Weekly Update:New Nintendo Switch Model, Luigi’s Mansion 3 Release Date, Super Monkey Ball Announced, Plus More News!

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Nintendo announced a second new Nintendo Switch model adding a (much) improved battery life and is scheduled for late August release in Japan and North America, and early September in Europe.

● Nintendo also announced that Luigi’s Mansion 3 will release for Switch worldwide on 31 October. New Joy-Con colours (Blue/Neon Yellow and Neon Purple/Neon Orange) were also announced for 04 October.

● Sega Games announced Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD (a remake of the Wii game) for release on Switch on 29 October in the west and 31 October in Japan with the game currently 70% complete.

● Chaos defeated Order 3-0 in Splatoon 2‘s Final Splatfest winning the Votes, Normal Rules, and Pro Rules 58.05%–41.95%, 51.39%–48.61%, and 50.34%–49.66% respectively.

● UserJoy announced the online RPG The Legend of Heroes: Akatsuki no Kiseki Mobile for release on the Japanese Switch eShop this Summer as a free download with some in-app purchases.

● Game Freak’s 2D action game GIGA WRECKER ALT. will now release in Japan on 24 October with Rainy Frog publishing a packaged version and Rising Stars handling digital distribution.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is now available adding Cyclops and Colossus as free DLC on 30 August. The first DLC pack will add Blade, Moon Knight, Punisher, and Morbius.

● Square-Enix’s Hokuto Okamoto revealed that the Japanese version of Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition has gone gold with work continuing on the overseas release.

● Nintendo updated Family Computer Nintendo Switch Online to Version 3.0.0 adding Donkey Kong 3 and Wrecking Crew, the new Rewind feature, plus an SP version of Mighty Bomb Jack.

● And finally: Hisashi Nogami confirmed that work hasn’t yet begun on Splatoon 3 (read more here, Nintendo of Japan confirmed same-sex relationships for Fire Emblem: Three Houses (read more here, and Hobonichi would be happy for another company to make MOTHER 4 (read more here. Thanks everyone for following and have a great week ahead!