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  • Video 7 Strange Myths Surrounding Animal Crossing: New Horizons

    The blueprints for Froggy Chair are among the few

    Whenever anything starts to get popular, a few myths and rumors tend to make their way around the block. Most will remember the infamous "Mew under the truck" myth that led many to believe the legendary Pokémon, Mew could be caught by pushing a truck in the original Pokémon games. However, these...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Video
  • Feature XCOM 2 Collection Port Specialists Virtuos On Bringing The Series To Switch

    "This process is like squeezing water from a sponge"

    Virtuos has made a name for itself with Switch gamers as one of the premier developers of quality ports on the platform. With impressive Switch versions of L.A. Noire, a clutch of Final Fantasy remasters, Starlink: Battle for Atlas and

    • Features
    • Interviews
    • Virtuos
    • XCOM
  • News SkateBIRD Is No Longer Landing On Switch In 2020, Gets Pushed To Next Year

    Kickflip tailslide to 2021

    After featuring in last December's Indie World Showcase with a projected release date of 'late 2020', SkateBIRD's developer Glass Bottom Games has announced that the game will be delayed until 2021. A Kickstarter success back in June last year, it features a bunch of skateboarding fowl pulling heelflips and grinding around...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Feature Delays And Customer Communication Blackouts - What's Going On With Dispatch Games?

    UPDATE: Another statement from Dispatch, two months after the last

    Update #2: On Saturday 23rd May 2020 Dispatch put out a second update following one in March after a further two months of radio silence. This was mailed out to press and also reproduced on Twitter. It begins with 'These are unprecedented times' in large bold font before providing...

    • Features
    • Dispatch Games
  • News Nintendo Shares A Handy Infographic Featuring All 51 Worldwide Classic Clubhouse Games

    (6 x 8) + 4 = hang on...

    If you've been eyeing Nintendo's upcoming collection of tabletop games but haven't been bothered enough to read a list of the classics contained within, Nintendo of America has kindly supplied a single handy image via Twitter that shows each of the 51 games. They're all there for you to peruse at your leisure and decide for...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Monolith Soft Explains Why Xenoblade Chronicles On Switch Contains A New Epilogue Story

    "There were two reasons"

    Later this week, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition arrives on the Nintendo Switch. According to Monolith Soft president Takahashi Tetsuya, returning players can look forward to "about 20 hours" of new content in the epilogue story Future Connected - although his own most recent playthrough took him about "10 to 12...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Xenoblade Chonicles
    • Monolith Soft
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Random Sonic Boom Won't Be Returning, According To Television Show's Executive Producer

    "There will be no season three"

    One chapter in blue blur's history most fans would rather forget about is Sonic Boom. Although it was considered to be a low point for Sega's long-time mascot, there are some people out there who have been wondering what's happened to the computer-animated CGI television series of the same name. In a recent Sonic...

    • Random
    • Sonic
    • Sonic Boom
    • Sega
    • Animation
  • News Streets Of Rage 4's Dotemu Is Working On Three Unannounced Projects

    "Stay tuned"

    The three companies behind beat 'em up revival Streets of Rage 4 held an AMA on reddit last week and revealed some details regarding their plans for the game, as well as hinting about upcoming projects. Dotemu, Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games took part in the thread, and many of the questions focused on DLC plans for the game. It's...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Streets of Rage 4
    • Dotemu
  • News Get Ready For Sword And Shield's Isle Of Armor DLC With These Four Mystery Gift Pokémon

    Gotta download 'em all

    Next month sees the release of The Isle of Armor - part one of Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass. To help trainers get ready for their new adventures, Game Freak and The Pokémon Company are giving away special Galarian pocket monsters via the Mystery Gift feature on a weekly basis. The Pokémon up for grabs include...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
  • UK Charts Animal Crossing Holds Strong While Mario Kart 8 Zips Past Call Of Duty

    Luigi's also hanging in there

    UK chart data is now in for the week ending 23rd May, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons is sitting in the top spot once again. The top 5 from last week have shuffled around, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe moving up the pack into 2nd place behind Animal Crossing. Call of Duty is dug in tight at number 3 and Grand Theft Auto V...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Charts
    • UK
  • News Swedish Retailer Updates Its Listing For Metroid Prime Trilogy On Switch, Says It's Arriving Next Month

    Second time lucky?

    There have been ongoing rumours about the Metroid Prime Trilogy coming to the Nintendo Switch for a few years now, yet it's still nowhere to be seen. Is it real, is it fake? Nobody is entirely sure, but it seems to keep popping up here and there. In the latest update, we've now got a Swedish retailer by the name of Inet claiming...

    • Rumour
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Metroid
  • News Team Ketchup Wins Splatoon 2's "Bonus One-Off" Splatfest

    Mayo was playing ketchup

    Nintendo's "bonus one-off" Splatfest for Splatoon 2 has come to an end, so who won? Team ketchup has emerged from this saucy battle victorious, with a 2-1 win. It makes up for its original loss to team mayo way back in 2017. As you can see in the final results below, ketchup won on votes (55.25%) and also got the most wins...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Splatoon 2
  • News Back In 1979, Nintendo's President Said Everyone Should Copy Each Other's Ideas

    "We need to abandon this idea of secrecy"

    Nintendo is a company that prides itself on coming up with new ideas and innovating wherever possible - both in terms of hardware and software. However, it's worth noting that wasn't always this way. Prior to the release of Donkey Kong - the company's first genuine hit in the video game arena - it was happy...

    • Hiroshi Yamauchi

Sunday24th May 2020

  • News Want More Authentic Art? Just Evict Your Smug Villagers In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

    They only send fakes in the mail

    Real paintings and sculptures aren't exactly easy to get hold of in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Redd doesn't always show up, and when he does, there's no guarantee any of his goods are even genuine pieces of art. As a result, it's taking quite a while for players to complete the art gallery section within the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Datamine
    • Animal Crossing
  • News Could Gyroids Be Returning To Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

    Lloid needs some friends

    Gyroids are an essential part of the Animal Crossing experience but are noticeably absent from the latest entry on the Nintendo Switch. Well, kind of. Apart from Lloid - who helps you construct public works - the ones you used to dig up in past games and display in your home are nowhere to be found. It seems, though, they...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
  • News Hideki Kamiya Is Sick Of Fans Asking Him If Bayonetta 3 Has Been Cancelled

    Throw those concerns "out the window"

    It's become almost a monthly ritual now for PlatinumGames to reassure its fanbase that the upcoming Switch exclusive Bayonetta 3 is still on the way, and earlier this week (to mark the month of May), we got another update. In the same interview with VGC, Bayonetta series creator Hideki Kamiya took the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • PlatinumGames
    • Hideki Kamiya
  • Review Never Stop Sneakin' - An Almost-Perfect Parody Of Metal Gear Solid

    Tactical Fishpionage

    We recently asked if there were any Switch games we'd missed which you thought were worthy of a review. Never Stop Sneakin' was one of the most-requested games, so here we are! Humble Heart's Never Stop Sneakin' attempts to parody the PSOne-era Metal Gear Solid whilst offering up its own ra

    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
  • News Pokémon HOME Datamine Supposedly Uncovers New Moves Coming To Sword And Shield

    One of them is for the new mythical Pokémon

    Next month, trainers from around the world will return to the Galar region in Pokémon Sword and Shield to visit The Isle of Armor - part one of the game's expansion pass content. Both of these areas will contain new characters, locations, and Pokémon not previously obtainable in the main game. It looks...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Sword and Shield
    • DLC
    • Datamine
  • News Suda51 Would Like To Release Some Of Grasshopper's Older Games On Switch

    But it's not necessarily his decision to make

    Legendary video game designer Suda51 is currently hard at work on the Switch exclusive No More Heroes 3, but what are the chances of some of Grasshopper Manufacture's older titles coming across to Nintendo's hybrid system in the future? During MomoCon's Twitch livestream, a translator - on behalf of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Suda51
  • Review Golf With Your Friends - Only Fun If You Take The Title Literally

    Could've used some fore-thought

    When it comes to having a fun day out with some chums you can’t beat a bit of mini-golf (or crazy golf or putt-putt, or whatever you prefer to call it). At the time of writing, however, it’s safe to say that the idea of standing in a small area next to people from a different household is frowned upon at best;...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • Poll Box Art Brawl #44 - Super C / Probotector II

    Return of the evil forces

    Welcome all to Box Art Brawl, the weekly series where we scrutinise regional box art variants from around the globe and vote on the best. Last week we examined the European, North American and Japanese covers of Super Turrican. At the time of writing, the easy winner is Japan with 66% of the vote. However, both Europe and...

    • Poll
    • Box Art Brawl
    • Retro
    • Contra
    • Konami

Saturday23rd May 2020

  • Feature Best Super Mario Games Of All Time

    All the mainline Marios ranked

    What's the best Mario game ever? Where do you even begin to rank them? Let's face it, any of the games in the top 10 could justifiably take the top spot. All of them could easily be somebody's 'best game of all time', and there'll always be someone who believes the series peaked with The Lost Levels. That's an opinion...

    • Features
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    • Mario
    • Super Mario
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  • Feature Best Nintendo Switch Horror Games

    Pack a spare pair of underpants

    Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or your family ever seen a spook, spectre or ghost? If the answer is "no"... you obviously haven't been playing any of the excellent horror games available on Nintendo Switch. There's...

    • Features
    • Guides
    • Best Nintendo Switch Games
    • Horror
    • Switch Essentials
  • Feature Best Monster Hunter Games Of All Time

    What's that coming over the hill?

    What's the best Monster Hunter of all time? In a series where half of the titles have the word 'Ultimate' fixed on the end, it can be a difficult decision to make. We're not averse to difficult decisions though, so have taken it upon ourselves to rank every single Monster Hunter game (yes, even the non-Nintendo...

    • Features
    • Guides
    • Monster Hunter
    • All Time
    • Best Games
  • Feature Best Nintendo Switch Strategy Games

    The best RTS, 4X, strategy and tactics games on Switch

    Strategy games by their very nature require deep thought and careful consideration, and many gamers these days often find it hard to embark on epic multi-hour campaigns in a single sitting. Planning a multi-turn offensive in a 4X game like Civilization or outfitting your party with optimal gear...

    • Guides
    • Features
    • Switch Essentials
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Best Games
  • Feature Hidden Gems On Nintendo Switch eShop

    Find these buried treasures on the Switch eShop

    The term ‘hidden gem’ gets bandied around a lot, and often erroneously. Of course, sometimes the game in question truly went unnoticed and unloved by the masses and is worth digging up, but more often than not it either isn’t actually 'hidden' (for example, an occasionally overlooked entry in a...

    • Features
    • Guides
    • Switch eShop
    • Switch Essentials
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  • Guide Best Nintendo Switch Accessories For 2020

    Grab yourself a bargain

    Whether you’ve just bought a new Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite, or you’ve had one since launch, sooner or later you’re going to want to grab some accessories. The standard Switch is a true hybrid device that’s capable of being any type of video game console you want it to be, and you can enhance this functionality...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Features
    • Guides
  • Feature Best Nintendo Switch 3D Platformers

    Workin' the Z-axis

    Ah, the 3D platformer. Ever since Super Mario 64 landed and showed everyone just how good three-dimensional platforming could be there have been developers hoping to capture just a smidgen of that game’s magic. It was a tough act to follow, even for the plumber himself, but his latest outing on Switch has him at the very top of...

    • Features
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    • Nintendo Switch
    • Platformers
    • Switch Essentials
  • Guide Where To Pre-order PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 Mini

    Three adorable retro consoles for your collection

    After the disappointing (though understandable) news that the coronavirus had caused a halt to the shipment and production of the console, the adorable Japanese PC Engine Mini was available to order from Play Asia for a limited time. Predictably, the online retailer's stock was quickly exhausted, but...

    • Deals
    • Guides
    • Retro
    • PC Engine
  • News Pac-Man Celebrates His 40th Anniversary With A Special Sale On The Switch eShop

    Up to 75% off select games

    Bandai Namco is currently celebrating Pac-Man's 40th anniversary on the Switch eShop with a special sale on Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus. Instead of paying the usual price for it, right now you can get it for just £4.19 / $5.99 or your regional equivalent (that's up to 75% off). Below is the rundown of the...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pac-Man
    • Bandai Namco
    • Sale
  • News Animal Crossing: New Horizons Version 1.2.1 Patches Duplication Glitches

    Balance is restored

    Yesterday, Nintendo rolled out Version 1.2.1 of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. According to the Japanese support page, it fixed a few bugs. Since then, the English patch notes have been uploaded:

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo
    • Update
    • Animal Crossing
  • Feature Super Mario Galaxy 2 - 10 Years Of Nintendo's Straightest, Greatest Sequel

    So much more than Wii DLC

    Nintendo doesn’t make straight sequels. That’s the received wisdom, anyway. Kyoto's premier game designers need a really good reason—a jump in technology, or a novel new control input, for example—to warrant revisiting a franchise. They're apparently not interested in churning out more of the same for mere profit...

    • Features
    • Anniversary
    • Super Mario
    • Nintendo
  • Reminder Splatoon 2's "Bonus One-Off" Splatfest Is Now Live

    A clash of condiments

    Update (Fri 22nd May, 2020 23:00 BST): The mayo v ketchup Splatfest is now live! Tell us which side you're on in our poll. Original Story (Thu 21st May, 2020 01:45 BST): If you've got a spare moment this weekend, you might want to boot up your copy of Splatoon 2, as Nintendo is hosting a "bonus one-off" Sp

    • Reminder
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
  • Guide Every Arcade Archives Game On Nintendo Switch, Plus Our Top Picks

    A complete list of Hamster's Arcade Archives Switch titles

    Since 2017 we've seen a steady supply of Hamster's Arcade Archives releases bringing arcade classics to the Switch eShop. What's more, the series includes previously unreleased or hard-to-find arcade games from Nintendo itself. Having been so well acquainted with many of the NES versions,...

    • Guides
    • Features
    • Arcade Archives
    • Switch Essentials
    • Best Games
  • Guide Where To Preorder The Totally Adorable LEGO Super Mario Sets

    Update: New options appear

    Update: It would appear that early bundles of the Super Mario LEGO Starter Course have sold out at the official LEGO store, so we've scoured the internet for more options for you. You'll find a selection of alternative retailers and new LEGO store options below. Nintendo and LEGO also recently announced additional Power-Up...

    • Guides
    • Super Mario
    • LEGO
  • Feature Best TATE Mode Nintendo Switch Games

    Turn your world sideways with these amazing games

    TATE mode – or 'portrait' mode if you prefer – is just one of the features that make the Nintendo Switch such an attractive system for players. While TATE games are, by and large, found in the shmup genre, there are a few notable exceptions on Switch which use the thinner-yet-taller aspect ratio...

    • Features
    • Guides
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • News Bloodstained's Latest Update Is Finally Available On Switch - Adds A New Mode And Character

    Download it today

    After stating the Switch iteration of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night would be in line with other versions back in March - a few months later, 505 Games announced the next update for Nintendo players would arrive a little later than the rest.

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Updates
    • Bloodstained
    • Kickstarter
  • News 2K Says It's Eager To Release More Games On The Nintendo Switch

    Well, come on then

    After a string of listings appeared online, 2K finally made it official in March - announcing three collections for the Nintendo Switch. These include the XCOM 2 Collection, the Borderlands Legendary Collection, and last but not least BioShock: The Collection. If you thought this was

    • Nintendo Switch
    • 2K
    • Nintendo
  • Feature Best Nintendo Switch Kart Racing Games

    Who could possibly be in pole position?

    When it comes to kart racers, there's one undisputed king of the crop on Nintendo systems, and we're not talking Crash Bandicoot. Let's not kid ourselves here - we all know what's sitting at number one on the list below of the best kart racers on Nintendo Switch. With a record like Schumacher in his prime,...

    • Guides
    • Features
    • Best Games
    • Mario Kart
  • Guide Every ACA Neo Geo Game On Nintendo Switch, Plus Our Top Picks

    A complete list of Hamster's ACA Neo Geo Switch titles

    Much like Hamster's Arcade Archives series, the company's line of Neo Geo titles - which goes by the bespoke title 'ACA NEOGEO' to separate it from the rest - has been a regular fixture of the weekly Nintendo Switch eShop download lists. With over a hundred releases under the ACA banner, Hamster...

    • Guides
    • Features
    • NEO GEO
    • SNK
    • Switch Essentials
  • Feature Best Feel-Good Nintendo Switch Games

    Turn that frown upside down

    If you're feeling blue and are after a little video gaming pick-me-up, we've got just the thing. While the scope and function of interactive entertainment has grown far beyond mere escapism these days, games are still a brilliant way to jump into a totally different environment and get away from it all when things are...

    • Features
    • Guides
    • Best Switch Games
  • Review Super Mega Baseball 3 - Step Up To The Plate In This Slugfest Sequel

    Hitting it out of the park

    For the initiated, baseball is the great American pastime. From the pang of a freshly struck home run to the smell of hot dogs wafting down from the stands, it’s the quintessential U.S. sport. Much like gridiron and basketball, the sport’s recent video game recreations have also become more focused on hyper-accurate...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • Review Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix - This Digital Diva Is Perfectly At Home On Switch

    Sweet Devil

    Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix sees the world's most famous virtual Vocaloid pop idol finally arrive on Nintendo Switch in an excellent portable version of the hit rhythm game series that includes a brand new Switch-exclusive art style, motion-control Mix Mode and touchscreen options that give players more ways than ever to bash...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News Limited Run Games Teases Blaster Master Zero Announcement, More Info Next Week

    What could it be?

    One classic game that's made a comeback during the Switch generation is Blaster Master, thanks to the release of Blaster Master Zero and Blaster Master Zero 2. We loved both entries in our reviews, and while we'd often tell you to go and play them right away if you haven't already, in this case we're going to advise you hold off...

    • Limited Run Games
    • Inti Creates
  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (May 23rd)

    Here are our picks, but what are yours?

    Another week of this Nintendo Life draws to a close, a week that featured the now-customary dose of community-created Animal Crossing goodness, the steady building of anticipation for the next big Nintendo release of the year, and a one-off return this weekend of

    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
    • What Are You Playing
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