Wednesday Update:Luigi’s Mansion 3 Launches, Dr. Donkey Kong Coming to Dr. Mario World, Plus More News!

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● The latest first party title from Nintendo, Luigi’s Mansion 3, is now available on the Japanese Switch eShop and then in stores in a few hours time. I’m only 15 minutes in, but it’s a really strong opening and word of mouth is expected to be good.

● A “Smash by the Sword” spirit event begins in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate this week. Check out the full list of spirits including images for Link, Dark Matter, Mecha-Fiora, Pyra, Mythra, and Alucard here.

● Pre-orders are now open for the Pokémon Sword / Shield Double Pack at the My Nintendo Store and which includes codes for crystals that can be used for Max Raid Battles with Larvitar and Jangmo-o. The digital version is also now available to preload and is 9.5 GB. New screens posted here.

● A new Onion Games survey includes an option for a moon limited packaged version release with a 100 page booklet.

● Arc System Works updated the Japanese version of MISTOVER to Version 1.0.5 where you can change the battle speed, save party formation, ability to check requests, and more including balance adjustments and bug fixes.

● This week’s only Hamster game is the 1986 Konami platformer Arcade Archives Mr. Goemon priced at ¥838. Check out the eShop screenshots here.

● PLAYISM confirmed that Strange Telephone will be coming to Switch with it arriving on the eShop next week (07 November) priced at ¥980. Check out the Japanese trailer here.

● Kairosoft’s next Switch game is the manga artist simulation game The Manga Works (known as “Manga Ipponmichi” in Japan) which releases next week (07 November) priced at ¥1,500 with preloads now live. Japanese trailer posted here.

● Orange Cube announced the 2D roguelike dungeon RPG Labyrinth of the Witch (known as “Majo no Meikyuu” in Japan) will release on the Switch eShop on 14 November priced at ¥1,480. Japanese trailer posted here.

● Taito’s rhythm game Groove Coaster Wai Wai Party!!!! is releasing next week (07 November) on the Japanese Switch eShop and is now available to preload priced at ¥6,500 (not a typo).

● This week’s Japanese Switch demos were AI: The Somnium Files from Spike Chunsoft, The Legend of Dark Witch from Inside System, Invisigun Reloaded from BonusXP, and Viviette from Rainy Frog.

● Merge Games announced that the open-word adventure game Stranded Sails – Explorers of the Cursed Islands will also release on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (07 November) priced at ¥2,184 (the regular price is ¥2,570). Japanese trailer posted here.

● Forever Entertainment will be localising the comic music game Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back (known as “Chopin no Fukkatsu Akuma no Gyakushuu!” in Japan) priced at ¥500, and with preloads now live. Japanese trailer posted here.

● Square-Enix’s Romancing SaGa 3 HD Remaster is now listed on the Japanese Switch eShop for 11 November release priced at ¥3,500. Screenshots posted here.

● Storybird announced the platform shooter Guns of Mercy for release on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (07 November) with preloads now live priced at ¥1,080 (the regular price is ¥1,200). Japanese trailer posted here.

● UNTIES are publishing the visual novel Tokyo Dark – Remembrance – on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (07 November) with preloads now live at ¥1,440 (the regular price is ¥1,800). Japanese trailer posted here.

● Also coming to the Japanese Switch eShop next week (again 07 November) is the the construction company simulation game Construction Simulator 2 US – Console Edition priced at ¥2,349.

● And check out this week’s full list of new games to preload on the Japanese Switch including Flowers Shiki here.

Dr. Mario World will see both Dr. Donkey Kong and Dr. Diddy Kong arrive in a few hours time. Check out images of both here and here.

Dragalia Lost will see the Summon Showcase, Stirring Shadows (Part One), Stirring Shadows Story Event, and the facility event revival, The Accursed Archives all begin tomorrow. Look out for a dedicated post then!

Fire Emblem Heroes saw Summoning Focus: Heroes with Guard Skills featuring Laegjarn: Sheathed Steel, Caineghis: Gallia’s Lion King, and Veronica: Brave Princess.

Mario Kart Tour saw part 2 of the Halloween Tour begin with King Boo (Luigi’s Mansion) added to the second pipe along with the Ghost Ride kart and Rainy Balloons glider.

Pokémon GO has passed $3 billion in estimates according to Sensor Tower estimates. The game has also been downloaded approximately 541 million times.

Ring Fit Adventure had a great second week hold selling a further 64,045 units. The Switch version of Dragon Quest X: Ibara no Miko to Horobi no Kami Online opened with an impressive 34,836. Switch hardware also increased to 69,438. Check out the full top 10 software here

● Famitsu download estimates from 26 August – 29 September have Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition with 77,246, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening with 35,969, FINAL FANTASY VIII with 28,392, Human: Fall Flat with 27,965, and Dead by Daylight with 25,572.

● Nintendo TOKYO will see a new wet of The Legend of Zelda goods when it opens on 22 November. Check out the full list of items pictured at this post.

● My Nintendo in Japan has aw Pokémon Sword/Shield rewards including a Ballpoint Pen Set, Standing Memo Pad, and Wall Sticker Set pictured here. Check out the full list of rewards here.

● Weekly Famitsu Issue No.1613 review scores included Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair with 32/40 and Eiga Sumikko Gurashi Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko Game de Asobou!Ehon no Sekai with 28/40. Check out the full list of Famitsu review scores for Switch software here.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. stock increased again today by +700 (1.85%) in Japan to close trading for the day at 38,490.00 JPY. The Six Months Earnings Release comes after close of trading tomorrow.

● The WorldNeverland – Elnea Kingdom Original Soundtrack releases in Japan in mid-late November priced at ¥5,280

● Watch the first promo video (and view a few screenshots) for Good-Feel’s first self-published game MONKEY BARRELS here.

● The Japanese version of the FAIRY TAIL trailer here.

● Japanese launch trailer for FIA European Truck Racing Championship here.

● The Japanese trailer for Yuri here.

● A Dawn of the Breakers introduction video for Tamaki Inuyama [Cross-Dressing Maid] here.

● A couple of Japanese trailers for Frederic: Resurrection of Music here.

● A web commercial for Tokyo 2020 Olympics The Official Video Game featuring Ryota Yamagata here.

● Japanese trailer for Old School Musical here.

● And a Famitsu livestream for Arcade Archives Mr. Goemon here.

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

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