Filling the Japanese charts
Traditionally, Nintendo hasn’t had much trouble commercially in Japan. In its lifetime, for example, the Switch has already outsold the PS4 there and continues to do well. Thus, it will come as little surprise that eight of the ten best-selling games for the week of May 13 – May 19 belonged to the Nintendo Switch.
While the best-selling game for last week may be on PlayStation 4, called Ys: Memories of Celceta – Kai, eight of those below it were all on the Nintendo Switch. The PS4 game is followed by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which leads Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Minecraft on Switch, and others. The top 10 are as follows:
- Ys: Memories of Celceta – Kai
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Days Gone
- Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
- Splatoon 2
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Yoshi’s Crafted World
As stated previously, this doesn’t come as a huge shocker to many. Nintendo seems to have the most traction in Japan, as is evident with this list, which is backed by the quality of the games on it. It is worth noting that the games did well in other regions as well but perform incredibly well in Japan.
Source: Nintendo Life
Nintendo removes two mobile games in Belgium
Many gamers know that loot boxes are all too commonplace these days; a fact that Belgium took to task last year when they banned them via regulation that deems it as a form of illegal gambling. As such, two of Nintendo’s mobile games, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes, will be unavailable for mobile gamers after August 27.
Nintendo elaborated on the issue on their Belgian website, saying that the games were removed due to “current unclear situation in Belgium regarding certain in-game revenue models.” In other words, due to Belgium’s ban on loot boxes, which are featured in Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo has decided to make the games unavailable as per rare items obtainable in the game via loot boxes.
Nintendo stated, as well, that any games developed in the future wouldn’t be available in Belgium if they contained a loot box element.
It’s interesting that Nintendo chose to do this, as it appears they had two options. They could have either done as they did and removed the games with a loot box mechanic, or it seems possible they could have updated the Belgian releases so they didn’t contain loot boxes. Granted, the second option probably costs more time and money than the first, but the games would nonetheless still be available in a national market. Regardless, it will interesting to see if Nintendo changes their development style going forward.
‘Darksiders II’ on its way to Switch?
According to a recent product listing, Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition could be making its way to Nintendo Switch shortly.
Indeed, Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition for Switch was recently spotted on the Canadian EB games website. Thereafter, the game was seen on the Koch Media website, with a European release date of August 6, 2019 and a price of €29.99. On the Canadian EB games website, the release date is shown as December 31, 2019 with a price of $29.99.
While there has been no official announcement yet, all evidence is pointing in the direction of an eventual release. Given the first Darksiders has already been ported to Switch, it would make sense to see Darksiders II come to Switch, followed, possibly, by Darksiders III. In any case, we’ll keep you updated on any official announcements.
‘DC Universe Online’ to be released on Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch owners have a lot to look forward to in terms of superhero games this summer. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is coming in July, which fans are undoubtedly ecstatic for, and now, free-to-play MMO DCU Universe Online has been announced to be making its way to Switch.
Played by many on current- and last-generation consoles, as well as PC, DC Universe Online is full of superpower customization options, as well as over 300 DC characters. The game has players traversing the likes of Gotham City, Metropolis, and other DC comic locales while walking amongst DC characters.
In a released statement by creative director S.J. Mueller, he said, “As soon as the Nintendo Switch released, the development team couldn’t help but wonder, what if …?” He added, “Long story short, we are so excited for players to take their DC experience wherever they go.”
These stories seem very consistent for Switch ports. Game directors seem to ponder what their classics would play like on Nintendo’s popular hybrid console and subsequently release ports of said classics on the console; on many occasions, to great success. As for DC Universe Online, hopefully it has enough traction, or gains enough traction, to sustain a sizable audience on the Switch.
This Week’s Releases
The eShop got quite a few notable releases this week. Most significantly, Resident Evil, Resident Evil 0, and Resident Evil 4 all made their way to Nintendo Switch this week. All three are fantastic horror titles, two of which are considered two of the best of all-time. While Resident Evil 4‘s mechanics differ greatly from Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0, it is often considered one of the best reinventions of all-time. All three sell for a comparably steep $29.99 USD, when measured against its Xbox One, PS4, PC, and last-generation counterparts. However, they are still titles worth investing in if you are new to the franchise.
Assassin’s Creed III Remastered was released on Switch on May 21. This title’s announcement was a confusing one to many, as It had been on the Wii U years ago and no other Assassin’s Creed entries have been ported to Switch. In any regard, Assassin’s Creed III is a highly entertaining title with great stealth mechanics and an intriguing narrative. It currently sells for $39.99 USD.
Sonic fans have something to look forward to. Team Sonic Racing was released for Switch this week. While not a core entry in the Sonic franchise, Team Sonic Racing offers an interesting diversion from the usual platforming adventures Sonic usual embarks on, which have certainly gotten mixed reception in recent years. With customization options, colorful presentation, and three different character types, Team Sonic Racing may be one of the better high-profile racing games on Switch right now. It currently runs at $39.99 USD on the eShop.
As always, you can find these and more on the Nintendo Game Store.