Jordan over at SwitchWatchTV has brought us the physical releases coming to Switch this week. Let’s get physical with him over at their YouTube channel! Or if it is more convenient, you can continue to scroll down to read the transcript. Enjoy!
Let’s get physical! It’s Jordan here. Back again with this week’s update on all the physical releases coming to the Nintendo Switch. January 20th until the 24th. Week 4 of January. As always, we’re taking a look at all the physical retail releases, all the low print games up for order, some juicy imports, and our community spotlight where you show off your pick-ups.
Remember, if you want to show your support to this little series, leave us a comment with what you are playing in your backlog and what is the most recent addition to your collection. Personally, this week, what did I get? Well, you may have seen my review of Tokyo Mirage Sessions, and I got my copy. A game that I really love. One of the best JRPGs on the Switch. Did anyone else pick this up? Or are you happy with your Wii U version perhaps? Or are you daft enough to double dip like me?
Anyways, this Week’s Physicals!
This week we have an exciting release for shooter fans, as the west is finally seeing the release of Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha, part one of the Psikyo shooters collection. This is only available in a Collector’s Edition thanks to NIS America which includes 3 very tempting soundtrack CDs, an art book, and cards. Plus the game, of course, which includes 6 excellent shmup arcade classics. I suspect many people picked these up when they were first a Hong Kong release, then a Japanese release, which I reviewed for the channel. But this is great for those who chose not to import. Check out my review if you want to know more about these awesome games.
But wait! There’s more. Next month is seeing the second part being released, titled Bravo. If I’m being honest, it contains the better selection of games, although that’s a close call. Whichever collection has Gunbird will always be the winner.
Also, some uncertainties, briefly
Furwind, a game I mentioned a while ago, the physical was delayed indefinitely, and it’s popped back up on Amazon UK! So it might actually be out. Check that out if you’re interested in Pixel Platformers.
And the D&D Collector’s Editions I talked about last week might be releasing in Europe this week. It seems there was a delay on those.
Red Art Games announced on their 2nd Anniversary that they are publishing Candleman on the Switch. This is a unique puzzle platformer where light obviously plays a big part. There are 2800 copies available to order right now, and it is planned to ship in April.
Now, not necessarily classed as Low Print, but I’m putting it here because NIS America’s Collector’s Edition stuff usually sells out pretty fast. They recently announced that they are publishing a collector’s physical release of Little Town Hero from Game Freak. Probably the most divisive game of last year when it released digitally. Some loved it and some hated it. I swayed between both at times during my review. I would have bet a large sum of money on this being from Limited Run rather than NIS America, so it’s lucky I’m not a gambling man.
So what’s the word on this guys now that the dust has settled? I still stand by my review, but I was wondering if any of you had played it since. I’d love to know your thoughts! Also, it’s worth noting that this is currently only up for purchase on NIS America’s North American store. There’s no sign of it on the European one yet.
Streets of Red, a decent little indie beat em up, is being published by PM Studios and distributed by Limited Run Games. I remember this being touted as a bit of a hidden gem on the Switch when it originally released. Check out our ancient review for more info if you want this one for yourself. Pre-orders start on the 21st.
Before we get into imports, just a heads up. If any of the following games tickle your fancy, then in the description and pinned comment we have links as to where you can find them for yourself to purchase. They are affiliate links, so any purchase will also help out the SwitchWatch team out massively and we very much appreciate all of your support in this regard. You guys have been amazing, it really helps push us forward. So anyways, imports.
Kemco RPG Ominbus
Another game I missed from last week, probably not my fault since the release date changed without warning, is Kemco RPG Ominbus. This is a release I mentioned in our Upcoming Imports video. One of two releases from Kemco. This is the Asian release which has 4 of their budget JRPGs on one cartridge. You get Revenant Dogma, Illusion of L’Phalcia, Chronus Arc, and Legend of Tetrarchs. Perhaps four of their lesser known titles, which makes me want it even more. I love a good obscure, underdog title, and when it’s a JRPG, that means I’ve just got to add it to my wish list. And while these games may not hold a candle to most of the top tier RPGs on the system, I have to say, as an idiosyncratic release, this is right up my alley.
Kemco RPG Ominbus: HERE
And also a quick mention to Kemco’s other release later this month. This time in Japan. Kemco RPG Selection Vol. 1 has some of their better known titles. Although English isn’t 100% confirmed, personally I have no doubt since all those games on the Japanese eShop have English. It would be extraordinary if they didn’t have English on that cartridge.
Romancing Saga 3
I, for one, am eagerly awaiting the physical release of Romancing Saga 3 this week. Yes, this released digitally not so long ago in the west but is now getting a physical release in Asia with English on the cartridge. This is a remake of Square Enix’s JRPG from 1995 that only just recently got an official English translation.
You know me and JRPGs, it was so difficult resisting the digital version back then, and I’m so glad I pulled through so I can pick this bad boy up. What I’m looking forward to is just how unconventional of a JRPG this is supposed to be. Way ahead of it’s time, completely ignoring the standard tropes of the genre. It may not gel with everyone, but I appreciate it for trying something really, really different. The links I’ve put below are a little different. Both are Asian regions, but I believe have different title text. One in Chinese and the other in English. Both should have English on the cartridge.
Romancing Saga 3 (Asian Cover): HERE
Romancing Saga 3 (English Cover): HERE
Void Terrarium – no that’s not a spelling mistake, that’s how they’re spelling it -, and it’s supposedly pronounced Terraium. Yep. I don’t get it. Anyways, this is a rogue like RPG from Nippon Ichi Software. I don’t believe there is English on the cartridge, because they tend to wait until NIS America get their hands on it. Nippon Ichi are one of the few companies these days that actively avoid including English in their Japanese releases to prevent sales loss from NIS America. Anyways, that just means there will probably be a western release at some point in the future. Pretty much every single one of their games makes it here eventually. I have to admit, though, this looks stylish as hell. I’m intrigued.
Arc System Works, on the other hand, are usually awesome at including English in their Asian release games, and MISTOVER is no different. This was released digitally a few months ago, but it is finding a physical release just now. A deep 40 survival RPG where the game is dynamic, as every move you make may alter the future. It looks dark, but has a catching art style. There’s a demo on the eShop to find out for yourself if it’s something you’d consider importing. It’s worth noting that the Japanese release is kind of a collector’s edition with an art book and downloadable soundtrack, while the Asian release is just standard and has a price to reflect that.
Japanese Collector’s Edition: HERE
Ghost Blade HD
Ghost Blade HD is finally being sent out this week on the 21st. You can get this excellent shmup in your hands very soon. This is a PlayAsia exclusive release which comes in both a Standard and Collector’s Edition. The Collector’s Edition comes with a steelbook, arranged soundtrack, and a numbered certificate. It also comes with a manual like the standard release. If you fancy a modern shmup that can hold it’s own against the classics, then this bullet hell may be the one for you. Links are below if you fancy it!
Collector’s Edition: HERE
That Was Quite Physical, Right?!
I would say that’s a very healthy import section this week!
Right guys. Hope you enjoyed this episode of physical releases. What has caught your attention this week? Be sure to check out last week’s episode in case you missed it. Check out my review of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore, and don’t forget James’ bargains video telling you where best to spend your money. We’ll see you over there!
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