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SpeedBeatz
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(01-14-2017, 11:34 PM)
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Quick rundown:
-Currently only releasing in Japan
-5281 yen (~$50) for digital and phyiscal
-Demo available now on Japanese eShop (7 levels)
-Up to 4-player local and online multiplayer
-At least 100 levels
-Mostly easy to play without knowledge of Japanese

Item/ability mechanics overview
UI text translations

The game seems to essentially be a revamped and updated port of Spelunker World for the PS4, with the F2P elements removed. It's scheduled for a Spring 2017 release in Japan.
Biggest new feature is local multiplayer (up to 4 people), and there's online multiplayer for up to 4 as well.
It hasn't been announced for the US yet, but seeing as Spelunker World is in English I would be very surprised if it didn't get brought over.
So far I've seen three different lists of "every confirmed Switch game" that left this off!
Last edited by SpeedBeatz; 04-09-2017 at 01:32 AM.
Eolz
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(01-14-2017, 11:39 PM)
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With the F2P elements removed?!
That's great, I played the PS4 version for a bit, but couldn't stand that after a while, despite the game itself being pretty good.
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(01-14-2017, 11:40 PM)
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no trailer anywhere`?
SpeedBeatz
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(01-14-2017, 11:44 PM)
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Originally Posted by TheMoon

no trailer anywhere`?

No unfortunately (it shows up very briefly in the montage from the Switch presentation); this should give you a good idea of how the game plays, though.
Oregano
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(01-14-2017, 11:45 PM)
Mpl90 and I were just discussing this in the Media Create thread. I thought it was just the F2P game so it's a bit of a surprise.

Overall Square Enix is by far the biggest Switch supporter.
Jiguryo
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(01-14-2017, 11:45 PM)
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I had a good time with the PS4 version, despite never spending a cent on it. Hope it gets localized!
Camjo-Z
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(01-14-2017, 11:46 PM)
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Wait, no F2P!? I'm down for this.
RobotHaus
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(01-14-2017, 11:46 PM)
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Originally Posted by Jiguryo

I had a good time with the PS4 version, despite never spending a cent on it. Hope it gets localized!

If not, there's no region locking to prevent you from playing!
SpeedBeatz
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(01-14-2017, 11:47 PM)
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I forgot to mention that local multiplayer is a new feature compared to Spelunker World, just edited that into the OP.
Kouriozan
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(01-14-2017, 11:47 PM)
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Without microtransactions and F2P mechanics I'm sure more interested in it.
Solid SOAP
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(01-15-2017, 12:09 AM)
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Looks cool. Is it confirmed for NA?
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(01-15-2017, 12:13 AM)
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Originally Posted by Solid SOAP

Looks cool. Is it confirmed for NA?

would OP use the JP title and write " It hasn't been announced for the US yet, but seeing as Spelunker World is in English I would be very surprised if it didn't get brought over." if it were? :)

Originally Posted by SpeedBeatz

No unfortunately (it shows up very briefly in the montage from the Switch presentation); this should give you a good idea of how the game plays, though.

thx!
DooMAGE
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(01-15-2017, 12:18 AM)
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no F2P? that's good news
Secret Fawful
(01-15-2017, 12:23 AM)
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This game looks like a ton of fun. I'd import this in a heartbeat if I had to.
StereoVsn
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(01-15-2017, 03:10 AM)
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Well, that actually would make a great launch game. Now, when would it come out.. in the West?
HyperZone<3
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(01-15-2017, 03:46 AM)
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if this comes West, it will shoot straight to the top of my Most Wanted Switch games list. Hell, I'd love the PS3 Spelunker to escape that system as well and get some ports somewhere. The contemporary Spelunker games are really terrific, tension-fueled and grueling platformers. A freemium-removed version of Spelunker World would delight me substantially.
SpeedBeatz
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(01-18-2017, 08:38 AM)
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Japanese release date and price announced: 4/20 for 4980 yen (plus tax).
It just occurred to me that this is the first physical release for a Spelunker game in just under 30 years!
Oregano
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(01-18-2017, 09:13 AM)
That's a nice portable/budget price. Hope it gets localised.
Smiles and Cries
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(01-18-2017, 10:16 AM)
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I saw this in the box art thread I thought it was fake since everyone is making dream box arts :(
Muchi Muchi Pink
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(01-18-2017, 10:19 AM)
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Oh they removed the f2p part? That's interesting as the game was pretty fun up until then.
And Grows
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(01-18-2017, 10:23 AM)
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Very excited for this. I loved Spelunker HD on the PS3 something fierce, but I could never get into World because the controls felt so laggy to me. Hopefully they'll be a little tighter here...
Bulbasaur
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(01-18-2017, 10:29 AM)
I don't think not knowing the Japanese language will hold this game back. May as well import.
Ninja Dom
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(01-18-2017, 10:31 AM)
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Game is being published by Square Enix.
SpeedBeatz
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(01-18-2017, 10:33 AM)
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The biggest places the language issue would come into play are the in-game quests/challenges, and the abilities attached to equipment items (which do things like allow you to get hit by a certain enemy or obstacle X number of times, give you extra lives or a score boost, etc.) - the latter do have icons as well though, which should give you a good idea of what they do.
Last edited by SpeedBeatz; 01-18-2017 at 10:36 AM.
Tapejara
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(01-19-2017, 04:15 PM)
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I can't believe I'm only just finding out that they've removed the F2P elements and that it's getting a physical release. Hope it comes to NA, but I'm really tempted to import it so I can have a physical copy.

Originally Posted by HyperZone<3

if this comes West, it will shoot straight to the top of my Most Wanted Switch games list. Hell, I'd love the PS3 Spelunker to escape that system as well and get some ports somewhere. The contemporary Spelunker games are really terrific, tension-fueled and grueling platformers. A freemium-removed version of Spelunker World would delight me substantially.

Yep, Tozai needs to find a way to bring Spelunker HD to modern platforms. It's a much better game than Spelunker World (hopefully the removal of F2P elements helps). While they're at it, hopefully they can find a way to bring Spelunker Black back, which was removed from PSN for unknown reasons.
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(01-19-2017, 04:25 PM)
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I love the switch physical media. Carts/cards are so awesome to collect. Importing if I have to! This is THE 4player console for me. Puyo Puyo Tetris & Bomberman R, now this. Yesssssss.
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(01-19-2017, 10:33 PM)
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Originally Posted by Tapejara

While they're at it, hopefully they can find a way to bring Spelunker Black back, which was removed from PSN for unknown reasons.

To shed a little light on that: the Spelunker rights transferred from Irem to Tozai Games at the end of 2011, and Tozai chose not to republish Black (presumably it wasn't making much money). This is why the release date for Spelunker HD on the Japanese PSN store shows up as 2011/12/21 even though it came out in 2009.
Spelunker Black is also literally just Spelunker HD with a different character model and most of the screen aside from a circle around the player blacked out, so we're not missing out on all that much, haha.
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(01-19-2017, 10:48 PM)
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Originally Posted by SpeedBeatz

To shed a little light on that: the Spelunker rights transferred from Irem to Tozai Games at the end of 2011, and Tozai chose not to republish Black (presumably it wasn't making much money). This is why the release date for Spelunker HD on the Japanese PSN store shows up as 2011/12/21 even though it came out in 2009.

Thanks for the info!

Spelunker Black is also literally just Spelunker HD with a different character model and most of the screen aside from a circle around the player blacked out, so we're not missing out on all that much, haha.

Yeah, I've actually got a friend on PSN who was trying to platinum it for the second time on his new account. Said it was absolutely unforgiving. Still, I wouldn't mind being able to give it a spin one day!
SpeedBeatz
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(02-07-2017, 05:15 AM)
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First trailer released!

(Also if some mod wants to change the title to something more accurate pls feel free)
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And Grows
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(04-06-2017, 02:52 PM)
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There's a demo on the Japanese eShop now!
SpeedBeatz
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(04-08-2017, 02:25 AM)
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I made a video running down the general mechanics of the item/ability stuff in the game, check it out if you're curious and don't know Japanese.
Also the online manual is up now!
ßig
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(04-08-2017, 03:15 AM)
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How do I get this item?

Kouriozan
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(04-08-2017, 03:18 AM)
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Didn't know about the demo, I will try it tomorrow, and thanks SpeedBeatz for the videos.
SpeedBeatz
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(04-08-2017, 09:11 AM)
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Originally Posted by ßig

How do I get this item?

Can't get it in the demo unfortunately, you need an item that extends your fan range and only half the pieces for it are available in the demo levels.
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(04-08-2017, 09:16 AM)
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Originally Posted by ßig

How do I get this item?

Demo in NA?
SporeCrawler
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(04-08-2017, 09:45 AM)
is it out?
LFMartins86
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(04-08-2017, 10:00 AM)
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Originally Posted by foxuzamaki

Demo in NA?

Japan.
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(04-08-2017, 10:00 AM)
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Originally Posted by SporeCrawler

is it out?

Clicking on the first link in the OP would show you the date...

no
TheLegendaryN
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(04-08-2017, 10:05 AM)
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I liked what I played in the Japanese demo on Switch, so I'm really considering importing this. Also good to hear from others that they liked previous games in the series (forgetting about free-to-play stuff).
Hispanicguy
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(04-08-2017, 03:37 PM)
I downloaded the demo a few moments ago and I'm really enjoying it!

I would consider importing it but with MK8 and Puyo Tetris out the following week, I'll hold off. Maybe by then they'll announce an English version.

Either way, it's a game that's on my radar and will eventually be added to the collection.
Chairhome
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(04-08-2017, 03:40 PM)
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My kids played this last night with their cousin and they liked it a lot. Hopefully there's an English release, but even the Japanese one might work enough
Deft Beck
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(04-08-2017, 03:41 PM)
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I found the PS4 version to be a bit clunky, though having it on the go sounds appealing.
BooJoh
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(04-08-2017, 03:41 PM)
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I played the demo a bit and the game feels like a great fit for Switch. I tried the PS4 version before and enjoyed it but was put off by the f2p aspects. I'll happily pick this up if it comes out in English.
Nosgotham
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(04-08-2017, 03:44 PM)
It was free to play and now it's not? Switch tax
patientx
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(04-08-2017, 05:48 PM)
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Just playing the demo levels took about two hours. How many levels are there in the whole game ? What kind of play time are we talking about ?
Jucksalbe
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(04-08-2017, 06:03 PM)
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Originally Posted by patientx

Just playing the demo levels took about two hours. How many levels are there in the whole game ? What kind of play time are we talking about ?

The PS4 version had 100 stages with about 3 sublevels on average. Not sure how long that took me, because the game doesn't have a timer, but probably around 10-15 hours.
I don't know how different the Switch version is.
XaosWolf
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(04-08-2017, 06:11 PM)
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I'm enjoying the hell out of this. I want all the things.

Really hope this gets a release in the UK cos the last one didn't as far as I know. It was also on a home console so I wouldn't have seen as much playtime as it could have anyways.

EDIT: Am I missing something regarding holding down these switches?
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1upsuper
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(04-08-2017, 06:13 PM)
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Totally missed that this was getting a Switch release. I love the Spelunker series. Might get it on the JPN eShop soon.
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(04-08-2017, 06:46 PM)
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Originally Posted by XaosWolf

EDIT: Am I missing something regarding holding down these switches?

Another player probably. :P
Bog
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(04-08-2017, 06:53 PM)
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Ok I love this demo. I'm probably going to need to import. Physical release in Japan or no?

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