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  • News Don't Worry, You'll Still Have Access To "Certain Things" From Animal Crossing's DLC When Your NSO Sub Expires

    Nintendo explains the fine details

    One of the many highlights of the recent Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct broadcast was the reveal of the 'Happy Home Paradise' DLC. It's essentially a follow-up to Happy Home Designer on the 3DS and will be made available as a standalone paid expansion for the "one-time fee" of $24.99USD / 24,99 Euros /...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • DLC
    • Updates
    • Nintendo Switch Online
  • Random Relax, Animal Crossing's Former Town Mayor Tortimer Is Alive And Well

    He's been enjoying his retirement all along

    Before Animal Crossing: New Horizons was even released on the Nintendo Switch, fans spotted an eerie gravestone in one of the game's trailers. Many within the community latched onto this at the time, which then led to theories a beloved character in Nintendo's social simulation series had died. At the...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Updates

YesterdayFri, 15th Oct 2021

  • Guide Metroid Dread: Where To Go After You Get The Wide Beam

    It's Mighty Morphin' time

    So, now you've got the Wide Beam from Dairon and you've jumped on the shuttle and headed back to Cataris. Our next step is to use our brand new ability to blow open a couple of doors, head into the area's E.M.M.I. zone, take down the Control Unit, kill ourselves a green E.M.M.I. and finally get our hands on the Morph Ball...

    • Guides
    • Metroid Dread
    • Metroid
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Guide Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Everything We Know About The Happy Home Paradise DLC

    New furniture, characters, and polishing!

    None of us could have predicted it — well, okay, one of us could — but Happy Home Designer, the spin-off 3DS game that trimmed Animal Crossing down to just the home decor mechanic, is being added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Named "Happy Home Paradise", this paid DLC is basically a spin-o

    • Animal Crossing
    • ACNH
    • Updates
    • Guides
  • Poll What Do You Think Of The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Price?

    Will you be doubling up?

    While the Animal Crossing Direct was 20+ minutes of cuteness and excitement for fans of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it also served up a major update on the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass. We have

    • Poll
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Expansion Pack
    • Animal Crossing
  • Guide Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Everything Coming In The Final Free Update

    New stuff, old friends, and Froggy Chair

    Twenty minutes of a Nintendo Direct is usually about four to ten big things, but this Animal Crossing Direct was more jam-packed than a sticky child's lunchbox. So much so, in fact, that we've had to split up our usual "everything" round-up into two parts: The free stuff, and the paid stuff. Here's...

    • Animal Crossing
    • ACNH
    • Updates
    • Guides
  • Guide Where To Pre-Order The Nintendo Switch Online Nintendo 64 Controllers

    Pak it in!

    With Nintendo 64 games dropping on Switch for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers on 25th October, you'll probably be wanting to play them with the controller they were originally designed for. Fortunately, Nintendo also announced that wireless Nintendo 64 controllers are available to purchase by anybody signed up to Nintendo's online...

    • Guides
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • N64
    • Accessories
  • Gallery Breaking The Seal On Retro-Bit's 'Undercover Cops' Reissue

    One of the rarest Super Famicom games lives again

    Irem's Undercover Cops is one of the most expensive Super Famicom titles, regularly changing hands for $200 just for the loose cartridge. However, Retro-Bit has come to our rescue with a reissue of the game which comes with a bunch of other goodies that collectors will want to check out. Retro-Bit...

    • Gallery
    • SNES
    • Retro
  • News Wish Kingdom Hearts Was Native On Switch? A True Port Is Still "Undecided"

    We speak to series producer, Ichiro Hazama

    During the recent Super Smash Bros. presentation, which revealed Kingdom Hearts' Sora as the final DLC fighter, it was revealed that the entire Kingdom Hearts series is headed to Switch. What should have been an incredible announcement

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kingdom Hearts
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Yes, The Nintendo 64 Controller For Switch Has Rumble

    "No Rumble Pak required" - Oh Nintendo, you crack us up

    As you may have seen, pre-orders are starting to appear for the wireless Nintendo 64 Switch controllers in different territories, which will offer us retro-heads a rather fun way to try out the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass titles when they land on 25th/26th October. You have to have a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo 64
    • Nintendo Switch Online
  • Guide Animal Crossing: New Horizons: All The Returning Special Characters

    Brewster, Tortimer, Kapp'n, and more!

    Well, that was a jam-packed Animal Crossing Direct, wasn't it? Here at NLHQ, we're all frantically trying to type out the ten billion things that were just announced in that 20-minute showcase, and our fingers have already almost fallen off. For now, though, let's have a look at all the new, returning, and...

    • Guides
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Updates
  • News Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Version 2.0 Will Be The Game's Final Major Free Update

    Going out with a bang

    Nintendo has confirmed that the game's upcoming Version 2.0 update, arriving on 5th November, will be the game's final major free content update. As you might expect from that 'Version 2' name, plenty of new content is arriving in this final bump. There was almost too much to mention, but here's a rundown of the key additions:...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Updates
  • News Switch's N64 And Sega Genesis Controllers Are Now Up For Pre-Order

    Switch Online subscribers only!

    Update: And the N64 pad is sold out in both the US and the UK now. Fittingly, what with Nintendo dropping the pricing and release date details for Nintendo Switch Online's upcoming Expansion Pack, the new N64 and Sega Genesis controllers designed for Switch can now be pre-ordered. Both are available for $49.99 each...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • N64
  • News Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Release Date And Pricing Revealed

    Adds significant Animal Crossing content

    During its Nintendo Direct in September the big N unveiled the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, an optional extra to the subscription service that adds Nintendo 64 and SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis games. A lot of our thoughts on its potential pricing revolved around the value of those added libraries, but...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Expansion Pack
  • News Froggy Chair is BACK in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

    FROGGY

    Brewster? Who cares. DLC? Not interested. FROGGY CHAIR? Now you've got us. Froggy Chair, everyone's most beloved of seating solutions, is finally back — in glorious, wonderful high-definition, no less. Today's Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct subtly confirmed a bunch of things in the background without ever mentioning them, from new...

    • ACNH
    • Animal Crossing
  • News Animal Crossing Series 5 amiibo Cards Launch This November, 48 Cards Included

    Time to save those pennies

    As was promised back in September, Animal Crossing amiibo cards will be returning to stores with a brand new set hitting retail this November. Launching alongside all of Animal Crossing: New Horizons' new content on 5th November, this upcoming fifth series will include 48 cards in total, down from the usual number of 100...

    • Animal Crossing
    • amiibo
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Happy Home Paradise Unveiled For Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Paid DLC Or In NSO Expansion Pack

    Nintendo Switch Online is changing things up

    Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer was a rather fun, albeit limited in scope, spin-off on 3DS. Intriguingly, today's Animal Crossing Direct revealed that the concept is being dialled up to 11 in Animal Crossing: New Horizons as Happy Home Paradise, and it'll also be the game's first paid DLC...

    • Animal Crossing
    • ACNH
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Animal Crossing: New Horizons Is Adding Cooking And Crops

    Natural growth

    Animal Crossing: New Horizons had its long awaited Direct today, which delivered a lot of details on possibly the biggest update yet for the game. A key new addition, and one that's sure to keep a lot of us busy, was cooking and a new range of growable crops. Spotted by dataminers back in 2020, it seems this has been planned for some...

    • Animal Crossing
    • ACNH
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Kapp'n Makes A Return In Animal Crossing: New Horizons Next Month

    Time for a boat tour!

    In today's Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct, Nintendo revealed that fan-favourite Kapp'n is making a grand comeback. Finally! The character, who New Leaf players will know as the adorable singing turtle who gives the player a ride to Tortimer Island, will soon take you to a "mysterious island" in New Horizons. He arrives...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Updates
  • News Brewster And The Roost Update Detailed In Animal Crossing Direct

    A fine blend

    Today's Animal Crossing Direct has served up quite a few interesting updates, including the key addition that was confirmed back in September. The Roost and Brewster are opening up in the Museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, arriving on 5th November. The Roost looked suitably charming, but in the Direct it only showcased the option...

    • Animal Crossing
    • ACNH
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Former King Of Kong Billy Mitchell Is Finally Taking Twin Galaxies To Court

    Twin Galaxies' anti-SLAPP motion is denied

    You can accuse Billy Mitchell of a lot of things, but you can't say his life is uneventful. One of the earliest trailblazers in the world of video game high scores, Mitchell set a "perfect" score of 3,333,360 points in Namco's Pac-Man and has held other records during his decade-spanning career, but it's...

    • Billy Mitchell
    • High Scores
  • Watch Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct, October 2021 - Live!

    New content revealed

    Ready to learn what's next for Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Strap yourselves in. Today, fans are being treated to a special direct specifically for New Horizons which will offer up info on new content headed to the game in November. Nintendo says it'll be roughly 20 minutes long, which is a pretty decent chunk of time to...

    • Live Chat
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Nintendo Direct
  • News LEGO Sadly Rejects Zelda, Metroid And Animal Crossing Design Finalists

    The first LEGO Ideas review of 2021 is here

    The latest LEGO Ideas review has arrived, where talented fans can submit their own designs with the potential for their ideas to be transformed into real LEGO sets, and a number of gaming-inspired ideas made it to the final reckoning. Sadly, this time, none have them managed to get the final approval they...

    • LEGO
    • Legend of Zelda
    • Animal Crossing
    • Metroid
  • Guide Metroid Dread: What To Do When You Arrive In Dairon

    Time to get wide (beam)

    You've reached the third region in Metroid Dread and this is going to be one super quick pitstop as we're only here to grab our next upgrade, the Wide Beam, before getting right back to Cataris to put it to good use. The path towards the wide beam is fairly linear, however we do know a few players have got a little stumped at...

    • Guides
    • Metroid Dread
    • Metroid
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Guide Metroid Dread: What To Do When You Arrive In Cataris

    How to proceed once you've reached the second area in the game

    You've grabbed your Phantom Cloak, blasted through a couple of sensor doors on Artaris and made your way to Cataris. That's great! However, once you arrive in the second region of the game, things can be a little bit confusing if you don't quite know what you're expected to do next...

    • Guides
    • Metroid Dread
    • Metroid
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Guide Metroid Dread: Blue Butterflies - What Are The Blue Butterflies For?

    What do these mysterious glowing bugs signify?

    If you've been battling your way through the twisted labyrinth that is Metroid Dread's ZDR, you're sure to have noticed the glowing blue butterflies huddled together in groups around certain doorways and corridors in the game. These curious bugs feature throughout Samus Aran's dread-ful adventure, but...

    • Guides
    • Metroid Dread
    • Metroid
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Review Cotton Guardian Force Saturn Tribute - Great Games Let Down By Poor Ports

    A slightly troublesome trio of tributes

    This trio of retro shmups — Cotton 2, Cotton Boomerang and Guardian Force — have released under the “Saturn Tribute” umbrella (bundled together on a physical cartridge in Japan that's recently been announced for the West, or available individually via your local eShop at the time of wr

    • Reviews
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • Random Please Don't Submerge Your Zelda Game Boy Cartridges In Orange Juice

    A cautionary tale

    It seems obvious, but dunking your old video game cartridges in orange juice isn't a good idea. That's the lesson that Solderking (AKA: Taylor Burley) is preaching at the moment – in case you didn't know, Burley often asks his viewers to send in items that are no longer working, and his latest case was a copy of The Legend of...

    • Random
    • Zelda
    • Game Boy
    • Retro
  • News So, What Happens When Pokémon GO Runs Out Of New Pokémon?

    Niantic has some ideas

    Pokémon GO has been going strong for five whole years now, managing to dominate headlines from the off when it first launched in 2016 and continuing to thrive even in the midst of a global pandemic – which, for an app that primarily wants you to go outside, is rather impressive. But all good things must come to an end at...

    • Pokemon
    • Pokemon GO
    • Mobile
  • News Pineapple Kid Is A New Game Boy Game Launching In Time For Christmas

    Pre-orders go live tomorrow

    The Game Boy might be more than 30 years old at this point, but Nintendo's sturdy brick of wonder is enjoying something of a resurgence just lately. We've seen several studios try their luck with new releases for the system over the past year or so –Infinity,

    • Game Boy
    • Retro
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News J Balvin's Pokémon 25 Music Video Features A Breakdancing Hitmontop

    Sold.

    The Pokémon Company has dropped its latest music video for the Pokémon P25 Music event that's been taking place over the past few months, celebrating the franchise's 25th anniversary. From J Balvin, this latest track is called 'Ten Cuidado' and will be featured on Pokémon 25: The Album, a 14-song album that's launching today. The song...

    • Pokemon
    • Music
  • News Cotton Guardian Force Saturn Tribute Announced For Nintendo Switch

    Update: Western physical released confirmed

    Update: Strictly Limited Games is bringing Cotton Guardian Force Saturn Tribute to the west in physical form, it has been confirmed. Pre-orders for the Switch and PS4 versions start this week, on October 17th, 2021 at 12 AM (midnight) CEST, exclusively at the

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Diablo II: Resurrected Is Still Being Plagued By Hellish Server Outages

    Blizzard issues an update

    In the month of September, Blizzard launched Diablo II: Resurrected - a remaster of its classic ARPG hack-and-slash, originally released on computers two decades ago. While this remaster encountered some teething issues at launch, players were (mostly) still able to access the online mode, grind levels and access their...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Blizzard
    • Diablo
  • News Nintendo Aware Of Crash Error "Near The End" Of Metroid Dread, Says It's Working On A Fix

    An update should arrive later this month

    Nintendo has been made aware of an error "near the end" of Metroid Dread that forces the software and game to close. It's working on a fix to prevent this from happening, which will be available at some point later this month. So, what's the problem? Apparently, if the player destroys a door while a map...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Metroid
    • Nintendo
    • Updates
  • News Ninjala Has Now Been Downloaded Eight Million Times On The Switch eShop

    GungHo celebrates with free Jala

    GungHo Online Entertainment has announced its free-to-play Nintendo Switch eShop exclusive Ninjala has now reached a whopping eight million downloads worldwide since it arrived on the platform in June 2020. Once again, it'll be thanking the community by awarding players with 100 Jala each (that's the in-game...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Ninjala
  • News Limited Run Reveals Its Physical Version Of Crysis 2 Remastered For Switch

    Pre-orders open early next month

    Last month, Crytek revealed its plans for the Crysis Remastered Trilogy. As you might recall, it's being done a little bit differently on the Nintendo Switch - with plans to release the second and third games individually. Alongside the second game's digital release today, physical distributor Limited Run Games has...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Limited Run Games
  • News Nintendo Recommends Some Games To Check Out On The Switch OLED Model

    See the "vivid visuals" on display in these titles

    The Switch OLED has already been out for a week, and while everyone has been trying out their own favourite games to see just how colourful and vibrant the display is, Nintendo has shared its own recommendations about what to play on this device. It's an interesting selection of Persona 5 Strikers,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch OLED
    • Nintendo

Thursday14th Oct 2021

  • News Metroid Dread Staff Say They've Been Left Out Of The Game's Credits, MercurySteam Responds

    "It's a very ugly practice"

    Metroid Dread is out in the wild and it's looking like a tremendous success – it's an absolute cracker, for starters, and has just nabbed itself a debut week number one in the Japanese charts. Unfortunately, though, there is a downer on proceedings that's come to light since the game's release last Friday. A number of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Metroid
    • MercurySteam
    • Industry
  • News 3D All-Stars' Super Mario 64 Could Still Be The Definitive Switch Version

    The Switch Online release appears to be an original ROM

    Last month, Nintendo announced Nintendo 64 games would be coming to its Switch Online service in the form of a paid upgrade referred to as the "Expansion Pack". There have been all sorts of questions that have been raised so far, but one that keeps coming up is what version of

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario
  • News Hackers Have Cracked Open A Sega Saturn Emulator Inside A Commercial Switch Release

    And it's surprisingly good

    If you're a fan of retro shooters, you'll no doubt be aware that last week saw the arrival of Cotton 2, Cotton Boomerang and Guardian Force on Switch – three games by the Japanese company Success which were originally available on the 32-bit Se

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sega
    • Saturn
    • Retro
    • Emulation
  • News Kemco Sale Discounts 11 RPGs Across Switch And 3DS

    Up to 50% off

    Another month, another sale from Kemco. It's a tradition at this point. Yes, the Japanese publisher and developer is back with another round of discounts across the Switch and 3DS eShops. Eleven RPGs are available in the sale in total, and while Kemco's mass-produced lineup of role-playing adventures aren't usually considered the...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
    • Sales
  • News Exp. Share Supposedly Can't Be Turned Off In The Pokémon Diamond And Pearl Remakes

    TMs have also reverted to "single use"

    If you're a player who likes to take a more hands-on approach when training your Pokémon, you might want to read on. The upcoming remakes Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl won't allow players to deactivate Exp. Share. This detail was reportedly confirmed in the latest round of previews.

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Japanese Charts Metroid Dread Outsells Far Cry 6 To Claim Number One

    And the first Switch OLED figures are in

    Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for the week ending 10th October, revealing that Metroid Dread has gone straight to the top of the pile on its debut week. Nintendo's latest Switch exclusive managed to fend off the threat of Far Cry 6, selling 86,798 physical units in its opening weekend. For...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Metroid
    • Charts
    • Japan
  • Review The Good Life - Cats, Dogs, And The Best Version Of Britain We've Seen Since Galar

    She's more of a dog person

    White Owls Inc. really buried the lede in their Kickstarter description of The Good Life. We’ll do the same here and see if you can spot it: The Good Life is a “daily-life debt repayment RPG” in which you play as an American woman in a pastoral English village, enjoying day-to-day activities such as taking...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • SWERY
  • Guide Metroid Dread: How To Get The Grapple Beam And Morph Ball Bomb Early

    Kraid Killers

    Sequence-breaking — when you collect an item or enter an area before the designers of the game intented you to on a 'normal' playthrough — is a time-honoured tradition in the Metroid game fan community, and it's something that's possible in Metroid Dread, too. It's possible to beat Kraid in an amusing alternate manner by shooting...

    • Guides
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Metroid
  • Poll So, Which Switch OLED Did You Buy?

    Red, White and Blue

    It seems that Switch OLED has got off to a strong start sales-wise, so many of you reading this must have picked up Nintendo's new console SKU over the last week or so. We're fans of the lovely new screen and the various refinements to the basic design that gives the consoles a marginally more premium feel over the trusty...

    • Poll
    • Talking Point
    • Features
    • Switch OLED
    • Nintendo
  • Talking Point What Would You Like To See From The Animal Crossing Direct?

    Brewster's certain, but what else?

    Alright, we're FINALLY getting Brewster and The Roost in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, after what feels like years of people asking. So, we're all totally satisfied and content now, right? Of course not. Brewster was just the beginning. There are still plenty more features that people would love to see in New...

    • Talking Point
    • Poll
    • Features
    • Animal Crossing
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News SNES Classic Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja Is Getting A Proper Remake On Modern Consoles

    "Their return will delight old fans and new players alike"

    Microids has revealed that Joe & Mac will soon be making their grand return with a full remake of the original game destined for modern systems next year. This arcade platformer was originally released in Japanese arcades back in the early '90s before hitting the SNES, NES, Game Boy and...

    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Smash Ultimate Version 13.0.0 Arrives Next Week, Save Your Replays ASAP

    Sora is on the way!

    Next week marks the arrival of the final fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. If you've somehow missed the news, it's Sora from the Square Enix's long-running RPG series, Kingdom Hearts. Alongside the addition of this final DLC fighter for the game, will be a massive update - Version 13.0.0. It follows on from the 12.0.0...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Smash Bros
    • Updates
    • DLC
  • Nintendo Download 14th October (North America)

    Dying Light: Platinum Edition! The Good Life! A Little Golf Journey!

    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: Dying...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Nintendo Switch
    • North America
  • Video This Switch OLED Teardown Shows Just How Thin The New Screen Is

    Get a look at those upgraded speakers, too

    As is customary these days, no sooner has the internet got its mitts on a new console than people are merrily tearing it apart to analyse its innards! A recent teardown of the new Switch dock was shown various forms of future-proofing, but now the experts over at

    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch OLED
  • News Switch OLED Is Off To A Modest Start In Japan Due To Low Stock Levels

    Suggestions that Nintendo underestimated demand

    It's been a week where social media metrics, combined with initial sales data available in the UK, have pointed to a solid start for the Switch OLED model. Now that the Japanese sales data is emerging, though, it seems that the system has hit a bump in the road. The issue isn't its popularity, but...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch OLED
    • Sales
  • Soapbox Let's Get Happy Home Designer Into Animal Crossing: New Horizons

    My villagers have no RESPECT for interior design

    So, unlike most people, I have actually played Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. I don't blame those of you who didn't — it's a weird little spin-off that peters out pretty quickly, and lacks a lot of the liveliness of Animal Crossing itself, but... well... there's something special about it all...

    • Animal Crossing
    • ACNH
    • Updates
    • Features
    • Soapbox
  • News Report Claims FIFA Wants EA To Cough Up "More Than Double" For Licence

    Two companies have also failed to agree on what the new deal should cover

    FIFA is one of the world's most popular video game brands, with the famous football series selling millions each year since it began, way back in 1993. That's why it was such a shock to hear that EA was "exploring the idea of renaming" the franchise; why would you change the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • FIFA
    • EA
  • Nintendo Download 14th October (Europe)

    Disco Elysium! Monster Crown! a!

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

    • Nintendo Download
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Europe
  • News A New Mother Tribute Comic Has Been Revealed, Pre-Orders Open In Japan Later This Month

    Part of the 'Hobonichi Mother Project'

    Last May, you might remember how the company Hobonichi Shinbun (owned by Mother series' creator Shigesato Itoi) launched the 'Hobonichi Mother Project'. It included a Pollyanna tribute comic - featuring comics and illustrations handled by 35 manga artists and writers - including Toby Fox (

    • EarthBound
    • Mother
    • Comics
    • Shigesato Itoi
    • Japan
  • Random The Battle For Alphabetical eShop Supremacy Ramps Up With 'a'

    AAA Clock has it beaten, though

    The eShop is crowded, and even if your game is particularly good there's still a lot of hard work - and some luck - needed to get attention, positive word of mouth and solid sales. There are tricks to try and get around it, of course, as we've seen with crazy discounts of 90%+, and a slightly stranger strategy seems...

    • Switch eShop
    • Random
  • News 'XCOM-Like' Ruin Raiders Blasts Onto Switch Today

    Tombs, and raiding, but not Tomb Raiding

    Three words: Strategy. Turn-Based. Roguelike. If those terms send shivers down your spine, then check out the launch trailer for Ruin Raiders, which is all three of those things. Describing itself as an "XCOM Roguelike", Ruin Raiders is a tactical isometric game about guiding troops on a mission to explore...

    • Nintendo Switch
  • News 'Henchman Story' Brings Choice-Based Supervillain Adventure To Switch Today

    "Between a classic Telltale game and a text adventure"

    Today sees the launch of Henchman Story on Nintendo Switch, a choice-driven adventure game from developer Silken Sail and publisher Top Hat Studios. The game tells the story of Stan, an average guy who ends up earning himself a job as a lowly henchman to the eccentric Lord Bedlam. The comic...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Peaceful Puzzler 'A Little Golf Journey' Is Out Now On Switch, Here's The Launch Trailer

    "Who knows what mysteries you might uncover"

    The games industry seems to love cute little golf games right now, and A Little Golf Journey is the latest to try and grab our attention on Switch. Developed by Okidokico and published by Playtonic Friends, A Little Golf Journey is swinging onto the Switch eShop today. You can go ahead and pick it up for...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News The Dungeon Encounters Launch Trailer Doesn't Show Much, But The Music Shreds

    Grid grinding

    Dungeon Encounters was an interesting reveal during the Square Enix presentation from Tokyo Game Show; it's a dungeon exploration RPG that's opted for a minimalist aesthetic. It's out today (14th October) on the Switch eShop with a 20% discount until 21st October. The launch trailer above is rather fun for the shredding guitar solo,...

    • Switch eShop
    • Out Now
  • News Another Classic Namco Title Joins Hamster's Arcade Archives This Week

    Rally-X returns

    This week's arcade archives release from Hamster Corporation is the 1980 Namco "maze chase" classic, Rally-X. Here's some PR and screens: “RALLY-X” is an action game released by NAMCO in 1980. Players control a car and dodge pursuing red cars while collecting flags. Stall the red cars using a smokescreen when they get too...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hamster
    • Arcade Archives
    • Retro
  • News Firefighter Blastoise Is Now A Thing Thanks To Pokémon Unite

    Have the Squirtle Squad evolved?

    Pokémon Unite continues to deliver fantastic, meme-worthy variations of the series' famous cast of characters, this time giving the gift of Firefighter Blastoise to the world. That's right, a new piece of Holowear has been added to the game and is now available to purchase; technically called 'Firefighter Style',...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Updates
  • News Play A Cat Detective In Inspector Waffles, Out Now

    Meowder most meowl

    We've had bird detectives in Aviary Attorney, aliigator detectives in Later Alligator, mouse detectives in Basil The Great Mouse Detective, and now, cat detectives in Inspector Waffles. Is there something sinister going on in the animal kingdom that would require all these creatures to need investigators? We'll try not to worry...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Indie
  • Guide Metroid Dread: Where To Go After You Get The Phantom Cloak

    How to progress after picking up your stealth ability

    Now that you've beaten Corpius and grabbed the Phantom Cloak ability, you're going to be able to slink past all those sensor doors scattered around ZDR. However, if you're having trouble figuring out where to go as soon as you've acquired your stealth ability, we can quickly guide you onwards to...

    • Guides
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  • News Charming Puzzler 'Where Cards Fall' Plays Its Hand On Switch Next Month

    50 puzzles tell a coming-of-age story

    Looking for a new indie puzzle game full of gorgeous art and charming vibes? Then you might want to keep an eye out for Where Cards Fall, launching on Switch on 4th November. From developer The Game Band and publisher Snowman, Where Cards Fall is described as "a slice of life puzzle game" that has you building...

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  • Guide Metroid Dread: Where To Go After You Get The Spider Magnet

    How to proceed now that you can climb up magnet pads

    So, you've now got your Spider Magnet after defeating the white E.M.M.I. in Artaria. Well done! However making your way forward from this point can be a little tricky and we've seen plenty of players at a loss as to where to go next. Luckily, if you're stuck, we can quickly show you how to move...

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  • Guide Metroid Dread: Where To Go After You Get The Charge Beam

    How to proceed after you've nabbed your first upgrade

    Now that you've got your Charge Beam you can go about opening up all the locked charge beam doors scattered around Artaria, this gives you lots of options with regards to how you want to proceed and investigate next. However, if you're having a little trouble figuring out exactly where to go now...

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  • Guide Metroid Dread: Where To Go At The Start Of The Game

    How to proceed towards your first upgrade in Artaria

    Artaria is the very first area in Metroid Dread and it's where you'll spend a good deal of your early time in the game. Your first objective here is to get your hands on the Charge Beam so that you can open up charge beam doors and make some actual progress. However, if you're finding yourself...

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Wednesday13th Oct 2021

  • Guide 30 Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games To Look Forward To In 2021

    Our most anticipated Switch games

    We've updated the list below with some new announcements and removed the 2021 Switch games that have come and gone already. Still loads to look forward to in 2021! 2020 is but a dim and distant memory (at least, we wish it was!) and we're a good way through 2021 now. We have seen some fantastic games come to...

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  • Random Yoshi From The Super Mario Series Apparently Have Different Names

    The green one is called Yoshi, obviously

    Well, here's some Nintendo trivia you might not have heard before - Yoshi (as in a group them, also referred to as 'Yoshies' or 'Yoshis') apparently have different names. Whether you want to embrace this lore or not, is entirely up to you, but according to Nintendo of Europe materials from back in the day,...

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  • Random Chris Pratt Shares Joke "First Look" At The Super Mario Movie

    The Star-Lord x Super Mario memes are taking off

    Chris Pratt - also known as Marvel's Star-Lord and the guy from the Jurrasic World series - was last month revealed as the voice of Mario for the 'Super Mario' animated movie, airing in cinemas next December. In a message to fans via Instagram at the time, Pratt shared a memory about he used to love...

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  • Random Players Are Already Scarily Good At Controlling Samus In Metroid Dread

    How do they do it?

    Metroid Dread hasn't even been out for a week yet, but some of the skills we're seeing even at this early stage are mightly impressive. If you've been playing the game yourself, you'll know that one of things that becomes immediately apparent is just how smooth and slick Samus feels to control. Running and sliding around and...

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  • Feature Our Verdict On The LEGO Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block

    Best build on the block

    At first glance, the Lego Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block looks pretty uneventful; simple, in fact, especially following on from the interactive gamification featured in the previous Lego Super Mario sets. It’s just a solid Lego block, right? If that's what you're thinking... well, you obviously haven't been keeping an...

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  • First Impressions For Better Or Worse, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Look Like Extremely Safe Remakes

    Down the path of a farming sim

    This year's selection of Pocket Monster-catching video games has been a point of contention for fans since they were announced back in early 2021. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are from-the-ground-up remakes of the 2006 Nintendo DS games that fans have been begging for for years, so what’s the issue?...

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  • News Metroid Dread Sparks Improved Sales For Past Games In The Series

    Metroid games run riot in the eShop charts

    With Metroid Dread already looking like a mighty success, both in terms of its critical reception and early sales data, it perhaps comes as no surprise that the game's popularity appears to have kickstarted a flurry of purchases across the entire series. Metroid fever has been running high ever since...

    • Nintendo Switch
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  • Guide Minecraft Live 2021: Where To Watch, What To Expect, And Everything You Need To Know

    New mobs! Updates! Jokes, probably!

    Minecraft Live 2021 is almost upon us, and this Saturday 16th October we'll get to find out what's in store for everyone's favourite block-mining video game. Over the course of the week, Jens Bergensten and Agnes Larsson, the Lead Designer and Game Director of Minecraft respectively, have been teasing some of the...

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  • News Mega Man X DiVE Datamine Uncovers References To Nintendo Switch

    What's going on here?

    It looks like another Mega Man game might be on the way to the Nintendo Switch. It's the action-platformer Android and iOS release Rockman X DiVE, developed by Capcom Taiwan, and released globally on smartphones in select regions earlier this year. According to Mega Man fansite, Rockman Corner, dataminers have discovered "a...

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  • News UK Sales Data Shows A Strong Start For Switch OLED

    'Comfortably outperformed' the Switch Lite launch

    Last week brought a major hardware release from Nintendo, with the Switch OLED model bringing us the first notable new version of the system since the Lite in 2019. Though plenty of current Switch owners won't have upgraded (with various good reasons, especially those that prefer docked play), there...

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  • News Build Your Own Sonic Statue With This Official Advent Calendar

    24 pieces to open and build

    Chocolate? Or pieces of Sonic's body? The age-old dilemma returns yet again this Christmas as customers are forced to choose between the two things that make the holidays such a special time. Or we guess you could just get both. Yes, thanks to an ongoing partnership between Sega and Numskull Designs, this new advent...

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  • News Prison Architect Will Soon Be Free On Nintendo Switch Online For A Limited Time

    Download it now!

    Nintendo of Europe is giving Switch Online subscribers the chance to check out Prison Architect: Nintendo Switch Edition for free next week. The BAFTA-winning simulation and management game is the latest title to be offered up as a Game Trial (events that let Switch Online subscribers download and play a full game for a limited...

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  • News Want A Pumpkin Like Animal Crossing's Jack? Here's A Free Stencil To Use This Halloween

    Download, print and get carving!

    The spookiest season of them all is just around the corner and if you're wanting a Nintendo-themed Halloween this year, you'll want to get a load of this. Nintendo has shared a free, printable stencil for any pumpkin carving you find yourself doing over the next few weeks. Available to download on the Play Nintendo...

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  • Back Page The Dark Secrets Of Brewster's 'Pigeon Milk' In Animal Crossing

    We've got a latte questions

    Brewster is finally coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and we're going to find out more about everyone's favourite coffee-loving winged beast on Friday the 15th October — which is Brewster's birthday, don'tcha know. Players have been asking about/demanding Brewster for ages, like that one clip from The Mandalorian...

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  • Review Gang Beasts - An Adorably Janky Brawler Arrives Late To The Switch Party

    Boneless brawler

    In the Party Game Hall of Fame, Gang Beasts is one of the OG big dogs, alongside Nidhogg, Jackbox, and Overcooked. Gang Beasts is a chaotic, wonky physics brawler that relies on the utter incomp-itude of its players to create mirth and merriment, and much like a massive chocolate cake or a puppy, it's always been a huge success...

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  • News Circuit Superstars Is Out Now On PC And Xbox, 'Coming Soon' To Switch

    It's been a long formation lap

    The last time we mentioned Circuit Superstars here on Nintendo Life was way back in 2019, when it was confirmed that the Original Fire Games-developed title would be published under the Square Enix Collective indie publishing label. Back then it was pegged for 2020, but things happen and the game has spe

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  • News Switch Online Subscribers Can Now Play The Jackbox Party Pack 6 For Free (North America)

    Game Trial now on for a limited time

    Switch owners who are subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online can now play The Jackbox Party Pack 6 in its entirety for free for a limited time. This quirky, multiplayer party game collection is now available as the latest offering in Nintendo's Game Trials series. As we explained earlier today thanks to Europe's...

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  • News Battle Royale FMV 'Bloodshore' Gets New Cinematic Trailer And Switch Release Date

    Featuring 8 hours of film

    Wales Interactive has shared a new cinematic trailer for its latest FMV game, Bloodshore. Oh, and we've also got a confirmed release date, too. The game will be blasting onto Switch on 3rd November, with players watching a group of influencers, death row inmates and failing celebrities compete for a life-changing cash...

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  • Video Get Over Here And Watch The Creation Of Scorpion's Iconic Spear Move For Mortal Kombat

    Ed Boon begins the 30th anniversary celebrations

    There are a lot of major video game anniversaries taking place right now, and next year will be no different. One of the bigger celebrations will be 30 years of the famous brutal, bloody and violent western fighting game, Mortal Kombat. Ahead of its anniversary milestone, the series' co-creator, Ed...

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    • Ed Boon
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  • News 'Spookier Fall' Event Brings Halloween To Minecraft Dungeons

    Tastier than a pumpkin spice latte

    Last year, RPG spin-off Minecraft Dungeons held something called the "Spooky Fall", a Halloween-themed event with seasonal rewards, mobs, and trials. How could Mojang possibly top that? With SPOOKIER Fall, obviously. The event is free for all players, but is time-limited, running from October 13th to November 2nd...

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  • News Smash Ultimate Is Hosting An Explosive Tournament Ahead Of Sora's Arrival Next Week

    Don't do it, Steve!

    Following on from the Metroid Dread spirit event in Smash Bros. Ultimate last week, Nintendo has now announced a new tournament. It's unclear at this stage how much longer the game will continue to host these weekly events, but for now - at least until Sora's arrival, they're still going. This latest event will run for a total...

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    • Nintendo
  • News Batman Returns To Rocket League For Halloween's Haunted Hallows Event

    Batmobiles, new Arena and more...

    Psynoix has announced that Batman will be making a grand return to Rocket League just in time for Halloween, bringing new Event Challenges, cars, items and more along for the ride. DC's legendary hero will headline the game's annual Haunted Hallows Event which kicks off again tomorrow, 14th October. It'll introduce...

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    • Nintendo Switch
    • Updates
  • News VirtuaVerse, An "Old School Cyberpunk Point & Click", Arrives On Switch Soon

    Point and tap

    The point & click genre has been having a rather enjoyable renaissance in recent years with the Switch eShop being well supported. Another that's due soon is VirtuaVerse, developed by Theta Division, which launches on 28th October. As you can see in the trailer above it's going for a hacker / cyperpunk vibe in the 'not-so-distant'...

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  • News Take A Look Behind The Scenes Of The Alfred Hitchcock - Vertigo Soundtrack

    Drawing on inspiration from the film

    Though we'll need to wait until 2022 for Alfred Hitchcock - Vertigo on Switch, we're nonetheless still rather intrigued by what it'll deliver. Publisher Microids has now published the second of its Dev Diary video series on the game, this time focusing on the soundtrack. It's an interesting insight into the...

    • Switch eShop
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Tuesday12th Oct 2021

  • Guide Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour Times And Bonus Hour Times: This Week's Featured Pokémon And Mystery Bonus - 12th October

    Spotlight Hour Pokémon and Bonus Hour details, as we get them

    Since April 2020, Niantic has combined the Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour and Pokémon GO Mystery Bonus Hour into a single weekly event that takes place on Tuesday evenings. Separate Bonus Hours were tested briefly in March 2021, although we've had nothing since — see below for more...

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  • News Teardown Suggests The Switch OLED Dock Is 4K 60fps-Ready And 'Future Proof'

    Update: Realtek chip inside dock advertised as "4K UHD multimedia SoC"

    Update: We already know that the dock which comes with the Switch OLED is theoretically capable of outputting 4K / 60fps, but now KawlunDram has done some more digging and has discovered that the chip inside the dock is positioned as a “4K UHD multimedia SoC” by its...

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  • PSA Don't Worry, You Can Order The Switch OLED Dock's Rear Cover

    Phew, eh?

    The shiny new Switch OLED comes with its own dock, which is hiding a few upgrades of its own – including a chipset that can handle 4K / 60fps. It also has a revised design that sees the rear panel pop off when you're inserting things like HDMI cables, power leads and LAN cables. As you can appreciate, anything that pops off of something...

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    • PSA
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  • Review Astria Ascending - A Solid JRPG Salvaged With The Help Of Final Fantasy Veterans

    Second time's the charm

    In late 2015, a new game came to iOS called Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey, offering up a reasonably high-quality classic JRPG experience. Though it was originally slated to arrive in some form on the PlayStation consoles of the time, this console project never got off the ground and was subsequently cancelled. Now, that project has...

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  • News Pokémon-Inspired Monster Crown Is Out Today On Switch, Here's The Launch Trailer

    Breed over 200 monsters

    Today sees the launch of Monster Crown, a monster-taming RPG that's looking to give Pokémon fans an alternative take on the genre on Switch. If you've read our full review, you'll know that Monster Crown is a decent effort but one that, in our opinion, ultimately feels like "a jankier and less addictive version of the...

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  • News This Metroid Dread Boss Fight Trick Shows The Devs Knew You'd Break The Game

    Stay away for spoilers

    SPOILERS, obviously... Metroid Dread has been talked about a lot over the past week, largely in positive terms. Plenty of us are still on a first playthrough, frantically running away from E.M.M.I foes and navigating our way around the rather sizeable map. For some, though, now it's time for optimising follow-up runs and...

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  • News Capcom Launches Ace Attorney 20th Anniversary Website

    Initiatives and more planned

    As you might have already seen, today marks 20 years of Capcom's Ace Attorney series. It all began when the first Phoenix Wright title was released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan on 12th October 2001. And although we didn't get to experience the series here in the west until 2005, we've been huge fans of the...

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  • News Metroid Dread's UK Sales Momentum Points To A Big Moment For The Series

    Has already outsold Metroid: Samus Returns

    Though it'll take a number of weeks for sales figures to come through globally, it would seem that Metroid Dread has started strongly, driven by an extensive marketing campaign from Nintendo and a lot of positive word-of-mouth online. UK sales have been some of the first to come through, and though it...

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    • Sales
  • News Fortnite Finally Credits Among Us In An Update To Its New 'Impostors Mode'

    Real sus

    [Update: Tue 12th Oct, 2021 15:15 BST] Epic Games has now officially credited Among Us developer, Innersloth in an update to Fortnite's Impostors Mode. On their blog, the text refers to Impostors as "the game mode inspired by Among Us from Innersloth". This is likely welcome news for Innersloth, although it's perhaps because

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  • News BlackMilk's Legend Of Zelda Clothing Line Is Available Now

    Update: The collection goes live

    Update: As promised, BlackMilk's Legend of Zelda collection is now live and ready to be snapped up. You can view the whole range here. Original Article (Mon 4th Oct, 2021 12:00 BST): Australian clothing brand BlackMilk has announced that it'll be launching a brand new collection inspired by The Legend of Zelda...

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  • Gallery Sakurai Shares New Screenshots Of The Final DLC Fighter For Smash Bros. Ultimate

    The Kingdom Hearts' rep arrives next week

    Last week, Masahiro Sakurai revealed Sora from Kingdom Hearts would be added to Smash Bros. Ultimate as the final fighter. The DLC character will arrive in-game next week on 18th October, and to pass time until then, Sakurai has been sharing some additional images of the Kingdom Hearts' rep and the new...

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  • PSA Sensitive To PWM Flicker? You'll Want To Keep The Switch OLED's Screen Nice And Bright

    New screen uses Pulse Width Modulation to control brightness

    Nintendo's latest iteration of the Switch launched on 8th October and while it's far from the long-rumoured 'Switch Pro', the new screen on the Switch OLED model is a beautiful thing and has led to the new Switch SKU receiving generally positive reviews. It doesn't hurt that incredible...

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  • Guide Best Ace Attorney Games Of All Time

    Every Ace Attorney game, ranked by you

    It's been TWENTY YEARS since Ace Attorney was unleashed upon the world (in Japan, at least — the English version wouldn't come out until 2005, so you're not quite as old as this news makes you feel). Ten-ish games later, the series has spawned an anime, a movie, a musical, and legions of Edgeworth-hungry...

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  • Mini Review Gleylancer - A Brilliant 16-Bit Shmup Sparkles With Mod Cons

    Stick to it and believe in your power!

    Retro re-releases falling outside the familiar safety of the M2, Hamster, or Code Mystics stables are usually one thing and one thing alone — a plain ROM bundled with some inoffensive but unspectacular emulation options. It’ll work, it’ll be official, and... that’s about it. If those bland goals had...

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  • News The Localised Mario Party Superstars Overview Trailer Is Very Enthusiastic

    We love it

    How do you do a trailer voiceover for a game like Mario Party Superstars? With great enthusiasm, of course, as befits a colourful game in which you play minigames with friends and love ones. The localised version of a recent introductory trailer does just that, in addition to showing plenty of

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  • News Quake On Switch Now Supports Mouse And Keyboard Controls

    Part of the "first major update"

    One of the standout releases on the Nintendo Switch this year has been the enhanced version of the original Quake title, celebrating 25 years of id Software's first-person arena shooter. The game got its "first major update" for the Switch and multiple other platforms last week, but one thing you might have missed...

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  • News Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Includes A Cracking '80s Soundtrack, Here's The Full Songlist

    Including Wham!, Blondie and (yes) Rick Astley

    Cast your minds back to Nintendo's E3 Direct and you'll remember the slightly surprising announcement that Square Enix's Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy would be headed to Switch. It'll only be available on Nintendo's platform as a Cloud version, unfortunately, but the release date is now just around...

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  • Guide Metroid Dread: All Teleporter Locations

    Quantum Leap

    If there's one thing you're going to have to do plenty of during your time in Metroid Dread, it's backtracking around the game's eight regions in search of gear, collectibles and routes forward through the campaign. It can be time-consuming, making your way to shuttle stations and elevators in order to slowly move between one area and...

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  • News Check Out These Adorable Super-Deformed Dark Souls Figures

    "You have a heart of gold"

    Dark Souls is hard, right? It's brutal. A real test of your gamer credentials. So then, why are these officially-licenced Dark Souls figures so goshdarn cute? They're expected to launch in Japan this December, and the range includes a host of famous faces from the series. We want them all. There are two sets, each...

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  • News Ori The Collection Is Out Now For You Switch Physical Collectors

    Includes 6 art cards and both games are on the cartridge

    Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps are fantastic games from Moon Studios, and it's still a bit of a marvel that we get to enjoy excellent ports of these games on the Switch. The good news for those holding off and with a penchant for physical copies

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  • Random Oh Dear, Looks Like This Company's Advert Has Ripped Off A Pokémon Song

    Do you recognise it?

    Jigglypuff would be furious. The Pokémon games are special to millions of fans around the world for a number of different reasons, but for us, one of those reasons is the series' music (and yes, the actual gameplay and pure nostalgia are right up there, too). If you're anything like us and can instantly tell your Bicycle...

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  • News Capcom Says It's Unable To Add Cross-Save And Cross-Play To Monster Hunter Rise

    It'll be a completely fresh start on PC

    Earlier this month, Capcom ran a survey asking a series of questions about its insanely successful Nintendo Switch release, Monster Hunter Rise - which will also be making its way to the PC in January next year. One of the questions that got the most publicity was about the possibility of cross-play,...

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  • Soapbox Why Apollo Justice Might Be The Best Ace Attorney Game

    How's that for a Turnabout

    Can you imagine celebrating your 20th birthday, and someone comes up to you and tells you that your nervous, short friend/mentee is much more interesting than you? Well, it's Ace Attorney's 20th birthday, and while that's not exactly what I'm doing (and I'll explain why in more detail in a moment), I have to say: as a...

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  • Guide Metroid Dread: Maps - All ZDR Region Maps

    Fully revealed area maps to help you on your way

    Metroid Dread's region maps are gloriously labyrinthine puzzle boxes full of obstacles, dead ends, secret routes and surprises. In order to aid players in this regard, MercurySteam has done a fantastic job in ensuring that your in-game map remembers the locations of items, labels individual door types...

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    • Metroid
  • News Demon Turf Brings Stylish 3D Platformer Action To Switch Next Month

    A 3D platformer "with attitude"

    Last year in June, Fabraz - the team behind the excellent 2D platformer Slime-san - lifted the lid on a brand new 3D platformer "with attitude" known as Demon Turf. It was more recently confirmed it would be published by

    • Switch eShop
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    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Blaze's Evercade VS Console Has Been Delayed Until December

    New system UI gets shown off to make up for it

    Blaze Entertainment has today announced that its Evercade VS retro console has been delayed slightly. The NES-style system – which runs physical carts and is the home version of the popular Evercade handheld – was supposed to arrive in November, but will now l

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    • Retro
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  • Random This TikTok Account Makes Pokémon Out Of Emojis, And They're Pretty Impressive

    Who's that Pokémon? It's Eggplant Emoji!

    Have you ever looked at the emoji keyboard and thought to yourself, "who the hell is using the soap emoji? Or the pair of pants?" Hopefully, this will answer the question: it's people like the Pokémojis account on TikTok, which involves making impressively accurate Pokémon art out of emojis.

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  • News Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, Based On The Hit Norwegian Stop-Motion Film, Races Onto Switch

    A spiritual successor to the DS game

    From developers Ravn Studio and Invictus Games, Pinchcliffe Grand Prix will soon be racing onto Nintendo Switch, it's been announced. The game's based on The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, a Norwegian stop-motion animation that's thought to be the most widely seen Norwegian film of all time. It retells the story of the...

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  • News Beyond A Steel Sky Dev Diary Showcases Its Gorgeous Comic-Inspired Visuals

    Out at the end of November

    Beyond a Steel Sky was a welcome announcement for Switch in early September as a 'spritiual successor' to cult classic point-and-click game Beneath A Steel Sky. It's been out on Steam and iOS for over a year, earning positive user reviews, and upda

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  • News After A Small Delay, Gang Beasts Is Now Available On Switch

    Physical release coming soon

    As promised, multiplayer party hit Gang Beasts is now available on the Nintendo eShop following a small delay. Originally destined to launch for Switch last week, the game is now available to pick up for $29.99 / €29,99 / £24.99. You've probably heard all about the game already, but just in case, here's a recap:...

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  • News MONARK Brings Ego And Madness To Switch In February

    Also has a villainous teddy with a great voice

    MONARK is a project you've likely heard about in recent months; it's an upcoming JRPG with some Shin Megami Tensei veterans involved. The good news is that it now has a release date - it arrives on 25th February. There's also a new trailer that focuses on 'adversaries' in the game - the first seems to...

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  • News Among Us Teases New Cosmetics, Including A Visor Piercing

    THAT IS NOT SAFE

    The Among Us devs are currently working on a gameplay update that will add new roles, as well as the Xbox and PlayStation releases, and we've got a little tease of what that involves: New hats. NEW HATS. Of course, Among Us will also be celebrating the Halloween Hallowbean season, with the return of "spooky hats": ...and some...

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Monday11th Oct 2021

  • Poll What's A Fair Price For The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack?

    Apart from 'free'

    Time flies when you're having fun, and it feels like the arrival of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is catching up on us rather quickly. It was only recently announced in the September Nintendo Direct for 'late October', with Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive games being added to the line up. It'll be an...

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    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Expansion Pack
  • Talking Point Should We Be Worried About Screen Burn-In With Switch OLED?

    "You don’t see a lot of burn-in in modern OLED panels"

    Editor's note: This piece was originally published when the Switch OLED was announced and has been updated with new content for the console's launch. Now the Switch OLED is with us, it's perhaps worth revisiting the topic of screen burn-in. We know, thanks to Bloomberg, that the screen on...

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  • Review Disco Elysium: The Final Cut - Still An Absolute Triumph On Switch

    Where is my mind?

    Every now and then, a game comes along that feels completely unique. Now, we know what you’re thinking: you’ve seen the same thing said about countless titles over the years — what makes this one so different? We get it; more often than not, when a game is described as ‘unique’, you can probably identify at least a few...

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  • Guide Metroid Dread: Shinespark - How To Speed Boost And Shinespark Like A Pro

    Shine bright, Samus!

    As you progress through Metroid Dread you'll gain the Speed Boost ability, which lets Samus mow through enemies and structures like some sort of human missile. As part of this ability she is also able to "Shinespark". By holding down on the 'L' stick whilst in Speed Boost mode, Samus will glow purple and she can now stop...

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  • News Nintendo And Sakurai Approved No More Heroes 3's Smash Bros. Style Boss Fight

    "If anybody gives you s*** for it, we’ll take responsibility"

    There was a time when Travis Touchdown was considered a good shout for a spot on the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster, and while he technically did make his way into the game as a Mii Fighter costume, the real collab actually ended up appearing in No More Heroes 3. As those who have...

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  • News Nintendo Switch Online N64 Games Will Be 60Hz In Europe After All

    With 50Hz options also available

    Last month, the reveal of Nintendo 64 games headed to Nintendo Switch Online was mostly met with adoration from fans, although one problem did prevent the announcement from being truly special. As you may recall, footage shown off during the Nintendo Direct suggested that European fans might have to put up with games...

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  • Guide Metroid Dread: Post-Game Unlocks - How To Unlock All Chozo Archives, All Metroid Game Art, All Post-Game Content

    How to unlock all end game rewards

    There are plenty of post-game rewards in store for players once they've managed to complete Metroid Dread. Some of these are unlocked for simply finishing the game on either normal or hard mode, whilst others are tied to more specific objectives. Let's take a closer look at all available post-game unlockables in...

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  • News Aspyr Reveals Two Star Wars Bundles For Nintendo Switch

    They're real after all!

    Aspyr Media has announced two new physical bundles for Nintendo Switch, both heading to stores this November. The first bundle, Star Wars Jedi Knight Collection, includes both Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy; the second, Star Wars Racer and Commando Combo, features Star Wars:...

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  • News UK Charts: Metroid Dread Just Had The Strongest Opening Week Of Any Metroid Game Ever

    Super Monkey Ball debuts in top ten

    Update: GamesIndustry.biz's Christopher Dring has explained that the initial report was actually incorrect, and that the original Metroid Prime remains the fastest-selling game of the series when looking at physical sales alone. However, the difference between physical launch sales for the two titles was less than...

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  • Guide Metroid Dread: All amiibo Unlocks - Every Compatible Metroid amiibo

    NFC for victory

    Metroid Dread lauched alongside the game's official Samus & E.M.M.I Double Pack amiibo — which has unfortunately been delayed until the 5th of November in the UK and the rest of Europe. Players can also grab daily in-game rewards by using any of a total of six previously released Metroid series amiibo. Let's take a look at...

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  • Soapbox Paper Mario: TTYD Is 17 Years Old Today, But It's Still A Masterpiece

    A paper cut above the rest

    From the very first second of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, I was hooked. The game begins with a gentle twinkling music and a book opening to tell you the story of an ancient, ruined town lost to time, and the fabled treasure buried there; once you've listened to the whole story (and seen Peach herself buying a...

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  • News The Intellivision Amico Has A Unique Approach To Physical Media And Digital Ownership

    New kid on the blockchain

    The Intellivision Amico is a rather interesting new system that's heading to the market, a game console focused on 'family-friendly' content (age ratings below 10) that brings to mind a mix of Wii and Wii U in concept. That said it's also had its share of issues; there have been online spats, controversies over some of...

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  • News Steve And Alex amiibo Available To Pre-Order As A Double Pack Or Standalone (Japan)

    Will we get the same in the west?

    As well as the major news that Kingdom Hearts' Sora has taken Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's final roster spot, last week's Direct also revealed that Steve and Alex will be receiving amiibo figures next year. We didn't get to see the figures in the flesh during the show, but pre-orders for both h

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    • amiibo
    • Minecraft
  • Poll What's The Best Ace Attorney Game?

    You be the judge

    20 years ago, on 12th October 2001, the very first Ace Attorney game was released on Game Boy Advance. Although we wouldn't get the game in English until 2005 — when it was re-released on the DS — the Ace Attorney series has long been beloved by people all over the world. A large part of that is due to the loveable protagonist...

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  • News Wish Your Switch Pro Controller Was A Little Bit Smaller? Check Out The T4 Mini

    Launching today!

    Gaming peripheral maker GameSir has today launched its latest controller for Switch, offering up a brand new pad for those looking for something on the smaller end of the scale. The T4 Mini has been designed for players who find traditional modern controllers like the Switch's official Pro Controller a little too bulky for...

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  • Soapbox Joy-Con Aren't Perfect, But They're Great For Sick Day Gaming

    Everybody hurts (themselves) sometimes

    Soapbox features enable our individual writers and contributors to voice their opinions on hot topics and random stuff they've been pondering. Today, Kate discusses rediscovering the joy of Joy-Con following a recent mishap, and her dreams of Joy-Con 2.0... I'm about to turn 30, so of course, the natural...

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  • Random This Normal-Looking LEGO SNES Is Secretly Four Robots

    Same

    Baron von Brunk is at it again. We know that sounds like the beginning of a video game about shooting evil guys who definitely aren't Nazis but kind of are, but Baron von Brunk is a REAL MAN, whose actual name is Julius von Brunk, and he makes LEGO transformers. He's made a LEGO Game Boy Transformer, a LEGO N64 Transformer, a

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  • Guide Metroid Dread: Hard Mode - How To Unlock Hard Mode

    A Good Day To Die Hard

    OK, so you like your games really tough or you're a Metroid monster whose only real concern is playing this new entry in the franchise on its hardest difficulty. Well, unfortunately for you, you're going to have to be a little bit patient — the only way to unlock hard mode in Metroid Dread is to play through the game once on...

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  • News Gear Up For Doctor Who: The Edge Of Reality With Official Gameplay Footage

    "You're the Doctor now"

    It's been a fascinating couple of months for Doctor Who fans, with the excellent Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins arriving in August on Switch, and with Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality now just days away from its 14th October release. It's a game that made its debut (sort of) previously in VR as Edge of Time, but as the...

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  • News Nintendo Enlists Japanese Idol Group King & Prince To Promote Mario Party Superstars

    Look at those hats!

    With Mario Party Superstars launching in just a couple of weeks' time, Nintendo has teamed up with J-pop group King & Prince for a new marketing campaign. Following in the footsteps of Nintendo's recent campaign with K-pop group TWICE, who starred in commercials that advertised the Nintendo Switch and a variety of games,...

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Sunday10th Oct 2021

  • News Nintendo's Switch Exclusive Metroid Dread Is Already Being Emulated On PC

    And it's only been out for a few days...

    The Switch exclusive Metroid Dread is very much the game of the moment, but it appears some people aren't even playing this new release on Nintendo's hardware. As highlighted by the folks over at PC Gamer, certain individuals are already running this title on open-source Switch emulators - increasing the...

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  • Random Nintendo America's President Doug Bowser Celebrates The Return Of Samus

    He's also got his hands on a brand new Switch OLED

    It's been quite possibly one of the best weeks of the year in the land of Nintendo. The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai revealed Sora would be the final fighter, Rockstar announced the GTA trilogy for the platform, Nintendo laun

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  • News Here's Your First Look At The Switch Box Art For Kirby And The Forgotten Land

    Launching in Spring 2022

    During its most recent Direct broadcast, Nintendo revealed a new 3D Kirby game was coming to Switch. It's titled 'Kirby and the Forgotten Land' and will be arriving in Spring 2022. While it's still a while away, listings have now appeared on Amazon, Best Buy, and at various other retailers - giving fans their very first...

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  • Feature Steven Spohn On Strides In Accessibility For Gaming, And Nintendo's Room For Improvement

    "Back in the day Nintendo was at the forefront of accessibility, at some point they just stopped"

    Earlier this year Steven Spohn hit an incredible fundraising landmark prior to his 40th Birthday; in forming alliances with a lot of creators and gamers globally, along with some welcome support from influential figures, he raised over one million...

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  • Mini Review Beast Breaker - A 'Pinball RPG' With Surprising Depth

    A breakout hit

    Beast Breaker places you in the role of Skipper, a brave little mouse who’s tasked with killing giant (well, to a mouse anyway…) beasts that threaten the peaceful lives of the towns and settlements populated by other adorable animals. You do so by engaging with gameplay which is one part pinball game, one part strategic RPG, which...

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  • News XSEED Is Bringing An Updated Version Of Corpse Party To Switch Later This Month

    Just in time for Halloween

    XSEED Games has announced an updated version of the 1996 cult horror classic Corpse Party will be released on the Nintendo Switch here in the west on 20th October for $19.99 USD. There'll be a 10% discount at launch. The Switch version was originally released in Japan earlier this year on 28th February. The original game...

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  • Mini Review A Juggler's Tale - Stylish But With Some Strings Attached

    I got no strings to hold me down

    A Juggler's Tale will feel instantly familiar if you’re a fan of PlayDead’s Inside and Limbo. A narrative-driven 2.5D adventure game, A Juggler’s Tale share’s much of the same DNA as its critically acclaimed siblings (it even feels a bit too familiar at times). Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,...

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  • Reminder Ninjala's Hatsune Miku Collab Event Is Now Live

    Rock out with the world-famous virtual idol

    GungHo Online Entertainment is currently hosting a special event in its bubblegum brawler Ninjala starring the world-famous virtual Japanese pop idol Hatsune Miku. As previously mentioned, the Magical Mirai 2021 tour runs until November 7th and gives players the chance to "battle to the beat" with several...

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Saturday9th Oct 2021

  • Guide Best Metroid Games Of All Time

    Now more Dreadful than ever

    We've added Metroid Dread to this list, but remember — this ranking is dynamic and based on each title's User Rating on our games database. Once you've had a chance to play Dread and judge it for yourselves, find the entry below (or head to our Metroid Dread game page), give it a rating out of 10, and we'll see where it...

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  • Guide Pokémon GO Community Days 2021: October Community Day Featured Pokémon - Duskull

    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...

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  • Guide Where To Buy Metroid Dread Special Edition And Samus & EMMI amiibo

    Dread the scalpers

    To great excitement, Nintendo revealed its newest Metroid game during their E3 Direct back in June 2021. Metroid Dread was developed by MercuryStream, who you will remember from the excellent Metroid: Samus Returns on the 3DS, and the new game launched on 8th October 2021. We called it "possibly the best Metroid game ever made" in...

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  • Video Digital Foundry's Technical Analysis Of Metroid Dread On Switch

    "this is one of the standout releases of the year"

    Metroid Dread has finally landed on the Switch this week, and now the experts over at Digital Foundry have shared their own technical analysis of Samus' new adventure. So, how does it hold up? In docked mode, the game delivers a 1600x900 resolution, and in portable mode, it's apparently just as...

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  • News Pokémon Legends: Arceus Won't Actually Be An Open-World Game

    It will feature "open areas", according to The Pokémon Company

    When Pokémon Legends: Arceus was originally revealed it was described and compared quite a lot to open-world games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While PR and early footage of the game certainly gave the impression of an open-world environment that you'd be able to...

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  • Video Here's How To Change The Screen Settings On Your Nintendo Switch OLED

    Make it a little easier on the eyes

    You've just got your Nintendo Switch OLED model, but the screen is not quite what you expected it to be? Don't worry, Nintendo Life's American-based video producer, Zion Grassl, has got a fix! Be warned - by changing your screen brightness settings on this new OLED model, you do potentially run the risk of...

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  • Review Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl - A Strong Platform Fighter With Polish Problems

    It's better than bad, it's good

    Licensed games have a history of being largely a bit pants. There are notable exceptions of course, but for every Goldeneye 007 or SpongeBob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom there’s fistloads of the likes of M&Ms Kart Racing, Superman 64, and the Wii version of Iron Man.

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  • Reminder Brand New Metroid Dread Spirits Are Available In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Samus is back!

    Update [Sat 9th Oct, 2021 15:00 BST]: These spirits are now available, here's a closer look courtesy of the official Smash Bros. Twitter account. Each of these spirits will be available until the 13th of October. Original article [Thu 7th Oct, 2021 02:05 BST]: Metroid Dread arrives exclusively

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  • Soapbox What Makes A Game A Good Metroidvania Anyway?

    Similar differences can make the genre hard to pin down

    You’d be forgiven for thinking that nothing could be simpler than working out the secret formula that binds all of the great games in this popular genre together — the clue’s in the name! They need to be just like Metroid, with all the shooting and the aliens and the sci-fi-ness and the...

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  • Review SGC - Short Games Collection #1 - It's All In The Name

    Not really shorts weather

    Gaming and gamers aren’t what they used to be. In the '80s, strict gatekeepers foisted action-flick-derivative moneyspinners on children; now, one-person indie devs suggest conceptual art experiences to midlife wage-slaves. Nerd Monkeys is hunting that time-poor customer with games “that you can play through from start...

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  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (October 9th)

    Yes, a lot of us are playing THAT game

    It's been a particularly crazy and busy week in the world of Nintendo, as you've no doubt noticed! The biggest event was undoubtedly Masahiro Sakurai's final presentation for Smash Ultimate which confirmed the arrival of Sora. There've been two huge arrivals; you can check out our Switch OLED hardware review...

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  • Reminder Tetris 99 Is Hosting A Monster Hunter Rise Event This Weekend

    Unlock a special theme

    Update [Sat 9th Oct, 2021 17:00 BST]: The Monster Hunter event for Tetris 99 is currently underway. If you want to unlock this unique theme, you'll need to accumulate 100 event points. Good luck! Original story [Tue 5th Oct, 2021 02:45 BST]: Next time you're back at camp in Monster Hunter Rise, why not take some time out to...

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