And here we are again, welcome, my friend. Another week has passed, it’s time for us to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and chat some gaming!
It’s been a busy week for us here at LadiesGamers. We are working on several game reviews and a new writer joined our team (read her intro blog here). We are happy to be able to bring you more content!
Anyway, back to gaming chat: take a seat, relax and let’s see what stood out to me in Handheld Gaming News this week.
Nintendo continues to support the 3DS
As you may have noticed, we bring a list of the newly released games to eShop every week (find this weeks list here). And I have seen for weeks now that 3DS releases are few and far in between. But, Reggie Fils-Aime from Nintendo of America, assures us that they still have new titles coming.
This is from an interview: “We’re going to continue [focusing on the 3DS], we’re going to continue to have some new games on that platform. We’re going to announce [them], and we will over the next number of months, but it’s going to continue to be a vibrant piece of our overall business, certainly here in the Americas.”
More news on the 3DS
Reggie wasn’t the only one talking about the future of the 3DS. The Verge has just published an interview with Shinya Takahashi, who is the general manager of Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning & development division. On the future plans for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS platform he said:
“As a platform that is now in its eighth year since launch, I think it has found a very interesting role for us,” Takahashi says of the 3DS. “Which is that it’s accessible to a lower age demographic, and we’re able to focus a lot of software that’s really appealing to that audience on the Nintendo 3DS platform, which means that we can also look for software teams that are very well-suited to creating games of that type.”
Friend code and trading in Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go got a big update this week: finally, sharing friend codes and trading is enabled in the game. A feature that was promised two years ago is finally here, and one I was looking forward to. As was my friend who still diligently plays every day. So when she sent me her friend code I checked my game to find out mine.
Yesterday mine still said I need level 30 or higher, but surprise, surprise: this morning the change was rolled out for me too! So, I have a friend list now too. Nice! If you want to exchange codes, this is mine: 2219 2642 3424
Demo Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker in eShop
A game that was on the WiiU as well, and now it’s coming to the Switch and the 3DS as well: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. If you enjoy a cute looking puzzle platformer, you might want to look at the free demo in the Switch eShop. The game includes levels based on four of the Kingdoms from Super Mario Odyssey.
Pokémon Quest coming to Android and iOS as well
If you don’t own a Switch and you really want to give Pokémon Quest a try, you can now do so: it will be available on Android and iOS as well. On June 28 you can play it on your smartphone. You can now pre-register to play the Pokemon title on your platform of choice. Here’s the links to both versions:
Refurbished Switch offer
The Switch is a wonderful device, but the price doesn’t fit in everyones budgetIf you would like a Nintendo Switch but are on a tight budget it is well worth looking at Nintendo’s refurbished Nintendo Switch systems. The company announced today that for a limited time they are offering free shipping if you decide to purchase one through the Nintendo Store with select games. The deal runs until 26th June.
Get free shipping on refurbished #NintendoSwitch hardware and select games till 6/26 in the Nintendo Store! Use code: NINTSHIP at checkout.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 20, 2018
Digimon ReArise for smartphone
Bandai Namco shared a new trailer for the upcoming smartphone game Digimon ReArise that focuses more on friendship and evolving Digimon. The game is set to release on smartphone this Summer in Japan, no new yet on a Western release.
Beta testing for Atelier Online
Are you curious too about the Atelier Online game? Koei Tecmo and NHN PlayArt are hosting a closed beta test for the upcoming smartphone RPG Atelier Online, and they’ve begun taking applications for the testing period that starts July 2.
You can apply here. Only 3,000 people will be selected (1,500 for iOS and 1,500 for Android). And if you are lucky to be selected you have the chance to try the game from July 2 at 3:00pm JST to July 6 at 3:00pm JST. You won’t keep any of the progress you make in the game however. But it’s a chance to get a first look!
Well, my coffee cup is empty! It’s time to get the weekend started. After playing Pode this week (find my review here) I’m currently giving Figment a try to write a review for. Can’t say much about it yet, but keep a watch on the site for that review. Paige is working on The Lost Child and Jonah is working on Lost in Harmony and on Whip! Whip!
On behalf of the team here at LadiesGamers, I wish you a happy gaming weekend!