Come on in, my friends. Welcome to this weekly feature of Handheld Gaming News. As always, I’m not trying to cover all the news, I’d need many more pages to do that. No, I’m giving you the news that stood out this week when it comes to casual handheld gaming.
On a side note, the weather is warming up in the Netherlands. Yesterday was a warm and sunny day, always very welcome after the winter months. The downside is that we always feel obliged to work in the garden. And this time, there was lots to do. No casual lolling about, but hard work. Now I know how my little farmer in the Story of Seasons games feels!
Anyway, get yourself a nice cup of coffee and let’s see what news there was.
Harry Potter on mobile: release is close!
One of the casual games we were looking forward too, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has a release date! And it’s fairly close too: April 25! Check out the new trailer, and if you want more inf, then you can find it here.
The first trailer for Little Dragons Café
Little Dragons Café is the sort of game that many of us are looking forward to. It’s set to release on the Switch on August 24, but until then, we can enjoy the first trailer. It’s looking good, some elements seem very familiar. But I guess that’s to be expected when the creator of the original Harvest Moon made this.
The game opens with a twin brother and sister learning to cook and manage a small café under their mother’s tutelage. All was peaceful and routine until one morning when the twins discover that their mother has fallen into a deep sleep and won’t wake up. Suddenly, a strange old man appears to inform them that they must raise a dragon in order to save her. Working together with three quirky café employees, the two siblings must gure out how to a wrangle a dragon and manage the family business while finding a way to save their mother.
Yonder The Cloud Catcher Chronicles on Switch
A few weeks back I mentioned another great game coming for the Switch. It was listed on Amazon Germany for the end of May, which was a surprise for many. Since then, it’s official: Yonder isn’t just a game for PS4 and PC, but it will come to the Switch as well.
The releasedates on Amazon still vary (from May 29 till May 31) but my very reliable seller here in the Netherland has is set for May 24! The lucky people who got to visit PAX East in Boston got to play a demo of Yonder on the Switch. Really looking forward to this one too!
The Lost Child RPG coming to PS Vita and Switch
NIS America has confirmed today that The Lost Child will be launching on the Nintendo Switch (and PS4 and Vita) on June 19th in North America and in Europe on June 22nd. I’m not entirely sure yet about this RPG, might be an intense one. But the story sounds interesting!
Hayato Ibuki, a journalist for an occult magazine, is investigating mysterious suicides that have been happening at Shinjuku Station. While he’s investigating, a black shadow pushes him onto the tracks. At the last moment, a beautiful girl named Balucia saves him and hands him a case. The case, like Pandora’s box, should not be opened.
Inside the case, you find the demon gun Gangour, a tool used to capture and use demons and fallen angels. Hayato uses it to turn a demon into a team member. With the Gangour in hand, Hayato, accompanied by the self proclaimed angel, Lua, investigate mysteries around the country while looking for that beautiful girl. Little does he realize that he is caught between the ambitions of the dark rulers and the expectations of the angels…
YS VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana comes to Switch this June
Ys VIII is coming as a definite version to the Switch on June 26 in America, and June 29 in Europe. The game has been out for a while on Vita and PS4, but this will be the ultimate version, containing all DLC like special costumes. Here’s what the game is about:
Adol awakens shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. There, he and the other shipwrecked passengers he rescues form a village to challenge fearsome beasts and mysterious ruins on the isolated island. Amidst this, Adol begins to dream of a mysterious blue-haired maiden living in an unknown world. Join Adol as he unravels the riddle of the cursed isle and the blue-haired maiden Dana.