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TodaySun, 28th Feb 2021

  • Feature After Fire Emblem And Famicom Detective Club, What Comes Next From Nintendo's Vault?

    Raiders Of The Lost Games

    Between the eclectic selection of NES and SNES games served up as part of everyone’s Nintendo Switch Online subscription, Fire Emblem's long-awaited (if time-limited) English language release thirty years after its Japanese debut, and the upcoming remake of their Disc System adventure game Famicom Detective Club, it

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Retro
    • Features
  • Video Check Out This Side-By-Side Comparison Of Pokémon Diamond And Pearl On Switch And DS

    How do they compare?

    When The Pokémon Company announced remakes of the Nintendo DS titles Diamond and Pearl earlier this week, the most notable difference was obviously the art style. All of the sprite work in the original games has now been replaced with cute 3D graphics in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. There's obviously been a lot of...

    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Feature Nintendo Life eShop Selects - February 2021

    February's best Switch eShop games!

    Can you believe we're already two months into the year?! Well, thankfully, no matter how quickly time passes by, the Switch eShop seems to offer up dose after dose of great digital content to enjoy and February was no different. These awards aim to celebrate the best of Nintendo's digital store, giving some love...

    • Switch eShop
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    • Nintendo Switch
    • eShop Selects
  • News Tails' Voice Actor Won't Be Voicing The Character In Sonic Prime

    Update: But she's not finished yet

    Update [Sun 28th Feb, 2021 09:45 GMT]: Earlier this month, the voice of Tails, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, said she wouldn't be voicing the character in the upcoming Netflix series, Sonic Prime. At the time, fans voiced their concerns about her potentially moving on from the role. In an update on Twitter, Colleen has...

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  • News Some History About ILCA, The Japanese Studio Working On The Pokémon Diamond And Pearl Remakes

    Game Freak's backup

    During the Pokémon Presents broadcast this week, The Pokémon Company announced remakes of the Nintendo DS games, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. While Game Freak normally handles games like this, right now, it's busy with the open-world prequel Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which is due out next year. This leaves the release of

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Japan
    • Industry
  • Video 14 Exciting New Games Coming To Nintendo Switch In March

    An action-packed month

    It's almost March and we've gotta admit, in terms of third party releases next month, the Switch line-up is looking good. In the first half, we've got Respawn Entertainment's free-to-play battle royale Apex Legends, and a few days after this Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is out. In the second half of March, we'll be...

    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Video Watch Post Malone's Virtual Concert Celebrating 25 Years Of Pokémon

    "Thank you all for 25 beautiful years"

    The official Pokémon YouTube channel just aired its Post Malone Virtual Concert Experience, celebrating 25 years of pocket monsters. If you're yet to see the American rapper and songwriter's performance, you can watch the full 13-minute show right here. Post sings a handful of tracks - with one of them being...

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    • Pokemon
    • Music

YesterdaySat, 27th Feb 2021

  • News Pokémon Platinum Content Spotted In Diamond And Pearl Remake Trailer

    "Guess who's there"

    It's official, The Pokémon Company has announced Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are arriving this year. The PR describes how the Nintendo DS originals have been faithfully reproduced. There are also a number of updates, including easy-to-understand and player-friendly conveniences. All of this has got fans...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Poll Do You Like The Chibi Art Style In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl?

    Let us know

    Yesterday, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl were announced for the Nintendo Switch. These games are remakes of Generation IV, which was originally released on the DS and is set in the Sinnoh region. The development is being handled by ILCA and directed by Junichi Masuda (Game Freak) and Yuichi Ueda (ILCA). The aim is to...

    • Poll
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News This Is What Old World Poké Balls Look Like In Pokémon Legends: Arceus

    Old balls, new game

    Next year, Game Freak is venturing into uncharted territory with the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus for Nintendo Switch. It takes place in Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl's Sinnoh region and transports the series back to a time when Pokémon roamed freely in much harsher environments. The official game site for this...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Feature Zelda II: The Adventure Of Link Taught Me The Value Of Perseverance

    And save states

    To celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, we're running a series of features looking at a specific aspect — a theme, character, mechanic, location, memory or something else entirely — from each of the mainline Zelda games. Today, Gavin looks back at the first sequel in the series, and one of the last entries he...

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    • Legend of Zelda
    • Nintendo
    • Zelda 35th Anniversary
  • Review Hellpoint - A Sci-Fi Soulslike Which Suffers From Hellish Technical Issues On Switch

    Blighttown

    Dark Souls crossed with Dead Space? Bloodborne set within the bowels of a great big derelict space station? Yes. Yes please, we like this, we want this, sign us up! Cradle Games' Hellpoint has got a great premise, a fantastically atmospheric setting and gameplay that unashamedly pilfers ideas and

    • Reviews
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Anniversary Stardew Valley Is Now Five Years Old

    "thanks to all of you for being part of this"

    It's been anniversary after anniversary over the past month and now on top of all the other ones currently take place, this week marks Stardew Valley's fifth year. Creator ConcernedApe has taken to Twitter to thank all of the game's fans for being a part of the long journey. Stardew Valley has been...

    • Anniversary
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • News Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake Takes Flight This Year

    Here's hoping for a smoother ride

    Panzer Dragoon: Remake got a release on the Nintendo Switch last year, but admittedly didn't quite nail the landing. Publisher Forever Entertainment made the effort to address the issues and slowly improved the game over time. It's now in a better state than before, so what's next? In case it's slipped your mind,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Panzer Dragoon
  • Memory Pak When Harvest Moon Taught Me About Death

    You can't just save scum this one away

    Welcome to the latest instalment in our new column, Memory Pak, where we're going to be doing a deep-dive into some of the most memorable moments in gaming – good and bad. We hope you've got some tissues ready because this one's going to be a bit of a weepy. People play Harvest Moon games for their...

    • Harvest Moon
    • Memory Pak
    • Features
  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (February 27th)

    Here are our picks, but what are yours?

    Phew! With news of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes – and a new open-world Pokémon game, too – it was a super busy end to the week. Thankfully, though, it's now time to relax and have a chat about our weekend plans. Members of the Nintendo Life team have done just that below, so feel free to give our...

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    • Nintendo Switch
    • What Are You Playing
    • Features

Friday26th Feb 2021

  • News Sinnoh Confirmed: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl Officially Announced For Switch

    Almost 15 years after the DS originals

    The years of waiting are finally over, as The Pokémon Company has announced that Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are coming to the Nintendo Switch in "late 2021". It's been almost 15 years since the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl arrived on Nintendo DS; the fourth-generation games launched...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Spoiler Alert, The Next Pokémon Games Have Leaked

    Update: And it was all true

    Update: Both of the leaked games mentioned in our original article have now been officially confirmed. Visit here for official details on Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and here for the open-world

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Leaks
  • News Introducing Pokémon Legends: Arceus, An Open-World Prequel To Diamond And Pearl

    Launching on Switch in 2022

    Alongside the news that Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl would be launching on Switch later this year, today's Pokémon Presents showcase also unveiled a brand new title, Pokémon Legends: Arceus. A prequel to Diamond and Pearl, the game has players exploring a

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Feature Hyperkin Explains How The RetroN Sq Is Bringing The Game Boy To Your Living Room

    Update: Pre-orders go live on Amazon

    Update: Pre-orders are now available! Original Story [Wed 22nd Jan, 2020 14:00 GMT]: Hyperkin has been one of the biggest names in 'new' retro products for quite some time now, thanks to products like the RetroN 5 and Supa Boy. The company is back with a new device – the

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    • Retro
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    • Game Boy
  • News The Pokémon Company Reveals Top 30 Pocket Monsters, According To Japanese Twitter Poll

    In celebration of 25 years

    As you might have heard, it's Pokémon's 25th anniversary on 27th February (that's this weekend). In the lead up to this, The Pokémon Company ran a poll, asking Japanese trainers to vote for their favourite pocket monster via Twitter. To vote, participants were required to share any pocket monster's name in Japanese on...

    • Pokemon
    • The Pokemon Company
    • Japan
  • Watch Pokémon Presents - 26th February 2021, Live!

    20 mins of new announcements

    It's Pokémon's 25th anniversary tomorrow, so what better way to celebrate than with a brand new Pokémon Presents showcase? No details have been shared on what will feature in the show, although – and don't click on this if you don't want to be spoiled – it would appear that a major announcement has leaked ahead of...

    • Live Chat
    • Pokemon
    • Pokemon Presents
  • Random Product Design Student Creates Switch Entirely Out Of Paper

    You can only play Paper Mario on it

    This one's not the paper one We might have taken the wrong subject at university. When we had to do projects, it was all "write this essay" and "compare and contrast thing A with thing B". It turns out that we could have been doing way more exciting things with all the paper we wasted on boring, 2000-word...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Take A Look The Stunning Nintendo Switch Box Art For Mario Golf: Super Rush

    Return to the fairway this June

    June and July are set to be an exciting period for the Switch, with Nintendo releasing Mario Golf: Super Rush and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. The other day we got a look at the box art of Skyward Sword and now Nintendo's social account has released a look at the bright, colourful and stunning North...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo
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  • News Monster Hunter Rise Officially No Longer A Switch Exclusive, Coming To PC In 2022

    PC port is "still very much in development”

    We're exactly a month away from Monster Hunter Rise's anticipated launch. Releasing on March 26th, it's a welcome return for Capcom's action RPG series to Nintendo platforms, after we missed out on 2018's Monster Hunter World. Initially announced as a Switch exclusive, Capcom has just confirmed Rise is...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Capcom
    • Monster Hunter
  • News Hamster Confirms Two More Coin-Op Classics For Its Arcade Archives Range On Switch

    Both involve rescuing hapless females (hey, it was the '80s)

    Hamster's Arcade Archives series has given us many coin-op classics to enjoy on Switch, and the Japanese company has just revealed that two more are heading to Nintendo's machine soon. First up is Jaleco's 1988 action platformer Legend of Makai (Makai Densetsu in Japan), which was never...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Arcade Archives
  • Anniversary Can You Believe It? The Nintendo 3DS Is Now 10 Years Old

    That went quick

    It's a very special day for the Nintendo 3DS. Today is the tenth anniversary of this legendary 3D handheld system. Believe it or not, but the console was first released in Japan on 26th February 2011. This followed with the western release in Europe and North America in March of the same year. When the system first launched, it was...

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    • 3DS
    • Nintendo
    • Nintendo 3DS
    • Japan
  • Random Fans Take A Dig At Nintendo's Limited-Time Mario Antics With Blade Runner-Style Parody Video

    "All those games lost in time like tears in the rain"

    On 31st March, a number of Mario games and products will be disappearing from store shelves in what can only be described as a baffling – and frustrating – decision from Nintendo. It's understandably rubbed some fans up the wrong way, and one YouTube duo has decided to express their feelings...

    • Random
    • Super Mario
  • News Tormented Souls Still Coming To Switch Despite Cancellation Of PS4 And Xbox One Versions

    Horror title is getting a physical release, too

    We received news back in August that Tormented Souls would come to Switch. Bringing us a survival horror game reminiscent of Resident Evil and Silent Hill,

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Subnautica: Below Zero Dives Onto Switch This May, Alongside The Original Game

    Both games are launching for Switch on May 14th

    We've known since last August that Subnautica and Subnautica: Below Zero are coming to Switch. After a recent ESRB rating last month, we suspected release date news was coming soon, and Ban

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Bandai Namco
  • Review Azur Lane: Crosswave - Great Anime-Style Design Sunk By Terrible Combat

    You sunk my busty battleship

    Azur Lane started life on mobile devices as a 2D blend of RPG mechanics and side-scrolling shooting. Its move over to console with Azur Lane: Crosswave brings with it some flashy 3D battle scenes, but the overall experience retains a similar structure and feel to its mobile counterpart. Fans of this type of game will...

    • Reviews
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Neurodeck Is Like 'Slay The Spire', But You're Battling Your Own Fears - And It's Coming To Switch Next Month

    What if you're afraid of cards? What then, eh?

    Anyone who's played Slay The Spire has probably spent the last few months wondering how to get another fix of deck-building roguelite monster-slaying, right? Neurodeck might have what it is you crave. Described as a "dark fantasy deck-builder" in which you fight your own phobias, nightmares, and fears,...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Indie
    • Mental Health
  • News Hot Wheels Unleashed Speeds Onto Nintendo Switch This September

    Check out the announcement trailer

    Following on from our previous story, Hot Wheels Unleashed has now been officially announced for Nintendo Switch. As expected, this action-packed arcade-style racer will be arriving later this year on 30th September. It's being handled by the developer Milestone (an Italian-based racing game specialist that has...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Hot Wheels
    • Mattel
  • Poll Bravely Default II Is Out Today On Switch, Are You Getting It?

    Another exclusive has arrived

    This week sees the release of the Nintendo Switch exclusive Bravely Default II. As usual, we thought we would run a poll to see how many within the Nintendo Life community are interested in picking it up. If this does happen to be your first time trying out this series, there's no need to worry. As previously noted,...

    • Poll
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Square Enix
  • News SNK's Guerrilla War Is This Week's Switch eShop Arcade Archives Release

    Out now

    As we near the end of February, this week's Arcade Archives release from Hamster is Guerrilla War. It's an SNK top-down "survival shooting" game dating back to 1987 (and following with a Famicom release in 1988) that requires you to take control of a rebel leader who must reclaim your country from a dictatorship. Along the way, you'll use...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Arcade Archives
  • News Nintendo Will Stop Repairing Original 3DS and 3DS XL Consoles Next Month Due To Parts Shortage

    New 3DS and 2DS models remain unaffected

    It's hard to believe that 10 years ago today, the Nintendo 3DS first launched in Japan. Bringing us glasses-free 3D hardware and an outstanding games library, we've still got plenty of love for it, but support has gradually eased up ever since the Switch launched. We've not seen a new first-party game since...

    • 3DS
  • News New Pokémon Snap Gets New Trailer, Photo Mode And Competitive Online Rankings Unveiled

    Zoom, apply filters, and post!

    While the new Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes and the open-world Pokémon Legends: Arceus have stolen all the headlines following today's Pokémon Presents showcase, April's New Pokémon Snap was also treated to an enjoyable new trailer. The video shows off plenty of new footage, including a look at the ways in

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News The Caligula Effect 2 Is Coming To The West This Year

    NIS America confirms RPG sequel will arrive this Fall

    Last week's Nintendo Direct brought many announcements, but several didn't make it to Western presentations. Alongside eBASEBALL and Crayon Shin-Chan, Japan's Direct also revealed The Caligula Effect 2, sequel to 2019 RPG

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Original Stitch's Pokémon Shirts Range Expands With New Ruby And Sapphire Collection

    Designer (Tor)chic

    Original Stitch and The Pokémon Company are teaming up once again for a whole new range in the 'Pokémon Shirts' lineup, this time with designs based on Pokémon's third generation of monsters. Launching just in time for Pokémon Day, the new line adds 34 patterns inspired by Pokémon that first appeared in Pokémon Ruby and...

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    • Merchandise
  • News Fortnite Adds Ripley and The Xenomorph From Alien To Its Crew

    Jonesy, meet Jonesy

    If the original Alien (or any one of its increasingly weird-bad sequels) made you hide behind the sofa in fear, or the creepy hide-and-seek game Alien: Isolation put you in genuine danger of having to change your trousers, then it's time to get your revenge. The Xenomorph - a villain so terrifying that most of the films focus on...

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    • Updates
    • Movies
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Wind Peaks Is A 'Where's Wally?' Style Game Headed To Switch Next Week

    Or Where's Waldo, for our NA chums

    Launching next week on Nintendo Switch is Wind Peaks, a 'searching' game that features gameplay in the style of the popular Where's Wally? books and visuals inspired by animated series Hilda and Gravity Falls. Wind Peaks tells the story of a group of scouts who find a map that guides them to a magical part of the...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases

Thursday25th Feb 2021

  • News Pokémon Sword And Shield Players Can Now Get A Singing Pikachu

    Update: Here's the code you need

    Update: As promised, a code has now been released which will let you get your hands on a special singing Pikachu in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Simply head to the Mystery Gift section of your in-game menu and input the following code before 25th March: P25MUS1C Enjoy! Original Article (Thu 11th Feb, 2021 16:00...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
  • News 'Pokémon Presents' Live Presentation Announced For Tomorrow, 26th February

    What will be revealed?

    Update: Watch the show live right here! Original Article (Thu 25th Feb, 2021 13:05 GMT): The Pokémon Company has revealed that it'll be airing the latest presentation in its Nintendo Direct-style Pokémon Presents series tomorrow, 26th February. It'll be streamed on YouTube at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm GMT / 4pm CET and will...

    • Pokemon
    • Pokemon Presents
  • News Animal Crossing: New Horizons Version 1.8.0 Is Now Available - Super Mario Items And More

    Download it today

    Nintendo has released its Super Mario update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This bumps the game up to version 1.8.0. It adds themed furniture and items, as well as additional seasonal content. The patch notes are not available yet, but when they are we'll update this post. One of the most exciting additions in this new...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Super Mario
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  • Review Bravely Default II - An Excellent Old-School JRPG That's Happy To Play It Safe

    A brave new world, or a throwback to an older one?

    Square Enix has always been one of the biggest names in the RPG genre, but it’s been interesting to see how the company has changed its design philosophies with the times. For example, its biggest franchise – Final Fantasy – has long since left behind its humble origins as a turn-based RPG and...

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    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Splatoon 2 Version 5.4.0 Is Now Live, Here Are The Full Patch Notes

    Weapon changes, fixes and more!

    Last week, Nintendo ended its Direct broadcast with the announcement of Splatoon 3. It's splashing onto the Switch in 2022. This doesn't necessarily mean it's done with Splatoon 2 just yet. As recently discovered, there's a new update for the second game and it's now available. This latest patch will bump your own...

    • Nintendo Switch
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  • Random This Unused DS Lite Feature Would've Effectively Turned The Console Into A Switch

    Nintendo may have been planning the hybrid concept for over a decade

    The Nintendo DS Lite was a necessary refinement back in 2006. Contributing to around 94 million of the DS family's 154 million sales, this slimline variant proved highly successful, but 15 years later, we didn't expect to still be finding out about unused features. Outlined by the...

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    • Retro
  • Japanese Charts Super Mario 3D World Stays Top As Switch Takes Entire Top Ten

    Another impressive week

    Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for the week ending 21st February, revealing that Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury has stayed on top for a second consecutive week. The game shifted another 97,955 physical copies during its second week on sale, keeping Momotaro Dentetsu – a title which had previously...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario
    • Charts
    • Japan
  • News Stay Calm, Everyone: Froggy Furniture Is Back In Sanrio's Collab With Animal Crossing

    New Sanrio-themed items to decorate your lily pad

    We knew that Sanrio goodies would be coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in March, alongside the Sanrio amiibo cards, and eagle-eyed readers may have even been able to identify the furniture pictured on each card. But now we can see how that furniture looks in-game - and there is finally some...

    • Updates
    • Animal Crossing
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  • News This "Cyberpunk" Battery Pack Might Be The Ultimate Companion For Your Nintendo Switch

    Available now on Kickstarter

    Portable power banks are a fact of life in 2021, because we all own smartphones, wireless headphones and other portable devices which are so power-hungry they need charging on an almost daily basis. Keeping this in mind, it takes something truly special to grab our attention, and the recently-Kickstarted Storm 2 does...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kickstarter
    • Accessories
    • Hardware
  • News Minecraft Dungeons' Flames Of The Nether DLC Pack Is Out Now

    Free update also available

    Update #2: The Flames of the Nether DLC for Minecraft Dungeons is now available. In addition to this paid content, there's also a free update included. In addition to this is a free pet and cape to celebrate 10 million players. Here are the full patch notes, courtesy of the official Minecraft website: 1.8.0.0 - February...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Updates
    • Minecraft Dungeons
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  • News Jet Set Radio's Legacy Lives On In This Official Trailer For Bomb Rush Cyberfunk

    Lines up with JSRF's 19th anniversary

    If you're a fan of the Sega series Jet Set Radio, one game you might want to be on the lookout for is Bomb Rush Cyberfunk. It's done by Team Reptile (the developer behind games like Lethal League and Lethal League Blaze) and features music in it by Hideki Naganuma - the guy who composed for Sega's Jet Set Radio...

    • Upcoming Releases
  • News It Looks Like A New Hot Wheels Game Is About To Be Unleashed On Switch

    "we got something going on under the hood"

    Earlier this month, an Xbox Store listing revealed a new Hot Wheels game was on the way. It's apparently coming to Microsoft's platform on 29th September under the name of Hot Wheels Unleashed. A new teaser from the official Hot Wheels Twitter account tagging the official Nintendo one seemingly confirms...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hot Wheels
  • News Nightdive Studios Adds Online Multiplayer To The Switch Version Of Turok 2

    Join the hunt today

    When a remaster of the N64 classic Turok 2: Seeds of Evil arrived on the eShop in 2019, multiplayer was nowhere in sight. At the time of release, developer Nightdive Studios said it was planning on continuing to support and update the title, as it did with all of its releases. It appears to have honored its word - with the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Updates
    • Turok
  • News Octopath Traveler Has Now Sold 2.5 Million Copies Worldwide

    Square Enix breaks the news a day before Bravely Default II's launch

    We're only a day away from Bravely Default II's launch, but Square Enix isn't turning a complete blind eye to Octopath Traveler just yet. Its success paved the way for the latest Bravely Default entry and now, Square Enix has confirmed Octopath Traveler reached 2.5 million copies...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Square Enix
  • Music Post Malone's Pokémon 25th Anniversary Song Goes Live Ahead Of This Weekend's Concert

    Virtual show kicks off this Saturday

    Ahead of this weekend's Pokémon Day Virtual Concert featuring Post Malone, the singer has released a brand new cover song that's available to stream right now. The track – a cover of Hootie and the Blowfish’s 1995 hit 'Only Wanna Be with You' – can be heard up above. The original record was last seen on...

    • Pokemon
    • Music
  • Soapbox Pokémon Diamond And Pearl's Greatest Contribution To The Series Was The Underground

    And sort of inventing Pokémon God

    There's a Pokémon Presents tomorrow - the Pokémon-flavoured version of a Nintendo Direct - and I should be feeling like a kid on Christmas, since the announcement of a remake for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl seems almost certain. But I feel more like a kid on someone else's birthday: wishing I could

    • Soapbox
    • Features
    • Pokemon
  • Random Everyone Has A "Cursed Pikachu" Plushie In Their Collection, And Every One Of Them Is Beautiful

    These off-brand Pikas just need a lot of love and maybe plastic surgery

    Ever since the birth of Pikachu back in 1996, the little yellow rabbit-mouse has become as much of a mascot of the Pokémon series as Kermit is for The Muppets, the fat cow is for Harvest Moon, and Missile is for Ace Attorney. It's Pikachu's recognisable form that makes it so...

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    • Pokemon
    • Merchandise
  • Nintendo Download 25th February (North America)

    Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection & Bravely Default II

    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: Bravely Default II...

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    • Nintendo Switch
    • North America
  • Nintendo Download 25th February (Europe)

    Bravely Default II! Persona 5 Strikers! Taxi Chaos!

    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: Baobabs Mausoleum...

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    • Nintendo Switch
    • Europe
  • News A Super Mario Lenticular Magnet Set Is The Latest MyNintendo Europe Reward

    North America gets Bravely Default II posters

    What a time to be alive. Following the rather dramatic saga of the Splatoon keyrings and the ongoing difficulty people are having in getting the Mario 35th Anniversary pins, it's MyNintendo's game to lose - all they have to do is keep giving us things we actually want, rather than, you know, phone...

    • My Nintendo
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    • Merchandise
    • Europe
  • News This Insight Into The Localisation Of Story Of Seasons: Pioneers Of Olive Town Is Fascinating

    How do you solve a problem like a pun name

    The newest Story of Seasons game is already out in Japan, so we're starting to get more information trickling down to us as we wait another month for the western release. A new trailer premiered today, with an English voiceover talking about a year in the life of a farmer, and players have even discovered...

    • Harvest Moon
    • Story of Seasons
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Samurai Warriors 5 Scores Switch Release Date, Special Editions And New Trailer

    It'll feature 27 playable characters

    Fresh from its appearance during last week's Nintendo Direct presentation, Samurai Warriors 5 has now received a proper release date on Switch. You'll be able to get your hands on Koei Tecmo's latest '1 vs. 1,000' tactical action title on 27th July – that date's locked in for Europe, with North America still...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Video Check Out This Exclusive Sneak Peek From Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story

    Ahead of next week's launch

    Crackle's new five-part documentary series Playing with Power: The Nintendo Story is only days away from release. Exploring Nintendo's early origins to the modern-day, Crackle released a first look trailer last Friday and now, Nintendo Life has been given access to an

    • Video
    • Nintendo
    • Industry
  • News Devolver Digital Is Throwing Boomerang X Onto Switch This Spring

    Giving Ty a run for his money

    Devolver Digital has brought some fantastic indie experiences to Switch over the years. Publishing acclaimed hits like GRIS, that streak look set to Carrion (I'm not sorry) into 2021. Alongside Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout and Card Shark, it has just announced Boome

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Psychological Horror Returns To Switch With In Sound Mind Later This Year

    Insane in the Brain

    We've got some strong competition between horror games on Switch, and that doesn't look set to ease up in 2021. Having previously been announced for next-gen platforms and PC, Modus Games has confirmed that upcoming psychological horror In Sound Mind is also coming to Switch. Modus has issued this overview: From the creators...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Foreclosed Looks Like A Cyberpunk Comic Book Game, And It Comes To Switch This Summer

    Hack in to the mainframe

    Foreclosed manages to hit a bunch of cyberpunk buzzword beats in its one-minute trailer: "jacking in", "blockchain", guns that respond to your ID, and "a system where you're in debt before you're even born". Sounding a lot like The Matrix, and looking a bit like a neon Alan Moore graphic novel, Foreclosed is a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases

Wednesday24th Feb 2021

  • News Did The Official Pokémon Twitter Account Just Tease A Diamond And Pearl Return?

    "Let's go, Sinnoh!"

    This weekend, on 27th February, the Pokémon series celebrates 25 years since the launch of the original Game Boy titles. There have already been rumours floating about and now the official Pokémon Twitter account seems to be joining in on the fun. It's currently doing a countdown featuring different generations of pocket...

    • Rumour
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • DS
  • Hardware Review Despite The Delays And Drama, Polymega Is The Ultimate All-In-One Retro Machine

    Now updated with impressions of the final retail firmware

    This review was originally published on August 11th 2020 and has been updated to factor in our impressions of the SNES, Mega Drive and TG-16 Element Modules, as well as their respective controllers. This review now also takes into account the final retail firmware for the Polymega system...

    • Features
    • Hardware Review
    • Polymega
    • Retro
  • Feature We Worked Out The Best Zelda Game Once And For All, Using Maths

    ...and it took a really long time

    We could argue all day about which Zelda is technically the best. In fact, we often do, especially with the 35th Anniversary of the series this year. But no matter how many times we yell at each other that Majora's Mask is better than Ocarina of Time, or that Oracle of Ages and Seasons a

    • Features
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  • News The First Review For Bravely Default II Is Now In

    It's out on Friday, but is it worth your time?

    The very first review of Bravely Default II – Square Enix's new RPG launching on Switch this Friday – has now arrived courtesy of Japanese publication, Famitsu. Famitsu's scoring system has four different reviewers rate the game out of ten; in this case, the magazine's team all awarded the title a...

    • Nintendo Switch
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  • News Nintendo Gives Us A Look At The Switch Box Art For Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

    Featuring Link, Ghirahim and Fi

    There's been a lot of information shared about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD since its big reveal last week, but one thing you might have seen just yet is the game's Switch box art. Nintendo of America's Twitter account has now shown off a North American copy of the game, showcasing the key visual which...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo
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  • News Nintendo Wants To Know What You Think About The Demo For Square Enix's New Tactical RPG

    Go on, tell 'em

    One of the many games revealed during last week's Nintendo Direct was Project Triangle Strategy. It's a turn-based tactical RPG by Square Enix, which is expected to launch exclusively on the Nintendo Switch in 2022. It's already drawn comparisons to games like

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    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo
    • Square Enix
    • Demo
  • News Star Wars: Republic Commando Is Landing On Switch This April

    I have a good feeling about this

    Aspyr Media has made a name for itself lately with Star Wars fans. Having previously released Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Episode 1: Racer on Switch,

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Star Wars
  • Review Capcom Arcade Stadium - A Rich Tour Through The Coin-Op History Of A True Legend

    Keep your loose change

    Even if you harbour a deep and sincere love for classic gaming, it can sometimes be tricky to muster a bounty of enthusiasm when a new retro gaming compilation lands. Over time we have perhaps become spoiled by an abundance of access to the mainstream of the video game form’s past. Iconic outfits such as Sega and Capcom have...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • Review Curse of the Dead Gods - Fans Of Hades Will Find Lots To Like Here

    Nietszche and tidy

    Sometimes a game comes along that changes the way people look at an existing genre. And then another game comes along and copies it. Curse of the Dead Gods takes enormous inspiration from Supergiant's smash hit rogue-lite Hades. And, we have to say, there are far worse games to draw from – lest we forget, Hades got a coveted...

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    • Switch eShop
  • News Nintendo Highlights "Promising" 2021 Indie Game Release Calendar

    Update: Gnosia's release date gets a tweak

    Update: Nintendo of America has issued a correction, stating that the previously mentioned February release window for Gnosia was a mistake. The game will instead launch in March. A new, updated version of the Indie World newsletter can be found here. We've updated the information in our original article...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Niantic Has Issued AntiCheat Punishments To 5 Million Players Since 2020, Including Pokémon Go Users

    One million players have received permanent bans

    We've witnessed increased efforts lately to stop Pokémon cheaters. After The Pokémon Company announced efforts to crack down on those using "altered data" in Pokémon Sword and Shield and

    • Pokemon
    • Pokemon Go
    • Mobile
  • News Rare's Cancelled N64 Project Dinosaur Planet Originally Starred The "Cute Tiger" From Diddy Kong Racing

    "believe it or not"

    Last weekend, Rare's cancelled Nintendo 64 project Dinosaur Planet was leaked online. It surprised many, including Kevin Bayliss - a former Rare employee who now works at Playtonic Games. With all the memories flooding back, in his words over on VGC, Kev has now revealed how the original star of the game was actually intended to...

    • Nintendo 64
    • Rare
    • Nintendo
    • Dinosaur Planet
  • News Hori Is Launching A New Monster Hunter Rise Split Pad Pro Controller For Switch

    Pre-orders now open from Amazon Japan

    Accessory maker Hori has announced that it'll soon be launching a brand new edition of its popular Split Pad Pro controller for Nintendo Switch, and this time the design's based on none other than Monster Hunter Rise. A decent alternative for those who find Nintendo's regular Joy-Con to be a little too small...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Monster Hunter
    • Hori
    • Accessories
  • Random Researchers Visualise How Mario, Luigi, And Dr Eggman Would Look If They'd Actually Aged

    Mario and Luigi look ready to claim their plumber pensions

    Last year was Mario's 35th birthday, and this year is Link's 35th, yet they still look as young and vibrant as ever. Well, sure, Mario still looks like a plumber who enjoys spaghetti a little too much, but Link's most recent reincarnation in Breath of the Wild emerged from a 100-year sleep...

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    • Tomb Raider
    • Random
  • News Save Up to 88% As CFK Announces Publisher Sale On Switch

    From NEKOPARA to Wonder Boy

    There's been no end of deals on the Switch eShop lately, so we're not surprised another publisher is launching its own promotion. CFK is the latest to do so, best known on Switch for publishing visual novel series NEKOPARA and Wonder Boy Returns Remix. Running until March 10th across Europe and North America, you can...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Sales
  • News Here's Your First Look At Stardew Valley's Charming Board Game, Out Today

    Now shipping to the US, more countries to follow

    Today sees the launch of a board game adaptation of Stardew Valley, the fan-favourite farming sim which has taken the indie world by storm over the last few years. A reveal trailer (up above) gives us our first taste of the game's look, while an official website offers a little more detail. The game...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Board Games
  • News Zavvi Details Exclusive Pokémon 25th Anniversary Range Launching This Weekend

    Including high tops and a special collector's box

    UK retailer Zavvi has lifted the lid on its upcoming Pokémon 25th Anniversary collection, an exclusive set of limited edition items launching this weekend. The range is set to include an official collector's box, a mini clothing line consisting of three Pikachu garments, and a Pikachu high-top...

    • Pokemon
    • Merchandise
  • News New Switch Platformer Stitchy in Tooki Trouble Gives Off Strong Donkey Kong Country Vibes

    Inspired by DK and Crash Bandicoot!

    A brand new side-scrolling platformer titled Stitchy in Tooki Trouble has been announced for Nintendo Switch, and it looks like Donkey Kong fans will feel immediately at home. The game has you running, jumping, sliding, and gliding as Stitchy, a scarecrow who's tasked with saving every last piece of stolen corn...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Sakurai To Host Pyra/Mythra Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Presentation Next Week

    Release date will be revealed

    Nintendo has announced that a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation will air early next month, focusing on the newly-announced fighter, Xenoblade Chronicles 2's Pyra and Mythra. As is usually the case, the presentation will be hosted by series director Masahiro Sakurai. It'll take place on 4th March (2pm GMT /...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Smash Bros
  • News Bravely Default II Spirits Are Being Added To Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Get them while you can

    There's a lot of stuff happening in the world Nintendo at the moment. Anniversaries, in particular, seem to be grabbing all the attention, but there are a few other things you should probably be on the lookout for. One game arriving later this week, for example, is the Nintendo Switch exclusive Bravely Default II. It's...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Smash Bros
  • News First 4 Figures Reveals Metroid "Samus Helmet" Statue

    Regrettably, it isn't wearable

    First 4 Figures is no stranger to Metroid. Starting with the Metroid Prime Gunship nearly 11 years ago, it showcased a Varia Suit Samus statue last October and, following on from this, we've now seen its l

    • Metroid
    • Merchandise
    • First 4 Figures
  • Random Seriously, You Have To Witness This Funk-Tastic Mii Channel Jam Session

    It's getting funky in here

    You may have come across Alex Moukala previously. Working as a composer, musician and YouTuber, Alex has developed a significant fanbase with his takes on gaming OSTs. Between reacting to Octopath Traveler and making Kirby music sound like One-Winged Angel, he recently took aim at the Mii Channel t

    • Random
    • Wii
    • Music
  • Video Astral Ascent Announces Upcoming Kickstarter With Kick-Ass Trailer

    For people who prize promisingly pixel-perfect pugnacity

    It's hard to say exactly when the pixel art renaissance happened. Perhaps it never quite went away. Nevertheless, it continues with the gorgeous-looking roguelite Astral Ascent, from the makers of the Dark Souls-like Dark Devotion. Similar to its predecessor, Astral Ascent is presented in a...

    • Upcoming Releases
    • Indie
    • Kickstarter

Tuesday23rd Feb 2021

  • Random Nintendo Has A Problem With Its Switch Joy-Con, And We're Not Talking About Drift

    Rouge one

    Over the years since the Nintendo Switch launched, we have seen a large variety of Joy-Con controller variations. With so many colours on the market, you should be able to find a Joy-Con to express your own individual personality. However, IGN bigwig Peer Schneider has noticed a glaring problem – and no, it's nothing to do with drifting...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Feature The Making Of Star Fox Adventures, The Game That Was Once Dinosaur Planet

    An exclusive behind the scenes look at one of Rare’s most maligned outings

    Last week, we got the news that a playable version of Dinosaur Planet had leaked onto the web, giving us a hands-on look at the game which eventually became Star Fox Adventures on the GameCube. Therefore, we thought you might like to revisit this piece from 2012, in which

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    • The Making Of
    • Retro
    • Star Fox
  • News Sonic The Hedgehog Voice Actor Says It Was His Decision To Call It A Day

    "it’s time to be done"

    At the end of January, Sonic the Hedgehog's voice actor, Roger Craig Smith, announced his departure from the role. At the time, it was suspected some big changes were going on behind the scenes at Sega ahead of Sonic's 30th-anniversary celebrations. While this may still be the case, the voice actor says it was his decision...

    • Sonic
    • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • Sega
  • News Tony Hawk Has Heard About Crash 4 Coming To New Platforms, Wants His Own Game To Follow

    Is it time to make the Switch?

    Earlier this month, Activision announced Crash Bandicoot 4 would be coming to the Nintendo Switch this March. As exciting as it was, it also had many fans speculating what else Activision could potentially bring to the Switch in the future. One other game that's been requested time and time again, is last year's...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo
  • News Expect To Hear More About Zelda's 35th Anniversary This Summer, Says Industry Insider

    Focus will supposedly be on Skyward Sword HD until July

    Last week marked Zelda's 35th anniversary and apart from the reveal of Skyward Sword HD and some themed Joy-Con, in terms of full games, there's been nothing else announced. It's left a lot of fans wondering what's going on - with many celebrating the big occasion by themselves. So, what is...

    • The Legend of Zelda
    • Zelda
    • Nintendo
  • News Hades Gets Physical Release, Plus Soundtrack Download And Art Book, Available To Pre-Order Now

    Please don't lick the Zagreus game card

    Update: 23rd Feb 2021 - UK pre-orders are open now. Well, we were hoping for Zagreus in Smash, but we can settle for Zagreus on our shelf instead. The GOTY of many, Hades, is getting a physical release, which comes with a download code for the fantastic Darren Korb soundtrack and a big book of game art...

    • Physical Releases
    • Indie
    • Nintendo Direct
  • News Epic Games To Compensate Fortnite And Rocket League Loot Box Buyers Following Class Action Lawsuit

    With $26.5m ready for extra claims

    After reaching a settlement following a class-action lawsuit in connection with random loot boxes, Epic Games has revealed that it will be awarding in-game currency to affected players of both Fortnite and Rocket League. According to details on a settlement website for the case, the lawsuit alleges that "Epic...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Epic Games
    • Legal
  • Review Taxi Chaos - A Crazy Taxi Spiritual Successor That Fails To Go The Extra Mile

    Ticket to ride?

    It’s been a minute since we last got a proper, honest-to-God taxi driving game. Putting aside a couple of questionable mobile spin-offs, Sega’s own Crazy Taxi series has remained dormant for more than a decade. Since then, of course, even the word ‘taxi’ has largely been relegated from the English language for the far less...

    • Reviews
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Sega Denies It Has Anything To Do With Crazy Taxi Clone Taxi Chaos

    "We are currently investigating this situation"

    Back in December, Taxi Chaos was announced for a wide range of systems, including the Switch. Clearly inspired by Sega's legendary Crazy Taxi, the game involves picking up passengers and dropping them at various locations around a sprawling city, with the aim to do so in the fastest time possible so...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sega
  • News Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Confirmed For 2021 Switch Release

    Launching on Switch after other platforms

    Following a not-so-subtle tease yesterday, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 has now been officially revealed for Nintendo Switch. The game, a remaster of both Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, will launch on Nintendo's system at some point in 2021 following a newly announced March release for...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Random Talented Hacker Bumps The Frame Rate Of SNES Race Drivin' From 4fps To 30

    A significantly improved experience

    Race Drivin' is considered an arcade classic in some quarters, which made its SNES port extremely disappointing back in 1992. Offering a meagre 4 frames-per-second, that edition was widely slated, but now, one software engineer has reverse-engineered it to run at a significantly enhanced 30fps. This comes from...

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    • Retro
  • Gallery Sakurai Shares Some New Screenshots Of The Next Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Fighters

    Arriving next month

    To kick off last week's Direct presentation, Nintendo revealed Pyra and Mythra as the latest fighters for Smash Bros. Ultimate. If this first-look trailer wasn't already enough, the game's director Masahiro Sakurai has been uploading photos of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 duo, along with Rex. This includes a shot recreating a...

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    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Smash Bros
    • DLC
  • News New Story Of Seasons Interview Reveals New Secrets Ahead Of Next Month's Release Date

    Read all about puddles, sprinklers, and the Witch Princess

    Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town will come to the Switch in Japan this Thursday, the 25th February, but for the western world, we won't get our hands on it until the 23rd March. We will, of course, be covering the Japanese reception here on Nintendo Life, but until we can play it for...

    • Harvest Moon
    • Story of Seasons
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Analogue Explains How It's Going To Deal With Scalping Amid Concerns Over Pocket Pre-Orders

    "We have taken careful action to address bots"

    Thanks to the current pandemic, more of us are relying on online retailers than ever, and whilst we can't always use traditional retailers, scalping has gotten worse. Between recent drama surrounding the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S launches,

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    • Game Boy
    • Scalpers
  • News Footage Of The Cancelled Nintendo DS Game Black & White Surfaces Online

    Presenting Black & White Creatures

    Following on from the surprise leak of Dinosaur Planet last weekend, footage of the cancelled Nintendo DS project Black & White has now surfaced online. If the name doesn't ring a bell, this is a handheld entry of the god video game series created by the famous video game designer Peter Molyneux (Populous,...

    • Nintendo DS
    • DS
    • Electronic Arts
    • Lionhead Studios
  • Random Neat Bowser's Fury Trick Lets You Farm Coins For Quick Power-Ups

    Try this at home

    Have you found the time to get stuck into Bowser's Fury yet, the new mode that comes included in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury? Well, if you've been struggling to make progress or if you're still yet to jump in, this nice little trick should help you to be as powerful as can be. Brought to our attention by @MarioBrothBlog...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario
    • Random
  • News Diamond Variant Charmander And Vaporeon Funko Pops Confirmed For Emerald City Comic-Con

    All that glitters isn't gold

    It wasn't long ago we received news that Funko is expanding its range of Gen 1 Pokémon. Including a Metallic Silver Bulbasaur, those are due to arrive later this year but, in the meantime, Funko has just announced two exclusive new variants for Charmander and Vaporeon. Calling them "Diamond Variants", the

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    • Funko
    • Merchandise
  • News RetroMania Wrestling Will "Likely" Be Delayed On Switch Due To Certification Hold-Up

    "We do not expect the delay to be more than two weeks"

    After several disappointing wrestling games on Switch, we're looking forward to RetroMania Wrestling. An official sequel to 1991 arcade title WWF Wrestlefest, it was

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
  • News We Might See A Female Slayer In A Future DOOM Game

    "I think if we did it, I’d want it to be lethal"

    A still from 2019's direct-to-video Doom: Annihilation, which is the closest we've gotten to a female Slayer so far Demon-slaying in DOOM has always been something of a man's game, but id Software’s Hugo Martin has revealed that the team behind the series has been discussing bringing a female...

    • DOOM
    • Switch eShop
  • News Horned Knight Brings Challenging 2D Platforming To Switch This Week

    Out on Friday with a 20% discount!

    Launching later this week on Nintendo Switch is Horned Knight, a "challenging" 2D action-platformer from 2Awesome Studio – the team behind games like Lost Wing, Dimension Drive, and BFF or Die. It's out on PlayS

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Reminder Persona 5 Strikers Launches Today On Nintendo Switch

    Here's the launch trailer

    Just in case it had slipped your mind, here's a friendly reminder that Persona 5 Strikers is available starting today on Nintendo Switch. Featuring a deep story campaign and an exciting hybrid battle system, Persona 5 Strikers has been available to those who purchased the Digital Deluxe edition for several days now. Today...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Persona
  • News The Outer Worlds' Second Expansion "Murder on Eridanos" Confirmed For Switch

    Halcyon Helen's final adventure is going portable

    The Outer Worlds has slowly been making its way to Switch. Launched nearly a year after rival platforms, its first DLC expansion, Peril of Gorgon, arrived in a similarly timely fashion two weeks ago. Now we know that the second expansion, Murder on Eridanos, is also coming to Switch. We don't know...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • DLC
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News "Cute And Creepy" Storybook Adventure Beacon Pines Smashes Switch Kickstarter Goal

    Stretch goals become the next target

    Beacon Pines, a "cute and creepy" storybook adventure that we reported on earlier this month, has now flown past its initial Kickstarter goal to land a release on Switch. At the time of writing, the project has earned over $48,500 from backers, comfortably outdoing its target of $30,000 with ten days still left...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Kickstarter

Monday22nd Feb 2021

  • Guide Where To Pre-Order The Limited Edition Zelda: Skyward Sword Joy-Cons

    Sword and shield

    If you are anything like us, you are looking forward to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD landing on the Nintendo Switch in July. This would be exciting enough on its own, but coupled with this launch are some delightful new Joy-Con which will make you feel much more at home with the action. With The Legend of Zelda Skyward...

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    • Gallery
    • Joy-Con
    • Zelda
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Rumour 'Switch Pro' Console Still Aiming For 2021 Launch, According To Known Insider

    "I'm confident it gets announced this year"

    The Nintendo Switch – Mario Red & Blue Edition console that launched earlier this month. Despite the fact that Nintendo has insisted it won't be announcing a new Switch model "any time soon," rumours continue to suggest that an upgraded '

    • Rumour
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch Pro
  • News Nintendo Ignored Zelda's 35th Anniversary This Weekend, But Fans Are Celebrating In Style

    Not even a quick social media mention

    Yesterday, 21st February, marked the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, the very first game in one of the industry's most successful, popular, and important series. Despite heavily celebrating Mario's 35th last year with remastered games, merchandise, and more, Nintendo has been surprisingly quiet on the...

    • Legend of Zelda
    • Anniversaries
  • News Study Suggests Nintendo Switch Is The Most Eco-Friendly Console On The Market

    All thrills, cheap bills

    If you're in the market for a new games console that won't cost the Earth to run, it would appear that a shiny new Nintendo Switch could just be your best bet According to a new survey by NerdWallet, the Switch has been declared the most eco-friendly system of the current generation of consoles. According to the study's...

    • Nintendo Switch
  • Random Oh No, Soulja Boy's Making A Video Game Console Again

    It's 2018 all over again

    As if the previous Soulja Boy games console fiasco wasn't enough back in 2018, the American rapper has announced that, once again, he's planning on launching his very own video game console. As you might recall, Soulja Boy initially attempted to sell rebranded Chinese games consoles running unlicensed ROMs – and then a...

    • Random
    • Hardware
    • Soulja Boy
  • News Some Of Toaplan's Best Console Shooters Are Back In Physical Form, And They Look Amazing

    Update: We go hands-on

    Update #2: We were lucky enough to get a pre-release sample of Retro-Bit's gorgeous Toaplan collection, and we have to say, it's pretty impressive stuff. Not only does this collection come with proper packaging – including instructions and reversible sleeve artwork – it also features neat little extras like stickers and a...

    • Retro
    • Sega
    • Toaplan
    • Retro-Bit
  • News Try Not To Be Jealous, But Japan Is Getting An Exclusive Physical Edition Of Legend Of Mana

    Square Enix's latest remaster launches on June 24th

    When it comes to their remasters, Square Enix hasn't give them much physical love on Switch. Final Fantasy VII/VIII was an exception, but SaGA Frontier and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles' are currently digital-only. Unless you plan on importing this new collector's

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Square Enix
  • Guide Where To Pre-Order Bravely Default II

    Buy bravely by default

    On its way to a Nintendo Switch near you on Friday 26th February 2021, the follow-up to Bravely Default and Bravely Second on 3DS is fast incoming and pre-orders for Square Enix's Bravely Default II are now live, with some goodies available alongside the game for anyone brave enough to put money down early for this latest...

    • Guides
    • Bravely Default
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Sells Out In Japan Following Pyra and Mythra's Smash Announcement

    Everyone wants to know the Xenoblade lore, of course

    Could Xenoblade Chronicles 2 finally be getting the hype it deserves? With just over 2 million sales worldwide since its 2017 release - take Breath of the Wild's 23 million sales as a comparison - it's still the best-selling Xenoblade game by about half a million. Following the announcement that

    • Smash Bros.
    • Xenoblade
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Game Devs From Riot To Xbox Spoke About Their Love For Zelda, And How It Influenced Them

    Huh, we didn't realise Zelda was so popular

    In celebration of Zelda's 35th anniversary, journalist Imran Khan spoke to 18 different game developers across the industry for Inverse, including members of Riot Games, Capy, and Phil Spencer himself, the head of Microsoft's Gaming division and the face of Xbox. Although Spencer's quote was a little dry,...

    • Industry
    • Zelda
    • Anniversaries
    • The Legend of Zelda
  • UK Charts Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Fends Off FIFA To Stay Top For A Second Week

    Animal Crossing drops to fourth

    UK physical chart data is now in for the week ending 20th February, revealing that Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury has managed to stay on top for a second consecutive week. The new Switch release continues to fend off the likes of FIFA 21 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with Nintendo's console accounting for half of...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario
    • Charts
    • UK
  • News Momotaro Dentetsu's 11-Week Run Atop The Japanese Charts Sets A 20-Year Record

    Money train

    You might not be familiar with Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! outside of the Japanese game charts. Having never been localised for Western release, this board-game style series is comparable to Monopoly or Fortune Street, seeing players attempt to become successful entrepreneurs. Initially produced by Hudson Soft,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Japan
  • News Kill It With Fire Lets You Murder Spiders With Excessive Force On Switch Next Month

    Not arachnophobic, just don't like 'em

    More people are more creeped-out by spiders than they'd ever admit, but some are merciful and release them outside when spotted. Others take a more bloodthirsty approach, using whatever's nearby to smit those eight-legged freaks. It's a rough deal for the species, and Casey Donnellan Games is tapping into our...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News 3D Platformer Mail Mole Burrows Onto Switch Next Month

    No relation to Monty Mole, however

    There's no lack of choice when it comes to 3D platformers on Switch. Home to some excellent games, Mail Mole's got strong competition ahead of it next month. Previously announced for

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News This Wii Sports Glitch Lets You Golf From Out-Of-Bounds Locations

    Wii love to see it

    We didn't think we'd be writing about new Wii Sports discoveries in 2021, but even the oldest games retain dedicated communities. After unseen E3 2006 footage came to light several weeks back, a new Wii Sports Golf glitch has just been discovered. Found on February 18th, this was uploaded by YouTube account

    • Wii
    • Wii Sports

Sunday21st Feb 2021

  • Feature Best Zelda Games Of All Time

    All the Zelda games ranked

    The Legend of Zelda series turns 35 today, so we thought you might like to read our rundown of the best games in this iconic franchise. What are the best Zelda games? Following several decades of adventures across Nintendo consoles, ranking The Legend of Zelda series is one heck of an undertaking. Bar a couple of...

    • Features
    • Guides
    • The Legend of Zelda
    • Zelda
    • All Time
  • Guide Every Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controller

    The Joy of Joy-Con

    One of the most wonderful things about the Nintendo Switch is the modular design, which allows you to remove your old boring Joy-Con controllers and slide in some new colourful ones to show the world how individual you are. There's quite a variety of different colours of Joy-Con available now (there are now over 250 possible...

    • Guides
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Joy-Con
    • Features
    • Accessories
  • News Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Tops "Best Seller" Chart On Amazon

    Will take flight on July 16th

    Update [Mon 22nd Feb, 2021 22:45 GMT]: If you want a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD from Amazon, you can pre-order the game now for $59.99. Nintendo's website is also taking digital pre-orders for the same price. Original article [Sun 21st Feb, 2021 03:25 GMT]: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Zelda
  • Feature 8 NES Games That Were Better On Famicom Disk System

    Saves + Synth > Passwords

    The Famicom Disk System (or the Family Computer Disk System to give its full title) released in Japan — and Japan only — on 21st February 1986. This Famicom add-on came with a wave of new games on bespoke Nintendo-branded floppy discs which had several advantages over cartridges at the time, plus one or two drawbacks...

    • Features
    • Retro
    • Famicom
    • NES
  • News SNK's First Season Pass 3 Fighter For Samurai Shodown Arrives This March

    And a Guilty Gear character will fill the fourth slot

    Update #2 [Sun 21st Feb, 2021 14:30 GMT]: SNK has now locked in a release date for Cham Cham. This fighter will be arriving in Samurai Shodown on 16th March as part of Season Pass 3. See her in action in the trailer above. In addition to this, it's also been revealed the fourth Season Pass 3...

    • SNK
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Samurai Shodown
    • Guilty Gear
    • King of Fighters
  • Review Haven - It Takes Two To Fully Enjoy This Space-Age Love Story

    Huggin' and a-kissin', dancin' and a-lovin'

    Although it's not about the pandemic (and it's been in development for much longer than we've all been trapped inside), Haven is a game that came at exactly the right time, because its message is all about two lovers, alone together for the foreseeable future. Having escaped the Aviary – a futuristic...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • Feature The Legend Of Zelda Is The Robinson Crusoe Of Video Games

    We start our 35th anniversary feature series at the beginning... and the end?

    To celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, we're running a series of features looking at a specific aspect — a theme, character, mechanic, location, memory or something else entirely — from each of the mainline Zelda games. Today, Alan looks back at the...

    • Legend of Zelda
    • Retro
    • NES
    • Zelda 35th Anniversary
    • Nintendo
  • PSA Turn Off The Music In Rock N Roll Racing If You Stream The Blizzard Arcade Collection Online

    Licensed soundtrack "not cleared for streaming"

    During BlizzCon Online this weekend, Blizzard announced (and released) a three-in-one retro selection comprised of The Lost Vikings, Rock N Roll Racing and Blackthorne. Just days after the launch of the Blizzard Arcade Collection, Blizzard's Adam Fletcher has issued a warning about streaming Rock N...

    • PSA
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Blizzard
  • News Zelda Remake Specialist Grezzo Appears To Have Helped Out With Miitopia's Nintendo Switch Port

    It's in safe hands

    A week after discovering Japanese video game developer Grezzo was hiring for a new project, Nintendo's UK website has seemingly revealed the same company is behind the slightly enhanced Miitopia port for Switch. This does not appear to be the same "Medieval" And "Stylish" project the company was referring to in its recent callout...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Grezzo
    • Nintendo
  • Review Thomas Was Alone - An Ageing Indie Hit That Still Has Something To Say

    Be there or be one of several different rectangles

    More than 10 years after its inception as a Flash game, Thomas Was Alone is now so much more than the puzzley, story-driven platformer it appears to be. It is an artefact of an interesting time in the progress of indie games; a time when lo-fi, hi-concept darlings made Twitter swoon week-to-week...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News Arika Announces Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash For Nintendo Switch

    Prepare to fight this year

    Japanese video game developer and publisher Arika has announced it'll be releasing Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash on the Nintendo Switch in 2021. The original version of this title was first released on the PlayStation 4 in 2018 and since then has been ported across to multiple other devices. It's considered to be a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News No More Heroes For Switch Has Been Updated To Version 1.1.1, Restores "Missing" Music Track

    "The K-entertainment music is back"

    No More Heroes made a surprise return last year, allowing Switch owners to take control of Travis Touchdown and his beam katana with their Joy-Con. If you've not got around to finishing this one just yet, now might be the time to return. According to Engine Software (the team that helped port the game across to...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Patch
  • News Two Of Capcom's Legendary Street Fighters Drop Into Fortnite

    Available now

    We've seen Ryu and his buddies from the Street Fighter series in plenty of fighting games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the SNK titles over the years, but this latest crossover is slightly different. Instead of another fighting game, this time he'll be transported into the world of Fortnite alongside Chun-Li. To celebrat

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Fortnite
    • Street Fighter
    • Capcom