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Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness releases on Switch eShop today, and the first 22 minutes of the game are now available for viewing. Find out more about the game and check out the footage below:

The English version of Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness is out now in the west. The main game is listed as $14.99 on the eShop, as well as 4 additional DLC packs that are $2.99 each. The DLC contains exclusive tracks and bonus scenarios. 

For more information on the game, check out the official game description from Nintendo below.

Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness

Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness, otherwise known as Susume!! Mamotte Knight: Hime no Totsugeki Serenade, released on Switch in Japan back in 2019 though fans in the west have been waiting for the English version. It’s taken a few years, but there’s finally news to report.

8-4 is handling the English location of Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness. Additionally, Limited Run Games has confirmed plans for a physical release. There’ll even be a collector’s edition with a special box, soundtrack, art interview book, trading cards, and 8-bit sprite pins.

Susume!! Mamotte Knight: Hime no Totsugeki Serenade, a sequel to Gotta Protectors, was known to be hitting the Switch eShop in Japan sometime next month. Today, Ancient announced a final release date of October 10.

Susume!! Mamotte Knight: Hime no Totsugeki Serenade is still planned for the west. There’s no word on any sort of release timing other than 2020 at this time, however.


Susume!! Mamotte Knight: Hime no Totsugeki Serenade (Gotta Protectors) resurfaced during today’s Japanese Nintendo Direct. It’s confirmed to be launching in Japan next month, though a specific date has yet to be made known.

Here’s the first trailer:

Last December, Susume!! Mamotte Knight: Hime no Totsugeki Serenade was announced for Switch. The Gotta Protectors sequel is planned for a 2019 release in Japan. Although we haven’t heard much about the project since, Ancient president Yuzo Koshiro has confirmed plans for the west.

Speaking with Nintendo Life, Koshiro reconfirmed that the new Switch title is on track for this year in Japan. As for the west, the English version should be ready “by the next spring.”

Ancient posted a couple of tweets today showing some interest in a Switch version of Gotta Protectors. The game last released on 3DS as a hybrid of action and real-time strategy gameplay.

If Gotta Protectors were to come to Switch, the company wondered how the screen design would look like, so the team tried making a very rough design. Ancient thought what four-player split-screen would look like, but the individual screen for each player would be too small. The pixels are currently twice the usual size. If it was changed to about 1.3 times, it should be able to fit quite well, but the pixels would look off.

Note that Ancient doesn’t have Gotta Protectors running on Switch or anything along those lines. They are just testing things to fit on a 16:9 screen.


Gotta Protector’s localization was confirmed last February. However, it wasn’t until late July that the game made its way to North America.

Localization veteran Brian Gray was the main person behind Gotta Protector’s English version. In an interview with Michibiku, he mentioned that 8-4 helped out, but it was only him who translated the project.

According to Gray:

“8-4 had their usual — awesome! — team looking over everything and handling the bulk of communication with Ancient, but the translation was entirely me.”

In the same discussion, Gray also touched on how he became involved with Gotta Protectors and the origins of the English version. Regarding this, he said:

Gotta Protectors players can now obtain some new DLC for the game. Just recently, Ancient released the FM Music Pack.

Here’s what’s included:

Ancient also shared a couple of secret features in Gotta Protectors:


Gotta Protectors finally arrived on the North American 3DS eShop last Thursday. Take a look at some footage below.

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