We rather loved Sonic Mania when it came out back in the summer of last year. Indeed, we loved it so much that we described it as “[a]ddictive, fast-paced platforming that returns Sonic the Hedgehog to his roots.” While the original alone is a masterpiece in its own right, as Leonardo da Vinci once said: “art is never finished, only abandoned.” With that in mind, Sega has decided to revisit the game in the form of the upcoming Sonic Mania Plus! Check it out:

Sonic Mania Plus will be released as a physical game and comes with the following goodies:

  • Holographic packaging
  • SEGA Genesis reversible cover art
  • 32-page art book
  • Two new characters: Mighty and Ray
  • Encore Mode
  • Four-player multiplayer mode

There’s a summer release window, but beyond that we’re not sure about a date… yet. In the interim, drool over the possibilities to be explored in this excellent looking expansion of an already wonderful game. Let us know what you think on social media and in the comments!

Source: SXSW Gaming 2018

505 Games has announced that it will be publishing Magnus Games Studio’s upcoming JRPG Re:Legend on Nintendo Switch. The game revolves around raising a number of monsters not unlike a certain other series, but expands upon it in a number of different ways. There are simulation elements, including farming and other life-sim features like fishing and crafting.

Beginning on Vokka Island, players will work to raise their monsters as well as expand the village that they live in. Re:Legend also boasts a number of dungeons to go through utilizing the player’s various monsters, which are called Magnus. Here’s a bit more thorough breakdown straight from the developers:

  • Monster-Raising – Raise mythical creatures known as “Magnus”, monsters who live in the land of Ethia, the world where Vokka Island is located. Every Magnus is tamable, aiding players in many ways such as combat, farming, fishing, travelling and much more! They will also grow differently depending on your care.

  • Farming and Cultivating –  Players can cultivate the farms of Vokka island to acquire food and materials for the village or themselves. Growing crops is not limited to the land, as the Vokka Island allows players to grow crops and keep exotic fish underwater!

  • Combat – The World of Ethia is filled with dangerous wildlife and combat skills are essential to survive.
    Players can wield weapons of their desire at any given moment, without being restricted by weapon classes. Players can also mount...

Last Day of June, the award-winning adventure game from developer Ovosonico, is out now on the Switch eShop. Check out the launch trailer:

Last Day of June is an emotional adventure in which players try and unravel a specific series of events that might help save a life. It’s a delightful experience with some really gorgeous presentation values that set it apart from so many other bombastic, over-the-top games that are commonplace in the industry. Dealing with everyday things like love and death, it’s a more cerebral sort of game, to be sure. If you’re looking for something beyond the pale, Last Day of June might just do the trick.

Last Day of June is available for $19.99 on the eShop.

The Runner/Bit.Trip series has been a mainstay on Nintendo platforms as far back as Wii, so it’s only fitting that the next installment of Commander Video’s adventures would be coming to Switch. Fans have been wondering when the game would finally be playable, but thankfully developer Choice Provisions has finally pulled back the curtain: Runner3 will be hitting Switch on May 22! Here’s a new trailer to ogle:

There is also word of a physical release coming via the fine folks at Nicalis. Here is what you can expect along with the physical copy of the game:

That is a lot of awesome Runner-related news to take in. Will you be picking the game up in May? Share with us in the comments and on social media!

Source: Nintendo Life

Last year in August, Nintendo delighted fans with a Nindies broadcast that showed off a number of different, excellent indie titles like Golf Story, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, and others. Now, Nintendo is prepping us for this year’s Nindies Showcase Spring 2018, which is set to drop on Tuesday, March 20. Here’s the announcement Tweet:

While it’s unknown what we’ll see, we do know that there’s Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight finale, the Stardew Valley multiplayer mode, and the recently revealed Undertale port all out and waiting in the wings. What sort of games do you hope will be shown off? Share with us below and on social media!

Thimbleweed, the point-and-click adventure game developed by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, is getting a physical edition on Switch, thanks to Limited Run Games.

Released on the Switch eShop in September 2017, the game will now see a limited physical release. Limited Run Games, who are behind the move, are a publisher of limited run physical games for titles that were previously only available in a digital format. These truly are ‘limited run’ though, as once a game sells out it is never available from them again.

Thimbleweed is the first game that the publisher has brought to Switch and it will be making available a collector’s edition alongside the standard version. Both editions of the game will be available for pre-order ahead of release.

Thimbleweed Park is a Kickstarter funded adventure game inspired by the LucasArts games of the 1990s. For those of you who have yet to pick it up and want to fully immerse yourself in 90′ nostalgia, this physical release may be the ideal way to do it. You can pick up a physical copy of the game on March 30.

Source: Limited Run Games

Nintendo Switch has been on the market for just over a year and in that time it has broken a plethora of records. Now, Nintendo of Germany has released their Switch numbers for the system’s first year, and the results are, at this point, anything but surprising.

Germans have purchased more than 650,000 units of the hybrid console. While this is a large number by anyone’s measure, the more impressive fact is that it is currently outpacing Wii, which previously held the record as the country’s fastest selling system.

When we last heard global sales numbers in December, Nintendo stated over 14 million units had been sold, so it will be interesting to see what those numbers look like as a whole now that a full year has passed since launch. Maybe I’m jumping the gun, but it seems likely the cavalcade of large numbers and broken records will continue for the foreseeable future.

Source: Nintendo Everything

Nintendo Switch’s success has made it especially appealing to indie developers, resulting in waves of games, both brand-new and ports, showing up on the eShop. For some studios, bringing their games to Switch has just become easier thanks to changes made to popular game engine Game Maker Studios that streamlines the process of getting games running on Nintendo’s hybrid console.

Thanks to this change, publisher Abylight Studios has announced plans to bring over two games from developer Locomalito. The first game, Super Hydorah is a side scrolling shoot ’em up in the vein of R-Type while the second, Cursed Castilla, shows clear Ghouls ‘n Ghosts inspirations.

Neither game has received a release date or price tag yet, so be sure to stay tuned for more information in the future if they look like something up your alley.

Source: Abylight Studios

Another Pokémon movie is on the horizon, which means yet another reason for the game developers to give players a special event Pokémon. The new movie is entitled Pokémon the Movie: Everyone’s Story and predominantly features Lugia, one of the legendary birds from the series’ second generation of games.

Naturally, this means that a special Lugia is being prepared for players of Pokémon Sun and Moon, as well as their Ultra counterparts. According to Japan’s CoroCoro magazine, This version of the legendary creature will be called “The Wind Lugia” and come equipped with a host of flying type moves: Aeroblast, Hurricane, Tailwind, and Defog. It’s also a nice bonus that this Lugia comes shows up at level 100 and features the damage-reducing Multiscale ability, as well.

Unfortunately, this event Pokémon has only been announced for Japan so far and is only available for those who pre-purchase tickets between April 13 and July 12. Those who do so will receive a code that has to be redeemed before September 30. So, if you happen to be in Japan and could use an exceptionally powerful new Pokémon, this might be a decent option.

Source: Siliconera

After thrilling 3DS and Wii U owners with a terrific pair of Gunman Clive titles, developer Bertil Hörberg has teased a first look at his latest project. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo Switch will be the game’s “primary platform!”

Gunman Clive featured a number of gigantic foes, and it would appear that Hörberg’s latest will feature similar opponents, as well. It’s unknown at this time if this title will represent a continuation of that particular series, but it’s certainly not out of the question. While the graphics appear significantly different from that series, Hörberg said in a 2015 interview with Nintendojo that a third entry in the series would have to “do something a bit different.” This would certainly qualify, and, given the fact that the Clive titles incorporated lots of science fiction elements, a gigantic robot wouldn’t be all that surprising to see.

At the moment, we have no further information about the game, but given the strength of both Gunman Clive titles, we’re certainly excited to say the least! Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more information as it develops!

Source: Twitter

Chicken Wiggle on 3DS is an exceptionally fun platformer with an easy-to-use suite of level-creation tools thrown in for good measure. Your meticulously crafted stages can then be shared online, much like Nintendo’s own Super Mario Maker‘s sharing feature. If that all sounds good, the game is currently available for download on the 3DS eShop. If, however, you’d like a more robust version of Chicken Wiggle with HD visuals and access to all of the fan-made stages already available on 3DS, you’re in luck: Jools Watsham, the head of developer Atooi, is trying to get exactly what we just described crowdfunded. Check out this handy video, for all the deets:

As of this writing, the project is currently sitting at $18,951 of its funding goal of $30,000 with 23 days remaining. We can’t overemphasize how much fun we had with the 3DS original, so we hope fans of that iteration and those who might be curious about the game, as well, will make their way over to the Kickstarter page and give Chicken Wiggle Workshop some serious consideration!

Source: Kickstarter

WayForward’s Shantae franchise has developed a strong and passionate fanbase over the years. Despite her humble beginnings on Game Boy Color, the character has managed to thrive over the last few years, across a number of platforms. The latest title in the series, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is currently the only title in the series available on Switch, but that will change in the very near future!

According to the Australian Nintendo eShop, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will be available for download on March 20. The title is the third entry in the series, and we found it to be excellent when it initially released on 3DS. Given those origins, fans of Half-Genie Hero should expect a bit of a downgrade in the visual department, but the game’s charming 2D designs will likely still look great!

It should, of course, be noted that no release date for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse has been confirmed for other territories. Given that Switch can access any territory’s eShop, however, fans should be able to pick up the game March 20, regardless.

Source: Siliconera

This summer, Nintendo will release the first paid DLC for Splatoon 2. Revealed during last week’s Nintendo Direct, the Octo Expansion will provide the game with more single player stages and, most notably, allow players to choose to play as Octolings for the very first time. Details are still slim, but Nintendo has let a couple additional details slip on Twitter.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Octolings will have no play differences from their Inkling opponents. The change is simply cosmetic, which will help maintain a balance to online matches. Still, the long-overdue addition will give competitive play even more diversity in character appearances, which will certainly be welcome! Splatoon 2’s Octoling icon Marina will play a role in the expansion’s narrative, alongside her partner-in-crime Pearl. Apparently, the duo will enable players to skip some of the expansion’s 80+ levels, though exactly what that entails remains unknown at this time.

A firm release date has not yet been announced, but rumors suggest that the Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion DLC will release July 31. Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more information as it develops!

Source: Nintendo Everything

We’ve been keeping an eye on Octopath Traveler for a while now, and after all of the teasing and trailers we finally have a release date: July 13, 2018.

The most recent Nintendo Direct revealed more information about the game, which seems to have dropped “Project” from its title, including two more protagonists — Alfyn and Tressa.

Tressa is a merchant that has the ability to purchase items from nearly everyone in the realm, allowing her to track down items not found in stores and fulfill requests for items made by other characters. Alfyn is an apothecary with the ability to attain detailed information on people within the realm. This enables him to uncover closely held secrets, find the location of hidden items, and more.

A special edition of Octopath Traveler was also announced for Switch, which will include a pop-up book that introduces the game’s eight protagonists and places of origin, a map, soundtrack CD, and a replica coin of the game’s currency.

Will you be picking up Octopath Traveler in July? If so, will you be buying the special edition? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Nintendo Life

HyperBrawl Tournament, the arena based sports combat game, is coming to Nintendo Switch sometime in the coming weeks.

This is developer Milky Tea’s third IP (announced at GDC back in 2017) and it combines PvP combat with “intense sporting action” as your warrior jumps into the arena to go blow-to-blow with other warriors for victory in a game of HyperBrawl. The sport is essentially hyper speed handball with no rules and brutal combat, and players can compete either locally or online in games of 1v1 and 2v2 — of course there is also the option to play single player trials for practice and skill-honing.

Milky Tea cites games like SpeedballRocket League, and Battlerite as influences for HyperBrawl Tournament. Check out the trailer below:

Milky Tea is working to bring HyperBrawl Tournament to Nintendo Switch in early 2018. Will you be picking up this intense arena sports brawler?

Source: Milky Tea

Nintendo is no stranger to video streaming services. Wii U owners were able to enjoy Netflix and Hulu on the console, and Hulu again committed to Nintendo when the app became available for download in the Switch eShop in November 2017.

Netflix, however, has remained absent — though they tweeted in January that they are “exploring the opportunity with Nintendo” to get the app onto the Switch. Despite this, no other details or a release date have been given.

Now, Scott Mirer, Netflix’s vice president of Device Partner Ecosystem, has shared some more details during a press Q&A panel in Silicon Valley on why the company has yet to strike a deal with Nintendo.

“In the case of the Switch, they [Nintendo] were very focused at launch not on video-use cases, but on gaming cases, video was not a priority for them. Whether that changes over time, we have a great relationship with them and look at the possibility of [supporting] the Switch. We each have opportunity cost around that, but at some point, it might happen.”

Mirer seems to be suggesting that the onus lies with Nintendo to get Netflix onto Switch and that Netflix is ready and willing to try and make it happen. The ball is in Nintendo’s court, but whether they make a move remains to be seen. Though it does seem a bit odd that, despite Nintendo’s supposed lack of priority on video, Hulu made the jump to Switch four...

Bandai Namco has announced that Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy will soon arrive on Nintendo Switch.

Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy contains three different Naruto games which were previously released on PS3 and PS4: Ultimate Ninja Storm, Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, and Ultimate Ninja Storm 3: Full Burst and all of its DLC costumes. All three run at 30fps and at 1600×900 resolution in TV Mode and 960×540 resolution in Handheld or Tabletop Mode.

If you missed out on any of the games the first time around, you can check out the below announcement trailer for a glimpse of what to expect:

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy is out on Switch April 26, and is already available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Source: Siliconera

When the Wii U first released, a number of the system’s initial third party offerings were ports of older games that debuted on Xbox 360 and PS3. Third parties seemed to bank on the fact that Nintendo fans would flock to these games, as they hadn’t been released on their platform of choice. Many of the titles tanked, however, as there was little incentive for them to be revisited. Switch has also seen a plethora of ports, however, these games are now available on-the-go, giving players much more incentive to check out older titles. The latest major title is Namco Bandai’s Dark Souls: Remastered. Originally released back in 2011, the title will arrive on Switch with a number of improvements, including Amiibo support!

Launching alongside the title is an Amiibo of Solaire of Astora. Tapping the Amiibo will allow players to use the game’s “Praise the Sun” gesture. It’s unknown if the Amiibo will unlock anything else, at this time.

Dark Souls: Remastered will arrive on Switch May 25. A network test will be available prior, though no release date has been announced. Stay tuned to Nintendojo for more information as it develops!

It might seem hard to believe, but the boys from South Park are no stranger to Nintendo systems. Between their three outings on the Nintendo 64 and a Zen Pinball table on Wii U, Colorado’s most famous foul-mouthed fourth graders have often delighted Nintendo fans. Up until now, none of those adventures have been portable, however. Later this year, that all changes when South Park: The Fractured But Whole comes to Switch!

For the uninitiated, the title parodies superhero films, allowing players to create their own custom South Park resident. In addition to the main game, Ubisoft will bring along all three of the game’s DLC packs, offering each either individually, or as part of a season pass.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole will release on Switch April 24.

Fans of Splatoon 2 have a lot to look forward to, as Nintendo has announced that some hefty DLC is on the way. For free DLC, we’ll be getting the update that is Splatoon 2 version 3.0. Over 100 pieces of gear will be added to the game along with the stages Piranha Pit, Camp Triggerfish, and Wahoo World. There will also be the opportunity to rise to the new “X” Rank in online multiplayer! This is all coming in April.

The paid DLC is something altogether different. Dubbed the Octo Expansion, this will bring with it an entirely new single-player adventure with 80 stages to tackle. Once completed, it will allow players to (finally) go into online battle as an Octo rather than an Inkling. The expansion will cost $20.00 and anyone who pre-purchases it now will get immediate access to Octo gear! The actual Octo Expansion DLC will hit in summer. Peep some fresh screenshots, below: