Friday Update:Pokémon Mystery Dungeon And Pokémon Sword & Shield Expansion Pass Announced, Plus More News!

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● Apology for the late update – today was a sorely trying day to say the least and will probably have some impact on the blog later this year, as I’ll likely be having more stomach surgery. Anyway, today’s lead story is actually from yesterday with the eventful Pokémon Direct, with a brief summary and Japanese and English presentations here.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX was the first announcement at the Direct as a remake of Red and Blue Rescue Team for GBA and NDS. The game launches on 06 March, a demo is now available, as well as preloads (for ¥6,578). Check out the first two trailers here and box art here.

● Arguably taking inspiration from Monster Hunter World: Iceborne – this year’s big release will likely be the Pokémon Sword & Shield Expansion Pass which is available to preload now for ¥2,980 with the The Isle of Armor pack arriving in June 2020 and The Crown Tundra pack releasing in Fall 2020. Check out the trailer here.

● The third announcement was for the Pokémon HOME cloud service which launches in February. It’ll be free to download, although full details of the payment service have yet to be revealed.

Pokémon Sword/Shield also updated to version 1.1.0 after the Direct which added Galarian Slowpoke and more. Players can also purchase Expansion Pass Sets on the Japanese eShop for both games, priced at ¥9,558 each.

● I don’t like to make a habit of posting rumours but here is everything hinting towards a Pikmin 3 Switch port and a 29 May release date for Xenoblade: Definitive Edition.

● The amiibo Tag Team Tourney has begun in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, although was 55 minutes late due to technical problems. Check out the list of rules here.

● Four new images from Nintendo Live 2019 have been added to our Animal Crossing: New Horizons at World Hobby Fair Winter ’20 post. HORI also announced Switch and Switch Lite accessories for the game with all the details / pictures at here.

● Ubisoft announced they will be bringing Just Dance 2020 to Switch in Japan on 12 March for ¥6,380. Check out the box art here.

● Koei Tecmo Games announced the visual novel Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 7 for release on Switch in Japan on 18 June priced at ¥8,580 for the standard edition with limited editions also announced and pictured here alongside the game’s key art.

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers took a look at Okinawa in this new video which showcased the Phantom Move, Joker’s Kitchen, and Requests.

● Sega updated Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game, adding the 100m sprinter Yoshihide Kiryū, until 23 January. Introduction video posted here.

● SNK updated SAMURAI SPIRITS to Version 1.5.1 fixing weapon display issues and front kick issues with Wan-Fu.

● Justdan International updated Dusk Diver to Version 1.05 fixing a bug in Chapter 9 where it was impossible to progress in the game.

● Check out the Japanese box art for Kishi Fujii Souta no Shogi Training here.

● And Nicalis teased a physical release for VVVVVV coming to an additional platform to PS Vita. The game’s source code is also now freely available.

● Intragames announced the Metroidvania Bookbound Brigade for release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 30 January for ¥2,420. Two Japanese trailers posted here.

Puzzle & Dragons GOLD is finally available to preload on the Japanese Switch eShop for ¥1,500 and it supports English! The game is available worldwide next week (15 January).

● Taito’s Groove Coaster Wai Wai Party!!!! will receive Touhou Project Arrange Pack 2 DLC on 16 January adding 10 songs and Youmu and Murasaki avatars. Screenshots posted here.

● PLAYISM announced they are now publishing Giraffe & Annika for Switch, PS4, and PC and no longer UNTIES. The Steam version releases on 18 February for ¥1,980 with the console versions arriving later in the year.

● Bethesda Softworks updated both DOOM (1993) and DOOM II (Classic) on Switch adding 60 FPS support, Quick Save functionality and curated Add-ons.

● The first Japanese Switch eShop charts of 2020 saw Human: Fall Flat on top with Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch opening at number six. Check out the full top 10 for both Switch and 3DS here.

Fire Emblem Heroes saw Mjölnir’s Strike: Shield phase begin. Check out the new event calendar here.

Mario Kart Tour will see the Ice Tour next week with “new” characters teased here indicating an alt costume for Peach and a penguin costume for Luigi.

Pokémon GO had its best year in 2019 grossing $894 million in layer spending according to Sensor Tower. Trade Evolution is now available in the game with Boldore, Gurdurr, Karrablast, and Shelmet also now appearing.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. (7974.T) stock increased today by +60 (0.14%) in Japan to close trading for the week at 43,440.00 JPY.

● Sega announced that both SEGA AGES Shinobi and SEGA AGES Fantasy Zone will launch on 23 January in the west. Both titles are also available in Japan. Interestingly, a SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo Tsu post on the Nintendo Switch News Channel revealed a 09 January release date in Japan, although the game still isn’t available!

● The new Pokémon movie is entitled Pokémon Coco and is scheduled for 10 July release in Japan. Check out the teaser trailer here and teaser website here.

● The English battle trailer for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore.

● Episodes of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon anime here, here, here, and here.

● The Hexagroove: Tactical DJ acclaim mini-trailer.

● Another Root Film appearance video featuring Wataru Komada (Astral Chain) and i☆Ris.

● Another Void Terrarium gameplay video with commentary.

● The 2019 promo video for Giraffe & Annika.

● A promo video for the Genei Ibun Roku ♯FE Encore Best Sound Collection featuring FORTUNA ALL STARS.

● The Part 3 introduction movie for Episode 6 of Phantasy Star Online 2.

● Another Ninja Box gameplay trailer from Ninja Box TV.

● And the 39th episode for Dragalia Lost Radio Garden.

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