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XSEED Games Details ‘Expansion Pass’ and Post-Launch DLC for STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town

Plenty of bonus content to come

If you plan on sinking a ton of time into STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town, you might want to think about picking up the Expansion Pass bundle. Wondering what that includes? Read the press release below to get a full breakdown.

XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today revealed details about the upcoming DLC that will be available for STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town following its launch on the Nintendo Switch™ system in North America on March 23. This bounty of extra content for the latest entry in the popular farming/life simulation franchise, currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of the original Bokujo Monogatari title in Japan in 1996, will enhance players' experiences with new areas to explore, characters to befriend, and outfits to show off.

An ‘Expansion Pass’ featuring content to be released in waves in the months following the game’s launch will be available digitally for $19.99, or as part of the STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town + Expansion Pass Set for $69.99. The digital standalone edition of STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town will be available for $49.99, and both the standalone and game + expansion pass set will soon be available for pre-order on Nintendo eShop.

The ‘Expansion Pass’ bundle of story content, new characters, and exclusive costume sets includes:

Part 1 – April 2021

‘Animal Attire’ costumes for the protagonists and marriage candidates
‘Olive Town Mystery Files’ sub-scenario - Join Mikey and Cindy to discover the cause of strange incidents occurring across Olive Town in the very first mystery scenario in the STORY OF SEASONS series!

Part 2 – May 2021

‘Windswept Falls Expansion Pack’ - Explore a refreshing, brand-new area home to four characters from a past entry on the Nintendo 3DS™ system (includes two marriage candidates)

Part 3 – June 2021

‘School Uniforms’ costume set for the protagonists and marriage candidates
‘Terracotta Oasis Expansion Pack’ - Discover an exotic oasis home to four characters from STORY OF SEASONS for Nintendo 3DS (includes two marriage candidates)

Part 4 – July 2021

‘Yukata Set’ costumes for the protagonists and marriage candidates
‘The Legendary Sprite Dance’ sub-scenario - The Earth Sprite Village is livelier than ever, and the sprites are determined to revive their legendary dance and hold a feast…with or without Boss Sprite’s permission!

Part 5 – August 2021

‘Twilight Isle Expansion Pack’ - Sail to an island bathed in twilight and meet the four characters from STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns that have made it their new home (includes two marriage candidates)

‘Expansion Pass’ Purchase Bonus DLC – The following costume sets will be available to owners of the ‘Expansion Pass’ at the game’s launch on March 23.

‘Pete and Claire’s Overalls’ costumes from STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town
‘Yuto and Naomi’s Hoodies’ costumes from STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town
‘Henry and Holly’s Western Attire’ costumes from STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns

Specific release dates and additional details about all of the DLC arriving for STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town will be released at a later time.

Developed by Marvelous Inc. and published by XSEED Games in North America on the Nintendo Switch™ system, STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town will launch on March 23, 2021. The ‘Premium Edition’ and a standalone retail version are available for pre-order from the XSEED Games Store and participating retailers for a MSRP of $59.99 and $49.99 respectively. The title has been rated “E for Everyone” on the Nintendo Switch by the ESRB.

Musician offers up a deep-dive to explain what makes the Mii Channel theme so memorable

A timeless tune

The Wii was an absolutely mammoth hit for Nintendo, giving millions of owners countless hours of fun. It also gave us a bounty of classic songs and jingles packed right into the hardware, but none are so fondly remembered as the Mii Channel theme.

What is it that makes the Mii Channel music so catchy? There's a lot more going on behind the scenes than you might think, and YouTube musician Charles Cornell wants to share his findings. If you're looking for a deep analysis of this truly classic Nintendo tune, you won't find any finer feature.

Poke Lid lineup expands with 5 new covers in Ikaruga

Street art at its finest

There are over 140 manhole covers that have been beautified through the Poke Lid program. It's been a wonderful way to turn a common eyesore into something eye-catching. It's also a great way to bring in some tourism!

The latest location in Japan to get in on the Poke Lid program is Ikaruga, which is in the Nara Prefecture. Ikaruga has received 5 new manhole covers, and they feature Entei, Bronzong, Simisear, Growlithe, and Deerling. You can see what each one looks like in the lineup above.

Of course, if you’re ever visiting Japan (in the future, naturally) there’s a useful map of all the Poké Lids around Japan, and Poké Lid acts as a PokéStop in Pokémon GO. If only we could see something like this implemented within the US…

Nintendo recommends "visually striking" Switch games

Have these caught your eye?

The Switch may not have the horsepower of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, but that doesn't mean it's incapable of playing host to gorgeous games. In today's feature, Nintendo has singled out just a few of the Switch eShop titles they think are visually striking. Check out their recommendations below.

Hades:

As the immortal Prince of the Underworld, you'll wield the powers and mythic weapons of Olympus to break free from the clutches of the god of the dead. Grow stronger and unravel more of the story with each escape attempt from the ever-shifting Underworld.

Return of the Obra Dinn:

Years after its disappearance, the Obra Dinn has drifted into port at Falmouth with damaged sails and no visible crew. As an insurance investigator for the East Indian Company’s London Office, dispatch immediately to Falmouth, find means to board the ship, and prepare an assessment of damages.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps:

In this action platformer, the little spirit Ori is no stranger to peril. But when a fateful flight puts the owlet Ku in harm’s way, it will take more than bravery to bring a family back together, heal a broken land, and discover Ori’s true destiny.

Okami HD:

Take the role of Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess who inhabits the form of a legendary white wolf, Shiranui. Use magical abilities, attacks, and Celestial Brush techniques to restore the land of Nippon to its previous glory—full of life and color.

Streets of Rage 4:

The classic side-scrolling beat-‘em-up series is back! Axel, Blaze, and Adam are teaming up with the next generation of fighters to take down a rising crime empire. Enjoy hand-drawn visuals as you clean up Wood Oak City to the beat of an all-star ensemble of musicians, including the original series composers.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin:

Take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the hostile island environment, she will find a home in a mountain village, aiming to prove herself worthy of her title by harvesting rice and bettering the lives of humanity.

Paper Mario: The Origami King:

The kingdom has been ravaged by an origami menace! Join Mario and his new partner, Olivia, as they battle evil Folded Soldiers, repair the damaged landscape, and try to free Princess Peach’s castle from the clutches of King Olly. Use Mario’s new 1,000-Fold Arms ability to pull, peel, and hit specific spots!

Carto:

Separated from her Granny during a storm, Carto must use her innate cartography powers to map and manipulate the world around her. Discover new “pieces” of the game map, rearrange them to shape the levels themselves, and unlock new paths, puzzles, and story moments.

Roki:

As Tove, rediscover magic and chart your adventure through this forgotten northern world of mystery and monsters. Find your courage, discover hidden paths, solve ancient puzzles, and travel deeper through the icy land to save your family.

Sayonara Wild Hearts:

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a dreamy arcade game about riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200 mph. As the heart of a young woman breaks, you’ll set out to restore balance to the universe.

Gris:

Take a journey as a hopeful young girl, lost in a world of sorrow. As the story unfolds, Gris will grow emotionally and see her world in different ways. Players can explore light puzzles, platforming sequences, and optional skill-based challenges—all without the fear or frustration of death.

Firewatch:

Retreating from his messy life, Henry has taken work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. But when something strange draws him out of his lookout tower, he’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making difficult choices.

ABZÛ:

Take an underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving. Perform fluid acrobatics as the Diver, discover hundreds of species based on real creatures, and interact with schools of fish that procedurally respond to you, each other, and predators.

Spiritfarer:

Build a boat to explore the world, befriend and care for your spirits, and guide them across mystical seas before releasing them to their afterlife. Farm, fish, harvest, and cook as you spend relaxing quality time with your spirit passengers, create memories, and, ultimately, learn how to say goodbye.

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions updated to Version 1.11.0

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions has been updated to Version 1.11.0. Check out the full patch notes for this update below.

1. Toho Academy Event Match

During the event, you build a team containing Toho players and those who have trained with Toho Academy to earn Event Points.

Collect Event Points to earn the event-limited friend card Kojiro Hyuga and more.

Get pumped and go for grand rewards!

Moreover, there is no cost limit. We'll be conducting a survey alongside the event so head on over to Twitter and the official website to let us know your thoughts!

Event Period

2021/1/27(Wed)09:00(JST)- 2021/2/3(Wed)08:59(JST)
2021/1/27(Wed)01:00(CET)- 2021/2/3(Wed)00:59(CET)
2021/1/26(Tue)16:00(PST)- 2021/2/2(Tue)15:59(PST)

Rewards

Event-limited Friend Card "Kojiro Hyuga"
- Existing friend cards will gain new effects.
Toho Academy Uniform Top/Bottom Set
- The Toho Academy Uniform can be used in Custom Team.
Emblem Part "Kojiro Hyuga"
Titles
Other rewards such as useful training items

Get point rewards from the result screen.

You cannot get rewards from a result screen that appears after the Event Period.

You can claim rewards for limited-time online challenges from CHALLENGE.

They cannot be claimed once the campaign ends.

2. Toho Academy Training Support Campaign

bility Points and Friendship Points will be more acquirable in the Toho Route during the campaign.

You can also gain more PP from online challenges and training during the campaign.

Take the chance to build up a strong player for the Toho Academy Event Match.

Event Period

Following maintenance on 2021/1/20(Wed)- 2021/1/27(Wed)08:59(JST)
Following maintanance on 2021/1/20(Wed)- 2021/1/27(Wed)00:59(CET)
Following maintenance on 2021/1/19(Tue)- 2021/1/26(Tue)15:59(PST)

Campaign effects do not apply unless you are online.

Effects from EPISODE: NEW HERO results count during the campaign

Even if you started EPISODE: NEW HERO before the campaign, results will be applied within the campaign period.

Effects from results are lost after the campaign period ends.

You can claim rewards for limited-time online challenges from CHALLENGE.

They cannot be claimed once the campaign ends.

3.Toho Academy Event Login Bonus

We are celebrating the implementation of the Toho Academy Event by hosting a "Toho Academy Event Login Bonus!"

You can earn rewards once per day when you log into the game, so don't forget to do so!

Event Period

Following maintenance on 2021/1/20(Wed)- 2021/2/3(Wed)08:59(JST)
Following maintenance on2021/1/20(Wed)- 2021/2/3(Wed)00:59(CET)
Following maintenance on2021/1/19(Tue)- 2021/2/2(Tue)15:59(PST)

*You can claim bonuses from the first day after maintenance ends onwards.

*Please note that the time to claim the bonuses will be shorter.

*Login Bonuses switch over every day at 9:00AM(JST)/ 1:00AM (CET)/ 4:00PM(PST).

*Claim up to 10 login bonuses during the event period.

*Login bonus details may change without prior notice. Thank you for your understanding.

Joy-Con class action lawsuit filed in Quebec, Canada

Nintendo is no stranger to class action lawsuits with the Switch Joy-Con. A number of lawsuits have been filed around the world, and the latest has just been drafted in Quebec, Canada.

Lambert Avocat Inc. submitted this lawsuit, and it includes the Switch, Switch Lite, Pro Controller, and Joy-Con. The company claims that drift was a “hidden defect,” that breaks the Consumer Protection Act, and they're looking for restitution. Lambert Avocat is now rounding up more info from people who are suffering from drift in order to further the lawsuit.

Metroid LEGO Ideas creation is hoping to get your attention

Miniature Metroid!

We've covered the LEGO Ideas website quite a few times over the years. This is a place where LEGO fans can come up with custom LEGO set ideas and share them with the public. If those projects get enough votes, they can eventually get in front of LEGO proper, and there's a chance they could be turned into a real commercial release.

The latest efforts on the Nintendo side of things involve the Metroid franchise. One fan out there is hoping Metroid fans will vote for the set, which includes a LEGO Samus, gunship, and more. Again, there's no guarantee this will turn into a commercial release, but there's no chance if fans don't vote. If you like what you see, you can cast your vote here.

Atooi running 80% off Switch eShop sale

You can't go wrong with these deals

Atooi is running an absolutely massive sale on some of their Switch games, knocking off 80% for a limited time. This deal ends on Jan. 21st, 2021, so there's just a few hours left to take advantage. You can check out the deals being offered below.

- Mutant Mudds Collection – now $2.99 / €2.59
- Xeodrifter – now $1.99 / €1.99
- Soccer Slammers – now $1.99 / €1.99

Indie dev accuses EA and Respawn of ripping off one of their characters for Apex Legends

Coincidence, or something worse?

EA and Respawn recently lifted the veil on Fuse, a new character heading to Apex Legends as part of Season 8. As soon as that reveal hit the internet, indie devs NOWWA felt like their work had been ripped off.

NOWAA is working on a title called BulletVille, which features the character Hunter. You can see Hunter above, as compared to Fuse from Apex Legends. Hunter has been shown publicly for the better part of 2 years now, so it's certainly possible someone at Respawn saw the design and was inspired by it. While EA and Respawn are yet to respond to the accusations, NOWWA shared the following statement with Nintendo Life.

“We are happy that the Apex Legends team liked Hunter’s style to the point of wanting to recreate it in Apex Legends - we were even hoping for an eventual crossover! Nonetheless, we are afraid that, as a small indie game producer whose game hasn’t been launched yet, we’ll be called a ripoff of Apex Legends, which is certainly not true. Hunter can count on two weapons: a pistol and rocket launcher. Guess what Fuse’s ultimate ability is? A rocket launcher."

Tokyo Banana reveals Pikachu "Dengeki" box

Is that a Pikachu banana in your pocket?

Back in November of 2020, we covered Tokyo Banana's is a line of cream-filled cakes that were emblazoned with Pikachu images. That line of treats was a big hit, and now Tokyo Banana has an even bigger offering for fans.

Launching Jan. 30th, 2021, Tokyo Banana is launching a special Dengeki Box of the Pikachu Tokyo Banana treats. This box packs in 12 packages, each with 2 treats inside. Customers will be able to snag one of these boxes for| ¥3,456.