Welcome! Please come on in and enjoy another entry in the weekly Handheld Gaming News with a Cuppa. Not trying to bring you all the handheld gaming news: that would take many pages these days with the Switch being a handheld device. No, it’s the news that stood out to me this week!
What has been going on at LadiesGamers
These three reviews have been published this week.
- Inner World: The Last Wind Monk Review For Switch
- Review for Spectrum on Switch
- Detective Gallo (Switch) Review
Soundtracks We Love
Evriun published another entry in the Soundtracks We Love series, this time about Lost Winds, a game I remember as one of the first games I played on my Wii. Boy, how special is was to use the motion control to control the wind. If you want to read about the soundtracks Evriun covered in the past weeks, here is the collection.
Video Games Animated Adaptations
Paige published the second article in the series Video Games Animated Adaptations. You can find her article here.
Feature series: Animal Crossing Memories
A couple of weeks ago the feature series Animal Crossing Memories has been introduced. Was there ever a game that evoked so many good feelings of playing together with friends? This week Bri from JapaneseNintendo.com added his memories to the series, you can find his entry here.
So now let’s get to the gaming news. Get yourself a nice cuppa and enjoy!
The Gardens Between
On September 20, The Gardens Between will be released in the Switch eShop (and on PS4 and PC/Mac). This game is an adventure puzzle game where you manipulate time to guide two best friends through a surreal world of mysterious garden islands. A bit of background:
Arina, a headstrong girl, and Frendt, a boy wise beyond his years, fall into a series of vibrant, dreamlike island gardens peppered with everyday objects that hold a special significance to the duo. Together they embark on an emotional journey that examines the significance of their friendship: the memories they’ve built, what must be let go, and what should never be left behind.
The game is all about friendship, where you are not in charge of the characters themselves, but of Time. And time can change everything! Should be very interesting!
Dust: an Elysian Tail finds a home on the Switch
Developer Dean Dodrill announced the release of Dust: an Elysian Tail on the Switch on September 10. This action RPG looks beautiful, very cute, but it’s surely fast paced and intense. If you want to check it out earlier, it has also been available on the other consoles, PC and mobile.
Undertale has a release date for the Switch
Undertale, an RPG created by indie developer Toby Fox, is coming to the Switch on September 18. The game has you controlling a human child who has fallen into the Underground. Not good, as this is a region that’s sealed away from the surface of the earth by a magic barrier. The game was released some years ago on the PC and quickly became a cult video game. Should be interesting!
Dragon Quest Builders 2 has a Japanese release date
Yes! We have a Japanese release date for Dragon Quest Builders 2! Square Enix hosted a special Dragon Quest Builders 2 live stream today where we got to see some new gameplay footage. It will be on Switch and PS4 on December 20. Nothing yet on the western release, but it’s the first step. Below you see the opening movie with a female protagonist. Naturally!
Free Celebi T-shirt in Pokémon Go
Don’t forget to claim your free Celebi T-shirt in the style shop in Pokémon Go. No coins needed, and it looks kinda cool!
Feel good clip Nintendo Switch on the Spot
Nintendo is always very good at releasing little feel good clips about family fun in gaming. As I’m always an advocate of family and friends finding fun in games, versus the more common notion of a smelly teen hidden away in his parents basement playing games; I really like these promotion clips. Check it out!
Dragalia Lost for mobile has a date
Last week there was a Nintendo Direct, all about new mobile game Dragalia Lost, which will release on September 27. Check out the Direct if you missed it:
Players assume the role of a hero known only as the Dragonblood Prince, whose name you get to choose. His royal duty is to guard the kingdom of Alberia with the help of a dragon, with whom he must form a pact. He’s joined by family members like his twin sister Zethia and partying mercenary Ranzal on his quest to befriend dragons and ensure Alberia’s survival.
The gameplay relies on both humans and dragons to fight. Dragons join alongside the customizable party to pitch in against other, stronger monsters. Plus, humans can become dragons themselves for stronger attacks. There will be multiplayer raids with up to four players taking online event quests together. There’s also cooperative play, according to Nintendo, which allows for players to go through parts of the story campaign together.
Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New world
Wow, that is a mouth full! The newest Atelier games has a release date for Japan: December 13. No news yet on a Western date, but I’m guessing around Spring next year. It will come to PC, PS4 and the Switch. Nothing on a Vita release though.
Even though I was disappointed in the last title, I’m curious for this one because of the town building part!
The cutest plushies at Nintendo NY Store
You know how I sometimes feature gaming-plushies. Now be honest: how can I not report this??
Pick up one of these cute #Pikmin plush! Now available at #NintendoNYC.
($9.99+ tax each, sold separately.) pic.twitter.com/NSeWrWIGhU
— Nintendo NY (@NintendoNYC) August 24, 2018
Lapis Li Abyss coming to the Switch!
Nippon Ichi Software announced Lapis Li Abyss this week in the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation. The game is headed for PS4 and to the Switch as well! It’s an action RPG with a cutesy art style – that I love of course. Release in Japan is November 29.
What caught my attention though is that one of the major features of the game is the ‘DANGO’ system. While there are eight characters, each with a different class and reach, players are able to choose four of them and form a party by stacking them on top of each other. Hey! I know that game mechanic from Final Fantasy World!
That’s it for this week. Seems like more and more news is incoming, I guess most people are back from summer break. Thank you all for reading, and I hope to be able to pour you another cup of coffee next week!