Jordan over at SwitchWatchTV keeps the series strong by giving us the very best in Physical Releases coming to the Switch this week. Is there a physical or two that catches your eye this week? Let’s keep blowing up our bank accounts and building up those libraries, shall we?
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-ish week of July. Kind of. June 29 to July 3rd.
Retail physical releases, low print, and imports, plus our community spotlight where you show off your pick ups and potentially win a physical Switch game.
Let’s get on with it!
The Wonderful 101 Remastered
The Wonderful 101 is finally seeing it’s full western release this week having already been released in Japan. This Switch port was Kickstarted to much success, and the US is getting the Platinum Games hidden gem this week on the 30th and Europe July 3rd. This is a well-loved action game based on super heroes as you control hordes of them together and transform them into powerful tools. This is a unique game with a lot of depth if you have time to learn it, and it’s a big title on the Switch this week. Kickstarter backers, do you have your copies yet?
Trails of Cold Steel III
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is finally coming to the west this week, a very popular JRPG in the Legend of Heroes series. I say very popular, but I mean within it’s audience. Many JRPG fans will tout these games as some of the best modern examples of the genre. Personally I’ve never played any of them due to being a Nintendo guy, but it’s nice to see them finally coming to the console. Although I think we could have probably done with the first two games first to catch up with the story which, unlike Final Fantasy, are linked. It’s worth noting that there’s no standard edition of this game, it only comes in a nice collector’s edition at retail. Check out Will Heath’s review here!
30-in-1 Game Collection Vol. 1
30-in-1 Game Collection Vol. 1 seems like a bit of a shovel ware title. This, again, is exactly what it says on the tin; 30 games, with 18 of them available to be played by up to 4 players. It has a mix of puzzle, action, sports, strategy, and others. It looks like it’s a European only release but not sure on that. Not that it would be a big loss.
Bit of an uncertainty, mainly due to the fact this game seems to have been listed since time began, but hopefully Big Pharma is seeing its physical release this week in a nice collectors box known as the Manager Edition. This includes some DLC also. It’s a management sim as you become the head of a pharmaceutical company, and it even includes puzzle-like elements.
Shmup Collection is scheduled to release this week thanks to an effort by Pixel Heart, Just for Games, and VGNY in North America. Now it’s worth making this an uncertainty. In Europe, they’ve updated their website to say June 30th, while VGNY in North America has it labeled for July. So there’s a bit of a discrepancy. Anyways, more about the game. These are 3 excellent shooters from Astro Port, I reviewed them for the channel and highly recommend them to fans of the genre. You get Wolflame, Armed7 and Satazius. All nicely varied and a lot of fun. For those hardcore collector’s out there it seems there are 3 cover varients. The European one, the north american one at VGNY and also the Japanese cover which can actually be bought from Pixel Heart’s website. Anyone picking this collection up? I think if you got the Psikyo Collections, you should probably pick this one up too! If these don’t release this week, I’ll be sure to mention them again when they do!
Let’s jump into the low print releases!
Space Invaders Invincible Collection
As per is the case, around 1 hour before last weeks video went live, we had a few more announcements. Let’s start with the one that’s already open for pre-order – Space Invaders Invincible Collection is getting a western release thanks to Strictly Limited Games. All 11 Games are available on the standard edition, which is unlike the Japanese release in which you had to buy a higher priced version for everything, plus it includes a game that was only DLC in Japan. This is looking pretty good! It was always going to happen at some point as I stated a few times when talking about the Japanese release. Taito love to pawn off their releases to Low Print companies.
There are 3 editions. The standard is a whooping €60 which is twice the price of what they usually sell games for, there’s a collector’s edition which includes a soundtrack, arcade book, sticker sheet, Instruction cards, flyers, pin, 4 acrylic art cards, and arcade box. That’s a meaty €100, plus there’s an ultra collector’s edition with the board game for €150.
One thing that does annoy me with Strictly Limited’s western releases. Would it kill them to do some different box art? Anyways, you can order these right now!
Senran Kagura Reflexions
On June 30th we have a nice bit of trash for you via Limited Run Games. I could rant all day about how terrible Senran Kagura Reflexions is, but I’ll spare you the lecture! On June 30th you can pre-order this game via Limited Run’s distribution line. This is a visual novel/massage simulator which failed in both story and gameplay. In this release, all of the cash grabby DLC is on the cartridge, so you can now get all the trash in one package. It is awful. And this is coming from a fan of both boobie games and Senran Kagura in general. If you enjoy embarrassing dialogue coupled with gameplay that boils down to using your Joy Con as a leaver. This should be right up your alley.
Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl
Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl was made available to pre-order on the 26th. Yes, it was another last minute announcement. Anyways, this is a retro-style game, actually made for the NES hardware. And in fact you can buy a cartridge of that. But, if you fancy it on the Switch, then that’s also possible through this Limited Run Switch pre-order. There’s a standard edition as well as a collector’s edition.
Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Collection
Limited Run’s version of the Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Collection is an interesting one. If you remember, Pix N Love Publishing have an amazing looking collector’s edition with a proper Neo Geo-like box. Plus they have a standard edition. Limited Run are currently only offering a collector’s edition of this one. You get an artbook, soundtrack CD and mini Neo geo cartridge case. It’s cheaper than Pix n Love’s and is open for pre-order rather than being limited. Sadly if you just want the game you’ll have to play the waiting game as they stated they’re in talks with a standard retail release, but nothing is confirmed. You can pre-order now.
Let’s jump into the imports this week.
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Rolling Sky Collection
Rolling Sky Collection is going to be an interesting physical import. Debut physical release from Leoful, this is a double pack of two simple runner games that mix both chilled and challenging platforming with absolutely fantastic music. The two games are visually very different from each other, but play pretty much the same. Now, these games are not going to set the world alight, but for what they try to achieve, they do so well. Especially when you zone in to the game with your handphones on. It really sucks you in despite the simplicity of it all. And this is going to be super obscure import for collectors and you know I can’t help myself! This has English on the cartridge and is not getting a western physical any time soon according to the publisher.
WOOF MEOW ANIMAL HOSPITAL: AN IMPORTANT JOB TO HELP PETS
WOOF MEOW ANIMAL HOSPITAL: AN IMPORTANT JOB TO HELP PETS is the fantastic name of this simulation game set in an animal hospital. This is basically Trauma Centre for pets, right? With 20 mini games, you examine and fix up little animals back to health. No English on this one, sadly.
Right, guys. Hope you enjoyed this episode of New Physical Releases. Special thanks to our executive producers Dane Wilkinson, God of Resin, Jonathan Rumore, Ganacus and all the others who have joined our membership. We really appreciate you guys. Check out last week’s monster episode in case you missed it, and we’ll see you guys next time.