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TodayFri, 26th May 2017

  • Feature Nintendo Life eShop Selects - May 2017

    Games you might want to download...

    The eShop is now onto a new generation of hardware with the Nintendo Switch, and as a little extra bit of goodness to accompany our reviews of the most intriguing releases our video man Alex is kicking off a new series. It's Nintendo Life eShop Selects, and assuming Nintendo doesn't complain that we've used the...

    • Features
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
    • eShop Selects
  • News Golf Story Combines RPG Goodness With The Classic Sport

    Due this Summer

    Here's an interesting title coming to the Switch eShop - Golf Story. It's an RPG with pixel-based visuals that, naturally, revolves around the most genteel of sports; it's the debut release from newcomer Sidebar Games and is due in the Summer. You can see a trailer and game summary below. Play the story of a golfer, forced to...

    • Switch eShop
    • Golf Story
    • Sidebar Games
  • News Steam Trailer Gives 15th August Release Date for Sonic Mania

    Hype intensifies...

    Sonic Mania is pretty high on a number of wishlists - published by SEGA in collaboration with some talented Indies and Sonic superfans, it promises a blend of retro action with new content and twists on familiar stages. It sticks to classic playable characters from the 16-bit era, too, with Sonic, Tails and Knuckles. Originally...

    • Sonic Mania
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News New LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Trailer Showcases Characters and Crazy Action

    "I've seen bigger"

    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 has just received a new trailer courtesy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer TT Games. The sequel shows Guardians of the Galaxy duo Rocket and Groot blasting their way through the planet Chronopolis, featuring a host of new and returning characters including Iron Man, Captain America,...

    • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
    • LEGO
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers Gets a Full Digital Foundry Breakdown

    The full storyuken

    Not many games have prompted gamers to argue about pricing quite as much as Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers. It delivers a fun edition of a flat-out classic, but has a few sloppy 'additions' that don't do it too many favours. Now that we've played a bit of online we've added a score to our own review, which...

    • Street Fighter
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Constructor is Now Due on Nintendo Switch 'Later This Summer'

    Probably still waiting for planning permission

    The announcement earlier in the year for Constructor on the Nintendo Switch was rather pleasing. Even looking beyond the fact it's a rebirth for a cult classic game, the city-building sim seems like an ideal title for Nintendo's system, as it could be just as enjoyable on a bus ride as it is when...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Constructor
  • News The NCSOFT CEO Kindly Bought All His Employees a Nintendo Switch

    Along with a copy of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Wouldn't it be great to have a boss like NCSOFT's Kim Taek-Jin? Recently he announced to all his employees that he is going to treat them all to a Nintendo Switch console along with a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Chatting to Korean media afterwards, he simply said he enjoyed the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • NCSOFT
  • News Best Buy Benefits From Strong Nintendo Switch Launch to Increase Sales

    Target previously praised the Switch impact

    Nintendo may be continually playing catch-up with consumer demand at present, but the evidence continues to stack up to suggest that the Switch could be a notable success for the company. From investor confidence to general buzz on social media, the system is enjoying superior publicity and positivity in...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Best Buy
  • News Free Update for VOEZ on Switch to Add 18 New Songs

    On top of the 100+ songs already in the game

    Among the glut of launch releases on the Switch eShop, VOEZ stood out as rather unique. It's a portable-only game as it uses the Switch touchscreen and it delivers over 100 songs and rhythm gameplay; we were very impressed with it in our VOEZ review. The game may move up some wishlists - or at least get...

    • Switch eShop
    • VOEZ
  • News Nintendo Gains Over $2 Billion in Market Value Following Monster Hunter XX Announcement

    X-rated

    Earlier this week we highlighted impressive growth for Nintendo's share value, as it surpassed the brief Pokémon GO peak of last Summer and hit its highest point in a number of years. You may have also noticed that Monster Hunter XX (Double Cross) has been

  • News FIFA 18 is Back to Being 'EA Sports FIFA' for Nintendo Switch

    Just call it Switch Soccerball and be done with it

    It was pleasing back in January when EA appeared on stage at the major reveal of the Nintendo Switch and offered its backing to the system with a release of FIFA later in the year. There was speculation over whether it'd be a full entry in the series or an alternative, however, when it was listed...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • FIFA
    • EA Sports
  • News Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Has Been Rated in Brazil

    What a mystery this is

    Perhaps one of the worst kept secrets in the industry right now is the existence of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, an upcoming crossover RPG which has been known in one way or another for months now. After a recent leak which showed off a bunch of official artwork for the game, its existence is in little doubt, though...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Rabbids
    • Mario
  • News Capcom Is Bringing Monster Hunter XX to the Switch

    Let the hunt begin!

    Monster Hunter is a series that—in its early days—seemed to be something of a niche and relatively minor franchise in the bigger picture. But, starting with Monster Hunter Tri, the series transitioned to Nintendo hardware, and later found big success on the 3DS. It was a foregone conclusion that the series would be making its...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Monster Hunter

YesterdayThu, 25th May 2017

  • News Capcom Continues to Explore and Plan Nintendo Switch Support

    Updated translation brings some reassurance

    Update: As user @Jessica286 has kindly highlighted the NeoGAF community has now revisited a part of the interview translation below, which is more generic (and reassuring) in highlighting that Capcom will continue to plan content while monitoring the Switch 'situation'. As Capcom, we aim to bring games...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Capcom
    • Street Fighter
  • Nintendo Download 25th May (North America)

    Disgaea 5 Complete! Ultra Street Fighter II! The Girl and the Robot! More!

    It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download update; the official update press release came a little later than normal, but the details below are now fully up to scratch. This week we have two retail arrivals on the Switch along with another...

    • Nintendo Download
    • North America
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
  • News Unreal Engine Adds Full Native Support For Nintendo Switch

    Version 4.16 brings "fully-featured native support"

    After adding early support for the Nintendo Switch to its Unreal Engine with February's 4.15 update, Epic has pushed out fully-featured native support for the console in version 4.16. To work with Unreal Engine on the Switch, developers must first gain approval from Nintendo. Once this...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Unreal Engine
    • Development
  • News You Can Grab The HORI Real Arcade Pro V And A Cheap Switch Pro Controller Alternative In July

    Gotta love that pop out D-pad

    We recently did a quick article on the upcoming HORI Real Arcade Pro V Fight Stick for Switch which of course looks perfect for playing Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers with.  It's now been given a release date of 31st July in Japan priced at ¥16,178 ($145) in case you wanted to try...

    • Hori
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Accessories
  • Video Check Out the First Teaser Trailer for the Netflix Castlevania Show

    What a horrible night to have a teaser

    We’ve known for a while that a short Castlevania show has been in development for Netflix for a little while now, but not much has been seen of the project until now. The first season will only be four episodes long—each one being thirty minutes long—and will more or less be based on Castlevania III:...

    • Upcoming Releases
    • Castlevania
  • News Nintendo Wants To Hear From Indies Interested In Developing For Switch

    Just get in touch!

    Nintendo has gotten off to a great start with the Nintendo Switch, ensuring a steady stream of quality indie games each week to compliment the slightly less rapid release of quality boxed retail games. We've already had delights such as Graceful Explosion Machine, Thumper, Kamiko and Snake Pass, to name but a few...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Indies
    • Damon Baker
    • Switch eShop
  • News UK Retailer Argos Slashes The Price Of amiibo To £6.99

    Save a third on the typical RRP

    UK retailer Argos has slashed the price of its amiibo range by a third, with every single figure now costing just £6.99, as opposed to the typical £10.99 recommended retail price. Needless to say, this deal won't hang around forever - so if your collection is still missing the Animal Crossing Villager or

    • amiibo
    • UK
    • Argos
  • News Pikmin Rewards Arrive on My Nintendo in North America

    Partly as a plug for Hey! Pikmin pre-orders

    Hey! Pikmin isn't too far away now on 3DS; actually, it is, it's not out until late July. Well, whatever, My Nintendo's latest update in North America is themed around the franchise and the upcoming portable spin-off; if you're getting a sense of deja-vu that's because the European service had the same...

    • My Nintendo
    • Pikmin
  • News Pokémon Spin-Off Magikarp Jump Is Available For Download On iOS And Android

    A fish out of water

    Magikarp Jump is now available for download on iOS and Android in the west. The Pokémon spin-off launched in Italy a short time ago before hitting Japan. Today, the rest of Europe - as well as North America - gets to see what all the fuss is about. We gave the smartphone title 6 out of 10 in our review, stating:...

    • Pokemon
    • Smartphones
    • Magikarp Jump
    • Nintendo Mobile
  • Video Revel in these 8 Reasons to Get Hyped for ARMS

    Not one of them a stretch

    We at Nintendo Life love ARMS almost as much as we like making ARMS-based puns, and we think it's time those of you who don't share in our hype get in on the scene before it's too late. As such, divert your eyes somewhat upwards where you'll be able to see a video detail eight delightful reasons why your excitement levels...

    • ARMS
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch
  • News Nintendo Switch UK Tour Confirmed, Starting in June

    Only two games, though

    Earlier this week Nintendo of America announced its Summer of Play tour, which will take a broad range of Switch and 3DS games around the US. Now Nintendo UK has confirmed its own tour specifically for the Switch, starting in June and running right up to December. Unlike the US equivalent, however, this UK tour is only...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo UK
    • Tour
  • Random MLB Team Atlanta Braves Chills Out With Mario Kart in the Clubhouse

    "We love it, and it brings back the good 'ol days"

    We've previously covered crossovers between Major League Baseball and Nintendo, mainly because this scribe is bit of a Cubs fan. As many politely point out, often with a tongue sticking out emoji, there's more to baseball than the Cubbies, and we got a cool tip from a reader on another team with...

    • MLB
    • Mario Kart
    • Random
  • News Official Website Shares More Details On Ever Oasis

    Uncover the mysteries...

    Ever Oasis, the highly anticipated action-adventure RPG from Japanese developer Grezzo, has started to take shape courtesy of the updated website for the game. The official Nintendo site gives various details surrounding the story, battle mechanics and more. A gallery of new screenshots are also found on the

    • Ever Oasis
    • 3DS
  • Video Lindsey Stirling Performs RiME's Beautiful "Forgotten City" Theme

    Complete with a gorgeous video, of course

    The ridiculously-talented Lindsey Stirling has taken part in yet another video game project, this time relating to the upcoming Zelda-like adventure RiME. Stirling - whose talents include violin, dancing and creating her own award-winning original music - has performed the game's "Forgotten City"...

    • Video
    • Lindsey Stirling
    • Music
    • RiME
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Random The King of Kong Is Being Adapted into a Stage Musical

    Now this should be interesting...

    The King of Kong was a standout documentary in 2007, chronicling the intense rivalry that existed between Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell, who continuously beat each other’s world record high scores over many years of playing Donkey Kong. One would think that this documentary was enough to cover the story of these...

    • Upcoming Releases
    • Musicals
    • Donkey Kong

Wednesday24th May 2017

  • Nintendo Download 25th May (Europe)

    Disgaea 5 Complete! Ultra Street Fighter II! Retro Rayman! Much more!

    Update: UK prices added! Here's a little early treat for our EU readers, the Nintendo Download Update details. Due to the upcoming Ascension Day public holiday in a number of European countries the press release has been sent a day early in some territories, and the ever-generous...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Europe
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • New Nintendo 3DS
  • Hardware Review Datel Go-tcha For Pokémon GO

    Taking the effort out of catching those pesky 'mon

    While the Pokémon GO craze has clearly died down after the initial explosion of interest at launch, there are still millions of people who continue to play the game each and every day. Some of these will already be using the excellent Pokémon GO Plus accessory, a device worn on your wrist...

    • Features
    • Pokemon
    • Pokemon Go
    • Hardware Review
  • News Here's How Much Space ARMS Will Take Up On Your Switch

    It's less than you think

    If you've been taking the download route when it comes to buying Switch software then you will no doubt be interested to learn how much each new AAA title takes up in terms of storage space. If ARMS is on your radar then you might want to know that the file size has been posted online - the interesting 3D brawler will...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
  • News SEGA Forever May Be a Subscription Service for the Company's Iconic Retro Games

    Probably for mobile, but the dream is for console...

    Games companies face ongoing challenges in promoting and monetising their retro content, especially in this age of emulators that are readily available across various devices. Nintendo has the Virtual Console - though the details of its Switch equivalent are still largely a mystery - and we see...

    • Retro
    • SEGA
    • SEGA Forever
  • News Teslagrad Was Most Profitable on the Wii U Compared to Other Platforms

    Shocking

    The Wii U will not likely go down as a high point in Nintendo’s long history with games, the console failed to draw in the masses that came out to buy the Wii and ultimately ended on a rather embarrassing note given the company’s history of success. Still, there’s good to be found in any bad situation, and one positive of the Wii U...

    • Wii U eShop
    • Wii U
    • eShop
    • Teslagrad
  • News Confidence in Nintendo Grows as Share Value Surpasses Previous Pokémon GO Peak

    The highest it's been in over 5 years

    Many will recall that, when Pokémon GO went viral last Summer it led to an extraordinary spike in Nintendo's share value; though it was partly irrational, even after the inevitable fallback and decline Nintendo was still left with a significantly higher company value than before the app's launch. Although...

    • Nintendo
    • Shares
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
    • Nintendo Mobile
  • Guide How to Get Third Party 8Bitdo Controllers Running on Your Switch

    Putting the 'firm' back in 'firmware'

    In case you missed it, 8Bitdo's line of third party controllers are now compatible with the Nintendo Switch thanks to a firmware update, meaning you can take out your opponents as intended on Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, grab a perfect score on Puyo Puyo

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch
    • Hardware
    • Retro
    • Video
  • Gallery The Squid Research Lab Gives an Update on Inkling Fashion in Splatoon 2

    Strike a pose

    The original Splatoon immediately resonated with fans for its quirky look and outrageous fashion. Now with Splatoon 2 on the horizon the Squid Research Lab has discovered that there will be a new wardrobe available from day one. In this timeline two years have passed since the first Splatoon outing, meaning that fashion and styles have...

    • Splatoon 2
    • Splatoon
    • Nintendo Switch
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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Samurai Shodown IV

    VICTOLY!

    After the first two Samurai Shodown games the third outing was seen as something of a disappointment by hardcore fighting game fans. It removed some of the more popular characters and various movement options available to the player, drastically altering the pace of the game; it also felt half-finished when compared to its polished...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Samurai Shodown
  • Deals Come Out Fighting With This Street Fighter II Merchandise

    Hadoken!

    With Capcom's legendary Street Fighter series enjoying its 30th anniversary this year, there is a lot of history and nostalgia behind this line of games, and it should come as no surprise to learn that there's plenty of merch to invest in as a result. To celebrate the long-awaited release of Ultra Street Fighter II: The...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Deals
    • Street Fighter
    • Capcom
    • Features
  • News Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Nintendo Switch Are Still On Top in Japan

    Modest sales all around

    The Media Create charts for Japan have rolled out as always, and for the second week running show a quiet retail scene at present in the country. Starting with software we still have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in first place, finishing comfortably ahead of the evergreen Monster Hunter XX (Double Cross) and The Legend of Zelda:...

    • Japan
    • Charts
    • Media Create
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
  • Video Cars 3: Driven to Win Looks Decent In Its Gameplay Trailer

    Getting into gear

    We know, movie tie-ins for Nintendo consoles don't normally get the pulse racing. Yet based on the number of them that grace the big N's hardware they're evidently popular, and we must say that Cars 3: Driven to Win might turn out rather well. That's not necessarily a surprise, as Avalanche Studios has produced it - that team...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Wii U
    • Cars 3
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    3DS

    Review Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop

    Crack crack crack the egg into the bowl

    Of all the heroes of the DS’ Touch Generations era, Office Create’s Cooking Mama has been one of the most enduring — and prolific. Starting out from her humble beginnings as a short-order chef, using quick WarioWare-style touchscreen minigames to simulate the in-kitchen experience, she’s expanded...

    • 3DS
    • Reviews
    • Cooking Mama
  • News King Of Fighters '99 Is Your Next Neo Geo Title On Switch

    Going on strike

    Nintendo UK's site has revealed that The King Of Fighters '99 is the next entry in the popular ACA Neo Geo series. Notable for introducing the "Striker" system - where support characters can leap in to assist your team - the 1999 entry in the long-running series also put new fighter K' in the spotlight. While it's perhaps not...

    • Switch eShop
    • Neo Geo
  • News Farming Simulator 18 is Cropping Up on 3DS This June

    Too corny?

    Developer GIANTS Software has today announced that Farming Simulator 18 will be making its way to the Nintendo 3DS this Summer. The new gameplay trailer released on the company's YouTube page shows off the main premise of the game as you immerse yourself in a "new, engaging Southern US environment, harvesting wheat, canola, corn,...

    • 3DS
    • Farming Simulator 18
  • News Astro Duel Deluxe Bringing Multiplayer Mayhem to Switch eShop Soon

    Battle your friends in space... then run over their pilots!

    The Switch eShop is currently on a bit of a roll with interesting weekly releases. Up on 30th May you'll be able to give Astro Duel Deluxe a spin; it's $14.99USD in North America and £12.59 in the UK. Having first appeared as Astro Duel at the start of 2016 on Steam, this deluxe...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases

Tuesday23rd May 2017

  • Rumour Artwork for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Posted Online

    The horror

    It's one of the oldest rumours around upcoming Nintendo Switch games, and now it seems some art is doing the rounds. We're referring to a game reportedly called Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, a title that to we're led to believe is real and set for this year. The following fuzzy image was initially doing the rounds. For those that...

    • Rumour
    • Rabbids
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mario
  • News 8Bitdo Pads Updated With Nintendo Switch Support, Just In Time For Ultra Street Fighter II

    Even more control options

    Peripheral maker 8Bitdo has released a new firmware update for its controllers which enables support for the Nintendo Switch. The range of pads - which includes the NES30 and SNES30 controllers - are based on classic Nintendo products and boast an exceptional build quality.  While there are obvious

    • Nintendo Switch
    • 8Bitdo
    • Accessories
    • Retro
  • 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
  • News Pokémon GO is Reportedly Targeting 'Cheaters' By Hiding Rare Pocket Monsters

    Punishment by Pidgey

    Pokémon GO has nearly reached its one year milestone; it's also easy to forget that, for a time, the game took over the world. The mobile augmented reality game may not be as popular as it once was, yet it still has a large and dedicated userbase. Many players, perhaps in a bid to avoid seeing the same...

    • Pokémon GO
    • Niantic
    • Pokemon
  • 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
  • Gallery Check Out Five Control Schemes for ARMS

    High five

    Whilst Nintendo may have opted for motion controls to promote extendable fighting game ARMS, there will actually be five different control schemes available from launch. These options will include everything from using a single Joy-Con on its side, to using the Switch in handheld mode, to using a Pro Controller. Then you will have the...

    • ARMS
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Talking Point From Joy-Con to 8Bitdo and Beyond, Switch Delivers a Revolution in Control

    Play any way you want

    There are still some that bemoan the fact that the Nintendo Revolution became the Wii; it's an interesting perspective to take, as it's quite likely the console would have been hobbled by a clunkier name. Think about how iconic the brand became, right from the start, with Wii Sports. Would Revolution Sports have had the same...

    • Features
    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
  • 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 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
  • News Level-5 Is Working On At Least One Nintendo Switch Game

    Yokai Watch? Layton? Ni no Kuni?

    With E3 right round the corner it's fair to speculate about what new titles we'll see at the show, and Level-5 has set chins wagging by confirming that it has at least one Switch game in development. The studio - best known for Ni no Kuni, Professor Layton and the Yo-kai Watch series -...

    • Level-5
    • Nintendo Switch
  • 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 Let's Discover the Very Best in Sideways Joy-Con Grips

    What makes sideways the best way?

    It's no secret that one of the biggest joys of Nintendo's latest console is the ability to slide off each side of it to turn one controller into two, but it's also no secret that it's not the most comfortable way to game. As such, many companies including Nintendo themselves have attempted to create little plastic...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hardware
    • Accessories
    • Joy-Con
    • Switch
  • 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 An Adventure Time Mashup Pack is Coming to Minecraft

    Well, why not?

    Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition is just the latest edition of the phenomenally successful franchise. The Mojang-developed and Microsoft-owned IP has progressed from a scruffy but clever PC sandbox game to being dominant in the industry, proving successful on any platform it calls home. Part of its ongoing success is due to...

    • Minecraft
    • Adventure Time
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Wii U

Monday22nd May 2017

  • 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 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
  • 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
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    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 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 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 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 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
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    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
  • 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 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
  • 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