Wednesday Update:Mario Kart Tour Adds 14 Drivers, Anime Event Cancelled, Breath of the Wild 2 Vacancies, Plus More News!

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Mario Kart Tour welcomed the beginning of the Tokyo Tour with 14 new drivers: Mario (Hakama), Peach (Kimono), Rosalina, Baby Rosalina, Bowser Jr., Lakitu, Wario, and the Koopalings (Iggy, Larry, Lemmy, Ludwig, Morton, Roy, and Wendy. The Rainbow Road also returns along with the new Tokyo Blur. Check out the trailer here.

● There’s not much in way of an update Super Typhoon Hagibis. It is still heading towards the south of Japan and we’re waiting for a report on whether Nintendo Live 2019 will be cancelled. The Machi★Asobi anime event, which was to be held from 12-14 October in Tokushima, has been postponed however due to Hagibis, and will now take place on 26-27 October.

● Nintendo are still recruiting for a scenario planner and level designer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. Check out this post for more details.

● Galarian Ponyta was officially revealed and will be a Pokémon Shield exclusive. Check out some screenshots, artwork, a teaser scan from Weeky Famitsu, and trailer here.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will see an “Autumn Snackfest” spirit event begin on 11 October where after a battle, you’ll get a Snack (L) and the EXP you earn will be tripled.

● The ninth Nintendo Switch News Channel Labo VR mini-game is Shooting Game which unsurprisingly, is a shooting game! Check out more details and links to posts of all other eight VR mini-games here.

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends (which still hasn’t been confirmed for Japanese release) will apparently come with the original Bubble Bobble game.

● Check out the reversible cover of the Japanese version of Bokujou Monogatari Saikai no Mineral Town (Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town) here.

● Sega Games published a demo for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD on the Japanese Switch eShop which plays in English. The demo also confirms a rumoured major character appearing in the game. The Resident Evil 5 and 6 demos are not yet available in Japan.

● The only Hamster release this week is the 1985 Taito action game Arcade Archives The Legend of Kage (known as “Kage no Densetsu” in Japan) priced at ¥838. Screenshots and trailer posted here.

● SUCCESS announced the noughts and crosses game Maru Batsu Logic 1000! for release on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (17 October) priced at ¥1,500.

● Rising Star Games have pushed the digital release of Game Freak’s GIGA WRECKER ALT. back for a second time where it will now release on 31 October priced at ¥2,980. Rainy Frog are still set to release the packaged version on the 24th.

● Pikii announced they are localising the 2D side-scrolling action game Dungreed on the Japanese Switch eShop within 2019 priced at ¥1,500. Japanese artwork and trailer posted here.

● Hautecouture shadow dropped the mahjong puzzle game Tougenkyou Mahjong Puzzle Paisen on the Japanese Switch eShop earlier today priced at ¥499.

● Navila Software Japan also shadow dropped the 2D platformer Zangyou Akumu (CrunchTime) on the Japanese Switch eShop priced at ¥730 (the regular price is ¥980).

● Forever Entertainment announced the music game Chopin no Fukkatsu Ongaku o Sukue! (Frederic: Resurrection of Music) for release on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (17 October) priced at ¥500. Forever Entertainment also intend to release 13 more games on the Japanese Switch eShop this year including the sequel Frederic 2: Evil Strike Back. Check out the full list here.

● Publisher Anela Games Studio also announced that the first URO game will release for Switch in the near future (URO2 was announced at the Tokyo Game Show). Promo video posted here.

● The Arcade Crew announced the side-scrolling action RPG Dark Devotion for release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 24 October priced at ¥2,200.

● Sabec permanently reduced the price of the fighting game Robox on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop by over 84% from ¥1,445 to just ¥225 ($2).

● The final bit of eShop news is Bandai Namco Entertainment removing the Pretty Cure game Nari Kids Park: HUGtto! PreCure from the Japanese Switch eShop on 31 October at 23:59 JST. The other two Nari Kids Park games (Super Sentai and Ultraman) aren’t listed for removal.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw the Grim Lily Cookie in stock today. Check out the full list of items pictured, plus the video, at this post.

Dr. Mario World players have been sent 1,000 x Coins as an apology for issues with Doctor’s Orders where they can’t be completed (they advise tapping the trash icons).

Dragalia Lost players have been sent out a gift of 1,200 wyrmite to celebrate the current Fractured Futures raid event!

Fire Emblem Heroes saw Special Heroes: A Monstrous Harvest (featuring L’Arachel: Harvest Princess, Dozla: Harvest Attendant, Ilyana: Treat Harvester, and Hector: Dressed-Up Duo), the Harvest Festival Celebration, Bound Hero Battle Revivals with Hector & Matthew and Cecilia & Lilina, plus so much more detailed here.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition beat stiff competition from Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint to take this week’s top spot in the Famitsu charts with under 3,000 units between them. Nintendo Switch hardware was down to a still impressive 89,137. Check out this week’s full top 10 here.

Weekly Famitsu Issue No.160 review scores included MotoGP 19 with 30/40, Sparkle 3 Genesis with 27/40, FIFA 20 with 34/40, JackQuest with 26/40, River City Melee Mach!! with 27/40, MISTOVER with 29/40, and Family Tree with 28/40.As always, check out the full list of review scores here. Please note that the FIFA 20 score is not for the Switch version.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. stock increased today by +120 (0.29%) in Japan to close trading for the day at 40,890.00 JPY.

● Watch NyaNyaNya! Neko Mario Time Episode #149 featuring The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, and Disney Tsum Tsum Festival here.

● The Hades introduction video for Musou OROCHI 3 Ultimate (Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate) here.

● A special interview with the Banana Fritters regarding Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD here.

● More gameplay footage for Yo-kai Watch 1 for Nintendo Switch here and three videos tweeted by Level-5 here.

● The Japanese launch trailer for Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince here.

● The Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX Music Video “KINDLED SPIRITS” here with the soundtrack available from 01 November.

● The UNREAL FEST EAST 2019 development presentation for DAEMON X MACHINA here.

● And an Arc System Works pre-launch livestream for MISTOVER here.

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

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