Wednesday Update：Dr. Mario World Update, Sharp Supplying Nintendo, Netflix Comment on Switch, Plus Much More！
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The mystery second and third Doctor to join Dr. Daisy in Dr. Mario World today were Dr. Wario and Dr. Waluigi. This makes 13 current Doctors in the game, although character rates have dropped to 1.53%. Monty Mole, Thwomp, Fuzzy, and Mechakoopa are all new Assistants with a 2.35% character rate. 20 more stages have also been newly added.
● The Wall Street Journal report that Sharp are supplying Nintendo with IGZO display panels for Nintendo Switch although no indication as to whether to the Lite model or the model with the improved battery life. WSJ also state that Nintendo has ideas to further update the Switch lineup in the future in order to prolong the system’s lifespan.
● Nintendo, along with Sony and Microsoft have told the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) that they will disclose the odds for loot boxes on their respective platforms and are targeting 2020.
● New information for Pokémon Sword／Shield saw Galarian Weezing, Zigzagoon, Linoone, Obstagoon, and Morpeko, and the new rivals Bede, Marine, and Team Yell. Check out the artwork and trailer here.
● Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will see a Heroes vs Villains limited-time tournament for three days from Friday featuring select fighters. Check out the full list with the event rules here.
● Warner Japan will be publishing LEGO Jurassic World for Switch in Japan on 21 November. Check out the Japanese box art (and English trailer) here.
● Bushinyan (Shadowside) – or Shogunyan as he’s known in the west- will be added to Yo-kai Watch 4 in a future update.
● Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission has received its second free update with 17 new cards, five new quests, and more. Promo video posted here.
● AQUASTYLE announced a free Summer and Fall update for Fushigi no Gensokyo -Lotus Labyrinth- which will add new scenarios. The game also updated to Version 1.0.5 (fixing bugs).
● Prototype announced that additional shipments of the CLANNAD package version for Nintendo Switch have been produced and should be arriving at stores this weekend.
● Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout will have a Gathering Spot Sharing system where you can turn a created gathering spot into a bottle which generates a password that can be shared with others.
● Marvelous updated the Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town website adding the characters Ann and Kai.
● Marvelous also announced a 3 x CD DAEMON X MACHINA Original Soundtrack for release in Japan on 25 September priced at ¥3,996. Track-listing posted here.
● Koei Tecmo Games updated Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle to Version 1.0.12 with a number of balance adjustments and bug fixes.
● The theme song for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD will be Koisuru Banana by the Banana Fritters.
● Arc System Works announced the Kunio-kun game Downtown Rantou Koushinkyoku Mach will release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 10 October priced at ¥1,500. This is the second Kunio-kun game in five weeks with River City Girls scheduled for 05 September where it’ll also be published by Arc System Works in Japan.
● Kemco announced the 2D JRPG Everdark Tower for release on the Switch eShop on 22 August where it’s currently available to preload for just ¥340 (the regular price is ¥486). A worldwide launch is expected but not confirmed at time of posting. Watch the Japanese trailer here.
● Two new demos released today on the Japanese Switch eShop with Cadence of Hyrule：Crypt of the NecroDancer feat. Zelda no Densetsu from Spike Chunsoft (the game supports English and changes to The Legend of Zelda if your system settings are set to English!) and X-Morph：Defense from Teyon Japan.
● USERJOY JAPAN announced that they’ll be publishing the online RPG The Legend of Heroes Akatsuki no Kiseki Mobile on the Japanese Switch eShop on 27 August. Basic play is free. Unfortunately it supports only Japanese only so a worldwide launch is unlikely.
● Hamster’s only game this week is the 1989 Irem shoot ’em up X Multiply which (intentionally) looks and plays very much like the company’s other shmup, R-Type.
● Shinyuden will be localising the metroidvania Paradox Soul on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (14 August) priced at ¥500. The game is one of only a handful of titles with no Japanese text support, and is expected to be one of only two releases next week due to holiday (the other being an Arcade Archive title). Japanese trailer posted here.
● Singlecore Games will be publishing the tower defence game Dungeon Warfare on the Japanese Switch eShop on 22 August priced at ¥990.
● This week’s new preloads include Arcade Love: Plus Pengo! for ¥5,800, Jakou no Lyla ～Trap of MUSK～ for ¥7,344, and Dead by Daylight for ¥4,600.
● Several games have been permanently reduced on the Japanese Switch eShop with Puyo Puyo Tetris S reduced from ¥5,389 to ¥3,769 (and renamed Puyo Puyo Tetris S Special Price), Shining Resonance Refrain reduced from ¥6,469 to ¥3,229, Combat！Search & Rescue reduced from ¥1,500 to ¥800, and Pilot Sports reduced from ¥2,000 to ¥1,000.
● Chorus Worldwide noted that Super Dodgeball Beats may arrive in late Autumn (it is pencilled in for 30 September release in Japan).
● A DECO*27 “Hitojichi Koukan” theme was added to the Japanese 3DS Theme Shop today priced at ¥200, Image and video posted here.
● Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw Redd’s Mask Emporium available to craft again for a limited time. Check out an image and gif here.
● Dr. Mario World updated to Version 1.0.5 implementing bug fixes. The game also gifted players 40 x Diamonds and 5 x Staff Tickets due to the ongoing maintenance.
● Fire Emblem Heroes saw New Heroes: Changing Winds (featuring Hilda: Idle Maiden, Hubert: Sinister Servant, Mercedes: Kindly Devotee, and Petra: Princess of Brigid). Today also saw Forging Bonds: Changing Winds, Two Special Orb Promos!, and Daily Summoning Event: Conquering Weapon Skills. Introduction video, Tips & Tricks: Changing Winds, and official artwork posted here.
● Using Famitsu data: Super Mario Maker 2 was the best-selling game in Japan for July with 221,930, Professional Baseball Spirits 2019 was second (PS4) & fourth (Bite) with 202,523 and 52,259 respectively, Fire Emblem: Three Houses was third with 143,130, and Yo-kai Watch 4 was fifth with 47,868. Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console with 219,589.
● Super Mario Maker 2 was also the best-selling game last week with a further 36,486 units sold and will still be at 1/2 million. Fire Emblem: Three Houses dropped to second, selling 35,804 in its second week. The highest new entry was Omega Labyrinth Life on Switch with 6,643 units sold. Switch hardware dropped to 36,613, but likely due to people waiting for the new models. Check out the full top 10 here.
● Weekly Famitsu Issue No.1602 review scores included Automachef with 29/40, Candle with 29/40, Everdark Tower with 30/40, Katakoi Contrast ―Collection of Branch― with 28/40, Odallus: The Dark Call with 30/40, Oniken with 25/40, Shinobi Spirits S Sanada Juuyuushiden with 30/40, and Unruly Heroes with 31/40. Check out each and every review scores (and many full game reviews translated into English) here.
● Also in this week’s issue of Famitsu, Netflix were interviewed regarding game development. A question slipped in regarding the plans for the Netflix streaming service on Switch? “There is nothing to report at this time” was the reply.
● The next issue of Weekly Famitsu (out in two weeks due to holiday) will have a Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout cover and feature. ASTRAL CHAIN will also see a feature and the review.
● Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares increased today by +240 (0.62%) in Japan to close trading for the day at 39,180.00 JPY.
● Mary Skelter 2 will release digitally for Switch in North America on 22 October and Europe on 23 October. It’s already available in Japan.
● Nintendo, Creatures, and Game Freak applied for a Poké Lids trademark in Japan using the Japanese word ポケふた (literally Pokefuta) which are artistic manhole covers located around Japan. Check out the actual application here.
● Watch NyaNyaNya! Neko Mario Time Episode #145 featuring Super Mario Maker 2, Tsuri Spirits Nintendo Switch Version<, Obakeidoro!, and Nintendo Labo: VR Kit here.
● A Japanese TV commercial for ASTRAL CHAIN here.
● Game de Kaiketsu! Programen Episode 2, featuring Nintendo Labo, here.
● The latest gameplay trailer for ONINAKI here.
● The music video for the Hatsune Miku Project DIVA MEGA39’s theme song Catch the Wave with livetune feat. Hatsune Miku here.
● The “Nintendo Labo – Director Insights, Part 3″ video with Tsubasa Sakaguchi here.
● A Luminous Avenger iX music video “LUMINOUS PROMISE” here.
● Another gameplay video for Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu featuring the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks here.
● A Human: Fall Flat convenient techniques video here.
● And a Famitsu livestream featuring Arcade Archives Victory Road here.