Daily Update:New Switch Model Announced, New Joy-Con Colours, Luigi’s Mansion 3 Release Date, Plus Much More!

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After last week’s Nintendo Switch Lite announcement, Nintendo today surprisingly announced a second new model, although this one is aesthetically the same as the original console, adding a (much) improved battery life. Scheduled for late August in Japan and North America, and early September in Europe, this new Switch offers between 4.5 and 9.0 hours of play depending upon title and settings.

● So many top stories today with the new Nintendo Switch model (packaging pics here btw) being dropped on Twitter earlier today along with the new Joy-Con colours (Blue/Neon Yellow and Neon Purple/Neon Orange) which releases on 04 October (pictures here), and the rather fitting 31 October worldwide release date for Luigi’s Mansion 3. The Japanese website is also now open with the Japanese release also confirmed to have English language support.

● In Splatoon 2 news: the game will update to Version 4.9.1 in a few hours updating the data for the Final Fest as well as a bug fix. Hisashi Nogami also spoke with Weekly Famitsu saying they haven’t thought about future plans [for the series] yet and development for Splatoon 3 hasn’t begun. Nogami also said: “We’re not yet at a phase where we can make a promise, but we’d like to return the favour in some sort of way to many people who have supported us. If you continue to support us, it might turn into reality”. Finally, check out all the official artwork (20 pieces) for the Final Fest Splatocalypse here.

● A Triple EXP & SP spirit event was announced for 19 July in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where during this event, EXP and SP earned on the Spirit Board will be tripled. The “Nintendo Switch – Fan-Favorites & Newest Releases – July “here states “Hero Joins the Battle” during the Smash Bros. footage. The final bit of Smash Bros. news is the results of the latest screenshot contest (here) with the theme of Chaos and Order.

● Nintendo updated Family Computer Nintendo Switch Online to Ver. 3.0.0 adding the previously announced Donkey Kong 3 and Wrecking Crew, the new Rewind feature, plus an SP version of Mighty Bomb Jack beginning on the last part of the game. Trailers posted here and screenshots here.

● Nintendo made another new VR mini-game Tuna Kart available from the Nintendo Switch News Channel for owners of the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit Toy-Con. You race as a tuna instead of a Mario Kart through three laps.

● Bandai Namco Entertainment announced that Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Lite is coming to Nintendo Switch this Summer. This Lite version will include the first five episodes of the Story Mode, Online Matches, and all contents of the Hero Colosseum.

● A packaged version of GIGA WRECKER ALT. has been confirmed for Japan (Switch only) where it will be published by Rainy Frog for ¥3,780 with a Collector’s Edition for ¥5,832. The download version will be published by Rising Star Games for ¥3,239 (almost double the piece it was originally listed at).

● Check out the Japanese box art, trailer, and website for Tabegoro !Super Monkey Ball (Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD) here.

● And check out the box art for The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Artbook Set here.

Chorus Worldwide will showcase a new title for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One around the beginning of August.

Fortnite v9.40 patch notes welcomed the Epic and Legendary variants of the Tactical Shotgun weapon. Creative saw Kevin’s Floating Island, Ball Spawner, and an increased number of channels for Triggers & Receivers.

● Jupiter announced Picross Lord of the Nazarick for release on the Switch eShop worldwide next week (25 July) priced at ¥1,080 with preloads and a demo now live. The game is a collaboration with the Overload anime/manga and features a total of 519 picross puzzles. Screenshots and trailer posted here.

● Tom Create’s mystery game was a remake of the 3DS ninja platformer Ninja Battle Heroes for 01 August release, priced at ¥900, and called Shinobi Spirits S Sanada Juuyuushiden. A worldwide launch is expected due to dual language support. Screenshots and promo video posted here.

Super Neptunia RPG finally gets a Japanese Switch release next week, although will be digital only where it, as Brave Neptunia Sekai Yo Uchuu Yo Katsumoku Seyo!! Ultimate RPG Sengen!! is available to preload for ¥5,875, but will soon revert to a ¥7,344 price point.

● Shinyuden announced they will be publishing the shoot ’em up Pawarumi on the Japanese Switch eShop on 22 August. Japanese trailer posted here. Shinyuden also announced the beat ’em up Cybarian ~The Time Traveling Warrior~ for release next week (25 July) priced at ¥500. Cybarian is one of just a handful of releases on the Japanese Switch eShop that only support English. Japanese trailer posted here.

● Mediascape will publish the strategy RPG PIRATES 7 on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (25 July) priced at ¥1,500 with preloads now live. Japanese trailer posted here. Unfortunately the game just supports Japanese.

● The next SEGA AGES game will most likely be the classic puzzler Columns II which has been moved up to “coming soon” where it will be priced at ¥999. An online mode was also announced for the game. Screenshots posted here.

● After releasing on the Japanese 3DS eShop around Christmas 2016, Flyhigh Works will be publishing the Switch version of Severed next week (25 July) where it is currently available to preload on the eShop for ¥1,250 (regular price is ¥1,500). Japanese trailer posted here.

● Digital Bards’s game they were teasing is the roguelike Soulblight which releases in Japan next week (25 July) priced at ¥1,500 with preloads now live. Japanese trailer posted here.

● Magic Design Studios will be releasing the 2D platformer Unruly Heroes on the Japanese Switch eShop on 01 August where it is currently available to preload for ¥1,760. The regular price is ¥2,200.

● Team17 will be bringing the puzzle game Automachef to the Japanese Switch eShop too next week (23 July) priced at ¥1,750. Hopefully a trailer will be added to the post in the morn!

● Preloads on the Japanese Switch eShop include AI: The Somnium Files for ¥7,344, Omega Labyrinth Life for ¥8,424 (or ¥10,584 for the Deluxe Edition), and The Ninja Warriors Once Again for ¥3,024.

● D3Publisher will be removing both edutainment titles Lola’s ABC Party and Lola’s Math Train from the Japanese 3DS eShop on 24 July where each game is priced at ¥400. Check out the trailers here.

● Dwango published three PinocchioP feat. Hatsune Miku themes on the Japanese 3DS Theme Shop priced at ¥200 each, and featuring the tracks 「Whatever Yama Says Goes」「What’s Inside」and「Beautiful Fiction」. Trailers posted here.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw Pop Quiz: Vacation available in Happy Homeroom plus item sets from Fishing Tourney’s #1-4 have been made available for Reissue Crafting along with Chip’s hat and Chip’s vest from Fishing Tourney #5.

● A huge update to Pokémon GO added Team GO Rocket challenges, new Shadow Pokémon, a new appraisal tool, and new minigames. Check out the full patch notes here.

Super Mario Maker 2 was the best-selling game for the third week running, selling a further 54,270. It’s currently 1/3 of its way to the million mark. Nintendo Switch grabbed the top nine positions of the top 10 (posted here) with the only charting new entry GOD EATER 3 selling 20,960 from its first few days.

Weekly Famitsu Issue No.1598 review scores included Fire Emblem: Three Houses with 37/40, Super Mario Maker 2 with 37/40, KILL la KILL the GAME -IF- with 32/40, Tokyo 2020 Olympics The Official Video Game with 33/40, Tsuri Spirits Nintendo Switch Version with 31/40, Archlion Saga with 29/40, Furwind with 29/40, God of Wall Mamiya no Hihou with 28/40, Shadow of Loot Box with 24/40, Shinka no Himitsu ZERO with 25/40, and SteamWorld Quest with 32/40. A correction from last week: the Slay the Spire review was for the PS4 version and I’ve since removed it from the Reviews page. Check out the full review for Fire Emblem: Three Houses here (with more reviews to follow soon) and the awesome cover featuring Off the Hook here.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares dropped by -260 (0.62%) in Japan to close trading for the day at 41,350.00 JPY. This was before the announcement of the revised Switch model.

● Apparently an Erik-related announcement (one of the protagonists from Dragon Quest XI S will be made at Dragon Quest Summer Festival 2019 on 03 August 2019.

● A Super Mario Maker 2 Accolades trailer here.

● The opening movie for Gensou Kissa Enchanté here.

● Two new commercials (15 seconds and 30 seconds) for Fushigi no Gensokyo -Lotus Labyrinth- here.

● The 10th gameplay video for Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu here.

● And a Streets of Rage 4 “Behind the Tracks” video confirming Yūzō Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima as composers here.

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