Wednesday News Update With Kirby Star Allies Starts Strong, Plus Lots Of New Switch Games!

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Hoshi no Kirby: Star Allies opened with an impressive 220,031 units sold in Japan using Media Create data and 223,811 using Famitsu. Full Nintendo charts posted here.

● HORI announced an officially licensed 256GB microSDXC Card for Nintendo Switch releasing on 31 May priced at ¥23,738 ($223). Pictures added here

● Arc System Works announced the 2D top-down racing game Gotcha Racing Second for the eShop next week (29 March) priced at ¥1,200. Introduction video added here

● Bandai Namco Entertainment announced that Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Storm Trilogy for Nintendo Switch (Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy) will be sold both as a single download (priced at ¥7,344) or separately (priced at ¥2,700 per game). All are now available to preload.

● Heart Machine’s 2D Action RPG Hyper Light Drifter will also be coming to Nintendo Switch in Japan where it’s expected to be published by PLAYISM.

● Rainy Frog announced the jigsaw puzzler Ugoku Jigsaw Puzzle: Nihon no Fuukei Collection (literally Moving Jigsaw Puzzle: Japanese Landscape Collection) for the eShop releasing on 05 April 2018 priced at ¥999. Introduction video added here.

● D3 Publisher announced that the otome game Teikoku Kaleido -Kakumei no Rondo- will be coming to the eShop next week (29 March) priced at ¥2,980. Introduction video added here.

● Zerodiv will publish the horizontally scrolling shoot ‘em up Sengoku Blade for Nintendo Switch (Tengai) on the eShop next week (29 March) priced at ¥864.

● Hamster will publish the side-scrolling beat ‘em up ACA NEOGEO Sengoku Denshou 2001 (Sengoku 3) on the eShop next week (29 March) priced at ¥823.

● Teyon Japan will publish the roguelike survival adventure game The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition on the eShop next week (29 March) priced at ¥1,500. Launch trailer added here.

● Coatsink Software will bring the competitive sports game ClusterPuck 99 to the eShop next week (29 March) priced at ¥1,100.

● And CIRCLE Ent. will bring the horror game Layers of Fear: Legacy to the eShop next week (29 March) priced at ¥2,000 although it is currently available to preload for ¥1,600.

● Level-5’s classic Action RPG The Snack World: Trejarers Gold is now available to preload on the eShop priced at ¥6,458 with the full game available from 12 April.

Manticore – Galaxy on Fire has reportedly been postponed although it is still listed as tomorrow on the Japanese eShop. I’ll update tomorrow!

Fire Emblem Musou has been updated to Ver. 1.5.0 adding a Blessing that raises all enemy levels to 150, a new weapon skill where you can raise normal weapon ATK to max and you can reset character levels to 1 in exchange for materials. DLC Pack 3 is available from 31 March for ¥1,400 adding the Awakening characters (Olivia, Tharja and Owain) and more.

● The official guidebook for Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete is now available to purchase digitally in places like Book Walker etc.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw the second part of the Super Mario Crossover Event begin with li’l bro’s (Luigi’s) hat and tee, ? Block, floating Block, Fire Flower, 1-Up Mushroom and Super Star. More information with pictures here.

Fire Emblem Heroes saw a new Summoning Focus: Weapons To Refine with Leo, Eirika and Soren.

Miitomo saw the “Ride faster than the wind! Cycling Fashion [B]” stages added to Miitomo Drop featuring Raised Cuff Cargo Trousers, Cycle Shoes, Bicycle Companion and Bicycle Uniform (Team B) all pictured here.

Pokémon GO will see the Eggstravaganza event return tomorrow with even greater variety of Pokémon to be found in 2 km Eggs including Wynaut and Ralts, plus an increased hatch rate of certain Pokémon, such as Pichu and Togepi.

● Epic Games announced that the action-adventure survival game ΛRK: Survival Evolved will be coming to Nintendo Switch later this year.

● Next week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu will have a lead feature celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Grasshopper Manufacture including an interview with CEO Koichi Suda who will reveal ‘long-awaited information of new work’

● A new trailer for Hoshi no Kirby: Star Allies featuring the dream friends Rick & Kine & Coo here.