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System: Switch (eShop)
Release date: March 3, 2017
Developer: Tokyo RPG Factory
Publisher Square Enix


Sometimes nostalgia gets the best of us. We look back on the vast history of video games and how far we’ve come, what’s changed and what hasn’t, for better or for worse. There are certain mechanics that evolve so much over time throughout all genres that we tend to forget how things once were when they became innovative for their time. The RPG genre has come a long way, stepping away from the linearity and turn-based tradition and heading more towards an open-world and free-form combat in a flashy hack-n-slash fashion. Sometimes, however, you want to go back to basics and back to a time that makes you fall in love with the genre all over again and elicits strong feelings of nostalgia and purity that may have faded over time as we’ve grown. I Am Setsuna brings us back to the 90’s at a time when Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Parasite Eve, and a slew of other Square titles were pushing a new wave of gameplay with their Active Time Battle systems – ATB for short – where you could attack at any given point once a meter was filled rather than wait your turn in a chess-like fashion like traditional RPGs. I Am Setsuna not only brings us back to a time where RPGs were at their best thanks to their deep worlds, battle systems, and innocent art styles, but brings with it a reimagining to a forgotten style of gameplay that feels fantastic to have back in a modern take.

More footage from Has-Been Heroes has surfaced, now specifically from the Switch version. Take a look at 21 minutes of gameplay below.

The DSi Shop’s end is further coming to a close. On March 31, the ability to purchase content on the store will end.

Nintendo already closed off the ability to add DSi Points at the end of last September. You’ll be unable to re-download DSiWare games at some point, but Nintendo hasn’t said when.

Below are the latest Nintendo products that can be currently pre-ordered at retailers:

* Save 20 percent on pre-orders with Amazon Prime or Best Buy’s GCU. 20 percent off pre-orders on Amazon Canada as well. On Amazon UK, it’s £2 off.

United States

Switch

Has Been Heroes – GameStop
LEGO City Undercover – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Puyo Puyo Tetris – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Disgaea 5 Complete – Amazon, Best Buy
Ultra Street Fighter II – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Arms – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition – GameStop
Splatoon 2 – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
NBA 2K18 – Amazon, Best Buy
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Amazon, Best Buy
Fire Emblem Warriors – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Super Mario Odyssey – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
FIFA – Amazon, Best Buy
Minecraft: Switch Edition – Amazon, Best Buy
Redout – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 – Amazon, Best Buy
Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure – Amazon (new), GameStop
Troll & I – Amazon

Wii U

Darksiders Warmastered Edition – Amazon

3DS

Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition – New 3DS only – Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia – Amazon, GameStop
Farming Simulator 18 – Amazon
RPG Maker Fes – Amazon
Culdcept Revolt – Amazon
Fire Emblem Warriors – Amazon, GameStop

amiibo

Fire Emblem Echoes – Alm & Celica – Best Buy

Accessories

Joy-Con Wheel (set of two) – Amazon
Retro Fighters Pro NES Controller to NES Classic Edition Adapter – Amazon

Books

The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 4 – Amazon
The Art of Splatoon – Amazon
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 5 Amazon

Other

Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Link Nendoroid (Deluxe Version) – Amazon
Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Link Nendoroid – Amazon

Canada

Switch

LEGO City Undercover
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Disgaea 5 Complete
Arms
Splatoon 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Fire Emblem Warriors
Super Mario Odyssey
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
FIFA
Redout

Wii U

Darksiders Warmastered Edition

3DS

Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition – New 3DS only
Fire Emblem Echoes
Farming Simulator 18
RPG Maker Fes
Culdcept Revolt

Books

The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 4
Art of Splatoon
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 5

UK

Switch

LEGO City Undercover
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Disgaea 5 Complete
Arms
Splatoon 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Super Mario Odyssey
Fire Emblem Warriors
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
FIFA
Troll & I

Wii U

Darksiders Warmastered Edition

3DS

Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits
Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls
Fire Emblem Echoes (new)
Harvest Moon: Skytree Village (new)
Faming Simulator 18 (new)
RPG Maker Fes
Culdcept Revolt

Books

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Deluxe Edition guide
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 4
Art of Splatoon
Super Mario Encyclopedia
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 5

More:

The Switch eShop has been updated with three upcoming games. Has-Been Heroes, Snake Pass, and LEGO City Undercover now have listings, and show the file sizes for each.

Has-Been Heroes, coming from Frozenbyte and GameTrust, will require 753MB. Snake Pass is releasing on the same day and is a 3.7GB download. Finally, LEGO City Undercover takes up a hefty 7.1GB.

Has-Been Heroes and Snake Pass are both slated for March 28. LEGO City Undercover will arrive for Switch on April 4.

Thanks to JeGeekJePlay for the tip.

Update: Added in Sunday’s updates.


Nintendo Badge Arcade has been receiving daily updates since heading to the 3DS eShop. Because it’s continually updated with content, we’re rounding up all of the additions and changes in a weekly post.

Here’s what’s on tap for the week of March 20:

March 20

– 6 Tank Troopers panels
– 7 Animal Crossing panels
– 9 Rhythm Heaven panels
– 1 Punch-Out!! panel
– 3 Ice Climber panels
– 2 Metroid panels
– 2 Kid Icarus panels
– Thank you badge offer until March 23
– 1 free play

At the end of the Atlus New Title Announcement Special Spring 2017 live stream, the same Shin Megami Tensei trailer from January was shown. However, one extremely brief scene was added with the image above.

Atlus didn’t have anything new to say about the Shin Megami Tensei Switch project otherwise. Since development is still fairly on, don’t expect to see it until 2018 (in Japan) at the earliest.

Following the announcement of Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 today, the first footage from the game was shown during the Atlus New Title Announcement Special Spring 2017 live stream. We’ve attached the recording below.

In January, Atlus teased a new Shin Megami Tensei game for 3DS. That mystery game was revealed today as a remake of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey.

Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey will be easier to play and is a refined version of the original with added elements. Characters will now be fully voiced, saving in dungeons can be done at any time, and a new character is introduced.

Gematsu provides the following information:

Atlus showed off the first gameplay for Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology footage during its announcement event today. We have the relevant recording below.

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