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  • News Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider Scores A Physical Switch Release, Pre-Orders Live

    Three versions to choose from!

    One eShop gem that's already been released this year is Vengeful Guardian: Moon Rider - a homage to classic 16-bit action platformers like Shinobi III and Hagane: The Final Conflict. If you've been holding out for a physical copy of this one, the good news is pre-orders are now live. There's the option of a standard...

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  • News Nintendo Is Raising Its Employee Pay By 10% In Japan

    Furukawa: "It's important for our long-term growth"

    Despite a downturn in sales and profits for Nintendo in its third quarter, it's reportedly raising the base salaries of its employees by 10% in its homeland. A report by Reuters reveals the Japanese video game giant is taking action to secure the "long-term growth" of its workforce. It follows...

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  • News Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Temporarily Listed On Nintendo Website For $70 USD

    A $10 increase in price

    Update: And just like that, Nintendo has now removed the digital price from Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom's store page. Expect a price reveal at a later date. You can see what the page previously looked like in our story below. In related developments, retailers like GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon appear to have updated their...

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  • News Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Dev Announces Hot Wheels Follow-Up

    A Nintendo release would be cool

    Velan Studios last week made a tough announcement - revealing it would be shutting down its free-to-play multiplayer title Knockout City on 6th of June this year. In the same update, it said it had other IPs and products it was "very excited about". If you were wondering what's next, it seems the American developer...

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YesterdayTue, 7th Feb 2023

  • Feature Our Predictions For The February 2023 Nintendo Direct

    Zelda! Pikmin! ...Metroid..?

    What's that, you say? There's going to be another Nintendo Direct? Great Scott! This is heavy... Yes, Nintendo is back with another showcase focusing on games launching in the first half of 2023. Well, mostly... Hi there, Metroid Prime 4. Hi... Please show yourself. Please? The Direct presentation will take place on...

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  • News Toss A V-Buck To Your Witcher, Geralt Of Rivia Slashes Onto Fortnite Today

    New quests and items available

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that at some point in each of our lives we will become a playable character in Fortnite. The crossovers have covered everything from Black Adam to John Cena and now it is the turn of Geralt of Rivia to take up the sword as The Witcher crossover leaps from the Bat

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  • News These Lovely EarthBound Plushies Are Getting A Re-Release On Valentine's Day

    PK Love-ly

    The Hobonichi MOTHER Project is bringing back those rather adorable EarthBound plushies next week in Japan! And no, the basket isn't included. The toy set will be restocked on Valentine's Day, 14th February, the company announced on Twitter. (Thanks, Nintendo Wire!) Originally launched in 2020 by series creator Shigesato Itoi, The MOTHER...

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  • Feature The Hunt For Akihabara's Strangest Street Fighter II Arcade Cabinet

    Time Extension Got any spare change?

    Otaku hotspots fill Tokyo’s iconic nerd neighbourhood, Akihabara. The area’s game shops and arcades are a frequent pilgrimage for retro enthusiasts. While places like Super Potato and GiGO game centres are well-trodden by Akiba regulars and tourists alike, hidden in plain sight is one of the more intriguing old-school...

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  • News Bramble: The Mountain King Brings Nordic Myths To Little Nightmares Chills On Switch In April

    Update: Release date announced

    Update [Tue 7th Feb, 2023 14:30 GMT]: We all got collectively freaked out by the initial trailer and demo footage for Bramble: The Mountain King back in December last year and now Merge Games has announced that the title will be crawling its way onto Switch on 27th April. This news was shared alongside a new release...

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  • News Nintendo Direct Confirmed For Tomorrow, 8th February 2023

    The prophecy was true

    Nintendo has today announced that it will be hosting February's Direct Showcase tomorrow, 8th February 2023 at 2pm PT / 5pm ET / 10pm GMT / 9th February 2023 9am AET, finally putting weeks of rumours to bed. The Direct will be broadcast on YouTube and is said to last for approximately 40 minutes. The presentation is set to...

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  • News Nintendo Switch Is Closing In On One Billion Software Sales

    Console has now sold more software than the DS

    As part of its nine-month financial report today, Nintendo has revealed that the Switch has now reached an astonishing 994.30 million in software sales, putting the console well above the Nintendo DS with 948.76 million. Back in November when Nintendo released its Q2 earnings report, the software sales...

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  • News Digital Sales Make Up Nearly Half Of FY 2023 Switch Software Sales So Far

    Up 21.5% year-on-year

    Nintendo has released its financial earnings report for Q3 of FY 2023, confirming that the Nintendo Switch has now outsold the Game Boy and the PlayStation 4 with over 120 million units shifted. In addition, the company has also confirmed that digital sales for the Switch were up by 21.5% during FY 2023 when compared to FY...

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  • News Bayonetta 3 Has Sold Over 1 Million Units Since Launch

    Kicking down the competition

    Bayonetta 3 is the latest Switch exclusive to join the 1 million club. In Nintendo's latest financial report, the company reports that the long-awaited sequel from PlatinumGames just squeaked over the line with 1.04 million units sold. Launching early-ish into Q3, those sales figures are pretty decent for the Umbra...

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  • News Mario Kart 8 Deluxe And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cross Major Sales Milestones

    Zooming past 50 million and K.O.-ing 30

    The latest Nintendo financial report is here, giving us a good old look at the company's sales figures up until the end of 2022. While this time around has been a big one for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and for the Switch itself, there has (predictably) been yet more success for the behemoth titles of Mario...

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  • News Nintendo Says Switch Chip Shortages Are "Largely Resolved" As It Cuts Forecasts

    "Shipments generally went according to plan"

    As part of Nintendo's nine-month financial report for the 2022/23 fiscal year, the company has said that supply issues that have constrained production for several years now were "largely resolved" in the closing months of 2022. Commenting on Nintendo Switch sales in its explanatory materials, the...

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  • News Splatoon 3 Splashes With Over 10 Million Sales In Three Months

    Some colourful numbers

    Nintendo has revealed that Splatoon 3 has sold over 10 million units up to 31st December 2022. The company shared the result in its latest financial report, which covers the third quarter of the fiscal year ending March 2023. We knew Splatoon 3 would sell well given that it absolutely smashed sales records when it launched...

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  • News Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Surpasses 20 Million Units Sold In Just Six Weeks

    Gotta sell 'em all

    Nintendo's nine-month earnings report is finally with us so we can now get a proper look at just how successful some of the Switch's recent games have been. Chief among our concerns this time around was Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. We knew that it was going to be a big hitter ever since that massive launch week, but the question...

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  • News Here Are The Top Ten Best-Selling Nintendo Switch Games As Of December 2022

    Pokémon Scarlet & Violet make the cut

    Nintendo has released its latest financial report for the fiscal year ending March 2023, which brings with it updated sales figures for the Switch's best sellers. And there's a brand new game in the top ten. Pokémon Scarlet & Violet has smashed into the list in seventh place. selling a staggering 20.61...

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  • News Nintendo Reconfirms Release Windows For Major Upcoming Switch Games

    Slim pickings..?

    As part of its nine-month earnings report, Nintendo has reconfirmed the release dates for its major upcoming Nintendo Switch titles. As usual, there are no major surprises with this announcement; if you're anything like us, you're probably counting down the days to the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, but we...

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  • News It's Official, Total Switch Sales Have Now Surpassed The Game Boy And PS4

    Unit sales exceed 120 million

    There's just no stopping the mighty Switch! Today, Nintendo has released its nine-month earnings report, officially confirming that the total hardware sales for the Switch have now exceeded the Game Boy, placing the hybrid console firmly in second place behind the Nintendo DS (oh, and it's also now outsold the...

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  • News Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Title Update 4 Out Now, Here Are The Full Patch Notes

    It's a biggie!

    Update [Tue 7th Feb, 2023 05:30 GMT]: This new patch is now live! Provided you've got access to Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak you're good to go! Original story [Mon 6th Feb, 2023 15:45 GMT]: The fourth title update for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is set to soar onto Switch tomorrow and after last week's presentation laid out the...

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  • News Overwatch 2 Announces Its First Ever Anime Collab, Available In Season 3

    Get a One Punch Man outfit for Doomfist

    Overwatch 2 is entering new territory in Season 3 with the announcement of collaborations - similar to what we've seen in other free-to-play titles like Fortnite and even the LEGO Bastion skin in the original Overwatch game. The second game will be kicking things off with a special One Punch Man anime collab...

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  • News Upcoming Limited-Time Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid Battle Event Detailed

    Catch a Tandemaus on Valentine's Day

    Last month, The Pokémon Company announced a handful of new Tera Raid Battle events coming to Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. Now, ahead of Valentine's Day next week, we've got some new details about the adorable Tandemaus raid. According to Serebii.net, the Normal-type Pokémon will feature in 1 to 5-star raids,...

    • Nintendo Switch
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  • News Kirby's Return To Dream Land Deluxe Exclusive Poster Up For Grabs At GameStop

    A special deal for anyone who pre-orders

    One of the major releases on the Nintendo Switch this month happens to be Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe. If you're looking for an incentive to pre-order the title, and happen to be based in the US, there is currently a deal going at GameStop where you can grab an exclusive poster (18" x 24"). This is a...

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  • Random YouTuber Recreates Classic Zelda In Minecraft With "No Mods"

    Taking Minecraft to the next level

    We've seen Zelda recreated in Minecraft before, but this latest project by YouTuber C1OUS3R takes it to the next level. Instead of calling on third-party Minecraft mods and resource packs to work some magic, they've managed to recreate Link's original top-down 2D adventure by editing textures and exploiting...

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  • Watch Zion And Kate Talk About Ace Attorney For An Hour

    Hold it!

    It's Kate's last day at Nintendo Life, and that means being terribly self-indulgent. And what's more self-indulgent than talking about the Ace Attorney games for an hour? From the beloved Ace Attorney trilogy to the underrated eShop exclusives of Dual Destinies and Spirit of Justice — and even including the niche crossover event that was

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Monday6th Feb 2023

  • Hands On Afterimage Is The Most Beautiful-Looking Metroidvania We've Ever Played

    Picturesque

    We know there are a lot of Metroidvanias out there. But after spending about three hours with Afterimage, we're pretty confident in saying that this is one of the prettiest we've ever played. Even before we got our hands on the game, Afterimage stood out to us with its stunning hand-drawn visuals. Even next to the likes of Hollow Knight,

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  • News The Newest Disney Dreamlight Valley Update Will Be Released On February 16th

    Olaf and Mirabel are coming

    Do you wanna build a snowman? Too late, he already built himself, and he's coming to your game very soon. Surprise! We won't have to wait long for Disney Dreamlight Valley's latest update to get added to the game, as Gameloft announced today that it would be releasing on February 16th. The update will add a ton of new...

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  • Exclusive 'Tiny Thor', A Gorgeous 16-Bit-Style Platformer, Announced For Switch

    Puny god packing some veteran talent

    Publisher Gameforge has announced Tiny Thor, a beautiful 2D pixel art platformer that's coming to the Switch as part of the company's brand-new publishing label, IndieForge. Developed by German studio Asylum Square, Tiny Thor sees you take on the role of the "small but mighty" God of Thunder as you traverse...

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  • Review Akai Katana Shin - One Of CAVE’s Very Best Horizontal Bullet Hells

    Live by the sword

    CAVE Co. Ltd, the pioneering, god-tier arcade developer that reignited the shooting game genre in the '90s, has a portfolio to die for. After 17 years of cast-iron quality and unceasing invention, the sound of gunfire finally rang silent in 2012 with their swansong, Dodonpachi SaiDaiOuJou. Among Cave’s output, only a few entries...

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  • News Forget Mario, The Tetris Movie Has Secured A Date For Its Own Premiere

    Movie will be shown at SXSW in March

    Tetris, the upcoming biographical from director Jon S. Baird, has secured a March premiere date and will be shown at South by Southwest 2023. The event itself will take place between 10th and 19th of March in Austin, Texas and "features sessions, music and comedy showcases, film screenings, exhibitions,...

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  • Guide Disney Dreamlight Valley: Festival Of Friendship Update Release Date And Contents

    Sentient snowmen and sentient houses

    There are a ton of changes and new things in the latest Disney Dreamlight Valley update, including new characters, new features, and quality-of-life updates. We're still finding out all the new content that has been added to the game in the February update, so be patient as we discover more! Let's get to know...

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  • Random Saturday Night Live And Pedro Pascal Deliver A Gritty Take On Mario Kart

    "I need to feel big!"

    HBO's adaptation of The Last of Us has been receiving rave reviews since its debut in January - deservedly so - with critics and audiences alike praising the show for its faithful take on the franchise along with its bold deviations (hello, episode 3!). It's clearly gotten some folks wondering just what else could potentially...

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  • News Star Fox 64 Follow-Up Title Was Pitched For Wii U, But Retro Studios Passed On It

    Planned with a puppet aesthetic

    It has been a good few years now since we last checked in with everyone's favourite fox fighter pilot in Star Fox Zero (seven years, to be precise) and the chances of him returning to the Switch seem to lessen everyday. In the ensuing period while we wait (fingers tightly crossed) for news of a series reboot, the good...

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  • Video Digital Foundry's Technical Analysis Of GoldenEye 007 On Switch

    Shaken or stirred?

    GoldenEye 007's release on Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack (and Xbox) has stirred up a lot of talk among us video game enthusiasts, and naturally, Digital Foundry is weighing in on the situation. Dropping on the service just over a week ago, both the Xbox and NSO versions have come under a lot of flack for the controls,...

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  • UK Charts Fire Emblem Out Of Top Ten While SpongeBob Sells Well On Switch

    Making a splash

    The UK charts are in and the Switch's big hitter for January — Fire Emblem Engage — has slipped out of the top ten. After taking number one on its debut week and dropping to seventh last week, the strategy RPG is now charting in 16th on the UK's weekly boxed charts. FIFA 23 is back on top after being pushed out of the number one...

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  • News Toaplan's Arcade Bullet Hell 'Batsugun' Is Coming To Switch In May

    Update: Following rating in Korea last week

    Update [Mon 6th Feb, 2023 10:00 GMT]: It's happening — City Connection has announced BATSUGUN Saturn Tribute Boosted for Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Steam, and it's launching worldwide on 25th May 2023. (Thanks Gematsu!) This is following reports last week that the game was rated in Korea. Saturn Tribute...

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  • News Capes Could Fill The Switch's Superhero Tactics Gap While Waiting For Marvel's Midnight Suns

    Coming this year

    Last year, Marvel's Midnight Suns launched on Playstation and Xbox consoles to high levels of praise. It is still coming to Switch at some point (we assume) though word on the Nintendo release has dried up ever since the "at a later date" announcement appeared last August. Seeing a console in need of some superhero turn-based...

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  • News Cel-Shaded Twin-Stick Shooter 'Dust & Neon' Saddles Up On Switch Next Week

    Rootin' tootin' shootin'

    Dust & Neon rides onto the Switch and PC on 16th February 2023, publisher Rogue Games has announced. Announced last summer and revealed to be coming to Switch as part of Nintendo's House of Indies over the holiday season, this twin-stick roguelite sports gorgeous cel-shaded visuals and hectic gameplay to keep you on your...

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  • News Hunt Monsters Through Diorama Battlefields In Bleak Sword DX, Slashing Onto Switch This Year

    Compact combat

    Bleak Sword released on Apple Arcade back in 2019 and has since gone on to receive positive reviews across the board. Now the title is making the leap from decidedly difficult mobile app to brutal Switch game, as Devolver Digital has announced that Bleak Sword DX will be dodge rolling its way onto the Nintendo console this year. For...

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  • Random The Song That Inspired The Iconic 'Legend of Zelda' Commercial Rap

    Time Extension "Go Game Boy! Go Game Boy!"

    The Legend of Zelda series has had some terrific commercials over the years, but one that has always stuck in our minds more than most is the Japanese commercial for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past from 1991. This commercial featured a bunch of actors in costume as Link, Zelda, gibdos, and stalfos all dancing...

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