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  • Feature Nintendo Life's Top Ten eShop Games From Switch's First Year

    Three cheers for the underdogs

    It's hard to believe the Switch is already a year old. Many of us here at Nintendo Life fondly remember queuing up for our first look at the console that would capture the hearts of millions worldwide and garner both critical acclaim and massive support from developers large and small. It's no secret that games like...

  • Preview Fighting Foes With Friends In Kirby Star Allies For Nintendo Switch

    Three's company, four's a party

    With the first month of 2018 having gone by, many of us are looking to the horizon for the next big Nintendo Switch games to hit. The console remains every bit as popular as it nears the end of its first year on store shelves as it did in the weeks and months following in its launch.  At E3 2017, Nintendo...

  • News Fire Emblem Heroes' First Anniversary Update Detailed by Nintendo

    Happy birthday, Feh

    In celebration of Fire Emblem Heroes' first birthday, which happens on 2 Feburary, Nintendo will release an update to Fire Emblem Heroes for iOS and Android. Quite a bit of information was divulged in this surprise announcement, so without further ado, let's jump right into it. First Anniversary Present Nintendo announced...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Super Meat Boy

    A meaty adventure

    Stop us if you've heard this one before; Switch just got a port of a last-gen classic and it's selling like hotcakes. Super Meat Boy is the latest success story on Nintendo's latest hardware, despite having released on Wii U late in 2016. SMB is the brainchild of Binding Of

  • Feature Kit Ellis And Chris Slate On The Return Of Nintendo Power

    Nintendo Life speaks to the people behind the mag-turned-podcast

    Nintendo's final surprise of 2017 was the news that Nintendo Power, the official (and much loved) Nintendo magazine that shuttered in 2012 would return as a podcast. Just after the first episode released, we had the opportunity to chat with Chris Slate and Kit Ellis of Nintendo to...

  • Gallery Let's Try The New Super Mario Cereal

    Fortified with amiibo goodness

    Remember that rumoured Super Mario cereal? It isn't often that we share what we're having for breakfast on these pages, but today we'll make a special exception. We got our hands on a box of Super Mario Cereal ahead of its release on American shelves, and we'll tell you all about it, of course! The cereal is similar...

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    Switch eShop

    Review VVVVVV

    A VVVVVVery good time

    When we first reviewed VVVVVV for the 3DS way back in 2010, we praised it for its ZX Spectrum / Commodore 64-style graphics, along with its simple and intuitive gravity-shifting mechanics. Not much has changed about VVVVVV in the intervening years, but truly, we don't mind.  If you haven't tried VVVVVV before it's a...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Battle Chef Brigade

    Allez, cuisine!

    Battle Chef Brigade is something of an oddity. Part cooking game, part action RPG, it's hard to explain without sounding like you're a bit off. Unless, of course, you're a fan of anime, in which case you'll feel at home. Even if you aren't, however, there's plenty to love. Battle Chef Brigade answers a question many RPG fans have...

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    Switch

    Review Ittle Dew 2+

    It'll do, indeed

    The Switch is rapidly amassing a library of wonderful titles, both from major, big-name developers and publishers, as well as creative indies. Ittle Dew 2+ is definitely the latter, and we mean that in the best possible way.  To answer the inevitable question around what this young series is all about, the most direct...

  • News Fire Emblem Heroes Gets Massive Update

    Everything Nintendo announced

    Nintendo tonight announced a surprise Fire Emblem Heroes update, and it's pretty huge. Nearly every part of the fledgling mobile game has been updated, and the info was all condensed into a short video. Fear not, dear reader, we at Nintendo Life have gone over all the details and have them here to share. New Heroes...

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    Switch

    Review DOOM

    A bloody good time

    It's 2017, and this is a review for DOOM on the Nintendo Switch. Even after having completed the 8-to-10 hour campaign, spending a few more hours in multiplayer and having tried out arcade mode, it still feels unreal. After 20 years, id's magnum opus is back on a Nintendo console. "They are rage, brutal, without mercy. But you...

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    Switch eShop

    Review Knight Terrors

    Cheap thrills

    A few weeks ago, Nicalis quietly announced Knight Terrors, a game unlike most of their others, in that it isn't getting the physical release treatment and is instead exclusive to the eShop. It's also unlike other recent releases in that it's incredibly budget-friendly at a mere three dollars. So, is Nicalis's latest release worth a...

  • 30

    Switch

    Review The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game

    Let go of this LEGO

    The LEGO franchise and the Switch have been good bedfellows of late, with both LEGO City Undercover and LEGO Worlds releasing on the console so far. The former we enjoyed. The latter? Not so much. Unfortunately for all of us, The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game

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    Switch

    Review Tiny Barbarian DX

    Huge fun

    For kids that grew up in the 8- and 16-bit eras, names such as Rastan, Golden Axe and Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts are bound to pull one one's heartstrings. Taking up a warrior's sword (or lance - we see you, Arthur) and doing battle against all manner of fantastic creatures was a delight. Sadly, all of those series are now little more...

  • Guide Where To Find All The Upgrades In Metroid: Samus Returns

    Upgrade path

    Like any Metroid game before it, Metroid: Samus Returns is full of secrets, passages and loot for the famous bounty hunter to find. Your progression through the game is tied to finding these items as you'll invariably encounter doors, passageways and environmental hazard that necessitate the locating of these gadgets.  To...

  • Preview Jumping for Joy With Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

    A return of the game that started it all

    Nintendo is keen to prove that the 3DS has life in it yet, and it's doing a bang-up job. First we got Metroid: Samus Returns, and now we have another reimagined classic in the form of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Does it hold a candle to Samus Aran’s latest outing? We’ve spent some quality time with...

  • Hardware Review Pokkén Tournament DX Pro Pad by Hori

    Gotta fight 'em all

    Pokkén Tournament DX is one of the more recent retail big-hitters on Switch, and with it Hori has released a new version of its Pokken Tournament Pro Pad, fittingly dubbed the Pokken Tournament DX Pro Pad. We’re fans of the original, and the same things we liked are still present. The same design that’s based on the arcade...

  • Hardware Review Wireless Fighting Commander for SNES Classic By Hori

    Nintendo nostalgia

    The SNES Classic has finally hit stores, and along with it Hori has released the Wireless Fighting Commander, a pad that seeks to remind players of a bygone era of turbo buttons, slow motion functions and other features designed to give players the edge they needed in the days when home consoles were practice for days spent in...

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    New 3DS

    Review Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition

    Forever alone

    One refrain we often hear from fans pertains to why a Nintendo fan would want to carry two separate Nintendo devices with them wherever they go. For us, the answer has often been simple: the 3DS offers games that the Switch does not and vice-versa. Each system has unique features that enable different kinds of gameplay. Minecraft: New...

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    Switch

    Review Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

    We gotta (portable) power

    To those of us in the West it may not seem like it, but Dragon Ball and Nintendo have always been cozy. Nearly every Nintendo console, home or portable, has been host to at least one if not several Dragon Ball games. Unfortunately, the Wii U was one of the few Nintendo consoles not to receive a Dragon Ball game. Bandai aims...

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    Switch

    Review R.B.I. Baseball 17

    A real grounder

    R.B.I. Baseball has a long history with Nintendo consoles, first appearing on the original NES in 1986. The series was annualized following the release of R.B.I. Baseball 2 for the NES in 1990, until taking a 19 year break following Super R.B.I. Baseball’s 1995 release on the Super NES. Fast forward to 2017 and the series is...

  • Preview Going Back to SR-388 in Metroid: Samus Returns

    Exploring strange, old worlds

    It’s hard to believe, but we haven’t received a proper Samus-starring Metroid adventure since Other M launched seven years ago - the role of Metroid Prime: Federation Force will always be disputed. Our chozo-suited heroine has finally come back to us in the aptly-titled Metroid: Samus Returns. It’s a...

  • Guide Getting Started in Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

    Battle for beginners

    The crossover between the house Mario built and Ubisoft’s demented Rabbids is finally upon us, and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a game unlike any other on the Switch to date. Before it was even so much as officially announced gamers were panning the title, saying it just didn’t make sense. Much to our delight,...

  • Guide Tips for Winning Splatoon 2's Splatfests

    To the splattlefield

    Splatoon 2 is gearing up for its second Splatfest as we publish this, a battle between Flight and Invisibility; inklings will battle across a variety of stages to determine which side will reign supreme. Of course, that means those inklings are going to need to know how to outsmart and outshoot their opponents. Not all of us are...