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TodayTue, 25th Apr 2017

  • News Jakks Pacific Cites Splatoon 2 Toys as Part of 2017 Plans

    Toy maker highlights the launch of the Switch as a boost to its business

    Jakks Pacific is a brand that'll be familiar to plenty of parents, responsible for a range of popular toys including the 'World of Nintendo' range. In recent years the toy maker has continually refreshed the Nintendo line-up, with some 2016 additions including figures related...

    • Splatoon
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
  • Video Japanese Clothing Brand EDITMODE On How It Began Working Officially With Nintendo

    Plus a tour of sleepy Kyoto and loads of gaming merchandise

    If you like video game-branded clothing then chances are you'll already know about EDITMODE, which - via its King of Games brand - produces some of the finest official Nintendo clothing available right now. In the latest episode of toco toco - a YouTube show which focuses on Japanese...

    • Videos
    • Japan
    • King of Games
    • Clothing
    • Merchandise
  • Soapbox All The Video Game Magazines You Grew Up With Were Rubbish

    Japan had it so much better, thinks Ian Cortina

    All the video game magazines you and I grew up with were crap. We were robbed. Dealt a poor hand. Okay, that might be a little extreme, they were not crap per se - we just never had it as good as our friends in Japan. Sure, many a mag tried and came very close - Super Play immediately springs to mind...

    • Soapbox
    • Features
    • Retro
    • Japan
  • News Super Mario Kart Started Life As An F-Zero Multiplayer Prototype

    Mario Kart got boost power!

    Super Nintendo launch game F-Zero was an impressive feat of development at the time. With its use of Mode 7 visuals it made for a compelling single-player futuristic racing experience that is enjoyable to play even today. It's a shame that the franchise appears to be pretty much dormant now with the last entries being...

    • Mario Kart
    • F-Zero
    • SNES
    • Retro
  • Video Get Ready For Some Retro-Style RPG Goodness In This English Kamiko Trailer

    Brush up on Japanese Shinto beliefs

    The Western launch of retro-styled action RPG Kamiko is only two days away now. Priced at only £4.49 in the UK and $4.99 in North America, this looks like a winner for fans of Fairune and Fairune 2 on the 3DS Shop. To celebrate the lovely folks at Flyhigh Works have put together a promotional trailer which they...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • eShop
    • Kamiko
    • Videos
  • News New Nobunaga's Ambition Title Confirmed For Nintendo Switch

    Famitsu spills the beans

    Japanese publication Famitsu has revealed that a new entry in the popular Nobunaga's Ambition series is coming to the Nintendo Switch. More details will be revealed in this week's issue, but we know that the title will also hit PS4 and PC. Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence has already been ported to Nintendo's new...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Japan
  • News New Splatoon 2 Squid Sisters Stories Prologue Hints At Simmering Sibling Rivalry

    A ink-redibly foreboding story

    Nintendo has released a new prologue for the Squid Sisters Stories. The Squid Sisters Stories is an online publication, featuring "top-secret intel" on Callie and Marie, created to help promote Splatoon 2. The introduction goes a little something like this: One of our researchers monitoring the Squid Sisters...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
    • Splatfest
  • Video How Well Does Virtual Reality Work On The Nintendo Switch?

    Virtual Boy Ver. 2

    Ever since the Switch was unveiled fans of the Big N have wondered if one day we might see a Virtual Reality headset released for the diminutively sized handheld / home console hybrid. We've explored many of the questions surrounding how VR might work on the Nintendo Switch, but still we could imagine Nintendo giving it a go one...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • VR
    • Videos
  • Video Developers Show Gameplay Footage of Minecraft: Switch Edition

    Yep, it's Minecraft

    Minecraft is one of those games that seems like it'll never go away; a new port is made for essentially every platform that can feasibly run it. Still, even if it's expected to be more of the same, Minecraft: Switch Edition is a hotly anticipated release for Nintendo's new platform, and for good reason. The Joy-Con will allow for...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Minecraft
  • News Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap Developer on How the Remake Began

    "We didn't really envision the reception to be that positive"

    Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap was an excellent recent addition to the Switch eShop, bringing a forgotten classic to new audiences with a shiny, new coat of paint. It was a passion project headed by a small team, and Siliconera recently got a chance to sit down with Omar Cornut—the...

    • Wonder Boy
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Super Mario Run Version 2.1.0 Is Now Live

    Achievements! More Buildings! More Toads!

    Super Mario Run has been out for a little while now, on both Android and iOS, and while it hasn't perhaps been the home run that may have been expected from the famed plumber's debut on smart devices, it's still seen pretty decent success. Nintendo may have stated that major content updates won't be coming...

    • Mobile
    • Super Mario Run
    • Updates

YesterdayMon, 24th Apr 2017

  • News Rainway App Promises 60fps Streaming Of PC Games To Consoles Like The Nintendo Switch

    "Practically any modern PC is compatible"

    Developer Andrew Sampson has revealed that his new app will allow console fans - including Switch owners - to stream PC games at 60fps to their systems. Dubbed Rainway, the app will run via a web browser and will be entirely free of charge to use. No additional hardware is required, just a GPU that supports...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Rainway
  • News Stardock CEO Says Nintendo Switch Doesn't Need Third Party Support To Succeed

    "Haven't seen a lot of third party success stories" on Nintendo systems

    It's no secret that the Nintendo Switch has got off to a great start, with 2.4 million consoles reportedly shifted during March. Of course as always with a Nintendo hardware launch, a large list of third party supporters that claim they will develop compelling games for the new...

    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Tantalus Spent "Several Months" Convincing Nintendo It Could Handle Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

    "We are fortunate that we got that opportunity"

    Australian studio Tantalus Media has been around since 1994 and found early fame by porting Sega titles like Manx TT and House of the Dead to the Saturn, but more recently the company has gained recognition for its Wii U work, specifically the ports of Mass Effect 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and The...

    • Zelda
    • Wii U
    • Twilight Princess
  • News Zelda: Breath of the Wild Director and Producer Leave Message For Fans in Official Guide

    "A desire to keep evolving and growing"

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been a critical hit, cementing itself as one of the best reviewed games of all time. Helmed by director Hidemaro Fujibayashi and long-time series producer Eiji Aonuma, the duo were key in the development cycle of the game and with that the success that followed. In...

    • Breath of the Wild
    • Legend of Zelda
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Breath of the NES Fan Game Makes Progress, Plans to Survive Potential Nintendo Takedown

    "I don’t feel the need to be bound to BOTW’s exact structure"

    Since Nintendo showed off a rather neat 2D prototype that was used in the development of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it's been tempting to fantasize about Nintendo releasing it in some form; it'd be an awesome potential surprise in the Expansion Pass, perhaps. There's...

    • Legend of Zelda
    • Breath of the Wild
  • Random Some People Will Go To Great Lengths To Bring Pokémon Games Back From The Dead

    Never give up

    Like so many things in life, retro games often get better with age. However, if they're not properly cared for then they can fall into pretty bad shape physically - especially cartridges, which contain multiple components such as chips and back-up batteries. You might assume that when a cartridge reaches a certain state of disrepair...

    • Random
    • Pokemon
    • Game Boy
    • Retro
  • Gallery Medicom's Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Link Figure Will Drain Your Stamina Gauge And Bank Balance

    "Buy lots of things and build up your points, something good will happen"

    It's not out until the end of the year, but if you're a hardcore Zelda fan then chances are you're already scrambling for your credit card upon hearing the news that Medicom is releasing a Zelda: Breath of the Wild Link figure as part of its Real Action Heroes range. This 1/6...

    • Zelda
    • Merchandise
    • Toys
    • Breath of the Wild
    • Legend of Zelda
  • News Infinite Minigolf Will Tee Up on the Nintendo Switch eShop

    Zen Studios has the balls to support Nintendo's system

    Zen Studios didn't always release every game promptly on the Wii U eShop, but the publisher / developer did back the system longer than most. It's evidently keen to stay on board with Nintendo, too, confirming that Infinite Minigolf will come to the Nintendo Switch eShop alongside equivalent...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News No, Axiom Verge Isn't Actually Confirmed for Nintendo Switch

    It's still '100% up to Nintendo of America'

    Earlier today a number of our readers tipped us off on a report that Axiom Verge developer Tom Happ had stated the game was 'in the works' for a retail release on Nintendo Switch. That wording wasn't entirely clear, however, as we wondered whether a desire to bring the game to Switch had been...

    • Axiom Verge
    • Switch eShop
  • Video Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Glitch Allows You To Ride A Guardian Through The Sky

    Sky walking

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the gift that keeps on giving; not only does the game contain enough content and secrets to keep Switch and Wii U owners glued to their consoles for months, it also offers up some interesting quirks and glitches, many of which are focused on manipulating objects for air travel. Riding a mine...

    • Videos
    • Zelda
    • Breath of the Wild
    • Legend of Zelda
  • News Square Enix Has a Café In Tokyo, and It's Sold Out

    A fantasy filled menu, Chocobo parking extra

    It's been well documented that Akihabara has one of the largest clusters of game, anime and technology shops in Tokyo, the capital and largest city in Japan. You could spend from morning til midnight just walking up and down the many streets and shopping for classic games, new games, DVDs and Blu-Rays,...

    • Square Enix
    • Tokyo
    • Japan
    • Dragon Quest
    • Final Fantasy
  • News 505 Games Releases Showcase Trailer for Portal Knights

    Craft your adventure. Forge your hero.

    505 Games, well known for publishing such popular titles as Rocket League and the Cooking Mama series, has released a trailer for its latest release - the Keen Games-developed Portal Knights. The video explains the premise of the sandbox-action RPG whilst going into great detail, showcasing exactly what is in...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • Play The First Nintendo Life Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Community Event - Vote for the Rules!

    Choose items, speed class and the good things in life

    Happy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe week! Ok, that's not catchy, but in any case this is the week that the all-in-one-slightly-revamped racer lands on the Nintendo Switch. Veterans on this website may recall, too, that the Wii U original featured in a few 'community play' events back in the day, a period...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Play
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Sunday23rd Apr 2017

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    Switch eShop

    Review The Jackbox Party Pack 3

    A Party Everywhere You Go... With Wi-Fi

    The Nintendo Switch is chock full of potential multiplayer gaming memories already, however one game with many more possibilities is The Jackbox Party Pack 3. If you're unfamiliar with the series, The Jackbox Party Pack is an exciting collection of accessible games that up to 8 people can play. It's quite...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • The Jackbox Party Pack 3
  • News The Legend of Zelda Custom Chess Set Now Available

    Take all my Rupees

    Popular board game manufacturer USAopoly has once again gone above and beyond showing its love for The Legend of Zelda series with a beautiful custom chess set. Taking its main inspiration from Ocarina of Time, the pieces all resemble the main characters - with Link as King for the heroes and Ganondorf as the Dark King for the...

    • Legend of Zelda

Saturday22nd Apr 2017

  • Random Switch Actress 'Karen' Embraces her Nintendo Meme

    "We're drinking Karen, we're having conversations"

    Many wonderful things came from Nintendo's first look at the Switch in a 'preview' in October 2016, One that nobody expected was the introduction of Switch enthusiast "Karen". In her debut she can be seen playing Super Mario Odyssey before being interrupted by her friends on the roof across the...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News 650+ Target Stores Get a Mario Kart Makeover in North America

    3.. 2.. 1.. GO!

    In celebration of the upcoming release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Target has announced a Mario Kart themed makeover for 650+ of its stores in North America. From Mario Kart shopping carts to Mario and Luigi's heads as bollards (those massive and spherical traffic posts often seen outside the stores), Target is making sure everybody...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    • Target

Friday21st Apr 2017

  • Feature 30 Games We Might Get On The SNES Mini Classic Edition

    And some more which we'd love but probably won't get!

    As exciting as it is, it came as no surprise to hear about Nintendo's plans to release a SNES Mini Classic Edition in time for the holiday season this year. The NES Mini was a tremendous success and flew off the shelves as soon as stock arrived - you could argue that Nintendo did everything...

    • Features
    • SNES Mini
    • SNES
  • 116

    Switch eShop

    Review Mr. Shifty

    SHIFT+DELETE

    There's a brief message at the bottom of every game page on the Switch eShop. In short, it's a disclaimer that is designed to protect Nintendo and other developers from liability in the event that players suffer from a seizure caused by gameplay. You've probably seen the message, and you've probably ignored it. You probably also haven't...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Mr Shifty
  • Video The Problem with the Joy-Con Steering Wheels and How to Fix It

    Triggered

    We've been trying out the newest addition to the Switch's line up of accessories, the appropriately named Joy-Con Wheel Pair made by Nintendo themselves. As comfortable as they are and for all the advantages of having something chunkier to wrap the tiny controllers in for those with bigger hands, there's a big problem with them. As soon...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Accessories
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • News NPD Results Highlight Record-Breaking Nintendo Switch Launch

    "March 2017 will go down in history books"

    Last week Nintendo got ahead of the NPD results to highlight the impressive success of the Nintendo Switch launch in the US - among the statistics shared was an attach-rate technically above 100% for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, allied with over 900,000 console sales making the system Nintendo...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • NPD
    • Sales
  • Gallery Here's What Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Retail Packaging Looks Like, Inside And Out

    Under the hood

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe hits store shelves next week but we've been lucky enough to get our hands on it before then, and we're pleased to confirm it's one of the best games on the Switch. As well as sharing our critical opinion of this welcome remaster we thought you might like to take a look inside the retail packaging for the game. As...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    • Gallery
  • Video Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as an 'Ultimate' Handheld Release - Digital Foundry Weighs In

    The technical breakdown

    Though its release is still a week away, plenty of reviews and opinions on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are now live - for our part we loved it. In our review we remarked that performance and visuals do the job nicely on the upcoming Switch version, though as always Digital Foundry has outlined the specifics in an analysis video...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mario Kart
    • MK8 Deluxe
  • News Here Are The Players Lining Up For NBA Playgrounds On Switch

    Full roster of basketball legends revealed

    The spirit of NBA Jam is set to live on in NBA Playgrounds, a new title from Saber Interactive, the team behind Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Quake Champions. It's coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this May at a digital price point of around $20, and the developer has just...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop NBA Playgrounds
  • News Official Nintendo UK Store Embraces Luigi Meme in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Listing

    Get a free 'Dare to Stare' t-shirt

    With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe now just a week away, the official Nintendo UK store has unveiled an updated pre-order option for those that love the 'Death Stare' Luigi meme. As always it's the approach NUK takes to complete with being undercut on the likes of Amazon. In this listing the standard retail price - £49.99...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mario Kart
    • MK8 Deluxe
    • Nintendo UK
  • News Adorable Kirby Accessories Added to Official Japanese Anniversary Website

    Did someone say Warp Star headphones?

    After last week's Nintendo Direct reminded us all that 2017 will be Kirby's 25th anniversary, it's no surprise that more merchandise is being created to celebrate the landmark. Over on the official Japanese anniversary website more goods have been added, all displaying colourful style for the pink puffball...

    • Kirby
    • 25th Anniversary
  • News Retro-Style Action RPG Kamiko Hits the Switch eShop In The West Next Week

    For a bargain price, too

    Skipmore's pixel-rich Switch eShop title Kamiko is getting its release in the West next week, on 27th April. Priced at only £4.49 in the UK and $4.99 in North America, this looks like a winner for fans of Fairune and Fairune 2 on the 3DS Shop. Are you ready to wield your weapon besto

    • Switch eShop
    • Kamiko
    • Upcoming Games
  • News Today's Super Bomberman R Update Includes Four Battle Mode Stages And Two Accessories

    Characters from Konami titles coming in future update

    Konami has released details on today's Super Bomberman R 1.3 update, which was confirmed yesterday. Despite initial reports claiming that only one new stage would be introduced, we're actually getting four new battle mode levels and two new accessories. You can also access a 60fps battle mode...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Bomberman R
  • News Nintendo Unveils Starfish Mainstage Arena for Splatoon 2

    "Considered a bit of a holy site for devotees of rock music"

    The Splatoon IP has forged a passionate fanbase in various ways, and one feature that's captured fans is the music. The soundtrack of the first game was so well received that numerous live concerts and events took place in Japan and also featured a few times in the West. Splatoon 2 will...

    • Splatoon
    • Splatoon 2
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Silicon Studio Extends Support For Its YEBIS Post Processing Effects Middleware To Switch

    Graphics package used in Dark Souls III and Dragon Ball Xenoverse

    Silicon Studio has revealed that its post processing effects middleware graphics package YEBIS now supports the Nintendo Switch. YEBIS - now up to version 3 - allows developers to add glare, depth of field, motion blur and anti-aliasing effects to their games, amongst other things...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Development
    • YEBIS
    • Silicon Studio
  • 25

    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Fatal Fury

    Hungry like the wolf

    While SNK's premier fighting game series is King of Fighters, the company tested the waters of the one-on-one combat genre with 1991's Fatal Fury, a title designed by none other than Takashi Nishiyama, the man behind Capcom's original 1987 Street Fighter. Street Fighter II was the game which kickstarted interest in this style of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Fatal Fury
  • Video Fire Emblem Echoes' Alm And Celica amiibo Get Liberated From Their Packaging

    The amiibo keep on coming

    Fire Emblem Echoes proves that there's life in the 3DS yet, and the game is being accompanied by some fresh amiibo, too. Our pal NintenDaan has gotten his hands on the new Alm and Celica amiibo, and has duly unboxed these figures for your viewing pleasure. Aside from Alm's rather goofy expression - he looks like he's...

    • amiibo
    • Fire Emblem
    • 3DS
    • Video
  • News Satoshi Ishida Hints at the Upcoming Kirby Multiplayer Game

    An action fighting game?

    Kirby: Planet Robobot was a standout release on the 3DS last year, polishing the gameplay of Kirby: Triple Deluxe even further while adding in some interesting new elements. As per series tradition, Planet Robobot also had some fun minigames that offered something a bit different form the core gameplay, and both are being...

    • 3DS
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Kirby
  • News Your Classic Splatoon amiibo Will be Supported in Splatoon 2

    Stay fresh!

    While we are sure that Nintendo would like you to buy the new range of Splatoon amiibo along with your copy of Splatoon 2 for the Nintendo Switch later this year, it's good to know that the range of amiibo released alongside Splatoon will continue to be supported too. In the original game you could tap an Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, or...

    • Splatoon 2
    • Nintendo Switch
    • amiibo
  • News Japanese eShop Sale Celebrates Kirby's 25 Anniversary

    Only available for four days and in Japan

    From 27th April to the 30th April, Japanese Nintendo fans will have access to an eShop sale for many Kirby classics, with many games available at 25% off. As of right now, this sale is only confirmed for the Japanese eShop, but Nintendo of Europe and America often announce promotions like these as they go...

    • Kirby
    • eShop
    • Sale
    • 25th Anniversary

Thursday20th Apr 2017

  • Random Nintendo Officially States Ganondorf's Last Name

    At last, you can now greet him formally

    When you create a fictional multiverse as rich and diverse as that of Zelda's then deciding what is and isn't canon can be a tricky process (as was evidenced when one of our former staffers got into a particularly heated debate with Nintendo PR about the Zelda timeline at an official press event many moons...

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    Switch

    Review Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

    Hitting top gear

    Opting for enhanced and expanded deluxe / director's cut / remastered / Game of the Year editions of last-gen games is a well-worn tactic in the early days of a new console. Some of the most enjoyable games on PS4 and Xbox One are high quality re-releases, taking a top-notch title and sprucing it up for a new generation with all of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Nintendo Download 20th April (North America)

    Wonder Boy! Fatal Fury! Urban Trial Freestyle 2! More!

    It's that time again, dear readers, for the Nintendo Download Update details for North America. This week's listing includes a rather pleasing arrival in Switch, a quality sequel on 3DS and some quirky choices across various platforms. Let's get to the details, shall we? Nintendo Switch eShop:...

    • Nintendo Download
    • North America
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
  • Deals Get in the Race With These Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Accessories and More

    Play Mario Kart in style

    The release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is only a short way off now, and it might be the first time a lot of Switch owners have played this game as not everyone had the Wii U. Still, current owners of the non-deluxe version will no doubt be delighted by the new-found portability, new characters and of course the all-important...

    • Deals
    • Features
    • Mario Kart
  • News These Splatoon 2 Switch Accessories Certainly Are Quite Fresh

    Gotta love that front cover

    Japanese firm Keys Factory is releasing a range of Splatoon 2 accessories alongside the game later this year. These include Joy-Con covers in both soft-touch silicon and hard-feel plastic, neoprene pouches and - perhaps most exciting of all - flip-down screen covers very much like the ones seen on tablets like the iPad...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
    • Japan
    • Accessories
  • Nintendo Download 20th April (Europe)

    Wonder Boy! Fata Fury! Discounts! More!

    The Nintendo Download Update is now live in Europe, so we have the details of what awaits in the Switch, 3DS and Wii U eShop. There are a couple of tempting options on the Switch, in particular, while some discounts on Wii U and 3DS may prove tempting - let's get to it. Nintendo Switch eShop: Wonder Boy: The...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Europe
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
    • Wii U eShop
  • News Escape 2042: The Truth Defenders Is A New Release For The Monochrome Game Boy

    Also available on the Sega Genesis and Dreamcast

    The original Game Boy was launched way back in 1989 but despite its advanced age it's still getting new software - albeit of the unofficial variety. OrionSoft has just released Escape 2042: The Truth Defenders for the monochrome console, a "futuristic fast-paced platformer game" which takes place in...

    • Game Boy
    • Retro
    • Mega Drive
    • Genesis
  • News ARMS Brawler Mechanica Is A Normal Human In A Mech Suit

    "Mechanica itself is the brainless ARMS belly girls!"

    The colourful roster of fighters in upcoming Switch game ARMS trade blows using extendable weaponised arms, but what if by some chance you weren't born with such stretchy arms? (or, in a more horrific interpretation, weren't willing to have your perfectly good arms chopped off to be replaced by...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
    • Upcoming Games
  • News Super Bomberman R Is Getting A Free Content Update This Week

    One new stage and difficulty tweaks

    Konami has announced that Super Bomberman R will be updated to version 1.3 this Friday. The update - which will be entirely free of charge - brings with it a brand new stage. The other changes include tweaks to the difficulty level and "general improvement to the operations". Are you still playing Super...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Bomberman R
  • News Rayman 3 and Rayman Advance Arrive on the North American Wii U VC Tomorrow

    Yes, it's still kicking

    When it comes to the Nintendo Switch, the Virtual Console is still largely a big question mark. We do know that a retro game will be given out each month with Nintendo's upcoming paid online service, but beyond that, details around the Switch Virtual Console have been quite scarce. Fortunately, the Wii U and 3DS VC's are...

    • Wii U
    • Virtual Console
    • Rayman
  • News Nicalis Teases a Binding of Isaac amiibo

    Shh, no tears

    It's rather fascinating to think how far The Binding of Isaac has come on Nintendo platforms. After being initially denied from the Nintendo ecosystem a few years back due to controversial content in the game, it later went on to make an appearance on both 3DS and Wii U, with the most recent and complete edition making an appearance on...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • amiibo
    • The Binding of Isaac
  • News Preorders Are Open For The New Figma Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Samus Aran

    Coming this October

    Toy manufacturer Good Smile has opened preorders for its forthcoming Figma Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Samus Aran figure. Due for release on October 31st, this limited edition figure features plenty of articulation and comes with a morph ball and interchangeable arm cannon.

    • Metroid
    • Merchandise
    • Figma
  • News Japanese Release Of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Comes With English Subtitles

    Thank goodness for region-free gaming

    The fact that the Switch is region-free is good news for JRPG fans, it would seem. We already know that the Japanese version of Disgaea 5 Complete is fully playable in English, and now the Amazon Japan page for Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star has confirmed an English language option for that game, too: Supports...

    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Senran Kagura Nintendo Switch Title Will Have a 'Charmingly Stupid' Story

    Also 'pure and wholesome', apparently

    Among the various Nintendo Direct shenanigans earlier this month, the Japanese broadcast included the unveiling of a 'Senran Kagura' game coming to the eShop in Japan. The advert for it put HD Rumble front and centre and, well, it's quite something. Series producer Kenichiro Takaki spoke about the eShop...

    • Switch eShop
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    Wii U eShop

    Review Sky Force Anniversary

    Clear skies and minimal turbulence

    Shoot-em-ups are at the very core of what video games are all about. From Space Invaders to Galaga, Raiden and beyond, their simplistic design and addictive gameplay have an enduring appeal that keeps players coming back for more. Polish developer Infinite Dreams stepped into the fray way back in 2004 with its...

    • Wii U eShop
    • Reviews
    • Sky Force Anniversary
  • News ESA Publication Lists Pokémon Sun and Moon Among Best Selling Games of 2016

    Only Nintendo games to make the list

    Today, the ESA posted their annual Essential Facts publication online. This publication gives many statistical figures and facts based on the gaming industry from 2017. From the demographics behind video game purchases to the best selling games of 2017, this publication details it all. Speaking of the best...

    • 3DS
    • Pokemon
    • Sun and Moon
    • ESA
    • E3
  • Video SEGA Releases Handy Puyo Puyo Tetris Tutorials

    Stack 'em up

    Puyo Puyo Tetris is just days away from its Western release on the Nintendo Switch, and in recent times SEGA has been uploading some handy tutorial videos to help you prepare for its arrival. Considering the fact this writer continually gets battered by the CPU in the demo, watching these is certainly a good idea. You can see the full...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Puyo Puyo Tetris
    • SEGA

Wednesday19th Apr 2017

  • Rumour SNES Classic Mini Coming Later This Year

    Coming this Christmas

    Nintendo is apparently working on a successor to the NES Classic Mini, if reports from Eurogamer are to be believed. Speaking to sources close to Nintendo, Eurogamer is reporting that Nintendo is already hard at work on the "Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System", which is expected to launch this...

    • SNES Classic
    • SNES Mini
    • Retro
    • Super Nintendo
    • SNES
  • Random Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Players Just Can't Stop Throwing Poor Cuccos Into Lava

    Bird-brained

    Cuccos have been part of the Legend of Zelda series for years, so you'd think they'd be given a fair degree of respect. However, that isn't the case with the birds in Breath of the Wild - in fact, some players are hell-bent on making these poor creatures suffer as much as possible. Cuccos, as we already know, possess incredible power...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Breath of the Wild
    • Legend of Zelda
    • Random
  • News Nintendo Switch Sales Remain Strong in Japan

    Monster Hunter XX (Double Cross) also maintains momentum

    The weekly Japanese chart results are out to remind us that it's the middle of the week, and it's been a quiet period in the country. That said, the lack of change hasn't been too negative for Nintendo. Starting with software, no new releases have performed particularly well, leaving Switch...

    • Japan
    • Charts
    • Media Create
    • Nintendo Switch
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  • Video It Looks Like The Controversial Fire Hopping Trick Has Been Removed From Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

    Hot hot hot

    When Mario Kart 8 was released on the Wii U competitive players were quick to seek out tactics which would give them an advantage over their rivals, and one such sneaky trick was "fire hopping", which allowed players to shave seconds off each lap. Nintendo didn't address this trick with a patch, forcing many to use it when playing...

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  • News Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Wii U And 3DS Release Dates Revealed

    Spooky

    Yacht Club Games has confirmed the North American release dates for the Specter of Torment DLC for Shovel Knight on 3DS and Wii U. As previously stated, the update will be free to download for those who already own one of these versions. The Wii U update goes live on April 21st, while the 3DS update is up on the 25th. The update is...

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  • News Minecraft On Switch Compares Well To Other Versions, Wii U World Transfers Being Worked On

    60fps world-building

    Thanks to a recent Microsoft livestream we've now got a few details on how the upcoming Switch version of Minecraft compares to other versions on the market, and the good news is that it will comfortably outshine the Wii U edition. First up, the devs behind the port have revealed that Nintendo's console is very easy to work...

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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Metal Slug

    The original Super Vehicle

    Of all the titles released during the Neo Geo's surprisingly long lifespan, Metal Slug arguably stands out as one of the most famous and beloved. Released in 1996 - a time when the traditional run-and-gun arcade shooter was on the wane - this debut release dazzled with its superb visuals, excellent animation and tight...

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  • News Bandai Namco Files a Patent for Pac-Man Maker

    Hmm...

    It seems like a rather odd oversight that it took Nintendo so many years to finally put out a level editor for the Super Mario series, but when it finally got around to it, the final result was something to remember. Super Mario Maker was a fantastic success on the Wii U (and on the 3DS to a certain extent), offering gamers the chance at...

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  • Guide All the Nintendo Easter Eggs in LEGO City: Undercover

    Here we go

    When LEGO City: Undercover launched for the Wii U back in 2013, it was chock full of surprises for Nintendo fans eager to launch into the console's first open-world adventure game. With the game making the leap to both current-gen and competing platforms, there was some fear that the game's numerous easter eggs, many of which are cheeky...

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  • News Fast RMX Version 1.2 Is Now Live

    Time Attack! Online friend matches!

    Fast RMX was one of the stand out titles in the Nintendo Switch launch line up, bringing high-speed, futuristic racing to fill in a gap left behind by a certain dormant Nintendo franchise. As a port of the Wii U's excellent Fast Racing NEO, this enhanced edition brings all the DLC and some additional stages, along...

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  • News Super Nintendo Games, "Legend" And "Iron Commando", Seek Re-release

    Piko Interactive seeks to republish Arcade Zone's finest

    You might remember Arcade Zone's "Legend" for the Super Nintendo, a game that cult magazine Super Play issue #22 reviewed with a conclusion of "Skillfully crafted with cracking graphics and some novel touches (...)", despite failing to bring anything new to the sidescrolling brawler formula...

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  • News Casting Call - Fan Translation of Legend of Xanadu Now Holding Auditions

    Looking for a Few Good Men and Women

    Role-playing games are likely the most beloved genre of the 16-bit era. The graphics hold up well in many cases, and the storylines can still be engaging. There were a few problems with RPGs in the 1980s and 1990s though. Many games had low print runs, making them hard to find back then, and sometimes

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  • News Nintendo Switch OS Version 2.2.0 Is Now Live

    Wow, look at those patch notes

    Nintendo has done an effective job of creating a well-crafted OS with the Nintendo Switch, but with each passing day, it seems that fans are getting more eager for additional features. When will we be able to watch Netflix on it? How much longer till the Virtual Console launches? What about the web browser that's...

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  • News The Switch Mini Isn't Real Yet, But These Mock-Ups Sure Are Convincing

    Is this what a new Switch design could look like?

    Last week we reported on a statement from analyst firm Citigroup which suggested that Nintendo will eventually release a "Switch Mini" to cater for younger players, just as it did with the 2DS a few years back. NeoGAF user jts has taken this prediction rather literally, and has created a series of...

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  • Weirdness You Can Play and Win in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Without Touching the Controller

    The smart & furious

    Smart Steering is an addition to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that many would consider a good thing, especially for younger or inexperience players. It nudges you in the right direction so you don't go careening off the edge of the track with reckless abandon, but upon closer inspection is can even be used to play the game for you. When...

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  • Video Here's How To Totally Break The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

    Oops

    Given the incredible scope of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the many ways in which the game engine can pushed in different directions, it should come as little surprise to learn that it's possible to totally break the game if you so wish. One Japanese player has discovered that if you use the flying mine cart trick during the...

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  • News US Federal Trade Commission Warns Against Nintendo Switch 'Emulator' Scams

    Wait "until you’re able to buy the real one yourself"

    Whenever a new product comes out some look for a cheaper or even free way to enjoy it without spending out on the real thing. Scammers often tap into those desires, and have naturally done so with the Nintendo Switch. We suspect most reading these pages know better than to click on links...

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  • Video Here's Exactly What's New And Different In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

    Just in case you were still wondering

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a classic double-dip, offering the same core game we played on the Wii U a few years back but with a few welcome embellishments. If you've been under a rock for the past few months and don't know exactly what's new in this particular re-release, then allow Nintendo to educate you. This...

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  • Video Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Player Discovers A New Way To Chart The Oceans, Fast

    Everybody's going surfing

    A Russian Zelda: Breath of the Wild player has discovered a new way to get around in the game using rafts, Magnesis and a mine cart. In a variation on the flying mine cart trick we reported on a while back, this trick involves placing the cart on one of the many rafts in the game and then using your Magnesis Rune to push...

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  • News Evergreen Nintendo Switch Titles Stay in UK Charts as Yooka-Laylee Makes a Mark

    Playtonic's game fares relatively well on PS4

    The UK charts are out following this week's Bank Holiday, and the results are relatively predictable, with an absence of major retail releases allowing established titles to shift around in the top 40. Perhaps most notable, albeit irrelevant from a Nintendo perspective, is that the retail version of...

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  • News A Decades-Old Cheat Can Be Used To Finish Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap In Minutes

    Retro revival

    One of the most impressive things about Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is that it contains the 8-bit original as well as a neatly-remastered update with HD visuals and fantastic audio. In fact, the team at Lizardcube were so committed to achieving an authentic result that they carried over the password system used in the 8-bit original,...

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  • News Arzest Emerges as Developer of Hey! Pikmin

    Oh...Pikmin

    Hey! Pikmin, the 2D platforming portable take on the much-respected series, is heading to the 3DS in July. Of course some have wondered about its status within the series, though the name and style has always implied it's a portable spin-off as opposed to 'Pikmin 4'. That impression has only been solidified by the news of the game's...

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  • News Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Will Last About Three Hours on the Switch's Handheld Mode

    Roughly on par with Breath of the Wild

    When it comes to the Switch's main hardware, one of the sticking points for some seems to be that the battery life is a little less than ideal. Perhaps two to six hours won't last on the longest of car rides, but considering the kind of games that can be run on the Switch, it's certainly something that can be...

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  • Random This Nintendo Switch Case Looks Like It Could Withstand Pretty Much Anything

    Love that automatic pressure equalization valve

    We've covered some of the best cases to protect your Nintendo Switch and only yesterday we took a look at WaterField's premium offerings. They may be lovely cases, but they might not be tough enough for everyone. This is where Pelican's affectionat

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  • Guide How To Get Rich Quick In Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

    In the money

    Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap may have RPG-like features such as pick-ups, shops and gear to collect, but it doesn't allow you to level up like a typical role-playing adventure - instead, the player is expected to use coins to purchase more powerful weapons and stronger armour in order to deal with tougher enemies and boss characters...

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  • Video Check Out This New Trailer for Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers

    Looks like it's shaping up nicely

    Street Fighter II was a pivotal moment in the game industry when it released in 1991, arguably acting as the catalyst that would bring the fighting genre into mainstream appeal. After that initial release, the game received approximately ten bazillion ports, and a special edition is naturally due out on the Switch...

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  • Video Direct Your Eyes to All Eight New Battle Arenas in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

    A Switch for the better

    Mario Kart 8 had one major flaw that nearly everyone agreed on; the battle mode was rushed and whilst mechanically it was fine the recycling of small tracks as playgrounds as opposed to purpose-built arenas was a tremendous shame. Thankfully that's a thing of the past with the new maps in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch,...

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  • News Donkey Kong, Pokémon Red and Green Nominated for the World Video Game Hall of Fame

    Games that started history

    Shigeru Miyamoto's arcade hit, Donkey Kong, has been nominated for the 2017 addition to the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Additionally, The Pokémon Company International released a statement on its website announcing that Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green, originally released in 1996 on the Nintendo Game Boy, have also...

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  • Interview Mega Ran on His UK Tour, Chip-Hop and Taking a Famicom and Switch on the Road

    "I feel like we're really building something solid in the UK"

    North American hip-hop artist Random, AKA Mega Ran, is well known on the music scene thanks to his cutting edge retro-styled beats. Since the creation of his alter-ego Mega Ran, this former teacher has become one of the premier artists in hip-hop's nerdcore genre, released multiple...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Blue-Collar Astronaut

    In space, no one seems to tip

    Are you tired of dead-end, earthbound employment? Do you long to break free of the crushing gravity of workaday life? Are you finally ready to float freely in the high-salary stratosphere? Well, dear reader, if you're dead set on those lofty goals, we don't have anything to offer; but if you're after a more modest...

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  • News Layton's Mystery Journey is Coming to 3DS in Japan on 20th July

    That reminds us of a puzzle!

    Update: In happy news, it's been confirmed that this is due for a Fall / Autumn in North America and Europe. Original Article: After flirting with the idea for a dramatic change of direction in the Layton series after its first six releases on DS, 3DS and some smart devices, Level-5 shifted towards a more subtle...

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