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  • News The Inkbrush Will Kick Off Splatoon 2's Free Additions on Launch Weekend

    Inked in

    Splatoon 2 is out and plenty are up-and-running in the various online modes. Nintendo, for its part, has promised a full year of additions in free updates, which should include gear, weapons and occasionally stages and other meatier content. The launch weekend will be in on the action, it's been confirmed, with the familiar Inkbrush due to...

    • Splatoon 2
    • Splatoon
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Guide Where to Pre-Order Your Super NES Classic Edition

    The US pre-orders have finally started!

    Updates: US pre-orders have opened finally. Walmart is now taking orders The holding page for the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom import

    • SNES Mini
    • SNES Classic Mini
    • Guides
    • Retro
    • SNES

Friday21st Jul 2017

  • Editorial Nintendo, Somehow, Has Gone Backwards With Voice Chat on the Switch

    It's actually worse than on Wii U and 3DS

    When Nintendo confirmed that it'd be running lobbies and voice chat through a dedicated smartphone app there were plenty of critical remarks online. As a site we followed the line of a wait and see approach, but as crazy Hori workarounds and limited details emerged there was the whiff of a messy launch, and...

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    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
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    Review Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star

    The Emperor’s New Clothes

    If you’re unfamiliar with the Fate/ franchise, you’ll certainly be forgiven; this long-running series from doujin developers Type-Moon started with a 2004 erotic visual novel (Fate/stay night), and has flown largely under the mainstream radar since, while steadily expanding into a massive media collection of RPGs,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Fate Extella
  • Feature Just How Hard Is It To Buy A Nintendo Switch In Japan?

    We hit the streets of Tokyo on Splatoon 2 launch day to find out

    Today is Friday, July 21st. It's horrendously hot and humid in Japan. It's the height of summer and the start of the school holidays in many parts of Tokyo. It's also the day that Splatoon 2 is out. As if the shortage of Nintendo Switch consoles wasn't bad enough, Nintendo's newest...

    • Feature
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Japan
    • Splatoon 2
  • News Tetsuya Nomura Clarifies Comments About Kingdom Hearts III for Switch

    If it ever happens, it won't be for quite some time

    It’s quite an understatement to say that fans have been waiting for Kingdom Hearts III for a long time now, and it seems that there’s still a long way to go yet until the game is finally in everybody’s hands. Though it is currently slated for a release on PS4 and Xbox One, many Nintendo fans...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kingdom Hearts
  • Guide Where To Find All Of Splatoon 2's Sunken Sea Scrolls

    Recommended reading

    As with its prequel, Splatoon 2 contains a series of collectible scrolls - dubbed Sunken Sea Scrolls - to find that help expand on Hero Mode's narrative. There's quite a few hiding in Splatoon 2's depths, and we've tracked all of them down. Read on to find out where and how to get your tentacles on these elusive documents...

    • Guides
    • Splatoon 2
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News UNIOM Wireless Adapter Aims to Make Nintendo Switch Voice Chat Easier

    A problem that shouldn't really exist

    The Nintendo Switch Online app has positives, like Splatnet 2, but it's fair to say that the voice chat component has drawn a mixed-to-negative response. It does actually work, but it's a far from optimal scenario and has a number of quirks and drawbacks. It's arguably an indictment of the functionality that...

    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Ninterview Joseph "Stampy Cat" Garrett On Minecraft's Future And Why Switch Is His Favourite Nintendo Console

    "I feel like Zelda: BOTW might become my favourite game of all time"

    It might be a struggle to explain to your grandparents exactly how big a deal YouTube is these days, but a few facts and figures usually help. Joseph "Stampy Cat" Garrett - one of the world's most popular Minecraft YouTubers - has over 8 million subscribers (not to mention...

    • Ninterview
    • Features
    • Minecraft
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Interviews
  • News New 2DS XL Tops Japanese Hardware Chart As Switch Sales Plunge Amid Stock Shortages

    Hey! Pikmin sells almost 80,000 units, too

    The New Nintendo 2DS XL was Japan's biggest selling piece of hardware for the last week in Japan, according to Famitsu. The newest member of the 3DS family shifted 36,860 units in its first week on sale, and was accompanied by new releases Hey! Pikmin (79,517) and Ever Oasis (15,907). Elsewhere,...

    • New Nintendo 2DS XL
    • Japan
    • 3DS
  • News Splatoon 2's Next Splatfest Tackles A Challenging Choice Of Condiments

    Mayo or Ketchup?

    Nintendo has announced that the next Splatoon 2 Splatfest (for both Europe and North America, and not just Europe as was previously reported) will decide once and for all which is best: Mayo or Ketchup. The Splatfest will take place during the first week of August. Which one will you be picking? We're going to take a wild...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
    • Splatfest
  • News Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 is Celebrated With a Limited Edition Art Print

    Art Man

    UK company FunStockRetro has announced a limited edition print run depicting the cast from Mega Man Legacy Collection 2; it's a title that's sadly skipping Nintendo hardware. The impressive art print has been designed by Iron Gut Publishing and is officially licensed by Capcom.  The paper is 300gsm textured (intended for a premium...

    • Mega Man
    • Capcom
  • News Factor 5 Almost Ported Super Castlevania IV To The Sega Mega Drive

    "We did a 1:1 port of Indiana Jones to the Genesis"

    Factor 5 is a studio with a long and proud history of technological achievement; it was founded in the super-competitive "demo scene" era of the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST, and went as far as to create its own development hardware for the SNES and Mega Drive / Genesis in order to gain traction in...

    • Retro
    • Factor 5
    • Castlevania
    • Mega Drive
  • News Yabuki-san Says the Mario Kart Blue Shell is Like Life - Necessary but Not Always Fair

    "It feels like something's missing" in tests without it

    If you sit ten Nintendo fans down in a room and ask them to debate the merits of the blue / spiny shell, then you should grab a comfy chair, some popcorn, and enjoy the ride. Some argue it's an excellent item and a great leveller, others suggests it's an abomination, and plenty sit somewhere in...

    • Mario Kart
    • Blue Shell
  • News The Art of Shantae Launches Sometime in 2018

    Ret-2-go!

    Shantae is a series that owes a lot of its success to the Nintendo audience; it’s always felt like something of a second party game to a certain degree. And with the latest success of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero on the Wii U and Switch, that series has no doubt been gradually accruing a much larger fanbase. As something of a gift to...

    • Shantae
    • Art
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Visual Novel Song Of Memories Getting Switch Port In Japan With English Subtitles

    Warning: mild cheesecake contained within

    Pure Wish has confirmed that its visual novel title Song of Memories is getting a Switch port this year. Interestingly, even though no news of a western localisation has been confirmed, it has been revealed that the Switch port will contain Japanese, English, and French language support -...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Japan
    • Song of Memories
  • News Sine Mora EX On Switch Releasing After Other Versions

    Pegged for launch "later this summer"

    THQ Nordic has confirmed that Switch owners will have to wait a little longer than their PC, Xbox One and PS4-owning counterparts to get their hands on Sine Mora EX. The remastered shooter arrives on those platforms on August 8th, but the Switch edition still has no solid release date - the publisher is simply...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sine Mora EX
  • Feature RIVE Adds Copilot Mode as Two Tribes Tell Us About Upcoming Nintendo Switch Version

    "We've always held the Nintendo aesthetic in high regard"

    RIVE has proven to be an interesting project - it's a truly challenging and smart twin-stick shooter that is a swansong for Two Tribes. The studio brought us some excellent titles over a number of years, but decided that it would make one final game before moving on to new things...

    • Features
    • Nintendo Switch
    • RIVE
    • Two Tribes
  • News Super Sidekicks Shoots And Scores On The Switch eShop Next Week

    "Eat my goal! The goalie's got football pie all over his shirt"

    Hamster has confirmed that its next Neo Geo title on Switch will be Super Sidekicks. The 1992 classic started a series of soccer titles on the format and is famous for its quick and compelling gameplay, punctuated with high-quality 2D artwork which pops up at key moments during each...

    • Switch eShop
    • Neo Geo
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Gallery Splatoon 2 Squid "Air Mascots" Released in Japan

    Blowing hot air

    Coinciding with the worldwide release of Splatoon 2, Bandai has released a set of inkling inflatables known as "Air Mascots" through toy capsules. The collectible squids come in six variations being blue, green, olive, pink, purple and yellow. There is also the opportunity to find Judd the cat as a special bonus.  The capsules...

    • Splatoon
    • Splatoon 2
    • Japan

Thursday20th Jul 2017

  • News The First Nintendo Switch Cartridge ROM Dumps Are Emerging, But It's Early Days

    Currently unusable, but the hacking community seems hard at work

    As soon as the Switch arrived in stores we saw the inevitable start of homebrew and hacking efforts as coding enthusiasts see what can be done with the hardware. It often takes a while for discernible progress to be made, but there have been some early landmarks for that community,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hacking
    • ROMs
  • News Analysts Expect Nintendo Switch Hybrid to End 'Two-Punch Strategy'

    Mobile and more to fill the gap

    Over the past couple of months Nintendo's share value has steadily climbed, hitting its highest point in a number of years. This has been largely credited to the successful launch - and ongoing demand - around the Nintendo Switch, while other factors include the company's mobile plans and commercial deals (such as the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
  • Nintendo Download 20th July (North America)

    Splatoon 2! Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star! Boost Beast! More!

    It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week brings some interesting options on the Switch, in particular, with two diverse retail options and some download-only offerings. Let's get to it, shall we? Nintendo Switch Retail Download:...

    • Nintendo Download
    • North America
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
  • News Trademark Application Has Fans Dreaming of the Nintendo 64 Classic Mini

    Or perhaps it's just a coincidence?

    Nintendo has recently filed a trademark application for the Nintendo 64 controller in Europe, which given the timing might well indicate that a Nintendo 64 Classic Mini could be in the works for next year.  Such trademark applications have also been filed for the NES controller and the SNES controller,...

    • Retro
    • N64
    • Trademark
    • N64 Mini
  • Nintendo Download 20th July (Europe)

    Splatoon 2! Cave Story+! Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star! Boost Beast! More!

    The European Nintendo Download is now live, and this week brings quite a few varied options. We have three retail choices on the Switch, along with two download-only options; there are budget options on the New 3DS and Wii U too. Along with the usual discounts there are...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Europe
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Wii U eShop
  • News Nintendo Switch Parental Controls App Gets a Neat Update

    The best convoluted way to track your playtime

    We're still not sure why there's no equivalent to the Activity Log on the Nintendo Switch, but as quite a few realised early on you can use the Parental Controls App on a smart device to do the same thing. While it's also useful for parents to manage and moderate the gaming of their little 'uns, some of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Parental Controls
  • Video Get the Best of Both Worlds with this Transforming Joy-Con Grip Mod

    When two become one

    A while ago we posted a video on how to make a super-portable Joy-Con grip from a cheap Chinese product that costs only a few of your hard-earned dollars. However we weren't content with just that so we decided to take it all a step further. Inspired by various ideas from all over the internet we've cracked open the very same...

    • Hardware
    • Joy-Con
    • Switch
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Feature Splatoon 2 and the Spirit of Miiverse - In Pictures

    Ponies, memes and slightly odd complaints

    Splatoon 2 is about to hit stores, but it's arrived on the eShop in Japan and some have received their pre-orders early all around the globe. While trying to figure out the Nintendo Switch Online app and generally messing about, your humble scribe clocked the first in-game Miiverse-style posts, following on...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Features
    • Splatoon 2
    • Miiverse
    • Weirdness
  • Gallery We Take a Look at the SNES Mini (With Waluigi)

    Only slightly bigger than our correspondent's sunglasses

    This coming weekend brings us San Diego Comic-Con, with Nintendo gearing up to showcase a variety of games. Our man Alan Lopez went along to a pre-conference event and took the chance to take a good look at Nintendo's goodies, including the upcoming Super NES Classic Edition (NA)...

    • SNES Mini
    • SNES Classic Mini
    • Retro
  • News Retro City Rampage DX is Coming to the Switch eShop Soon

    A warm-up for Shakedown Hawaii

    While we're keen to play Shakedown Hawaii, the next game from Vblank Entertainment, the studio has confirmed that Nintendo Switch owners will be able to pass the time with its spiritual predecessor. Retro City Rampage DX is heading to the Switch eShop, and is aiming for release within the next few weeks...

    • Switch eShop
  • Video Get a Good Look at Infinite, the New Villain in Sonic Forces

    Speed off the charts

    SEGA continues to amp up the anticipation for Sonic Forces, introducing new stages, characters and music tracks on a weekly basis. This time around the focus is on Infinite, a new deadly foe for Sonic to face. He has a suitable 'bad-guy' voice, with the cutscene below showing an early encounter in the game. SEGA has also...

    • Sonic Forces
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Rogue Trooper Redux Price and Release Window Revealed

    Remastered for a whole new generation

    Developers Rebellion have revealed more information on third-person shooter Rogue Trooper Redux, including when the game is expected for release. Based off a comic-book series by the same name and originally released back in 2006, RTR is now being remastered for a whole new generation.   The game...

    • Switch eShop
    • Rogue Trooper Redux
  • News 'Elite Angel' Ekoro to be Added as DLC to Mighty Gunvolt Burst

    Free for two weeks

    Inti Creates has adopted a model to reward early adopters with free content, something we've seen with Blaster Master Zero. Now Switch and 3DS eShop title Mighty Gunvolt Burst will add content that, for a period, won't cost a cent. An update to version 1.1 will introduce DLC with Ekoro as a playable character;...

    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
    • DLC
  • News Tiny Barbarian DX To Feature Lovely Box-Art By Beloved Famitsu Artist

    We love some nice box art!

    Nicalis is on a bit of roll at the moment, with several games headed to the Switch in retail packaging; one of these is Tiny Barbarian DX, which is now scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2017 with an MSRP of $29.99. A European release could happen further down the line via Headup Games, as...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nicalis
    • Artwork
  • News Intriguing Musical Action-Adventure Title, Figment, is Heading to Nintendo Switch

    A musical that adapts to gameplay

    The Switch eShop can add another intriguing release to its 2017 line-up, with confirmation that Figment is coming to the store. Developed by Bedtime Digital Games, its twist is that it's an action-adventure title (with a mix of puzzle-solving and combat) that is also a musical. Below you can see the...

    • Switch eShop
    • Figment
  • News 20th Century Fox’s Mega Man Movie Creeps Closer to Production

    Directors are in final talks

    With perhaps a few exceptions that have been so-so, movies based on video game properties have almost consistently been terrible adaptations. Perhaps this is due to how an interactive medium doesn’t translate to smoothly to one which is strictly visual, but even more plot-driven franchises like Assassin’s Creed have...

    • Movies
    • Mega Man
  • News Pokémon GO's Legendary Pokémon Are Arriving Very Soon

    It's going to be Legen...wait for it

    It's what plenty of fans have been waiting for. Niantic and The Pokémon Company have revealed that after much speculation legendary Pokémon will be arriving in Pokémon GO this weekend.  The trailer below shows off the recently-implemented Gym features, included Gym badges and Raids, before...

    • Pokémon GO
    • Niantic
    • Mobile
  • News Kid Tripp Will Dash Onto the 3DS eShop Next Week

    With a hop, skip and fireball dodge

    Kid Tripp is a game we've been highlighting over the past couple of months, a colourful retro-styled auto-runner that is heading to the 3DS and Switch. Developer Four Horses has now confirmed that the 3DS version is all set for release on 27th July in North America, Europe and Australia priced...

    • 3DS eShop
    • Kid Tripp

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