Nintendo’s Release Calendar Updated

Nintendo have updated their release calendar at the latest Six Months Earnings Release with Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore still listed as 17 January 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons still listed as 20 March 2020, Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition and the Famicom Tantei Club games listed as 2020, and Bayonetta 3, Metroid Prime 4, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 all still listed as TBA. No other first party Switch games have been revealed for next year and beyond at time of posting.

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Nintendo’s Release Calendar Updated

Nintendo have updated their release calendar at the latest Three Months Earnings Release with Animal Crossing: New Horizons still listed as 20 March 2020, Bayonetta 3, Metroid Prime 4, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 are all listed as TBA. No other first party Switch games have been revealed for next year and beyond at time of posting.

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Retro Studios Hiring Art Director For Metroid Prime 4

Retro Studios are newly looking for an Art Director “who can lead the collaborative development of Metroid Prime 4‘s artistic direction”. Check out the full list of positions including ‘Lead Character Artist’ and ‘Graphic Engineer’ and/or apply at this link. Art Director details pictured below…

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Weekly Update: The Week’s Top Japanese Nintendo Switch, 3DS, And Mobile News Stories!

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● Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi officially announced the delay of Metroid Prime 4 and a change of development to Retro Studios (with Kensuke Tanabe as Producer). Video here and transcript here.

● Bandai Namco Entertainment announced SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays for release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam in 2019.

● Nippon Ichi Software announced Satsujin Tantei Jack the Ripper (Murder Detective Jack the Ripper) for 25 April release on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

● Success announced that Umihara Kawase Fresh! will release for Nintendo Switch worldwide on 25 April priced at ¥6,264. Only Japan will see a packaged version.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate saw The More the Merrier event including Donkey Kong & Lady, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, and Octoling Girl and Octoling Boy Spirits.

● Nintendo officially announced the Boke vs. Tsukkomi Splatfest for Splatoon 2 taking place between 02-03 February at 15:00-15:00 JST. Artwork posted here.

● In other Splatoon 2 news: 10 weapons from Sheldon’s Picks from the original Splatoon game will be added shortly alongside a demo for Japan. Check out the weapons here.

Dragon Ball FighterZ will see Jiren and Videl join the fight on 31 January, Broly (DBS) and Gogeta (SSGSS) join ‘soon’ and two more fighters left. Reveal trailer posted here.

● Compile Heart announced the dungeon crawler Genkai Tokki Moero Chronicle H (Moero Chronicle Hyper) for release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 31 January.

● Image & Form Games announced the roleplaying card game SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech for 2019 release on the Switch eShop.

● h.a.n.d. announced a Box Boy clone Gabbuchi for release on the Switch eShop next week (31 January) priced at ¥800 (the preload price is ¥400).

● CyberStep will launch the action MMORPG Onigiri on the Switch eShop worldwide on 31 January as a free download, and will have cross-platform play with the Steam version.

● Four new demos released on the Japanese Switch eShop with Soikano ~Gyutto Dakishimete~, Venture Towns, Pic-a-Pix Pieces and Mugsters.

● Librica announced they will remove all 98 Dokopon Choice digital manga titles on 31 January with re-downloading options only available until 28 February.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw Fishing Tourney #10 begin (full details at this post) and Snowfall Snowman (pictures here).

Dragalia Lost was updated to Version 1.4.0 with feature improvements and bug fixes detailed at this post.

Fire Emblem Heroes saw Special Heroes: Hostile Springs with Ryoma: Samurai at Ease, Sakura: Hot-Spring Healer, Elise: Bubbling Flower and Hinoka: Relaxed Warrior. Videos here.

Super Mario Run saw the Weekend Spotlight: Heroines event with more chance to get items related to Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Pauline, and Toadette from Remix 10′s Super Bonus Game.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate holds the title of being the best-selling launch month for any exclusive videogame in U.S. history with 3.6 million units sold.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the second best-selling racing game of all time in the U.S. behind only Mario Kart Wii in lifetime dollar sales.

Nintendo Switch is the best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars in the U.S. over 2018 and outsold PS4 and XB1 combined in December.

● FuRyu Corporation applied for a HEROLAND trademark in Europe which is likely for a localisation of the Nintendo Switch/PlayStation 4 RPG WORK×WORK.

● Square Enix Co., Ltd. applied for both HD2D and HD-2D trademarks in Europe which is likely for OCTOPATH TRAVELER and future similar games.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. President Shuntaro Furukawa told the Sankei Shimbun that he is not thinking of a price cut for Nintendo Switch or a new model for now.

● Bandai Namco Entertainment announced a new videogame company Bandai Namco Sevens which will begin operations on 01 April 2019 with Takayuki Kaneko as President.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown knock New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe off the top of the Japanese software charts, opening with 202,379.

● Nintendo of Europe’s full Indie Highlights presentation with many new Nintendo Switch announcements here.

● Watch Hisashi Nogami and Shinya Takahashi discuss the making of Splatoon in this video filmed for the Design/Play/Disrupt exhibition at the V&A in London, UK.

● The third and final episode of Yoiko (Game Center CX’s Shinya Arino and Masaru Hamaguchi) playing New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe here.

● Two new gameplay videos of Yokai Watch 4 (both from the World Hobby Fair) at this post.

● The full Tenta Live set performed by Tentacles/Off the Hook from Tokaigi (Game Party Japan) here.

Friday Update: The Full Transcript Of The Metroid Prime 4 Development Update, Plus Much More News!

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● Shinya Takahashi gave a development update on Metroid Prime 4 for Nintendo Switch. Here is the full transcript:-

“Hello everyone, I am Shinya Takahashi, and I’m responsible for development at Nintendo.

Thank you so much for playing Nintendo games.

I wanted to speak with you today to give you an update on Metroid Prime 4, the newest title in the Metroid Prime series.

We deeply understand the high anticipation that Metroid Prime series fans have for this title.

We have felt it especially from the passionate words from fans we heard when we first announced this title at E3 the year before last.

Ever since the announcement, we have not been able to give you an update but as a result of the continuing development since that time – although this is very regrettable – we must let you know that the current development progress has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series.

Nintendo always strives for the highest quality in our games; and in the development phase, we challenge ourselves and confront whether the game is living up to that quality on a daily basis.

If we’re not satisfied with the quality, we aren’t able to deliver it to our customers with confidence, and the game will not live up to our fans’ expectations.

From this perspective, we have determined that the current development status of the game is very challenged, and we had to make a difficult decision as a development team.

We have decided to re-examine the development structure itself and change it.

Specifically, we decided to have the Producer, Kensuke Tanabe, work in trust and collaboration with the studio that developed the original Metroid Prime series, Retro Studios in the United States, and restart development from the beginning.

By collaborating and developing with Retro Studios, we believe we can make this game something that will meet our fans’ expectations.

We did not make this decision lightly.

This change will essentially mean restarting development from the beginning, so the completion of the game will be delayed from our initial internal plan.

We strongly recognise that this development will come as a disappointment to the many fans who have been looking forward to the launch of Metroid Prime 4.

I’d like to extend my deepest, heart-felt apologies to everyone that the launch will be delayed.

It will be a long road until the next time we will be able to update you on the development progress, and development time will be extensive.

However, we will continue developing the game so that when it is completed, it will stand shoulder to shoulder with the past Metroid Prime series titles.

On behalf of Nintendo and Retro Studios, I sincerely appreciate your understanding.

Thank you very much.”

The More the Merrier event began in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and features Legend-class spirits Donkey Kong & Lady, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, as well as Ace-class spirit Octoling Girl and Octoling Boy and much more listed at this post.

● In other Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news: the rumoured Version 2.0.0 update we posted about yesterday is official and will arrive within seven days. You will no longer be able to watch replays made with the existing version of the game. Piranha Plant is expected to be added, we’ll post the full patch notes when they’re made available!

● Nintendo officially announced the Boke vs. Tsukkomi Splatfest for Splatoon 2 taking place between 02-03 February at 15:00-15:00 JST. It’s a collaboration with CoroCoro Comic and originally was a themed Splatfest for Splatoon on Wii U. Check out the new announcement artwork here.

● Today’s Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete S live broadcast unveiled the voice actors for the game with no new release date other than the page ‘2019’ from before. Several short cutscene videos depicting the voice acting were shown with the game looking fantastic and added content was promised. View the full hour long presentation here.

● Nippon Ichi Software will publish the detective adventure game Satsujin Tantei Jack the Ripper (literally Murder Detective Jack the Ripper) on 25 April priced at ¥7,538. I’ll make a separate post the moment screens emerge (likely Monday).

● The upcoming Splatoon Koshien 2019 Official Fan Book from Kadokawa Shoten will contain a download code for exclusive Splatoon 2 Koshien Gear. You can preorder here (use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 off!).

● Success finally announced a release date for the fourth game in the Umihara Kawase classic platform series with Umihara Kawase Fresh! releasing for Nintendo Switch worldwide on 25 April priced at ¥6,264. The game will see physical release in Japan although will be digital only overseas.

● The Japanese physical release of RemiLore ~Shoujo to i Sekai to Madousho~ (RemiLore – Lost girl in the lands of Lore) will see a reversible sleev, 20 page colour manual and a cleaning cloth all pictured here. The Japanese release is set for 28 March – you can preorder here.

● Idea Factory/Otomate have opened up the official website for Reine des Fleurs for Nintendo Switch.

● A slight correction from a previous post: Prototype will publish the visual novel Taisho × Alice all in one for Nintendo Switch on 18 April and not the fourth as previously reported.

● eXtend announced the cinematic adventure game BUSTAFELLOWS for release on Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android in 2019. eXtend had previously developed the PlayStation Vita titles Ouma ga Toki: Kakuriyo no Enishi, Heiligenstadt no Uta and Side Kicks!

● UNTIES announced the four-player balloon bursting battle action game BATTLLOON will release on the Nintendo Switch eShop on 28 February with price to be confirmed. Official trailer posted here.

● Teyon Japan are currently preparing the Japanese release of the puzzle-platformer The Way Remastered with an update expected shortly.

● Two Tribes Games surprisingly launched the strategy game Swords & Soldiers on the Switch eShop in the West with Swords & Soldiers II Shawarmageddon announced for 01 March release. Both games were published by Nintendo in Japan on the Wii U eShop.

● And this week’s Japanese Nintendo eShop charts sees The Battle Cats games (Futari de!Nyanko Daisensou and Tobidasu!Nyanko Daisensou) as number one on both Switch and 3DS! View the full top 10’s here.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw Snowfall Snowman as the latest DLC character to be available to buy for your campsite (until 26 March) and priced at 350 Leaf Tickets. Check out how he looks here.

Dragalia Lost saw a double daily bonus event where the amount of rewards you can receive from daily bonuses in Dragon Trials and The Imperial Onslaught will be doubled.

● The Western release of Pokémon Duel celebrated its second anniversary and will shortly see a Z-Powered update with UX Necrozma added, UX Pikachu free, and a mystery new figure. Teaser trailer posted here.

President Shuntaro Furukawa told the Sankei Shimbun in an interview from late last year that he is not thinking of a price cut for Nintendo Switch or a new model for now. It’s unlikely Furukawa would make a contradicting public statement until shortly before the sale date of an inevitable price cut and/or revision.

Digital Trends report of a patent application by Nintendo Co., Ltd. for Eye Tracking Enabling 3D Viewing in the United States. The patent allows players to view 3D on their television sets by placing a small device on top of their set and then a marker on their head or glasses.

● Kotaro Uchikoshi (Zero Escape) says he will make an official announcement about a collaborative project between himself and Spike Chunsoft on 31 January (30th in North America). This is quite likely regarding AI: The Somnium Files.

● Mikage (formed from the ashes of Imageepoch (7th Dragon, Luminous Arc, SoniPro, Yoshi’s New Island etc) tweeted: “We are making new game works created by Imageepoch in the past. Please imagine what kind of work will be released and wait!” More information will come on 09 February.

● Sega Games announced that this year’s SEGA FES 2019 will take place on 30 – 31 March in Akihibara, Tokyo. Check out the website here.

● J. LEAGUE HOLDINGS,Inc applied for two ワンタッチパス (One Touch Path) trademarks in Japan with both including “program for commercial video game machine” in the application.

Deadline is reporting that Netflix is developing a scripted series based on the Resident Evil franchise.

● Arc System Works announced that BLAZBLUE CROSS TAG BATTLE will be coming to arcades in Japan this Spring. Check out the teaser trailer here.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares increased by +0.03% today to close trading for the week at 33,890.00.

● Off-screen gameplay footage of Yokai Watch 4 from CoroCoro and filmed at the World Hobby Fair ’19 here.

● All the videos for Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes adding a ‘Skill Actions’ trailer here.

● A gameplay video for Genkai Tokki Moero Chronicle H (Moero Chronicle Hyper) here.

● A Yo-kai Watch 3 ‘The Tale of Two Yo-kai Watches’ trailer here.

● A Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey overview trailer here.

● The Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission announcement trailer here.

● The opening movie for Tokyo School Life here.

● A RORORORO (Death Squared) free update trailer here.

● The When Ski Lifts Go Wrong launch trailer here.

● The Pikuniku launch trailer here.

● The My Memory of Us launch trailer here.

● A Sonic Mania Adventures special remix video “Big Arms” by Tee Lopes and Jun Senoue here.

● And a five days before release trailer for ROBOTICS;NOTES DaSH here.

● Thanks to Naruki for more news tips, and thanks everybody for following. Have a great weekend!

● And thanks everybody for following. Please also follow me on Twitter @japanese3ds and please buy me a coffee!

Metroid Prime 4 Developed By Retro Studios

Shinya Takahashi has given a development update on Metroid Prime 4 saying that the game “has not reached the standards expected in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series” and that “the current development status of the game is very challenged”. In response; the game’s Producer, Kensuke Tanabe is now working in collaboration with Retro Studios. Development is begin restarted from the beginning thus the game will inevitably be delayed. Japanese and English development update videos added below below…


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Pokémon Switch – ‘2018 Or Later’ 

Nintendo currently list Pokémon RPG for Nintendo Switch as ‘2018 or later’. Fire Emblem for Nintendo Switch, Yoshi for Nintendo Switch and Super Smash Bros. are all listed as ‘2018′. Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 are both listed as ‘TBA’. 

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