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  • Feature Vote For Your 2017 Nintendo Life Game of the Year

    The big choice

    Earlier this week we closed voting on four major categories in the Nintendo Life community Game of the Year awards. Thousands of you took part in the polls and via email submissions, but there is one prize left - that of overall Game of the Year. As promised, then, we've taken the top five from each of the four categories - Switch...

  • News The Original Double Dragon Brings Street Justice To The Switch Next Week

    Double the Dragons, twice the fun

    Billy and Jimmy Lee's original arcade adventure will bring the pain next week to the Switch eShop at the usual price point. HAMSTER's Arcade Archives send off to 2017 is none other than Yoshihisa Kishimoto's sequel to Renegade (Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun in Japan, Kunio's debut video game), a coin-op that...

  • Nintendo Download 21st December (Europe)

    TINY METAL! Enter the Gungeon! Brawlout! Floor Kids! Mario Party! More!

    It's the final European Nintendo Download Update before the festive break, and it's a bumper offering. The Switch has various high-profile downloads to cater to most tastes, while the 3DS also has a notable retail title and a few of its own new downloads. Without further ado...

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    Review TINY METAL

    Hold me closer, Tiny Metal

    It's been almost ten years since we last had an entry in Intelligent Systems' superb Advance Wars series, but don't let that depress you - we now have the next best thing in the form of Tiny Metal, the debut game from Japanese studio Area35. This is unashamedly a clone of the aforementioned Nintendo franchise and the nuts...

  • News More Festive Switch, 3DS And Wii U eShop Discounts Hit Europe

    WWE! L.A. Noire! FAST RMX! Sine Mora EX!

    Remember last week, when lucky European Nintendo fans were given over 200 discounts across Switch, 3DS and Wii U?  Well, it's happening again this week, so we hope you've got some pennies saved. WWE 2K18 Digital Deluxe Edition (2K) Nintendo Switch (Bundle) Nintendo eShop from 22/12/2017 00:00...

  • Nintendo Download 21st December (North America)

    TINY METAL! Bloody Zombies! The Next Penelope! Style Savvy! Much more!

    It's the final North American Nintendo Download Update before the Holidays / Christmas, and it has some enticing games on offer. As is now the norm the Switch has a significant number of intriguing titles, and the 3DS also joins in with some tempting options of its own this week...

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    Review Pinball FX3

    The definitive pinball title

    The free-to-download series Pinball FX has gone from strength to strength over the years, acquiring many famous licenses at an increased rate while slowly refining the overall quality of the experience as each new entry is released. As old-fashioned as pinball now is in the 21st century, the effort Zen Studios...

  • Feature Tiny Metal Director Hiroaki Yura On Reviving The Spirit Of Advance Wars For Switch

    "We worked hard under very limited resources"

    Tiny Metal sure looks a lot like Advance Wars, and that's no bad thing when you consider how beloved that particular series is. If Nintendo and Intelligent Systems aren't going to give us a new entry, then we should perhaps be thankful that newcomer Area35 is doing it instead; formed by Hiroaki Yura,...

  • Video Get In The Festive Spirit With This Disturbing Layers Of Fear: Legacy Trailer

    Sleep in heavenly peace

    Bloober Team is set to release its critically-acclaimed horror title Layers of Fear on Switch early next year and to drum up some festive cheer the studio has released a spooky Christmas trailer, which you can view above - if you're brave enough, that is. Layers of Fear: Legacy is a Switch-exclusive update of the...

  • News ConcernedApe Reveals Free Content Coming to Stardew Valley

    Alongside the multiplayer update

    Stardew Valley has been a fantastic addition to the Switch eShop, blending Harvest Moon farming gameplay with some aspects of Minecraft to provide a low-key, yet addictive experience that can just keep going. It’s been a perfect fit for a hybrid console like the Switch, and the developer has been making noise...

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    Review Puzzle Box Maker

    Mini-game building magic on Switch

    With no news on a potential port of Super Mario Maker for Switch, it’s fallen to Austrian indie studio - and long-time Nintendo developer - Bplus Games to step in with its own slice of creative mayhem. Puzzle Box Maker distils the often daunting task of designing your own level into an instantly intuitive format,...

  • Video Get Ready for Battle With This TINY METAL Pre-Release Trailer

    Promises plenty of content and strategy

    The Advance Wars franchise is fondly regarded by plenty of GBA / DS era gamers, but it's been quiet for a good number of years. Understandably that's led to plenty of attention for TINY METAL, a title that isn't shy about trying to assume the crown for turn-based strategy warfare. It's out this week...

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    Review The Deer God

    Oh dear God

    You are a hunter. In the distance is a graceful deer - a protector of the forest. Just as you go to take aim at the deer you are attacked by wolves, as if the forest was defending one of its own. From here, you awake to find that you have been reincarnated as a baby deer and are spoken to by the Deer God; she explains that you must now...

  • News Expect Inti Creates To Spread The Love (And Some New Details) On Gal Gun 2

    A trailer, a livestream and more

    There certainly are some weird and wonderful subgenres out there in the world of video games, which probably goes some way to explaining why a series about firing pheromones at schoolgirls and sucking their clothes off has attracted such a cult following. The latest entry, Gal Gun 2, is coming to Switch in Q1 2018...

  • Feature nDreams Talks About Reanimating Bloody Zombies for a Festive Switch Release

    "We hope gamers receive it with open arms and a bloody fist!"

    For some gamers of a certain age, the beat 'em up genre is a rather important part of the gaming scene. There may not be many major titles that ask you to walk through an area crudely punching and kicking the snot out of foes, but it still has a certain appeal. This...

  • News Kingdom: New Lands Gets Some Free DLC - Skull Island

    Should be available now

    Kingdom: New Lands is quite an intriguing title on the Switch eShop, with an interesting blend of town management and tower defence to accompany some neat visuals. If you're a fan of the game then there's good news, with Raw Fury releasing some free DLC in the form of a sixth island - Skull Island. It's described as a...

  • Out Today Brawling, Mechs and Dungeons Feature in the Latest Switch eShop Releases

    And some free puzzles, 'tis the season

    Back in the old days new downloads would mostly arrive on Nintendo's stores on a Thursday, with the occasional retail game being special enough for an alternative day. Now we get all sorts of neat arrivals on various days in the week, and today brings a few new releases across North America and Europe. Gaze...

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    Review Bleed

    A deep cut

    Bleed is a vibrant, pixel art 2D run and gun platformer that comes from one man team Ian Campbell/ Bootdisk Revolution. For our spunky protagonist Wryn, winning the coveted title of the best hero in video games (trademark) is her one and only objective, and a hand written checklist of competitors are all that stand in her way in order to...

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    Review Brawlout

    It's super fast, bro

    Countless comparisons will no doubt be made between Brawlout and the Super Smash Bros. series as we see the game launch on Switch, and for good reason. Not only is its gameplay distinctly similar to Nintendo’s giant franchise, but we are of course yet to see a Super Smash Bros. game on the console; Brawlout is aiming to lure...

  • News Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure Deluxe Lets Six Players Run Riot On Switch

    Switch-exclusive update arrives this month in Europe

    Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure Deluxe is coming to the Nintendo Switch this month, it has been revealed. The wacky hybird of sports and action adventure features a wide range of game modes, including a co-op story campaign packed with epic boss fights and a rather silly plot. More...

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    Review Mecho Tales

    Unenthusiastic Homages for Blue Bombers

    Mecho Tales wears its inspirations on its sleeve. Under most circumstances this means a developer is able to take away familiar and comforting concepts and design decisions and meld them with their own ideas to give us something unique. Sadly in this case, while many bits and pieces were bolted together and...

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    Review Gunbird

    More shmup fun for Switch

    Earlier this year Zerodiv brought some excellent shmup action to the Switch in the form of Psikyo’s Strikers 1945. Having rummaged around in the developer’s back catalogue, the publisher is now bringing Gunbird to the eShop, a similar proposition with a shared range of options (and the added ability to record video...

  • News Capcom on the Audio Design of Mega Man 11

    The first game in the series to use real world sounds

    The Mega Man franchise is iconic for many reasons, one of which is the chiptune soundtrack that accompanies each game. Though there have been highs and lows with the different soundtracks, they’ve all captured that mechanical, synthesized sound, and it’s expected that the upcoming Mega Man 11...

  • Feature Chatting to 10tons About Its Prolific First Year on the Switch eShop

    Heavy hitters

    The Nintendo Switch has been a notable success this year, and its eShop is attracting more and more indie developers and publishers. One of the most prolific has been Finnish team 10tons, with top down shooters such as JYDGE and Time Recoil, as well as puzzlers and physics-based games including King Oddball and Tennis in the Face...

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    Review The Sexy Brutale

    Turn back time to save the day

    If Groundhog Day took on the form of a video game, it might very well be The Sexy Brutale. It’s a 3D puzzle and adventure title developed by Cavalier Game Studios and Tequila Works (Rime) focused on intrigue, murder and mystery with a huge emphasis placed on the manipulation of time. Taking control of the...

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    Review One More Dungeon

    Monsters from the id

    One More Dungeon may look like an old school RPG from screenshots, but really it harks back to id Software's early first person shooters in its focus and pacing. Wolfenstein 3D and Doom were tense, claustrophobic affairs that encouraged you to creep around their blocky environments, expecting an ambush at any time. So it is with...

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    Review Black The Fall

    Escape the system

    Inspired by Romanian communism and '90s sci-fi universes, Black The Fall is an atmospheric puzzle-platformer developed by Sand Sailor Studio – a Bucharest-based independent game company that was originally founded in 2014. The concept came about as a way to express rebellion against the mechanisms of a heavily corrupted system,...

  • Out Today Monday Releases Are a Thing on the Switch eShop - Good Times

    Three in Europe, one in NA

    As your humble scribe was checking the European and North American eShop in preparation for the now-traditional 'Out Now' early mini Nintendo Download article on Tuesday, it emerged that three games are out in Europe today, a Monday. With the Switch eShop throwing so many delicious games at us on a weekly basis it makes...

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    Review Mom Hid My Game!

    Mum's the word

    This summer's Nindies showcase thrust a number of smaller, lesser known and previously unannounced titles into the Nintendo Switch buying publics consciousness, including Mom Hid My Game!. It's fair to say that it was met with a wide spectrum of reactions. Mostly somewhere between bewilderment and ridicule, the game didn't...

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    Review Gorogoa

    Truly unique

    Gorogoa is not your typical video game. In fact, we’re having trouble thinking of any other games that feel and work in quite the same way as this one. Created by the one-man team of Jason Roberts, this seven year-long development project uses a beautiful, storybook-like layout to allow players to interact with elements on each page,...

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    Review Floor Kids

    Top Rock

    While the Switch has already booked an array of both dance (Just Dance 2017 and 2018) and rhythm games (like VOEZ, Deemo, and Superbeat Xonic), it’s safe to say that there’s nothing else in the system’s lineup quite like Floor Kids. In fact, this labour of love from Montreal-based duo JonJon (animator and former bboy) and Kid Koala...

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    Review Human: Fall Flat

    A slapstick symphony

    It has been said that the essence of comedy is tragedy plus time. A good-natured pratfall here and there is enough to brighten up anyone's day, but when you play the role of both the audience and the victim of said pratfall, things get a little more complicated. Developer No Brakes has created an experience where...

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    Review Enter The Gungeon

    Right to bear arms

    Nintendo Switch received one of the finest roguelike indie games in the business earlier this year with The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+. Now it has another in Enter The Gungeon. Much like Edmund McMillen's reworked masterpiece, ETG takes the basic form of a top-down twin-stick shooter. Dodge Roll's game, however, has an...

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    Review Vostok Inc.

    Solar powered

    Vostok Inc. is made up of a combination of ‘clicker’-style gameplay (where you essentially set things up and wait for results to happen with hardly any interaction) and twin-stick shooter moments (where you fight off aliens by shooting a whole host of weapons from your spaceship). The combination of the two might look a little mad...

  • News The Story Of Gorogoa, One Of The Switch's Most Intriguing Indie Titles Yet

    "You don’t know how long you have to wander"

    The Switch certainly isn't short of top-quality indie games at present, and with so many titles hitting the eShop each week it can be hard to decide which ones are worth your time and money. Hopefully you consult our reviews to make your purchasing choices, but in the case of Gorogoa, you might find the...

  • News Sally's Law Will Roll Onto the Switch eShop This Winter

    Another smart puzzle game for the system

    Those that enjoy puzzles and more laid-back gaming have some excellent options on the Switch eShop, and it seems as if Sally's Law will be added to the list. Confirmed to be in the works for Switch back in November by its development team, Nanali Studios (based in Korea), Japanese publisher Polaris-X...

  • News Zen Studios Working On Pinball FX3 Patch For Switch That Brings 1080p Docked And 60fps Handheld

    Update: Zen responds: "To reduce the game down to this feels unfair"

    Update: Zen's Mel Kirk has responded to this story stating that the "looks terrible" comment was attributed to a customer service representative and was in relation to a query from a buyer, rather than a reflection on the graphical quality of the game itself.  In reflection...

  • News RIVE Update Adds Video Capture and Some Helpful Fixes

    A smaller chance of getting stuck in a "loop of hell"

    We're big fans of RIVE: Ultimate Edition on the Nintendo Switch, the explosive final hurrah from Two Tribes. It's full of intense 60fps action that looks great on the system, and we didn't hold back on the praise in our review. Two Tribes has been working away on an update and has now...

  • News Fallen Legion Drops Onto Switch In 2018 With The Rise To Glory collection

    Two slices of RPG goodness in one package

    Having already slashed up a storm on other platforms, the Fallen Legion series is finally making a beeline for Nintendo Switch - and its arriving in 2018. The new Rise To Glory collection will unite Fallen Legion: Sins Of An Empire and Fallen: Legion: Flames Of Rebellion (which were previously released on...

  • Feature Throwing Shapes With Floor Kids' JonJon And Kid Koala

    "Pure, uninhibited (funky) joy"

    There are plenty of dance-based games out there - with the likes of Just Dance 2017 and Just Dance 2018 having already moonwalked their way onto Switch - but the classic art of breakdancing is yet to have its proper time in the virtual spotlight. Well, one little indie is about to change all that, and with style, too...

  • News The Gorgeous-Looking InnerSpace Glides Onto Switch Early Next Year

    An "exploration flying game set in a universe of inside-out planets"

    PolyKnight Games is releasing its unique flying game InnerSpace on the Switch early next year, it has been revealed. Placing you in the role of an archaeologist who must recover the last remaining memories before the Inverse collapses on itself, InnerSpace sees you flying through...

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    Review The Next Penelope

    Hit or myth?

    One of the most famous Greek myths of all time might not seem like an ideal starting point for an intense, top-down combat racer, but the setup for The Next Penelope feels perfect. You assume the role of the titular heroine, wife of the long-absent Odysseus who is famed for her undying loyalty despite the advances of many persistent...

  • News Tactical RPG Regalia: Of Man And Monarchs Is Plotting Its Way To A Switch Release

    Marching onto the battlefield for Q1 2018

    Indie studios Crunching Koalas and Pixelated Milk are bringing the tactical RPG Regalia: Of Man And Monarchs to consoles, it has announced.  Influenced by JRPG classics, Regalia is already available on PC and the console versions (under the "Royal Edition" banner) will benefit from...

  • News The Coma: Recut To Bring Korean Survival Horror To Switch Next Week

    Will you survive high school?

    The Switch eShop continues its rapid pace of releases next week with The Coma: Recut, which is a manhwa-styled Korean survival horror and a remastered version of the indie cult classic, The Coma: Cutting Class which is also developed by Devespresso Games. In the game you play as Youngho, a hapless Korean...

  • News More Than 240 Nintendo Switch, Wii U And 3DS eShop Games Are On Sale In Europe

    Festive fun for all

    Nintendo has kicked off a massive eShop sale in Europe (and Australia!) across all of its consoles. We've only covered the Switch releases here, but Wii U, 3DS and New 3DS are also included. We wanted to feature them as well but the list is so long the computer which runs the website starting smoking and vibrating worryingly...

  • Nintendo Download 14th December (North America)

    Yooka-Laylee! Brawlout! Romancing SaGa 2! Enter The Gungeon! Many more!

    It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download update. This week is a bit of a beauty for Switch owners with a whopping 21 new download titles, many of which look rather tempting. There's a lot to get through, so that's enough pre-amble... Switch...

  • Nintendo Download 14th December (Europe)

    Yooka-Laylee! Poly Bridge! Romancing SaGa 2! Mudds Collection! Many more!

    Well, the European Nintendo Download Update is live, and it's another big 'un. The Switch is packed with high profile downloads which is sure to lead to stiff competition, while there are also some tempting DLC and demo options. As an additional note, you'll notice this...

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    Review Poly Bridge

    A bridge over the river fun

    Poly Bridge is bridge building simulator with a lot of charm. Your goal is to get vehicles from one side of an area to another by using the materials provided to you. The game gets you up to speed quickly by providing a tutorial that explains the different types of bridges you can build and how they are useful to you...

  • News The Next Batch Of ACA Neo Geo Titles For Switch Has Been Revealed

    Kaiju wrestling, baseball and some fighting

    Warning: Spoilers ahead! If you want to be surprised every week with upcoming Arcade Archives Neo Geo titles you should click onto the next article. If you're OK to living a life without surprises, read on. Hamster has revealed the next batch of up and coming Neo Geo re-releases under the ACA label on the...

  • News Hand-Drawn Platformer Shu Will Jump Onto Switch in January

    Delayed slightly, but for good reason

    Developer Coatsink has announced that its attractively hand-drawn platformer Shu will be arriving digitally on Nintendo Switch on January 23rd 2018. The game is set across six different worlds and will see you play through fast-paced platforming action, battling to save your friends from a mysterious storm...

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    Review Yooka-Laylee

    A rare game

    In a post-Super Mario Odyssey world, the bar has been set even higher for 3D platformers. How, then, can a game like Yooka-Laylee stack up - a game so firmly focused on the past rather than the future? Though it may not quite hit the heights of some contemporaries, Yooka-Laylee still stands as a fantastic modern take on 3D platforming...

  • Video Mega Man 11’s Art Director Explains the New Look

    Better than 8 bit spritework?

    Capcom took the industry by surprise with its announcement of Mega Man 11, the continuation of the classic run ‘n’ gun series. Though it appears that it will adhere quite closely to the beloved template that all its predecessors used, the new art style has divided opinion with its 2.5D style. It’ll still be quite...

  • Feature It's Time to Vote for Your 2017 Nintendo Life Game of the Year Awards

    Good luck choosing from all these great games!

    As a fantastic 2017 draws to a close it's that time once again - Game of the Year Awards. We're continuing with tradition in having both Staff and Community awards; the latter are entirely in your hands. As in previous years you can vote through a series of polls. In each category we've created...

  • News VS. Super Mario Bros. is Jumping Onto the Switch eShop Next Week

    World 1-1 all over again... with a twist

    As previously reported from printed promotional materials, HAMSTER will indeed bring out the second Nintendo Arcade Archive title next week (along with a fantastic Neo Geo shmup). It's confirmed for the Japanese eShop, though we'd be surprised if the European and North American stores don't match the same...

  • News Switch Continues To Soar As It Sells Over 55K In South Korea In Just Three Days

    Beats DS, 3DS and Wii opening month sales in the region

    Hot off the heels of Switch's impressive global sales of 10 million units in its first nine months, the hybrid wonder continues to break records and sell like hot cakes the world over. Over in South Korea, it's been revealed Switch has sold over 55,000 units in just three days. The figure,...

  • News Sharpen Your Blades Because Titan Quest Is Coming To Switch Soon

    Monster hunting, on the go

    Back in 2013, THQ Nordic acquired the rights to classic PC hack 'n' slasher Titan Quest with the aim to update its multiplayer and give the whole game a fresh makeover. Well, now it turns out all that mythical monster hunting mayhem is coming to Nintendo Switch, alongside a raft of other console platforms in 2018. Both...

  • News Rocket League Getting Performance-Boosting Update On Switch Later Today

    That. Was a goal.

    It has been revealed that Rocket League will be getting an update across all platforms today, with the Switch version benefitting from additional performance improvements. Across all systems the update will introduce bug fixes to make the gameplay experience more pleasurable. It goes live at 11am PST / 2pm EST / 8pm CET / 7pm...

  • Video Here Are The 21 Best Switch Games Money Can Buy Right Now

    In our humble opinion, of course

    The Switch has had a storming first year when it comes to software. It's hard to believe we've had so many solid-gold hits in such a short space of time - especially when you consider how barren the Wii U era was at times - and this robust performance means that anyone who is lucky enough to find the console...

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    Review Riptide GP: Renegade

    Causing a splash

    From the development studio behind Beach Buggy Racing - a racer similar in many ways to Mario Kart - comes a fresh port of its water-based take on the genre: Riptide GP: Renegade. Opening with a cut-scene showing your character getting busted for competing in illegal races, this game has the potential to fill that Jet Ski...

  • Reminder Time is Running Out to Get the Pre-Purchase Discount on Mutant Mudds Collection

    Three great games for $10

    We've seen various developers and publishers make use of the option to pre-purchase eShop games on the Switch, and Atooi got creative in turning Mutant Mudds Collection pre-orders into 'early bird discounts'. In case you missed this little nugget of news last week, we thought a little reminder would be useful. If you...

  • News Wasteland 2: Director's Cut Will Bring Post-Apocalyptic Turn-Based Strategy to Switch

    A combination that always works

    With the positive momentum around the Switch and the evident eagerness of its growing userbase to play a lot of games on the device, plenty of developers are jumping on board. Another with a project in the works is inXile Entertainment, which is working on Wasteland 2: Director's Cut for the system. The studio's...

  • News Plan The Ultimate Portable Heist As Payday 2 Steals A February Release Date

    It's drill maintenance, on the go

    If you're a Switch owner and you haven't had the pleasure of planning out your very own virtual heists in Payday 2 then you're in for a treat as Strarbreeze Studios unique shooter is set to arrive on Switch in 2018. In fact, you won't have to wait long - that vague 'winter release' window we were given earlier in...

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    Review ACORN Tactics

    Not a tough nut to crack

    Thanks to Fire Emblem, strategy role-playing games have found themselves in a position far-removed from the niches they once resided in. With consoles and handhelds in particular, there’s been an emphasis in keeping the complexity and deep thinking that’s involved intact, but introducing them to players in a way that...

  • Out Today Pinball Galore and Edmund McMillen's Latest Arrive on the Switch eShop

    Some enticing new titles to choose from

    As is now our routine we have a mini Nintendo Download Update on a Tuesday, due to the crowded Switch eShop line-up now typically bringing us some goodies a little earlier in the week. This time around it's no different, with some rather tempting and even high profile arrivals on the store. Without further...

  • News Mom Hid My Game! Gets a Festive Release on the Switch eShop

    But has Mom hidden your eShop credit?

    In Nintendo's late August 'Nindies Showcase' it demonstrated some fascinating and intriguing games; then it rather jokingly introduced Mom Hid My Game!, which is coming to the Switch and 3DS eShop. Previously released on mobile, it's a light-hearted title in which you work through various rooms and solve puzzles...

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    Review Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive

    A modern brawler

    As much of a blast as old school beat em’ up video games like Streets of Rage, Double Dragon and the River City Ransom series are to play, new titles under this same banner often fail to modernise the classic genre – instead choosing to rely purely on nostalgia to fuel the fun. Although this is very much a design choice, it...

  • News SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition Storms onto Nintendo Switch This Year

    A late Christmas present

    With SteamWorld Dig 2 being a tremendous success on the Nintendo Switch, we at Nintendo Life Towers thought it would be only a matter of time before more titles from the excellent Image & Form would make their way to the hybrid system. And now we're very happy to confirm that SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition is...

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    Review Mutant Mudds Collection

    Muddy brilliant

    The Mutant Mudds series has seen its fair share of love from critics and players alike over the last few years; the wonderful Mutant Mudds won us all over when it originally released on 3DS (and then again in a deluxe version for Wii U), and then Mutant Mudds Super Challenge came along, taking everything we already knew and loved and...

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    Review Plantera Deluxe

    Flex those green fingers

    Gardening is said to be good for your health. It can relieve stress, help combat anxiety and depression, and improve your overall mental wellbeing. Studies conducted in the past have proven caring for a plant or garden is therapeutic and can better a person’s quality of life. So how does a video game about a virtual garden...

  • News Final Fantasy And More Could One Day Arrive On Switch As Square Enix Considers Future Ports

    Time to unlock the vault

    We all know Switch is the hottest place to be right now, especially when it comes to giving classic titles a new lease of life - just look at the recently announced Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection - so you'll be pleased as punch to learn Japanese publishing giant Square Enix is keen to get some of its digital back...

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    Review Nine Parchments

    Magic and monsters

    Nine Parchments is the latest title from Frozenbyte, the developer of games such as the Trine series and, more recently on Switch, Has-Been Heroes. Just as the Trine series did before it, this game places a heavy focus on co-operative play with up to four players able to team up and enjoy the adventure together. You can play alone...

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    Review Kid Tripp

    The Kid Is Alright

    The 2D platformer has been a video game staple for decades, and remains popular to this very day. In fact it's been experiencing something of a renaissance lately, as mobile gaming boils the premise down to its most addictive, fast-paced essence for quickfire play sessions. Kid Tripp was one such hit that originally...

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    Review World Heroes

    Joan of Arc VS. Hulk Hogan. Round 1. Fight!

    Many, many fighting games were released on the Neo Geo and these are slowly but surely filling up the Switch’s eShop. Compared to most of the options available World Heroes and its sequels offer a simpler experience with less depth, but the series can still entertain when its varied cast of fighters...

  • News Enter The Gungeon Arrives on the Switch eShop Very Soon

    Gungeon on the go

    Ever since it was confirmed for the Switch eShop early this year there have been some keen fans waiting for Enter the Gungeon. It's a smartly designed roguelike in which you go into a run with the hope that a mix of skill, luck and perfect drops will see you make it all the way through. It has some smart twists to keep you...

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    Review Arcade Archives Traverse USA

    A basic but fun highscore chaser

    The Switch may still lack a Virtual Console, but HAMSTER is keen to fill that void. Having released many Neo Geo titles (with more appearing regularly), the company has now started to bring other retro delights to the system. It's already released one of Nintendo's own games and now here’s the first offering from...

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    Review MUJO


    The Switch has been a bit of a sales sensation, leading to an inevitable glut of eShop releases ahead of Christmas. But while increased third-party support is never to be sniffed at, games like MUJO help no-one. If you've been following smartphone games over the past several years, MUJO may well feel familiar to you; it was released onto iOS...

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    Review Plague Road

    The Long and Winding Road

    Plague Road is a game that defies the constrictions of definition. It amalgamates so many disparate elements that it feels both familiar and refreshing. Set in a world ravaged by an indelible scourge, you play as the Doctor, a beak-masked hero who left the disease-ridden city and is now trying to make their way back to...

  • News Smash Bros. Fans Should Take Note - Brawlout Arrives on Switch on 19th December

    Hard to resist

    A little while ago we shared news on Brawlout, a title by Angry Mob Games that isn't hesitant to affirm itself as an Indie take on the Smash Bros. style of brawling. Similar techniques are cited as key to gameplay, and you use assorted - in some cases familiar - indie characters to bash others off the screen. Back in...

  • News Bayonetta 1 And 2 Are Getting A Special Edition Bundle With All The Trimmings

    A 'Non-Stop Climax Edition' of fun

    Who knew The Game Awards would drop so much Nintendo love, eh? Not only are we getting Bayonetta 3 - a Switch exclusive, we might add - but the first two entries in the PlatinumGames series are getting the handheld treatment, too. Better yet, Nintendo even showcased a glitzy new Special Edition that's bound to...

  • News This Playtonic Art Could Be The Closest We'll Get To Seeing Banjo-Kazooie And Switch Together

    Former Rare artists celebrate their Nintendo past

    To celebrate the long-awaited release of Yooka-Laylee on Switch, Playtonic's artists have been paying tribute to their past connection with Nintendo. As you know, Playtonic's core team is made up of former Rare staffers who worked on some of the company's most famous NES, SNES and N64 era titles...

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    Review Tennis In The Face

    What the deuce?!

    Ever since the tennis in Wii Sports stole our hearts, entered our minds and (sometimes literally) TV screens, the virtual representation of the sport has taken on a new lease of life in the home. Sure, Top Spin and Virtua Tennis have scratched that realism itch on other systems (as well as Rockstar's Table Tennis on the Wii), but...

  • News Square Enix Is Bringing Romancing SaGa 2 To Switch Next Week

    The Super Famicom classic returns to a Nintendo console

    Square Enix is releasing Romancing SaGa 2 on the Switch eShop next week, it has been revealed. The game was previously a Japanese Super Famicom exclusive, having originally seen release in Japan in 1993. Recently, Square Enix localised the game for smartphones and the Switch version is...

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    Review Caveman Warriors

    Short but enjoyable stone-age adventure for four orsomething

    When some children from a prehistoric tribe are abducted by aliens (as is prone to happen in video games), four brave warriors set out to get them back. In gameplay terms this translates into eight levels of (mostly) platforming action as you bash a variety of baddies and avoid the...

  • Nintendo Download 7th December (Europe)

    WWE 2K18! The Sexy Brutale! Dimension Drive! Nine Parchments! Many more!

    The European Nintendo Download Update is here, and it's another busy week. That's especially the case on the Switch, of course, with the system having plenty of intriguing new options. The 3DS and Wii U also have a few new downloads to consider, so let's get to the details...

  • Nintendo Download 7th December (North America)

    WWE 2K18! The End is Nigh! The Sexy Brutale! Dimension Drive! Many more!

    It's one of the busiest weeks yet on the Switch eShop, which is saying something. We have two retail titles followed by a huge number of interesting download-only games. The 3DS and Wii U don't miss out entirely either, so there's a lot to choose from - let's get to it. Switch...

  • News Lost Sphear Now Has a Demo on the European Switch eShop

    It's been found

    Lost Sphear, published by Square Enix and made by the team behind I am Setsuna, isn't too far away from its 23rd January Western release on the Switch. In this case the story revolves around attempting to return memories to the world, and in terms of smart mechanics it boasts of the ability to move your characters around between...

  • News Pixel-Heavy Fantasy Adventure Hammerwatch Is Storming The Switch eShop Next Week

    With online co-op coming in the future

    Blitworks has revealed that it is bringing Crackshell's Hammerwatch to the Nintendo Switch next week. The pixel-rich fantasy action title sees you taking down hundreds of enemies as you attempt to storm the castle of Hammerwatch. 6 character classes are available, as well as a new one - Sorcerer - which is...

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    Review Slain: Back From Hell

    I'll be gone when the morning comes

    Those of you old enough to have grown up during the "golden age" of heavy metal will no doubt feel a connection with Slain: Back from Hell the moment you boot it up. The moody, pixel-heavy visuals could have leapt straight from an Iron Maiden album cover, while the raucous, guitar-drenched soundtrack will have...

  • News Yooka-Laylee's Nintendo Switch eShop Price Is Revealed

    Same as the Steam version, but more expensive than PS4

    Yooka-Laylee will cost £34.99 (likely converting to $39.99USD / €39.99) when it launches on the eShop next week. That's in-line with the Steam and Xbox One versions of the game, but is above what physical copies are changing hands for in stores and online. The price of the digital...

  • News Floor Kids Dances Onto Switch Very Soon

    This week in North America, a little longer to wait for Europe

    Since its big push in a Nindies Showcase broadcast as a Switch console exclusive, 'breakdance battle game' Floor Kids has had us intrigued. With a distinctive visual style and fresh music from Kid Koala it's hard to miss, and we'll find out imminently whether the end result lives up to...

  • Out Today WWE 2K18 Spears Its Way Onto Nintendo Switch


    It's been a whole five years since a good ol 'rasslin game made an appearance on a Nintendo console (the last one being WWE '13 on Wii), so we're marking out like crazy for the full fat port of WWE 2K18 on Switch. As promised it is actually out today on the EU and US eShops, and will set you back a tidy £54.99 / €59.9

  • News Bridge Constructor Portal Is Coming To Switch In Early 2018

    GLaDOS to see it

    Headup Games has revealed that it is bringing ClockStone's Bridge Constructor Portal to the Nintendo Switch next year. An update of the smartphone title Bridge Constructor created in conjunction with Portal studio Valve, Bridge Constructor Portal features the "vehicle-based test chambers" of Aperture...

  • News PolyGod Aims to Bring 'Hardcore' and Colourful FPS Action to Switch Next Year

    Aiming for a 'classic gameplay vibe'

    For those that like shooting things the Switch is, slowly and surely, offering some solid options. We already have DOOM and others, with Morphies Law also due relatively soon. Another game hoping to fill the gap in early 2018 is PolyGod by Krafted Games. Though in some ways it's sporting a basic look, it has a...

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    Review Cat Quest

    Catastrophe in the lands of Felingard

    Cats often get a bad rap when compared to dogs; yet furry felines continue to reign supreme thanks to the internet’s love of cat memes and viral videos. If you do worship your cat like a God and also happen to enjoy role-playing games, Cat Quest – published by PQube and developed by The Gentlebros – could...

  • News Get Those Vocal Cords Ready, Joysound Karaoke Is Coming To Switch

    And it works with your Wii U microphone!

    It's time to dust off those mics and get those vocal cords ready, because Nintendo has confirmed that Joysound is coming to the Switch as a free download on the Japanese eShop. Like the Wii U version, the game will grant access to 140,000 songs which can be played using timed tickets. ¥324 gets you 3 hours...

  • News Online Brawler Starflux Rivals Is Headed To Switch

    Along with puzzle platformer Shiftlings

    Indie studio Rock Pocket has confirmed that it is bringing its multiplayer competitive brawler Starflux Rivals to the Nintendo Switch. Inspired by Smash Bros. and Worms, the title boasts destructible terrain, gravity-based gameplay, three game modes and six playable characters. Throw in environmental...

  • News The Next Penelope Races Onto The Nintendo Switch This Month

    Soaring through all the galaxies

    Originally pitched as a Wii U port a few years back, The Next Penelope is finally touching down on a Nintendo console - the Switch, to be precise. The top-down combat racer will launch on the Switch eShop on December 21st. Seaven Studio appears to be the team behind the port of Aurelien Regard's PC-based original -...

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    Review Red Game Without a Great Name

    Flying low

    The influx of mobile games on the Nintendo Switch since its launch has been met with mixed reactions. On the one hand it provides some approachable experiences, complimenting the other games on the eShop and indeed on store shelves. At their best, these mobile titles introduce new audiences to hidden gems with complete content packages...

  • Random Yoko Taro Shares Impressions on Tiny Metal After a 5 Minute Preview

    "...THIS IS GOOD."

    Tiny Metal may have been delayed, but it's still on track to become - potentially - a viable option for Advance Wars and Switch fans around the globe. The latest news regarding the Sony-published title has not been the best, but this week the director of the game invited famous Japanese video game director and scenario writer Yoko...

  • News Poly Bridge Looks Set to Meet Up With the Switch eShop on 14th December

    One for the engineers

    Throughout this year Nintendo has used Direct and Nindie Showcase broadcasts to highlight Switch exclusives of various types, including those that will be 'console exclusive'. That was the title given to Poly Bridge, an intriguing engineering / puzzle game already out on PC and smart devices. It has a campaign of 105 levels in...

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