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  • Talking Point: So, What Did You Think Of Nintendo's June Mini-Direct?
    on June 29, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Size doesn't matter, right? The Direct rumours (sort of) came true, and we finally got a Nintendo Direct at the end of June — but wait, what's this? It's a "Mini" Direct? What does that mean? Honestly, we're not fully sure what it means, but presumably Nintendo was trying to temper our expectations after a bombastic but Nintendo-light E3 Not-E3. Still, it was a jam-packed Direct, with a ton of JRPG news, a sprinkling of indies, and some much-awaited port announcements — but the question is, did you enjoy it? Was there something for everyone? The Nintendo Life team sat down to discuss... Read the full article on

  • Random: Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Player Beats All Shrines Without Runes In One Sitting
    on June 29, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    In a 28-hour stream. There's a pretty long list of players who have beaten or tackled The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in weird and wonderful ways. Speedrunner Limcube is one of those people, and earlier this week, the streamer completed a pretty huge feat that could be a huge boon to speedrunners. Limcube has managed to beat all 120 shrines in one sitting without using the Sheikah Slate's runes, and not only that, he did it all in one 28-hour stream (thanks, Eurogamer!). Beating every single shrine in one sitting would be incredible enough, but not using the runes — which many shrines specifically encourage that you use — makes the task ten times harder. Consider us majorly impressed. Read the full article on

  • XIII Remake Is Finally Coming To Switch In September
    on June 29, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    First gameplay inside. The XIII remake has had a bit of a rough go of it, hasn't it? After launching on the PS4 back in 2020 to less than stellar reviews, with many even heading out to buy the original 2003 game instead, the Switch port received multiple delays. Today, however, Microids has announced that Switch owners will get their hands on this remake on 13th September — isn't that apt? But to coincide with the Switch release, Microids has revealed that the studio has handed the reins over to Tower Five, creators of Lornsword Winter Chronicle. This developer has worked on the Switch port on top of adding online multiplayer, refining the art style to look closer to the original, and tweaking the AI among other things. Switch owners will be getting the best version of this remake on day one. But Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox players won't miss out either, as the game will receive all improvements in a free day one patch. Read the full article on

  • Undertale Creator Toby Fox Explains How EarthBound's Fans Kept The Game Alive
    on June 29, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Praises the "active and aggressive" fan community. Undertale creator Toby Fox has made no secret of the fact that he was heavily inspired by EarthBound when crafting his legendary post-modern take on the humble RPG, and he's one of many people who has spoken to Lost in Cult for the next issue of its boutique video game publication, Lock-On. Lock-On is gearing up for its fourth issue, which you can pre-order now. In this new issue, there will be a piece focused on the incredible impact of EarthBound and the Mother series in general, with contributions from Fox, musician Austin Jorgensen (Lisa: The Painful), Kody NOKOLO (founder of the fan site Mother Forever), Ryan Vandendyck (Citizens of Earth), and Daniel Airey (Reverie). In fact, issue 4 is shaping up to be the biggest issue yet, with almost 50 articles by 45 authors and art from more than 30 artists and developers. Read the full article on

  • Feature: Mario + Rabbids Producer Talks Free Movement And Fusing Lumas, Rabbids, And Composers
    on June 29, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    "It was a kid's dream to do that". As revealed in Nintendo's June 2022 Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is launching on Switch on 20th October. This afternoon, Ubisoft's dedicated showcase, a separate 15-minute stream from Nintendo's Direct Mini, has revealed various elements of the upcoming game, including new gameplay details (no grids!), characters (Bowser, Rabbit Rosalina, and the ever-mysterious green and purple Rabbid, Edge), and more information on the evil force trying to absorb the galaxy's energy, including that of the titular Sparks. Watch: Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Showcase - Live! Tough as it might be to believe, it's been nearly five years since Ubisoft and Nintendo released a crossover that seemed unlikely and — dare we say it — unnatural at the time. Multiverse crossovers are ten-a-penny these days, but rumours that Mario's Mushroom Kingdom crew would be collaborating with Ubisoft's love-'em-or-hate-'em Rabbids (anarchic bunnies which spawned from the Rayman series into a pre-Minions world) seemed crazy enough, but coming together in an XCOM-style turn-based strategy game that outfitted the cast with blasters? Surely not. Read the full article on

  • Here's How The Surprise Pac-Man World Remake Compares To The PS1 Original
    on June 29, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Blinky and you'll miss everything! One of the biggest surprises to come out of yesterday's Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase (which was much bigger than Mini in our eyes!) was Pac-Man World Re-PAC, a remake of the Pac-Man platformer Pac-Man World on PlayStation. This spin-off launched a whole new sub-franchise for the yellow puck on his 20th anniversary back in 1999, and fans have been desperate to see the game make a return. And now it will be this August! Read the full article on

  • Gallery: First 4 Figures' Zelda: BOTW Hylian Shield - Because It's Dangerous To Go Alone
    on June 29, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    "Take this!". First 4 Figures has made a pretty impressive name for itself thanks to its wide range of highly detailed and super-collectable statues and figurines, and the latest Zelda-related product has just dropped in the Nintendo Life office. We've already sampled the delights of Link and Revali, and now it's the turn of one of the most iconic items in the entire Zelda universe: the signature Hylian shield which Link takes with him into battle. Outside of the Master Sword, this has to rank as one of the most essential objects in any Zelda outing; emblazoned with the Tri-Force and the Hylian crest, it has arguably become the trademark for the entire series. Read the full article on

  • Watch: Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Showcase - Live!
    on June 29, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    Spark up your day. One of the big headliners during the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase yesterday was Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, the sequel to Ubisoft's XCOM-esque Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. The original was a surprising mash-up of genres and characters that maybe shouldn't have worked, but darn, they worked really well together. So we're delighted we're getting a sequel this year! And yesterday, we found out that the space-based game will be launching on the Switch on the 20th October along with some new details on the upcoming strategy sequel. But we're about to get more info today. As revealed yesterday, Ubisoft is having a special Showcase which promises to give us a better look at the unique tactical combat, as well as "a few surprises", so if you're a fan of the original, you won't want to miss this. Read the full article on

  • Guide: Where To Pre-Order Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope On Switch - Best Deals And Special Editions
    on June 29, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Cheapest prices, pre-order bonuses and more. Thanks to the latest Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, we finally have news on Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope's release date: it'll launch on Switch on 20th October 2022. Those who remember the game's reveal trailer from last year will know that Sparks of Hope looks set to give fans of the original Mario + Rabbids another fantastic helping of strategy-focused goodness. If you're already sold on the premise of a sequel, you'll be pleased to know that pre-orders have already started to appear – and that there are some special Gold and Cosmic Editions available, too! Read the full article on

  • Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration Features Over 90 Titles, Including Jaguar And Lynx Games
    on June 29, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Phew, Digital Eclipse is handling this one. Atari has unveiled a new collection coming to Switch and other consoles in celebration of the company's 50th anniversary. The appropriately-titled Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration will include over 90 games spanning the Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, ST, Jaguar and Lynx, and it's coming later this year. As reported by Game Informer in an exclusive first-look feature, the collection covers those six platforms and also represents the first time Jaguar and Lynx games will be officially available to play on modern consoles. There's no word on exactly which games will be included just yet, but we'll update this post when we hear more. It will apparently feature "six new titles inspired by the classics", though — see the blurb below for more details. Read the full article on

  • Pokémon Happy Meals To Return To McDonald's In The UK
    on June 29, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    It's happening again! Pokéfans, get ready - it looks like Pokémon Happy Meals will be making their way back to McDonald's in the UK. Our anonymous McDonald's reporter has shared a new image of the Pokémon Happy Meal promotion, which you can check out below. It's said that the promotion will begin on August 3rd, 2022. Although there's no word currently on what exactly will be included at this time, it's probably safe to assume that Pokémon Trading Cards will no doubt be part of the promotion. Read the full article on

  • Fallen Angel Is A Biblical Take On Hyper Light Drifter, Out On Switch In July
    on June 29, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Say your prayers... Publisher V Publishing and developer Matrisoka Games are bringing frenetic pixel art combat and boss rushing to the Switch as the action RPG Fallen Angel will be descending onto consoles on 19th July. Fallen Angel looks like a biblical version of Hyper Light Drifter with fluid animations and frantic combat, but instead, you'll be fighting archangels as the fallen angel Lucifer to try and claim heaven for yourself. Read the full article on

  • Guide: Mega Drive Mini 2 Games List - Every Genesis And Mega CD Game Announced
    on June 29, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Update: Treasure's Alien Soldier joins the roster. Update #2 : Treasure's official Twitter account has reiterated an announcment made earlier today that Alien Soldier will be one of the games on the as-yet-Japan-only Mega Drive Mini 2 console: " #エイリアンソルジャー " will be included in " #メガドラミニ 2" released on October 27th!We hope that the number of "Alien Soldier" players will increase. Read the full article on

  • Portal 2 Beta Levels Discovered In Datamine Of The Switch Version
    on June 29, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    First discovery since the game's launch in 2011. Portal: Companion Collection has only just come out, but it seems a lot of interesting discoveries are already being made. Just earlier today, we reported on the existence of Half-Life 2 data within the game that's actually allowed some users to run the Valve classic on Switch hardware. Now, it looks like never-before-seen Portal 2 beta content has been discovered for the first time within the Companion Collection's data. As reported by GamesRadar, YouTube user Ossy Flawol has uncovered a lot of interesting data, including cut levels, dev tools, and even an early version of the game's ending. A huge co-op level has also been discovered that features puzzles and mechanics that would eventually make their way into Portal 2's multiplayer component. Read the full article on

  • Blizzard Entertainment Acquires Spellbreak Developer Proletariat
    on June 29, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    To help with World of Warcraft development. Less than a day after the shock announcement that magic-based battle royale Spellbreak will be shutting down early next year, it's been announced that Blizzard Entertainment has snapped up the game's developer, Proletariat. VentureBeat reports that the 100-strong team at Proletariat will be joining Blizzard and helping with the development of its titanic MMORPG World of Warcraft. Blizzard is looking to beef up its staffing numbers for the game as the developer approaches the MMO's next expansion coming later this year, Dragonflight. Read the full article on

  • Movie Review: GoldenEra - A Celebratory Examination Of GoldenEye 007's Creation And Impact
    on June 29, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Worth its weight in gold. "A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad." Ah, yes. The classic quote that may or may not have been uttered by Shigeru Miyamoto. With the gaming industry (understandably) experiencing an unusually high number of delays in recent years, the proclamation has been the subject of memes to the point where it's almost lost all meaning. Read the full article on

  • Nintendo Showcases Some Slick New Hairstyles And Eyebrows For Splatoon 3
    on June 29, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Update: That's right, customisable eyebrows. Update : We might as well call Wednesday Splatoon Fashion Day it seems! After we suspected it in the article below Nintendo UK has confirmed that you'll be able to change your Inklings and Octolings eyebrow designs in Splatoon 3! We're pretty envious of some of these, particularly the ones with the slit in them. And it looks like you can change the length, shape, and thickness of each design. Read the full article on

  • Return To Monkey Island Might Be The Last Game In The Series
    on June 29, 2022 at 11:45 am

    According to the website. Yesterday, Nintendo gave us some treasure that was more than worthy of a hunt — but they just handed it to us on a gold platter. We found out that Return to Monkey Island, the newest game in the famous LucasArts Monkey Island series, would definitely be coming to Switch. And not only that, it'll be coming to the hybrid console before anything else (other than PC, of course!). However, after digging around a bit on the brand spanking new website for the game, Eurogamer reports that this may well be the last game in the series. Read the full article on

  • Rhythm Arcade Game 'Loud' Takes You From The Basement To The Big Stage This July
    on June 29, 2022 at 11:15 am

    Debuts on Switch first. Become a guitar hero who moves from playing her guitar at home to the stage in Loud, a 14-chapter arcade game where you learn riffs and rock out to 14 custom-written songs specifically for the game. Developed by Hyperstrange, this wholesome rhythm game is a heartwarming coming-of-age story that many budding musicians can likely relate to. You play as Astrid, a young girl who dreams of becoming a pop-punk musician — definitely very 2000s, but we've all been there! Who wants to grow up gracefully, anyway? Read the full article on

  • Portal Modders Have Already Got Half-Life 2 Running On Switch
    on June 29, 2022 at 10:45 am

    A DIY Orange Box, perhaps. During the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, Valve announced that Portal: Companion Collection would release the very same day, giving Switch owners access to both Portal and Portal 2. Not even a full 24 hours after its release, however, it seems modders have discovered significant date related to Half-Life 2 within the game and have now managed to get it running on the Switch... To a certain extent. As reported by VGC, Twitter user @OatmealDome has posted a video of Half-Life 2 running on Switch hardware. While it's stated that the game currently crashes along with multiple other reported errors, we have to say that the footage itself looks exceptionally clean. Read the full article on

  • Here's A Brand New Look At The 'Legend Of Mana' Anime Releasing This Year
    on June 29, 2022 at 10:30 am

    The Teardrop Crystal is coming soon. The upcoming Legend of Mana anime — Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal — has received a brand new trailer earlier today (Thanks Comicbook and GoNintendo!). Produced by Graphinica (Chain Chronicle ~Light of Haecceitas~, Muv-Luv Alternative) and Yokohama Animation Lab (Monster Strike), the show looks pretty darn lovely so far. Based on the fourth game in the Mana series, with character designs from series artist HACCAN and music by legendary composer Yoko Shimomura, we got a first look at the show a few months ago: Read the full article on

  • First 4 Figures Unveils Stunning New Sonic The Hedgehog Statue, Pre-Orders Now Open
    on June 29, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Update: Pre-orders closing soon! Update 2 (Wed 29th June, 2022): If you're wanting to get your hands on any of these Sonic statues, you might want to act fast, as orders are set to close on 30th June 2022. First 4 Figures says that after this date, you'll have no choice but to be added to a waitlist "for a chance at owning" one. Update (Thu 21st Apr, 2022): The Early Bird discounts listed below will come to an end at 9am UK time tomorrow, 22nd April. Prices will rise after that time, so if you're keen on adding this Sonic statue to your collection, now's the time! Read the full article on

  • Video: Digital Foundry's Technical Analysis Of Sonic Origins
    on June 29, 2022 at 9:45 am

    Sonic boom or Sonic bust? After what felt like years of having to make do with just a single image to promote the launch of Sonic Origins, the game is finally in the hands of Switch owners. Pooling together the classic 2D Sonic titles, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, the game is a commendable compilation that newcomers in particular would do well to check out. But could it have been more? In its latest technical analysis video, Digital Foundry puts Sonic Origins under the microscope, and while it concludes that the game is "good", there are a few glaring issues that prevent it from being a true must-buy experience. Read the full article on

  • Footage Of Cancelled 'Epic Mickey' Spin-Off Starring Donald Duck Discovered
    on June 29, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Epic Donald would've been epic. Disney's Mickey Mouse has been no stranger to video games over the years, from classic The Magical Quest and Illusion series to kart racers, and even Kingdom Hearts. His best friend, Donald Duck, has also been in the limelight plenty of times too — including a bigger role in Square Enix's action RPG series. Perhaps one of the more notable and recent Mickey Mouse games is Epic Mickey, designed by Deus Ex creator Warren Spector. This Junction Point-Developed game got two sequels — Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two and the 3DS spin-off Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion. There was, however, one more game in development in the series that was sadly cancelled, and it would've starred everyone's favourite cantankerous duck — Epic Donald. Read the full article on

  • Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher Announced For Switch, Arrives In Japan This Year
    on June 29, 2022 at 5:45 am

    Raise and battle your Kaiju. Yesterday's Nintendo Direct Mini in Japan included some extra Switch announcements, and in case you missed it, one of them was Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher. It's published by Bandai Namco and developed by Koei Tecmo and will launch at some point this year in Japan and Asia. There's no word on a western release (yet), but it does include English subtitles. As you may have already worked out from the title, this is a collaboration between the Ultraman franchise and also the monster-raising simulation series, Monster Rancher - which is currently celebrating 25 years. This new game is described as a Kaiju raising simulation - adopting the base systems of Monster Rancher and Monster Rancher 2 - allowing you to raise all sorts of Ultra Kaiju. Read the full article on