News - November, 2017

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  • Guide Best Nintendo Switch Black Friday 2017 Deals In The US

    Give thanks for these awesome deals

    It's that time, once again, when shoppers around the world prepare to brave the crowds in search of bargains. The Black Friday festivities are mostly based in crowded stores, though plenty of deals can also be hunted down online. For gamers, it's often a time of year for stocking up on goodies ahead of the festive...

  • Guide Best Nintendo Switch Black Friday 2017 Deals In The UK

    Grab yourself a bargain!

    It's that time, once again, for Black Friday, when shoppers around the world prepare to brave the crowds in search of bargains. Though originally an American tradition, like Big Macs and over-sized soft drinks it's been exported around the world, for better and worse. UK retailers have had a mixed relationship with the...

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    Review Batman - The Telltale Series

    Be the man, become the bat

    Long-time fans of Telltale Games will no doubt remember when the independent publisher and developer - specialising in the creation of episodic point-and-click games - hit its stride. Having worked with various IP including Sam & Max and Monkey Island since its inception in 2004, the company became more widely known...

  • News "No Plans" To Localise Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura, Says Marvelous Games

    "We have no news to share regarding a western release"

    Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura launches in Japan today but developer Marvelous Games says that it has no current plans to release the title outside of Japan. Part of the titillating Senran Kagura series, Shinobi Refle makes use of the Switch's HD Rumble for various - ahem - tactile...

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    Review Snipperclips Plus: Cut it out, together!

    Still a snip to pick up

    When the Switch launched in March three games were picked by a hefty percentage of early adopters - pretty much everyone bought The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, plenty purchased 1-2-Switch despite some sensing they were potentially making a mistake, and the most successful download title was Snipperclips - Cut it out,...

  • News Digital Foundry Gives Its Analysis of L.A. Noire on Nintendo Switch

    As a portable experience "there simply isn't anything like it"

    L.A. Noire has always been a fascinating game, despite some fundamental design flaws that hold it back from its true potential. Incredibly ambitious in the last generation and pioneering in terms of its approach to storytelling and motion capture, it also had a difficult development that...

  • Hardware Review Hamy NES And SNES HD Classic

    The best of both worlds?

    Love them or loathe them, clones of retro systems are here to stay. Over the past few years we've seen numerous unofficial attempts to replicate the performance of vintage systems, some more successful than others. In recent years the arrival of authentic takes on this concept – such as the NES and SNES Classic Editions...

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    Review Koi DX

    Belly up

    The Nintendo Switch has enjoyed one of the most exceptional launch years for any console, going from strength to strength with its software and building up plenty of hype. Even so, it’s inevitable that not every game on the eShop is going to turn out great, and Koi DX is a perfect example of this. What we have here is essentially a...

  • News SNES Classic Mini Back In Stock at Official Nintendo UK Store

    But for how long?

    The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System has arguably been the hottest item of the year, even with the launch of Nintendo's latest console, Nintendo Switch. Stock has been hard to find since it's release but occasionally pops up, such as today at the Official Nintendo UK Store for the retail price of £79.99...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Karnov's Revenge

    Yes it's another Neo Geo one-on-one fighter...

    Hamster has done a good job of providing a variety of genres with its ACA Neo Geo series, but SNK's machine had a lot of one-on-one brawlers and consequently Switch owners are not exactly short of options when browsing the eShop. Here's another one, this time from the Fighter's History series...

  • News Spring Man Triumphs in First ARMS Party Clash


    It was an interesting week in ARMS, with Nintendo running the first 'Party Clash' event in the game. It was nicely implemented when it went live, transforming the 'Party Match' area and throwing some fun ideas into matches with quickfire specials and boosts. In a Splatfest-style approach it also pitted two sides against each other,...

  • News The Pokémon Series Has Now Sold Over 300 Million Units Worldwide

    And that doesn't include downloads or Pokémon GO...

    We all know that the Pokémon series is big - perhaps one of the biggest gaming brands there is, and certainly one of Nintendo's most important properties. However, the news that the series has now passed 300 million units sold (across 76 different titles) puts just how gargantuan it is into...

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  • News Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura Arrives on the Switch This Week in Japan

    Nintendo asked for mature games, after all

    When Nintendo revealed HD Rumble back in January and gave initial hands-on impressions of 1-2-Switch we marvelled at its fidelity; as an effect it's been used well in various ways, with highlights perhaps being racers like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and FAST RMX. Of course, the subtle capabilities of the rumble...

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    Review Ittle Dew 2+

    It'll do, indeed

    The Switch is rapidly amassing a library of wonderful titles, both from major, big-name developers and publishers, as well as creative indies. Ittle Dew 2+ is definitely the latter, and we mean that in the best possible way.  To answer the inevitable question around what this young series is all about, the most direct...

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    Review Lumo

    Triumphant return of a lost genre

    Upon launching a Switch game you don’t expect to see a ZX Spectrum loading screen, but that’s precisely what happens with Triple Eh? Ltd’s Lumo. It’s entirely appropriate for this isometric platformer, however, as the 8-bit computer featured a number of classic examples of the genre. As well as being fun to...

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    Review Mario Party: The Top 100

    Relive the friendship ending memories

    Just because a game has a great concept, doesn’t mean the end product will be the same. Mario Party: The Top 100 is an incredible idea on paper. With over a dozen titles released and a combined total of over eight hundred minigames, this series has been long overdue for some kind of compilation; it’s...

  • News Sega's Valkyria Chronicles 4 Is Marching Towards Nintendo Switch

    Deploying next year

    Sega has announced that Valkyria Chronicles 4 is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. The tactical RPG sequel is also launching on the PS4 and Xbox One, and mixes turned-based strategy with third-person action.  Set in a fictional world which resembles World War II-era Europe, Valkyria Chronicles 4 sees the return...

  • Video This Could Be The Most Awesome Gaming Room Ever

    We're still waiting for our invite

    If you're keen on following YouTube-based retro gamers then chances are you're already familiar with Aussie super-collector Joel "Last Gamer" Hopkins. This guy literally has everything, from the rarest games to the most desirable vintage systems. His collection - and the building it's housed in - has undergone...

  • Soapbox Celebrating The Second Chance Saloon That Is The Nintendo Switch

    Round two’s alright

    Cole Phelps is one of the most unlikeable video game protagonists I’ve ever had the pleasure of vaulting over a wall in pursuit of a fleeing perp, or accidentally propelling into the back of a parked Buick while at the wheel of a siren-wailing Nash Super. The leading man of Rockstar’s L.A. Noire, developed by the...

  • News TIME Names the Nintendo Switch Its Number One Gadget of 2017

    The SNES Classic Edition takes 6th place, too

    Just recently TIME named the Switch as one of the best inventions of 2017, albeit it was a rather peculiar list. Nintendo's hybrid device has now arguably earned a greater honour from the respected publication, however, being named the number one gadget of 2017. As a list focused on cool technology,...

  • News Pokémon GO Global Catch Challenge Could Bring Farfetch'd To Everyone

    While Japan could get Kangaskhan

    If you live outside of Japan and are keen to catch Farfetch'd in Pokémon GO, then you might want to watch the game's new Global Catch Challenge with interest. The objective is for players to catch 3 billion monsters (combined, not on their own!) from now until the 26th November - that's Sunday. If this...

  • News Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Launches This Week

    Nintendo finally confirms what we'd all hoped

    Nintendo has confirmed that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp launches on iOS and Android worldwide this week. It was previously hinted that the game would launch on the 21st, but Nintendo has now revealed that it's coming a day later on the 22nd (that's Wednesday, in case you were wondering): We recently...

  • News Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Both Make Debut in UK Charts Top 5

    Skyrim VR outsells Skyrim on Switch, though

    Last week brought a number of big releases, and the UK charts give an initial indication of how Nintendo and third-party titles fared on Switch and 3DS. The big arrivals on 3DS were Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, which are counted separately in the UK results; they landed in 4th and 5th place in...

  • Music Fan-Made Mother 4 Game Isn't Here Yet, But The Soundtrack Sure Is

    Contains over 60 tracks!

    GameChops has released the full soundtrack for the fan-made sequel to Mother 3, despite the fact that the game itself still isn't out yet. Created by a dedicated team of fans, Mother 4 certainly looks the part - but it is of course totally unofficial and earlier this year

  • Guide How To Get The Zelda: Breath of the Wild Gear in Skyrim On Switch

    With and without amiibo

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now available on the Switch and, as you may well already be aware, it is possible to equip a small selection of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild-inspired items to your character. If you feel like ditching your standard everyday weapons to charge around Skyrim with a Master Sword in hand...

Sunday19th Nov 2017

  • Guide The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Top Tips And Tricks

    And things we wish we knew before playing

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has finally arrived on a Nintendo console for the first time and, for many of you reading this, this could well be the first time that the vast land of Skyrim has been on your screens. The pure size of games like Skyrim can be rather overwhelming and you may well be wondering how...

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    Review Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

    Relax and stay a while

    It’s still hard to comprehend a series as obscure yet mundane as Animal Crossing has had so much success since its inception. Apart from minor similarities to The Sims and Harvest Moon, the concept of the original game wasn’t really akin to any other title available on the market at the time of its release. Unlike the...

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  • News Pokémon Happy Meals Are Coming To McDonald's In The UK

    Gotta scoff them all!

    Like Pokémon? Like eating burgers, nuggets and salty fries? Then have we got some news for you! We've been tipped off that McDonald's outlets in the United Kingdom will soon be getting Pocket Monster-themed Happy Meals complete with collectable plastic toys. The range launches on January 3rd 2018 and will run until...

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    Review RiME

    RiME or reason?

    After what feels like forever, RiME is finally touching down on Switch. The original game had already endured a tortuous development period prior to its launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC earlier in the year, but Nintendo fans have had to suffer an additional wait to get their hands on this promising adventure, which draws comparisons...

  • Guide Super Mario Odyssey: Sand Kingdom Power Moon Locations And Walkthrough

    Every Power Moon location revealed and explained

    Welcome to our ultimate guide for collecting every Power Moon from the Sand Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey! Below, you'll find maps detailing the exact location for all 89 of the Power Moons located in this Kingdom, as well as descriptions on how to get each and every one of them. The numbers on...

  • News Sonic Forces on Switch Has Solid UK Launch as DOOM Moves Up the Charts

    Super Mario Odyssey is still going strong, too

    Last week brought quite a few major retail releases, with the Switch featuring quite prominently. All told Nintendo's diminutive system had a decent set of results in the UK charts (which don't include eShop sales), albeit with a familiar face still leading the way. In the all-format stakes Sonic...

  • Video RiME Is An Example Of How Not To Port A Game To Switch

    It's not all that pretty, to be honest

    RiME's finally out on Switch, and the results are... disappointing. The game's bewitching atmosphere and rewarding puzzles are swallowed up by some irksome performance problems, and in conclusion it's perhaps the worst way to experience the game - yet it's also the most expensive, at the time of writing. Our...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Tallowmere

    A rogue release

    One genre that has seen a big resurgence in recent years - particularly in indie games - is the roguelike, and some have been popping up on the Switch eShop as a result. Crafting lengthy, well-designed games takes countless man-hours of good work, something that smaller developers will struggle with given limited resources and...

  • Feature 13AM Games on Runbow for Switch and Its Hopes for the Future

    "I wanna use that silly little IR camera. Like, what even is that?"

    It's easy to get drawn into the Switch eShop's current surge in momentum and get a little carried away, declaring it as a bright new dawn for the download store. That does a disservice to the early efforts of the Wii and DSi stores, and the notable improvements and variety of...

  • News Karnov Will Have His Revenge On The Switch eShop This Week

    Data East's Neo Geo brawler coming soon

    Data East's Neo Geo fighting game Karnov’s Revenge is coming to the Switch eShop this week, it has been revealed. Released in 1994, the title showcases 13 different fighters - including the titular Karnov, who previously starred in his own 1987 arcade action title. In some regions it went under the...

  • Random Looking Back On That Time When Mario Gatecrashed The UK Music Charts

    "We were shown into their boardroom, and in walked Miyamoto himself"

    We don't see many of them these days but once upon a time video games were prime inspiration for novelty songs. Titles like Pac-Man and Space Invaders both inspired popular singles, and in 1992 the situation was no different as tracks based on both Super Mario Land and Tetris...

  • News Mario Party: The Top 100 Gets a New Festive Release Date in Europe

    It's par-tay time

    Mario Party: The Top 100 is out now in North America - yes, we're working on bringing you a review - and promises much, combining some of the most popular games in the IP's history. It's been one of those split releases, though, with Nintendo of Europe previously stating it'd arrive in January. In a move somewhat reminiscent of...

  • News Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron Flies Onto the Switch eShop This Week

    Blast everything away with friends

    Announced somewhat quietly in the Summer before featuring in a recent Nindie sizzle reel, Aces of the Luftwaffe - Squadron is now just a few days away from release on the Nintendo Switch. Somewhat different from the non 'Squadron' release previously seen on smart devices, this is a vertically scrolling shooter with...

  • Video Check Out The Canned Justice League Game That Almost Came To Wii

    For justice!

    The upcoming Justice League movie marks the end of many years of speculation about how Hollywood would adapt one of DC Comics' most famous properties. A film based around the heroic exploits of this superhero team has been mooted for many years, and back in 2009 it very nearly happened with Mad Max director George Miller at the helm...

  • News Gradius III Gets the MSU1 Digital Audio Enhancement Treatment


    Shmups! We love them and we are not shy to admit it.The Super Nintendo always fell short to the lush number of shmup offerings present on the PC Engine, Mega Drive and even the NES / Famicom. Yet whisper Axelay in the wind and a wave of awe will overcome everyone. However, today's news is in regard to another classic Konami shmup, the early...

  • Video Watch The Super Mario Odyssey Dominoes Come Toppling Down

    More dominoes than power-moons!

    Sometimes you stumble across a video in your YouTube recommendations and are left rather wowed by what you've seen. It's another one of those wow moments as YouTuber TheDominoKing has recreated the expansive world of Super Mario Odyssey in domino form. The display in the video above consists of 148,777...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Revenant Saga


    Few systems have been blessed with the sheer number of RPGs of Nintendo’s plucky little 3DS, and perhaps no publisher has been as persistent in its contribution to that collection as KEMCO. It's brought more than a dozen titles — most of them mobile ports — to the 3DS’ eShop, alongside a smaller number to the Wii U, and now that...

  • Hands On Watching Hulu on the Nintendo Switch

    Want to play GoldenEye on your Switch?

    One of the biggest criticisms early on with the Nintendo Switch was also admittedly one of the console’s greatest strengths: it just plays games. For some, this laser focus on being a gaming platform was a breath of fresh air; it does exactly what it says it will, and it does so exceedingly well. For others,...

  • News Digital Foundry Gives Its Full Analysis of DOOM on Nintendo Switch

    Impressive for a handheld shooter, but with compromises

    For anyone that's been following the game closely, it's no surprise to say that DOOM has some compromises in order to tick along on Nintendo's diminutive system. The fact it's there is impressive in its own right, but squeezing a current-gen game (originally released to critical acclaim in...

  • News Nintendo UK's Official Store Launches Amazing 'Mario Christmas' Competition

    Free to enter for UK residents

    The season of giving is almost upon us, and it seems the Nintendo UK Official Store is getting into the spirit. It's launched a winner-takes-all competition with a lot of goodies in the prize, and it's free to enter for UK residents up to 27th November. As long as you're a UK resident (13 years old and over, guardian...

  • News Xenoraid Will Bring Its Spin on Shoot 'em Up Action to the Switch eShop

    Aiming to cater to more than bullet hell fans

    10tons has been extremely busy bringing its back catalogue to the Nintendo Switch, and has confirmed another title that's due to arrive soon - Xenoraid. It'll arrive on 17th November priced at $9.99USD (with regional variations), and aims to offer its own twists on the vertical shoot 'em up genre...

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  • News Don't Hold Your Breath For Monster Hunter: World On Switch

    "We want to deliver the perfectly adapted game for the hardware"

    Monster Hunter: World sees the famous series return to domestic consoles for the first time in quite a while, and is considered by many to be Capcom's big push to make the franchise a AAA proposition all over the globe, not just in Japan.  However, the game's impending release on...

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    Review Monopoly for Nintendo Switch

    Should you take a 'Chance'?

    If you had to think of one household board game that almost everyone is likely to know, it would be Monopoly. The centre of countless family gatherings over the years, Monopoly is often seen as that one game that can get the whole brood involved and that everybody loves; that is until they remember how ridiculously long...

  • News Nintendo's Updated Switch and 3DS Infographic Shows Off Winter Line-Up

    How many will you buy?

    We're well and truly into the silly - and also fun - season of retail game releases, as publishers scramble to claim a big slice of the Holiday shopping pie. Nintendo is in on the act too, and over the weekend its European subsidiary released an updated infographic that shows the variety of Switch and 3DS games we had during...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Morphite

    Reasonably fun-obtainium

    It is remarkably easy to pigeonhole any game one way or the other. Last year's No Man's Sky debacle highlighted the pressure on indie games and their creators from all conceivable angles, not least from an increasingly vocal, demanding and influential consumer base. Unfortunately, that particular game became a victim of its...

  • Random Here's Why SNES Shooter Phalanx Had That Weird Banjo Guy On Its Cover

    "Today it might be called a WTF moment"

    Kemco's Phalanx may not be one of the greatest 16-bit shooters ever made - heck, it's not even close to being one of the best shooters on the SNES - but it has become famous for having one of the strangest western covers in gaming history. Even at the time of release, people simply couldn't fathom what an old...

  • Guide Super Mario Odyssey: How To Get All Outfits, Stickers And Souvenirs

    All prices, locations, and unlock requirements revealed!

    Super Mario Odyssey boasts an enormous amount of collectables; Power Moons are the obvious one, of course, but there are many more things that you can try to get your hands on, too.  You will likely have noticed that Mario can dress up in a whole range of different outfits and costumes -...

  • News Microsoft Wants To Reach Gamers On Rival Systems, Says Xbox Chief Phil Spencer

    Focus is on growing game sales and services, apparently

    Microsoft is about to launch the Xbox One X worldwide, the company's latest play in what has become an increasingly competitive hardware arena. The Xbox One has lost out to the PlayStation 4 in terms of global share, while Nintendo's Switch has seemingly carved out a whole new sector of the...

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    Review Monster Jam: Crush It!

    A giant flat tire

    Even to someone without an earnest interest in them, monster trucks are an awe-inspiring sight. The giant wheels, the loud engine and a gauche chassis upholding a crazily designed body scream power both literally and figuratively. It’s not hard to imagine wanting to drive one, jumping over destroyed cars and hills whilst the...

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    Review Splasher

    Stay fresh!

    There’s no shortage of platformers on the Switch eShop nowadays, but that certainly hasn’t done anything to deter Splasher from carving out its own niche in the library. Created by some staff that worked on the likes Rayman Legends and Rayman Origins, Splasher works as a brilliant callback to that style of twitch platforming while...

  • News Don't Rule Out Hearthstone On Switch, Says Blizzard Senior Designer

    "That’s absolutely something we’d explore in time"

    It doesn't take much imagination to picture how amazing Hearthstone would be on Switch. That large screen would be perfect for the game's touch-based interface, and when playing in docked mode you could use the motion-sensing Joy-Con to control a mouse-like interface. What's not to like?...

  • News There's Plenty Of Retail Opportunity For Third Parties On Switch, Says Sold Out Boss

    "Nintendo does not exclude you, it just asks you to up your game"

    The Switch continues to sell like hot cakes the world over but amazingly we're still seeing some reluctant publishers, such as EA, playing the waiting game when it comes to supporting the system. As a result, Switch is given less shelf space within retail stores than the PS4 and Xbox...

  • Random Bask in the Nostalgia of Nintendo's Old Flash Games and Websites

    The curse and wonder of Flash

    The internet has evolved a great deal over the last 20 years, to put it mildly. There was a time in the early-to-mid noughties, for example, when Flash was a big part of online browsing. Sometimes it was used extremely poorly, but it was also a useful tool for making websites more interactive and interesting; naturally...

  • News DOOM Pre-Purchase is Now Live on the European Switch eShop

    Suit up, marine

    There are some heavy-hitters arriving on the Switch over the next few weeks, one of them being DOOM. It'll be fascinating to see how this one is received on Nintendo's system, and those eager to jump in as soon as it lands on 10th November may be looking into pre-orders. Just last week Nintendo of Europe confirmed that The Elder...

  • News Suda51 Wants Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes To Be Playable With One Joy-Con

    "I think the challenge is worthwhile"

    Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes was something of a shock announcement for Switch, but now we know it's coming the hype is most definitely real. We imagine the game will top many a Switch owner's wish-list, and the good news is that designer Goichi "Suda51" Suda is taking this project very...

  • News 1-2 Switch Update Adds Video Sharing Functionality

    Capture 30 seconds of cow-milking action

    Do you remember good old 1-2-Switch, the slightly forgettable minigame bonanza everyone bought alongside the rather excellent The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? It went on to sell a whopping 1.37 million units, so it certainly found its audience. Even if like many of us at Nintendo Life you have grown...

  • Video Get Up to Speed With the Sonic Forces Launch Trailer

    Drama and fist bumps

    Sonic Forces is out on 7th November, and plenty will be hoping that Sonic Team's release will bring us the second top-notch title for the mascot this year, following in the footsteps of Sonic Mania. For those eagerly jumping in on day one the wait is almost over. To get people in the mood the official launch trailer...

  • News Pokémon GO's Raid Battle Roster Gets A Rejig

    We heard you guys like Metapod

    Niantic has surprised Pokémon GO players by updating the game's raid roster over the weekend. The most noticeable change is the fact that raids now last for 45 minutes instead of the usual hour. However, Niantic has also changed the raid roster around a bit, with some of the choices proving to make more sense...

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