It’s crazy to think just how close we are to the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch and still don’t know all that much about the game. We’ve seen a number of screenshots and the Nintendo Treehouse presentation at E3 last year showed off a small portion of the game, but other than that, we haven’t heard much else.
While we still hope to see or hear something from Nintendo before the game’s big release, according to Japanese Nintendo, the March 2020 issue of CoroCoro Comic promises to have a special “scoop” about this upcoming release. This issue will become available in Japan on 15th February, so we guess we’ll find out what the news is then, and whether it’s as exciting as CoroCoro is making it out to be. For now, here’s a scan of the teaser:
Are you looking forward to the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Switch? What would you like to see or hear about the game before its release in March? Leave a comment down below.
One genre that’s somewhat underrepresented on the Switch is FPS. More recently, we’ve got games like Overwatch and Alien: Isolation, but the pickings are still considerably slim compared to the number of first-person shooters available on other platforms. Fortunately, by the end of this month, there’ll be at least one more to select from on Nintendo’s hybrid platform and it’s called Hypercharge: Unboxed.
This upcoming release is a bright and colourful FPS that takes place in your typical suburban household and draws inspiration from Toy Story, Small Soldiers and perhaps even certain entries in the Army Men series. You take control of a 5-inch tall soldier as you fight off wave after wave of enemies in bedrooms, bathrooms, gardens and more. Unlike various other shooters, though, you won’t have to pay to unlock any other additional content in the game.
On the official Hypercharge: Unboxed Twitter account, the UK-based indie developer behind the game – Digital Cybercherries – revealed all of the game’s updates would be entirely free and shared a full road map of the plans for the next four months after the game releases.
When you spend your hard-earned cash on a game, you shouldn’t have to splash out even more on updates. Well guess what, you won’t pay for our updates. Here is a breakdown of what we aim to have in-game this year.
As you can see above, these updates will add new characters, modes, maps, enemies, and weapons. There’ll also be quality of life improvements and in March a demo will be made available.
Keep an eye out for our Nintendo Life review of Hypercharge: Unboxed, which goes live later today.
In 2018, Capcom’s beautifully crafted title Okami made a return in high-definition on the Nintendo Switch. We gave it nine out of ten stars and said you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t try it out for the affordable price of $19.99 / £15.99.
If you’ve become a fan of this title since then or were always one, you might be interested in First 4 Figures latest resin statue. The Okami – Amaterasu: Divine Descent statue is the fourth statue that’s been made available in the Okami lineup of collectibles and its estimated release is Q1 2021.
Pre-orders for the statue are now live and there is an early bird promo if you do get in quick:
Pre-orders for Okami – Amaterasu: Divine Descent resin statue EXCLUSIVE and DEFINITIVE Editions are only available until February 24, 2020. Place an order on or before 3 February 2020, 4:00 PM HKT (Hong Kong Time) to take advantage of our EARLY BIRD PROMOTION.
All up, there are three different versions to select from:
He got his Ring-Con from Ring Fit Adventure and was able to turn it into a fully functioning controller that’s compatible with Breath of the Wild. It means that instead of controlling the game’s protagonist with a standard pair of Joy-Con or a Pro Controller, you have to play the game as if you’re playing Ring Fit.
In the above video, you can see the modder running, squatting and even squeezing, shaking and moving the Ring-Con in all different directions to make Link perform various actions on-screen. To do anything though, he has to run at all times.
While it’s unlikely Nintendo would ever release a Zelda game or even an update for its existing titles that makes the Ring-Con compatible with them (we’re not including its functionality with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe), it’s definitely got us thinking this mod would be a great way to keep working out if you ever got tired of playing through the same experiences in Ring Fit Adventure.
How has your own time been with the Ring-Con so far? Would you ever want to see it made officially compatible with other titles like Zelda? Comment down below.
There have been a number of Nintendo-related rumours flying about recently and now the “prolific” leaker Sabi – who has a respectable track record, we might add – is claiming there’ll be a Paper Mario game released this year (presumably for Switch), that goes “back to how it was”, along with a 2D Metroid game seemingly “related” to the Game Boy Advance original, Metroid Fusion. Below was the exact information shared on Twitter:
If this rumour does turn out to be something more, it would definitely good news for Nintendo fans. The Paper Mario series has struggled to live up to expectations since the 2004 GameCube release (Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door) and Metroid Fusion – released in 2002 – is easily one of the best Metroid games of all time.
As for the individual who posted the above tweets, they’ve got a strong track record and are previously known for leaking a number of major stories last year before E3. They even received a cease and desist from a lawyer representing Nintendo, to prevent any further damage.
What do you make of this rumour, though? Would you like to see Paper Mario return to how it was? How about another adventure with Samus that’s tied to Metroid Fusion? As always, share your thoughts below.
Update: The Game Collection is running a 5% off everything code running this weekend, which takes the cost of a Switch Lite down to less than £168. The code is ‘5TARTGAME‘ and is valid until midnight on January 19th. (Thanks, farmer_humpf!)
Original Story: With the standard Switch proving to be surprisingly hard to find these days, there’s a good chance that prospective owners of Nintendo’s latest console may be turning their attention to the more abundant Switch Lite – and if you’re one such person and you’re based in the UK, then you’ll want to take a look at this killer deal.
UK store The Game Collection is selling the two of the three available colour options of the Switch Lite console (the grey unit is out of stock at the time of writing) for just £175.95, including postage costs. That kind of offer hasn’t been seen for quite some time, so it’s definitely worth snapping up if you’re in the market for a Lite right now.
Will you be picking one of these systems up? Let us know with a comment.
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Members of Team NL have done just that below and we’d love for you to join in via our poll and comment sections, too. Enjoy!
Gavin Lane, staff writer
Having seen that Neonwall has received a little Labo VR update, I might be tempted to dig out the ol’ Goggles and see how its VR experience holds up on Switch. I managed to ‘finish’ Dead Cells last week (okay, not really – I just completed a run for the first time), so although I’d love to stay the rest of my copious backlog is calling me. Next up is either Hyper Light Drifter or Axiom Verge. From what I hear I can’t lose with either, so I’ll be tossing a coin.
Having won all my gym badges, I’ve also got the endgame of Pokémon Sword and Shield to get down to at some point. I say ‘endgame’, but that’s not really true, is it – there’s loads of post-game, too. Do any games ever actually end these days?!
Austin Voigt, contributing writer
This weekend I’m finally getting around to some of those smaller Switch releases I’ve been wanting to play – specifically Little Town Hero, Doraemon: Story of Seasons and Ni no Kuni. They’ve been sitting in my downloads, waiting for me to dig in for months now. Of course, I’ve played Ni no Kuni on PS3 before, but it’s one of those beautiful games you can easily pick up again on another console and enjoy all over again. We’ve got a giant snowstorm coming, so it should be a fairly relaxed weekend of continuing to make progress on the ol’ backlog!
Ollie Reynolds, reviewer
I won’t be getting around to much gaming this weekend unfortunately, but I’ve recently gotten absolutely addicted to DOOM and DOOM 2, so I’ll no doubt be booting those up during the quieter moments. I bought both of them when they launched on the Switch thanks to the insanely low price, but something definitely felt really off at the time. Thankfully, with the latest patch, they look and play better than I remember, and I’m loving it!
Game of the week is the stylish and surprisingly relaxing Super Crush KO. Gotta keep those S Ranks flying!
Liam Doolan, news reporter
This weekend I’ll be trying out Puzzle & Dragons GOLD on the Nintendo Switch. Although I own the two-in-one Super Mario Bros. Edition on the 3DS, I never really played the Puzzle & Dragons part of the game in the end, so I look forward to seeing what this series has to offer in the latest iteration.
Nintendo has been dominating software and hardware sales around the globe recently, but the real test is expected to be when Sony and Microsoft launch their own next generation of hardware. Both of these new systems are scheduled to arrive later this year, at some point during the holiday season.
So, what kind of an impact will this next generation hardware have on the Switch and its current appeal? During an interview with Nintendo Everything recently, Engine Software Vice President Ruud van de Moosdijk offered some insight, saying how he didn’t think it would be a much of a concern, as the Switch “exists in its own dimension” of the video game arena:
In my opinion the Nintendo Switch, like the Wii before, exists in its own dimension of the market and will continue to do well even when the PS5 and the Xbox Series X are released. As so many times before Nintendo’s consoles have just their own uniqueness that doesn’t depend on having the fastest processor or the largest memory.
As the Vice President explains, there’s really no need for Nintendo – or fans – to worry, as it’s busy doing its own thing while Sony and Microsoft focus on cutting edge graphics and other fancy things like memory upgrades.
The Vice President even went onto say how he “always” smiled when he heard someone say Nintendo’s days are numbered:
That’s why I always have to smile when I hear someone say Nintendo is done.
Moosdijk’s comments about the Switch doing its own thing are reinforced by the fact Nintendo is all about creating something unique (rather than more of the same), as the former Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé explained to IGN last October:
This focus on innovation runs throughout Nintendo and into the disciplines of Sales, Marketing, Operations, even Finance. Everyone challenged themselves to Create Something Unique.
Nintendo’s President Shuntaro Furukawa has also previously said the aim is to keep the Switch business running for as long as possible, by releasing a continuous stream of exciting titles and enhancing its digital content and network services. The aim is to extend its lifecycle and maintain sales over a prolonged period:
By continuing to challenge the boundaries of what can be done with Nintendo Switch in different ways than the Wii, we hope to maintain sales over a long lifecycle.
Last year, the Japanese company released the Switch Lite and for some time there’s been a rumour about an enhanced ‘Pro’ model floating around – which could perhaps help remind consumers there are other options when the next-generation systems from Microsoft and Sony arrive.
What do you think, though? Should Nintendo be keeping an eye these next-gen systems, or do you agree with the Engine Software VP and think it can continue to do well by doing its own thing. Tell us in the comments below.
So, the secret is out and we now know the fifth paid DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Obviously, not everyone is happy that yet another character from this long-running tactical role-playing series will be represented and that’s why our American-based video producer Zion is here to support anyone who is still struggling to accept this final fighter in the first fighter pass.
He also takes some time to talk about a new fourth wave of Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC titled Cindered Shadows. Not only is it the fourth wave of DLC, but it’s also adding a fourth house to the game known as the Ashen Wolves. As we saw in the trailer earlier this week, it’s a ‘house in name alone’ as it’s apparently made up of disenfranchised students in need of guidance, and who appear to reside in the Abyss (a location beneath Garreg Mach).
Check out the video above to hear more about all of this, and leave a comment down below and let us know how you feel about another Fire Emblem character coming to Smash.