Wednesday Update:Dragon Quest XI S Demo, Jaleco And Sunsoft Collections, Plus Much More News!

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A Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition demo is now available on the Nintendo Switch eShop with data transferrable over to the full game. Players will also be able to unlock a Yocchi (Tockles) spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at a later date.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will see an ‘Original Class of ’64’ tournament begin for three days from 23 August with rules, fighters, items, and stages from Super Smash Bros. 64. Check them out at this post.

Nintendo Switch Online updated to Version 3.1.0 adding Super Chinese from Culture Brain Excel, Downtown Nekketsu Koushinkyoku Soreyuke Daiundoukai from Arc System Works, and Gradius SP from Konami. Check out screenshots here and trailer here.

● Prototype announced the visual novel Flowers Shiki (Flowers: Les Quatre Saisons) for release on Nintendo Switch on 28 November priced at ¥7,878. The game includes Automne, Été, Hiver, and, Printemps. Promo video posted here.

● Entergram announced another visual novel, D.C.4 ~Da Capo4~, for release on Nintendo Switch on 19 December priced at ¥9,024.

● Bandai Namco Entertainment announced that the horror adventure Little Nightmares II will also release in Japan in 2020. Japanese trailer posted here.

● Bandai Namco also announced a third free update for Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission around mid-September adding 15 new cards, five new quests, new accessories, and more.

● Koei Tecmo Games announced that Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout has gone gold and will release on 26 September in Japan.

● Flyhigh Works updated VOEZ to Version 1.7.0 adding 14 new songs and DEEMO to Version 1.6.0 adding 13 new songs. Update trailers posted here.

● The Trials Rising Crash & Sunburn DLC will arrive in Japan on 10 September. Trailer posted here.

● Thousand Games announced an announcement for Synaptic Drive will be on 28 August.

● Compile Heart announced the dungeon crawler Genkai Tokki Moero Crystal H on the Japanese Switch eShop on 05 September with preloads priced at ¥2,800 (the regular price is ¥4,000).

● Arc System Works announced the mecha action game Damascus Gear Saikyo EXODUS (Damascus Gear: Operation Osaka) for release on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (29 August) priced at ¥2,000. Promo video posted here.

● The only Hamster game this week is the 1983 Taito game Arcade Archives Water Ski priced at the usual ¥823. Screenshots posted here.

● City Connection will be publishing the shoot ’em up STRIKERS1999 for Nintendo Switch on the eShop next week (29 August) priced at ¥1,200. Screenshots posted here.

● Merge Games will be bringing the puzzle adventure game Solo: Islands of the Heart to the Japanese Switch eShop next week (29 August) priced at ¥1,980. Japanese trailer posted here.

● In the latest Monster Farm (Monster Rancher) details: it’ll cost ¥1,900 and it supports two-player with a single Joy-Con, it requires connection to an online CD database to select ’90’s and recent songs.

● The Japanese Switch version of VASARA Collection has gone gold. The game is scheduled to release on the eShop on 14 November.

● The next SEGA AGES game will likely be Puzzle & Action: Ichidant-R which will include Arcade and Mega Drive Modes, online play, four-player, and RPG-like quests. Screenshots posted here.

● G-mode will be publishing the mini-game collection Minna de Kuuki Yomi 2 ~Reiwa~ on the Japanese Switch eShop in September.

● This week’s new games to preload (not listed above) include The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition (¥6,998 and 25.9 GB), Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (¥8,618 and 13.5 GB), FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered (¥2,500 and 2.6 GB), Cardfight!! Vanguard EX (¥6,784 and 3.0 GB), AMNESIA for Nintendo Switch (¥6,804 and 3.1 GB), AMNESIA LATER×CROWD for Nintendo Switch (¥7,344 and 6.6 GB), Vambrace:Cold Soul (¥2,682 and 3.0 GB), Hakuoki Shinkai Tsukikage no Shou (¥6,804 and 3.6 GB), Heave Ho (¥909 and 779 MB), Grand Brix Shooter (¥990 and 2.8 GB), and Tsukue de Rugby (¥720 and 199 MB).

● And the second demo available this week is for Kairosoft’s cruise ship simulation game World Cruise Story (Cruise Daikikou). Trailer posted here.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw Beau’s Artisanal Cookie arrive with the full list of items, special memory, and video posted here. Today also saw the Wiggin’ Out Collection (pictured here) and some Critter Kickoff Goals.

Dragalia Lost will see the next Summon Showcase, Ardent Admirers and another daily free summon event begin in a few hours. Check out profiles for the featured adventurer Hildegarde and featured dragon Prometheus here.

Dr. Mario World added Stage 221 – Stage 240 to World 6 with a Staff Ticket as the Area Clear Reward.

Fire Emblem Heroes saw Bound Hero Battle Revival: Elincia & Nephenee and Daily Summoning Event: Heroes with Ward Skills (featuring Sigurd, Lyn, and Ike). Check out the full details here along with full details for the next Røkkr Sieges event here. Royalty Convenes (Walking with the People) video here.

Super Mario Maker 2 was the best-selling game over Obon with 46,424 units sold and is now at over half a million. Nintendo Switch hardware is at 92,677 for the fortnight. Check out the full top 10 here.

Weekly Famitsu Issue No.1603 review scores included ASTRAL CHAIN with 37/40, ONINAKI with 31/40, Balance Sagashi with 29/40, Forager with 32/40 KORAL with 28/40, Obakeidoro! with 30/40, and Vambrace: Cold Soul with 29/40. Check out the full page of reviews here. Next week’s featured game will be ASTRAL CHAIN with a developer interview and guide along with a feature.

Shinyuden will be exhibiting four games at the Indie Games Corner at the Tokyo Game Show in collaboration with Ratalaika Games.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. stock increased today by +220 (0.55%) in Japan to close trading for the day at 40,230.00 JPY.

● City Connection announced that the Ninja JaJaMaru-kun Collection will be part of a Rom Cassette Collection series with a Jaleco Collection and Sunset Collection also coming, and a fourth collection planned. Check out the list of games and the Famitsu scan here.

● Promo video for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 here

● Gamescom 2019 trailers for Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and Luigi’s Mansion 3 here.

● Japanese trailers for Vambrace:Cold Soul here.

● Japanese gameplay trailer for Heave Ho here.

● A 10th (and all 10) gameplay videos for ONINAKI here.

● An English The Alliance Alive HD Remastered “Ignite, Unite, & Fight! – Combat & System Trailer” here.

● A Famitsu livestream with Arcade Archives VS. Gradius here and Tokyo 2020 Olympics The Official Video Game featuring Yumi Hara here.

● And a Liyuu video playing Dragalia Lost here.

● Thanks to Naruki for news tips, BlackKite for translations, Brion Furnell Creative for design, and to everybody for following.

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