Your story begins!
Square Enix has released a new trailer for The DioField Chronicle on their official Japanese YouTube channel. The trailer clocks in at just over seven minutes in length, and it offers a look at the world, characters, and story of the game. The trailer can be seen above, and it includes several pieces of art and some music from the title.
The DioField Chronicle is a strategy RPG in which players can expect to encounter a brand new story, fresh gameplay and combat systems, and a new cast of characters all inside a highly-detailed world. The game is set to release worldwide on September 22nd, 2022.
Things are starting to heat up!
The newest episode of the Ninjala anime series has released, titled “Stealing Back Stolen Treasure.” The 23 minute episode is available to watch on the official PlayNinjala YouTube channel by clicking the link above. The episode will be available to view for free until August 18th, 2022. A plot synopsis of the episode reads:
Kappei is hard at work, training to get past the preliminary stage of the tournament. He encounters May, a fellow student who is also currently training. May’s moves appear to be very slow in the beginning, but once she takes off the weights she was wearing, she shows off her true strength by smashing a large log to pieces.
Meanwhile, Genunsai has arrived from Oedo to see how much Kappei has grown as a ninja. Genunsai has brought his twin brother Genryusai’s favorite snack as a gift, but he looks away for one minute, and Goro snatches it and takes off…
A good week for Chambara lovers!
Every week, Nintendo Switch Sports has a set of in-game rewards that players can collect. These items consist of cosmetics, both in the form of clothing items for your Sportsmate as well as in-game titles and stamps.
This week’s rewards can be seen below, and they’re available until August 31st, 2022.
Completion bonus: Chambara-Outfit Set
- Chambara Helmet (Red)
- Chambara Helmet (Blue)
- Chambara Paint
- Thick-Rimmed Glasses (Green)
- Tracksuit (Green)
- Fade with Bangs
- Official word (City)
- Hello Frame
- Brain Freeze Frame
- Yum Frame
- Starstruck Frame
A truly seaworthy update!
In February 2021, Colorado-based game developers Smash House Games released Smash Boats, an arcade action boating game, for Nintendo Switch. Today, the developers have announced the addition of an upcoming update for the game which promises 4-player couch co-op and a selection of party games.
A trailer for the new update can be seen above, and it features the chaotic, fast-paced gameplay of Smash Boats in the new co-op mode. Several different boats are featured, along with a variety of pools that players can find in the game.
The new update is set to release on August 18th, 2022. It will be a free update. More information on Smash Boats can be found below, detailing its gameplay and key features.
Right on target!
A new Japanese commercial for Splatoon 3 has been released on Nintendo’s official Japanese YouTube channel. The commercial can be seen above, clocking in at 30 seconds in length and has a heavy emphasis on the new ‘Tri-Stringer’ weapon that will be introduced in the upcoming title. The weapon is similar to a bow and arrow, and the commercial features a live-action segment that draws that same comparison.
Splatoon 3 is set to release September 9th, 2022. Commercials like these will likely continue to be posted here and there until then, so keep an eye out!
Upgrades, people, upgrades!
Ever since its launch in late 2021, Pikmin Bloom has seen a good number of changes, updates, and tweaks. One thing that has remained the same, however, has been the system to purchase storage upgrades for the game’s various materials. Niantic has confirmed that this system well be switching from using cash to using in-game coins starting next month.
In Pikmin Bloom, there are a number of different items for players to collect, including Nectar, Flowar Petals, Postcards, Seedlings, and Pikmin themselves. Upgrades for these different item storages were previously only available to purchase via a small cash payment (typically $1.99 USD).
Starting on September 14th, 2022, this system will change. Rather than using cash on the upgrades themselves, players will purchase upgrades using in-game coins. These coins can be obtained either by purchasing them using real-world money or by earning them through planting flowers in-game.
Below is the list of planned prices for the upgrades. When these changes roll out next month, this is what players can expect to pay for each upgrade:
Prices and storage amounts will be updated as described below:
- 25 Nectar Storage Upgrade: 180 coins
- 25 Petals Storage Upgrade: 180 coins
- 20 Pikmin Storage Upgrade: 180 coins
- 5 Seedlings Storage Upgrade: 180 coins
Time for another episode already!
The newest episode of the Ninjala anime series has released, titled “Dan & Tyler.” The 23 minute episode is available to watch on the official PlayNinjala YouTube channel by clicking the link above. The episode will be available to view for free until August 11th, 2022. A plot synopsis of the episode reads:
Dan has words of encouragement for Tyler before his Ninjala Championship Preliminary match. Tyler smiles at Dan, and looks at a photo on his phone with a look of nostalgia. Pictured is a younger Dan and Tyler, posing in front of the bridge…
Xenoblade 3 is number 1!
Famitsu has released its estimated weekly sales charts for physical game software and hardware sales in Japan. This week’s list sees Xenoblade Chronicles 3 striking the iron with its first place launch, Digimon Survive finding its footing at a second place release, Nintendo Switch Sports bringing home the bronze in third place, and much more.
Nintendo Switch games overall took nine of the top ten spots for the second week in a row, and 24 of the top 30 compared to last week’s 28.
The complete list is as follows, including total lifetime sales, via Gematsu:
- [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Nintendo, 07/29/22) – 112,728 (New)
- [NSW] Digimon Survive (Bandai Namco, 07/28/22) – 28,536 (New)
- [NSW] Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo, 04/29/22) – 24,966 (623,493)
- [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise + Sunbreak Set (Capcom, 06/30/22) – 17,209 (217,472)
- [NSW] LIVE A LIVE (Square Enix, 07/22/22) – 14,098 (85,235)
- [PS5] Gran Turismo 7 (SIE, 03/04/22) – 12,453 (139,888)
- [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 11,542 (4,745,609)
- [NSW] Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Nintendo, 03/25/22) – 11,201 (823,909)
- [NSW] Tengoku Struggle: Strayside (Idea Factory, 07/28/22) – 10,912 (New)
- [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 9,873 (2,727,866)
- [NSW] Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 (Inti Creates, 07/28/22) – 9,493 (New)
- [PS4] Digimon Survive (Bandai Namco, 07/28/22) – 7,757 (New)
- [NSW] Koumajou Remilia: Scarlet Symphony (CFK, 07/28/22) – 7,604 (New)
- [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo, 10/18/19) – 6,687 (3,228,007)
- [NSW] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Rebirth (Koei Tecmo, 07/21/22) – 6,607 (28,360)
- [NSW] Anonymous;Code (MAGES., 07/28/22) – 6,450 (New)
- [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo, 03/20/20) – 5,871 (7,297,474)
- [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 5,714 (4,936,314)
- [PS4] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Rebirth (Koei Tecmo, 07/21/22) – 4,975 (28,400)
- [NSW] Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo, 10/29/21) – 4,647 (1,004,727)
- [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! (Konami, 11/19/20) – 4,055 (2,685,422)
- [PS4] Anonymous;Code (MAGES., 07/28/22) – 3,696 (New)
- [NSW] eBASEBALL Powerful Pro Baseball 2022 (Konami, 04/21/22) – 3,599 (208,134)
- [NSW] GrimGrimoire OnceMore (Nippon Ichi Software, 07/28/22) – 3,524 (New)
- [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 3,007 (2,058,313)
- [PS4] Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo (City Connect, 07/28/22) – 2,970 (New)
- [NSW] Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles (Aniplex, 06/09/22) – 2,805 (147,034)
- [NSW] Pokemon Legends: Arceus (The Pokemon Company, 01/28/22) – 2,657 (2,276,532)
- [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Nintendo, 06/05/20) – 2,640 (1,001,223)
- [PS5] The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki (Falcom, 07/28/22) – 2,407 (New)
My mind is racing!
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has just received its second wave of DLC tracks, and data miner Fishguy6564 on Twitter has revealed that Nintendo may have left files related to upcoming tracks within the update itself.
Using this information, Fishguy6564 and other data miners have pieced together information that could point to a good number of tracks that we could see in future updates, specifically naming 14 of the remaining 32 tracks.
The files found in the game’s data reveal leftover song prefetches, which allow the game to load music files quickly. The file names of these prefetches give an idea of what tracks they will belong to. It’s likely these files got left behind in the update while Nintendo continues work on future DLC waves for the game.
While these tracks are not fully confirmed to be coming to the game, these files suggest that they very well could. The datamined information also lines up with previous datamine rumors that outline what consoles the upcoming tracks may be from.
With that said: potential spoilers ahead! If you want to be surprised should these tracks actually come to the game, turn back now.
Family bonding via hunting demons!
Japanese game developer INTI CREATES has revealed their latest game, titled Grim Guardians: Demon Purge. The reveal comes ahead of the game’s showcase at BitSummit X-Road, an indie game exhibition happening August 6th and 7th, 2022 in Japan. While a release date is still to be determined, it is currently slated to release on Nintendo Switch along with Playstation 4 & 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series systems, and PC via Steam.
A gallery of screenshots can be seen below, featuring the game’s 2D side-scrolling artwork and designs.
Grim Guardians: Demon Purge will center around two demon-hunting sisters named Shinobu Kamizono and Maya Kamizono. Shinobu and Maya are students who, upon returning to school, find a demonic castle in its place. The two must use their different abilities to fight their way through the castle’s different challenges and bosses. Artwork of the two characters can be seen in the gallery below.
Are you taking notes?
In a new press release, Spike Chunsoft has revealed more information about their upcoming game Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling into Darkness. This update focuses on the game’s characters and the new Notebook system that will allow players to keep track of information in the game.
Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling into Darkness is an upcoming action RPG in which players will play the role of a Cave Raider exploring the world of the Abyss. It is set to release September 2nd, 2022. Players can choose to play through HELLO ABYSS Mode which will taken them through the anime’s story, or through DEEP IN ABYSS Mode which will play out as a fully original story.
Along with this, the new Notebook system included in the game will allow players to keep track of various aspects of their adventures.
More details on both of these features can be found below, alongside several screenshots from the title.
Get back into the groove!
Earlier this week, Brace Yourself Games announced that there would be some kind of announcement for their game Crypt of the NecroDancer on August 4th, 2022. The day has arrived, and after a 5-year silence the game is officially getting a new DLC expansion titled ‘Synchrony’.
Alongside the DLC announcement, a new “standalone rhythm game in the NecroDancer universe” was teased alongside the announcement video. The game will be titled titled Rift of the NecroDancer and the logo for it can be seen below. More details, including platforms and release date, are yet to come.
Check out the announcement video from the team on Twitter below, which showcases just some of what players can expect in the full DLC. Some core features of the expansion are:
- Online multiplayer
- 3 new characters
- Full mod support (mod support courtesy of mod.io)
- New items, enemies & more
The DLC is already available via Steam Early Access, and a response to a Twitter question confirms that the update will also eventually come to consoles, presumably including Nintendo Switch.
This girl is on fire!
Japanese game developer Shade has announced their new upcoming action game Samurai Maiden for Nintendo Switch. The game is described as a “female-led sword-fighting action game” and is slated to release sometime this winter.
A brief trailer for the game can be seen above, which features both cutscenes and gameplay from the game paired with voice-acted dialogue. A description of the game can also be seen below, per the game’s official website.
According to The German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (USK), the 2009 open-world action RPG title Risen has been rated in the country for Nintendo Switch, along with other consoles.
According to the listing, the game was rated on July 19th, 2022 with its publisher set as THQ Nordic, the same team who published the game originally. Official word on the title has yet to be released, but this rating could suggest the game is slated for some form of release in the future. For now, we’re left to speculate on what this rating could mean.
Risen is an open-world RPG set in “a gritty, raw and atmospheric fantasy world in which every action has a consequence.” Some key features of the game include:
- Countless side quests and creatures to discover.
- Over 60 hours of Immersive open world gameplay.
- Alter the destiny of the island by the actions you take.
Get ready for a new mission!
Brazilian developer QUByte Interactive has announced their upcoming title, Project Colonies: MARS 2120, is headed to Nintendo Switch, PC, and other consoles.
The game is a self-described “2.5D side-scroller action-adventure game, set in a sci-fi setting” that takes heavy inspiration from the Metroid franchise.
A short gameplay video can be seen above that showcases the game’s sci-fi setting, enemies, and combat. Fans of the Metroid series will certainly see why the developers believe the game will “reflect most of the greatest characteristics in a Metroidvania game.”
A description of the game can be seen below, along with a gallery of screenshots from the title. The game doesn’t have a release window as of yet, but it’s currently in full development using Unreal Engine 4.