Switch Shipments Will Continue in Europe & Americas
Despite temporarily suspending domestic shipments of the Nintendo Switch console (see this post), shipments will continue in Europe and the Americas, according to Nikkei, as there’s still enough stock for the West. Production has been delayed due to the coronavirus. Production at factories in China and Vietnam has returned to a certain level, although it has not fully recovered. Thanks to BlackKite for help with the translation.
Wobbly Tooth have announced that The Casebook of Arkady Smith will release worldwide for Nintendo Switch on April 16, 2020 priced at ¥1,000 / $8.99 / €7.99 / £6.99. The Casebook of Arkady Smith is described as an open world investigation game set in a futuristic city where you take on the role of Arkady Smith, the famous investigator, explore the vast city, search for hidden clues, solve fiendish puzzles ,and speak to elusive suspects in an attempt to uncover the mystery of each crime. Promo video added below…
Inti Creates have announced that the Blaster Master Zero series has sold 250,000 units worldwide and that Empress from Dragon Marked For Death will be added to Blaster Master Zero 2 as playable DLC on April 21, 2020, priced at ¥200. [Thanks, Jonathan and Naruki]
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. A Steam release was also confirmed although it won’t support cross-play with the Switch version. 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…
AQUASTYLE have updated the latest Touhou Genso Wanderer game Fushigi no Gensokyo -Lotus Labyrinth- to Version 1.13 on Nintendo Switch which fixes a bug from the previous (Ver.1.12) update where the game wouldn’t start under certain conditions. The PlayStation 4 patch was delivered last week. Purchase the packaged version of Fushigi no Gensokyo -Lotus Labyrinth- at this link.
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.