News - 2017, Week 52

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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    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...

Saturday30th Dec 2017

Friday29th Dec 2017

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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,...

Tuesday26th Dec 2017

Monday25th Dec 2017