The latest My Nintendo rewards for Japan include 30% software discounts for Choukaiten Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido, Girls Mode 4: Star☆Stylist and Metroid: Samus Returns (all 3DS) and a Recochoku song code that can be redeemed on both Nintendo Switch and 3DS!
This week’s Media Create charts saw Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido open disastrously selling just 5,235 on Nintendo Switch and 2,392 on 3DS. Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware again with 40,834, 3DS sold just 6,842. Next week sees God Wars: Nihon Shinwa Taisen! Full Nintendo charts posted below the bump…
This week’s update to the official Nintendo LINE account sees Kinopio-kun celebrate the launch of Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido with a drawing of some sushi, artwork of himself as sushi, and a brief video added below! For the three hidden images, use the words 兄貴, 伊達巻 and わさび when talking with Kinopio-kun!
● Nintendo’s latest first-party game Choukaiten Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is now out on Nintendo Switch and 3DS. Check out our translation of the Weekly Famitsu review here. The game is yet to appear on the eShop top #30 (the Mario Tennis Ace preload is #10).
● Hamster announced the next batch of ACA NEOGEO series titles for Nintendo Switch with Bakumatsu Roman Dainimaku: Gekka no Kenshi ~Tsuki ni Saku Hana, Chiri Yuku Hana~ (The Last Blade 2), Money Idol Exchanger (Money Puzzle Exchanger), The Super Spy and League Bowling.
● Retroism announced a HD port of the arcade version of the side scrolling shooter Chuka Taisen for Nintendo Switch as Monkey King: Master of the Clouds which is being developed by Starfish-SD and scheduled for worldwide release this Summer. Announcement trailer here.
● The next ARMS Party Crash event with a theme of ‘Star Power Showdown’ begins on 15 June with Ribbon Girl vs. Twintelle.
● Konami announced that Max Bomber will soon be added to Super Bomberman R as an exclusive Nintendo Switch character. Announcement trailer added here.
● Eurogamer report that motion controls are required to catch Pokémon in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, even in handheld mode.
● Teyon Japan are preparing a new Nintendo Switch eShop title for release this month!
● Check out the official website for Team Sonic Racing including video here.
● And the official website for WORK×WORKhere with the first screenshots here.
● Thumper has been updated to Version 1.0.1 adding Video Capture and language support for Chinese and Korean.
● Pokémon GO saw the return of the Water Festival with more Water-type Pokémon appearances, plus a rare Shiny Shellder for the very first time. The Legendary Pokémon Kyogre will also return to Raid Battles.
● THQ Nordic announced that the action RPG Titan Quest will come to Nintendo Switch on 31 July. Trailer here.
● And Hi-Rez Studios announced the fantasy team-based shooter Paladins: Champions of the Realm will come to Nintendo Switch on 12 June and feature cross play with the Xbox One version. Trailer here.
● Monolith Soft opened a new studio in Iidabashi in Chiyoda, Tokyo earlier this month.
● After several days of terrible trading, Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares increased by 3.43% in Japan and 2.71% in the United States today.
● Watch two Japanese TV commercials for Mario Tennis Ace and a video of Mario taking on Rafael Nadal here. The latter video reveals that the game will be updated in September adding Swing Mode to local multiplayer.
● 10 character videos for SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy featuring Shermie, Zarina, Kula Diamond, Love Heart, Nakoruru, Yuri Sakazaki, Athena Asamiya, Leona Heidern, Sylvie Paula Paula and Mia Shiranui. here. Luong was also confirmed for the game.
● The third episode of comedy duo Yoiko (Game Center CX’s Shinya Arino and Masaru Hamaguchi) playing Indie Games, with the two playing Gorogoa and INVERSUS Deluxehere.
● A second promo video (and all the Japanese videos) for Little Nightmares Deluxe Editionhere.
● A story promo video for Makai Senki Disgaea Refine (Disgaea 1 Complete) here.
● Two extended introduction videos for Ys VIII -Lacrimosa of DANA-here.
Full page magazine advert for the latest Nintendo game Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido which is available in a few hours in Japan. Taken from the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu. Order physical copies of the magazine at the link below and use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 off!
1st reviewer: Starting from the opening anime with a theme song, the story gets developed properly, and the appearance of the mascot-like Sushigami and more made it created elaborately.
While Sushi Battles have simple rules, the timing to use combos, attacks, Sushigami’s special skills, and more makes it very deep and lets you enjoy tactics with the opponent.
I’m a bit concerned that the visibility is higher on the materials placed on top rather than the plate color that must be mainly matched. 8
2nd reviewer: The rules are simple and clear: connect plates with the same color, and attack by shooting stacked plates. Throwing a lot of plates also feels good. There are more detailed techniques other than Sushigami’s skills, such as increasing damage with combos and breaking opponent’s stacked plates by shooting, so the strategic element is unexpectedly deep.
This game being playable smoothly with not only touch controls but also button controls leaves a good impression. The story being depicted properly is also good. 8
3rd reviewer: This is a puzzle with the type of tracing, connecting, and discarding. But as the sushi plates flow on a lane that runs to the left and right, it has very high action element which makes it interesting.
Thanks to the 7 second-rule on connecting [plates], determining whether to wait for a plate with the same color to come or not feels thrilling every time.
You’ll get busy with things like activating skills or reducing opponent’s attack power by throwing plates, but both offense & defense are also fun. It is also richly created with quite a lot of anime scenes and voices. 8
4th reviewer: The overall tempo is good, and the play sensation is light. The story and world setting, which are based on sushi rolls, blow away massively, are interesting and have an impact.
The puzzle element is also simple and easy to play, and it is being created so you could taste the exhilaration of connecting plates with the same color just by simply touching them.
There is also enough replay value with collecting Sushigami, raising them and putting them in formations.
While I may have grown accustomized to it, I also felt a side effect on the slight difficulty on sense of sight due to the color differences between the plate and the sushi materials. 8
Total score: 32/40*
Target audience: Can be enjoyed by anyone
Average clear time estimate: Varies depending on the play style
This week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu saw Choukaiten Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido score 32/40 (8/8/8/8). Other scores included Fairune Collection with 27/40 (6/7/7/7), Wizard of Legend with 29/40 (7/8/7/7) and No Heroes Here with 31/40 (8/8/8/7). Check back this weekend for the full translated review of Sushi Striker!
Japanese TV commercial(s) for Choukaiten Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido which releases worldwide for Nintendo Switch and 3DS on 8 June. A demo version and preloading are now available on the Switch eShop.