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TodayWed, 23rd Aug 2017

  • Random CoroCoro Has Started an ARMS Manga

    Because of course it has

    ARMS is one of the newest IP’s in Nintendo’s deep stable of franchises and although it may not have been quite the homerun that the company was hoping for, it’s still a great game that has plenty of free additional content to look forward to. It seems likely that at some point, Nintendo will want to build this game...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
    • Random
  • News Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Pirate Queen’s Quest Launches on 29th August

    Risky business

    We absolutely loved Shantae: Half-Genie Hero—on both Wii U and Switch—though one minor point of contention was that the game ends a little sooner than we would like. Of course, since launch, WayForward has been busy preparing a lot more content to add on to the game, the first of which is a new storyline in which you take control...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Wii U
    • Shantae

YesterdayTue, 22nd Aug 2017

  • Guide Where to Pre-Order Your Super NES Classic Edition

    Update: US retailers have started taking orders

    Updates: Walmart are taking pre-orders again. Target pre-order page is now live

    • SNES Mini
    • SNES Classic Mini
    • Guides
  • News Square Enix's Hajime Tabata Hints That Final Fantasy XV Could Be Coming To Switch

    ...but will it be the newly-announced Pocket Edition?

    Square Unix's Hajime Tabata has given the strongest hint yet that Final Fantasy XV is coming to the Switch in some form. During a Twitch panel at Gamescom, Tabata - who served as director on the game - said: You asked the question, what other things do we have planned in the future? We...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Final Fantasy
    • Hajime Tabata
  • News Introducing The SNES-Themed New Nintendo 3DS XL

    Isn't it a beauty?

    During Gamescom today Nintendo of Europe has revealed that it will be launching a SNES-themed edition of the New Nintendo 3DS XL on 13th October. This retro-themed system’s outer shell pays tribute to the classic design of the Super Nintendo, while inside the Nintendo 3DS buttons are coloured just like the original...

    • New Nintendo 3DS
    • SNES
    • Gamescom 2017
  • Hardware Review Hori's Switch Horipad Is The Controller You Never Knew You Needed

    Rolling start

    When we first reported on the Hori Switch Horipad a while back there were a few puzzled faces in the Nintendo Life office. The big selling point of the wired controller was the fact that the D-pad could be removed to reveal a cluster of four buttons underneath; at the time, we genuinely pondered why you'd ever need to do this, and -...

    • Hardware Review
    • Features
    • Hori
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Hoenn Pokémon Data Has Been Spotted in the Latest Pokémon GO Update

    Here we go again!

    Though it has certainly dropped off in popularity since last summer (and who could forget that trainwreck of a festival?), Pokémon GO still has a strong and loyal fanbase and Niantic is keen on keeping them busy with new content from time to time. This past year saw the addition of Generation II Pokémon as well as Legendary...

    • Mobile
    • Pokemon Go
    • Updates
  • News Here's The New Fighter Coming To Switch Brawler ARMS

    She's going to be pop-ular

    Nintendo has revealed the next fighter coming to its Switch combat title, ARMS. Lola Pop is a clown-like character with baggy, MC Hammer pants and a red nose. Her stage appears to have a "sweet" theme, and is shown off the official video below. Lola Pop also comes with three brand-new Arms to equip. She'll be...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
  • Live Watch Nintendo's First Day At Gamescom 2017

    Direct from the show floor

    Nintendo is streaming a whole host of content live from Gamescom 2017, and you can watch it on this very page. The company has already confirmed new content for Splatoon 2 and ARMS, and more announcements are expected throughout the day. You can check out Nintendo's full Gamescom schedule here.

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Live
    • Gamescom 2017
    • Videos
  • Video Here's What Star Fox 2 Looks Like On The SNES Classic Edition

    Barrel rolls and everything

    The SNES Classic Edition comes out next month, but we've been lucky enough to get our hands on the system early, and as you might imagine we've been tirelessly putting it through its paces to see what all the fuss is about. Perhaps the biggest selling point of the system is that it includes Star Fox 2, which is being...

    • Retro
    • SNES Classic
    • SNES Mini
    • Videos
    • SNES
  • Video Gamescom 2017 Gives Us Our Best Look At Switch FIFA 18 Yet

    Digital kickabout

    EA has shown off some footage of FIFA 18 running on the Nintendo Switch at Gamescom 2017. The popular football title marks a return of sorts for the series on Nintendo systems, but the gulf in power between the Switch and other home systems has led some to ponder just how good it can possibly look. During the demonstration, it is...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • FIFA
    • Videos
    • Gamescom 2017
  • Video Nintendo Details New Free Content Coming To Splatoon 2

    New stage, weapon and Salmon Run location

    To kickstart its Gamescom 2017 coverage Nintendo has detailed some upcoming free content coming to Splatoon 2. If you're a fan of Turf War and Ranked Battle then you'll be pleased to learn that Manta Maria joins the roster soon. That's not all, however; the Bubble Blower special weapon – available in...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
    • Development
    • Gamescom 2017
    • Videos
  • Video Feast Your Eyes On This Gamescom 2017 Fire Emblem Warriors Trailer

    Leo, Takumi, Hinoka and Camila join the cast

    Fire Emblem Warriors is launching on Switch and the New Nintendo 3DS this fall. To celebrate Nintendo have unveiled a new trailer at Gamescom 2017 which gives an idea of what to expect from the game. In this action title you will clash with legions of soldiers and fierce monsters as a selection of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Videos
    • Fire Emblem Warriors
    • Gamescom
  • News Fire Emblem Warriors Gets A Limited Edition Release in Europe

    With a soundtrack and art cards

    A special limited edition version of Fire Emblem Warriors has been revealed for the Nintendo Switch.  Earlier in the day a new trailer was dropped at Gamescom showing off some of the new playable characters along with confirming the release date of 20th October for Europe. Now a limited boxed edition that will...

    • Fire Emblem Warriors
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Video The Latest LEGO Worlds Trailer Has A Switch Twist

    Lego on the go

    The release of LEGO Worlds on the Switch is just around the corner on 5th September. To celebrate this monumental occasion Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group have released a teaser trailer with a Switch flavour, which you can view above. The physical version, priced at $39.99, will include two bonus...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • LEGO Worlds
    • LEGO
    • Videos
  • Video Take a Detailed Look at the Original "Legend of Zelda" Manga

    Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the English release

    If there is anything that you could say is good about having delayed releases for games from Japan, it’s that for many classics we can celebrate anniversaries for both the East and West. The Legend of Zelda is one such game, and though its Japanese landmark was last year, the US release...

    • Legend of Zelda
    • Retro
    • Manga
    • Japan
  • Video Check Out This Japanese Overview for the SNES Mini

    This thing will be impossible to find

    Nintendo is a company that has millions of fans across the world, but it’s pretty well documented that it doesn’t always have the easiest time meeting those fans demands. The NES Mini was perhaps the most heinous case in recent memory; the company offered a cheap, simple box that played some of the best...

    • SNES Mini
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Video
  • News PayPal Payment Option Arrives On Switch eShop

    Makes it even easier to part with your cash

    Update: The PayPal payment method has now been rolled out in all regions and is ready available for use.  Original story: A new payment method is making its way to the Nintendo Switch eShop, giving users even more options to fund their accounts.  The popular online payment system PayPal...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Japan
    • Switch eShop
  • Video Let's Have a Look at the SNES Classic Edition's Menus & Save State Features

    Gripping stuff

    The SNES Classic Edition's user interface bears a striking resemblance to its NES predecessor, but there's more going on under the surface. One of the most interesting new additions is the inclusion of a rewind feature that allows you to scrub through a save state and jump back in moments before you fell into that pit or were zapped...

    • SNES Mini
    • SNES
    • Retro
    • SNES Classic Mini
  • News Bomber Crew Will Be Making A Big Explosion On Switch Soon

    Bombs away!

    Curve Digital have announced today that they will be publishing Bomber Crew in conjunction with developer Runner Duck Games.  Bomber Crew is a simulation game about managing a WW2-era bomber and its crew, which will be coming to the Switch eShop at some point following the Steam launch on 19th October. Players will be tasked...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Curve Digital
    • Upcoming Releases
  • 29

    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Metal Slug 2

    Slow Vehicle – 001/II

    For those seeking enjoyable run and gun action the first and third Metal Slug games are already available on the Switch’s eShop and now Metal Slug 2 gets the ACA treatment, faithfully recreating the sights, sounds and feel of the original game. Unfortunately, this also includes the extreme slowdown. It doesn’t take much...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Metal Slug 2
  • News Fast RMX Is Getting A Free REMIX Update Next Month

    6 new tracks, 2 new cups, no cost to you

    FAST RMX was one of our favourite Switch launch titles; it's pretty much everything we wanted from an F-Zero game, but without Captain Falcon and the gang. The lovely folks over at Shin'en Multimedia just got in touch to let us know that there will be a "REMIX UPDATE" coming to FAST RMX at some point in...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Fast RMX
    • Updates
  • 40

    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review The King of Fighters 2000

    The crown slips?

    Although Hamster Corporation is doing God’s work by bringing a horde of classic Neo Geo games to the Switch, by this point it’s starting to become pretty clear that there’s no logical rhyme or reason to the order they’re being released. On the day the Switch launched in March we were treated to The King Of Fighters ‘98,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • The King of Fighters 2000
  • News Hand-Drawn Platformer Shu Coming To Switch This Fall

    Can you outrun the end of the world?

    Shu was a pleasant surprise when it launched on PS4 and other platforms last year. Following this success  Coatsink is pleased to announce that its charming hand-drawn platformer will also be coming to the Switch this fall.  The Switch version of Shu will also include the recently-released ‘Caverns...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • News SNES Classic Edition Has A Rewind Feature To Make Up For Your Ageing Reflexes

    You can also use special frames to spruce things up

    Nintendo has given a bit more detail on the upcoming SNES Classic Edition console, which launches on September 29th. The most interesting new announcement is that the console comes with a special "Rewind" feature which allows you to skip backwards when you make a mistake - a similar concept to...

    • SNES Classic
    • SNES Mini
    • SNES
    • Retro
    • SNES Classic Mini
  • News HAL Laboratory Opens HAL Egg, a Mobile Game Development Branch

    And no, they aren't making a Kirby game yet

    HAL Laboratory is a studio that is primarily known for one thing: Kirby. The series has arguably never been doing better, and with a new Kirby game due out on Switch next year, one would think that the company would be focusing all its resources on the super tuff pink puff, but a new announcement today has...

    • Mobile
    • HAL Laboratory
    • Smartphones
  • News Roll7 "Considering" Bringing Both OlliOlli Games To Switch

    "If we get 500 likes then we might consider it even more seriously!"

    OlliOlli developer Roll7 has stated on Twitter that it is considering bringing both games in the skateboarding series to the Nintendo Switch. The studio has playfully suggested that it might become more serious if its Twitter post gets more than 500 likes. OlliOlli launched on...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • OlliOlli
    • Roll7
  • News Joy Joy Kid - Also Known as 'Puzzled' - Arrives on the Switch This Week

    It's not a joy con

    If you're not a fan of Neo Geo fighting games (and why not, dare we ask) this week's new Arcade Archives (ACA) release might be your thing. Hamster is bringing Puzzled to the Switch eShop on 24th August, known in Japan by the much funnier title Joy Joy Kid. At first glance this 1990 release looks like a general Tetris clone, with...

    • Switch eShop
    • Hamster
    • Neo Geo
    • Puzzled
    • Joy Joy Kid

Monday21st Aug 2017

  • News Fear Effect Is Being Remastered On The Nintendo Switch

    With "drastically improved visuals, tweaked controls and exciting extras"

    Square Enix Collective has revealed that the 2000 PlayStation title Fear Effect is being remastered for Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One next year. French studio Sushee - which is also responsible for the forthcoming Fear Effect Sedna - is handling development duties in...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • Soapbox Seriously Nintendo, It's Time For A Switch Joy-Con With A Proper D-Pad

    Buttons just aren't as good

    After months of speculation prior to the Nintendo Switch being officially revealed in October 2016, it's fair to say that the initial reaction was largely very positive. This early enthusiasm from the gaming community has been backed up by decent software support from Nintendo and a ever-growing install base; the Switch...

    • Features
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Soapbox
    • Joy-Con
    • Virtual Console
  • News Stardew Valley Studio Waiting Until It's "Absolutely Certain" Before Announcing Switch Release Date

    "Don't want to disappoint if testing turns something up"

    Since its announcement, fans of farming-simulator Stardew Valley have been heavily anticipating its release on the Nintendo Switch.  Having the opportunity to take the game anywhere and continue with farm life on the go is why many people have resisted the urge to purchase the title on...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Stardew Valley
    • Switch eShop
  • News Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Will Allow Two Player Co-Op Using Joy-Cons Alone

    Mobile mayhem

    When we had the chance to try out Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 recently we took the opportunity to ask the developer about the Wii U and Switch versions. We’d really enjoyed playing Lego City: Undercover on Switch and understandably wanted to know how the next Lego iteration would work on the new system. TT Games seems to be...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Lego
    • Marvel
  • News Let's Sing 2018 Is Coming To Switch And Wii, But Not Wii U

    Yup, the original Wii

    If you fancied a bit of a singalong with the family this Christmas on the Switch, you are in luck. Ravenscourt and Voxler have announced that Let's Sing 2018, the latest instalment in the vocal chord-loosening Let’s Sing series, will be making its debut on the Switch just in time for the festive season. Old-school...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • 19

    Switch eShop

    Review Gunbarich

    Ball batting brilliance

    A 2001 arcade title, Psikyo’s Gunbarich is now available to purchase from the Switch eShop. A Breakout/Arkanoid-style game, the aim is to bat a ball around the screen destroying all the blocks to move on to the next stage where there is a new arrangement of blocks for you to remove. Along the way there are hazards to mess...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Gunbarich
  • Random The Cast Of We Bare Bears Help Out In New ARMS Commercial

    Surprising crossover

    If you follow TV animation then you'll no doubt have seen The Cartoon Network's We Bare Bears, an amusing look at the everyday lives of, well, some bears. Seemingly out of nowhere, the animated cast of this show have been recruited to star in a new commercial for ARMS on Switch, which you can watch above. Does this mean we'll...

    • Random
    • ARMS
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Videos
  • News Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Races Up The UK Charts, But Digital-Only Sonic Mania Is Absent

    Zelda and 1-2-Switch climb slightly

    With the Summer lull in the games retail market continuing, there are few new releases meaning that evergreen titles lead the way. As has been the case for some time now, Nintendo feature quite heavily in the UK sales charts. In a week with no big-hitting newcomers Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy on PS4...

    • UK
    • Charts
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
  • Video FIFA 18's Gamescom Trailer Shoots And Scores, But Can It Look This Slick On Switch?

    Back of the net

    EA has released a new trailer for FIFA 18 at Gamescom, and even if you have no interest in football (or soccer, if you're in America), you have to admit that it's pretty impressive. The clip - which is set to a rather mangled version of New Order's classic Blue Monday - showcases the stunning animation present in the title, with...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Videos
    • FIFA
  • Feature Pixel Perfex On Why Earth Atlantis Is Ideal For Nintendo Switch

    We chat about the BitSummit 2017 award winner

    Set after a global catastrophic event that resulted in 96 percent of the Earth's surface being underwater and forced machines to adapt into various marine forms, Earth Atlantis is shaping up to be an interesting shooter on Switch.  Your mission is to slay more than 20 'boss monsters' by choosing...

    • Features
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • News Unruly Heroes To Bring Monkey Magic To Switch Next Year

    Born from an egg on a mountain top

    We've just received word from Magic Design Studios - attending Gamescom this week - that its upcoming game Unruly Heroes will be headed to the Switch in 2018. Unruly Heroes is a action-adventure platformer 2D game enriched by combat and other surprising gameplay. The game is inspired by the famous Chinese legend...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • 7

    Switch eShop

    Review Use Your Words

    You Know, Jack Would Be Proud

    No matter how great your intentions can be, it can be tough to break the ice at a party with a game. It’s truly hard to please everyone and trying to do so can be a descent into madness. Find something too complex and you’ll befuddle yourself in trying to explain the rules whilst losing your audience to sheer...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Use Your Words
  • News Zordix Is Bringing Aqua Moto Racing Utopia And Snow Moto Racing Freedom To Retail On Switch

    Come snow or high water

    Zordix's Aqua Moto Racing Utopia and Snow Moto Racing Freedom are getting retail releases on Switch. The fact that the games were coming to the Switch eShop was already known, but listings for physical releases for both games have been spotted on EB Games' Australian site, with Bigben acting as the publisher. Are...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • News Electronic Arts Is Bringing Zoink's Fe To Switch In 2018

    Fe Fi Fo Fun?

    Electronic Arts has confirmed at Gamescom that it is bringing Zoink! Games' intriguing adventure title Fe to the Nintendo Switch in early 2018. Part of the publisher's "Originals" indie programme, Fe allows you to "climb, glide and dig your way through a dark Nordic forest and explore its living, breathing ecosystem filled with...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Gamescom 2017

Sunday20th Aug 2017

  • 61

    Switch

    Review Troll and I

    Leave this Troll under the bridge

    There's evident potential in Troll and I. Initially developed as part of a crowdfunding program run by Square Enix, it is an intriguing action game starring a Scandinavian boy named Otto who, after finding his village aflame and being separated from his mother, stumbles upon a large creature during his hasty retreat...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Troll and I
  • Random Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon has a New 'Photo Club' Mode, and Kanto Could Return

    Vermilion City gym teased

    The Pokémon Company showed off a new trailer for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon this past weekend, giving hints as to what players can expect in this new story within the Alola region. In the trailer gameplay can be seen with the protagonist talking to a Pokémon trainer in a yellow...

    • Pokémon
    • Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon
    • 3DS
  • News Pokkén Tournament DX Demo Confirmed for the Switch eShop

    Demo this

    During the Pokkén Tournament World Championships it was announced that a demo of Pokkén Tournament DX will be coming to Nintendo Switch eShop. Like Splatoon 2 and fellow fighting title ARMS, Pokkén will get the chance to impress players (and tempt them into purchases) ahead of release, with Nintendo evidently keen to...

    • Pokkén Tournament DX
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • News Series Producer Yoshio Sakamoto Is Interested In Making Another 2D Metroid

    "If there is another opportunity..."

    After a long absence of 2D Metroid games, plenty of fans were delighted to see Metroid: Samus Returns announced at this year's E3. Now series producer Yoshio Sakamoto has made clear that he's interested in creating more 2D outings for the bounty hunter, and has been talking about his passion for the project in...

    • Metroid
    • 3DS
  • First Impressions Piczle Lines DX is Another Reminder of the Switch Hybrid's Appeal

    Bringing a slower pace to eShop gaming

    The early Switch eShop line-up had some gems, but it arguably did little to accommodate a demographic keen on sedate gaming experiences, or indeed those with a particular love for puzzle games. The DS and 3DS, in particular, built up a broad range of titles focused around puzzles, wordplay and so on, whether...

    • Features
    • First Impressions

Friday18th 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
  • 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 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 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 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
  • 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 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 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
  • 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 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

Thursday17th 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
  • 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 (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 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
  • 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
  • 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 '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
  • 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 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 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
  • 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...

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    • Fire Emblem Echoes
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    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
  • 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
  • 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
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    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
  • 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
  • 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
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    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 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 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
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    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