Huge Wednesday Update:Bloomberg Report Cheaper Switch in Late June, Plus Much More News!

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● After reports of hardware revisions for Nintendo Switch from The Wall Street Journal, Eurogamer, and Nikkei; Bloomberg are the latest media outlet to report what Nintendo are still yet to officially confirm. The articles states that a cheaper version “will likely be launched by the end of June”.and that “The existing Switch will receive a modest upgrade this year, though a more powerful version is not in the works”.

● Nintendo Switch also surpassed the 8 million mark in Japan (by 58!) and will almost certainly overtake PlayStation 4 sales in the region within two weeks (it’s currently 33.529 behind). In a few hours time we should get the total lifetime sales of Switch hardware (until 31 March 2019) where it will have taken over lifetime sales of Nintendo 64.

● Nintendo updated the Nintendo Switch hardware to Version 8.0.1 with “General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience.”

● Dry Bones will be joining the playable roster of Mario Tennis Aces on 01 May for participants of the Online Tournament, with Toad and Toadette Tennis Wear as the bonus play costume. Check out images and the trailer at here.

● The latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event is called Nintendo Labo SMASH KIT and will last for five days, beginning this Friday and featuring Toy-Con Robot, Toy-Con Car, Toy-Con VR Goggles, and Professor Riggs & Plaise & Lerna all pictured here.

● Prototype announced the visual novel collection Grisaia no Kajitsu Meikyuu Rakuen Full Package (containing both The Fruit of Grisaia and The Labyrinth of Grisaia) for Nintendo Switch. Both release date and price are currently unknown.

● Nippon Ichi Software announced the horror adventure collection Shin Hayarigami 1・2 Pack for Nintendo Switch release on 18 July priced at ¥5,378.

● Pikii will publish the combat puzzle game Crystal Crisis for Nintendo Switch in Japan on 01 August priced at ¥4,320. Check out the box art here.

● Nintendo updated Yoshi’s Crafted World to Version 1.0.1 which has ‘fixed the issue where the game would not start when the player uses the analogue stick upon game start up” and “fixed some other issues so the player can enjoy the game”.

● Nintendo also updated Splatoon 2 to Version 4.7.0 with changes to the performance of several main, sub, and special weapons, and gear powers, along with several bug fixes.

● Check out details of some of the lead characters in Fire Emblem: Fuuka Setsugetsu (Fire Emblem: Three Houses) from this week’s issue of Weekly Famitsu at this post.

● The Kid Goku [GT] DLC will be available for Dragon Ball FighterZ on 09 May priced at ¥540. Check out the promo video here.

● Ubisoft announced a Crimson Moon update for Starlink: Battle for Atlas which includes new exclusive Star Fox missions and releases on 30 April. The game also has finally launched in Japan. Check out the update trailer here.

● Inti Creates have updated Dragon Marked for Death to Version 2.1.0 with the new Cavern of Torment quest, level caps raised to 70, and more. Trailer here.

● Arc System Works have updated Wizard’s Symphony to Version 1.0.2 with bug fixes and performance improvements.

● Arc System Works have also opened up the official website for GUILTY GEAR 20th ANNIVERSARY PACK with details on both games (GUILTY GEAR and GUILTY GEAR XX ΛCORE PLUS R).

● G-mode announced a brand new entry in the BurgerTime series with BurgerTime Party coming to the Switch eShop later this year. Teaser trailer posted here.

● D-O Corporation announced the action game Hopping Girl Kohane: Jumping Kingdom Kuro Usagi no Hime for release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 30 May priced at ¥1,296. It’s unknown yet whether this is the first or second Hopping Girl Kohane games, both, or a new one!

● After Net Catcher Netch released on the Japanese Switch eShop late last year, CyberStep today released their own crane game with physical rewards with Crane Game「Toreba」 which again is a free download but with paid plays (the first three are free). The game boasts over 1,000 physical prizes and 10 million users.

● Kemco announced the fantasy RPG Four Legerrior (Legend of the Tetrarchs) for June release on the Switch eShop where it is expected to cost ¥1,296. Promo video posted here.

● Kemco also announced a Nintendo Switch version of the JRPG Frane ~Dragons’ Odyssey~ for release on the eShop on 09 May priced at ¥1,296 with preloads now live at 10% off (¥1,166). The game recently release on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Japanese trailer posted here.

● Play,Doujin! have announced the Touhou Project strategy RPG Hifuu Bouenkyou for release on the Nintendo Switch this Summer. The game is currently available for PC. Screenshots posted here.

● Voltage announced the otome visual novel games Koyoi Ayashii Kuchiduke wo ~Miyabi・Kyoga・Samon-hen~ and Koyoi Ayashii Kuchiduke wo~Kiryu・Chikage・Yukinojo-hen~ (Enchanted in the Moonlight – Miyabi, Kyoga & Samon – and Enchanted in the Moonlight – Kiryu, Chikage & Yukinojo –) for simultaneous release on the Switch eShop worldwide in 2019. Voltage have future unannounced Switch games planned too! Check out trailers for both announced games here.

● ORENDA published both hand-drawn puzzle adventure games Isoland and Isoland 2 – Ashes of Time on the Japanese Switch eShop today priced at just ¥240 and ¥400 respectively. Japanese trailers for both games posted here.

● Beep also published the PSVR platform puzzle game Light Tracer on the Japanese Switch eShop priced at ¥1,800 (regular price is ¥2,000). No VR Mode is supported on Switch. Original trailer posted here.

● Cosen also published the multiplayer action game Panty Party on the Japanese Switch eShop today priced at ¥1,500. The U.S. price will be $14.99 with a physical release coming later this year. Check out the latest trailer here.

● RS34 are ready to launch the shoot ‘em up Radirgy Swag in late May as a digital only title priced at ¥2,000. No platform has been revealed, although a Nintendo Switch release has all but been confirmed.

● Ratalaika Games announced two games for release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 09 May with Bryan Tabor’s minimalist Bird Game + priced at ¥500 (trailer here) as well as the platformer Jack N’ Jill DX priced at ¥499 (trailer here).

● After Oceanhorn, Monster Boy, and Blossom Tales; FDG Entertainment will also be localising the action platformer Venture Kid on the Japanese Switch eShop on 09 May priced at ¥980 with preloads now live. Japanese trailer posted here.

● Devolver Digital announced the action RPG The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse for release on the Japanese Switch eShop on 09 May priced at ¥2,100 with preloads now live at 20% off (¥1,680). Japanese trailer posted here.

● Eastasiasoft announced they will be releasing the platform game Bard’s Gold – Nintendo Switch Edition on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (02 May) priced at ¥980 with preloads now live at 20% off (¥784). Japanese trailer posted here.

● CIRCLE Ent. announced they will be localising the Lemmings-esque Zombie Night Terror on the Japanese Switch eShop on 09 May priced at ¥1,200. Trailer posted here.

● Teyon Japan will be localising the tower defence top down shooter X-Morph:Defense for release on the Japanese Switch eShop next week (02 May) priced at ¥2,000. Trailer posted here.

● Its Anecdotal announced the co-op adventure game 39 Days to Mars will be coming to the Japanese Switch eShop on 16 May priced at ¥1,520 with preloads now live at 10% off (¥1,368). Japanese trailer posted here.

● Konami apologised for the incorrect description of the cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Legacy of the Duelist:Link Evolution and pulled preloads for the game. The game later launched on the Japanese Switch eShop, although the My Nintendo Store webpage displays an error message at time of posting.

● Several new demos this week on the Japanese Switch eShop with Super Robot Taisen T (Super Robot Wars T), NINJIN:Clash of Carrots, R-Type Dimensions EX, Tsukue de Yakyuu (Baseball on Desk) and Tsukue de Bowling (Bowling on Desk). The Shingeki no Kyojin 2 -Final Battle- (Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle) demo arrives tomorrow.

● This week’s new preloads on the Japanese Switch eShop include: Team Sonic Racing from Sega Games, priced at ¥6,469, requiring 5.5 GB, and supporting Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese language. Assassin’s Creed III Remastered is priced at ¥5,184, requires 11.8 GB , and supports English. Shiritsu Berubara Gakuen ~Versailles no Bara Re*imagination~ is priced at ¥6,804, requires 4.5 GB, and doesn’t support English. Hanayaka Nari、Waga Ichizoku Gentou Nostalgie for Nintendo Switch is priced at ¥7,344, requires 10.5 GB, and again is Japanese only.

● Capcom have begun a Capcom Golden Week Sale on the Nintendo Switch and 3DS eShops with another of top title discounted including Monster Hunter XX, Rockman 11, Street Fighter II, Okami, and more. Check out the full list of Switch titles at this post .

Super Bomberman R is currently 16% off on the Japanese Switch eShop, reduced from it’s already low price (Smile Price Collection) of ¥2,980 to just ¥2,480.

● The Recochoku app has been updated where you can now add comments to your favourite songs and stream them on your timeline. The “Bottle mail” feature has been added along with an energy saving playback feature with reduced battery consumption whilst playing music. There’s also an improved music visualiser and design.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw the arrival of Chip in Lost Lure Creek ready for Fishing Tourney: Schoolroom. Check out the full details at this post.

Fire Emblem Heroes saw Tempest Trials+: Taste of Spring with the 5★ Special Hero Leo: Extra Tomatoes and two Sacred Seals, Chill Ask 1 and Wind Boost 1 as the big rewards.

Pokémon GO saw the start of the Shiny Meltan event.

● A slow sales week in Japan with Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain retaining the top spot with just 12,923 units sold. Langrisser I&II opened with 11,902 on PlayStation 4 and 9,031 on Nintendo Switch. Switch was the best-selling console again, although dropped to just 40,338 units sold. Check out the full top 10 at this post.

● In some major newws that will affect Nintendo: the consumption tax rate will increase from 8% to 10% from October 01 2019 in Japan.

Weekly Famitsu Issue No.1587 review scores included Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission with 33/40, Reigns: Game of Thrones with 28/40, Slime Tactics with 31/40, and Tsukue de Bowling with 27/40.

Famitsu Digital Estimates from the same issue have Futari de!Nyanko Daisensou with 19,095, Minecraft with 17,884 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with 11,591.

● Arc System Works confirmed that River City Girls will release in Japan as Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun Gaiden RiverCity Girls. No platforms have been made public.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. shares increased by +830 (2.23%) in Japan today to close trading for the day at 38,000 JPY.

● In NPD date for U.S. videogame sales for March: Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in both unit and dollar sales, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was at number five, and Yoshi’s Crafted World at number nine.

● The PlayStation 4 version of GIGA WRECKER ALT. will be released on 30 April with the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One versions following on 02 May. The Japanese release was recently postponed and is currently ‘2019’.

● THQ Nordic announced Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Edition for 02 July release on Nintendo Switch in the announcement trailer here.

● Triple-I Games announced Hindsight 20/20 for 2020 release on multiple platforms including Switch in the teaser trailer here.

● The latest My Nintendo rewards in Japan include more physical items with a Nintendo Labo Pen Stand & Piggy Bank, Super Mario Letter Set, The Legend of Zelda Letter Set, and a Animal Crossing Letter Set. Check out more images here and the full list of rewards here.

● Watch NyaNyaNya! Neko Mario Time featuring Box Boy! + Box Girl!, Nintendo Labo VR Kit, Trials Rising, and Family Computer Nintendo Switch Online here.

● Another promo video for CLOCK ZERO ~Shuuen no Ichibyou~ Devote here.

● A new TV commercial for Pokémon Ga-Olé here.

● A Famitsu livestream for Konami’s Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection here.

● Capcom TV Episode #102 segment for Dragon’s Dogma:Dark Arisen here.

● Shazam Stage Pack I & II introduction video for LEGO DC Super Villains here.

● And a Dragalia Lost instructional video here.

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