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TodaySat, 29th Feb 2020

  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (February 29th)

    Here are our picks, but what are yours?

    In celebration of Pokémon Day, this week we got quite a lot of pocket monster news. One of the highlights was the reveal of the new mythical Grass/Dark-type Pokémon Zarude. Greninja was announced as Google's Pokémon of the Year, and Mewtwo is also

    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
    • What Are You Playing
    • Features
  • News Sora Named "Most Wanted" Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Fighter In Recent Japanese Poll

    Dante was the runner-up

    Earlier this month, there was a rumour Nintendo had previously approached Disney about adding the Kingdom Hearts protagonist Sora to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and was rejected by the American company's Japanese branch. Even if Disney isn't necessarily keen on the character's inclusion in Ninten

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Smash Bros
    • DLC
    • Kingdom Hearts
    • Japan
  • News The Project AM2R Creator Now Designs Levels For The Ori Developer Moon Studios

    Life after Nintendo's takedown notices

    You might remember a really impressive fan-made overhaul of Metroid II: Return of Samus – better known as Project AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) – that was released in 2016. Ever wondered what the creator has been up to since it was shut down by Nintendo? Well, it was actually a dream outcome for him in...

    • Random
    • Moon Studios
    • Microsoft
    • Metroid
    • Nintendo
  • News GDC 2020 Postponed Due To The Coronavirus Outbreak

    "we fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer"

    After close consultation with partners and the game development industry and community, this year's Game Developers Conference – scheduled to take place in March – has now been postponed. A statement on the GDC website said the plan was to host the annual event later on in summer and...

    • GDC
    • GDC 2020
    • Industry
    • North America

YesterdayFri, 28th Feb 2020

  • News NES Creator Reveals The "Shocking" Story Behind That Infamous Flap

    Why the Famicom lost a microphone and gained a hinge when it went west

    It’s well known that when the Famicom was redesigned as the NES for the American market, Nintendo wanted to make it resemble a video recorder rather than a games console – but the man behind the NES has revealed there is another reason why the American version of the console...

    • Retro
    • NES
    • Masayuki Uemura
  • News Here Are Two Teaser Posters For The Upcoming Monster Hunter Movie

    What's that coming over the hill?

    With the success of Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog – and the historical commercial performance of the live-action Resident Evil movies – the decision to turn Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise into a

    • Monster Hunter
    • Movies
  • News Analogue Is Retiring Its Amazing Nt Mini After One Final Production Run

    Once it's gone, it's gone

    Analogue has announced that it is retiring its Nt Mini system after one final production run. The Nt mini v2 features "a new and perfected NES cartridge slot, updated UI, branding, packaging, and includes a new 8BitDo 2.4g controller for NES in the box," but is, according to its maker, "the same Nt mini you know and love."...

    • Retro
    • Hardware
    • NES
    • Analogue
  • News Have The Ultimate Night In At The Swanky 'Nintendo Switch Suite'

    Welcome to the Hotel X

    Nintendo has a long and steamy history with the hotel industry, which for the sake of the kids we don't need to go into today (ahem). Jokes aside, this latest partnership with Nintendo of Canada and Hotel X Toronto does sound pretty darn cool – and it's for charity, too. Here's what Nintendo's PR blurb had to say...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Canada
  • News Fresh Gameplay Details For Animal Crossing: New Horizon Emerge From PAX East 2020

    Fish! Mats! Clothes! Camera angles!

    PAX East 2020 is now in full swing, and the event has given us a generous helping of fresh Animal Crossing: New Horizons information thanks to the fact that a playable demo is available on the show floor. Our friends over at US Gamer have pulled together some info on the PAX East build

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • PAX East
  • Random Sega Just Issued A Patch Which Protects Your Sensitive Eyes From Vocaloid Panties

    It was just a brief look, but still

    Patches are an important part of gaming in the modern era, and allow developers to tweak aspects of a game as well as fix issues that have slipped through testing into the final product. They also permit companies to correct embarrassing mistakes, as is the case with the Switch title Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sega
  • Review SEGA AGES Sonic The Hedgehog 2 - A Fantastic Game, But Who Hasn't Played It By Now?

    Hogging the limelight

    The Sega Ages series can evoke some strange reactions when it comes to game selection. There can be little denial that the series is at its best when it’s bringing us fantastic ports of Sega classics that don’t usually get the attention they deserve; the likes of Virtua Racing and Fantasy Zone are clear highlights so far...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Sonic
  • News Animal Crossing: New Horizons Won't Lock Any Customisation Options Behind Gender

    Shorts, skirts, long hair, short hair

    Making your character look like you is a big deal to a lot of gamers in games that offer character customisation, and so when certain styles or features don't quite look how you would want them to, it can be a touch annoying. What's even worse is when there is a hairstyle or eye shape that matches your real...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Animal Crossing
  • News Turns Out Super Sonic Was Almost In The Sonic Movie, But "It Didn't Make Sense Just Yet"

    "We knew that's something that's very important in the fan mythology"

    Despite all of the early drama with the Sonic movie and the horrible design of the lead character, most reviewers found the film to be pleasant enough and the audience score amazingly is on 93%. Sonic fans are fickle, we guess? Still, Sonic's origin story in this new cinematic...

    • Sonic
    • Movies
    • Sega
  • News Here's Your First Look At The Mythical Zarude In The Upcoming Pokémon Movie

    Introducing the 'Rogue Monkey Pokémon'

    After teasing the silhouette of the new mythical Pokémon for weeks on end, yesterday The Pokémon Company finally revealed the new Dark/Grass-type pocket monster Zarude in the Nintendo Switch games, Pokémon Sword and Shield

    • Pokemon
    • Movies
    • Anime
    • Japan
  • News PowerA Announces "Limited Release" Master Ball-Themed Controller For Nintendo Switch

    Available now on Amazon

    Switch accessory maker PowerA has unveiled a brand new enhanced wireless controller for the Nintendo Switch, that completes the Poké Ball line and celebrates this year's Pokémon Day. Introducing the Master Ball controller. Even if it's the same as the existing ones, the name alone makes it the best one by default. The...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Accessories
    • PowerA
    • Amazon
  • Video Heartwarming Animal Crossing: New Horizons Trailer Shows How The Game Brings Friends Together

    Go island-hopping with pals

    Nintendo has just released a new promotional trailer for Animal Crossing: New Horizons in Japan, which is aimed at showing how the game can bring together busy friends. In the clip, a quartet of schoolfriends is shown working, training and studying, all of which is making it hard for them to find time for one another in...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Video
    • Japan
  • Video Animal Crossing: New Horizons Comes To Life At PAX East 2020

    A sample of island life

    The Animal Crossing: New Horizons booth at PAX East this year is apparently so cute that some people are crying about it. If you can't make it to the show to see just how adorable it is, there's no need to worry, as Nintendo has now uploaded a one minute video of its bright and coloutful show floor. As you can see in the...

    • Video
    • Nintendo
    • Animal Crossing
    • PAX East
    • North America
  • News Jakks Pacific Has More Super Mario Toys For 2020, Including A Talking Mario That Won't Shut Up

    I just want a shy guy

    Jakks Pacific is known for making rather lovely video game-related figures, and its Mario toys to date have been really great. So it's really wonderful news that Jakks is bringing us a whole new series of Super Mario toys for 2020. Nintendo World Report got hands-on with these at the Toy Fair in New York recently. We'd...

    • Mario
    • Toys
  • News The Witcher 3 Polish Language Pack DLC Is Now Available On Switch

    A free download

    If you're a big fan of The Witcher 3: Wild - Complete Edition on the Nintendo Switch and would perhaps like to play through the game with Polish subtitles and dubs (and live outside of Poland), you now can, thanks to the recently released language pack. As highlighted by the Nintendo Switch subreddit user dark_skeleton, this free...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • The Witcher 3
    • DLC
    • Saber Interactive
    • CD Projekt
  • Mini Review One Finger Death Punch 2 - A Brutally Rhythmic Brawler

    Devastating left-right combo

    For all of the hard work, physical preparation, and learned technique that goes into high-level combat sport, it's all about two basic things: hitting and not getting hit. It's an appropriate analogy with which to start a review of One Finger Death Punch 2, where an increasingly elaborate fighting game plays out through...

    • Mini Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
  • Video Check Out 11 Bone-Crunching Minutes Of Streets Of Rage 4 Co-op Gameplay

    With FOUR players!

    A few days ago we got treated to a new trailer for Streets of Rage 4, which introduced a new character called Floyd, who's set to dish out some serious damage with his incredibly strong cybernetic arms. Although Floyd’s movement and health recovery are slower than most, he boasts the longest reach among the playable roster and...

    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
    • Video
  • News Yacht Club Games Is "Absolutely" Considering A Shovel Knight Sequel

    "it's something we talk about a lot"

    Yacht Club Games has made it quite clear that it's not done with Shovel Knight. In fact, at the start of this month, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove artist Sandy Gordon explained how the developer would continue to make games about the popular indie hero forever and ever. Even though Treasure Trove is now...

    • Yacht Club Games
    • Shovel Knight
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Indie
    • PAX East
  • News Evercade Lineup Grows Thanks To "Modern Retro" Titles Xeno Crisis And Tanglewood

    The 12th cart announced so far

    We've been following the progress of the Evercade with interest over the past year, and today the news has broken that the 12th confirmed cart for the system will be a double pack which includes Xeno Crisis and Tanglewood, two modern titles designed with Sega's classic Mega Drive hardware in mind. Xeno Crisis, as you...

    • Evercade
    • Retro
  • News ARMS Graphic Novels Still Being Made, But With No Release Date Yet

    No ARM in that

    A graphic novel series based on the ARMS IP has been in the works at Dark Horse Comics for some time now, but we're sure we don't need to tell you all that as wonderful as the game is, it's not exactly at the forefront of most Switch owners' minds anymore; feel free to correct us on this fact in the comments. Despite us now being...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS

Thursday27th Feb 2020

  • News Mewtwo And The Kanto Starters Are Now Appearing In Pokémon Sword And Shield Max Raid Battles

    Celebrating Pokémon Day 2020

    To celebrate this year's Pokémon Day, from now until the 2nd March, Mewtwo and the Kanto region starters will be appearing in Max Raid Battles in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Gigantamax Grimmsnarl, Kingler, Hatterene, Orbeetle and Toxtricity will also show up from time to time. As exciting as this may sound,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
  • News The Monkey-Like Zarude Is The New Mythical Pokémon In Sword And Shield

    Update: The news finally breaks

    Update: (Thu 27th Feb, 2020 14:15 GMT): The new Pokémon is the Dark/Grass-type monster called Zarude. You can see the monster in action in the trailer below. Here's some official info: Zarude is a Dark- and Grass-type Pokémon that can grow vines from the back of its neck, its wrists, and the soles of its feet...

    • Pokemon
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Random Animal Crossing: New Horizons Booth At PAX East Reduces Discord Community Manager To Tears

    "it's like the cutest thing I've ever seen"

    Animal Crossing: New Horizons is so cute and adorable that it's capable of reducing some fans to tears (of joy). This is exactly what happened when Mallory Loar – the community manager of the Discord app – first saw Nintendo's Animal Crossing booth at this year's PAX East. The event runs from 27th...

    • Random
    • Animal Crossing
    • PAX East
    • Discord
    • North America
  • News Google's Pokémon Of The Year Vote Winner Is Announced, And It's Pretty Surprising

    Did your favourite win?

    Update: (Thu 27th Feb, 2020 14:25 GMT): The results are in! Greninja Lucario Mimikyu Charizard Umbreo Sylveon Garchomp Rayquaza Gardevoir Gengar Original Story (Wed 26th Feb, 2020 10:00 GMT): Earlier this month, Google opened up a 'Pokémon of the Year' voting form which had fans of the series declaring their favo

    • Pokemon
  • Review Rune Factory 4 Special - The Definitive Version Of A Series Classic

    "You're always welcome here"

    The Harvest Moon series made quite a name for itself when it first released on the SNES in 1996, trading the typical combat-centric trappings of an RPG in favour of a much more laid-back and slower-paced focused on farming. Many sequels would follow in the coming years, and on the tenth anniversary, Marvelous produced an...

    • Reviews
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Rune Factory
  • News Itching For 2020's First Nintendo Direct? One Super Mario Maker 2 Player Got Tired Of Waiting

    Direct to you

    We all know that patience is a virtue, but we gamers are an impatient bunch, and while Pokémon and Animal Crossing fans have had it good with bespoke Direct broadcasts of their own, Switch owners awaiting 2020's first full-fat Nintendo Direct presentation have been left twiddling their thumbs throughout January and February. There

    • Video
    • Nintendo Direct
    • Super Mario Maker 2
  • News Stardew Valley Creator Says Version 1.5 Is "Currently In The Works"

    Another free content update is on the way

    Earlier this month, Stardew Valley creator Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone revealed he was working on two new projects – with both of the titles having links to the popular farming and lifestyle simulator. That doesn't mean he's necessarily done with his original creation, though. In a recent update over on...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Updates
  • Nintendo Download 27th February (Europe)

    Metro! Metro Again! Samurai Shodown! Two Point Hospital!

    The latest Nintendo Download update for Europe has arrived, and it's bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. As always, be sure to drop a vote in our poll and comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy! Switch Retail - New Releases: Rune Factory 4 Special...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Europe
  • Nintendo Download 27th February (North America)

    Bloodroots, Battlesloths and Bucket Knight! (and Metro)

    The latest Nintendo Download update for North America has arrived, and it's bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. As always, be sure to drop a vote in our poll and comment down below with your potential picks for the week. Enjoy! Switch eShop: Bloodroots (Paper Cult, Fri 28th...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Nintendo Switch
    • North America
  • News Turn-Based Strategy Epic Brigandine: The Legend Of Runersia Launches Exclusively On Switch This June

    And we're getting a physical version, too

    Happinet's sequel to the 1998 turn-based strategy title Brigandine is launching exclusively on Switch on June 25th, it has been revealed. Brigandine: The Legend Of Runersia involves picking a nation and building a loyal army so you can explore and conquer over 40 locations and do battle with "100 unique...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Limited Run Games
  • News Alien Hominid Invasion Is The Behemoth's Run 'N' Gun Classic 'Reimagined' On Switch

    Platforms confirmed with gameplay

    Recently announced title Alien Hominid Invasion has been confirmed for Switch by developer and publisher The Behemoth. Described as a 're-imagination' of the 2004 original, it was revealed at the end of January, and while it seemed obvious that the game would come to Switch - especially given last year's release of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Alien Hominid
  • News PlatinumGames' Third Piece Of Big News Is A New Tokyo Studio

    "At PlatinumGames, everyone’s a creator"

    2020 is shaping up to be a big year for Japanese studio PlatinumGames. The company has already successfully crowdfunded a remaster of The Wonderful 101, and yesterday announced Project G.G., a new IP which it aims to publish itself. Those were the first of four

    • PlatinumGames
    • Japan
    • Development
  • Video Feast Your Eyes On 12 Minutes Of Genshin Impact Gameplay

    Taken from the PC version, but still

    Genshin Impact has certainly gained a lot of attention lately thanks to its visual similarity to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but the game is nonetheless shaping up to be quite a cool RPG experience – and

    • Nintendo Switch
    • PAX East
    • Video
  • News Sludge Life Is Quite Unlike Any Game We've Seen, And It's Coming To Switch This Spring

    "Wanna buy a washing machine?"

    You can always rely on Devolver Digital to offer up quirky, left-field games, and Sludge Life certainly fits that description. This low-fi 3D adventure game will be hitting Switch and the Epic Games Store this spring, and involves graffiti, farting, photography and urinating into toilets (no, really). Sludge Life...

    • Switch eShop
    • PAX East
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Famitsu Survey Reveals 88% Of Readers Intend To Purchase The Pokémon Sword And Shield Expansion Pass

    Only a few say they won't

    One of the more memorable segments of last month's Pokémon Direct was the reveal of a mighty expansion pass for the latest entries, Pokémon Sword and Shield. Rather than a third entry or 'Ultra' version, this two-part DLC add-on will allow players to continue to their adventure within the Galar Region and uses the same...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • DLC
    • Famitsu
    • Japan
  • News The Pokémon Company Cancels Multiple Store Events In Japan As Coronavirus Cases Rise

    Confirmed cases in Japan now number more than 200

    As news emerges that Japanese schools are to close until April due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, The Pokémon Company has stated that it will be cancelling a series of live events at its Pokémon Stores across the country. As of February 29th, 2020, the following events have been called off...

    • Pokemon
    • Japan
    • Coronavirus
  • News Samurai Shodown Version 1.60 Brings A New DLC Fighter And An Important Fix For Galford's Pooch

    "Go Poppy!"

    Samurai Shodown has been updated to version 1.60, and the headline news here is that a new DLC character is now available. Mina Majikina joins the likes of Rimururu, Basara, Kazuki Kazama and Wan-Fu as a paid-for fighter, and will be followed by Sogetsu Kazama, Iroha and one more yet-to-be-revealed character as part of the game's...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Samurai Shodown
    • SNK
  • Mini Review Willy Jetman: Astromonkey's Revenge - A Fun Homage To The Classics Of Yore

    Willy or won't he?

    With a name like Willy Jetman, developer Last Chicken Games seems to be courting a nostalgic audience who fondly recall the ZX Spectrum adventures of Matthew Smith's Jet Set Willy and Rare's (née Ultimate Play the Game) Lunar Jetman. It's a tried and tested move to attract interest in a crowded digital marketplace, and frankly,...

    • Mini Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Willy Jetman
    • Reviews
  • News Shovel Knight Dig Won't Arrive Until 2021, Yacht Club Confirms

    New digs next year

    A small flurry of announcements dropped yesterday courtesy of Yacht Club Games, such as the reveal of Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon and an update confirming Shovel Knight amiibo support for Cyber Shadow. If that wasn'

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Shovel Knight
    • Yacht Club Games
  • News Animal Crossing On Mobile Begins "Preparing For Future Events" With A New Update

    What's on the horizon?

    Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for Android and iOS devices has been receiving a little extra attention in recent times. It's mostly to do with the upcoming release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Switch next month. Even though the two games aren't directly linked, there'll still be promotional offers in both, where...

    • Animal Crossing
    • Nintendo Mobile
    • Updates
  • News UK Fans Can Celebrate Pokémon Day With A Nice Cup Of Tea

    Are you team blue or team red?

    It’s 27th February, and, as any true Pokémon fan will know, that means it's Pokémon Day! To celebrate this day of fun and frolics, the lovely folks over at the Nintendo Official UK Store are offering the choice of a free water or fire partner Pokémon mug with all Pokémon games and Pokémon console bundles,...

    • Deals
    • Pokemon
    • UK
  • News Cyber Shadow Will Support The Shovel Knight amiibo Line When It Arrives This Fall

    Call on a knight

    During Yacht Club's latest presentation, it was revealed the 8-bit platformer Cyber Shadow would be released on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this fall. If you haven't heard about this title before, it's a game that's been developed by Aarne Hunziker from Mechanical Head Studios over the past decade and has...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • amiibo
    • Yacht Club Games
  • News Picross Developer Jupiter Reveals Working Zombies, A New Non-Picross Project

    Update: "Coming Soon" according to reveal trailer

    Update: And here's the trailer! Original Story: After years of being chained to their desks churning out Picross game after Picross game after Picross game, developer Jupiter has teased and subsequently revealed a new game that doesn't involve steadily solving puzzles to reveal pixel art pictures...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Japan
  • Events EGX Rezzed 2020 Returns To The UK Next Month

    Tickets Available Now

    Our good friends over at Gamer Network wanted us to remind you of their upcoming EGX Rezzed 2020 event which returns to Tobacco Dock in London, England, UK this March 26-28. The eclectic game show is unlike most others, with a lot more laid back atmosphere and emphasis on smaller developers and unique games. An overview of...

    • Events
    • EGX Rezzed
    • UK

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