Latest News

TodaySun, 29th May 2022

  • News Dragon Quest Creator Yuji Horii Shares Brief Update On Next Mainline Entry

    Team "working hard on building Dragon Quest XII"

    Dragon Quest Day was held earlier this week - celebrating 36 years of the beloved JRPG series, and as part of this, series creator Yuji Horii shared a special message with fans. Apart from a new teaser for Dragon Quest Treasures, the creator also shared an update about the highly anticipated next...

    • Dragon Quest
    • Square Enix
    • Yuji Horii
  • News The Official Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Sound Library Will Be Shut Down Next Week

    Download these tracks while you still can

    The Pokémon Company has announced it will be shutting down the Pokémon Diamond & Pearl sound library just months after it opened. Fans can go to this website to stream and download the music and sound effects from 2006 releases (for free) and explore the "incredible sounds" for Brilliant Diamond and...

    • Pokemon
    • Music

YesterdaySat, 28th May 2022

  • Guide Every Nintendo Switch Online NES Game Ranked

    All the NES games, ranked by you

    Updated with Pinball from Nintendo's May 2022 update to Nintendo Switch Online. Remember, this list evolves as users rate the games within, so head to the game profiles and rate them out of 10 if you'd like to see the rankings below alter. Enjoy! The collection of NES games available to Nintendo Switch Online...

    • Best Games
    • NES
    • Retro
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Guides
  • News Mario Strikers: Battle League Will Be Supported With Free Post-Launch Updates

    Datamine hints at 10 additional characters

    In case you missed it, Nintendo has announced it will be supporting the upcoming release Mario Strikers: Battle League with free post-launch updates, including new characters. It seems now we've got some additional information courtesy of Twitter user and dataminer 'Wipeoutjack7' - revealing the game's...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Datamine
    • Updates
  • News Aspyr Is Bringing Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic II To Switch This June

    Includes The Sith Lords Restored content DLC

    It's Star Wars Celebration this week - with the launch of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series and various other announcements. As part of this, Aspyr and Lucasfilm Games have today announced the 2004 game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords will be coming to the Nintendo Switch on 8th...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Star Wars
  • Feature How Video Games Can Be Brilliant For Your Mental Health

    Escapism, education, and being "alone together"

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and as part of our mental health coverage, I spoke to two psychologists from Take This — a non-profit dedicated to reducing the stigma of mental health in the gaming community, as well as raising awareness of the areas in which games and mental health intersect...

    • Features
    • Mental Health
    • Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (May 28th)

    Pre-summer doldrums?

    We're almost at the end of May, and the "E3" build-up is beginning to kick in, which means that things have been a little steady in the world of video games. Three new NES and SNES games have appeared on NSO this week. A dancing Psyduck toy took the internet by storm. And

    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
    • What Are You Playing
    • Features
  • News Nintendo Is Offering Free Trials For Switch Online, Even If You've Used One Before (North America)

    Get it while you can!

    Switch owners located in North America can currently claim a free trial for the base version of Switch Online. This offer is available to players in the US and Canada who have previously activated a free trial and don't currently have a subscription. If you're already an existing subscriber though, this offer isn't available to...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • North America
    • US
    • PSA
  • News Nintendo Shares New Music Track For Splatoon 3, Have A Listen

    Introducing Front Roe - "Sea Me Now"

    Splatoon 3 will arrive on the Switch this September, and ahead of release, Nintendo has been building up excitement by sharing new information and footage of the game. Today is a little different though, with the reveal of a new in-game music track - "Sea Me Now" by the rock outfit, Front Roe (the song and title...

    • Splatoon
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Music
  • Feature Backlog Club: EarthBound Part Two - Bees, Backtracking, And Biscuits

    Mother I'd Like to Finish

    This article is part of our new experimental series, Backlog Club, where we (Nintendo Life!) pick a game that's likely to be on our list of "games we should get around to playing", and then we (NL + you!) spend the next month playing that game. This is the final part of May's game, EarthBound (or Mother 2, if you prefer),...

    • Backlog Club
    • Features
    • EarthBound
    • Mother 2

Friday27th May 2022

  • Guide Nintendo Switch Online - Every NES, SNES, N64 And Sega Genesis Game Available

    Every retro game available with an NSO sub (plus the Expansion Pack)

    Updated with Nintendo's May 2022 game updates (two SNES titles and Pinball for NES). Nintendo Switch Online had a slow start initially, but with the introduction of SNES games, we've see

    • Guides
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Guide Every Nintendo Switch Online SNES Game Ranked

    All the SNES games, ranked by you

    Updated with Rival Turf! and Congo's Caper from Nintendo's May 2022 update to Nintendo Switch Online. Remember, this list evolves as users rate the games within, so head to the game profiles and rate them out of 10 if you'd like to see the rankings below alter. Enjoy! The library of SNES games available on Switch...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • SNES
    • Best Games
    • Retro
  • News Nintendo Expands Its Switch Online SNES And NES Service With Three More Titles

    Out now!

    Following on from the news that we could be getting more NES and SNES games this week, Nintendo has now added three classics to its Switch Online service. The titles joining the service on this occasion include Congo's Caper (Data East, 1993) and Rival Turf! (Jaleco, 1992) for Super Nintendo, along with Pinball (Nintendo, 1983) for NES.

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Nintendo
    • SNES
    • NES
  • News Nintendo Reveals Character Concepts For Switch Sports, Included Robot Designs

    In the end, Nintendo decided to play it safe

    If you're a Wii Sports veteran, one of the first things you'll probably notice when playing Nintendo Switch Sports is the new avatars. While they seem like a natural evolution alongside Mii, during the development of Switch Sports, Nintendo experimented with all sorts of different character designs. In...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo
  • News Sonic 3 Movie Aiming For 2024, Paramount Possibly Seeking "Hollywood Actor" To Voice New Enemy

    Spoilers ahead!

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 might still be in theatres, but Paramount Pictures and Sega Corporation are already preparing for the future with a third movie and live-action series. In an update, Sonic screenwriters Pat Casey and Josh Miller have revealed at a 'KCC Comic-Con 2022 Q&A' (via Tails' Channel) how the team is hoping to...

    • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • Sonic
    • Movies
  • News Mario Kart Tour Is About To Get One Of The Franchise's Best Tracks

    Yeah baby, yeah!

    Mario Kart Tour is continuing to truck along nicely, adding new content and events at a pretty brisk pace. The latest update, due on May 31st at 11pm PT, will introduce the Cat Tour and will naturally feature the cat costumes from Super Mario 3D World. Better yet, the Cat Tour will bring one of Mario Kart's best tracks, one that...

    • Mario Kart Tour
    • Update
    • Tour
  • News Mysterious SEGA Broadcast Announced, Will Unveil A New Project

    Potentially Mega Drive related..?

    In a post on Twitter, Sega's official Japanese account announced an upcoming broadcast for Friday, June 3rd at 12pm BST / 7am ET, which looks set to unveil a brand new project. Details are slightly thin on the ground at the moment, but guests include Hiroyuki Miyazaki, who has a long-running history with the...

    • SEGA
    • Mega Drive
    • Genesis
    • Mega CD
  • Random Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Trick Takes You Beyond The Map's Borders

    Explore uncharted territory

    The world of Hyrule in 2017's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is pretty huge. From the peak of Death Mountain to the small settlement of Gerudo Town, there's an almost limitless sense of freedom as you roam about the land. What if you could go beyond the designated borders, however? Officially, you can't of...

    • Random
    • Zelda
    • Glitch
  • News Game-Breaking Bug Discovered In Switch Online Version Of Kirby 64

    Update: Nintendo is working on a patch

    Update [Fri 27th May, 2022 16:10 BST] Nintendo has today confirmed that it's working on a patch to fix the bug plaguing Kirby 64 fans. The patch is expected to drop next week, and we'll update you all as soon as it does. For now, here's Nintendo's response. You can find details of the bug in our original story...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Kirby
    • Nintendo 64
    • N64
  • Review Rival Turf! - Jaleco's Brawler Is No Match For Final Fight, Two-Player Or Not

    Two isn't always better than one

    This review originally went live in 2015, and we're updating and republishing it to mark the game's arrival on Switch as part of the Super NES library of games included with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. When approaching Jaleco's Rival Turf! (known as Rushing Beat in Japan), it's important to understand...

    • Reviews
    • Nintendo Switch Online
  • Hands On Mario Strikers: Battle League Makes A Furiously Good First Impression

    Where Mario can kick Yoshi in the face

    Yep, we’ve only gone and played Mario Strikers: Battle League (Football) by invitation of Nintendo UK. We’re not boasting or anything, we just didn’t know how else to open the article. Fittingly, we had a good 90 minutes with the game and have been able to get a fairly decent idea of what we can expect...

    • Hands On
    • Features
    • Preview
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Trailer Sees The Golden Deer Charge Into Action

    The Leicester Alliance aren't upside down

    We promised you we'd be back with another Fire Emblem Friday, didn't we? Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes' latest trailer features the third and final of the main three houses from Fire Emblem: Three Houses — The Golden Deer, led by the charismatic Claude von Riegan. The yellow banner follows the Blue...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Fire Emblem
  • Random Is This Cryptic Tweet A Hint At New Zelda Remakes?

    Here we go again

    Nintendo leaker markomaro is being cagey on Twitter, and with no Zelda news to keep us sane, his latest tweet has got people speculating. Let's take a look at the tweet in question: Right, well, that's not much to go on, is it? That's like us tweeting out a picture of Epona and saying "keep an eye out." If it turns out to be...

    • Zelda
    • Random
  • Random South Africans Warned That $4 Nintendo Switches Are "A Scam"

    Switch Swindle

    If you saw a Nintendo Switch selling for just $4, you might assume that Doug Bowser had lost his mind, before buying every single one available — but perhaps unsurprisingly, in the case of unlucky South Africans seeing the deal on Facebook, it's naught but a scam. According to a report by Cape Town Etc., a post is circulating on...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Review Kao The Kangaroo - Rough Edges Can't Ruin This 'Roo's Return

    Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up

    In the late '90s and early '00s, mascot 3D platformers were all the rage and… well, not all of them were great. For every Super Mario 64, you had a… Bubsy 3D, eventually leading to the genre becoming oversaturated and tired. One franchise that was a casualty at the tail-end of the 3D...

    • Reviews
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Pokémon HOME Updated To Version 2.0.1, Here Are The Full Patch Notes

    Update today

    The Pokémon Company and Nintendo have released a new update for Pokémon HOME - bumping the cloud storage service app up to Version 2.0.1. This latest update addresses some minor glitches and "other issues". Here are the full patch notes, courtesy of Perfectly Nintendo: Pokémon HOME - Version 2.0.1 - Fixed an issue in which users’...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Updates
    • Pokémon
  • News Mario Strikers: Battle League 'First Kick' Demo Out Now For Switch Online Members

    Others can get in from 2nd June

    With only two weeks to go until kick-off in Mario Strikers: Battle League, Nintendo has dropped a surprise demo for the game that'll let you get your keepie uppies in before the whistle blows on 10th June. Where To Pre-Order Mario Strikers: Battle League On Switch This limited-time demo will allow you to hop into...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Super Mario
    • Demo
  • News Expect Trinity Trigger To Be A "Traditional RPG" With Local Multiplayer, Say Devs In Translated Interview

    The game is apparently 70% done

    Japanese gaming outlet Famitsu recently sat down with four of the developers behind upcoming RPG, Trinity Trigger — which was leaked earlier this week for a Japan release later this year. They spoke about their goals in creating a "traditional RPG" in the vein of Bravely Default, Octopath Traveler, and

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Japan
  • Random Yes, This Really Is A Working Cardboard Game Boy Advance SP

    No folding here

    If we're being biased, then the Game Boy Advance SP is the best model in the Game Boy Advance series. It's sleek, elegant, came in lots of different editions, and you could put stickers on the back cover! Oh, and the backlight was cool too, we suppose. But you know what we were missing in the GBA SP series? One made out of...

    • Random
    • GBA
  • News The Panda Cup, An Officially-Licensed Smash Bros. Circuit, Kicks Off In June

    Melee and Ultimate to star

    The absence of Super Smash Bros. from Evo later this year is a bit of a downer for some. Nintendo officially withdrew from the huge fighting game tournament earlier this year, months after Sony bought the Evolution Championship Series. That doesn't mean fans will have to miss out on some smashing action this summer,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Smash Bros
    • GameCube
  • News Reggie Fils-Aimé Says We're All "Marching To" The Metaverse, With Games In The Lead

    The metaverse singularity

    The metaverse discourse is back, and now Reggie's in on it. Former COO and President of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aimé, thinks the metaverse — the network of 3D worlds that is purported to eventually replace or enhance real-life socialisation — is the future of gaming, and maybe even just the future in general,...

    • Metaverse
    • Reggie
    • Industry
  • News Pac-Man's Family All Have VERY Different Names In Pac-Man Museum+

    Pac-Who?

    The second compilation of the yellow puck's games, Pac-Man Museum+, is out today on Switch (and other consoles!), and this collection of 14 of Pac-Man's very best games is out there looking to celebrate one of gaming's oldest icons. You'll get to see him with legs, without legs — the lot! The collection comes at the end of Pac-Man's 42nd...

    • Bandai Namco
    • Pac-Man
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Koumajou Remilia: Scarlet Symphony Will Get An 'Extra Easy Mode' For Newcomers

    Plain sailing

    The upcoming remaster of Koumajou Remilia: Scarlet Symphony is due for launch worldwide on July 28th, 2022. As part of the release, the game will be getting an 'Extra Easy Mode' to help newcomers get to grips with the often tricky difficulty. Here's some more info on the announcement from publisher CFK: The higher the difficulty...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • News Analogue Pocket's Next Big Beta Update Will Roll Out In July

    Including libraries!

    Analogue has announced that a beta update of its Analogue Pocket operating system will launch in July 2022 via an update on its official site. The Pocket OS v1.1 (beta) will included much requested additions including beta versions of libraries, memories, and FPGA development. Here's the full statement from Analogue:...

    • Analogue Pocket
    • Analogue
    • Update
  • News Vampire: The Masquerade Getting New York Double-Pack Physical Release "Soon"

    Take a bite of the Big Apple

    Vampire The Masquerade: The New York Bundle is a newly-announced physical double-pack of vampy games, both set in — you guessed it — New York City. (Can you imagine if they were set in, like, upstate New York? Suburban vampires? Maybe some day.) The double pack includes Coteries of New York and Shadows of New York,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Physical Releases
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Random NBA Player's Game Day Routine Involves Playing Nintendo, Avoiding Basketball

    Oh! Same!!

    Celebrities! They're just like us! In this case, it's Klay Thompson — one of the NBA's superstars, who plays as a shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors. When asked what his pre-game day looks like, he demurred: "I don't wanna give away all my secrets," Thompson told the press, before stating that his ritual is mostly avoiding...

    • Random
    • Sports
  • News SD Gundam Battle Alliance Locks In August Release For Switch

    Target confirmed

    Earlier this year in February, Bandai Namco announced it would be bringing its action RPG SD Gundam Battle Alliance to Switch and multiple other platforms. Developer Artdink Corporation has now locked in a release date - confirming the game will be released worldwide, across all platforms, on 25th August 2022 for $59.99 USD...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Bandai Namco
  • News Pokkén Tournament Won't Be Supported Competitively After 2022 Championships

    Not even a burn heal can fix

    It's the end of the bracket for Pokkén Tournament DX. The Pocket Monster's beat 'em up will no longer be a part of the Pokémon Championship Series after 2022, The Pokémon Company has announced. Pokkén Tournament has been part of the Championships since 2016 and the Wii U version, and its sixth year will be its final...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Bandai Namco
  • Nintendo Download 27th May (Europe)

    Kao the Kangaroo! Arcade Spirits! Touken Ranbu Warriors!

    The latest Nintendo Download update for Europe has arrived, and it's bringing new games galore to the eShop in your region. This week, we're a day later than usual — some pesky gremlins must have gotten into Nintendo of Europe's system, as the update didn't drop until earlier this morning...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Europe
  • Random Pokémon Sweet Store In Japan Announces Adorable Pikachu Waffles

    A Sweet Kiss of sugar

    So there are various reasons we at Nintendo Life would like to go to Japan. One of the biggest is all the fancy video game-themed cafés dotted around Tokyo. Capcom, Square Enix — Dragon Quest even gets its own — there are tons of places to eat and drink that are inspired by your favourite video games, from eating moogle...

    • Random
    • Pokemon
    • Japan
  • Exclusive Kao The Kangaroo Artist Talks Redesigning A Mascot For The Modern Age

    Bringing them out from the outback

    Kao the Kangaroo isn't the first platforming mascot you might think of when you cast your mind back to the heady days of the late '90s and early 2000s. But in a world where dragons, bandicoots, plumbers, blue hedgehogs, and more duked it out, this punching marsupial stood out with his simplicity. Many hold the Kao...

    • Exclusive
    • Feature
    • Nintendo Switch

Thursday26th May 2022

  • News Jack Move Is A Cyberpunk RPG With Traditional Turn-Based Mechanics

    Coming later this year

    If you're a fan of cyberpunk aesthetics and turn-based RPG combat, then the upcoming Jack Move may well be up your street. From publisher HypeTrain Digital and developer So Romantic, the game follows on from a Steam-only prologue called Jack Move: I.C.E Breaker, which reached an impressive 100K+ downloads with 95% positive...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • Rumour Could We Be Getting New NES And SNES Games For Switch Online?

    Maintenance scheduled for this week

    The Switch Online retro library is slowly growing in size, and while a lot of the focus has been on the N64 and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis libraries, it seems Nintendo could possibly be preparing a NES and SNES update. The Twitter account NinStatusBot - which is used to track maintenance and server outages for...

    • Rumour
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
  • News This N64 ROM Hack Turns Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Into A New Star Fox Adventures

    Star Fox Conquest!

    The Star Fox series has not been given the best love from Nintendo over the years. With the popularity of Star Fox 64, fans were expecting a brand new 3D rail shooter on the N64's successor, the GameCube. Instead, Nintendo's then-collaborator Rare created something fans weren't expecting — Star Fox Adventures, a fully 3D...

    • N64
    • Zelda
    • The Legend of Zelda
    • Star Fox
  • Random BlackMilk's Legend Of Zelda Clothing Line Wins Licensing Award

    The Licensing of Zelda

    BlackMilk is an Australian company known for their licensed clothing and their rather tight-fitting outfits, and they've worked with Nintendo on a number of occasions to create unique game-themed prints for dresses, overalls, shirts, and more. Their Legend of Zelda collection, which features a shiny Majora's Mask dress, a set...

    • Random
    • Merchandise
    • Zelda
  • News Masahiro Sakurai Recently Had A Meeting With HAL Laboratory

    New game when?

    Although Masahiro Sakurai is now done with Smash Bros. Ultimate, it seems like he may not be slowing down any time soon. In a bit of an update on social media, the director of Nintendo's all-star Smash Bros. series revealed how he recently had an online meeting with his former employer, HAL Laboratory. He had no need to necessarily...

    • Masahiro Sakurai
    • HAL Laboratory
    • Industry
    • Japan
  • News New Action RPG Trinity Trigger Scores A Nintendo Switch Demo, Out Now (Japan)

    A new game by Xenoblade, Mana and Pokémon alumni

    Following on from the accidental leak earlier this week, a demo for the new action RPG Trinity Trigger has now been released on the Nintendo Switch eShop in Japan. Although it's mostly in Japanese, you can still get an idea of how it plays. This new game published by FuRyu and developed by Three...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Demos
    • Japan
  • Video Do You Own A Video Game So Rare That You Can Never Actually Play It?

    Poor, neglected souls

    There's something quite satisfying about owning a particularly rare video game, isn't there? Not so much in the sense that you can brag to your friends about owning something they couldn't possibly hope to get their hands on; no, that's quite insufferable, if you ask us. Rather, the idea of owning something valuable and...

    • Video
    • Nintendo 64
    • 64DD
  • News 'The Hand Of Merlin' Looks Like Heaven For Fans Of Intricate Strategy

    It's got turn-based combat, cards, AND difficult choices!

    Early Access games can be scary — ever heard of "too many cooks", except all the cooks are gamers? — but they can also result in some lovingly-polished games that don't make it to Switch until they're really, really good. It sounds like The Hand of Merlin is one of those games, having...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • Random Check Out These NES Consoles Being Tested, Packed, And Shipped

    Heigh-ho, heigh-ho...

    We love a bit of history here at Nintendo Life, particularly when it's something to do with our favourite hobby: knitting. No, we're kidding, video games of course! Many of us may not have been around when the NES first came out (this writer was born three years after its western release), so it's always cool when bits of...

    • Random
    • NES
  • Soapbox Dragon's Dogma Is A Janky, Weird, Ageing RPG, And Everyone Should Play It

    Pawn stars

    Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen turned 10 years old this week, and to celebrate, Kate's been reminiscing about her first time playing it, and her love for Grocco... On the surface, Dragon's Dogma looks like any other 2010s RPG. It's got dragons, it's got swords, it's got side quests. You've played Skyrim. You've played Dark Souls. You know...

    • Soapbox
    • Features
    • Dragons Dogma
  • News Reggie Shares Thoughts On How Nintendo Can Prepare For The Switch's Successor

    "The content pipeline needs to be there"

    The Reggie Fils-Aimé book tour train just keeps on chugging away! Last week, the former president of Nintendo of America sat down with GamesIndustry.biz's James Batchelor for a chat following the release of his book, Disrupting the Game, to talk about not just the book but various industry issues and the...

    • Reggie
    • Nintendo
    • Industry
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News New Dragon Quest Treasures Teaser Drops For Series' 36th Anniversary

    No platforms announced, but surely?

    It's 27th May in Japan, which means the Dragon Quest series is celebrating its 36th anniversary! And to kick things off, Square Enix has dropped a brand new teaser for its previously announced spin-off, Dragon Quest Treasures. Revealed last year for the series' 35th anniversary, Dragon Quest Treasures stars

    • Upcoming Releases
    • Square Enix
    • Dragon Quest
  • News Playable Build Of Cancelled N64 Game 'SimCopter 64' Discovered

    History takes flight

    In a huge discovery for video game history, a playable version of a long-lost cancelled N64 game has been found. SimCopter 64 was meant to be a port of the Maxis and EA title on PC and was last seen at E3 in — wait for it — 1997. We were made aware of this by Twitter user and gaming history preservationist @dangentemp, who...

    • Retro
    • N64
  • News SNES Platforming Shooter 'Jim Power: The Lost Dimension' Returns On Switch

    With multiple physical releases

    In another obscure retro rerelease, publisher QUByte Interactive and developer PIKO Interactive have announced the return of the SNES platformer Jim Power: The Lost Dimension in 3-D in the form of a brand new release — Jim Power: The Lost Dimension. Released in 1993 on the Super Nintendo, Jim Power is an action...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Retro
    • SNES
  • Nintendo Download 26th May (North America)

    My Little Pony! Kao the Kangaroo! Trio the Punch!

    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: MY LITTLE PONY: A...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Nintendo Switch
    • North America
  • News Bandai Namco Celebrates The Arrival Of Pac-Man Museum+ With A Delightful Launch Trailer

    The wait is over!

    Pac-Man Museum+ is out on the Nintendo Switch this week. It's a compilation of 14 titles from Pac-Man's 40-year history. To help build up some excitement, Bandai Namco has released a lovely new launch trailer - inspired by this collection. It's also got plenty of Pac-Man-themed music throughout it, and at the end of the trailer,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pac-Man
    • Bandai Namco
  • News Metroidvania 'Astronite' Brings Heavy 'Gato Roboto' Vibes This October

    Physical edition also planned

    JanduSoft Games has announced Astronite, a Metroidvania with heavy Gato Roboto vibes, coming to Switch this October. No firm release date has been set at the time of writing, however we do have confirmation that a physical edition of the game will also be launched alongside the digital version. The game will be a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • Random Did The Sims Copy Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Froggy Chair?

    Toadally frogdulent

    Eagle-eyed game fans have noticed something in The Sims 4 — a suspiciously amphibian piece of bum-furniture. That's right! It's a Froggy Chair, and everyone knows that Animal Crossing invented Froggy Chairs in the year of our frog, two thousand and one. One of the newly-announced Stuff Packs for The Sims 4, which are small...

    • Random
    • Froggy Chair
    • Animal Crossing
  • Japanese Charts An All-Switch Top Ten Is Lead By Nintendo Switch Sports

    A swathe of Switch games!

    The weekly Japanese charts are painting a familiar picture week-on-week. In a week dominated by Switch game sales, Nintendo Switch Sports is once again sitting at the top of the pile, selling another 35,088 units in the week of 16th May to 22nd May. All ten games in the top ten are Nintendo Switch releases this week, which...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Charts
    • Japan
    • Kirby
  • News JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R To Launch This September On Switch

    It was me, remaster!

    Grab your fate by the hands! Bandai Namco's upcoming JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R, a remaster of the PlayStation 3 beat 'em up based on the hugely popular anime and manga series of the same name, will be punching its way onto Switch on 2nd September! The game will feature all of the fighters that were available...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Anime
    • Manga
  • Random At 63, Takahashi Meijin Still Boasts A Ludicrously Quick Trigger Finger

    Putting us young whippersnappers to shame

    Industry legend Takahashi Meijin, known for his work with Hudson Soft alongside his '16 shot per second' trigger finger, proves he's still got what it takes to mash buttons at the age of 63. In a video shared on Twitter, Meijin tackles the Pokey Pummel mini-game in Mario Party Superstars, blasting through...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Mario Party
    • Takahashi Meijin
  • News Nature Sim 'Cloud Gardens' Gets A New Release Date After A Short Delay

    Phew!

    Update: Thu 26th May, 2022 16:15 BST: Publisher Coatsink has provided an update on the release date of Cloud Gardens on Switch. After its indefinite delay due to a "minor backend issue", the game will now launch on June 16th, 2022. Hopefully, that will be the last delay! Original Article: Wed 11th May, 2022 09:45 BST The intriguing nature...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • News 'Sonic Speed Q&A' Airing Next Month In Japan, Ask Sonic Anything

    What questions have you got for the blue blur?

    It's a busy year for Sonic the Hedgehog, but somehow the blue blur still has time to take questions from his loyal fanbase. In fact, between 25th May and 2nd June, Sega Japan will be taking questions on his behalf (via social media) - allowing fans to ask the VTuber version of him anything they want for...

    • Sonic
    • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • Sega
    • Japan

Wednesday25th May 2022

  • News Here's A First Look At Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge Physical Switch Release

    Courtesy of Limited Run Games

    Another physical release will be making its way across to the Nintendo Switch in the near future. This time around it's the bodacious beat 'em up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge. Limited Run Games will be the distributor of this one. Here's a look at the Collector's Edition which will include a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Limited Run Games
  • Random Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Easter Egg Showcases Nintendo's Eye For Detail

    Picture perfect

    Oh boy, new discoveries in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild just keep coming. This time, however, rather than a player-created glitch or trick, a YouTuber has discovered a lovely little detail from Nintendo itself nestled in a cutscene towards the end of the game (spoilers, we guess?). During Link's adventure in Hyrule, he...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Zelda
  • News Mario Strikers: Battle League Walmart Pre-Order Exclusive Revealed

    Comes with premium decals

    Mario Strikers: Battle League will be released on the Nintendo Switch next month. Ahead of launch, another pre-order deal has been revealed in the US. This time it's a premium decals sheet and it's available at Walmart. As you can see below, it includes many of the characters from the game (thanks, Wario64): If you're...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Super Mario
    • US
  • News Retro-Styled RPG Eastward Gets Physical Edition, Vinyl Soundtrack, And TWO Board Games

    Now available to buy from iam8bit and Amazon

    [Update: Wed 25th May, 2022 19:00 BST] The day is finally here! Eastward's physical release is available to purchase from iam8bit, with limited inventory — so if this is a game you want to get your physical mitts on, here are the links: Amazon — Eastward Physical Edition (includes game cartridge,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Indie
    • Physical
  • News Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, The Successor To Suikoden, Confirmed For Switch

    Success!

    After a few years of speculation — and confirmation of a technical investigation earlier this month — Suikoden-series successor Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes will indeed be coming to Nintendo Switch! Previously, Rabbit & Bear Studios — helmed by Suikoden creator Yoshitaka Murayama — had said that its upcoming RPG will be...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Random MS Paint Artist Imagines "Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Team" Mashup

    Legend

    You might not have heard of Jim'll Paint It — but you've probably seen his work. His real name is James Murray, and he's an artist from Bristol whose chosen medium is... MS Paint. Yeah, the one from your school's creaky old Windows computer that you used to draw terrible squares with. If you think to yourself, "there's no way that someone...

    • Random
    • Zelda
    • Art
  • News Cosy Stardew-Meets-Alchemy Game 'Potion Permit' To Get A Physical Release

    Fire burn, and cartridge bubble

    We still don't have a concrete release date for upcoming wholesome game, Potion Permit, but now that you can pre-order the physical version of the game, we're tempted to say that it'll be sooner rather than later. In Potion Permit, you'll play the role of a small-town chemist whose job it is to heal, treat, and win...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Indie
    • Physical
  • News NPD Group Reveals "Top 10 Most Played Games" Of Q1 2022 (US)

    Animal Crossing is still going strong

    Nintendo has shared a lot of positive news about its global hardware and software hardware sales over the past few weeks and now the NPD Group has revealed the "top 10" most played video games in the first quarter of 2022. The only first-party title on the list from Nintendo was Animal Crossing: New Horizons...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • US
  • News The Neo Geo Pocket Color's First RPG, Biomotor Unitron, Launches On Switch Tomorrow

    Surprise!

    In a surprise announcement, SNK has announced the next game in its Neo Geo Pocket Color Selection series, Biomotor Unitron. Released on the handheld back in 1999, this was the very first RPG for the system. The game mixes sci-fi elements with dungeon crawling. You control a robot through these dungeons — which are semi-random a selected...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Neo Geo
    • Retro
    • SNK
  • News The "Finishing Touches" Are Being Added To No Man's Sky On Switch

    See you soon, space

    No Man's Sky for Switch was confirmed back in Nintendo's February Direct. Scheduled for a summer release, we've not had many updates on this hybrid version — which is confirmed to be coming with all 20 previous updates, including the two newest ones — since its announcement. But in a press release for today's Leviathan...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Soapbox Leaving The Comfort Zone - A Quest To Find My New Favourite Games

    Old favourites are just that: old

    Soapbox features enable our individual writers and contributors to voice their opinions on hot topics and random stuff they've got on their minds. Today, yer man Thomas Whitehead discusses sidestepping his considerable backlog and starting a personal quest to try new things... The Switch has been with us for over...

    • Features
    • Soapbox
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Five New Street Fighter Characters Enter The Ring Today In Ubisoft's Brawlhalla

    M. Bison, Luke, Sakura, Ken and Dhalsim

    Ubisoft and Capcom have teamed up once more to add five more Street Fighter legends to the roster of Brawlhalla, as part of the "Street Fighter Part II Epic Crossover Event". Those five characters are: Dhalsim Epic Crossover for Rayman – Self-disciplined but stern, Dhalsim can stretch his body and...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Ubisoft
    • Street Fighter
  • News Pokémon GO Hisuian Voltorb & Electrode Can Now Be Sent To Pokémon HOME

    Gotta transfer 'em all

    The Pokémon Company and Nintendo finally rolled out the Version 2.0.0 update for Pokémon HOME last week, making it compatible with the most recent entries in the series, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl & Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Now, Niantic has updated

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Updates
    • Pokémon
    • Pokemon GO
    • Mobile
  • Random Check Out This Mesmerising Mario & Luigi Domino Tribute

    Tumble the dice would be proud

    We've featured the extraordinary TheDominoKing before here at Nintendo Life, but their latest creation is truly stunning. This time, the domino enthusiast has created a stunning Mario & Luigi tribute that's utterly hypnotic to watch take shape. This three-part masterpiece starts with a chain of dominos crashing...

    • Random
    • Super Mario
  • News Valis: The Fantasm Soldier Collection II Launches On Switch This September

    Japan only, for now...

    Remember back in March when Edia announced it had plans to release a second collection of Valis titles on the Nintendo Switch? Well, it's now locked in a release date...at least for Japan, confirming this three-in-one classic collection will be released on 22nd September. This second collection, known officially as Valis: The...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Valis
    • Retro
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Japan
  • News Gelato Pique's New Yoshi Pyjama Collection Is Fuzzy AND Pastel

    Fluffy? Check. Comfy? Check. Yoshi? Check.

    If you are the kind of person that cried when the tiny Yarn Yoshi amiibo were announced, and then again when Mega Yarn Yoshi arrived, then prepare yourself for this next salvo of fluffy Yoshi content: Gelato Pique, the Japanese brand responsible for

    • Yoshi
    • Nintendo
    • Super Mario
    • Merchandise
  • News Barnyard Brawler Them's Fightin' Herds Finds New Pastures On Switch This Fall

    Moo-rriffic!

    Mane6's popular bovine beat 'em up Them's Fightin' Herds is finally coming to consoles! Published by Modus Games, this farmyard fighter sees a cast of cuddly hooved fighters duke it out with one another in a range of settings — all animal appropriate, of course. This announcement comes months after the game was rated for Switch by the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News 'Dream Daddy' Studio Moves Into The Horror Genre With 'Homebody'

    Inspired by '80s slashers

    Game Grumps, the studio behind light-hearted visual novel Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator, is shifting direction into the horror genre with their new upcoming title Homebody. The game has been announced for PC and consoles and is said to be coming "later this year", however no firm release has been set as of the time...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • Random Popular Flash Game 'IndestructoTank!' To Get A Physical Release On Game Boy

    Digital, too!

    With the death of Adobe Flash Player on 1st January 2021, many creators have gone to great lengths to preserve the projects they created over the years. If you were around at the peak of this era, then the name Newgrounds will be familiar to you, and I'm sure everyone has something they spent hours upon hours of mouse clicking and on...

    • Random
    • Retro
    • Game Boy
  • News See Beautiful "Decksploration" Card Game 'Foretales' In Action In New Trailer

    All decked out

    Dear Villagers and Alkemi have shuffled their decks and laid their cards out on the table in the newest trailer for their upcoming deck-building narrative game, Foretales. With art inspired by classic 2D Disney cartoons, Foretales is a deckbuilder that looks to put the story at the top of the deck. Developer Alkemi says the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • News NIS America Brings Yomawari: Lost In The Dark Out Of The Shadows This Fall

    A third scare

    The third entry in Nippon Ichi's Yomawari series is coming West! NIS America has today announced that Yomawari: Lost in the Dark (called Yomawari 3 in Japan) will be launching on Switch later this year! This comes over three years since the first two games came to the console in the Yomawari: The Long Night Collection package. We know...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Manage An "Internet Angel" In 'Needy Streamer Overload' This Fall

    Going live in October

    Popular visual novel/management sim Needy Streamer Overload is getting a Switch port. The game has been on Steam since January and has sold over 450,000 copies in around five months. Now, you'll get to raise and manage your own internet sensation on the Switch. In a unique premise for the genre, your goal as P-Chan is to help...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • News Balloon Flight Sounds Like Balloon Fight, Except It's Not

    We all float here

    Publisher RedDeerGames has announced that Balloon Flight will be drifting its way onto the Switch this week, launching on May 27th. The game's title, of course, sounds like Balloon Fight, but in terms of gameplay, it looks quite different, indeed. The game utilises a first-person perspective and sees you both deploy and burst...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • News Kickflip Alien Butt In OlliOlli World's First Expansion, Void Riders

    Pop shove it, E.T

    The fantastic OlliOlli World is getting its first major story expansion with Void Riders on June 15th, bringing new levels and gear to the game for the price of £7.99. Initially launched on February 8th, OlliOlli World is a spiritual successor to Roll7's OlliOlli series, combining incredibly tight skateboarding mechanics with a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • DLC
  • News Puzzle Game 'Plotting' Joins The Arcade Archives Line-Up

    Plotting the course for Switch this week

    Publisher HAMSTER has announced that the tile puzzle game Plotting (known in Japan as Flipull) will join the Arcade Archives line-up this week, with the game launching tomorrow, May 25th. Plotting was originally released by Taito in 1989 and is a straight-forward puzzle game in which you need to fire...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop

Tuesday24th May 2022

  • Guide Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour Times: This Week's Featured Pokémon And Mystery Bonus - 24th May

    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 The Aya Neo Air Is An OLED-Packing Handheld That Can Run Cyberpunk 2077 And GTA V

    And it's "just" $650

    Chinese firm Aya Neo has already made something of a splash in the handheld gaming arena thanks to its Windows-based portables, but they've always been held back by the fact that they're so expensive, often costing over $1000. However, the firm is expanding its lineup to include the Aya Neo Air, which will cost just CNY 4,399...

    • Aya Neo
    • Hardware
  • Guide Best Nintendo Switch Warriors Games - Every Switch Musou Game Ranked

    Dynasty, Samurai, Orochi, spin-offs and more, all ranked by you

    The Warriors series might have taken its time taking off in the West, but over the past few years there's been a mainstream Musou explosion, with more gamers than ever before discovering the delights of hacking-and-slashing hundreds of foes at once, slicing your way around a map...

    • Guides
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Warriors
    • Musou
  • Random Meet TinyTendo, The Handheld Console Made For NES, By NES

    That's NEStastic

    We love when game consoles are recreated into new and exciting pieces of tech. The latest 'Frankenstein' creation is by Twitter user @redherring32 and it's called the 'TinyTendo', a handheld console made from NES hardware with the form factor of a Game Boy. The project utilises custom made miniature game cartridges, but since the...

    • Random
    • Nintendo
    • NES
  • Random KFC China's Adorable Dancing Psyduck Toy Is An Internet Sensation

    Do the Feather Dance

    Would you be surprised if we told you that Psyduck is one of Pokémon series director Junichi Masuda's favourite Pokémon? The clueless, dopey yellow duck has a legion of fans for his often confused demeanour in the Pokémon anime. Psyduck is actually a very intelligent Pocket Monster, we'll have you know! Nonetheless, Misty's...

    • Random
    • Pokemon
    • Merchandise
  • News Sonic Origins' Story Mode Snubs Tails & Knuckles

    Sonic 2's Special Stages will actually be beatable!

    Sonic Origins is meant to be a celebration of classic Sonic, the first time that all four main games from the Mega Drive/Genesis era — Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Sonic
    • SEGA
  • News Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Movie Begins Streaming On Paramount+ May 24th

    Digital release and physical versions to follow

    Update [Tue 24th May, 2022 00:55 BST]: As of May 24th in the US, the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie can be streamed on Paramount+. Of course, you'll need to have access to an account and an active In addition to this, digital purchases elsewhere will also be made available. This will come with a new...

    • Sonic
    • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • Movies
    • US
  • Random Nintendo's Latest Splatoon 3 Tweet Has Some Inklings Excited

    Forget the Splat Roller, it's all about "your apartment"

    If you follow the Splatoon scene closely, you might already know how there have been ongoing requests for apartments to be added to the series. In the trailers and footage of Splatoon 3 so far, players have spotted apartments in the new city 'Splatsville' - leading to theories the third entry...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Review OPUS: Echo Of Starsong - Full Bloom Edition - Evocative And Shockingly Well-Realised

    Blooming brilliant

    OPUS: Echo of Starsong is intimidating. Not so much in terms of difficulty — there's very little of that in what's largely a visual novel-esque sort of business — but in terms of story, there's so much to take in. Even with the preceding two games (OPUS: The Day We Found Earth and OPUS: Rocket of Whispers) in your back pocket,...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News Capcom Launches Dragon's Dogma 10th Anniversary Website

    Game director shares a special message

    Capcom's action RPG series Dragon's Dogma today celebrates its 10th anniversary. Yes, it's now been a decade since the original title was released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Since then, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen has been released on multiple platforms including the Nintendo Switch in 2019. As part of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Capcom
    • Dragons Dogma
    • Hideaki Itsuno
  • Video Just What Is The Best Super Mario Game Of All Time?

    Well, let's walk you through it

    Ah, Mario... Where would we be without our favourite Italian plumber? Would Nintendo even exist now? Would the gaming industry exist? Would we exist? Would you? Heavens, we're getting a bit deep, now... Needless to say, the Super Mario Bros. series is fundamentally important to Nintendo and to the gaming industry at...

    • Video
    • Super Mario
    • Nintendo
  • News Street Fighter Vs. TMNT Action Figure Sets Launching Later This Year

    Who would win?

    If you're looking to go beyond video games, and happen to be a fan of both Street Fighter and TMNT, you might be interested in the Street fighter vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figure sets launching later this year. In celebration of the 35th anniversary of Street Fighter, Playmates Toys will be releasing four SF vs TMNT...

    • Street Fighter
    • TMNT
    • Capcom
    • Toys
    • Merch
  • News It's Official, Wonder Boy Collection Is Out On 3rd June

    Wonderful news!

    ININ Games has revealed that the upcoming Wonder Boy Collection is indeed launching on 3rd June. Containing four iconic Wonder Boy titles — Wonder Boy, Wonder Boy in Monster Land (both arcade), and two Mega Drive/Genesis titles Wonder in Monster World

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Strictly Limited Games
  • News The Final Fight Vibes Are Out In Full In 'Final Vendetta' Gameplay Preview

    Rage through the streets of London

    Numskull Games has given us a sneak peek ahead of time at all of the gameplay systems coming to retro throwback Final Vendetta. From these five minutes of footage alone, it's plain to see that this is a love letter to Streets of Rage, Double Dragon, and Final Fight. You'll be punching and kicking your way through...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • News Geoff Keighley Hypes Upcoming Showcase, Says There'll Be Fewer Third-Party Shows This Summer

    Certain companies will likely feature at bigger shows

    According to journalist and presenter Geoff Keighley, this year there'll be fewer third-party video game showcases. In a Twitter Spaces audio session, Geoff explained how these publishers and developers have apparently reconsidered their approach after a somewhat negative response last year to...

    • Summer Game Fest
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Industry
  • News Krut: The Mythic Wings Is A 2D Hack-And-Slash Platformer Based On Southeast Asian Lore

    Glides onto Switch in July

    At the Indie Game Expo over the weekend, we got a look at a lot of potential hidden indie gems coming up over the next year. And at the event, publisher Blowfish Studios and developers GoodJob Multimedia and Pixel Perfex announced a brand new action platformer, coming to Switch and all consoles this July. Krut: The Mythic...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • News Lord Of The Rings: Gollum Release Date Set, But Switch Version Needs More Time

    We are famished, yes, famished precious!

    The long-awaited Lord of the Rings: Gollum from Daedalic Entertainment has been given a release date of September 1st, 2022 for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox. Unfortunately however, it seems the Switch version needs a bit more time in the oven, with the press release stating that it is "planned for later this...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Acclaimed Top-Down Metroidvania 'Unsighted' Is Getting A Physical Release

    Get this in your sights

    Brazilian developer Studio Pixel Punk released an unexpected hit last year with the pixel art Metroidvania Unsighted. Using a timer to add to the game's tension, you had to try and reach your friends before they turned into the Unsighted. We adored it, and gave the game a 9/10 in our review, which you can read here: Review:...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Limited Run Games
  • News Ice Lollies And Topless Hunks Make For A Potent Combination In 'Freezer Pops'

    Let's cool off a bit

    Publisher eastasiasoft has showcased a new titled called Freezer Pops, a bara visual novel in which you play as ex-game developer Alexandre in a tale of love and ice lollies. Due for release on Switch on May 27th for US$9.99 / €9.99, Freezer Pops will boast over 100 unique CG scenes that will showcase a range of characters...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • News Sci-Fi Zelda-Like 'XEL' Showcases Combat In New Teaser Trailer

    Demo on Steam now

    Assemble Entertainment has released a brand new teaser for the upcoming sci-fi Zelda-like, XEL. This top-down "love letter to classic Zelda" is coming to Switch this summer, but developer Tiny Roar has launched a demo on Steam to let people see for themselves what it can do with the Zelda formula. While a Switch demo doesn't look...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • News Check Out The New Official Pac-Man Theme Song

    We're getting serious Persona vibes from this

    Pac-Man is currently celebrating its 42nd Anniversary, which is frankly insane when you really stop and think about it. As part of the celebration, Bandai Namco has teamed up with Epic Games to launch a Fortnite collaboration, due to kick off on June 2nd. That's not all, though. An official theme song...

    • Pac-Man
    • Bandai Namco
    • Anniversary
  • News Temtem Brings Pokémon-Inspired Online Adventure To Switch This September

    Tame them all!

    Tamers, get ready! Publisher Humble Games has announced that Crema's long-awaited Pokemon-like, Temtem, is launching on Switch on 6th September. The game released in Early Access on the PlayStation 5 in December 2020, so we'll soon get to find out if the nearly-two year wait has been worth it. Temtem is a monster-collecting game that...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • News Chocobo GP Version 1.1.0 Adds Balamb Garden, Adjusts Levelling, Here Are The Full Patch Notes

    Perparing for season 2 next week

    The next season of Chocobo GP — Square Enix's answer to Mario Kart — is imminent. Following a delay of the start of season 2, Square Enix is now preparing to wave the chequered flag for the next set of changes. In the biggest update since the game launched, version 1.1.0 is coming to Chocobo GP on 31st May and...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Updates
    • Square Enix
    • Final Fantasy
  • News The Analogue Pocket Gets Its Own WaterField 'CitySlicker' Carry Case

    Costs $79

    WaterField has already created two cases for the Analogue Pocket – the Pouch and the Pack – and how it's adding a third with a special version of its iconic 'CitySlicker' design. Costing $79, the CitySlicker for Analogue Pocket features: Dual

    • Analogue
    • WaterField
    • Accessories
  • News Looney Tunes Crashes Into Hot Wheels Unleashed This July

    Time to race wabbits!

    Hot Wheels Unleashed is no stranger to licensed cross-overs. Over the past year alone, the racer has seen additional DLC from Batman and DC alongside IPs like Street Fighter and Barbie. Now, it's looking like characters like Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Tasmani

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hot Wheels Unleashed
  • News Paper Ghost Stories Is Set To Bring You Nightmares In 2023

    Soon.

    Publisher Chorus Worldwide has announced that Paper Ghost Stories: Third Eye Open will be making its way to Switch and other major platforms in early 2023. With an art style inspired by Southeast Asian paper puppetry, you'll be taking on the role of Ting as she comes of age alongside Xiu, a mysterious spirit that only Ting can see. You'll be...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop

Monday23rd May 2022

  • News Details On Xenoblade, Mana, Pokémon Alumni's New RPG 'Trinity Trigger' Leaked

    Update: No longer PROJECT-TRITRI

    Update [Mon 23rd May, 2022 15:30] Oopsie! Biccamera, an electronics retailer in Japan, has accidentally revealed PROJECT-TRITRI ahead of schedule. The game was originally going to be unveiled by FuRyu on 26th May, but in a slip-up, the Japanese retailer published the name, the release date, and a bunch of screenshots...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Xenoblade
  • Video The Switch eShop Is Bad, And It's Making Us Sad

    We're poets, we don't know it

    Ah, the Switch eShop... A source of both joy and pain in equal measure. On the one hand, the eShop is our gateway to new digital games; a veritable smorgasbord of awesome first-party titles, incredible indie gems, and a selection of, uh... let's say, enthusiastic games. The eShop itself, however, is far from great...

    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch
    • eShop
  • News Ex-NoA President Reggie Fils-Aimé Addresses Reports Of Worker Mistreatment At Nintendo

    "I do believe it is the role of company leadership to set a culture"

    Early in April 2022, reports of poor working conditions at Nintendo of America surfaced, accusing the company and a third-party hiring firm of “concerted activities” and “coercive actions” to prevent unionisation, and the struggles of part-time workers and contractors to...

    • Industry
    • Books
    • Reggie Fils-Aimé
    • Business
  • News Reggie Talks About Nintendo's Slow Adoption Of Online Play

    "Culturally, the company didn’t see a huge opportunity in online."

    Reggie has been doing the rounds lately, hasn't he? The former president of Nintendo of America has been promoting his new book, Disrupting the Game, since its release in North America earlier this month. And along the promotional trail, Reggie Fils-Aimé has been dropping tons of...

    • Reggie
    • Nintendo
    • Industry
  • Random This Might Be The Best Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Model We've Ever Seen

    Sheikah got nothin' on this!

    We've seen all sorts of wonderful creations based on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild since the game launched back in 2017, including beautifully crafted miniature statues and a stunning Zelda cosplay, but this may well be the most impressive creation we've seen yet. Cos

    • Zelda
    • Breath of the Wild
    • Cosplay
  • News Apparently We're Getting More Info On The Final Fantasy IX Show This Week

    We...so happy

    In a surprise announcement last year, we found out that the highly acclaimed PlayStation RPG — also available on Switch, of course — Final Fantasy IX would be getting an animated show. Developed by Paris-based Cyber Group Studios, we've heard literally nothing since this initial reveal almost a year ago. But it looks like our...

    • Square Enix
    • Final Fantasy
    • Animation
  • News Samurai Riot Is Streets Of Rage With Japanese Myth, Out On Switch This June

    The Definitive Edition slashes onto Switch soon

    2017 co-op beat 'em up Samurai Riot is getting a brand new release — and the best part? It's coming to Switch! Created by French indie studio Wako Factory, Samurai Riot is a side-scrolling beat 'em up in the same vein as Streets of Rage and Final Fight but with a focus on story and multiple...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • News Mario Strikers: Battle League Adverts Shoot For Customisation And Chaos

    The soccer-ish game with no rules

    Nintendo and Next Level Games are aiming for more than a hat trick with the latest slew of Mario Strikers: Battle League videos. Nintendo has published four brand new commercials for its upcoming chaotic soccer game that showcase the frantic gameplay, Hyper Strikes, and all of your customisation options. The latest...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Super Mario
  • Poll Which Dormant Capcom Franchise Would You Like To See Return?

    Sometimes, dead is better. Not here, though!

    Capcom has been on a roll in recent years, with its top franchises like Monster Hunter, Resident Evil, and Street Fighter raking in the money for the publisher, resulting in its ninth consecutive year of operating income growth for FY2022. For several years Capcom has been

    • Poll
    • Capcom
  • News Rare Footage From Nintendo's 1976 16mm Film Arcade Game 'Sky Hawk' Emerges

    A blast from the past

    Nintendo's fascinating history continues to be unearthed by fans across the world. Just last year, 16mm film from Nintendo's Wild Gunman — originally a 1974 arcade cabinet before jumping onto the NES in the '80s — was discovered. 16mm film games use film reels and projectors to project photos and footage onto the screen...

    • Nintendo
    • Retro
    • Arcade
  • Random The Final Zelda Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Book Has Been Uncovered

    And it looks stunning

    History of Hyrule has been doing some fantastic work in archiving The Legend of Zelda series history. And they've been at it once again with another fantastic find. In January, we reported that the archivist had uploaded a 1986 choose-your-own-adventure book that contained tons of quirky lost Zelda lore. That book was based on...

    • Random
    • Zelda
    • The Legend of Zelda
    • Manga
    • Japan
  • 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

    Summer Game Fest has established itself as a host platform, of sorts, for gaming reveals and events that can stretch over the Summer months. With E3 skipping 2022, it sets the stage for the Geoff Keighley-led event to take the lead. It starts with a 'cross-industry' showcase event full of world premieres...

    • Summer Game Fest
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Guides
  • News Fortnite And Pac-Man Collaboration Launches In June

    Waka Waka!

    In a relatively low-key post from Pac-Man's official website to celebrate the franchise's 42nd Anniversary, it's been announced that a collaboration will launch between the classic Bandai Namco franchise and Epic's titanic battle royale game Fortnite. According to the official post, 'items with the "Pac-Man" motif' will appear in...

    • Fortnite
    • Pac-Man
  • UK Charts Nintendo Switch Sports Gets Knocked Down A Peg

    It's another relatively quiet week in the charts

    We've got the latest UK charts data and it's looking very similar to last week, albeit with some minor notable changes. Nintendo Switch Sports, having enjoyed three weeks at the top of the pile, slips down into second place as Horizon: Forbidden West climbs back into number one. The Zero Dawn sequel...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • UK Charts
    • UK
    • Charts
  • Random An Animal Crossing Nature Encyclopedia Is Releasing In Japan

    Hoo-HOO!

    Animal Crossing: New Horizons' ripe and varied ecology is one of its most lovely assets. From the bugs and fish changing every month, season, and even time of day, to the fossils you can uncover. In Japan, the game has often been used as an educational tool, with a tie-in stamp rally event running at an aquarium in Japan. Now, you don't...

    • Random
    • Nintendo
    • Animal Crossing
    • Japan
  • News You Suck At Parking, The 'Most Extreme Parking Experience', Is Coming To Switch

    Shift into reverse

    Happy Volcano has announced that its PC hit, You Suck At Parking, is also in development for Switch. Despite not releasing the full game yet, the demo has been popular ever since it dropped on Steam. The full game is due out sometime this year on Valve's storefront, though we have no idea when the console releases are coming at...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • Video A Castlevania Game... With Pigs?

    Welcome to our 'Game Joy' series!

    Here at Nintendo Life, we love video games. Heck, we should do, right? What we love even more, though, is when we discover something that we've never come across before; whether it be a secret in a well-known game, a quirky glitch or trick, or even a completely unknown video game that we just happened to stumble...

    • Video
    • Game Joy
    • DS
  • News TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity Will Bring An 'Epic' Daily Struggle To Switch

    Climb a tower that transforms every 24 hours

    The weekend brought us INDIE Live Expo 2022, and an interesting game to emerge was TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity, a challenging action platformer that hits Switch on 2nd June. Developed by //commentout and published by PLAYISM, it's been in Steam Early Access since late 2020 and has gained some...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Ubisoft Reportedly Wants Its Share Price To Improve Before It Sells

    At least €60 a share is its target

    With ongoing consolidation occurring within the gaming industry, rumours of a potential Ubisoft sale continue to persist. Although the most recent reports suggest that the company is looking to block potential takeovers with a partnership of their own, the latest report suggests that Ubisoft may in fact be...

    • Industry
    • Ubisoft
  • News Knockout City Celebrates Its First Anniversary, With Free-To-Play Imminent

    Don't dodge it

    The Switch has some rather good free-to-play options, and June will add more to the ranks. On 1st June, as a reminder, Knockout City will be going free-to-play; developer Velan Studios (also well known for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit) will also be parting ways with EA and taking on publishing duties. The same date will

    • Switch eShop
  • News Clan O'Conall Is A Hand-Drawn Action-Platformer Hopping Over To Switch Very Soon

    Celtic footfall

    Fancy a game on Switch that's based on Celtic mythology? We don't get too many of those, sorry — but you'll enjoy Clan O'Conall and the Crown of the Stag, an action-platformer made by Canadian studio HitGrab. Based on Irish, Welsh, and English archaeology, art, and history, Clan O'Conall is all about a group of three fighters —...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Indie
    • Switch eShop
  • News We're Really Hoping Team Ladybug's New Shmup 'DRANIUS' Comes To Switch

    Update: Switch port is 'being considered'

    Update: Tue 24th May, 2022 09:10 BST: In response to our enquiry regarding a potential Switch port for DRANIUS, Playism had the following to say: "We do not have a definitive answer yet however, a DRAINUS Switch release is currently being considered." So that's something, at least! We'll keep our fingers...

    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 Introduces English Voiceovers In New Trailer

    New boss reveal too

    Mega Man X-inspired Azure Striker Gunvolt 3, the third mainline entry in the Azure Striker Gunvolt series, is out in just a few months. And at the latest INDIE Live Expo, Inti Creates' action platformer got a brand new trailer that showcased the game's English voice acting. This makes it the second game in the series — and the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop

Sunday22nd May 2022

  • Feature Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles On Nintendo Systems - A Half-Shell History

    Ninturtles

    With the upcoming bounty of TMNT goodness heading to Switch this year in the form of Konami's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection and Dotemu's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, we thought it the perfect time to take a look at the history of Turtles games on Nintendo systems... You could say that the...

    • Features
    • TMNT
    • Nintendo
    • Konami
  • News Square Enix's Upcoming Release 'The DioField Chronicle' Rated By ESRB

    Scheduled to arrive at some point in 2022

    Earlier this year in March, Square Enix announced a new "deeply strategic RPG" called The DioField Chronicle - created by a team of "veteran" strategy developers at Lancarse Ltd. It's set within a world of honor and political intrigue, requiring players to direct units through multiple combat encounters...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Square Enix
    • ESRB
    • North America
  • News EA Reportedly Pursuing Sale Or Merger

    Has apparently spoken to Comcast, Disney, Apple and Amazon

    Microsoft's recent acquisitions of video game companies like Bethesda and Activision Blizzard has sent the entire industry into a frenzy - with companies like Sony pulling out its wallet to acquire the Halo and Destiny developer Bungie. Now, in the latest development, a report by news...

    • Industry
    • Electronic Arts
    • EA
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Klonoa Collection Frame Rate, Resolution And File Size For Switch Revealed

    Arriving this July

    If you're excited about the release of Klonoa Phantasie Reverie Series on the Nintendo Switch this July, you might want to read on. The game's official Japanese website has now revealed the frame rate, resolution and file size for this particular version. In terms of the frame rate, it'll run at "up to" 60fps on the Switch. In...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Bandai Namco
  • Soapbox Free Game Updates Are Fantastic For Everyone, Except New Players

    I want my money back

    You wouldn't complain about a free lunch, would you? Well, maybe you would — if the lunch was something you'd never eaten before, and it came with utensils you'd never used before, and no one told you how to actually consume it. That's a bit like how I feel picking up Dead Cells for the first time. Although it's technically...

    • Soapbox
    • Features
    • Dead Cells
    • Updates
  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #97 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back From The Sewers

    Let's raise some shell

    Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening; welcome back to another edition of Box Art Brawl! Looking back to last week, we put Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards to the test with two similar-ish boxes, save a different colour scheme and some character placements. And, well, we at Nintendo Life Towers should probably stop...

    • Box Art Brawl
    • Poll
    • Konami
    • Game Boy
  • News Suda51 Teases New Grasshopper Manufacture Game Reveal, Possibly Before The End Of 2022

    "I want to hurry up and show everyone"

    Towards the end of 2021, the famous video game creator Goichi "Suda51" Suda announced his development studio had joined the Chinese video game group NetEase. With No More Heroes 3 now complete, Suda 51's team is focused on creating new and original IP projects over the next decade. In a recent interview...

    • Industry
    • Suda51
    • Japan