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  • Guide: Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Everything We Know About The Happy Home Paradise DLC
    on October 15, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    New furniture, characters, and polishing!None of us could have predicted it — well, okay, one of us could — but Happy Home Designer, the spin-off 3DS game that trimmed Animal Crossing down to just the home decor mechanic, is being added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.Named "Happy Home Paradise", this paid DLC is basically a spin-off of a spin-off, which adds a ton of new content, mechanics, and characters to the game, alongside the Version 2.0 free update (if you want to know what's included in that, check out our round-up!).Read the full article on

  • Poll: What Do You Think Of The Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Price?
    on October 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Will you be doubling up?While the Animal Crossing Direct was 20+ minutes of cuteness and excitement for fans of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it also served up a major update on the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass. We have a release date and pricing, and a firm idea of the content it'll offer at launch.So, let's summarise the key details:Read the full article on

  • Guide: Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Everything Coming In The Final Free Update
    on October 15, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    New stuff, old friends, and Froggy Chair.Twenty minutes of a Nintendo Direct is usually about four to ten big things, but this Animal Crossing Direct was more jam-packed than a sticky child's lunchbox. So much so, in fact, that we've had to split up our usual "everything" round-up into two parts: The free stuff, and the paid stuff.Here's everything you can find in update 2.0 for Animal Crossing: New Horizons without paying for it:Read the full article on

  • Gallery: Breaking The Seal On Retro-Bit's 'Undercover Cops' Reissue
    on October 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    One of the rarest Super Famicom games lives again.Irem's Undercover Cops is one of the most expensive Super Famicom titles, regularly changing hands for $200 just for the loose cartridge. However, Retro-Bit has come to our rescue with a reissue of the game which comes with a bunch of other goodies that collectors will want to check out.Retro-Bit was kind enough to send us a sample of the North American version, and we've pulled together this gallery to show it off. As a refresher, this is what's contained within 'The Collectors Edition' ($69.99 / €64.99):Read the full article on

  • Wish Kingdom Hearts Was Native On Switch? A True Port Is Still "Undecided"
    on October 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    We speak to series producer, Ichiro Hazama.During the recent Super Smash Bros. presentation, which revealed Kingdom Hearts' Sora as the final DLC fighter, it was revealed that the entire Kingdom Hearts series is headed to Switch. What should have been an incredible announcement was somewhat dampened, however, with the catch being that the entire collection would only be available in Cloud Version form.It's safe to say that the reaction wasn't particularly great; we ran a poll right here on Nintendo Life to see how many of you would be interested in picking up the cloud versions and, at the time of writing, only 9% of respondents were confident in a 'yes' answer. The vast majority of respondents had no interest at all or would have preferred native ports of the games.Read the full article on

  • Yes, The Nintendo 64 Controller For Switch Has Rumble
    on October 15, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    "No Rumble Pak required" - Oh Nintendo, you crack us up.As you may have seen, pre-orders are starting to appear for the wireless Nintendo 64 Switch controllers in different territories, which will offer us retro-heads a rather fun way to try out the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass titles when they land on 25th/26th October. You have to have a standard NSO subscription to buy it though, which is quirky considering the standard sub doesn't get you the N64 games but... let's move on.We already know about various extra buttons and indicators that make it compatible with the Switch, but a fun detail in the product description also confirms rumble. This writer had assumed that would be the case, which was probably silly, but in any case it is a feature.Read the full article on

  • Guide: Animal Crossing: New Horizons: All The Returning Special Characters
    on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Brewster, Tortimer, Kapp'n, and more!Well, that was a jam-packed Animal Crossing Direct, wasn't it? Here at NLHQ, we're all frantically trying to type out the ten billion things that were just announced in that 20-minute showcase, and our fingers have already almost fallen off.For now, though, let's have a look at all the new, returning, and improved special characters for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as some of the ones we probably won't be seeing...Read the full article on

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Version 2.0 Will Be The Game's Final Major Free Update
    on October 15, 2021 at 3:30 pm

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

  • Switch's N64 And Sega Genesis Controllers Are Now Up For Pre-Order
    on October 15, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Switch Online subscribers only!Update: And the N64 pad is sold out in both the US and the UK now.Fittingly, what with Nintendo dropping the pricing and release date details for Nintendo Switch Online's upcoming Expansion Pack, the new N64 and Sega Genesis controllers designed for Switch can now be pre-ordered.Read the full article on

  • Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Release Date And Pricing Revealed
    on October 15, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Adds significant Animal Crossing content.During its Nintendo Direct in September the big N unveiled the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, an optional extra to the subscription service that adds Nintendo 64 and SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis games. A lot of our thoughts on its potential pricing revolved around the value of those added libraries, but today's Animal Crossing Direct confirmed that it'll also include the Happy Home Paradise expansion for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.It launches on 25th / 26th October (depending on region), with the Animal Crossing DLC landing on 5th November.Read the full article on

  • Froggy Chair is BACK in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
    on October 15, 2021 at 2:45 pm

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

  • Animal Crossing Series 5 amiibo Cards Launch This November, 48 Cards Included
    on October 15, 2021 at 2:40 pm

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

  • Happy Home Paradise Unveiled For Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Paid DLC Or In NSO Expansion Pack
    on October 15, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Nintendo Switch Online is changing things up.Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer was a rather fun, albeit limited in scope, spin-off on 3DS. Intriguingly, today's Animal Crossing Direct revealed that the concept is being dialled up to 11 in Animal Crossing: New Horizons as Happy Home Paradise, and it'll also be the game's first paid DLC.Intriguingly it'll be $24.99USD / 24,99 Euros / £22.49 as a standalone expansion or will be included with Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack. That's a pretty good bonus but also shakes up our previous thoughts on the NSO Expansion Pack, which before now was only confirmed to add Nintendo 64 and SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis games.Read the full article on

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons Is Adding Cooking And Crops
    on October 15, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Natural growth.Animal Crossing: New Horizons had its long awaited Direct today, which delivered a lot of details on possibly the biggest update yet for the game. A key new addition, and one that's sure to keep a lot of us busy, was cooking and a new range of growable crops.Read the full article on

  • Kapp'n Makes A Return In Animal Crossing: New Horizons Next Month
    on October 15, 2021 at 2:15 pm

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

  • Brewster And The Roost Update Detailed In Animal Crossing Direct
    on October 15, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    A fine blend.Today's Animal Crossing Direct has served up quite a few interesting updates, including the key addition that was confirmed back in September. The Roost and Brewster are opening up in the Museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, arriving on 5th November.The Roost looked suitably charming, but in the Direct it only showcased the option to go along and enjoy a nice coffee, without the option to work for Brewster (we'll see whether these details are confirmed later). Other residents from the island will come along, and you can use the series' amiibo cards to invite other characters for a coffee. It's also a multiplayer option, so other players can come to your island and enjoy a coffee with you.Read the full article on

  • Former King Of Kong Billy Mitchell Is Finally Taking Twin Galaxies To Court
    on October 15, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Twin Galaxies' anti-SLAPP motion is denied.You can accuse Billy Mitchell of a lot of things, but you can't say his life is uneventful. One of the earliest trailblazers in the world of video game high scores, Mitchell set a "perfect" score of 3,333,360 points in Namco's Pac-Man and has held other records during his decade-spanning career, but it's his association with Nintendo's Donkey Kong – and his role in the 2007 documentary King of Kong – which has earned him enduring fame.However, in recent years many of Mitchell's scores have been called into question. The accusation is that Mitchell used MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) to record many of his best efforts rather than original arcade hardware – something Mitchell denies. This claim was taken so seriously that in 2018 Guinness World Records stripped Mitchell of his records, alongside famous high score leaderboard Twin Galaxies. However, last year Guinness reinstated Mitchell's scores, but Twin Galaxies did not.Read the full article on

  • Watch: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct, October 2021 - Live!
    on October 15, 2021 at 1:15 pm

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

  • LEGO Sadly Rejects Zelda, Metroid And Animal Crossing Design Finalists
    on October 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    The first LEGO Ideas review of 2021 is here.The latest LEGO Ideas review has arrived, where talented fans can submit their own designs with the potential for their ideas to be transformed into real LEGO sets, and a number of gaming-inspired ideas made it to the final reckoning. Sadly, this time, none have them managed to get the final approval they needed.Designs based on The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Animal Crossing and Among Us all managed to earn enough fan votes to qualify for the review, but ultimately came up short. Of course, it's always worth remembering that licensing issues for projects based on already existing IP would cause difficulities, and with Nintendo already working with LEGO on its own Mario products, the company might want to steer clear of fan-made designs in favour of its own.Read the full article on

  • Review: Cotton Guardian Force Saturn Tribute - Great Games Let Down By Poor Ports
    on October 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    A slightly troublesome trio of tributes.This trio of retro shmups — Cotton 2, Cotton Boomerang and Guardian Force — have released under the “Saturn Tribute” umbrella (bundled together on a physical cartridge in Japan that's recently been announced for the West, or available individually via your local eShop at the time of writing) and offer more than a mere respectful nod towards Sega’s beloved underdog. These are actual Saturn games, emulated on the Switch. In fact they’re so emulated Cotton 2 still flashes up the same “EXT— RAM FOUND!” message on the title screen, indicating the (virtual) presence of a Saturn’s 1MB RAM expansion cartridge.It’s not the first instance of Saturn emulation on the Switch (that honour appears to go to the phenomenal roguelike dungeon crawler Baroque) but it’s a trend we’re more than happy to see continue, especially as “cheap” Saturn copies of any one of the three games here costs at least £150 on a good day, making Saturn Tribute appear on the surface to be an absolute bargain.Read the full article on

  • Random: Please Don't Submerge Your Zelda Game Boy Cartridges In Orange Juice
    on October 15, 2021 at 11:30 am

    A cautionary tale.It seems obvious, but dunking your old video game cartridges in orange juice isn't a good idea. That's the lesson that Solderking (AKA: Taylor Burley) is preaching at the moment – in case you didn't know, Burley often asks his viewers to send in items that are no longer working, and his latest case was a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons that had, according to its owner, recently taken a dip in some sweet, sweet OJ.The game was cleaned up to the best of the owner's abilities and even worked for a short time, but when it reached Burley's desk it was refusing to boot. As you can see from the video, Burley is surprised at how good the game looks when he opens the cartridge up initially – but, upon removing the components on the board, he quickly discovers that not all of the orange juice was cleaned up, and the acidic liquid had been quietly eating away at the copper traces for some time.Read the full article on

  • So, What Happens When Pokémon GO Runs Out Of New Pokémon?
    on October 15, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Niantic has some ideas.Pokémon GO has been going strong for five whole years now, managing to dominate headlines from the off when it first launched in 2016 and continuing to thrive even in the midst of a global pandemic – which, for an app that primarily wants you to go outside, is rather impressive.But all good things must come to an end at some point, right? With new Pokémon being added to the game on a regular basis, the app's new inclusions are far outpacing the main series' new monster output, and as of right now, more than two-thirds of all existing Pokémon are present in Pokémon GO. So what happens when Niantic catches up and runs out of new additions?Read the full article on

  • Pineapple Kid Is A New Game Boy Game Launching In Time For Christmas
    on October 15, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Pre-orders go live tomorrow.The Game Boy might be more than 30 years old at this point, but Nintendo's sturdy brick of wonder is enjoying something of a resurgence just lately.We've seen several studios try their luck with new releases for the system over the past year or so –Infinity, Tales of Monsterland, The Year After, and GBA's Goodboy Galaxy all spring to mind – and this latest effort from Bitmap Soft continues the trend.Read the full article on

  • J Balvin's Pokémon 25 Music Video Features A Breakdancing Hitmontop
    on October 15, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Sold.The Pokémon Company has dropped its latest music video for the Pokémon P25 Music event that's been taking place over the past few months, celebrating the franchise's 25th anniversary.From J Balvin, this latest track is called 'Ten Cuidado' and will be featured on Pokémon 25: The Album, a 14-song album that's launching today. The song joins other numbers from the likes of Katy Perry, Mabel, and Post Malone.Read the full article on

  • Cotton Guardian Force Saturn Tribute Announced For Nintendo Switch
    on October 15, 2021 at 9:05 am

    Update: Western physical released confirmed.Update: Strictly Limited Games is bringing Cotton Guardian Force Saturn Tribute to the west in physical form, it has been confirmed.Read the full article on