News - December, 2017

Sunday31st Dec 2017

  • News Retro-Bit Announces R-Type Returns For Super Nintendo

    Irem's Holy Diver also making a comeback on NES

    Looks like Retro-Bit is once again targeting retro gamer's wallets in early 2018 with a couple of exclusive physical re-releases.  R-Typepe Returns will bring both excellent entries of the series exclusive to the Super Nintendo (Super R-Type and R-Type III: The Third Lightning) in a single...

  • Feature The 2017 Nintendo Life Game of the Year Awards

    You know the top two already, right?

    Well, 2017 has been an incredible year for Nintendo, and in years to come will likely be remembered as a vital comeback for the company. The 3DS kept ticking over, there were a couple of key Mobile releases, but most importantly the Switch arrived and proved to be a success. Demand outstripped supply for much of...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review The Last Blade

    The king of fighters?

    Kaede is fighting Yuki and weapons slash quickly as the two leap about the screen. Quick strikes from both, the action is fast as each looks to string together a series of moves to end the battle. Another day, another fight between Kaede and Yuki, but this time things are playing out differently. This time the combatants have...

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    Review Hiragana Pixel Party

    Rōmaji rhythm runner

    If you spend much time playing games, watching anime, or reading manga, Japanese is certainly an appealing second language option, and if you want to try your hand at learning, Hiragana Pixel Party — originally a mobile title — aims to kickstart that process. While it won’t help you with words or phrases, it will teach...

  • Site News Thanks For Playing, Thomas Whitehead

    Nobody likes goodbyes

    Hopefully by now you've heard the news that our illustrious editor Tom will be leaving Nintendo Life in a mere matter of hours. It's been quite an adventure over the last 6.9 years and it simply wouldn't be right to not take a dive into the numbers, Tom style. In The Beginning It was Saturday, 22nd January, 2011 and a...

  • Feature Memorable Games of 2017 - Party Golf

    Bringing multiplayer to the fore

    In this series of features Nintendo Life contributors have shared thoughts on their most memorable games of 2017. This final entry by news writer and reviewer Ryan Craddock opts for a lesser known eShop title that showcases some of the biggest strengths of the Nintendo Switch. Party Golf falls into a category...

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    Review Stern Pinball Arcade

    A classic experience

    Stern Pinball Arcade for the Switch eShop prides itself on authenticity. The company Stern - as featured in the title's name - was founded in 1977, plying its trade as a pinball and arcade video game manufacturer.  As the most experienced and largest producer of real pinball machines to this day, the publisher and developer...

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    Review Frederic: Resurrection Of Music

    Playing second fiddle

    Nintendo Switch’s music rhythm games thus far have been stellar editions to the console's library. Whether it’s the raw power of Thumper or the serene ambient songs of Deemo, the genre fits the hardware well, using either the touchscreen or traditional inputs, and with Frederic: Resurrection Of Music, developer Forever...

  • Soapbox Yoshi's Woolly World Mended My Rocky Relationship With Yoshi

    A cracked heart tightly stitched back together

    Yoshi has been my favourite character from the Super Mario series since he made his dino-riffic debut in Super Mario World back in '91. I was so fond of him at that time that I convinced my parents to name our new Bichon Frise puppy in his honour. To this day, when I play Mario Kart or Mario Party...

  • Feature Memorable Games of 2017 - Ever Oasis


    In this series of features Nintendo Life contributors will share thoughts on their most memorable games of 2017. This entry by Tony Stephenson - who runs our Facebook page - focuses on the underappreciated 3DS title Ever Oasis.  It's been an epic year to be a Nintendo gamer. The launch of the Switch and the subsequent release of...

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    Review Sparkle Unleashed

    Lose your marbles

    In a time where the eShop is flourishing, more than a dozen games are launching every week with no let up in sight, and prolific Finnish developer/ publisher 10tons continues its long run by bringing puzzle game Sparkle Unleashed to Nintendo Switch in time for the holiday season. The premise is a simple one: in an attempt to save...

Thursday28th Dec 2017

  • News Breath of the Wild Developers Discuss the Zelda Timeline

    Hyrule Historia is getting a little outdated

    Lots of noise has been made by fans over the years about the “official” Zelda timeline. It seems that each game release is accompanied by a lengthy and meandering discussion over where it sits in the bigger picture, and some of the games are rather hard to pin down. The matter isn’t helped by the...

  • Nintendo Download 28th December (North America)

    SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition! VS. Super Mario Bros.! More!

    It's the final North American Nintendo Download Update of 2017, but with most businesses still enjoying the Holidays it's a much quieter line-up than we've seen in recent times. That's not to say there aren't some extremely tempting options, with the Switch doing a lot of the heavy...

  • News Super Mario Land 2 Gets a Fan-Made Colour Treatment

    Now with added plumber

    We are still catching up with all the fan retro projects released during the Holidays.  Often cited as the very best platform game on the original Game Boy (sorry Kirby Dreamland fans), Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins not only seemed to defy what was possible with the humble portable, but was also responsible for...

  • Nintendo Download 28th December (Europe)

    SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition! Stikbold! Double Dragon arcade! More!

    As 2017 draws to a close there's one final Nintendo Download Update, with the European line-up offering some intriguing options on the Switch eShop, in particular. In addition there's some DLC and a nice batch of discounts to consider, so let's get to it. Switch eShop:...

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    Review Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops XL

    War can be hell (and a little bland)

    Having already reported for duty on mobile platforms and other consoles, you’d think that Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops XL had seen enough tours to earn itself a little extended leave. But the top-down, ‘roguelight’ shooter has donned its camo paint one last time as it guns its way onto Nintendo Switch. This...

  • News Hackers Confirm Switch's Not-So-Secret Golf Game Has Vanished

    FLOG is no more

    Way back in September, some rather nosy hackers discovered a treasure hidden in Switch's base code - an emulation of Golf, an old NES sports sim - leading many to assume it was a quiet tribute to the late, great Ninty president Satoru Iwata. Considering Iwata himself helped code the game back in the '80s, and that it could only be...

  • News Mighty Gunvolt Burst Gets Three New DLC Characters Tomorrow

    The more the merrier

    One of the better eShop releases of this past summer was Mighty Gunvolt Burst, the follow up to a popular tie-in game for the original release of Azure Striker Gunvolt. At the time, Mega Man 11 hadn’t been announced yet, and Mighty Gunvolt Burst stood as a worthy heir to the Blue Bomber’s legacy. At launch, the game was...

  • Feature Memorable Games of 2017 - Thumper

    Headphones are mandatory

    In this series of features Nintendo Life contributors will share thoughts on their most memorable games of 2017. This entry by editor Tom Whitehead focuses on an eShop game that may be responsible for his left Joy-Con's early demise.  I first played Thumper in 2014 or 2015 at EGX (I honestly can't remember...

Wednesday27th Dec 2017

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    Review SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition

    I love it when a plan comes together

    After releasing the sublime SteamWorld Dig, many expected Image & Form to go the safe route of producing a follow up that more or less built on that foundation. Though we would eventually receive SteamWorld Dig 2, the company chose to defy expectations and make SteamWorld Heist, a game which belongs to...

  • News Nintendo Has Reportedly Delayed the Roll-Out of 64GB Switch Game Cartridges

    A move that may disappoint some publishers

    The Nintendo Switch has, overall, had a wonderfully successful 2017. Like any new device on the market, however, there have been some issues of varying scopes, one of which has been the 'Switch tax', in which some retail games on the system carry higher price tags. It's a topic we explored in detail,...

  • News Nintendo Switch Continues to Dominate in Japan

    Over a quarter of a million sales in one week

    We may be in the middle of the Holidays, but we still have the Media Create results to show us what's hot - and what's not - in Japan. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo's latest system is continuing to fly off the shelves. Before we get to that, though, we have the software results to look at, and the number one...

  • News The Latest Zelda: Breath of the Wild Gift is Genuinely Useful for Hunting Guardians

    Nintendo's in a giving mood

    'Tis the season to be jolly, slightly bloated and - most importantly of all - generous in spirit. Nintendo's clearly aware of that, as its latest free gift for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is arguably the most useful and valuable yet. The 'Tips From the Wild' post is the third part focused on The...

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    Review Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

    This curse is a welcome one

    Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a puzzle-platformer that is actually just over four years old now; it originally released in 2013 on other consoles as a sequel to Max & The Magic Marker (a Wiiware and Nintendo DS title). Now the game has made it onto the Switch, no doubt hoping to sit amongst the numerous success...

  • Feature Memorable Games of 2017 - DOOM

    Because even portable cyberdemons need slaying

    In this series of features Nintendo Life contributors will share thoughts on their most memorable games of 2017. This entry by upcoming site editor Dom Roseigh-Lincoln focuses on the high profile port of DOOM to Nintendo Switch.  If you’d have sidled up to me six months ago and whispered in my...

  • Feature Video Game Ghosts Of Christmas Past

    What are your fondest festive moments?

    So, Christmas is over for yet another year. Presents have been opened, food has been consumed in vast quantities and much fun has been had by (hopefully) all. This is the first Christmas that Switch has been available, and we assume that it will have contributed to many a household's latest festive memories,...

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    Review TINY METAL

    Hold me closer, Tiny Metal

    It's been almost ten years since we last had an entry in Intelligent Systems' superb Advance Wars series, but don't let that depress you - we now have the next best thing in the form of Tiny Metal, the debut game from Japanese studio Area35. This is unashamedly a clone of the aforementioned Nintendo franchise and the nuts...

  • News Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Champions' Ballad DLC Marks The Conclusion Of The Game

    No more content to follow, sadly

    It might sound like stating the obvious, but The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Champions' Ballad DLC officially brings the game to a close - there will be no more content released from this point onwards, Nintendo has confirmed. Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma delivered the news in an interview...

  • Random These N64 Box Art Covers Have Not Aged Well

    In fact, most of them looked terrible at the time

    We've all got plenty of fond memories of Nintendo 64 - which is why we're excited for the inevitable N64 Mini and its third-party friends - but that doesn't mean we look back on every game with a smile. In fact, just thinking about some those box art covers makes us a little queasy. Over on N64...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Hammerwatch

    A smarter gauntlet

    There’s something to be said for Nintendo’s continued insistence that local multiplayer is as important as any other method of play. While there are plenty of reasons why online features are always touted, from the ability to play with friends from afar or just because you can keep your plans to yourself instead of on a...

  • Nintendo Download 21st December (North America)

    TINY METAL! Bloody Zombies! The Next Penelope! Style Savvy! Much more!

    It's the final North American Nintendo Download Update before the Holidays / Christmas, and it has some enticing games on offer. As is now the norm the Switch has a significant number of intriguing titles, and the 3DS also joins in with some tempting options of its own this week...

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  • News 5 Things To Do With Your Master Cycle Zero In Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

    Lots of room to vroom

    It’s still quite shocking to think that Link can now ride a bike in a Legend of Zelda game. Just in case you missed the announcement from The Game Awards 2017, the Master Cycle Zero is now available to unlock in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as a reward for completing the story segment of the game’s second DLC...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Human: Fall Flat

    A slapstick symphony

    It has been said that the essence of comedy is tragedy plus time. A good-natured pratfall here and there is enough to brighten up anyone's day, but when you play the role of both the audience and the victim of said pratfall, things get a little more complicated. Developer No Brakes has created an experience where...

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    Review Floor Kids

    Top Rock

    While the Switch has already booked an array of both dance (Just Dance 2017 and 2018) and rhythm games (like VOEZ, Deemo, and Superbeat Xonic), it’s safe to say that there’s nothing else in the system’s lineup quite like Floor Kids. In fact, this labour of love from Montreal-based duo JonJon (animator and former bboy) and Kid Koala...

Saturday16th Dec 2017

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    Review Party Planet

    Pass the Joy-Con

    The holidays are fast approaching and, if you’re anything like us, you’ll likely end up being thrown into some form of endearingly awkward family gathering wishing that there was something fun to do as everyone starts to fall asleep. Party Planet aims to shine in this very situation; a collection of mini-games that can be played...

Sunday17th Dec 2017

  • News ARMS Version 5.0 Update is Coming This Year, With Another New Character

    The roster keeps growing

    ARMS, very much mimicking the approach seen in Splatoon 2, is a game that keeps on giving. Frequent updates have not only improved mechanics and balancing but have also added fresh modes and characters. The roster's grown rather nicely, as a result, and it seems that'll be the case once again with version 5.0. It's due...

  • Video The First 30 Years of Mega Man

    You can’t stop the rock!

    17th December is a big day for Capcom, as one of its top series and characters - Mega Man - celebrates its 30th birthday! The company started the party a bit early by announcing Mega Man 11, coming next year! But, it all began thirty years ago, when Capcom put forth a plan to create its first non-arcade port for the...

Saturday16th Dec 2017

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    Review Enter The Gungeon

    Right to bear arms

    Nintendo Switch received one of the finest roguelike indie games in the business earlier this year with The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+. Now it has another in Enter The Gungeon. Much like Edmund McMillen's reworked masterpiece, ETG takes the basic form of a top-down twin-stick shooter. Dodge Roll's game, however, has an...

  • News Pikachu Gets A Villainous Makeover With These New Secret Team Pokémon Plushies

    Because being bad doesn't mean you can't be cute

    We all know eternal Pokémon mascot Pikachu will forever remain a force for good - including when he hits the big screen with Ryan Reynolds' voice, no less - but that doesn't mean The Pokémon Company can't throw an adorable curve ball in the form of these new bad guy-themed plushies. They're part of...

  • News First 4 Figures Reveals Stunning Shovel Knight Collectibles

    Beautiful, but not cheap

    High-quality collectible maker First 4 Figures has revealed its first statue from the Shovel Knight universe and, as always, it's rather breathtaking to behold. Available in Regular, Exclusive, and Ornate Plate Armor editions - as well as a Combo edition which gives you those second two variants in one package - this new...

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    Review Nine Parchments

    Magic and monsters

    Nine Parchments is the latest title from Frozenbyte, the developer of games such as the Trine series and, more recently on Switch, Has-Been Heroes. Just as the Trine series did before it, this game places a heavy focus on co-operative play with up to four players able to team up and enjoy the adventure together. You can play alone...

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    Review WWE 2K18

    Debuts don’t come more botched than this

    Disclaimer: At the time of writing, developer Blind Squirrel has yet to patch the significant performance problems hampering WWE 2K18 on Switch, so we've published our review - and a score that reflects its current state - in full below. However, we do know that a patch is being worked on, so in the...

  • News Final Fantasy And More Could One Day Arrive On Switch As Square Enix Considers Future Ports

    Time to unlock the vault

    We all know Switch is the hottest place to be right now, especially when it comes to giving classic titles a new lease of life - just look at the recently announced Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection - so you'll be pleased as punch to learn Japanese publishing giant Square Enix is keen to get some of its digital back...

  • News Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Rumbles Onto Switch May 2018

    Twelve games in the series anytime, anywhere.

    Get your arcade sticks ready, because the Mega Man collections were just the beginning: Capcom will bring Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection onto the Nintendo Switch in May 2018!  This compilation will contain no less that twelve arcade perfect ports of the series as follows: Street...

  • News Capcom Could Be Bringing Even More Ports To Nintendo Switch

    Ones that haven't already appeared on Nintendo consoles, that is

    It was only a few hours ago we reported on Square Enix expressing renewed interest in opening up its digital back catalogue to Switch thanks to a very strong first nine months for the console, and now it looks like it's not the only Japanese publishing powerhouse potentially...

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    Review Mutant Mudds Collection

    Muddy brilliant

    The Mutant Mudds series has seen its fair share of love from critics and players alike over the last few years; the wonderful Mutant Mudds won us all over when it originally released on 3DS (and then again in a deluxe version for Wii U), and then Mutant Mudds Super Challenge came along, taking everything we already knew and loved and...

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    Review River City: Rival Showdown

    Come get some!

    Following on from last year’s River City: Tokyo Rumble, Natsume is taking the rough ‘n’ tumble Kunio-Kun out for another spin in a follow up action game. River City: Rival Showdown largely follows the same beats as its predecessor, but refines many of its ideas down into a tighter and more enjoyable experience. Though it still...

  • News Teaser For Next Year's Pokémon Movie Reveals New Art Style

    Attack On Titan's Wit Studio helping out this time around

    A teaser trailer for the next Pokémon movie has just gone live online, showing off a new art style and character design. Due for release on July 13th, 2018 in Japan, the movie will be overseen by animation firm OLM, as usual. However, this time around production will be handled...

  • Guide Super Mario Odyssey: Bowser's Kingdom Power Moon Locations And Walkthrough

    Every Power Moon location revealed and explained

    Welcome to our ultimate guide for collecting every Power Moon from Bowser's Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey! Below, you'll find maps detailing the exact location for all 62 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...

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    Review Kid Tripp

    The Kid Is Alright

    The 2D platformer has been a video game staple for decades, and remains popular to this very day. In fact it's been experiencing something of a renaissance lately, as mobile gaming boils the premise down to its most addictive, fast-paced essence for quickfire play sessions. Kid Tripp was one such hit that originally...

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    Review Plantera Deluxe

    Flex those green fingers

    Gardening is said to be good for your health. It can relieve stress, help combat anxiety and depression, and improve your overall mental wellbeing. Studies conducted in the past have proven caring for a plant or garden is therapeutic and can better a person’s quality of life. So how does a video game about a virtual garden...

  • News Kirby And Friends Are Getting Some Super Cute Big Chinned-Gachapon Toys

    Think Funko Pop Vinyls only with huge jawlines

    Funko isn't the only company turning your most beloved characters into oversized caricatures. Over in Japan, gachapon maker Panda no Ana has been making a name for itself with Shakurel Planet - a range of toy-capsules that contain miniature animals with oversized jaws - and it's now turned its attention...

  • Gallery Checking Out 8Bitdo's New SNES Classic Edition Wireless Gamepad

    New look, same quality

    While the biggest news to come out of 8Bitdo recently is the launch of the excellent SN30 Pro controller, the company has also released another notable product: the SNES Classic Edition Wireless Gamepad. As the title suggests, this is a controller aimed at those who have purchased a SNES Classic Edition and are looking for a...

  • News Forthcoming Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Update Brings Gardening And Crafting

    Green fingers ahoy

    Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has been something of a pleasant surprise, offering plenty of charm, character and engaging gameplay for mobile players. OK, so it's not quite the full Animal Crossing sequel that fans of New Leaf are waiting for, but it's nice all the same. A new announcement has gone live in the game which details a...

  • News Retro Alert! Mega Drive Is Getting A New Arcade-Style Shooter In 2018

    No, we're serious - and you can fund it on Kickstarter now

    A whole 30 years after its initial release, the humble Mega Drive/Sega Genesis is getting a new game. That's right, in 2018, British indie studio Bitmap Bureau will be bringing, Xeno Crisis, an arena-style shooter with procedural generated maps and rooms, to Sega's old school...

  • News 3DS Title Detective Pikachu Gets A European Rating From PEGI

    Coming in time for the movie hype?

    3DS eShop title Detective Pikachu has been rated by the PEGI for a Europe release, it has been revealed. The Pokémon spin-off - which is getting a Hollywood movie with Ryan Reynolds in the lead role - launched in Japan way back in February 2016. It plays like a classic point-an

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review World Heroes

    Joan of Arc VS. Hulk Hogan. Round 1. Fight!

    Many, many fighting games were released on the Neo Geo and these are slowly but surely filling up the Switch’s eShop. Compared to most of the options available World Heroes and its sequels offer a simpler experience with less depth, but the series can still entertain when its varied cast of fighters...

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    Review Superbeat: Xonic


    From touchscreen jams like Deemo and VOEZ to the button-based beats of Thumper and Dark Witch Music Episode: Rudymical, the Switch has already assembled an impressive collection of music games in its first year, and that trend doesn’t look set to end anytime soon. Superbeat: Xonic is the latest début to hit the

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