Some games are just made for Parents Play episodes. Their mechanics lead themselves to all sorts of wonderful moments. Death Squared is one of those games. Please enjoy over 20 mins of footage from the Switch version of Death Squared, brought to you by my parents. Watching them try to tackle single player through co-op is a thing of absolute beauty.
Nintendo has officially sold 1 million Switch units in Japan! It took the company 16 weeks to hit the goal. No doubt, the figure could have been reached faster if there was more stock to go around! Here's now the figure stacks up against Wii U and Wii in their first 16 weeks.
A portion of a Vice Waypoint interview with Reggie Fils-Aime...
Waypoint: So, Reggie, great to see you again. E3 2017 is here, and for me the big push for Switch this year, for Nintendo this year, was, at least for the Spotlight, was "Hey, we have Switch games coming. We have a lot of games coming this year, a lot of them are multiplayer focused, and by the holiday, we will have a really respectable catalogue." And then there were also a few gestures towards the future: Yoshi, Kirby, Metroid Prime 4, Pokémon. And I'm curious what you thought of the response to those promises so far. Has that been largely positive, or mixed, or–
RFA: The response to what we've showcased, and it really is just a small tip for 2018, has been exceptionally positive. You've got fans seeing Metroid Prime 4, hearing that Mr. Tanabe, who's been involved in all of the Metroid Prime games, is going to be at the helm of that, the fans are tremendously excited. To hear that there's going to be a core Pokémon RPG experience on the Nintendo Switch, the fans are incredibly excited. To see a traditional Kirby experience, with him inhaling enemies and copying abilities, fans are excited about that. And then the Yoshi game that we showcased, with that unique, you know, motion to go "behind-the-scenes," so to speak, has people really intrigued. So just by showcasing those four games, and giving a little bit of a taste, yeah there's a lot of excitement to what 2018 can hold.
But to be clear, we look at E3 in the here and now. Our focus is on games that are largely going to be available between now and the end of the holiday season. And when you look at that lineup, there's a strong game coming literally every month, starting tomorrow with Arms, and then Splatoon 2, then in August is the Mario + Rabbids game, September, October with Super Mario Odyssey. We've got that great pace of content, and I can tell you there's more to be announced.
Waypoint: So, three things there actually to jump off of, first let's talk about getting more Switch hardware to the marketplace. You committed this week that you're going to kind of, pump-up more production, get the Switch out there. In plain words, what happened there? Was that just kind of running things really tightly, running the ship as tightly as possible, was it a discrepancy in the understanding of demand?
RFA: So, again, to unpack this, for March we had publicly committed that we would sell-in 2 million units. Where actually, we sold-through, so not even sell-in, sold-through 2.7 million units.
So, clearly that's a signal that we are aggressively producing the hardware. You look at what we've now committed for the next twelve month time frame, 10 million units, what's interesting is if you look at that roughly 54 week time frame, that includes just one holiday season, that means that we will have sold into retail roughly, roughly 13 million units. That's about the same as what we did for the Wii, to put it in perspective. So, we're talking large significant numbers that we are producing, that we are flowing into retail. So it's not a situation where we've somehow under called the production or had some issue. It really is a situation where the demand is extremely strong and we're working hard to catch up.
Waypoint: So, the second question I have that jumps off of that previous one is that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is doing incredibly well, that's also, there's obviously some new stuff there but, much of that game was available on the Wii U, and I think it took a little time for me to wrap my head around why it was coming out so soon on the Switch, and then I realized, well, completely honestly, a lot of people didn't play a lot of great Wii U games. Can we expect more of those Wii U games to find a home on the Switch, as a way of reaching a larger install base?
RFA: What I would say is this: the observation you have that, given the install base of Wii U, there was some fantastic content that consumers did not get to play. So that creates certainly a business opportunity. On the other hand, one of the things that we've discussed internally is, there really needs to be an additional element to that game to make it fresh, and to further compel the consumer to buy in.
I think the best example of that is Pokkén Tournament Deluxe. Additional fighters, that gives the fan a reason to buy into it. Same is true with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, providing a mode that the consumers wanted in terms of a better battle mode, that was then included in that game. And so, I think the way we will continue to evaluate this is: yes, do we have opportunities with great games that maybe were not played as broadly on the Wii U, but then what's the plus alpha that's going to make it really compelling for the consumer?
Finally, Reggie comments on Animal Crossing mobile being on-track for this year...
RFA: So, specifically now, Animal Crossing. Animal Crossing development continues quite strongly, the teams are very excited about what they have. It's an application that is going to launch this year, as we've committed. And we'll be sharing more information in due course. We believe, just as we've seen with Pokémon Go, just as we've seen with Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, we believe that the application will help broaden the user base for Animal Crossing, and it's going to end up having a positive impact on our dedicated video game business of Animal Crossing.
A portion of a Nintendo Life interview with Level-5's Akihiro Hino...
NL: Why did you choose to release this on 3DS and not the Switch?
Hino-san: The reason why we chose the 3DS is because there’s a large Layton fanbase on 3DS given that we’ve released other Layton titles for the platform. We wanted to cater to that original fanbase that we already have and has been with us for a long time. Also, we are releasing it for smartphones. The reason why we didn’t bring it to Switch is because we hadn’t started development for the Switch at the time that we were actively working on this game. For the future, we’ll look into maybe porting it to Switch and making the next game in the series on the Switch.
Coming from an ArsTechnica interview with Nintendo Senior Director of Corporate Communications Charlie Scibetta...
On Switch shortage
"It's definitely not intentional in terms of shorting the market. We're making it as fast as we can. We want to get as many units out as we can to support all the software that's coming out right now... our job really is to get it out as quick as we can, especially for this holiday because we want to have units on shelves to support Super Mario Odyssey.
We anticipated there was going to be demand for it, but the demand has been even higher than we though. We had a good quantity for launch, we sold 2.7 million worldwide in that first month, said we're going to have 10 million [more] by the end of the fiscal year... Unfortunately, we're in a situation right now where as quick as it's going into retail outlets it's being snapped up. It's a good problem to have, but we're working very hard to try and meet demand."
On NES Classic Edition being hard to find
"I think we could have done a better job communicating that was gonna be a limited run. It was supposed to be for that holiday. We extended it actually because demand was so much, then we stopped producing it."
On continuing 3DS support
"We've still got a long runway there for the 3DS in our mind... We didn't focus on it necessarily in our booth or the Nintendo Spotlight, but we are talking about it here at the show. Metroid: Samus Returns is one that got a lot of reaction. As long as we keep making games that will power that system, we think it has a good shelf life."
On Nintendo's approach to fan-games
"For a company like Nintendo, our IP is our business. We have to be pretty strict in terms of how we see that come to life. A lot of that is just we want to see it done the right way, and we think our developers are the ones that can bring it to life the right way. ...we certainly are open to suggestions and their ideas in terms of where they want to see the franchise go or ideas they have, but when it comes to development, that's really done in-house."
Ever Oasis (Nintendo, available June 23) - €39.99/£34.99 Long ago, the world was ensnared in Chaos – a dark force that threatened civilisations across the land. In order to shelter the people from harm, a prosperous oasis was built, but a powerful beast soon appeared in the skies above and rained down destruction, leaving nothing but ruin. Now, as a chosen Seedling and descendant of those ill-fated people, it’s down to you to pioneer a new oasis, secure a peaceful existence for those who inhabit the land, and banish the evil Chaos once and for all. Travel beyond the safety of your oasis and into a sprawling desert ruled by Chaos. Unearth and explore puzzle-filled dungeons, and forge new allegiances along the way!
Miitopia Demo (Nintendo) - Free Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to go on an adventure with your best friend, your crush and…your teacher?! Miitopia makes it happen! The big question is – who will you take with you? Everyone in Miitopia is a Mii! Whether it’s the fearless hero, the beautiful Princess or even the evil Dark Lord, you decide who stars in this story. You could have your best mates join you in battle, dress Grandad up like a King, or turn Mum into the big baddy. The choice is yours!
Hey! Pikmin Demo (Nintendo) - Free The brave space explorer Captain Olimar needs to collect a whopping 30,000 Sparklium Seeds to repair his trusty ship, but he won’t be able to do it alone. Thankfully, the plucky little Pikmin are more than willing to pitch in! No task is too great for these wonderfully brave creatures. Just tap on the Touch Screen in the direction you’d like to throw them – don’t worry, they don’t mind! – and watch as your colourful new friends get to work right away! The action unfolds on both the upper and lower screens, making enemies, and the fascinating world they inhabit, appear larger-than-life.
RPG Maker Fes (NIS America) - €39.99/£39.99 Ready to become a game developer? RPG Maker Fes makes it easy to develop any RPG you can imagine without any programming knowledge! Simple but powerful tools let you bring to life the amazing stories in your head! Customize characters, stories, combat and more to become the next great developer! Then, share your creations and play other users' games with RPG Maker Player! What story will you share?
RPG Maker Player (NIS America) - Free Download and play RPG games created by the amazing and imaginative users of RPG Maker Fes.
River City: Knights of Justice (Natsume) - €14.99/£13.49 The magical land of Riverandia is in a state of turmoil! Several years have passed since the rainbow-colored Crystal Tower was suddenly enveloped in darkness. With the world plunged into horror and chaos, a legend began to spread amongst the people about a saviour who would come to save the world. Then, one day, a lone knight appeared. His name: Alexander Valford. Kunio and his friends go medieval in River City: Knights of Justice! This unique entry to the River City series sees Kunio and his friends and foes transformed into heroes and villains that would be at home in any RPG! Use swords, staves, and even magic to bring peace back to Riverandia!
Add-on Content releases Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Mila's Bounty 5 (Nintendo) - Free Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Cipher Legends I (Nintendo) - €3.99/£3.59 Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia AOC: Cipher Legends II (Nintendo) - €3.99/£3.59 RPG Maker Fes - Modern Set Key (NIS America) - Free RPG Maker Fes - Chibi Character Pack Key (NIS America) - Free RPG Maker Fes - Sengoku Set Key (NIS America) - Free RPG Maker Fes - Sci-Fi Set Key (NIS America) - Free RPG Maker FES - Special Material Set Key (NIS America) - €1.99/£1.79 (€0.99/£0.89 until July 5) RPG Maker FES - Modern Set Key 2 (NIS America) - €5.99/£5.39 (€2.99/£2.69 until July 5) RPG Maker FES - Modern Horror Set Key (NIS America) - €8.99/£8.09 (€4.99/£4.49 until July 5) RPG Maker FES - Supernatural Set Key (NIS America) - €5.99/£5.39 (€2.99/£2.69 until July 5) RPG Maker FES - Sci-Fi Set Key 2 (NIS America) - €8.99/£8.09 (€4.99/£4.49 until July 5) Pic-a-Pix Colour - Large Puzzles 7 (Lightwood Games) - €1.99/£1.99 Pic-a-Pix Colour - Mixed Puzzles 7 (Lightwood Games) - €1.99/£1.99 Pic-a-Pix Colour - Small Puzzles 7 (Lightwood Games) - €1.99/£1.99
Sonic Sale These deals last until June 29, 2017.
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (SEGA EUR) - €19.99/£17.49 (normally €39.99/£34.99) Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (SEGA EUR) - €19.99/£17.49 (normally €39.99/£34.99) Sonic Lost World (SEGA EUR) - €19.99/£17.49 (normally €39.99/£34.99) Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (SEGA) - €15.99/£11.99 (normally €39.99/£29.99) Sonic Generations (SEGA) - €9.99/£7.99 (normally €24.99/£19.99) 3D Sonic The Hedgehog (SEGA) - €2.24/£2.04 (normally €4.49/£4.09) 3D Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (normally €4.49/£4.49) Sonic The Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (SEGA, GG VC) - €2.49/£2.24 (normally €4.49/£4.49) Sonic Drift 2 (SEGA, GG VC) - €1.99/£1.79 (normally €3.99/£3.59) Sonic Labyrinth (SEGA, GG VC) - €2.49/£2.24 (normally €4.49/£4.49) Sonic Blast (SEGA, GG VC) - €2.49/£2.24 (normally €4.49/£4.49) Sonic The Hedgehog (SEGA, GG VC) - €2.49/£2.24 (normally €4.49/£4.49) Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (SEGA, GG VC) - €2.49/£2.24 (normally €4.49/£4.49)
Special offers Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB) - €5.99/£5.39 (Ends June 29, normally €7.99/£7.19) Coaster Creator 3D (Big John Games) - €5.79/£4.79 (Ends July 20, normally €7.25/£6.00) Cube Creator 3D (Big John Games) - €5.99/£4.19 (Ends July 20, normally €7.50/£5.25) Crazy Construction (Joindots) - €3.49/£2.49 (Ends July 6, normally €6.99/£4.99) Fun! Fun! Minigolf Touch! (Shin'en Multimedia) - €2.24/£1.87 (Ends July 6, normally €2.99/£2.50) Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure (Mastiff) - €9.98/£9.98 (Ends July 6, normally €14.99/£14.99) Mini Sports Collection (Rainy Frog) - €3.74/£3.36 (Ends July 6, normally €4.99/£4.49) Pixel Paint (Rainy Frog) - €2.99/£2.99 (Ends July 6, normally €3.99/£3.99) Squids Odyssey (The Game Bakers) - €5.19/£3.99 (Ends July 6, normally €12.99/£9.99) Frontier Days Founding Pioneers (CIRCLE Ent.) - €4.49/£4.34 (Ends July 13, normally €5.99/£5.79) Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D (CIRCLE Ent.) - €4.49/£4.34 (Ends July 13, normally €5.99/£5.79) SubaraCity (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.91 (Ends July 13, normally €3.99/£3.89) The Legend of Dark Witch – Chronicle 2D ACT (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.99 (Ends July 13, normally €3.99/£3.99) Touch Battle Tank: Tag Combat (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.99 (Ends July 13, normally €3.99/£3.99) Witch & Hero (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.99 (Ends July 13, normally €3.99/£3.99) Witch & Hero 2 (CIRCLE Ent.) - €2.99/£2.99 (Ends July 13, normally €3.99/£3.99) Word Puzzles by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €7.19/£6.39 (Ends July 6, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Nintendo eShop (New 3DS)
Runbow Pocket (13AM Games) - €13.99/£10.99 Runbow Pocket is a fast, frantic game where you can conquer over 145 levels in Adventure and The Bowhemoth, or go head to head in Run, Arena, and King of the Hill online. The world changes with each swipe of colour, so you'll have to stay on your toes as platforms and obstacles disappear.
Add-on Content releases Runbow Pocket - Winter Pack (13AM Games) - €2.99/£2.69 Runbow Pocket - Professionals Pack (13AM Games) - €1.99/£1.79 Runbow Pocket - Anime Pack (13AM Games) - €1.99/£1.79 Runbow Pocket - Steampunk Pack (13AM Games) - €1.99/£1.79 Runbow Pocket - Satura's Space Adventure (13AM Games) - €6.49/£5.89 Runbow Pocket - New Costumes and Music Bundle (13AM Games) - €6.49/£5.89 Runbow Pocket - Extra Val-Hue Bundle (13AM Games) - €11.99/£10.79 Special offers Pirate Pop Plus (13AM Games) - €1.52/£1.39 (Ends July 5, normally €4.49/£4.09)
Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop All the themes release on June 23.
Hello Kitty in tropical style (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89 Hello Kitty is surrounded by tropical leaves.
Hello Kitty on a boat (Sanrio) - €0.99/£0.89 Hello Kitty is enjoying her summertime on a boat
Sonic Sale The following deals last until June 29, 2017.
Amy Rose Theme (SEGA USA) - €0.99/£0.89 (normally €1.99/£1.79) Chao Theme (SEGA USA) - €0.99/£0.89 (normally €1.99/£1.79) Shadow The Hedgehog (SEGA USA) - €0.99/£0.89 (normally €1.99/£1.79) Sonic The Hedgehog (SEGA USA) - €0.99/£0.89 (normally €1.99/£1.79) Sonic Boom Theme Bundle (SEGA USA) - €2.99/£2.69 (normally €5.99/£5.39) Sonic series: Classic Style (SEGA) - €0.99/£0.89 (normally €1.99/£1.79) Sonic series: Boom Style (SEGA) - €0.99/£0.89 (normally €1.99/£1.79) Sonic series: Sonic Style (SEGA) - €0.99/£0.89 (normally €1.99/£1.79) Sonic Bundle #2 (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (normally €4.99/£4.49) Sonic series: Cute Style (SEGA) - €0.99/£0.89 (normally €1.99/£1.79) Sonic series: Shadow Style (SEGA) - €0.99/£0.89 (normally €1.99/£1.79) Sonic series: Silver Style (SEGA) - €0.99/£0.89 (normally €1.99/£1.79) Sonic Bundle #2 (SEGA) - €2.49/£2.24 (normally €4.99/£4.49)
Nintendo eShop (Nintendo Switch)
Oceanhorn - Monster of Uncharted Seas (FDG Entertainment) - €14.99/£13.49 Set sail and embark on an epic journey. Grow from a boy to a legend. You wake up and find a letter from your father. He is gone… The only lead is his old notebook and a mysterious necklace. What happened? Explore the islands of Uncharted Seas, a world filled with many dangers, puzzles and secrets. Fight monsters, learn to use magic and discover ancient treasures which will help you on your quest. Use all your wits and skill to unravel the mysteries of ancient kingdom Arcadia and sea monster Oceanhorn.
ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY 2 (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29 "FATAL FURY 2" is a fighting game released by SNK in 1992. Terry, Andy, Joe return from the previous instalment along with five new fighters in order to decide who is the strongest. In addition to Desperation Moves which can change the outcome of the battle, the two-lane plane mechanic is back stronger than ever, allowing players to fight each other in stage backgrounds.
Nintendo eShop (Wii U)
Drop It: Block Paradise! (ZeNfA Productions) - €9.99/£8.99 Get ready for Drop It: Block Paradise, a physics-puzzle game where your goal is to guide stars from their lofty heights to safe ground by touching the colourful blocks they stand on. You won’t have to go alone - helpful siblings Tip and Tap are always on hand to give you some tutorial tips on where to tap. The better your results on each stage, the more stars you can earn to unlock concept art, stamps, and funky beats to jam out to! 150 levels in all await you, but that’s just the beginning.
The Girl and the Robot (Flying Carpets Games) - €9.99/£8.99 The Girl and the Robot is a unique third person action/adventure game set in a fairy tale world. You take on the role of a young girl trying to escape from a castle ruled by an evil queen. On her way, she meets a mysterious robot that can be controlled remotely and together they encounter many challenges that test the strength of their new found friendship. This game is the first act of the fairy tale.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (SEGA EUR) - €24.99/£19.99 (normally €49.99/£39.99) Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed (SEGA) - €19.99/£14.99 (normally €49.99/£39.99) Sonic Lost World (SEGA EUR) - €24.99/£19.99 (normally €49.99/£39.99)
Special offers FullBlast (EnjoyUp Games) - €2.09/£1.88 (Ends July 20, normally €5.99/£5.39) Grumpy Reaper (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.74/£1.57 (Ends July 20, normally €4.99/£4.49) Run Run and Die (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.39/£1.25 (Ends July 20, normally €3.99/£3.59) Shadow Puppeteer (Shadow Cannon) - €7.49/£6.74 (Ends July 6, normally €14.99/£13.49) Squids Odyssey (The Game Bakers) - €5.19/£3.99 (Ends July 6, normally €12.99/£9.99) VRog (ByteRockers' Games) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends July 20, normally €4.99/£4.49) Word Puzzles by POWGI (Lightwood Games) - €7.19/£6.39 (Ends July 6, normally €8.99/£7.99) Pirate Pop Plus (13AM Games) - €1.52/£1.39 (Ends July 5, normally €4.49/£4.09) Runbow (13AM Games) - €4.75/£3.73 (Ends July 5, normally €13.99/£10.99)
- A wonderful meshing of genres
- top-notch visuals and audio
- super addictive gameplay you'll find hard to put down
- a lengthy journey and plenty of reasons to come back
- shop/resource management may turn some people off
- multiple revisits to locations in order to fully explore them
Ever Oasis isn't just one of the best games I've played on 3DS this year, it's one of the best games on 3DS...period. An absolutely astounding blend of multiple genres, including the resource management of Animal Crossing, the puzzles and exploration of Zelda, and the crafting/party management of top-tier RPGs. It made me a fan of gameplay mechanics I typically avoid at all costs. Ever Oasis looks, sounds, and plays the part of a AAA portable experience. A stellar achievement for a brand-new IP. This is not one to be missed.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS Ever Oasis – The desert’s last safe haven is a lone oasis you call home. So draw a line in the sand and fight to protect it! As you explore the desert and solve puzzling dungeons, you’ll gather resources to build up your oasis with the water spirit Esna. Allies will join your cause, so equip them with weapons, and use their skills to slay towering bosses. The Ever Oasis game will be available on June 23.
RPG Maker Fes – Create the RPG you always dreamed of with the RPG Maker Fes game. RPG Maker Fes is game-creation software that lets you create your own RPGs without any programming knowledge. Customize characters, stories, combat and more. Then, upload and share your creations to play other users’ games with the free RPG Maker Player application, which can also be downloaded in Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. RPG Maker Fes will be available on June 27.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Season Pass ($44.99, 22 pieces of content): The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Season Pass includes all five DLC packs. By purchasing the Season Pass, fans who want to receive all DLC will save more than 30 percent compared to purchasing all 22 pieces of content on their own. (All five DLC packs, as well as the individual components included in each pack, can be purchased separately, giving players the flexibility to buy as many or as few as they want.)
DLC Pack #5 – Cipher Companions Pack ($5.99, two pieces of content): Each piece of content in this set for the Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems introduces two exclusive characters from the Japanese “Fire Emblem Cipher” trading card game. The four characters will also be usable in the main game and are fully voiced.
Nintendo eShop sales:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Celebrate Sonic’s birthday with up to 50 percent off select Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games from 9 a.m. PT on June 22 until 9 a.m. PT on June 29. Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.
Also new this week: ACA NEOGEO Fatal Fury 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) Oceanhorn – Monster of Uncharted Seas (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) Daikon Set (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Coming from a GamesBeat interview with Nintendo's Charlie Scibetta...
GamesBeat: For the rest of the year, what’s the big message? Obviously Mario, but is there anything else?
Charlie Scibetta: Games. If you want to be able to play games and not have a dry spell between any of the big launches, we think Nintendo Switch is a good place to be. We have a nice drumbeat of first and third party. You’ll never have to wait long.
Just as you get through a game and you’re starting to put your head up, put the periscope out to see what else is out there, hopefully we’ll have something right there for you. We’ve announced a nice lineup through this year, and next year we have some big games coming with Metroid 4. 2018 will be around Metroid, Kirby, Yoshi, new Pokemon game has been announced. We feel good about the lineup for this year and beyond.
A Nintendo rep reached out to us with the following statement.
No change in what we announced last week, which is that those two games are coming, but they have no specifically announced release window/year.
The Nintendo Switch version has yet to have a specific release date.
You'll be able to travel to previous Dragon Quest worlds.
In 2D mode, there are secret locations called “Hidden Spots” that you can find.
In 3D mode, there are symbol-based encounters. By using the A button, you can perform a preemptive attack.
2D mode uses random encounters.
The bottom screen displays the map. You can switch between the full map and the area map.
There is a “Travel Memories” feature that lets you look back on events in 2D and 3D modes.
The circle pad is used for 3D screen movement, while the d-pad is used for 2D screen movement.
The 3DS version uses “StreetPass” functionality.
The main element of StreetPass sees players interacting with a race known as the Yocchi.
The Yocchi will request that you rescue the Yocchi in critical situations that you encounter along your journey.
The key to rescuing Yocchi is a dungeon called the “Labyrinth Beyond Time.”
You can form a party of up to eight Yocchi from among the Yocchi you gather, and send them off into the dungeon.
In the dungeon, you can choose whether to control the Yocchi directly or proceed automatically. Choosing the latter means both movement and battles are automatic.
There are treasure chests and you can obtain items in the dungeon.
The abilities of each Yocchi differ, and various types exist from weak to strong. They will not return if they’re killed by the enemy. You can gather Yocchi in the field or from other players through StreetPass.
By defeating the “Gate Keeper” awaiting at the end of the dungeon, you will obtain an “Adventure Log Password.”
By giving the Adventure Log Password to the Yocchi elder, you can go the worlds of past Dragon Quest games.(In the Nintendo Direct, we see the player visit the worlds of Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest V.)
There are problems occurring in the worlds of past Dragon Quest games, and resolving them has something to do with saving the Yocchi.