Come on in my friend, and let’s share our Handheld Gaming News for this week! What can I get you, a nice cup of coffee or tea? In a couple of weeks we will leave on holiday, and the time to hoist myself in a bathing suit is coming close again. But as I’ve given up all hope of ever having a slender willowy figure, I guess we might as well have ourselves a nice piece of chocolate to go with the coffee. One for you too?
Poll: how do you use your Switch
I realise I’m lucky to own a Switch, I still hear many fans complaining that they just can’t get a hand on one. Nintendo is still struggling getting enough consoles to the stores. I’ve been using mine as a handheld device only, which is easy for me to do: no one but me plays on the device, so it’s not like someone will miss it when I take it out with me.
I was wondering though if it’s the same for you too. So if you own a Switch, how do you use it? Do you use it as a console only, take it with you all the time like I do. Or is it a mix between the two? I wrote a blog about it last week (find it here, poll included) but for convenience sake I’ll add the poll here too. So please vote you haven’t already!
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon special editions
On November 17 Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will appear in stores. Nintendo UK announced these special editions for the fans: the Ultra Dual edition containing both games, a collectible Steelbook case, featuring artwork with new forms of Solgaleo and Lunala and download codes for 50 potions in each games. Or the Fan edition for one of the two games, with an extra special steelbook.
The Ultra Dual Edition has turned up in America and Canada too as an Amazon exclusive. You can find the Nintendo UK announcement here.
Egglia: Legend of the Redcap for mobile
A mobile game that only recently caught my attention is Egglia: Legend of the Redcap. Game developer Brownies will be bringing its smartphone game Egglia to iPhone and Android this August. North America, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia will be getting the game.
Egglia is an RPG that follows the story of an elf named Chabo, who is from the Redcap tribe. In the game, players collect eggs by completing quests. Collecting eggs unlocks new areas to explore, and allows players to expand their towns. As more areas are unlocked, there are more places to discover and more ways to improve towns.
It looks cute enough to be just the game for me!
Amiibo BOTW 4-pack announced for Europe
Ever since playing BOTW my amiibo are getting more use: I try to use them daily to get goodies in the game and to travel with Wolf Link. There are specific Breath of the Wild Amiibo too, but they tend to fly from the shelves at a high price. This announcement on the German Nintendo site caught my attention through.
A 4-pack of Zelda Breath of the Wild amiibo announced to be released this winter. Looks great, doesn’t it?
Goodbye to the small model of the 3DS
I started my 3DS journey with an aqua blue 3DS at launch. I was used to playing on a DSi XL, so the 3DS screens seemed so tiny to me. So when the 3DS XL appeared, I was quick to switch to it. Nintendo has announced earlier this week that they will discontinue the small New 3DS in Japan. Now news has filtered through that the same applies to Europe. No doubt, America will follow. I guess we all will be playing on an XL now!
Yo-Kai Watch Psychic Spectre haunts Europan stores this Autumn
Nintendo has confirmed that it is bringing Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters to Europe this Autumn, bringing it in line with North America. The game is the third version of Yo-Kai Watch 2, following on from Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls, which launched at the end of last year.
Psychic Specters includes all of the content seen in the other two versions, as well as 12 brand new quests, giving a grand total of 100 quests to tackle. There are also 15 Wicked Yo-kai to recruit, who you met as enemies before. This means the game contains more than 300 playable Yo-kai.
Furthermore, there are exclusive dungeons for those who already own Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls, as well as the new Gera Gera Resort location. I guess you could say this is the ultimate version of Yo-Kai Watch 2!
Shiny Tapu Koko to download in Pokémon Sun and Moon
Players with either Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon can now download Shiny Tapu Koko from the internet until August 14. This Tapu Koko comes at level 60 with Electric Surge as its ability, and has the moves Nature’s Madness, Discharge, Agility, and Electro Ball. Be sure to grab it before the event ends!
Brand new IP for Square Enix: Antique Carnevale
Square Enix has been giving out snippets of information about their new IP, called Antique Carnevale. The game’s official description is somewhat vague, talking about the difference between “things” and “living things,” in relation to “dolls” and ordinary “people.” The trailer states: ” A young man is said to enter a labyrinth, a place where trapped dolls will let their wishes be known”
Not much more is known, like the platform it will come to. But more info is expected on July 18. I’ll keep an eye out, because a new IP for gaming giant Square Enix might be nice news!
Enough for this week I guess. This past week has been all Breath of the Wild for me, I even caved and bought the DLC. I can now see the path I walked in the Heroes Path, making my map look like a Etch-a-Sketch doodle. I won’t take my Switch on holiday for me, so I might as well put the hours in now. Sure going to miss the game! What have you played this week?
Thanks again for reading, and have a happy gaming weekend!