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June 26, 2019

What Remains Of Edith Finch Listing Appears On Japanese Switch eShop

by Donald Theriault - 10:31 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: eShop

At the very least, it'll be out there next week.

A critically acclaimed adventure title will make its Switch debut next week, at least in Japan.

A listing for What Remains of Edith Finch has appeared on the Japanese eShop, giving a July 4 release date and a price of ¥2200. Assuming this holds and is a worldwide release, it would be roughly US$19.99.


SEGA And Ace Team Blessing Switch With SolSeraph July 10

by Donald Theriault - 10:29 am PDT
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After twenty thousand Metroidvanias, it's time for an ActRaiser.

Following last month's Rock of Ages 2, Sega and ACE Team are teaming up again for a combination action game and simulation.

Announced earlier today, SolSeraph will launch on Switch July 10 for US$14.99. Similar to Super Nintendo launch title ActRaiser, SolSeraph combines side scrolling action levels with top-down town building sequences.


June 25, 2019

505 Games Issues Statement On Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Technical Performance Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:50 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: 505 Games

Expect multiple small updates to resolve it.

Today's launch of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night for Switch has been marred with reports of technical issues, and the game's publisher has issued a statement in response.

505 Games's statement is produced below:

Hey, everyone. We have been listening to the feedback regarding Switch performance.... Read more...

Bluefin Announces Mario Maker Figurine Collector Bundles

by Perry Burkum - 1:32 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: PR

8 different bundles to choose from to help bring Super Mario Maker into the real world.

Collectable Toy company Bluefin has announced (in conjunction with the release of Super Mario Maker 2) a plethora of Mario Maker Bundles from Bandai Tamashii Nations. These feature many of the classic Mario characters, enemies and level pieces that can be used to literally make Mario levels in real life.


Sparklite Getting the Signature Edition Treatment

by Perry Burkum - 6:57 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: PR

This one comes with a cute little figurine.

It was announced that the upcoming roguelite-brawler "Sparklite" will be getting a Signature Edition as well as the standard Merge Games release.

This one includes a region free copy of Sparklite, Signature Edition Sleeve and Box, Original CD Soundtrack, a numbered certificate and a Nano Block figure (a change from the usual enamel pins).


Automachef Kitchen Opening July 23 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:00 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Team17

Prepare to have your own kitchen nightmares.

Team17 will be cooking up a kitchen design sim next month.

Automachef, the previously announced kitchen design game, has nailed down a release date of July 23. It was originally tagged for a summer release.

A new trailer (below) has been released that shows the aesthetic of the game and introduces the assistant Robert Person; no relation to the one-time Major League Baseball pitcher is intended.


Lost Orbit: Terminal Velocity Speeding Toward July 16 Release Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:00 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: PixelNauts

How to fly through space without really trying.

July 16 will see a tale of space dodging hit the Switch.

Ontario-based independent developers PixelNauts will release their space action game Lost Orbit: Terminal Velocity three weeks from today. Originally released for the PlayStation 4, the game will launch for $9.99.

In Lost Orbit, the player...

June 24, 2019

Blazing Chrome Bringing Classic Shooter Action To Switch July 11 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 7:28 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: The Arcade Crew

If the Rogue Corps isn't doing it for you, get back to basics.

One of the games announced for physical release in the Limited Run E3 event now has a digital release date.

Blazing Chrome, from The Arcade Crew, will bring run and gun madness to the Switch on July 11. Both horizontal and third person shooting is on display in a new trailer:


Nintendo Downloads - June 27, 2019 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 5:00 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Nintendo

Yes, we ARE calling someone out for a Retroactive, why do you ask?

Thanks for leaving me in the place summer forgot.

Don't worry, we won't have to take that vacation in June next year. Anyway, the big release is of course Super Mario Maker 2 as the first of two separate four games in five week stretches we have between now and the end of calendar Q3.

You are *smooth*. What else we got?


June 23, 2019

Nintendo Sales Panic: May 2019 US NPD Group Results

by Donald Theriault - 6:51 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: NPD Group

How is Nintendo looking going into Mario Maker 2 week?

The NPD Group's May survey is light on the new releases, but the Switch continues to roll on.

All rankings and figures are based on revenue unless noted, for the period of May 5 - June 1.

The May hardware race saw the Switch lead for the sixth consecutive month, and once again be the only system to show growth over the May 2018 period. Hardware was down 20% overall from last year, despite the Switch's growth.


June 18, 2019

This Could Be the Nintendo Switch Mini Rumor

by Mitchell Parton - 4:36 pm PDT
Total comments: 5

Surprise, surprise: It looks like a Nintendo Switch but... smaller. And with a D-pad.

A Chinese company has posted a series of accessories on their webpage that appear to be for the unannounced Nintendo Switch Mini.

Twitter user @Cptn_Alex posted the following tweet Tuesday morning, which says that he received an email from a company claiming to sell Nintendo Switch Mini accessories, including carrying cases and screen protectors.


Grezzo Leading Link's Awakening Remake Development Switch

by Neal Ronaghan - 1:29 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Kotaku

The seasoned Zelda remake team returns to the series after Ever Oasis.

Developer Grezzo is working on The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on Switch, according to Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma in an interview with Kotaku at E3 2019.

Grezzo has years of experience with the Zelda series, having brought Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask to 3DS. They also assisted with Tri Force Heroes. Their more recent projects were the 2017 3DS game Ever Oasis and the 2018 portable port of Luigi's Mansion.


Classic SEGA Arcade Games Will Not Be In Shenmue 3

by Jared Rosenberg - 4:32 am PDT
Total comments: 10

The creator of Shenmue, Yu Suzuki, confirmed that his old creations like Out Run & Space Harrier will not appear in the upcoming sequel.

During an interview with NWR at E3 2019, the acclaimed game designer Yu Suzuki explained that unfortunately his classic arcade games would not be playable in Shenmue 3.

As the head of SEGA's AM2 division, Yu Suzuki designed arcade hits one after another during the 1980s and 1990s. Games like Virtua... Read more...

June 17, 2019

No Amiibo Support, Labo VR, or DLC for Luigi's Mansion 3

by Xander Morningstar - 6:32 pm PDT
Total comments: 7 Source: GameXplain

Sorry Squishy Gooigi and Glow-in-the-Dark King Boo.

Nintendo Treehouse Representative Nate Bihldorff has confirmed that Luigi's Mansion 3 will not support any Amiibo in an interview with the YouTube Channel GameXplain. Also, Bihldorff had nothing to announce about DLC, whether the game would have Labo VR support, and even who the composer for Luigi's Mansion 3 is. Luigi's Mansion 3 is planned to release later this Fall.


Dr. Mario World Opens For Bookings July 10 Mobi

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

And we get a new Twitter account to go with it.

Dr. Mario World will be opening for business early next month.

The LINE-developed puzzle game will be available for iOS and Android on July 10 (North America time). Pre-registration is now available in the appropriate app stores: iOS and Android. Updates for the game will be called out on the new Twitter account @DrMarioWorld_en.


Nintendo Downloads - June 20, 2019 Switch

by Donald Theriault - 6:00 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

Board man get ring, while we get bandicoots. I think Kawhi got the better deal here.

This week's releases will be posted around the time I head over to something I never dreamed of attending - a NBA championship parade in Canada - so we'll be brief here. The big releases are Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled on Friday, My Friend Pedro, and Citizens of Space, with possible dispensation to Catan once we figure out how much I have to actually pay for it.


June 12, 2019

Some Switch Production Moved Out of China, Multiple Models Reported Switch

by Carmine Red - 12:10 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal suggests that Nintendo is both managing possible tariff expenses and planning new hardware revisions.

Nintendo has moved some of their manufacturing for the Nintendo Switch console outside of China to Southeast Asia, according to Wall Street Journal sources from the videogame company's supply chain. The Journal's sources are also claiming that additional models beyond the current Switch version are being manufactured outside of China as well.


Portrait Ghosts and Multiplayer ScareScraper Mode Returns in Luigi's Mansion 3 Switch

by Xander Morningstar - 10:26 am PDT
Total comments: 2

It's a monster mash party!

Luigi’s Mansion 3 will feature the return of the first game's Portrait Ghosts as well as the 2013 sequel's ScareScraper mode. Developer Next Level Games' Bryce Holliday, who directed Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, made an appearance to show off the game.

In the multiplayer ScareScraper mode, up...

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition Uses Roughly 32 GB of Storage

by Carmine Red - 1:01 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: CD PROJECT RED, CD PROJECT RED

The retail edition will include the base game, expansions, and DLC all on a single game card.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition will take "roughly 32GB" of storage space on the Nintendo Switch, according to the game's official Twitter account. In addition to this, the game's marketing materials promises that the physical game card in retail versions of the game will include the base... Read more...

June 11, 2019

Luigi's Mansion 3 has a few Next Level Games Easter Eggs Switch

by Xander Morningstar - 10:09 pm PDT
Total comments: 2

Check out those movie posters!

Luigi's Mansion 3 was shown off on the Treehouse at Nintendo's E3 2019 show. While demonstrating a "movie theater" level, a few movie posters on the wall showcase some familiar references to other games worked on by Next Level Games.

Mario from the 2005 GameCube title, Super Mario Strikers Mario... Read more...


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