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Switch eShop charts - March 23rd, 2019

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Last week, we found out Timberman VS hit 100k downloads on Switch, which I was pretty surprised to see. That's not commentary on the game by any means. I just didn't know how many people were fans of the game! Now this week I can see why the game is doing so well!

All Games

1. Timberman VS
2. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
3. Baba Is You
4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
5. Super Mario Odyssey
6. Overcooked: Special Edition
7. Minecraft
8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
9. Stardew Valley
10. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.
11. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
12. Just Dance 2019
13. SteamWorld Dig
14. Super Mario Party
15. Cuphead
16. Hollow Knight
17. Final Fantasy IX
18. Fear Effect Sedna
19. Blaster Master Zero 2
20. FIFA 19
21. Final Fantasy VII
22. World of Final Fantasy Maxima
23. Shut Eye
24. Undertale
25. Jumping Joe & Friends
26. NoReload Heroes
27. Uno
28. SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition
29. NBA 2K19
30. Turok

Download-Only Games

1. Timberman VS
2. Baba Is You
3. Overcooked: Special Edition
4. Stardew Valley
5. SteamWorld Dig
6. Cuphead
7. Hollow Knight
8. Final Fantasy IX
9. Fear Effect Sedna
10. Blaster Master Zero 2
11. Final Fantasy IX
12. World of Final Fantasy Maxima
13. Shut Eye
14. Jumping Joe & Friends
15. NoReload Heroes
16. Uno
17. SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition
18. Turok
19. Child of Light: Ultimate Edition
20. Robonauts
21. Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy
22. Not Not: A Brain Buster
23. Hollow
24. Wargroove
25. The Jackbox Party Pack 3
26. SteamWorld Dig 2
27. South Park: The Stick of Truth
28. The Escapists 2
29. Frederic: Resurrection of Music
30. Gris

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney's play testers were completely baffled by the game, which nearly lead to its cancellation

Nearly disbarred from day one!

The Ace Attorney series is one that's quite popular around the world, and has spawned a number of sequels and spin-offs over the years. That's what makes it crazy to learn the original game almost never saw release.

In an interview with Famitsu, Ace Attorney creator Shu Takumi shares a story about the original prototype for the first Ace Attorney. Apparently the prototype was quite different from what the series ended up being. That initial design approach confused play testers so much that the game almost never saw completion.

The original play testers just didn’t know what to do from the outset, and they all ended up feeling lost until they got game over. Everything just felt kind of disjointed. At that point we just thought, ‘this is useless’, and at one time we were on the verge of having development suspended.

At the time I just couldn’t see us finishing the game. Then one day everyone was called into the meeting room and our boss of that time told us that they would suspend development.

Later on I heard that those words were just to make us realize the danger of our current situation. But at the time everyone was really depressed. There were even some people who cried, and I felt like my heart had been broken. But somehow we had to get back on our feet. So we went through the faults of the prototype, fixing them all one by one. We added a set interrogation time with a prompt so the user knew when it was time for their deductions and also restricted the evidence to five items. So it was clear when certain actions could be used, we had commands appear on screen. When we brought forward all of our proposed changes it was decided we would go ahead. But that was definitely a close call.

Check out Mechstermination Force's full fact sheet, and more screens

MECHSTERMINATE! MECHSTERMINATE!

Join the Mechstermination Force and save the world from the gigantic MegaMechs!

Battle against massive bosses, jump and climb onto them to find their weakspots and blow them to kingdom come in this action packed platforming boss rush, from the creator of the Gunman Clive series.

When the MegaMechs have taken control of the world, one small group of brave soldiers are still fighting for humanity's independence. Join them and lead the charge against the mechanical menace.

Get powerful weapons and upgrades! Use the Magnet Gloves to climb on top of robots the size of Skyscrapers, double jump over pools of lava with the Boost Boots, and use your trusty baseball bat to smash the MegaMechs energy cores.

Take on the massive bosses alone or together with a friend in local co-op

Features:

• Intense platform action
• 14 massive and highly varied bosses
• 2 player local co-op
• Vibrant colourful artstyle
• 4 playable characters
• 1080p in TV mode/ 720p handheld mode
• 60 fps
• Uses a custom engine

Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E
Release date: Spring, 2019
Price: $11.99

We should be getting the release date for Mechstermination Force very soon. The developer stated a few days ago that the game has passed through lotcheck, which means it's good to go!

Square-Enix hosting Octopath Traveler + Switch giveaway in Japan

8 giveaways, 8 games, 8 Switches

Square-Enix has announced the kickoff of an Octopath Traveler + Switch giveaway in Japan. Square-Enix wants to celebrate a milestone for the upcoming Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent mobile game, which they say over 100k people have signed up for. In honor of hitting 100k, Square-Enix will be giving away 8 copies of Octopath Traveler bundled with 8 Switch units. The contest is super simple to enter, as all you have to do is follow the official Octopath Traveler Twitter account, and retweet the contest.

Our World is Ended bumped up to Version 1.02

Our bugs is ended

Our World is Ended has gotten a version update, bringing the game up to Version 1.02. Here's a rundown of what's been changed/fixed with this update.

- fixes issues with the “skip not yet read dialog” feature when turned off
- adjusts the position of various elements in the glossary
- adjustments to the gameplay experience

Famitsu print ad - Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland

Available now in Japan

This is the second print ad in Famitsu for Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland. It's only slightly different from the previous version, as it changes a few blurbs and removes screens. The previous ad showed the release date of March 20th, 2019, which obviously doesn't need to be included anymore!

Car Quest update now available

Released to coincide with the special $1 sale

As we mentioned earlier, Car Quest currently has a special sale price of $1. To go along with that, the game has received a major update that tweaks all sorts of content and fixes issues. The full list of changes is below.

- Hint stations to replay the last secret revealed (very handy if you can't remember, or come back to a game)
- Turn Lord Blockstar on/off (useful for second time players and speed runs, and people that hate Lord Blockstar)
- Reduced grind: all artifacts are permanently collected
- Adjusted coin values and added more mega coins
- Unlock new cars by completing the game
- New breed of easier to herd sheep
- UI tweaks for improved readability
- Game progress can be reset (handy for speed runs)

The Walking Dead series creator says goodbye to the The Walking Dead: The Final Season

Dead man walking

The Walking Dead: The Final Season is set to wrap things up on March 26th, 2019. This is an end to the game series that many thought would never happen after Telltale fell apart. Thankfully, Skybound Entertainment swooped in to save the day and finish the series up.

With the multi-episode series coming to a close next week, none other than The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman shared some kind words in the most recent issue of The Walking Dead comic book.

“The Telltale game has been a real source of pride at Skybound for a number of years at this point. It’s bittersweet to see it nearing its conclusion, but also rewarding to have gone on this journey and being able to step in and ensure it gets wrapped up properly. I hope you all enjoy it!”

That was followed up by some words from Skybound Entertainment Senior Vice-President/Editor-in-Chief Sean Mackiewicz.

“The FINAL episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season will be released on whatever system you play your brain-rotting video games. A lot of talented folks put a LOT of effort into making this episode, bringing the season (and series overall) to a heartbreaking close... so please let us know what you think. There’s a ton of action to enjoy in this installment, so much you’ll never notice all the awful things about to happen to Clem, AJ and company... #StillNotBitten (for now).”

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid hits Switch worldwide on March 26th, 2019

It's Morphin time...next week!

nWay has announced the release date for Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, and the good news is that fans won't have to wait long at all to get their hands on the game. The title is set to launch on Switch on March 26th, 2019! The coverage so far has made the game seem like it might be one of the better Power Rangers titles, so keep those fingers crossed tightly until launch day for a game worth the wait.

Car Quest now available for 90% off

Racing up the eShop charts

If you've been on the fence about grabbing Car Quest, now would be the time to pull the trigger. The game is currently 90% off, making it just 98 cents! We're not sure how long this deal is going to last, so hop on it while you can. Even if the game sucks, how mad can you be with spending less than a dollar?!