Impressions: Splatoon 2

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Impressions: Splatoon 2

Over the weekend, Nintendo held the first Global Testfire event for Splatoon 2, the company’s follow-up to 2015’s surprise hit. While the Testfire offered merely a small sampling of features, it did provide some interesting insight into what fans can expect when the title launches on Nintendo Switch this summer.

During the Global Testfire, four weapons were available from the upcoming title: the Splattershot, Splat Roller, Splat Charger and the brand-new Splat Dualies. The former three weapons control mostly similarly to the original game; the Dualies however, offer players a bit more freedom, particularly with the new roll option. Two new arenas were also on display: The Reef and Musselforge Fitness, both of which fit perfectly with the types of stages that appeared in the original Splatoon.

Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey Headed to 3DS

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Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey Headed to 3DS

The Switch is off to a strong start for Nintendo, but that doesn’t mean the 3DS has been forgotten by publishers. Later this year, Atlus will release Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey on the handheld.

A remake of 2009’s Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey on Nintendo DS, Deep Strange Journey will apparently feature voice acting, updated graphics and other new additions, as well. Atlus has yet to announce a release outside of Japan at this time.

Over the weekend, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime mentioned that E3 2017 will feature a number of announcements for both the Switch and 3DS. Perhaps we’ll learn more about a possible localization for Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey at the show! Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more information on as it develops!

YouTuber “JonTron” Removed From Yooka-Laylee

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YouTuber “JonTron” Removed From Yooka-Laylee

Jon “JonTron” Jafari is a popular YouTube personality who was set to have his voice used in upcoming throwback platformer Yooka-Laylee. “Was” being the operative word here, as that will no longer be the case; developer Playtonic has removed JonTron’s voice entirely. The reason being JonTron’s recent Twitter rant in regards to an immigration statement made by Iowa Representative Steve King.

We won’t repeat JonTron’s words here, but suffice to say they have been very polarizing, with Playtonic apparently coming down on the side of those who find the YouTuber’s opinion unacceptable. You can read more about his thoughts here, if you’d like.

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom Might Go Physical on Switch

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Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom Might Go Physical on Switch

If you’re anything like this writer, you’re a huge fan of physical games and the lovely little boxes that they come in. Well, FGD Entertainment thinks that you just might be interested in seeing its upcoming title Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom join all of your other games on a shelf when it drops later this year!

The publisher has posted on its Twitter account an image of a physical mock-up of what Monster Boy would look like if it were to be sold at retail. Mighty fine, indeed, but if you want to see it happen you’ll have to give the post a “Like” on Twitter; FDG is tallying them as votes, so the more the better if fans want to actually be able to get their hands on the game (see what we did there?).

Are you interested in a phyiscal edition of Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom? Physical media versus digital media thoughts? Share with us in the comments!

Nintendo Download Highlights: 03.23.2017

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Nintendo Download Highlights: 03.23.2017

It’s a fairly busy week on the eShops, so let’s jump right into what’s on offer for Nintendo fans!

Splatoon 2 Global Testfire – Free – Get in on the action starting today and lasting through the weekend! Be among the first fans to try the hotly anticipated sequel to one of Wii U’s best games!

Has-Been Heroes – $19.99 (Drops 03.28)- An action game that boasts tons of characters, unlockable items, and a bunch of spells to play around with. It also just might make you laugh, so consider giving it a whirl.

Bloodstained Moving to Switch

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Bloodstained Moving to Switch

After longtime Castlevania director Koji Igarashi left Konami, he launched a crowd funding campaign for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a spiritual successor to the Gothic action franchise. The game was planned for every major console at the time, including Wii U. However, now that Switch is out, Igarashi and developer Inti Creates have announced a change in plans.

According to a statement from Igarashi, the team has ceased development on the Wii U version of the game and moved development over to Switch. Because of this change, all backers are now welcome to change their console of choice. Those who previously selected Wii U will have their choice automatically changed over to Switch, while those who selected any other platform will have to take action if they want to change it over. This can be done by clicking the link originally sent for selecting your preferred platform. Refunds are also available for those who were only looking to play the game on Wii U. If any additional assistance is needed regarding these matters, backers can email their questions to orders@fangamer.com.

Seiken Densetsu Collection Announced for Switch

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Seiken Densetsu Collection Announced for Switch

Square Enix hasn’t done much in the way of new entries in its Seiken Densetsu franchise recently, but that isn’t stopping the publisher from celebrating the series’ 25th anniversary by putting the first three titles in a single package. The Seiken Densetsu name might not mean much outside of Japan, because the series has had a rather interesting naming history.

The original Game Boy title was actually released in North America as Final Fantasy Adventure, while in Europe it was known as Mystic Quest, which you don’t want to confuse with the SNES game Final Fantasy Mystic Quest. Thankfully, the second game is much easier to remember, as it was named Secret of Mana in both North America and Europe and remains very well regarded as a classic action RPG and stood out for supporting three player co-op. Seiken Densetsu 3 was only ever released in Japan for the Super Famicom.

The collection will release for Switch in Japan on June 1 and will retail for 4,800 yen. Nothing has been said regarding a release in other markets and that could prove unlikely as there has never been an official localization for the third game. Thankfully, Switch is not region locked and allows players to access foreign eShops quite easily, so those who want to play it no matter what should be able to get their hands on it without too much trouble.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition Announced for North America and UK

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition Announced for North America and UK

The Fire Emblem franchise has exploded in popularity over the course of the last few years and Nintendo is looking to keep that growing fan base happy. The latest 3DS title, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, will be launched with a limited edition bundle in North America and the UK.

The North American limited edition will retail for $59.99 include the game, a soundtrack CD, an art book, and three collectible pins based on the character sprites of Alm, Celica, and Marth. The UK version will feature all of these items in addition to the Alm and Celica Amiibo.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia releases in North America and Europe on May 19, so strategy fans have less than two months to wait.

The First Switch Release From Limited Run Games Could Arrive By Summer

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The First Switch Release From Limited Run Games Could Arrive By Summer

Some gamers simply prefer physical releases. While digital releases are often more practical, for some gamers, physical copies are a guarantee that a loss of data won’t lead to their games being lost forever. Since 2015, publisher Limited Run Games has given gamers the opportunity to purchase smaller, indie titles in a fully-licensed, physical format. In that time, they have released more than 40 titles on PlayStation 4 and Vita. Earlier this year, the publisher made it aware that they want to do the same on Switch, and, apparently plan to do so very soon.

In a recent interview with Gaming Trend, Douglas Bogart, the co-founder of Limited Run Games, was asked about Switch. According to Bogart, the company hopes to have its first release available as early as this summer!

We are currently working on getting on the Nintendo Switch! It’s looking very positive and we hope to have our first title out this summer, fingers crossed!

Game Freak Hiring for Potential Switch Game

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Game Freak Hiring for Potential Switch Game

A new job listing from developer Game Freak could point to an upcoming Pokémon game headed to Nintendo Switch. The publisher is looking for someone with a background in creating character models, and Game Freak is looking for those familiar with the Wii U hardware. The title is also listed as a “consumer game,” which means it will not be a mobile title.

While Game Freak is predominantly known for their work on the Pokémon franchise, it should be noted that the developer has made other titles in the past. As recently as 2015, Game Freak produced Tembo the Badass Elephant, a title that appeared on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while notably skipping Wii U. That said, this new job listing was for a “RPG that’s popular worldwide.” In all likelihood, that points to Pokémon.

Rumors of a third version of Pokémon Sun and Moon on Switch have been circulating for months under the assumed title of Pokémon Stars. While this job listing doesn’t quite confirm that game’s existence, it does lend the rumor a bit more credence. The job opportunity is scheduled to last until May 2018, so it would seem quite likely we’ll know more sooner, rather than later! Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more information as it develops!