PDI Check now available on the 3DS eShop...for $100

I'm sure it's worth every penny

PDI Check is an interactive multiple-choice game utilizing the unique color, 3-dimensional screen on the Nintendo 3DS™ system to quickly and accurately measure near visual acuity, color vision and stereopsis.

Well thsi is certainly an interesting find. PDI Check is on the 3DS eShop right now, and you can grab it for the low, low price of just $100. I can't even fathom how Nintendo let this happen! Clearly this is a cash grab, but I guess there's no rule against how high you can price your title? I wonder if anyone will buy it...

Sakurai talks Smash Bros. development - Thoughts on characters, DLC, development struggles, and much more

The Sakurai motherload

Not that long ago, a collection of Famitsu columns from Masahiro Sakurai was released. Fans have since picked the book up and pored over its contents. Below you can find a summary of the more interesting details.

- Sakurai doesn't think characters like Goku, Shrek, and others don't make sense for Smash Bros.
- Smash Bros. is not a series where he thinks about continuation, so characters aren't held back, and DLC doesn't impact the next game
- Sakurai sees Smash as a party game and would like things to be more casual
- Sakurai also recognizes that he's not the only one who can interpret what the series can/cannot be
- back in the Wii U/3DS days, there were restrictions on how many updates to a game you could do
- updates are normal these days, but they're a bit of a voluntary service
- Sakurai thinks its important to hear feedback from a large variety of players, including newcomers
- no plans for a Smash Ballot again
- Sakurai was making plans for Smash Ultimate while on vacation
- Sakurai treats a characters personality as a game in and of itself
- characters joining Smash has an advertising effect, even if the characters appear in games that aren't on Nintendo platforms
- Sakurai played a beta of Breath of the Wild in 2 days to get a feel for its inclusion in Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Sakurai feels games shouldn't be created based on market research alone
- Sakurai feels games made to imitate other games is unfortunately
- 60 billion yen is enough to make every Smash game up to Ultimate
- Sakurai would like a Smash Bros. area in Super Nintendo World
- Smash Ultimate's DLC was planned without the developer's input
- DLC development takes time, and DLC business is far more risky than most think
- gathering staff to create new DLC is tough
- Sakurai isn't fond of season pass DLC
- Omega battlefield variants take more time than people think
- HAL is credited, but not involved in development anymore
- the team was very careful to avoid leaks during E3 2018
- the story idea of World of Light has existed since Brawl
- the idea of Spirits was a last resort, and Sakurai isn't sure this idea will return
- there was a plan to include a Spirits-like map in Melee
- Sakurai doesn't follow internet reactions and doesn't know of fan predictions
- Sakurai took a long vacation, but can't travel far as he has a cat
- by March 2019, the online win ratio is very close for all characters

Mortal Kombat 11 is the first third party game in fourteen years to take the #1 software spot on Nintendo hardware

Hasn't happened since the GameCube days

Mortal Kombat 11 was the best-selling game on the Switch in the United States for April 2019. Seeing a third party title top the Switch list was pretty damn fantastic! Hell, seeing any third party title top the software list for Nintendo hardware is something that rarely happens. As a matter of fact, its been 14 years since it last happened!

NPD's Mat Piscatella revealed that the last time a third party title took the #1 software spot for Nintendo hardware was back in Feb. 2005, which is when Resident Evil 4 took that honor on the GameCube.

Tetris 99 originally had 8 tactical options, more DLC focused on playing with family/friends offline is coming

Insight into Tetris 99 from the dev team

Tetris 99 lets you choose 4 different tactical options when you play. You have the ability to go with Random, KOs, Badges and Attackers, and switching up between the 4 as you play is certainly a good idea. A combination of all options will help you get further in the game, and certainly keeps the action frantic. Turns out the dev team actually had the idea to include another 4 tactical options as well!

In an interview with 4Gamer (translated by NintendoEverything), Director Ryuichi Nakada and producer Akira Kinashi talked about the other tactical options they cut from the game.

Nakada: No, originally there were eight, including things like ‘Defensive’ and ‘Slowdown’. From there we cut them down to the current four.

For example, in the case that someone with the ‘Slowdown’ option was put in a game, they would be paired with someone with the same tactics selected and battle each other one-on-one. There were a lot of people that thought this went against the basic ethic Battle Royale. With the ‘Shield’ mode, instead of attacking other players after clearing away your blocks, you instead create a barrier around yourself. The problem with this was that in playtesting there were those who only chose this tactic and instead of attacking simply defended themselves, leading to long stalemates.

Kinashi: What happened with the play testers was surprising. I knew there would be players who didn’t want to actively attack but instead avoid being attacked, but there were actually far more than I expected. The result was that the game dragged on so that one match could take more than twenty minutes.

A bit later in the interview, we learn that a second wave of DLC is on the way. Specifics aren't shared, but we do get a general idea of what will be released.

Kinashi: In terms of free content, the ability to change the appearance of your own Tetrominos and also choose your own emblem. Also from May 10 onwards, we’ll be adding new modes as paid DLC. The first stage of this is a mode to get those not yet used to the game ready for the online mode by competing against CPU players, ‘CPU Battle Mode’, as well as a standard mode for those wanting to play Tetris alone, ‘Marathon Mode’. I can’t talk about the second wave properly yet, but we also plan to add content that lets people enjoy playing with their family and friends offline.

Sonic the Hedgehog movie delayed to February 2020

Gotta go slower

The director for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie has taken to Twitter to announce a delay for the film. It's no longer going to see release this year, and instead will be bumped to Feb. 14th, 2019. Looks like the team needs more time to give Sonic his redesign.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Weekly Shonen magazine teasing 'surprising' Dragon Quest news for their next issue

What could it be?

Dragon Quest fans will want to keep an eye out for the next issue of Weekly Shonen, which is due out June 10th, 2019. The issue is going to have some 'surprising' Dragon Quest information, but no specifics on the announcement were shared. Hopefully the tease will be worth the wait!

Realistic Pokemon artist shares some concept art he worked on for Detective Pikachu, including a push for Danny DeVito

What detective we could have had

RJ Palmer is the artist who worked on the 'realistic Pokemon' art series that landed him a job on the Detective Pikachu movie. Today Mr. Palmer has shared some concept art that he worked on for the film, including a look at what Danny DeVito might have looked like in the role of Detective Pikachu. I guess there really was a point in time when at least some people involved really wanted Mr. DeVito in the role!

DC Universe Online coming to Switch this Summer

Get ready for DC MMO action

DC Universe Online is a Free-to-Play, massive multiplayer online action game set in the popular DC Comics universe. Become one of a new breed of Heroes or Villains and wield incredible powers as you go to war with legendary characters such as Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor and The Joker.

Key Features

Fast-paced action combat where you control every blow your character strikes.
Choose your side – Hero or Villain – and customize your character on its path to becoming a legend in the DC Universe.
Fight alongside and against your favorite DC characters including Batman, The Joker, Superman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and many more.
Embark on story-driven adventures penned by famous DC Comics writers including Geoff Johns and Marv Wolfman.
Explore the DC Universe; walk the darkened streets of Gotham City, investigate the mysteries of the futuristic cityscape of Metropolis, and travel to legendary locations such as Arkham Asylum and the Watchtower.

The Switch version of DC Universe Online will include "small element changes," but specifics on those changes are yet-to-be revealed. This Switch version will not include cross-play with other versions.

CBR conducted an interview with Leah Bowers, the game's Executive Producer, to talk about bringing the game to Switch. You can check out Bowers' comments below.

"Bringing the game to the Switch was something that's very close to my heart. Nintendo was the first console I really connected with; and yet, I associated the brand with first party or platform games. But when the switch came out, it blew my mind and highlighted the possibilities that were there.

It's very important to me that all of our communities stay the same and up to speed. I didn't want the Switch to be in a book all to itself; I wanted the other communities to benefit from the improvements that we were making and vice versa."

DC Universe Online will hit the Switch in Summer 2019.

Thanks to FangztheWolf for the heads up!

Europe - Digital releases for May 23rd, 2019

So much to choose from!

Team Sonic Racing (SEGA EUR, €39.99 / £34.99) - Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing. Face-off with friends in intense multiplayer racing, race together across stunning worlds and work together as a team by sharing power-ups and speed boosts. Take control of your racing style - Choose from 3 distinct character types and unlock game-changing vehicle customisation options to suit your racing style

Assassin's Creed III Remastered (Ubisoft, €39.99 / £29.99) - Experience Assassin's Creed for the first time on Nintendo Switch with Assassin's Creed III Remastered, now enhanced with HD rumble, touch screen and handheld mode features. Also includes Assassin's Creed Liberation remastered and all solo DLC content.

TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge (Bigben Interactive, €49.99 / £44.99) - For bikers, there are two types of speed races: the Isle of Man TT and the rest. No other race is as gruelling for the motorbikes and demanding for the riders. Take up the challenge of the Snaefell Mountain course: all 37.73 miles faithfully reproduced with the champions and their bikes. Memorise each section of the course, round each bend to perfection, keep your concentration throughout the 6 laps, get the best time and write your name alongside the greatest champions.

Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~ (KOEI TECMO EUROPE, €59.99 / £49.99) - Once again, the hands of the clock have begun to move... And the future of "this world" rests on the shoulders of a single girl. In this new story, players will revisit the nostalgic world of Arland and embark on an exciting journey of alchemy together with Rorona's daughter, Lulua.

SWORD ART ONLINE: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, €49.99 / £44.99) - The SAO series finally arrives on the Nintendo Switch! "SWORD ART ONLINE: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition" features the main game, as well as the additional content "Abyss of the Shrine Maiden" and the large-scale update "Warriors of the Sky!" A virtual world, now recreated... But humans were never meant to be part of the picture.

Among the Sleep - Enhanced Edition (Soedesco, €24.99 / £24.99) - In the enhanced edition of this award-winning first-person horror adventure, you step into the pyjamas of a two-year-old child creeping through a dark and distorted house. Find your missing mother as you wander through sinister and surreal surroundings ranging from a haunting playground to a lakeside cottage, with only a teddy bear by your side for comfort. Will you survive long enough to unravel the family secret and make it to the end of this pitch-black nightmare?

Resident Evil (CAPCOM, €29.99 / £29.99) - Hailed by many as a masterpiece, this remake of the first entry in the long-running Resident Evil series is now playable in HD. Experience true terror in this genre-launching survival horror classic.

Resident Evil 0 (CAPCOM, €29.99 / £29.99) - This entry in the Resident Evil series expands on and enriches the excitement and intrigue of the survival horror genre. Learn of the events that preceded the series' first game, and experience thrilling new gameplay systems as you alternate between its two playable characters to solve the mystery.

Resident Evil 4 (CAPCOM, €29.99 / £29.99) - Ushering in a new phase in the Resident Evil franchise, this game focuses on the events following the dissolution of Umbrella Corporation. The pioneering over-the-shoulder camera perspective is a departure from the fixed-camera views found in earlier entries, allowing for unrivaled action gameplay which has been met with widespread critical acclaim.

World Soccer (Sabec, €7.99 / £7.19) - Step onto the football pitch in the fully packed stadium to score the winning goal to be crowned the World Soccer Champion. It will be a challenging game to the very last whistle.

Gunlord X (NGDEV, €9.99 / £8.99) - Welcome to Gunlord X - A vastly improved Gunlord port coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019! This game features 11 stages of exciting 2D gameplay with over 60 unique enemy types. Blast yourself through giant landscapes, explore caverns and reveal all secrets!

The Last Door - Complete Edition (Plug In Digital, €14.99 / £13.49) - Feel what it’s truly like to be alone in the dark with this low-res, high-suspense point-and-click horror adventure, winner of multiple Best Games of the Year awards. Set in Victorian England, when Jeremiah Devitt receives a letter from his old schoolmate Anthony Beechworth with a hidden, cryptic message, he knows something is wrong.

Dead Cells + Rise of the Giant DLC (Motion Twin, €19.99 / £17.99) - The complete Dead Cells experience! The full game and our first FREE DLC “Rise of the Giant”. More punishing than ever before, you’ll take on the Giant if you can find him… Dead Cells puts you in control of a failed alchemic experiment trying to figure out what's happening on a sprawling, ever-changing and seemingly cursed Island. Tough but fair combat, responsive controls, challenging foes, permadeath and of course, the emergency panic roll to get you out of trouble, make for a demanding, visceral and cathartic action game.

American Fugitive (Curve Digital, €15.99 / £14.39) - American Fugitive is a modern take on classic sandbox action offering a new 3D top-down open-world single-player experience. Welcome to Redrock County, a sleepy American town with a booming criminal underbelly. You take the role of Will Riley. No angel for sure - but not a killer. Yet the cold-blooded murder of your dad is the crime they locked you up for. Fuelled by grief and a burning desire for vengeance, you’ll bust out of jail intent on finding the real culprit.

Alternate Jake Hunter: DAEDALUS The Awakening of Golden Jazz (ARC SYSTEM WORKS, €35.99 / £32.99) - That was one month ago today. Someone has murdered Saburo's grandfather, Kyosuke, while he was living in New York. Saburo sets off to New York to sort through the belongings and memories his grandfather left behind. The nostalgia of the cityscape and reunions with old friends is fleeting, however. He soon discovers that his grandfather's last word was, 'Daedalus.'

Arcade Archives IMAGE FIGHT (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - IMAGE FIGHT is a scrolling shoot 'em up game released by Irem in 1988. Clear the VR training course, then take the fight up into outer space! After you clear each stage, you can check and see how many ships you destroyed. If you still don't have a good score after clearing stage 5, you may have to take a supplementary course...

Dyna Bomb (7 Raven Studios, €5.99 / £5.99) - Experience the manic arcade action as you dodge enemies, fling bombs and grab the treasure - before making a mad dash for the exit. Do you have the skills to find the secret levels? Can you master all the different power-ups and dominate the worlds.

HEROINE ANTHEM ZERO episode 1 (Winking, €12.99 / £11.69) - The story begins with the last Cataclysm, with the descendants of the Savior rebuilding the land around the World Tree Terasyr. Thousands of years later the Engora Dynasty grows into prosperity, with Fae and Human together resisting the encroaching advances of evil from the edges of the world, and deathly Longhorn Woods. As fate brings Wanin the Forest Keeper and the wandering cat-girl Shama Kutami together, the entangling web of destinies unfolds. In a world unforgiven by God, their fight for survival unknowingly bears the weight and sins of thousands of generations hereafter.

My Lovely Daughter (Toge Productions, €9.99 / £8.99) - My Lovely Daughter is a game about overcoming the loss of a loved one through forbidden alchemy experiments ... and murder. You are Faust, an amnesiac alchemist and father, who wakes up alone and confused only to discover that your lovely daughter has died. As you enter the first stages of grief, you do what everyone wishes they could do but can’t: bring back the dead with the power of alchemy. Attention: The dark and twisted themes of My Lovely Daughter are a commentary on child labour, abusive parenting, and ignorant societies. This game is intended to make people sad and uneasy but there is a deeper meaning behind the horror. My Lovely Daughter is inspired by the hardships experienced by members of our team growing up. The game is designed to upset and disturb you.

Star Sky (ACTIVE GAMING MEDIA, €3.99 / £3.59) - Star Sky is a unique and personable experience. From the first moment that you step into the game, you become the narrator of a methodically slow-paced story you choose to weave with every step. Those who rush from start to finish will miss all the secrets and choices woven into the world: you must learn to be patient. Audio cues and blink-of-an-eye visuals will let you know when the magic is about to occur, be sure not to miss it!

WONDER BOY RETURNS REMIX (CFK, €9.99 / £8.99) - "Wonder Boy" was an arcade hit back in 1986, with its intuitive controls and polished game balance. This forever famous sidescrolling action game has been remixed and reborn for the Nintendo Switch!

Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~- Digital Deluxe Edition (KOEI TECMO EUROPE, €74.99 / £61.99) - Once again, the hands of the clock have begun to move... And the future of "this world" rests on the shoulders of a single girl. In this new story, players will revisit the nostalgic world of Arland and embark on an exciting journey of alchemy together with Rorona's daughter, Lulua. Content of Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~ Digital Deluxe Edition: ・Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~ ・Season Pass "Lulua" - Lulua's Outfit "Mom's Favorite" - Aurel's Outfit "The Ultimate Knight Supreme" - Eva's Outfit "Little Girlfriend" - GUST Extra BGM Pack - Extra High Difficulty Area Note: All items included in the Digital Deluxe Edition may become available for purchase at a later date. Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~ is also available as a stand-alone purchase. Bonus until 20/06/2019, 23:59 local time: Headstart Item Pack, Weapon-Strengthening Symbols.

Back in 1995 (Ratalaika Games, €7.99 / £7.99) - A throwback to the survival horror and mystery games of the mid-90's 32-bit generation, Back in 1995 faithfully re-creates everything from this all-but-forgotten era of games. Be transported to a world both concrete and indistinct, where you must uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of your daughter, the catastrophe that shook the city, and why you’ve decided to finally return.

Hungry Baby: Party Treats (QubicGames, €4.99 / £4.49) - Hungry Baby: Party Treats is a funny and innovative local multiplayer game that can be played by up to 4 players. As we all know, a hungry baby is an angry baby. So hurry up, after all, you are a delicious treat and your fate is to end up in a child’s tummy. You’ll encounter murderous obstacles and traps on your way, but every fail and act of greediness gets you closer to victory!

Skelly Selest (Digerati, €7.99 / £7.19) - Prophecy foretells that one day Hell shall runneth over and the evil dead will spill onto thy Earth. Only the Selestial Order can halt the depraved Hellion tide. Skelly Selest is a score-attack slash dash run ‘n’ gun-athon that places players in the skeletal shoes of a Heavenly Keeper. Take on procedurally-generated gauntlets of hellspawn and bosses, and – with precise fighting prowess – defeat the sinful horrors that lurk in the depths of Hell.

Super Tennis Blast (Unfinished Pixel, €11.99 / £10.79) - Start your professional career in the World Tour mode, train your skills and become a tennis legend playing on courts around the world. Host couch parties playing tournaments in singles or doubles with classic rules or the awesome Super Blast modes. 5 minigames and a powerful avatar editor complete the best tennis experience out there.

Realm Royale Founder's Pack (Hi-Rez Studios, €13.37 / £11.88) - The Realm Royale Founder’s Pack grants you instant access to the closed beta of Realm Royale on Nintendo Switch, as well as a bundle of exclusive Nintendo Switch content. Get an exclusive mount, chicken skin, and spray, plus an emote and avatar to show off your Founder status!


Brawlout (Angry Mob Games, Free) - Brawlout packs a punch with couch and online play modes, blending platform fighter mechanics and traditional fighting game play into a stylish and fluid battle royale. Striking the balance between the growing competitive scene and the genre’s party game roots, Brawlout hopes to cater to the veteran platform fighter, the casual fan and the newcomer looking to make their mark.

Cafeteria Nipponica (Kairosoft, Free) - Don your chef's hat and hit the kitchen! You're the chef de cuisine in this scrumptious simulation that'll have you coming back for seconds... and more! Run your own restaurant, find ingredients, research recipes and spice up your culinary repertoire! Only you can bring your establishment sweet success!

Robothorium (GoblinzStudio, Free) - You, S.I.A, an enhanced artificial intelligence, have to end this surrounding chaos and build a future for your robots. Unite with the new rebel factions, which have been engaged in turf war for months, then deal with cyborgs, humans and robots to lead your own robotic uprising.

3DS Themes

Persona Q2 Theme (Deep Silver, Theme) - Free
Tea Sisters and Spring (Atlantyca, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
Hello Kitty is with her Family (Sanrio, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
Hello Kitty is eating (Sanrio, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
Hello kitty is making the laundry (Sanrio, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89
Hello Kitty is in her playroom (Sanrio, Theme) - €0.99 / £0.89

North America: Digital Downloads for May 23rd, 2019

Brother, where art thou?

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – Play the award-winning adventure with a new two-player mode for the Nintendo Switch system. Guide two brothers on an epic fairytale journey from Swedish film director Josef Fares. Control both brothers at once as you experience co-op play in single-player – or team up with a friend in the new two-player mode. The Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons game is available May 28.

SWORD ART ONLINE: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition – The SWORD ART ONLINE series finally arrives on Nintendo Switch. The year is 2026. A new VRMMORPG called “Sword Art: Origin” is suddenly unveiled to the world. During a closed beta test, Kirito meets a mysterious girl, an NPC without so much as a name, who is offering a strange quest. Will the meeting between this NPC girl and the Black Swordsman prove to be the world’s salvation, or its undoing? Watch as a new death game begins to play out. The SWORD ART ONLINE: Hollow Realization Deluxe Edition game features the main game, as well as the additional content “Abyss of the Shrine Maiden” and the large-scale update “Warriors of the Sky!” The game is available May 24.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

American Fugitive
Among the Sleep - Enhanced Edition – Available May 29
Arcade Archives Buta san
Back in 1995 – Available May 24
Battle Worlds: Kronos – Available May 28
Brawlout – Demo Version
Castlevania Anniversary Collection
Chime Sharp – Available May 28
Crystal Crisis – Available May 28
Happy Words – Available May 29
Hungry Baby: Party Treats – Available May 24
Lapis x Labyrinth – Available May 28
Light Tracer
Little Friends: Dogs & Cats – Available May 28
My Lovely Daughter
Skelly Selest – Available May 24
Star Sky
Super Tennis Blast – Available May 24
TerraTech – Available May 29
World Soccer
Your Toy