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TodayWed, 20th Sep 2017

  • News The First Hat Wearing Pikachu Giveaway Has Started in Pokémon Sun and Moon

    Choose carefully

    A while ago The Pokémon Company confirmed a series of promotions to celebrate the upcoming release of Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You in the West. One of the announcements was the distribution of Pikachu in various hats, accounting for multiple regions; the kicker is that you can only choose one from six. The first 'Original Hat'...

    • Pokemon
    • Pikachu
    • 3DS
    • Sun and Moon

YesterdayTue, 19th Sep 2017

  • Video Learn About the "Guts Pose!" and Why It's In So Many Games

    Gutsy moves

    If you’ve ever played games in the Street Fighter or Final Fantasy series, you know that each time you win a fight the characters make a little celebratory dance. It's actually not just those two games, but many games old and new have this little quirk. You could argue that games use this animation to communicate emotion with the...

    • Video
  • News Halo Is Coming To The Nintendo Switch, In A Fashion

    Yup, it's a Minecraft mash-up pack

    Fans of the Master Chief, rejoice! Microsoft's million-selling Halo series is finally coming to a Nintendo console - but before you get too excited, we should point out that it's happening under the guise of a Minecraft mash-up pack. The pack will become available on Switch thanks to the launch of Minecraft's new...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Minecraft
    • Halo
  • News Light Fall is Another Promising Title Confirmed for the Switch eShop

    'Create your own path'

    More third-party developers in the download space are making their way onto Switch, and another to confirm its route to the system is Bishop Games, which is bringing Light Fall to the eShop in March 2018. That's the same window confirmed for PC and other platforms. Check out the announcement trailer below, in addition to a...

    • Switch eShop
    • Light Fall
  • Video Get a Good Look at SteamWorld Dig 2 in the Launch Trailer

    Hookshot! Funky environments! More!

    The fourth SteamWorld game is nearly here, with SteamWorld Dig 2 out this week (21st September) on the Switch eShop. After going off into space with the excellent turn-based strategy of SteamWorld Heist, this one brings us back to the digging and exploration first seen in SteamWorld Dig, a title that achieved...

    • Switch eShop
    • SWD2
  • Feature Looking Back On Enhanced Versions Of Pokémon Games

    Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are part of a proud tradition

    Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon were revealed back in June with the promise of having an alternate story. We didn't really get much information to elaborate on that until fairly recently, when it became clear that Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon are a return to the style of game...

    • Features
    • Pokemon
  • News Hori Is Reviving Its Fighting Commander Pad For The Super Famicom Mini

    Six button beauty, now with wireless control!

    Veteran video game accessory company Hori is getting in on the nostalgia game by producing a new version of its classic Super Famicom 'Fighting Commander' controller to coincide with the arrival of the Super Famicom Mini. The wireless pad is based on the '90s original and features slow-motion and...

    • SNES
    • Hori
    • SNES Classic Mini
    • SNES Classic
  • News Shadow to be Playable in Free 'Episode Shadow' DLC for Sonic Forces

    Three new stages, playable in 10 'modern Sonic' levels too

    SEGA has announced a 'Digital Bonus Edition' of Sonic Forces; like the retail Bonus Edition it'll include some free DLC outfits, but sadly pre-ordering the download for the bonus is only confirmed so far for Xbox One and PS4. On the plus side, Switch is included in the bigger announcement -...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sonic Forces
    • Shadow
    • DLC
  • 8

    Switch eShop

    Review Semispheres

    Two thumbs are better than one

    Semispheres is the sort of game that in recent years would have likely skipped Nintendo consoles, instead finding its home elsewhere; platforms where quirky indie games, bursting with unique ideas and an overly “artsy” feel, would thrive. As it so happens, the game was originally released on PlayStation and Steam...

    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • Semispheres
  • News Nintendo Share Value Hits 9 Year High as Hopes Build for a Breakthrough in China

    Driven by Tencent's Arena of Valor announcement

    When Arena of Valor was announced for the Switch in last week's Direct, we think it's fair to say that a number reading these pages simply shrugged. A free-to-play MOBA that made its name on mobile heading to the Switch as a Beta this year, it arguably wasn't among the biggest announcements in the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Mobile
    • Tencent
  • News Toys 'R' Us Seeks Bankruptcy Protection in North America

    A bid to restructure debt

    After suggestions it was coming earlier this week, Toys 'R' Us has filed for bankruptcy protect in relation to its North American business. Long an iconic part of the retail scene the company is seeking to restructure its finances, which are current a myriad of complex debts. The following video from Bloomberg provides a...

    • Toys 'R' Us
  • News Urban Champion Joins The Arcade Archives Roster On Switch

    Along with Wrecking Crew and Excitebike, thankfully

    During last week's Nintendo Direct we heard about the Arcade Archives range which is headed to the Switch in the near future.  These will be arcade versions of classic games - produced by HAMSTER - and where appropriate will support multiplayer with Joy-Con controls. The original Mario...

    • Switch eShop
    • Arcade Archives
    • Japan
  • Rumour Netflix App Ready For Switch, All It Needs Is Nintendo's Go-Ahead

    Video streaming app is "locked and loaded"

    The incredible sales success of the Switch has masked a few irksome issues people have with the console, one of the most pressing being the lack of any video streaming capabilities, despite it being the perfect tool for portable binge-watching. However, if a fresh rumour is to be believed, this won't be...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Netflix
    • Rumours
  • News Hyperkin Shows Off Working Version Of Its Supa Retron HD SNES Clone

    First look at the system's controller

    Hyperkin has given us a little more information on its forthcoming Supa Retron HD console, which launches later this year. We already know that the new machine will output in 720p HD via HDMI and will boast a 16:9 / 4:3 aspect ratio switch, just like the Retron HD. It will also be capable of playing SNES...

    • SNES
    • Hyperkin
    • Retro
  • News We Were Addicted To Ridge Racer On PlayStation, Admits Star Fox 2 Developer

    "All the Star Fox 2 team would be playing it"

    The SNES Classic Mini arrives later this month and brings with Star Fox 2, a game which was supposed to come out in the mid-'90s but was canned at the very last minute. There are countless theories as to why Nintendo decided to pull the plug on what was essentially a finished game, but the general...

    • Retro
    • Ridge Racer
    • Dylan Cuthbert
  • News 2K Hopes To Slam Dunk The Bugs In NBA 2K18 on Nintendo Switch

    Double dribble

    It's fair to say that 2K Sports' NBA 2K18 hasn't got off to the best of starts on the Switch, not for everyone at least, with players reporting problems with corrupted save files. Our reviewer has also found various other issues to date, with garbled sound during some cutscenes and playback of other scenes sometimes being out of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Bugs
    • 2K Sports
    • NBA 2K18
  • News Shoot Some Pheromones When Gal Gun 2 Comes To Switch Later This Year

    The Lynx Effect

    If you've ever wished you were more popular with members of the opposite sex then Inti Creates' Gal Gun 2 might be the game for you; it's headed to the Switch eShop later this year. The Gal Gun series revolves around an "unlucky" young man who accidentally becomes supernaturally popular with girls. His mission: find his one true...

    • Switch eShop
    • Japan
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Natsume Has a New Sale Available on the eShop

    Whaddya buyin’?

    One of the more welcome features of the vastly improved eShop of last generation was the introduction of sales on Nintendo’s digital storefront. Though the company rarely discounts its games—and when it does, there’s not a whole lot being dropped—it nonetheless has at least provided third parties with a means of enticing...

    • Wii U eShop
    • 3DS
    • Wii U
    • Sales
  • News 3DS OS Version 11.6.0-39 Is Now Available for Download

    11.5.0-38 is so last year

    With each passing day, it seems that Nintendo Switch becomes an increasingly more important part of Nintendo’s plans, while the 3DS proportionally becomes more and more irrelevant. The release of Metroid: Samus Returns helps stem this, but there’s still a lingering feeling that the platform is on its last legs. Perhaps...

    • 3DS
    • Updates
    • Stability
  • News Donkey Kong Country on SNES Gets the MSU1 Digital Audio Enhancement Treatment

    It's on like hi-fi Donkey Kong!

    Rare's phenomenal Donkey Kong Country was quite the game changer in late 1994, not only giving an extra edge to the Super Nintendo in the 16-bit console war but also becoming one of the most cherished games in the entire SNES library. Despite the fancy ACM graphics, one of they key features that still resonates with...

    • Retro
    • SNES
    • Super Nintendo
    • Rare
    • Donkey Kong Country
  • News Credit Suisse Forecasts 130 Million Nintendo Switch Sales By 2022

    Upgrades Nintendo to "outperform" from "neutral" 

    Brokerage firm Credit Suisse has updated its sales forecast for the Nintendo Switch and has upgraded Nintendo stock from "neutral" to "outperform". Credit Suisse had previously predicted that the Switch would sell 70 million units by 2022 - a very generous claim - but it has now elevated that...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Business

Monday18th Sep 2017

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    Review Pokkén Tournament DX

    Nintendo used Double-Dip!

    The unholy lovechild of Tekken and Pokémon, Pokkén Tournament caused quite a stir when it was first announced, yet Bandai Namco's one-on-one fighter exceeded expectations when it eventually arrived on the Wii U last year following a successful run in arcades. Given that almost all Pokémon games focus on...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Pokemon
    • Pokken Tournament
  • News Sega Dreamcast: Collected Works Looks Like A Dream Come True

    Sega's swansong

    We love a good book here at Nintendo Life, and they don't get much better than Read-Only Memory's Collected Works series, which takes an in-depth look at classic consoles. As a follow-on to the excellent Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works there is now a Dreamcast book campaign on Kickstarter.

    • SEGA
    • Books
    • Kickstarter
  • 46


    Review Sine Mora EX

    Just don't play the co-op with your ex...

    The shmup genre is understandably much loved by some gamers, as it boils down the basics of gaming. Often intense yet simple to play, difficult but easy to grasp, shoot 'em ups were fundamental in the retro arcade scene and continue to entertain us on modern systems, often as download games or budget retail...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Sine Mora EX
  • News NBA 2K18 Players Report Problems With Corrupted Save Files

    A multiplatform issue

    NBA 2K18 has caused plenty of chortles and debate due to its whopping 5GB space requirement for save data, but it seems that the launch build has some more serious issues. Multiple users have reported the game corrupting and losing save data, which is a particular blow if progress is being made in the My Career mode - some of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • NBA 2K18
  • News Metroid: Samus Returns Makes Top 10 Debut in UK Charts

    Rayman just outside top 10, NBA 2K18 on Switch nowhere to be seen

    Last week had a few high profile releases across various systems, which means the UK charts are a little more interesting than normal. Well, aside from Destiny 2 staying in top spot. The best new arrival is actually NBA 2K18 in second place, but that doesn't include Switch sales as...

    • UK
    • Charts
    • Metroid
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
  • News Super Mario Odyssey Has an 'Ages 12 and Up' CERO B Rating in Japan

    May contain some semi-nude plumbers

    Plenty of Switch owners are very excited about Super Mario Odyssey, and it's a game that's amused the internet for some rather random reasons, one of them being a semi-nude Mario. Now the chatter is around its age rating in Japan, which rather passed us by when we reported on the ga

    • Super Mario Odyssey
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Random Modders Turn GoldenEye 007 Into Goldfinger 64

    We expect you to be impressed!

    GoldenEye 007 is one of the N64's most beloved titles; as well as introducing an entire generation of players to the joys of FPS deathmatches it sold by the bucketload and established its developer Rare as one of the UK's most talented codeshops. Fast forward to the present, and industrious modders have taken...

    • Retro
    • Random
    • N64
    • GoldenEye
  • 27

    Switch eShop

    Review NeuroVoider

    Bye, robot

    For all the genre tags liberally flung at the influx of indie games over the last few years, it could be assumed that a select few terms might have become faux pas, or even derogatory. Despite splintering off into many branches of sub category since its inception, uttering words like 'roguelike' or 'permadeath' can immediately engage as...

    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • NeuroVoider
  • News Layers of Fear: Legacy Will Bring Horror to the Switch Soon

    "A redesigned masterpiece"

    The range of genres and styles on the Switch eShop continues to grow, and horror is gradually making its mark. It's now confirmed that Layers of Fear: Legacy is heading to the Switch soon, which is good news for those that enjoy some frights. Released on other consoles in early 2016 simply as Layers of Fear, it's a horror...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • 21

    Switch eShop

    Review 36 Fragments of Midnight

    A (very) quick stroll in the moonlight

    The Nintendo eShop is a weird and wonderful place; some games are absolute gems, some are whatever-the-opposite-of-gems-is, and some leave you with more questions after completion than when you first started. 36 Fragments of Midnight falls into that latter category and, whilst it might work successfully if...

    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • 36 Fragments of Midnight
  • News Capcom Special Edition Sneakers Now Available for Pre-Order in Japan

    Region locked footwear

    When you’re a games fan there are many way to show off your fandom. Aside for keeping the games on display in mint condition there's figures, books, posters, clothes and all sorts of

  • News New Range of Minecraft Themed Hot Wheels Cars Hit The Track This October

    Imagine a Creeper on wheels

    In recent times, the Hot Wheels brand has collaborated with a number of well-known video game franchises. The Super Mario series has received its own custom Hot Wheels line and games like Rocket League have even featured iconic Hot Wheels by including the Bone Shaker and Twin Mill...

    • Minecraft
    • Hot Wheels
    • Mattel
  • News ClusterPuck99 to Bring Party Gameplay and a Suggestive Name to Switch

    Will include exclusive stages

    The Switch is already establishing itself as a nifty party machine with a range of multiplayer games making their mark on the system. ClusterPuck99, published by Coatsink (Shu) and developed by PHL Collection, will aim to join the ranks and become another multiplayer hit on the hardware. With support for up to eight...

    • Retro
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Art of Fighting is Scrapping Its Way to the Switch eShop

    Oh yes, there's always another Neo Geo fighting game

    As you may have noticed, the Neo Geo had a few fighting games - oh alright, it had loads of them. That makes sense, of course, as it was the 'arcade at home' that well-off kids owned, and many of us would gravitate to the genre when visiting the arcades. It looks like another is on the way in...

    • Switch eShop
    • Neo Geo
    • ACA
  • Video Check Out All Of Pokkén Tournament DX's Synergy Burst Moves

    Playing with power

    Pokkén Tournament DX launches on Switch this week, and brings with it five characters that weren't previously playable on the Wii U: Croagunk, Empoleon, Darkrai, Scizor and Decidueye.  New Battle Pokémon naturally means new Synergy Burst moves, so we thought we'd compile every single Synergy Burst move in a...

    • Videos
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon


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