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Japan - Next week's eShop releases (plus screens)

After a couple quiet weeks, Japan is getting a sizable slew of Switch titles this week. There's some heavy-hitters in this list!

- Dragon Marked for Death
- Fate/Extella Link
- Robotics;Notes DaSH
- Robotics;Notes Elite
- Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World
- Piczle Colors
- Stray Cat Doors
- Fishing Star: World Tour
- OPUS Collection: The Day We Found Earth + Rocket of Whispers
- Stardew Valley Collector's Edition

My Time at Portia dev compensating unpaid voice actors after multiple complaints

My Time at Portia will soon be making its way to Switch, and hopefully by the time it releases, the game's current sticky situation with unpaid voice actors will be completely taken care of.

Reports of payment issues for the game's voice actors have been coming in since 2018. Multiple voice actors say they were never paid for their work, and requests to fix the issue went ignored. Panthea Games, the developer of the title, has taken to Twitter today to say the payment issue was due to an oversight, and is being ironed out now. Some voice actors from the game have confirmed that they are indeed receiving payments, with some getting their compensation as of today.

The issue should have never happened to begin with, but at least things are being rectified now. Let's hope everyone gets their payment and all involved can move past this ugly situation.

Fire Emblem Heroes seeing release in more Latin American countries this February

Nintendo has announced that Fire Emblem Heroes is going to see release in more Latin American countries starting this February. We don't have the official details on where the game will hit or exact dates, but it's good to know the title will be making its way to new locations. When we have specifics on these releases, we'll be sure to let you know.

Wandersong's creator talks about the game's absolutely useless, but undeniably endearing feature

Wandersong is full of all kinds of unique, interesting, funny, and endearing moments. A lot of those are hand-crafted experiences that took months to put together. Then there's the one feature that was thrown in towards the end of the game's development.

Wandersong allows the player to dance as they travel through their adventure. Dancing serves absolutely no purpose as far as gameplay goes. If that's the case, why was the feature included? Creator Greg Lobanov explains in a DualShockers interview.

“Wandersong is definitely about a lot of things but I think the dances really are just another thing that really perfectly encapsulates what this is really about. It’s a game about being ‘not the hero’ and about being a ‘not powerful,’ ‘not useful’ person and the dances are just meaningless self-expression. They don’t do anything in the game. They don’t further the plot in any way. They’re literally just ways to be silly and this game is so much about how important that is and how not important the stuff that’s ‘mandatory’ actually is.”

Acclaimed roguelike Tangledeep heading to Nintendo Switch Thursday, January 31st, 2019 (Official PR)

Inspired by classic SNES-era RPGs, Impact Gameworks’ stunning roguelike Tangledeep will soon be available on the Nintendo Switch!

Create your character, gear up, and get ready to ascend through dangerous terrain while facing magical beasts and ancient automatons in this turn-based dungeon crawler with a job system and countless tactical choices.

On the soundtrack front, Tangledeep features the musical talents of Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana), Grant Kirkhope (GoldenEye 007, Civilization: Beyond Earth), Norihiko Hibino (Metal Gear Solid 3, Bayonetta), and Andrew Aversa, the developer behind Tangledeep who is known for his contributions as “zircon” on OverClocked Remix and composer of high-profile soundtracks (Soul Calibur V, ReCore, Crypt of the NecroDancer, Fantasy Strike, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remake).

The Switch version of Tangledeep will be available in English, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese. It will also include:
Improved UI and controls for handheld, docked, and Pro Controller support
All-new monsters (such as the fearsome Polarattler)
New area: Riverstone Waterway

About the Game

For hundreds of years, people have enjoyed the peaceful tranquility of underground settlements and villages, where the only route to the surface is “Tangledeep” – a mysterious and ever-changing labyrinth. With memories of the surface world long forgotten, you set out for the labyrinth to discover what lies above...

Tangledeep features a robust and customizable job system with 12 unique jobs to master. The game also supports a number of features designed to give players the perfect level of difficulty. You can opt for the true roguelike challenge of permadeath – or simply return to town upon death, for example. It’s also possible to share progress between characters by using the banking system – or by planting magic trees and raising monsters in town.
KEY FEATURES
Experience finely-tuned, procedurally-generated and handcrafted gameplay as you fight challenging monsters, complete quests, and collect rare items.
Master deep, tactical turn-based combat across 12 unique jobs with more than 100 skills.
Choose between three game modes – including Adventure Mode, which removes the pain of permadeath:
Heroic Mode - Defeat is not the end! Some progress and items can be shared between characters.
Hardcore Mode - The traditional roguelike experience! If you are defeated the game ends.
Adventure Mode - Play without the fear of permadeath, traditional RPG style.
Capture almost every monster in the game and raise them in the Monster Corral as a pet – or breed them with other monsters!
Make your experience easier, harder, or just plain wackier with more than 10 Game Modifiers.
Share some of your progress between characters by using the banking system and planting magic trees.
Explore Item Dreams, randomized mini-dungeons where anything goes – and power up your gear!
Take in the scenery – comprised of beautiful 16-bit graphics and carefully handcrafted maps.
Relax to a beautiful soundtrack inspired by the most legendary RPGs of the SNES era, composed by award-winning composer Andrew Aversa – and joined by Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana), Grant Kirkhope (GoldenEye 007, Civilization: Beyond Earth), and Norihiko Hibino (Metal Gear Solid 3, Bayonetta).
Participate in daily and weekly challenge runs – and compare to your friends with Leaderboard support!
PRICING & AVAILABILITY
Tangledeep will be available on the Nintendo Switch eShop Thursday, January 31 for $19.99.

"OPUS Collection" and "WILL: A Wonderful World" receiving retail releases this Spring

LOS ANGELES, CA., January 22, 2019 — PM Studios and acttil are thrilled to announce two incredible titles hitting North American store shelves this spring! OPUS Collection, which contains both OPUS: The Day We Found Earth and OPUS: Rocket of Whispers, will be coming to Nintendo Switch this April and will feature a voucher code for an awesome downloadable bonus soundtrack! Meanwhile, WILL: A Wonderful World will receive a physical release for both Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 this May, and will retail for $39.99!

OPUS: THE DAY WE FOUND EARTH

Millions of years in the future, mankind has left its home planet of Earth far behind. But now Emeth, an adorable robot who has made a solemn promise to his creator, must rediscover his lost homeland in order to save all of humanity. But as he tries to fulfill that promise, he begins to realize that he may hold an even greater purpose... This atmospheric, bittersweet tale is the perfect introduction to the world of OPUS.

Key Features
- Homeward Bound: Operate a deep space telescope to scan the skies for long-lost Earth...and other untold secrets.
- Self Discovery: Investigate your ship to uncover the history of a centuries-old mission item by mysterious item.
- Across the Universe: Explore a universe teeming with vivid and vibrant planets, nebulas, and galaxies.
- Cosmic Vibes: Lose yourself in a sweeping soundtrack that will tug at your heartstrings.

OPUS: ROCKET OF WHISPERS

Witness the story of two lonely survivors of an apocalyptic plague, who are given the seemingly impossible task of building an interstellar rocket. Their goal is to revive the ancient tradition of space burial and return the lost souls of the world to their cosmic homeland. Written by the IMGA-nominated author of OPUS: The Day We Found Earth, this tale of loss and rebirth will leave you breathless.

Key Features

- Land of Ice and Snow: Travel through the ruins of a frozen world, uncovering the history of a once prosperous land as you go.
- Making Space: Gather the materials you’ll need for your rocket, and craft tools to explore even greater distances.
- Alien Artifacts: Uncover more than 100 items, each with unique artwork and descriptions informed by detailed research.
- Aural Adventure: Roam through a beautiful, atmospheric soundscape created by indiePlay-nominated composer Triodust.

WILL: A Wonderful World

There was once an urban legend: Write your troubles down on a note, then hold it in your hand at midnight and pray. “God, please help me...” God will hear your plea and change your fate.

One day, a young girl wakes up, groggy, in a room she’s never seen before. A talking dog appears before her and she becomes startled by his revelation: They are gods and it is their duty to change the fate of any humans that ask for their help. Letters appear in the mail, so with pen in hand she begins her job.

WILL: A Wonderful World features a fantastical tale and cast. A quiet nerd stuck in a hopeless, one-sided crush. An impoverished artist who’s lost all hope and contemplates suicide. A rookie police officer who burns with justice and hopes for his first big case. A young woman desperately chasing her dream against all odds. Even a stray cat who would be satisfied with some dried fish to eat!

Dive deep into the story and learn about those that seek out your help, but remember: Changing someone’s fate will affect others. Experience each story, edit letters, and solve puzzles; perhaps the young girl’s memory will return, but what will she learn about herself and her mission? You must guide their fates, uncover the links between the storylines, and find the best path for all of those in need. WILL: A Wonderful World blends its imaginative story with fantastic presentation, featuring colorful artwork and a delightful soundtrack.

Key Features

- Read stories and use deduction to determine how to alter the fate of the game’s cast.
- Make decisions that open up the story and may even impact the plotlines of others.
- Learn more about the two gods, the mysterious girl and her companion, as you progress through the game.
- Enjoy punchy music and beautifully drawn stills and animations.

Nintendo wants to know what games you're looking forward to for a future Nintendo Power podcast


Nintendo is looking to hear from you guys about the games you're most looking forward to in 2019. If you have something to share about an upcoming game, hit up Nintendo with a reply through the Tweet above and share your thoughts!

Unworthy coming to Switch on Jan. 29th, 2019

UNWORTHY is a hardcore combat-focused platformer without jumping. Play as a warrior, risen from the grave. Equipped with sword and shield, you must traverse a bleak and hostile world swarming with creatures of nightmare. Your patience, determination and skill will be put to the test, as you fight against epic bosses, uncover powerful weapons and abilities, and attempt to prove your worth.

Unworthy will hit the Switch on Jan. 29th, 2019. The title is priced at $12.70, and is available to preload right now.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment OST now available on iTunes and Spotify


Looking for a new way to enjoy the Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment OST? Well you now have two more options! Yacht Club has announced that the OST can be enjoyed through both iTunes and Spotify. Hit up the links above to have a listen.

NPD Dec. 2018 and full-year 2018 tidbits - Switch the best-selling hardware, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe hits a milestone, and much more

NPD's Mat Piscatella shared a few more statistics on both Dec. 2018 and full-year 2018, and it's once again great news for Nintendo.

- Switch finishes as the year's top hardware platform
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe finishes 2018 as the second best-selling racing game of all time, trailing only Mario Kart Wii
- for the first time since 2009, Nintendo is the highest software revenue generating publisher of the year.
- Switch generated the highest December month hardware dollar sales for a single platform since the Wii in December 2009
- Switch achieved the highest December unit sales for a single platform since December 2010
- Switch ends 2018 as the year's best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars
- annual unit and dollar sales of Switch are the highest annual total for any hardware platform since the PlayStation 4 in 2015
- Switch Pro Controller was the Dec. 2018's best-selling Accessory in dollar sales
- NES Classic was the best-selling Plug N Play system of December and 2018
- the Switch 32GB Neon Red/Blue Joy Con was the only item to sell more units of hardware in 2018 than the NES Classic
- the PS4 DualShock 4 Black, Switch Pro Controller and the Xbox One S Wireless Controller White were the three best-selling accessories of 2018 in dollar spend