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TodayThu, 30th Mar 2017

  • News Snake Pass Update Improves Rumble on Nintendo Switch

    It sssneaked out today

    Earlier this week Sumo Digital confirmed that it had an update on the way to improve the rumble for Snake Pass on Nintendo Switch. It was described by one member of our team as resembling the over-the-top vibrations of The Wonderful 101 on the GamePad, so it was evidently pretty fierce. In any case an update slithered out...

    • Switch eShop
    • Snake Pass
  • Nintendo Download 30th March (Europe)

    Snake Pass! Metal Slug! Pic-a-Pix Colour! Kokopolo 3D! More!

    It's that time again, dear readers, for the Nintendo Download Update in Europe. The official press release was slow arriving, but the list is now complete thanks to help from Daan Koopman and NL user KJ85. There are two offerings on the Switch this week, along with some tempting options on...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Europe
    • Switch eShop
    • Wii U eShop
    • 3DS eShop
  • News Jackbox Party Pack 3 Is Hitting The Nintendo Switch eShop On April 13th

    Five games, one price

    The Jackbox Party Pack 3 is coming to the Nintendo Switch eShop on April 13th. We know this because it's now listed as "coming soon" on the Australian eShop with a price of $32.27AUD. The pack itself contains the games Quiplash 2, Trivia Murder Party, Guesspionage, Tee K.O. and Fakin' it. The game is already available on...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • Nintendo Download 30th March (North America)

    Snake Pass! Metal Slug! Brave Dungeon! Cube Life with guns! More!

    It's time for yet another Nintendo Download update for North America, and this week we have quite a number of releases to get through. There are two promising titles on the Switch eShop, while the Wii U has two new games and a 'New Play Control' Wii title; on 3DS meanwhile, there are...

    • Nintendo Download
    • North America
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
  • Guide Recipes And Cooking Tips For Budding Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Chefs

    Check out our essential tips and mouth-watering dishes

    One of the biggest departures The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has made from other games in the series's storied history is the move away from finding hearts to replenish your health; instead, this time around Link will need to don his chef's hat and craft some delicacies if he is to...

    • Guides
    • Zelda
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Features
    • Breath of the Wild
  • News The Splatoon U.S. Inkling Open Has a Trip to E3 Up for Grabs

    Splatting it old school

    A lot of the talk in the past week has been around Splatoon 2, but let's not forget that the original Splatoon is still very much active and a hoot to play. Now Nintendo of America has teamed up with Battlefy to promote an online tournament in the original with a cool prize - a trip for four to this year's E3. Battlefy is a...

    • Splatoon
    • E3 2017
  • News Here's Why Speedrunners Prefer The Wii U Version Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Those seconds count

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may have been out for less than a month, but speedrunners around the world have already torn the game apart trying to find the quickest route for completion. Now YouTuber dragonbane has proven which language is the fastest in a comparison video of a

    • Legend of Zelda
    • Breath of the Wild
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Wii U
  • News GAME CEO Explains Why He Has So Much Confidence In Nintendo Switch

    "You only have to play Zelda on-the-move and you get it in a nanosecond"

    The Nintendo Switch is flying off store shelves all over the world, which would suggest that the concept of a home console you can take with you anywhere has found favour with the games-buying public. This is just the tonic Nintendo needed after the dismal commercial...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • UK
    • Martyn Gibbs
  • News Nintendo Switch Is Selling Faster In Japan Than The PS4 Did, But Not As Quick As The Wii U

    519,504 units sold in four weeks

    The Nintendo Switch has shifted 519,504 units in its first four weeks on sale in Japan - which means that it has passed the half-million sales marker faster than Sony's PlayStation 4 did. The PS4 - the best-selling home console of this generation with 53.4 million units sold as of January this year - shifted 439,810...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Japan
    • Sales Figures
  • News Switch Timed Exclusive Graceful Explosion Machine Gets Solid Release Date

    Coming to the eShop next month

    Developer Vertex Pop has confirmed that Graceful Explosion Machine will hit the Nintendo Switch eShop on April 6th, with a retail price of $12.99 / €12.99. The game was revealed as part of Nintendo's indie lineup just before launch, and mixes horizontal shooting action with eye-catching, colourful visuals. Is...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • News Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Specter of Torment Receive a New Update on Switch

    Docked resolution boost!

    Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove offers quite a bit of value to anybody looking for a quality retro fix on their Switch, with the latest Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment expansion only further adding to it. Though the game wasn't strictly "new" when it showed up at launch, it was nonetheless a quality port that brought the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Shovel Knight
    • Updates

YesterdayWed, 29th Mar 2017

  • News Wreck-It Ralph 2 Gets a New Name and a Release Date

    Now loading...

    Wreck-It Ralph was one of the stand-out animated movies of 2012, following the adventures of an arcade video game villain through various game worlds. As expected, there was plenty of fan service to be found, with cameos and references galore, and we're about to get a whole lot more next year in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It...

    • Upcoming Releases
    • Movies
    • Wreck-It Ralph
  • News Nintendo Switch Hardware Sales Grow in Japan as Monster Hunter Stays at Number One

    Good times

    It's time, once again, for the Media Create chart results out of Japan; they give as an idea of what's connecting with the Japanese gaming market and what is ultimately falling short. Kicking off with software, Monster Hunter XX (Double Cross) remains at number one in its second week, passing one million retail sales in the process...

    • Japan
    • Charts
    • Media Create
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
  • News Be Quick And Pick Up A NES Classic Mini Or Nintendo Switch At Best Buy Today

    F5 at noon central time, people!

    The NES Classic Mini and the Nintendo Switch have both been notoriously difficult to purchase since launch. Whenever restocks come in they usually tend to sell out in a matter of minutes as demand continues to outstrip supply. If you are still hoping to pick up a NES Mini or a Switch without turning to eBay, then...

    • Best Buy
    • Nintendo Switch
    • NES Mini
  • News Warner Bros Issues Full Statement Regarding Lego City: Undercover Install Confusion

    "The information is listed incorrectly on the packaging"

    Yesterday we reported on the news that the Switch packaging for Lego City: Undercover appeared to state that a mandatory 13GB install was required to play. Warner Bros issued a short statement to Eurogamer shortly after this news broke which appeared t

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Lego
  • Video Here's How Switch Snake Pass Compares To The PlayStation 4 Version

    Slither and slide

    Snake Pass hits the Nintendo Switch this week and we've already recorded some lovely direct-feed footage for you to gaze at longingly if you're still in two minds about making a purchase. However, if you'd like to see how the Switch version compares to the PS4 edition then you might want to check out this short comparison clip. As...

    • Videos
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Snake Pass
  • Random Japanese Kid Crafts Cardboard Nintendo Switch After Mother Refuses To Buy Him One

    Build it, and they will come

    Many years ago, I wanted a Game Boy. I wanted it more than anything else in the world, in fact. Sadly, my parents refused to buy me one until it was my birthday, so in the meantime I did the next best thing - I made my own console out of a cardboard box, coloured it all in so it looked suitably authentic and stuck a...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Don't Worry, The Rumble in Snake Pass Will Be Fixed Soon

    Patch incoming

    We've been really enjoying our time with Snake Pass on the Switch eShop so far and our review should hopefully be with you very soon; our lovely male video hostess Alex has you covered in the meantime in the video above. One slight criticism which we have with the game, which you might have noticed if you downloaded it yesterday, is...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Snake Pass
    • HD Rumble
  • News Metal Slug Is Coming To The Nintendo Switch eShop This Week

    "Thank you!"

    Switch owners have already sampled the delights of Metal Slug 3 but this week they'll be able to see where the series began by playing the original game. Hamster has just announced that Metal Slug is coming to the ACA Neo Geo range on Nintendo's console, and as you might expect it will be blessed with all the usual enhancements, such...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Neo Geo
    • Metal Slug
  • Feature How Battle Princess Madelyn Is Fulfilling One Little Girl's Dream Of Starring In Ghouls 'n Ghosts

    "It's mostly my daughter Maddi's fault!"

    Capcom's Ghouls 'n Ghosts series is held in high esteem by many a retro gamer, yet the franchise is currently dormant and we're unlikely to see a sequel any time soon. However, we may be getting the next best thing in the form of Battle Princess Madelyn, a spiritual successor created by Causal Bit Games and...

    • Features
    • Interview
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Wii U
    • Wii U eShop
  • News There's a Spring Event Coming to Fire Emblem Heroes

    Spring is in the air...

    Nintendo has announced via its mobile YouTube channel that Fire Emblem Heroes will be recieving a Spring-themed event starting tomorrow. The "Spring Festival" will give players the chance to summon popular characters such as Chrom, Lucina, Xander and Camilla in Easter-themed clothing; each character will also have unique...

    • Fire Emblem
    • Nintendo Mobile
  • News Kickstarter Title Anew: The Distant Light Is Heading To Nintendo Switch

    Team also worked on Bioshock, Borderlands and Uncharted

    There are a lot of great indie games coming up for the Switch eShop in the future and now we can add the impressive looking Anew: The Distant Light to the list. It has just met its $35,000 Kickstarter goal for the Switch release. Here's what developer Resonator had to say about the Switch...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Games
    • Kickstarter
  • News SNES Prototype Quik The Thunder Rabbit Uncovered

    Quite A Departure From The Original Amiga Game

    After the success of Sonic The Hedgehog back in the daythere was a flood of animal mascot platformers on every system imaginable, trying with varied degrees of success to cash in on the overnight popularity of the genre. French developer Titus Software was one of many companies all over the world giving...

    • SNES
    • Retro
    • Prototype
  • News Psyonix Is Evaluating Bringing Rocket League to the Switch

    Community demand seems to be a big decision factor

    One of the most popular games to pop up in the online gaming and eSports community over the past few years is that of Rocket League. Psyonix's soccer/racing hybrid has become a household name at this point with its approachable gameplay and addicting visual style, and it's come to every major...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Rocket League
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    Switch eShop

    Review Little Inferno

    Feel the burn

    Little Inferno, like Tomorrow Corporation's other titles, has found new life on the Nintendo Switch. First released back in 2012 as an early title for the Wii U eShop, then ported to PC and mobile device platforms, it was met with good reviews for its innovative take on the puzzle genre. Fortunately the trip to Nintendo's latest...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Little Inferno
  • Weirdness Nintendo's Team Actually Did a 1-2-Switch Milking Challenge at a Vermont Farm

    We heard it on the bovine

    Earlier this week Nintendo's social media team rather oddly got involved in a bit of 'bantz' with a Vermont farm about milking cows and 1-2-Switch. You know, a normal way to pass a Friday afternoon. It was clearly all carefully orchestrated, as Nintendo has now shared images and videos from the real-life challenge between...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • 1-2-Switch
    • Cows
  • 19

    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review The King of Fighters '94

    Retro royalty

    Hamster is doing a great job of populating the Nintendo Switch eShop with classic Neo Geo titles but the order of release is a little puzzling. Metal Slug 3 has arrived before the original, and King of Fighters '98 was available at launch, only for King of Fighters '94 to arrive slightly later. Given the refinements that occurred...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Neo Geo
  • News My Child Lebensborn Adds a Switch Stretch Goal

    Still quite a way to go, though

    Many of you no doubt remember the Tamagotchi craze of the late 90's to early 00's. Those annoying little pocket pets were the thing to have on the playground, though they required a significant amount of attention as you had to effectively care for a virtual pet, well before Nintendogs ever came into the picture. Now,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kickstarter
    • My Child Lebensborns
  • Video Japanese Fire Emblem Echoes Overview Trailer Shows Off Upcoming 3DS Release

    There's an amiibo trailer, too

    Following the success of Fire Emblem: Awakening and then Fire Emblem Fates, Nintendo will be hoping that Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia can continue the positive momentum in May. It provides a nice spin on the recent entries - as a remaster / reimagining of the Famicom title Fire Emblem Gaiden it takes quite a...

    • Fire Emblem
    • 3DS
    • Fire Emblem Echoes
  • Video Seeing A R.O.B. The Robot Get Torn Apart Is Rather Hypnotic

    Don't worry, he gets put back together again

    The Robotic Operating Buddy - or R.O.B. for short - was one of the many ways Nintendo attempted to differentiate its NES system from "traditional" console platforms which had poisoned the market after the 1983 video game crash. This robotic companion could connect to the console and interact with various...

    • Videos
    • Retro
    • ROB
    • NES

Tuesday28th Mar 2017

  • News Nintendo Switch OS Version 2.1.0 is Now Live

    And what a change it brings

    One of the features of the Switch that has drawn a lot of positive reception (and perhaps a bit of negative, too) is the shiny, new OS that launched alongside it. Nintendo's track record in OS design has been… functional, to put it nicely. Though the software running platforms like the Wii U and 3DS was certainly...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Software
    • Updates
    • Stability
  • Video How Well Does Snake Pass Run on Nintendo Switch?

    Danger Noodle Simulator 2017

    Snake Pass is a game in a genre of its own. Employing realistic (but not too realistic) physics with the curiously complicated and alien movement of our legless reptile friends, it's an experience like no other. In some ways it reminds this writer especially of games like Surgeon Simulator that task you with battling the...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nindies
    • Nintendo Switch
    • David Wise
  • Guide How To Get Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Coolest-Looking Outfit, The Radiant Set

    How to look cool in Hyrule

    Having the right gear in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be the difference between success or failure, but sometimes you just want to look like a badass while exploring the wilds of Hyrule - and for that, you really need the Radiant Set. This particular set lures skeleton-type enemies and increases your attack...

    • Guides
    • Legend of Zelda
    • Breath of the Wild
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Wii U
  • News Lego City Undercover Box Reveals a Mandatory 13GB Install

    UPDATE: Publisher says you don't need to install to play

    Update: Warner Bros has issued a statement to Eurogamer regarding this news: Players who purchase Lego City Undercover on Nintendo Switch at retail do not need to download the game to play. We've also heard from another source that the information on the box is actually incorrect. We'll...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Lego City Undercover
  • News Playtonic on the Development Progress of Yooka-Laylee on Switch

    "We're working directly with Nintendo"

    It's rather hard to believe, but Yooka-Laylee is only a couple weeks away from its grand debut. The Kickstarter project aims to bring the dream of the collect-a-thon platformer back to the forefront, and based on all that's been revealed so far, it seems that Playtonic has done an excellent job of creating a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Yooka-Laylee
  • Guide How To Shield Surf Like A Pro In Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

    Everybody's going surfin'

    There's so much cool content in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that it's easy to overlook some unique features, and one we're been guilty of ignoring in the Nintendo Life office is the ability to surf on your shield. The game doesn't make a big song and dance about this ability, outside of two characters who give...

    • Guides
    • Legend of Zelda
    • Breath of the Wild
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Wii U
  • Random Princess Zelda's Voice Actor Had To Pay For Breath Of The Wild Just Like Everyone Else

    "I didn't ask so I can't be too disappointed"

    When you supply the voice for one of the most iconic characters in video game history you might assume you'd get some pretty neat perks as a result, in addition to your usual fee, of course. However, for voice actor Patricia Summersett - the talent behind Princess Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of...

    • Random
    • Zelda
    • Breath of the Wild
    • Legend of Zelda
  • Random A Fan Has Created a 2D Yooka-Laylee For SNES

    Call yourself a fan?

    It never ceases to amaze how far fans will go to show their love for a video game, even one that has yet to be released. Yooka-Laylee is due for launch in 2 weeks time on various platforms - thought not quite Switch yet - and to celebrate one super fan has managed to replicate the upcoming game for the Super Nintendo. Twitter...

    • Random
    • Yooka-Laylee
  • Video Digital Foundry Breaks Down the Resolution and Framerate in Splatoon 2

    Modest resolution but solid performance

    Not long ago we shared our impressions from the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire, reflecting on the new and adjusted weapon loadouts and also the performance of the game. We reckoned that even docked it was 720p but a solid 60fps, and that seems to be bearing out through further analysis. Our colleagues over at...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
    • Global Testfire
  • Random Someone Turned a Dead Nintendo 64 Into a Funky Retro Switch Dock

    Woah, 64-bit docking?

    The Nintendo Switch dock is a nifty little solution for the system's key gimmick, with its near-instant conversion of the console's image to a TV and vice-versa when the tablet is removed. Presuming you're relatively careful with it and you're not one of a small number that ended up with a defective unit, it does the job...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo 64
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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Neo Turf Masters

    On the green

    Charm certainly goes a long way in the world of video games, especially when you're talking about Neo Geo titles. Some would argue that SNK's console represents the pinnacle of the 2D age, and its games were imbued with an instantly addictive appeal that helped paper over any minor shortcomings and limitations. That's certainly the case...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Neo Turf Masters
  • News Super Meat Boy Forever Might Hop, Skip And Jump Onto Nintendo Switch

    But Meat Boy Infinite, no way!

    It felt like bloody action platformer Super Meat Boy would never make it on to a Nintendo system, but we got there in the end. It eventually made it over to the Wii U eShop in May last year and we had a great time with it. When asked if we might see Meat Boy jump over to Switch on Twitter, Team Meat said the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Meat Boy
    • Switch eShop
  • News Pocket Rumble Misses March Launch Window, Devs "Unable To Comment" On Release Date

    "We know this isn't the news you wanted to hear"

    2D brawler Pocket Rumble won't be launching this month, developer Cardboard Robot Games has confirmed. The title was revealed as part of the Nintendo Switch indie lineup with a release window of this month, but with March about to give way to April, the developer has issued a statement via its...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • Site News Switch It Up With Our Readership Survey

    Would you mind if we asked you a few questions?

    We don't take it for granted that so many of you lovely people visit Nintendo Life every day, yet you probably know a lot more about us than we know about you. Therefore our partners at Gamer Network have put together a readership survey so we can get to know our audience a little better. Nintendo...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Wii U
    • 3DS
    • Survey
    • Gamer Network
  • News Pier Solar Studio Is Back With A Brand New Sega Mega Drive Beat 'Em Up, Paprium

    Comes on an 80-MEG cart

    WaterMelon, best known for its RPG Pier Solar, has just revealed its next project - a side-scrolling fighter for the Sega Mega Drive called Paprium. Development began quite some time ago, when the game was known simply as

    • Retro
    • Mega Drive
    • Sega
  • Talking Point Defining a Sequel and How It Affects Games Like Splatoon 2

    Choose your own Electric Boogaloo meme

    Sequels, everyone has an opinion on them. A bit like talk around 'soft launches' and 'lazy ports', sometimes the wider consensus that follows games or systems isn't always accurate or fair. Yet that's the beauty of the internet, and sometimes its biggest flaw - the agenda isn't entirely set by public relations...

    • Features
    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
  • Gallery Have A Gawk At This Gorgeous Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Statue

    One for the mantelpiece

    To commemorate the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, First 4 Figures has released an incredible Link figure for those of you who have deep pockets and wide shelves. You may recognize the pose used here, as it's incredibly similar to the archer amiibo which Nintendo put out for the game. Have a look at the...

    • Legend of Zelda
    • Breath of the Wild
    • Merchandise
  • News Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble Getting European Release Ahead of IP's 3DS Sequel

    Get out the tablet

    Due to the perils of localisation Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls is only now approaching its EU release, due in the region on 7th April. Level 5 - and to a degree Nintendo - plan to give the sequel and IP an extra push with a mobile release the week before. Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble is heading to European phones...

    • Yo-Kai Watch
    • Wibble Wobble
    • 3DS
  • Video Get Green With This Complete History Of Battletoads

    Remembering Rash, Zitz & Pimple

    Battletoads - along with Rare's back catalogue - may be owned by Microsoft these days, but NES owners will always have a special place in their hearts for Rash, Zitz & Pimple, three radical amphibians with plenty of attitude. Created at a time when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dominated TV, gaming and toy aisles,...

    • Videos
    • Retro
    • Battletoads
    • NES
    • Rare
  • Video SteamWorld Dig 2's Lead Designer Pitches in With Q & A on Upcoming Sequel

    HD Rumble and all sorts of goodness promised

    SteamWorld Dig 2 is likely near the top of a number of Switch eShop wishlists, as it's the long-awaited direct sequel to Image & Form's breakout hit (as it was back then) on the 3DS eShop. Given the lead role it had in the Nindies Showcase in Switch launch week, it's evidently a big part of Nintendo's...

    • Video
    • SteamWorld Dig 2
    • Image & Form
    • Engine Room

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