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An 8-bit Christmas miracle!
You may remember last year this humble NL scribe reported on the surprising discovery of two NES SimCity prototype cartridges in the wild. This unreleased, Nintendo-developed version was one the NES holy grails of prototypes but not many people got their hands on the content of those two cartridges... until Frank Cifaldi...
All the puzzles, all the bobbles
As per tradition, Hamster has revealed its next batch of Neo Geo titles heading for the Nintendo Switch eShop in its latest Nico Nico live presentation. We're certain there are lots of smiling faces thanks to the reveal that both Puzzle Bobble (or Bust-a-Move in North America) titles are on the cards, with the first...
The Return of the King of Kong
After the apparent fall from grace, 'video game player of the century' Billy Mitchell has been live streaming arcade gameplay sessions of Donkey Kong on Twitch. His latest effort was different from the regular broadcasts. In Billy's own words: While that impressive high score is still not enough to claim the crown...
Killing us softly
We've got some unexpected excellent news as Arc System Works has revealed that Kill la Kill: The Game -IF-, its latest venture into the world of anime fighting games, is making the jump to the Nintendo Switch. While there is still no confirmation that this will be released in the West, this news hopefully means we will not have to...
Shmup aficionados can circle their calendars on 28th November, the date that R-Type Dimensions EX releases on the Switch eShop, at long last adding Irem's revered, evil alien empire shooter to the ever-growing list of shoot 'em ups on Nintendo's hybrid system. If you're unfamiliar with this iteration of Irem's classic, know that it is...
Twinkle, twinkle, little star...
Hamster has revealed the next batch on Neo Geo goodies coming weekly to the eShop. Look away now if you want to be surprised every week: Puzzle Bobble Puzzle Bobble 2 Thrash Rally Stakes Winner 2 King of the Monsters 2
Aquiris Game Studio's Horizon Chase Turbo is finally arriving on the Nintendo Switch eShop on 28th November. The developers are dubbing this the ultimate edition of the game, as it includes a timed exclusive mode called 'Playground' that will randomly generate bonus goals as you race. You can be assured that you will get quite a lot of bang...
Insert disc to play
Stepping into any arcade in the '90s would see you engulfed by a familiar cacophony of sound; you would no doubt distinguish heated Street Fighter 'Hadoken' exchanges, hear the Mortal Kombat announcer shouting 'Excellent!' and perhaps even pick out Takenobu Mitsuyoshi screaming 'Rolling Start!' on top of his lungs. However, no...
Billy, Jimmy and Bimmy too!
Arc System Works has revealed that the already impressive compilation of Kunio's finest outings is also getting a triple dose of Double Dragon. The original NES/Famicom trilogy will be a part of a 'Related Games' section included in Kunio-kun: The World Classic Collection, adding further retro gaming value to what was...
The entire 'Sengoku' series is nearly complete!
Zerodiv is back at it again, continuing its stellar effort to bring every single Psikyo game ever released onto the Switch. After the complete English localisation of Taisen Hot Gimmick last week, the Japanese publisher is releasing the third and last iteration of the beloved Sengoku Ace trilogy on...
Two mysterious murder cases in exotic Portuguese locales
Nerd Monkey studios confirmed that they are bringing both point & click adventures of Detective Case and Clown Bot to Nintendo's hybrid console. Released back in 2014, the original Murder In Hotel Lisbon took the duo to the capital of Portugal to investigate a strange suicide where the...
Switch virtual arcade salons are receiving a major update
While all of us at Nintendo Life are still rejoicing over yesterday's confirmation of the puzzling adventures of a certain well-known dinosaur duo, Hamster overnight revealed the Arcade Archives release schedule for the Switch. If you want to be surprised on the eShop every week, you should...
Break the cycle, or the cycle will break you
Welcome to Lieutenant Olivia Bergen’s personal hell. Getting herself separated from the rest of the fleet, her nimble little space ship gets perpetually stuck in an endless cycle of space combat against impossible odds. But death is hardly the end in this intergalactic Groundhog Day simulator, and there...
Violence solves nothing… unless you’re in a Bud Spencer and Terence Hill movie, then it pretty much solves everything. If you are part of the generation which grew up in the '70s and '80s, it was impossible to avoid the Italian duo’s numerous adventures during afternoon movie sessions on television. The sets varied from...
Everybody knows that the bird is the word on the Nintendo Switch. We got your humble Cuccos in the greatest Legend of Zelda ever made, a chicken who lays bombs, a duck who can throw down with the best of the best and even a boy who is an owl. Joining the feathered ranks is Mean Mcallister, the toughest chicken in t
Will it ever stop?
Did you know that Hamster is the Switch's number one publisher when it comes to sheer volume of titles available on the console? And it's showing no sign of slowing down any time soon with the reveal of the next six upcoming titles. The King of Fighters ‘97 Prehistoric Isle 2 Metal Slug 4
Now this is pod racing!
Despite our clever Episode I reference in the tag-line, to understand VSR: Void Space Racing you need to forget everything you know about the physics in the Star Wars movies; the only sci-fi that can help you here is The Expanse. While we're not saying you need a Newtonian Physics degree to pilot these ships, having...
It’s high noon robbery!
In this vintage 1986 Data East classic, you step into the snakeskin shoes of the toughest hombre in the West. In fact, you're so tough you never even use your guns when robbing odd-numbered trains. This translates into a game of two halves, each with distinct gameplay mechanics. It was certainly fresh back in 1986 and...
Hang-On to the virtual asphalt, or your money?
Motorbike enthusiasts have had it rough on Switch, which is why the news that Milestone is bringing its officially-licensed motorcycle racing series to Nintendo’s hybrid console has been greeted with such enthusiasm by faithful followers of two-wheel racing. But does this version finish on the podium,...
Another Mike Aruba
Éric Chahi's 1991 Commodore Amiga masterpiece has been ported to every system that could possibly run the game. After the 20th Anniversary Edition made the successful jump to both Wii U and 3DS, Lester has now been conveniently teleported onto the Switch. But is this Another World too far? It could happen to any genius...
Barely meching it
Niche genre Switch owners have had a rough first year attending to their unique appetites, yet slowly but surely several releases have been filling those tricky gaps. The potential for a Switch mecha game has remained untapped bar the odd eShop and SD Gundam re-release title, but we all know that
The return of the flinging cephalopods
You might have stumbled upon The Game Baker’s Squids Odyssey before since this charming adventure/strategy/underwater billiard simulator has been previously released on both the Wii U and the 3DS. But is Steev and Vahine’s epic quest to save every creature in the sea worth another go or is it destined to...
Are you a crude enough dude to rescue New York?
The bombs fell in New York back in 2010 and turned the once prosperous metropolis into a nightmarish radioactive junkyard. It is now the year 2030 and the U.S government has decided to take back the city from the criminal ‘Big Valley’ gang of freakish mutants. But with the Bad Dudes now well into...
Two very good boys
Hot on the heels of the charming retro platform antics of Kid Tripp, developer Four Horses new game hopes that lightning strikes twice among 8-bit-loving Switch aficionados. But can Miles & Kilo really stand on their six legs? Flying a plane trough rough weather is always a perilous proposition, but doing so over a haunted...