Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Feb 212024

A Nintendo Direct followed by the first full trailer for the Elden Ring DLC? This promised to be an exciting morning of game announcements!

Today’s Nintendo Direct was a Partner Showcase which some people were disappointed about, but Partner Showcases have had some great announcements in the past, so I was excited.

Nintendo Direct Highlights

I’ll only be covering the highlights that stood out to me, so be sure to check out the full Nintendo Direct to see everything that was announced.

The first game to catch my eye was the second shown, Ender Magnolia: Bloom in the Mist. This is a sequel to Ender Lilies, which I haven’t played yet but intend to. The sequel looks pretty cool, so maybe I’ll have played the first game by the time it comes out.

A new trailer was also shown for the upcoming Unicorn Overlord, along with the announcement of a demo. I’ve been torn about that one, so I’ll probably check out the demo (especially since progress transfers to the full game).

Moving on, Monster Hunter Stories is coming to the Switch (as well as PC and PS4)! You’d think they’d have ported it before releasing Monster Hunter Stories 2, but maybe the eShop’s closure is what prompted this decision. I enjoyed Monster Hunter Stories a lot, so while I probably won’t replay it, I’m glad it’s getting some love. This remaster also includes update content that was previously exclusive to Japan, so that makes it more tempting.

What’s that? I need to play the second game if I’m going to hype it up? Shh, I know…

The next big announcement for me was Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance. This is a multiplatform, enhanced version of Shin Megami Tensei V, which I was always intrigued by but never enough to buy it. If this version is as big an upgrade as it sounds, maybe I’ll finally go for it.

In addition to gameplay improvements, it also includes a new story route, which the developers say will add an additional 80 hours to the game for a total of 160 hours to play both routes. From the way it’s worded, it sounds like some of that time might overlap between the two routes, but it still sounds massive. It will be out on June 21.

The next few announcements didn’t interest me too much, but then we got to a new trailer for Fantasy Life i! And its release date… of October 10.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still really excited for Fantasy Life i, and I’m glad it’s not launching right on top of everything else! But it was announced for 2023, delayed to summer 2024, and now given an October release date… which makes me nervous about the rest of Level-5’s release schedule. I don’t want Professor Layton pushed off any further!

Another Crab’s Treasure and Penny’s Big Breakaway both look interesting enough that I’ll keep them in mind, but the major announcement of the Direct for me was the long-awaited return of Pocket Card Jockey!

I’m not joking, a solitaire horse-racing game might sound silly, but I absolutely loved Pocket Card Jockey on the 3DS. I poured almost 60 hours into it, and when I heard it was getting a remake exclusive to Apple Arcade, I was disappointed there would be no other way to play it. But here it is, Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! is available now for the Nintendo Switch, and at $15 it’s an easy purchase.

I bought it already. I finished the Direct, went to the eShop, and bought it. You should too. It’s that good.

Anyway, there was a string of smaller announcements, and then the direct closed with the reveal of Endless Ocean Luminous, a new entry in the Endless Ocean series. This was leaked earlier in the week, except everyone thought it would be a remaster of one or both of the original Wii games. Being a new game was quite a surprise. I’m not familiar with the series, but I’m happy to see Nintendo reviving more of these lesser-known series.

Meanwhile, in things we can’t have, the Japanese Nintendo Direct included some other games. Everyone is talking about Mother 3 coming to Nintendo Switch Online only in Japan, but I’m more intrigued by the new action RPG Reynatis, which features a scenario written by Kazushige Nojima and a soundtrack composed by Yoko Shimomura. It looks like something I’d enjoy.

Fingers crossed for localization!

Shadow of the Erdtree

Later in the morning, it was time for FromSoftware to take the stage with the official gameplay reveal and full trailer of the upcoming Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, and it looks great!

It will be out on June 21 (the same day as Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance, which is unfortunate).

Shadow of the Erdtree can be preordered now and costs $39.99, which suggests this will be a huge DLC. Its also getting its own $250 Collector’s Edition despite the DLC itself being a download code, which is insane. While there’s no standalone edition of the DLC, an $80 edition of Elden Ring that bundles in a code for the DLC has also appeared at retailers.

I never finished Elden Ring. Despite playing for over 70 hours, I doubt I even saw half of its content. Getting back to it before June 21 sounds like a good plan!

So, those were the highlights of the morning for me. Which of today’s announcements are you most interested in?

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  5 Responses to “Pocket Card Jockey is Back, Elden Ring DLC is Out June 21, and More!”

  1. What, no love for Disney Epic Mickey? It was a beautiful 3D platformer with a really unique world with a mix of darkness and nostalgia (and remains a reason I want Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to be in Kingdom Hearts already).

    It also wasn’t a full trailer, but I’ve heard lots of good things about Pentiment and may have to consider it now that it’s no longer going to be an Xbox exclusive.

    So Elden Ring and Xenoblade 3 are both huge RPGs you only got halfway through… which will come first? 🤣

    • Maybe I should look into Epic Mickey more, haha. It didn’t catch my attention from the trailer, but it does sound like I might enjoy it.

      Xenoblade isn’t as daunting to return to, so its chances are probably better.

  2. 23 hours later and a new calendar day, Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! still doesn’t have an available demo on the North American eShop. Sad!

  3. […] Last week, we talked briefly about the action RPG Reynatis, announced in the Japanese Nintendo Direct. […]

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