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Root Film demo coming to the Japanese eShop on July 9th

Give this mystery visual novel a try!

Developer Kadokawa Games has announced that a demo for their upcoming mystery visual novel "Root Film" will be coming to the Japanese eShop on July 9th, 2020.

The first chapter of Rintarou Yagumo's story will be playable in the demo, alongside getting to go hands-on with the game's “Syntesthesia” and “MAX Mode” mechanics.

Root Film launches for Switch in Japan on July 30th, with a western release from publisher PQube also planned.

Free demos now available for "Dangerous Relationship", "E-School Life", and "Gesshizu: Mori no Chiisana Nakama-tachi" on the Japanese eShop

You get a demo, and you get a demo!

Three more demos have gone live on the Japanese eShop, and they can be downloaded worldwide using a Japanese Nintendo Switch account. Make sure to check out the demos for Dangerous Relationship from publisher D3 Publisher (pictured above), E-School Life from publisher Entergram, and Gesshizu: Mori no Chiisana Nakama-tachi from publisher Nippon Columbia (pictured below).

Neon Abyss demo now available on the eShop

A demo for the ever-evolving and fast-paced action roguelite

Wednesday, 1st July 2020 – Team17, in collaboration with Veewo Games, has today launched a demo for the fast-paced, roguelite Neon Abyss on Nintendo Switch™. The free download gives players a chance to jump right into the game’s frantic action, as they answer Hades’ call and pit themselves against the New Gods of mobile video, fast food, and more across four randomly generated levels. Neon Abyss will be released on all consoles and PC on 14th July.

With its unique and ever-evolving dungeon, together with the possibility for unlimited stackable effects of more than 400+ items strewn through the game, the options for players are endless. Each incarnation offers up the opportunity for players to spend faith gems on the skill tree to unlock perks and customise their playthrough.

Key Features:
- Evolving Dungeon: Explore the unique and expandable underworld of Neon Abyss. Choose a personalized upgrade path to expand the dungeon and unlock new rooms, bosses, items, special rules, and new endings.
- Unlimited Item Synergies: Passive effects between items stack and affect each other, with no limit to the number of effects that can be applied to the player’s character.
- Expansive Content: Dynamically generated maps, over 400 items, dozens of monsters with different styles, and countless secrets ensure that no adventure through the abyss is the same.
- Pets Hatching & Evolving: As you descend into the abyss, find and nurture eggs until they hatch into a random pet. Each pet has a special ability and most can evolve as the action continues.
- Mini-games: Unique rooms of mini-games can be discovered in the dungeon, each one with new mechanics and rules. Take part in piano performances, dance competitions, fight clubs, and much more.

Free demos now available for 'Mr. Driller Encore' and 'Shitsuji no Prince-sama' on the Japanese eShop

Two more demos have gone live on the Japanese eShop, and they can be downloaded worldwide using a Japanese Nintendo Switch account. Make sure to check out the demos for Mr. Driller Encore from publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment (pictured above) and Shitsuji no Prince-sama from publisher D3 Publisher (pictured below).

Free demo now available for Touhou Spell Bubble on the Japanese eShop

Can you spell what I'm spelling?

A free demo has gone live on the Japanese eShop for Touhou Spell Bubble from publisher Taito. Before you purchase the full game for ¥5,800, why not play the trial first? The demo can be downloaded worldwide by using a Japanese Nintendo account.

Touhou Spell Bubble is a brand-new rhythm puzzle game based on the Touhou Project series. It adds rhythm game elements to bubble shooting-style puzzles with simple controls, which you can enjoy while listening to Touhou music arrangements.

Five new demos now available on Japanese eShop (Splatoon 2, Brigandine, Kunai, Gothic Murder, & Inuwashi)

Free Splatoon 2 demo available for a limited time

Five more Switch demos have become available on the Japanese eShop, and we have all the info on the titles below. Check out all the demos that can be downloaded for free using a Japanese Nintendo Switch account!

Splatoon 2 Special Demo 2020
- Published by Nintendo

Wanna get your feet wet in fast-paced, messy ink battles? Do you have tentacles instead of feet? No matter your answer, the Splatoon™ 2 Special Demo 2020 may be for you!
Head to the Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch system tomorrow to download the special demo, then get ready to play from 4/29 (Wed) at 11:00 p.m. PT — 5/6 (Wed) at 6:59 a.m. PT.
During the demo event, you'll be able to jump online* and fight it out in 4-on-4 Turf War battles with friends and other players who own the full game. You can also try out Ranked Battles and the Salmon Run co-op mode.
Just note that you'll need a strong internet connection and a Nintendo Switch Online membership to participate in the event. But if you don't have a membership, don't worry: You can try it out for free!

BRIGANDINE: The Legend of Runersia
- Published by Happinet

The Brigandine classic game is returning after 20 years with an all new turn-based strategy game set in a familiar fantasy world is brought to life by veteran talent including scenario writer, Kenji Terada (Batman: Dark Tomorrow, Final Fantasy I to III), art director and character designer, Raita Kazama (Puzzle & Dragons, Xenoblade Chronicles), and the homecoming of composer Tenpei Sato (Brigandine: Grand Edition, Disgaea 1 to 5).

KUNAI
- Published by Intragames

KUNAI is a quirky, fast-paced action platformer. You play as Tabby, a tablet who joins the fight against a robot uprising. Use your kunai and ninja parkour skills to stop Lemonkus, the A.I.-gone-evil that almost wiped out all human life.

Gothic Murder: Unmei o Kaeru Adventure
- Published by Orange

This is an original mystery game developed by Orange, who have previously worked on a number of other mystery adventure games including the Jake Hunter Detective Story series and Inuwashi. Enjoy five cases through the beautiful illustrations of Yasuyuki Shuri (Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannou Desu, Okashi-na Tensei).

Inuwashi: Urabure Tantei to Ojou-sama Keiji no Ikebukuro Jiken File
- Published by Orange

Inuwashi is an adventure game set in Ikebukuro, where a police detective with the special ability to read people’s minds and a private eye who resides in an removed area of Ikebukuro take on various cases alongside their colleagues.
The game is produced by the staff behind the Jake Hunter Detective Story series and features character design by Kazuhiro Hara (Log Horizon illustration, Gundam Build Divers character drafts, etc.)
Players will investigate a variety of cases ranging from suspense to comedy, the occult, and more, from the perspectives of both police detective and private eye. Join forces with unique characters such as a former gang member butler and high school prodigy hacker to solve each case.
Compared to the smartphone version released in 2015, operability seen a complete overhaul, allowing players to enjoy the lengthy, 30-plus hours story with comfortable operation.
With upscale features such as character design sheets from Kazuhiro Hara fully included, this is one that fans do not want to miss.

Visual Novel 'My Secret Pets!' announced for Switch, releasing April 30th

Pet you didn't see this one coming

My Secret Pets! from developer Dogenzaka Lab has been announced to be coming to Nintendo Switch from D3 Publisher. This Japanese visual novel is all about your animal friends being suddenly transformed into men. Previously available on Steam, Google Play, and the iOS App Store, you'll now be able to experience the game for the first time on a console. Launching on the Japanese eShop on April 30th, 2020, you can preload the game now for ¥1,580 and 488 MB of storage space. Due to the English language being supported, it seems likely we'll have a western announcement sometime soon. If you want to try the game for yourself, a free demo is available by using a Japanese Nintendo Switch account.

Three new demos now available on Japanese eShop (Crayon Shinchan: The Storm Called! Flaming Kasukabe Runner!!, The Casebook of Arkady Smith, and Picross S4)

Three little demos jumping on the eShop

Three more demos have become available for Switch games on the Japanese eShop, and we have all the info on the titles below. Check out all the demos that can be downloaded for free using a Japanese Nintendo Switch account!

Crayon Shinchan: The Storm Called! Flaming Kasukabe Runner!!
- Published by Bushiroad

Everyone's favorite five-year-old, Shinnosuke,makes a Fierce Dash to collect sweets and Golden Balls. Get lots of different costumes using Golden Balls, obtained by proceeding from one stage to another and completing special missions! Enjoy Shinchan and his friends wearing a variety of cosplay clothes, well-known to people familiar with anime and movies!

The Casebook of Arkady Smith
- Published by Wobbly Tooth

An open world investigation game set in a futuristic city. Take on the role of Arkady Smith, the famous investigator in this third person investigation game.

Picross S4
- Published by Jupiter

The highest number of puzzles in the Picross S series with a total of 485 in all! Included with bonus content, Extra, featuring large Picross puzzles!
There are brand new puzzles for you to enjoy in all four familiar game modes: Picross, Mega Picross, Color Picross, and Clip Picross. We’ve also added bonus Extra puzzles which are dedicated for Picross S series veterans.

Two new demos now available on Japanese eShop (Tsukue de Volleyball and Retimed)

Can't hurt to try

Two more demos are now available for Switch on the Japanese eShop. Demos for both Tsukue de Volleyball from publisher SAT-BOX and Retimed from publisher Stray Fawn can be downloaded for free using a Japanese Nintendo Switch account.

Four new demos now available on Japanese eShop (Blossom Tales, Trials of Mana, Trine 4, & Moving Out)

Give these Switch games a try

Four more demos have become available for Switch games on the Japanese eShop, and we have all the info on the titles below. Check out all the demos that can be downloaded for free using a Japanese Nintendo Switch account!

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King
- Published by FDG Entertainment

Explore a vast open game world in classic action-adventure fashion as Lily, Knight of the Rose!
Slash your way through monster-infested dungeons to save the Kingdom of Blossom from eternal darkness. Collect unique weapons, spells and items during your journey to take down powerful bosses and solve clever puzzles. Be part of a vivid, dynamic story passed down from grandfather to grandchildren by influencing the course of events yourself!

Moving Out
- Published by Team17

Moving Out is a frantic couch co-op game for up to four players set in the town of Packmore. You'll take on the role of Furniture Arrangement and Relocation Technician (F.A.R.T) to relocate furnishings in increasingly bizarre locations!

Trials of Mana
- Published by Square Enix

Trials of Mana is a modern revival of the 3rd game in the seminal Mana series. The game, originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3, has been fully rebuilt from the ground up in 3D.

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
- Published by 3goo

The best-selling Trine series returns to the magic of 2.5D! Join three iconic heroes as they set off on a quest through fantastical fairytale landscapes to save the world from the Nightmare Prince’s shadows.

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