News - October, 2017

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    Switch eShop

    Review Putty Pals

    A Puzzler Built For Two

    The Nintendo Switch has brought social gaming back to the couch with aplomb. With the ability to literally disconnect two controllers and hand one to a buddy, how could it not? While competitive multiplayer has been the main thrust, cooperative experiences seem to be fewer and far between. Putty Pals is your friendly reminder...

  • News King Oddball is Looking to Rule the Switch eShop Very Soon

    Utter madness

    Certainly one of the crazier concepts for a game we have seen in recent times, King Oddball is set to land on the Switch's eShop with a bang - and there's not long to wait until it does. You take control of a boulder (the King of boulders it would seem) with the aim of using your ridiculously long tongue to lick up other, smaller...

  • News Minecraft-Like Title Battleminerz is Heading to 3DS This Year

    Amazeballz

    The world has seen a small army of Minecraft clones make their way to gaming consoles - some have been successful, others not so much. Developer Wobbly Tooth Games is the latest to join the trend (for a second time, actually) by bringing Battleminerz to Nintendo 3DS. The game is a sequel to the studio's earlier effort Battleminer (a game...

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    Review Party Golf

    Hole-in-100+

    The Switch is slowly but surely becoming one of the best available entertainment systems for multiplayer fun. The eShop is positively bursting at the seams with great co-op adventures and games that focus on simple, pick-up-and-play action for multiple players to enjoy. Party Golf is one of the latest titles to jump on board, hoping to...

  • Anniversary It's One Year Since Nintendo Showed Us The Switch

    NX level stuff

    Incredibly, it's now one year since Nintendo lifted the lid on the Switch - and Nintendo Karen. Leaked many months ahead of the official reveal, the hybrid nature of the Switch - then known as "NX" - left some unconvinced. Even the announcement video itself - which focused on the system's ability to t

  • News Zombie Gold Rush is Creeping Onto Switch In Time For Halloween

    Kill zombies, earn cash

    Scrolling through the 'Coming Soon' section of the Switch's eShop can become a rather fun pastime - especially with the amount of games that are bombarding the system at the moment. One such game that has recently appeared in this menu of future delights is Zombie Gold Rush. The game sees you jumping into various cars and...

  • News Fire Emblem Warriors Season Pass DLC Will Include Plenty of Familiar Faces

    Tharja! Azura! Minerva! Owain! More!

    Fire Emblem Warriors is out today on Switch and New 3DS, and we think it's pretty good; for those wondering, we also have a New 3DS version review in the works to go live very soon. There's plenty for players to do in the game, such as the main campaign and 'History' battles, but just like with Hyrule...

  • News Moon Hunters Lands On the Switch eShop Next Week

    Mesopotamian mayhem

    We're really looking forward to playing Kitfox Games' Moon Hunters, which was announced for the Switch eShop last month. It's now been given a release date for next week on 26th October, priced at £9.99 in the UK. We expect the North American release to be on the same day also. In the game you create your own legend in a 1-to-4...

  • Random Don't Forget This Week's Musical Retail Arrival on Wii

    Sing when you're winning

    Ah, the Wii. The little system is now nearly 11 years old and was an outstanding commercial success; it also brought us a wonderful game library with plenty of titles that'll go down as Nintendo classics. Its broad appeal also made it ripe for various so-called 'casual' games, and despite the system being long since...

  • News Get a Good Look at Snipperclips Plus: Cut it out, together!

    Cute cutting

    The original Snipperclips - Cut it out, together! was a major early hit on the Switch eShop; developed by a small UK studio, Nintendo liked the concept enough to buy the IP and publish the game. It led the way in terms of early download-only sales on the store. It wasn't too surprising, then, when the most recent Nintendo...

  • News EA Won't Entirely Rule Out Star Wars Battlefront II Coming To Switch

    "This is something we'll explore if we see opportunities there"

    With Star Wars: The Last Jedi just around the corner the release of Star Wars Battlefront II is well-timed, and we can expect the FPS title to gain plenty of attention, not just for its connection to the wider Star Wars universe but because it's shaping up to be a very impressive title...

  • News Splatoon 2 Update 1.4.1 Is Now Live, And Here's What's Changed

    Fixes weapon issues, mainly

    It's update city this week in the world of Nintendo - yesterday we got updates for the Switch, Joy-Con and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and today everyone's favourite ink-shooting online blaster is getting a refresh. Before you get too excited,

  • News Super Meat Boy Releases on Switch This Year

    Digital release this year, physical likely next year

    One of the most significant indie platformers of the past few years is that of Super Meat Boy, the tough-as-nails game that has frustrated many a gamer over the various platforms that it’s seen release on. Naturally, fans have noted that Super Meat Boy would be a good fit on the Switch and have...

  • News Splasher Will Make Its Mark on the Switch eShop Very Soon

    Splashdown

    For those seeking some fast-paced 2D platforming on the Switch eShop, there's a promising option right around the corner. Playdius has confirmed that Splasher has its final release date on the system, launching on 26th October for €14.99 / $14.99USD / £11.99. In the game you use various inks and resources to 'splash' walls and...

  • News Mutation Nation Is Your Next HAMSTER ACA Release on Switch

    No turtles here

    Side scrolling beat' em up fans can rejoice, because when it rains (Wulverblade, Robo Army), it pours. Next week HAMSTER is re-releasing Mutation Nation on the Switch through the ACA series, a tale of mutation and madness set in the now not-too-distant year of 2050. As if we ever really needed any sort of plot to put down some...

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    Review NBA 2K18

    Hoop dreams

    Note: We originally posted our NBA 2K18 review last month but the game was essentially broken, with a number of serious game-affecting bugs. It was so severe that we were unable to give the game a score, because we considered it incomplete. While we really enjoyed the game when it worked properly, our advice at the time was clear:...

  • News Square Enix Explains Why The Secret Of Mana Remake Isn't Coming To Switch

    "We hope to continue listening to the various requests from our fans"

    Square Enix is currently hard at work remaking one of its most beloved JRPGs, Secret of Mana. This SNES classic is right up there with Zelda and Final Fantasy in terms of player adoration, but amazingly the remake isn't coming to Switch. Speaking to Red Bull, producer Masaru...

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    Review Wulverblade

    Sharp and to the point

    The humble side-scrolling brawler was once a huge draw in the gaming industry, with titles like Double Dragon, Final Fight and Streets of Rage providing players with gratifying and visceral combat (usually with a friend in tow) across a wide range of stages and settings. When the arcades began to lose their importance in the...

  • Nintendo Download 12th October (North America)

    Wulverblade! Flame in the Flood! 88 Heroes! Yono! Much more!

    It’s Nintendo Download Update time and we have another busy week to enjoy in North America. The Switch eShop has a bumper line-up to consider, of course, though the Wii U and 3DS don’t miss out entirely; the little handheld even has a big-time RPG from Atlus that's out soon. There’s...

  • Nintendo Download 12th October (Europe)

    Wulverblade! Flame in the Flood! 88 Heroes! Yono! Sine Mora EX! More!

    It's that time, once again, for the European Nintendo Download Update. It's another busy week with the Switch in particular getting loaded up with tempting options, though the 3DS and Wii U also have a bit to offer. Let's just right into the details, shall we? Switch Retail...

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    Review Tiny Barbarian DX

    Huge fun

    For kids that grew up in the 8- and 16-bit eras, names such as Rastan, Golden Axe and Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts are bound to pull one one's heartstrings. Taking up a warrior's sword (or lance - we see you, Arthur) and doing battle against all manner of fantastic creatures was a delight. Sadly, all of those series are now little more...

  • Random Here's The 'Switch Visor' - For The Lazy Players

    Just strap it to your face and play...

    While innovations such as Google Cardboard have made it easy to plonk a smartphone directly in front of your eyes for a cheap VR experience, we haven't really seen any third party accessory makers attempt to offer the same thing for the Switch yet; no doubt because there's no actual VR software. In...

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    Review Neon Chrome

    Minor oversight

    Finding a home on consoles is an ongoing challenge for games that have seen success on Steam and smart devices. While free-to-play or relatively inexpensive titles are becoming available on digital marketplaces thick and fast, it could be argued that there is a degree of stigma that comes with titles making the shift from mobile to...

  • Feature Going Deeper With The Flame in the Flood on Nintendo Switch

    Post apocalyptic survival with a difference

    We're heading into another busy period of enticing releases on the Switch eShop, and The Flame in the Flood is certainly one to consider seriously. A 'rogue-lite' with a focus on survival in a post apocalyptic world may sound rote and by the numbers, but the game is more innovative than the description...

  • News OJO, a Dedicated Nintendo Switch Projector, Launches Its Indiegogo Campaign Soon

    Projecting the right image?

    A while ago we told you about OJO, a device pitching itself as a dedicated Nintendo Switch projector. The concept is pretty simple - you dock the Switch as normal and the projector will produce the output onto whatever surface you choose, with the idea being that the projector's portability will be a good fit for the...

  • News Injustice 2 Director on the Possibility of Bringing the Game to Switch

    Or maybe Mortal Kombat...

    Those of you that had a Wii U in the first year of its release will no doubt remember the decent third party support that it received, and one of the big games it got was Injustice: Gods Among Us, the DC fighter from the studio that produces Mortal Kombat. Though NetherRealm understandably opted out of bringing Mortal...

  • News Former Rare Dev Plans To Dish Out Some Raging Justice On Switch

    "We're planning on getting on Switch ASAP"​

    Those of you who follow the exploits of former Rare employees as closely as we do here at Nintendo Life may be  aware of Raging Justice, a side-scrolling fighter inspired by Streets of Rage and Final Fight from Nic Makin, who worked at the UK studio on titles such as Ka

  • News Forever Entertainment is 'Amazed' at Progress of Hollow on Nintendo Switch

    Targeting a full 1080p docked

    If you've been browsing the 'Coming Soon' section of the European eShop with regularity you've likely seen Hollow in the mix. A first-person shooter / horror title, it's been hard to judge for Switch as the store's trailer was only a cinematic video. The developer is keen to highlight that progress is solid, however,...

  • News Vulpix Joins The Ever-Growing Pokémon Build-A-Bear Range

    And there goes another $60

    The Build-A-Bear Pokémon range is becoming a very easy on the eye - and not so easy on the wallet - collection of fan-favourite monsters in adorable plush form. It doesn't seem that long ago that we were telling you about Meowth joining the roster, but it seems yet another one is now available. Vulpix has arrived and can...

  • News Crazy Justice Aims to Bring 'Battle Royale' Action to the Nintendo Switch

    Tapping into a craze

    If you watch a bit of YouTube or follow wider trends of PC gaming, you likely know all about PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS. It's taken the Battle Royale format and popularised it to an impressive degree, becoming one of the biggest active games in the world and the subject of console wars. Microsoft secured an upcoming port for...

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    Review Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase

    Peachy

    The Switch has earned something of a reputation for hosting modern updates of classics from the Japanese gaming canon, with notable reimaginings like Blaster Master Zero and Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap hitting the nostalgia button on Turbo mode. One of the more surprising returnees to take advantage of this trend was Soldam: Blooming...

  • Random The Voice Of Mario Once Rapped As Dracula For A Corporate Video

    There's a headline we didn't think we'd ever write

    Charles Martinet is famous to Nintendo fans the world over as the voice of Mario, and has filled this role brilliantly since the '90s. However, it would be doing Martinet a great injustice to assume this is the only thing he has done in his illustrious career; he's acted on stage, in film and...

  • News New Z-Moves Revealed In Pokémon Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon

    Necrozma's forms also shown

    Just in case you're not already excited enough about the forthcoming Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, Nintendo has released more information on new Z-Moves in the game as well as details on the Pokémon Necrozma. First up is the Photon Geyser, is a Psychic-type special move that only...

  • News Tiny Troopers Joint Ops XL Will Battle Its Way Onto Switch This Year

    A version exclusive to Switch

    Indie game publisher Wired Productions has announced that Tiny Troopers Joint Ops XL is heading to the Switch eShop in time for the Holiday season. The game is a twin-stick shooter which sees the player control 'tiny troopers' battling evil adversaries from around the world, with a collection of weapons at your...

  • News Check Out the New LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Story Trailer

    So many characters...

    We already know that LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 promises to be the real deal on Nintendo Switch, with all DLC and extras to be included. With that in mind we can perhaps allow ourselves to get quite excited for the November 14th / 17th (depending on region) release, as LEGO games can - when done well - be a treat. For those...

  • News Slime-San Will Be Getting its Free Expansion in the Next Two Months

    Also, a demo is on the way

    One of the standout games on the Switch eShop is that of Slime-San, the quirky platformer that stars a big green blob stuck inside a giant worm. It was a great game at launch, full of content, which made it all the more exciting when the developers announced that a sizable expansion would be adding a brand new story...

  • News Pokémon GO AR Photo Contest Launches

    Pokémon SNAP

    Niantic has launched the Pokémon GO AR Photo Contest this week, challenging players to snap "epic AR photos" while trying to catch 'mon. Trainers are asked to capture photos and upload them to Instagram with the hashtag #PokemonGOcontest. Should your image be selected as one of the top 10 picks, you'll win...

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  • News The Inevitable SNES Classic Mini Hack Is Now Complete

    "75% of games are working fine"

    Last week we reported on Russian hacker Alexey 'Cluster' Avdyukhin's intention to modify his popular hacking tool hakchi2 to add support for the SNES Classic Mini.  He's stayed true to his word that this work would take around a week and now v2.20 of hakchi2 has been released which offers the following...

  • News The Big NBA 2K18 Patch For Switch Is Finally Here

    Slam dunk

    NBA 2K18 didn't get off to the best of starts when it launched on the Nintendo Switch on 15th September. In short, it was all a bit of a mess and we ended running our review without a score. While it's taken way too long, the mega patch update #3 finally dropped for the Switch version of the game during the weekend. Here's the laundry...

  • News The Nintendo Virtual Boy Could Be Getting New Software

    Virtual insanity?

    The Nintendo Virtual Boy may have gone down in history as the company's grandest folly, but it's clear that there are many fans out there who feel it didn't get a fair crack of the whip.  Team VUEngine is a group of Virtual Boy enthusastis who want to resurrect the failed console with a series of new homebrew titles. A...

  • News Sega Confirms Sonic Forces Is 720p, 30fps On Nintendo Switch

    In both docked and handheld modes

    Sonic Forces may not be the blue hedgehog's first game on Switch - that honour falls to the amazing Sonic Mania - but it's likely to be the one that Sega hopes will find the larger audience, given the hype which has surrounded its development. Fairly early on, it was rumoured that the game wouldn't be hitting that...

  • News Bandai Set To Release Stunning New Set Of Physical PokéBalls

    Gotta buy them all!

    Pokémon fans rejoice! Bandai has announced its 'Pokemon: Ball Collection Ultra' series, a stunningly beautiful collection of real, physical PokéBalls that are set to be available in January next year. The collection includes the more common ball types: Poké, Great, Ultra, and Master, as well as a Luxury Ball and a Beast Ball...

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    Review Unbox: Newbie's Adventure

    Does it deliver the goods?

    Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure is ‘packed’ full of features reminiscent of classic '90s 3D platformers such as Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie. Developed by Manchester-based indie studio Prospect Games, the game has been described as a “love letter” to those legendary titles and, thanks to more modern technology, is...

  • Feature Nintendo Life eShop Selects - September 2017

    Blimey, we really had a lot to choose from

    Every month we're amazed with how the Switch eShop leaps from strength to strength, and the month of September was absolutely no exception. With such an enormous roster of games released, this month was by far the hardest month we had to deal with for the awards, but we managed it. It's a nice problem to...

  • News Three More 3DS Games Are Joining the European Nintendo Selects Range

    Luigi! Kirby! Mario!

    Buying copies of all your favourite first-party Nintendo games can start to get expensive; usually the company's top titles remain at full price across all stores, holding on to their value for all eternity. It is no surprise then that when games are added to the Nintendo Selects Range, offering the full game for a fraction of...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Tumblestone

    Time to rock n’ roll!

    The puzzle genre can be very hit-and-miss, particularly on dedicated gaming consoles where players tend to expect a higher level of polish and quality than most mobile games are able to achieve. Tumblestone, on the surface, looks like your typical ‘match-three’ kind of puzzler and might struggle to stand out from the...

  • Feature Japanese Dev Legend Tak Fujii On His Switch Music Exclusive Gal Metal

    "My dream is about increasing real band players from playing the game"

    Tak Fujii is one of the most established and charismatic figures in the Japanese gaming industry today. He spent twenty years at Konami in Chicago and Tokyo, filled roles such as sound designer, director and producer, as well as playing guitar on the incredible Castlevania:...

  • News Squareboy Vs. Bullies Lands On Switch This Week

    You can't beat a bit of bully

    Bullies, they are just the worst, aren't they? If they aren't giving you an atomic wedgie then they are trying to flush your head down the toilet. In Squareboy Vs Bullies: Arena Edition the titular Squareboy has had enough of the bullying and sets out to put them in their place in this old school...

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  • News The Inevitable SNES Classic Mini Hack Is Well Underway

    Chrono Trigger is playable already

    Given the ease of hacking the NES Mini to add additional games, due to the efforts of Russian hacker Alexey 'Cluster' Avdyukhin with his hakchi2 software, it was only going to be a matter of time until the SNES Classic Mini got the same treatment given that it uses basically the same hardware under the...

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    Switch eShop

    Review BUTCHER

    DOOM's younger cousin

    The news that DOOM is on its way to the Switch will have no doubt excited many Nintendo players who never had the chance to play the game when it was initially released last year. We still have some time to kill until it arrives, however, and luckily Crunching Koalas has brought the “DOOM-inspired” game BUTCHER to the...

  • News Stardew Valley Arrives on the Switch eShop This Week

    The harvest is in

    Stardew Valley, the extremely charming farm-sim RPG that's been near the top of various Switch eShop wishlists, now has a release date. Nintendo of Europe has confirmed that the game will arrive on 5th October, and the price on the UK store is £10.99 (a match for the Steam price). Chucklefish Games also confirmed that's the date...

  • News FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch Accounts for a Tiny Percentage of UK Launch Sales

    Other increasingly 'evergreen' Switch titles hold on in top 40

    FIFA 18 has been a notable release on Nintendo hardware in the past week, a first for a number of years. Plenty of focus has been on assessing whether the Switch audience will back the game and, as a result, encourage EA to continue support. Based on initial UK launch results we'll...

  • News Behold The Majesty Of The SNES Classic Mini Game Manuals

    A trip down memory lane

    We miss the colourful manuals which used to come with games - sadly for the most part they have become a thing of the past as publisher cut costs and titles utilise more in-game tutorials. Of course the Super Nintendo had some of the best game manuals, and Nintendo have now released scans for the games included on the SNES...

  • News Darkest Dungeon is Another Critically Acclaimed Download Heading to the Switch eShop

    An intense dungeon crawler

    Each year has a group of Indie releases that earn plenty of earnest praise on the web, often PC games first that make their way to console. Darkest Dungeon by Red Hook Studios was one of these games - on its surface it's a stylised dungeon crawler with turn-based battles, but its underlying mechanics and its methods for...

  • News Dark Horse Reveals Zelda Encyclopedia as Final Instalment in Its Goddess Collection Book Series

    The missing piece of the Triforce

    Dark Horse Comics has revealed its third hefty Zelda book instalment: The Legend of Zelda: Encyclopedia, due for publication on April 24th, 2018. It's available for pre-order for $39.99 on the Dark Horse Comics website, though is notably cheaper across other outlets such as Amazon. The book is the third and final...

  • Preview Jumping for Joy With Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

    A return of the game that started it all

    Nintendo is keen to prove that the 3DS has life in it yet, and it's doing a bang-up job. First we got Metroid: Samus Returns, and now we have another reimagined classic in the form of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Does it hold a candle to Samus Aran’s latest outing? We’ve spent some quality time with...

  • Random Odd FIFA 18 Glitch Leaves Players With No Face on Nintendo Switch

    Go on, make your faceless corporation jokes

    FIFA 18 launched on Switch last week, and plenty of eyes will be on the performance of the 'custom' version on Nintendo's portable powerhouse. We liked it in our review, with yer man Scullion awarding it 8/10. However it appears that the game has a rather quirky glitch on some occasions, as you will see...

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    Switch eShop

    Review INVERSUS Deluxe

    What’s black and white and dead all over?

    Solely created by developer Ryan Juckett (previously of Bungie), INVERSUS Deluxe is a frantic shooter that asks you to manipulate the surroundings to your advantage in order to defeat your opponents. This ‘Deluxe’ version of the game contains a bucket-load of new content over the original release and...

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    Review Burning Fight

    A dying flame

    Scrolling beat ‘em ups are simple games that provide a lot of fun as you (sometimes with the help of a friend) wander through a number of stages giving gangs of reprobates a good kicking, before facing off against a more powerful end of stage thug; rinse and repeat. Burning Fight comes courtesy of SNK and whilst Sengoku (another...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Binaries

    Two characters, one control stick

    Binaries has arrived on the Nintendo Switch eShop, adding another puzzle game to an ever-growing - and high-quality - list of games in the genre. In some ways Binaries is incredibly similar to Semispheres (a fun little puzzler released on the eShop not too long ago), yet at the same time is the exact opposite...

  • News Projection: First Light Will Bring Shadow Puppetry to the Nintendo Switch

    Explores the history of shadow puppets in the adventure

    To date the Switch eShop has offered a handful of stylish and cerebral experiences, and by the looks of it Projection: First Light could be another when it arrives in Q2 2018. Developed by Shadowplay Studios (and published by Blowfish Studios) it'll be a puzzle platformer that explores the...

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