Wednesday Update：Pokémon Sword & Shield Beat Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee in 10 Days, Plus Much More News！
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● In just 10 days on sale in Japan, Pokémon Sword / Shield has already beaten Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu / Eevee in physical sales. The game sold a further 382,540 copies this week with Switch hardware an incredible 179,992. Check out the full top 10 software for Japan at this post.
● In more Pokémon Sword / Shield news: the game will add Gigantamax Snorlax in Max Raid Battles from 04 December-05 January. Check out the video(s) here which also includes the evolutions for all the Sword and Shield starters (just avoid the video if you want to avoid the spoilers as they aren’t anywhere else on the blog).
● A new “Oust Resident Evil” spirit event was announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate beginning on 29 November and lasting for five days. Check out the spirits Wesker, Leon, Chris, and Jill at this post.
● DEAD OR SCHOOL developers Studio Nanafushi are working on a new rhythm, action, and shooting game for Switch. Check out the early concept for it here.
● TAKUYO have submitted Koi no Hanasaku Hyakkaen to Nintendo as it’s now gone gold. Release date is 30 January 2020. Check out a gameplay trailer here.
● Joyfulstar announced -and published- the DS/PSP puzzle game Kuru Kuru Chameleon (known as “Chameleon: To Dye For!” in North America and “Kameleon” in Europe) on the Japanese Switch eShop priced at ¥1,000. We’ll likely get a trailer in a few hours. The game only supports Japanese language.
● Kairosoft’s 19th Switch game will be the talent agency simulation game March to a Million (known in Japan as “Million Koushinkyoku”) on the Switch eShop next week (05 December) priced at ¥1,500 with preloads now live on 28 November. Japanese trailer posted here.
● Tricore will publish the VR horror text adventure game Yuoni:Zero (known as “Yuoni:rises” in the west) on the Japanese Switch eShop on 31 January but the game no longer will support the Nintendo Labo VR Kit as planned due to raising the CERO rating. The company also announced Yuoni is in development although didn’t reveal the platform.
● Unsurprisingly, Kemco will also be publishing their 2D RPG Wizard of Brandel (known in Japan as “Brandel no Mahoutsukai”) for Switch, with the game releasing on the eShop next week (05 December) priced at ¥1,188 (the regular price is ¥1,320). It’s unconfirmed for overseas at time of posting, but is to be expected. Japanese trailer posted here.
● Unbalance announced they will be porting their smartphone othello game Minna no Othello to the Japanese Switch eShop next week too (05 December) priced at ¥980 with preloads also live. Japanese trailer posted here.
● The only demo to release on the Japanese Switch eShop this week is the visual novel D.C.4 ～Da Capo4～ with the full game also available to preload priced at ¥7,200.
● CIRCLE Ent. have a couple of games newly available to preload on the Japanese Switch eShop. Firstly with AWAY: Journey to the Unexpected releasing next week (05 December) priced at ¥1,500 and secondly, Maitetsu -Pure station- releasing on 16 January priced at ¥4,180.
● Rising Star Games shadow dropped the fantasy RPG Decay of Logos on the Japanese Switch eShop today priced at ¥1,980. Japanese trailer posted here.
● Nintendo’s next first party title Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch (or “Touhoku Daigaku Karei Igaku Kenkyuusho Kawashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu Nou wo Kitaeru Otona no Nintendo Switch Training” to give it its lengthy Japanese title) is now available to preload on the Japanese Switch eShop priced at ¥2,948. It is available from 27 December and supports English, so you maybe wise to purchase this version if you wish to play it asap!
● Headup Games’s recently announced twin-stick shooter Dead End Job will also release in Japan on 13 December priced at ¥1,820 with preloads now live.
● Onion Games apologised for the large scale update to Dandy Dungeon – Legend of Brave Yamada – being delayed, although it is still planned and will allow players to play the sequel. The reason were due to it taken longer than initially planned and also the porting of moon to Switch. Dandy Dungeon has also permanently reduced to ¥1,980 in Japan.
● Other new preloads this week not mentioned above (there’s also one in the videos section!) is City Connection’s Ninja JaJaMaru Collection on 12 December for ¥3,980, UNTIES’s Gensou SkyDrift on 12 December for ¥2,384 (regular price is ¥2,980), M2’s ESP RA.DEΨ on 19 December for ¥4,950, and Spike Chunsoft’s Terraria on 19 December for ¥4,180.
● I’ve updated the eShop sales page here with two of the highlights being 50% off Celeste (currently ¥1,080) and 25% off Cuphead (currently ¥1,485).
● Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw Flurry’s powdered cookie newly in stock. Check out the special memory and introduction video at this post. Tomorrow will see a brand new garden event.
● Dragalia Lost will see Gala Dragalia tomorrow with the initial appearance rate of 5★ adventurers and dragons up to 6%. The featured adventurer will be Elisanne. A daily free tenfold summon event will also begin.
● Fire Emblem Heroes will see the Mythic Hero – Altina: Dawn’s Trueblade arrive tomorrow for a new summoning event and battle. Introduction video posted here with artwork to follow. Today saw Grand Hero Battle Revival – Haar: Black Tempest .
● Mario Kart Tour saw Part 2 of the Winter Tour adding Pink Gold Peach, Wildfire Flyer, and Royal Parachute. Baby Mario is the featured tour gift (Dry Bowser for Gold Pass subscribers) with the Baby Mario Cup the ranked cup.
● This week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu review scores included Pretty Princess Magical Coordinate with 29/40, Motto! New Puzz Osomatsu-san ～Shinpin Sotsugyou Keikaku～ with 28/40, Juicy Realm with 32/40, PictoQuest with 28/40, Stranded Sails: Explorers of the Cursed Islands with 25/40, GIGANTIC ARMY with 27/40, and Defenders of Ekron with 29/40 . Check out the full list of reviews here.
● And digital estimates from the same magazine for 30 September-27 October included Dragon Quest X Ibara no Miko to Horobi no Kami Online with 49,512, moon with 43,527, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town with 19,456, and Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition with 10,914.
● Next week’s issue of the magazine will have a 30th anniversary SaGa series feature as the main story and includes a character poll, developer messages, and a column from the series creator Akitoshi Kawazu.
● Nintendo Co., Ltd. (7974.T) stock dropped today by -50 (0.12%) in Japan to close trading for the day at 42,530.00 JPY.
● Yesterday’s Nintendo TOKYO report was all tickets distributed by 10:22 (today’s was 10:27). Waiting times were up to three hours. Tomorrow’s weather forecast is between 45-50°F so please wrap up warm if you intend to visit.
● Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm developers Sprite have reformed after disbanding eight months ago. They plan to work on a follow up, EXTRA2, and hope to give a follow-up report in January.
● Japanese trailer for Gensou SkyDrift here.
● Japanese trailer for ESP RA.DEΨ here.
● The accolades trailer for New Super Lucky’s Tale here.
● Japanese trailer for Ganbare! Super Strikers here with the game also available to preload priced at ¥1,280.
● A tutorial movie for Genso Manege (Rêver d’un manège) here.
● The 15th “Dragon Marked For Live” livestream for Dragon Marked For Death here.
● And the release day video for Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate here.
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