With today’s announcement that CERO is to suspend reviewing games until at least May 7, Chorus Worldwide have give an update on some of its upcoming Switch titles with the pictured shoot ’em up Rigid Force Redux possibly receiving a delay, although some good news as both The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters and the physical The Coma：Double Cut have received ratings and are set to release on August 6, 2020.
Inti Creates have announced via livestream that Dragon Marked for Death has sold 120,000 units on Nintendo Switch across both versions. Commemorative wallpaper will be uploaded to the official website shortly. Version 3.0.0 was reconfirmed for April 21, 2020, adding Oracle and Bandit characters. Purchase the packaged version at this link.
Armor Games Studios will also be bringing the aerial combat shoot ’em up Jet Lancer to the Nintendo Switch eShop in Japan with Kakehashi Games handling the localisation. Jet Lancer is a high-velocity aerial combat shooter where you duel enemy aviators, hunt giant robots, and defy death at supersonic speeds. It’s scheduled for launch on May 12, 2020, on Nintendo Switch, PC, and Mac. Switch trailer added below…
Pre-orders open today for the LEGO Super Mario Starter Kit at this link with the release date set for August 1, 2020 priced at $59.99 / €59.99, and coming with a free LEGO Super Mario app which has zoom and rotate viewing tools to make building easier and to share ideas with friends. Check out the new video below with Lead Designer, Jonathan Bennink, who explains how LEGO Mario jumps and saves the day in a new real-life game. Bowser and Koopa Troopa also join the adventure, in two new expansion sets: Piranha Plant Power Slide, and Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle, priced at $29.99 / €29.99 and $99.99 / €99.99 respectively.
Japan’s Computer Entertainment Rating Organization (abbreviated as CERO) have announced suspension of operations from April 8 until May 6, 2020, and possibly after. The suspension is due to Tokyo being declared a state of emergency by Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. CERO add that it is not possible for staff and reviewers to work from home. All staff will be on standby at home, and the office will be closed during this time. It’s inevitable that multiple game releases will now receive delays going forward until normal service resumes.
Nintendo have announced that the Nintendo TOKYO store will close from April 8, 2020, until further notice due to the closure of the Shibuya PARCO facilities. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in several regions in Japan including Tokyo, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier today, the Kirby Caféannounced its plans to close. Read our previous posts about Nintendo TOKYO here.
Nintendo have tweeted that Nintendo Switch systems (including the pictured Animal Crossing edition) and Nintendo Switch Lite systems will not be shipped this week in Japan except to persons that have placed reservations. Nintendo will inform about the future shipping schedule for next week and beyond in due course. In related news: Digitimes report of an increased Switch production by 20% in the past two weeks.
HAL Laboratory have announced the temporary closure of Kirby Café TOKYO, along with the Kirby Café The Store TOKYO, from April 8, 2020, until further notice due to the closure of the café’s commercial facilities. Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency for several areas of Japan, including Tokyo, due to the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic. All reservations have thus been cancelled.
Nintendo have tweeted that there have been an increasing amount of reports this month over third parties logging-in to users’ Nintendo Accounts and illegally using their credit card information. Nintendo recommend the use of 2-Step Verification to prevent unauthorised log-in to your account, as well as avoiding using the same ID and passwords as with other accounts. More details can be found on the dedicated webpage (in Japanese) or details of how to set up 2-Step Verification (in English) at this Nintendo of America webpage.