Wednesday Update:Mario & Luigi Developers Bankrupt, Super Mario Maker 2 Adds Online Multiplayer, Plus More News!

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● Mario & Luigi developers AlphaDream Corporation, Ltd. have filed for bankruptcy. Their last console game Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey was a commercial failure, although that was due mostly to platform. AlphaDream amassed debts of ¥465m ($4.3m) in the fiscal year ending 31 March 2018. Since the news broke the company’s website became inaccessible.

● Nintendo gave a major update (Version 1.1.0) to Super Mario Maker 2 adding online co-op and versus multiplayer, and much more. Future updates will also come at a later date. Full patch notes posted here.

● A Battle for Spirit Supremacy tournament will begin in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on 04 October which lets you fight with spirits enabled. Check out the rules list here.

● Spike Chunsoft announced that Terraria will release for Switch in Japan on 19 December priced at ¥4,180 and will implement content from Version 1.3 of the PC version adding more than 800 new items, new NPCs, bosses, raid events, expert modes, and more.

● Game Source Entertainment announced the third-person shooter Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition will for Nintendo Switch in Japan on 19 December priced at ¥4,818 for either the physical or digital version.

● Nintendo revised the prices of Karaoke JOYSOUND for Nintendo Switch due to the domestic consumption tax rate change. Check out the prices and introduction video here. Nintendo Switch Online price revisions are also now live. Introduction video posted here.

Fortnite updated to v10.40.1 and includes the Out of Time Mission which begins on 08 October), the Flint-Knock Pistol, Zone Wars, and more. Read the full patch notes here.

● Check out the box art for void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium here.

● KEMCO announced a further Hit-Point developed RPG for Switch with Monochrome Order scheduled for next week (10 October) priced at ¥1,320 with preloads now live at 10% off (¥1,188). Japanese trailer posted here.

● Hamster’s only release this week is the 1984 Data East fighting game Arcade Archives Karate Champ (called “Karate Dou” in Japan) priced at the new price of ¥838. Screenshots and trailer posted here.

● Several games shadow dropped on the Japanese Switch eShop today including SUPERBEAT: XONiC from PM Studios priced at ¥3,227, Hamsterdam from Muse Games priced at ¥1,000, Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure from Natsume priced at ¥2,980, California Sushi Time! from Cool Small Games priced at ¥800, and Super Weekend Mode from eastasiasoft priced at ¥500 (early purchase price is ¥400, and the trailer is here).

● Eastasiasoft also announced the puzzle game Family Tree for release on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (10 October) priced at ¥800 with preloads now live at 20% off (¥640). Japanese trailer posted here.

● YFC Games announced the roguelite shooter Dai Magic Jidai:Saigo no Guardian (Ages of Mages: The last keeper) for release on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (11 October) where it is now up for preload priced at ¥1,480.

● BolHut announced the 2D action game Shin Jatta!Kedo、Necromancer ni Fukkatsu Shite Moratta!(You Died but a Necromancer revived you) for release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 24 October priced at ¥930. Japanese trailer posted here.

● Also releasing on 24 October is CIRCLE Ent.’s party game Splash Blast Panic priced at ¥1,740.

● Fingerlab announced the platform game Yuri for release on the Switch eShop (Japan confirmed, but worldwide expected) on 31 October priced at ¥1,499 with preloads now live at 30% off (¥1,049).

● Kairosoft’s horse racing simulation game G1 Bokujou Stakes (Pocket Stables) which was originally intended for release this week, will now release next (10 October) priced at ¥1,500 with preloads now live. Introduction video posted here.

● Digital Bards will publish 30 in 1 Mini Game Collection Vol.2 next week in Japan (10 October) priced at ¥1,500 with preloads now live. Japanese trailer posetd here.

● The only demo that released this week on the Japanese Switch eShop was Rainy Frog’s Waiwai!Nice Shot Tennis (Instant Tennis).

● This week’s preloads on the Japanese Switch eShop not listed above include Makai Senki Disgaea 4 Return priced at ¥5,478, Dusk Diver priced at ¥5,280, FIA European Truck Racing Championship priced at ¥5,148 (the regular price is ¥5,728), and DIABOLIK LOVERS GRAND EDITION for Nintendo Switch priced at ¥7,480.

● G-mode updated Minna de Kuuki Yomi to Version 1.0.2 adding in support for Korean, and both Traditional and Simplified Chinese. Introduction video posted here.

● Check out some screenshots from the Nintendo Switch version of Gotta Protectors, Susume!! Mamotte Kishi – Hime no Totsugeki Serenade, here.

● Download the manual for moon at this link.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was the best-selling game on the Japanese Switch eShop in September, followed by Dragon Quest XI S, DAEMON X MACHINA, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, Human: Fall Flat, UNDERTALE, ASTRAL CHAIN, moon, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Atelier Ryza, Untitled Goose Game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland RETRO, Dead by Daylight, Minecraft, Futari de! Nyanko Daisensou, Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Maker 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Dragon Quest III.

● Bandai Namco Entertainment removed both Haikyu!! Tsunage! Itadaki no Keshiki!! and Kuroko no Basuke Shouri e no Kiseki from the Japanese 3DS eShop with immediate effect, likely due to licensing reasons.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw Muffy’s creepy cookie back in stock. Check out the full item list and special memory at this post.

Dragalia Lost players received several gifts today with Dyrenell Aureus x100, Dyrenell Argenteus x200, Dyrenell Aes x300, and Rupies x1,000,000. Check out the price adjustments from the recent tax increase here.

Fire Emblem Heroes also saw an increase in Orb prices in Japan plus some changes to Bonus Orbs. Check out the full details here.

Mario Kart Tour added the New York Tour Part 2 with the featured tour gift being Yoshi. The Second Pipe is also live with the spotlight being on Mario (Musician). Sensor Tower report 90 million downloads in the game’s first week, the fastest in company history, and amassing $12.7 million in customer spending.

Super Mario Run has officially increased in price from ¥1,200 to ¥1,220. The initial download and early levels remain free.

● A fantastic start for Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition in Japan with 303,204 units sold at retail over the weekend. Nintendo Switch hardware also kept its incredible momentum with another 196,489 systems sold. The only other new Switch entry in the top 10 is Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout with 25,538. Check out the full top 10 here.

● The only Switch review scores in Weekly Famitsu this week (Issue No.1609) are Gensou Kissa Enchanté with 31/40 and Trine 4:The Nightmare Prince with 33/40. The PS4 games Code Vein and Borderlands 3 scored 32 and 35 respectively. As always, check out the full list of review scores here.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. stock increased today by +260 (0.64%) in Japan to close trading for the day at 41,180.00 JPY.

● The Kirby Café TOKYO in Tokyo Solamachi will reopen this winter as a permanent fixture with Kirby Café The Store open from 07 October on the second floor of Tokyo Solamachi. Ensky are also hosting some kind of Kirby event on the sixth floor of Tokyo’s Yamashiroya toy store from 01-24 November.

● Check out the three T-shirt designs for Nintendo Live 2019 at this post.

● Watch two more Japanese TV commercials for Ring Fit Adventure here.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Accolades Trailer here.

● The Japanese version of the Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Story Pixel Remix with Dutton Films’ pixelated retelling of Oliver’s journey here.

● A Luminous Avenger iX Music Video “ORIGINAL CHORD” here.

● A Famitsu livestream featuring Arcade Archives Karate Champ here.

● The 14th Dragon Marked For Live broadcast here.

● And Denjin☆Getcha! segments for CONTRA ROGUE CORPS here and Ninja Box here.

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