My Time at Portia Packaged Version Announced

Game Source Entertainment have announced they will be publishing a packaged version of Kimi no Machi Portia (My Time at Portia) for Nintendo Switch in Japan later in 2019 priced at ¥4,104. Chorus Worldwide will be publishing the Japanese packaged version on 14 December. Box art added below…

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Vasara Collection Dated For Japan

Chorus Worldwide have announced that VASARA Collection will release in Japan on 14 November. The Nintendo Switch and Xbox One versions will be digital only with the PlayStation 4 version physical (box art added below). The collection includes both the shoot ’em up games Vasara and Vasara 2. Thanks to Naruki.

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Nintendo Switch eShop Charts

  1. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Nintendo)
  2. Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo)
  3. ASTRAL CHAIN (Nintendo)
  4. Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan)
  5. OCTOPATH TRAVELER (Square-Enix)
  6. GOD EATER 3 (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  7. Sky Ride (MUTAN)
  8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)
  9. Overcooked! Special Edition
  10. Futari de!Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
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Roguelike Hero Announced For Switch

Death Coming and Muse Dash publishers X.D. Network have announced an all-new 2.5D action game Roguelike Hero for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC, releasing in Japanese, English, and Chinese languages later in 2019. The game sees you as a lowly actor who must defeat the enemy characters in order to appear in the most roles possible. You have no special abilities and must rely on shameless pride and a sense of justice. Screenshots and introduction video added below. Thanks to Famitsu.

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Loki Confirmed For Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Nintendo of America have confirmed that Loki will be a playable character in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, that Cyclops and Colossus (pictured below) will be included in a free update on 30 August, and the first DLC pack includes Blade, Moon Knight, Punisher, and Morbius!

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KILL la KILL the GAME IF Demo

A demo for KILL la KILL the GAME IF is now available on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop. The full game launches next week (25 July) priced at ¥6,800, and supports English. Pre-order a physical copy here and use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off. Thanks to Naruki.

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Japan’s Favourite Splatoon 2 Weapon is the N-ZAP 85!

The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine has a 78 page feature on Splatoon 2 and includes the results of the readers’ favourite weapons. N-ZAP 85 is the most popular with 428 pts (it was also the most popular in the first game), followed by Dapple Dualies with 403 pts, and Splat Roller with 368 pts. Check out more select poll results below…

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the Best-Selling Game of 2019

This week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu featured the 100 best-selling games for the first half of 2019. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the highest ranking Switch game with 779,845 units sold and at #2 overall, followed by New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe with 643,426, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 318,492. Check out the full top 100 here. Image thanks to @7C4FoH0rwv6oijE.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Adds Miraitowa And More

Sega Games have announced that next week’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics The Official Video Game will add Tokyo 2020 mascot Miraitowa as a playable character as well as a variety of other costumes. The demo will also now be available until 19 September. Buy the full game here and use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off. Images added below…

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Yoiyami Dreamer Preloads

Mediascape’s upcoming 2D platform game Yoiyami Dreamer is now available to preload on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop priced at ¥1,500, requiring 539 MB, supporting Japanese only, and launches next week. The game is developed by Tripper Room, and features seven worlds, with each featuring a boss at the end. Japanese trailer added below…

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 Box Art

Japanese box art for Luigi’s Mansion 3 (or Luigi Mansion 3 as it’s called there) which releases for Nintendo Switch on 31 October. Preorder the game here and use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off. A better look at the box below…

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Robot Kit and Variety Kit Updated

Nintendo have updated both the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit and Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Drive Kit games to Version 1.1.0 adding Russian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean language support to both titles.

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Splatoon 2 Update Live!

Nintendo have updated Splatoon 2 to Version 4.9.1 where:-

  • The data for the Final Splatfest has been updated.
  • Fixed an issue causing the player to appear in an unintended location after falling into water while performing a dodge roll with a Dualie weapon equipped.
  • Downloading the latest update will prevent matching with players at the Shoal that are using previous update data.
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Fire Emblem: Three Houses Review

1st reviewer: The livelihood in the Officer Academy is much more fun than I thought. When I hold my teacher cane, I gradually grew affections to even students whom I hated before; what a mystery. As you can also teach very freely, you’re guaranteed to get addicted into raising yourself and your students. [This game] is kind with a lot of convenient features such as the Divine Pulse which lets you rewind time, auto-movements and more. Thanks to the Gambits and Combat Arts, the strategy breadth has also broadened. There are also some hype moments in the story development. 9

2nd reviewer: Due to the two-part [story] composition, raising characters have a higher degree of freedom when compared to past series title, and the story is also depicted dramatically which is well done. Although interacting with and raising characters in the Officer Academy era is rather tedious, it’s fun to think how one should grow up, and furthermore you’ll also grow affection towards the characters due to that. The structure where the scenario splits based on the chosen house also heightens the desire to do another playthrough quickly. 9

3rd reviewer: As you raise the students’ abilities through lessons and deepen interactions through events and more, before you know it they have become irreplaceable. I’m glad that the Support Conversations between students are plentiful and also fully voiced. As the school life is lively, I’m surprised at the second part’s serious story development, but I get hyped when I can see the students’ growth. Battles are comfortable while having a sense of presence. There is also a liveliness of variations on things like using the new Battalion feature against gigantic beasts. 10

4th reviewer: The prominent thing here is the broad range where beginners can enjoy like a beginner would, and experts can enjoy like an expert would. To be honest, although there is a lot of information that must be memorised, I didn’t really find it to be complicated; it has an appeal where I can smoothly get into the game even when it is my first time playing this genre. The story progression, interweaved by characters with a plenty of personalities, feels pleasant as if you’re watching a good-quality drama. With the Officer Academy life as the axis, the way it’s created – where you can taste even more fun in interacting with and sensing the growth of characters – is excellent and great. 9


Total score: 37/40

Review originally appeared in Weekly Famitsu magazine, and is translated by BlackKite. This translation is © Copyright Japanese Nintendo. Please link to the Japanese Nintendo website (https://japanesenintendo.com/) at the top of the review if posting elsewhere.