Wednesday Update：Nintendo Market Values Drops After E3, More Reports Of Two New Switch Models, Plus Much More News！
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● After a successful E3 showing to many of their loyal fanbase; Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares dropped by (3.53%) in Japan the day following the Direct, effectively losing the equivalent to $1bn in market value according to the Financial Times, largely due to the delay of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game…
● The Wall Street Journal went onto report about Nintendo moving some Nintendo Switch production out of China and into Southeast Asia, due to the impending tariff threat of U.S. President Donald Trump. The WSJ’s source went onto say that this production outside of China includes “the current type and the two new models”. Nintendo are still sheepish in acknowledging the existence of the much-rumoured new models, with a company spokesmen declining to comment on this question of new models to WSJ, but did say that the Switch is “mostly made in China”.
● Domestic Japanese sales for the Nintendo Switch have been largely flat for several weeks, with 33,590 sold last week according to Famitsu data. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise due to the typically slow season and the lack of key software. Nintendo have made strides to circumvent this, and today announced a limited promotion where if you purchase a Nintendo Switch console after 27 June, you’ll receive a ¥3,000 coupon to spend on digital software. This, in conjunction with the Super Mario Maker 2 launch, should see business start to pick back up again.
● A Link’s Awakening-themed spirit event called ‘Return to Koholint’ begins in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Friday and adds Link (Link’s Awakening) and Owl spirits. Check out the full list of available spirits with artwork at this post. In other Smash news: A Grant Kirkhope tune has been added the the Super Smash Bros. Sound page.
● Nintendo updated the Family Computer Nintendo Switch Online app to Version 2.6.0 adding City Connection, Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Volleyball, and an SP version of TwinBee. Trailers here and screenshots here.
● Taito announced the first six games in the Space Invaders Invincible Collection will be Space Invaders, Space Invaders Part 2, MJ-12, Space Invaders DX, Space Invaders Extreme, and Space Cyclone,
● The third Dragon Quest XI Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete S live broadcast aired earlier today and was the release date special. The Gorgeous Edition will include a voice drama DLC 4-5 hours in length (it can be separately purchased from he standard edition). The Japanese version will have Japanese text only (but the Gorgeous Edition has English voice).
● Whilst CD PROJEKT RED will be publishing the digital version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition in Japan, the packaged version will be handled by Spike Chunsoft.
● Sega opened up the official website for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
● Capcom’s biohazard portal now has the webpages for both Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6.
● Platinum Games have opened up a devblog for ASTRAL CHAIN.
● The Fire Emblem Fuuka Setsugetsu theme song CD will be sold on 07 August priced at ¥1,167 or ¥1,667 for the DVD version.
● Check out the artwork for this weekend’s sweet and sour pork themed Splatfest in Japan.
● Arc System Works have updated BLAZBLUE CROSS TAG BATTLE fixing bugs across the Switch, Steam, and Arcade versions.
● Epic Games updated Fortnite to v9.21 adding the Proximity Grenade Launcher weapon, the Horde Rush 4-player co-op Limited Time Mode (coming 13 June), and more.
● Square-Enix announced at the Treehouse Live that Seiken Densetsu 3 TRIALS of MANA will include both Japanese and English voiceovers. So to will Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
● Other Treehouse snippets include Luigi’s Mansion 3 supporting the Nintendo Switch Online app for voice chat, DAEMON X MACHINA receiving an online competitive multiplayer mode post-launch, and Pokémon Sword／Shield omits Mega Evolutions and Z-Moves.
● And some positive news in regards to Animal Crossing: New Horizons from Polygon in that players are free to choose hairstyles and facial features etc irrespective of gender.
● Finally, a few games coming to Japan that I haven’t made separate posts for (some are digital only): Alien: Isolation from Sega, Dauntless from Phoenix Labs, The Sinking City from Frogwares, and Minecraft Dungeons from Mojang. I’ll write about these more once the release window for each becomes clearer.
● A huge Switch eShop update today (see this post for all this week’s line-up) with the one new announcement (as opposed to localisation) was by Pocket (who previously published Chiki-Chiki Boxy Racers on the Nintendo Switch eShop) with a pro wrestling version called Chiki-Chiki Boxy Pro Wrestling (or “Chikichiki Puroresu Dairantou!!” in Japan). The game launches on 27 June priced at ¥1,500 and including online multi-player (a Nintendo Switch Online subscription is required). Check out screenshots for the game at this post with a trailer to follow.
● Check out this week’s list of preloads at this post which includes for LA-MULANA 2. Unfortunately for those wishing to import the Japanese physical release, it does not come with English language support.
● One game available for preload not at the post is the Hoppe-Chan × Sanrio game Puru Chara Friends Hoppe-Chan to Sanrio Characters which received a separate post due to having a demo available on the Japanese eShop today. The only other demo today is Kairosoft’s latest Switch release Soccer Club Monogatari. The demo should be available worldwide this week as Pocket League Story, so look out for it!
● Hell Warders is receiving two separate releases in Japan with Oizumi Amuzio handling the digital release on 27 June priced ¥2,000 with Game Source Entertainment handling the physical release on 25 July.
● More games announced for 27 June include CFK and Nekopara Vol.3 Neko-tachi no Aromatize. Again English is supported so a worldwide release is all but a certainty. Metanet Software will be localising N++ on the 27th too. Both games are each priced at ¥1,620.
● The final new release announced for 27 June is the localisation of Akihabara – Feel the Rhythm Remixed by Ninja Games Japan under the new name of Akihabara Rhythm and Remix. The preload price is 50% off (just ¥400). Check out the trailer here.
● Impromptu releases today included Northplay with Conduct TOGETHER! which is priced at ¥1,690, and eastasiasoft with Zeroptian Invasion priced at just ¥400. Trailer for the latter here.
● The only Hamster release this week is the 1982 Konami game Arcade Archives Pooyan priced at the usual ¥823. I used to play the game for hours as a kid!
● Next week (20 June) adds Greenlight Games’s racer Table Top Racing: World Tour – Nitro Edition priced at ¥2,500 (although preloads are ¥500 less), the Mega Man-esque METAGAL from eastasiasoft priced at ¥580 (again a 20% preload discount), the boss rush game Ragtag Adventurers from Prime Time priced at ¥1,000, and the FMV game Late Shift from CIRCLE Ent. priced at ¥1,480 (trailer for that one here).
● BEIO WOLF announced they will publish the 3D action game Dual Blade ～Battle of The Female Ninja～ on the Switch eShop on 01 October priced at ¥800. Check out the promo video here.
● I’ll updated the full list of eShop sales when time allows, but two noticeable additions include Cuphead at 15% off (¥1,680), and UNDERTALE at 25% off (¥1,215).
● And Toby Fox tweeted an update to the progress of DELTARUNE.
● Sonic Powered announced they will remove the Thomas the Tank Engine-licensed Japanese Rail Sim 3D game Tetsudou Nippon! Rosen Tabi: Kikansha Thomas-hen Oigawa Tetsudou from the Japanese 3DS eShop on 21 June at 17:00 JST where it is currently priced at ¥6,264.
● Two new DECO*27 themes arrived on the Japanese 3DS Theme Shop today featuring the tracks 「Android Girl」and「Scramble Kousai」 priced at ¥200 each. Trailers posted here.
● Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw a fortune cookie restock for Lily’s hydrangea cookie. Check out the full list of items and the special memory starring Lily, Agnes, and Pietro at this post.
● Dragalia Lost saw Void Poseidon (pictured here) appear in Void Battles, plus a new Wedding Belles bonus, and the Main campaign double mana and Void Battles (Frost Hermit and Violet Ghost) double drops events.
● Fire Emblem Heroes will see Grand Hero Battle – Cynthia: Hero Chaser begin in a few hours.
● A slow week at retail in Japan this week with THE RAGE 2 opening at number one with 12,146 units sold with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate dropping to second place with 8,691. The full top 10 are posted here.
● The only Switch review score in Weekly Famitsu No.1593 is The Escapists: Complete Edition with 30/40. Check out the full list of Switch games scored in Famitsu here. Also look out for this week’s Pokémon cover here.
● As mentioned above, Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares dropped by -1,390 (3.53%) in Japan today to close trading for the day at 37,980.00 JPY.
● Konami announced they are entering the classic console business with the PC Engine mini (Japan), PC Engine CoreGrafx mini (Europe), and the TurboGrafx-16 mini (North America). There’s no release date nor price at present but some of the launch line-up has been revealed (Alien Crush, Dungeon Explorer, New Adventure Island, Ninja Spirit, R-Type, Ys Book I & II, and more to be announced for the west and Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo, Dungeon Explorer, THE Kung Fu, PC Genjin, Super Star Soldier, Ys I & II, and more for Japan). Trailers added here.
● Watch NyaNyaNya! Neko Mario Time Episode #141 below featuring Doraemon Nobita no Bokujou Monogatari and Forgotton Anne here.
● So much Nintendo Treehouse Live gameplay footage that deserves to be seen including Fire Emblem: Three Houses here, Luigi’s Mansion 3 here, Trials of Mana here, Super Mario Maker 2 here, DAEMON X MACHINA here, MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order here, ASTRAL CHAIN here, and New Super Lucky’s Tale here. I’ll add what I’ve missed to tomorrow’s update!
● The uncensored ‘F**khead Version’ of the No More Heroes 3 E3 trailer.
● A promo video for Disney Tsum Tsum Festival (it isn’t available outside of Japan).
● The Rune Factory 4 Special E3 trailer.
● A BGM introduction video for the “Green Light Ride Remix” in Team Sonic Racing.
● The launch trailer for the Contra Anniversary Collection (which is finally now out in Japan too).
● The Famitsu team look at Nintendo Direct E3 2019 in this video.
● A Famitsu livestream playing Rockman 2.
● A Nippon Ichi Software livestream looking at Jinrui no Minasama he.
● A two days before release countdown trailer for Yumeutsutsu Re:Master.