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  • News Yay! Town Ordinances Are Finally Making A Return To Animal Crossing

    Now known as "Island Ordinances"

    Nintendo shared a huge amount of news about Animal Crossing: New Horizons during its special presentation for the game this week, and while there's so much exciting content to look forward - one feature in this "last major free content update" that we're really looking forward to the return of is ordinances. In case...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Updates
  • Feature Where Does Competitive Pokémon Go From Here?

    We asked Aaron “Cybertron” Zheng what the future holds

    Two years have passed since Pokémon Sword and Shield inaugurated the eighth generation of Pokémon games. With it came indignation from some some fans, though most agreed Sword and Shield didn’t flounder when it came to its competitive scene. Pokémon tournaments are played under the...

    • Features
    • Interviews
    • Pokemon
  • Video Digital Foundry's Technical Analysis Of Dying Light On Switch

    Is it another "mobile miracle"?

    Dying Light Platinum Edition arrives on the Nintendo Switch next week, and ahead of its release, the tech experts over at Digital Foundry have shared their own technical review of the game. So, has Techland succeeded with the Switch port? In docked mode, the survival horror game runs at 1080p and 720p in handheld...

    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Digital Foundry
  • Random Uh-Oh, Nintendo's Switch Online 'Expansion Pack - Overview Trailer' Is Generating A Lot Of Dislikes

    40k and counting

    It's not often you see a video on Nintendo's main YouTube channel not performing well in terms of 'Likes' compared to 'Dislikes' but every now and then it posts something that doesn't go down so well with subscribers, and viewers in general. The latest video that's struggling to win over the masses is the Switch Online overview...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Expansion Pack
    • Random
  • Talking Point Do You Have A 'Way' You Play Certain Switch Games?

    Metroid Dread = portable + headphones + a dark room, right?

    The Nintendo Switch has various strengths, but the key aspect of its design that has helped to fuel its success is flexibility. It's a concept that is ultimately more than the sum of its parts — when you break it down, it's a tablet with mid-2010s technology and a USB-C connector to hook...

    • Features
    • Poll
    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Bandai Namco Shows Off Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2's Next DLC Character

    A Saiyan from Universe 6 has arrived

    Bandai Namco's action role-playing fighting game Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 has announced the next downloadable content character on the way. It's Caulifa (Super Saiyan 2), who represents Universe 6 in the Dragon Ball Super series. She'll join the game as an addition to "Legendary Pack 2" this fall. Here's a look...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Dragon Ball
    • Updates
    • DLC
  • Video Here's A First Look At Dragon Quest X Offline, Coming To Switch In 2022

    Still no mention of localisation

    Earlier this month, Square Enix confirmed the "offline" version of the MMO Dragon Quest X would be coming to the Nintendo Switch. I'll be arriving in Japan on 26th February 2022 and is officially titled, Dragon Quest X Offline

    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Dragon Quest
    • Japan

Saturday16th Oct 2021

  • News Nintendo Leaker Suggests Pricing Of Switch Online's Expansion Pack Could Be Tied To "Licensing Costs"

    "I heard Sega were paid very, very well"

    Nintendo yesterday lifted the lid on the price of its new 'Expansion Pack' for the Switch Online service, and if you've seen our reader poll about the subject, it might be a bit too expensive for some. So, what's the go, and why is Nintendo charging the prices it is for this new add-on - featuring a library...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Expansion Pack
    • Rumour
  • News GTA Trilogy's Definitive Edition Will Reportedly Feature 'GTA V-Style Controls'

    And visual enhancements across-the-board

    Earlier on in the month, Rockstar made it official - confirming a definitive edition of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy would be coming to the Nintendo Switch and multiple other platforms later this year. So, just how 'definitive' will this Definitive Edition be? A user on the GTA Forums, who has apparently...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Grand Theft Auto
  • News Mojang Reveals Minecraft: The Wild Update, Arriving In 2022

    Caves & Cliffs Part 2 is also a "month or two" away

    During this year's Minecraft Live broadcast, Mojang unveiled its next big update for the ever-expanding sandbox, crafting and survival game. It's called 'The Wild Update' and will bring new gameplay, more depth and "lots of fun stuff" to the game. There'll be mud, mangrove swamps, different types...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Minecraft
    • Updates
  • News Don't Worry, You'll Still Have Access To "Certain Things" From Animal Crossing's DLC When Your NSO Sub Expires

    Nintendo explains the fine details

    One of the many highlights of the recent Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct broadcast was the reveal of the 'Happy Home Paradise' DLC. It's essentially a follow-up to Happy Home Designer on the 3DS and will be made available as a standalone paid expansion for the "one-time fee" of $24.99USD / 24,99 Euros /...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • DLC
    • Updates
    • Nintendo Switch Online
  • Feature We Finally Finished The Game With An Almost-Perfect Metascore

    The House In Fata Morgana Game Diary, Part 4

    Writer's note: Although the previous diary entries have veered away from big spoilers for The House in Fata Morgana, this one does not, because it's hard to talk about the themes without specifics. Be warned! As a content warning, topics discussed in this piece will include trauma, gender, abuse, and...

    • Fata Morgana Diary
    • Features
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Talking Point The Metroid Dread Credits Debate Is Sadly Common

    The video game development industry needs to respect its contributors

    The conversations around Metroid Dread have been mostly positive since its launch, but a recent topic that has caused a good deal of debate and criticism of developer MercurySteam has related to the game's credits. Multiple contributors to the game have raised the fact that...

    • Features
    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Metroid
  • Watch Minecraft Live 2021 - Live!

    Block out some time to watch

    Minecraft is a global phenomenon, so it makes sense that it has its own whopping live stream to showcase updates and new content. Expect new mobs and assorted goodies, as this is a rather big annual extravaganza for the game. It all kicks off at 9am PT / noon ET / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST, so get comfy and feel free to join...

    • Live Chat
    • Minecraft Live
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Random Relax, Animal Crossing's Former Town Mayor Tortimer Is Alive And Well

    He's been enjoying his retirement all along

    Before Animal Crossing: New Horizons was even released on the Nintendo Switch, fans spotted an eerie gravestone in one of the game's trailers. Many within the community latched onto this at the time, which then led to theories a beloved character in Nintendo's social simulation series had died. At the...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Updates
  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (October 16th)

    Dread to think what you're up to this weekend

    This week we closed out with an Animal Crossing Direct broadcast that detailed the final free content coming to the game, plus the Happy Home Paradise paid DLC. The broadcast also confirmed

    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
    • What Are You Playing
    • Features
  • News Minecraft Dungeons Is Getting Seasonal Adventures This Holiday

    Players can also take on a new 'Tower' challenge

    The hack-and-slash Minecraft Dungeons will be getting even more new content this holiday season. During this year's Minecraft Live event, the team at Mojang announced new Seasonal Adventures. As the player, you'll progress through an all-new progression system to earn pets, flairs, emotes and skins,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Updates
    • Minecraft

Friday15th Oct 2021

  • Poll What Do You Think Of The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Price?

    Will you be doubling up?

    While the Animal Crossing Direct was 20+ minutes of cuteness and excitement for fans of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it also served up a major update on the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass. We have

    • Poll
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Expansion Pack
    • Animal Crossing
  • News Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Release Date And Pricing Revealed

    Adds significant Animal Crossing content

    During its Nintendo Direct in September the big N unveiled the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, an optional extra to the subscription service that adds Nintendo 64 and SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis games. A lot of our thoughts on its potential pricing revolved around the value of those added libraries, but...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Expansion Pack
  • Guide Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Everything Coming In The Final Free Update

    New stuff, old friends, and Froggy Chair

    Twenty minutes of a Nintendo Direct is usually about four to ten big things, but this Animal Crossing Direct was more jam-packed than a sticky child's lunchbox. So much so, in fact, that we've had to split up our usual "everything" round-up into two parts: The free stuff, and the paid stuff. Here's...

    • Animal Crossing
    • ACNH
    • Updates
    • Guides
  • News Happy Home Paradise Unveiled For Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Paid DLC Or In NSO Expansion Pack

    Nintendo Switch Online is changing things up

    Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer was a rather fun, albeit limited in scope, spin-off on 3DS. Intriguingly, today's Animal Crossing Direct revealed that the concept is being dialled up to 11 in Animal Crossing: New Horizons as Happy Home Paradise, and it'll also be the game's first paid DLC...

    • Animal Crossing
    • ACNH
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Animal Crossing Series 5 amiibo Cards Launch This November, 48 Cards Included

    Time to save those pennies

    As was promised back in September, Animal Crossing amiibo cards will be returning to stores with a brand new set hitting retail this November. Launching alongside all of Animal Crossing: New Horizons' new content on 5th November, this upcoming fifth series will include 48 cards in total, down from the usual number of 100...

    • Animal Crossing
    • amiibo
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News So, What Happens When Pokémon GO Runs Out Of New Pokémon?

    Niantic has some ideas

    Pokémon GO has been going strong for five whole years now, managing to dominate headlines from the off when it first launched in 2016 and continuing to thrive even in the midst of a global pandemic – which, for an app that primarily wants you to go outside, is rather impressive. But all good things must come to an end at...

    • Pokemon
    • Pokemon GO
    • Mobile
  • News LEGO Sadly Rejects Zelda, Metroid And Animal Crossing Design Finalists

    The first LEGO Ideas review of 2021 is here

    The latest LEGO Ideas review has arrived, where talented fans can submit their own designs with the potential for their ideas to be transformed into real LEGO sets, and a number of gaming-inspired ideas made it to the final reckoning. Sadly, this time, none have them managed to get the final approval they...

    • LEGO
    • Legend of Zelda
    • Animal Crossing
    • Metroid
  • Guide Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Everything We Know About The Happy Home Paradise DLC

    New furniture, characters, and polishing!

    None of us could have predicted it — well, okay, one of us could — but Happy Home Designer, the spin-off 3DS game that trimmed Animal Crossing down to just the home decor mechanic, is being added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Named "Happy Home Paradise", this paid DLC is basically a spin-o

    • Animal Crossing
    • ACNH
    • Updates
    • Guides
  • News Nintendo Recommends Some Games To Check Out On The Switch OLED Model

    See the "vivid visuals" on display in these titles

    The Switch OLED has already been out for a week, and while everyone has been trying out their own favourite games to see just how colourful and vibrant the display is, Nintendo has shared its own recommendations about what to play on this device. It's an interesting selection of Persona 5 Strikers,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch OLED
    • Nintendo
  • News Switch's N64 And Sega Genesis Controllers Are Now Up For Pre-Order

    Switch Online subscribers only!

    Update: And the N64 pad is sold out in both the US and the UK now. Fittingly, what with Nintendo dropping the pricing and release date details for Nintendo Switch Online's upcoming Expansion Pack, the new N64 and Sega Genesis controllers designed for Switch can now be pre-ordered. Both are available for $49.99 each...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • N64
  • Watch Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct, October 2021 - Live!

    New content revealed

    Ready to learn what's next for Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Strap yourselves in. Today, fans are being treated to a special direct specifically for New Horizons which will offer up info on new content headed to the game in November. Nintendo says it'll be roughly 20 minutes long, which is a pretty decent chunk of time to...

    • Live Chat
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Nintendo Direct
  • News Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Version 2.0 Will Be The Game's Final Major Free Update

    Going out with a bang

    Nintendo has confirmed that the game's upcoming Version 2.0 update, arriving on 5th November, will be the game's final major free content update. As you might expect from that 'Version 2' name, plenty of new content is arriving in this final bump. There was almost too much to mention, but here's a rundown of the key additions:...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Updates
  • Guide Animal Crossing: New Horizons: All The Returning Special Characters

    Brewster, Tortimer, Kapp'n, and more!

    Well, that was a jam-packed Animal Crossing Direct, wasn't it? Here at NLHQ, we're all frantically trying to type out the ten billion things that were just announced in that 20-minute showcase, and our fingers have already almost fallen off. For now, though, let's have a look at all the new, returning, and...

    • Guides
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Updates
  • News Cotton Guardian Force Saturn Tribute Announced For Nintendo Switch

    Update: Western physical released confirmed

    Update: Strictly Limited Games is bringing Cotton Guardian Force Saturn Tribute to the west in physical form, it has been confirmed. Pre-orders for the Switch and PS4 versions start this week, on October 17th, 2021 at 12 AM (midnight) CEST, exclusively at the

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Random Please Don't Submerge Your Zelda Game Boy Cartridges In Orange Juice

    A cautionary tale

    It seems obvious, but dunking your old video game cartridges in orange juice isn't a good idea. That's the lesson that Solderking (AKA: Taylor Burley) is preaching at the moment – in case you didn't know, Burley often asks his viewers to send in items that are no longer working, and his latest case was a copy of The Legend of...

    • Random
    • Zelda
    • Game Boy
    • Retro
  • News Froggy Chair is BACK in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

    FROGGY

    Brewster? Who cares. DLC? Not interested. FROGGY CHAIR? Now you've got us. Froggy Chair, everyone's most beloved of seating solutions, is finally back — in glorious, wonderful high-definition, no less. Today's Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct subtly confirmed a bunch of things in the background without ever mentioning them, from new...

    • ACNH
    • Animal Crossing
  • News Wish Kingdom Hearts Was Native On Switch? A True Port Is Still "Undecided"

    We speak to series producer, Ichiro Hazama

    During the recent Super Smash Bros. presentation, which revealed Kingdom Hearts' Sora as the final DLC fighter, it was revealed that the entire Kingdom Hearts series is headed to Switch. What should have been an incredible announcement

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kingdom Hearts
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Yes, The Nintendo 64 Controller For Switch Has Rumble

    "No Rumble Pak required" - Oh Nintendo, you crack us up

    As you may have seen, pre-orders are starting to appear for the wireless Nintendo 64 Switch controllers in different territories, which will offer us retro-heads a rather fun way to try out the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass titles when they land on 25th/26th October. You have to have a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo 64
    • Nintendo Switch Online
  • News Nintendo Aware Of Crash Error "Near The End" Of Metroid Dread, Says It's Working On A Fix

    An update should arrive later this month

    Nintendo has been made aware of an error "near the end" of Metroid Dread that forces the software and game to close. It's working on a fix to prevent this from happening, which will be available at some point later this month. So, what's the problem? Apparently, if the player destroys a door while a map...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Metroid
    • Nintendo
    • Updates
  • News Animal Crossing: New Horizons Is Adding Cooking And Crops

    Natural growth

    Animal Crossing: New Horizons had its long awaited Direct today, which delivered a lot of details on possibly the biggest update yet for the game. A key new addition, and one that's sure to keep a lot of us busy, was cooking and a new range of growable crops. Spotted by dataminers back in 2020, it seems this has been planned for some...

    • Animal Crossing
    • ACNH
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Diablo II: Resurrected Is Still Being Plagued By Hellish Server Outages

    Blizzard issues an update

    In the month of September, Blizzard launched Diablo II: Resurrected - a remaster of its classic ARPG hack-and-slash, originally released on computers two decades ago. While this remaster encountered some teething issues at launch, players were (mostly) still able to access the online mode, grind levels and access their...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Blizzard
    • Diablo
  • News Limited Run Reveals Its Physical Version Of Crysis 2 Remastered For Switch

    Pre-orders open early next month

    Last month, Crytek revealed its plans for the Crysis Remastered Trilogy. As you might recall, it's being done a little bit differently on the Nintendo Switch - with plans to release the second and third games individually. Alongside the second game's digital release today, physical distributor Limited Run Games has...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Limited Run Games
  • Review Cotton Guardian Force Saturn Tribute - Great Games Let Down By Poor Ports

    A slightly troublesome trio of tributes

    This trio of retro shmups — Cotton 2, Cotton Boomerang and Guardian Force — have released under the “Saturn Tribute” umbrella (bundled together on a physical cartridge in Japan that's recently been announced for the West, or available individually via your local eShop at the time of wr

    • Reviews
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • News Former King Of Kong Billy Mitchell Is Finally Taking Twin Galaxies To Court

    Twin Galaxies' anti-SLAPP motion is denied

    You can accuse Billy Mitchell of a lot of things, but you can't say his life is uneventful. One of the earliest trailblazers in the world of video game high scores, Mitchell set a "perfect" score of 3,333,360 points in Namco's Pac-Man and has held other records during his decade-spanning career, but it's...

    • Billy Mitchell
    • High Scores
  • News Brewster And The Roost Update Detailed In Animal Crossing Direct

    A fine blend

    Today's Animal Crossing Direct has served up quite a few interesting updates, including the key addition that was confirmed back in September. The Roost and Brewster are opening up in the Museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, arriving on 5th November. The Roost looked suitably charming, but in the Direct it only showcased the option...

    • Animal Crossing
    • ACNH
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Kapp'n Makes A Return In Animal Crossing: New Horizons Next Month

    Time for a boat tour!

    In today's Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct, Nintendo revealed that fan-favourite Kapp'n is making a grand comeback. Finally! The character, who New Leaf players will know as the adorable singing turtle who gives the player a ride to Tortimer Island, will soon take you to a "mysterious island" in New Horizons. He arrives...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Updates
  • News Pineapple Kid Is A New Game Boy Game Launching In Time For Christmas

    Pre-orders go live tomorrow

    The Game Boy might be more than 30 years old at this point, but Nintendo's sturdy brick of wonder is enjoying something of a resurgence just lately. We've seen several studios try their luck with new releases for the system over the past year or so –Infinity,

    • Game Boy
    • Retro
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News J Balvin's Pokémon 25 Music Video Features A Breakdancing Hitmontop

    Sold.

    The Pokémon Company has dropped its latest music video for the Pokémon P25 Music event that's been taking place over the past few months, celebrating the franchise's 25th anniversary. From J Balvin, this latest track is called 'Ten Cuidado' and will be featured on Pokémon 25: The Album, a 14-song album that's launching today. The song...

    • Pokemon
    • Music
  • News Ninjala Has Now Been Downloaded Eight Million Times On The Switch eShop

    GungHo celebrates with free Jala

    GungHo Online Entertainment has announced its free-to-play Nintendo Switch eShop exclusive Ninjala has now reached a whopping eight million downloads worldwide since it arrived on the platform in June 2020. Once again, it'll be thanking the community by awarding players with 100 Jala each (that's the in-game...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Ninjala
  • Gallery Breaking The Seal On Retro-Bit's 'Undercover Cops' Reissue

    One of the rarest Super Famicom games lives again

    Irem's Undercover Cops is one of the most expensive Super Famicom titles, regularly changing hands for $200 just for the loose cartridge. However, Retro-Bit has come to our rescue with a reissue of the game which comes with a bunch of other goodies that collectors will want to check out. Retro-Bit...

    • Gallery
    • SNES
    • Retro

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