Friday Update: Nintendo Partner With LINE For Dr. Mario World Mobile Game, Plus Much More News!

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● After yesterday’s postponement of Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo Co., Ltd. announced a mobile game partnership with LINE Corporation for the new action puzzle game Dr. Mario World. The game is co-developed by LINE and NHN, and due for worldwide release in early Summer on iOS and Android as a free download.

● Furukawa also revealed that Nintendo Switch Online has more than 8 million paid subscribers, not including free trials. Nintendo say they are “working on continuing to expand the service offerings” which is in-line with the Nikkei report yesterday that Nintendo are looking to add more features to the service.

● In an update to the theme park development with Universal Parks & Resorts: Super Nintendo World is set to open at Universal Studios Japan in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Nintendo also anticipate a theatrical release of around 2022
for the Illumination Super Mario Bros. movie.

● Another non-gaming announcement was for the Nintendo TOKYO store at SHIBUYA PARCO in Tokyo this Fall. This is the first official Nintendo shop in Japan and will be similar to Nintendo New York in hosting events, and the selling of video game systems, software and character-based merchandise.

● The final first party announcement was more of a tease from Shinya Takahashi at the Nintendo investor Q&A in Kyoto, revealing that the company are preparing other titles that haven’t been announced yet; one will please fans and one will be online focused.

● After Furukawa’s revision of Nintendo Switch hardware from 20 million units to 17 million units yesterday, Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares dropped heavily by 9.19% today to close trading at ¥30,720.00.

● The Version 2.2.0 update to Mario Tennis Ace(s) tis now live, adding the Court Selection screen to Free Play and Swing Mode, the return of Boo Hunt, the new Hosted Match mode, Luma (for all players), Boom Boom (for Online Tournament participants) and more.

● Spirits from the Mega Man series have now inhabited the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board including Legend-class spirit Dr. Wily, Ace-class spirit Mega Man Volnutt, and spirit Bass appearing for a limited time. All spirits are listed at this post.

● Other in-game events this week include Ribbon Girl vs Misango in the ARMS Party Crash Bash tournament, and the Boke vs. Tsukkomi Splatfest in Japanese copies of Splatoon 2.

● Sega Games announced that Team Sonic Racing will have a simultaneous worldwide release of 21 May 2019 with the final major region, Japan, being confirmed today with the new promo video and introduction video posted here.

● The DLC fighter Piranha Plant is available to purchase sooner than expected in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for those that didn’t register the game before 31 January, and is priced at ¥540 (around $5).

● Team17 revealed that the first new chef coming to Overcooked! 2 in the free update is the ornate dragon chef pictured here.

● Gameloft announced the first person shooter Modern Combat Blackout for release on the Japanese Switch eShop ‘soon’ priced at ¥2,400. The game is originally based from the mobile title Modern Combat 5: Blackout.

● Merge Games will be bringing the action-adventure stealth game Aragami: Shadow Edition to the Japanese Switch eShopon 21 February with preloads live on 07 February with price TBA. Switch version trailer posted here.

● DANGEN Entertainment announced the side scrolling shoot-em-up Devil Engine for the European Switch eShop on 21 February priced at £17.99. I’ll hopefully have confirmation of a (expected) worldwide release shortly. Debut trailer posted here.

● Another Indie Studio announced both the 3D action roguelike Neverinth: The Never Ending Labyrinth and the 2D action mystery side-scroller Vigil: The Longest Night will be coming to the Nintendo Switch eShop in 2019. Trailers for both titles (non-Switch versions) posted here and here.

● The Bandai Namco Nintendo Switch Winter Sale is now live on the Japanese Switch eShop in Japan with seven titles discounted until 13 February including Taiko, Famista, SD Gundam, My Hero Academia, and more detailed at this post.

● And check out this week’s Nintendo eShop games for both Switch and 3DS, with both The Battle Cats titles (Tobidasu!Nyanko Daisensou and Futari de!Nyanko Daisensou) on top, here.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw the Valentine’s Collection newly available although is sadly Leaf Tickets only. All items are pictured here.

Dragalia Lost will also be newly released in English-speaking countries such as Canada, UK, and Australia at some point in the future. Players also received 20 x Blessed ethon ashes today which restore 6 getherwings each when consumed.

Fire Emblem Heroes saw Summoning Focus: Heroes with Link Skills featuring Laevatein: Searing Steel, Sumia: Maid of Flowers, and Nina: Eye Spy. And in results from Choose Your Legends: Alm and Eliwood are the top two Heroes, and Micaiah and Camilla as the top two Heroines. Both will be released in “special versions” at a later date.

Super Mario Run saw the Bonus Medals x 1.2 event in Remix 10 where the bonus medals will be multiplied by 1.2 until 09 February, which gives you more chances to get special items from the Super Bonus Game.

● The official upload of Tenta Live performed by Tentacle (Off the Hook) from Tokaigi ‘Game Party Japan) here.

● The first promo video for Satsujin Tantei Jack the Ripper (Murder Detective Jack the Ripper) here.

● Another original soundtrack sound preview video for Lulua no Atelier ~Arland no Renkinjutsushi4 (Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland) here.

● The YO-KAI WATCH 3 ‘The Story So Far’ trailer here.

● The Mario Tennis Aces Boom Boom trailer here.

● The Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon ‘Team Up!’ trailer here.

● The Wargroove launch trailer here.

● The first part of the Play Nintendo overview for New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe here.

● A ‘Making of the Music’ part one video for Team Sonic Racing here,

● And the latest Puyo Puyo eSports livestream here (begins 10 minutes in).

● Thanks to Naruki for several news tips today and thanks to David Gibson for the live-tweeting at the Nintendo Q&A!

● And thanks everybody for following. Please also follow me on Twitter @japanese3ds, please buy me a coffee and have a great weekend!

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