Jordan over at SwitchWatchTV has his hands full this week, because wow. This is a major week of physical releases for the Switch, as we are seeing 3 major ports from 2K and a huge re-release on a major Nintendo franchise. And that’s not even counting everything else in between. Like I said, it is a massive week of physical releases, and I am sure there is something coming out this week for everyone. Check out the video below, or read it here on SwitchWatch.co.uk.
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 final week of May looking at games from the 25th until the 29th. We will be looking at all the physical retail, low print pre-orders, and imports, plus our community spotlight where you show off your pick ups and potentially win one of these physical Switch games. It’s a massive week, so let’s jump in!
Finding Teddy II
Finding Teddy II is releasing this week thanks to Pixel Heart in Europe and VGNY in North America. This is a metroidvania style game with a retro throw-back. Featuring 20 hours of story, action, exploration, and puzzles plus a great soundtrack, you’ve got yourself a solid retro-style time. I think if you enjoyed games like Shovel Knight, Aggelos, and Zelda 2, then you’ll certainly want to keep your eyes on this one. You should be able to get your hands on it via your usual website of choice, but it’s also being sold on Pixel Hearts store as well as VGNY for the North American variant.
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is probably the most anticipated release for most Switch owners. A remaster of one of the greatest JRPGs of all-time and looking gorgeous in full HD with much improved textures and added content. Yes, already one of the longest JRPGs ever is getting a 15 hour bonus chapter. It’s one of my favorites, and I’m super excited… but I just don’t know how I can possibly find time for it. I’m back at work, taking care of the family, and doing SwitchWatch work at the same time. How can I fit in a massive game like this? Maybe when I retire, eh? Anyways, aside from July’s Paper Mario release, this is the only proper Nintendo game that we actually know about. Who’s picking this up? I’m expecting to see it a lot in next week’s Community Spotlight.
2K Game Collections
Oh, boy, did 2K games go slightly mental this week. Instead of spreading releases out like any normal company would, they decided to slam 3 absolutely massive releases together on the same day. Yep. This week on the 29th we have…
The Borderlands Legendary Collection
Starting with The Borderlands Legendary Collection. Here you get Borderlands on the cartridge, and Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as download codes. Yes, seems like a 1 time use sort of thing rather than being able to download them within the software like with say Final Fantasy X-2. There is a minimum of a 42GB to download, and you can see why it’s come to this. It’s not ideal, and really the only things they could have done is some extreme compression or releasing 3 separate cartridges, which we all know would never happen.
Bioshock Collection offers the 3 games in the Bioshock trilogy. 1, 2 and Infinite. All in their Remastered/Definitive Edition form. Now, I’m not entirely sure which parts are downloads as I can’t find any explicit confirmation at the time of writing this, but it will require over 40GB of download space if you want all that it has to offer. Hope you all have massive micro-SD cards.
XCOM 2, as a physical, seems to be oddly exclusive to North America. I can not find it anywhere for sale in Europe, and the wording from our 2K Games contact pretty much confirmed that’s the case. In this one you get XCOM 2 and pretty much all of the add-ons for it. And like the others, a massive download is required.
I hope you’re not planning on buying all 3 of these collections, because otherwise you’ll be needing to buy a new micro-SD card to go with them!
While the date and time isn’t quite set in stone, NG Dev have said that Gunlord X should be available for purchase physically around the 30th or 31st. This game is a badass run-n-gun game that I reviewed when it came out digitally. It seems like a lifetime ago now, but it was actually a year ago almost to the day. Fantastic game, and I highly recommend picking this up. If you’re into the classic Turrican, it’s worth checking out my review for more info about it, and I’m sure this will be a nice collector’s piece in the future. Especially since there’s a standard edition as well as a collector’s edition.
MotoGP20 is getting its release in North America this week, and sadly, just like the European version, it is a code in a box.
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath
A bit of an uncertainty for me is that of Stranger’s Wrath, the Oddworld game. I know it was slated for May 28th originally, and although I haven’t heard about a delay, I’m guessing there has been since there are a few dates all over the place at various retailers. Some still state 28th and some have changed it to others or TBA. We shall see! Remember there’s supposed to be a standard edition as well as a collector’s edition.
Adam’s Venture Origins Delayed
Also, Adam’s Venture Origins was slated for the 29th, but I think this has been delayed also.
The Last Faith
Let’s Talk about a Kickstarter game, The Last Faith. This is an exploration-based metroidvania with dark and gothic themes. Promising lots of weapons, magic spells, and sublime environmental pixel art, this is one I’ve definitely got my eyes on. According to the Kickstarter, you can pay £44 for a physical version on the Switch, or pay up a bit extra and get the Kickstarter exclusive version and all manner of collector’s edition stuff, which is slightly confusing. There’s an estimated release date of September 2021.
All right. Let’s jump into the low print pre-orders.
LOW PRINT PRE-ORDERS
Tricky Towers: Collector’s Edition
Super Rare Games have announced their latest Switch game. This week it’s Tricky Towers: Collector’s Edition. Available for order on the 28th of May this includes all the DLC on the cartridge which makes it a more appealing package. It’s a well received physics based puzzle game although I can’t see this reveal setting the world alight. I do appreciate Super Rare Games always have something very different each month. None of their releases tend to feel same-y and even though I’d never consider getting this myself, I commend them for doing what they do.
Limited Run are distributing Super Epic in North America on behalf of PM Studios. There’s a standard edition as well as a collector’s edition. You can get your order in on May 26th. This has already been released in Europe thanks to Numskull games as we’ve seen a couple of If you don’t know what it is, it’s a metroidvania style adventure game mixed with humor. Combo-based combat and a lot of exploration. Supposedly pretty decent.
What the Golf?
What The Golf is being released by I Am 8 Bit. We reviewed this in the middle of the week, although no one seemed to watch it, it’s one of the funniest games of this year so far, I have no doubt. It’s a golf game made by people who don’t know golf and it’s all the better for it. The game is available digitally now, but 2500 Switch copies are available to pre-order physically with shipping aiming for Q3 of the year. It’s worth noting that a non-limited version will be available at retailers at some point. The game is not exclusive to I Am 8 Bit, but these won’t include the interior art or stickers as far as I’m aware. It’s also worth noting that they have a vinyl soundtrack available for this game to purchase too.
Bite the Bullet
Bite the Bullet is going up fro pre-order from Strictly Limited Games this week on the 31st. Anyways, I’d never heard of the game until this point but it does look rather cool. It’s a run and gunner which seems to be a genre they enjoy. It also seems to have RPG elements to it as well. There’s a standard edition and a collector’s edition to get too.
Umihara Kawase Bazooka
Speaking of Strictly Limited Games. They’ve announced they’re opening a brand new partner store, in order to do a distribution line in the same vein as Limited Run, only this time as a slightly different website to keep things ordered nicely. They’ll be distributing special versions of games that are getting a retail release elsewhere. The only thing exclusive is the art work and a special edition. First up, available for order now, is Umihara Kawase Bazooka. This is a spin off of a much loved but very niche series. It seems to be a mix on co-op or competitive action taking place on single-screen arenas. Using the whacky physics of the game and putting it to a different use, perhaps even battling like a Smash Bros games. I’m not entirely convinced by it. It looks a bit naff. And this is coming from someone who enjoys the franchise usually. Anyways Strictly Limited have a nice cover art variant for the standard edition, plus a collector’s edition with a steel book, soundtrack (although no mention if it’s a CD or download), art book, stickers, double sided poster, and character cards. You can get this right now! It’s limited though!
Samurai Shodown Collection
Also, PixNLove are publishing their first physical game, an SNK release, It’s a Neo Geo Samurai Shodown Collection. Yep, all the Samurai Shodown Neo Geo games on one cartridge, plus an extra special surprise which I’m dying to know. Anyways, I don’t actually know when this is being put up for sale, but I can imagine pretty soon since I know they have the games in hand. Sign up to their newsletter or follow them on Twitter. I’m very excited about this and certainly don’t want to miss it!
Blaster Master Zero(?)
And finally, although as I’m writing this script, it’s currently Saturday morning and Limited Run have teased a picture of Blaster Master Zero, saying there’ll be more info on Monday. Which is the day this video releases so I’m guessing. Only guessing. But probably Blaster Master Zero is going up for order this week from Limited Run Games
Alright, let’s jump into the imports this week.
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Moero Crystal H
The star of this week’s imports for me is Moero Crystal H, the latest Play Asia exclusive which technically counts as both low print and import in my opinion. But anyways, this is a JRPG, a very risqué one at that. I believe it’s the third game in the Moero series and is being brought to English for the first time. Supposedly a sexy dungeon crawling comedy game with some touchy feely segments thrown in, this time on the Switch you can do double the feeling at the same time and even includes HD Rumble. Like most games of this type, the trailers seem absolutely terrified to show gameplay, but it’s seems to be an first person dungeon crawling JRPG in a similar vain to something like Etrian Odyssey. Orders for the standard edition and Collector’s Edition open on May 28. The collector’s edition will nab you a manual, soundtrack CD, artbook, sticker set, certificate, collector’s box as well as a mini keychain. If you’re planning on ordering this on the 28th at 11am Hong Kong time, then if you’d be so kind to come back to this video and use the link below while you do so, you can also help us out at the same time. We’d really appreciate it!
One of the more interesting releases from a collector’s standpoint is Synaptic Drive. This is a 1 v 1 third person arena shooter which could be a lot of competitive fun if you have you and a friend by your side. Although I have to admit it looks quite basic. Still, lots of customisation and classic style gameplay, who knows it might be a bit of a gem. This has been confirmed to be a digital only release in the west, but is physical in Japan and has English on the cartridge.
Umihara Kawase Bazooka
Umihara Kawase Bazooka is releasing in Japan. This is already up for order as a western version from Strictly Limited games due for the autumn time, and it will receive a standard retail release at some point too. But, the Japanese version is the early way to get it if you don’t want to wait or don’t want a collector’s box. It has English, so it’s very viable to import.
There are also a couple of visual novels releasing, firstly Uta no * Prince-Sama: Amazing Aria & Sweet Serenade LOVE, two games in one I believe, plus Dairoku: Ayakashimori. Neither of these have English, both are Otome. I’ll just leave it at that.
Japan is also getting a couple of late releases such as Zombie Army Trilogy and Farming Simulator 20.
And there we have it guys! That is quite the week for physical releases. Do let us know what’s taken your fancy during this insane week. Hope your wallet isn’t too destroyed by the end after purchasing physical after physical after physical. We’ll see you next time!