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  • News Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse Comes To The Switch Next Week

    Surprise!

    Shantae has already gotten some representation on the Nintendo Switch in the form of the excellent Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, but the series has a long relationship with Nintendo that dates back all the way to the Gameboy Color. The previous game, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, launched on the 3DS and Wii U, offering up a more pure...

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    Review Bleed 2

    Tell me, do you bleed?

    Chad and Jared Moldenhauer - the creators of Cuphead - defined Bleed 2 as a game that’s, “all killer, no-filler.” After running through the pulse-pounding one-hour campaign, this couldn’t be a more apt description. Bleed 2 is a game that knows exactly what it wants to do and cuts out everything that doesn’t line up...

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    Review Bridge Constructor Portal

    A sturdy bridge between franchises

    Valve’s Portal series is one that most Nintendo gamers likely never expected to see on their console, yet here we are with an oddly inventive spinoff that makes a surprising amount of sense. Bridge Constructor Portal is a puzzle game at heart, though here it trades first-person shooting for a more methodical...

  • News Kirby Star Allies Has a Demo Live on the eShop Now

    Give it a go!

    Kirby Star Allies is the biggest release of this month on the Switch, and with just two weeks left until the game launches, excitement has never been higher. To capitalize on this, and perhaps to sway those who are on the fence, Nintendo has put out a short demo to give fans a taste of what’s to come. The demo still isn’t live on...

  • News Flinthook Releases on the Switch eShop on 9th March

    Avast!

    Last month, it was revealed that Tribute Games would be bringing its latest action platformer, Flinthook, to the Switch eShop, while Limited Run Games also confirmed that it would be doing a batch of physical cartridges later on down the line. Evidently, the announcement came relatively far along in the poritng process, as the studio just...

  • News Clustertruck Has Gone Gold, Now Pending Final Approval

    Now that's some bad traffic

    A few weeks ago, Indie developer and publisher tinyBuild unveiled six games that it has in production for the Switch, following on from the successes of Phantom Trigger and Mr. Shifty last year. One of the titles revealed was that of Clustertruck, an odd first-person platformer wherein you must survive by deftly jumping...

  • News Nintendo Power Podcast Episode 3 Is Now Available for Streaming

    Celeste gets the spotlight

    The Nintendo Power Podcast was a lovely Christmas gift to receive from the company, starting a tradition of bringing eager fans an in-depth discussion of the hottest things happening with Nintendo once every month. Last month’s episode was focused around the recent unveiling of Nintendo Labo, and now the third episode is...

  • News Goby Arena Gets Added to the Splatoon 2 Map Rotation Tomorrow

    Slam dunk

    Following hot on the heels of a sizable balancing update to Splatoon 2 that went live only yesterday, Nintendo has announced today that more notable content will be releasing tomorrow. Goby Arena was revealed along with the Pearl and Marina amiibo figurines earlier this month, and you’ll get to play on this basketball court-turned-turf...

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    Review A Normal Lost Phone

    No signal

    There’s something to be said about the power of telling a story through the environment, utilising details and objects to portray a simple narrative in a more tactile way than simple text or dialogue. What would it be like, then, if this kind of storytelling was attempted in a digital environment? Using pictures and smartphone apps to...

  • News Chicken Wiggle Workshop Kickstarter Opens On 6th March

    “This is no yolk!”

    Chicken Wiggle—the latest new release from Atooi—saw a release on the 3DS eShop late last year, and we thought it was pretty good. Unfortunately, releasing the title so late in the console’s lifespan led to it being overlooked, and the developer wasn’t overly pleased with how sales turned out. Last month, Atooi showed...

  • News Splatoon 2 Version 2.3.0 Is Now Live

    Wow, it’s a doozy

    Even though the major content updates to Splatoon 2 have been growing more and more scarce as time has passed, Nintendo has been good about keeping the game balanced and patched as the available array of weapons and stages has progressively grown. Keeping to this, the company recently put out a patch that makes a series of tweaks...

  • News Metacritic Ranks Nintendo Second In Its 2017 Game Publisher Rankings

    GG, Bethesda

    Every year, Metacritic tallies up all the review data it collects and publishes a report that summarizes how each publisher did overall for that past year. Naturally, this makes for some interesting reading, as it provides a wider snapshot of how the industry is doing, as well as how each company has been performing year on year...

  • News Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Gets a Japanese Soundtrack Release on 23rd May

    THINK YOU CAN TAKE ME?

    Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was a wonderful way to end the first calendar year that Switch was available for, offering a suitably massive RPG experience that served as a nice on-the-go follow up to Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. The game also featured a fitting soundtrack, filled with sweeping, epic tunes, and it was just recently...

  • Video Check Out This Detective Pikachu Trailer

    No Danny DeVito in sight

    Detective Pikachu is one of the stranger spin-off games to arise from the Pokémon franchise, mixing a talking Pikachu with a Professor Layton-like mystery game style. It’s getting its own movie in the near future, and though the game may be old news in Japan, the impending launch in the West is a major game release for...

  • News Slime-san’s Big Update Is Now Available

    New campaign! Performance updates! A lower price!

    Slime-san is a sublime platformer that launched on the eShop last year, emulating the tough as nails style of Super Meat Boy while packing in a shocking amount of content. We absolutely loved the game at launch, but developer Fabraz hasn’t been willing to rest on its laurels. A brand new expansion...

  • News Black Panther Director Is A Big Fan Of Nintendo Switch

    Also, he’s been binging on Stardew Valley

    Right now, Black Panther is the movie of the moment; Marvel’s latest release has been making headlines and smashing records left and right. The film was directed by Ryan Coogler, an acclaimed African American director who was noticed for his work on Creed in 2015. Now, Coogler is enjoying his time in the...

  • News Luigi’s Balloon World Is Now Available In Super Mario Odyssey

    Time for a balloon fight

    During the last Nintendo Direct Mini, it was announced that Super Mario Odyssey would be receiving some free DLC in a future update that would be adding a new asynchronous multiplayer mode. Called Luigi’s Balloon World, this new mode allows challenges players to hide or find balloons in a thirty second window, with coins...

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    Review Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus

    I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more Pac-Man

    In 1980, Pac-Man took the world by storm, introducing arcade players to an entirely new kind of gameplay style. The titulad pill muncher went on to become a universally recognised icon of gaming, while also spawning numerous sequels and spinoffs to the inaugural debut over the decades that...

  • News Bleed 2 Is Coming To Switch This March

    Tell me, do you bleed?

    The Switch eShop has played host to a wide variety of awesome indie games, one of which is the sublime Bleed. Developed by just one man, this run ‘n’ gunner mixes a wry sense of humor with frantic arcade action to produce a memorable and enjoyable experience, one that we highly recommended. It stood to reason, then, that...

  • News Nintendo Switch Sold The Most Consoles In the US This Past January

    A rising tide raises all ships

    It’s interesting to think about where public opinion was on the Switch at this time last year. After the Wii U, people were skeptical that the Switch would be able to find a major audience, and the admittedly anemic launch lineup didn’t do much to convince skeptics that things would go over well. Fortunately, the...

  • News Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Will Race To Theaters in 2019

    Beating Mario to the screen

    It seems like it’s been ages since we first heard that SEGA was working on producing a big-budget Sonic the Hedgehog movie, but production has very steadily been moving along over all this time. The last major news about the project was that Paramount had brought it back from the brink and would be handling the...

  • News The Mummy Demastered Just Got A Large New Update

    Back from the dead

    We absolutely loved The Mummy Demastered when it came out last year, hailing it as another fantastic title in WayForward’s impressive portfolio and a lovely addition to the eShop’s lineup. That 9/10 score was well deserved, but WayForward evidently wasn’t satisfied with resting on its laurels, as it recently put out a new...

  • News Rocket League Is About To Get Supercharged With New DC Heroes DLC

    Unite the league

    Rocket League is the game that keeps on giving, combining incredibly replayable gameplay with a seemingly bottomless amount of new DLC and content updates from Psyonix Studios. The Switch port has received full support—with a performance enhancing patch even due out later this year—and a recent announcement has shown what comic...

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    Review Aqua Kitty UDX

    Pawsitively awesome

    It's nice when you play a game that's focused on delivering one thing, and delivering that thing well, as opposed to a more ambitious vision that's never realized. Aqua Kitty UDX is the perfect example of this, presenting a straightforward gameplay style that's wholly unoriginal, but also extremely polished. It's an absolute...