Friday Update:Brain Training, Yo-kai Gakuen Y, Idolmaster, Plus Much More News!

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Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch is now available in Japan. The game will be playable from this weekend at Nintendo TOKYO, was co-developed by Indies Zero, has been updated to Version 1.1.0 (see this post), and saw a Famitsu advert.

● Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino said that a Yo-kai Gakuen Y game is in development although mentioned nothing in regards to platform or release date. Check out the screenshot and full translated comments here.

● The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate “So Comfy! So Cool!” spirit event is now live. Check out pictures of Ninten, Pyra, Giga Mac, and Claus, and a list of all available spirits, here.

● Experience announced the horror adventure game Spirit Hunter: NG will release for Switch in Japan in early Summer 2020.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses topped the Nintendo Players Voice Ranking 2019 in Japan. Check out the full list top 30 here.

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game added the freestyle wrestler Saori Yoshida in all events, plus the return of all other athletes. Check out the introduction video here.

Obakeidoro! saw a relatively big Version 1.0.9 update adding the Obakeidoro festival, new Plazas, stamp cards, Chinese support, and much more in the full translated patch notes here.

● Nippon Ichi Software announced that Bokuhime PROJECT will release for Switch in Japan on 23 April prices at ¥7,678. Promo video and key art posted here.

● Nintendo released Omikuji as the 15th free Nintendo Labo Vr mini-game where you shake the Joy-Con to draw your fortune!

Karaoke JOYSOUND for Nintendo Switch will see free play days on 04 and 11 January along with discounted tickets. The song “Green Tree Memories from Kirby” is also now available. Check out screenshots and video here.

● Bandai Namco Entertainment will be updating GOD EATER 3 to Version 2.30 on 16 January adding a new episode, a new Aragami species, swimming costumes, balance adjustments, and new BGM added to the Jukebox.

● Nintendo will be holding a Nintendo Switch New Year Sale from 30 December – 13 January with 30% of Super Mario Party, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Yoshi’s Crafted World, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Kirby Star Allies, Mario Tennis Aces, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, and ARMS, plus 20% off Gem Apples in Super Kirby Clash and discounts off tickets in Karaoke JOYSOUND for Nintendo Switch. Check this post for discounts.

● Starsign released the SIMS-developed top-down shooter Dungeon Shooting on the Japanese Switch eShop priced at just ¥500. Check out the promo video and screenshots at this post.

● TAKUYO’s Koi no Hanasaku Hyakkaen is now available to preload on the Japanese Switch eShop at a 2% discount (¥7,315 instead of ¥7,480). It launches on 30 January.

● In the only new news from the Flyhigh Express (video here): Flyhigh Works will publish the 2D puzzle platform game Degrees of Separation on 16 January priced at ¥2,000 and the 2D open-world action-RPG Cat Quest II on 06 February priced at ¥1,500.

● Both Nintendo Battle Cats titles took the number one position on the Christmas eShop charts with Futari de!Nyanko Daisensou on Switch and Tobidasu!Nyanko Daisensou on 3DS. Check out the full top 10s here.

● Clouds Play Company announced crowdfunding DLC plans for the shoot ’em up Osyaberi!Horijyo!Gekihori ~Ana Horisuki Uchu wo Sukuu Tte Nandeyanen~.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp saw DJ KK’s beat booth back for a limited time (pictures here) along with the return of Cherry’s rockin’ cookie and new bigs and fish (pictures for both here).

Dr. Mario World saw a new Log-In Bonus begin.

Dragalia Lost will see the New Year’s Tidings: A Clawful Caper raid event begin on 31 December. Look out for a dedicated post then!

Fire Emblem Heroes saw Summoning Focus: Voting Gauntlet featuring Hardin: Dark Emperor, Chrom: Knight Exalt, and Veronica: Brave Princess, and the Mjölnir’s Strike: Shield phase battle begin. Special Heroes: Renewed Spirit are also set to arrive on New Year’s Day featuring Anna: Wealth-Wisher, Selkie: New: Year’s Spirit, Lethe: New Year’s Claw, and Alfonse: Askran Duo. Introduction video posted here with artwork to follow!

Mario Kart Tour will see the New Year’s Tour as the next tour beginning 01 January adding New Year’s alts to Toad and Mario, a Red Yoshi and an alt Koopa Troopa. The multiplayer beta test has also ended. Trailer posted here.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. (7974.T) stock increased today by +260 (0.60%) in Japan to close trading for the week at 43,810.00 JPY.

● Bandai Namco Entertainment are set to announce a new THE iDOLM@STER home console game on 20 January at 20:00 JST.

● Square-Enix will be announced a Gunslinger Stratos home console / computer game in the New Year.

● A World End Syndrome sequel called World End Phenomenon has been announced – although no platform at present.

● Inti Creates will be celebrating their 25th anniversary on 08 May 2020 with CEO Takuya Aizu saying the company plan to release two digital only games during the 25th anniversary period.

● Nintendo are selling Tsume Tsume Keshigomu (mini erasers in mini bottles) at Nintendo TOKYO featuring Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, and Splatoon characters. Images posted here.

● Photos of Yoshi and several goombas at Super Nintendo World are posted here.

● Kadokawa have released a Super Kirby Hunters novel in Japan. Check out the cover here.

● The first trailer for METAL MAX Xeno Reborn here.

● A promo video for Bubble Bobble 4 Friends here.

● Character trailers for Tashigi, Tony Tony Chopper, Nico Robin, Franky, Smoker, and Brook in One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 here.

● A promo video for Collar×Malice for Nintendo Switch here.

● A Denjin☆Getcha! episode featuring Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers gameplay here.

● And a Famitsu livestream featuring both Arcade Archives VS. BALLOON FIGHT and Arcade Archives EXCITING HOUR here.

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