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TodayThu, 20th Jul 2017

  • Video Get the Best of Both Worlds with this Transforming Joy-Con Grip Mod

    When two become one

    A while ago we posted a video on how to make a super-portable Joy-Con grip from a cheap Chinese product that costs only a few of your hard-earned dollars. However we weren't content with just that so we decided to take it all a step further. Inspired by various ideas from all over the internet we've cracked open the very same...

    • Hardware
    • Joy-Con
    • Switch
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Gallery We Take a Look at the SNES Mini (With Waluigi)

    Only slightly bigger than our correspondent's sunglasses

    This coming weekend brings us San Diego Comic-Con, with Nintendo gearing up to showcase a variety of games. Our man Alan Lopez went along to a pre-conference event and took the chance to take a good look at Nintendo's goodies, including the upcoming Super NES Classic Edition (NA)...

    • SNES Mini
    • SNES Classic Mini
    • Retro
  • Video Get a Good Look at Infinite, the New Villain in Sonic Forces

    Speed off the charts

    SEGA continues to amp up the anticipation for Sonic Forces, introducing new stages, characters and music tracks on a weekly basis. This time around the focus is on Infinite, a new deadly foe for Sonic to face. He has a suitable 'bad-guy' voice, with the cutscene below showing an early encounter in the game. SEGA has also...

    • Sonic Forces
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Kid Tripp Will Dash Onto the 3DS eShop Next Week

    With a hop, skip and fireball dodge

    Kid Tripp is a game we've been highlighting over the past couple of months, a colourful retro-styled auto-runner that is heading to the 3DS and Switch. Developer Four Horses has now confirmed that the 3DS version is all set for release on 27th July in North America, Europe and Australia priced...

    • 3DS eShop
    • Kid Tripp
  • News Rogue Trooper Redux Price and Release Window Revealed

    Remastered for a whole new generation

    Developers Rebellion have revealed more information on third-person shooter Rogue Trooper Redux, including when the game is expected for release. Based off a comic-book series by the same name and originally released back in 2006, RTR is now being remastered for a whole new generation.   The game...

    • Switch eShop
    • Rogue Trooper Redux
  • News 'Elite Angel' Ekoro to be Added as DLC to Mighty Gunvolt Burst

    Free for two weeks

    Inti Creates has adopted a model to reward early adopters with free content, something we've seen with Blaster Master Zero. Now Switch and 3DS eShop title Mighty Gunvolt Burst will add content that, for a period, won't cost a cent. An update to version 1.1 will introduce DLC with Ekoro as a playable character;...

    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
    • DLC
  • News Intriguing Musical Action-Adventure Title, Figment, is Heading to Nintendo Switch

    A musical that adapts to gameplay

    The Switch eShop can add another intriguing release to its 2017 line-up, with confirmation that Figment is coming to the store. Developed by Bedtime Digital Games, its twist is that it's an action-adventure title (with a mix of puzzle-solving and combat) that is also a musical. Below you can see the...

    • Switch eShop
    • Figment
  • News Pokémon GO's Legendary Pokémon Are Arriving Very Soon

    It's going to be Legen...wait for it

    It's what plenty of fans have been waiting for. Niantic and The Pokémon Company have revealed that after much speculation legendary Pokémon will be arriving in Pokémon GO this weekend.  The trailer below shows off the recently-implemented Gym features, included Gym badges and Raids, before...

    • Pokémon GO
    • Niantic
    • Mobile
  • Nintendo Download 20th July (Europe)

    Splatoon 2! Cave Story+! Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star! Boost Beast! More!

    The European Nintendo Download is now live, and this week brings quite a few varied options. We have three retail choices on the Switch, along with two download-only options; there are budget options on the New 3DS and Wii U too. Along with the usual discounts there are...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Europe
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Wii U eShop
  • News Trademark Application Has Fans Dreaming of the Nintendo 64 Classic Mini

    Or perhaps it's just a coincidence?

    Nintendo has recently filed a trademark application for the Nintendo 64 controller in Europe, which given the timing might well indicate that a Nintendo 64 Classic Mini could be in the works for next year.  Such trademark applications have also been filed for the NES controller and the SNES controller,...

    • Retro
    • N64
    • Trademark
    • N64 Mini
  • Nintendo Download 20th July (North America)

    Splatoon 2! Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star! Boost Beast! More!

    It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week brings some interesting options on the Switch, in particular, with two diverse retail options and some download-only offerings. Let's get to it, shall we? Nintendo Switch Retail Download:...

    • Nintendo Download
    • North America
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
  • News Nintendo Switch Parental Controls App Gets a Neat Update

    The best convoluted way to track your playtime

    We're still not sure why there's no equivalent to the Activity Log on the Nintendo Switch, but as quite a few realised early on you can use the Parental Controls App on a smart device to do the same thing. While it's also useful for parents to manage and moderate the gaming of their little 'uns, some of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Parental Controls
  • News Tiny Barbarian DX To Feature Lovely Box-Art By Beloved Famitsu Artist

    We love some nice box art!

    Nicalis is on a bit of roll at the moment, with several games headed to the Switch in retail packaging; one of these is Tiny Barbarian DX, which is now scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2017 with an MSRP of $29.99. A European release could happen further down the line via Headup Games, as...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nicalis
    • Artwork
  • News The First Nintendo Switch Cartridge ROM Dumps Are Emerging, But It's Early Days

    Currently unusable, but the hacking community seems hard at work

    As soon as the Switch arrived in stores we saw the inevitable start of homebrew and hacking efforts as coding enthusiasts see what can be done with the hardware. It often takes a while for discernible progress to be made, but there have been some early landmarks for that community,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hacking
    • ROMs
  • News Analysts Expect Nintendo Switch Hybrid to End 'Two-Punch Strategy'

    Mobile and more to fill the gap

    Over the past couple of months Nintendo's share value has steadily climbed, hitting its highest point in a number of years. This has been largely credited to the successful launch - and ongoing demand - around the Nintendo Switch, while other factors include the company's mobile plans and commercial deals (such as the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
  • News 20th Century Fox’s Mega Man Movie Creeps Closer to Production

    Directors are in final talks

    With perhaps a few exceptions that have been so-so, movies based on video game properties have almost consistently been terrible adaptations. Perhaps this is due to how an interactive medium doesn’t translate to smoothly to one which is strictly visual, but even more plot-driven franchises like Assassin’s Creed have...

    • Movies
    • Mega Man
  • News Retro City Rampage DX is Coming to the Switch eShop Soon

    A warm-up for Shakedown Hawaii

    While we're keen to play Shakedown Hawaii, the next game from Vblank Entertainment, the studio has confirmed that Nintendo Switch owners will be able to pass the time with its spiritual predecessor. Retro City Rampage DX is heading to the Switch eShop, and is aiming for release within the next few weeks...

    • Switch eShop

YesterdayWed, 19th Jul 2017

  • News The Nintendo Switch Online App Is Now Available for Download

    Just a few days early

    Nintendo’s made plenty of interesting decisions with its online service for this generation which have naturally divided opinion and one such decision was creating a mobile app to handle the majority of online friend and party functions, such as voice chat. Like it or hate it, this is what the company’s going to be rolling...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mobile
    • Online
  • News '90s Super GP Will Be Power Sliding On To Switch Soon

    The game formerly known as '90s Arcade Racer

    We were really looking forward to the gorgeous-looking 90's Arcade Racer landing on the Wii U eShop yonks ago, but it was not to be. Last year we reported that the game would no longer be coming to the Wii U and had been renamed as '90s Super GP. Thankfully we now have confirmation that Nicalis will...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nicalis
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Nyko's Clip Grip Power Is The Perfect Partner For The Nintendo Switch Online App

    Now you're playing with power: Clip Grip Power!

    The Nintendo Switch Online app is now available for download and will prove invaluable to anyone who wants to communicate with other players in games such as Splatoon 2, which hits stores in a couple of days. But we hear you cry, where will you put your smartphone so you can reach it easily during...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nyko
    • Accessories
    • Joy-Con
  • Guide How To Invite Friends And Use Voice Chat On The Nintendo Switch Online App

    Better, connected

    Nintendo's fancy Switch Online App is now available, and Splatoon 2 is the first game you'll be able to use it with. The Japanese veteran has taken a rather unusual approach with this app; instead of including match-making features and voice-chat in-game, those elements are channelled through your smart device. Given how...

    • Guides
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
    • Voice Chat
    • Nintendo Online App
  • Feature Ex-Rare Composer Grant Kirkhope On "Breaking Mario" And Following In Koji Kondo's Footsteps

    "We've poured ourselves into this game to try and make it special"

    It's fair to say that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle didn't have the most auspicious of starts. When the game leaked it was met with a fair degree of scepticism, but that all changed when the title was unveiled onstage at E3, complete with an appearance by Shigeru Miyamoto himself...

    • Features
    • Music
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Grant Kirkhope
    • Interviews
  • News Ubisoft Will Announce More Nintendo Switch Titles "Quite Soon"

    Keep your powder dry

    Ubisoft may have had a slow start on Switch when compared to how enthusiastically it supported the Wii, 3DS and Wii U in the early days of those consoles, but with Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle on the horizon, the company is clearly taking the system very seriously indeed. The French publisher announced during its recent...

    • Ubisoft
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Sci-Fi Shooter Morphite Touches Down On Switch This September

    Inspired by Ratchet and Clank, Metroid Prime and Turok

    It has been revealed that Morphite will launch on the Switch eShop on September 7th, at the same time as all other previously confirmed versions of the game. Described as an "atmospheric exploration sci-fi shooter with platforming elements", Moprhite is a collaboration...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • News R.B.I. Baseball 17 Steps Up To The Plate On Switch This September

    Dynamite slugger

    R.B.I. Baseball 17 is coming to the Nintendo Switch, it has been confirmed. The game has a launch date of September 5th, and showcases officially-licenced teams, a full season mode, local multiplayer and a roster edit mode. It will retail for $29.99. Here's the press release: R.B.I. Baseball 17, developed by MLBAM and...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • R.B.I. Baseball
  • News Prima Games' Nintendo SNES Classics Book Will Go Nicely With A SNES Mini

    Now you're reading with Super Power!

    Alongside the NES Mini, Prima released a lovely book featuring some of the games included on the mini-console to coincide with this. It really reminded us of the old Nintendo Power days and was a nice accompaniment to the NES Mini (that is if you were able to buy one!). To go with the SNES Mini, you'll be able...

    • Retro
    • SNES
    • SNES Mini
    • SNES Classic Mini
    • Books
  • News Pokémon GO iOS 1.39.0 & Android 0.69.0 Update Rolls Out

    New icons, search screen & Gym fixes

    Niantic Labs has begun rolling out the latest update for Pokémon GO users worldwide.  This latest update features an array of minor additions and small improvements to the core of the game, but most importantly improves upon the recent addition of Poké Gyms. One annoying problem among...

    • Pokemon GO
    • Niantic
    • Pokemon
    • Smartphones
    • Mobile
  • News Boost Beast Arrives On Switch eShop Tomorrow

    Connect, clear and summon

    Arc System Works have just announced that beat'em up puzzle game Boost Beast will be released onto the Switch eShop come 20th July - that's tomorrow. When a virus-carrying meteorite infects all humans and transforms them into mindless zombies, of course to save the day we need...Alec the "King of Dogs". Connecting the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Boost Beast
  • News Beach Buggy Racing Screeches Onto Switch Next Week

    Buggy Boy

    It's worth loading up the Switch eShop once in a while just to see what's new in the coming soon section. Today we spotted Beach Buggy Racing is lined up for release on the 27th of July for the princely sum of £9.99. The North American release is likely to be at the same time. Developed by Vector Unit, Beach Buggy Racing looks like a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • News Hyper Light Drifter Might Have a Shot at Coming to Switch

    “Looking into it!”

    Remember Hyper Light Drifter? The somber neon action game took a lot of its cues from The Legend of Zelda and was a standout indie release of last year, with a Wii U version planned at one point. Unfortunately, the developer ran into significant development barriers—the game would have to be entirely rebuilt in a brand new...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hyper Light Drifter

Tuesday18th Jul 2017

  • 247

    Switch

    Review Splatoon 2

    Totally off the hook

    Going into Splatoon 2 after the excellent first entry in the series, expectations were high; arguably too high to be properly realised. The original showed an incredible level of ingenuity, clever design, and almost boundless creativity, so could the sequel match up or suffer from a case of the Final Fantasy IIs? First off,...

    • Reviews
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
  • News Wii U OS Version 5.5.2 Is Now Live

    Now this was unexpected

    It’s been months since we last saw an update for the Wii U, but that’s not necessarily surprising given that Nintendo jumped ship with the thing just about as fast as they plausibly could’ve. Indeed, the Wii U died a quick death as Nintendo moved on to greener pastures with the Switch, but it seems that perhaps the...

    • Wii U
    • Updates
    • Stability
  • Rumour Wii U System Update Hints That Miiverse Is Coming To An End Soon

    So long, and thanks for all the doodles

    The recent Wii U system update apparently brings with it more than just increased stability - dataminers have discovered a message which hints that Miiverse is coming to an end. Deep within Wii U system update 5.5.2, the following text has been unearthed: The Miiverse service has ended. Miiverse and any...

    • Miiverse
    • Wii U
    • Rumours
    • 3DS
  • Gallery A Look Back At Some Of Miiverse's Craziest And Most Beautiful Moments

    "y cant metroid crawl?"

    Nintendo's quirky social network Miiverse was launched way back in 2012 alongside the Wii U, and was later rolled out to the 3DS. While many gamers used it to request or share tips on their favourite games, there have been many amusing moments over the years, and some heartbreaking ones too - such as this doomed Miiverse...

    • Miiverse
    • Gallery
    • Features
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    3DS eShop

    Review Kirby's Blowout Blast

    A Past from the Blast

    After 25 years, the Kirby universe has enough material to fill a Hyrule Historia-like compendium (hint, hint). Many games along the way have added little quirks and abilities to shake things up, but Kirby’s Blowout Blast takes a decidedly throwback approach by channelling the veteran hero’s first game. Blowout Blast strips...

    • Reviews
    • 3DS eShop
    • Kirby
  • News Nintendo Switch Demand Remains High in Japan, As Thousands Queue for Raffles

    It's not just about Zelda any more

    When the Nintendo Switch launched there was understandable relief at its positive reception, with plenty of hype ensuring that demand outstripped supply. Though Nintendo has frequently made noises about ramping up production it's taking some time, and there still aren't enough systems to go around. A case in point...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Japan
  • News Davide Soliani And Grant Kirkhope Recall The Awkwardness Of Their First Miyamoto Meetings

    "I was on my knees and I looked up to see Miyamoto staring down at me"

    Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a rather odd pairing, but the team behind the game are pureblood Nintendo fans, and what we've seen of the game so far gives us much reason to be optimistic. For Ubisoft Milan creative director and a lifelong Nintendo fanboy Davide...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Shigeru Miyamoto
    • Mario + Rabbids
    • Ubisoft
  • News Anker Is Releasing A Range Of Pokémon Mobile Accessories

    Cases! Batteries! Speakers!

    Mobile phone accessory maker Anker is already famous with Nintendo fans thanks to its excellent range of portable batteries, but the company is now staking its claim for further glory with a line of officially licensed Pokémon gear for your blower. Included in the range are iPhone 7 cases, portable batteries...

    • Pokemon
    • Pokemon GO
    • Anker
    • Accessories
    • Smartphones
  • News Luggage Company LeSportsac Has All Your Nintendo Travel Needs Sorted

    New line of bags coming to Japan

    If you like everything in your life to have a Nintendo theme, then you'll be pleased to learn that American luggage company LeSportsac has teamed up with the Japanese video game veteran to release a trendy new line of themed travel accessories in Japan.  The line is split into three main categories. 'Super...

    • Accessories
    • Merchandise
    • Japan
    • LeSportsac
  • News There’s a Splatoon Anime on the Way to YouTube

    Keeping things fresh

    Despite making its debut on Nintendo’s underperforming Wii U, Splatoon has become a successful new Nintendo property by all counts, especially in Japan. For quite a while now, there’s been a long running Splatoon manga in Japan’s CoroCoro magazine, which has proven itself to be decently popular in the region. And now with...

    • Splatoon 2
    • Anime
  • News Monster Jam: Crush It! Will Ride Roughshod Over Switch This Holiday Season

    They're big, bad, dirty and mean

    Maximum Games is bringing vehicular destruction to the Switch later this year in the form of Monster Jam: Crush It! Based on the PS4 and Xbox One title from 2016, this chaotic racer features more than 30 maps covering forest, desert, winter and farm environments. You'll also find 84 skill challenges and 12...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Monster Jam
  • Random Amazing Pokémon Art Created With Over 20,000 Dominoes

    The plastic tiles, not pizza

    Some people have all the fun. An amazing piece of fan-art has been created by YouTuber "TheDominoKing" dedicated to everyone's favourite electric mouse.  The setup sees 22,177 dominoes lined up perfectly before being knocked over appropriately with a Pickachu plushie. What happens next is satisfying chaos as the...

    • Pokémon
    • Random
    • Videos
  • News ARMS to Feature in Inaugural Evo Japan Tournament

    Super Smash Bros. for Wii U makes the cut, Melee doesn't

    This year's Evo extravaganza brought a range of reveals along with the high-end competitive play, and included some details related to the first ever Evo Japan. It'll take place in Tokyo from 26th to 28th January and will feature two prominent Nintendo titles in its line-up. Tekken...

    • Evo
    • Japan
    • Super Smash Bros.
    • ARMS

Monday17th Jul 2017

  • News Splatoon 2 Has A Nasty Surprise In Store For Rage Quitters

    Don't be a sore loser

    People "raging quitting" during online games is a common problem these days, and developers are being forced to come up with ways of punishing such sore losers to ensure it doesn't impact the enjoyment of others. Splatoon 2 is no exception; if you decide to leave a match by putting your Switch into sleep mode or turning it off...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
  • Feature The Biggest Nintendo 3DS Games of 2017 - Summer Edition

    Life in the little portable yet

    Back at the start of Spring we started our usual 'Biggest Games' series, but didn't get around to doing a 3DS equivalent. To be honest, there wasn't much confirmed for the portable, regardless. We had a small collection of solid games, certainly, but they were slim pickings. From Spring onwards, however, a handful of...

    • Features
    • 3DS
    • 3DS eShop
    • New Nintendo 3DS
  • News Atari's New Console Seems To Be Part NES Classic Mini, Part Ouya

    Crowdfunded, runs "classic" and "current" content

    Atari's new Ataribox system may not have a Nintendo focus, but the company's history in the games arena warrants some mention here regardless - hence our coverage of the news that the veteran firm was re-entering the hardware arena earlier this year. Atari has now released renders of its new...

    • Atari
    • Hardware
    • Retro
  • 58

    Switch eShop

    Review Implosion

    Despite the name, it doesn't collapse in on itself

    As a portable hybrid platform, the Switch has interestingly been home to a host of ports of mobile device games, with more to come in the future. Games such as VOEZ, Oceanhorn, and now Implosion show that more and more developers are interested in the platform, but there’s another side to it. The...

    • Switch eShop
    • Implosion
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
  • News Former Project M Devs Unveil Icons: Combat Arena; It Sure Looks Like Smash Bros

    Evo reveal gets a mixed response

    For some dedicated fans of Super Smash Bros., a big favourite isn't an official entry in the series - for a time Project M, a mod of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, had a large and devoted following and was even part of the competitive scene. Talented fans worked for years on creating a blend of the Wii title and...

    • Icons: Combat Arena
    • Super Smash Bros.
    • Smash Bros.
  • Hardware Review Hyperkin SmartBoy Turns Your Smartphone Into A Real Live Game Boy

    Gaming on the go, revitalised

    "Many a true word is spoken in jest." That age-old saying is very true of Hyperkin's SmartBoy device; originally pitched as an April Fool's prank it gradually evolved into something more tangible thanks to online reaction which keenly illustrated a demand in the marketplace for something that allowed you to play old...

    • Hardware Review
    • Retro
    • Hyperkin
    • Accessories
    • Game Boy
  • News Phantom Trigger is Bringing Hardcore Neon Slashing Action to Nintendo Switch

    RPG and rogue-like fun

    The European Switch eShop's 'coming soon' list strikes again, confirming that TinyBuid's hardcore neon slasher Phantom Trigger is lined up for release on 27th July for £13.49 in the UK. Based on the trailer above, the game appears to be similar to Hyper Light Drifter in some respects, which has proven to be a very...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Games
  • News Switch Could Get Kingdom Hearts III, But Only After Announced Versions Are Released

    "Switch is definitely a very interesting piece of hardware"

    It feels like Kingdom Hearts III has been in development for centuries, but Square Enix has at long last confirmed that the long-awaited RPG will launch next year on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It has also been hinted that Switch owners might get a version too, but only after the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kingdom Hearts
    • Square Enix
  • News Nintendo's 'Quality of Life' Project Lives On

    "Our aim is to enable consumers to make daily efforts to improve their QOL"

    Way back in 2015 it was suggested that Nintendo's Quality of Life initiative had been put on the back burner following the untimely passing of company president Satoru Iwata. Given that not much has been said about QOL, you'd be forgiven for assuming that Nintendo had...

    • QOL
    • Business
    • Japan
  • News Sydney Hunter and the Curse of the Mayan is Coming to the Nintendo Switch

    Defeat the Mayan gods

    Collectorvision has been making homebrew games since 2008, and now it seems one of its popular characters - Sydney Hunter - will be making the leap over to the Switch eShop. Sydney Hunter and the Curse of the Mayan is an action adventure game featuring some puzzle elements. The 8-bit graphics and sounds are inspired by...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Games
  • News Ultra Hyperball To Bring Multiplayer Madness To Switch Soon

    The epic sport from the future, today!

    The Switch eShop library continues to grow, with developer Springloaded confirming that it's bringing its frantic 4 player party game - Ultra Hyperball - to the platform soon. This is just one of the six games that Springloaded is working on for the Switch right now, so it's a name you'll be hearing a lot more...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • eShop
    • Upcoming Games
  • News Dragon Quest XI Gets a Batch of Awesome TV Commercials in Japan

    When you can only think about one thing

    While we wait (im)patiently for the localisation of Dragon Quest XI, we can nevertheless take in the hype for its release in Japan. While the Switch version is still oddly missing, the Japanese market is currently gearing up for the dual release across PS4 and 3DS. Square Enix has now published a series...

    • 3DS
    • Dragon Quest
  • News Funbox Media Announces Vegas Party And Chicken Range For Switch

    Physical releases, too

    Funbox Media is releasing Vegas Party and Chicken Range on the Nintendo Switch. The first game is - as you might expect - a gambling simulation with support for 4 players: Played as a race, the goal is to reach the end of the Strip before anyone else. Manage your token account in 10 gambling minigames, avoid the dangers...

    • Nintendo Switch
  • Random Game Boy Tetris Inspires New Commercial From UK Supermarket Sainsbury's

    Clear those lines

    Tetris is one of the world's most famous video games, and has been the subject of hit singles, documentaries and - of course - more sequels and spin-offs than you can shake a stick at. One of the more recent applications of Tetris is this new commercial from UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's, which shows a table being laid for a...

    • Retro
    • Random
    • Tetris
    • UK
    • Video

Saturday15th Jul 2017

  • Editorial In Praise of the Smaller New Nintendo 3DS - The Best 3DS*

    *Well, in Tom Whitehead's opinion

    Nintendo sure likes to iterate its portable hardware, and the 3DS 'family' has been no exception. There's been the 3DS, the 3DS XL, the 2DS, the New 3DS, the New 3DS XL and soon the New 2DS XL. Throw in various colours, limited editions and cool designs and it's been a typically dizzying generation. For me, though,...

    • Features
    • Editorial
    • New Nintendo 3DS
    • New 3DS
  • News The Jackbox Party Pack 1 & 2 Are Coming to Nintendo Switch

    For you digital collectors out there

    Back in April The Jackbox Party Pack 3 was released on the Nintendo Switch, bringing its unique blend of minigames and phone-based controls to multiplayer on the system. We certainly recommended it as a good way to have a bit of fun with friends. Though Jackbox Games is currently working on the fourth...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Jackbox Games

Friday14th Jul 2017

  • Reminder Here Are the Times for the Splatoon 2 Splatfest World Premiere

    It varies per region

    Splatoon 2 is now just one week away, and is all set to be the next big thing for the Nintendo Switch. Many will hope so, in any case, and Nintendo is certainly keen for Switch owners to go hands on and get drawn in by its charms. We'll see that this weekend with the Splatfest World Premiere, in which fans of cake will battle...

    • Splatoon
    • Splatoon 2
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatfest
  • News Flash Carts Could Be Slowly Killing Your Retro Consoles

    Scary technical details contained within

    The relentless march of technology - combined with the rising price of certain retro games - has created a healthy market for flash carts which allow you to load up a bunch of ROMs onto an SD card and play them on your original vintage consoles. We've made no secret of our affection for such carts in the...

    • Retro
    • Flash Carts
    • Everdrive
  • Guide How To Get Unlimited Korok Seeds In Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

    No more searching around in the mud!

    Grabbing all of the 900 Korok seeds in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a bit of a drag, but if you want enough weapon, shield and bow slots to properly tackle the game's super-demanding Trial of the Sword DLC, it's almost essential that you seek out enough of these special items. If you honestly can't...

    • Guides
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Breath of the Wild
    • Legend of Zelda
    • Zelda
  • News The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS is Discontinued Globally - An Era Ends

    Farewell, our charming little friend

    The New Nintendo 3DS has been a notable success, though the XL model has done the heavy lifting. As of 31st March the New Nintendo 3DS XL has shifted over 10 million units; the smaller unit has only managed 2.49 million units. North America has only had limited editions of the small model, it's true, but even in...

    • New Nintendo 3DS
  • News Here's the Map Rotation and Weapons for the Splatoon 2 Splatfest World Premiere

    Splat 'em up

    The Splatoon 2 Splatfest World Premiere is almost upon us, so you should get ready for the action. It'll be Team Cake vs. Team Ice Cream in the West - Japan is a bit different - and there'll be Turf Wars to decide which is better. Nintendo UK has now confirmed the map rotations and weapons for the event. We suspect it'll be the same...

    • Splatoon
    • Splatoon 2
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatfest
  • News Epic Mickey Was One Of The High Points Of My Career, Says Warren Spector

    "Screw Metacritic. Screw everybody. I'm really proud of that game"

    Warren Spector is treated like a legend by many gamers, and with valid reason; he's been involved with some of the most influential and acclaimed games of the past few decades and can count System Shock, Ultima, Wing Commander, Deus Ex and Thief among his credits. However,...

    • Epic Mickey
    • Wii
    • Warren Spector
    • Disney
  • News A Shiny Tapu Koko Is Up for Grabs for Pokémon Sun/Moon in North America

    Get it before it's gone!

    Though the conversation is increasingly shifting to the upcoming Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the mysterious new core game additions to Generation 7, Pokémon Sun and Moon continues to roll on. The immensely successful pair of games broke many new records for the series and for Nintendo in general, so it comes as...

    • 3DS
    • Pokemon
    • Sun and Moon
    • Mystery Gift
  • News Amazon Spain Lists Fire Emblem Fates Complete Edition For Switch With Fan-Made Cover Art

    Then promptly pulls it

    Amazon's Spanish site has set chins wagging by posting a listing for Fire Emblem Fates Complete Edition on the Switch, with a proposed release date of November 17th. The listing - which has since been removed - certainly looked legit, and even featured a gorgeous cover. The trouble is, the cover was quickly revealed to be a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Amazon
    • Fire Emblem Fates
  • News Starlink: Battle for Atlas Makes Big Promises for Switch Release in 2018

    Open world, modular toys, co-op all on the agenda

    One of the most intriguing surprises of this year's E3, from a Nintendo perspective, was the reveal of Starlink: Battle for Atlas. A multi-platform title, the trailer showed a Switch Joy-Con Grip first of all for its interesting mix of conventional controls and toys-to-life style add-ons. It was...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Starlink
    • Ubisoft
  • Random We Greedily Consumed McDonald's Pokémon McFlurry In The Name Of Science

    "Can anybody tell what's wrong with this picture?"

    Friday night, suburban Tokyo. All through the week, the eager Japanese public have been waiting to hear what flavor the mystery Pokémon McFlurry will be. Options ranged from the reassuringly pleasant to the downright bizarre - after all, this is coming from a country that brought wasabi Kit Kat...

    • Pokemon
    • McDonalds
    • Japan
    • Pikachu
  • News We All Need These Splatoon 2 Splat Dualie Water Pistols In Our Lives

    Double up

    Splatoon is a series which lends itself to irresistible merchandising opportunities, be they cute plush toys or themed towels. However, one line of toys which has done very well so far is the range of official Splatoon water pistols; released alongside the first ga

    • Splatoon
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
    • Japan
    • Merchandise
  • News Nintendo Says the Japanese New 3DS Discontinuation Doesn’t Affect Nintendo of America Territories

    But only because it wasn't mass produced there to begin with

    Earlier today, Nintendo of Japan revealed that it would be ceasing all production of the smaller New Nintendo 3DS, leaving just the 2DS and XL models on the market. Though this was a bit unexpected, it wasn’t necessarily surprising given that the XL 3DS models generally sell better and...

    • New Nintendo 3DS
    • 3DS
    • New 3DS
    • North America
  • Random Dry Yourself Off With These Amazing Splatoon 2 Hooded Towels

    'Stay Off The Hook'

    We love the emails that Play Asia sends us sometimes - it's a reminder of how quirky some products in Japan are when compared to the sort of things which we get in the West. One thing which caught our eye today are these adorable Splatoon 2 themed hooded towels. Dress up like your favourite inkling and dry your hair at the same...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Random
    • Splatoon 2
    • Merchandise
    • Japan
  • News Pokémon GO Plus Ring Accessory Goes On Sale In Japan

    If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it

    Seasoned Pokémon GO players will already be familiar with the Pokémon GO Plus, a Bluetooth-enabled device which allows you to catch monsters and pillage PokéStops without having to remove your phone from your pocket. The device ships with a bracelet attachment and a clip...

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  • Feature Talking Trade With Bonnie Gordon, Voice of Fire Emblem: Echoes' Silque

    On being Silque and singing Mother Mila's praises

    Modern Fire Emblem games have been a real cornerstone of the 3DS’ library, with Awakening, Fates, and Echoes each excellent examples of the series’ endless tactical RPG appeal. They’ve become fan favourites not only because of their satisfyingly strategic gameplay, but also because of the...

    • Features
    • Interviews
    • Fire Emblem
  • Nintendo Download 13th July (North America)

    3DS demos! De Mambo! Death Squared! I and Me! Cursed Castilla EX! More!

    It's time for the Nintendo Download Update details for North America, and it looks like an excellent week. The Switch eShop gets five games, three of which we've already reviewed and rated highly. There are some quality options on the 3DS eShop, too, and the Wii U also has one...

    • Nintendo Download
    • North America
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
  • News "Lack Of Buttons" Might Prevent LawBreakers From Coming To Switch

    Even though it offers the same number of buttons as PS4

    UPDATE: Nanni has owned up on this score. He's also said that once the initial release is out of the way, Boss Key will look at other platforms: ORIGINAL STORY: LawBreakers - the new FPS title from Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Studios - is headed to PlayStation 4, but according to...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • LawBreakers
  • Guide The Best Splatoon 2 Merchandise Available To Humanity

    Staying fresh never looked so good!

    Unless you've been living in a cave for the past few months, you'll probably know that Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch is coming out on 21st July. Two years have passed since the release of the original Splatoon, and two years have also passed in the game world, leading to an evolution in fashion trends and...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Deals
    • Splatoon 2
    • Guides
  • Nintendo Download 13th July (Europe)

    Bulb Boy! De Mambo! Death Squared! Cursed Castilla! Switch discount! More!

    It's another week of Nintendo Download goodies, and this week brings us some highly-rated games across the Switch and 3DS eShop, in particular. There are a number of options including a retail demo, and of course the usual batch of discounts. Get the info below. Nintendo...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Europe
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • New Nintendo 3DS
  • News Nintendo Confirms Its Plans to Switch Things Up at San Diego Comic-Con

    "San Diego Comic-Con is full of so many Nintendo fans", says Bowser

    San Diego Comic-Con, one of the biggest events of its kind, is just one week away. It's running from 20th-23rd July, and Nintendo has now confirmed its plans for the event. Nintendo will have a booth within the main convention center (no. 235), but it'll only have one game on show...

    • San Diego Comic-Con
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
    • Nintendo
  • Video Is this $40 8Bitdo Controller Really a Switch Pro Controller Alternative?

    Look at the shiny shiny

    The Switch's Pro Controller is a thing of beauty, but what isn't so beautiful is the price tag. It may be filled to the brim with gizmos and gadgets but it's still a tough pill to swallow. At a lower cost, however, you can invest in a more compact alternative from 8Bitdo, the first manufacturer to stick out a third-party...

    • Hardware
    • Retro
    • Switch
    • 8Bitdo
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Video Learn How to Access and Use the NicoNico App on Nintendo Switch

    Courtesy of gaijin hunter / aevanko

    Just recently it was confirmed that the first third-party video streaming app was all set for Nintendo Switch, with NicoNico coming to the Japanese eShop. While it's not the streaming news we all necessarily want at this stage, it's an encouraging first step to show that, in theory, Nintendo is willing to allow...

    • Switch eShop
    • Japan
    • NicoNico
    • aevanko
  • News Show Off Your 8-Bit 'Style' With This NES Classic Hoodie

    Zip up, plug in and play

    If you like walking around town donning a Power Glove for the world to see, then this might well be the item of clothing for you. Merchoid, the videogame merchandise specialist, has unveiled its NES Classic Hoodie to an unsuspecting world; pre-orders are open for shipping in September.  Costing £44.99 / €54.99...

    • NES
    • Clothing
    • NES Mini
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    3DS eShop

    Review Cursed Castilla EX

    A blessing, not a curse

    For a series which takes an almost sadistic delight in frustrating those who play it, Capcom's Ghosts 'n Goblins garners a surprising amount of adoration from gamers - but the company doesn't seem particularly interested in resurrecting Sir Arthur for any new adventures, so thank goodness we have games like Cursed Castilla EX...

    • 3DS eShop
    • Reviews
    • Cursed Castilla EX
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    Switch eShop

    Review I and Me

    Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

    The Switch eShop has seen an impressive array of indie titles since its initial launch, and along with known quantities from studios like WayForward and Shin’en, we’ve also been treated to some impressive developer debuts — including the delightful maiden voyage of Chinese solo act Wish Fang, I and Me. I and Me is a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • I and Me
  • Video Please Don't Get Too Excited About That Mysterious Pokemon "Teaser"

    Don't believe the hype

    Upon watching the video above, you'd be forgiven for assuming that this "teaser" relates to some kind of announcement for the mainline Pokémon series - after all, we've got new titles to look forward to this year, right? However, while some outlets have been getting their knickers in a twist regarding this trailer, it's...

    • Pokemon
    • Videos
  • News Production Of The Standard-Sized New Nintendo 3DS Ends In Japan

    So long, cover plates

    Nintendo has announced that it is bringing production of the standard-sized New Nintendo 3DS to an end in Japan. The New Nintendo 3DS launched in 2014, with the standard-sized system and the larger "XL" (or "LL" in Japan) variant. Both models were released in Europe from day one but in North America, only the larger XL version...

  • News Playdius Adds More Games to Its Switch eShop Line-Up

    BAFL! Old School Musical! Splasher!

    A while ago we shared an update on four upcoming Switch eShop games that are set to be published by Playdius, and the company has now confirmed a key acquisition and more games that it's bringing to the system. As part of a Gamescom 2017 presentation unveiled in a press release, Playdius confirms that its parent...

    • Switch eShop
    • Playdius Games
  • Feature Solving the Puzzle of Death Squared on Nintendo Switch

    "It's the perfect gateway game to play in co-op"

    The Nintendo Switch eShop has had a couple of busy weeks, with a pleasing range of quality titles arriving on the hardware. One to land in North America and Europe on 13th July is Death Squared by SMG Studio. A puzzle game previously well received on PC, it works nicely as either a co-op...

    • Features
    • Switch eShop
    • Death Squared
    • SMG Studio
    • Interviews
  • News SNK Teases "New Classic NEO GEO Project" To Be Revealed During EVO 2017

    Will be shown at the "ATLUS/SEGA - SNK" booth

    SNK's Neo Geo system is one of gaming's true legends, but since it was released the company has been through some real ups and downs. However, things are looking positive for the firm these days; it now has the financial backing of a huge Chinese conglomerate and has recently dropped the

    • SNK
    • Neo Geo
    • EVO 2017
  • Random Mega64 Gives Its Unique Spin on Super Mario Odyssey

    The power of the hat

    Veteran YouTubers Mega64 has uploaded another video in which they bring characters from video games into the real world. This time round its everyone's favourite plumber getting the treatment, with an 'exact replicat" of Mario straight from upcoming Switch game Super Mario Odyssey. In the video we can see 'Mario' running around...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Random
    • Super Mario Odyssey
  • News Sports Direct Buys 25.75 Percent Stake In Embattled UK Retail Chain GAME

    "GAME is pleased that the strategic value of the group has been recognised"

    Controversial UK retail chain Sports Direct has purchased a 25.75 percent stake in GAME, the UK's biggest high street video game specialist. Despite its dominant position in the UK video game market, GAME has endured a difficult year. It recently posted a profit warning,...

    • Retail
    • GAME
    • UK
    • Business
  • News Samurai Shodown Is Next Week’s New ACA Neo Geo Title

    Who needs Street Fighter?

    Between King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, Samurai Shodown, and Art of Fighting, SNK certainly kept itself busy developing fighting games for the Neo Geo. Many of these SNK fighters have already made their way to the Switch via the ACA Neo Geo collection, but one which has had yet to make an appearance is the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Samurai Shodown
  • News Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters Haunts Europe This Autumn

    12 new quests and over 300 playable Yo-Kai

    Nintendo has confirmed that it is bringing Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters to Europe this Autumn, bringing it in line with North America. The game is the third version of Yo-Kai Watch 2, following on from Bony Spirits

    • 3DS
    • Yo-Kai Watch
    • Upcoming Releases