Flip Wars

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Flip Wars
バトルスポーツ めく〜る
Battle Sports Mekuru logo.png
Japanese game logo
Developer: Over Fence[1]
Publisher: JP: Over Fence
WW: Nintendo[2]
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: Action
Players: 1-4
Predecessor: N/A
Successor: N/A
Release dates
N. America:

August 10, 2017[3]


May 18, 2017[4]


July 6, 2017[5]


Winter 2017[6]



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Flip Wars is an action party game for the Nintendo Switch. The game was developed by Japanese developer Over Fence, and was released on the Nintendo eShop in Japan in May 2017, in Europe in July 2017, and will be released in North America during the summer.[2]



Up to four players are placed on a board, with the goal being to flip the most panels by jumping into the air and slamming them rear-first, flipping them to the color corresponding to the player. As players flip panels they can discover power-ups, such as ones that increase their flipping range and increasing running speed.

Flip Wars can be played locally or online.


A brief glimpse of the game was first shown off during the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 event. Nintendo would later reveal Project Mekuru during its Nindies Showcase Event in February 2017 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive, under the working title Project Mekuru.[1] The game would finally be shown off during the April 2017 Nintendo Direct.[2] A trailer would later be released by Over Fence, promising additional information on May 8[7], including the game's official Japanese title of Battle Sports Mekuru.[7][8] The game's English title, Flip Wars, was later revealed when the game was showcased at a media event in Europe.[9]

The idea for Flip Wars originated with Senri Tsunokawa, who was inspired by an online version of the 1995 Tiger Electronics game Lights Out.[10] Because much of the staff of Over Fence was composed of ex-Hudson Soft employees, who had worked with Nintendo in the past, the company decided to work with Nintendo to develop and release the game for Nintendo Switch.[10] An earlier version of the game featured Mii characters as the playable characters[1], but they were replaced with characters in futuristic space suits as the developers did not feel that Miis fit the game's premise.[10]

Technical details

Technical Details

Digital download (Nintendo Switch)

Download size

173 MB

Supported features

Online play

Input / compatible controllers

Joy-Con, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mysterious Nintendo Switch Game Project Mekuru Revealed. IGN (February 28, 2017). Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Nintendo Direct 4.12.2017. Nintendo (YouTube; April 12, 2017). Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  3. Flip Wars hitting North America on Aug. 10th. GoNintendo (July 13, 2017). Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  4. Battle Sports Mekuru launching next week. Japanese Nintendo (May 12, 2017). Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  5. Flip Wars - Battle Sports Mekuru in Japan - Arrives on the EU Switch eShop This Week. Nintendo Life (July 4, 2017). Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  6. ARMS and Splatoon 2 headline new Nintendo Direct presentation. Nintendo.com.au (April 13, 2017). Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  7. 7.0 7.1 バトルスポーツ めく〜る 最新動画第1弾. OVER FENCE (YouTube; April 27, 2017). Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  8. Project Mekuru is now Battle Sports Mekuru. Japanese Nintendo (April 29, 2017). Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  9. Battle Sports Mekuru to be known as Flip Wars overseas. Nintendo Everything (June 23, 2017). Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Straight from the Source: Over Fence Co. LTD (Mekuru, Switch). Source Gaming (May 30, 2017). Retrieved May 30, 2017.