Second Wednesday Update：Terry Bogard, Kirby, Xenoblade, Famicom Tantei Club, SNES, Plus Much More News！
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● Please note that this is the second daily update today. Read the first one with the Kirby news at this post. This update covers the Nintendo eShop update and more-so the Nintendo Direct. Check out our full rundown of the games featured at this post.
● The surprise final game in this Direct was Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition which is due for 2020 release. This is the third iteration of the classic RPG. Check out the new artwork for Shulk and Fiora, plus the announcement trailer here.
● Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was again one of the featured games of the Direct with the game updating to Version 5.0 (patch notes here), the Banjo-Kazooie DLC dropped (trailer here), Sans and Goemon are two of the highlights of the latest Mii Fighter Costumes (trailer and screens here), Terry Bogard was officially confirmed and will be arriving in November (trailer here), more DLC fighters will be added after the fifth character hits, and the Incineroar, Chrom, and Simon amiibo will all release in Japan on 08 November (images here).
● Nintendo Switch Online finally has a purpose for year two with 20 Super Famicom games releasing within the next day or so. This might be the only way we get to see F-ZERO on Switch. The line-up also includes the amazing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and perhaps more interestingly, Stunt Race FX (known as Wild Trax in Japan). Check out the full list and images for the Super Famicom controller which will be available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, much like the Famicom one, here.
● If Xenoblade wasn’t enough, Nintendo also announced a DX port of the Shin Megami Tensei meets Fire Emblem game, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore for release on 17 January prided at ¥7,236. Box art and announcement trailer posted here.
● Yoshio Sakamoto made a surprise appearance at the Direct to announce remakes of the classic adventure games Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Koukeisha and Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shoujo along with MAGES. for 2020 release. Check out the first screens, artwork, and trailer here.
● With Nintendo publishing the last game on 3DS, Konami are returning to publishing duties for Momotaro Dentetsu ～Showa Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban！～ which is due to release on Nintendo Switch at some point in 2020. Announcement trailer posted here.
● Another franchise brought back from the brink was Bandai Namco Entertainment announcing Kotoba no Puzzle Mojipittan Encore for Spring 2020. Announcement trailer for this game posted here.
● Marvelous／ToyBox announced Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise as a Switch exclusive, releasing in 2020. Deadly Premonition Origins also surprisingly dropped on the eShop after the Direct priced at ¥3,480. Announcement trailer posted here.
● The announcements kept coming as Arc System Works were next with the the adventure RPG Kowloon Youma Gakuen Ki ORIGIN OF ADVENTURE for release in what is looking more like a packed Spring. Announcement trailer posted here.
● Happinet confirmed the strategy RPG Brigandine Lunasia Senki (BRIGANDINE:The Legend of Runersia) for release on Switch next Spring. Check out the announcement trailer, box art, and limited edition here.
● Arc System Works finally confirmed the fighting game UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[cl-r] will be releasing for Nintendo Switch in 2020. Announcement trailer posted here.
● City Connection’s Ninja JaJaMaru Collection will release on 12 December for ¥4,536 and features six titles including the brand new JaJaMaru no Youkai Daisakusen.
● The release date of Square-Enix’s Seiken Densetsu 3 remake Trials of Mana has been set to 24 April 2020. Check out the Japanese box art and the latest trailer here.
● Blizzard Entertainment will be publishing Overwatch Legendary Edition for Switch in Japan on 16 October (North America is the 15th) priced at ¥5,378. Japanese trailer posted here.
● DETUNE are crowdfunding on the Japanese website CAMPFIRE to try and get a physical version of KORG Gadget for Nintendo Switch released. Their goal is realistic (the equivalent of just over $4k) and they have just over a month to achieve it.
● Nintendo will be shortly updating TETRIS 99 to Version 2.0 plus unleashing the second paid DLC. I’ll update the dedicated post once I re-watch the Direct with the specifics!
● One of the more pleasant surprises was the announcement and subsequent release of Super Kirby Hunters (or Super Kirby Clash as it’s known outside of Japan) on the eShop. It’s free-to-play, but with purchasable GeM Apples. Watch the announcement trailer here.
● The same date that Dragon Quest XI S releases, Square-Enix will also publish the first three game: Dragon Quest (for ¥648) Dragon Quest II: Akuryou no Kamigami (for ¥918), and Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e… (for ¥1,620). These are the same mobile ports that release on the 3DS eShop in Japan a couple of years or so ago.
● The follow up to my 2014 game of the year, which released in the west as Gotta Protectors will be coming to Japan in October boasting over 100 stages, eight characters, four players, and online play. The name? Susume！！Mamotte Knight – Hime no Totsugeki Serenade! Watch the debut trailer here.
● NetEase will also be releasing the battle royale game Kouya Koudou (Knives Out) on the Switch eShop next month. Announcement trailer for this game posted here.
● Daidai announced the strategy game Furuki Yoki Jidai no Boukentan Ne for release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 20 September priced at ¥389.
● D3Go announced the puzzle RPG Puzzle Quest:The Legend Returns for release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 19 September priced at ¥1,750. Trailer posted here.
● DELiGHTWORKS announced the mystery game Kaminazo Mirai Karano Omoide for Switch release this Winter which involves paper craft to solve mysteries. Images posted here in what could be one of the year’s more interesting titles.
● One of the hottest indie developers Onion Games saw their anti-RPG moon featured in the Direct, with the game releasing on 10 October priced at ¥1,980. Preloads are currently up.
● Frogwares announced the horror adventure game The Sinking City for release on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (12 September) priced at ¥4,980 for the standard edition or ¥6,480 for the Deluxe Edition.
● 3909 announced the puzzle game Return of the Obra Dinn for release on the Switch eShop this Fall. Announcement trailer here.
● BonusXP shadow dropped the Netflix series game Stranger Things 3: The Game on the Japanese Switch eShop today priced at ¥980.
● Also shadow dropping was the stealth battle game Invisigun Reloaded from Sombr Studio priced at ¥2,160. Japanese trailer posted here.
● Shortly after the Direct (although I missed it if it was in there!) saw Ubisoft publish the fighting game Brawlhalla as a free download.
● Haunted Tie announced the party brawler Domiverse for release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 17 October priced at ¥1,800 with a demo now available.
● A second demo newly available is SAT-BOX’s rugby game Tsukue de Rugby (Desktop Rugby).
● I’ll edit in a mention of the DAEMON X MACHINA prologue demo which release shortly after the Direct. Save data can be used in the full game. New trailer posted here.
● Another Indie Studio announced the roguelike dungeon crawler Lost Castle for release in Japan on 19 September where you can preload it for ¥940 (the regular price is ¥1,180).
● Valorware announced the action RPG Throne Quest Deluxe for release on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (12 September) priced at ¥749.
● Starsign announced the Japanese localisation of Titans Pinball for next week (12 September) priced at just ¥300. This is the seventh pinball release from Starsign.
● Also announced for next week is the tank combat game Battle Supremacy – Evolution from Atypical Games priced at ¥1,000.
● This week’s preloads include the visual novel Gensou Kissa Enchante for ¥6,804, the platform shooter Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX for ¥1,960, the action adventure game Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories for ¥6,998, the strategy game Super Robot Wars V for ¥8,208 or ¥12,528, and Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town for ¥5,637.
● Blueprint have permanently reduced the price of the platform runner 10 Second Run RETURNS from ¥654 to ¥500. I’ll do a full sales post by the weekend!
● Dr. Mario World will now add Dr. Baby Daisy as well as Babies Mario, Luigi, and Peach, and new Assistants Dolphin, Boomerang Bro, Chain Chomp, and Fly Guy, in the update which will be available any time now.
● Fire Emblem Heroes updated to Version 3.9.0 adding the new Heroes’ Path feature, and update to Aether Raids, plus more weapons to refine. Full patch notes posted here.
● With the top story of the earlier update being that a new Kirby game being confirmed, check out a magazine advert here for HAL Laboratory looking for developers!
● GungHo Online Entertainment CEO Kazuki Morishita spoke with Noisy Pixel that the company are considering remastering Grandia III and Grandia Xtreme as well as the potential for a new series title.