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Uh, our apologies if you wanted to go into Festivus blind.

The usually tight pre-Direct ship of Nintendo appears to have sprung a leak.

A new listing on Nintendo's Japanese language game schedule has revealed an unannounced Kirby game. Roughly translated to "Discovery of the Stars", the game is slated for a spring 2022 launch in Japan.

The link to the page itself goes to a "page not found" message, though there is a better than average chance that will change following the Direct. The same schedule page has also added Bayonetta 3 to the 2022 list with Splatoon 3 and the sequel to Breath of the Wild.

TalkBack / Nintendo Direct To Air September 23
« on: Yesterday at 06:03:00 AM »

We would reset the clock but we had to send it to Halifax for every time someone wangs a vehicle into the MacKay Bridge tollbooths.

The happening bunker is now open.

A Nintendo Direct will air tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT / midnight CET. It is scheduled for 40 minutes and the advertised focus is "Nintendo Switch games launching this winter."

TalkBack / Nintendo Launching New Controller Soon?
« on: Yesterday at 03:06:10 AM »

Someone at NoA might be singing Eric Idle's FCC Song right about now.

An FCC filing for a new Nintendo controller which was originally to stay under wraps until March is now set to expire this week.

The filing for a new game controller was discovered last week, but the documentation was originally slated to remain confidential until March of next year. Per a recent amendment discovered by Twitter alias Rosti, this filing will now be available on September 24 - this Friday.

The model number is HAC-043 for the new controller, whatever form it takes: all Switch-related part numbers begin with HAC-. (The system itself is HAC-001, and the rev is HAC-001-01.) 042 refers to the Nintendo Switch Online SNES controller, while 040 and 041 are reserved for styluses produced for Super Mario Maker and Brain Age. The Switch Online NES controllers have model numbers 033 and 034, but 044 is used for the arrow markers in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit so whatever the controller is, it can be used solo. The FCC would only be involved if there was any form of wireless transmission involved in the operation of the device.

TalkBack / The Good Life Coming Home On October 15
« on: September 20, 2021, 07:00:00 AM »

Yes, you can pet the dog - or become one, we won't judge.

The odd tale of The Good Life is finally coming out on Switch next month.

Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro (The Missing, Deadly Premonition)'s White Owls Inc have announced that their crowdfunded adventure game The Good Life will release on October 15. It was originally announced for Switch in the March 2020 Indie World show.

In trying to find the secret behind "the happiest place on Earth", players will be able to play as a photographer, a dog, or a cat as they try to uncover the town's mysteries.


Maybe they can throw in the Disney Afternoon Collection and Shinji Mikami's Goof Troop while they're at it? UPDATED WITH UPGRADE OPTION NEWS.

UPDATE 11:55am EDT Thursday, Sept. 23: Nighthawk Interactive has confirmed in an email to Nintendo World Report that an upgrade option for owners of the existing Aladdin/Lion King pack will be available: the DLC will be US$9.99.  Original story follows.

The mouse is making their Switch roar just a little bit louder.

Vooks has obtained confirmation - including European box art - for an updated Disney Classics Collection launching in November. In addition to the existing package which contained the Genesis / Mega Drive version of Aladdin produced by Virgin Interactive and several versions of licensed games based on The Lion King, the new package contains the SNES, Genesis, and Game Boy versions of The Jungle Book as well as the Super Nintendo version of Aladdin. All of the quality of life features added in this package - rewind, fast-forward, quick save - will also be retained.

The Super Nintendo version of Aladdin was actually produced and published by Capcom, though it was released originally in the same month as the Genesis version. We previously examined the SNES version by way of its Game Boy Advance port in 2014.

At this point, it is not known if an upgrade path - either by way of a free update or DLC - will allow owners of the existing package to get the added games, or if a whole new purchase is required.

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - September 23, 2021
« on: September 20, 2021, 04:00:00 AM »

Can someone pass me seven Dragon Balls so I can make a certain company's C-suite disappear?

We've got a major retail release this week for Anime World Report as Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (with a bunch of DLC included) is getting squeezed onto Switch somehow. We've dispatched our top Senzu Bean fans to look into that one and provide a report. We've also dispatched John for yet another space game after the, uh, dozen or so that have come out this month in Spacebase Startopia. Or you could deal with a remaster from a company being sued by California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing for abuse of workers, destroying evidence thereof, and obstructing the ongoing investigation. (I'm readily aware this is approaching copypasta status, but the "find out" stage of their decade+-long f**king around campaign continues to come out and Kotick's still employed.)

On the small side, you can get your cat fight on with Fisti-Fluffs (Indie World veteran alert), or get your president on in Suzerain. (Can you sign an executive order to f**k cancer like in Saints Row IV? Please say yes.) My Switch Lite will get another item with Grisaia Phantom Trigger 06, and name of the week honors go to fighting game Mage Quit.

The only Japan-exclusive release for now seems to be another mobile port from the Flyhigh Claudia RPG series.

North America

Switch Retail

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (US$59.99/C$79.99: Friday)

Spacebase Startopia ($49.99/$66.49: Friday)

Street Outlaws 2: Winner Takes All ($49.99: Tuesday/$)

Diablo 2: Resurrected ($39.99/$59.99)

The Addams Family: Mansion Mayhem ($39.99/$50.39: Friday)

Switch eShop

Staxel ($24.99/$29.99)

Fisti-Fluffs ($19.99/$27.00)

Embr ($19.99/$26.59)

Mountain Bike Hill Climb Race: Real 2D Arcade Dirt Racing Games ($19.99/$24.99)

Suzerain ($17.99/$23.99)

Beast Breaker ($15.00/$18.00)

Grisaia Phantom Trigger 06 ($14.99/$19.94: Wednesday)

Mage Quit ($14.99/$19.99)

The Plane Effect ($14.99/$19.94)

Haustoria ($12.99/$17.28: Friday)

S.W.A.N: Chernobyl Unexplored ($12.49/$16.61)

In My Shadow ($12/$15.99: Saturday)

Monster Truck Arena ($11.99/$15.95: Friday)

Chef's Tail ($11.49/$15.28)

Super Arcade Football ($9.99: Sunday)

Sakura Swim Club ($9.99/$12.99)

Crisis Wing ($7.99/$9.99: Wednesday)

Hampuzz ($6.99/$not releasing)

Work Trip ($4.99/$6.64: Sunday)

Don't Touch this Button! ($4.99/$6.99: Friday)

Top Down Racer ($4.99/$6.99: Friday)

Cube Samurai: Run Squared ($4.99/$6.64: Wednesday)

Blind Postman ($3.99/$5.31: Friday)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: Dicey Dungeons is 66% off until September 29. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier


Switch Retail

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (€59.99/£49.99: Friday)

Spacebase Startopia (€49.99/£44.99: Friday)

Street Outlaws 2: Winner Takes All (€49.99/£39.99: Tuesday)

Diablo 2: Resurrected (€39.99/£34.99)

The Addams Family: Mansion Mayhem (€39.99/£34.99: Friday)

Switch eShop

Fantasy Friends: Under the Sea (€24.99/£22.49: Friday)

Fisti-Fluffs (€21.99/£19.99)

Staxel (€19.99/£19.99)

Mountain Bike Hill Climb Race: Real 2D Arcade Dirt Racing Games (€19.99/£17.99)

Embr (€19.99/£15.99)

Suzerain (€16.99/£15.99)

Grisaia Phantom Trigger 06 (€14.99/£13.49: Wednesday)

The Plane Effect (€14.99/£12.99)

Mage Quit (€12.69/£11.39)

S.W.A.N: Chernobyl Unexplored (€12.49/£11.29)

Haustoria (€12.99/£11.69: Friday)

Beast Breaker (€12.00/£10.00)

In My Shadow (€11.99/£10.99: Saturday)

Monster Truck Arena (€11.99/£10.79: Friday)

Chef's Tail (€11.49/£10.39: Wednesday)

Super Arcade Football (€9.99/£9.99: Monday)

Sakura Swim Club (€9.99/£9.99)

Smash Reversi (€8/£8)

Crisis Wing (€7.99/£6.99: Wednesday)

Hampuzz (€5.49/£4.99: Wednesday)

Don't Touch this Button! (€4.99/£4.99: Friday)

Top Down Racer (€4.99/£4.99: Friday)

Work Trip (€4.99/£4.49: Sunday)

Star Drives (€4.99/£4.49: Friday)

Blind Postman (€3.99/£3.59: Friday)


Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (¥7348)

Diablo 2: Resurrected (¥5280)

Mountain Bike Hill Climb Race: Real 2D Arcade Dirt Racing Games (¥2499)

Mage Quit (¥1656)

Bug Academy (¥1500)

Grisaia Phantom Trigger 06 (¥1500)

Haustoria (¥1499)

Flyhigh Claudia 4: Eternal Bonds (¥800)

Galactic Invasion (¥599)

TalkBack / Olympia Soiree (Switch) Review
« on: September 18, 2021, 09:48:25 AM »

Is it the color of your future?

After Aksys had a breakneck pace for visual novel localization on Switch last year, Olympia Soiree represents their first release in the genre since February, and the first localization not available elsewhere since last November. The extra time allowed for a nice reading break for me, but also allowed the editors some extra time to make sure the bugs were ironed out - and Olympia’s is a fine soiree even if there are some troubling spots.

#TeamHandheld checking in

The story takes place across a pair of islands located near Japan. The main one is Tenguu Island, which is home to a society of people who are sorted by a strict hierarchy based on hair and eye color. The primary colors represent the top tier, with secondary colors the tier below, and black is the bottom tier (which sounds a lot like real life). “People of the black”, people with odd color traits or criminals - such as people who express love outside their color - are forced to live in an underground area called Yomi. (The reference to the Japanese underworld is entirely intentional.) The main character “Olympia” (an alias, the player enters her “true” name only revealed to a lover most of the time) was born on the nearby Tennyo Island, a land where only white-haired women who dance to keep the sun shining lived. A tragedy caused Olympia to be the last woman of the island alive, and on her 18th birthday she’s thrown out into the island to find a husband in order to “repopulate the White”: any child she bears will be of her color. And there’s a one year time limit or she’d be forced to marry the head of the island’s intelligence agency. Olympia has one advantage: she can legally marry anyone she wants, which serves as a major source of conflict as she pursues some of her six different suitors.

Between the outright racism and “make babies” plotline, there’s enough to warrant major content warnings here already. Given the game’s M rating in North America, let me throw in the following as other elements encountered in the game: Fantasy violence, drug use, abusive men, stalkers, dubious consent even with the suitors, at least one guaranteed rape scene, and one bad ending features a scene that is definitely paedophilia.

Getting to the worst ending is a very difficult proposition: Olympia Soiree has four suitors available from the start, with completing those unlocking the fifth; getting the good ending on the fifth unlocks the final route. There’s a long opening route leading up to the choice, and if you want to get through to the choice quickly know that the “skip text I read” option is quite slow on the default setting. Cranking it to the max still makes it take about 15 minutes to get through to the choice, and there isn’t a single choice until after it. Once down the road, there’s a nice bit of instant feedback with the choices that are all binary; a compass appears that will light up if you made the choice for a good ending. (This is an optional setting.) Each route has one good ending and two bad ones: thankfully, the story is complete enough with the good endings that I didn’t feel the need to go beyond one bad end to verify the contents. (At which point I needed several very stiff drinks.)

For the second time this year, we’ve got an error in the text editing for an Aksys/Idea Factory otome that is in the single digits; given the first one was a sequel release, it’s nice to see the extra time worked well for them. In fact, there’s not enough text: whenever I returned to the main menu after finishing a route (or later on booting the game) there would be a speech from one of the suitors that isn’t subtitled. I had no idea if they were giving instructions for unlocking items in the gallery, randomly declaring their love for me, or idly discussing the weather since I have no ability to translate spoken Japanese. There weren’t any crashes during the story, but there was a long load (15 seconds in handheld) between opening the menu and being able to select a save slot.

She's got the Michaels WM25 match at *****.

Given the entire point of these games is romance, it’s not surprising that there aren’t any unattractive people in Olympia Soiree, though there were a few more named characters described rather than being shown than I would like. Even with some of the backgrounds doing double duty - there’s a few alleys in the Yomi section of the island that are represented by the same background - there’s still a good amount of environmental variety. The voice acting betrays a lot of emotion, while the background music was mostly that - no standout tracks here.

There’s been a fair few games where I’ve thought about the events of the game for a while afterwards. Maybe it’s my choice of romance games, but Olympia Soiree is the first time the good route of a game still caused me to have a nightmare when I went to sleep that night. If you’re ready to deal with this kind of story, then take the plunge.

TalkBack / New Switch Firmware Adds Support For Bluetooth Audio
« on: September 14, 2021, 04:14:31 PM »

No mics, no folders, but still a major boost.

A new version of Switch system software has added far more than stability.

The version 13 update, available now, has activated support for Bluetooth audio. A list of restrictions for using the headphones can be found on Nintendo's support page, but the major ones are only one headset can be active at a time and using headsets limits the available controllers to two wireless ones (eg: one set of Joy-Cons).

Other features in the update include an option for upgrading firmware on the docks that will come with the Switch OLED, and an option to restrict internet access to a system when in sleep mode for additional battery savings. By default, the latter setting maintains the internet connection fully (for background downloading).

TalkBack / Nintendo Sales Panic: August 2021 US NPD Group Results
« on: September 14, 2021, 04:07:03 PM »

Can the Switch hang onto its US unit lead in a month with so many hard hitters on other platforms?

A lot of hard hitters for PC and other consoles came out in August, but the Switch is still all over the NPD's latest sales survey.

All totals based on US sales estimates from August 1 - 28, ranked by revenue unless otherwise noted. Nintendo does not supply digital sales to the NPD survey, though third parties have the option.

Hardware saw the Switch as the best selling console in the United States by units, its streak in this department now reaching 33 months. The PlayStation 5 was the top money maker in hardware, sold at $200 more than the comparable Switch system ($199/$399 Switch Lite/digital PS5, $299/$499 standard Switch/disc PS5).

The most marketed release of August that the NPD would track is No More Heroes 2 from Marvelous, which was co-marketed with Nintendo, but it did not crack the top 20. Madden NFL took its traditional August victory. The top Nintendo first party title in the top 20 was Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in 6th, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD held in 7th following its top slot performance in July.

Other Nintendo games in the top 20 were Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (11th), Animal Crossing: New Horizons (14th), Pokemon Sword/Shield (15th), Super Mario 3D World (17th), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (18th), Mario Golf: Super Rush (19th), and Super Mario Party (20th). Minecraft (8th, #10 on Switch) and Mortal Kombat 11 (16th) retained their slots in the top 20 as the third party Switch titles in the top 20.

The September report will feature the launch of NBA 2k22, as well as WarioWare: Get It Together's launch month.


A logical move unless you're planning to trade the old one in to upgrade.

The trade price of the Switch is dropping across Europe as we move toward the OLED in a few weeks.

Nintendo have confirmed a reduction in the trade price (price paid by retailers) of the Switch, and the price when buying directly from a regional Nintendo store has been reduced to €269.99 (down €60) in Europe and £259.99 (down £20) in the United Kingdom. As Nintendo of Europe does not set recommended retail prices other retailers may go lower, but Amazon's European branches are matching the Nintendo price.

In a statement to Video Games Chronicle, NoE cited improved exchange rates and the need to differentiate between the Switch (regular) and Switch OLED as the reasons for the reduction.

Although Nintendo of America has not confirmed a price drop of the Switch for the United States market, Canadian retailers yesterday began selling the Switch for C$379.99 with no defined end date: this was the price the system launched at before increasing to $399.99 when the Switch chipset was revised in August 2019.

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - September 16, 2021
« on: September 13, 2021, 04:51:00 AM »

What treats potentially await for my brother's birthday?

It took several weeks, but we finally have our hot skateboarding game for 2021 - yes, Skatebird is 900ing into our hearts this week, and I for one can't wait to shred with the sparrows. It's quite a busy one - as is most weeks on Switch - with retail privileges afforded to the... president of the United States following a nuclear bomb?... in Ni no Kuni II (and this sentence is more of a push than Bandai Namco has given it since it was announced), and the stylus-packing Colors Live.

The other big theme of the week is veterans of past presentations - in addition to Skatebird (Indie World Dec 2019), we have Eastward (last month's Indie World "one more thing"), Toem (last month) and Cruis'n Blast (June Nintendo Direct). Wouldn't it be a hoot if we get one of those this week? If Ni no Kuni II isn't filling your "furry themed strategy" needs, there's also Tails of Iron - toss a coin to your Witcher - and Barnum/Bailey not included in The Amazing American Circus. Throw in former Minecraft port house's survival title Project Winter, and... well, hope you get some vacation time before the end of the year.

Among the releases in Japan that I'm watching for - though it probably won't be here until 2023 - is "Charade Maniacs", which has Idea Factory/Otomate taking a stab at social deduction (with a lot of attractive dudes). BanG Dream Girls is also published by Bushiroad, who you might now better as the owners of Japanese women's wrestling promotion Stardom - and its spear counterpart, New Japan Pro Wrestling.

North America

Switch Retail

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (US$59.99/C$79.99: Friday)

Colors Live ($29.99/$34.99: Tuesday)

Switch eShop

Cruis'n Blast ($39.99/$49.99: Tuesday)

Jigsaw Masterpieces EX - Kawaii Cute Goddesses ($29.99/$39.89)

Metallic Child ($29.99/not releasing)

Eastward ($24.99/$28.99)

Tails of Iron ($24.99/$29.99: Friday)

Flynn: Son of Crimson ($19.99/$26.59: Wednesday)

Beyond Enemy Lines: Remastered Edition ($19.99/$26.59)

Skatebird ($19.99/$26.59)

The Amazing American Circus ($19.99/$26.59)

Project Winter ($19.99/$25.00)

Toem ($19.99/$26.59: Friday)

Razion EX ($19.95/$25.95)

Catlateral Damage: Remoewstered ($14.99/$19.99: Wednesday)

Metal Slug 1st & 2nd Mission ($14.99/$19.94: Wednesday)

Don't Forget Me ($14.99/$19.94)

Squabble ($14.99/$12.99: Saturday)

Elva the Eco Dragon ($12.99/$21.30)

Between Time: Escape Room ($9.99/$12.99: Wednesday)

Murder Diaries ($9.99/$13.99)

Family Vacation 2: Road Trip ($9.99/$13.29)

Nexomon ($9.99/$13.29: Friday)

Rift Adventure ($7.99/$9.99)

Smashy Road: Wanted 2 ($7.99/$9.99: Friday)

Crypto Is Dead ($5.99/$7.97)

Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Texas Hold'em ($5.99/$7.99)

Pool: 8 Ball Billiards ($5.99/$6.49)

Mindcell ($5.00/$6.65: Wednesday)

Marble Parkour ($4.99/$6.64: Friday)

Titan Chaser ($4.99/$5.99: Wednesday)

Push-Ups Workout ($4.99/$5.99)

Dojoran ($4.99/$5.99: Friday)

Galactic Invasion ($3.99/$5.99: Friday)

Bubble Shooter FX ($3.99/$5.31)

Love Colors ($3.99/$4.99: Friday)

Pipe Fitter ($3.99/$4.90)

Switch Archives

Soldam ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: Cities: Skylines is 75% off until the 17th and various Star Wars are half off until the 24th. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier


Switch Retail

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (€59.99/£49.99: Friday)

RiMS Racing (€49.99/£44.99)

Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions (€34.99: Monday/3 Sept release)

Colors Live (€29.99/£24.99: Tuesday)

Switch eShop

Cruis'n Blast (€39.99/£34.99: Tuesday)

Equistrian Training (€34.99/£31.49: Tuesday)

Jigsaw Masterpieces EX - Kawaii Cute Goddesses (€24.99/£22.49)

Eastward (€24.99/£21.99)

Metallic Child (€24.99/£19.99)

Tails of Iron (€24.99/£21.99: Friday)

Flynn: Son of Crimson (€19.99/£17.99: Wednesday)

Beyond Enemy Lines: Remastered Edition (€19.99/£17.99)

Project Winter (€19.99/£17.99)

The Amazing American Circus (€19.99/£17.99)

Razion EX (€19.95/£17.95)

Toem (€17.99/£16.19: Friday)

Metal Slug 1st & 2nd Mission (€14.99/£13.49: Wednesday)

Don't Forget Me (€14.99/£13.49)

Squabble (€14.99/£13.49: Friday)

Catlateral Damage: Remoewstered (€12.99/£11.99: Wednesday)

Elva the Eco Dragon (€12.99/£11.69)

Murder Diaries (€9.99/£9.99)

Between Time: Escape Room (€9.99/£8.99: Wednesday)

Family Vacation 2: Road Trip (€9.99/£8.99)

Nexomon (€9.99/£7.99: Friday)

Rift Adventure (€7.99/£6.99)

Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Texas Hold'em (€5.99/£5.49)

Dojoran (€4.99/£4.99: Friday)

Office Simulator (€4.99/£4.49: Sunday)

Crypto Is Dead (€4.99/£4.49)

Push-Ups Workout (€4.99/£4.49)

Earth Marines (€4.99/£4.49: Friday)

Marble Parkour (€4.99/£4.49: Friday)

Titan Chaser (€4.99/£3.99: Wednesday)

Mindcell (€4.30/£4.00: Wednesday)

Galactic Invasion (€3.99/£3.99: Friday)

Pipe Fitter (€3.99/£3.59: Wednesday)

Bubble Shooter FX (€3.99/£3.59)

Love Colors (€3.99/£3.59: Friday)

Switch Archives

Soldam (€6.99/£6.29)


SINce Memories Under The Starry Sky (¥7700)

BanG Dream Girls Band Party (¥7678)

Charade Maniacs (¥7150)

Spacebase Startopia (¥6578)

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (¥6380)

Cruis'n Blast (¥4390)

Metallic Child (¥3980)

Colors Live (¥3495)

Jigsaw Masterpieces EX - Kawaii Cute Goddesses (¥3480)

Tails of Iron (¥3080)

Eastward (¥2680)

Amamane 2 (¥2420)

Project Winter (¥2350)

The Amazing American Circus (¥2350)

Toem (¥2180)

Flynn: Son of Crimson (¥2090)

Skatebird (¥2050)

Predator And Wreck (¥1990)

Catlateral Damage: Remoewstered (¥1650)

Sky Racket (¥1520)

Metal Slug 1st & 2nd Mission (¥1500)

Elva the Eco Dragon (¥1170)

Evergate (¥1100)

Murder Diaries (¥999)

Escape from the Fortress Prison (¥990)

Soldam (¥838)

Rift Adventure (¥800)

Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Texas Hold'em (¥600)

Mystica (¥500)


So many bricks, so little room.

The Nintendo-LEGO collaboration has produced a new block.

A new set was announced today that takes the form of a giant ? block which opens to reveal versions of stages from Super Mario 64. The collection will be a LEGO Store exclusive starting on October 1, with other retailers following in 2022, and the set will retail for US$169.99 or equivalent.

Stages include the famous castle and Bob-omb Battlefield, while the characters will be represented by "microfigures".


One spinoff, one standalone title this time.

NIS America is bringing back another pair of older RPGs next spring.

The doods have announced Prinny Presents: NIS Classics Volume 2 for a spring 2022 release. The pair of titles included in this pack are:

  • Makai Kingdom: Reclaimed and Rebound is a remastered version of a 2005 PlayStation 2 title, with expanded content from a 2011 PlayStation Portable re-release. A spinoff of Disgaea, the main character Zetta is forced to bind his soul to a book in order to save his realm from destruction.
  • ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman is an original title released on PSP in 2011. The chapter-based game features Mystery Dungeon-style exploration of dungeons where the level resets on entry, but total levels gained are added to a "base level", with a turn-based fight in the style of games from Dragon Quest to a high-end RPG at the end of each chapter.

As is standard NIS America policy, a limited edition is available from their online store for $99.99 US which includes a soundtrack, hardcover artbook, and coin set.

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - September 9, 2021
« on: September 06, 2021, 04:00:00 AM »

A week headlined by an organization that's all about the money, and also WarioWare.

...I can't help but think that this list is going to end up radically expanding by the end of the week, but it's already pretty busy. WarioWare: Get it Together is the headliner of course, with the first WarioWare to have original microgames since Wario said "screw it, you make it" on the original DS. Author appeal comes in the form of the high-key Olympia Soiree which will get about 500 Norwegian kroner out of me, and on the low-key NBA 2K22 if I can afford the over 9000GB it'll inevitably require. There's also Sonic Colors Ultimate, which... well, it has been patched but that's apparently not helping.

The download space is probably headlined by a game I've been misspelling the subtitle for in BloodRayne: Fresh Bites, but we all know the true banger is Espgaluda II (from the folks what brought you Mushihimesama). There's also Dice Legacy for those who prefer a little gaming in their RPGs but don't want to deal with a children's card game and another modern take on the old PC game Boulder Dash.

Japan gets Ys IX: Monstrum Nox a fair bit later than the rest of the world.

North America

Switch Retail

NBA 2K22 (US$59.99/C$79.99: Friday)

Olympia Soiree ($49.99/$66.49)

WarioWare: Get It Together! ($49.99/$64.99: Friday)

Sonic Colors Ultimate ($39.99/$53.49: Tuesday)

Switch eShop

Lost in Random ($29.99/$39.99: Friday)

Ultra Age ($29.99/$39.89)

Dice Legacy ($19.99/$26.99)

BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites ($19.99/$26.59)

Espgaluda II ($19.99/$26.59)

Mystik Belle Enchanted Edition ($19.99/not releasing)

Residual ($19.99/$24.99)

Hindsight 20/20 - Wrath of the Raakshaka ($14.99/$19.94)

Lovekami -Healing Harem- ($14.99/$19.94)

Smashing the Battle: Ghost Soul ($14.99/$19.94)

Boulder Dash Deluxe ($14.99/$18.99)

Knights and Guns ($14.99/$19.95: Friday)

Highschool Romance ($12.99/$17.99)

Frontier Quest ($11.99/$13.49: Wednesday)

Idle Inventor - Factory Tycoon ($10.99/$12.99: Monday)

Apple Knight ($9.99/$13.29)

Tux and Fanny ($9.99/$12.99)

Momolu and Friends ($9.99/$12.99: Friday)

Smash Reversi ($9.00/not released)

Luna's Fishing Garden ($7.99/$10.49)

From Earth to Heaven ($6.99/$9.99)

Enchanted Path ($4.99/$6.64: Monday)

Casino Roulette Royal ($4.99/$6.64)

Dark Fantasy: Jigsaw Puzzle 2 ($4.99/$6.64)

GLO ($4.99/$6.49)

Love Choice ($4.99/$6.99: Friday)

Beat Them All ($4.99/$6.99: Saturday)

Red Square Escape 2 ($3.99/$4.99: Monday)

Puzzle Car ($3.99/$4.99)

Ball Physics: Draw Puzzles ($3.49/$4.49: Friday)

Puzzle & Chess ($1.00/$1.33)

Switch Archives

Pop Flamer ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: As part of the 505 Games anniversary sale (running until Friday) Journey to the Savage Planet is 60% off, and Civilization VI is on STEEP discount (70% off) until Wednesday. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier


Switch Retail

NBA 2K22 (€59.99/£49.99: Friday)

Olympia Soiree (€49.99/£44.99)

WarioWare: Get It Together! (€49.99/£39.99: Friday)

Sonic Colors Ultimate (€39.99/£34.99: Tuesday)

Switch eShop

Ultra Age (€29.99/£26.99)

RICO: London (€29.99/£24.99)

Lost in Random (€29.99/£24.99: Friday)

BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites (€19.99/£17.99)

Dice Legacy (€19.99/£15.99)

Residual (€19.99/£17.99)

Espagluda II (€16.99/£15.29)

Knights and Guns (€14.99/£13.49: Friday)

Boulder Dash Deluxe (€14.99/£12.99)

LoveKami -Healing Harem- (€13.99/£12.59: Wednesday)

Highschool Romance (€12.99/£12.99: Wednesday)

Hindsight 20/20 - Wrath of the Raakshaka (€12.6/£11.29)

Frontier Quest (€9.99/£9.29: Wednesday)

Apple Knight (€9.99/£8.99: Wednesday)

Momolu and Friends (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Tux and Fanny (€8.99/£8.00)

Blaloon Blalympia (€7.99/£7.19: Sunday)

Smashy Road (€7.99/£6.99: Friday)

From Earth to Heaven (€6.99/£6.99)

Love Choice (€4.99/£4.99)

Casino Roulette Royal (€4.99/£4.49)

Dark Fantasy: Jigsaw Puzzle 2 (€4.99/£4.49)

GLO (€4.99/£4.49)

Beat Them All (€4.99/£4.49: Saturday)

Enchanted Path (€3.99/£3.59: Monday)

Puzzle Car (€3.99/£3.59)

Red Square Escape 2 (€2.99/£2.69: Sunday)

Ball Physics: Draw Puzzles (€2.99/£2.69)

Morto (€1.19/£1.09: Friday)

Puzzle & Chess (€1.00/£0.89)

Switch Archives

Pop Flamer (€6.99/£6.29)


Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (¥7678)

NBA 2K22 (¥6600: Friday)

WarioWare: Get It Together! (¥5400: Friday)

Sonic Colors Ultimate (¥4389)

AIR (¥4300)

Ultra Age (¥3300)

Lost in Random (¥3100)

Espagluda II (¥2500)

Chaos on Deponia (¥2390)

Killer Queen Black (¥2200)

Offroad Driving Simulator4x4: Trucks & SUV Trophy (¥1999)

Car Driver Simulator (¥1999)

Dice Legacy (¥1980)

Boulder Dash Deluxe (¥1870)

LoveKami -Healing Harem- (¥1800)

Knights and Guns (¥1699)

Hindsight 20/20 - Wrath of the Raakshaka (¥1656)

Brawl Chess Deluxe Edition (¥1399)

Art Sqool (¥1299)

Animal Puzzle - Preschool Learning Game For Kids And Toddlers (¥1295)

Apple Knight (¥1100)

Dogfight (¥899)

Teddy Gangs (¥899)

Pop Flamer (¥838)

Luna's Fishing Garden (¥820)

Puzzle Hamster -Earth Adventure- (¥700)

From Earth to Heaven (¥699)

Block Puzzle (¥599)

Crossbow Bloodnight (¥549)

Batu ta Batu (¥500)

Love Choice (¥500: Friday)

Dark Fantasy: Jigsaw Puzzle 2 (¥499)

Puzzle Car (¥400)

Space Wars (¥399)

Ant-Gravity: Tiny's Adventure (¥120)


If you got your Hello Kitty cards, this should be old hat by now.

After the apparent success of the Sanrio line of Animal Crossing Amiibo cards, the base sets are coming back to stores in North America.

Nintendo have announced a reprint of the first four waves of cards will begin appearing in select stores over the next few days (early September is specified). In the United States, the cards will be sold exclusively at Target stores: no exclusive partner has been identified for Canada, where multiple retailers stock the Sanrio line that are also Target exclusives below the 49th parallel.

Each card pack will be sold for the standard US$5.99 MSRP for six cards, one of which is a "special" card. The cards can be used for, among other things, forcing residents to appear in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.


See, they paid off BOTH of those surveys in June.

Nintendo's other "brainy" series is returning on Switch, and this time North America will get to partake.

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain has been announced for a December 3 launch, priced at US$29.99 and available physically. There will be challenges (including daily ones) in Solo mode, or up to four players (local or ghosts uploaded by other players) can take part in multiplayer modes.

This appears to be the second game Nintendo's marketing surveyed in June, following next week's WarioWare: Get It Together.

TalkBack / Second Chapter Of Gunvolt Chronicles To Open In Late January
« on: September 01, 2021, 06:00:00 PM »

Now with bullet... sorry, "bullit" time.

Inti Creates has now committed to a double shot of their Gunvolt 2D run-and-gun series for 2022.

At the BitSummit indie game expo, Inti  Creates announced Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX 2 would launch worldwide on January 27, 2022. The original game released in 2019, while Inti previously announced the third Azure Striker Gunvolt game would also hit next year.

Series regular Copen and his "muse" Lola both return with new features. Copen has a new weapon called the Razor Wheel and can shift between the default, powerful "Break-Shift" and the quicker "Bullit-Shift", while Lola can now heal Copen to full on demand.

A physical version of the game has been announced for Japan and other Asian territories but currently, the game is slated to be digital-only in the West.


Now we have an actual cat in the crew.

Following the announcement of Morgana, Sega have confirmed a true feline presence will be available as DLC for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania - on launch day.

Japanese cultural icon Hello Kitty will be available for purchase on October 5 (the game's regular launch day, though a deluxe version with early access is available) for US$4.99 or equivalent.

A trailer for the collaboration is below:


Why is this relevant now? Well, at least one current Switch game and a potential re-release is probably affected.

A new European ratings board ruling has gone into effect that would have a major effect on current and potential future Switch releases.

The PEGI board has determined that references to gambling would result in an automatic 18+ rating: according to reports, this actually began in early 2021. A recent example as spotted by AskAboutGames has found that the game Overboard!, released on 2 June with a 12+ rating for "mild violence, suggestive themes, use of alcohol" is now 18+ for "simulated gambling" due to a game of blackjack. In North America, Overboard has a T rating for "Suggestive Themes, Language, Use of Alcohol, Mild Violence, Simulated Gambling".

The main effect of this would be for the Pokemon series: the 2016-18 Virtual Console releases on 3DS were rated 12+ for gambling in Europe due to the Game Corner's slot machines. Although the ratings have not changed for these old releases, every new Pokemon release in Europe since Heart Gold and Soul Silver (2010) have either removed the slot machines in favor of games of skill or removed the function altogether. Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have reportedly replaced the Game Corner with the player character's clothing store, but a straight release of Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow on Switch would either require the Game Corner to be removed or the 18+ rating applied. (See update below)

UPDATE 3 September: According to PEGI, re-releases of games that do not alter the "experience" significantly would maintain the 12+ rather than the 18+ rating. In the Pokemon example above, an HD remake of Pokemon Red/Blue would have to remove the Game Corner but a re-release of the originals would not. (The games were removed from the Game Corner in 2018's Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee which brought the European rating to 7+.)

TalkBack / Nintendo Downloads - September 2, 2021
« on: August 30, 2021, 04:00:00 AM »

A lot of old school this week, though some of it will repeat next week.

In what I thought would be an incredibly quiet week before checking the Canadian game list and then re-checking the US one, it was surprisingly difficult to come up with a main game - NIS America's classics collection (containing Soul Nomad and Phantom Brave) put up a brave front, but we'll give the win to the Digital Deluxe version of Sonic Colors Ultimate hitting this Friday. (You can probably guess what next's week headliner is already.) Other possibilities include Partner Showcase veteran Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions, and indie hits Kitaria Fables and KeyWe (get it, because it's a pair of kiwi delivering mail...)

This week in Disclaimer Corner: Puzzle specialists Draknek (A Monster's Expedition) have a trio of their catalogue titles hitting this week, and contributor Syrenne McNulty was involved in getting them to Switch: the games are A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build, Cosmic Express, and Sokobond. (In other friend of the site news, Nathan Fouts's Mommy's Best Games also drops Weapon of Choice DX.)

Japan sees a lot of ports, and a game that if I'm remembering it correctly would be right at home on the Vita.

North America

Switch Retail

Sonic Colors: Ultimate (Digital Deluxe) (US$44.99/C$59.99: Friday)

Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 1 ($39.99/$53.19: Tuesday)

Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions ($39.99/$53.19: Friday)

Switch eShop

Active Life: Outdoor Challenge ($49.99/$64.99: Friday)

Instant Sports Paradise ($34.99/$49.99: Wednesday)

Rustler ($29.99/$39.99: Tuesday)

Apsulov ($29.99/$39.89)

Stranded Deep ($24.99/$33.50: Tuesday)

KeyWe ($24.99/$33.24: Tuesday)

Angel's Punishment ($24.99/$29.99: Friday)

Ooops! 2 ($19.99/$26.59: Tuesday)

Kitaria Fables ($19.99/$26.59)

Lamentum ($15.99/$20.99: Tuesday)

Armed Emeth ($14.99/$20.99)

Guts 'n Goals ($14.99/$19.94: Tuesday)

The Magister ($14.99/$19.94)

Endless Fables: Shadow Within ($14.99: Friday)

Farmers Co-op: Out of this World ($12.99/$17.28)

Funny Farm Animal Jigsaw Puzzle Game for Kids And Toddlers ($12.99/$17.28)

Extreme Car Driver ($11.99/$15.95: Friday)

MiniGolf Tour ($10.99/$13.29)

CRASH: Autodrive ($9.99: Tuesday)

Galaxy Squad ($9.99/$13.29: Wednesday)

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build ($9.99/$13.29)

Animal Puzzle - Preschool Learning Game For Kids And Toddlers ($9.99/$13.29)

Cosmic Express ($9.99/$13.29)

Sokobond ($9.99/$13.29)

The Last Show of Mr. Chardish ($9.99/$13.29)

Golf Club Wasteland ($9.99/$13.29: Friday)

A Night at the Races ($9.99/$12.99: Friday)

White Girl ($8.85/$11.69)

12 Labours of Hercules IV: Mother Nature ($7.99/$10.00: Tuesday)

HIX: Puzzle Islands ($7.90/$9.90)

Block Puzzle ($5.99/$7.99: Friday)

Weapon of Choice DX ($5.99/$7.97)

Forty Thieves Solitaire Collection ($5.79/$7.19)

Virtuous Racing ($4.99/$6.99: Friday)

Alveole ($4.99/$6.64: Wednesday)

Ravva and the Cyclops Curse ($4.99/$6.49: Wednesday)

Pipau - Bauble Quest ($3.99/$4.99: Friday)

BOT.vinnik Chess ($2.99/$3.99)

Switch Archives

USAAF Mustang ($7.99/$9.87)

Sales and Price Drops

Highlights: Street Fighter games are on sale until Saturday, and Humble Games-published titles (Ikenfell, Slay the Spire) are on sale until the 10th. PSPrices, DekuDeals, @eShopNotifier


Switch Retail

Sonic Colors: Ultimate (Digital Deluxe) (€44.99/£39.99: Friday)

Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 1 (€39.99/£35.99: Friday)

Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions (€34.99/£31.49: Friday)

Switch eShop

Family Trainer (€49.99/£44.99: Friday)

Instant Sports: Paradise (€34.99/£31.49: Wednesday)

Apsulov (€29.99/£26.89)

Rustler (€29.99/£24.99: Tuesday)

Angel's Punishment (€24.99/£24.99: Friday)

Stranded Deep (€24.99/£22.99: Tuesday)

KeyWe (€24.99/£19.99: Tuesday)

Kitaria Fables (€19.99/£19.99)

Ooops! 2 (€19.99/£14.99: Tuesday)

Lamentum (€15.99/£13.99: Tuesday)

Armed Emeth (€14.99/£13.49)

The Magister (€14.99/£13.49)

Endless Fables: Shadow Within (€14.99/£13.49: Friday)

Funny Farm Animal Jigsaw Puzzle Game for Kids And Toddlers (€12.99/£11.69)

Guts 'n Goals (€12.90/£11.49)

Extreme Car Driver (€11.99/£10.79: Friday)

MiniGolf Tour (€10.99/£9.89)

Farmers Co-op: Out of this World (€10.89/£9.79)

CRASH: Autodrive (€9.99/£8.99: Tuesday)

Animal Puzzle - Preschool Learning Game For Kids And Toddlers (€9.99/£8.99)

A Night at the Races (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Golf Club Wasteland (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

Idle Inventor - Factory Tycoon (€9.99/£8.99: Friday)

The Last Show of Mr. Chardish (€8.50/£7.69)

Galaxy Squad (€8.49/£7.69: Wednesday)

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build (€8.19/£7.39)

Cosmic Express (€8.19/£7.39)

Sokobond (€8.19/£7.39)

12 Labours of Hercules IV: Mother Nature (€7.99/£7.19: Tuesday)

Luna's Fishing Garden (€7.99/£7.19)

White Girl (€7.59/£6.79)

HIX: Puzzle Islands (€6.99/£6.99)

Weapon of Choice DX (€5.99/£5.39)

Block Puzzle (€4.99/£4.99: Friday)

Virtuous Racing (€4.99/£4.99: Friday)

Alveole (€4.99/£4.49: Wednesday)

Ravva and the Cyclops Curse (€4.99/£4.49: Wednesday)

Forty Thieves Solitaire Collection (€4.89/£4.39)

Pipau - Bauble Quest (€3.49/£3.49: Friday)

BOT.vinnik Chess (€2.99/£2.69)

Switch Archives

USAAF Mustang (€6.99/£6.29)


Demon Gaze Extra (¥6980)

Port Royale 4 (¥6578)

KeyWe (¥4708)

Void Bastards (¥3090)

Rally Racing Off-Road (¥1999)

Kitaria Fables (¥1980)

Monster Harvest (¥1980)

Lamentum (¥1790)

Funny Farm Animal Jigsaw Puzzle Game for Kids And Toddlers (¥1684)

Darkwood (¥1600)

Farmers Co-op: Out of this World (¥1425)

Armed Emeth (¥1320)

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build (¥1100)

Cosmic Express (¥1100)

Sokobond (¥1100)

A Night at the Races (¥1000)

Endless Fables: Shadow Kingdom (¥990)

Smash Reversi (¥980)

White Girl (¥980)

Checkers (¥899)

HIX: Puzzle Islands (¥899)

USAAF Mustang (¥838)

Animal Puzzle - Preschool Learning Game For Kids And Toddlers (¥800)

Hammer 2 Reloaded (¥699)

Ravva and the Cyclops Curse (¥500)

Space Elite Force II (¥500)

Tinker Racers (¥500)

Alveole (¥490)

Space Elite Force (¥430)

ASMR Journey: Jigsaw Puzzle (¥400)

Dongo Adventure (¥120)


Maybe someone will come up with a better name for his monster than "Joe Blow"

After a couple of Japan-only remakes, the first two Monster Rancher games are coming out worldwide.

Koei Tecmo have announced Monster Rancher 1+2 DX for worldwide release on December 9. A price in the West has not been announced, though a limited edition will be available in Japan with a backpack and metal figurine among other items.

Monster Rancher is a monster raising simulation/RPG that originally released on the PlayStation, and could read music or data CDs in order to randomly generate monsters. This functionality will be recreated in the DX versions by way of a disc database the game will access.

The original games released on Switch in 2019 and 2020 in Japan only, but the DX version includes additional save slots previously sold as DLC along with a new high speed mode and random battle rankings.

TalkBack / Other Announcements From "Opening Night Live" At Gamescom
« on: August 25, 2021, 02:43:21 PM »

A few items of note for Switch owners, including why you don't mess with the Fourth Estate.

In addition to the Marvel's Midnight Suns and Super Monkey Ball DLC announcements, a few other Switch items of note from today's "Gamescom Opening Night Live" digital event:

  • A new trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge aired which saw the 4 player brawler slip to next year, but also showed off double team moves (such as one turtle hurling a teammate into foes), and also confirmed April O'Neil as a playable character along with the Turtles.
  • Humble Games announced a publishing deal for Midnight Fight Express, an isometric-view action game created by a single developer from Poland. The current target date for the game is next summer.
  • After being radio silent for over a year, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga came out of hyperspace with a new trailer showing more scenes from the nine previous Star Wars episodes. The new target for the omnibus collection is spring of 2022.
  • A four player co-op board game based on the original 1995 film Jumanji, known as Jumanji: The Curse Returns, will come to Switch later this year from Marmalade Games.


The Samuel L Jackson of the Persona 5 Strikers team joins a rather motley Sega crew.

The party for the Super Monkey Ball franchise will be getting some late arriving guests from Japan.

At Gamescom Opening Night, Sega confirmed DLC support for Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania - with the first new character rolling in as Persona 5's team pet Morgana. The DLC will be available on November 2 for US$4.99 (four weeks following launch), and Morgana joins Sega/Sammy characters such as Sonic, Tails, Jet Set Radio's Beat and Yakuza protagonist Kiryu Kazuma in rolling through the remake of the GameCube hits.

Additionally, a new trailer has revealed all of the 12 minigames that will appear in the game's Party mode.

TalkBack / Marvel's Midnight Suns Coming To Switch In March
« on: August 25, 2021, 10:18:00 AM »

Original characters and X-Men - what a time to be alive.

Some of the darkest corners of the Marvel universe are headed to Switch in a new tactical RPG.

2K have revealed Marvel's Midnight Suns will launch on Switch in March of next year. A tactical turn-based RPG developed by Firaxis, Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes version), Nico Minoru, Wolverine of the X-Men and Iron Man will be among the 13 heroes in the game.

Gameplay will be shown on September 1. It has not been announced if the game will be a streaming title on Switch as it is also releasing on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series devices.


The "Wario Cup" is weekly because not even Wario would want to crunch enough to make it daily.

It won't just be playing against the house in the new WarioWare.

Nintendo released a new trailer for WarioWare: Get It Together which in addition to revealing the character roster, also showed off two new multiplayer modes. "Variety Pack" mode pits local players and their chosen WarioWare stars against each other in exclusive games, while the Wario Cup is a weekly-rotating online score challenge.

The trailer can be seen below:

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