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Cave Story+ disappears from the Switch eShop in the U.S. (UPDATE)

What's the story here?

Looks like we have another Nicalis-published title that has vanished into thin air.

A nasty situation surrounding Ittle Dew 2 recently came to an end a few weeks back, which finally saw the game make its way back to the Switch eShop without Nicalis as the publisher. Now we see that Cave Story+, another Nicalis-published game, has disappeared in the United States.

The game remains for sale in Europe and Canada, but there's no word on what's going on with the U.S. in particular. Along with that, the game's official page on Nintendo.com has had all of its info yanked, and it doesn't even come up if you search for it within Nintendo's own site. Hopefully we get some statement on the matter in the near future.

UPDATE - The issue with the listing has been resolved.

Ludosity explains why it took some time to bring Ittle Dew 2+ back to the Switch eShop

Dewing it right

Back in Sept. 2019, Ittle Dew 2 disappeared from the Switch eShop following a dispute between developer Ludosity and publisher Nicalis. The game has only just returned to the Switch eShop as Ittle Dew 2+ just a couple of days ago. What took so long for hte game to make its way back to Switch? Ludosity CEO Joel Nyström explains in an interview with GamesIndustry.

"The issue was to then have a smooth transition for the players and transfer the ownership of the eshop entry to us. While we had the option from day one to issue a takedown for Nicalis' entry and republish our own, we wanted to transition the same entry so we, for example, could provide updates to the game people bought on release. But for a transfer, it requires the transferers' (Nicalis) consent. And they just didn't bother replying to emails."

It certainly sounds like a messy situation, but the important thing is that the game has returned to the Switch eShop. Now that Ludosity is publishing, there shouldn't be any availability issues going forward.

Nicalis hosting Switch eShop sale in Europe

Just in the Nic of time

Looking for a deal on Nicalis games? The company is hosting a Switch eShop sale in Europe, and some titles are up to 66% off. You have until Feb. 5th, 2020 to hop in on these offers, so make sure you take advantage. Check out the eligible titles and their price cuts below.

Discount Current Price (EU)

Blade Strangers

50%

£17.99

Cave Story+

66%

£8.99

Code of Princess EX

50%

£17.99

Crystal Crisis

50%

£8.99

Ikaruga

33%

£9.00

Redout

50%

£17.99

RemiLore

50%

£17.99

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+

50%

£17.99

The End Is Nigh

33%

£9.00

Tiny Barbarian DX

66%

£8.99

Umihara Kawase Fresh!

50%

£17.49

VVVVVV

50%

£4.49

Physical Copies of Redout Coming to Switch on March 27th, 2020

Get the lead out for Redout

Nicalis, Inc. today announced that the Physical Edition of Redout—a white-knuckle anti-gravity racing experience for Nintendo Switch—will be released on March 27th, 2020. Additionally, fans can now preorder Redout at store.nicalis.com for a chance to get one of the first 1,000 copies that will include a mini CD soundtrack sampler inside the package.

Developed by 34BigThings, Redout provides a stable of 28 futuristic and customizable vehicles, each one featuring distinct characteristics like acceleration, top speed, grip, structural integrity, energy pool and energy recharge speed. The gameplay encourages pitch-perfect steering and strafing, as each successfully-maneuvered turn, slope and twist applies a unique force that can be channeled into even greater forward velocity.

With 11 event types and over 100 different events in total, all of the high-speed action in Redout is accentuated with flying sparks, electrical arcs and blazing exhaust. The highly optimized environments offer 60 evocative courses set in 12 futuristic locations, where a semi-abandoned Earth provides a dystopian background. State-of-the-art shading and lighting effects enhance the action and create beautiful and eerily recognizable aesthetics.

Developed by 34BigThings, Redout for Nintendo Switch is rated "E for Everyone" by the ESRB and is available now as a digital download ($39.99 MSRP). The Physical Edition can be preordered at store.nicalis.com ($39.99 MSRP).

Nicalis comments on the Ittle Dew 2 publishing situation

The game's disappearance detailed

As we noted last week, Ittle Dew 2 disappeared from the Switch eShop. The developer of Ittle Dew 2 took to Twitter to comment on the matter, saying that they were in discussions to transfer Ittle Dew 2 publishing rights back to them. This was followed by radio silence, and then the game simply disappeared from multiple storefronts. The developer has removed their original tweets on the matter, and Nicalis has now provided USGamer with a statement on the matter.

Our Ittle Dew 2 publishing agreement with Ludosity has ended. We've been in communication with the Ludosity team and the first-party platforms during the transition and attempted to transfer the publishing from Nicalis to Ludosity. The game was successfully transferred to Ludosity on Steam. Unfortunately, not all storefronts have a backend system in place to transfer or "re-home" a game to a different publisher. To abide by the terms of the original contract and Ludosity's request to assume control of publishing Ittle Dew 2, it was necessary to delist the game on these platforms. We remain fans of Ittle Dew 2 and we wish the Ludosity team all the best in the future.

Ittle Dew 2 disappears from the Switch eShop (UPDATE)

Ittle be back?

Without any explanation Ittle Dew 2 has disappeared from the Switch eShop in North America. The game is still available over in Europe, so we're not quite sure what's going on. Usually these situations apply to an age rating, but Ittle Dew 2 has been available for quite some time. It would be surprising to see it yanked this long after launch due to a ratings issue. We'll try to get word on what's going on and report back.

UPDATE - The developer of Ittle Dew 2 has taken to Twitter to discuss the situation, and they're hoping to get the game back on Switch at some point.

Allegations of mistreatment and misconduct at Nicalis surface

Nicalis has worked on a number of titles for Nintendo platforms over the years, starting with the Wii and moving all the way up to the Switch. The company is certainly one of the bigger indie publishers on Switch today, and they've worked with a number of developers to bring experiences to the platform. Unfortunately, it seems that many who worked with Nicalis, both inside the company and through partners, have experienced some rather unpleasant circumstances.

Kotaku has put together a report on the inner-workings of Nicalis, specifically coming from Tyrone Rodriguez, the company's founder and president. Under cover of anonymity, a number of former employees have accused Rodriguez of mental abuse and mistreatment. There have also been claims of Rodriguez using racist terms and phrases on numerous occasions. These claims are backed up by Skype logs of conversations showing Rodriguez using extremely distasteful language.

There have also been allegations of Nicalis ghosting devs and pubs during negotiations for publishing. Apparently, a number of
teams were looking to work with Nicalis to get their games out on various platforms, but those deals never came to be due to Nicalis going radio silent for weeks, if not months.

A Nicalis spokesperson has offered up one response to all the allegations, and have said that they won't be commenting further on the matter. You can see that statement below.

Developing and publishing games is a dream for the staff of nearly 20 that work at Nicalis, Inc. Some of our team have been with the company almost a decade and we work hard to create an environment where we treat our team members with respect. They are what make the company.

We do not condone abusive workplace environments or discrimination and have people from all walks of life. We hope for the continued success of our internal team and our external developers.

Regarding the companies under mutual NDA with Nicalis, Devolver (publisher of Enter the Gungeon) and The Game Bakers (developer of Furi), we can only comment that we do not have any signed publishing agreements with them and never have.

Kotaku's report on the matter goes into much greater detail on the situation. You can read the full feature here.

Thanks to all who sent this in.

Save me Mr Tako has a patch that may never see release due to the game's poor sales

Save me, Mr. Nicalis!

Here's a bit of sad news about Save me Mr Tako. Nicalis' Tyrone Rodriguez has revealed that the game didn't do very well for the company, as it hasn't recouped its development costs yet. This is directly impacting the game's future support, as there's a finished patch for the title that may never see release. Check out the full explanation from Mr. Rodriguez below.

Unfortunately, the game did not yet make back what we put into it. We have a policy of stringent QA testing before pushing releases, and we do not have the space in our budget to QA test the patch so we can push it out.

Nicalis Switch eShop sale now live in Europe and North America

Grab some great deals!

Nicalis is currently running a sale on the Switch eShop in both North America and Europe. There's some pretty great savings going on overall. Check out the full rundown of the sale prices below.

Discount

Current Price (EU)

Current Price (NA)

Blade Strangers

50%

£17.99

$19.99

Cave Story+

50%

£13.49

$14.99

Code of Princess EX

50%

£17.99

$19.99

Crystal Crisis

25%

£13.49

$14.99

Ikaruga

33%

£8.99

$9.99

Redout

25%

£26.99

$29.99

RemiLore

25%

£26.99

$29.99

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+

50%

£17.99

$19.99

The End Is Nigh

66%

£4.50

$4.99

Tiny Barbarian DX

66%

£8.99

$9.99

Umihara Kawase Fresh!

25%

£26.24

$29.99

VVVVVV

50%

£4.49

$4.99

Blade Strangers - Aban, Piaa & Summer Kawase gameplay

The free Blade Strangers update introduces three new playable characters: adventurer Aban Hawkins (the main protagonist from 1001 Spikes), mystery girl Piaa (the most memorable of the “girlfriend” characters designed by Studio Saizensen founder Toshinobu Kondo for the PlayStation® game Doki Doki Poyacchio) and Summer Kawase, an alternate version of Umihara Kawase with different clothes and different moves. Each character comes with their own new stage and background music theme.

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