Huge Wednesday Update：Nintendo Finally Announce The Nintendo Switch Lite, Plus Much More News！
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I’ll preface this update with a quick mention of the former Nintendo Co., Ltd. President Satoru Iwata as it’s now 11 July in Japan and the fourth anniversary of his passing. It’s perhaps rather fitting that Nintendo chose this time to officially announce the long since rumoured Nintendo Switch Lite console which launches on 20 September in three colours.
● The three colours for the Nintendo Switch Lite are Yellow, Grey, and Turquoise, with a Zacian and Zamazenta Edition also coming on 01 November (the 8th in the west). The price is certainly more competitive, being ¥21,578 in Japan and $199.99 in the U.S. The second rumoured new Switch model will unlikely release this holiday according to Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser, although as The Verge report, Nintendo could be updating the original Switch with a new CPU and storage, due to a Federal Communications Commission filing.
● The Lite is clearly being positioned as the entry point handheld gaming device that the Nintendo 3DS has been for the past few years (although Bowser says differently – see 3DS section). With a slightly smaller screen, no TV output, Joy-Con, IR Motion Camera, nor HD Rumble; the Lite has further movement for price reductions in the distant future and likely many more colours and designs before then, meaning it is likely here for the long haul. Check out the images and the video at this post.
● The July games were announced for the Nintendo Switch Online service with two first-party titles: Donkey Kong 3 and Wrecking Crew. Both will be playable on 17 July. Also coming is a Rewind feature allowing players to rewind gameplay bu holding ZL + ZR. Trailers for the games and the new function here.
● Nintendo of America announced that Super Mario Maker 2 has reached over two million courses uploaded worldwide since the game launched on 28 June.
● Level-5 updated Yo-kai Watch 4 to Version 1.2.0 adding the rewards if you pre-purchase a movie ticket (Jiba Jinpei and Shadow Venoct) or CoroCoro Comic (Android Yamada). All players receive a 5-Star Coin, 1-Star Coin and a Crank-a-Kai.
● This week’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spiritoon event was further detailed with spirits including Squid Sisters, Off the Hook, Octoling Octopus, Bisk, Li’l Judd, Crusty Sean, Octoling, Murch, Jelonzo, Octoling Girl & Octoling Boy, and Annie. Artwork where available added here. Masahiro Sakurai also wrote in his Weekly Famitsu column about how he makes fighter reveal trailers. Check out the summary here with links to more in-depth translations herein.
● JUSTDAN INTERNATIONAL announced the 3D action game Dusk Diver will release for Switch in Japan on 24 October priced at ¥5,184 with a limited edition priced at ¥8,424. Check out the box are here.
● Mighty Craft announced the adult mahjong collection Super Real Mahjong Graffiti (which includes Super Real Mahjong P2, P3, and P4) is in development and will more than likely be for Nintendo Switch. It’s unknown whether it will be a physical collection.
● GungHo announced that the next version of Pazudora, Puzzle & Dragons GOLD, releases for Switch in Winter 2019. The game is one of the highest-grossing smartphone titles in Japan and has had three Nintendo 3DS entries.
● The Ultra Pack 1 DLC is now available for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch, and which adds SSGSS Vegeta (Evolved), Ribrianne, and Vegeta (Super Saiyan God) as playable characters. Check out the launch trailer here.
● Elite Beat Agents developer members’ new studio 151A have announced the strategy action rhythm game Hexagroove for release on Switch this October.
● Kemco’s next RPG being ported to the Japanese Switch eShop is the pocket-sized Archlion Saga which launches next week (18 July) as Shishiou no Densetsu. It’s currently available to preload for just ¥340 (the regular price is ¥486). An English announcement will likely be made tomorrow. Japanese trailer posted here.
● A demo for Sumikko Gurashi: Gakkou Seikatu Hajimerun Desu is now available on the Japanese Switch eShop from Nippon Columbia. This is the third Sumikko Gurashi game on Switch. Other demos include Venture Kid from FDG Entertainment, and Kaisen!! Sushi Kaidou (The Sushi Spinnery) from Kairosoft.
● Hero Concept announced they are bringing the retro arcade shooter Doughlings Invasion to the Switch eShop soon priced at ¥1,150. Japanese trailer posted here.
● Kairosoft announced the cruise ship simulation game Cruise Daikikou (World Cruise Story) for release on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (18 July) priced at ¥1,200, with preloads now live. As always. expect a worldwide release. Promo video posted here.
● This week’s sole Hamster title is the 1984 Technos sumo wrestling game Arcade Archives Shusse Ozumo which sees you try and become the next Yokozuna! Trailer posted here.
● Another sumo-themed title is Monster Couch’s Tetsumo Party which is inspired by whacky Japanese TV shows and launches in Japan on 25 July as Dosukoi no Kabe. Preloads are now live priced at ¥500. English language is supported so it will likely be a global launch. Japanese trailer posted here.
● The only previously unannounced title to drop on the Japanese Switch eShop today was the 2D combat-racer game Speed Brawl from Kongregate priced at ¥1,980.
● Merge Games announced they will be localising the adventure puzzle platformer Candle: The Power of the Flame on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (18 July) priced at ¥1,782 to preload with the regular price of ¥1,980.
● Another game next week is the survival platformer Rain World from Adult Swim Games priced at ¥2,160 to preload with the regular price this time being ¥2,400.
● The final new announcement for next week is the isometric action shooter Solstice Chronicles: MIA from CIRCLE Ent. priced at ¥1,500.
● Rainy Frog announced they are localising the puzzle game KORAL on the Japanese Switch eShop in August as Coral Sango Umi no Tanken. Reveal trailer posted here.
● The Messenger: Picnic Panic update is now available as a free update to the retro platformer The Messenger adding three new levels, new bosses, and more. Trailer posted here.
● In-spite today’s Nintendo Switch Light announcement, Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser said that “We’ll continue to support our 3DS family of systems as long as there is demand.” It’s likely this means in regards to the units being on the store shelves and no actual new games are to be announced.
● Atlus have permanently reduced the price of eight RPGs on the Japanese 3DS eShop. Check out the full list, box arts, and prices here.
● Dragalia Lost will see the next Summon Showcase, Flames of Reflection and a a new facility event, also called Flames of Reflection begin tomorrow. Check out the featured adventurers Ramona and Rena, the featured dragon Arctos, and the introduction video here.
● Dr. Mario World saw its first update to Version 1.0.2 (it launched at Version 1.0.1) which implements bug fixes. I got my first new Doctor today (Luigi!) after 10 Assistants in a row!
● Fire Emblem Heroes saw Summoning Focus: Tempest Trials+ begin featuring Roy: Young Lion, Cecilia: Etrurian General, and Gwendolyn: Adorable Knight. Tomorrow will see Tempest Trials+ Lessons Learned with 5★ Special Hero Fiora: Defrosted Illian.
● Super Mario Maker 2 was the best-selling game in Japan again last week, selling a further 83,204 units. Yo-kai Watch 4 is down to number three with 19,407 units sold. Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle debuted at number four with 19,127. Nintendo Switch sold an incredible 75,481 and is now above 1.5 million this calendar year. Check out the full top 10 software sales here.
● Weekly Famitsu Issue No.1597 review scores include MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order with 33/40, Sumikko Gurashi Gakkou Seikatu Hajimerun Desu with 28/40, Tlicolity Eyes -twinkle showtime- with 30/40, METAGAL with 27/40, Muse Dash with 30/40, My Friend Pedro with 32/40, Slay the Spire with 35/40, and Yuusha Yamada-Kun with 32/40. Check out the full list here and look out for a full Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 review soon!
● Next week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu will have 78 pages of Splatoon 2 coverage including developer interviews, artwork, and an Off the Hook cover!
● Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares dropped by -540 (1.33%) in Japan today to close trading for the day at 40,000.00 JPY. This is before the Nintendo Switch Lite announcement.
● Check out this week’s update to the official Nintendo LINE account, which celebrates the launch of Dr. Mario World and includes smartphone wallpaper, here.
● Watch NyaNyaNya! Neko Mario Time Episode #143 featuring Super Mario Maker 2, Yo-kai Watch 4, and Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu here.
● A Nintendo Switch “For Your Favorite Player 2” commercial here where you can get a free $35 Nintendo eShop credit to use towards games with purchase of select Nintendo Switch systems from Amazon on 15-16 July.
● A Fire Emblem: Three Houses “Welcome to the Blue Lion House” trailer here.
● The Original Soundtrack sound preview for Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout here.
● A 30 second commercial for Fushigi no Gensokyo -Lotus Labyrinth- here.
● An introduction movie and the launch trailer for TINY METAL: FULL METAL RUMBLE here.
● An introduction movie for Lethal League Blaze here.
● Capcom TV Episode #105 featuring Devil May Cry here.
● A Famitsu livestream for Arcade Archives Shusse Ozumo here.
● The ninth gameplay video for Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu here.
● And the latest Virus Vid for Dr. Mario World here.
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