Random Zelda: TOTK Players Build Cucco Traps For An Easy Way To Farm Eggs
The plot chickens
It didn't take long for the good Zelda fans of the world to set their sites on the Koroks when Tears of the Kingdom was released a few weeks ago, and now, after countless times of watching these little guys getting rocketed, burnt, blown up or otherwise 'oof'-ed, it seems that the community has set its sights on another target. We...
Poll Will There Be A June 2023 Nintendo Direct?
What are Nintendo's post-Zelda plans?
June is here, which means that multiple publishers are just about ready to showcase their gaming plans for the months — and years — ahead. We like to think of it as 'Gaming Christmas', if you will — lots of game news goodies coming all at once (as opposed to actual Christmas when there's not a lick of game...
News Watch The Pros Splat It Out In The Splatoon 3 Championship 2023 Opening Qualifier
Last weekend saw the opening qualifiers for Nintendo's official Splatoon 3 Championship 2023, pitting some of the world's best splatters against each other to see who would come out on top. A part of the 'Nintendo Vs' lineup, this opening event saw four teams facing off across several different game modes — Splat Zones, Tower...
UK Charts Not Even Street Fighter 6 Can Knock Zelda: TOTK Off Its Throne
It's UK charts time, and once again, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom tops the pile, despite the much-anticipated launch of Capcom's Street Fighter 6. It's a remarkable achievement for a game that's not only been at the top of the charts for four weeks in a row now but is also only available on one platform. Street Fighter 6 is, of...
News Super Mario Bros. Movie Steelbook Already Being Shipped Out (US)
The Super Mario Movie made its digital debut last month, so when can we expect to see the physical version arrive? Following a supposed leak that suggested the Steelbook release would be arriving on 6th June 2023, it seems some Mario fans in the US have already secured their copy. According to reports, a weekly ad by the retailer...
News Grant Kirkhope Appears To Have Completed His Work On Mario + Rabbids
"8 years writing music for Mario is at an end"
Legendary video game composer Grant Kirkhope, known for hits like GoldenEye 007 and Donkey Kong 64, appears to have completed his work on Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. In a brief message on social media at the start of this month, Kirkhope mentioned how he thought his time writing music for Mario was...
News Valve Confirms It Contacted Nintendo About Dolphin Emulator Coming To Steam
"We brought this to their attention proactively"
Towards the end of May, the team behind Dolphin Emulator revealed its release on Steam had been "indefinitely postponed" after it was contacted by Valve. Valve spokesperson Kaci Aitchison Boyle has now issued a statement (via The Verge), confirming Valve originally reached out to Nintendo: Given...
News Splatoon 3 Gets Another Update To Smooth Out Sizzle Season, Here Are The Full Patch Notes
The second update this week
You might be thinking to yourself, "wait a minute, didn't Splatoon 3 just get an update two days ago?" and you would be correct. The huge ver. 4.0.0 patch brought all of the Sizzle Season newbies to the game, but with this also came some pesky bugs. Hoping to smooth these bumps out, Nintendo has today released another...
Random Nintendo Of Europe Makes Everybody 1-2-Switch!'s Horse Comically Small
To the surprise of, well, pretty much everyone, Nintendo has announced Everybody 1-2-Switch!, a sequel to the Switch's party launch title, 1-2 Switch!. Everybody 1-2-Switch! takes the general concept of the first game and dials everything up a notch, allowing players to take part using both Joy-Con controllers and their smart...
News You Can Now Watch Critical Role's Full Zelda: TOTK-Themed One-Shot Special On YouTube
Update: Watch the adventure at your own pace
Update [Fri 2nd Jun, 2023 10:15 BST]: After streaming the event on Twitch and YouTube earlier this week, Critical Role's Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom-themed One-Shot tabletop RPG is now available to watch in full on YouTube. This five-hour special is led by Ganondorf voice actor Matt Mercer and tells an...
News Switch Online's 'Missions & Rewards' Adds Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Icons
Update: Wave 2 available now
Update [Fri 2nd Jun, 2023 03:30 BST]: Here's your reminder that the second wave of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 icons are now available via the 'Missions and Rewards' scheme for the Switch Online service. These icons will be available until 8th June. Here's a look, courtesy of Nintendo Everything: Original article [Sun...
News Nintendo Announces Everybody 1-2-Switch!, Pre-Orders Now Live
The follow up to 1-2-Switch arrives 30th June
No, this isn't a joke - Nintendo has actually announced a sequel to the Switch launch title 1-2-Switch, called Everybody 1-2-Switch. This reveal follows rumours dating back to June last year. This new entry will be released on 30th June for $29.99 USD (or your regional equi
News Nintendo Reveals New Switch Joy-Con Pastel Colour Controller Sets
Coming later this month
If you're looking for an excuse to add even more Joy-Con colours to your Switch collection, you'll be pleased to know Nintendo has today announced another two sets. They are due out in North America and other locations on 30th June 2023 and will be priced at $79.99 (or your regional equivalent). As you can see, one set is...
Soapbox Returning To The Great Plateau In Zelda: TOTK Felt Like Coming Home
A truly GREAT plateau
Soapbox features enable our individual writers and contributors to voice their opinions on hot topics and random stuff they've been chewing over. Today, Jim argues that Breath of the Wild's starting area is still fantastic in Tears of the Kingdom... There are a lot of fantastic places that you can revisit in The Legend of...
Reminder Splatoon 3's Sizzle Season 2023 Kicks Off Today
New weapons, stages and game modes now available
With most of our minds firmly focused on Tears of the Kingdom, it can be easy to forget that there are, in fact, other games out there (who knew?). And so, with that in mind, this is your friendly reminder that Splatoon 3's newest update, Sizzle Season 2023, has inked off the start line today...
News Mario Movie Surpasses Disney's Animated Hit Frozen At The Box Office
Frozen 2 is still out in front
The Super Mario Bros. Movie has been a huge success for Nintendo and Illumination since it made its debut in April, and now it has achieved yet another milestone. After surpassing the $1 billion mark at the global box office last month, the movie has now climbed past Disney's 2013 animated hit Frozen ($1.284 billion)...
News Dillon's Rolling Western & Kirby Developer Vanpool Shuts Down
"We have decided to disband"
In some surprising news, it's been discovered Vanpool, the independent Tokyo-based development team behind the Dillon's Rolling Western series, has shut down. As of 31st May 2023, the studio is no longer in operation. It shared an official statement on its website confirming this. Here's part of a translation:...
News Switch eShop Reduced To "Limited Service" In Russia, Says Nintendo Of Europe
Nintendo of Europe has sent an email to publishers informing them that the Switch eShop in Russia will be operating on a "limited service" as of 31st May 2023, according to a report by Game Developer. The eShop has been in "maintenance mode" ever since Russian payments were suspended in March 2022 and today's change marks the latest...
Random Japanese Zelda Fans Steal Copies Of TOTK By Working As Delivery Assistants
The true villains of Hyrule
In the run up to the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, hype amongst fans had understandably reached fever pitch. Now, while most of us were quite content to replay Breath of the Wild again or simply sit in the corner of a room and rock back and forth for hours on end, two individuals in Japan were...
News Kickstarter For New Book About Nintendo's Legendary President Satoru Iwata Goes Live
Introducing 'The Impact of Iwata'
The legacy of Nintendo's former president Satoru Iwata lives on, and while we've already had "Ask Iwata" localised by VIZ Media to commemorate his life and contribution to the video games industry over the years, there's now the possibility of a new book. Nintendo Force - the magazine following in the footsteps of...
Guide Nintendo Switch 2: Everything We Know About Nintendo's Next Console - Nvidia Chips, Rumours
Everything about the rumoured Nintendo Switch successor
Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 and is now in its seventh year on store shelves. In that time, Nintendo has released both the Nintendo Switch Lite, a handheld-only variant, and the Nintendo Switch OLED Model, a premium version with a larger OLED screen and other minor enhancements to the...
Random You'll Soon Be Able To Give Out Post-Battle Fist Bumps In Splatoon 3
Sizzle Season skins
Obviously, the exciting part about a new season in Splatoon 3 is to do with the headline reveals — new stages, weapons, items etc. — but we'd be lying if we said that we didn't enjoy seeing the useless, but nonetheless fun, little changes that come to the game with each major update. We thought the ability to fold your...
News Nintendo Releases Update For Switch (Version 16.0.3), Here Are The Details
Another "rebootless update" has arrived
Earlier this month, Nintendo rolled out a new update for the Switch, bumping the system up to Version 16.0.3. Now, in a slight development, it seems the company has issued a "rebootless" update for this same firmware update. As detailed by dataminer 'OatmealDome', this update does not require users to do...
Random Use A Portable Pot To Take Your Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Builds To The Next Level
Cooking on gas
Just three weeks in, we are starting to get the feeling that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is one of those games that's going to keep blowing our minds for years to come. For example, we have just today seen that the Portable Pot (a Zonai device that we have stumbled across multiple times in our travels so far) can in fact...
Guide Splatoon 3: Sizzle Season 2023 - Every New Game Mode, Weapon, Stage, And Feature
Fresh out of the pan
Getting ready to ink its way into Splatoon 3 from 1st June, Sizzle Season 2023 is the game's third officially titled chapter, and is set to bring even more brand-new goodies to the Splatlands. From Chill Season 2022 through to Fresh Season 2023, these updates keep getting larger, adding an increasing number of fresh features to...
News Jam Out To Splatoon 3's Jazzy New Battle Song Before Sizzle Season Kicks Off
We are nearing the release of Splatoon 3's Sizzle Season 2023 later on this week, and to get us all in the mood Nintendo has released one of the fresh new tracks that will be backing up our splatting from 1st June. Titled 'Rockagilly Blues', this jazzy little number sees the former front-woman of in-game band Ink Theory teaming up with...
Random Zonai 'Airbike' Is The Perfect Custom Vehicle In Zelda: TOTK
Sorry, Master Cycle Zero
Traversing across Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is always a joy, but doing it on foot is not always the most efficient means of doing so. Sure, you could hop on a horse or craft yourself a nice little cart, but wouldn't it be great if you could literally just fly wherever you want? Well, you can! And...
UK Charts Guess What, Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Is Number One Again
A total upheaval
The latest UK charts data is in, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has once again topped the pile, despite a 50% sales drop week-on-week. It's the third week at number one for the latest Zelda entry, which sold a bonkers 10 million copies within its first three day
News Dolphin Emulator Steam Release "Indefinitely Postponed"
Update: Nintendo responds with statement
Update #3 [Sat 3rd Jun, 2023 01:35 BST]: Valve spokesperson Kaci Aitchison Boyle has now issued a statement (via The Verge), noting how Valve was the one to inform Nintendo: Given Nintendo’s history of taking action against some emulators, we brought this to their attention proactively after the Dolphin...
Feature 8-Bit Wolf - Remembering The NES Game Teaching Kids To Conquer Wall Street
It’s all about bucks, kid
When you think back to being in middle school, staying up all night with your friends playing video games, what games are you playing? Is it Mass Effect? Maybe some iteration of Smash or Mario Kart? The big one when I was that age was Street Fighter II in all its iterations. But there's another game that brings back the...
Random Modders Build World's Smallest GameCube Using Authentic Nintendo Hardware
We have seen some pretty impressive retro gaming creations over the years here on Nintendo Life. There was the huge, fully-functional DS, the Mario Kart gaming cabinet and a LEGO GBA, but this latest build shared by
News The Pokémon Franchise Has Now Shipped Over 480 Million Software Units
TPC updates its figures
The Pokémon Company has updated its website with some fresh figures relating to its behemoth franchise. Chiefly, software shipments for Pokémon have now reached over 480 million units as of the end of March 2023. This is a remarkable increase of 40 million over the previous year. The majority of this will have come from...
News Mario Kart Tour Puts Peach And Daisy In The Spotlight With Upcoming Princess Tour
GBA and Wii circuits return
With the Mii Tour entering its final lap in Nintendo's mobile racer, we have got our first proper look at what is around the corner for Mario Kart Tour. The game's next chapter will focus on Peach and Daisy, as the Princess Tour gets off the starting line on 31st May. This one brings back two classic courses to fit with...
News Nintendo Expands Switch Online's GBA Library With Three Super Mario Games
Update: Available now!
Update [Fri 26th May, 2023 03:05 BST]: Switch Online's GBA app has now been updated - meaning Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers can now access Super Mario Advance, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 and
News Pokémon HOME Getting Scarlet And Violet Support In Update Next Week
There's been a lot of confusion about when Pokémon Scarlet & Violet support would be added to Pokémon HOME after the company behind the game shared the wrong dates. Fortunately, it's now provided an update about when exactly players should be able to access this feature. According to The Pokémon Company (via social media),...
Feature 21 Amazing Shield Fuse Combos In Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom
Shield with it
It was back in Eiji Aonuma's 10-minute gameplay demonstration for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom that we first got a glimpse at the possibilities of shield fusing. The series producer took a Puffshroom, stuck it to Link's shield, and faced a Construct head on, sending up a cloud of smoke around them both. At the time, this...
Random Sony's Upcoming 'Project Q' Is A Little More Wii U Than Switch
Lots of Qs, no As
Logging onto Twitter this morning after last night's PlayStation Showcase, you might expect to see trending topics from the likes of Sony, Spider-Man and Alan Wake. But what did we notice before any of these? 'Splatoon' and 'Wii U'. The former is in reference to
News Nintendo And Nékter Join Forces To Create Mario, Splatoon, And Kirby Ice Cream
We'll take all the scoops
Summer is right around the corner, which means only one thing: ice cream! Yes, we all love a good scoop or two, and now you can have some ice cream based on your favourite Nintendo IP, including Mario, Splatoon, and Kirby. This comes via a new collaboration with Nintendo of America and Nékter Juice Bar, the latter of...
Random Indie Game Blocked By Nintendo Over Confusion On Microtransactions
"I've goofed too close to the sun this time"
Update [Fri 26th May, 2023 09:00 BST]: Developer Strange Scaffold has confirmed that Sunshine Shuffle will now launch on the North American eShop on May 31st, 2023. Seems like the confusion over child gambling has been cleared up! Original Article [Wed 24th May, 2023 14:45 BST]: Well, this is one...
Random Nintendo's Brand Momentum Has Been Flat Since 2018, Says Sony
We're not sure we believe that...
When it comes to investor relations, big brands like to big themselves up. It's only natural, of course; for companies to attract more interest and therefore more money, it makes perfect sense for them to paint themselves in the best light possible. However, during Sony's most recent Business Segment Meeting, its...
UK Charts Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Lands The Top Spot, Once Again
Tears of the competition
After a brief delay, we now have the week's charts for boxed sales in the UK and surprising absolutely nobody, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has held onto the top spot after debuting in first place last week. According to GamesIndustry.biz, Link's latest outing has seen a 73% drop in sales week-on-week (though...
Poll Goats Or Lizards? What Do You Think Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom's Zonai Look Like?
When it comes to The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, we have cleared up most of the pressing questions. We've assembled guides covering a range of topics, but we still haven't tackled the biggest one of them all: Do the Zonai look like goats or lizards? Now, we know what you're thinking — they're goats, right? — but...
News Nintendo Japan To End Repairs For Wii U When Current Parts Inventory Runs Out
Get booked in soon
Nintendo's Japanese support service has announced that it will be ending repair support for the Wii U. When exactly? Well, that really depends on when its current parts inventory runs out. The announcement was made on the Japanese Nintendo Support Page, confirming that the period of holding repair parts for the Wii U has now...
News Mario Kart Tour Lawsuit Calls Out "Immoral" Lootbox Gacha System
The pipe has backfired
At the end of last year, Nintendo removed the gacha elements from its mobile racing game, Mario Kart Tour. It replaced this system where players would "fire" a pipe to receive a random item with a 'Spotlight Shop'. Although the item system has already been updated, Axios reports a young gamer (with approval from his father)...
News The Mario Movie Is Now "The Third-Biggest Animated Movie Of All Time"
Behind Disney's Frozen movies at the global box office
Although the Mario Movie is now available to rent and buy in certain parts of the world, it's still setting records in cinemas around the world. The latest update from Collider reveals the Illumination and Nintendo production has now officially overtaken Disney's Incredibles 2 to become the...
News 3DS System Update 11.17.0-50 Is Now Live, Here Are The Full Patch Notes
Nintendo has issued a surprise update for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. This bumps the system up to Version 11.17.0-50. As usual, it's another "stability update" - with improved system stability to further enhance the overall user experience. Dataminer 'OatmealDome' also notes how the system settings, eShop app and internet...
Random Zelda Devs Reveal Which Link They Think Is The Stinkiest
We've often found ourselves wondering a lot of things about the Legend of Zelda franchise and, more specifically, its main protagonist, Link. Which Link is the strongest? What does he do in his spare time? Just how long does he really sleep? What we've never really considered, however, is which Link is perhaps the stinkiest. We're almost...
Soapbox Zelda: TOTK's Shrines Are Brilliant At Making An Idiot Feel Like A Genius
I did it, mum!
Soapbox features enable our individual writers and contributors to voice their opinions on hot topics and random stuff they've been chewing over. Today, Ollie wants to share his love for Tears of the Kingdom's shrines and the newfound freedom they afford players... I'm really not a very clever man. Okay no, that's not entirely true;...
Random Russia's Unofficial Pokédex Presents A Hilarious, Alternate Take On Pokémon
Seel have velvety voices, apparently
If you're like us, then you'll no doubt be reasonably familiar with the original 151 Pokémon. Over the years, official resources have been abundant, so knowing the strengths, weaknesses, and overall behavior of the Pokémon from Red and Blue is pretty easy for most fans. Yet for those in Russia, an official...
News Wahoo! The Mario Movie Is Now Available To Buy Or Rent Digitally In The UK
After getting its digital premiere in the US last week, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is now available to rent or buy digitally in the UK too (thanks, VGC)! If you are eager to watch Universal's record-breaking picture from the comfort of your own home, then you can now do so from the likes of both