There was already a great mix of reveals from yesterday’s Direct, but once I checked out the Japanese Nintendo YouTube channel I stumbled on a few other bits worth noting. Namely, there are a couple of currently unplanned for localization games that received trailers showing off Nintendo themed crossover content.
Taiko no Tatsujin was first up. We already knew a new Drum Master game was in the works from Bandai Namco, but based on today’s trailer we know it’ll have some Switch specific additions. You’ll be able to drum along with your Joy-Con to both “Jump Up, Super Star!” and a Splatoon 2 Medley.
With music from Breath of the Wild, Kirby, and Pokémon existing in the Japanese arcade version there’s potential for more Nintendo songs to make the cut when this one launches later in 2018. What’s more, thanks to region free eShop switching and the lack of a need for a physical drum, this is perhaps the most affordable Taiko game for import audiences yet.
Next there’s Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud, which will be launching its client-based service in the region on April 4th. Something special’s coming along for Nintendo friends – a Breath of the Wild Link costume will be available to players, both in a male and female character version. Along with this will be Master Sword and Hylian Shield weaponry, letting Zelda fans keep on slashing everything that comes their way even outside of Hyrule.
No word on whether either of these will ever make their way stateside, each with their share of hurdles. Once again the Switch’s region free nature saves the day, though a localization down the line would make an already great Direct lineup that much sweeter.