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TodayFri, 18th Aug 2017

  • Editorial Is This a Golden Era of Gaming? Absolutely

    Tom Whitehead immediately regrets the headline

    Because I'm a literary geek I've been attending some events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival - I know, it's pretty rock and roll. In any case, one talk I went to kicked off with some wise words, and I paraphrase slightly, that every generation lives under a delusion that theirs is the...

    • Features
    • Editorial
  • Video Digital Foundry Compares Monster Hunter XX on Switch and 3DS

    Not just a resolution bump

    A little over a week ago we shared a video comparing Monster Hunter XX on Switch and 3DS, with the demo from the Japanese eShop allowing for a direct look. Naturally the jump in hardware was very apparent. Now Digital Foundry has given its take on how the new version compares to the portable original - check it...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Capcom
    • Monster Hunter
  • News We're Recruiting For Our Splatoon 2 UK Championship Grand Final Team!

    We need to two players to join us for the grand final

    Nintendo UK has today announced its Splatoon 2 UK Championship, with a number of qualification events taking place over the coming weeks. Successful teams will participate in a live-streamed grand final at EGX 2017 towards the end of September, which will see all eight qualifying teams...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Events
    • EGX
    • Splatoon 2
  • News New Trailer Reveals Fresh Details for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

    New avatar looks! Plot teasers! Z-Power Rings!

    Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are creeping ever closer, and are likely to be key in driving 3DS and 2DS sales into the Holiday season. The Pokémon Company, aware that time is ticking away, is gradually ramping up with details on what these new entries will bring to the Alola setting. Fresh on...

    • Pokemon
    • 3DS
  • News Pokémon Gold and Silver Getting Boxed 3DS Releases In Europe

    With a download code inside!

    Back in June's Pokémon Direct it was revealed that Game Boy Color classics Pokémon Gold And Silver will be coming to the 3DS Virtual Console on the 22nd September. As if that wasn't exciting enough for Pokémon fans, Nintendo of Europe has announced today that it will be releasing a boxed version of the game,...

    • 3DS eShop
    • Pokemon
    • 3DS
    • Retro
    • Game Boy Color
  • News The Sonic Mania Collector's Edition Statue Cuts Corners, But Can be Made Cooler

    Here's how to get the LED working

    Sonic Mania is a absolutely amazing game; this love letter to the classic 16-bit Sonic games hits all the right notes and is great value for £15.99 / $19.99. Of course many 16-bit fans are also collectors, and SEGA was only too happy to take advantage of this with the slightly ludicrously-priced Collector's...

    • Sonic Mania
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Get Ready To Splat As The Classic Squiffer Arrives In Splatoon 2 Soon

    Blazing fast charge speed

    Splatoon 2 is the game that keeps on giving; much like its Wii U predecessor regular updates will ensure that the experience never gets stale. It's been revealed that a new weapon - affectionately known as the Classic Squiffer - will be available to pick up tomorrow from the Ammo Knights store; it's free in real-world...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
    • Updates
  • News Nintendo Switch and Splatoon 2 Led US Retail Sales in July

    Zelda: Breath of the Wild is currently the year's second bestselling game

    After a few years in which Nintendo largely relied upon the 3DS for good news, 2017 has brought a lot of positivity with the Nintendo Switch. The NPD sales results for the US market have often reflected these improved fortunes, and courtesy of a major release Nintendo achieved...

    • NPD
    • Sales
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
  • News Dataminers Have Found 3DS Code in Mega Man Legacy Collection 2

    What’s this, Capcom?

    No doubt many Nintendo fans were greatly disappointed by the puzzling omission of anything Nintendo with the recently released Mega Man Legacy Collection 2. Considering that some of the games included originally came out for Nintendo platforms and that the first Mega Man Legacy Collection came out on 3DS, it seems logical that...

    • 3DS
    • Mega Man
  • News Here’s a Look at One of the New ARMS Coming in the Next Update

    Better go walk that one off, Helix

    Part of the charm of ARMS is the sheer depth of customization when it comes to the titular weapons with which the fighters do battle. There’s thousands upon thousands of possible combinations and setups, yet Nintendo isn’t content to just call it day quite yet. The company already teased the upcoming new...

    • ARMS
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Updates

YesterdayThu, 17th Aug 2017

  • Random It's Hard to Resist Importing These Super Famicom Joy-Con Kits

    Super Switch indeed

    You may have noticed the name of our editorial director Damien McFerran has been largely missing for the last couple of weeks, and that's because he's swanning about on Holiday. He still has time to browse random Japanese accessories online, of course, because that's just his style. In any case, he sent us poor worker drones a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Joy-Con
    • Japan
    • Super Famicom
  • Nintendo Download 17th August (North America)

    Minecraft: Story Mode! Chicken Wiggle! Two Jackbox Party Packs! More!

    It's that time again, dear readers, for the Nintendo Download Update details for North America. This week brings a notable retail title, in addition to four Switch eShop games and a couple of interesting options on the 3DS. Without further ado, let's get to it. Switch Retail...

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    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
  • News Here's How ARMS Might Look On The Game Boy Advance

    Retrotastic

    We weren't sure what to make of ARMS when it was first revealed, but Nintendo's bold new IP turned out to be a pleasant surprise and every bit as colourful as Splatoon. The game makes great use of Joy-Con motion controls to let the player use their stretchy weaponised arms to punch, thump and knock-out opponents. However what if...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • GBA
    • ARMS
    • Pixel Art
    • Retro
  • Guide How To Unlock Mean Bean Mode In Sonic Mania

    This might take a while

    If you're too tight to shell out for Puyo Puyo Tetris, then you might be interested to know that you can get your Puyo Puyo fix within Sonic Mania, any time you want. Yes it's possible to unlock your own little version of Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine in Sonic Mania. You'll just need to collect 20 silver medals in...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sonic Mania
    • Guides
  • Nintendo Download 17th August (Europe)

    Sonic Mania! Chicken Wiggle! SmileBASIC! Much more!

    The European Nintendo Download Update is now live, and it's a relatively busy line-up. For reasons only it knows Nintendo of Europe is listing a big release from earlier in the week in this update, but beyond that we have some interesting options on Switch and a couple of enticing releases on 3DS...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Europe
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • New Nintendo 3DS
  • Random This Sonic Mania Easter Egg Brings Back Memories of the 25th Anniversary 'Party'

    The horror...

    Occasionally we do live blogs of events and streams that turn out to be disasters on an epic scale. Examples that spring to mind include the first 'VGX' awards, and basically any live show by SEGA. Famously, SEGA did at least two 'announcements for an announcement' that culminated in the Sonic 25th Anniversary Party in July last year...

    • Switch eShop
    • Sonic Mania
  • News 'Battle Inspired' Rewards Added to My Nintendo in North America

    Includes a discount on The Wonderful 101

    This week's new set of goodies on My Nintendo in North America is designed to promote Flip Wars, which arrived on the Switch eShop in the region last week. Even if that title isn't to everyone's taste, one discount in particular may prove tempting to some. Below are the 'Battle Inspired' offers on My...

    • My Nintendo
  • Competition Get Back Into Pokémon GO With A Nifty Pokémon GO Plus!

    We've got FIVE up for grabs

    There is a limited amount of summertime left in the UK and together with our friends at Nintendo UK we've got five Pokémon GO Plus accessories to give away, a perfect excuse to get back into Pokémon GO, right? The ultimate companion for any Pokémon Trainer, Pokémon GO Plus let's you Catch Pokémon and...

    • Competitions
    • Pokemon
    • Pokemon GO
    • Giveaway
  • News Necrocosmos Aims To Bring Metroidvania Style Goodness To Switch

    There is no god up here!

    We love a good Metroidvania game here at Nintendo Life. While we've got Metroid: Samus Returns to look forward to on 3DS and the lovely Axiom Verge: Multiverse Edition coming up on Switch, we could always use one more quality Metroidvania style game, right? The lovely folks at Andromeda Project aim to make our dreams...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Metroidvania
    • Kickstarter
  • News It'll Be a Battle of Super Powers in the Next Splatoon 2 Splatfest

    Nope, not Marvel vs DC

    Nintendo has confirmed the theme for the next Splatfest in Splatoon 2, this time setting up a battle between blue and green once the tussle rolls around. It'll be Flight vs Invisibility, the same in both North America in Europe; it'll go down on 1st-2nd September. Nintendo also confirmed that Splatoon 2 is past one million...

    • Splatoon
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
    • Splatfest
  • News Colourful Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 Edition Bundle is Heading to North America Soon

    It's pretty fresh

    Splatoon 2 has already emerged as an important year one hit for the Nintendo Switch, and the big N has been looking to utilise the IP to promote the hardware. Now Nintendo of America is joining in with a neat hardware bundle to build demand further. The Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 Edition bundle will be a Walmart exclusive in North...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hardware
    • Splatoon 2
    • Bundle
  • News Fire Emblem Echoes Developers on How the Game Iterates on Fire Emblem Fates

    "There were things we wanted to implement but couldn’t fit"

    The 3DS has arguably been the most impactful platform for the Fire Emblem series, playing host to a succession of three titles that all manage to take the series to new heights in their own ways. The last of these--Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia—was a remake of the second Fire...

    • 3DS
    • Fire Emblem Echoes
  • News The Overcooked: Special Edition Performance Patch Is Nearing Release

    Targeting that cinematic 30 FPS

    We think Overcooked: Special Edition is a standout game in the Switch’s growing catalogue, but the one major problem to be found in this particular version is the relatively shoddy performance compared to other versions. Overcooked runs at a steady 30 FPS on other platforms, but stutters somewhere around 20 FPS on...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Overcooked: Special Edition
    • Updates
  • News Show Off Your 16-Bit Style With This Adorable SNES Classic Hoodie

    Totally rad, dudes

    Following on from last month’s reveal of the delightful NES Classic Hoodie, Merchoid are back with the affectionately named SNES Classic Hoodie which of course is cleverly timed to coincide with the release of the SNES Classic Mini.  Based on the Europe

    • SNES
    • SNES Mini
    • Clothing
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    Switch eShop

    Review Strikers 1945

    Classic arcade blasting fun for all

    Currently there is no Virtual Console on the Switch, but there are still a few options for those seeking ye olde gaming thrills, such as Namco Museum and the various Neo Geo ACA releases. Now Zerodiv is adding to Switch owners’ retro choices by bringing a number of titles from the Psikyo back catalogue to the...

    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • Strikers 1945
  • News Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy Hits Europe on 6th October

    Nintendo to publish in EU, daily puzzles to be added

    Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy is a welcome return for the classic series formula, albeit we have a new protagonist and a focus on light-hearted storytelling and a push to keep the focus on puzzles. Already confirmed for the Fall season in North America,...

    • 3DS
    • Layton
  • News Neo Geo Classic Magician Lord Casts A Spell On The Switch eShop Today

    Save the world from the fiendish Gal-Agiese

    For those of our readers who have been enjoying the ACA Neo Geo releases on the Switch eShop, it's been revealed that later today Magician Lord will be available to download for the usual price of £6.29 / $7.99.  Developed by Alpha Denshi and released in 1990 as a launch title on the Neo Geo,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Neo Geo
  • Feature Trying Biohazard Beverages, a Rockman Stew and More at the Capcom Café

    One of the gaming treats in Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Located opposite the famous 'Golden Gai' izakaya (bar) square in Shinjuku's Kabukucho district (Tokyo) is a small cafe dedicated to all things Capcom. Whether your franchise of choice is Street Fighter, Biohazard (Resident Evil), Rockman (Mega Man), or something a little more niche, there's plenty of...

    • Features
    • Capcom
    • Japan
  • News MixedBag Confirms forma.8 Switch Release Date, Two More Games on the Way

    The Italian studio steps into publishing

    A week or two ago a Switch 'News' category popped up on the system for forma.8, confirming that the intriguing exploration title that graced the Wii U was coming to the new system. Developer MixedBag has now outlined the release details - it'll arrive on 24th August in North America and Europe priced at $9.99...

    • Switch eShop
    • MixedBag Games
  • News The Pokémon Company Confirms Its Streaming Schedule for The Pokémon World Championships

    For those that can't get to Anaheim this weekend

    The Pokémon World Championships are almost here, the culmination of months of regional qualifying events. In Anaheim, California from 18th to 20th August the best Pokémon Sun and Moon, Trading Card Game and Pokkén Tournament players will gather to prove they're the very best. As always there's...

    • Pokemon
    • Play Pokemon

Wednesday16th Aug 2017

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    Switch eShop

    Review Sonic Mania

    Sonic is back to his best

    In certain circles of chatty online gamers, Sonic the Hedgehog is often a hot topic. SEGA and Sonic Team has taken its mascot on some wild rides over the past 20+ years, stepping into 3D 'modern' Sonic, attempting a return to 2D with Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and dividing opinion, and blurring the lines (with some success) in...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Sonic Mania
  • News Here’s Your First Look at the Upcoming New ARMS Fighter

    Well, sort of

    Last week, Nintendo put out a decently sized patch for ARMS that introduced a series of balance tweaks, and it also confirmed that the next update would be much more significant, adding in a new fighter, stage, and more arms. Not much else has been revealed since then, but Nintendo of Japan just recently put out a bit of a teaser for...

    • ARMS
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Updates
  • Guide Unlocking Sonic Mania's Debug Mode and Stage Select

    There's no such thing as too many goalposts

    Sonic Mania is a treat for classic Sonic fans of all ages, but those that fiddled around with the original games & Knuckles will remember the debug modes that allowed you to mess around with any stage and completely ruin its subtle layout. Thankfully Sonic Mania delivers once again, as the classic...

    • Sonic Mania
    • Sonic
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Sonic Mania Dashes Straight To The Top Of The Switch Best Sellers Chart

    Great news for the Blue Blur

    It's fair to say that Sonic Mania has been really well received so far, attracting positive reviews all over the shop. Our own review will be with you shortly (spoilers: we like it too!). For many Sonic fans this is the game they've always wanted Sega to make -- a spiritual successor to the original Mega Drive trilogy...

    • Sonic Mania
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sega
    • Sonic
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    Switch eShop

    Review Slime-san

    It's not easy being green

    If there's a lesson to be learned from Slime-San, it's that looks can be deceiving. Glancing at screenshots reveals a grungy, pixellated style, some weirdly gooey environments and what would appear to be a fairly straightforward 2D platformer, but scratch just beneath the slightly viscous surface and you'll find...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Slime-San
  • News Dragon Quest XI and Nintendo Switch Still Dominate the Japanese Charts

    The Snack World: Trejarers makes its debut in 2nd place

    The Media Create chart results for Japan are here once again, bringing some new releases but also familiar sales trends that mean good news for Nintendo. Starting with software, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age on 3DS stays at number one in the software chart, taking it past 1.5...

    • Japan
    • Charts
    • Media Create
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Dragon Quest
  • News An EA Executive's Four-Year Old Son Helped Him Appreciate the Nintendo Switch Concept

    "I think it's a pretty special machine"

    We've said in multiple editorials that the Nintendo Switch is more than the sum of its parts, but sometimes people need to use one to 'get it'. The core ingredients of a tablet with detachable controllers, that can be docked for a TV output, sounds neat but isn't necessarily considered game changing in...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • EA
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    Switch eShop

    Review Phantom Trigger

    Hack, slash, repeat...

    Phantom Trigger is a self-described “neon slasher” featuring RPG and roguelike elements developed by two-man squad, Bread Team. Combining some rather tough gameplay with an intriguing storyline, it sees you make your way through various monster-ridden, dungeon-like worlds, whilst also attempting to make sense of what is...

    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • Phantom Trigger
  • News Japanese Gamers Can Now Pick Their Favourite Joy-Con Colour Combo

    Mix and match

    Lucky Japanese Nintendo fans now have the option to pick their favourite Joy-Con colour combination when buying a Switch online from the official store. We had a play around with the online configurator and came up with the rad combo which you can see above. Hot or not? Japanese customers can pick from any options which actually...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Japan
    • Joy-Con
  • News Capturing Uproots In Super Mario Odyssey Looks Like Fun

    Reaching new heights

    To say we're excited about the October release of Super Mario Odyssey on Nintendo Switch is a bit of an understatement. The more we see of the game the more we can't wait to play it for ourselves. The Super Mario Odyssey Japanese Twitter account has been a great reminder of what we have to look forward to in the game. In the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario Odyssey
    • Upcoming Games
  • News Now You Can Play The Nintendo Switch With Only One Hand

    A 3D printed wonder

    While Nintendo designed Super Mario Run to be easily played with only one hand, and laboured this point repeatedly, it was a reminder of a genuine need to make games more accessible to those who only have the use of one hand. Thankfully for those gamers Thingyiverse user Vexelius has created a seriously useful

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Joy-Con
    • Accessories
  • Video Digital Foundry Shares Its Full Technical Breakdown of Sonic Mania

    For you framerate fans

    Sonic Mania is causing, well, mania, and we'll be typing out our final review today (following some more personal thoughts earlier in the week). The good news is that it runs beautifully on all platforms, with just one odd example on Switch (the first 3D 'chase the UFO' Special Stage) of frame drops; asides from that it's...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sonic Mania
    • Digital Foundry
  • News Brazilian Brawler 99Vidas Is Bringing Old-School Arcade Combat To Switch This Year

    Inspired by Double Dragon, Golden Axe and Final Fight

    QUByte Interactive has confirmed that it is bringing its side-scrolling fighter 99Vidas to the Switch eShop later this year. Created in conjunction with 99Vidas, Brazil's most popular video gaming podcast, the fighter has 4 player co-op, 11 characters, a 6-level story mode, 2 bonus levels,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • News Stylish Switch eShop Title, Original Journey, is Brought Forward to a Q4 Release

    A quicker journey than we thought

    Earlier this year Original Journey was confirmed as yet another intriguing title to be on the way to the Switch eShop. Developed by Bonfire Entertainment and published by Another Indie, it utilises a 'pencil art' style with platforming, action and mechs. Alongside the release of a PC (Steam) launch...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Prima Has a Super Mario Odyssey Guide on the Way

    You’ll need some help finding all those moons

    It seems like official video game guides are a bit of an antiquated item in the current day and age. Just about every game now has extensive YouTube series covering every facet of the gameplay and going over it all in nuance that guides might miss, and games are also prone to change with patches, which...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario Odyssey

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