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  • News Rumoured Switch Pro Might Not Actually Use Nvidia's Tegra X1+ Chip

    And don't expect major performance improvements or 4K support

    For a while now, there have been ongoing rumours about a Switch 'Pro' model. While we're yet to hear anything official from Nintendo, in recent times reports about the system resurfaced – with claims from DigiTimes an enhanced model would be released as early as mid-2020. Now, the...

    • Rumour
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nvidia
    • Hardware
    • Tegra
  • News DC Universe Online Developer "Very Pleased" With Response To Switch Version

    Superhero success

    It doesn't always work out for every developer that releases one of its games on the Nintendo Switch, but there are also a lot of success stories out there. One of the more surprising ports released on the platform last year, that few Switch owners probably saw coming, was DC Universe Online. In a recent interview with...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • DC
  • News Skies Of Arcadia Dev "Really" Wants To Make A Sequel

    Update: Dev says "thanks" for fan support

    Update - Thu 23rd Jan, 2020 03:05 GMT: Kenji followed up this tweet a few days later by thanking everyone for showing their support for Skies of Arcadia and said he would forward all of the positive feedback to Sega directly, to let it know how passionate fans are about the game (via DualShockers)...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sega
    • Dreamcast
    • GameCube
  • News The Rumours Were True, A Netflix Witcher "Anime" Movie Really Is In The Works

    From the studio behind Legend of Korra

    After the success of the books and video games, Netflix is cashing in on The Witcher. Most recently we saw it release season one of its digital series starring Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, and now the streaming giant is interested telling more stories from the same universe. After ongoing rumours, it has...

    • Netflix
    • Movie
    • The Witcher
  • News Nintendo Won't Be Required To Offer eShop Pre-Order Refunds In Norway Or Germany

    At least for now

    Nintendo's already made headlines for a separate legal matter this week, and now after a two-year court battle, it has reportedly won a separate case against the German Consumer Protection Authority (VZBV) and Norway's Consumer Rights Council. The Japanese video game giant was accused of violating Norwegian and EU consumer laws, by...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo
    • Europe
    • Legal
  • News New Super Lucky's Tale Dev Playful Studios "Significantly" Reduces Full-Time Staff

    "we've dared to dream big"

    Last year was an exciting and busy time for Playful Studios, with the release of New Super Lucky's Tale on the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, though, we're sad to report the company has had to lay off a portion of full-time staff, effective immediately. In an open message on the Playful's website, founders Paul Bettner...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Industry

YesterdayWed, 22nd Jan 2020

  • News DOOM Director Says The Team Has "Bantered" With Nintendo Asking For Doomguy In Smash Bros.

    "We’re open-minded"

    It's only been a handful of days since Fire Emblem's Byleth was revealed as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's fifth DLC challenger, but discussion surrounding the next set of fighters has already begun. We've already had our first rumour doing the rounds earlier today, and now it's time for a spot of wishful thinking. We don't mean

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Smash Bros
    • DOOM
  • Rumour Crash Bandicoot Is Smash Ultimate DLC Fighter 6, According To Byleth Leaker

    Here we go again...

    The rumours are already starting to circulate around Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's next set of DLC fighters (do they ever stop?), and this time Crash Bandicoot is the talk of the town. This supposed 'leak' comes from a Twitter user going by the name @MandyCanNot, a seemingly

    • Rumour
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Smash Bros
  • Guide Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Everything We Know So Far

    NookPhone? Yay! No cloud saves? Booo…

    Following its reveal in 2018, we’ve all been clamouring for more information about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If you’re after details on the game - scheduled to arrive very soon on 20th March 2020 - you’ve come to the right place; we’ve compiled everything we know so far about Animal Crossing: New...

    • Guides
    • Features
    • Animal Crossing
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Guide Best Cheap Nintendo Switch Games And Switch eShop Deals (US)

    Our regularly updated picks of discounted games on Switch

    With so many games hitting the Nintendo Switch eShop each week, regular sales have become a welcome fixture on the Switch and there are huge numbers of cheap and discounted games available on the Switch eShop at any given time. Here we're concentrating on the very cheapest bargains. With so...

    • Guides
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Deals
  • News To The Moon Mysteriously Disappears From Nintendo Switch eShop In Europe

    eShop listing and web page are no more

    Last week saw the launch of the wonderful To The Moon on Nintendo Switch across Europe and North America. We couldn't recommend the thing enough in our review, but European fans might now struggle to get their hands on it. The game released on 16th January and has been sitting on the Switch eShop ever since...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • News Nicalis Slashes Prices Of 12 Games In Nintendo Switch eShop Sale (Europe)

    Up to 66% off games like Cave Story+

    Publisher Nicalis is currently hosting a mighty sale on the Nintendo Switch eShop in Europe, slashing the prices of almost every one of its games. There are 12 titles available at a lower-than-usual price point at the moment, some of which seem to be at their lowest price ever. Here's the full list, including...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Sales
    • Nicalis
  • News Panic Button Needs Time To Refine DOOM Eternal On Switch, id Software Says It Won't Be A "Huge" Delay

    Hell, we're excited

    As you might recall, last year DOOM Eternal got delayed. The reason behind it was to ensure id Software and Bethesda could deliver "the best experience" possible. The Switch version was, unfortunately, hit the hardest at the time, and the developer said it would announce a release date for this particular platform in the future...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • DOOM Eternal
    • id Software
    • Panic Button
  • News Mortal Kombat Kollection Online Rated By PEGI, And It's Bringing The "Klassics" To Switch

    Get over here!

    The Pan European Game Information board (commonly abbreviated as PEGI), has seemingly lifted the lid on the Mortal Kombat Kollection Online ahead of an official announcement. If this rating is accurate, the game will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch in the near future. A project from the team behind...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Mortal Kombat
    • Warner Bros.
  • News Pokémon Clone Temtem Is So Successful Its Servers Are Crumbling Under Demand

    Could be one of the biggest Steam launches ever

    Crema Games has just released its monster-collecting MMO Temtem on Steam early access, and it's proven to be so successful that players have had trouble getting online with the game. Thankfully, it would seem that things are now

    • Switch eShop
    • Temtem
    • Pokemon
  • Mini Review Lydia - One Of The Most Emotionally Impactful Games On Switch

    Some monsters can’t be seen

    Lydia is a powerful game. It’s the kind of experience that, while very short, will make you stop and think about its story long after the end credits roll. It’s tense, funny, and heartbreaking all in one go, and with the option to purchase additional DLC in support of the Finnish A-Clinic Foundation, its underlying...

    • Mini Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
  • News Take A Peek Inside Japan's Pikachu-Filled Pokémon Train

    'Pokémon With You'

    We're used to seeing Japan get all the cool stuff - like adorable Kirby Cafes and amazing Pokémon stores - but sometimes even the country's public transport gets in on the action. The video above, shared by Japan's national rail service, shows off the '

    • Pokemon
    • Japan
  • Japanese Charts Pokémon Sword And Shield Lifetime Sales Overtake Splatoon 2, And Smash Is Next

    But it didn't get number one this week

    Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for 13th - 19th January, revealing that Pokémon Sword and Shield has lost its first-place position after nine straight weeks at the top. The two titles lost out to new Yakuza and Dragon Ball Z releases this week, but it's not all bad for the monster-catching beast...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Charts
    • Japan
  • Feature Hyperkin Explains Why Its Next Console Is Bringing The Game Boy To Your Living Room

    Forget those "streetlight-lit car rides home"

    Hyperkin has been one of the biggest names in 'new' retro products for quite some time now, thanks to products like the RetroN 5 and Supa Boy. The company is back with a new device – the RetroN Jr. – which plays the ent

    • Features
    • Interviews
    • Retro
    • Hyperkin
    • Game Boy
  • Feature Star Trek On Nintendo Consoles - Where Are The Great Star Trek Games?

    As Captain Picard returns, we browse the franchise’s Nintendo back catalogue

    Whether you're a final frontier fan or not, you've probably noticed the onslaught of advertising for the latest entry in CBS' ever-growing catalogue of Star Trek series. The impending return of Jean-Luc Picard to television screens this week is a massive media event and...

    • Features
    • Star Trek
  • News You Could Get Your Hands On A Polymega Early Thanks To Its Upcoming Beta Test

    Early (retro) access

    All-in-one retro console Polymega is due to launch this year, and the company behind it has just announced a beta test program which will give a lucky number of applications early access to the hardware. If you've already placed your preorder and you apply via the website before 5PM PST on January 31st, you could be selected to...

    • Polymega
    • Retro
    • Hardware
  • News Harder Difficulties And Permadeath Return To DOOM Eternal

    Ready up

    Updated - Wed 22nd Jan, 2020 03:30 GMT: DOOM has always been known for having multiple difficulty settings that will give even the most seasoned gamer a tough time. When DOOM Eternal is released, it'll continue this tradition. Shacknews recently went hands-on with a preview build of the game and spotted a "top-tier" Nightmare difficulty,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • DOOM Eternal
  • Review Puzzle & Dragons Gold - Sadly, Not Everything That Glitters Is Gold

    An unfortunate misstep in a beloved series

    The Puzzle & Dragons series has been a juggernaut in the mobile gaming space for close to a decade now, due in no small part to its distinctly satisfying blend of RPG elements with match-3 puzzle action. Even today, the series still routinely pulls grosses well into the billions, which has naturally led...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News Pokémon GO 2020 Global Events Revealed, Safari Zones To Be Held In US And UK

    Here are the dates and locations you need

    Pokémon GO developer Niantic has announced a handful of large-scale community events set to take place throughout the first half of the year. Four events have been detailed so far, all taking place between February and May of 2020. The majority of these are Pokémon GO Safari Zone events, which have...

    • Pokemon
    • Pokemon GO
    • Mobile
  • News Nicalis Releasing Physical Switch Edition Of Redout On 27th March, Pre-Order Now

    First 1,000 copies include a mini CD soundtrack

    If you're looking for a fast fix on the Switch, one game worth checking out is Redout. It's a high-intensity low-gravity futuristic racing experience that is similar but different to games like FAST RMX, Wipeout and even the F-Zero series. In the latest news, Redout's publisher Nicalis has announced a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nicalis
  • News Smash Bros. Ultimate Hosts Kunio-kun Event Later This Week, Four New Spirits Up For Grabs

    Get ready to brawl

    One iconic series that doesn't always get the recognition it probably deserves is Kunio-kun (also known as River City and Street Gangs here in the west). Thankfully, though, this week Nintendo is celebrating it in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Starting this Friday, on 24th January, there'll be a new event all about this long-time...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo
    • Super Smash Bros
  • News Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Makes Its Netflix Debut On 27th February

    The legend returns

    The Pokémon Company has announced the latest animated Pokémon movie, Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, will be making its debut on the digital streaming service Netflix next month, on 27th February. If you recall our coverage of this movie last year, you might remember how it is a CGI reimagining of Pokémon: The First...

    • Pokemon
    • Movie
    • Netflix
    • Mewtwo

Tuesday21st Jan 2020

  • News Federal Court Rules $10.1 Million Case Against Nintendo's Wii Remote As Invalid

    Nintendo says it will "vigorously defend" its products

    In a press release sent out today, Nintendo has announced that a patent asserted against technology found within the Wii Remote has been deemed invalid. The ruling comes from a federal court in Dallas and nullifies a $10.1 million jury award against Nintendo from way back in 2017. According to...

    • Wii
    • Nintendo
    • Legal
  • News Saber Interactive Says The Witcher 3 Update For Switch Will Be "Worth The Wait"

    More than minor?

    Earlier this month, Saber Interactive said it was hard at work on an update for its Switch port of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition. While it was originally thought to be a minor update, a recent comment from the developer suggests it might be a lot bigger. In response to a question on its

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • The Witcher 3
    • Saber Interactive
  • Random Pixel Artist Imagines What Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Would Look Like On The SNES

    ...and now we want to play it

    Zelda: Breath of the Wild redefined what we expect from a Zelda game, pushing the series forward in exciting new directions but also shedding some of the baggage the franchise has been saddled with since the '80s. Still, that doesn't mean we don't have a soft spot for Zelda's past glories, and it goes without saying...

    • Random
    • Zelda
    • SNES
  • News Expect Game Announcements "Throughout The Year", Says Nintendo

    Surprising no one, really

    Just in case anyone out there was worried about Nintendo's lineup of releases for 2020, you'll be pleased to know that the gaming giant has confirmed that more announcements will be coming our way throughout the rest of the year. Because of course they are. Yesterday, we shared an infographic that shows off 20 exciting...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Talking Point How Often Do You Make The 'Switch Sacrifice'?

    Portability or performance - which do you choose?

    As any Switch owner knows, one of the biggest selling points of the console is the ability to seamlessly transition from docked to portable mode and play your games wherever you like; it's the USP that Nintendo pushed from the beginning and has given players the freedom to take their AAA titles on...

    • Features
    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Square Enix Indie Division Teases Imminent Nintendo Switch Announcement

    But what could it be?

    Square Enix Collective, a division of the well-known Japanese publisher which provides funding and publishing services to indie developers, has teased a new Switch announcement for later this week. The studio is remaining tight-lipped on what the announcement might be, but you can see the tease for yourself below. In this very...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Square Enix
  • News Nintendo Reveals The Playable Characters In The Next Wave Of DLC For Fire Emblem: Three Houses

    Prepare for battle, again

    Last week, the protagonist of Fire Emblem: Three Houses Byleth was announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC character and it was also revealed a fourth house would be added to the newest Fire Emblem entry on Switch. So far, we know the fourth house featured in the fourth Expansion DLC – Cindered Shadows – will...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Fire Emblem
    • DLC
  • News The Switch Online Mobile App Just Got Another Minor Update

    It's been a while...

    If you're one of the few people who still make regular use of the Switch Online smartphone app, you might be interested to hear Nintendo recently rolled out a new update for it. Admittedly, though, it doesn't do much. This time around it's a simple fix for an issue that made it impossible to sign in on certain devices:...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Mobile
  • News Here's Your First Look At The Third Season Of Castlevania On Netflix

    But there's still no release date

    One surprisingly good animated series released by Netflix in recent years is Castlevania. It's based on the video game series of the same name and stars the one and only Trevor Belmont who must save the world from Dracula's army of demons. The show was developed by Adi Shankar and a third season was previously...

    • Castlevania
    • Netflix
  • News Animal Crossing: New Horizons Character Renders Appear, Long Sleeves For Animals Confirmed

    Hoodies, shirts, cardigans!

    A fresh batch of official character renders for Animal Crossing: New Horizons has appeared, giving us a good look at some of our favourite villagers (islanders?) in the new game, and confirming an absolute bombshell: they can wear long sleeves! We jest, of course, but this is actually a series first and will no doubt add...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Upcoming Releases
  • UK Charts WarioWare Gold Leaps From 827th To Fifth In Very Successful Week For 3DS

    Here's one for the grandkids...

    UK chart data is now in for the week ending 18th January, revealing that the good old 3DS has had a pretty cracking week in the country. The biggest talking point here is WarioWare Gold, which has managed to climb all the way up to fifth position out of absolutely nowhere. According to GamesIndustry.biz, the game was...

    • 3DS
    • Charts
    • UK
  • News This Untitled Goose Game LEGO Set Could Be Yours, But You'll Have To Vote For It

    Complete with goose and Minifigure

    Indie sensation Untitled Goose Game could get its very own LEGO set, but you'll have to put your mouse clicking where your mouth is to turn that dream into a reality. A LEGO set idea based on the popular game has been submitted to LEGO Ideas, a website which allows fans to share their very own ideas for new LEGO...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • LEGO
    • Switch eShop
  • News Surprise! The Walking Dead Seasons 2 And 3 Have Launched On Switch Today

    Two games out of the blue

    Today, both The Walking Dead: Season Two and The Walking Dead: A New Frontier have released on Nintendo Switch. Both are available to download from the eShop as we speak. Both games were first announced for Switch wa

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • Anniversary Super Smash Bros. Turns 21 Today

    And look how far it's come!

    On 21st January 1999, the original Super Smash Bros. was released for the Nintendo 64 in Japan. Over the last 21 years, Smash has become one of the most celebrated, adored, and hype-inducing series available on Nintendo's platforms. The character selection screen in Super Smash Bros. with all characters unlocked...

    • Super Smash Bros
    • N64
    • Retro
    • Anniversary
  • News Animal Crossing's Former Co-Director Isao Moro Is Now Teaching Children How To Program

    Life after Nintendo

    For a lot of individuals, being employed by Nintendo and helping create a series like Animal Crossing would probably be a dream job that they would want to keep doing for as long as possible. Not everyone at the company necessarily sees out the remainder of their working years there, though. Isao Moro is one of these people who...

    • Nintendo
    • Isao Moro
    • Animal Crossing
    • Japan
  • News Capcom Devs Open To New Mega Man Battle Network Game, But Need To Consider "All" Factors

    It requires "careful ideas and preparations"

    Capcom's blue bomber Mega Man might not be the most popular video game mascot nowadays, but he's still got a full-time gig. In more recent years we've seen the release of Mega Man 11, multiple Mega Man collections and last year he even got a new animated show called Mega Man: Fully Charged. With a lot of...

    • Capcom
    • Mega Man
  • Review Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times - Passable Fantasy Role-Playing Action

    Dungeon brawling

    The Warhammer licence has spawned countless games over the years – from surprisingly decent shooters to god-awful tactical offerings, and everything in between – but it’s when developers attempt to emulate the tabletop gaming that things can get really interesting. The original 1995 version of Warhammer Quest was recreated in...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Warhammer
  • News Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions Brings The Soccer-Anime Series Back After 10 Years Away

    Heading to Switch in the west

    Ten whole years since the release of the last game in the series, Bandai Namco has announced Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions for Nintendo Switch and other platforms. Based on the manga created by Yoichi Takahashi, the game is set to follow the athletic exploits of Tsubasa Ozora and the glory his teammates...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Another Mario Kart Tour Multiplayer Test Is Coming, And You're Invited

    No subscription required

    Nintendo has revealed that Mario Kart Tour is set to feature a second beta test for its upcoming multiplayer offerings, and this time everyone can get in on the fun. We've known that multiplayer racing has been planned for the app ever since it launched back in September last year, but it still hasn't arrived in full form...

    • Mario Kart
    • Mario Kart Tour
    • Mobile
  • News Sinless, A Snatcher-Inspired Point-And-Click Visual Novel, Lands On Switch This Week

    Cyberpunk-and-click

    Arriving later this week on Switch eShop, MGP Studios' Sinless is a point-and-click visual novel hybrid hoping to capture some of the spirit of Hideo Kojima's 1988 graphic adventure Snatcher. Set in a cyberpunk future, you reside in an 'Omni-Care sanctioned city' in a world that's been consumed by a 'New Order'. On the surface...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Chill The Beans This Week With OmoTomO, A Zen Garden Puzzler Creeping To Switch

    Notlob

    Coming later this week to eShop is this relaxing, Japanese-inspired puzzler from developers at the University of Arts in Zurich. Funded by the Swiss Art council, OmoTomO takes place in a zen garden setting and charges you with guiding two growing tree-like creatures (the eponymous and palindromic OmoTomO) over stones to water. Further...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases

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