Don't walk... run!
The 2D action platformer They Always Run from developer Alawar Premium is getting a limited physical release via publisher Red Art Games. Pre-orders will begin exclusively from their official website starting on May 19th at 5PM CEST. Check out details on both the Standard Edition and Europe-exclusive Collector’s Edition below.
As previously announced, They Always Run will be released digitally via the Nintendo eShop on May 19th, 2022.
- Price: €29.99 EUR
- Regions: Europe and *North America
- Number of Copies: 4,000
- Release date: September 9th, 2022
- A copy of the game
- Acrylic stand (with pre-order)
North America will get an open pre-order campaign*
- Price: €59.99 EUR
- Region: Europe
- Number of Copies: 1,500
- Release Date: Q4 2022
- A copy of the game
- An artbook
- A soundtrack CD
- Acrylic stand (with pre-order)
Nintendo of Europe hosting Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Online Challenge - Spring Showdown 2022' on May 20th
Fight for your spot on the leaderboard
Nintendo of Europe has announced that they will be hosting a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate “Online Challenge” on May 20th from 17:00 (UK time) until 20:00 (UK time). Accessible via the Online Tourney menu, the matches will be 1v1 two-stock bouts lasting 5 minutes. Items, Smash Meters, and stage hazards are turned off, with stages being limited to Omega and Battlefield versions. If you manage to reach top 10 on the leaderboards, you’ll be rewarded with 2,500 My Nintendo Gold Points - top 100 will receive 1,000 Gold Points.
Prepare for battle!
You may remember that during the Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Digital Event that aired last week, Capcom announced that they’ll be releasing introduction videos for all 14 weapon types starting on May 16th. As today marks the occasion, the first three videos have been shared. Check out the trailers for Heavy Bowgun, Switch Axe, and Sword & Shield below via the Monster Hunter Twitter account.
Sword & Shield
The Pokémon Company has announced that the Eeveelution psychic-type Espeon has officially arrived in Pokémon UNITE. In addition, a “Pokébuki Style” Holowear is now available. Check out the Character Spotlight trailer above for a quick look at them in action.
Pokémon UNITE is a free-to-play strategic team battle game from developer TiMi Studio, available now for iOS, Android, and Switch.
Yo No Se Manana
The latest update from the official Xenoblade Twitter account gives us information on Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s special characters known as Heroes, which can be recruited to help fight alongside you in battle. The first two Heroes revealed are Riku and Manana, who attack in a pair. You can find more information about them below (thanks to a translation via Perfectly-Nintendo). Check out the details, as well as some short gameplay footage and screenshots.
(Japanese CV: Sayaka Senbongi), a Nopon from Colony 9 in Keves (like Noah and his friends), who sports some rather thick eyebrows. Back at the colony, he’s a mechanic in charge of both item crafting and the maintenance of the Iron Giant. He’s a keen Nopon who always keeps his cool, no matter the situation, and the advice he provides Noah and the others is well worth heeding. Weapons need some maintenance? Riku is your man Nopon!
(Japanese CV: Aya Suzaki), a Nopon who hails from Agnus and a companion of Mio and the others’. If her chef toque wasn’t clear enough, her specialty is cooking. Her skills are without pair, which is why it’s no big surprise she was in charge of cooking back at her former colony. Manana is literally obsessed with food, so if you come across something that could be used as an ingredient during your adventures, make sure to give it to Manana so that she can whip up one mouth-watering dish! Manana is bound to brighten your travels with her cheerful personality.
I can be your angle... or yuor devil
Nintendo has started revealing weapons for Splatoon 3 via the game’s official Twitter account. Last week we got a look at the charger weapons, and today we learn a bit about the Angle Shooter, also known as the “Line Marker” in Japan.
According to today’s social media post, the Angle Shooter is a “new sub-weapon that shoots a straight line into the distance that bounces off surfaces. Enemies who touch the line are marked and take damage, helping you pin them down to splat with your main weapon!”
3D Metroidvania 'F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch' confirmed for Switch, getting a physical release in Q3 2022
It's happening... fur real!
After much speculation due to a mysterious Taiwanese rating, developer TiGames’ 3D Metroidvania action game F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch has now been confirmed to be coming to Switch. On top of this exciting news, a physical release will be available in Q3 2022 thanks to a co-publishing deal between Microids and bilibili.
The live-action mystery-adventure “The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story” from developer h.a.n.d., Inc. and publisher SQUARE ENIX is available now for Nintendo Switch. It’s priced at $49.99 with a 15.1 GB file size. If you purchase the game before May 19th, you’ll receive ‘Behind the Scenes’ content featuring 50 minutes of interview footage, as well as the game’s soundtrack. Check out the official launch trailer above, a second trailer below, and visit the eShop page here for screenshots.
Directed by Koichiro Ito (Metal Gear Solid V) and produced by Junichi Ehara (NieR:Automata, BABYLON’S FALL), The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story centers around the ill-fated Shijima family, who have experienced a chain of inexplicable deaths in their family over the past century. Yasuhito Tachibana, producer of Netflix’s The Naked Director, serves as Cinematographer and Scenario Director, taking visual storytelling to a new level with high-quality cinematography and thrilling live-action.
Players will take on the role of mystery writer, Haruka Kagami and use their powers of deductions to uncover the truth behind four murder cases that have taken place in the Shijima household over the last one hundred years. Immerse into an authentically traditional Japanese story, transcend time across different eras of Japan and collect information scattered throughout each era to uncover the truth and solve an age-old mystery.
The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story features compelling performances from Nanami Sakuraba as the games’ protagonist, Haruka Kagami and Yuta Hiraoka as Eiji Shijima, the second son of the Shijima family who returns home to help unravel the mystery behind his ill-fated family. A cast of talented Japanese actors bring this enigmatic Japanese adventure to life, depicting an array of characters throughout each period setting.
“The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is a game that takes the form of a live-action drama surrounding the murders within the Shijima family that have taken place over a century, which the player will help the characters to solve.The in-game videos have been filmed in live action, so please keep an eye out for the subtle expressions, gestures and movements that can’t be captured in games that use CG graphics! I hope you’ll enjoy unravelling the mysteries behind the incident together with Haruka!” Said Nanami Sakuraba who plays the role of Haruka Kagami.
“My first impression of this story that spans different time periods was to think, “Is this even possible?” and, “This script is really something!” The sheer volume of lines and the tight filming schedule were dizzying, but I think the choice to intentionally film sections that could quite plausibly have been created with CG in an analogue style lends a wonderful retro feel to the game and gives a greater sense of realism to the performance. I’d love for players to fully experience this story about the mysteries of the Shijima family, the murders, and love, that transcends time and space.” added Yuta Hiraoka who lends his talents as Eiji Shijima.
The soundtrack is composed by Yuki Hayashi, Daiki Okuno, Ryoshi Takagi, Shuichiro Fukuhiro and Shogo Yamashiro.
Two Point Campus just got a whole lot more secretive. Developer Two Point Studios and publisher SEGA have announced that the university simulation game, which is planned for release on August 9th, will have a Spy School class available at launch. Check out the reveal trailer above to see some of what the course will entail.
Don your trench coat and shades and grab your jetpack. Two Point Campus introduces its latest course reveal: Spy School! You’ll train your agents in the art of drone flying, target practice, and obstacle courses filled with crocodiles and lasers. Thankfully, no one’s taught the crocodiles to use lasers.
The catch? You’ll have to sniff out Two Point County’s enemies. Rival agents have figured out they can infiltrate campus by enrolling as students. Someone should really fix that. Watch out for suspicious classmates and expel them before they can uncover the county’s darkest secrets.
Home is where the heart is!
Pokémon HOME is about to be much more inclusive of recent Pokémon titles. The Pokémon Company has announced that the Version 2.0.0 update will to be released “in the coming weeks,” adding compatibility for both Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl. Since Legends: Arceus takes place before many of the Poké Balls in the other games existed, the update will also introduce “Strange Balls” to the games for the purpose of transferring from Pokémon Sword/Shield or Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu/Eevee.
Check out more details below via the press release.
Pokémon HOME enables Trainers to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games. The Pokémon that players can take to each game are limited to the Pokémon that appear in those games. Players can view the details on which Pokémon can be taken to which games from the Help menu of the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME.
Introducing Strange Balls
Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes place in the distant past of the world of Pokémon, where Poké Balls from the other games do not yet exist. When Pokémon caught in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, or Pokémon Shield are transferred to Pokémon Legends: Arceus, they will appear in Strange Balls. Strange Balls will only appear in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl. All Pokémon caught in Pokémon Legends: Arceus that are transferred to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield will appear in regular Poké Balls.
In Pokémon HOME, players will be able to see the Poké Balls that Pokémon were originally caught in.
Claim Special Pokémon When Linking Games
To celebrate Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus becoming compatible with Pokémon HOME, players will be gifted special Pokémon when linking each game to Pokémon HOME.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus Connectivity
After depositing a Pokémon from Pokémon Legends: Arceus into the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, players will receive Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott with maximum effort levels as Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl Connectivity
After depositing a Pokémon from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl into the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, players will receive Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup with Hidden Abilities as Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME.
Connectivity Between Various Games
The moves that Pokémon can learn in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, and Pokémon Shield differ from those that they can learn in other games, so a Pokémon’s moves will not be reflected when it is transferred to another game. When a Pokémon is taken to another game for the first time, the moves it can use will be determined by its level.
If a Pokémon is brought from the game it was caught into another game and learns other moves, and is then brought back to the game it was caught in, it will go back to having the moves that it originally knew.
Linking to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl
Players can check on the condition of Pokémon deposited from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl to Pokémon HOME as well as their other details.
Please be cautious of the following when connecting Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl to Pokémon HOME.
- Special Pokémon that can only be caught once during regular gameplay can only be deposited once per save data to Pokémon HOME.
- Some Pokémon, such as those obtained through unintended means or by illicit modification, cannot be deposited into Pokémon HOME.
- If there are any other problems with the Pokémon, it cannot be deposited into Pokémon HOME.
Linking to Pokémon Legends: Arceus
You can view the effort levels of Pokémon deposited from Pokémon Legends: Arceus to Pokémon HOME as well as its other details.
- The objective of Pokémon Legends: Arceus is to help compile the first Pokédex in the Hisui region. As such, the National Pokédex in Pokémon HOME will update its Pokédex entries based on your completion of the Pokédex in your Pokémon Legends: Arceus save data.
- If a Pokédex entry in Pokémon Legends: Arceus is incomplete, you will not be able to see that Pokémon’s entry in Pokémon HOME.
Additional Achievements and Stickers
Players can obtain stickers by completing achievements by meeting certain conditions in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME. New achievements and stickers based on Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl will be added from version 2.0.0 onwards.
For more information on Pokémon HOME version 2.0.0, please click here.
Nintendo of America has finally shared the English version of the overview trailer for Mario Strikers: Battle League that was released last week in Japanese. Going over gameplay mechanics, character upgrades and customizations, as well as online and offline multiplayer features, make sure to check out the 5-minute long introductory video above. The trailer is also available in the following languages: French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Introducing Strike, a 5-on-5, soccer-like sport with no rules—do whatever it takes to win! Get gritty and try to score the most goals by tackling enemies, using items, and pulling off score-boosting Hyper Strikes. Take the carnage online or pass the ball to players locally—just look out for the electric fence.
Hopefully we have a good adaptation on our hands!
Netflix has released a teaser trailer for their TV adaptation of Capcom’s Resident Evil series, which you can check out above. The show stars Ella Balinska, Lance Reddick, and Turlough Convery. Resident Evil premieres exclusively on Netflix on July 14th, 2022.
Surprisingly, Netflix also released a second trailer for the TV show, but this one is unlisted. We’re not sure if they did this on purpose or not, so watch the trailer while you still can!
Dragalia Lost, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp have all received a content update. Check out the full details for each game below via perfectly-nintendo.com.
- [Events] The following Events are now live: Special flame-attuned adventurer upgrade event, Double-drops and half-stamina event for certain main campaign chapters (available until May 18th)
- [Manga] Chapter 454 of the official Dragalia Lost 4-koma manga, Dragalia Life, is now available (also available from within the game itself) (no end date)
Fire Emblem Heroes
- [Log-in Bonus] As part of the Fehnix’s Quiz Event, all players can now claim the following as special Log-in Bonus: Orb x10, Divine Codes (Part 3) x150 (available until May 26th)
- [Events] The returning Illusory Dungeon event, Kingdom of Hoshido, is now live (available until May 26th)
- [Quests] A new set of Quests is now available: Tap Battle (available until May 26th)
- [Story Maps] A new Tactics Drills map is now available: Dragons in Darkness (Skill Studies) (no end date)
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
- [Events] The latest Fishing Tourney is called Glassworks Shop, and it’s now live (available until May 19th, with trophy pick-up available until May 20th)
- [Store] A new Pack is now available in the Store: Fishing Tourney Support Pack (available until May 19th)
- [Animals] New Animal Maps are now available via Gulliver’s Ship: Walker, Nan, and Limberg (no end date)
Switch Sports performs exceptionally!
Wondering how the Switch held up in Japan this week? The Switch managed to earn itself 9 games in the weekly top 10, with Nintendo Switch Sports debuting in the top spot. Kirby and the Forgotten Land surpassed eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2022 to reclaim second place, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe holds strong in fourth.
As for hardware, the Switch maintained its top spot with the OLED model, selling 101,489 additional units. This is followed by the standard Switch in second (53,092 units) and the Switch Lite in fourth (22,011), which was beat only by the PS5 (46,415).
Check out the full rundown for software and hardware for April 25th to May 8th, 2022 below!
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
- [NSW] Nintendo Switch Sports – 304,588 (NEW)
- [NSW] Kirby and the Forgotten Land – 77,330 (695,811)
- [NSW] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2022 – 61,209 (153,933)
- [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 41,802 (4,621,427)
- [PS4] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2022 – 26,444 (80,983)
- [NSW] Minecraft – 22,952 (2,635,396)
- [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 20,417 (4,873,950)
- [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure – 17,309 (3,144,888)
- [NSW] Mario Party Superstars – 16,686 (959,773)
- [NSW] Pokemon Legends: Arceus – 15,235 (2,243,757)
Hardware Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
- Switch OLED Model – 101,489 (1,721,151)
- Switch – 53,092 (18,268,375)
- PlayStation 5 – 46,415 (1,382,888)
- Switch Lite – 22,011 (4,710,282)
- Xbox Series S – 10,610 (99,288)
- Xbox Series X – 3,508 (99,364)
- PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 3,383 (235,257)
- New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 452 (1,185,724)
- PlayStation 4 – 81 (7,819,526)
Just as with North America, our friends in Europe get a new batch of Switch games every Thursday as well. Nintendo Europe has shared their press release for what’s to come this week, and it’s jam-packed with fun offerings. See the whole slate of titles for the week of May 12th, 2022 below.
- Aery - A New Frontier
- Attentat 1942
- Doctor Hospital: Hypocondriac Simulator
- Dog’s Donuts
- Dungeons of Dreadrock
- Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising
- Flippin Kaktus
- Get-A-Grip Chip and the Body Bugs
- Gibbon: Beyond the Trees
- Hyper Echelon
- Infinite Links
- Japanese NEKOSAMA Escape -The Mountain Cottage-
- Kiddy Memory
- Maximillion Fortress
- Mini Motorways
- OPUS: Echo of Starsong - Full Bloom Edition
- Rage Among the Stars
- Red White Yellow Stingray
- Rogue Lords
- Seven Pirates H
- Source of Madness
- Summer Days
- The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story
- Top Speed 2: Drag Rivals & Nitro Racing
- Vesper: Zero Light Edition
- Card Shark (demo)