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TodayWed, 19th Jan 2022

  • News Activision Blizzard Boss To Leave When Xbox Deal Is Done, Report Claims

    Bye bye, Bobby

    In case you somehow missed it, Microsoft is acquiring Activision Blizzard for around $70 billion. One question that everyone is still asking though, is what's going to happen to Bobby Kotick, the CEO of the Call of Duty and Warcraft giant? According to a story over on The Wall Street Journal (paywall), Kotick is expected to be shown...

    • Activision Blizzard
    • Industry
  • News Uh-Oh! Pokémon Legends: Arceus Appears To Have Been Spotted In The Wild, A Week Out From Its Release

    Story details have supposedly been leaked

    If you're looking forward to Pokémon Legends: Arceus and want to avoid any spoilers, you might want to stay away from social media for the next week. It appears some trainers may have already got their hands on the anticipated release - with screenshots and information about the new title now emerging via...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Pokemon
  • News Banjo-Kazooie Joins Switch Online's Expansion Pack This Week

    Rare's iconic duo return

    Xbox isn't the only one that has some exciting announcements to share this week. Nintendo (with the cooperation of Rare and Microsoft, we guess...) has just locked in a release date for the Switch Online version of Banjo-Kazooie. While we've known the classic 3D platformer was coming to Nintendo's Switch Online service...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Switch eShop
    • Banjo-Kazooie
    • N64

YesterdayTue, 18th Jan 2022

  • Back Page After Spending $70B On Activision Blizzard... What If Microsoft Buys Nintendo Next?

    We don't talk about Bobby

    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 we still love terrible jokes —...

    • Back Page
    • Features
    • Nintendo
    • Microsoft
  • News The Sonic Lost World PC Mod Has Now Recreated The Legend Of Zelda DLC

    Reaching for the sky

    Sonic Lost World was a rather interesting entry in the series, and pretty decent in this scribe's humble opinion. It was exclusive to Wii U (with a 3DS version also released) until a little heralded PC port arrived, and of course that opened up the potential for mods; just last year we saw a fan recreation of the Yoshi DLC from...

    • Sonic
    • Wii U
    • Zelda
  • News US Pokémon Physical Sales Just Reached Their Highest Annual Total Since The Year 2000

    2000 would have taken some beating

    The Pokémon Company enjoyed another cracking year in 2021 with plenty of new releases and success stories to write home about, including this latest little fact regarding physical sales. The NPD Group's Mat Piscatella has revealed that in 2021, dollar sales of Pokémon franchise physical software in the US...

    • Pokemon
    • Nintendo Switch
    • US
    • Sales Figures
  • News The Artful Escape Will Be Shredding It On Switch Soon

    "A ride across the dilated pupils of the cosmos"

    The Artful Escape is a title that won plenty of critical acclaim last year when it arrived on PC and Xbox, and the very pleasing news is that it arrives on Switch next week - on 25th January. As you can see in the trailer it's a hugely colourful, dynamic game - you play as a folk singer with...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Talking Point How Does Microsoft's Purchase Of Activision Blizzard Impact Nintendo?

    The latest extraordinary power move by MS

    Microsoft caused a stir last year when it confirmed that its intended purchase of Zenimax had gone through, known better as the Bethesda deal. For over $7 billion Microsoft picked up Bethesda and a range of talented studios, with lots of discussion at the time over the impact of franchises like Fallout,...

    • Features
    • Nintendo
    • Microsoft
    • Activision Blizzard
    • Video
  • News And The US' Best-Selling Console Of 2021 Was... Nintendo Switch

    Another strong year

    Nintendo Switch was the best-selling games console of 2021 in the US, it's been confirmed. The news comes from The NPD Group's Mat Piscatella, who has shared a thread of US sales stats covering the month of December. Piscatella notes that while the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5 were "effectively tied" on dollar sales for the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sales Figures
    • US
  • News Retro-Styled Shooter 'Thunder Striker' Blasts Onto Switch This Week

    A blast from the past

    Gotcha Gotcha Games is bringing its retro-styled vertical shooter, Thunder Striker, to Switch on 20th January and it looks like some absolutely sweet 8-bit Game Boy-esque action if these screenshots are anything to go by. Described as "The fourth installment in the fictional "GAME BUDDY" portable game series", the game —...

    • Switch eShop
    • Retro
  • News Netflix's 'The Cuphead Show' Gets Debut Trailer, Streaming Begins Next Month

    Here are all the details you need

    Netflix has revealed that its upcoming animated series based on Cuphead, Studio MDHR's popular 2017 run-and-gun game, will be available to stream starting from 18th February 2022. Called 'The Cuphead Show', the series will consist of 12 episodes in total, all at around 12 minutes each. The show has been directed by...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Netflix
  • News Microsoft And Activision Will Continue To Support "A Variety Of Platforms" Despite Acquisition

    But does that include Switch?

    Well, who was expecting that? Microsoft has agreed to acquire Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard in a deal thought to be worth $68.7 billion. Announced just a couple of hours ago, the news has already led to much confusion and speculation amongst gaming fans. Is purchasing Activision, which is currently...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Microsoft
    • Activision
    • Business
  • News Nintendo Switch Was The UK's Bestselling Console In 2021

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe led Switch physical sales, of course

    Nintendo has been enjoying consistently strong sales results around the world, and one small example is the UK market. We have the benefit of regular data for UK game sales, and now GamesIndustry.biz has put together an interesting summary of results for 2021, which brings more positives...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sales
    • UK
  • Mini Review Shadow Man Remastered - A Rich, Inscrutable World To Get Lost In

    He's got friends on the other side

    There's no sense in pretending that Shadow Man isn't a dated experience. But games like this — originally seen on PlayStation, N64, PC and Dreamcast — rather force a re-examination of the somewhat meaningless criticism "dated". Seriously, what does it mean? A change in standards, perhaps. Differing expectations...

    • Mini Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News Microsoft Buys Activision Blizzard, Now Owns Call Of Duty And Crash Bandicoot

    Deal cost a cool $68.7 billion

    Microsoft has purchased embattled Call of Duty and Crash Bandicoot publisher Activision in a deal worth a whopping $68.7 billion. To give some perspective on the astonishing size of that figure, Disney paid $4.05 billion for Star Wars studio Lucasfilm in 2012, with half of the money paid in cash and the other half in...

    • Activision
    • Business
    • Microsoft
  • Video Which Legend Of Zelda Remaster Is Best?

    There's a tier list and everything

    Though Nintendo hasn't gone as big on remasters as some other platform holders and publishers, and in the Switch era has often opted for straight up ports on multiple occasions, The Legend of Zelda franchise has nevertheless had its fair share of improved entries. These have mainly come in the past couple of...

    • Zelda
    • Video
  • News The Inside Of WaterField's $49 Analogue Pocket Pouch Is "As Soft As A Puppy’s Ear"

    "Designed incorporating valuable input from over 1,000 customers"

    Accessory maker WaterField Designs has a solid reputation for high-quality carry cases, and the company has just announced that it's producing a case for the Analogue Pocket. The Analogue Pocket Pouch has been des

    • Retro
    • Analogue
    • Accessories
    • Game Boy
  • News Tilted Towers Returns To Fortnite, And Now There Are Dinosaurs

    The game's most iconic landmark is back

    Fortnite's most iconic in-game location, Tilted Towers, has returned to the game after more than two years away. Its return is all thanks to a brand new update that takes the game to version 19.10. If you're wanting to relive Fortnite's early glory days, now's the perfect time to jump back in: "The...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Fortnite
    • Updates
  • News Matchpoint - Tennis Championships Swings Onto Switch This Spring

    Game, set and match?

    Kalypso Media and Australian developer Torus Games have announced Matchpoint - Tennis Championships, a brand new "immersive tennis experience" heading to Switch. With a focus on "realistic scenarios and player reactions," the game will launch on Switch and other platforms this spring. It's said that players will be able to make...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Pendula Swing Will Combine The 1920s Jazz Age With A Fantasy Cast

    Cute pets included

    The gaming space is full of creative ideas and genre mash-ups, so it shouldn't be too surprising to hear that the Switch is getting an intriguing point-and-click title set in prohibition era 1920s, while featuring a cast of fantasy characters like goblins. And you get to have pets. It's Pendula Swing, previously released on Steam...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Kingdom Hearts Cloud Collection Arrives On Switch In February, Pricing Revealed

    Free demos go live today

    Square Enix has revealed that its upcoming series of cloud-based Kingdom Hearts games will launch for Nintendo Switch on 10th February, dropping a new trailer in the process. Initially announced last year, the collection will see Kingdom Hearts - HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kingdom Hearts
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Guide Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour Times: This Week's Featured Pokémon And Mystery Bonus - 18th January

    Spotlight Hour Pokémon details, as we get them

    The Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour events were first introduced to the game in February 2020. Every week for one hour only (6pm - 7pm local time) a specific surprise Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild and a Mystery Bonus will activate. This gives you a chance to catch...

    • Guides
    • Pokemon GO
    • Mobile
    • Pokemon
  • News Konami's New Yu-Gi-Oh! Video Game Unveils Its Digital Shop

    One other final feature will be showcased tomorrow

    Konami has shared a new video of its upcoming free-to-play title Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel - scheduled to arrive on the Nintendo Switch and multiple other platforms in the near future. It was recently confirmed the game would be receiving cross-platform play and cross-save support, and now we've got a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Video MVG Takes A Closer Look At Tomb Raider's "Impossible Port" For GBA

    "probably the most fascinating and interesting port I've ever seen"

    Last week, new footage of the original 1996 Tomb Raider game running on Nintendo's Game Boy Advance was shared online. As you might already know, it's part of 'OpenLara' - a classic Tomb Raider open-source engine that's seen the game ported across to all sorts of platforms. The...

    • Video
    • Game Boy Advance
    • GBA
    • Tomb Raider
    • Retro
  • News Monster Hunter Rise Has Now Shipped Over 8 Million Units Worldwide

    "globally driven by release on PC platform"

    It seems the release of Monster Hunter Rise on the PC last week has already paid off - with Capcom announcing the game has now sold more than 8 million units in total worldwide. Sales of Monster Hunter Rise were around the 7.5 million mark last October. The series, in general, has now shipped 78 million...

    • Monster Hunter
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sales
    • Capcom
  • News Tetris 99 Is Hosting A Pokémon Legends: Arceus Crossover Event Later This Week

    Update: Here's your first look

    Update [Tue 18th Jan, 2022 01:45 GMT]: Nintendo has released video footage of what players can expect in this upcoming Tetris 99 collab. It'll kick off later this week on the 20th: Original story [Fri 7th Jan, 2022 03:30 GMT]: To celebrate the arrival of Pokémon Legends: Arceus on Nintendo Switch later this month,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Among Us Shares Its Roadmap For 2022

    There's nothing sus about this

    A 2022 road map for the smash hit multiplayer game Among Us has been released by developer Innersloth. Apart from 'Map 5' - which is still on the way, the team's main focus "at the moment" is a friend list and quality of life improvements. "I know I know, you’ve been asking for a Friend’s List for ages!! It’s...

    • Among Us
    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Updates

Monday17th Jan 2022

  • Guide Best Feel-Good Nintendo Switch Games

    I see a ship in the harbour

    Another year, another third Monday in January. We've updated this feel-good game list with a handful of new additions to help you feel-even-gooder as we head into the uncharted waters of 2022... Blue Monday. No, not just a kick-ass New Order song, but the name coined by marketers for the third Monday in January —...

    • Guides
    • Best Switch Games
    • Switch Essentials
  • Random Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Player Finds Divine Beast Trick, Then Fails Spectacularly

    *Curb Your Enthusiasm theme*

    Nearly five years after the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, players are still figuring out how to do stuff that they weren't really meant to do, with the help of the game's surprisingly robust physics mechanics. We already knew about the usefulness of Octo Balloons — a material dropped from...

    • Random
    • Zelda
    • Legend of Zelda
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Feature Our Verdict On The LEGO Sonic The Hedgehog Green Hill Zone Set

    Nothing but blue skies

    Ever since Sonic's last brush with the world's most famous Danish plastic (as a Level Pack set for Lego Dimensions) fans have been clamouring for a 'proper' Sonic Lego set. The release of the Super Mario line of knobbly bricks gave Nintendo aficionados plenty to spend their money on — with the excellent Lego Super Mario 64...

    • Features
    • LEGO Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Random Here's How Nintendo Makes Sure Switch Game Cards Are Fit For Purpose

    This control is quality!

    Nintendo, as we all know, is the only one of the 'big three' that doesn't currently use Blu-ray optical media for its games. Instead, Nintendo uses a proprietary 'game card' cartridge format for its Nintendo Switch console – and by taking this route, it means that the Japanese giant has had to come up with its own bespoke...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Random Every Time This NBA Star Scores, An Iconic Zelda Sound Gets Played

    "Short and sweet"

    Sport personalities may possess skill, strength and guile that's beyond what the average person can boast, but they're just people like you and me – and that means they often like the same things we do. Take Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Allen as an example. This NBA star is a massive Zelda fan, and has a collection of...

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    • Sports
    • Zelda
  • Random Animal Crossing Grandma Audie Turns 90 And Gets Tons Of ACNH Gifts

    Also, a new island tour!

    There's so much to say about Audie, the woman known affectionately as "Animal Crossing Grandma". We've covered her a lot before — when she'd played over 3,500 hours of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the time she received a limited-edition Animal Crossing Switch, when she found out that

    • Random
    • Animal Crossing
  • News My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble Is A Free-To-Play Battle Royale Headed To Switch

    Update: Here's the first trailer

    Update: We have a trailer! Check out My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble's first official footage above. Original Article (Thu 13th Jan, 2022 12:30 GMT): Bandai Namco is set to release a free-to-play battle royale game in the My Hero Academia series, it's been revealed. Called My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble, the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Astroneer Partners With ColorWare For Limited-Run Custom Nintendo Switch

    It'll take 2 Nanocarbon Alloys to print, though

    Astroneer just came out on the Nintendo Switch, and now Nintendo Switch is coming out on the Astroneer. That is to say, there's a new Nintendo Switch in an Astroneer design. Yeah. It's not an official design from Nintendo, like the Diamond and Pearl one that came out last year, but a collaboration...

    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Pocky & Rocky Reshrined Finally Gets A Release Date On Nintendo Switch

    Five playable characters and a host of new modes also confirmed

    Pocky & Rocky Reshrined, which was delayed from last year, has finally gotten a solid release date for Japan. Published by Natsume Atari and developed by Tengo Project, the game is the latest entry in the popular KiKi KaiKai series. The franchise has seen instalments on a wide...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Prominent Gaming YouTubers' Likenesses Sold As NFTs Without Consent

    "Demonstrates everything I've said about how disrespectful and exploitative this market is"

    Update: It seems that your favourite Nintendo-focused website has also found its way onto the OpenSea market place in the form of a MarbleCard — a somewhat less obnoxious and troubling form of image theft, but nonetheless unauthorised and unapproved...

    • Industry
    • NFT
  • Review Cotton Fantasy - A Joyful, Mischievous, And Incredibly Varied Shmup

    Any Witch Way

    When it comes to the cute-’em-up sub-genre, the characterful witch Cotton and the series to which she lends her name are effectively royalty. There are other games that have been important in defining a niche where shmups’ staple fighter craft, tanks and laser turrets are replaced with kittens, candy canes and cuddly toys, of...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Import
    • Japan
  • News Awesome Games Done Quick 2022 Breaks Record For Money Raised

    Awesome!

    AGDQ, the annual charity speedrunning marathon, has set a record this year for its fundraising — fantastic news, considering that the first COVID-19 online-only event last year resulted in a dip in funds. In January 2020, AGDQ raised $3,164,002 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, over half a million more than its previous year's...

    • Speedrunning
    • AGDQ
    • Charity
    • Awesome Games Done Quick
  • News 'Video Game Swap Shop' That's Saving People Thousands Reaches Business Award Finals

    "We have saved the UK general gaming public almost £400,000"

    Video games aren't cheap, and if you only have a modest source of income then buying new ones isn't something you can do regularly. There are, of course, high street stores which offer trade-ins against other titles, but the part-exhange price is almost always far less than the resell...

    • Retail
    • UK
  • Random This Animal Crossing: New Horizons Recreation Of Encanto Is Enchanting

    We don't talk about Tom Nook

    We love it when people show off their creativity in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, especially when it involves the ingenious use of underappreciated things like the polish effects and emotes. This latest ACNH creation comes courtesy of Th3Meow, who has recreated a few iconic scenes from Disney's newest animated movie,...

    • Random
    • Disney
    • Animal Crossing
  • News E3 2022 In Doubt As Journalist Claims Digital Event Is "Probably" Also Cancelled

    Could it be scrapped altogether this year?

    Remember earlier this month, when the ESA announced that E3 would once again be ditching its physical event for 2022? Well, things might be even more gloomy than we originally thought. The Entertainment Software Association's statement, released just days after the turn of the year, explained that E3 2022...

    • E3
    • E3 2022
  • News Gem Wizards Tactics Brings "Cute But Demanding" Turn-Based Warfare To Switch

    With 26 unique units to choose from

    RedDeer.games has announced that Gem Wizards Tactics is coming to Nintendo Switch. The game is a single-player turn-based affair that first appeared on Steam last year. Players must lead a fantasy army across randomly generated maps, engaging in "complex" battles as you go that'll need plenty of careful thinking...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • UK Charts Minecraft Goes Top In A Week Dominated By Switch Games

    Mario Kart falls to fourth

    UK physical chart data is now in for the week ending 15th January, revealing that it's Minecraft's turn to sit at the top of the pile. The Switch edition of the game, which is treated individually to its rival platform counterparts in the charts, leads a top ten that includes five Switch exclusives in total; Super Mario...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Minecraft
    • Charts
    • UK
  • Random This 17-Minute Stardew Valley Speedrun Doesn't Go As You Might Expect

    Bombs are involved

    If you're a keen follower of the speedrunning community then you'll be aware that there are two distinct camps: those who play by the rules and those who don't. While many speedrunners focus on sticking within the rules of the game to earn the best time, others look for exploits and hacks which allow them to shave minutes off...

    • Random
    • AGDQ
  • News Insect Battle Sim 'Attack On Beetle' Crawls Onto Switch Today

    Buzzing

    Montarosu Entertainment has announced that its "insect swarm battle simulation game", Attack on Beetle, will launch on Switch on 17th January, A.K.A today! The game, which originally released on mobile platforms last year, sees you fight to become the king of nature with sixteen different species of insect to choose from as you take part in...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Video Pokémon Kids TV's Latest Animation Is All About A Very Sleepy Rowlet

    Round? Sleepy? Same

    Pokémon Kids TV is an incredible source of extremely cute animation, with surprisingly high production value, too. There's this gorgeous one about Nidoran, and a Ghibli-esque one starring Slugma, everyone's favourite lava slug. The newest one on the Pokémon Kids TV channel is a claymation-style one — like the

    • Video
    • Pokemon
    • Animation

Sunday16th Jan 2022

  • Guide Pokémon GO Community Days 2022: January Community Day Featured Pokémon - Spheal And Bulbasaur

    How to get the most out of Pokémon GO’s monthly Community Day events

    Monthly Community Days are the main pillar of the Pokémon GO calendar: every month, for six hours on a Saturday or Sunday, a featured collectable monster is set loose in greater numbers than usual. With a selection of great perks – increased shiny rates, exclusive moves and...

    • Guides
    • Pokemon Go
    • Nintendo Mobile
  • Feature Our Totally Infallible Predictions For Hisui Forms In Pokémon Legends: Arceus

    60% of the time, we’re right every time

    Few Nintendo franchises ignite as much speculation as a new Pokémon game. Leading up to release, dozens of new ‘mons are trickled out, making headlines and setting Pokémon communities ablaze. Pokémon Legends: Arceus, while not the beginning of a new generation, sparked a similar fervor when they showed...

    • Features
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Poll
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News 'Pandemic' Will Apparently Be Removed From The Switch eShop This July

    For "reasons" the publisher cannot disclose

    Publisher and developer Asmodee has had its digital board game Pandemic delisted from Steam. No proper announcement was made prior to this, leaving some fans in a state of shock. While the news isn't much better for Switch players (yes, it's also leaving the eShop), it seems the game will be available on...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Kirby And The Forgotten Land Nintendo Switch File Size Revealed

    The pink puff's biggest adventure yet!

    As we get closer to the release of Kirby and the Forgotten Land on the Nintendo Switch, more details are being revealed. In the latest update, we've got new information about the title's file size. According to the eShop and Nintendo's website listing, Kirby's new adventure will require 5.8GB of free space. It...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Kirby
  • Review SNK VS. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash - An Utterly Essential Card-Battler

    Now this is a Brucie bonus

    It's a result we had previously only dared to hope for. When SNK Vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium dropped on Switch almost a year ago, the fruits of the two fighting game companies' all-too-brief alliance were once again deemed "potentially in play". But when the labelled "Volume 1" of the wonderful Neo Geo Pocket Color...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Capcom
    • SNK
  • News Konami Sold This Castlevania Pixel Art For Over $26K In Its 'Memorial' NFT Auction

    What a bargain...

    Whether you love or hate NFTs in gaming, it seems some companies are intent on monopolising on this new trend. One, in particular, is Konami, who decided to celebrate Castlevania's 35th anniversary with a special 'Konami NFT Memorial Collection' auction. It's now sold off all '14 unique artworks" which consisted of game scenes,...

    • Konami
    • Castlevania
    • NFT
    • Random
    • Retro
  • News Hori Wants To Release A Retro Game Controller That Can Be Used To Play Hamster's Arcade Archives Series

    But it needs to know what you think...

    Right before the end of 2021, during one of Hamster's Arcade Archives streams, Hori revealed a special "retro game controller" designed for old-school gaming and Arcade Archives titles. So far they've come up with a bunch of concepts - including a modular one, which would allow plays to change the controller...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hori
    • Hamster
    • Arcade Archives
    • Accessories
  • Review Radirgy Swag - Legwork Needed To Enjoy This Quirky Shmup

    Radio for help

    Merriam-Webster defines ‘Swag’, in urban slang terms, as referring to "stylish confidence”, although the origin of the word actually comes from the Scandinavian ‘svagga’, meaning to “rock unsteadily or to lurch”. Radirgy Swag, with its unusual direction and somewhat confusing properties, probably has more in common with...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Shmups
  • News The First Episode Of Ninjala's Brand New Anime Series Is Live On YouTube

    Tune in every week for a new episode

    Update [Sun 16th Jan, 2022 17:30 GMT]: The first episode of Ninjala's new anime series is now live. It will only available until 20th January. Unfortunately, playback has been disabled on other sites by the video owner, so you'll have to head over to YouTube to watch it. Original story [Sat 8th Jan, 2022 22:30...

    • Ninjala
    • Anime
    • YouTube

Saturday15th Jan 2022

  • News Nintendo Minute's Kit And Krysta Say Goodbye In Their "Final Episode"

    Update: Krysta is leaving Nintendo

    Update [Sat 15th Jan, 2022 00:45 GMT]: In an update via social media, Krysta has announced she has decided to move on from Nintendo. Here's her full statement: "After over 14 years, I've decided to leave Nintendo. To be able to work at my dream job for so long and be part of some of the most memorable moments in...

    • Nintendo
    • US
    • North America
  • Random The OG Tomb Raider Looks Amazing On Game Boy Advance

    "what sort of wizardry is this?"

    The Game Boy Advance - a 32-bit handheld system released in 2001 - managed to get some 3D-like games up and running, but we don't think we ever saw one that looked this amazing during its lifetime. Presenting 'OpenLara' - aka the original Tomb Raider game running on the Game Boy Advance. It's currently in alpha, but...

    • Random
    • Game Boy Advance
    • GBA
    • Tomb Raider
    • Retro
  • Rumour Persona 4 Golden Could Be Released On Nintendo Switch In 2022

    "Persona 4 finally arrives on Switch"

    The Switch is expected to have a very exciting year in 2022, so apart from offerings like Zelda, what else is there to anticipate? One rumour that seems to be gaining traction online is the idea that Persona 4 Golden (an enhanced version of the original PlayStation 2 title) will be released on additional...

    • Rumour
    • Persona
    • Atlus
  • Exclusive Moonstone Island Is An Utterly Charming Deckbuilder With Retro Zelda Vibes

    Check out this new trailer!

    Take the farming and house decorating of Stardew Valley, the dungeon crawling of Minish Cap, and combine it with RPG deckbuilding combat in a beautifully-rendered top-down pixel world, and you have Moonstone Island — a game that's very quickly shot up on our "ones to watch" list. You are an alchemist-in-training,...

    • Exclusive
    • ScreenshotSaturday
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Indie
  • Mini Review Picross S7 - Holy Moly, They Only Went And Added Touch Support

    THE NUMBERS, MASON! WHAT DO THEY MEAN!

    If there’s one Nintendo franchise that has desperately needed a new entry in modern times, it’s Picross. Just nine months on from S6, barely five months since the SEGA-flavoured Picross S Genesis & Master System edition, and after the thrilling cliffhanger ending, we’ve been eager to see how Jupiter...

    • Mini Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • Feature These Incredible Game Boy Mods Are All By The Same Guy

    He is the 'Game Boy' Boy

    Some people are blessed with all the talent, and one of those people is Andy Sexton, who's not only content with being the Creative Director at Hi-Rez Studios (Smite, Paladins) — he's also a very good Game Boy modder in his free time. We can't be too mad, though, because he also takes wonderful photos of those mods and...

    • Features
    • Game Boy
    • Mods
    • Hardware
    • Interviews
  • News The Legend Of Heroes: Trails From Zero Is Getting A 'Limited Edition' Physical Release On Switch

    Pre-orders for Europe start next week

    Last year, as part of its 40th-anniversary celebrations, Nihon Falcom announced it would localise another four games from the Legend of Heroes RPG series for Nintendo Switch. One of these was The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero, which is due to arrive in Fall 2022. Ahead of its release, the NISA store has...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Legend of Heroes
    • North America
  • Video Digital Foundry Investigates Shadow Man's Frame Rate And Resolution On Switch

    How does the Deadside hold up?

    Next week marks the return of the cult classic Shadow Man, and ahead of its release, the tech experts at Digital Foundry have gone hands-on with the game. This remaster, as you might already know, has been done by the talented team at Nightdive - the same studio behind the re-release of Turok 2, and is running on the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Video Digital Foundry
  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (January 15th)

    What are your gaming plans?

    Another week down in this new and mysterious year of 2022. This week we got a new trailer and a March release date for the lovely-looking Kirby and the Forgotten Land, news hit of Among Us getting a manga, the fifth anniversary of the very

    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
    • What Are You Playing
    • Features

Friday14th Jan 2022

  • News Pokémon Sword And Shield Players Can Soon Get Shiny Galarian Articuno, Zapdos And Moltres - Here's How

    Gotta distribute 'em all

    If you're on a mission to track down as many special Shiny Pokémon as possible in Pokémon Sword and Shield, then boy do we have good news for you. The Pokémon Company has revealed that it'll soon be giving players the chance to get their hands on Shiny versions of the Galarian versions of the famous Legendary bird trio...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
  • Guide Best Nintendo Switch Kart Racers - Every Kart Racing Game Ranked

    Who could possibly be in pole position?

    Updated with Pinchcliffe Grand Prix! When it comes to kart racers, there's one undisputed king of the crop on Nintendo systems, and we're not talking Crash Bandicoot. Let's not kid ourselves here — we all know what's sitting at number one on the list below of the best (and worst) kart racers on Nintendo...

    • Guides
    • Best Switch Games
    • Mario Kart
    • Switch Essentials
  • News Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 'Second Wind' Mod Videos Targeted By Nintendo

    "Nintendo attacked my channel and took down 40 videos"

    It appears Nintendo is at it again, this time targeting YouTube videos focused on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 'Second Wind' expansion mod. YouTube channel Waikuteru has been on the receiving end - with fears there'll be nothing left if it continues. Waikuteru is now asking fans of...

    • Zelda
    • Nintendo
    • Mods
    • YouTube
  • News Can't Get An Analogue Pocket? This Cheap And Dinky Handheld Might Plug The Gap

    ...if you're willing to put up with some issues, that is

    Everyone seems to be talking about retro gaming handhelds these days, thanks in no small part to the long-awaited release of the gorgeous Analogue Pocket. Boasting FPGA power, a sleek design and fantastic screen, it's little wonder that this portable gem is in high demand – and some people...

    • Retro
    • Emulation
    • Hardware
  • Random Remember Those AI-Generated Pokémon? Now You Can Catch One Of Your Own

    Ultra Beasts ain't got nothin' on these

    A few weeks back, as 2021 was coughing and spluttering to its final days, we wrote about a Buzzfeed data scientist named Max Woolf, who had created a Pokémon-inventing AI algorithm. The results ranged from "awww, look at that... pile of limbs and eyes" to "oh dear lord, does anyone have a flamethrower?" But...

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    • Bot-Generated
    • Features
  • News Troy Baker Admits NFT Announcement Was "A Bit Antagonistic"

    "I’m just a storyteller out here trying to tell my story"

    Update: Troy Baker has taken to Twitter once again following his endorsement of voice NFTs earlier today and admitted that the 'hate/create' question might have been "a bit antagonistic": The voice actor's earlier tweets stirred up quite the reaction online — see below for more...

    • NFT
    • Industry
  • Random Logan Paul Got Scammed To The Tune Of $3.5 Million On Fake Pokémon Trading Cards

    "It's just so sad"

    If you follow the Pokémon Trading Card scene, you might have heard recently how the YouTuber Logan Paul managed to get his hands on what was apparently the "only known sealed box of first-edition base set Pokémon cards". He forked out a whopping $3.5 million for the lot and well it turned out he got scammed. After concerns were...

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    • Retro
    • Pokemon TCG
  • Talking Point What Could NFTs Mean For Gaming, And Why Are They So Divisive?

    We try to make sense of blockchain technology in games

    If there's a topic that's led to consistent debate and occasional toxicity in online gaming discourse over the past few months, it's NFTs. Non-fungible tokens aren't actually particularly new to early adopters of blockchain technologies, but 2021 was the year when they broke into mainstream...

    • Features
    • NFT
    • Talking Point
  • Review Pinchcliffe Grand Prix - Surprisingly Charming Licensed Kart Racing

    Well, there's Norway we saw this coming

    Look, we know everyone has already collected all the Pinchcliffe Grand Prix memorabilia there is to collect. We're sure that as you read this you’re sitting there in your Pinchcliffe Grand Prix pyjamas and shaking with fear at the prospect of buying another piece of Pinchcliffe merchandise, because your...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • Random These Pokémon Sword & Shield Game Boy Color Animations Look Amazing

    Artist's nostalgic blasts are a viral hit

    Ever wondered what more recent entries in the Pokémon franchise would look like if they'd released back in the 1990s on the good old Game Boy Color? Well, wonder no more, as talented pixel artist Sindorman has tweeted out a couple of fantastic recreations of some early moments from 2019's Pokémon Sword...

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    • Fan Art
  • News Good Smile Company Releasing Fire Emblem: Three Houses Byleth Figure, Pre-Orders Are Now Live

    Launching Feb 2023

    The Good Smile Company has released some stunning Nintendo figures in the past, and the latest one now available to pre-order is the female form of Byleth from the latest Fire Emblem game, Fire Emblem: Three Houses. This is a 1/7th scale figure (approx 195mm in height) that has a dynamic pose and is armed with a trusty sword. The...

    • Fire Emblem
    • Good Smile Company
  • News Nintendo Warns Fans About Fake Websites Impersonating The Company, Says It'll Take Action

    Nintendo asks consumers to be careful

    Nintendo has published a statement warning consumers of fake web pages designed to look like the company's online store, highlighting the dangers of submitting your details to such sites. The statement (Japanese) talks about a specific case recently discovered by the company; the fake website in question uses...

    • Nintendo
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News 'YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG' To Receive Free Definitive Edition Update This Year

    Including new story content

    YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG will receive a major overhaul in 2022 thanks to a new – and free – definitive edition update, Ysbryd Games has revealed. Called YIIK I.V, the update will launch across Switch, PS4, Steam and GOG and is said to reimagine the original Japanese-style RPG with a variety of improvements. The game's...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Updates
  • News The Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania Team Wants Your Feedback

    "Be honest. Really go bananas."

    Did you pick up a copy of Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania when it launched back in October? Do you have thoughts about it? Well, now's your chance to tell the developers how much you loved, or didn't love, your time with it. The team behind the game has published a survey in a bid to gather feedback on its latest...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Monkey Ball
    • Sega
  • News 'Sega NFT' Trademark Spotted Despite The Company's Recent Hesitations

    Are plans still going ahead?

    Sega has registered a new 'Sega NFT' trademark in Japan despite the company being seemingly undecided on its future plans. The trademark, spotted by VGC, was applied for in December 2021 and published today by the Japan Patent Office. It includes an image that appears to be a new logo for Sega's NFT business. The...

    • Sega
    • NFT
  • News A New Hatsune Miku Puzzle Game Has Been Announced For Nintendo Switch

    "Hatsune Miku: Tsunageru Puzzle Tamagotori"

    Japanese virtual idol Hatsune Miku will soon be making a return to the Nintendo Switch in a brand new puzzle game. It's called Hatsune Miku: Tsunageru Puzzle Tamagotori, and alongside the announcement we've got some key artwork. No other details have been announced yet, but fingers crossed it's eventually...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Japan
    • Hatsune Miku
  • Video Here's A Sneak Peek Of Dying Light 2's 4-Person Co-op Mode

    Coming to Switch as a cloud release next month

    If you're open to cloud games on the Nintendo Switch, you might want to keep an eye out for Dying Light 2: Stay Human - arriving next month on February 4th. In the final episode of 'Dying 2 Know' earlier today, Techland officially confirmed a four-player co-op mode. You can not only play the game in...

    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Cloud
    • Upcoming Releases

Thursday13th Jan 2022

  • News Ocean's Heart Is A Cute Zelda-Inspired Adventure Destined For Switch

    "I am ecstatic to see the game come to Nintendo Switch"

    The Legend of Zelda inspires a lot of game makers, and sometimes that is very much worn on the creator's sleeve. Ocean's Heart is one such title that doesn't hide the fact that it's trying to give its own spin on Nintendo's iconic franchise, with developer Max Mraz now teaming up with...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Zelda
  • News One Of The Rarest SNES Games Ever Is Making A Comeback

    Ziggurat hoovers up "more than 80" Rainbow Arts titles

    Ziggurat Interactive has just announced that it has inked a deal that gives it the rights to "more than 80 titles" originally owned by famed '80s and '90s developer and publisher Rainbow Arts. Founded in Germany in 1984 by Marc Ullrich and Thomas Meiertoberens, Rainbow Arts produced several...

    • Retro
    • SNES
  • Random AGDQ's Pokémon Crystal Speedrun Race Ended In A Written Apology To Bulbasaur

    Bulbasaur loser

    [Update: Thu 13th Jan, 2022 18:10 GMT] You can now watch the VOD recording of the stream above! And you can read Shenanagans' apology, too: ...And you can now use a brand-new Shenanasaur emote on Twitch: [Original: Wed 12th Jan, 2022 20:30 GMT] Awesome Games Done Quick, the yearly speedrunning stream, is currently happening...

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    • Speedrunning
    • AGDQ
    • Awesome Games Done Quick
  • News RetroArch Is Working On Hardware That Allows You To Run N64 Carts On Your PC

    And wants feedback on what systems you want to see next

    RetroArch – one of the leading retro gaming emulation solutions on the market right now – is creating a hardware solution that will allow you to run your N64 cartridges on your PC. The 'RetroArch Open-Hardware' project will eventually include other systems, too, making it a rival to the...

    • Retro
    • Emulation
    • N64
  • Review Astroneer - Plenty Of Genial Jank In This Addictive, Scrappy Sandbox

    In space, no one can hear you scrap

    The story of Astroneer is a remarkable one, and one this reviewer (hello!) has been following since the very beginning. Back in 2015, this charming little teaser trailer was released, showing a spaceman traversing lonely, low-poly alien landscapes. It wasn't fully clear what the game was, but it was instantly...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Getting Patch To Fix That Giant Bloody Text Box

    Revenge of the sans-serif

    Good news, everybody! Sometimes complaining about things is good. (Sometimes, we said. Most of the time it's just stressful and/or annoying.) But folks who've been complaining about the size of one particular text box in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic have succeeded in their mission to make it, perhaps, a less-big...

    • Star Wars
    • Patch
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Poll Kirby And The Forgotten Land Looks Mighty Impressive - How Hyped Are You?

    A whole new world

    There's little doubt that when Nintendo announced Kirby and the Forgotten Land last year, the reveal trailer caught the eye and imagination. It needed to, as well, with the franchise very much in danger of becoming overly predictable and safe. There had been some experimentation in recent-ish times, such as Kirby and the Rainbow...

    • Features
    • Poll
    • Kirby
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Video Check Out 13 Minutes Of Pokémon Legends: Arceus Gameplay

    Our deepest look yet!

    We're only a couple of weeks away from the launch of Pokémon Legends: Arceus on Nintendo Switch and The Pokémon Company seems to be going all out to ensure we know all about it ahead of the big day. We've had a number of different trailers and commerc

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Video We Tried To Convince A PS5 Fanboy To Get The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack

    It's great value!*

    Ugh, Sony fanboys, right? With their Uncharteds and their Gods of War and their big, swooshy video game consoles. We all know that the best way to play video games is in bed, and can you play a PS5 in bed? No, partly because it's still sold out everywhere, and partly because you'd have to have a whole TV in your bed, and that...

    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Rune Factory 5 Treated To New Trailer, Digital Deluxe Edition Pre-Orders Go Live

    Here's what you'll get

    Marvelous Europe has dropped a brand new trailer for Rune Factory 5, which is set to launch on Nintendo Switch on 25th March. The video (which you can check out above), has been released alongside news that the game's Digital and Digital Deluxe editions are now available to pre-order. The Deluxe Edition, priced at...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Nintendo Teases Upcoming Activities For Kirby's 30th Anniversary

    "Coming soon"

    Yesterday, Nintendo dropped a fantastic new trailer for Kirby and the Forgotten Land, also providing us with a solid release date of 25th March. As you might have spotted, the game just so happens to fall a month before Kirby's 30th anniversary, and it looks like Nintendo has some plans to celebrate. In amongst all the excitement...

    • Kirby
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Anniversaries
  • News Trevenant Is Pokémon Unite's Next Character, And It Arrives Very Soon

    Get a glimpse of it in action

    The Pokémon Company has revealed the next roster addition for Pokémon Unite, and as you'll hopefully have figured out from the headline, it's Trevenant! The Ghost- and Grass-type Pokémon, which was first introduced to the series in Pokémon X & Y on Nintendo 3DS, will be added to the lineup next week on 20th...

    • Switch eShop
    • Pokemon
    • Mobile
    • Updates
  • News Capcom's Former Switch Exclusive Monster Hunter Rise Is Off To A Great Start On Steam

    Now if only it had cross-play support...

    The Switch exclusive Monster Hunter Rise was this week ported across to the PC, and if you are curious to know how it's performing - we've got some data to share. According to Steam's global stats, Rise is currently in the top 10 most played games on the platform - with a 90,000+ peak at the time of writing...

    • Capcom
    • Monster Hunter
    • Steam
  • Video Nintendo Airs Another Pokémon Legends: Arceus Commercial

    Your legend is about to begin

    One of the biggest Nintendo releases is just around the corner. Yes, we're talking about Pokémon Legends: Arceus - an entirely new take on the longtime RPG series that takes place in the Hisui region. In the lead-up to this release, Nintendo has been releasing more and more trailers, and now there's a new commercial...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Video
  • News 'Rise Of The Third Power' Goes To War On Switch This February

    Set sail for the Land of Rin next month

    Stegosoft's Chrono Trigger-esque Rise of the Third Power was first announced back in 2018 and, with a demo released exclusively on Steam last year, we weren't entirely sure whether or not it was destined for a Switch release. However, a new eShop listing for the game has now confirmed that it will indeed hit...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Random KFC Partners With Pokémon In Taiwan To Celebrate Pokémon Legends: Arceus

    Kentucky Fried Lickitung, anyone?

    Southern Fried Torchic. Blaziken And Waffles. Combusken Nuggets. Don't tell us that at least one of those didn't make your mouth water. We know that there are some Pokémon that you wouldn't hesitate to eat, as long as they were prepared well, and there's no shame in that. Anyway, all this is to say that KFC Taiwan...

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    • Pokemon
    • Food
    • TCG
  • News 5 Years On, The Games Media Remembers Its First Impressions Of Nintendo Switch

    Scores of scribes a-scribblin' (and a-milkin')

    [video: the first time Alex cracked the Joy-Con off a Switch... Five years ago today Nintendo pulled the curtain back on Switch with an online presentation and hands-on events for the games media, and anyone else lucky enough to nab a press pass. It was our first chance to go hands-on with Switch ahead...

    • Anniversary
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Save Yourself The Bother Of Completing NES Games With This New Book

    (We're joking, of course)

    While some people might consider the technology behind the NES to be rather crude these days, there's no denying that some of its games were absolutely brutal. Anyone who has successfully bested the likes of Ghosts 'n Goblins or Castlevania II: Simon's Quest will know that the NES is home to some seriously tough video...

    • Retro
    • NES
    • Books
  • News Wireless NES Controllers For Switch Are Currently On Sale In North America

    An offer exclusive to Switch Online subscribers

    Are you a Switch Online member that regularly plays the NES library? Haven't got a proper wireless NES controller yet? Then you might be interested in the current sale taking place in North America. Provided you are a Switch Online subscriber, right now you can get a pair of these controllers for just...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • NES
    • North America
    • Sale
  • News Kirby's New Switch Game Appears To Include amiibo Support

    Are reprints of the pink puff on the way?

    Co-op play is on the way to Kirby and the Forgotten Land, but one other thing that will apparently be in the game is amiibo support. According to Japan's My Nintendo Store, Kirby's latest adventure will support the popular line of figures. While there are no details about the amiibo that will be supported...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kirby
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Nintendo Download 13th January (North America)

    Dead Cells DLC! Astroneer! Shadow Man Remastered!

    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 - Highlights: Dead Cells (Motion Twin,...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Nintendo Switch
    • North America
  • News Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Gets New 'Fight' Trailer Ahead Of Upcoming Switch Launch

    Digital Standard Edition contents revealed

    There are just over two months to go until Persona 4 Arena Ultimax launches on Switch and Atlus has dropped a brand new trailer to keep the hype rolling. Officially revealed for Switch last month, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a fighting game spin-off that blends the genre's more traditional one-on-one match...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Persona
  • News Ryan North's Hamlet Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Just Surprise-Launched On Switch

    To be or not to be (on the Nintendo Switch eShop)

    Surprise-releasing a Shakespeare game on the Nintendo Switch? Though this be madness, yet there is method in ’t. You see, something is rotten in the state of Denmark, and you have to fix it in Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be, a video game adaptation of his wildly popular graphic novel, developed by...

    • Shakespeare
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • News Pikmin Bloom's First Community Day Of 2022 Takes Place Next Week

    Here are the details you need

    If you've been getting into Pikmin Bloom over the past few weeks, the latest game from Pokémon GO developer Niantic, you'll be pleased to hear that another Community Day event is right around the corner. The company has revealed that the app's first Community Day of 2022 will be taking place on 22nd January – the...

    • Mobile
    • Pikmin
  • Japanese Charts Mario Party Superstars Knocks Pokémon Diamond And Pearl Off Top Spot

    Switch dominates software and hardware charts

    Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for the week ending 9th January, revealing that Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have lost their position at the top of the charts for the first time since launch. This week, that honour instead goes to Mario Party Superstars, which is up from...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario
    • Charts
    • Japan
  • News Astroneer Is Out On Switch Today, With 'Xenobiology' Update That Adds Space Snails

    "Galastropods" can be raised as pets

    The lovely space-based sandbox adventure game Astroneer is out today on Nintendo Switch, alongside a new update that — for the first time in the game's six-year history — adds living creatures to the world. (You can read our Astroneer review here, by the way. We really liked it, and not just because of the...

    • Updates
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Bravely Default Mobile Spin Off Releases In Japan This Month

    Mobile-only game commemorates 10th anniversary of the franchise

    Square Enix has announced the Japanese release date for its upcoming single player Bravely Default spin-off, Bravely Default Brilliant Lights, with the mobile-only RPG hitting Android and IOS devices on January 27th. Bravely Default Brilliant Lights is set to take place across three...

    • Square Enix
    • Bravely Default
    • Mobile
  • News Chocobo GP's Characters Will Be Able To Race In Three Different Types Of Rides

    Standard, speed and grip!

    Mario Kart might be the one making headlines recently, but there is one other kart racer on the way. Chocobo GP launches exclusively on Switch on March 10th and while we've already seen a fair bit of footage of the game, there's still more to learn about it. In the latest update via social media, Square Enix focuses on the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Final Fantasy
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Nintendo Download 13th January (Europe)

    Astroneer! Nova-111! Aery – Dreamscape!

    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 eShop - New Releases: Aery - Dreamscape (EpiXR, 13th Jan,...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Europe
  • News PlatinumGames Appoints New CEO, Aims To Deliver 'Innovative Forms Of Play'

    Atsushi Inaba takes the reins as Kenichi Sato steps down

    PlatinumGames President and CEO, Kenichi Sato, has stepped down from his position as head of the company after five years and eight months in the role and will be replaced by current studio head and vice-president, Atsushi Inaba, who has been with the Japanese developer since its inception...

    • Industry
    • PlatinumGames
  • Out Now 'Headland' Daydreams Its Way Onto Switch

    Core Blimey!

    Danish indie developer, Northplay, has dropped a Switch port of its 2020 mobile game, Headland, which is now available on the eShop for $19.99/€19.99/£17.99. In Headland you assume the role of Nor, a young boy who seems to spend as much time daydreaming in class as he does anything else, as he fights to recover the shattered pieces...

    • Switch eShop
    • Out Now

Wednesday12th Jan 2022

  • Random A Lovely Easter Egg From Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Returns In The New Remakes

    Happy birthday, Junichi Masuda!

    Today is the 54th birthday of beloved director and composer of the Pokémon games, Junichi Masuda — and, to celebrate his birthday, you can see a limited-time surprise in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Back when the original games came out in 2006 and 2007, there was a secret embedded within the...

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    • Junichi Masuda
  • News Legendary SNES Emulator Liberated Using NSA Tool

    Swedish programmer bags long-rumoured SNESticle

    The fabled SNES emulator known as SNESticle, which for much of the past two decades was considered to be nothing more than a rumour, has finally been unearthed and excavated by a Swedish programmer using, of all things, a National Security Agency-designed open source tool. SNESticle, the follow-up to...

    • Random
    • SNES
    • Emulation
  • News Among Us Is Getting Turned Into A Manga

    Amanga Us

    Among Us' cultural saturation has reached new highs, as it was announced today that the social deduction game would be getting a one-off manga adaptation in the February edition of Bessatsu Corocoro, a monthly Japanese manga magazine. "How on earth," you might ask, "can they turn Among Us into a manga?" Well, it wouldn't be the first...

    • Among Us
    • Japan
    • Manga
  • Hands On Could This $1,300 Switch 'Rival' Hold The Answer To Joy-Con Drift?

    Aya Neo Next uses 'Hall Effect' sensors for its analogue inputs

    Remember the Aya Neo 2021 Pro, the super-powered and super-expensive portable PC we covered a short while ago? Well, the company behind it is releasing a new handheld this year which boasts a feature that should be very interesting to long-suffering Switch owners. The Aya Neo Next is a...

    • Joy-Con Drift
    • Hardware
    • Features
    • Hands On
  • Feature 14 Nintendo Switch Ports We'd Still Love To See

    So many have arrived, but we can still dream

    As soon as the Switch was revealed, attention swiftly turned to "ooh, do you think this and that game will be on it, I want to play that one while riding in a hot air balloon / sitting in a park / on the loo". Since that day dreams have been fulfilled as some iconic games have been available in portable...

    • Features
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Kirby And The Forgotten Land Scores March Release Date, New Trailer Appears

    New details confirmed!

    Nintendo has given upcoming Switch exclusive Kirby and the Forgotten Land a confirmed release date, with our favourite pink puffball arriving on the eShop and at retail on 25th March. Initially revealed back in September, Kirby and the Forgotten Land has players joining Kirby on a brand new 3D platforming adventure, with new...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kirby
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Mini Review Twelve Minutes - A Tedious Time Loop That Squanders Its Potential

    "No, Samus, no!" we cried, "It's not THAT Ridley!"

    It’s almost impossible to avoid comparing 12 Minutes to the classic existential horror movie, Groundhog Day. It’s the same basic premise, after all; famous actor goes into house, eats cake, gets assaulted by policeman, chokes to death, wakes up in the time loop. Okay, maybe they’re not exactly...

    • Mini Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Is The Next Free Trial For Nintendo Switch Online (North America)

    Free up some (mush)room for this gem

    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is one of those wildly underrated Nintendo games that tends to go forgotten — perhaps because its announcement at E3 in 2014 was overshadowed by Splatoon, Smash Bros., Xenoblade Chronicles X, Bayonetta 2, and what would eventually become Breath of the Wild, but perhaps

    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Nintendo Releases An Awesome Wallpaper To Celebrate Kirby's 30th Anniversary

    Too much cuteness

    It's been a lovely day for Kirby fans, with Nintendo confirming that Kirby and the Forgotten Land is arriving on Switch on 25th March. It looks fantastic in a new trailer, too, so it's definitely jumping onto some wishlists. It is also the 30th Anniversary year for the pink puffball, and to celebrate Nintendo has released a...

    • Kirby30
  • News The New ZenGrip Pro For Nintendo Switch OLED Might Be Worth A Look

    It also works with the OG Switch

    Since the arrival of the Switch OLED last year, various third-party companies have been busy working on new accessories. Some are brand new products, while other items have been updated to match the dimensions of Nintendo's new model system. With this in mind, accessory company Satisfye launched a new grip for the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch OLED
    • Accessories
  • Gallery 34 Glorious New Screenshots Of Kirby And The Forgotten Land

    Story scenes, new areas and more shown off

    You've probably already seen the news that Kirby and the Forgotten Land has been given a confirmed release date for Switch, but Nintendo's treated us to much more than a date today. On this page, you'll find a whopping 34 new screenshots of the game to enjoy. It's looking simply stunning, so rather than...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kirby
    • Gallery
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Round Up Eastasiasoft Announces Eight Switch Games, Releasing In "Early 2022"

    A great way to start the New Year

    Eastasiasoft earlier today premiered a special "New Year Showcase" to promote a bunch of indie titles scheduled to release in "early 2022" on multiple platforms including the Nintendo Switch. The eight-minute presentation featured all sorts of games, and all up eight of the nine games on show are locked in for a...

    • Round Up
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Video
    • Indies
  • Out Now 'Demoniaca: Everlasting Night' High Kicks Its Way Onto Switch

    Castlevania Kung-Fu!

    High kicks! Lasers! Floating skulls! A...eh...a guy with a paper bag on his head! AKI's Demoniaca: Everlasting Night, which originally released on PC back in September of 2019 has finally been ported to consoles by eastasiasoft and it hits Switch on 12th January, A.K.A today! This dark and dingy Gothic metroidvania sees you...

    • Switch eShop
    • Out Now
  • News Surprise! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is Getting A Brand New Spirit - Street Fighter's Evil Ryu

    Celebrating 35 years of Street Fighter

    This year marks the 35th anniversary of Street Fighter. Capcom kicked off the celebrations by sharing a new logo with fans at the start of this week and now, as a bonus, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has joined in on the celebrations. Although the development of Nintendo's all-star brawler is officially over, it...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Smash Bros
    • Street Fighter
    • Capcom
  • Out Now SNK VS. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash Is Dealing Now On The eShop

    SNK combines the games, 300 cards to collect

    SNK has been bringing a variety of NEOGEO Pocket Color titles to the Switch, and the latest arrival is live now on the eShop in North America and Europe (hat-tip to Nintendo Everything for the spot). SNK VS. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash is available now for $7.99 / €7,99 / £7.19, bringing together what...

    • Switch eShop
    • Out Now
  • News Sega Has Established A New Development Studio In Japan

    Will be led by Takaya Segawa

    Sega, the video game company behind Sonic the Hedgehog and the Yakuza series, has established a new studio in Sapporo, Japan. It's been set up in response to the rapid expansion of the games industry and will be Sega's second development base in the country. According to the official website, 'Sega Sapporo' is made up...

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  • News Switch Was UK's Bestselling Console In December With A 'Dominant' Performance

    More impressive longevity for Nintendo's system

    While plenty reading these pages will have owned a Switch since 2017, there are still plenty of gamers still buying into the system or, perhaps, adding new and additional consoles into their household. With three distinct models and a large game library the Switch is still showing good momentum, with...

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  • News Mystery Visual Novel 'Kansei: The Second Turn' Gets Supernatural On Switch This Week

    Pick it up for less than a tenner

    Visual novel fans will want to keep an eye on the Switch eShop this week as Kansei: The Second Turn HD, from Ratalaika Games & sakevisual, is set to launch this Friday. A sequel to Jisei: The First Case HD, and following the events within that title, Kansei sees the series' uniquely-talented protagonist tangled...

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  • News Ex-Nintendo Staffers To Share Behind-The-Scenes Stories In Nintendo Power Reunion Livestream

    "An incredible afternoon of stories"

    For many of our friends in the US, Nintendo Power magazine was the way to get all the latest news, guides and more relating to the latest Nintendo games. Kicking off in 1988 and running for 24 years, the magazine was known for its official ties to Nintendo – it was originally designed and created in-house,...

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  • News Fortnite Adds Dynamic Weather And New Weapon In Latest Patch

    Thunderbolts and lightning, very, very frightening!

    Fortnite's latest update, 19.01, has just dropped and it's brought some seriously turbulent weather with it, adding dynamic thunderstorms, tornadoes and spectacular lightning that rolls in across the map on ominously dark clouds. These all-new storms aren't just here to cause you trouble either,...

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  • Random Nintendo Fan Creates A Steel Case For Their Switch Dock

    "You gave your Switch Beskar armor"

    A Switch fan over the Nintendo Switch subreddit has shown off a custom-made case made entirely out of steel. To clarify, this creation by 'Destroyer1102' isn't actually a functioning dock, but a steel case that wraps around the official base unit. It appears to be designed specifically for the OG model's dock and...

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  • News 'KungFu Kickball' Kicks Off On Switch Next Month With Crossplay Supported

    Do we label this 'fighting' or 'football'? Or both?

    Remember KungFu Kickball? The team-based arena fighter/soccer game that has you kicking both the ball and your opponents in equal measure? Well, it's just received a new (hopefully confirmed) release date on Switch. After originally being slated for a December 2021 launch, the game will now arrive...

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  • News Megaquarium’s 'Freshwater Frenzy' DLC Is Coming To Consoles Later This Month

    Including 30 new species of fish

    Auroch Digital has announced that Megaquarium’s 'Freshwater Frenzy' DLC, which went down a treat with Steam players when it launched on PC in 2020, is now headed to consoles later this month. The expansion will arrive on Switch on 25th January; pricing has yet to be revealed, but expect it to be similar to or...

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  • News The Cruel King And The Great Hero Gets New Trailer To Showcase Akito Shikata's Music

    It's so CUTE

    NIS America's beautiful storybook game, The Cruel King and the Great Hero, is due out at the start of March — the 1st in North America, and the 4th in Europe — and to hype up the game, they've just released a new music video for the track 'Txilrcka'. The Cruel King and the Great Hero is a 2D side-scrolling role-playing game from...

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  • News Please, Touch The Artwork Will Bring Abstract Puzzles To Switch This Year

    "Part zen puzzle, part narrative adventure"

    For those that prefer more laid-back experiences on Switch, solving puzzles without too much stress or hurried gameplay, there are already some very decent options on the system. Another that's due to arrive this year is Please, Touch The Artwork, which blends abstract art with some surreal puzzles. It's...

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  • News 'Summertime Madness' Is A Painterly Puzzle Game Coming To Switch Later This Month

    Save Monet with a pre-order discount

    In 1945, an artist made a deal with the devil. But, as devil-deals generally do, it went wrong — and the painter became trapped inside his own painting. He needed to escape before midnight... or his soul would be trapped forever. That's the mysterious pitch for Summertime Madness, a puzzle game with gorgeous...

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