We chat with the team behind this fantasy take on the battle royale genre
Following weeks of rumours and leaks suggesting that Hi-Rez Studios was bringing its free-to-play battle royale Realm Royale to Switch, we can exclusively confirm that the game is coming to Nintendo's console. It joins team-based first-person shooter Paladins and MOBA
Plus many other classic Data East and Interplay titles
A short time ago, we lifted the lid on a new handheld games system aimed at retro players, called the Evercade. Rather than attempt to go head-to-head with the Switch, this pocket-sized marvel will instead focus on running old-school games, and it will come bundled with a cartridge (remember...
A visit to Bloober Team in Poland
One of several upcoming Switch games which has really grabbed our attention over the last few weeks is Observer, a psychological horror heading to the console later this year. We were lucky enough to be invited to Kraków, Poland for a quick snoop around the Bloober Team office (and by "we", we mean Alex - the lucky...
A sight to behold
It's no secret that we're quite taken with the art style of GRIS, the upcoming puzzle platformer from Nomada Studio and Devolver which centres around the titular character's journey to overcome her own grief. With a little over a week to go until the game releases, we won't have to wait long to learn more, but in the meantime, we...
Featuring tracks from the game
As the next part of its Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies series, Scarlet Moon Records has revealed 'Prescription for Sleep: Celeste' - an album of lullaby-style renditions based on the game's soundtrack. To celebrate, we're happy to exclusively share a preview of one of the album's tracks, 'Madeline and...
"There are things we definitely could have done better"
Like a great many retro gamers out there, we've been following developments surrounding the Polymega console closely for quite some time now. Originally announced as RetroBlox, this modular system is built on a single goal: to offer modern-day players access to the original, physical-media...
"I couldn’t have done a better job myself!"
Nintendo stunned everyone when it revealed that Donkey Kong Country villain King K. Rool would be part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster, but it might come as a surprise to learn that the man who created this iconic baddie was just as shocked as the rest of the world. Former Rare designer Steve...
Easy mode! Beast mode! Performance boost! Bug Fixes!
Historical hack and slash title Wulverblade is going on sale to mark the release of version 1.1, which brings a raft of new features to the title, along with changes based on player feedback. The patch arrives Thursday and will be accompanied by a 33 percent price reduction on the US eShop...
"I have been upset for some time"
Remember Paprium? An incredible-looking Sega Genesis / Mega Drive scrolling fighter from the team behind the Wii U eShop RPG Pier Solar (which, incidentally, also began life on Sega's 16-bit system), it was announced over a y
New monster design and info revealed
Around a month ago we reported on Monster Crown, a heavily Pokémon-inspired Kickstarter project that places an emphasis on the breeding element of your monster-taming adventure. Since then, the crowdfunding campaign has gone on to be a huge success, already generating $35,000 more than its original target. The...
Music to slay people by
It might not be a household name in this part of the world, but Honor of Kings is a massive game in China - and it's coming to the Switch under the title Arena of Valor. In July 2017, it was reported that Tencent's MOBA had 80 million daily active players and 200 million monthly active players - which gives you some idea why...
Riding Mantine, new Pokemon, Mewtwo and more
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon aren't far away on 3DS, and the more we learn about the new titles the clearer it gets that they're offering more than minor expansions. The Pokémon Company and Game Freak have emphasised that there'll be an expansive storyline, and in a new twist to previous expansions...
Turn-based combat and strategy in an apocalyptic world
Regular readers of our sister-site Push Square probably know the name Luc Bernard, a British game designer well known for highly stylised and intriguing games. A recent project through Arcade Distillery - a studio with some familiar names in its roster - is Plague Road, and pleasingly it's...
Mixing things up
FAST RMX was one of our favourite Switch launch titles; it's pretty much everything we wanted from an F-Zero game, but without Captain Falcon and the gang. The lovely folks over at Shin'en Multimedia just got in touch to remind us that the REMIX UPDATE is coming to FAST RMX later today, which will add 6 new tracks...
We've been following the evolution of the superb Switch Player magazine for some time now, and it never ceases to amaze us how good the cover artwork for this publication is. Each month, a different artist is commissioned to illustrate the cover, and for issue 6, Switch Player has secured a genuine video game legend. Wil Overton's doodles...
Say hello to Chrawfish Interactive
Cameron Sheppard back in his Crawfish (no 'h') days If you're a seasoned Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance player then the name Crawfish Interactive will probably ring some bells. This UK-based studio created many licensed titles for Nintendo's portable line and was famous for its skill in getting the...
So says an anonymous source
In the year leading up to the big reveal of the Nintendo Switch there were a substantial number of leaks and rumours, many of which turned out to be correct. Nintendo, known for being so stringent with secrets in the past, was seeing many of its surprises splattered online well before they were officially aired. It seems...
"For the people who are speculating $300, it won't be nearly that much"
The announcement of RetroBlox (now known as Polymega) came as something of a surprise a few weeks ago, but in many ways this proposed system is a logical evolution in the growing "clone" hardware market. Built around modularity, RetroBlox aims to offer the benefits of...
3DS version "dependent on resources and time"
We've been following the development of Gory Detail's The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup quite closely since we broke news of its existence back in 2013. Created by two former Rare developers - Chris Seaver and Shawn Pile - this unique puzzle plaformer continues to shape up nicely, as we found when we...
"I'm confident that the Switch will be a hit for Nintendo"
The Nintendo Switch has been revealed, an exciting concept that blends a home console experience with an on-the-go tablet, detachable controllers and seemingly a range of innovative ideas. An exciting list of third-party publishers has been confirmed, but we can add one more to the list -...
No longer a Secret (of Mana)
We're big fans of HyperPlay RPG here at Nintendo Life, partly because it reminds us of the days before the internet where fanzines were commonplace, but mostly because it's an extremely well-produced publication packed with reviews, features and other cool stuff. A short time ago we confirmed that the one and only Wil...
"Three years is a good cycle for what we're doing"
When we last visited Gory Detail it was way back in 2013 when we exclusively revealed that ex-Rare staffers Chris Seavor and Shawn Pile had begun work on their next project - The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup. While the team have issued various developer vlogs in the subsequent years, they've largely...
"A better RIVE is preferable to an early sub-par RIVE"
In the steadily decreasing list of enticing titles still coming to the Wii U and its eShop, RIVE was among the most anticipated in the download scene. The final game from Two Tribes, it made a favourable impression as one of the demos in the E3 2015 '[email protected]' promotion, and we rather...
A work of art
We've been keenly following the progress of the Super Famicom Box Art Collection book for some time now, from its initial (aborted) crowdfunding campaign to the news that it would be published by Bitmap Books. After what feels like forever, the book is
Could "bring Smash to the level of League of Legends" in eSports
Through a mix of determined strategy and the benefit of plenty of open-minded competitors, Nintendo has seen Super Smash Bros. for Wii U establish itself in the competitive scene. Though the franchise as a whole is still lagging behind some huge franchises in eSports, it has a loyal...
Nicklas Nygren introduces the album
Affordable Space Adventures is, in this writer's opinion, one of the finest download-only titles on the Wii U eShop. It's a rare example in which the GamePad is used brilliantly, and as it's part of the current Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle there's no excuse for Wii U owners not to try it. Beyond its clever...
Feedback from our interview fired the starting gun
Gunslugs 2, developed by Orangepixel and ported / published on 3DS by Engine Software, is a fun and action-packed download title. Of course, no prizes are given for figuring out that it has a predecessor yet to arrive on 3DS - well, that's going to be fixed as Gunslugs is heading to the portable...
Taken from the forthcoming N64 Anthology
Geeks-Line's N64 Anthology has 17 days remaining on its Kickstarter campaign and has raised 45,000 Euros of its 50,000 Euro target so far. If you needed convincing that this is a project worth backing, then cast your eyes on the exclusive interview excerpt we've been granted below. It's a chat with the one...
A ghost in the machine
Star Ghost is docking with the Wii U eShop later this week, and to mark this event we've got an exclusive trailer for the game. Produced by former Rare and Retro Studios staffer Rhys Lewis, the game is a procedurally-generated shooter which borrows the control scheme from the rocket-barrel sections in Donkey Kong Country...
Cross-buy and loyalty discounts up for grabs
Mutant Mudds Super Challenge may not have '2' in the title, but it's shaping up to be an intensely challenging follow-up for fans of Renegade Kid's original action platformer - Mutant Mudds. Following the first game's break-out success on the 3DS eShop, in particular, this one's sure to get quite a bit of...
Update: Anonymous developer tried to leak the game three months ago
Update: Since we posted the original story, we have since come across this curious post from 4chan's /v/ board (click that link at your own risk) which appears to show a member of Spain's development community attempting to leak the existence of MercurySteam's Metroid. The post...
Let the colours run
Runbow's crazy breed of colour-based running action has already enlisted the help of the likes of Shovel Knight, Scram Kitty, and CommanderVideo to help in the endless task of running from one place to another, and now that list of indie guests has just grown even larger. In this exclusive trailer 13AM Games' frantic 9-player...
Update: Bandai Namco confirms the news
Update: Publisher Bandai Namco has confirmed to Polygon that Project CARS has been formally canned: Despite much perseverance on the Wii U version of Project CARS we will no longer be actively pursuing development on it as the quality does not meet our own high standards nor our intended vision for the title...
Would have been shown off at E3 2011
F-Zero is one of those franchises which Nintendo fans are constantly clamouring for, and not an E3 passes without demands from the masses for a brand-new entry. The series has been dormant for quite some time, although recent events - such as a F-Zero mini-game in Nintendo Land and the inclusion of the legendary...
Mind the gap
You may recall that a while back we lifted the lid on Gory Detail's new adventure title The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup, which is coming to the Wii U and 3DS eShops in the not-too-distant future. The work of former Rare staffers Chris "Conker" Seavor and Shawn Pile, Rusty Pup is shaping up to be a truly sumptuous 2D brain-teaser with...
Already speaking to Nintendo about porting the Xbox One brawler
Fully Illustrated's Michael Heald has revealed that 2D fighting title Wulverblade has a chance of coming to the Wii U. The game - which is like a mixture between Golden Axe and Final Fight set in Roman Britain - was previously unveiled as one of the Xbox One's mo
Hitting top speed
E3 week may typically be associated with the big beasts of gaming, but there's more to be enjoyed from the LA extravaganza. It's an industry event also graced by many smaller Indie developers, and the Nindie contingent will be there in force to show off exciting new downloads on the way. We have a Nindie treat before the expo...
Including a Swab Hat, which is swell
Earlier today Image & Form unveiled the first 3DS screenshots for SteamWorld Heist, showing how the 2D strategy title will shrink down onto the portable. First impressions are pretty positive - we think, anyway - and we can see how the bottom screen will be utilised for control tips, swapping between team...
Champ is joining Empire Arcadia following team's world record success
At this year's E3, Nintendo will be resurrecting a special event which first took place 25 years ago. The 1990 Nintendo World Championships captured the hearts and minds of an entire generation of players and have since passed into video gaming folklore, arguably laying down the...
Meeting with a Rare breed of developers
They say that the apple never falls far from the tree, and that's certainly true of UK startup Playtonic Games. Based on an industrial estate in the middle of the rolling English countryside, this team of former Rare developers is but a stone's throw away from the historic town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, where Rare...
Ground control to Major Tom
In case you missed the memo, Choice Provisions is what was once known as Gaijin Games, the studio that graced the Wii with the BIT.TRIP games and brought the snappily titled BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien to the Wii U eShop. Choice Provisions is also a publisher, too, with Woah Dave! a recent...
Everyone sings but Link
When rumours of a Legend of Zelda TV series on Netflix circulated, there was an understandable mix of trepidation and excitement; its description of "Game of Thrones for a family audience" certainly raised eyebrows. However, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata subsequently came out and said that the apparent leak was inaccurate,...
Meet the studio behind a finger-based phenomenon
Full Fat Games is a serious player in the smartphone arena, having clocked an amazing 55 million downloads across its range of casual yet compelling iOS and Android releases. If you own a smartphone then chances are you've probably played one of the studio's games - be it Flick Golf, Flick Soccer,...
Catch yourself an exclusive UK download code
Not long ago Nintendo of Europe announced that Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire - Special Demo Version was on the way; it's been confirmed for PAL regions and Japan but not, as yet, North America. The demo will naturally introduce gamers to the upcoming releases and allow some exploration and...
"We need to listen not just to the biggest fans"
This week sees the launch of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the first portable iteration of the famous fighting game franchise. As you'll already know if you're a seasoned reader of Nintendo Life, we've delivered our critical verdict of the game and found it to be something of a smash hit, and in...
"We're going to piece together one streamlined timeline"
Isaiah TriForce Johnson is a name that will be instantly familiar to most Nintendo fans. One of the company's most loyal supporters, TriForce is famed for being first in line at hardware launches, wearing a Power Glove every waking moment of the day and running his own incredibly successful...
"The GamePad is a highly flexible piece of equipment"
If you're trying to get the attention of the average Nintendo fan, mentioning Metroid usually has the desired effect. When Dead Pixel Entertainment announced Sync for the Wii U eShop earlier this year, that particular tactic worked wonderfully; of course, the Wii U exclusivity, intriguing...
Mini interview, screens and details galore to enjoy
Shantae And The Pirate's Curse is currently one of the most eagerly-awaited 3DS titles in the Nintendo Life office, but this is an adventure so epic that it simply couldn't be contained to a single system. We're pleased to share the exclusive early news that WayForward is also bringing Shantae's...
HullBreach Studios and Cthulhi Games are collaborating on development
Update 2: Following a rapid progression of events, HullBreach Studios and Cthulhi Games have retracted their claims to the Sadness brand — the details are available in this updated article. Update: In follow-up comments to our colleagues at Euro
"Wii U is the perfect fit for the game"
UK-based indie studio Opposable Games has just confirmed that it is planning to bring its unique real time, second-screen strategy title Salvaged to the Wii U eShop, should the game successfully reach its Kickstarter goal of $125,000. We caught up with Design Director James Parker to chat about the influences...
Both real and fantastical
HullBreach Uncloaked is an intriguing Wii U eShop title in a couple of respects — it's based on a Wii-browser MMORPG called HullBreach Online, and its developer (HullBreach Studios) has bold plans for the scope that it'll offer. It'll have all 576 sectors of its online predecessor, except with fully-realised 3D visuals...
Online play and stage building planned as post-launch DLC
The Wii U eShop is, as all of the game announcements and emerging release dates make clear, getting close to a flurry of releases that may continue for much of 2014. It's a target store for established developers to some degree, but is also attracting plenty of newcomers to the industry. One...
Including a host of brand new features
Earlier this week Shin'en Multimedia teased a reveal for a new Wii U game, one beyond the already highly-anticipated FAST Racing NEO, and we're delighted to exclusively confirm that this Wii U eShop title is Art of Balance. This is a series that has already been popular on the
"We are massive Nintendo fans so it's a huge privilege"
Late last year we reported that Wales Interactive is bringing two games to the Wii U eShop; these are Gravity Badgers and Master Reboot. The studio has been prolific in its short existence to date, publishing a number of smartphone titles, but is increasingly moving onto PC and home console...
Brjann Sigurgeirsson spills the beans to us
SteamWorld Dig, since its release on the 3DS eShop, has gradually matched critical acclaim with greater awareness and success on the platform. It's certainly a title that's captured the imagination of many regular 3DS eShop regulars, picking up plenty of positive word of mouth. We've spoken in detail to...
"What platforms we support will be up to the fans"
As we reported last week, everyone's favourite underwater agent is getting a revival thanks to Kickstarter and there's a good chance he'll be making a splash on the Wii U or 3DS — or perhaps even both. We've been talking exclusively to Chris Sorrell — the man behind James Pond — and PJ...
We go hands-on with the Wii U eShop version
Not so long ago, we broke the news that Tengami was headed for the Wii U eShop. Since then creator Nyamyam — made up of former Rare staffers Phil Tossell and Jennifer Schneidereit — have been hard at work finishing the iOS version as well as porting the title over to Nintendo's hardware. The duo are...
Wii U and 3DS playable with each other and smartphone / tablet players
Earlier this week Ripstone confirmed details of both Knytt Underground and Pure Chess coming to the Wii U eShop, with the latter also on its way to the 3DS eShop. Ripstone works with various small developers to bring their titles to multiple systems, and is one of a solid number...
Capcom Producer shares his hopes with us
DuckTales: Remastered arrived on the Wii U eShop in North America on 13th August, with the European release set for 15th August, so gamers young and old have a chance to revisit one of the most iconic games to grace the NES. It created a lot of buzz when in was announced earlier in the year, of course, with...
Fellow ex-Rare developer Shawn Pile also involved
A short time ago, we posted a news piece regarding Chris Seavor's plans for the Wii U. He hinted on Twitter that Nintendo's console could figure in his plans, and we can now exclusively reveal that he wasn't kidding — Gory Detail's next game — following the iOS title Parashoot Stan — will be...
Nyamyam authorised as Wii U developer
UK developer Nyamyam has exclusively confirmed to us that Tengami is coming to the Wii U eShop. The game is currently in development for the Apple iPad. The studio has issued us with this statement regarding the news: Last year we asked on Twitter whether you would like to see Tengami on the Wii U. The...
And they're here to stay
In January Nintendo of America reinstated all previous WiiWare demos while Europe looked on enviously. Well, readers in PAL regions, your time is coming. An inside source has confirmed to us that previously removed WiiWare demos will be reinstated for users in PAL regions before the end of the month. Not only that, whereas...
Start your engines
Gamelion Studios is bringing its popular mobile game SpeedX 3D to the 3DS eShop. The tunnel racer has racked up over 10 million downloads on iOS, Android and other operating systems, and a new version is on the way to 3DS later this year. The concept is simple: race as far as possible down a brightly coloured — psychedelic, even...
Muddin' makes you feel good
For those who don't know, Mutant Mudds began life as a 3D polygonal platformer called Maximillian and the Rise of the Mutant Mudds that was to be released as a retail title on Nintendo DS. Sadly, the retail release and a pitched DSiWare rendition were never able to get off the ground, leaving developer Renegade Kid to...
Scan it below
3DS download Pyramids just released on the eShop in Europe, with one of its major features the ability to add new levels by scanning a QR code just like the one below. In order to access our exclusive Pyramids level, follow these instructions: Launch Pyramids On the title's front screen, select 'QR CODE' The top screen will show nine...
We have screens and everything
Gamelion's busy on DSiWare these days, recently announcing a release date for Furry Legends as well as the next game in its Academy series, Academy: Checkers. The studio made its name on DSiWare with Extreme Hangman, but on other formats its biggest hit is Doodle Fit. Guess what? That's coming to DSiWare too. Essentially the game is Tangram-like affair: you must fully..
See how it's done
Over the past three weeks you may have seen feature articles from developers Nnooo, telling you all you need to know about escapeVektor: Chapter 1. With the title set for its WiiWare launch on 29th September, Nnooo now round off their preview coverage with a behind the scenes look at the development of the title. Check it out...
Escape with all the medals
It's time for the final part of our series of features from WiiWare developers Nnooo, telling you all you need to know about escapeVektor: Chapter 1. With the title due for release on 29th September, this is your last chance to pick up vital tips to help your escape. Read on to learn about Interceptors, achievements and...
Learn more about Vektor
Last week we brought you the first in a series of three features from WiiWare developers Nnooo, introducing escapeVektor: Chapter 1. In this latest instalment, Nnooo tell us about another enemy type, as well as details on the secrets and achievements to be uncovered in the title. Anti-Hunter tactics, exits to hidden areas and...
Can you help Vektor escape?
We're happy to bring you the first in a series of three features from WiiWare developers Nnooo, introducing escapeVektor: Chapter 1. The developer's latest title following the excellent Pop, escapeVektor: Chapter 1 promises a retro arcade experience. Read on to learn more. Avoiding Patrols, Electric Fences & Cannons!...
There's some strange sports on WiiWare — Target Toss Pro: Lawn Darts and Zoo Disc Golf, take a bow — but in all the years of the service we can't come up with one decent football (or "soccer") game. Could that game be Soccer Up!? We don't know, but we have some exclusive screenshots of Mii characters in action. That'll have to do. EnjoyUp Games's title was first shown off
First screenshots here
We haven't heard anything on Gamelion's Furry Legends: Beginnings, the second volume in the series that began with WiiWare's Furry Legends, for a very long time. But that's all changing right now. Gamelion has just informed us that it has submitted the title to Nintendo's lotcheck, where it'll be tested for bugs and given hopefully given the go-ahead. Gamelion hopes for a..
Wrapping it up
Over the past months we've brought you exclusive articles from Finnish developer RedLynx, detailing the world, characters, power-ups and vehicles on offer in the WiiWare game. Now we have the most important and final part in the series, explaining ex
Get behind the wheel
Continuing our exclusive look at upcoming WiiWare physics-racer MotoHeroz from Trials HD developer RedLynx, we have a look at the cars you'll be racing around in when the game launches on WiiWare this summer. Be sure to read our previous articles: The World of MotoHeroz, The Characters of MotoHeroz and
Sounds like a blast
MotoHeroz is a WiiWare game being created by Trials HD developer RedLynx, of Helsinki, Finland. We've teamed up with the Finnish developer to bring you a series of exclusive articles, starting with The World of MotoHeroz and The Characters of MotoHeroz. The Power-Ups of MotoHeroz: What's a fun arcade racing game witho
Meet the racers
In anticipation of MotoHeroz's June 2011 release on WiiWare, we've teamed up with Trials HD developer RedLynx to bring you a series of exclusive articles. Last week we brought you The World of MotoHeroz, and now it's time to meet its inhabitants. The Characters of MotoHeroz: There are four characters in the story of MotoHeroz, and...
Part one of our exclusive series
MotoHeroz is a new WiiWare game from Finnish developer RedLynx, developers of the highly acclaimed Xbox Live Arcade hit Trials HD. According to RedLynx: The game takes the fun, fast gameplay of physics-based racers, adds it to a frantic rally race, and delivers a fresh new kind of side-scrolling, platform racing...
Get a peek at pre-development mock-ups of the first five games
Seeing how games develop over time is always of interest to us here at Nintendo Life, which is why we badgered BIT.TRIP developers Gaijin Games for an exclusive peek at some of their development documentation and how we wound up with these target renders for the first five games. These...
WiiWare title returns
It's been a long time since we heard anything about Bobby Carrot Forever. In fact, you'd have to go back to our WiiWare World days to read the game's announcement from December 2008, but the game is still very much under way at FDG Entertainment. In fact, we have some exclusive new screenshots of the rabbit's new outing to share with you. The game itself has been rated by..
Art, skins and extra in-game goodies
If you're excited about Conduit 2 this Gamestop-exclusive special edition package might just ramp up your giddy-o-meter just a notch or two. Available online or in-store at $49.99, the bundle includes a 44-page art book, an enhancement for the All Seeing Eye and an exclusive multiplayer skin, which isn't a bad...
Updated: Nintendo confirms return
Last November Nintendo ran a brief trial of WiiWare demos, offering free trials to Wii Shop Channel users, but the service ended at the end of January. Now Nintendo Life can exclusively reveal that demos will be returning to the Wii Shop Channel in the near future. We've spoken to several WiiWare developers who have...
Sequel with a twist!
We promised you the exclusive on Goodbye Galaxy Games' new title and here it is: Flipper 2 is on the way to DSiWare! It's not just going to be a rehash of the original Flipper, however, as this concept art shows. Not only that, there's a big twist: you can play the whole game with just one button. All of Flipper's moves can be performed just by pushing one button, with Hugo..
Try to contain your surprise
Have you been enjoying the recently released Just Dance 2? Then you'll be pleased to know that we've learned from an anonymous source that Ubisoft is already working on the follow-up, Just Dance 3, set for release in the holiday season of 2011. The game has been in planning since before Just Dance 2 was released,...
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