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TodayTue, 23rd May 2017

  • News Nintendo of America Confirms 'Summer of Play' Tour of Switch and 3DS Games

    "The tour is a great place to spend a summer afternoon", says Bowser

    Nintendo of America has done a solid job, in recent years, of showcasing various games at expos and at its own special events. Part of this has been summer tours, and now NOA has outlined an upcoming Summer of Play tour that'll go around 13 different venues through June to...

    • Summer of Play
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
  • Random Kid Creates Switch From Cardboard, Father Caves And Gets Him The Real Deal

    Good things come to those who make their own consoles

    What is it with the Nintendo Switch and cardboard-based clones? Not so long ago we reported on a story in which a Japanese child crafted his own Switch system out of stuff that would normally end up in the recycling bin, and now we've got another tale of industrious craftsmanship, again from the...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Japan
  • News RiME On Switch Will Run At 720p In Both Docked And Portable Modes

    No boost for playing on the TV

    RiME is shaping up to be one of 2017's most interesting multi-format titles thanks to its eye-catching visuals and puzzle-solving gameplay. The Switch version - currently being ported by Tantalus Media - will launch after the other editions, and original developer Tequila Works has now revealed that Tantalus...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • RiME
  • News Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Is Only 20 To 30 Percent Complete

    Koji Igarashi admits he needs to speed things up

    Koji Igarashi has spoken about Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night in an interview with Famitsu, and has admitted that the game is only 20 to 30 percent complete. When it was shown off at BitSummit one year ago, Bloodstained was around 10 percent complete. Unsurprisingly, Igarashi also admits that...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Bloodstained
    • Koji Igarashi
  • News Inti Creates CEO Talks More on Mighty Gunvolt Burst

    "We made this game completely on our own"

    First revealed in part through a leak by Famitsu and in full at BitSummit this past weekend, Mighty Gunvolt Burst is a promising new action platformer from Inti Creates. As something of a mashup between Mighty No. 9 and Azure Striker Gunvolt, the new game will aim to recapture that Mega Man gameplay in a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Mighty Gunvolt Burst
  • News Chromophore: The Two Brothers Is Still in the Works

    Five years and counting...

    Sometimes it just seems like certain developers have a difficult time accurately gauging the amount of time and manpower that goes into producing a game. Be it due to grossly underestimating an ambitious project or due to unfortunate circumstances that set a game back months or years, there are some games that make you...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Chromophore: The Two Brothers
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Video This Fan-Made Clip Is The Best Commercial For The Nintendo Switch Yet

    Take to the skies

    Nintendo really dropped the ball when it came to effectively communicating the core appeal of the Wii U, and the result was consumer apathy. Thankfully the company hasn't repeated this mistake with the Switch, which has received more effective promotion and bumper sales. However, while Nintendo's marketing efforts have vastly...

    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch

YesterdayMon, 22nd May 2017

  • News The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is Now Approved for Sale in China

    Possibly destined for the NVIDIA Shield

    The Chinese market is potentially hugely lucrative, but the country's laws and logistical challenges make it a tough market to crack, especially for console manufacturers. There have been some efforts by Sony and Microsoft with their hardware, but little suggestion over the past couple of years that either...

    • Legend of Zelda
    • Twilight Princess
  • Editorial An Empty Box is $5 and a Dock is $89 - Welcome to Switchonomics

    If we pay it, then the price is right

    Capitalism is incredibly complicated in practice - markets, financial tools, regulations, 'gaming the system', taxes and so on. On the flipside it's also very simple. Supply and demand dictate how much goods cost, and when it comes to entertainment desirability is also a factor. When a company has a winner on...

    • Features
    • Editorial
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switchonomics
  • News Nintendo's Response To Blind Rhythm Heaven Fan Will Warm Even The Coldest Of Hearts

    "I will always support you, Nintendo"

    Japanese boy Hibiki Sakai was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in both eyes at the age of one and a half, and following the surgical procedures necessary to save his life has been completely blind since the age of two. That hasn't stopped him indulging in many passions; he's a talented drummer and, like many...

    • Rhythm Heaven
    • Japan
    • DS
    • 3DS
    • Wii
  • Guide What Time Is The ARMS Global Testpunch Demo?

    Come out swinging

    It's not been hard to make the link that ARMS is very much to Switch what Splatoon was to Wii U. A game that aims to disrupt its genre norms - in this case a fighting game with quirky controls - that also needs to win over fans as a new IP. Nintendo's tactics with it are extremely familiar, too; we have a late Spring...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • ARMS
    • Global Testpunch
  • News There's Still No Date for the All-Important NBA Playgrounds Update on Switch eShop

    "In a matter of days / week"... uh-huh

    A short while before NBA Playgrounds arrived on Nintendo Switch the developer's representatives told us that an update adding online play would come a 'few days' after launch. Not an ideal scenario, but reasonable - we can practice for a few days and then play online, right? We're pretty sure 'a few days'...

    • Switch eShop
    • NBA Playgrounds
  • 39

    Mobile

    Review Magikarp Jump

    Super weak or beloved Pokémon?

    In one of the more unusual turns for Pokémon, the new mobile game Pokémon: Magikarp Jump has been released on mobile devices in a gradual international rollout. This game is developed by Select Button and is a Pokémon-themed spin on its game Survive! Mola Mola. The task? Raise a Magikarp to be as strong as it can...

    • Mobile
    • Reviews
    • Pokemon
    • Magikarp Jump
  • Random Mario Kart 8 Mod Adds Everyone's Favourite Pink Blob To The Starting Grid

    Kirby Air Ride 2?

    Thanks to the modding community Kirby is the latest character to join the Mario Kart 8 ranks on Wii U. Previously we wrote about Sonic the Hedgehog and Captain Olimar from Pikmin joining the roster, now it's the pink puffball's turn to join the race - albeit unofficially, of course. This is not the first time Kirby has been...

    • Random
    • Kirby
    • Mario Kart 8
    • Wii U
    • Modding
  • News Niantic Drops Hint That Legendary Monsters Are Coming To Pokémon GO This Summer

    "This summer will be legendary"

    At the 21st Annual Webby Awards took place last week and Pokémon GO scooped five Awards, including “Best Mobile Game”.  Archit Bhargava, global marketing product lead for Niantic, was on hand to accept the big award and used his speech - limited to five words, as is the traditional at the Webby...

    • Pokemon
    • Pokemon GO
  • Random Take Legend Of Zelda, Add Some Gundam And You've Got Plenty Of Awesome

    Upwardly mobile

    While the Zelda series has toyed with mechanical concepts in recent outings, it's fair to say that fans would be somewhat resistive to the franchise moving into a sci-fi future with mobile suits and space ships. That doesn't stop some of us from dreaming, however - and Khris Ramirez has mashed the series together with one of...

    • Random
    • Zelda
    • Gundam
  • News It Looks Like Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival Is Taking To The Pitch On Switch

    Sick as a parrot

    Those of you advanced enough in years (and based in Europe) will no doubt recall the Kick Off series of football (soccer to our North American chums) titles on home computers and consoles. Alongside Sensible Software's Sensible Soccer series, Kick Off was considered by many to be the pinnacle of the genre - until EA's FIFA and...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kick Off Revival
  • News Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 To Bring the Power to Nintendo Switch in Autumn / Fall

    Local play and, um, optional motion controls

    Back in January a number of titles featured in the Nintendo Switch presentation from Japan, notably in a sizzle reel of upcoming games. One of these was Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, and we now have a better idea of when that game will arrive. Bandai Namco in Europe has confirmed an Autumn / Fall release...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Dragon Ball
  • News Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Enjoys a Reasonable Debut in UK Charts

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe remains the best performer on Switch

    Nintendo had a major new release in the UK charts this week, albeit serving as a reminder that Switch isn't the company's only current-gen hardware. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia arrived on 3DS and has landed at 5th place in the all-format chart - multiplatform title Injustice...

    • UK
    • Charts
    • Fire Emblem
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
  • News Super Famicom Title "Ghost Chaser Densei" Translated Into English

    The other Ghosts in the Shell

    You may not be familiar with Winkysoft’s rather decent and zany “Denjin Makai” series of scrolling beat’em ups. Like so many others they stubbornly remained Japan-only affairs, with both games (the titular “Denji Makai” and the sequel “Guardians”) sticking to Japanese arcades. But not all hope was lost,...

    • SNES
    • Retro
    • Super Famicom
    • Super Nintendo
    • Ghost Chaser Densei
  • 9

    Wii U eShop

    Review Absolutely Unstoppable MineRun

    Absolutely forgettable

    There were quite a few odd releases on the Wii U eShop during its heyday, but even in these twilight years we still seem to be getting some real eyebrow raisers. Absolutely Unstoppable MineRun is the latest of these. Somewhat of a mix of an autorunner and a precision platformer, you'll quickly notice graphics were probably...

    • Wii U eShop
    • Reviews
    • Absolutely Unstoppable MineRun

Sunday21st May 2017

  • Poll Who Would You Like To See In Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo Switch?

    Let the hype train begin…

    It’s no secret that this writer is a huge Smash Bros. enthusiast - we’ve already covered what we’d like to see in the dreamed-about enhanced port/Director’s Cut edition of Smash 4 for Nintendo Switch, but what we have here is something arguably more exciting. As E3 looms near, we at Nintendo Life would like...

    • Features
    • Poll
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Smash Bros.
  • News Nintendo Switch Standalone Dock Goes Up for Pre-Order on Amazon UK

    £80 for playing on another TV

    The Nintendo Switch is already a very flexible piece of hardware, allowing you to play on a TV or with the system as a portable. Of course, some would like to easily play on multiple TVs in their house and swap between rooms, which is where standalone docks come into the reckoning. After some scruffy options from...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Dock

Saturday20th May 2017

  • Video The Complete History Of Mario Kart

    From SNES to Switch in 25 years

    In light of the recent launch of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, we at Nintendo Life have been reminiscing about the celebrated history of the Mario Kart series. From the SNES to the new Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart has provided players around the globe with countless hours of shell-tossing entertainment.  In this...

    • Mario Kart
    • Features
    • Videos
    • History
  • News Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack to Bring Two 3DS Gems to the Switch eShop

    Along with the previously outed Mighty Gunvolt Burst

    Inti Creates planned a double reveal at BitSummit in Kyoto, but unfortunately Famitsu magazine always leaks early online - it had already been confirmed through the publication that Mighty Gunvolt Burst is a new title coming to both Switch and 3DS. Nevertheless the formal reveal has now been made,...

    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
    • Inti Creates
  • News Famicom Version of "Rampart" Translated to English

    But your castle is (with)in another castle!

    If you fought in the great medieval wars of the 1990s, you might read the headline and wonder what the fuss is all about. After all Atari's "Rampart", a perfect mix of artillery / puzzle game, conquered the arcades and gained quick cult status among gamers; it also had many home conversions, even managing...

    • Retro
    • NES
    • Famicom
    • Konami
    • Rampart

Friday19th May 2017

  • Retrospective The Awkward Birth of the DS, Nintendo's Most Successful System

    How a third pillar became a golden goose

    With 154.02 million consoles sold to date, the Nintendo DS is the company's most successful hardware platform, the world's best-selling dedicated handheld games console and the second most popular video games system of all time. Not a bad set of achievements for a handheld which, prior to launch, was debated,...

    • Retrospective
    • Features
    • Retro
    • Nintendo DS
    • DS
  • News Owlboy Is Coming to the Switch

    It's a real hoot

    Though the jury’s still out on long term, AAA third party support for the Nintendo Switch, it seems that the platform will at least enjoy a plethora of quality indie titles. Though the Wii U proved that this doesn’t necessarily spell success for a console, it also didn’t have the benefit of being a both a home console and...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Owlboy
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News "No Plans" For Destiny 2 On Switch, Says Project Lead Who Loves Nintendo's Console

    "I think it's pretty unrealistic"

    Activision and Bungie lifted the lid on Destiny 2 yesterday detailing some of the game's new modes and features, and - as is the tradition with practically every big AAA multiformat title these days - the question of a Nintendo version quickly popped up. IGN posed that query to Desti

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Destiny 2
    • Activision
  • Poll Who Is Your Favourite ARMS Fighter?

    Let battle commence!

    Following the recent Nintendo Direct it seems interest in Nintendo's upcoming motion-controlled brawler ARMS is at an all-time high. Newly revealed characters such as Twintelle seem to have resonated with lots of people too; you could say she's broken the internet, if that's one of your favoured phrases. While we all wait for...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
    • Poll
    • Features
  • News Mighty Gunvolt Burst Has Been Revealed for Switch and 3DS

    8-bit fans rejoice

    Back when Inti Creates’ Azure Striker Gunvolt first launched on the eShop, there was a little game called Mighty Gunvolt that was handed out for free to anyone who purchased the game within a certain period. Mighty Gunvolt acted as something of an 8-bit demake of Azure Striker Gunvolt, featuring run ‘n’ gun gameplay that...

    • 3DS eShop
    • 3DS
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mighty Gunvolt Burst
  • News Cat Quest Claws Its Way to Switch eShop Soon

    Sounds purrfect for Switch

    In a recent Cat Mario video published on Nintendo's Japanese YouTube channel, it was revealed that The Gentlebros Games' Cat Quest would be clawing its way to the Switch eShop in the foreseeable future. For those not in the know, Cat Quest is a 2d Open World RPG set in the fantastic and wonderful world of cats...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • eShop
    • Upcoming Games
    • RPG
  • News 4J Studios Exploring a 1080p Update for Minecraft on Switch, As Screenshot Bug Fix is Released

    Digital Foundry also assesses the blocky release

    We've been impressed by Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, describing it as a standout version of the game in our review. It offers larger worlds to work with than the Wii U equivalent, and delivers the strongest portable version of the game currently on the market. It seems, too, that it can...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Minecraft
  • Gallery Winning UTGP'17 Nintendo T-Shirts Now Available From UNIQLO

    Gotta Wear 'Em All

    We love a good t-shirt here at Nintendo Life and as previously reported UNIQLO ran a global design competition last year and recently revealed the fantastic winning designs from over 16,000 entries.  These t-shirts are now available to order and are, in our opinion, very reasonably priced. We've picked out a few of our...

    • Nintendo
    • T-Shirts
    • UNIQLO
    • Competitions
  • News Co-Operative Blast 'Em Up Nine Parchments Is Casting Its Spell On Switch

    "We can't wait to unleash the wizard mayhem later this year!"

    Frozenbyte has confirmed that its upcoming "co-operative blast'em up" Nine Parchments will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The top-down action title features co-operative play with local and online options, and is set in a fantasy world not entirely dissimilar to that seen in...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • Random Does Dr. Mario Take Place Inside Luigi's Brain? A Manga From 1990 Says It Does...

    A look at the backstory of Mario’s medical training

    Remember when Mario started branching out into jobs other than his traditional plumber role? After cameo appearances in Punch-Out!! for NES, Tennis for Game Boy and some others, Nintendo decided to give Mario his first white collar job as the star of Dr. Mario. Released for...

    • Random
    • Dr. Mario
    • Retro
  • News Pikmin is the Theme in This Week's European My Nintendo Updates

    Yes, we only just noticed

    Confession time, as Samus Aran says in everyone's favourite entry in the series, we've been struggling to hold our interest in My Nintendo. The reward programme isn't doomed yet, but it still hasn't added Switch-specific rewards and has a habit of calling screen wallpapers calendars; it's just hard to love right now. In...

    • My Nintendo
    • Rewards
    • Pikmin
  • Random The ARMS Direct Seemed to Show a Scary Robotic Bear as a Boss

    Well, that's what it looks like

    It's easy to overlook small details in Nintendo Direct broadcasts, especially in sizzle-reel trailers that cut between new shots every second. The internet doesn't miss a thing, though, and one of our readers pointed a couple of likely character reveals snuck into the end of the ARMS segment of the Direct. After...

    • Arms
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Cars 3: Driven To Win Will Be An Argos Switch Retail Exclusive In The UK

    Do a barrel roll

    We're sure that you are all really thrilled by the impending arrival of Cars 3: Driven to Win on Nintendo Switch, and we know now the UK release date thanks to its listing on the Switch eShop - it arrives in the UK on the 14th July, costing £49.99. What's interesting is that the boxed retail version of the game will be...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Games
    • Cars
    • Disney
  • News De Mambo Brings One-Button Chaos to the Switch eShop on 29th June

    With a solo mode and multiplayer shenanigans

    Announced back in March, upcoming Switch eShop title De Mambo now has a firm release date. Development studio The Dangerous Kitchen has taken the opportunity of the game's BitSummit appearance in Kyoto - and a cameo in the most recent Japanese edition of The Cat Mario Show - to provide the key update...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Video Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Season Pass Gets Its Own Trailer

    New dungeons, maps and prequel stories

    A new trailer showcasing the season pass for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia has been uploaded to Nintendo's YouTube channel. The expansion gives players the opportunity to discover prequel stories, explore more dungeons, battle in new maps and ascend to new classes.  Purchasing the season pass...

    • Fire Emblem
    • 3DS
  • Video Chill Out Listening to the Entire Squid Sisters Stories Saga

    Read by our resident Alex

    Now that the preamble to the story of Splatoon 2 appropriately titled Squid Sister Stories has concluded, we felt it was worth making a song and dance about the story as a whole. We then scrapped the singing and dancing and opted for a more straight-laced reading of the piece. You can watch or even really just listen to...

    • Splatoon 2
    • Splatoon
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Squid Sisters Stories

Thursday18th May 2017

  • News Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Version 1.1 Is Now Available for Download

    A surprisingly hefty update

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was certainly a worth remaster of the original, sporting all the DLC and a full Battle Mode in a nice new coat of paint. Considering how complete the package is, it seems unlikely that the game will be receiving even more content, but that still hasn’t stopped Nintendo from updating it to make tweaks...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    • Updates
  • 62

    Switch eShop

    Review Thumper

    Heart pounding

    Thumper provides a stern test. Actually, to be clear, Thumper tries to crush your spirit and beat you, and it often succeeds. If gruelling - but fair - difficulty isn't on your wishlist for a prospective new game purchase, Thumper fundamentally isn't for you. If you do like to be pushed to the edge of your reflexes by games and have a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • Thumper
  • News Nintendo Is Selling An Empty Splatoon 2 Bundle Box For Five Bucks In Japan

    Saw you coming

    The Switch is popular, but when you add Splatoon 2, it becomes even more desirable - something which became apparent recently when the freshly-announced Splatoon 2 hardware bundle sold out in seconds on Amazon Japan. Those Japanese fans who missed out on bagging the hardware shouldn't feel too downhearted, however - Nintendo is...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Japan
    • Splatoon 2
  • Nintendo Download 18th May (North America)

    Fire Emblem Echoes! Thumper! Darksiders: Warmastered Edition! Much more!

    It's that time, once again, for the North American Nintendo Download Update. We'll dare to suggest that this week has a tasty line-up on offer, from quality download-only and retail arrivals on Switch to a big time release on 3DS, along with a long-awaited Wii U game to tempt...

    • Nintendo Download
    • North America
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
  • Random Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Patch Removes Offensive "Bras d'honneur" Gesture

    And we thought it was 'armless

    What could be more innocent than a Inkling girl giving a fist pump in the air when taking out one of their opponents in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Well, it seems using the other hand to clench her flexed bicep might cause offence in various countries including France, Spain, Italy, Georgia, Portugal and Latin America,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mario Kart
    • Random
  • Feature The Big ARMS Direct Summary and the Key Question - Did It Win You Over?

    We've run out of ARMS puns

    Nintendo can't be accused of not pushing the message that ARMS can be the next big thing. It's had a prominent role in two consecutive Nintendo Directs, the second of which was dedicated almost entirely to the game, and it revealed details that demonstrate a willingness to ensure that - from day one - there'll be a solid...

    • Features
    • Poll
    • ARMS
    • Nintendo Direct
  • News Pokémon: Magikarp Jump Splashes Onto iOS, But As a Limited Initial Release

    Awesome news for Italians

    After an initial reveal of Splash! Magikarp in February we had heard nothing about this strange mobile game, until yesterday. Seemingly out of nowhere the game, now titled Pokémon: Magikarp Jump after the hilarious mini-game from the Nintendo 64 classic Pokémon Stadium, was released. This is not a global launch however,...

    • Pokemon
    • Mobile
    • Magikarp
  • Nintendo Download 18th May (Europe)

    Fire Emblem Echoes! Thumper! Disgaea 5 Complete demo! More!

    The full details were a little later than normal in arriving, but we now have the full picture of this week's Nintendo Download Update in Europe. A high-profile 3DS retail title leads the way, while the Switch has some intriguing releases and a major demo. The Wii U and 3DS also have a few...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Europe
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
    • New Nintendo 3DS
  • Video Digital Foundry Puts Thumper and ARMS to the Test on Nintendo Switch

    So much 60fps goodness

    We'd argue that, in its first 2.5 months on the market, the Switch has already delivered some top-notch gaming experiences of various types. Thumper can be added to that elite list and we got rather excited about it in our review, giving it a 9 out of 10. There's good stuff on the way, too, and recently we spent time with...

    • Video
    • Digital Foundry
    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
    • Thumper
  • Guide How To Download Magikarp Jump To Your iOS Device Right Now

    Making a splash

    As Magikarp Jump is currently only available in Italy, millions of people are unable to raise a Magikarp to splash its way to victory, but there is a way other than waiting for the wider release. To put it simply, all you need is an Italian iTunes account. If you have one then get downloading. If you don't, then there are a couple...

    • Pokemon
    • Guides
    • Nintendo Mobile
    • Smartphones
  • News Amazon Japan's Videogame Bestsellers List Has A Bit Of A Splatoon 2 Theme

    Stay fresh

    While Splatoon has been a success for Nintendo in the Western world, with strong sales on the Wii U and lots of anticipation for the upcoming release of Splatoon 2 on the Switch, it's fair to say Japan has gone absolutely crazy for the franchise, even prompting a Splatoon manga serialisation.  This Japanese love for the squid-themed...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
    • Japan
    • Amazon
  • News ARMS Will Adopt the Splatoon Model of Free Content Updates

    Won't cost an ARM and a leg

    Nintendo, slowly and surely, has been warming to the 'game as live service' approach that is proving popular (and lucrative) for various triple-A games. Splatoon on Wii U was relatively light in content on day one but expanded a great deal with a lot of free content, and this also happened on a smaller scale...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
    • Nintendo Direct
  • News Galaxy Fight Is Your Next ACA Neo Geo Game For Switch

    Eight warriors fight to defeat "Velden" which dominates the dark!

    Another week, another Neo Geo classic pops up on the Switch eShop. Later today you'll be able to sample the delights of Galaxy Fight: Universal Warriors which is (unsurprisingly) another fighting game.  Released in 1995 by Sunsoft, the game sees you take on the mantel of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Neo Geo
    • eShop
  • News 3D Shoot 'Em Up Fighter Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle Is Coming To Switch

    "You might just find yourself dancing while you play!"

    NIS America has revealed that Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year. A spin-off of the popular Touhou Project series, Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is described as a 3D shooter with fighting elements, which tasks you with taking down...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Touhou Kobuto V
  • Video Nintendo Minute Shows Off New Characters and Features in ARMS

    Weird and wonderful

    Following the ARMS Direct we now have a better idea of what the new IP will have to offer on Switch. Its motion-controlled fighting (though there are some alternative control schemes) will take place across some impressively varied modes, while online play also looks interesting ahead of its launch, which we'll all get to try in...

    • Video
    • Nintendo Minute
    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
  • News More Disappearances Prompt Marie to Recruit in the Squid Sister Stories Final Chapter

    Has DJ Octavio escaped?

    It's time. The final report from the Squid Research Lab detailing the signing sensations Callie and Marie and how their lives have changed since the final Splatfest. We continue after Callie mysteriously failed to show up at the train station, leaving Marie in disarray for her sister.  The final chapter sees Marie...

    • Splatoon 2
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Video This Culdcept Revolt Overview Covers Card Types, Online Play And Story

    It's in the cards

    Culdcept Revolt is coming to the Nintendo 3DS later this year, and NIS America is doing its level best to educate potential players on how the game actually works. A short time ago we covered the opening of the game's official site which ran down the basic rules, and now NIS America has released a video which gives you a full...

    • 3DS
    • Culdcept Revolt
    • Video
  • Video Take a Good Look at ARMS in Our Preview Footage

    Don't keep it at arm's length

    Through its most recent Direct Nintendo made the case for ARMS, the upcoming new IP on Switch. We were introduced to new modes, characters and stages, and the end result gave us a rather positive picture of a game with plenty of depth, colour and personality. As you may have seen we shared detailed preview...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
    • Videos
  • News This One-Off RJ-Romain Jerome Pokémon Watch Costs Almost $260,000

    Called "the emblem of the millennials", without any hint of irony

    If you head into pretty much any toy store on the face of this planet you'll probably be able to pick up a Pokémon-themed watch for loose change, and while that might be enough for most fans of the series, it's good to know that those with more money than sense have other options...

    • Pokemon
    • Merchandise

Wednesday17th May 2017

  • News Pokémon Sun and Moon Version 1.2 Is Now Available for Download

    Squashing more of those pesky Bug-types

    After the record breaking launch of Pokémon Sun and Moon, it seems that hype for the series has slowly died down somewhat as everyone holds their breath waiting for the next big Pokémon announcement. When Game Freak inevitably follows up on Sun and Moon—the name Pokémon Stars has been thrown around a...

    • 3DS
    • Updates
    • Sun and Moon
  • News New Splatoon 2 Switch Accessories And Hardware Bundle Announced

    Pro controller, case and Joy-Con - we'll take the lot, please

    Update:  Nintendo of America replied to our question regarding availability of the accessories featured in this article, simply saying "we have nothing to announce on this topic." If Nintendo should announce availability for these at a later update, we'll make a new post. ...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon 2
    • Accessories
    • Joy-Con
  • Guide How To Build The Best Kart In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

    More data than you can throw a shell at

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is easy to pick up, but difficult to master. For all that is good about it, and believe us there's plenty, the game isn't very good at explaining what its various stats mean, and more importantly how they affect your chances of victory.   Fortunately, we're here to help you...

    • Guide
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • News Check Out This 'Nincade' Upgrade Kit For Famicom Mini and NES Classic Edition

    For $29.99, a chance to play with a Bluetooth full-sized controller

    It’s not even been a year but the NES Classic Edition and it Japanese equivalent, the Classic Mini Family Computer, have been on quite a wild ride. From the surprise announcement out of the blue, to being sold out from day one, to being hard to find after launch, enduring various...

    • Nincade
    • NES Mini
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  • Preview Going Some Rounds With ARMS on Nintendo Switch

    Nintendo’s next big thing?

    Last week at an event in San Francisco we had a chance to play a near-final build of ARMS, Nintendo’s next major foray into the fighting game genre. During the preview we had a chance to go hands-on with several new modes, new stages and the final roster, including three previously unannounced characters. New...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Preview
    • ARMS
    • Features
  • News Sinking Keiji Inafune’s Kaio: King of Pirates Cost Marvelous $3.8 Million Dollars

    Glug glug glug

    Those of you with good memories will no doubt recall Kaio: King of Pirates. The brainchild of former Capcom staffer Keiji Inafune, this 3DS action title was announced in 2011 and was supposed to the hit the console in the following year. Jointly developed by Comcept and Intercept, Inafune's new studios, Kaio was picked up for...

    • 3DS
    • Keiji Inafune
  • Talking Point ARMS Has Plenty to Prove In Its Nintendo Direct

    Needs to come out swinging

    The Nintendo Life team enjoys a good old-fashioned gaming debate, and one game is guaranteed to split the team roughly down the middle - ARMS. During Nintendo's January reveal of the Nintendo Switch the company unleashed a couple of oddball reveals - there was the quirky advert for 1-2-Switch, and then there was a battle...

    • Features
    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Direct
    • ARMS
  • Live Blog Watch the ARMS Direct and New Splatoon 2 Trailer - Live!

    No 'arm in giving it a watch

    In what is very likely the last Nintendo Direct before E3, Nintendo is shining the spotlight on upcoming Switch title ARMS, promising a 'deep dive' into the fighting game. It's also going to feature a new trailer for Splatoon 2 at the end, so it's worth staying tuned for the duration. <time>11pm 17th May...

    • Live Blog
    • Live Chat
    • Nintendo Direct
    • ARMS
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Random German Tech Blog Imagines What The PlayStation Switch Would Look Like

    PS4 on the go

    The Nintendo Switch has gotten off to a great start since its launch back in March, and it's fair to say that competitors will be mulling over an entry into this newly-created hybrid console sector. Just think back to the success of the Wii Remote and the clumsy attempt by Sony (PlayStation Move) and Microsoft (Xbox Kinect) to compete...

    • Random
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    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Check Out Tiny Metal, a New Advance Wars-Inspired Game Coming to Switch

    Your move, Intelligent Systems

    After Fire Emblem: Awakening, Intelligent Systems’ longstanding SRPG franchise soared to new heights in the Nintendo canon, and it’s now enjoying something of a renaissance. Still, for every action, there must be an equal and opposite reaction, and this can be seen in the rather unfortunate plight of the Advance...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Tiny Metal
  • Weirdness The Sonic Forces Custom Hero Trailer Should Come With A Health Warning

    Nothin personnel, kid

    Sonic the Hedgehog is been a series that for many is an outlet to express creativity through fan art. Many skilled artists try their hand at 'Sonic OC' to place themselves in Sonic's world, or a character of their own making. However this is not limited to skilled artists, and a theme that is rife throughout the internet is...

    • Sonic Forces
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sonic
    • Video
  • News Unofficial Go-tcha Accessory Aims To Take The Effort Out Of Playing Pokémon GO

    Auto-capture, auto-Pokéstop raiding, rechargeable battery

    Step aside, Pokémon GO Plus - there's a new must-have Pokémon GO accessory in town. The Go-tcha - created by UK company Code Junkies - is a wearable accessory which allows you to capture Pokémon and pillage Pokéstops without having to do anything at all. Unlike...

    • Pokemon
    • Pokemon GO
    • Accessories
  • News The ARMS Global Testpunch Begins On May 26th

    Get ready to rumble

    During today's special Nintendo Direct the company announced that it will be holding an online trial of ARMS. They've borrowed a page from the Splatoon playbook and have dubbed this the "Global Testpunch".  The Testpunch will start on 26th May and continue through the 28th (27th and 28th in Europe due to timezones), then...

    • ARMS
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Direct
    • Global Testpunch
  • News Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Lead the Way in US April Sales

    A second month on top for Switch

    The Switch has given Nintendo some very welcome positive sales numbers, to the point that the company is only too happy to show them off. Nintendo of America has been quick out of the gate with the April NPD numbers (which cover physical US sales) due to the positive news they bring. First of all, the Nintendo...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mario Kart
    • NPD
    • Sales
  • News Nintendo is Working on a Fix for the 'Sentient Switch' Screenshot Issue

    Minecraft developer shares the news

    Earlier this week we wondered whether a 'stability' Nintendo Switch update fixed an issue seemingly triggered by installing Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition. Users with the game found that it prompted the system to automatically take screenshots, for example, without any prompts or button presses. The...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Minecraft
  • News Nintendo Reveals ARMS' Single Player Mode, Grand Prix

    Time to take a lap?

    Thanks to a special Nintendo Direct, we finally have info on ARMS' single-player content, dubbed Grand Prix.  In it, your aim is to take on ten consecutive opponents, similar to an arcade mode found in a more traditional fighting game. The interesting wrinkle is that you can play Grand Prix with a friend. Unfortunately...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
  • Video Here’s the First Look at Splatoon 2’s Single Player Mode

    For eel?

    Splatoon was always bound to be a game focused primarily on competitive multiplayer, but that didn’t stop Nintendo from developing a pretty cool single player campaign as well. Playing something like a Super Mario Galaxy-esque take on Splatoon, there were some interesting gameplay ideas and boss characters explored over its short length...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Splatoon 2
  • News Project Rap Rabbit Switch Stretch Goal To Be Lowered Following Feedback

    UPDATE: Switch version now just $400,000 above the initial funding goal

    UPDATE: The Kickstarter page has now been updated to reflect the new Switch goal: 1) Our first Stretch Goal for Project Rap Rabbit triggers a Nintendo Switch edition at $1,500,000.  2) Our backers will help shape what future Stretch Goals we’ll feature in Project Rap...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kickstarter
    • Project Rap Rabbit
  • News WRC 7 Studio "Looking Into" Nintendo Switch Development

    Console represents "a good opportunity to rethink the driving experience"

    French studio Kylotonn is hard at work on its latest rally title WRC 7, which is due to arrive on PS4, Xbox One and PC later this year. However, it would seem that many within the company are fans of the Switch, and game director Alain Jarniou has stated that he and his...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Development
  • News You Can Make Your Own Squirtle Squad With Build-A-Bear This June

    Sunglasses not included

    The plush toy company Build-A-Bear has announced that the water-type Pokémon Squirtle will be the latest to join their range. The small turtle Pokémon is one of three original starters and has gone on to become a fan favourite, with its popularity only increasing since making its debut in the anime under "The Squirtle...

    • Pokémon
    • Build-A-Bear
    • Merchandise
    • Toys
  • News AeternoBlade 2 Indiegogo Campaign Finally Goes Live

    Save the dimension

    2D time-manipulation action & puzzle side scrolling platformer AeternoBlade 2 has been announced for fan-funding via Indiegogo. The creator of the original AeternoBlade - Corecell Technology - is making a sequel to the Japanese series with protagonist Freyja returning. Not alone this time, 2 new

    • Nintendo Switch
    • AternoBlade 2
    • Indiegogo
  • News Nintendo Lifts The Lid On ARMS' Online Modes

    Connect with a punch

    As part of today's ARMS direct, Nintendo revealed details on the game's two online modes: Party Mode and Ranked.  Regardless of which mode you choose, you'll be dropped into a lobby that can support a staggering 20 players at once. It should be noted however, that hitting this number is achieved by using 10 consoles,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
  • News GoNNER Brings Procedurally-Generated Mayhem To The Switch eShop On 1st June

    This looks insane

    As part of our morning ritual alongside drinking gallons of coffee to wake up, we like to check the Switch eShop to see what games are coming up soon. We spotted procedurally-generated 2D platformer GoNNER has now been given a release date of 1st June, costing £8.99 in the UK. It's a safe bet that this will be the North...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Games

Tuesday16th May 2017

  • News Nintendo Switch OS Version 2.3.0 Is Now Live

    What a doozy

    With E3 only a month away now, it seems that it’s just onward and upward for Nintendo’s new hybrid, as it continues moving from strength to strength and selling impressive numbers. Indeed, now that we’re starting to get away from the launch window period and the console is beginning to hit its stride, many are wondering what...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Stability
    • Updates
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    Review Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

    Alms for the War

    Nintendo has a habit of switching things up in sequels, and especially in the NES days that tendency resulted in some gloriously divergent sophomore installments. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link famously swapped overhead adventuring for side-scrolling action, Super Mario Bros. 2 (in the West, at least) exchanged running-and-jumping...

    • 3DS
    • Reviews
    • Fire Emblem Echoes
  • News You Can Use Bluetooth Headphones On Your Switch, But There's A Catch

    Dangle that dongle

    The Nintendo Switch is a masterpiece of a concept, but it does have some irksome failings - the lack of audio over Bluetooth being one of the most frustrating. Almost every other piece of mobile consumer tech these days has the ability to share audio via a Bluetooth connection, allowing you to use wireless headphones when...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Videos
  • News Harvest Moon: Light of Hope to Brighten Up the Nintendo Switch

    Natsume promises 'depth' and a 'robust story'

    The launch of the Nintendo Switch brought a bit of land management-sim gameplay to the eShop with New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers, but fans of the genre will no doubt want more extensive retail options. Perhaps Natsume and Rising Star Games will deliver that, as they've released a joint press...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Natsume
  • News Sonic Forces Will Let You Create Your Own Playable Character

    Mix and match

    Sega has revealed that Sonic Forces will, for the first time in the history of the series, allow you to create your own in-game character. You'll be able to select upper headgear, middle headgear, lower headgear, gloves, footwear, body, bodysuit, and skin colour for your "hero" character, which has to be based on one of seven animal...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sonic
    • Sonic Forces
    • Videos
  • News Nintendo Direct for ARMS is Coming on 17th May

    New Splatoon 2 trailer to air, too

    Nintendo is banking on ARMS to be its next big-hitting new IP, and a title to utilise the various capabilities of the Joy-Con controllers. A potentially unique spin on multiplayer and motion gaming, the big N will be giving it a pitch in an upcoming Nintendo Direct - or 'ARMS Direct' - on 17th May. It's taking...

    • Nintendo Direct
    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
    • Splatoon 2
  • News Ubisoft Confirms It Has An Unannounced Nintendo Switch Game in Development

    Waaaaaah, what could it be?

    Ubisoft has been revealing its annual financial results and, to the surprise of no-one, it's doing rather well. Its operating income was up, and its 'service' online multiplayer-led games - such as The Division, Rainbow Six: Siege and For Honor - have generally turned a profit. The company also...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Ubisoft
  • News Has the New System Update Fixed the Screenshot Switch Glitch?

    It seems not...

    Update: Our colleague who has been encountering this screenshot issue since downloading Minecraft has been able to recreate it after applying the system update. Though Minecraft seems to be a trigger, it's not the only app that causes the problem - with Breath of the Wild running in the background and accessing 'All Software' the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Minecraft
  • News Rare Treasures Aims to Chronicle the History of Rare

    Published by Dark Horse Comics

    Rare was a prominent part of Nintendo’s history in the 90’s, responsible for major games such as Donkey Kong Country, Banjo-Kazooie, and GoldenEye 007, though it rather famously departed from the Big N in 2002 for supposedly greener pastures with Microsoft. Still, the company holds a special place in the heart of...

    • Retro
    • Books
    • Rare
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Video Street Fighter's Way Of The Hado Is A Hell Made Of Motion Controls

    No one wanted this

    It's not an uncommon opinion to believe Street Fighter II is a game that's been re-badged, milked, and dead-horse-beaten to the point that it's beyond a joke. That's not to say it's not worthy of its legendary status amongst not only fighting games but video games as an art form, but sometimes enough's enough. But that's not...

    • Street Fighter
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Motion Controls
  • News Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition Is Off to a Roaring Start on the eShop Charts

    Block buster

    As we went over in our review, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition is certainly worth your time; the hybrid nature of the Switch makes this a version truly unlike any other, and it feels right at home on the platform. Given how well Minecraft tends to do on literally every platform it’s ever released for, it stood to reason that...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Minecraft
    • Charts
  • News Sega Is Looking To Revive Some Of Its Past Classics

    But which ones will be resurrected?

    Sega may be one of the gaming world's biggest third-party publishers but it was once a mover and shaker in the world of hardware and the first company to seriously challenge Nintendo for dominance of the living room. During the '80s and '90s the company produced a string of hits, including Streets of Rage, Sega...

    • Sega
    • Business
    • Development
  • News The Pokémon GO Adventure Week / Rock Event Starts 18th May

    For those about to Rock...

    More adventures await for Pokémon GO players, with Niantic giving an update on the next big in-game event. Starting on 18th May players will be able to encounter more Rock-type Pokémon than ever before due to the latest event. Players should expect to encounter more rock Pokémon like Omanyte, Omastar, Kabuto and...

    • Pokémon Go
    • Mobile
  • Random Sonic Joins The Mario Kart 8 Roster In This Cheeky Mod

    The Blue Blur gets in on the action

    While Sonic may have had his own karting games in the shape of the rather lovely Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, that hasn't stopped lovers of the blue blur from wishing that he could be a playable character in Mario Kart 8 also.  As you can see from the...

    • Mario Kart
    • Sonic
    • Wii U
  • News Embrace the Giddy Madness of Disgaea 5 Complete With the Demo and Overview Trailer

    Live now in North America, hits Europe on 19th May

    Disgaea 5 Complete is a game that could satisfy multiple needs for Switch owners - RPG strategy fans, those that love Japanese games and completionists look set to get a lot of bang for their buck. If you're not quite sure what to make of it, however, we don't blame you; maybe a demo and overview...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Disgaea 5 Complete
  • News Abylight Has Just Submitted The 3DS Port Of Maldita Castilla EX To Nintendo

    "About 120MB of epic code & retro fun for your Nintendo 3DS!"

    Juan Antonio Becerra - better known as Locomalito - has created some amazing indie games in his time, and Maldita Castilla is perhaps the best-known. Inspired by Capcom's Ghouls 'n Ghosts and set in medieval Spain, this action platformer has already thrilled PC players with...

    • 3DS
    • 3DS eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News The Mystery Deepens Around Callie in Chapter 6 of Squid Sisters Stories

    "Night fell and there was still no sign of her"

    The set of teen-drama stories surrounding the lovable Squid Sisters from Splatoon and Splatoon 2 has been given its latest entry. New information has surfaced from the Squid Research Lab, picking up after more sibling secrets and angst in Chapter 5. Starting with Marie waiting for her sister at...

    • Splatoon 2
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Yoku's Island Express Developer Partners With Team17, Set for Switch in 2018

    Progress continues on pinball platformer

    In the category of 'quirky games coming to the Switch eShop', some of you may recall the announcement of Yoku's Island Express, an 'Open World Pinball Adventure' by Swedish development studio Villa Gorilla. It looks like a rather enjoyable spin on pinball physics-based gaming; the trailer below should be a...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Party Game Use Your Words Is Coming To Nintendo Switch

    Hot on the heels of the Wii U eShop release

    Smiling Buddha Games has confirmed that Use Your Words - which only very recently arrived on the Wii U eShop - is also coming to the Switch. The gameplay is based around inputting missing words, offering the clear potential for hilarity with friends and loved ones. Thankfully you can set the game to...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop