Weekly Update: The Week’s Top Japanese Nintendo Switch, 3DS, And Mobile News Stories！
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● Huge news week with the nine months financial results seeing Switch hardware and software up year-on-year and 3DS down. President Shuntaro Furukawa revised the estimated number of Nintendo Switch systems sold this fiscal year from 20 million to 17 million which saw Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares drop heavily by 9.19% to close trading for the week at ¥30,720.00.
● Other new announcements including a Mario Kart Tour postponement, Dr. Mario World announced for mobile, approximate dates for Super Nintendo World and the Super Mario Bros. animated movie, the announcement of Nintendo TOKYO, plus so much more all detailed below…
● Nikkei report that Nintendo are planning a smaller, cheaper Nintendo Switch system for release in the next fiscal year (which ends on 31 March 2020), focusing on portable play but with less functionality. Nintendo declined to comment.
● Nintendo updated the Nintendo Switch hardware to Version 7.0.0 finally adding full Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and Korean language support to to the home menu, plus six new New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe user icons.
● Furukawa revealed that Nintendo Switch Online has more than eight million paid subscribers, which does not include free trials. Nintendo say they are “working on continuing to expand the service offerings” in the future.
● Nintendo updated Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to Version 2.0.0 adding playable Piranha Plant along with Partner Pikachu, Partner Eevee, Dice Block, River Survival and Golden Dash Mushroom Spirits, and more. New trailer posted here.
● Nintendo also updated Mario Tennis Ace(s) to Version 2.2.0 adding the Court Selection screen to Free Play and Swing Mode, the return of Boo Hunt, the new Hosted Match mode, Boom Boom (for Online Tournament participants) and more.
● The latest Splatoon 2 Splatfest saw Boke defeat Tsukkomi 2-1. Check out the percentages and results video here. A Version 4.4.0 update saw balance adjustments, and several terrain changes made to the Kelp Dome stage (more info here).
● Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold a massive 12.08 million units as of 31 December 2018, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!／Eevee! sold 10 million units, and Super Mario Party sold 5.3 million units.
● In other sales: Mario Tennis Ace(s) sold 2.53 million, Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit sold 1.06 million, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze sold 2.08 million, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker sold 1.05 million.
● Fire Emblem Three Houses is still listed as Spring 2019, the Pokémon RPG is late 2019, both Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion 3 are listed as 2019, with both Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 listed as TBA.
● 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.
● PLAYISM announced the adventure game YUMENIKKI -DREAM DIARY- for release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 21 February priced at ¥1,980. Teaser scan and trailer for the PC version posted here.
● Headup Games announced the The Legend of Zelda, Golden Axe Warrior and Secret of Mana-inspired Windscape for release on the Nintendo Switch eShop on 27 March. Check out the release date trailer here.
● Hamster’s only Nintendo Switch title this week is the classic 1980 Nichibutsu shooter Arcade Archives MOON CRESTA priced at ¥823. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners also see World Heroes Perfect.
● The acclaimed Downwell was one of the many highlights on the Switch eShop this week, published by Devolver Digital and priced at ¥500 in Japan. Check out the Japanese trailer here and the full list of games release on the Japanese Switch eShop this week here.
● Atlus announced a localisation go Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth for release on 04 June with a physical version planned. Check out the opening cinematic at this post.
● Mario Kart 7 managed to sell an impressive 1.07 million units in the last nine months of 2018 and now stands at 18.11 million units sold worldwide, making it the best-selling Nintendo 3DS game of all-time.
● RS34 will re-publish the shoot ‘em up Karous‐The Beast of Re：Eden‐ on the Japanese 3DS eShop next week (06 February) priced at ¥3,800. The game was originally published by Klon in 2014. Gameplay video posted here.
● Atlus also published a Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth ‘Original Theme’ on the Japanese 3DS Theme Shop priced at ¥200. Image posted here.
● The Wii Shopping Channel has now closed and you are unable to purchase software or additional content. Re-downloading existing purchases is still possible however.
● Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp received a huge Version 2.1.0 adding new Blathers’s Treasure Trek and Pete’s Parcel Service features, three new fruits and much more (full details here). 10 new animals are also available (all 10 pictured here). Pelly’s Flight of Passion also began (with details here.
● Nintendo Co., Ltd. announced a mobile game partnership with LINE Corporation for the new action puzzle game Dr. Mario World which is co-developed by LINE and NHN, and due for worldwide release in early Summer on iOS and Android as a free download.
● Dragalia Lost will soon release in more English-speaking countries such as Canada, UK, and Australia. The new raid event, Skyborne Spectacle, and the Springtime Spree summoning event also began this past week.
● Fire Emblem Heroes celebrated its second anniversary with seven in-game events (detailed here), with a huge update on 07 February (detailed here). The Mythic Hero Duma: God of Strength also joined the battle. Introductory videos posted here and official artwork posted here.
● Nintendo announced that Mario Kart Tour will not release this fiscal year as currently planned and is now scheduled for Summer 2019 in order to improve the game’s quality.
● 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.
● Nintendo announced that the theme park Super Nintendo World is set to open at Universal Studios Japan in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and to 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 host events, and sell consoles, games, merchandise, etc.
● Nintendo have partnered with KidZania for two Nintendo Labo sponsored pavilions opening in KidZania Tokyo and KidZania Koshien in Summer 2019 in Japan. Further details posted here.
● Nintendo are recruiting for both a a 3DCG Designer for terrain including dungeons, and for a Level Designer for game events, dungeons and enemies, for The Legend of Zelda series.
● This week’s Media Create charts saw Kingdom Hearts III at number one, opening with 610,077. Last week’s top title New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe dropped to number three. Check out the full Nintendo hardware numbers and software charts at this post.
● San-ei Boeki are releasing a new line of officially licensed Super Mario apparel in April including Mario, Luigi, Pattern, and Bowser Caps, Mario, Luigi, Bowser, and Enemy Characters T-Shirts, and a Mario Gauze Mask. Check out the pictures, preorder links, and discount links at this post.
● And the Kirby Café will enter its second chapter on 27 February with a new menu and new merchandise available all pictured at this post.
● Watch NyaNyaNya! Neko Mario Time Episode #132 featuring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate GO VACATION and Katamari Damacy REROLL here.
● Three Nintendo Switch My Way commercials featuring Super Mario Odyssey & Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (here), Final Fantasy VII & Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (here), and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (here).
● The first promo video for Satsujin Tantei Jack the Ripper (Murder Detective Jack the Ripper) here.
● And the official upload of Tenta Live performed by Tentacle (Off the Hook) from Tokaigi ‘Game Party Japan) here.