Latest News

TodayThu, 17th Aug 2017

  • 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
  • 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...

    • Nintendo Download
    • North America
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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 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
  • 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
  • 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

YesterdayWed, 16th Aug 2017

  • 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
  • 40

    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
  • 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 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
  • 18

    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 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
  • 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

Tuesday15th Aug 2017

  • News Sonic Mania Runs Brilliantly on Switch, With One Tiny Drawback

    Christian Whitehead confirms they're working on bugs

    Here's a spoiler ahead of our Sonic Mania review - it's a huge amount of fun. Prior to release this scribe published some personal thoughts based on the PS4 version to summarise why it's the Sonic game many have been waiting for. We are now dashing through on Switch, and our review will be with...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sonic Mania
  • News The OJO Aims To Be The First Dedicated Nintendo Switch Projector

    Could this be the ultimate Switch accessory?

    We recently checked out an LED mini projector with the Switch to see if it was a match made in gaming heaven. The results proved to be quite pleasing; with this projector coupled with the SFANS Adapter and Nintendo Switch, we were able to fit everything we needed into a medium-sized backpack...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Projector
    • Hardware
    • Indiegogo
  • Guide A Simple Fix for a Game Breaking Bug in Troll and I on Switch

    Get past the first 10 minutes...

    Troll and I is out now on the Switch, a somewhat under-the-radar retail release that nevertheless looks rather appealing in footage. A single player adventure, it revolves around a co-operative relationship between a young man and the troll to get through various environments and challenges. We're working on a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Troll and I
    • Guides
  • News Nicalis Would Love To Bring Night Trap To Nintendo Switch

    "If Nintendo weren't such *****, LRG would have done it"

    Publisher Nicalis has been doing a great job in bringing games such as Cave Story+ and The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ to Nintendo Switch retail. Collectors really appreciate physical releases such as this, and Nicalis clearly has a way of convincing Nintendo to relax its policies, as...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nicalis
    • Night Trap
  • News Disgaea 5 Complete Passes 100,000 Sales on Nintendo Switch

    How about that, dood?

    Disgaea 5 Complete, released alongside the Switch in Japan and in May in the West, provides a huge amount of quirky, complex strategy gameplay for those that embrace its 'niche' approach to storytelling. We enjoyed it enough to give a recommendation in our review, with the proviso that it's a commitment to get into it fully...

    • Disgaea 5 Complete
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Unepic and Ghost 1.0 Are Heading to the Switch eShop

    Epic news

    The Wii U had its share of quality download-only games, and one that certainly deserves mention is Unepic, developed by Francisco Téllez de Meneses and published on the last-gen system by EnjoyUp Games. That arrived back in early 2014 and the developer has been busy - as it turns out that'll be to the benefit of the Switch eShop. The...

    • Switch eShop
  • News GameStop Gets Major Nintendo Switch Restock in the US, But Only In Stores

    Call your local or get down there!

    If you're in the US and still trying to get a Switch, it's potentially been a struggle to find stock; various retailers have often offered sporadic and limited availability. According to CNET, though, GameStop stores in the country will have a notable restock today (15th August) and tomorrow. CNET quotes a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • GameStop
  • 11

    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review The King of Fighters '99

    Enjoyable, skip-able fighting fun

    Since its beginning the three-vs-three Team-Battling shenanigans of SNK’s The King of Fighters series provided enjoyable fighting action. Each instalment added and tweaked things, culminating in the superb “Dream Match” ’98 edition. This was followed unsurprisingly by The King of Fighters ’99, which...

    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • Neo Geo
    • King of Fighters
  • Video Get a Good Look at Rabbid Luigi and Mario in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

    Ubisoft gradually introduces the cast

    Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is just two weeks away, and Ubisoft is releasing regular videos to showcase the game. Over the past week it's released a couple of 'Character Spotlight' videos, which showcase how different characters bring important strengths to your squad. First up a week ago was the Mario...

    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mario + Rabbids

Features

Forum Topics

The Nintendo Switch Thread

The Nintendo Switch Thread

17,259 replies |

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon discussion
Switch Wishlist

Switch Wishlist

53 replies |

One Thing You Would Add To Each Of Your Switch Games
E.V.O.: Search for Eden Reproduction Carts?
Sell me on: Overcooked.

Sell me on: Overcooked.

16 replies |

ARMS

ARMS

1,245 replies |

Anime & Manga (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)

Anime & Manga (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)

12,227 replies |

Most Read

Latest Videos

Featured Reviews

Photos & Artwork