Weekly Update：The Week’s Top Japanese Nintendo Switch, 3DS, And Mobile News Stories！
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● A Pokémon Direct arrived on Wednesday and showcased Generation 8 Pokémon with the announcement of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield for simultaneous worldwide release in late 2019 on Nintendo Switch. Check out the full Direct here, the first trailer here, and the three starters (Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble) here.
● Mario Tennis Ace was updated to Version 2.3.0 adding Pauline (trailer here), the Shy Guy Train Tussle Co-op Challenge with blue, green, and yellow Shy Guys (pictured here), and Chain Chomp with a hat (pictured here). Kamek and Dry Bones (both pictured here) were also announced for April and May.
● Capcom announced that Biohazard 0 HD Remaster, Biohazard HD Remaster, and Biohazard 4 will all release in Japan on 23 May (the 21st in the West) priced at ¥3,300 each on the eShop with Biohazard Origins Collection releasing at retail for ¥5,940.
● Spike Chunsoft announced they will be publishing PixARK physically for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in Japan in the Summer.
● PROTOTYPE announced they will publish the romance visual novel game Summer Pockets for Nintendo Switch on 20 June 2019 priced at ¥7,776.
● Splatoon 2 will see an update in mid-March although will only be balance adjustments and big fixes, with no new content to be added this time.
● SilverStar Japan announced that they will publish the animal shogi game Minna no Doubutsu Shogi in Japan on 23 May 2019 priced at ¥5,184 for physical or ¥4,665 for digital. Box art and videos posted here.
● TMS Entertainment announced a Case Closed skateboard game Meitantei Conan: Skateboard Run Kaitou Kid to Shinpi no Hihou (literally ‘Detective Conan: Skateboard Run Phantom Thief Kid and the Mysterious Treasure’) for April release on the Japanese Switch eShop priced at ¥3,500. Promo video posted here.
● A Flyhigh Works Flyhigh Express presentation saw the 8-bit style action game Majo to Yuusha (Witch & Hero) announced for March, the strategy RPG Slime Tactics dated for April, and the 2D platform shooter Mechstermination Force announced for Spring.
● Hamster announced Arcade Archives Ninja Ryukenden (Ninja Gaiden), for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The other new Arcade Archives announcements were Image Fight, Elevator Action, Butasan, Karate Dou, and Psycho Soldier, with Ikari (Warriors) releasing next week.
● Chorus Worldwide announced they will be publishing VASARA Collection (containing both Vasara 1 and 2) for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Japan in the Spring.
● X.D.Network announced they will be publishing Freebird Games’s adventure RPG To the Moon on the Nintendo Switch eShop in the Summer. Teaser trailer posted here.
● CFK announced the co-op ARPG Machiknights -Blood Bagos- for release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 14 March priced at ¥1,620 with preloads now live. Screenshots and trailer posted here.
● Atlus released the third Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth theme called ‘Kaitou-dan Theme’ priced at ¥200 (picture here).
● FuRyu released a second Doraemon: Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki (Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle of the Moon Exploration) theme priced at ¥200 (picture here).
● Bandai Namco US announced that the service for the online treasure-hunting action game LOST REAVERS will end on 30 May 2019 with no in-game purchase available from 28 March.
● Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw a major Version 2.2.0 update adding the Happy Homeroom feature and much more (full details here).
● Dragalia Lost was made available in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Singapore, and New Zealand.
● The Steel- and Dragon-type Temporal Pokémon, Dialga, has now joined Raid Battles in Pokémon GO across the world.
● Super Mario Run saw the appearance rate of 5★ items in the Bonus Game in Remix 10 increase, with more chance to get a 5★ Mario, Peach, Bowser and more statues!
● Anthem was the best-selling game in Japan last week opening with 77,938, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe was the best-selling Switch title with 23,235, Gyakuten Saiban 123 Naruhodo Selection (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy) opened with 8,202 across both platforms, and Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 53,270. Check out more numbers at this post.
● Sony have now officially ended production of the PlayStation Vita in Japan. The system’s total sales in the region are slightly under six million.
● Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Co., Ltd. and Game Freak Inc. applied for a オルタージェネシス (Alter Genesis) trademark for purposes related to videogames and trading cards. Actual application posted here.
● Nintendo Co., Ltd. applied for a new MELMETAL trademark for purposes related to videogames and merchandising (everything from key chains to hand mirrors to textile toilet seat covers and to meat pies!). Actual application posted here.
● HAL Laboratory Inc. applied for new videogame trademarks in Japan for BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! and its Japanese name ハコボーイ！＆ハコガール！This is for the Nintendo Switch game that will be published by Nintendo on 26 April. Actual applications posted here.
● Imagineer’s Nintendogs clone Little Friends: Dogs & Cats is coming soon to North America & Europe. Check out the trailer here.
● The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy will launch overseas on 09 April with preloads now live in some regions. Only Japanese and English are supported, although French and German are reportedly planned.
● A second Doubutsu no Mori Lottery begins in Japan on 16 March at 7-Eleven and Ito-Yokado stores with a clock, coffee server set, lunch bag, lunch box, design towels, zipper bags, rubber keychains, apron, and jigsaw puzzle prizes as pictured here.
● A set of Super Mario Soy Sauce Dishes are set to release in Japan on 28 April priced at ¥864 each for either Mario, Super Star, or Fire Flower design. Pictures posted here.
● Watch NyaNyaNya! Neko Mario Time Episode #134 featuring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, TETRIS 99, and The World Ends with You: Final Remix here.
● A new Japanese TV commercial for Pocket Monsters: Let’s Go! Pikachu／Eevee here.
● All the character introduction videos for Zoids Wild: King of Blast here.
● The second official trailer for the POKÉMON Detective Pikachu movie here.
● And official trailers for the upcoming Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION movie here.