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TodayTue, 27th Jun 2017

  • Guide Everything We Know About the Super NES Classic Edition

    The games, the controllers, and the regional variations

    After plenty of rumours and assumptions based on common sense, Nintendo unveiled The Super NES Classic Edition (NA) / The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (PAL / Europe / Australia / New Zealand), though it was an announcement with some surprises. There's...

    • SNES Classic Mini
    • SNES
    • Features
    • Guides
  • News Snake Pass Celebrates Summer Solstice With 40 Percent Discount And A Hint Of Upcoming DLC

    Ssssummer ssssale!

    Sumo Digital has confirmed that its Switch title Snake Pass will go on sale from today June 27th until 4th July, with a 40 percent discount off the typical cost of the game. The occasion? The Summer Solstice, of course. To coincide with this news, the studio has released a trailer - which you can view above - that...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Snake Pass
    • DLC
  • News Star Fox 2 Dev Is As Shocked As You About The Game Coming To SNES Classic Edition

    "I presume it will be that mastered version?"

    The internet is still in shock somewhat from Nintendo's decision to include the previously unreleased Star Fox 2 on the Super NES Classic Edition. While questions remain about exactly which version of this unreleased game will be on the hardware, we do know Nintendo has commissioned new artwork and a...

    • Retro
    • Star Fox 2
    • SNES
    • SNES Classic Mini
    • Dylan Cuthbert
  • Video Nintendo Minute Picks Up Some Pro ARMS Tips from Mr. Yabuki

    The man, the legend, the almighty ARM

    For those of you that diligently watched all of Nintendo's online streams during E3, a highlight moment came towards the end of the ARMS Invitational event. The game's producer, Kosuke Yabuki, gave a masterclass in technique as he took on and defeated the tournament winner. The manner in which he won,...

    • ARMS
    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Chicken Wiggle Will Cost $15 On The 3DS eShop

    "Much thought has gone into the pricing of Chicken Wiggle"

    Atooi's Chicken Wiggle is nearing release, and Jools Watsham has now revealed what the game will cost once it hits the 3DS eShop. Watsham had previously stated that Chicken Wiggle would cost $10, but since then he's been adding loads more content to the game and feels that a price...

    • 3DS
    • 3DS eShop
    • Jools Watsham
    • Atooi
    • Chicken Wiggle
  • News The eBay Scalpers Are At It Already With The Super NES Classic Edition

    Capitalism at work

    As Gordon Gekko famously said, "greed is right, greed works"; maybe this is true in the cut-throat world of Wall Street, but when we see lots of lovely Super NES Classic Edition pre-orders being listed on eBay, it just makes our blood boil. While we are still waiting for North American pre-orders to open, several UK-based...

    • SNES
    • SNES Classic Mini
    • eBay
  • News Pac-Man Vs. is Included in Namco Museum for Nintendo Switch

    Good times...

    Update: Earlier today we reported on a teaser for Pac-Man Vs., and it now emerges that the GameCube original will be included in the upcoming release of Namco Museum on Nintendo Switch, which is fantastic news. The full game list for the Japanese edition - via JapaneseNintendo.com - is below. Pac-Man Pac-Man VS Dig Dug Galaga Gala

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pac-Man
    • Bandai Namco
  • News 1995 Called, It Wants Its Official Star Fox 2 Box Art Back

    Stranger than fiction

    Nintendo dropped a double-whammy yesterday, announcing the Super NES Classic and confirming that one of the included games is Star Fox 2, the unreleased sequel to the best-selling original. As you'll know if you've consulted our definitive feature on the topic, Star Fox 2 was supposed to b

    • SNES
    • SNES Classic Mini
    • Star Fox 2
  • News The Super NES Classic Edition Hides the Classic Controller Connector Ports

    But how will the NA version work?

    One thing that you might have missed given the deluge of information coming at you regarding the Super NES Classic Edition, was that those SNES shaped controller ports are actually just for show. As shown in the photo of the Japanese version, you can clearly see the panel pops out and unveils two Wii Remote style...

    • Retro
    • SNES
    • SNES Classic Mini
  • News Psyonix Studio Lead Discusses the Porting Process of Rocket League

    "We didn’t think we would have it running this smooth, this early"

    One of the surprise announcements of Nintendo’s E3 showing was that the popular battle-car soccer game, Rocket League, would be making its way to the Nintendo Switch. Psyonix had earlier expressed interest in bringing the game to the Switch—the platform does seem to be a good...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Rocket League
  • News Nintendo Unveils the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom for Japan

    Same deal, but with a few different games

    We've had the reveals for the Super NES Classic Edition (NA) and the The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (PAL), and now Nintendo has released details of the Japanese version. Aesthetically and in terms of its name it seems to follow the style and branding of the PAL iteration...

    • SNES Classic Mini
    • SNES
    • Retro
    • Super Famicom
  • News SteamWorld Dig 2 is 'Pretty Much Finished' But is Now Due 'Late Summer/Early Fall 2017'

    Pushed back for extra polish

    Image & Form has issued an update on the much-anticipated SteamWorld Dig 2, which is a mix of good and bad news. The good news is that the game is 'pretty much finished', and though it has also been announced for PS4 and PC the Switch version is 'still the main platform'. The bad news is that the studio is pushing...

    • Switch eShop
    • Image & Form
    • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • News Fire Emblem Warriors Devs Talk About Permadeath and Hardcore Mode

    Steel your nerves

    Fire Emblem Warriors is one of many games we have to look forward to for the Switch this year, and it’s shaping up to be quite the quality title. Of course, given that this is another crossover project, there have been plenty of questions floating around as to what elements are going to be popping up. Considering that Fire Emblem...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Fire Emblem

YesterdayMon, 26th Jun 2017

  • Guide Where to Pre-Order Your Super NES Classic Edition

    Better be quick...

    So, the disastrous stock situation with the original NES Classic Edition has been extremely well documented across the internet. Hopefully Nintendo paid close attention to this and we won't see a repeat with the upcoming Super NES Classic Edition / SNES Classic Mini. US/Canada Pre-Order Status Currently there are no stores...

    • Retro
    • SNES
    • SNES Classic Mini
    • Guides
  • Feature The Full Story Behind Star Fox 2, Nintendo's Most Famous Cancellation

    "The series was never intended to be limited to linear 3D scrolling stages"

    To celebrate the announcement of the SNES Classic Mini, we're republishing the full story behind the cancellation of Star Fox 2, which first appeared on the site back in May 2015. This year will see the launch of another entry in Nintendo's long-running space battle...

    • Features
    • Star Fox
    • Dylan Cuthbert
    • Retro
    • SNES
  • News Nintendo Announces Super NES Classic Edition

    Now you're playing with super power

    Nintendo today announced the long-rumoured Super Nintendo Classic Edition. The system launches on 29th September, will retail for $79.99 in the U.S. and comes with 21 games, including the never before released Star Fox 2. It includes two Super NES controllers and works with the Wii's Classic Controller and...

    • SNES Mini
    • SNES
    • Retro
  • News Thankfully, Europe Is Getting A More Handsome SNES Classic Mini

    Well rounded

    Following the recent surprise announcement that North America is getting a Super NES Classic Edition, we have now heard from Nintendo UK that Europe will be getting The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (what a mouthful, eh?).  Of course this will look like the European and Japanese version of the...

    • SNES Classic Mini
    • SNES
  • Random Here's The Reason Why The North American Super NES Looks So Different

    "I thought the Super Famicom didn't look good when stacked"

    There was great excitement in the Nintendo Life team when the Super NES Classic Edition was revealed to the world, but of course it didn't take long for envy to set in from our US based colleagues when they saw the European version of the SNES Mini; the design differences have always been a...

    • SNES
    • SNES Mini
    • Random
    • Retro
  • 71

    3DS

    Review Ever Oasis

    Happily Ever After

    Ever Oasis might be a new IP, but it comes from a long and storied pedigree: the brainchild of Secret of Mana creator Koichi Ishii, and developed by Grezzo (of the 3DS Zelda remakes and StreetPass Garden/Flower Town fame), while it certainly reflects the influence of its creators’ earlier works, as a full package it feels fresh...

    • 3DS
    • Reviews
    • Ever Oasis
  • Guide Pokémon Go Raids, Raid Bosses, Raid Rewards And Much More Besides

    Playing with the big boys

    Pokémon Go Raid Battles are the biggest thing to happen to the game since, well, forever. These new battles not only introduce super-powerful monsters and new items, but they also lend the game a fresh social element, with trainers having to pool their resources at gyms to take down epic beasts. If you're confused about...

    • Guide
    • Pokémon GO
    • Pokémon
    • Features
    • Smartphones
  • News Star Fox 2 Will Finally Be Released Thanks To Super NES Classic Edition

    It only took 22 years...

    Nintendo has just casually announced the Super NES Classic Edition which had long been rumoured ever since the initial NES Classic Edition last year. One thing that no-one saw coming was that Nintendo is including a (we're assuming) finished version of Star Fox 2, a cancelled Super Nintendo game that has widely been...

    • Retro
    • Star Fox 2
    • SNES
    • SNES Classic Mini
  • News Nintendo Shows Off the New Armour in Zelda: Breath of the Wild's The Master Trials DLC

    Korok Mask and Phantom Armor are first up

    This week's big release isn't in stores, as it is The Master Trials DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild; for those that have paid out on the Expansion Pass on Wii U or Nintendo Switch it's finally time to enjoy some new content. For players keen to play the game yet again (like this writer)...

    • Legend of Zelda
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Wii U
  • Poll Are You Excited About the Super NES Classic Edition?

    Big hype for a little console

    Nintendo, as it likes to drop big announcements through press releases and social media posts, has confirmed the rumours and unveiled the Super NES Classic Edition (NA) / The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (PAL). Let's just call it the SNES Mini from this point on for clarity. It's not just...

    • SNES
    • SNES Classic Mini
    • Star Fox 2
    • Retro
  • News ARMS Update Adds LAN Play and Arena Mode

    Woah-oh-oh-oh-ohhhhhh

    Rather like we saw with Splatoon, Nintendo has promised frequent free updates and content for ARMS. The first part of the Switch title's growth has now arrived with the update to version 1.1.0. First of all we have an extra option for local multiplayer, specifically within the 'Local' mode where you connect with other owners...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
    • Update
  • Hardware Review New Nintendo 2DS XL

    2D or not 2D? That is the question

    The 3DS is the handheld console that simply refuses to step into the shadows. With the Switch arriving on the scene blessed with the ability to host both portable and domestic gameplay, many assumed that Nintendo would put its existing handheld system out to pasture, but the Kyoto giant has done the exact opposite;...

    • Hardware Review
    • 2DS XL
    • 3DS
    • Features
  • News Nintendo Promises 'Significantly More Units of Super NES Classic Edition', But Only in 2017

    Controller cable said to be 5 foot in length

    With today's announcement of the Super NES Classic Edition (NA) / The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (PAL), Nintendo has generated a lot of buzz online. After the availability issues with the NES Mini in 2016, however, the scrambl

    • SNES Mini
    • SNES
    • Retro
  • News Extra Nintendo Switch Stock Drives Game Sales in UK, as Ever Oasis Struggles on Debut

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Breath of the Wild move back up

    The UK chart results are out and bring mixed news from a Nintendo perspective. While two big hits got a boost in sales courtesy of "renewed stock" - which likely relates to the Switch hardware getting some fresh units last week - a new 3DS arrival struggled. To start with the good news,...

    • UK
    • Charts
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
  • News Sega Forever Manager Blames Mobile Fragmentation For Shortcomings

    "If you look at the vast majority of feedback it's been strong"

    Following the release of Sega Forever on smart devices last week, there were quite a lot of comments on social media decrying the quality of its emulation. Digital Foundry's John Linneman was perhaps one of the more vocal critics due to his years of experience in dealing with the...

    • Retro
    • Sega Forever
    • Mobile
    • Smartphones
  • News Register Interest in the SNES Classic Mini on the Official Nintendo UK Store

    If it works, there's a bit of traffic...

    Today Nintendo of Europe announced The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System alongside the equivalent Super NES Classic Edition in North America. Now we're all desperately waiting for pre-orders, knowing full well that demand will be very high. If you're in the UK there's a small...

    • SNES Mini
    • SNES
    • Retro
  • News Original Journey To Bring Pencil Art Shooting to the Switch eShop

    An eclectic mix of gameplay elements

    The indie games making the jump to the Switch eShop keep on coming thick and fast. Slated for Q1 2018, we have Original Journey, which is described as a sci-fi action-adventure with elaborately detailed pencil art. Developed by Bonfire Entertainment and to be published by Another Indie, this game...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Games
  • News Eiji Aonuma and Colleagues to Give Masterclass on The Legend of Zelda at Japan Expo

    Will no doubt focus heavily on Breath of the Wild

    The Japan Expo in Paris is only a couple of weeks away, and it's an event Nintendo has often supported. Last year Nintendo ran a Splatoon Squid Sisters concert, reminiscent of the performances that proved to be such a hit in Japan. This year Nintendo's key contribution is a Masterclass...

    • Legend of Zelda
    • Japan Expo
    • Breath of the Wild
  • News Nintendo Share Value Continues Upward Curve as Analyst Talks Up Company's Mobile Strategy

    "We believe Nintendo's mobile games will go from strength to strength"

    Those who like to keep an eye on Nintendo's share value, as a barometer of the company's health and investor confidence, will have noted that it's not only at its highest point in a number of years but continues to climb. Plenty attribute this to strong early numbers and positive...

    • Nintendo Mobile

Sunday25th Jun 2017

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    Switch eShop

    Review Mighty Gunvolt Burst

    A mighty burst of pixel platforming perfection

    In the vacuum left behind by the absence of Capcom’s popular Mega Man series, two major alternatives have sprouted up in an effort to take the top spot as the definitive run ‘n’ gun action platformer. These projects — created in parallel — have been headed by various staff that had a hand in...

    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • Mighty Gunvolt Burst
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    New 3DS

    Review Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition

    Close, but not quite

    When Runbow released for the Wii U back in 2015, we praised it as one of the best games on the platform. Sadly, despite an excellent critical reception, the colourful platformer didn’t reach the audience it could have due to the Wii U’s limited install base.  13AM is aiming to share its opus with a different audience...

    • New Nintendo 3DS
    • Reviews
    • Runbow Pocket

Saturday24th Jun 2017

  • News More Rumours Add Weight to Talk of a SNES Classic Mini

    It seems inevitable, right?

    The NES Classic Mini is a cool little device and proved hugely popular, though sadly Nintendo botched the whole supply and demand thing. The success of the hardware, and the buzz it brought in the Holiday season last year, certainly makes rumours of a SNES Classic Mini this year seem feasible. It could be announced...

    • SNES Classic
    • Retro
    • Rumour
  • News Take a Look at The Nintendo Switch Pocket Dock SP

    Yep, it's a Game Boy Advance turned into a Switch dock

    The world of gaming enthusiasts brings us some very cool things, and the Switch has certainly inspired its fair share of mods and neat ideas. The Nintendo Switch Pocket Dock SP undoubtedly qualifies, which is the work of CptnAlex on Instagram. As you can see above we have a Game Boy Advance...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Game Boy Advance
  • News Reggie Fils-Aimé Defends Nintendo's Indie Support and AM2R Policy

    Also talks of Animal Crossing app having positive impact for IP

    We've seen plenty of E3 interviews from Reggie Fils-Aimé and other Nintendo executives, many covering the content that Nintendo showcased in LA. There's interest in what wasn't shown though, as despite there being plenty of surprises and official coverage, some areas were...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Metroid
  • News Nintendo Switch Sales Surge Past A Million In Japan

    Faster than Wii U, but behind the original Wii

    The Nintendo Switch has sailed past the one million units sold market in its native Japan after 16 weeks of sale, Dengeki is reporting. For comparison's sake, by the same point in their lifespans the Wii had sold 1.85 million units in Japan and the Wii U had sold 820,000. The amazing success of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Japan
    • Sales Figures
  • News Nintendo's Market Capitalisation Overtakes Sony's Following Switch Success

    Highest market cap for Nintendo since 2008

    The ongoing success of the Switch has seen Nintendo's market capitalisation hit 5.44 trillion yen ($48.9 billion), which sees the Kyoto giant overtake rival Sony for the first time in almost a year. This new market cap figure is the highest posted by Nintendo since October 2008. ...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Business
    • Sony
  • Video Digital Foundry Gives Its Assessment of the New Nintendo 2DS XL

    Worth the change?

    The New Nintendo 2DS XL arrives in late July, but units are already doing the rounds for those keen to preview and review the system. Our video man Alex shared his views on it earlier this week in his own inimitable style. Now our network colleagues at Digital Foundry have produced their formal review, so you can get precise...

    • New 2DS XL
    • New Nintendo 3DS
    • Video
  • Video MercurySteam, Metroid: Samus Returns and the Prototypes That Were Rejected

    Liam Robertson revisits the story

    Metroid: Samus Returns was a welcome announcement during E3, as Nintendo used the Treehouse segment to unveil what is now one of the most anticipated 3DS titles of this year. It's being developed by MercurySteam, well known among 3DS owners for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, and it's looking rather...

    • Metroid
    • Video
  • Feature Puzzling Over Dragons with GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita

    On puzzles, dragons, Switch support, and (not) beating Breath of the Wild

    As one of the most successful — and addictive — mobile match-threes of all time, GungHo Online Entertainment’s Puzzle & Dragons needs no introduction. Lighting up smartphones from Japan to Europe, North America and beyond, it’s also made quite a splash on...

    • Features
    • Interviews
    • GungHo
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS

Friday23rd Jun 2017

  • Feature The (Sadly Fictional) Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch Fighter Ballot - Results!

    Y’all pulled through

    Back in May we launched our very own “fighter ballot” to hopefully gain some excitement for the possible E3 announcement of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch. Unless you completely missed all-things E3 2017, you'll know that this sadly never happened. Nevertheless, you all voted by the thousands – 13,824 to be exact...

    • Features
    • Smash Bros.
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Wii U
    • 3DS
  • News Square Enix Has Been 'Tenacious' in Ongoing Conversations About Final Fantasy XIV on Switch

    "We’ve been trying to keep at it"

    While 2016 brought the high profile arrival of Final Fantasy XV, its predecessor is still very much in progress and relevant to series fans. The MMO has, like so many online games in its genre, spanned across multiple console generations; it was only this week that the Final Fantasy XIV:...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Final Fantasy XIV
  • News Here's Your First Taste Of Grant Kirkhope's Contribution To Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

    Former Rare man has outdone himself yet again

    Nintendo fans were excited to finally hear the confirmation that Grant Kirkhope (known for his work on Banjo Kazooie, Goldeneye, and Donkey Kong 64) would be producing music for 

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Music
    • Grant Kirkhope
  • News Pokémon GO's Raid Battles Are Live, But They're Reserved For Master Trainers

    UPDATE: Now available to level 25 trainers

    UPDATE: The cap has now been lowered to level 25. ORIGINAL STORY: Pokémon GO has just been updated with one of its most significant overhauls yet - the introduction of Raid Battles which take place at gyms all over the world. Raid Battles close to your current location can be tracked by tapping the...

    • Pokemon Go
    • Pokemon
    • Mobile
    • Smartphones
  • News PES 2018 is Skipping Nintendo Switch, But Konami Will Consider Future Releases

    Fans have to make noise, of course

    Nintendo Switch owners will be able to play some virtual football this year when FIFA 18 arrives, and it should be an interesting release. EA will have a clean run without competition, however, as Konami has confirmed what was already quite obvious - PES 2018 isn't coming to Nintendo's console. Though that is the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Konami
  • News Soon You'll Be Able To Wear The Street Fighter II Jeans You've Wanted Since You Were 11

    "The Worlds of Raw Denim & Street Fighter 2 Collide!!"

    Jeans are pretty cool. They're fashionable - despite being invented many years ago - and hard-wearing. But you know what's really cool? Street Fighter II jeans. In a move that we're shocked hasn't happened sooner, clothing line Naked & Famous Denim is teaming up with Capcom to create a line...

    • Video
    • Street Fighter
    • Capcom
    • Merchandise
    • Clothing
  • News Codemasters Hasn't Completely Ruled Out Bringing Micro Machines To Nintendo Switch

    "We’re watching what happens with the Switch with great interest"

    We were more than a little disappointed when Micro Machines: World Series was announced for PS4, Xbox One and Windows PC but not for Nintendo Switch earlier this year. To be released on 30th June, we feel this is a game much like Rocket League which would be perfectly suited for...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Codemasters
    • Micro Machines
  • News Congratulations Nintendo 64, You're A Proper Grown-Up Now

    The classic system turns 21 today

    It's a day of anniversaries today it seems, not only does Sonic The Hedgehog turn 26, but it is also a whopping 21 years since the Nintendo 64 was released in its native territory of Japan. Launched on 23rd June 1996, the N64 served as a landmark moment in Nintendo's history as a video game manufacturer, mainly...

    • Retro
    • Nintendo 64
    • N64
    • Anniversary
    • Japan
  • Feature Quizzing Akihiro Hino on Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy

    Passing the torch to a new generation

    After a hiatus of a few years, the Professor Layton series is finally being resurrected - albeit with a twist - this year with Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy. Starring Katrielle Layton — daughter of the famed professor — this one promises to bring more brain bending...

    • Features
    • Interviews
    • Layton
    • 3DS
  • Video Man Plays Super Mario Bros. In Augmented Reality, Puzzles Bystanders

    For science!

    People are doing some pretty amazing things with Microsoft's Hololens headset, but Abhishek Singh deserves additional praise for his efforts.  Not only has he recreated the first level of Super Mario Bros. in augmented reality, he even dressed up as the famous plumber and tested the stage out in New York's crowded Central...

    • Video
    • Super Mario
    • NES
    • Augmented Reality
  • News Sonic The Hedgehog Turns 26 Today

    Happy Birthday, Blue Blur

    Sonic the Hedgehog made his Mega Drive debut 26 years ago today. On June 23rd 1991, Sega's answer to Super Mario arrived on North American store shelves, with the Japanese and European releases following in July. With its incredible visuals and astonishing speed, the game was hailed as an instant classic, and went on to...

    • Sonic
    • SEGA
    • Anniversaries

Thursday22nd Jun 2017

  • News The Metroid: Samus Returns Legacy Edition Looks Fabulous

    Really, just look at it

    Earlier today Nintendo of Europe sent out a press release with details on upcoming 3DS titles, and we covered a couple of new details. One section that caught our eye that we didn't cover initially related to the Metroid: Samus Returns Legacy Edition, which sounds like a super-charged version of the special edition...

    • 3DS
    • Metroid
  • News Pokémon GO Cheaters Get A Nasty Surprise In The Latest Update

    Niantic wants it to be "a fun and fair experience for all Trainers"

    Pokémon GO's latest update is bringing with it some amazing new features, such as Raid Battles and revised gyms, but it also has a rather nasty surprise waiting in store for any players who have resorted to using third-party apps to track monsters. Any monsters obtained via this...

    • Pokemon Go
    • Pokemon
    • Mobile
    • Smartphones
  • 76

    Switch eShop

    Review Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

    Horn of plenty?

    When Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas was unveiled for mobile devices a couple of years ago, it wasn't hard to draw comparisons to a certain iconic Nintendo franchise. Since that time it's enjoyed some success and made its way to other platforms, now including the Switch eShop; the question is whether the transition to dedicated...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • Oceanhorn
  • News Sega Forever Launch Marred By Terrible Emulation

    "This feels kinda like watching a trainwreck unfold"

    Yesterday with joyous glee we reported that Sega Forever had launched on smart devices, and we touched on some comments from Sega Networks' chief marketing officer Mike Evans about the possibilities of bringing the collection of games to Switch as they are built using Unity. However, it...

    • Sega
    • Mobile
    • Smartphones
    • Retro
    • Sega Forever
  • Nintendo Download 22nd June (North America)

    Ever Oasis! Oceanhorn! RPG Maker Fes! Fatal Fury 2! More!

    It's that time again, fellow gamers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update details. This week has some high profile arrivals on both Switch and 3DS, varying from retail games to intriguing download-only titles. Let's get to the details, shall we? Nintendo Switch eShop: Oceanhorn:...

    • Nintendo Download
    • North America
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
  • News Former Metroid Prime Designers Talk About What They Want From A New Metroid Game

    "The isolation, the wonder, and the fear"

    Metroid turns 30 this year, and the news has been marked in the best way possible by not one but two new titles in the franchise. Metroid Prime 4 and Metroid: Samus Returns are certainly worth getting excited about, but former Metroid Prime designers Kynan Pearson and Mike Wikan have more ambitious ideas for...

    • Metroid
    • Metroid Prime
  • Nintendo Download 22nd June (Europe)

    Ever Oasis! Oceanhorn! RPG Maker FES! Runbow Pocket! Demos! More!

    The official press release with all of this week's European Nintendo Download Update pricing and details was a little slow to arrive this week, but we do now have the full line-up. There are some tempting options across Switch, 3DS and Wii U, along with some Sonic-themed discounts and...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Europe
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • New Nintendo 3DS
  • News Minecraft On Switch Will Also Get The Super Duper Graphics Pack

    Super!

    Minecraft is getting a big update this year thanks to the "Better Together" initiative which looks to unify all players across as many systems as possible - and that includes Switch. However, this news was just one part of Microsoft's E3 presentation - it also spent a lot of time talking about the Super Duper Graphics Pack, which drastically...

    • Minecraft
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Nintendo Apologizes for Switch Shortages, Promises an Increase in Production

    Miyamoto's plucking more Pikmin out back as we speak

    It’s a well-trodden discussion at this point that Nintendo Switch hardware is exceedingly difficult to come by; unless you happen to visit a store early in the morning when a new shipment comes in, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll be hard pressed to find one on shelves. This is something...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hardware
  • Random Ease The Pain Of Sega Forever's Botched Launch With This Official Cereal

    FREE GIFT INSIDE

    Sega Forever has finally launched after weeks of speculation, and sadly, it's not had the best of starts. Dogged by poor emulation, the games released so far may be free to download and play, but they're a long way from being the best way to experience such classic titles. While Sega clearly has some work to do in order to bring...

    • Random
    • Sega
    • Sega Forever
    • Features
    • Retro
  • News The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Looks Set for Late November Release

    Amazon makes the Link

    When Bethesda showed off the latest Switch trailer for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim during E3 it focused on amiibo support and motion controls, but shied away from giving a formal date. With the official Nintendo site now listing it for 'Holiday', it seems Amazon has had a whirl at giving the exact arrival time. Amazon.com...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Skyrim
  • News SwitchCase Hopes To Give Your Switch More Comfortable Grips

    The grips are replaceable too

    Do you find that the Switch is uncomfortable to hold in prolonged gameplay sessions? If so the SwitchCase Kickstarter from Skull & Co. might be an answer. Made from soft TPU material, the idea is that it's easy to slot on, with two different styles of grips to make the Switch much more comfortable to hold...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kickstarter
    • Cases
  • News Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi on Producing New IP

    "Is it something that needs to be in a Mario game?"

    It seems like with every new generation of hardware, Nintendo fans are always hoping the company will create some fascinating new IP to bring fresh ideas to the table. Sometimes—as is the case with Splatoon—a new IP pays big and cements itself as a worthy addition to Nintendo’s collection,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Software
  • News Nintendo Aims to Keep Switch Hot With 'Drumbeat' of Games and Strength of Concept

    Will support cross-platform multiplayer when it's a good fit

    When it comes down to the Nintendo Switch and its strategy for success, the big N can point to early results and claim to have got it right so far. Of course, a strong start means little without long-term sales, which was a core focus in an interview that Nintendo of America corporate...

    • Nintendo Switch
  • Video This Year's AtGames Sega Genesis Flashback Console Looks Much Improved

    720p, Filters, save states and much more besides

    It's fair to say that AtGames doesn't have the best reputation in the realm of clone consoles - which is somewhat ironic when you consider the company has been doing this for years now. Its systems are typically marred by poor emulation, terrible AV output options and ropey audio, but it's trying to...

    • Video
    • Retro
    • Sega
    • AtGames
    • Hardware
  • News Monster Hunter Stories Will Roar Onto 3DS in Europe on 8th September

    The wait will finally end

    Capcom and the Monster Hunter series are touchy subjects right now for Nintendo fans, but there is now a firm release date for the next 3DS title in the IP in Europe. As part of a press release outlining 3DS titles coming this year, Nintendo of Europe confirmed a release date of 8th September for Monster Hunter Stories;...

    • 3DS
    • Monster Hunter
    • Capcom
  • Random Switch Game Cards Are Tough Enough To Survive A Spin In The Washing Machine

    "Amazingly it booted up without issue."

    If it's not enough that those cute little Nintendo Switch cards have to endure frequent licking to see if they really do taste as bad as everyone says, to add insult to injury now one of these beloved game cards has been put through a washing machine cycle and come out of the other end almost intact. Reddit...

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    • Random
    • Mario Kart
  • News Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy Due This Fall in North America

    That's one puzzle solved

    It's been too long since we last had a Professor Layton game, and though that era in the series has passed we do have Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy to look forward to. The good news is that it's not too far away, with Nintendo of America confirming that it'll arrive in the region...

    • 3DS
    • Layton
  • 20

    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Last Resort

    It's the shooter Morrissey would play

    Given how popular "shmups" were during the late '80s and early '90s it's odd that the Neo Geo didn't have more of them, but the few it did play host to were generally amazing. Blazing Star and Pulstar instantly spring to mind when talking about the genre on SNK's system, but there are many fans who hold a candle...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Neo Geo
  • News You Can Design a Character for Flipping Death on Nintendo Switch

    Curse that Doctor Laser!

    Flipping Death, from Zoink Games (Stick it to the Man), looks like another fun title on the way to the Switch eShop. Adopting a similar style to the aforementioned Wii U title, it'll have you solving puzzles and adventuring while flipping between two sides of reality. Zoink Games is now relaunching its 'ZEO' (Zoink...

    • Switch eShop
    • Flipping Death

Wednesday21st Jun 2017

  • Guide How To Use A GameCube Controller With Your Nintendo Switch

    Going old-school

    Own a Nintendo Switch? Fancy using your classic GameCube controller with it? Well, thanks to Mayflash's GameCube Adapter you can now achieve this interface dream. The catch is that the adapter needs to be updated with new firmware (this only works on PC at the moment, you can't use a Mac to update it) and that you can only...

    • Guide
    • Nintendo Switch
    • GameCube
    • Retro
    • Mayflash
  • News The Big Pokémon GO Update is Being Rolled Out Now

    Time to reinstall

    Just a few days ago, Niantic revealed what is arguably the biggest update to Pokémon GO yet, completely revamping gyms, adding in new items and gym badges, and adding Raid Battles. It was known that this update would be done in stages which would be dripped out over the “next few weeks”, but it seems that the update process...

    • Pokemon Go
    • Mobile
    • Updates
  • News Sega Forever Aims To Revive The Company's Past On Mobile, But Could Come To Switch

    From Master System to Dreamcast

    Sega's been teasing its Sega Forever service for a while now, and has recently indulged in a satfisyingly old-school promotional campaign which includes mailing out cassette tapes with classic Sega tunes o

    • Sega
    • Mobile
    • Smartphones
    • Retro
    • Sega Forever
  • Watch The Dragon Quest XI Nintendo Direct - Live!

    Time for the series to finally Switch it up?

    Dragon Quest XI is only a month or so from release in Japan on the 3DS along with the PS4, with the portable iteration adopting a different style. That'll no doubt be a feature of this Japanese broadcast, though we hope to see the somewhat mysterious Nintendo Switch version, too. <liveblog...

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    • Live Chat
    • Nintendo Direct
    • Dragon Quest
  • Video Unboxing and Testing the New Nintendo 2DS XL

    An XL in a tiny box

    The 3DS 'family' of systems has life in it yet, which is perhaps best typified by the upcoming release of the New Nintendo 2DS XL, a system designed to fit into the market between the low-priced 2DS and the more 'premium' New 3DS XL. We've been looking at the orange and white version once again, so below our video man Alex does...

    • 3DS
    • New 2DS XL
    • Videos
  • Editorial Nintendo Switch is About Colour, Fun and Sharing Games, For Those Unsure of Its Purpose

    More than the sum of its parts

    Nintendo's home console hardware, for the third successive generation, is betting the farm on a concept rather than raw graphical power. After the blend of power and concept (if a cube with a handle counts as a concept) saw the GameCube struggle (compared to its predecessors), Nintendo shifted focus with its home...

    • Features
    • Editorial
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Say Hello To Allan Alvarez, Perhaps The Greatest Mario 64 Player Ever

    And he was only a baby when it was first released

    For many players, speedrunning is the ultimate way to show off your skill. While certain games require talent to remember movies or perfect strategies, the art of speedrunning arguably calls for even greater concentration and focus, with the smallest mistake costing valuable seconds and potentially...

    • Retro
    • Super Mario 64
    • Speedrunning
    • N64
  • News EA is Focused on Nintendo Switch Portability and "Exploring Other Products"

    "We love the mobility of the Switch"

    The nature of the Switch hardware means it'll be approached in different ways by various developers; as far as EA is concerned, the system is primarily a portable. That's been the pitch for FIFA 18 on the system, a bespoke iteration that'll supposedly be the most 'advanced' portable entry in the series. To a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • EA
    • FIFA 18
  • News ARMS and Nintendo Switch Lead the Way in Japanese Charts

    Switch titles lock out software top 3

    The Media Create Japanese chart results are out, and this week has some interest for Nintendo fans courtesy of the debut of ARMS. Nintendo's new IP claimed number one spot and passed 100,000 sales, though that's well below the figures we saw for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe when it arrived in late April (it hit over...

    • Japan
    • Charts
    • Media Create
    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
  • News Hori Unveils Another Nintendo Switch Headset for July, With Plenty of Wires

    Keeping you wired for fun

    With Splatoon 2 getting ever closer we're expecting more information about the game in the coming days and weeks; alongside that, many are assuming the first version of the smart device voice chat / lobbies app will come out alongside the game. A 'limited' version of the app is still due in 'Summer', which is any time over...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hori
  • News Snake Pass Update For Switch Adds Time Trial Mode And Lots More

    Noodletastic

    Sumo Digital's slithery physics platformer Snake Pass was a unexpected delight when we reviewed it back in March with solid visuals, unconventional gameplay, a memorable soundtrack and a decent amount of replay value. While Sumo quickly rolled out a patch after launch to improve the rumble effect in the game, the UK developer will...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Snake Pass
    • Updates
  • 28

    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Sengoku

    Hacked off

    Hamster Corp's dedication to mining the back catalogue of the Neo Geo on Switch is commendable, but it does throw up some issues - namely that as time goes on the company is going to have to dig deeper and deeper into the library of the system, and that means having to endure some less-than-classic titles. While we wouldn't say that...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • Neo Geo
    • Sengoku
  • News The Legend of Bum-bo Will Likely Be Making its Way to Switch

    From the maker of Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac

    It seems that Edmund McMillen—developer of The Binding of Isaac, Super Meat Boy, and many others—has a certain affinity for the Nintendo Switch. After bringing The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ to the platform early in the console’s life, it was recently announced that his upcoming...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • The Legend of Bum-bo
  • News The LeSportsac X Nintendo Collection Introduces Some Neat Bags and Accessories

    Sure, why not

    In recent times Nintendo has been stepping up its efforts with merchandise and tie-ins, including Vans shoes and UNIQLO t-shirts. The latest collaboration is with LeSportsac, a company that makes fashionable bags and cases (or so we're told). LeSportsac and Nintendo have confirmed a new collection that's hitting Japan in July and...

    • Nintendo
    • LeSportsac
    • Super Mario
    • Game Boy

Tuesday20th Jun 2017

  • Deals The Best Nintendo Switch Carrying Cases

    Protect your investment

    So you've got your lovely new Nintendo Switch and you're planning to take it out and about with you, to parties and such like. But let's be realistic here, this isn't a seemingly indestructible clamshell design like the 3DS, and you'll want to make sure you protect that precious 720p screen as well as carry some accessories...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Deals
    • Features
    • Cases
  • News Nintendo Switch OS Version 3.0.0 Is Now Live

    And guess what it does?

    Almost every update since launch for the Nintendo Switch has been relatively low key in overall impact, often just bringing minor stability improvements and little else. There was a slight hope that Nintendo might announce some sort of substantial update in its Nintendo Direct at E3, but alas, there was nothing to be heard...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Updates
    • Stability
  • 97

    Switch

    Review Cave Story+

    A catchy Quote?

    Nintendo consoles have, as of late, become a safe haven of sort for indies looking to publish their wares on home consoles. It makes sense, then, that the Switch would receive its own port of one of the most popular indie titles of all time, Cave Story+.  Originally released in 2004 on PC, Cave Story gained popularity and...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Cave Story
  • News Streets Of Rage And Etrian Odyssey Composer Isn't Sure Why The Switch Exists

    "I'm not really surprised by it"

    The name Yuzo Koshiro will be instantly familiar to anyone who has been gaming for the past 30 years. The legendary creator of music for games like Streets of Rage, Revenge of Shinobi, ActRaiser and Etrian Odyssey has been president of Ancient Corp for 27 years now, and during that time he has contributed some...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Yuzo Koshiro
    • Music
    • Sega
  • Video Performance Over Resolution - Digital Foundry Tackles Super Mario Odyssey

    With time for improvements

    When we played Splatoon 2 earlier in the year there was a little disgruntlement that it was running at 720p when docked, with the flipside that it was rocking along at 60fps with nary a dropped frame. That was back in March, yet during E3 Nintendo stated the game is now 1080p docked, and even i

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario Odyssey
  • 74

    Wii U

    Review Darksiders: Warmastered Edition

    War is upon us, at long last

    Just when you thought it was safe to bid farewell to your Wii U, a lone figure appears on the shadowed horizon. Unhindered by multiple delays, primed for war and ready to impress; the horseman cometh. Darksiders originally released back in 2010, and was hailed as a hidden gem of the last generation. While it...

    • Reviews
    • Wii U
    • Darksiders Warmastered
  • News Switch Stock Shortages Cost Nintendo First Place In May's NPD Hardware Charts

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is May's biggest Switch game

    The incredible demand for the Nintendo Switch has enabled it to jump to the top of the NPD sales charts over the past few months but hardware shortages - driven by a lack of components - have cost the system top spot in May. According to the latest NPD figures, the PlayStation 4 was the biggest...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • NPD
    • North America
  • Hardware Review The Analogue NT Mini Isn't Just The Best NES Clone, It's Much More Besides

    FPGA or GTHO

    It's fair to say that the gaming public's interest in clones of vintage consoles hasn't diminished over the past few years; in fact, interest in such hardware is arguably on the rise. We've seen a raft of systems which aim to replicate the performance of retro hardware, including the Hyperkin Retron 5, the Cyber Gadget Retro Freak and...

    • Hardware Review
    • Features
    • Retro
    • NES
    • Analogue NT Mini
  • Random Nintendo GIF Shows Off an Awesome Super Mario Odyssey Chain Chomp Puzzle

    Chomping down

    Nintendo has been upping the ante with more social media accounts over recent weeks and months, with Nintendo Versus (focused on competitive gaming) being a notable example. A lower key example is the Super Mario UK Twitter account, set up during E3 to focus on the mascot (and particularly Super Mario Odyssey at the moment). Its...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario Odyssey
  • News According to this Teaser the Future of Sega is Gazing Out of Windows Philosophically

    Teasing a new kind of gaming?

    SEGA, or perhaps it'll be Sega, is gearing up for a rebrand and relaunch of priorities as we head towards 2020. The company is seeking to build buzz around its potential change in direction, pitching a localised video teaser on the 'Future of Sega', published via IGN. The original was published in Japanese a month ago,...

    • Sega
    • Video
  • News Yoshio Sakamoto on the Development of Metroid: Samus Returns

    "I’m working on other titles outside of Metroid, of course"

    It was already quite a shock announcement for Nintendo to finally reveal that Metroid Prime 4 is currently being developed, but very few would’ve ever called the follow up announcement that was made in a later Treehouse stream in which Metroid: Samus Returns was revealed. Yoshio...

    • 3DS
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Metroid
  • News Even After 10 Years, Billy Mitchell Still Hasn't Seen King Of Kong

    "On the souls of my children, I haven’t watched it"

    It's hard to believe that The King of Kong is a decade old now. A seminal work in the history of video game movies, it presented a thrilling David and Goliath tale which focused on humble schoolteacher Steve Wiebe's dream of being the world high score holder for Nintendo's arcade smash Donkey...

    • Retro
    • Steve Wiebe
    • Billy Mitchell
    • Donkey Kong
    • Movies
  • First Impressions Showing our Hand in Culdcept Revolt on Nintendo 3DS

    Of dice and decks

    Of all the games we got to try out at E3 this year, one stood out as having perhaps the least likely origin story: Culdcept Revolt. This 3DS title, published by Nintendo in Japan but brought Westward by NIS America, is the latest game in a series that started with a Japan-exclusive game for the Sega Saturn. Combining board game...

    • E3 2017
    • Features
    • First Impressions
    • Culdcept Revolt
    • 3DS
  • News Dodgeball Arena Action Title Rocket Fist Slams Into Switch Next Month

    Dodgeball with rockets

    It seems like every time we load up the UK Switch eShop and check out the Coming Soon page that something new awaits us lately. We've got Oceanhorn, Bulb Boy, Death Squared and now Rocket Fist to look forward to in the not-too-distant future. Previously announced for

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Death Squared is Confirmed for a 13th July Release on Nintendo Switch

    Be there or die square

    Death Squared is another interesting title heading to the Switch eShop, having previously landed on other current-gen systems and PC. It's a co-op puzzle game that allows up to four players, which will work nicely with the local multiplayer focus of the Switch. Developer SMG Studio has now confirmed a 13th July release date...

    • Switch eShop
    • Death Squared
  • News Danmaku Unlimited 3 Is Bringing Bullet Hell Brilliance To The Switch

    TATE mode confirmed!

    We love a relaxing bullet hell shmup here at Nintendo Life, so we were delighted to hear that Danmaku Unlimited 3 will be heading over to the Switch eShop later this year.  Developed by Doragon Entertainment, a one-man indie game studio based in Vancouver Canada with a passion for old school shooters and Japanese...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Games
    • Shmup
  • News Bitmap Books Announces Officially Licensed NEOGEO: A Visual History

    400 pages celebrating the Rolls Royce of game consoles

    UK publisher Bitmap Books - previously responsible for The Unofficial NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium and Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection - has announced that its next project is NEOGEO: A Visual History, an officially licensed publication celebrating one of the most iconic gaming...

    • Retro
    • Books
    • Neo Geo
    • Bitmap Books