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  • Random Switch Game Cards Are Tough Enough To Survive A Spin In The Washing Machine

    "Amazingly it booted up without issue."

    If it's not enough that those cute little Nintendo Switch cards have to endure frequent licking to see if they really do taste as bad as everyone says, to add insult to injury now one of these beloved game cards has been put through a washing machine cycle and come out of the other end almost intact. Reddit...

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  • Nintendo Download 22nd June (North America)

    Ever Oasis! Oceanhorn! RPG Maker Fes! Fatal Fury 2! More!

    It's that time again, fellow gamers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update details. This week has some high profile arrivals on both Switch and 3DS, varying from retail games to intriguing download-only titles. Let's get to the details, shall we? Nintendo Switch eShop: Oceanhorn:...

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  • News The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Looks Set for Late November Release

    Amazon makes the Link

    When Bethesda showed off the latest Switch trailer for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim during E3 it focused on amiibo support and motion controls, but shied away from giving a formal date. With the official Nintendo site now listing it for 'Holiday', it seems Amazon has had a whirl at giving the exact arrival time. Amazon.com...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Skyrim
  • News Pokémon GO Cheaters Get A Nasty Surprise In The Latest Update

    Niantic wants it to be "a fun and fair experience for all Trainers"

    Pokémon GO's latest update is bringing with it some amazing new features, such as Raid Battles and revised gyms, but it also has a rather nasty surprise waiting in store for any players who have resorted to using third-party apps to track monsters. Any monsters obtained via this...

    • Pokemon Go
    • Pokemon
    • Mobile
    • Smartphones
  • News Nintendo Aims to Keep Switch Hot With 'Drumbeat' of Games and Strength of Concept

    Will support cross-platform multiplayer when it's a good fit

    When it comes down to the Nintendo Switch and its strategy for success, the big N can point to early results and claim to have got it right so far. Of course, a strong start means little without long-term sales, which was a core focus in an interview that Nintendo of America corporate...

    • Nintendo Switch
  • News SwitchCase Hopes To Give Your Switch More Comfortable Grips

    The grips are replaceable too

    Do you find that the Switch is uncomfortable to hold in prolonged gameplay sessions? If so the SwitchCase Kickstarter from Skull & Co. might be an answer. Made from soft TPU material, the idea is that it's easy to slot on, with two different styles of grips to make the Switch much more comfortable to hold...

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    • Kickstarter
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    Switch eShop

    Review Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

    Horn of plenty?

    When Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas was unveiled for mobile devices a couple of years ago, it wasn't hard to draw comparisons to a certain iconic Nintendo franchise. Since that time it's enjoyed some success and made its way to other platforms, now including the Switch eShop; the question is whether the transition to dedicated...

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    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • Oceanhorn
  • Random Ease The Pain Of Sega Forever's Botched Launch With This Official Cereal

    FREE GIFT INSIDE

    Sega Forever has finally launched after weeks of speculation, and sadly, it's not had the best of starts. Dogged by poor emulation, the games released so far may be free to download and play, but they're a long way from being the best way to experience such classic titles. While Sega clearly has some work to do in order to bring...

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  • News Minecraft On Switch Will Also Get The Super Duper Graphics Pack

    Super!

    Minecraft is getting a big update this year thanks to the "Better Together" initiative which looks to unify all players across as many systems as possible - and that includes Switch. However, this news was just one part of Microsoft's E3 presentation - it also spent a lot of time talking about the Super Duper Graphics Pack, which drastically...

    • Minecraft
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Sega Forever Launch Marred By Terrible Emulation

    "This feels kinda like watching a trainwreck unfold"

    Yesterday with joyous glee we reported that Sega Forever had launched on smart devices, and we touched on some comments from Sega Networks' chief marketing officer Mike Evans about the possibilities of bringing the collection of games to Switch as they are built using Unity. However, it...

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  • Video This Year's AtGames Sega Genesis Flashback Console Looks Much Improved

    720p, Filters, save states and much more besides

    It's fair to say that AtGames doesn't have the best reputation in the realm of clone consoles - which is somewhat ironic when you consider the company has been doing this for years now. Its systems are typically marred by poor emulation, terrible AV output options and ropey audio, but it's trying to...

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    • Retro
    • Sega
    • AtGames
    • Hardware
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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Last Resort

    It's the shooter Morrissey would play

    Given how popular "shmups" were during the late '80s and early '90s it's odd that the Neo Geo didn't have more of them, but the few it did play host to were generally amazing. Blazing Star and Pulstar instantly spring to mind when talking about the genre on SNK's system, but there are many fans who hold a candle...

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  • News You Can Design a Character for Flipping Death on Nintendo Switch

    Curse that Doctor Laser!

    Flipping Death, from Zoink Games (Stick it to the Man), looks like another fun title on the way to the Switch eShop. Adopting a similar style to the aforementioned Wii U title, it'll have you solving puzzles and adventuring while flipping between two sides of reality. Zoink Games is now relaunching its 'ZEO' (Zoink...

    • Switch eShop
    • Flipping Death
  • News Nintendo Apologizes for Switch Shortages, Promises an Increase in Production

    Miyamoto's plucking more Pikmin out back as we speak

    It’s a well-trodden discussion at this point that Nintendo Switch hardware is exceedingly difficult to come by; unless you happen to visit a store early in the morning when a new shipment comes in, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll be hard pressed to find one on shelves. This is something...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hardware
  • News Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi on Producing New IP

    "Is it something that needs to be in a Mario game?"

    It seems like with every new generation of hardware, Nintendo fans are always hoping the company will create some fascinating new IP to bring fresh ideas to the table. Sometimes—as is the case with Splatoon—a new IP pays big and cements itself as a worthy addition to Nintendo’s collection,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Software

YesterdayWed, 21st Jun 2017

  • Guide How To Use A GameCube Controller With Your Nintendo Switch

    Going old-school

    Own a Nintendo Switch? Fancy using your classic GameCube controller with it? Well, thanks to Mayflash's GameCube Adapter you can now achieve this interface dream. The catch is that the adapter needs to be updated with new firmware (this only works on PC at the moment, you can't use a Mac to update it) and that you can only...

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    • Nintendo Switch
    • GameCube
    • Retro
    • Mayflash
  • News The Big Pokémon GO Update is Being Rolled Out Now

    Time to reinstall

    Just a few days ago, Niantic revealed what is arguably the biggest update to Pokémon GO yet, completely revamping gyms, adding in new items and gym badges, and adding Raid Battles. It was known that this update would be done in stages which would be dripped out over the “next few weeks”, but it seems that the update process...

    • Pokemon Go
    • Mobile
    • Updates
  • Watch The Dragon Quest XI Nintendo Direct - Live!

    Time for the series to finally Switch it up?

    Dragon Quest XI is only a month or so from release in Japan on the 3DS along with the PS4, with the portable iteration adopting a different style. That'll no doubt be a feature of this Japanese broadcast, though we hope to see the somewhat mysterious Nintendo Switch version, too. <liveblog...

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  • News Sega Forever Aims To Revive The Company's Past On Mobile, But Could Come To Switch

    From Master System to Dreamcast

    Sega's been teasing its Sega Forever service for a while now, and has recently indulged in a satfisyingly old-school promotional campaign which includes mailing out cassette tapes with classic Sega tunes o

    • Sega
    • Mobile
    • Smartphones
    • Retro
    • Sega Forever
  • Video Unboxing and Testing the New Nintendo 2DS XL

    An XL in a tiny box

    The 3DS 'family' of systems has life in it yet, which is perhaps best typified by the upcoming release of the New Nintendo 2DS XL, a system designed to fit into the market between the low-priced 2DS and the more 'premium' New 3DS XL. We've been looking at the orange and white version once again, so below our video man Alex does...

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    • New 2DS XL
    • Videos
  • Editorial Nintendo Switch is About Colour, Fun and Sharing Games, For Those Unsure of Its Purpose

    More than the sum of its parts

    Nintendo's home console hardware, for the third successive generation, is betting the farm on a concept rather than raw graphical power. After the blend of power and concept (if a cube with a handle counts as a concept) saw the GameCube struggle (compared to its predecessors), Nintendo shifted focus with its home...

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    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Say Hello To Allan Alvarez, Perhaps The Greatest Mario 64 Player Ever

    And he was only a baby when it was first released

    For many players, speedrunning is the ultimate way to show off your skill. While certain games require talent to remember movies or perfect strategies, the art of speedrunning arguably calls for even greater concentration and focus, with the smallest mistake costing valuable seconds and potentially...

    • Retro
    • Super Mario 64
    • Speedrunning
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  • News EA is Focused on Nintendo Switch Portability and "Exploring Other Products"

    "We love the mobility of the Switch"

    The nature of the Switch hardware means it'll be approached in different ways by various developers; as far as EA is concerned, the system is primarily a portable. That's been the pitch for FIFA 18 on the system, a bespoke iteration that'll supposedly be the most 'advanced' portable entry in the series. To a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • EA
    • FIFA 18
  • News Hori Unveils Another Nintendo Switch Headset for July, With Plenty of Wires

    Keeping you wired for fun

    With Splatoon 2 getting ever closer we're expecting more information about the game in the coming days and weeks; alongside that, many are assuming the first version of the smart device voice chat / lobbies app will come out alongside the game. A 'limited' version of the app is still due in 'Summer', which is any time over...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hori
  • News ARMS and Nintendo Switch Lead the Way in Japanese Charts

    Switch titles lock out software top 3

    The Media Create Japanese chart results are out, and this week has some interest for Nintendo fans courtesy of the debut of ARMS. Nintendo's new IP claimed number one spot and passed 100,000 sales, though that's well below the figures we saw for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe when it arrived in late April (it hit over...

    • Japan
    • Charts
    • Media Create
    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
  • News Snake Pass Update For Switch Adds Time Trial Mode And Lots More

    Noodletastic

    Sumo Digital's slithery physics platformer Snake Pass was a unexpected delight when we reviewed it back in March with solid visuals, unconventional gameplay, a memorable soundtrack and a decent amount of replay value. While Sumo quickly rolled out a patch after launch to improve the rumble effect in the game, the UK developer will...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Snake Pass
    • Updates
  • News The Legend of Bum-bo Will Likely Be Making its Way to Switch

    From the maker of Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac

    It seems that Edmund McMillen—developer of The Binding of Isaac, Super Meat Boy, and many others—has a certain affinity for the Nintendo Switch. After bringing The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ to the platform early in the console’s life, it was recently announced that his upcoming...

    • Nintendo Switch
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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Sengoku

    Hacked off

    Hamster Corp's dedication to mining the back catalogue of the Neo Geo on Switch is commendable, but it does throw up some issues - namely that as time goes on the company is going to have to dig deeper and deeper into the library of the system, and that means having to endure some less-than-classic titles. While we wouldn't say that...

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    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • Neo Geo
    • Sengoku
  • News The LeSportsac X Nintendo Collection Introduces Some Neat Bags and Accessories

    Sure, why not

    In recent times Nintendo has been stepping up its efforts with merchandise and tie-ins, including Vans shoes and UNIQLO t-shirts. The latest collaboration is with LeSportsac, a company that makes fashionable bags and cases (or so we're told). LeSportsac and Nintendo have confirmed a new collection that's hitting Japan in July and...

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    • Game Boy

Tuesday20th Jun 2017

  • Deals The Best Nintendo Switch Carrying Cases

    Protect your investment

    So you've got your lovely new Nintendo Switch and you're planning to take it out and about with you, to parties and such like. But let's be realistic here, this isn't a seemingly indestructible clamshell design like the 3DS, and you'll want to make sure you protect that precious 720p screen as well as carry some accessories...

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  • News Nintendo Switch OS Version 3.0.0 Is Now Live

    And guess what it does?

    Almost every update since launch for the Nintendo Switch has been relatively low key in overall impact, often just bringing minor stability improvements and little else. There was a slight hope that Nintendo might announce some sort of substantial update in its Nintendo Direct at E3, but alas, there was nothing to be heard...

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    Review Cave Story+

    A catchy Quote?

    Nintendo consoles have, as of late, become a safe haven of sort for indies looking to publish their wares on home consoles. It makes sense, then, that the Switch would receive its own port of one of the most popular indie titles of all time, Cave Story+.  Originally released in 2004 on PC, Cave Story gained popularity and...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Cave Story
  • News Streets Of Rage And Etrian Odyssey Composer Isn't Sure Why The Switch Exists

    "I'm not really surprised by it"

    The name Yuzo Koshiro will be instantly familiar to anyone who has been gaming for the past 30 years. The legendary creator of music for games like Streets of Rage, Revenge of Shinobi, ActRaiser and Etrian Odyssey has been president of Ancient Corp for 27 years now, and during that time he has contributed some...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Yuzo Koshiro
    • Music
    • Sega
  • Video Performance Over Resolution - Digital Foundry Tackles Super Mario Odyssey

    With time for improvements

    When we played Splatoon 2 earlier in the year there was a little disgruntlement that it was running at 720p when docked, with the flipside that it was rocking along at 60fps with nary a dropped frame. That was back in March, yet during E3 Nintendo stated the game is now 1080p docked, and even i

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario Odyssey
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    Wii U

    Review Darksiders: Warmastered Edition

    War is upon us, at long last

    Just when you thought it was safe to bid farewell to your Wii U, a lone figure appears on the shadowed horizon. Unhindered by multiple delays, primed for war and ready to impress; the horseman cometh. Darksiders originally released back in 2010, and was hailed as a hidden gem of the last generation. While it...

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  • News Switch Stock Shortages Cost Nintendo First Place In May's NPD Hardware Charts

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is May's biggest Switch game

    The incredible demand for the Nintendo Switch has enabled it to jump to the top of the NPD sales charts over the past few months but hardware shortages - driven by a lack of components - have cost the system top spot in May. According to the latest NPD figures, the PlayStation 4 was the biggest...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • NPD
    • North America
  • Hardware Review The Analogue NT Mini Isn't Just The Best NES Clone, It's Much More Besides

    FPGA or GTHO

    It's fair to say that the gaming public's interest in clones of vintage consoles hasn't diminished over the past few years; in fact, interest in such hardware is arguably on the rise. We've seen a raft of systems which aim to replicate the performance of retro hardware, including the Hyperkin Retron 5, the Cyber Gadget Retro Freak and...

    • Hardware Review
    • Features
    • Retro
    • NES
    • Analogue NT Mini
  • Random Nintendo GIF Shows Off an Awesome Super Mario Odyssey Chain Chomp Puzzle

    Chomping down

    Nintendo has been upping the ante with more social media accounts over recent weeks and months, with Nintendo Versus (focused on competitive gaming) being a notable example. A lower key example is the Super Mario UK Twitter account, set up during E3 to focus on the mascot (and particularly Super Mario Odyssey at the moment). Its...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario Odyssey
  • News According to this Teaser the Future of Sega is Gazing Out of Windows Philosophically

    Teasing a new kind of gaming?

    SEGA, or perhaps it'll be Sega, is gearing up for a rebrand and relaunch of priorities as we head towards 2020. The company is seeking to build buzz around its potential change in direction, pitching a localised video teaser on the 'Future of Sega', published via IGN. The original was published in Japanese a month ago,...

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  • News Yoshio Sakamoto on the Development of Metroid: Samus Returns

    "I’m working on other titles outside of Metroid, of course"

    It was already quite a shock announcement for Nintendo to finally reveal that Metroid Prime 4 is currently being developed, but very few would’ve ever called the follow up announcement that was made in a later Treehouse stream in which Metroid: Samus Returns was revealed. Yoshio...

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    • Upcoming Releases
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  • News Even After 10 Years, Billy Mitchell Still Hasn't Seen King Of Kong

    "On the souls of my children, I haven’t watched it"

    It's hard to believe that The King of Kong is a decade old now. A seminal work in the history of video game movies, it presented a thrilling David and Goliath tale which focused on humble schoolteacher Steve Wiebe's dream of being the world high score holder for Nintendo's arcade smash Donkey...

    • Retro
    • Steve Wiebe
    • Billy Mitchell
    • Donkey Kong
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  • First Impressions Showing our Hand in Culdcept Revolt on Nintendo 3DS

    Of dice and decks

    Of all the games we got to try out at E3 this year, one stood out as having perhaps the least likely origin story: Culdcept Revolt. This 3DS title, published by Nintendo in Japan but brought Westward by NIS America, is the latest game in a series that started with a Japan-exclusive game for the Sega Saturn. Combining board game...

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    • Culdcept Revolt
    • 3DS
  • News Dodgeball Arena Action Title Rocket Fist Slams Into Switch Next Month

    Dodgeball with rockets

    It seems like every time we load up the UK Switch eShop and check out the Coming Soon page that something new awaits us lately. We've got Oceanhorn, Bulb Boy, Death Squared and now Rocket Fist to look forward to in the not-too-distant future. Previously announced for

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Death Squared is Confirmed for a 13th July Release on Nintendo Switch

    Be there or die square

    Death Squared is another interesting title heading to the Switch eShop, having previously landed on other current-gen systems and PC. It's a co-op puzzle game that allows up to four players, which will work nicely with the local multiplayer focus of the Switch. Developer SMG Studio has now confirmed a 13th July release date...

    • Switch eShop
    • Death Squared
  • News Danmaku Unlimited 3 Is Bringing Bullet Hell Brilliance To The Switch

    TATE mode confirmed!

    We love a relaxing bullet hell shmup here at Nintendo Life, so we were delighted to hear that Danmaku Unlimited 3 will be heading over to the Switch eShop later this year.  Developed by Doragon Entertainment, a one-man indie game studio based in Vancouver Canada with a passion for old school shooters and Japanese...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Games
    • Shmup
  • News Bitmap Books Announces Officially Licensed NEOGEO: A Visual History

    400 pages celebrating the Rolls Royce of game consoles

    UK publisher Bitmap Books - previously responsible for The Unofficial NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium and Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection - has announced that its next project is NEOGEO: A Visual History, an officially licensed publication celebrating one of the most iconic gaming...

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    • Neo Geo
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