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  • Review: Horizon Chase 2 - More Arcade Racing, With Some Bumps In The Road
    on October 2, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Follow the speeder.Horizon Chase 2 isn't the most interesting racing game out there, but damn, if it isn't hard to put down! It may not match the high-speed hijinks of kart racers starring Mario, Crash Bandicoot, or Sonic the Hedgehog, nor does it hit the same destructive highs of Burnout or the high-fidelity, simulative thrill found in other platforms' exclusive driving games, Forza and Gran Turismo. Instead, you just go fast and feel good doing it. In other words, Horizon Chase 2 is arcade-y fun, and good at pretty much exactly what its title implies, though not much more, and it hits some bumps in the road on Switch.Like Aquiris' predecessor, Horizon Chase Turbo, Horizon Chase 2 is a throwback to a bygone arcade era; the only thing that matters is that horizon and the finish line that lies somewhere beyond. There's no gimmick or catch. Everything around you becomes a blur as you hit dizzying speeds as you race through low-fidelity courses offering cute renditions of places like Morocco, Japan, the Continental U.S., and Brazil.Read the full article on

  • Video: 20 Exciting New Games Coming To Nintendo Switch In October 2023
    on October 2, 2023 at 11:15 am

    Mario Wonder! Sonic Superstars! Metal Gear!Believe it or not, October is finally upon us. Yes, the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, but that doesn't mean that the release schedule is any less stacked with quality titles making their way to Switch.Undoubtedly the biggest name heading our way in the next few weeks is Super Mario Bros. Wonder, but October also brings us similarly heavy-hitters like Sonic Superstars and Detective Pikachu Returns as well as gorgeous indies including Wargroove 2 and Dave the Diver.Read the full article on

  • Missing Pushmo? Indie Game 'PictoPull' Might Be The Next Best Thing
    on October 2, 2023 at 10:30 am

    And it's out this week.If you've been longing for a game that channels the spirit of Pushmo and its sequels, then you might want to keep an eye on Bearded Ants' upcoming eShop release, PictoPull.Boasting 150 levels spread across a variety of biomes, you'll need to shift blocks around to create platforms in order to reach the top. Bearded Ants describes the game as "easy to learn and difficult to master", which sounds pretty good to us.Read the full article on

  • The Next Pokémon Scarlet & Violet 7-Star Tera Raid Battle Event Kicks Off This Week
    on October 2, 2023 at 9:45 am

    It's a hoot.After being mistakenly revealed in a sponsored video last week, the star of the next Pokémon Scarlet and Violet seven-star Tera Raid Battle event has now been officially revealed.Shared to Twitter by @SerebiiNet, we now know that it will be Hisuian Decidueye taking the spotlight in this one with the event kicking off later this week from 6th-8th October before repeating on 13th-15th October. The regional 'mon will be a Grass Tera Type with the Mightiest Mark and, as always, you will only be able to catch it once per save file — so make the most while it's around.Read the full article on

  • UK Charts: EA Sports FC 24 Physical Sales Down 30% Compared To FIFA 23
    on October 2, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Is it the name change..?It's time to see how physical sales have fared this week in the UK and, perhaps to nobody's surprise, EA Sports FC 24 has come out on top following its full release on September 29th, 2023.However, while FC 24 has undoubtedly made a big splash, its overall physical sales are down by 30% compared to FIFA 23, according to's Chris Dring. On the flip side, the Switch version is the only platform to post a slight improvement in sales over the previous title, likely (definitely) because this is the first Switch entry since 2019 not stifled by the atrocious 'Legacy' approach.Read the full article on

  • Feature: Nintendo eShop Selects - September 2023
    on October 1, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    Our picks for the best Switch eShop games in September.Another month, another onslaught of games — it's eShop Selects time for September.Yep, we're closing in on the end of the year, and with only three months left to go until 2024 hits us, our backlogs are full-to-bursting from this month alone.Read the full article on

  • PSA: Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom News Channel Giving Out Free In-Game Items
    on October 1, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Light up Link with this tasty skewer.Nintendo has been offering free in-game item drops for some time now in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and in case you missed it, the latest items can now be claimed via the Switch news channel.This time you'll receive three glowing cave fish and two brightcaps which will illuminate Link in areas where there's no light when cooked up together.Read the full article on

  • Soapbox: What Do You Do When Nintendo Ticks Off Your ENTIRE Most-Wanted List?
    on October 1, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    Good problems.Soapbox features enable our individual writers and contributors to voice their opinions on hot topics and random stuff they've been chewing over. Today, Kate runs down her Switch wishlist and wonders if Nintendo has her phone bugged (or maybe just reads her articles)...Oh, I have been spoiled this year. Suspiciously spoiled, in fact. With Ghost Trick, the Apollo Justice Trilogy, the Fantasy Life sequel, and the Paper Mario: Thousand-Year Door remake all either announced or released this year, it's almost as if Nintendo is watching me, listening to me go on and on (and on and on and on) about my niche-ish favourite games of all time. Either I'm the luckiest girl and 2023 is just my year, or someone at Nintendo loves me very much.Read the full article on

  • Review: Mineko's Night Market – Cosy Fun With A Few Knots In The Fur
    on October 1, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    This little kitty went to market.Editor's Note: As described in the text below, a glitch towards the end of Mineko's Night Market prevented us from 100% completing the Switch review build. We're told that the development team is working on fixes, and patches applied pre-launch resolved other issues we initially encountered.While irritating, the bug didn't affect our enjoyment up to that point, so we're publishing this review based on our time with it prior to that late-game issue (approximately 16 hours). We'll update the review should this problem not be resolved.Read the full article on

  • Poll: Box Art Brawl - Duel: Yoshi's Cookie
    on October 1, 2023 at 10:00 am

    Mlem!Welcome back to another edition of Box Art Brawl!Let's check in with what went on last week, shall we? We took a look at Kirby and the Amazing Mirror for the Game Boy Advance to celebrate the announcement of its arrival on Nintendo Switch Online. It was a reasonably close battle, but ultimately Europe and Japan triumphed over North America with 58% of the vote. Seems folks weren't quite enamoured with angry Kirby.Read the full article on

  • Round Up: Realms Deep 2023 - Every Game Coming To Nintendo Switch
    on October 1, 2023 at 6:00 am

    The latest projects from 3D Realms & friends.It's Realms Deep this weekend - a celebration of new and old retro-style shooters as well as some other games. It's hosted by 3D Realms, the legendary publisher behind series such as Duke Nukem. As part of the 2023 event, the publisher and its friends once again hosted a show filled with world premieres, special guests, interviews, and even some delays.Read the full article on

  • Mortal Kombat 1 Might Reveal A Surprise At New York Comic Con 2023
    on October 1, 2023 at 5:00 am

    Ed Boon: Don't expect an Omni-Man "game play trailer".If you've been wondering when we'll be seeing more Mortal Kombat 1 reveals, it could potentially be at New York Comic Con 2023 in a few weeks.In some new posts on social media, the game's director and co-creator Ed Boon mentioned how a new patch would be rolled out early next week. As highlighted by fighting game website EventHubs, fans couldn't help but notice the abbreviation 'NYCC' hidden within this message:Read the full article on

  • Video: EA Sports FC 24 Graphics Comparison Shows Off Switch Performance & Resolution
    on October 1, 2023 at 4:00 am

    The Switch release is now running on Frostbite.Electronic Arts kicked off its new replacement series EA Sports FC 24 this week and the good news is it's finally delivered a solid experience on the Switch.It's all thanks to the much-needed Frostbite Engine upgrade which puts the Nintendo version of the game in line with other builds. While the gameplay itself now offers full feature parity with other consoles, you might still be wondering how the Switch release compares to the other next-gen versions in terms of performance and resolution.Read the full article on

  • Feature: "We Wouldn’t Give The Silent Hill IP To A Team Like Yours" - Dementium: The Ward's Origins And Switch Return
    on September 30, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    Atooi boss talks Hatch Tales' delays and reviving a cult classic.Over 15 years since its initial release on the Nintendo DS, horror FPS Dementium: The Ward is getting a re-release on the Nintendo Switch eShop, utilising the 2015 3DS remaster as its foundation.While its creepy low-fi visuals and disturbing creature design have attracted a cult following over the years, Dementium remains a fairly niche title that, until now at least, has been fairly difficult to get hold of since the closure of the 3DS eShop earlier this year.Read the full article on

  • Guide: Best Nintendo Switch Football Games
    on September 30, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    We mean Soccer, not that 'other' football.Updated with EA Sports FC 24. Enjoy!Football is the world's most popular sport, from the elite level of child-like millionaires with dazzling skills and impressive diving techniques, to actual children on playgrounds using jumpers for goalposts. Being a football / soccer fan that owns a Switch, however, can be slightly confusing. Nintendo's system somehow misses out on the 'Premier' games while getting bombarded with loads of smaller releases, and it can be hard to know which ones are worth a kickaround.Read the full article on

  • Guide: Best Mortal Kombat Games On Nintendo Systems - Every MK, Ranked By You
    on September 30, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    Sub-Zero to 'Hero.When you think back on the significant controversy caused by Mortal Kombat back in the '90s, it's almost incredible that the series not only survived such choppy waters but managed to flourish into one of the most iconic video game franchises of all time.Over the course of the next 30 years, Mortal Kombat would reinvent itself numerous times, shaking off the limitations of past hardware to introduce new and more disturbing ways to push the boundaries of video game violence to its absolute limits, and we're all here for it.Read the full article on

  • Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (September 30th)
    on September 30, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Game on!Well, it's the end of September. Feel sick yet? Let's discuss some weekend gaming plans to help out.Before we dive into all that fun stuff, though, let's first take a look at some of this week's highlights. We heard the news that Hideki Kamiya was leaving PlatinumGames, took a look at the new collaboration between Pokémon and the Van Gogh Museum — and kept up with the ensuing scalping drama — and finally got another addition to the NSO GBA library in the shape of Kirby & the Amazing Mirror.Read the full article on

  • First Paid DLC For Spooky Fishing Adventure Dredge Delayed
    on September 30, 2023 at 4:35 am

    It will now arrive in 2024.It's that time of year again when we're starting to see the odd delay or two, and the latest one to join the list is an update for the spooky fishing sim Dredge.Black Salt Games has today issued an announcement via social media about the delay of the first paid DLC 'The Iron Rig', which will no longer make Q4 2023. It will now be arriving at some point in 2024.Read the full article on

  • Epic Insists "Mediatonic's Work On Fall Guys Continues To Be A Company Priority"
    on September 30, 2023 at 1:05 am

    16% of Epic's workforce has been axed.Epic Games this week laid off 16% of its workforce, with Bloomberg's Jason Schreier suggesting the Fall Guys developer Mediatonic had been "hit very hard".This allegedly followed with claims elsewhere online that the entire UK-based team had been cut. Apparently, this is not the case. In a statement to our friends at VGC, an Epic Games spokesperson said Mediatonic was still intact, labelling certain initial reports "false".Read the full article on

  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder Gives Fans Another Look At The Invisibility Badge
    on September 30, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Badges unlock all sorts of fun new powers.Ahead of the Super Mario Bros. Wonder launch next month, Nintendo has given fans on social media another look at the new badge system in the game. In case you missed this feature in the Mario Wonder Direct, badges can be collected throughout the game and unlock "fun new powers".Read the full article on

  • Video: Another Code: Recollection Side-By-Side Graphics Comparison (Switch & DS)
    on September 29, 2023 at 11:00 pm

    See how this new release compares to the original.One of the surprises of Nintendo's recent Direct broadcast was the announcement Cing's classic point-and-click adventure series Another Code would be getting an enhanced release on the Nintendo Switch. It will contain the 2005 DS title Another Code: Two Memories (known as Trace Memory in North America) and the 2009 sequel Another Code: R – A Journey into Lost Memories from the Wii era.If you're wondering just how much of an improvement the latest version is, the YouTube channel GameXplain has put together a side-by-side graphics comparison video showing the original DS release alongside the new Switch version. As you can see, this new version is a massive step up from the original. It's also changed the perspective slightly, so the third-person camera is now directly behind the characters.Read the full article on

  • Soapbox: My Most-Played Game Of 2023 Isn't On Switch, But It Must Be On The Cards
    on September 29, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    Ready to snap.Before I get started, the me get this out of the way: the Switch is definitely my most-played console of the year. Between The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Fire Emblem Engage and Pikmin 4 (the less said about Vampire Survivors, the better), the hundreds of hours that I have poured into Nintendo's hybrid hardware far outweighs my time on any other console over the past nine months. But when it comes to my most-played game, it's a different story.You see, despite all of these wonderful offerings from Nintendo this year, the game I have come back to every single day is not on the Switch, but rather on my phone. Just in case the above video hasn't spoilt it already, I am, of course, talking about Marvel Snap, the digital collectable card game from Second Dinner Studios and Nuverse. The title is weeks away from its one-year anniversary on 18th October and, following a successful launch of the PC version last month, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that a Switch port is on the cards. Surely?Read the full article on

  • Random: Booyah! Nintendo's 'Splatoon Base' Site Lands New History Page With English Translation
    on September 29, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Your one-stop shop for all things Splatoon.Nintendo has today revealed that its online base for all things Splatoon — creatively called 'Splatoon Base' — is now available to read in English. What's more, you can also check out the all-new 'History: The Splatoon Journey' page to see an interactive timeline of the series from its announcement in 2014 through to the present day.It's strange to think that Splatoon (which we still consider to be a relatively new franchise for Nintendo) is approaching 10 years since its release — hey, time flies when you're shooting squids. Checking out the new Splatoon Base timeline, you can see just how far it has come, including being used in the Switch reveal trailer, to getting the Inklings in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.Read the full article on

  • Review: Gloomhaven - A Cumbersome But Deep (And Hard-As-Nails) TTRPG Adaptation
    on September 29, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    No safe haven here.As anyone who plays board games (or with friends who like board games) can attest, an involved, TTRPG-style board game can be cumbersome. From in-depth rules and systems, it takes a while to get into Gloomhaven and introducing new players to its dense combat can make multiplayer challenging. But also like a dense board game, Gloomhaven rewards you when you put in the work to learn its rules and systems. Its deep card-based tactics gameplay shines in its many modes.Gloomhaven blends hexagonal, grid-based tactical gameplay with a truly unique card-based battling system that's deeply challenging, but also very rewarding once you manage to get a hold of all its moving parts. Its in-depth tutorial is largely okay at teaching you what you need to know, though not very quickly.Read the full article on

  • Random: Unused Mario Sprites Spotted In Classic Behind-The-Scenes Footage Of Nintendo
    on September 29, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    A time of big ideas (and even bigger phones).There is a lot of retro goodness to be found in looking back on classic Nintendo coverage, and the above 1980s behind-the-scenes peek at Nintendo's Famicom development has it all.Recently featured in a report by the Yomiuro Telecasting Corporation News Channel, this classic coverage has it all: a look at the development of the original Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, holding a phone receiver up to a speaker to share music samples, a young Miyamoto. If you pay close attention, you can even catch a glimpse of some cut Mario sprites — as noted on Twitter by @Area51_zek:Read the full article on