Update: The presentation has now aired, revealing a whopping seven new visual novel games for Nintendo Switch.
Original Article: Indie developer and publisher Ratalaika Games has teased several new announcements and a "surprise" set to appear in a Nintendo Direct-style presentation this week.
The studio will be hosting a video showcase on its YouTube channel tomorrow, 4th March at 7am PST, showing off a selection of indie visual novels which are coming to consoles for the first time. A press release detailing the presentation leads with the line, "Ratalaika Games Indie VN Showcase coming DIRECTLY to you March 4th", so it's pretty clear which format it hopes to emulate on the day.
The show will feature "several new announcements and even a surprise for the Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Microsoft Xbox One systems". Adrian Vega, the studio's CEO, has shared the following statement:
"We are excited to share our future plans with you all later this week! After a great reception of the console port of One Night Stand, we wanted to continue bringing more unique visual novels to consoles! We think that our wide line-up will cater to visual novel fans of all genres! This project has been a long time coming, and we are very excited to share it with you Wednesday."
Ratalaika Games has brought more games to Switch than we can count over the past couple of years, so it's practically impossible to guess which titles might make the jump next. If you're into your visual novels, though, it might be worth keeping an eye out for that presentation.
Are you a keen visual novel fan? Excited to see which games of the genre are headed to Switch next? Let us know with a comment.
Nice try I guess, but this won't fill the void of a Nintendo Direct.
My eyes were drawn to "Nintendo Direct" in the title, but was then disappointed to read the headline properly... It has been a stupidly long time since the last proper Direct; close to 180 days worth if I am not mistaken.
@MS7000 My guess is that Nintendo are waiting to see if certain (unknown)games can be ready in time for a 2020 release before the Direct hits.
@nmanifold Possibly, but it is just weird that Nintendo have been so quiet lately. Wouldn't surprise me if Covid-19 is a factor influencing this as well at this point with possible delays to games due to staff being infected. If that is the case, that would be understandable, but otherwise I am not sure what is with the radio silence.
Nintendo is refusing to do a Direct to reveal anything new so game developers are taking it upon themselves to reveal their upcoming games for Switch
TIL, Nintendo Life can’t count to 59.
At least someone is doing a Direct! Even media outlets in the UK are printing stories suggesting Nintendo are being very complacent. The way for Nintendo to fend off the new consoles is simple - plenty of quality games and keep advertising like there is no tomorrow.
What are Nintendo doing? Animal Crossing it appears and bugger all else.
It’s a strange strategy from Nintendo. It seems like they are just ignoring the new consoles all together - I get that they don’t feel the new consoles will affect them much as Switch is a different proposition but if they don’t deliver directs and create excitement for new games they are going to find, once again that their complacency could cost them - an ungraded `switch has to come at some stage but if they put people off now they will struggle to get that support back from fans and third parties.
Risky strategy Nintendo.
I've bought a bunch of games by Ratalaika and had fun with almost all of them. Considering what is promised, they deliver it. Let's see what comes up
Yeah, yeah, I know it's not a proper direct. I know that
@MS7000 Japan hasn't really been infected by COVD-19, so don't think that's the reason. Chinese production has been severely hit but that doesn't effect actual game development (only physical Switch Units). It may effect Switch Cart production but Chinese factories are now coming back to work (I deal with them in my job) so I doubt it really would have. And we're talking about future game cart production here, not current.
@MS7000 But we had an Indie Direct on the 10th December, a Pokemon Direct on the 9th January & then more recently Smash & AC directs... what more can you possibly want?! Be patient... It's only another 3 & a bit months to e3 anyway.
Oh glob, I can't take it anymore, give me Ninty Direct now! I want it 'directly' into my veins via an IV drip!
I'm not familiar with Ratalaika's games but I do love myself a good VN.
@nmanifold It is more a possibility than a definite for sure. But my idea regarding gamedev was that some of the games they were planning on showing might not of necessarily been first-party games that are developed by Nintendo's R&D, but other games developed by other studios. I have no proof for this, it is just speculation on my part.
@sikthvash Surprise! Not everyone likes Animal Crossing, Pokemon, or Smash (me personally, I could not care less for Pokemon and Animal Crossing doesn't really grab me). I don't personally have a problem with single-game focused directs, but we know nothing beyond Animal Crossing and that is my gripe. 2020 is looking barren.
Yes, we are less than 100 days away from E3; we are close to double that amount of time since the last general Direct in Sept 2019. Nintendo's silence is frustrating.
First Yacht Club and now this?
"This is getting out of hand! Now there are two of them!"
"Gee Ratalaika, how come you get to release TWO THOUSAND games on Switch eShop?"
Still lining up with my theory of Nintendo dropping to only 1-2 Directs a year (outside of game specific Directs, Nindie Directs, and the E3 one). People can deny it all they want but Nintendo clearly aren’t planning to drop Directs as frequently as they used to. Heck, they might even wean off them entirely within the next couple years. They don’t need Directs to drop news.
@MS7000 I'm not entirely sure how the directs are made, but I'm pretty certain they'd have them prepared weeks in advance. And if game delays were to occur because of the virus, then the developers
would have announced that they were (assuming the dates were announced already)
I'm guesssing it will be a very average game with pixel art and retailing for about 4.99
Don't really like most of their games but they still release games for the Vita. Maximum respect 👍
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