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November 30, 2018

Firewatch Opens Season On Switch December 17 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:58 pm EST
Total comments: 2 Source: Campo Santo

Technically, it'll be Valve's first Switch title.

Winter may officially start in the northern hemisphere on the 21st of December, but there will be one last dose of fire before that.

Campo Santo have announced that Firewatch, their first title, will release worldwide on December 17. All eShops (North America, Europe, Japan, Australia) will see the adventure title on the same day.


Fire Emblem Expo To Be Held In Japan On 4 May

by Donald Theriault - 4:38 am EST
Total comments: 1 Source: Intelligent Systems

They couldn't call it a Fire Emblem Festival, because that would be kind of awkward.

Fire Emblem will be holding a massive celebration next year in Japan.

Intelligent Systems have announced a Fire Emblem Festival will take place on the 4th of May. The event will be held at the Zepp Tokyo music hall, with tickets going on sale December 28.

More details about the festival will be announced in a livestream to air next Saturday (Japan time).


November 29, 2018

Nintendo Announces Huge US Sales Numbers Around Black Friday SwitchClassic3DS

by Donald Theriault - 6:28 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

The Turkey Five been very, very good to them.

The Thanksgiving/Black Friday/"Cyber Monday" period for Nintendo has set numerous records.

Nintendo of America reported that according to their internal measurements more than a quarter billion dollars were spent on Nintendo products between November 22 and 26. The Switch sold more units in the... Read more...

WayForward To Aid In Development Of Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:09 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Kickstarter

"Now coming in from the bullpen..."

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has brought in some experienced hands.

In an update on the game's Kickstarter page, producer Koji Igarashi confirmed that WayForward has been brought in to help "realize my vision for the game". The reason for the hire was not disclosed.

WayForward has produced...

November 26, 2018

Nintendo Downloads - November 29, 2018 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:42 am EST
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

The portion allotted to downloads is bigger than some of the portions from last weekend.

So they overloaded the downloads again, huh?

North America, based on press time, has about 30 if you include the Archives game we know is coming from Hamster.

Oof. Any standouts?

R-Type Dimensions EX looks dope, and Zach was raving about Horizon Chase Turbo on last week's News Report. Superbrothers... Read more...

November 25, 2018

Radio Free Nintendo Episode 600 - Live! Saturday Site News

by James Jones - 5:41 pm EST
Total comments: 3

We're throwing a party in celebration of our 600th-canonical episode.

It's been a long time since Radio Free Nintendo started out as a way to spare most of the NWR staff from the banter of two of their colleagues. 600 episodes later, some would argue the banter has just got more excruciating with time.

They're right!

Ever wonder what could POSSIBLY get cut...

November 20, 2018

Nintendo Sales Panic: October 2018 US NPD Group Results Switch3DS

by Donald Theriault - 8:47 pm EST
Total comments: 2 Source: NPD Group

OK, we had three months of charging the Kamehameha...

In a record setting month for the game industry, it was a whelming month for Nintendo.

NPD reporting period: October 7 - November 3, revenue rankings unless noted.

Hardware sales for the Switch were down compared to the October reporting period from last year, largely due to October having the... Read more...

Sega Ages News: Phantasy Star Western Release, Outrun Before End Of Year

by Donald Theriault - 8:28 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Sega

Sorry, can't hear you over Magical Sound Shower.

A couple of Sega Ages games received release updates today.

The enhanced version of Phantasy Star, which released in Japan at the end of October, will finally come to the West on December 13. It is not known what caused the delay, as the Japanese version did contain English text.

Possibly joining...

November 19, 2018

Nintendo Downloads - November 22, 2018 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:00 am EST
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

We're giving a few days notice before we go into a turkey coma.

Just because it's a holiday week in the US doesn't mean games aren't releasing by the dozen. The big gun for this week is Warframe, the groin-grabbingly popular free to play shooter ported to Switch by Panic Button so the port should be quality; we'll find out this week. If you'd like to play something... Read more...

November 15, 2018

Degrees Of Separation Announced For Valentine's Day Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:10 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Modus Games

For fans of RPGs, the writer should make you perk up.

Valentine's Day 2019 will see the launch of a unique platformer with an interesting writing pedigree.

Degrees of Separation will come to Switch on February 14, for US$19.99 or equivalent. A single player or co-op platformer, the game sees two characters navigating a world separated by color and... Read more...

November 14, 2018

R-Type Dimensions EX Now Available For Preload: Launching November 28 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:25 pm EST
Total comments: 1 Source: Tozai Games

Two games for the price of... well, 0.8 if you grab the launch discount.

R-Type Dimensions's Switch release has a date and a discount.

The pack of shooters, announced a few months ago, will release on November 28 and normally cost US$14.99/C$18.89. Buying the game before December 4 will give 20% off these prices, and the game can be preloaded now.

Dimensions has enhanced versions of the first two R-Type shooters from Irem, with the ability to speed up or slow down the games as necessary.


Ms. Splosion Man Crossing To Switch Next Week Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:17 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo eShop

I always heard this game was "da bomb".

The European eShop has added a listing for a game that hit with a big bang.

Ms. Splosion Man, a 2011 sequel to an Xbox Live Arcade series, has appeared on the eShop's Coming Soon page in Europe with a release date of 22 November and a price of €14.99/£11.99. Developed by Twisted Pixel Games, the original Splosion Man launched in 2009 and both games were originally published by Microsoft.


Gradius Receives SP Version In NES Online Update; Japan Adds Open Tournament Golf As Well Mobi

by Donald Theriault - 7:05 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

If you're not cheating, you're not trying.

The world gets to enjoy some easier Gradius today, while Japan can also have an advantage on the links.

A "SP" save, in the style of The Legend of Zelda's, was added today for Gradius in the NES catalogue for Nintendo Switch Online. The enhanced save starts in stage 5 (of 7) and includes all powerups except for the game's double shot due to it conflicting with the included Laser.


November 13, 2018

Abzu Dives Into eShop November 29 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:18 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: 505 Games

A unique underwater journey.

End of month boredom will sleep with the fishes this month.

505 Games have announced that Abzu, a 2016 PC and console adventure game inspired by scuba diving, is coming to Switch on November 29. The game was previously available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Several of the developers of Abzu previously worked on 2012's Journey for PlayStation 3 while at thatgamecompany.


Battle Princess Madelyn Storms Onto Switch December 6 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:12 am EST
Total comments: 4 Source: Casual Bit Games

And onto the Wii U next year.

One of the bigger indie titles of Smash week has just announced its launch date.

Battle Princess Madelyn, a tribute to 16-bit action platformers developed by a three-person team, will be releasing on Switch December 6. The former Kickstarter project raised more than four times its initial funding goal. A Wii U version was also promised in the original funding, and will release in early 2019.


November 12, 2018

Five Nights At Freddy's Getting Five Switch Games

by Donald Theriault - 11:31 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Steam Community

"Which one?" "All of them."

A post on the Steam Community boards has confirmed that one of the biggest hits in PC gaming is coming to Switch at some point.

The horror series Five Nights at Freddy's has been confirmed for a console port in association with publisher Clickteam. According to series creator Scott Cawthon, the console ports are approximately 20% complete.


New Trailer For Detective Pikachu Movie Reveals May 11, 2019 Premiere Date 3DS

by Donald Theriault - 11:22 am EST
Total comments: 6 Source: Warner Bros

They called it "summer" because they apparently don't know when seasons start.

Pikachu and a host of other Pokémon will make their live-action theatrical debut next May.

The trailer for the Ryan Reynolds vehicle was revealed today, along with the premiere date of May 11. The story is set in Ryme City, the same location as this March's 3DS game.


Nintendo Downloads - November 15, 2018 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:07 am EST
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

TOSSUP: Bigger dick - Blue, or any Civ VI world leader?

This week's biggest game is an RPG that heavily references the late 90s, being brought to a new generation with some changes that may be controversial. I speak of course of Crystalis, the centerpiece game for the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection. Also, there's a Pokémon game, and it appears the number... Read more...

November 8, 2018

YouTube Is Now Available On The eShop Switch

by David Lloyd - 9:33 am EST
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo

Now go and subscribe to NWRTV.

Unexpectedly, though unsurprisingly, a YouTube application is now available in the eShop for the Nintendo Switch. The free download will install YouTube on TV, allowing you to watch videos on the go. The option to sign-in to access your subscription list is available but requires a separate device in order to activate.


November 7, 2018

Sakurai Issues Statement On Smash Ultimate DLC: Characters Selected By Nintendo Switch

by Donald Theriault - 5:37 am EST
Total comments: 3 Source: Sakurai

So if the selections seem like they were decided by the marketing department... they were.

Masahiro Sakurai has issued a statement on the decision process for deciding which characters will be a part of the Super Smash Bros Ultimate Fighter's Pass.

In the two English language posts on his Twitter, Sakurai confirms that the decision on who the characters will be is made by Nintendo, and... Read more...


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