Well hello, fellow gamer! Come on in, get yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee and have a seat. Time again to kick off the weekend with some Handheld Gaming News!
A long weekend here in the Netherlands, as we had the day off yesterday for Ascension Day. A pity that the sunny weather decided enough was enough, so our first free day was spent with some rainy spells. Good for the garden though, and for me too. No dragging around the watering cans!
Back to the gaming news for handheld devices that stood out to me this week.
Indie game Mineko’s Night Market will be coming to Switch
Mineko’s Night Market is an upcoming cat-themed game, being made by Meowza Games. It’s going to be released on Steam, and was announced for the Switch too! Good news, as Mineko’s Night Market is inspired by games like Animal Crossing, but with a stronger emphasis on story, crafting, and exploration.
You play as Mineko, a curious girl who has just arrived at her new home on a struggling superstitious Japanese-inspired island at the base of Mount Fugu. The locals on the island worship the Sun Cat, Abe. What was always thought to be a long-told myth has the town puzzled, as sightings of Abe have begun to surface among the residents of the island in recent days.
Mineko takes a job as a vendor at the weekly marketplace, and the adventure begins. Fun to see you can grow cats instead of the usual turnips!
Free demo for The Portal Knights
Since november, builder/RPG Portal Knights has been available in the eShop, and in some parts of the world there’s even a physical release for this game. I have the game, and it is nice to play, especially if you love Dragon Quest Builders. But if you are hesitant to part with your hard earned cash, there’s a free demo for the game in the eShop on Switch now. Check it out!
Nintendo’s first ever mobile app has shut down
I know many of you have probably checked out MiiTomo when it was released. After the initial fun wore off many people never checked in again. I found it a quirky app to keep in touch with some of my gaming friends, and I could create lovely images of my Mii for the site.
All that is over, and I do find it a bit sad: MiiTomo has shut down. This is the last official tweet about it from Nintendo, the English translation is pasted below.
Miitomo’s Official Account Manager Tomomi Mikui: We would like to thank all those concerned for using Miitomo for a long time. For me personally, it was a memorable occasion to enjoy answers and Mii photos that you shared, and to serve as a model for clothes! I hope that we can meet again someday!
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate coming to the Switch
Capcom has announced Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate will arrive in the west on August 28, 2018. It’s an HD port of Monster Hunter XX, the expanded version of the game released on the Nintendo 3DS in March 2017.
As some of the lady gamers in my group really enjoy the Monster Hunter adventures, I was tempted to give one a try back then on the 3DS. (You can find my experiences here). I decided that it’s not the game series for me, but I know many of you will love the chance to play this ultimate version on the Switch. Have fun checking out the trailer.
Nintendo Switch Charging Stand
Nintendo has a new item to make your gaming on the Switch easier. When playing in tabletop mode, you can put it on this stand, and it will charge at the same time (if it’s connected to the power plug).
It comes at a suggested retail price of $19.99, and also has an AC adapter port on the side. Moreover, the angle of the stand can also be adjusted to create the best viewing angle.
More Otome visual novels coming to the Switch
Otome visual novel games are a regular staple already for the PS Vita. But now, they are finding their way to the Switch too, for the first time. Code: Realize -Bouquet of Rainbows-, Cendrillon palikA, and Nil Admirari no Tenbin coming to Switch. At least, they are coming to the Switch in Japan this Autumn.
Now lets see if we will get a western release date too! I don’t really know the last two, but I do know Code Realize. Played the first game on the Vita and loved it. Bouquet of Rainbows is a collection the first two titles of the game.
The Lost Child new trailer
The Lost Child is a new upcoming RPG with puzzles that is heading West. In the game, players follow an occult magazine journalist who is given a special gun after a mysterious woman saves his life. The gun, Gangour, allows him to capture demons and use them in turn-based battles. There are over 100 Astrals to cover, 250 skills for those creatures you capture to learn and dungeons with up to 100 floors.
It will be released on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on June 19, 2018 in North America and June 22, 2018 in Europe. Itwill be available digitally and physically on consoles. However, the PlayStation Vita version will only be available digitally via the PlayStation Store.
If you, like me, aren’t really sure of the game, see the new trailer here.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 lets you change your appearance
Apparently, Square Enix is listening to the fans when it comes to making adjustments to Dragon Quest Builders 2 (which will come to the PS Vita, Switch and PS4). In the new game you can change your appearance, don different outfits and get bonuses when you carry over save data from the first game.
Using the mirror you can change skin, hairstyle and eye colour. New clothes are put on as skins, so it can go over any equipment you have.
To get the carryover save data bonuses from the first Dragon Quest Builders there are conditions to meet:
- Legendary Builder’s Hat
- PS4/PS3/PS Vita – Get the “Escape Artist” Trophy for simply escaping your tomb and heading out on your adventure at the very beginning.
- Nintendo Switch: Have a save data from the first chapter after raising your first flag (Banner of Hope).
- Recipe for “Dragonlord’s Throne”
- PS4/PS3/PS Vita – Get the “Torchbearer of Tantegel” Trophy awarded for completing the Tantegel chapter.
- Nintendo Switch: Have a save data from after the final chapter.
I see you have finished your cup, so enough for this week?
Thanks again for reading and I hope you have a happy gaming weekend!