News - September, 2017

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    Switch eShop

    Review Golf Story

    A hole-in-one

    One would not think that an RPG centered around golf would really make a whole lot of sense, but Camelot managed to nail the idea back in the '90s when it released Mario Golf on the Game Boy Color. Though it’s a rather niche release in the plumber’s past, it clearly inspired the developers of Golf Story to expand on the concept,...

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    Switch eShop

    Review DEEMO


    Taiwanese developer Rayark may best be known for its music games on mobile platforms, but it was also responsible for one of the best surprises in the Switch’s launch lineup with VOEZ. Brought to the Switch by publisher Flyhigh Works, this colourful title showed how well once-free-to-play rhythm games could work on Nintendo’s handheld...

  • Poll A Retro Quest - Were You Able to Buy a Super NES Classic Edition / SNES Mini?

    Nintendo promised more stock; did it deliver?

    Well, it's here - the Super NES Classic Edition / SNES Mini has arrived, bringing with it 21 games including the first official release of Star Fox 2. It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect - a cute and utterly charming little gadget that does a great job emulating iconic SNES games. Nintendo,...

  • News Nintendo Aims to Flush Out the Best Players in the Next Splatoon 2 Splatfest

    The oddest contest yet?

    Update: Oddly this one seems to be Europe-only; erm, lucky Europeans, right? Original Article: It could be argued that the Splatoon 2 Splatfests have been a little hit and miss in terms of themes, but we'd suggest the next in line is rather from the bottom of the barrel - or the bowl, to be more precise. Next weekend's...

  • Hardware Review Pokkén Tournament DX Pro Pad by Hori

    Gotta fight 'em all

    Pokkén Tournament DX is one of the more recent retail big-hitters on Switch, and with it Hori has released a new version of its Pokken Tournament Pro Pad, fittingly dubbed the Pokken Tournament DX Pro Pad. We’re fans of the original, and the same things we liked are still present. The same design that’s based on the arcade...

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  • Video Here's What FIFA 18 Looks Like On Nintendo Switch

    Jumpers for goalposts

    FIFA 18 launches today, but EA has been curiously reluctant to show off very much of the Switch version; aside from off-screen footage recorded at events like this year's Gamescom, we've been unable to pick apart the Nintendo version's visuals to see just how favourably they compares to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions...

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    Review LEGO Worlds

    Brick by brick

    This was originally published as an unscored 'review in progress' on 11th September as we waited for online play to be added in an announced update. Following an update to add online functionality this review was edited to reflect that feature, with a score applied. When Minecraft first hit the scene years back, many likened playing...

  • News The SNES Classic Mini Uses the Same Hardware as the NES Mini

    It's all about the software

    The SNES Classic Mini is just days away, and we think it's pretty neat. It's as charming as one would expect, and does an impressive job of emulating its games - including some titles that were considered beyond the scope for the Wii, Wii U and New 3DS Virtual Console. An interesting quirk of the hardware, however, is...

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    Review One Piece Unlimited World Red - Deluxe Edition

    Shōnen Switch

    There aren’t many licensed properties that can claim to have a game on both the Bandai Wonderswan and Nintendo’s Switch, but that’s the case with Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece — this evergreen manga megahit has had a steady stream of video game adaptations over its 20-year-plus run, with One Piece Unlimited World Red - Deluxe...

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    Review Star Fox 2

    Every McCloud has a silver lining

    It's hard to believe that sat here in 2017, we're actually getting the chance to review Star Fox 2. The Super FX-powered SNES swan-song has gone down in gaming folklore as a perfect example of Nintendo's ruthless approach to the video game business. When faced with the possibility that it could be compared...

  • Hardware Review The SNES Classic Mini Is The Perfect Link To The Past

    Now you're playing with miniature power

    When the NES Classic Mini was first announced, it caused shockwaves in the world of Nintendo (and gave this very site one of its busiest days in terms of traffic, fact fans). The resultant stock shortages soured what was, in all honesty, a dream hardware release for the company. While Nintendo certainly wasn't...

  • News Stardew Valley Has Been Finalized on Nintendo Switch

    Release date inbound!

    Stardew Valley is one of the most anticipated upcoming indie releases on the horizon for the Nintendo Switch, and it’s been known for a while that the game is essentially good to go on the platform, with just some final approvals barring the way to release. The Rune Factory-esque sim game has made quite a cultural impact on...

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    Review Pokémon Gold And Silver

    Golden oldies

    Pokémon Gold and Silver are the second generation instalments in the Pokémon series; released at the turn of the millennium, the games arrived just a few short years after their predecessors, Pokémon Red and Blue. Boasting a whole new world to explore, 100 new monsters (bringing the total to 251), and an entirely new cast of...

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    Review Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition

    Forever alone

    One refrain we often hear from fans pertains to why a Nintendo fan would want to carry two separate Nintendo devices with them wherever they go. For us, the answer has often been simple: the 3DS offers games that the Switch does not and vice-versa. Each system has unique features that enable different kinds of gameplay. Minecraft: New...

  • Hands On RiME Lights Up On Nintendo Switch

    Time to shine

    RiME is a secluded, visually stunning adventure arriving on Switch soon. If you managed to miss its original release a few months back on various systems, then that may end up becoming a blessing in disguise. Undocked the game lights up the screen, lending its art-style nicely to the Switch screen. Tequila Works may have...

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    Review PAN-PAN

    A little big adventure

    Of all the moves Nintendo has made over the last few years, from the baffling but brilliant to just plain baffling, an announcement regarding a new Nintendo Direct has become arguably as anticipated as a showing at Gamescom or E3. While expos are opportunities for players to get their hands on the games themselves, Nintendo...

  • News LEGO Worlds Just Got a New Update

    Performance changes! Online! A new icon!

    Suffice to say, we weren’t all too impressed with LEGO Worlds when it came out a few weeks ago, as the subpar performance and janky gameplay made it an experience that simply wasn’t all that much fun to play. Even so, we held off on giving it a score until the full experience could be delivered—an...

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    Review Quest of Dungeons

    Going alone, again

    Upfall Studios’ Quest of Dungeons has returned for what marks its third outing on a Nintendo platform. Approximately a year after the original Wii U version’s release, the title has now arrived on the Switch eShop with new content and some minor technical tweaks. The big question is, do these changes make this the definitive...

  • Video The First 30 Minutes Of Golf Story Sure Do Look Pretty

    Hitting the green

    Golf Story tees off on the Switch eShop tomorrow, and our friends over at Vooks have posted the first half hour of the game. A mixture of RPG and sports, Golf Story boasts a gorgeous 2D aesthetic which reminds us of the glory days of the GBA. Are you planning on downloading this once it goes live? Swing your club at the comments...

  • News You'll Be Able To Unlock An Exclusive Nintendo Switch Kit In FIFA 18

    Which is nice

    FIFA 18 launches this week, and while the Switch version lacks some of the key features of its console counterparts, it does have at least one exclusive item which your Sony and Microsoft-owning chums won't be getting. A screenshot has emerged which shows an exclusive Switch kit which can be unlocked in the game. The red shirt comes...

  • Reminder Arcade Archives Mario Bros. is Out Today

    Already available in Europe

    The standard Nintendo Download day may be Thursday, but Arcade Archives Mario Bros. has arrived - as promised - already. It's the first of a series of releases that'll include a range of Nintendo arcade games reproduced for the current-gen hardware. The releases are being produced by HAMSTER, which has done sterling work...

  • News SteamWorld Dig 2 Has Had the Biggest Launch in the IP's History

    Has already earned back most of the development costs

    SteamWorld Dig 2 arrived recently; it's certainly one of the most high-profile download arrivals on Switch to date, and we think it's rather brilliant. It's bigger and more ambitious than its predecessor, and in some ways reflects the growing confidence of Image & Form that started to show...

  • News 2K Goes for a Chokehold With Its WWE 2K18 Season Pass

    Packs galore

    WWE 2K18 will arrive in 'Fall' on Nintendo Switch, bringing wrestling back to Nintendo hardware. As is the modern way there'll be a season pass, offering various extras if you put down a bit more cash; the question is whether the content is worth picking up. The DLC is all coming to the Switch, so Nintendo gamers won't miss out. The...

  • Gallery Tokyo's Sky Tree Pokémon Megastore Will Rob You Of Your Fortune And Sanity

    Will you make it out alive?

    There are many Pokémon stores across Japan, from when you get off the plane at Narita airport all the way across Tokyo to the 'Megastore' in Ikebukuro Sunshine city, and beyond.  If you're visiting Japan's capital city then you'll notice that one of the most recent attractions is the Tokyo Sky Tree, a 634 meter...

  • News Pokkén Tournament DX and Nintendo Switch Lead the Way in Japan

    Sells a little less than the equivalent Wii U version launch

    It's the middle of the week, which means it's time for the Media Create chart results out of Japan. It was a notable week with a couple of new Switch releases, so let's get to it. Pokkén Tournament DX was the main arrival, and it secured top spot; its 53,395 physical retail...

  • News Check Out New Details for the Upcoming Nintendo World Championships 2017

    Hosts, contenders, and one of the deciding games confirmed

    The Nintendo World Championships 2017 aren't far away; as was the case with the 2015 event qualification has been very limited and low key, but the actual finals could nevertheless be good fun. It's all going down on 7th October at 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern / 10pm UK / 11pm CEST, and those...

  • News Ninja Shodown Throws A Shuriken At Switch eShop Soon

    Go Ninja, GO!

    Who doesn't love a good old ninja game? Rising Star Games has confirmed that it will be bringing Ninja Shodown to the Switch in the not-too-distant future. To celebrate it has released a gloriously ’90s inspired live-action trailer for the game, which you can view above. Developed by UK-based studio Bitmap Bureau, the game...

  • News Oxenfree Comes to the North American eShop on 6th October

    A perfect warm up for Halloween

    An interesting experiment in the realm of storytelling in games, Oxenfree was a notable indie release of last year; chronicling the story of a young group of adventurers that find themselves unravelling the ghostly secrets of a deserted island. It was rather well received when it debuted on other platforms, and it...

  • News Fire Emblem Warriors Gets a Suitably Dramatic Intro Cinematic

    Like a super slow-mo XXXXXY combo

    Fire Emblem Warriors isn't far away, which will bring high-tempo minion slaughter / fort capturing to the franchise. Considering the general fun to be had in Hyrule Warriors there's plenty to be optimistic about, especially as Fire Emblem is an IP particularly well suited to the Warriors template. Nintendo has...

  • News Burning Fight Is This Week's Neo Geo Classic For Switch

    SNK's answer to Final Fight

    HAMSTER hasn't taken a week off from bringing us Neo Geo classics for the Switch eShop. This week's Neo Geo game is SNK's answer to Final Fight, which they affectionately called Burning Fight. It will be available tomorrow for £6.29 / €6.99 / $7.99. The game is set in a fictional version of Osaka...

  • Feature Fulfilling A Lifelong Dream Of Attending The Tokyo Game Show

    Roland Ingram reports from TGS 2017

    Finally, I had made it to the Tokyo Game Show. Back when it started in 1996, I would have given anything to come here. Nowadays the gaming scene has changed. It's not all about a few big players revealing consoles destined to rule the living room. Now we have a nerfed, consoleless Sega and a catch-all Sony nodding...

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  • Gallery Cosplay At The Tokyo Game Show 2017

    Bayonetta! Link! Mario! Tingle!

    The Tokyo Game Show isn't just home to all the latest and greatest video games - like pretty much any gaming event these days, it also attracts hordes of cosplayers dressed as their favourite video game characters. This year's event has seen a bumper turn-out of Links, Marios, Princess Peaches and even Tingles, and...

  • Random Sega Joins Up With Hooters To Promote Sonic Forces In Japan

    Yes, you read that right

    We almost didn't believe it ourselves, but Sega of Japan is teaming up with the racy restaurant chain Hooters to promote the forthcoming Sonic Forces. We can't help but feel this kind of marketing would be better suited for Sega's Yakuza franchise, but there you go.  The full, lurid details of the campaign are yet to...

  • News Nintendo is Now 128 Years Old

    From Hanafuda playing cards to video game world domination

    On September 23rd, 1889, Fusajiro Yamauchi established the Nintendo Playing Card Company in Kyoto. Over one century later and a couple of Yamauchi generations since, would he have ever believed that we are now associating the word Nintendo with a pair of plumbing brothers and their strangely...

  • Video Check Out WeFly - Factor 5's Long Lost Pilotwings Game for Wii

    Fly me to the moon

    Factor 5 enjoyed quite a unique relationship with Nintendo. Due to some bad fortune, we already know that the company had a complete Rogue Squadron game on the Wii that sadly never saw the light of day, and we previously reported on their plans for a new Pilotwings game on the same hardware. Now former Nintendo Life contributor...

  • Feature We Breeze Through Shu on Switch and Chat to Its Lead Designer

    "We're looking to learn from it, understand what's possible"

    The Switch has seen plenty of indies find success on the platform since the console's launch back in March. Now Coatsink Studios is aiming to contribute to this by bringing 2D platformer Shu to the Switch, with the previously released Caverns of the Nightjars DLC included in a purchase...

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    Review Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

    We gotta (portable) power

    To those of us in the West it may not seem like it, but Dragon Ball and Nintendo have always been cozy. Nearly every Nintendo console, home or portable, has been host to at least one if not several Dragon Ball games. Unfortunately, the Wii U was one of the few Nintendo consoles not to receive a Dragon Ball game. Bandai aims...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Thimbleweed Park

    Twin Pixels

    "Open Gate." That’s the first thing you’ll do in Thimbleweed Park. It’s an inauspicious beginning, sure, but immediately illustrative of the kind of experience ahead, mechanically. You’re going to have to get familiar with verbs, instructing your pixelated avatars around the environs of the wider Thimbleweed County as you, as one...

  • First Impressions Hell in a Handbasket - DOOM on Nintendo Switch

    Big, dumb, and lots of fun

    Now, with the Bethesda published 2016 iteration coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year, DOOM can be small and dumb, while still having its trademark 'BFG'. We got our chance to try out id Software’s upcoming port of its DOOM franchise reboot at a Bethesda event earlier this month; look, we know what questions you...

  • Video Here's What NBA 2K18 Looks Like on the Switch

    "JPEG artifact hair"

    Third-party support is always welcome on Nintendo platforms, especially if it's in the form of a title as popular as NBA 2K18. But how can such a little console squeeze out enough juice to make such a taxing game run well? Well, clearly 2K is wondering the same question. To say things run smoothly certainly isn't accurate, as...

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  • Rumour Netflix App Ready For Switch, All It Needs Is Nintendo's Go-Ahead

    Video streaming app is "locked and loaded"

    The incredible sales success of the Switch has masked a few irksome issues people have with the console, one of the most pressing being the lack of any video streaming capabilities, despite it being the perfect tool for portable binge-watching. However, if a fresh rumour is to be believed, this won't be...

  • News 3DS OS Version 11.6.0-39 Is Now Available for Download

    11.5.0-38 is so last year

    With each passing day, it seems that Nintendo Switch becomes an increasingly more important part of Nintendo’s plans, while the 3DS proportionally becomes more and more irrelevant. The release of Metroid: Samus Returns helps stem this, but there’s still a lingering feeling that the platform is on its last legs. Perhaps...

  • News Natsume Has a New Sale Available on the eShop

    Whaddya buyin’?

    One of the more welcome features of the vastly improved eShop of last generation was the introduction of sales on Nintendo’s digital storefront. Though the company rarely discounts its games—and when it does, there’s not a whole lot being dropped—it nonetheless has at least provided third parties with a means of enticing...

  • Feature Looking Back On Enhanced Versions Of Pokémon Games

    Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are part of a proud tradition

    Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon were revealed back in June with the promise of having an alternate story. We didn't really get much information to elaborate on that until fairly recently, when it became clear that Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon are a return to the style of game...

  • News 2K Hopes To Slam Dunk The Bugs In NBA 2K18 on Nintendo Switch

    Double dribble

    It's fair to say that 2K Sports' NBA 2K18 hasn't got off to the best of starts on the Switch, not for everyone at least, with players reporting problems with corrupted save files. Our reviewer has also found various other issues to date, with garbled sound during some cutscenes and playback of other scenes sometimes being out of...

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    Review Pokkén Tournament DX

    Nintendo used Double-Dip!

    The unholy lovechild of Tekken and Pokémon, Pokkén Tournament caused quite a stir when it was first announced, yet Bandai Namco's one-on-one fighter exceeded expectations when it eventually arrived on the Wii U last year following a successful run in arcades. Given that almost all Pokémon games focus on...

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    Review Sine Mora EX

    Just don't play the co-op with your ex...

    The shmup genre is understandably much loved by some gamers, as it boils down the basics of gaming. Often intense yet simple to play, difficult but easy to grasp, shoot 'em ups were fundamental in the retro arcade scene and continue to entertain us on modern systems, often as download games or budget retail...

  • News NBA 2K18 Players Report Problems With Corrupted Save Files

    A multiplatform issue

    NBA 2K18 has caused plenty of chortles and debate due to its whopping 5GB space requirement for save data, but it seems that the launch build has some more serious issues. Multiple users have reported the game corrupting and losing save data, which is a particular blow if progress is being made in the My Career mode - some of...

  • News Sega Dreamcast: Collected Works Looks Like A Dream Come True

    Sega's swansong

    We love a good book here at Nintendo Life, and they don't get much better than Read-Only Memory's Collected Works series, which takes an in-depth look at classic consoles. As a follow-on to the excellent Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works there is now a Dreamcast book campaign on Kickstarter.

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    Switch eShop

    Review NeuroVoider

    Bye, robot

    For all the genre tags liberally flung at the influx of indie games over the last few years, it could be assumed that a select few terms might have become faux pas, or even derogatory. Despite splintering off into many branches of sub category since its inception, uttering words like 'roguelike' or 'permadeath' can immediately engage as...

  • News Metroid: Samus Returns Makes Top 10 Debut in UK Charts

    Rayman just outside top 10, NBA 2K18 on Switch nowhere to be seen

    Last week had a few high profile releases across various systems, which means the UK charts are a little more interesting than normal. Well, aside from Destiny 2 staying in top spot. The best new arrival is actually NBA 2K18 in second place, but that doesn't include Switch sales as...

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  • News NES Title Golf is Hidden On Every Switch Console

    (hidden) Hole in one!

    We already knew that every Switch firmware comes with a built-in NES emulator. But further investigation by some very dedicated people has uncovered quite the bogey: the codename of the emulator "flog" spelled backwards is "golf"... that happens to be exactly what those 24 kilobytes happen to be, the NES version of Golf! You...

  • Feature The Complete History of Rockstar Games on Nintendo Platforms

    The good, the bad & the controversial

    Rockstar Games is a business powerhouse at the top of the gaming industry. Producing sales figures some developers could only dream of, with the Grand Theft Auto series reaching over 150 million copies sold, the studio rarely puts a foot wrong. On 7th September it was announced that 1940’s crime title...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Spin Master

    Short but sweet arcade action

    The fiendish Dr. De Playne has taken Johnny’s treasure map and his girlfriend Mary. A globe-trotting adventure follows as you attempt to get both back, either by yourself or with the help of a friend who is given control of the identically handling Tom.  Despite featuring different characters and a more modern...

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