Monday Update with Sumikko Gurashi, Earth Atlantis, Tasukete Tako-San, Ninja Smasher and more news!
● The fourth Sumikko Gurashi game for 3DS Sumikko Gurashi: Here, Where I am? (we’re still waiting for the Japanese title) which releases on 20 July opened up its teaser website today. All three previous Sumikko Gurashi games have amassed over half million sales!
● Earth Atlantis is a stylistically excellent looking retro-style side-scrolling shooter from Pixel Perfex with a big open world and monster hunting-esque gameplay mechanics and will be at A 5th Of BitSummit later this month and on the Nintendo Switch eShop later on in 2017.
● The awesome looking Game Boy-inspired 2D Platformer RPG Tasukete Tako-San: Save me Mr Tako! will be at both Tokyo Indie Fest 2017 and A 5th Of BitSummit later on this month and is planned for release on the Japanese Wii U eShop hopefully at some point in 2017!
● Ninja Smasher! has returned to the Japanese 3DS eShop thanks to Flyhigh Works where it is now available once-again priced at ¥400. Previously it was published by PUMO who underwent bankruptcy, with the game subsequently disappearing from the eShop on 6 April.
● The three player co-op beat-em-up Dusty Raging Fist which was originally supposed to come to Wii U is now planned for Switch instead. PD Design Studio will be showing off the game at A 5th Of BitSummit. Check out an (old) trailer here.
● Uniqlo today announced the winners of the UT Grand Prix 2017 T-shirt design competition (the theme was Nintendo). The winners are all listed here with the top 25 being sold in-store and online from 19 May. The top three were Super Mario, Splatoon and The Legend of Zelda designs!
● ICYMI Cosen announced three Wii U games that they are bringing to Japan this Summer and will show at Tokyo Indie Fest 2017 with the platform adventure game Spheroids, the twin-stick shooter Tachyon Project and the two-player rogue-like dungeon crawler Bit Dungeon+.
● Mario Kart 8 Deluxe opened with 452 pts on COMG! from three days of sales with Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X at 199 pts. Pre-orders see Splatoon 2 with 269 pts and Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete with 182 pts. Pre-orders for ARMS officially opened today too!
● Monster Hunter Stories will see a free major update this Summer including new Otomon (rideable monsters), dress like the Ride On anime and more importantly change appearance — including gender — mid-game. I’m guessing this will be implemented in the localised version.
● Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 Professional players will receive 12 free monsters via wi-fi connection in-game today (details here)! And the Future Card Buddyfight: Mezase! Buddy Champion! website has a password for an ‘ultra-rare’ Dragon Force card today also.
● And in mobile news: Yokai Watch Puni Puni will see a collaboration with Hello Kitty and Sanrio until 16 May, Toad Rally has seen 15,351,688 plays in Super Mario Run and all players will receive a Banana Statue when the current event ends and a Fire Emblem Heroes update next Monday!