Fire Emblem ∅ (Cipher) Special Live Broadcast Spring 2019 here (the livestream begins at 10 minutes in). Thanks everybody for following, and have a great weekend!
Square-Enix have announced a HD remake of the PSP game Star Ocean First Departure game for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 as Star Ocean First Departure R. No further release details have been announced. First Departure is itself a remake of the 1996 Super Famicom original Star Ocean game. A world-wide release is confirmed. First artwork added below…
Saitama Games have announced that they are crowdfunding for additional content for their smartphone RPG Yusha VS Dragon and to develop a brand new game for Nintendo Switch! Tiers start at ¥2,000 which include getting your name in the in-game credits right up to ¥100,000 ($915) to get the game translated into Korean or English, or to add your own character into the game!
The schedule for the new Switch game is a teaser site in November 2019, alpha version completed in December, beta version by July 2020, and full release in December 2020. If the project isn’t successfully 100% funded, then they still plan to implement the plan! Many thanks to Naruki in help writing this. Yusha VS Dragon gameplay footage added below…
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Friday Update：Dragon Quest News Coming Soon, Nintendo’s BitSummit Line-up, Super Mario Maker 2 Rewards, Plus More News！
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● Weekly Shonen Jump will feature some ‘surprising’ Dragon Quest news in the 10 June issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. It’s unknown whether this will be related to the new Dragon Quest X game for Switch, 3DS, and Wii U, a release date for Dragon Quest XI S, a new Dragon Quest Monsters game, or something entirely different.
● Bandai Namco Entertainment finally gave a release date for their second SAO game on Switch with Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet COMPLETE EDITION (which drops the “for Nintendo Switch” part of the name) on 08 August in Japan priced at ¥7,344 and 09 August in the west. Check out promo videos for both the Japanese and English releases here.
● Intragames announced the comedy action RPG Majikken 64 (Super Cane Magic ZERO) for release in Japan on 29 August priced at ¥3,456 including a physical release, with the (awesome) Japanese box art pictured here.
● Oizumi Amuzio announced the high speed ball game Lethal League Blaze for release in Japan both digitally in July for ¥2,000, and physically in September for ¥3,780. Check out the trailer here.
● Sega Games announced a Shining Resonance Refrain New Price Edition for release in Japan on 08 August 2019 priced at ¥3,229. Box art posted here.
● From today, Nintendo are reselling the Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!／Eevee! Nintendo Switch bundles from today in Japan where they are priced at ¥41,018 each. Check out images here.
● This weekend’s in-game tournaments include Ninjara vs Mechanica in the second semi-final of the ARMS Party Crash Bash tournament and the Spirit Shield Slowdown spirit event in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
● Success opened up a website for the upcoming Cotton Reboot which was recently announced for Switch.
● Nippon Ichi Software will be updated Satsujin Tantei Jack the Ripper shortly fixing an issue with loading saved data from Version 1.0.1.
● And Level-5 updated the Yokai Watch 4: Bokura wa Onajikara o Miage Talewebsite with GeGeGe no Kitarō information.
● The latest contender to the battle royale crown Realm Royale Founder’s Pack is now available on the Switch eShop priced at ¥1,668 and which allows you to experience the Realm Royale Closed Beta. The free to play version of Realm Royale will release later this year. Check out the launch trailer here.
● Wingplay’s four-player party action game Keotoshi！Treasure Hunter！ will release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 06 June priced at ¥1,500 with UNTIES (Sony) as the publisher. Check out the promo video here.
● 06 June will also see the visual novel game Dear Magi -Mahou Shonen Gakka- (Dear My Magical Boys) release on the Japanese Switch eShop priced at ¥3,980 with Careux publishing. Check out the opening movie here.
● Hanaji Games announced the 2D skateboard action game 2nd iLL for Nintendo Switch. Little else is known at this stage, but a teaser trailer has been posted here.
● Konami／Hamster updated the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection to Version 1.0.2 and added Tate Mode to A-JAX, Scramble, and TwinBee, making the purchase all but essential for old-school gamers.
● Motion Twin apologised for charging Japanese players for the Dead Cells – Rise of the Giant DLC: “Small note, for reasons, mostly human error the DLC is NOT free on Switch in Japan. It’s only 100¥ however we know that’s not the same as free. Humble apologies for our Japanese players. We’ll find a way to make it up to you.” This however contradicts an Automaton report that states the price is due to certain restrictions on the Japanese Switch eShop making the charge necessary.
● El Dia updated EVE Burst error R to Version 1.0.3 fixing a sound related issue.
● And check out this week’s Nintendo eShop charts for both Switch and 3DS, which sees the sale version of Minecraft edge out the preload of Super Mario Maker 2 for the top spot, here.
● Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw Fishing Tourney #14: Monochromatic Cat begin today with the full list of fish, rewards, and much more detailed and pictured at this post.
● Dragalia Lost was updated to Version 1.8.0 adding the ability to play co-op with nearby players without entering an ID, and so much more detailed at this post. The game also saw an epilogue added to the raid event revival Resplendent Refrain. There was also an issue with the Fire Emblem: Lost Heroes event in which sometimes the Shadow Knight’s defeat was not counted. 300 wyrmite will be sent to players who cleared either the Alberian Front: Hard or the Alberian Front: Lunatic as a make-do.
● Fire Emblem Heroes saw Special Heroes Revival: Bridal Blessings featuring Cadea: Talys’s Bride, Lyn: Bride of the Plains, Cordelia: Perfect Bride, and Charlotte: Money Maiden.
● Super Mario Run will see the Bonus Medals you can collect on Remix 10 multiplied by 1.2 for the next week.
● Nintendo revealed their plans for the BitSummit 7 Spirits event on 01-02 June which they will be sponsoring, with Untitled Goose Game, Slay the Spire, and Cuphead as the key games, plus an Indie World Café area with over 30 Switch consoles and over 40 games detailed at this post.
● In some first day sell-throughs from Japan: Assassin’s Creed III Remastered is at 20%, Biohazard Origins Collection is at just 10%, and Team Sonic Racing is between 20-30%.
● The latest Japanese My Nintendo rewards include physical Super Mario Maker 2 items including an A5 Ring Notebook, 5 types of Stickers, and an Under Construction Memo Pad. Check out pictures at this post and the full list of current rewards in Japan at this page.
● Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares increased again today by +450 (1.16%) in Japan today to close trading for the week at 39,080.00 JPY and at their highest for five weeks.
● The Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie has been delayed until 14 February 2020, likely due to the negative feedback to the game’s first trailer.
● A promo video for Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuuhere.
● The Level-5 upload of the new Yokai Watch 4: Bokura wa Onajikara o Miage Tale TV commercial here.
● A Zoids Wild: King of Blast recruitment trailer for an elementary school tournament to find the strongest Zoids fighter here.
● Three more videos for Puchikon 4 SmileBASIC (Petit Computer 4) including two more Labo ones here.
● The launch trailer for the Tennis World Tour Roland Garros Pack here.
Hi-Rez Studios have just released the fantasy Battle Royale game Realm Royale Founder’s Pack on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop priced at ¥1,668 and which allows you gain access to the game which is in Closed Beta for now. Multiple languages are available including English. Realm Royale will be free to play later in 2019. English launch trailer added below…
‘Surprising’ Dragon Quest news is coming in the 10 June issue of Weekly Shonen June magazine. It’s unknown whether this is related to the recently announcedDragon Quest X game for Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS, to Dragon Quest XI S, or to something entirely new. Thanks to Ryokutya.