Jordan is leading the charge again with some exciting news about physical releases coming to the Nintendo Switch. Whether you are a fan of collecting or not, there will always be a physical version of a game that can grab your attention. May this be the week? On the glorious day that represents our Star Wars fandom? Well, check out Jordan’s video below or you can read about all the physical releases coming out under the video. May the Fourth Be With You!
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. We’re in the first week of May, and we’re looking at games from the 4th until the 8th. It’s a slim week this week, but stick around because I’m also putting in a bonus feature for the most exciting known Upcoming Imports for the year so far. Let’s delve in!
House Flipper from Merge Games and Signature Edition Games. It’s not actually releasing this week, but is being put up for pre-order. This is a game where you go through the process of buying, renovating, and selling houses for profit. Anyone have an interest in this one? There’s a Standard Edition as well as the Signature Edition which you can purchase from their website specifically. We’ve showed a few off before, and they really do some nice stuff for the price. Small collector’s edition, but not breaking the bank.
Let’s jump in to the low print releases!
Low Print Games
Brigandine: The Legend of Runseria
Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia from Limited Run was put up for pre-order late last week. I know this one has got a lot of people interested, since it’s the return of an obscure but well-liked tactical RPG. I know Limited Run have this one right now, but it’s also available for import in case you miss it down the line. Both the Japanese and Asian releases have English, too. Although the Asian release has been blocked for purchase, which has also happened with another Limited Run Game, suspiciously. But the Japanese release should be allowed to be imported if you fancy it.
It’s worth noting that there’s a Standard Edition from Limited Run as well as a Collector’s Edition which includes a soundtrack, reversible poster, as well as an enamel pin.
Streets of Rage 4
I’ve already talked about Streets of Rage 4 from Limited Run Games when it first went up for pre-order. But in a surprise announcement last week, they added an extra super special collector’s edition on top of the collector’s edition they already had. This one comes will all sorts of stuff, especially compared to the disappointing original collector’s edition. You can also purchase it with the vinyl soundtrack or buy that separately. Now, the sad news is that due to the timing of the announcement, it’s already sold out. Man, I wish they would give more warning on these so I could tell you guys before it’s too late.
On a better note, Mulaka from First Press Games went up for pre-order a couple of days ago. This is an interesting game. Definitely has an interesting concept mixing action adventure gameplay with indigenous Mexican culture. I don’t think it worked out 100% as planned, at least on initial release, but I think some updates tweaked things a little. This is one of those games I always assumed would get a low print release at some point. I’m just surprised it took this long. There’s a standard edition as well as a collector’s edition.
Little Inferno is the latest release from Super Rare Games. This was the first game from Tomorrow Corporation who are perhaps more famous for their release of Human Resource Machine. But this is the one that started it all for them. It’s a short 3 hour puzzle game as you set fire to things. It has a standard edition as well as one that comes with a steel book if you fancy paying £15 extra. Pre-orders open on May 7th.
Alright, let’s jump into the imports this week…
Well, this is where I would talk about imports, if there were any, but there aren’t! And so instead, I thought I’d go and take the opportunity to lay out some upcoming imports that will probably be on your radar due to English language options and lack of physical release in the west. But before I do, just remember that at any point a western release may be announced for these games.
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Mr. Driller Encore (Drill Land)
First up a couple of games from Bandai, a company that can be really hit and miss with western physical releases. One perhaps a little more likely, but still unannounced is that of Mr. Driller Encore. This is actually a HD port of the Japanese Gamecube exclusive Mr. Driller Drill Land. The first time it’s seeing an English release. Although so far there’s no word of a physical in the west, Japan, however, does have a confirmed physical with English. So if no western release is announced, this will be one to import.
Their second entry here is that of the Namcot Collection. Yes, Namcot. That was their label who used to make the console ports of their arcade games. This is a super cheap collection of 11 games from the FAMICOM and other systems of the era. It’s also worth noting that DLC is planned, but I’m not sure about how many. Anyways, languages have not been confirmed for this one so far, but considering they are mostly old-timey arcade-style games, I can’t imagine there being much of a language barrier.
Rolling Sky Collection
One that I have my eye on is that of Rolling Sky Collection. This is a two game pack of the Rolling Sky games which are two runners. They are both the same style of gameplay, a fun arcade-y challenge, but visually they are worlds apart. Anyways, this is only getting a physical release in Asia sometime in the next month or so but they do have English. I have a feeling that this may be one that many people will miss due to it’s slightly obscure nature so it’s one to keep your eyes on. Will be an interesting one for the collection.
Umihara Kawase Bazooka!
Umihara Kawase Bazooka! is a spin off title of the obscure but well loved Umihara Kawase series. This is basically a re-working of the engine used in the last game, Fresh. And they’ve turned it into a single screen multiplayer challenge. Yeah, each level is one screen filled with a task or enemies to defeat and you and your friends can take them on together. I have to admit, this doesn’t look like something I would have wanted the series to do, as the large sprawling levels were always the selling point for me, but it could be a fun time. A western physical is possible, although I’m not sure if a publisher would have the faith in a physical in the west. I mean, if Nicalis couldn’t do Ikaruga, then I’m not sure they will believe this will sell better. Anyways, if not, the Japanese physical does have English so it’s ripe for an import.
Human Fall Flat
Human Fall Flat goes for a crazy amount of money these days, especially considering it was one of Super Rare Games’ first releases. Well, if you missed out and don’t want to pay £150 for a copy, well good news as the game is getting a physical release in Japan with English on the cartridge, and one would assume, a more up to date game. Yes, this game has been a bit of a quiet phenomenon over the years, especially in Japan and so Super Rare Games gave up their exclusivity deal to give it the bigger audience it deserves. This one should be out next month in June if you want to get it for a quarter of the price of the western release.
Synaptic Drive is getting a physical release in Japan with English on the cartridge. The west is only getting a digital release for this third person arena shooter. It’s 1 v 1 in tense shooting battles with your highly customizable characters and load outs. I’ve got to be honest, it looks a little cheap from my perspective, but who knows, maybe when you have a mate by your side it could be massive amounts of fun. This one is releasing at the end of May and I’m pretty sure this is going to be one of the most obscure imports around.
The Coma Double Cut
The Coma Double Cut is a two game pack of The Coma 1 and 2. These are 2D Korean survival horror games that are well liked. If you fancy roaming around haunted Korean schools with a murderer hellbent on taking you down, you’ll probably get a kick out of these. One can assume the games have English, the first definitely does, although it’s unknown whether this will get a western release or not. It’s entirely possible, but there’s been no word at all. There’s still time for more clear info, however, as this isn’t releasing until august. One to keep an eye on.
Have any games taken your fancy this week? Be sure to check out last week’s episode in case you missed it, plus a couple of reviews you may have missed. Last week was big in terms of our reviews, too! We had a lot of big ones, so don’t forget to click that subscribe button if you already haven’t click that little bell too! We’ll see you guys next time, and remember… Let’s Get Physical!