Japan Is Getting Some Switch Games We Aren’t (Yet?)

Japan Is Getting Some Switch Games We Aren’t (Yet?)

We just got a whole bunch of awesome Nintendo Switch game announcements in today’s Nintendo Direct, but as usual, Japan got a little bit extra. Here are the announcements you didn’t see if you didn’t watch the Japanese Direct.

SaGa Scarlet Grace. Screenshot: Square Enix (YouTube)

SaGa Scarlet Grace, the latest in Square Enix’s long-running series of really complicated RPGs originally released on Vita, is coming to Switch this year.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Version will come to Japan this winter. The surprise: You’ll be able to drum along to songs from Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey, including “Jump Up, Super Star”.

Bandai Namco told Kotaku it has no news to share about the game’s prospects for overseas release.

Finally, Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud, announced last year, got an update: It will include Breath of the Wild costumes and equipment. This will launch on April 4 in Japan. Sega’s American branch told Kotaku it had no news to share today about the game.

Reminder: The Switch is region-free! OK, maybe that doesn’t help you with these RPGs if you don’t read Japanese, but at least you can just import Taiko if it doesn’t come here.


  • The cost of localising a title has come down over the years. I really wish Japanese companies would start actively engaging with the rest of the world rather than fiddling around and maybe releasing something three years after its release in Japan.

  • SaGa Scarlet Grace is also coming to Steam, so a localization is very likely.

    It’s time to give up on PSO2 though. The ship already sailed about 2-3 years ago. If they were going to bring it over for us like they promised, we’d have had it already. I think Sega are just not confident that anyone could successfully launch a new MMO in the west any more.

  • Nintendo, Namco Bandai: please please please do not localised Taiko no Tatsujin to be filled with Katy Perry and Lady Gaga songs! This is such a uniquely Japanese game, and its fans love that, so just keep it the way it is and change the text.

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