Wednesday Update:Pokémon Sword/Shield Launches 15 November, 3 Splatfests Announced, R-Type Final 2 Funded, Plus Much More News!

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● An eventful Pokémon Direct today saw Pokémon Sword/Shield receive a world-wide release date of 15 November 2019. This likely means that Animal Crossing will be in October or December (if indeed it is still on for this year). Several new Pokémon were announced, along with a Dynamax feature, Max Raid Battles, a vast Wild Area, and a Dual Pa k. Check out our brief recap and the presentation here, the new trailer here, the box art here, and artwork for the people and Pokémon of the Galar region here.

● The penultimate Splatoon 2 Splatfests were announced for 15 June with: pineapple on sweet and sour pork for Japan, would you rather be a kid or grown-up for Europe, and is the unicorn or the narwhal more majestic for North America and Oceania.

● Nintendo announced new games for the Nintendo Switch Online service with City Connection, Double Dragon II: The Revenge, and Volleyball all releasing next week (12 June). Introduction video posted here.

● The next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit event is called ‘Making a Splash’ and begins this Friday, with Kaptain K. Rool, Volcanion, Nia and Esna pictured here along with the full list of available spirits.

● Granzella have now funded their Kickstarter campaign for R-Type Final 2 with the estimated delivery for the game being December 2020.

● An Amazon Japan listing, lists Space Invaders Collection as getting a physical release on Nintendo Switch with Taito publishing. Taito have already released a Darius compilation with a Ninja Warriors remake scheduled for next month.

● Ryza no Atelier ~Tokoyami no Joou to Himitsu no Kakurega~ (Atelier Ryza: Queen of the Everlasting Darkness and the Secret Hideout) will see its release date set in a few hours time and reservations open up. It’s currently listed as Fall 2019 release.

● Square-Enix have updated the website for Dragon Quest X Ibara no Miko to Horobi no Kami Online (The Maiden of Thorns and the God of Destruction), although it’s still only listed as a 2019 release with no date nor price.

● Success said that the July update to Umihara Kawase Fresh! will add a new DLC character (this will likely be Curly Brace from Cave Story).

● An Imagineer research into 100 users of the Switch game Fitness Boxing between December 2018 and March 2019 saw an average weight loss of 2kg after 30 days of play.

● Check out the Japanese box art for Crash Bandicoot Racing Buttobi Nitro! (Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled) here.

● The preload highlight of this week is Yokai Watch 4 Bokura wa Onajikara o Miage Tale which is all but locked into its 20 June release date. The game is currently 10% off (¥5,812 from ¥6,458), requires 5.1 GB and supports Japanese only.

● Other new games available to preload this week include CLANNAD from Prototype for ¥4,600, Yuusha Yamada-Kun from Onion Games for ¥1,900 (regular price is ¥2,800), PixARK from Spike Chunsoft for ¥5,940, and Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet COMPLETE EDITION from Bandai Namco Entertainment for ¥7,344.

● Ahead of its western release, a DESTINY CONNECT demo is newly available on the Japanese Switch eShop, although is not playable in English.

● A could of Hörberg Productions localisations for Japan were announced by publisher Flyhigh Works with Gunman Story HD Collection (Gunman Clive HD Collection) releasing next week (13 June) priced at just ¥500 and Mechstermination Force as Mecha Force on 20 June priced at ¥1,080 (regular price is ¥1,200). Trailers here and here.

● Mighty Craft dated their third Super Real Mahjong game to release on Switch with Super Real Mahjong P7 releasing next week (13 June) priced at ¥2,480.

● Atypical Games announced the survival game Radiation City will be coming to the Japanese Switch eShop next week (13 June) priced at ¥2,195. Japanese trailer posted here.

● Hamster’s only game this week is the classic puzzler Arcade Archives Solomon’s Key priced at the usual ¥823. Trailer posted here.

● The only impromptu release on the Japanese Switch eShop this week is Nikita Alexeevich publishing the drift racing game Drift Legends for ¥1,000. Check out this week’s full list of games, along with artwork, prices, and descriptions here.

● Bandai Namco Entertainment are celebrating the ‘Tales of’ series surpassing 20 million units sold world-wide with Tales of Vesperia REMASTER reduced to ¥4,100 on the Switch eShop, and Tales of the Abyss and Tales of the World: Reve Unitia reduced to ¥2,700 and ¥2,900 respectively on the 3DS eShop.

● Cosen have updated Lyrica adding TV Mode, Tabletop Mode, and controller support, as well as adding an in-game tutorial.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp required a 58 MB in-app update.

Fire Emblem Heroes saw a Grand Hero Battle Revival with Gharnef: Dark Pontifex.

● Nintendo Co., Ltd. announced that the Three Months Earnings Release will be on 30 July 2019 and the Record Date for Interim Dividends for the 80th Fiscal Year on 30 September 2019.

● Another slow week for retail sales in Japan with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at number one selling a further 9,087 (it’s now at over 3.1 million). No new entries made the top 10 (which is listed here).

● A CA Tech Kids Nintendo Labo Hackathon 2019 will run between 10:00 – 16:00 on 29-30 June for 4th through 6th grade elementary school students attending Tech Kids School at Abema Towers in Tokyo. Check out more details (in Japanese) here. <

● Weekly Famitsu Issue No.1592 review scores saw Avenger Bird with 25/40, Smoke and Sacrifice with 29/40, and Bomber Crew:Complete Edition with 30/40. Check out our dedicated Reviews page.

● The TSUKUMO SmileBASIC Keyboard and Mouse release for Puchikon 4 SmileBASIC later this week (07 June). Check out a brief video for both here.

● Reservations for Yokai Watch 4: Bokura wa Onajikara o Miage Tale at COMG! are at 53 pts, both Super Mario Maker 2 and Fire Emblem Fuuka Setsugetsu are at 32 pts, and Rune Factory4 Special is at 31 pts.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares rebounded by +1,120 (2.97%) in Japan today to close trading for the day at 38,770.00 JPY.

● THQ Nordic announced a remake of the 2003 SpongeBob game SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated for Nintendo Switch. Teaser trailer here.

● GungHo Online Entertainment said that more news for the Grandia HD Collection for Nintendo Switch will be at E3 2019.

● A TV commercial and making of for Doraemon Nobita no Bokujou Monogatari (Doraemon Story of Seasons) featuring Japanese actress Hana Sugisaki.

● A CoroCoro super speed play video for Yokai Watch 4: Bokura wa Onajikara o Miage Tale using the Gorunyan (Goldenyan) code from CoroCoro Comic.

● The Famitsu livestream for Arcade Archives Solomon’s Key.

● A trailer for the final 12 Sega Mega Drive Mini games announced for Japan including Darius and Tetris.

● A Moonlighter ‘Between Dimensions DLC’ announcement trailer.

● A Rocket League ‘Radical Summer’ announcement trailer.

● And a trailer for the electronic instruction manual for Puchikon 4 SmileBASIC (PDF here).

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