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  • Watch E3 Indie Showcase & Limited Run Games - Live!

    Weirdness expected

    It's Monday, apparently, though the days all blend together in the midst of livestreams and video games. It's all good fun though, and this little live blog could be full of interesting things and weirdness. First up is 'Indie Showcase' from the official E3 stream, so we're not 100% sure of what to expect; second up will be...

    • Live Chat
    • E3
    • E3 2021
    • Limited Run Games
  • News Super Rare Games Changes Course On Physical-Only "Shorts", Makes Them Timed Exclusives

    "The criticism is 100% right"

    Unless E3 has completely fried your brain and made you lose all sense of time, you may remember back on Friday that Super Rare Games — one of the major publishers that help indie studios release physical editions of their games — announced "Super Rare Shorts", which was their plan to fund physical-only indie...

    • Super Rare Games
    • Physical Releases
    • Indie
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Quiz Know Your E3 History? Test Your Credentials With Our Nintendo E3 Quiz

    E3... 2... 1... GO!

    Nintendo has a long history of wowing fans at the start of the summer when it reveals its upcoming games and plans during E3. Whether onstage with an old-school presentation, or as part of the company's more modern Direct broadcasts, it's a rare year then Nintendo doesn't deliver some really exciting news to ravenous gaming fans...

    • Quizzes
    • E3
    • E3 2021
    • Nintendo
  • News Stylish Boss Rush Game 'Eldest Souls' Gets A Release Date

    Yes, we accidentally typed Eldest Scrolls at one point

    Eldest Souls first leapt onto the Switch scene back in Spring 2020 as part of a Nintendo Indie Showcase, looking rather stylish and offering up a range of boss fights, handsome visuals and more lore than you can shake a stick at. Fallen Flag Studio's game is now close to release, as confirmed...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News A New Exercise Game Is Coming, And It's About Martial Arts

    Kick the habit

    Have you been keeping up with all the E3 announcements? Don't worry, us neither. There sure are a lot of games to spend all our hard-earned eShop Gold on, though, and one of those games is actually good for you. Yes, if you've been neglecting your Ring Fit Adventure controller like we have, then maybe you can get back into the swing...

    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Fitness
  • Talking Point E3 Leaks Are Inevitable, But Do You Actually Want To Know?

    What's life without surprises?

    We're now into the latter half of E3 silly season, as rumours and leaks — some real, some clearly not — bombard us gaming enthusiasts at every turn online. If you know where to look and have the inclination, you can often find entire run-orders for the likes of the Xbox presentation hours before the show, or...

    • Features
    • Poll
    • Talking Point
    • E3
    • E3 2021
  • News LEGO Super Mario Is Getting Ten More Character Packs In New Series

    Series 3 on the way

    LEGO has revealed Super Mario Character Packs - Series 3, a new set of packs which will add ten new characters to the range. The announcement was made by the company on Twitter today, giving us our first look at the characters included. As identified by Brickset, the new additions are Scuttlebug, Swoop, Parachute Bob-omb, Amp,...

    • Super Mario
    • LEGO
  • News Pokémon GO Developer Niantic Announces 'Transformers: Heavy Metal'

    A new real-world AR game

    Pokémon GO developer Niantic has announced a new partnership with Hasbro and TOMY Company that'll see the launch of TRANSFORMERS: Heavy Metal, a brand new AR game for mobile. The game will follow in Pokémon GO's footsteps by using the real-world AR and real-time 3D mapping tech made possible by Niantic's 'Lightship'...

    • Niantic
    • Mobile
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News DeathRun TV Lines Up Deadly Gameshow Combat For Switch

    Likes are everything

    Merge Games has announced top-down roguelike shooter DeathRun TV for Switch and other platforms. We would embed the trailer above, but it's age-restricted and unfortunately won't play here — so off to YouTube with ya! Channeling equal parts Hunger Games and The Running Man, it appears that developer LaserDog will have you...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Unbound: Worlds Apart Is A "World-Hopping" Metroidvania Coming To Switch Next Month

    "Defeat a ruthless evil tearing reality apart"

    Upcoming Metroidvania game Unbound: Worlds Apart will launch on Switch and PC on 28th July, it's been announced. A new adventure platformer from Alien Pixel Studios, Unbound: Worlds Apart has players summoning portals to defeat enemies, crack puzzles, and overcome platforming challenges. It enjoyed a...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Video This New Sonic Colors Ultimate Footage Looks Rather Good

    A wisp-er of a thrill

    Sonic Colors Ultimate isn't far away, gracing the Switch and various systems on 7th September; as a shiny HD version of arguably Sonic's best game in the Wii-era, it's certainly on plenty of wishlists. Rather pleasingly SEGA unveiled some new footage over the weekend as part of the E3 festivities. First up, as part of the IGN...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Random Here's Zelda: Ocarina Of Time's 1996 Prototype Recreated In Game Builder Garage

    That was quick

    Surprising absolutely no one, Game Builder Garage players are already off to an incredible start. The game only launched on Friday, but just a couple of days in, one talented player managed to create an awesome version of Super Mario Kart. Now, another player has taken a crack at The Legend of Zelda – specifically the early build...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Legend of Zelda
    • Random
  • News Origami Platformer 'A Tale Of Paper' Takes On A New Form With Upcoming Switch Release

    With all-new content included

    Digerati and developer Open House Games have announced that A Tale of Paper is headed to Switch and other platforms later this year. The game is a puzzle-platformer featuring a protagonist made out of paper; this quirky trait allows you to take on different forms as you explore and progress, such as a paper plane which...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • UK Charts Four Switch Exclusives Make The Top Ten, But Ratchet & Clank Takes First

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Switch's best-seller

    UK physical chart data is now in for the week ending 12th June, revealing that PS5 exclusive Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart has gone straight to number one. According to GamesIndustry.biz, Insomniac Games' latest platformer has sold "in-line with" Switch exclusives New Pokémon Snap and Monster Hunter...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Charts
    • UK
  • News Taito Milestones Is A Collection Of Arcade Archives Titles Heading To Switch

    Confirmed for Japan, so far

    The Arcade Archives series has been a huge part of the retro scene on Nintendo Switch, with an impressive range of titles. Taito has had its share of releases, and is now planning to launch Taito Milestones as a collection of some 1980s classics. Due in February 2022 in Japan, it was initially revealed in Famitsu...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News FAR: Changing Tides Sets Sail On Switch Later This Year

    A follow up to the brilliant Lone Sails

    When FAR: Lone Sails arrived on Nintendo Switch we were hugely impressed, with its beautiful score and visuals combining to make it a memorable journey. It's particularly pleasing to see that developer Okomotive is going back to the IP, this time with publisher Frontier Foundry in tow. FAR: Changi

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News OlliOlli World's E3 Trailer Showcases The Sights And Sounds Of Radlandia

    Eat your heart out, Hawk

    It seems that Switch gamers will have a glut of skateboarding games to enjoy before long. At the end of the month Birdman himself is coming to Nintendo's console with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2, and we recently had confirmation that SkateBIRD is shredding to Switch in August. We also have OlliOlli World lin

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News A Plague Tale: Requiem - Cloud Version Confirmed For Switch

    Streaming the next-gen

    During yesterday's Xbox & Bethesda showcase we were given the first look at A Plague Tale: Requiem, due in 2022 and a sequel to the excellent A Plague Tale: Innocence

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Rumour Buster Has GameStop Just Revealed The 'New Nintendo Switch'? Probably Not

    The name sounds good, but that's about it

    With reports that Nintendo is due to announce a new model of the Nintendo Switch any day now, it's unsurprising that any tiny piece of info relating to fresh hardware is being leapt upon by certain sections of the gaming community. One such example is a new ad released by US retailer GameStop, which is...

    • Rumour Buster
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch Pro
    • GameStop
  • News Diablo II: Resurrected Unleashes Hell On Switch This September

    Evil returns

    Following on from its announcement back in February, Blizzard has now locked in a release date for Diablo II: Resurrected. Hell will be unleashed once again on 23rd September this year. You can now also wishlist the game over on Nintendo's website. Here's the descript

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Rune Factory 5's Local Switch Release Arrives "Early" In 2022

    Playing the waiting game...

    It's hard to believe now, but Rune Factory 5 was originally scheduled to arrive on the Nintendo Switch in 2020. It only just landed on the Switch in Japan last month, and while the western release was expected to follow, the latest E3 2021 trailer has now confirmed it'll instead be arriving early next year. Here's a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Minute Of Islands Is Out Now On Switch

    This very minute (of islands)

    Minute of Islands is a rather compellingly gorgeous game coming to Switch, but after an indefinite delay earlier this year, we've been left wondering when we'll be able to get our hands on the post-apocalyptic wonderland. Well, we have an answer: It's out RIGHT NOW. We do love a surprise instant release! Minute of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Indie

YesterdaySun, 13th Jun 2021

  • Random Someone Has Already Got Mario Kart Up And Running In Game Builder Garage

    Promising signs

    We knew it would only take so long before there were some impressive creations within Game Builder Garage, and already it seems someone has got a simplified version of Super Mario Kart up and running. The mastermind behind this goes by the name ZeldaBoi1 on Twitter, and although it "may not feel too much" like the original game, it...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Game Builder Garage
    • Mario Kart
  • News Devolver Digital Is Publishing A Physical-Only Nintendo Switch Game

    Update: And pre-orders are now live

    Update (Sun 13th Jun, 2021 07:15 BST): During Devolver Digital's E3 broadcast, it gave fans a proper look at Demon Throttle - a physical-only release coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2022. Here's a bit about it, along with a first look. "Demon Throttle tells the story of a beautiful vampiress and dusty...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Devolver Digital
  • Gallery Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Box Art And Screenshots Round Up

    The cover looks absolutely stunning

    If the reveal and gameplay trailer for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope wasn't already enough, we've now got just a little bit more of this newly announced Ubisoft title, courtesy of the company's press website. Perhaps most excitingly is a look at the game's official Nintendo Switch box art. Here it is in all its...

    • Gallery
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Super Mario
    • Ubisoft
  • Feature Diving Deeper Into The Switch Game With A Perfect Metascore

    The House In Fata Morgana Game Diary, Part 2

    Well, that last House In Fata Morgana piece certainly blew up, didn't it? I wasn't expecting my diary entries to intrigue anyone except the people who already care about the game, but I guess that's what happens when you talk about the only Switch game with a perfect Metacritic score. If you haven't read...

    • Features
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Fata Morgana Diary
  • News Metroid Prime 4 Was First Announced Four Years Ago Today

    Will we see it at E3 this year?

    Today is four years to the day that Metroid Prime 4 was first teased to fans, with Nintendo confirming its existence during E3 2017. It's hard to forget that initial tease; a 40-second clip aired during Nintendo's E3 Direct, slowly revealing a giant number '4' to a soundtrack that was instantly recognisable to fans...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Metroid
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Watch Square Enix Presents Summer Showcase - Live!

    Fingers crossed for some Switch goodness

    E3 week is now well and truly underway, and the latest big publisher to throw their over-sized and expensive hat into the ring is Square Enix; its Summer Showcase kicks off at 12:15 Pacific / 15:15 Eastern / 20:15 UK / 21:15 CEST. The showcase is going to show some non-Switch stuff like The Avengers among...

    • Live Chat
    • Square Enix Presents
    • E3
    • E3 2021
  • News 11 Nintendo Switch Games To Watch From Guerrilla Collective Showcase Day 2

    Batora: Lost Haven, Akatori, Hunt the Night and more!

    Last week was the first Guerrilla Collective Showcase of the Summer, and yesterday (12th June) brought another stream - 'Day 2' - full of Indie goodies (the event is part of IGN's Summer of Gaming). As before a lot of projects are currently confirmed just for PC or specific platforms, but we've...

    • Guerrilla Collective
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News What Did You Think Of The Mario + Rabbids Sequel Reveal? Creative Director Davide Soliani Wants To Know

    "Just checking if we are all good. Are we good?"

    One guy who is probably the most excited about Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is the creative director David Soliani. As you might recall, he's the one who was crying tears of joy when his original Mario + Rabbids game was introduced by Shigeru Miyamoto at E3 2017. Of course, he's just as happy to...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Super Mario
    • Ubisoft
  • Feature What's Your Most Treasured Club Nintendo Possession?

    In da Club

    Accumulating points to save money on Switch eShop purchases is all well and good, but Nintendo's current rewards system for loyal customers arguably lacks the pizzazz of the old Club Nintendo days. That's not to say that the more recent My Nintendo physical goodies are bad. In fact, the swag you can redeem Platinum coins for nowadays is...

    • Features
    • Poll
    • Nintendo
    • Merchandise
  • News Wizard With A Gun Brings Online Co-Op Sandbox Survival Action To Switch In 2022

    Embark on a magical journey alone or with friends

    Devolver Digital held another absolutely crazy E3 presentation this year. In between all of the skits, was a handful of video game announcements. Some of them were even for the Nintendo Switch. Apart from Demon Throttle one of the other surprises was Galvanic Games' Wizard with a Gun. It's described...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Devolver Digital
  • News The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Are Joining Brawlhalla Next Week

    Turtle power!

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate obviously isn't the only all-star brawler out there. One of the more successful ones outside of this heavy-hitter is Ubisoft and Blue Mammoth's free-to-play title Brawlhalla. It landed on the Nintendo Switch back in 2018 and since then has continued to expand its roster. The game already has over 50...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Updates
  • News Grant Kirkhope "Honoured" To Return As Composer For Mario + Rabbids Sequel

    "I get to do another Mario game!!"

    After a slip-up on Nintendo's end, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope was officially unveiled during Ubisoft's E3 presentation. Being a sequel, a number of key figures have returned, and this includes the former Rare composer Grant Kirkhope. H

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Super Mario
    • Ubisoft
    • Grant Kirkhope

Saturday12th Jun 2021

  • News Nintendo's Official Website Reveals Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope, Coming To Switch In 2022

    Just hours out from Ubisoft's E3 presentation

    Update #2 (Sat 12th Jun, 2021 15:40 BST) And Nintendo of America has now taken the game page down. We can expect to hear more details and see a 'reveal' trailer later today at the Ubisoft Forward event — join us to watch the livestream at 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 8pm UK / 9pm CEST. Update (Sat...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo
    • Ubisoft
    • E3
    • E3 2021
  • News Every Game From The Wholesome Direct Coming To Nintendo Switch

    It's almost 30 games!

    If you thought the Summer Game Fest ran through a lot of announcements really quickly, then the Wholesome Direct must have looked like a blur in your rear-view mirror. With 75 "wholesome" games to run through in just an hour, we managed to get quite a few "coming to Switch" titles but very little time to get to know them before...

    • Upcoming Releases
    • Indie
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Wholesome Direct
    • E3 2021
  • News GameStop Seems To Be Giving Out Free Legend Of Zelda Anniversary Posters

    Celebrating 35 years of Link

    Update: GameStop appears to have made this promotion official - if you spend $30 or more on Zelda products or trade towards a Switch, you'll get receive this double-sided poster. The Legend of Zelda turns 35 this year, so where are all Zelda-related announcements from Nintendo? Right now, there's the

    • The Legend of Zelda
    • Zelda
    • Nintendo
    • GameStop
    • US
  • Back Page Things That Will Absolutely Definitely Happen During Nintendo's E3 2021 Direct

    Disclaimer: Some, or all, of these predictions are jokes

    In the magazine business, the Back Page is where you'd find all the weird goofs that we couldn't fit in anywhere else. Some may call it "filler"; we prefer "a whole page to make terrible jokes that are tangentially related to the content of the mag". We don't have pages on the internet, but...

    • Back Page
    • Features
    • E3
    • E3 2021
  • News Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Officially Unveiled With 'Reveal' Trailer

    Plus a gameplay trailer, and it looks fantastic

    Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle had quite a rollercoaster ride before its announcement at E3 2017 — low quality leaked assets, showing Mario shooting a gun alongside Rabbids, were not well received. Yet when the game appeared days later at Ubisoft's show, the script was well and truly flipped - it...

    • E3
    • E3 2021
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Games
    • Ubisoft Forward
  • News Kingdom Come Developer Reveals Switch Version Was Born Out Of A "Happy Mistake"

    A Nintendo release wasn't originally planned

    After months of ongoing rumours, Warhorse Studios yesterday confirmed it would in fact be bringing Kingdom Come: Deliverance to the Nintendo Switch. While it's still believed to have been

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! Arrives Later This Month On Switch

    "A terrifying world of poetry and romance"

    Doki Doki Literature Club is a cult hit that began life as a freeware title on PC and Mac, and has become a much talked about and referenced part of gaming culture. On the surface it's a visual novel about poetry and romance, but its unique spin and approach then make it more of a 'psychological horror'...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Predictably, Just Dance 2022 Is Coming To Switch This November

    Don't think this one's on Wii, though

    In the biggest non-surprise in the history of E3, Ubisoft has announced Just Dance 2022, and it'll be coming to Switch (and all other platforms under the sun) on 4th November. As you can see in the trailer above which was unveiled in today's Ubisoft Forward presentation, Todrick Hall will be contributing to...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Ubisoft
    • Just Dance
  • Watch Ubisoft Forward E3 2021, Live!

    Could we see something new for Switch?

    E3 season is well and truly underway now, with Ubisoft's digital conference next on the bill. This latest Ubisoft Forward presentation kicks off at 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 8pm UK / 9pm CEST, so get yourselves comfy and join in with our live chat as we watch the event unfold. One game has leaked already,...

    • Live Chat
    • Ubisoft
    • E3
    • E3 2021
  • Video Here's An Extended Look At The Streets Of Rage 4 'Mr. X Nightmare' DLC

    Return to the streets

    We had an absolute blast when we returned to the streets in Streets of Rage 4 last year - labelling it the perfect modernisation of Sega's beloved side-scrolling beat 'em up series. If you're looking for an excuse to revisit the game, as you might recall, Dotemu has announced the 'Mr. X Nightmare' DLC. It features new playable...

    • Video
    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • DLC
    • Updates
  • News A Day-One Update For Game Builder Garage Is Now Live

    Download it today!

    This week's big Nintendo release is Game Builder Garage - its origins, as you might already know, stem from Nintendo Labo. In short, you make games and you can even connect a USB mouse to enhance your experience. If you are one of the many who picked the game up on release, you might have noticed there's a day one update for it...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Updates
  • News The Pokémon Trading Card Game Reveals Its Next "Gimmick" - 4 Cards Create 1

    Good luck catching 'em all

    If being a Pokémon Trading Card fan wasn't already difficult enough in recent times with global shortages, scalpers and skyrocketing prices of certain rares, the new V-Union cards might make it even harder to collect 'em all. As explained by Serebii.net, this new "gimmick" requires players to collect all four cards to...

    • Pokemon
    • TCG
  • Watch Wholesome Direct Indie Game Showcase - Live!

    It's going to be cute

    We're into the E3 weekend, and while there are lots of big publishers taking part we're also really pleased to be liveblogging Wholesome Direct, which is focusing on charming and enjoyable Indie games. It kicks off at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm UK / 7pm CEST, with a little musical performance beforehand. Expect cute and...

    • Live Chat
    • WholesomeDirect
    • E3
    • E3 2021
  • Video New Trailer Appears For Arcade Paradise, A Game Where You Run Your Own Arcade

    "A '90s-fuelled retro arcade adventure"

    As part of today's Guerrilla Collective stream, Wired Productions has released a brand new trailer for Arcade Paradise, which is set to launch on Switch later this year. If you've not heard of this one before, the game has you playing as Ashley, who's just been given the keys to the family laundromat. As any...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Guerrilla Collective
  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (June 12th)

    More watching than playing this weekend

    All aboard the E3 Hype Train! Choo-choo! Yes, after a year off, E3 returns this weekend. We’ve already seen the opening show of Summer Game Fest and with Nintendo’s Direct coming up next Tuesday, we’ve got our fingers crossed for megatons. In other news, some Switch owners reported problems with the...

    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
    • What Are You Playing
    • Features
  • Mini Review Super Soccer Blast: America VS Europe - Simple But Sloppy Soccer

    Boot it

    The heavily delayed Euro 2020 tournament is just around the corner, and football fever is once again permeating the homes of countries worldwide. The Switch has several decent football games, but with EA launching frankly embarrassing yearly 'legacy' updates to its FIFA series on Switch, there are certainly gaps in the field for a midfield...

    • Mini Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News SkateBIRD Shreds Onto Nintendo Switch This August

    A skateboarding game with wings

    Skateboarding has experienced a bit of a resurgence in the land of video games over the past few years. For example, in just a few weeks the Birdman himself is bringing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 to the Nintendo Switch. If you're looking for something a little different though, you might want to check out SkateBIRD...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News CDPR Teams Up With Netflix For WitcherCon - A New Online Witcher Celebration Coming This July

    Just don't expect any game announcements

    Witcher fans listen up - there's a new con taking place on 9th July that will combine the world of The Witcher into one big online celebration. Introducing WitcherCon - bringing together CD Projekt Red's Witcher series and the Netflix Witcher series. According to the official website, fans can get ready for...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • The Witcher
    • CD Projekt Red
    • Netflix

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