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  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (September 19th)

    Here are our picks, but what are yours?

    What a busy week we've had! With a Nintendo Direct, our very own Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight presentation, and plenty of exciting goings-on in the world of Nintendo, we're all feeling pretty exhausted. What better time, then, to sit back and chat about what we'll be playing over the w

    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
    • What Are You Playing
    • Features
  • News DOOM Eternal Switch Release Still Happening, id Software Says It's "Very Close"

    Hell, it's about time

    DOOM Eternal was released in March on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC - so what's going on with the Switch release? In a recent interview with Digital Foundry's John Linneman during PAX x EGX, id Software's Marty Stratton provided gave Nintendo fans with a long-awaited update. Here's exactly what he had to say: "I wish I...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • DOOM Eternal
    • id Software
    • Bethesda
  • News Yes, Monster Hunter Rise Is Running On Capcom's RE Engine

    Could we see more games like this in the future?

    Earlier this week, during Nintendo's latest Partner Direct, Capcom announced Monster Hunter Rise for Switch. If you've been wondering why this entry looks so next-gen, it's because it's running on Capcom's propriety RE Engine. This information was revealed by the company in a press release on its...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Capcom
    • Monster Hunter

YesterdayFri, 18th Sep 2020

  • Random Super Mario 3D All-Stars' Cartridge Is Rubbing People Up The Wrong Way

    To ESRB, or not to ESRB

    Super Mario 3D All-Stars is out today and as we said in our review, it's a ruddy good time and well worth picking up. But it seems that not everyone is happy, at least when it comes to the limited edition physical release of the game in North America. Daniel Ahmad, Senior Analyst at Niko Partners, has posted a comparison...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario
    • Random
  • News The Day-One Update For Super Mario 3D All-Stars Is Now Live (Version 1.0.1)

    Here are the full patch notes

    Update (Fri 18th Sep, 2020 01:15 BST): The first update for Super Mario 3D All-Stars has arrived. As expected, Version 1.0.1 contains a few fixes and adjustments. One sorts out the display when playing co-star mode in Super Mario Galaxy and the other fixes "some issues" to make the experience more comfortable but...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Update
  • News Is Your Copy Of Super Mario 3D All-Stars Crashing? That's Because You've Got A Modded Switch

    Naughty naughty

    Super Mario 3D All-Stars launches today, but, as is often the case in the world of video games, some people got access to it early thanks to kindly retailers shipping them out so they arrived yesterday. However, a lot of people also gained access to the title by somewhat shadier means, thanks to the fact that it leaked on the net a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario
    • Hacking
  • News Super Mario 3D All-Stars Buyers Left Upset At Amazon UK's Sneaky Pre-Order Tactics

    Tut tut

    Update: It appears Amazon UK have now processed £5 refunds for those affected by this and all is well again. Phew. Original Article: Super Mario 3D All-Stars is finally out and about in the wild, but no matter how enjoyable this compilation of classics may be, some poor fans have been left feeling a little deflated. Retail behemoth Amazon...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario
  • Rumour Spider-Man Actor Wanted By Netflix For Possible Legend Of Zelda Movie And TV Show

    No, not Toby Maguire

    Tom Holland, if you're reading this - we're all huge fans of your work. We particularly enjoyed your 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming. Right, now that's out of the way, there's a new rumour doing the rounds that Netflix wants to cast the Marvel superstar as Link in a possible Legend of Zelda "movie" and/or "TV show". This is...

    • Rumour
    • Netflix
    • The Legend of Zelda
  • Nintendo Download 17th September (Europe)

    Mario! Ori! Fight Crab! Hades!

    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 - New Releases: Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo, 18th Sep) -...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Europe
  • Poll Super Mario 3D All-Stars Is Out Today On Switch, Are You Getting It?

    And has its limited availability impacted your decision?

    As regular readers will know, we've recently started publishing launch day polls for Nintendo's big releases, all in the hopes of seeing just how popular each title is amongst our community. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is out today, and this one is perhaps the most intriguing release of our...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario
    • Polls
  • Gallery Nintendo Recreates Classic 3D Mario Moments In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Mario memories Smash-style

    Super Mario 3D All-Stars is out today on Switch, and while some unlucky fans are feeling upset over pre-order problems and wonky-looking cartridges, Nintendo's busy building up the hype in every way possible. The company has shared a sweet selection of screenshots from

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario
  • Video Digital Foundry's Technical Analysis Of Super Mario 3D All-Stars

    "Remaster, emulation... or both?"

    Super Mario 3D All-Stars is now available on the Nintendo Switch and there's even a day-one update to go with it. If you're still on the fence and are curious to know more about the anniversary collection from a technical standpoint, it might be worth watching Digital Foundry's analysis of the collection in the...

    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Digital Foundry
    • Super Mario
  • Round Up Everything Revealed During The Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight

    Missed it? Don't worry, you can catch up here!

    Yesterday, we held our very first Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight event in conjunction with PAX Online, and from what we can gather from the comments (from both viewers and developers) it went down rather well. During the 30-minute show, we gave you announcements, new information and much more besides,...

    • Round Up
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
  • Review Super Punch Patrol - There's Plenty Of Rage On These Streets

    Pleasing penny-punching pugilism

    Super Punch Patrol sees a return to the signature sketchy style of Gunman Clive from developer Bertil Hörberg, last seen on Switch with really rather brilliant boss-'em-up Mechstermination Force. Here, though, he's turned his hand to the brawler genre with what feels like a homage to Capcom's Final Fight. Well, more...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • Round Up All The Games From The Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase - September 2020

    And rewatch the full show here!

    So, the latest Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase is all done and dusted, and wasn't it a cracker? In case you're looking for a full recap, we've put together a list of all the show's highlights and plonked them below for you. If you like, you can even rewatch the show itself – ideal if you missed it the first...

    • Nintendo Direct
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Quiz How Well Do You Know Your Indie Games?

    Nindies, darling

    One of the best things about Switch is the enormous library of games from smaller independent developers available on the eShop. Some of them appeared on previous Nintendo platforms and many others made their Nintendo console debut on Switch. Our recent Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight alone featured a whopping 40 upcoming titles, and...

    • Quizzes
    • Nindies
  • News Sonic Creators Bring Their New Game Balan Wonderworld To The Nintendo Switch Next March

    Dive into a fantastic dreamlike land

    One of the highlights of Nintendo's latest Partner Showcase was the announcement trailer for Square Enix's upcoming 3D action platformer, Balan Wonderworld. It confirms this new IP will be coming to the Switch on 26th March next year. If you missed the initial announcement back in July, it's a game from Yuji...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Square Enix
  • Random The New Goose In Untitled Goose Game Has A New Honk, Have A Listen

    Honk, honk!

    Honk! We're a week out from the release of the new two-player mode update for Untitled Goose Game, according to the latest tweet by House House. If you're wondering what else this new mode might have to offer, well apparently the new goose has a new honk. This free content will arrive on 23rd September and the game itself is also...

    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Updates
  • News Rayman Creator Michel Ancel Announces Retirement From The Games Industry

    After more than 30 years

    Game development legend Michel Ancel, best known as the creator of the Rayman series, has announced his retirement from the industry today. Ancel shared the news on his personal Instagram account, telling fans that he's decided to stop working on games to focus on his second passion, wildlife. "My new project takes place in...

    • Rayman
    • Industry
  • Review World Of Tanks Blitz - A Decent Port That Offers Hours Of Tank-Blasting Action

    Pocket Commanders

    If there's one thing we can all agree on during this most confusing of times on planet earth it's that everyone and their granny absolutely loves tanks. It's true. Go out on the street right now and ask anyone, you won't find a single person with a bad word to muffle through their face masks about these glorious war machines...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News Flyhigh Works Launches Autumn Switch eShop Sale, Get Up To 60% Off

    Who doesn't love an eShop sale?

    Flyhigh Works has joined its publishing partner CIRCLE Entertainment in kicking off an autumn sale on Nintendo Switch. Nine games have been discounted in total, with some deals reaching as much as 60% off. You'll find a nice mix of titles from Rayark, Sigono, Skipmore and NOXY Games in the list, so check it out and...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Sales
  • News Ys Origin Pre-Orders Go Live On Switch With A Tasty 20% Discount

    Save 20% up until launch day

    If you're thinking of picking up Ys Origin on Nintendo Switch, you'll be interested to know that it's now available to pre-purchase from the Switch eShop. The best news? It's currently 20% off. The discount is available across Europe and North America, and is valid right up until the game's release date of 1st October...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Japanese Charts Ring Fit Adventure Outsells Animal Crossing For Second Week In A Row

    Minecraft Dungeons debuts in fourth

    Famitsu's Japanese chart figures are now in for 7th - 13th September, revealing that Ring Fit Adventure is once again sitting pretty at the top of the pile. The game sold another 43,459 copies this week, outperforming physical sales of the retail monster that is Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the second week...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Charts
    • Japan
  • Video Here's More Footage Of Skipmore's Slow-Paced "Miniscape" RPG, Picontier

    Play how you want

    Japanese studio Skipmore has delivered some more information and footage of its slow-paced life sim, Picontier. First revealed back in 2018, Picontier is a pixel-heavy "miniscape RPG" in which you create an existence for yourself on a small island. You'll spend your time farming, crafting, mining and fishing, but you also have the...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
  • Exclusive TENS! Marks The Return Of Codemasters' Co-Founder To The World Of Nintendo

    "The overwhelming majority of our team members are avid Switch players"

    Kwalee might not be a studio that is instantly familiar to many console players, but the name of the man who founded it should ring a bell. David Darling, along with his brother Richard, established Codemasters in the '80s to create software for home computers like the ZX...

    • Features
    • Switch eShop
    • David Darling
  • News Gorgeous Puzzle Title Ever Forward Is Coming To Nintendo Switch

    From the studio behind My Time at Portia

    Developer Pathea Games, previously responsible for the likeable sandbox RPG My Time at Portia, is bringing its 3D puzzle game Ever Forward to Nintendo Switch. Ever Forward tells the story of a girl named Maya, who finds herself lost in a reality that exists somewhere between the real world and her...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
  • News Visual Novel Undead Darlings Hits Switch Later This Month

    Cure the zombie outbreak!

    Sekai Games has revealed that it is publishing Mr. Tired Games visual novel Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~ on September 28th, with a price of $29.99. Here's some info: As Reggie, talk with and learn about your various travel companions through visual novel-style dialogue sequences replete with player dialogue choices...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News VooFoo And Ripstone Are Bringing The Acclaimed Pure Pool To Switch

    1080p and 60fps!

    VooFoo's much-loved sports sim Pure Pool is making the jump to Switch, it has been confirmed. The port will offer 1080p (docked) and 720p (handheld) visuals, running at 60fps in both modes. Pure Pool has a single-player campaign which is bolstered by skill-based challenges and a host of customisation options. Various flavours of...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
  • News Memoranda Is A Gorgeous Hand-Drawn Point-And-Click Coming To Switch This Year

    Meet more than 35 quirky characters

    Launching on Nintendo Switch later this year is Memoranda, a point-and-click adventure featuring lovely hand-drawn graphics. It was announced for the system just yesterday – we actually featured it in our Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight presentation – and is set to launch this fall. It's inspired by the...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
  • News Sports Brawler HyperBrawl Tournament Scores A High-Octane October Release Date

    Not long left to wait!

    We don't have long to wait before getting our hands on Milky Tea Studios' HyperBrawl Tournament, as the game will be smashing its way to the Switch eShop next month. A new trailer for the game reveals a 20th October release date – so that's only a month-or-so away. The game also featured in yesterday's Nintendo Life Ind

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight

Thursday17th Sep 2020

  • News Nintendo, Creatures And Game Freak File Trademark For The Legendary Pokémon Entei

    A sign of things to come?

    At the start of this month, Nintendo, Creatures and Game Freak filed a trademark application for エンテイ (Entei). As in the name of the legendary fire-type pocket monster that first appeared in Pokémon Gold and Silver on the Game Boy Color. According to PokéJungle, some Pokémon fans think this trademark might be...

    • Nintendo
    • Pokemon
  • News Lonesome Village Is A Charming New Dungeon Puzzler Inspired By Zelda And Animal Crossing

    And it's hoping to launch on Switch

    If you're looking for a nice, cosy Zelda-like to play on your Switch, you might want to keep an eye on Lonesome Village from indie developer Ogre Pixel. The game is a dungeon puzzler inspired by classic RPGs – so yes, the Legend of Zelda series – but you won't just be saving your town and solving puzzles,...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kickstarter
  • News It's Official, Monster Hunter Rise Confirmed For Nintendo Switch

    Update: The rumours were true

    Update: As predicted earlier today, Monster Hunter Rise has now been officially confirmed for Nintendo Switch. It launches on 26th March. The game has been described as "a brand new take on the Monster Hunter experience". Players will need to team up and save Kamura village from the impending 'Rampage', harnessing the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Monster Hunter
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Guide Nintendo Switch Fall/Winter Games - All The Big Games Coming In 2020, And Beyond

    Update: Monster Hunters and Disgaea 6 added

    Update: We've re-ordered and adjusted the dates for Immortals: Fenxy Rising and No More Heroes 3 on the list below, and also added Fitness Boxing 2, Rune Factory 5, two Monster Hunter games and D

    • Guides
    • Features
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Nintendo 3DS Production Has Officially Come To An End

    Goodnight, sweet prince

    Production of the mighty Nintendo 3DS system has been officially discontinued, Nintendo has confirmed. The news comes nine years after the handheld machine first hit the market back in 2011, introducing truly innovative glasses-free 3D tech and a fantastic library of games that would be enjoyed for years to come. The...

    • 3DS
  • Video Fan Spends 300+ Hours On Lovely Pokémon Silver Opening Animation

    "I wanted this to feel like a living, breathing world"

    Nostalgia's a beautiful thing, but trying to beautifully recreate it with a modern coat of paint is a painstaking endeavour, it turns out. Darren Rafferty, an animation student from Ireland, has been hard at work recreating the opening to Pokémon Silver, a game from Pokémon's second...

    • Pokemon
    • Game Boy Color
    • Video
  • Poll Did You Know That GoldenEye Had A Dual-Analogue Control Option On N64?

    Be honest

    It's amazing what random nuggets of trivia fly around the Nintendo Life office on a daily basis. Take yesterday, for example – having hooked up his swanky HDMI-ready N64 console to capture some footage of Super Mario 64 for our Super Mario 3D All-Stars comparison video, Nintendo Life MD Ant Dickens found time for a quick game of...

    • Poll
    • Retro
    • N64
    • GoldenEye
  • Watch Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase September 2020 - Live!

    More third-party treats!

    You wait months for a Nintendo Direct, and then loads of the things all turn up at once! Yes, it's time for the latest Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase presentation, set to feature information on upcoming Nintendo Switch titles exclusively from Nintendo’s publishing partners. It all kicks off at 3pm BST / 4pm CET /...

    • Live Chat
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Direct
  • News Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Launches On Switch Today

    And a gorgeous Collectors Edition is coming

    Ori and the Will of the Wisps is launching later today on Nintendo Switch, it has been confirmed. The news was announced in today's Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, where it was also revealed that we'll be getting treated to a very fancy Ori Collectors release thanks to iam8bit. It's pretty pricey...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • Watch The Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight September 2020, Live!

    Check out these new Switch eShop announcements!

    So here we are – the very first Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight, ever! During the next 30 minutes, we'll be showing off some totally new Switch announcements as well as updating you on previously-confirmed titles, all as part of the wider PAX Online event. <liveblog...

    • Live Chat
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • News Disgaea 6: Defiance Of Destiny Is A Nintendo Switch Exclusive Coming Summer 2021

    Exclusive in the West, dood

    One of the surprise announcements from the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase September 2020 is that a new entry in the irreverent SRPG series Disgaea is headed to Switch next year. Dood! That's right, Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny is coming in 'Summer 2021' as a Switch exclusive (in the West — in Japan it'll be...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Disgaea
  • News Legal Documents Show That Monster Energy Opposed Ubisoft's Gods & Monsters Game Title

    Update: Ubisoft says legal pressure didn't cause name change

    Update: Ubisoft has denied suggestions that Immortals Fenyx Rising's name change came about after legal pressure from Monster Energy. In a statement provided to Eurogamer, the company has said that the change "reflects a creative decision". "The name change for Immortals Fenyx Rising...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Legal
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Review Moero Crystal H - A Hilariously Saucy Dungeon-Crawler Which Fans Of The Genre Will Adore

    Everyday life with monster girls

    Fair warning to those who need it: Moero Crystal H is a game that not only embraces sexuality, it positively revels in it. It is a game that knows and acknowledges that sexuality is fun, ridiculous, silly, and something that we should feel comfortable laughing about. And it is a game in which your party members...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News Switch-Bound Metroidvania Cathedral Looks To Give Shovel Knight A Run For Its Money

    Oh, what a knight

    During our recent Nintendo Life Indies Spotlight, you might have noticed an intriguing 2D platform adventure by the name of Cathedral. Decemberborn Interactive's title certainly calls to mind the likes of Shovel Knight with its faux-retro visuals and chiptune soundtrack, but we can't help but feel this is shaping up to be...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
  • News Rune Factory 5 Pushed Back To 2021, First Gameplay Footage Appears

    'Build a new life amidst a grand adventure'

    Nintendo has revealed that Rune Factory 5 will now be launching on Switch in 2021. Originally scheduled to launch in 2020, Rune Factory 5 is unsurprisingly the next chapter in the charming RPG series. Players will set off another grand adventure, taking on the role of a hero who has lost their memory and...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Nintendo Download 17th September (North America)

    Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Mini Motor Racing and Georifters!

    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: Super Mario 3D...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Nintendo Switch
    • North America
  • News Exploration-Survival Game The Long Dark Is Available On Switch Right Now

    "How much longer will you survive?"

    Nintendo Direct presentations are always full of surprises, and one welcome surprise was the launch of The Long Dark, which is available to download right now. The Long Dark is an exploration-survival game where players are left to explore a frozen wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. The game's...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Petadachi Mixes Animal Crossing And Tamagotchi, And Came Out Of Losing A Beloved Pet

    From Mutant Mudds developers Atooi

    If you watched the Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight all the way to the end, then you'll notice we did our own take on the "One More Thing" reveal with Atooi's Petadatchi. Described by Atooi's Jools Watsham as a cross between Animal Crossing and Tamagotchi, the game involves raising your own pet in a relaxing game...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
  • News We Can Expect More Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcases This Year

    This is the way

    Nintendo has just rounded off the third of its Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcases, with a focus on third-party titles coming to Switch. During the presentation, the lid was lifted on Monster Hunter Rise, Monster Hunter Stories 2, Fitness Boxing 2 and

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Direct
  • News MindSeize Mixes Metroid And Mega Man, And It Launches On Switch This Month

    Fear is the mind killer

    Sci-Fi Metroidvania MindSeize is coming to the Nintendo Switch, we can reveal. Described as a cross between Metroid Fusion and Mega Man X, MindSeize places you in the role of Private investigator M.C. Fox, who is tasked with tracking down the criminal organization The Ascended. After a particularly violent encounter and The...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
  • News Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings Of Ruin Hits Switch Summer 2021

    Two Monster Hunter games in one year!

    Monster Hunter Rise isn't the only new Monster Hunter entry the Switch is getting in 2021 – Capcom has revealed that portable spin-off Monster Hunter Stories is getting a Switch-based sequel named Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings Of Ruin, too. Adopting the same cut art style seen in the 3DS original, Monster...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Monster Hunter
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Gothic Turn-Based RPG Vampire’s Fall: Origins Launches On Switch Today

    "Journey through a vast 2D open world"

    Launching today on Nintendo Switch is Vampire’s Fall: Origins, a gothic RPG from Early Morning Studio. We first highlighted this one back in July, when the game's developer told us to expect more than 50 hours of gameplay, "countless" enemies, over 250 pieces of armour and weapons to find, and more. It...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Online Listings For Final Fantasy Physical Twin Pack Surface In Europe

    Update: It might just be for import copies

    Updated (Thu 17th Sep, 2020 14:15 BST): Remember that Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered twin pack physical release announced exclusively for Southeast Asia last year? Well, it's now surfaced on two Greek w

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Europe
  • Poll Which Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight Title Are You Looking Forward To The Most?

    Let us know which game caught your eye...

    The dust has just settled on the inaugural Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight, which we hope you found enjoyable. But which game caught your eye the most? Which title can you simply not wait to get your hands on? Did you like the look of Petadatchi, the upcoming fusion of Animal Crossing and Tamagotchi from...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Polls
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
    • PAX-EGX
  • News Nintendo's Switch Online Service Now Has More Than 26 Million Subscribers

    "Our consumer base has quickly adopted this service"

    During its Corporate Management Briefing for September 2020, Nintendo revealed its online service for the Switch now has over 26 million paid users. Membership numbers have apparently grown alongside hardware sales at a steady pace, and spikes in sign-ups have been promoted by games featuring...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo
    • Nintendo Switch Online
  • News Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise Punches Its Way To Switch In December

    A new contender

    As part of the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase September 2020, it's has been announced that Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise is coming to Switch on 4th December — to help keep you trim over the holidays, no doubt. A sequel to the boxercise rhythm game Fitness Boxing, this new game will add a host of new modes...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Action Combat Flight Sim Air Missions: Hind Is Blasting Onto Switch Today

    NA release lands next week

    Switch owners can now take to the skies in Air Missions: Hind, an action combat flight simulator launching on Nintendo's platform today. From publisher Grindstone and developers Games Farm and 3Division, the game has just enjoyed a successful retail launch in Japan. It lands in Europe today and will appear on the North...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Take Aim In Sniper Elite 4, Coming To Nintendo Switch Later This Year

    With motion aiming and HD Rumble support

    Rebellion is bringings its tactical shooter Sniper Elite 4 to Nintendo Switch this holiday season, it has announced. Originally released for Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2017, Sniper Elite 4 takes place directly after the events of the third game, and focuses on stealth kills with your long-range...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Splatoon 2's Mario-Themed Splatfest T-Shirts Can Now Be Bought In Real Life (Europe)

    Looking fresh

    Remember the recently-announced Super Mario-themed Splatfest that's set to kick off in Splatoon 2 next year? Well, those snazzy real-life t-shirts have now appeared in Europe. Yes, now available on the My Nintendo store are these lovely Team Super Mushroom and Team Super

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Splatoon
    • Merchandise
    • Europe
  • Mini Review Kingdom Rush Origins - You're Probably Better Off Playing This On Your Phone

    Taking the ‘rush’ out of Kingdom Rush

    The Kingdom Rush series is no stranger to the Switch, though it’s certainly more popular on mobile devices. Kingdom Rush Origins follows the footsteps of its predecessors, delivering straightforward, accessible tower-defence gameplay with pleasant visuals to boot. It’s surprisingly engaging once you get...

    • Mini Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News Retro-Style Metroidvania Alwa's Legacy Launches On Switch Later This Month

    Alwa's a pleasure

    As featured in the Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight presentation, Alwa's Legacy has been confirmed for a Switch release at the end of September. The game, a sequel to Alwa's Awakening, will be available on Switch eShop on 29th September. The latest adventure from developer Elden Pixels continues mining that delicious vein of cl

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
  • News Kitaria Fables Is A Bit Like Rune Factory, But With Cute Animals

    Coming next year

    PQube is bringing Twin Hearts Games' Kitaria Fables to Nintendo Switch, we can reveal. Previously known as Paw Heroes, Kitaria Fables is described by its developer as an adventure action RPG with rogue-lite elements and resource management. It features farming and crafting modes, as well as real-time combat with a variety of...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
  • News Earth Defense Force Joins Hamster's Arcade Archives Collection This Week

    Save the day

    Hamster's weekly Arcade Archives release is Jaleco's 1991 scrolling shooter, Earth Defense Force. This original version of the game allows you to take control of an XA-1 space fighter as you fight to save the earth. Here's the backstory along with some information about the gameplay and some screenshots: Control your XA-1 space...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Arcade Archives
    • Hamster
    • Retro
  • News It's Up To You To Find The Cure In Potion Permit

    Doctor who?

    PQube is bringing the unique adventure RPG Potion Permit to Nintendo Switch soon, we can announce. The game is focused on the creation of various potions which solve the illnesses of your fellow townspeople. You'll need to first diagnose an ailment before venturing out into the wilds to collect the ingredients required to create it,...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
  • News Antonball Deluxe Is What Would Happen If Breakout And Mario Bros. Had A Baby

    Break some bricks

    Summitsphere's Antonball Deluxe – which was spawned from a game jam – is coming to the Nintendo Switch. This 2D title is described as a "high-octane smorgasbord of ballbusting arcade action" by its developer, and "turns the breakout genre on its head, blending traditional brick-breaking gameplay with tight, intense...

    • Upcoming Releases
    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
  • News Hatch Tales Is Packing New Characters And Modes, Along With Grant Kirkhope

    Cracking open in 2021

    Remember Atooi's Hatch Tales? An updated Switch version of the 3DS title Chicken Wiggle, this 2D platformer stars a bird-and-worm team who work together to overcome various challenges. After dropping off the radar for a while, Hatch Tales is back in the public eye, and Atooi's Jools Watsham has spoken to us exclusively to...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News RPG Shmup Astro Aqua Kitty Shows Its Claws Ahead Of Switch Release

    Feline groovy

    Tikipod – the studio behind Stealth Bastard, Gravity Crash and Rock Boshers – is working on a sequel to its hit shooter Aqua Kitty UDX, and it's coming to Switch. The news was revealed during our Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight, which showed off a host of new titles for the Switch eShop. According to the developer,

    • Switch eShop
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  • News Acclaimed Twin-Stick Shooters Bezier And Death Ray Manta Will Light Up Your Switch Soon

    Thanks to the lovely people at Thalamus Digital

    Two of the most acclaimed twin-stick shooters of recent memory are coming to Switch courtesy of Thalamus Digital, we can reveal. Philip Bak's Bezier And Rob Fearon's Death Ray Manta may look like Geometry Wars wannabes, but they're superb takes on a tried-and-tested genre. Our friends over at...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight
  • News Cake Bash Is A 4-Player Party Game Where You Play As Party Food

    You absolute donut

    The Steam and Xbox One party title Cake Bash is jumping over to the Nintendo Switch. This 4-player action title places you in the role of a living, breathing cake – ranging from "a sassy Cupcake through to a derpy Donut" – and comes courtesy of fledgeling studio High Tea Frog, a three-person outfit from Northern England made...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight

Wednesday16th Sep 2020

  • News Surprise! Nintendo Says Its Next Console Is Going To Be Very Much Like Its Other Consoles

    It will also arrive this century, which is nice

    Nintendo has just published its Corporate Management Policy Briefing for this financial year, and included in its many pages is a reference to the company's next hardware platform. If you're expecting massive surprises at this point, then you might want to navigate away from this page. In the...

    • Hardware
  • News Nintendo Expands Its Switch Online SNES And NES Service With Four More Titles

    Arriving on 23rd September

    Next week on 23rd September, the Nintendo Switch Online service adds four more retro titles. All up, there are three SNES games and one NES title. Most noticeably is the addition of Rare's 1995 release Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. The two other games for SNES include Mario's Super Picross by Jupiter...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
  • Video Super Mario 3D All-Stars Looks Miles Better Than The Originals, And Here's The Proof

    Surprise sur-bloomin'-prise

    We all know that the new versions of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy contained within the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection on Switch are going to look better; they're running on more powerful hardware, there's more pixels available on screen to utilise, it's obvious. What's not quite

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Mario
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  • Review Super Mario 3D All-Stars - Three Of Mario's Greatest Adventures Come To Switch

    Only shooting Star Bits break the mould

    Well, that all happened quickly, didn’t it? It was only a fortnight ago that Nintendo was announcing its long-rumoured compilation of 3D Mario games, and now here we are reviewing the ruddy thing already. Some of you will have already made up your mind about

    • Reviews
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  • News Super Mario 64 Emulator In 3D All-Stars Includes References To Other N64 Titles

    Just "leftovers" from Wii U's Virtual Console?

    Yesterday, Super Mario 3D All-Stars for the Nintendo Switch was reportedly leaked online. According to early details, all three games in the collection are emulated. There's a bit of a buzz around the emulator for Super Mario 64, as it supposedly contains references to various other Nintendo 64 games...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo 64
    • N64
  • News Mass Effect Trilogy Remastered Retail Listing Appears, Gets Taken Down Immediately

    Could it be?

    Update: And just like that, the retail listings have been taken down. You can still see the pages thanks to our screenshots below. A strange mistake? Or did someone press the 'go live' button a little too early? Hmm. Original Article: A retail listing for a supposed Mass Effect Trilogy Remastered release on Nintendo Switch and other...

    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase To Air Tomorrow

    Third-party broadcast incoming

    Update: Watch it live here! Nintendo has announced that another Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase will be broadcast tomorrow (Thursday 17th September) at 3pm BST / 4pm CET / 10am ET / 7am PT. By sheer coincidence, this surprise Nintendo Direct Mini is coming on the same day as Nintendo Life's very own Nintendo...

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  • News Nintendo Looks To Extend Switch Life-Cycle As Demand Looks Higher Than Ever This Year

    We're at the mid-way point, it seems

    Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has once again stated his belief that the Switch is only half-way through its life cycle, and that Nintendo plans to give the console additional momentum in 2021 and beyond with a series of new game releases. This isn't the first time the big man has made such a comment, as...

    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Nintendo Has More Media Projects In The Works Beyond The Mario Movie

    Also exploring further 'visual content expansion projects'

    Nintendo has published its Corporate Management Policy Briefing for this financial year, and as well as touching on plans for its future hardware, much of the document is dedicated to exploring how the company is expanding its IP to reach a wider audience. Most interestingly, Nintendo...

    • Nintendo
  • Random Nintendo's Latest Switch Update Blocked Some Inappropriate Nicknames

    No laughing matter

    Nintendo rolled out its latest firmware update for the Switch yesterday (version 10.2.0) and while apparently all it did was improve the system stability to enhance the user experience, as always there's a little bit more that's been uncovered. According to the well-known data miner OatmealDome, some "racially charged terms" -...

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  • News EA Is Considering Bringing EA Play And "More Great Experiences" To Switch

    "There are amazing games on that platform"

    The relationship between EA and fans of Nintendo's platforms has been pretty bumpy in recent times; on the one hand, Nintendo fans are being forever brushed aside when it comes to the likes of FIFA, but on the other, EA does seem committed to bringing plenty of games to Switch in due time. In a new...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • EA
  • Random We Sure Hope This Game & Watch Mock-Up Is What Nintendo Has Planned For Zelda's 35th Next Year

    We can dream, right?

    2020 is the 35th birthday of the Super Mario series, and Nintendo is marking that event in a wide range of ways, one of which is the resurrection of its Game & Watch series of handhelds. Ninten

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    • Retro
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  • News Fire Emblem: Mystery Of The Emblem Joins Japan's Switch Online Service This Month

    Access it via the Super Famicom app

    Next week, Nintendo is releasing the 1994 Super Famicom title Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem on the Switch Online service in Japan. This is the third entry in Intelligence system's tactical role-playing series and the first one to be released on the Super Famicom. It stars Marth, has never been released...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Super Famicom
    • Fire Emblem
    • Japan
  • News M2 Is Bringing Aleste Collection To Nintendo Switch

    And a special Game Gear Micro with Aleste on it, too

    Emulation expert M2 has just announced that it is bringing a collection of Aleste titles to the Nintendo Switch as part of its M2 Shot Triggers series. Aleste Collection – which is also coming to PlayStation 4 – will include Aleste / Power Strike (Mark III, Master System), Power Strike II...

    • Nintendo Switch
  • Random Yesterday Was National Ash Ketchum Day, Apparently

    A special anniversary

    You'll have to forgive us for missing it on the day itself, but yesterday was officially National Ash Ketchum Day – according to The Pokémon Company, anyway. "What on Earth is National Ash Ketchum Day?" we hear you cry. Well, it all stems from a fan-made hashtag that started doing the rounds on 15th September 2019. If you...

    • Pokemon
    • Anime
    • Random
  • News Estranged: The Departure Is A First-Person Adventure That Started Life As A Half-Life 2 Mod

    And it's coming to Switch!

    Solo developer Alan Edwardes has revealed that Estranged: The Departure, a first-person adventure game, will be launching on Switch in Q4 2020. Said to "blend a rich first-person narrative adventure with gripping action set-pieces and combat", Estranged: The Departure was actually born from a Half-Life 2 mod titled...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Feature Video Game Vocab To Spark Forum Wars - Ten Of Gaming's Trickiest Terms

    Them's fighting words!

    As with any medium or specialised field, the world of video games has created a vast list of jargon that may not mean much to people unacquainted with the medium and its making. Try describing the latest anime roguelike MOBA with turn-based SRPG trappings to non-gamers and you'll be met with blank faces. Video game...

    • Features
  • News Harvest Moon: One World Launches On Switch In March, First Screenshots Shared

    Pre-order bonus also revealed

    Natsume and Rising Star Games have announced the release date for upcoming Switch title, Harvest Moon: One World, also releasing the very first official stills of the game. Let's kick things off with that release date. The game will be launching in North and South America on 2nd March and will be published by Natsume;...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Flipnote Studio 3D Fan Spends Four Years Making The Ultimate Tribute Animation

    Flipping amazing

    We've seen some absolutely amazing creations put together using Flipnote Studio 3D over the years, but Japanese animator ミラーパネル3 takes the biscuit with their creation of "Flipnote Warrior", a full 34-minute animation. The clip is centred around a young girl who has a life-changing event on her 3DS. All the animation was...

    • 3DS
    • Japan
    • Flipnote Studio
    • Video
  • News Nintendo Shares Mario’s Super Picross Tutorial As The Game Arrives On Switch

    Appearing for the first time in the US

    One of the four new games available on the Nintendo Switch Online service next week is Mario's Super Picross, a puzzle game that launched for the Super Famicom back in 1995. This is actually the first time it's ever appeared in the US; European fans were lucky enough to try it out through the Virtual Console...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • SNES
    • Super Mario
    • Nintendo Switch Online
  • News Rocket League Goes Free-To-Play On Nintendo Switch Next Week

    "Get ready to take your shot"

    Psyonix has announced its insanely popular "soccar" game Rocket League will go free-to-play on all platforms, including Nintendo Switch, next week on 23rd September. When it is finally made available to everyone, it will no longer require users to have a Nintendo Switch Online membership in order to play matches...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Rocket League
    • Updates
  • Random Check Out This Amazing "Skyview Temple" Custom Dungeon For Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

    The first custom dungeon available on (modded) Switches

    Prolific modder Waikuteru – the same person who gave us Skyward Sword's Sandship Dungeon and a Mario Kart course in

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    • Random
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Modding
  • News Indie Brawler Rivals Of Aether Brings The Battle To Switch On 24th September

    The wait is finally over

    Next week, on 24th September, indie developer Dan Fornace will finally bring his brawler Rivals of Aether to the Switch. A Switch port was first referenced a number of years ago, so it's been a long time coming. When the game does arrive it'll be the definitive edition, which gives players access to the "full cast of...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Guide Where To Pre-Order The Adorable Cat Mario And Cat Peach amiibo

    You feline it?

    Announced during September's Super Mario 35th Anniversary Direct broadcast, the scheduled arrival of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury on Switch next February will also bring a couple of furry critters to Nintendo's amiibo line-

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Super Mario
    • amiibo
    • Guides
  • News Pokémon Funko Pops Are Finally Launching In Europe, And They're Super-Sized

    Two figures announced so far

    Hooray! Funko has revealed that for the very first time, Pokémon Funko Pops will be officially launching in Europe. Ten-inch variants of both Pikachu and Bulbasaur are set to launch this October, more than a year after the characters first appeared in the US. They'll release first at Smyths Toys in the UK and Ireland,...

    • Pokemon
    • Merchandise
    • Europe
  • Review Road To Guangdong - A Fine Story Ruined By Shoddy Performance And Linearity

    A recipe for disappointment

    The capacity for indie games to present new experiences never ceases to surprise us. The parameters by which a game can be considered a game are now so broad and eclectic that the hobby is in the enviable position of having at least one thing almost anyone can enjoy. Strangely enough, this has also given rise to a...

    • Reviews
    • Nintendo Switch

Tuesday15th Sep 2020

  • News Nintendo Switch System Update 10.2.0 Is Now Live

    Download it today!

    Nintendo has rolled out its first Switch system update for the month of September. This bumps the firmware up to version 10.2.0 and also happens to be the first update the Switch has received since 13th July. Just like the previous one, it improves the overall stability of the system to further enhance the user experience. Here...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nintendo
    • Firmware
    • Updates
  • News Nintendo Reminds Us About Pokémon Sword & Shield's Crown Tundra DLC With New Trailer

    "Coming soon"

    It somehow feels like forever ago since we first got our hands on the Isle of Armor DLC in Pokémon Sword and Shield, but let's not forget that more action is headed our way this year. A new trailer has been released for The Crown Tundra, the second slice of Sword and Shield DLC that's planned to launch in autumn 2020. Interestingly,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Pokemon
    • Upcoming Releases
    • DLC
  • News Super Mario 3D All-Stars Has Reportedly Leaked Onto The Internet Already

    First development details appear

    Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a trio of Mario of classics heading to Nintendo Switch later this week, has already leaked onto the internet, it's been claimed. The game's due to launch officially this Friday, but well-known data miner OatmealDome reports that the title has already found its way online, revealing a few...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Switch Owner Claims To Have Taken Nintendo To Court Over Joy-Con Drift, And Won

    "Don’t give up and don’t take no for an answer"

    A UK gamer who experienced 'Joy-Con drift' issues after purchasing a Nintendo Switch claims to have taken the company to court – and won. As you may know, the term 'Joy-Con drift' refers to an issue where your Joy-Con will register movement even when you aren't applying any pressure to the...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Legal
    • Joy-Con Drift
  • Random Someone Found A Prototype Game Boy Advance In A Yahoo Japan Auction

    As part of a job lot, too

    Remember back when Nintendo lifted the lid on the Game Boy Advance all those years ago? It showed the system in two colourways which were never officially released, both of which had silver bodies. These 'prototype' models are something of a collector's item, and it turns out one of them has been sold via a Yahoo Auctions...

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    • Retro
    • GBA
  • Round Up More Screenshots And Footage Of Super Mario 3D All-Stars

    Update: New videos released

    Eager to see some more footage and screens of Super Mario 3D All-Stars before the big release next week? Well, Nintendo's Super Mario 35th Japanese Twitter account has got you covered. Since the collection's announcement last week, it's been posting clips and screenshots of each game. There's footage of boss battles,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Super Mario
  • News Sega Reveals Sonic's 30th Anniversary Logo, Will Share Additional Plans "In The Coming Months"

    First wave of anniversary merch also locked in

    As of next year, it will have been 30 years since the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game was first released on the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive. We've already heard how "excited" Sega is to share new information about the future of the blue blur, and now Sega of America has officially announced the...

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    • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • Sega
  • Feature Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity Gives Our Beloved Champions A Second Chance

    How Breath Of The Wild’s prequel can finally do justice for our four heroes

    Nintendo knows a thing or two about pulling off surprises and few could’ve expected that recent Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity reveal. With no real rumours or leaks foreshadowing it, we suddenly had a brand-new Legend of Zelda game to look forward to. Fans hoping for...

    • Features
    • Legend of Zelda
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Pokémon Air Is A Pikachu You Can Ride, And It Launches This November

    Dreams really do come true

    Pikachu's adorable face is plastered onto practically every type of product you can imagine these days, so why not throw a ridable, rubber seat into the mix, too? Introducing Pokémon Air, a new Pikachu toy designed for people ages three and up. Perfect for riding on around the living room – we've all seen Ash Ketchum...

    • Pokemon
    • Merchandise
    • Japan
  • Video Super Mario 3D All-Stars Gets A New Sunshine-Specific Commercial

    The best of the bunch?

    The Super Mario 3D All-Stars trailers just keep coming, with a new commercial focusing specifically on Super Mario Sunshine. For those of you who have been following the game's announcements over the past week or so, the video doesn't highlight anything new, but it does give us a quick overview of Sunshine's content. Rather...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Video
  • Video Nintendo Shows Off Super Mario Galaxy's Touchscreen Controls On Switch

    Shooting and collecting Star Bits has never been easier

    Ahead of the Super Mario All-Stars release later this week, Nintendo has uploaded a new video demonstrating how exactly the new touchscreen controls work in Super Mario Galaxy when using a Switch in handheld mode or playing on a Switch Lite. By the looks of it, firing and collecting star bits...

    • Video
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario
  • Random Nintendo Wanted Mario To Be "Someone Who Might Live Near You"

    Rather than a superhero

    Mario has been a doctor and even a race car driver, but he's best known as a plumber over his 35-year existence. Although creator Shigeru Miyamoto has previously discussed his character's career choices, in a recent interview with CNN - focused on the history of the video game industry's most iconic mascot - he further...

    • Random
    • Super Mario
    • Shigeru Miyamoto
    • Nintendo
  • Review Fight Crab - The First Rule Of Fight Crab Is That It's Fine To Talk About Fight Crab

    The best crabs you'll ever get

    We are witnessing the birth of a brand new genre, friends. We've had games based on movies, television shows, comics and even literature; here, though, is Fight Crab, the first game ever made based on an animated GIF. Yes! The popular GIF of a crab menacingly wielding a knife has been adapted into a full-scale Switch...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • Review Witcheye - A Fun Platformer That Sadly Can't Shake Off Its Smartphone Origins

    Magic eye

    There's some kind of witchcraft going on with Witcheye, and we're not just talking about the title character. Here's a 2D platformer that doesn't involve any jumping whatsoever. Spooky. At the outset of the game, you take control of a witch who turns herself into a free-flying eyeball – because witches – in order to chase down a...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News Cuphead Gets His Own Fast Food Toy Line At Arby's Restaurants

    Fancy a launcher token?

    Cuphead has come a long way since his initial release in 2017. He's got a spirit event and Mii Fighter costume in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and has even signed a deal with Netflix. In an attempt to continue building the character's profile, Cuphead developer Studio MDHR is now teaming up with the US fast-food chain "Arby's"...

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    • Studio MDHR
    • US
  • News Party-Based RPG Battle Hunters Brings Fantasy Adventure To Switch This October

    Update: Release date and new trailer appear

    Update: Phase Two Games has released a brand new trailer for Battle Hunters today (which we've added above), also revealing that the game will be launching on 20th October. Original Article (Tue 25th Aug, 2020 10:30 BST): Independent developer Phase Two has announced that it will be bringing its fantasy...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Retro-Bit Is Republishing Some Of Toaplan's Best Console Shooters In Physical Form

    Update: Pre-orders are live!

    Update: pre-orders are live: Toaplan is a name that will be instantly familiar with seasoned retro gamers. The Japanese company was behind some of the best shmups of the '80s and '90s, and when it eventually closed in 1994, studios like Eighting and Cave would rise from its ashes. We're already assured of some superb...

    • Retro
    • Sega
    • Toaplan
    • Retro-Bit
  • News FIFA 21 Costs £45 On Switch, Despite Being Another 'Legacy' Reskin

    Updated kits, squads and stadiums only

    Pre-orders for the digital version of FIFA 21 on Nintendo Switch have now gone live, confirming that the game's price will be set at £44.99 on the eShop. For a brand new FIFA title, this pricing is pretty much what you'd expect, but Nintendo fans will no doubt feel like they've been brushed aside once again...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • FIFA
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Here's Tennis World Tour 2's Full Roster Of Playable Stars

    Current stars and legends of the game combine

    Just days ahead of the game's release on other platforms, NACON and Big Ant Studios have revealed the full roster of players set to appear in Tennis World Tour 2. There are 38 players available in total, including current stars like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as well as 'legends' of the game such as...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Death Squared Is Getting A Limited Edition Physical Release On Switch

    Pre-orders now open

    If picking up physical versions of indie games is your jam, you'll probably want to jump on this new limited-edition release of Death Squared for Nintendo Switch. After receiving digital and code-in-the-box releases in the past, Death Squared is finally being given the proper physical treatment thanks to 1Print Games. This new...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Nippon Marathon 2 Hopes To Race Onto The Switch Via Kickstarter

    The ultimate "Bakage"

    Fans of games which are utterly bonkers might remember Onion Soup Interactive's Nippon Marathon which launched on Switch last year. With its roster of wacky characters and deliberately unwieldy controls, it was a hoot to play... well, for a short while at least. Onion Soup is hoping to crowdfund the development of a sequel for...

    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Kickstarter

Monday14th Sep 2020

  • News New Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Glitch Sends Hyrule Into Chaos

    Oh Link, what have they done to you?

    Another day, another glitch found in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and this one really messes things up in the wonderful hills of Hyrule. A new way of performing a similar glitch that was previously patched out, this newly-found method requires a Hinox or a Stalnox, two of the biggest wandering...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Legend of Zelda
  • Video New Super Mario 3D All-Stars Trailer Shows Off Fresh Footage And Features

    This Friday can't come soon enough

    Another new trailer has appeared for Super Mario 3D All-Stars – you didn't expect Nintendo to just forget about it, did you? Yes, this latest trailer shows off a decent chunk of footage for all three games set to appear in the collection – Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Super Mario
    • Video
  • Feature All Hail The Game Boy Micro, The Sexiest And Most Impractical Game Boy Ever

    15 years of hand-cramps

    Before we dive in, let's begin with a few words on the topic at hand when it was raised in the Nintendo Life office: "Such a neat little machine." "I've always wanted one." "Somehow I ended up with two." "The most enjoyable way to get carpal tunnel." We were, of course, discussing the lovely Game Boy Micro. The diminutive...

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    • Nintendo
    • Game Boy
    • Retro
    • Anniversary
  • Rumour Port Specialist Bringing High Profile Shooter To Nintendo Switch

    Straight from the Borderlands?

    In recent weeks, rumours have resurfaced about a more powerful variant of the Nintendo Switch launching in 2021. With this in mind, development studio Fractured Byte recently posted a job listing seeking a C++ game developer (familiar with Switch) to work on an Unreal Engine project. The genre is a "shooter" and one...

    • Rumour
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Switch Just Achieved The Highest August Dollar Sales For Any Console In US History

    Taking the record from the Wii

    Just in case there was any doubt, the Nintendo Switch is still selling like the tastiest of hotcakes. New data from NPD Group's Mat Piscatella reveals that the Switch has just earned itself another new record. The console has achieved the highest ever August dollar sales total for any platform in US history, nabbing...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sales Figures
    • US
  • News DOOM 64 Is Getting Physical On Switch, Pre-Orders Open Next Week

    But it's far cheaper going digital

    If you're getting fed up of waiting for DOOM Eternal to arrive on Switch, perhaps it's time to consider picking up this old classic and taking it for a new spin. Yes, a physical version of DOOM 64 is coming soon to Switch. Limited Run Games has announced that it'll be opening pre-orders next week on 25th...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Nvidia Is Purchasing Chip Designer Arm, And That Could Be Very Good News For Nintendo

    Nintendo's hardware partner just powered-up

    Arm – the British semiconductor design firm behind the mobile tech found in millions of devices worldwide via companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Qualcomm – is being acquired by Nvidia from Japanese company SoftBank for a whopping $40 billion. Initially, at least, it seems that Nvidia is keen to...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Nvidia
  • News Bizarre Super Mario Bros. 3 Prototype Cartridge Sells For $31,200 At Auction

    Kid Icarus no more

    We've seen plenty of expensive Nintendo auctions taking place over the last few years, but not many items have been as interesting as this one. This weekend, a Super Mario Bros. 3 prototype was sold at auction for a whopping $31,200. The listing was a first for Heritage Auctions, being the first time that the auctioneer had ever...

    • Super Mario
    • NES
    • Retro
  • News Last Month's Top 10 Switch Games Were All Published By Nintendo (US)

    Poor third parties don't stand a chance

    First-party exclusives have always been a major selling point for Nintendo consoles, but current sales figures help to show just how important they really are. New chart data from NPD Group's Mat Piscatella – which, earlier today, also confirmed that Switch hardware sales have smashed yet another record –...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Sales Figures
    • US
  • Video Genshin Impact Gets A New, Gorgeously Animated Story Trailer

    Launching this month on other platforms

    It was only a couple of weeks ago that we were last treated to a tease of Genshin Impact, but another new trailer has now arrived to give us another quick look at the game's story. This new video takes a different approach to its predecessor, opting for a gorgeous, animated style throughout. It's called 'The...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Video
  • Review Paratopic - A Low-Fi Eldritch Fever Dream That Ends Too Soon

    VC-arrrrgh

    As a rule of thumb, it's probably best not to watch mysterious VHS tapes. On the plus side, the fact that it's a dead format means that the sheer effort of locating a VCR in order to violate said rule is almost certainly more trouble than it's worth, and if said mysterious tapes were uploaded to YouTube you'd probably have to deal with...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News Watch Out Mario Kart, BIG-Bobby-Car Is Speeding Onto Switch

    Vroom vroom

    The Nintendo Switch is home to many fine kart racing games, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled and Team Sonic Racing. On the other side of the coin, we have Race With Ryan, Hello Kitty Kruisers

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Here Are The Switch eShop's Best-Selling Games Of August 2020 (Japan)

    Final Fantasy enters in fifth

    Nintendo has released an updated list of its best-selling titles in Japan, letting us see which games are proving to be the most popular in the company's home country right now. Below, you'll find a list of the 20 best-selling games on the Japanese eShop last month. Only paid downloads are included, and any games that...

    • Switch eShop
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Japan
  • UK Charts Animal Crossing Sneaks Back Into Third As Switch Takes Four Of The Top Ten

    Minecraft Dungeons sells best on Switch

    UK chart data is now in for the week ending 12th September, revealing that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is Nintendo's highest-charting title once again. The game managed to creep back up into third place this week, fending off new release, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. Marvel's Avengers and Tony Hawk's...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Animal Crossing
    • Charts
    • UK

Sunday13th Sep 2020

  • Random Can You Hear That? Sounds Like Super Mario Galaxy 2 Music In 3D All-Stars

    A starry sign?

    If you watch the latest episode of Nintendo Minute, you'll see it's all about next week's release Super Mario 3D All-Stars. There's even some footage of it, and well... let's just say part of this video has sent viewers into a bit of a frenzy. You see, around the 20-second mark, there's a clip of the game's title screen that...

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    • Upcoming Releases
    • Super Mario
  • News Here's Your First Look At The Main Menu In Super Mario 3D All-Stars

    And the title screen!

    Super Mario 3D All-Stars comes out next week, and in the lead-up to the release of this big 35th-anniversary collection, Nintendo Minute's Kit and Krysta have been showing off the game in their weekly videos. Last weekend, we got a look at the box art and game card, and in the latest video, they've given us an incredibly brief...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario
  • News Nintendo Launches Website For The Original Super Mario Bros. Game

    Celebrating 35 years

    Mario's 35th anniversary celebrations are well and truly underway. So far Nintendo has announced new games, merchandise, and even events and promotions for other first-party titles like Splatoon 2 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If that's still not enough Mario-themed goodness for you, Japanese websites for Super Mario Bros...

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    • Famicom
    • Nintendo
    • Japan
    • Retro
  • Poll What's The Best 3D Mario Game?

    Plumber-y platforming in the third dimension

    With celebrations for the 35th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros. underway and the upcoming release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars next week, we thought it would be the perfect time to conduct a survey of Nintendo Life readers to find out the definitive ranking of the 3D Mario games. Similar to...

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    • Super Mario
  • Review Spellbreak - A Neat Fortnite Rival Which Ironically Lacks That Magical Touch

    A witch's brew of old and new

    These days, it’s hard to imagine that there was once a time when the 'battle royale' genre didn’t exist. Fortnite has proven itself to be the poster child, of course, but there are other shooter alternatives like Call of Duty: Warzone or Apex Legends. If you want something a little goofier, you can try for some...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News Today's The Big Day - Happy 35th Anniversary, Mario!

    Here's to the next 35!

    35 years ago today, on 13th September 1985, the original Super Mario Bros. launched for the Famicom in Japan. Nobody could have predicted just how successful Nintendo's main mascot would become, especially 35 years down the line, but here we are, looking at one of the most instantly recognisable faces in gaming and –...

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    • Anniversaries
  • Mini Review Party Hard 2 - This Stripped-Down Hitman Clone Is A Fun Time

    Let’s get a party going

    Remember parties? Before 2020, these loud, obnoxious gatherings used to happen quite a lot. Back in the day, we loved a good party, but as the years go by, the prospect of sitting under the lampshade with a stiff drink and a good book is much more enticing. Party Hard 2 stars a poor chap who just wants to get a good night's...

    • Mini Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • Poll Box Art Brawl #59 - Sonic The Hedgehog 2

    Sonic 'Tude-sday

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, the series where multiple regionally variable covers of the same game fight for your vote in a deadly beauty bout to the bitter end. Last time we had a duel between the East and West: two versions of Super Mario All-Stars went head to head following all those Mario 35th anniversary announcements,...

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    • Box Art Brawl
    • Retro
    • Sonic
    • SEGA
  • News Dark Horse Publishing Sonic The Hedgehog Encyclopedia In 2021

    Celebrating 30 years of the blue blur

    Sega will be releasing a special Sonic the Hedgehog "Encyclo-speed-ia" next year to celebrate the blue blur's 30th anniversary. Dark Horse is the publisher and Ian Flynn is the author. Flynn is head writer for IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog comic series. This encyclopedia will include 256 pages, can be pre-ordered...

    • Sonic
    • Sega
    • Sonic the Hedgehog

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  • News Online Retailer Cancels Orders For Super Mario 3D All-Stars Due To "Woefully Short" Supply

    Mamma mia!

    When Super Mario 3D All-Stars was announced last week, Nintendo made it very clear it would be a "limited release". Now, online retailer Base.com (located in the UK) has apparently been forced to "cancel all orders" as Nintendo and its distributors within this region are unable to provide any reassurance that more stock will become...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Super Mario
    • UK
  • News The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Light Edition For Switch Surfaces Via German Retailer

    Is Geralt slimming down?

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition is one of the best value games you can buy on the Switch. It includes the full game, both expansions, and all 16 DLCs on a single 32GB game cartridge - meaning you can play it right out of the box. Of course, cards of this size are obviously more expensive to manufacturer. With...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • The Witcher
    • CD Projekt
    • CD Projekt Red
  • News Immortals Fenyx Rising Sure Does Remind Us Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

    Ubisoft shows off a huge helping of new footage

    Immortals Fenyx Rising is coming to Switch this December, and is shaping up to be quite an epic adventure. Mixing elements of the studio's Assassin's Creed franchise with Greek mythology and a customisable protagonist (who can also fly, Kid Icarus-style), this open-world adventure is looking extremely...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Video
  • Review RPG Maker MV - A Potent Game Creation Tool, If You Have The Patience Required

    As long as you have a dream, anything is possible... within reason

    RPG Maker MV on Switch is a bit of a different prospect than its massively popular PC counterpart. This, much like the 3DS version which released back in 2017, is a more console-friendly version that strips away some important aspects which avid users of the software may consider...

    • Reviews
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Shantae's Limited Run Releases Are Now Available For Pre-Order

    Half-Genie Hero is also getting a reprint

    Update (Sat 12th Sep, 2020 11:00 BST): Pre-orders have now opened for the Limited Run Games Shantae line. You can get a Mega Bundle including everything for $388, the Game Boy Color game, a Collector's Edition, the original Shantae on Switch, Shantae: Risky's Revenge and much more. Head over to the LRG...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Join Us For The Nintendo Life Indie Spotlight At PAX Online 2020

    Exclusive announcements await!

    We're excited to announce that we're going to be part of PAX Online 2020 – and we'll be running our very own Indie Spotlight which will highlight a whole host of previously unannounced Switch games, as well as updates on games you might (or might not) be aware of that are coming to the eShop in the near future. The...

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    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • PAX-EGX
  • News Here's Your First Look At The Console Wars TV Series From Seth Rogen And Evan Goldberg

    Airs later this month

    Blake J. Harris' excellent book Console Wars did a wonderful job of recounting the titanic struggle between Nintendo and Sega for control of the living in room in the early '90s. Mario and Sonic went head-to-head in a battle worth millions of dollars, and the book – filled with

    • Video
    • Retro
  • Mini Review Minoria - A Short But Sweet Metroidvania With Great Combat

    Sister Act

    Coming off the back of its previous game, Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight, Bombservice’s Minoria feels like a natural evolution in many ways. It’s a fast-paced Metroidvania with a sharp focus on aggressive combat, but also contains many staple tropes of the genre, including collectable items, hidden passageways, and unlockable...

    • Mini Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • News Saucy Shoot 'Em Up Waifu Uncovered Gets A Physical Release On Switch This November

    "featuring a fully uncensored mode"

    Eastasiasoft has announced the saucy shoot 'em up Waifu Uncovered will be getting a physical release on the Switch in the UK and across Europe on 20th November, courtesy of Funbox Media Ltd. This particular version of the game will feature the "fully uncensored mode" - as a result, it falls under the adult...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • UK
    • Europe
  • Review Adventures of Pip - An Interesting Social Message Undermind By Bland Action

    An average platformer starring an average hero

    One of the biggest crimes a game can commit is being perfectly average. While, for the most part, there is nothing technically wrong with some games, there is nothing that makes them stand out from the crowd. This is the unfortunate middle ground where Adventures of Pip lies. While the game is a...

    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
  • Rumour Super Monkey Ball Announcement Coming Later This Month

    "September will be amazing for what's to come"

    Brian Matt - the voice of the original announcer for the Super Monkey Ball games - is at it again seemingly teasing some sort of exciting news related to Sega's long-time series. In an Instagram post on 8th September - showing the voice actor playing Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD on a friend's...

    • Rumour
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Monkey Ball
    • Sega
  • Feature From Virtual Boy To Mario Kart Live - Nintendo's History In Mixed Realities

    Mario Kart Live was a surprise, but far from unprecedented

    It's been six years since we first experienced the wonderful Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, becoming the troubled console’s best-selling title and up until last week, fans had been wondering where the next entry was. Sure, Deluxe arrived in 2017 with expanded content and mobile users have enjoyed

    • Features
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (September 12th)

    Here are our picks, but what are yours?

    It's been another crazy week in Nintendo Land, with the announcement of a brand new Zelda game on Switch and more rumours of Nintendo diving into the world of 4K, but enough about that – let's talk about our weekend gaming plans. Members of Nintendo Life have done just that below, and we'

    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
    • What Are You Playing
    • Features
  • News Sega Shares Details On Puyo Puyo Tetris 2's Adventure Mode And Pre-Order Bonus

    Pre-order bonuses are exclusive to the Launch Edition

    Sega has given us our first glimpse at the story and adventure mode of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, which is destined for Nintendo Switch this December. The game's adventure mode was first teased during its reveal at the August Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase. We were told that we'll soon be able...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Sega