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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