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Ayo the Clown physical

Limited Run Games is readying a physical release of Ayo the Clown on Switch, the company announced today. It will only be sold as a standard edition.

Ayo the Clown previously appeared on Switch in July 2021. It was originally sold only as an eShop download.

Here’s some information about the title for those that need a refresher:

Digimon Survive sales

Digimon Survive has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, Bandai Namco just announced. That figure accounts for sales across all platforms. It’s also presumably based on physical shipments and digital downloads.

Following multiple delays, Digimon Survive finally launched at the end of July. It was first announced in 2018 and was planned to debut the following year.

Nintendo mobile strategy

Nintendo has reiterated that the main purpose of its mobile games are for marketing and to expose people to its IP.

Axios took a look at the situation surrounding the Big N on mobile given how Dragalia Lost shut down this week. Dr. Mario World and Miitomo were previously closed as well.

Now Nintendo has five mobile games at its disposal: Fire Emblem Heroes, Mario Kart Tour, Super Mario Run, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Pikmin Bloom. However, these experiences make up a meager amount of Nintendo’s overall revenue. While Switch games and hardware generated $4.5 billion between April and September, the apps earned only $169 million. Mobile tracking firm also says the Nintendo Switch Online app was downloaded more this year than Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Pikmin Bloom.

Disney Speedstorm delayed

Update (11/30): Disney Speedstorm has been delayed to 2023, Gameloft just announced.

The company shared a statement about the situation on social media. Gameloft noted that the decision was made to meet its expectations and ensure it can provide “a fast-paced and competitive racing experience they will return to play for years to come”.

Disney Speedstorm was announced for Switch during a Nintendo Direct in February. It was originally planned for this past summer.

Here’s the full statement about the delay for Disney Speedstorm:

Sonic Frontiers update 1.1.1

SEGA has issued a new update for Sonic Frontiers on Switch, bringing the game to version 1.1.1.

This week’s update seems mostly small in nature. According to SEGA, only two issues have been addressed on Switch.

The official patch notes for the Sonic Frontiers version 1.1.1 update are as follows:

Fire Emblem Engage Byleth

Byleth makes an appearance in Fire Emblem Engage as one of the characters players can summon, and details about him have now been shared on the series’ Japanese Twitter account. Serenes Forest provided a translation.

Byleth, who is voiced by Yusuke Kobayashi in the Japanese version, is a former mercenary and now acts as an instructor at the Officer’s Academy. In Fire Emblem Engage, he can increase the abilities of allies to guide them towards victory. Byleth performs the best when surrounded by allies rather than being alone.

This week’s expanded Japanese software sales are as follows:

1. [NSW] Pokemon Scarlet / Violet – 577,279 / 3,114,571
2. [NSW] Splatoon 3 – 39,322 / 3,407,477
3. [NSW] Minecraft – 11,223 / 2,866,629
4. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 11,057 / 4,917,646
5. [PS5] Horizon Forbidden West – 10,107 / 112,333
6. [NSW] Nintendo Switch Sports – 9,682 / 783,853
7. [NSW] Ace Angler: Fishing Spirits – 5,414 / 44,470
8. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 4,478 / 5,015,307
9. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! – 4,108 / 2,743,464
10. [NSW] Kirby and the Forgotten Land – 3,994 / 923,009

Pokemon Scarlet Violet performance

With the release of the version 1.1.0 for Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet, it seems that Game Freak may have improved performance.

Many who have tried out the Switch games have been pleased with the actual game experience. However, performance has definitely been a sore spot. Putting aside actual graphical quality, frame rate dips and stutters were present throughout. However, as mentioned above, it looks like performance has started to see an improvement.

Original (11/25): Weather Forecast and Father Pucchi (Final) are joining JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R as new DLC characters, Bandai Namco has revealed. Fans will be especially happy to hear that both will be free.

Weather Forecast and Father Pucchi (Final) will be available in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R starting December 1, 2022. On the same day, a new stage will be added.

Original (11/17): In celebration of Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet, new icons based on the games are started to be added over on Nintendo Switch Online.

Five waves are planned in total. There’ll be a new set of icons each week until December 25, 2022. Expect a refresh every Thursday until then.

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