By now you may have heard the news, Plantera is getting the Nintendo Switch treatment and is releasing in Japan via Rainy Frog Games, but what you don’t know is there is much more to it than that.
While almost every website who has covered this news has speculated a western release may happen, with Ratalaika Games being behind it, it was just that, speculation. Whereas we (Miketendo64) on the other hand, we like to cross our T’s and dot the occasion i, so having already known about the port and the fact that the announcement was actually coming today, we wanted to ensure we provided the best possible piece of coverage Plantera DX could possibly get.
So having spoken to Ratalaika Games and asking them very politely not to say anything about the port to anyone, we were able to get some exclusive screenshots including an English title art image and some all-important details that no one else was able to provide you with, until now!
First and foremost, Plantera DX is not just a direct port. In fact consider it the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe version of the Plantera that released on Wii U and 3DS earlier this year as it does feature more content and while the version that is coming to Japan does support English, “Chinese simplified” and traditional Chinese and Japanese, it is of course coming to the West later down the line. In fact according to Ratalaika Games, the release could actually be around the Holiday period of this year, so if you want the definitive Western version of Plantera, you’re going to have to wait a very long time.
But the paragraph above doesn’t really reveal anything that makes it the definitive version, so here’s all the stuff that does. First of all the game is around x3 bigger than the 3DS version. The graphics have been enhanced greatly. A new animal has been added, which is of course the horse you can see in the image above and gives you horseshoes. A jukebox has been added, which features a new song just for the Plantera DX version but there’s also a new character! The character is a knight, who is something of a “Loot Hero,” who spawns from time to time and clicking on him will earn you a tidy sum of coins as well!
Now since I mentioned touching the screen, Plantera DX is still very much so a touch-screen title, so while it does support Tabletop and handheld mode, TV mode isn’t going to work out for you very well, while nothing is certain as of right now, even more content may be added to Plantera DX, but not until the Western release takes place, and while some of you would rather the release happened sooner rather than later, one of the reasons for the later release, so that Ratalaika Games can actually focus on their other Switch related games they have in the works, which includes the all new 0000.
Lastly, for those of you who own Plantera already and are hoping there may be some sort of a DX update that adds the newer content to the 3DS and Wii U version of the game, no such update is in the works as Plantera DX is an exclusive release for the Nintendo Switch, which means the newly added content and visuals are also exclusive to Nintendo Switch and the new content is an exclusive to Nintendo Switch.
Sadly, while we wish we had more Plantera DX news to share with you all today, other than the fact it will be playable at the Tokyo Indie Fest this weekend, this is everything we can say and share about Plantera DX at this time. But don’t worry, we’ll have more Switch news for you before you know it, so to take us out and end this article, here is the new Switch trailer for Plantera DX that has been uploaded by Rainy Frog Games and remember, if you like what you see, there is a demo available right now for Plantera on 3DS and Wii U and those versions do actually support cross-buy. Or you could wait until the Japan release for Switch and get the game then, since it will feature the English language, but whatever you decide, here’s that new trailer, enjoy:
Source: Ratalaika Games & Rainy Frog (YouTube)
This post was written by Solid Jack