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Guide 23 Best Wii U eShop Games You Should Get Before They're Gone Forever
Yes, Wii U had games that didn't get Switch ports!
It’s the final countdown — the Wii U eShop is closing for new purchases today, Monday 27th March, so we’re republishing this guide to highlight some gems you might want to consider snapping up... While many are rightly lamenting the upcoming death of the 3DS eShop, we feel like fewer gamers...
Feature 19 Game Boy Games We'd Love To See On Nintendo Switch Online
Yes, that includes Game Boy Color
Well, it happened — Game Boy games are finally on the Nintendo Switch Online service. This is another one of those rumours that we've been hearing about for a good while now, and in february 2023, Nintendo just snapped its fingers and popped seven rather lovely classics onto NSO just like that. Originally, the...
Feature Artist Larry Achiampong's Life Of Nintendo, Creativity And Inspiration
"That’s the beauty of video games, it’s our way of life"
While there are often discussions around the merits of gaming as an artform, we perhaps talk less about examples of games helping to inspire other contemporary art. Yet as years pass it's an inevitability, as the role of games in the lives of millions has transformed since the mid- to...
Feature The Story Of Affordable Space Adventures, The Wii U eShop's Best Exclusive
"I don’t know why, but Nicklas was hanging around in the office!"
When Nintendo confirmed the upcoming closure of the Wii U eShop (and the 3DS store, too), thoughts immediately turned to exclusives that'll be lost. The most prominent of these on the system, we'd suggest, is Affordable Space Adventures, a unique game only on Wii U and destined to...
Feature From Chrono Trigger To Super Mario RPG, The Varied Influences Of Sea Of Stars
"Just like with The Messenger, with the genre we want to present our 'definitive edition'"
The Messenger made a notable impact when it arrived back in 2018, with its sharp design and Ninja Gaiden-inspired gameplay also giving way to a major twist and very modern design. In that case developer Sabotage captured the imagination of retro gamers and...
Feature "Shovel Knight Feels Like Our 'Mario', But We Kept Wondering What Our 'Zelda' Might Be"
Yacht Club Games discusses the creative process for Mina the Hollower
Yacht Club Games is a company that needs little introduction, particularly thanks to the huge success and acclaim for Shovel Knight, a title that had multiple major expansions and campaigns over a number of years. The company has been busy beyond that too; last year it published...
Soapbox Why Can't Nintendo Offer Both Virtual Console And Switch Online?
Says the writer that will need to redownload a lot of VC purchases on Wii U and 3DS
Soapbox features enable our individual writers and contributors to voice their opinions on hot topics and random stuff they've been chewing over. Today, Thomas discusses the unnecessary 'choice' by Nintendo between Virtual Console and Nintendo Switch Online...
News EarthBound Beginnings Notebook Finally Available In North America
Update: Phase Distorter Luggage Tag also on My Nintendo Store
Update [Thu 22nd Dec, 2022 18:15 GMT]: Mother fans in North America, Nintendo has a bit of a treat for you this Holiday season. The Big N has brought back the EarthBound Beginnings Eight Melodies notebook, which was only available in Japan and Europe previously. Along with this lovely...
Guide Best Nintendo Switch Football Games
We mean Soccer, not that 'other' football
Updated with Retro Goal and Soccer Story. Enjoy! Football is the world's most popular sport, from the elite level of child-like millionaires with dazzling skills and impressive diving techniques, to actual children on playgrounds using jumpers for goalposts. Being a football / soccer fan that owns a...
Review Soccer Story - A Football Adventure With Plenty Of Extra Time
Yes, it's quite like Golf Story
It's a very normal part of the gaming industry for an out-of-the-blue smash hit to define a subgenre and, in the process, inspire a number of similar games. When Golf Story arrived on Switch in 2017, taking the RPG slant of Game Boy Color's Mario Golf and pushing it in new directions, it set a particular tone for...
Review Retro Goal - An Addictive Slice Of Club Football With A Side Of Management
Or Soccer, if you insist
Back in February we had Retro Bowl, a simple but fantastic take on American Football, right in time for the Super Bowl. It was an accomplished port by New Star Games, which had originally enjoyed success with the release on mobile, and now we get Retro Goal in time for the football/soccer World Cup. Once again it's a light...
Feature Wii U Memories - Our Pre-Launch Thoughts On Nintendo's Charming Misstep
You Wii-n some, U lose some
It's the 10th anniversary of the Wii U's North American launch and to mark the occasion we invited erstwhile Nintendo Life editor and all-around thoroughly nice chap Thomas Whitehead to reminisce about the machine, the time he first got his hands on it, and the hot takes he had pre-launch... The Wii U is now 10 years...
Review NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition - A Modern Classic Shines On Switch
NieR:Automata is perhaps a story of the power of word of mouth. A sequel in an IP with a devoted but modest following by Square Enix standards, it became a notable sales success over time as initial fans convinced neutrals that something special had arrived. Director Yoko Taro was also clever in his approach to storytelling - playing...
Review Easy Come Easy Golf - Everybody's Golf Spiritual Successor Scores A Birdie On Switch
Finally, golf for everybody (with a Switch)
Clap Hanz is a studio closely linked with PlayStation, producing hugely popular titles Everybody's Golf / Hot Shots Golf across multiple generations (over the course of 20 years+). Recently it loosened up its swing and went another way, however, releasing Clap Hanz Golf on Apple Arcade. It's that title...
Review Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak - A Deliciously Difficult, Must-Have Expansion
An expansion with bite
Monster Hunter Rise has proven to be a welcome continuation of the IP's global growth in popularity, following the breakout mainstream success of 2018's Monster Hunter: World and its Iceborne expansion on non-Nintendo platforms. Rise itself brought some interesting evolutions from World, retaining more of the quirky charm we...
Guide Summer Game Fest And Games Conference Schedule 2022: Dates, How To Watch And Everything You Need To Know
Some of them don't even have Geoff in them
Update: The Summer Game Fest 2022 Opening Showcase has come and gone! Scroll down to see what other presentations are lined up for the coming days. Round Up: Every Switch Game Featured In The Summer Game Fest 2022 Opening Showcase Round Up: Every Switch Game Featured In The Day Of The Devs 202
News Endling - Extinction Is Forever Will Bring Its Eco Message To Switch This Summer
All about survival
Endling - Extinction is Forever came onto our radar about a year ago, featuring in some of the Summer season's online showcases. Developer Herobeat Studios has been working away on it since, and now it's confirmed to be landing at retail and digitally on Switch this Summer, on 19th July; it'll cost $29.99 | €29.99 | £24.99, but...
News Here Are More Monster Hunter Rise Weapon Showcases To Get You Ready For Sunbreak
This is the last weapon moves summary, honest
Sunbreak, the 'massive expansion to Monster Hunter Rise, is so close that we can almost smell the Dung Bombs. Our very own Alex Olney has even gone hands on and made a lovely preview, which you can watch above or read (in summarised form) over on this page. Regular readers will also know that this...
News Free G-Darius HD Update Adds Three New Versions And Lots Of Improvements
We were big fans of G-Darius HD when it arrived on Switch last year, awarding it 9/10 in our review; one of our only criticisms was the lack of a Training Mode. Well, that's one of many additions that arrive in the game today through a free update. As you can see in the trailer above, it's adding three additional versions of the game for you...
News Yu Suzuki Is Launching A Spiritual Successor To Space Harrier
On Apple Arcade, but we'll wait...
Yu Suzuki is a lauded and respected figure in the game industry, and it's emerged that - along with his team at Ys Net - he's returning with an arcade-style game that looks very much like a spiritual successor to Space Harrier. The downside is that it's launching exclusively on Apple Arcade later this month, but...
News Piofiore: Episodio 1926 Gets Fall Release Date And Physical Edition Details
Thankfully you don't have 1925 prequels to play
Earlier this year Aksys confirmed a Western Switch release for Piofiore: Episodio 1926, a sequel to 2020's Piofiore: Fated Memories. The former is a visual novel adventure that falls into the 'Otome' category, and the next release is likely to be similar. Another notable feature of the first is how...
News Base Building And Coding Game 'Autonauts' Heads Onto Switch Soon
If you enjoy base building and resource management, and fancy having a bit of coding and automation thrown into the mix, then there's good news. Autonauts, from developer Denki and publisher Curve Games, is arriving on the Switch and other consoles on 16th June, so it's just a couple of weeks away. An award-winning title and...
News Flipnote Archive Launches, Showcasing 44 Million Flipnotes From DSi Era
So many memories
When the Nintendo DSi launched it helped to shake up Nintendo's approach to selling games on its portable hardware, following the lead set by Wii and introduction a download store. A hugely popular arrival was Flipnote Studio, a free download that allowed talented users to create basic but entertaining animations and drawings...
News Metroidvania 'Souldiers' Gets A Stylish Launch Trailer And Physical Release Details
Souldiers has been on our radar for a while - it's an extremely promising pixel-based Metroidvania with three playable classes, challenging combat and puzzles to suit the genre. After a brief delay it's almost here, landing on the Switch eShop on 2nd June. As you can see above it now has a snazzy launch trailer to get you in the mood. In...