Tuesday Update：Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokémon Trademarks, Captain Tsubasa, And More News！
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● New character renders from Animal Crossing: New Horizons reveal that animals can now wear both short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirts for the first time in the series history. Check out the teaser scan here.
● Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for 40 new Pokémon trademarks in Japan including moves, phrases (Gotta Catch ‘Em All), games (Pokémon Mystery Dungeon and PokéPark), and many Pokémon. Check out the full list at this post.
● Bandai Namco Entertainment announced the first Captain Tsubasa game for home consoles in a decade with Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions coming to Switch, PS4, and PC later this year and featuring 4-player local multiplayer. Check out the debut trailer and box art (plus a message from creator Yoichi Takahashi) here.
● Rainy Frog’s’ second physical release in Japan will be the Game Freak RPG Little Town Hero which releases on 23 April priced at ¥3,850. The game will also be coming to PlayStation 4 on the same date (Game Freak will be handling the digital release).
● It looks like One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 will see nine additional characters as DLC via a Character Pass. The early purchase benefit will also be Dynasty Warriors costumes for Trafalgar Law (pictured here) and Boa Hancock (pictured here).
● FREE STYLE will update Obakeidoro! to Version 1.0.10 on 24 January with balance adjustments, bug fixes, and several gameplay improvements. The Monsters also beat the Humans 64%-36% in the recent festival.
● SAT-BOX announced the fourth Voxel-series game with the 4-player Voxel Pirates releasing on 06 February in Japan priced at ¥850. Check out the trailer here. The company also announced a Battle Royal Pack DLC coming to Our Flick Erasers later this week (23 January) with four trailers posted here.
● Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw the Styled-Up Wig Collection available (picture here)along with new Sneaky Stringfish Goals taking place at Lost Lure Creek.
● Dragalia Lost saw the new Void Enemy Proud Manticore to the game’s Void Battles.
● Fire Emblem Heroes saw Tempest Trials+: Mirage Vortex begin featuring Itsuki: Finding a Path from Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore, who is profiled here.
● Mario Kart Tour will see a second multiplayer test open soon which will be open for all players of the game and not just the Gold Pass subscribers like the first test was.
● The Nintendo Switch Online app received a minor update on Android devices, although it still isn’t life on iOS.
● Bandai Namco Entertainment announced that the Tales of Festival 2020 will take place at the Yokohama Arena on 13-14 June on the series’ 25th anniversary.
● The prize money for EVO Japan is posted here with all winners receiving between ¥1/2 million and ¥1 million apart from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where the winner gets a Pro Controller with gold Smash logo.
● Nintendo Co., Ltd. (7974.T) stock increased today by +120 (0.28%) in Japan to close trading for the day at 43,110.00 JPY. We’re still playing catch-up with our patent posts but read about a Touch Pen Attachment patent here and a Settlement System patent here.
● Aksys Games announced they will be localising the following Otomate / Idea Factory titles for the west this year – Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~, Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~, Collar X Malice, Collar X Malice -Unlimited-, Piofiore: Fated Memories, and Cafe Enchante
● An emailed infographic (pictured here from Nintendo Life) shows 20 games coming to Nintendo Switch this year followed by “You can look forward to announcements throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled for more games joining this list!”
● Another email from Nintendo of America reported that iLife Technologies Inc’s claim against the Wii Remote patent had been invalidated: “Nintendo has a long history of developing new and unique products, and we are pleased that, after many years of litigation, the court agreed with Nintendo,” said Ajay Singh, Nintendo of America’s Deputy General Counsel. “We will continue to vigorously defend our products against companies seeking to profit off of technology they did not invent.” Thanks to My Nintendo News.
● The original Super Smash Bros. game for Nintendo 64 turned 21 today. Masahiro Sakurai tweeted that he doesn’t feel nostalgic as the stages are playable in Ultimate.
● The Sound of Kirby Café 2 CD releases on 28 February, priced at ¥2,820. Check out soundtrack samples here.
● A Trials of Mana Character Spotlight Trailer for Hawkeye and Riesz.
● The first promo video for Kishi Fujii Souta no Shogi Training.
● The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters Full Release trailer.
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