Wednesday Update with Zelda DLC, Kaizoku Pop, new JP Switch game, Terra Formars removed, Monster Hunter XX demo and more!

Please note that the Daily News Update will be simultaneously posted from now on at my main website ( and my new Medium page ( so please follow me at both!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will have an ‘Expansion Pass’ DLC costing ¥25,000 (£17.99/€19.99/$19.99) giving the player three Treasure Chests from day one containing in-game items, a Cave of Trials and a hard mode from the Summer and a new dungeon and story from the Holiday season.

Kaizoku Pop (Pirate Pop Plus) was announced by Rainy Frog as releasing on both the New Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops next week (22 February) priced at ¥500 for each version (no cross-buy). The game is developed by Dadako and was published by 13AM Games in the west and is a stylised Game Boy Pang style bubble bursting arcade shooter. Go to for more info.

Soruda mu Kaika Sengen (そるだむ 開花宣言) will be revealed in Weekly Famitsu shortly as a colour matching puzzle game developed by Naughty (the new development studio of City Connection) and Mechanic Arms. It’ll be a launch title on the Nintendo Switch eShop priced at ¥1,500 and will use moe characters from Jaleco IP. The game is only 85% complete so a race against time. More news and screenshots when available.

● Eiji Aonuma says of a 2D The Legend of Zelda in a Game Informer interview: “There are definitely good things about the 2D world and the playstyles of the 2D world. There are a lot of fans who enjoy that style. This Nintendo Switch style, which is the evolved style of gameplay is not necessarily… I want you to think of it more as an evolved style of 2D style. For the 3DS team, I am trying to make them think in a more evolved 2D-style approach.“

Terra Formars: Akaki Hoshi no Gekitou will be removed from the 3DS eShop on 22 February at 10:00 JST where it is priced at ¥6,458. No reason was given but it is assumed licensing issues.

● The Monster Hunter XX Special Trial Version released today on the 3DS eShop requiring 2,417 blocks, allowing infinite plays and featuring six hunting style. The game is also available for pre-load priced at ¥6,264 as well as Doraemon: Nobita no Nankyoku Kachikochi Daibouken priced at ¥5,702.

● Along with the aforementioned Kaizoku Pop, the third Parascientiic Escape game Chou Kagaku Dasshutsu: Saihate no Cross Eyes will release n Japan next week priced at ¥500.

● Five themes on the Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop released today with two The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild themes (The Open World and A New Adventure), Kunio-kun Series: FC Nekketsu Soccer-hen, Doraemon: Nobita no Nankyoku Kachikochi Daibouken and SHOW BY ROCK!!# Anime OP.

● The Wii U eShop game Chariot was permanently reduced today from ¥1,499 to ¥749. Mercenaries Saga 2 and 3 will also be on sale from 22 February – 01 March with 30% off both (¥350 and ¥400 respectively).

● In Fire Emblem Heroes news: The App Release Bonus period will be extended to 14 March. The Worldwide Launch Celebration will be extended indefinitely, so the stamina cost for the Training Tower will stay halved and for equipping skills will remain at 0. Rewards will be added to the Training Tower between Monday and Tuesday, starting 20 February. Units will will be able to earn EXP when defeating foes that are at much lower levels. This change is planned for early March.

Miitomo added the “Beyond infinity! Galactic Garments 2” Miitomo Drop stage with Alien Head, Alien Costume, Intergalactic Hero’s Helmet and Intergalactic Hero’s Spacesuit.

● And this week’s Nintendo eShop charts see Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 Professional, Final Fantasy, Sayonara! Hako Boy!, Final Fantasy III, The Battle Cats POP!, Armed Blue Gunvolt OVA, Pocket Monsters Yellow, Final Fantasy II, Pocket Monsters Red and Cave Story on 3DS and Final Fantasy V Advance, Final Fantasy VI Advance, Final Fantasy I · II Advance, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Final Fantasy IV Advance, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy III and Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken on Wii U-VC.