PSA Minecraft Bug Prevents Game From Loading On Switch
Stuck at 66% for some users
Players are reporting issues with the Switch version of Minecraft following this week's version 1.19.70 update. The problem was brought to our attention by a reader via email, and over on the Minecraft subreddit, some players, after updating their game, are not able to load Minecraft on the Switch. The initial loading...
News Capcom Reminds Monster Hunter Fans To Grab 3DS & Wii U Entries Before eShop Closure
"These games will no longer be available"
We're getting closer each day to the shutdown of the 3DS and Wii U eShop services. Many companies have been issuing reminders to grab their games on these platforms before its closed, and now Capcom has joined in with a PSA regarding the Monster Hunter games. On the company's official Monster Hunter social...
PSA Watch Out, Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Art Book Spoilers Have Leaked Online
Start muting those keywords
It seems that a significant number of images from The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom art book have leaked online. The art book in question is supposedly the same one that's included with the Collector's Edition of the game, so while there doesn't appear to be anything earth-shatteringly devastating in terms of...
PSA Don't Worry, 3DS System Transfers Will Still Be Possible Following eShop Closure
Well, that's something at least!
As you will all likely know by now (we hope), the 3DS and Wii U eShops will no longer allow users to purchase or download new games onto their systems come March 27th, 2023. Nintendo has been reasonably forthright regarding what will and won't be possible after this date, but one question that's been lingering in...
PSA Watch Out, Fire Emblem Engage Leaks Are Appearing Online
The scales are tipping
Fire Emblem Engage is out this Friday, but some lucky people have already got their hands on the game. According to Fendoreo1 on ResetEra (don't click the link if you want to avoid spoilers), someone is currently playing through the entirety of Fire Emblem Engage and posting their impressions online — including screenshots...
PSA A Free Sonic Frontiers Demo Is Now Available On The eShop
Update: Available in America and Europe
Update #2 [Fri 6th Jan, 2023 01:25 GMT]: This same demo is now available on the Switch eShop in America and Europe. Sonic Frontiers is also currently on sale in select locations. Update [Sun 18th Dec, 2022 04:30 GMT]: Sonic Frontiers game director Morio Kishimoto has announced on social media this same demo...
PSA Splatoon 3's First Big Run Event Kicks Off Today (North America)
Defend Wahoo World
The debut of Splatoon 3's new recurring event, Big Run, has felt like a long time coming, but today (9th December) the wait is finally over. Kicking off at 4pm PT (those of us in Europe will have to wait until the early hours of the morning on the 10th) those pesky Salmonids are heading for Wahoo World and it's up to us to stop...
PSA Lightning No Longer Cancels Your Glider In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
If you are even remotely interested in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, then you probably saw the whole heap of goodies that came our way yesterday in the ver. 2.2.0 update. Alongside the new tracks and item customisation tool, there were a couple of big in-game changes that have been somewhat pushed to the side. One such change is all to do...
PSA The Physical Copy Of Just Dance 2023 Isn't Quite As 'Physical' As Expected
Code in box strikes again
It is with a sad irony that Ubisoft uses the word "Physical" in all of its publicity for Just Dance 2023. A reference to the hit Dua Lipa song (so we are told) which takes one of title's the top billings, it seems that there is nothing "physical" about the game at all - even down to its boxed copies. Yep, the infamous...
PSA This Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Cheat Code Allows You To Access "Secret" Save Backups
A great fallback if your game crashes
There's always the possibility that something could go wrong with a game Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, where your game crashes or glitches out and you potentially lose hours of progress. Fortunately, it seems Game Freak has got players covered. GameXplain has shed light on a handy and seemingly "secret" cheat...
PSA SEGA Warns Sonic Frontiers Digital Deluxe Edition Players To Download The DLC First
Hold off on that new game
Sonic Frontiers is out now for the Nintendo Switch and if you're an owner of the Digital Deluxe Edition, you might want to check out the recent announcement from Sega regarding the DLC content. In a post on Twitter, Sega has stated that fans will need to "install the DLC before starting a new game", as the content will...
PSA Tread Carefully, Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Leaks Are Out In The Wild
A wild leak appeared
We are so very close now to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's release next week on 18th November, and predictably certain game-spoiling leaks have started appearing online. This specific leak appears to have stemmed from someone managing to get their hands on a copy of the game prior to its official release date, though it is...
PSA There's A Bug In Splatoon 3 That May Affect Splatfest Results
Nintendo offers a work-around
Nintendo has reported that a bug has been found in Splatoon 3, and it might cause votes to not count towards this weekend's Splatfest results. Sharing the details on Twitter, the Big N says that some players have found that conch shell's that they've picked up before voting for their Splatfest team — which is either...
PSA Switch Connection Problems? We Wouldn't Recommend Nintendo's Network Fix
These are the Switch ports you want, right?
It seems that lots of people have been having connection issues with Splatoon 3 since its launch last week, and that's caused many to search the internet for any kind of tips or tricks to help them maintain a better internet connection. And this has brought to light a Support Page
PSA Get Muting Folks, Splatoon 3 Spoilers Are Inking All Over The Internet
Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge
A big company like Nintendo would never let any of their biggest games see the light of day before their official release, right? Well, if Paper Mario, Metroid Dread, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and now, Splatoon 3 are anything to go by, we'd err on the side of ca
PSA Sega Mega Drive Mini 2 Is Now Available To Pre-Order In The UK
Be quick, supplies will be low!
The Sega Mega Drive Mini 2 has been made available for pre-order in the UK and Europe, exclusively through Amazon. At the time of writing, the price of the console has been set at £104.99, which bizarrely is actually more expensive than North America, where it's currently priced at $99.99 (Update: as mentioned in...
News Uh-Oh, Splatoon 3 Appears To Have Leaked Online Ahead Of Its Release
Footage and cracked versions are already circulating
It seems another first-party Switch game has leaked a week out from release. This time it's the team-based shooter Splatoon 3. If you head over to the Splatoon subreddit, social media or YouTube, you should be able to see all sorts of spoilers related to the game's story mode - including boss...
PSA Splatoon 3's Splatfest World Premiere Demo Is Now Live
Splatfest will take place on 27th August
Update [Thu 25th Aug, 2022 01:30 BST]: Part of this Splatfest World Premiere Demo is now live. You'll be able to try out the tutorials, get some practice in, and explore the city of Splatsville. Enjoy! Original article [Fri 19th Aug, 2022 10:30 BST]: Splatoon 3's first-ever Splatfest takes place next...
News Nintendo Asks Players To Select Local Region For Splatoon 3 Splatfest Demo
For the best experience possible
The Splatoon 3 Splatfest "World Premiere" starts later this week, and it seems Nintendo has issued some additional advice via its Japanese social media channels. When you first boot it up, be sure to pick the correct region. Once you've selected a region, you won't be able to undo it in the demo. If you select a...
PSA Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 Has A Save Data-Corrupting Bug On Switch
Inti Creates is working on a fix
Inti Creates, the developer behind Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 — the long-awaited third mainline game in the series — has acknowledged that there's a save data-corrupting bug in the Switch version of the game. Sharing the information on Twitter, the bug can occur when you delete a save file and then change the...
PSA Switch Online Splatoon 2 Gear Distribution To Be Discontinued August 31st (Japan)
Players will have until December to redeem codes
As Inklings and Octolings around the globe look forward to the release of Splatoon 3, it seems Nintendo is just as busy winding down the services and goodies that shipped alongside Splatoon 2, when it was originally released. This includes the exclusive Switch Online Splatoon 2 gear. As you might...
PSA Are Your Switch Games Disappearing? You May Have Too Many - But You Can Fix It
Marie Kontendo your Switch
We all know that games on the 3DS and Wii U are scheduled to disappear when their respective eShops close down in March 2023, but you probably weren't expecting Switch games to disappear, too. It turns out that the Nintendo Switch can only display up to 2,000 games at a time, and if you have any more than that, the ones...
PSA Some Players Are Reporting 'Sticky Balls' In Nintendo Switch Sports
Stuck on you?
Sticky balls and sports don't go together, especially when it comes to bowling. We're trying to bowl the ball and get a strike, not have the ball stuck to us! Unfortunately, some Nintendo Switch Sports players have been reporting that exact issue. One such player, @MCwreckshin, has tweeted at Nintendo directly about the issues...
PSA It Looks Like Copies Of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Are Out In The Wild
The street date breaks
Uh oh, it's happened. Reports are surfacing online that some people have managed to get their hands on copies of Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Photos of copies of the game have been shared on ResetEra by user ImBald, though many have since been taken down. So, if you don't want any spoilers on Monolith Soft's upcoming game, then be...
PSA Monster Hunter Rise Switch eShop Demo Getting Removed Next Week
Sunbreak demo will "continue to be available"
Next week sees the long-awaited release of Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. This is new DLC for Monster Hunter Rise adding new monsters and much more to the existing game. Ahead of the launch, Capcom shared some news about the game's demos. As of 30th June (the same date as the DLC release), the original...
PSA Nintendo's Switch Online Mobile App Is Dropping Support For Older Apple iOS
Scheduled to happen "around the summer of 2022"
If you're an Apple mobile user, happen to be running iOS version 13 or earlier and still use the Switch Online mobile application on a regular basis, you might want to read on... According to Nintendo's Japanese customer support Twitter account, the Switch Online app will require Apple users to be...
News Nintendo Is Offering Free Trials For Switch Online, Even If You've Used One Before (North America)
Get it while you can!
Switch owners located in North America can currently claim a free trial for the base version of Switch Online. This offer is available to players in the US and Canada who have previously activated a free trial and don't currently have a subscription. If you're already an existing subscriber though, this offer isn't available to...
PSA Rocket League's New Cross-Platform Voice Chat Is Enabled By Default
"This is honestly a scary thing"
Psyonix's free-to-play title Rocket League has received a new update, and it's made "voice chat" available across all platforms. While this kind of update is normally a welcome one within many online communities, in the case of Rocket League, not everyone is overjoyed by this new update. Some members of the...
PSA Experiencing Switch OLED Blackouts In Docked Mode? Swap Your HDMI Cable
Prevent this issue from happening again
Switch OLED is quite a lovely system, but the docked experience appears to have been causing some trouble for some users. In a lengthy thread over on the Nintendo Switch subreddit, a user has reportedly worked out how to fix television blackouts lasting "about four to five seconds at a time" when the OLED...
PSA Nintendo Switch Sports Local Multiplayer Won't Work On Switch Lite Or In Tabletop Mode
Dock required for two or more players
Nintendo Switch Sports is another one of those first-party titles that appear to have some restrictions in place. As identified by 'Akfamilyhome' on Twitter, you won't be able to play the game's local multiplayer mode with two or more players if you're playing on a Switch/Switch OLED in tabletop mode, or are...
PSA You Might Not Need To Unbox The New Smash Bros. amiibo To Use It
See for yourself
As you've probably seen, the new Min Min Super Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibo is now available in-store. If you are planning on adding this one to your collection, here's your PSA that this new amiibo based on the fighter from the ARMS series might not actually need to be unboxed to be used. As highlighted by a user (with a North...
News Nintendo Issues Joy-Con Safety Warning Ahead Of Switch Sports Release
Wear a wrist strap and don't hit the TV
When Wii Sports got released on the Wii in 2006, it made headlines around the globe for encouraging people to get off the couch. The same game was also known for destroying a number of television sets back in the day, and while we would love to move on from that, it seems there's a real chance of it happening...
PSA Watch Out For This Softlock In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Ninja Hideaway
Hidden like a ninja
Some of us officially have a new favourite track in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Ever since the Booster Course Pass kicked off with Wave 1, one track in particular - Ninja Hideaway, the last course in the Lucky Cat cup - has captured many people's attention with its branching paths, verticality, and amazing music. And to think they were...
PSA Remember To Update Your Joy-Con, As Well As Your Nintendo Switch
Controller updates arrive with Version 14.0.0
Nintendo released Version 14.0.0 of the Switch firmware earlier this week. It allows users to group software together and also included an update for Bluetooth audio support. Since this firmware has gone live, it seems a new update has also been issued for the Switch Joy-Con controllers. Here's how you...
PSA You Might Have To Clear Up Some Space To Play Persona 4 Arena Ultimax On Switch
The digital file size is a big one (by Switch standards)
Believe it or not but the Atlus' fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is out on Nintendo Switch in just a few weeks. Over the past day, the game page has gone live on Nintendo's Japanese website and eShop - giving fans a rough idea of the file size for the Switch version of the game. So,...
PSA Update All Your 3DS Games, Even The Ones You Don't Own (Just In Case)
Our pals over at the Nintendo Life YouTube channel are full of wisdom, and today's advice comes to you from our very own Zion Grassl, who wants you to know that you should download every single update that exists on the eShop. Wait, shouldn't you just download the updates for the games you own? Well, yes, you should do that. But what...
PSA Get All The Harvest Moon Games Before The 3DS And Wii U eShops Close
They've bought the farm
If you're embedded within the farming game community, you'll know all about the Harvest Moon / Story of Seasons schism, in which (Western localisation team and publisher) Natsume and (developer) Marvelous went their separate ways. Natsume kept the Harvest Moon name in the West, and cranked out a bunch of wildly disappointing...
PSA Don't Let This Pokémon Legends: Arceus Softlock Catch You Out
Was introduced in ver. 1.0.2
Like any other Switch game, Pokémon Legends: Arceus has been subject to a series of updates since launch, updates which are intended to fix bugs and solve issues. However, ver. 1.0.2 has introduced a glitch that can 'softlock' your game if you're not careful. Please note: the following information could be considered a...
PSA Nintendo Says Switch Sports Won't Work On The Switch Lite
Update: ...but it actually does?
Update: We've tested Nintendo Switch Sports on the Switch Lite with some Joy-Con (you can download the playtest app now, but you can't actually get into any games) and it does seem to be another case of Nintendo being overly cautious here to avoid disappointment. You can use Joy-Con to play Nintendo Switch Sports on...
News Pokémon Legends: Arceus For Switch Has Now Been Datamined
A week before the game's release
We heard yesterday how copies of Pokémon Legends: Arceus were already out in the wild, and now it seems the floodgates have well and truly opened. Not only is footage all over websites like Twitter, Reddit, and ResetEra, but it seems the game has now also been datamined. There are a lot of images and videos...
PSA Did You Know You Can Lift Weights In Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons update, which came out on the 5th of November, added a ton of new stuff to the game. We've already covered a lot of it, from gyroids to cooking, but one of the cool new features is the ability to engage in some of the activities your villagers do, like dusting, reading, and carrying drinks. Most of these...
PSA If You Restarted Your Animal Crossing: New Horizons Island, You'll Have To Wait A Year To Access Some Things
Seasons come and go
When the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct told us all about the new content coming in update 2.0, a lot of us wondered how to prepare our islands for all the new stuff. After all, for many of us, we hadn't visited the game in a long time. Wouldn't it just be easier to start fresh? Well, yes and no. It's easier because you're...
PSA Using The Konami Cheat Code In GTA Trilogy Adds Big Heads
Mind the door!
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition might be going through its fair share of issues at the moment, with seemingly boundless glitches and rather negative messages from the developer
PSA Watch Out! Pokémon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl Leaks Are All Over The Internet
The floodgates have opened
As reported yesterday, it seems some Switch owners have already got hold of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Since our initial post, the floodgates have now well and truly opened - and there's quite a lot of previously unseen footage of the remakes circulating across sites like YouTube and Twitter. You can...
PSA Leif Can Now Weed Your Animal Crossing: New Horizons Island, But It's Pricey
Costs a lot of green
The weeding process has been made a little easier in the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons update, thank Nookness! With the addition of Leif's permanent shop on Harv's Island, you can now buy flowers, bushes, crop seeds and saplings whenever you flippin' want. But there's a secret feature that we didn't know about beforehand:...
PSA You Can Use Switch OLED's Kickstand To Play In TATE Mode, Just Be Very Careful
We like to TATE, we like, we like to TATE
DISCLAIMER: Nintendo Life is not liable for any damage — light or otherwise — caused to your lovely Switch OLED's screen through orientating your shiny new console all vertical-like. Old school arcade and shmup fans have been having a wail of a time with Switch over the past few years, with the system...
PSA Sensitive To PWM Flicker? You'll Want To Keep The Switch OLED's Screen Nice And Bright
New screen uses Pulse Width Modulation to control brightness
Nintendo's latest iteration of the Switch launched on 8th October and while it's far from the long-rumoured 'Switch Pro', the new screen on the Switch OLED model is a beautiful thing and has led to the new Switch SKU receiving generally positive reviews. It doesn't hurt that incredible...
PSA Don't Worry, You Can Order The Switch OLED Dock's Rear Cover
The shiny new Switch OLED comes with its own dock, which is hiding a few upgrades of its own – including a chipset that can handle 4K / 60fps. It also has a revised design that sees the rear panel pop off when you're inserting things like HDMI cables, power leads and LAN cables. As you can appreciate, anything that pops off of something...
PSA Please Don't Forget To Transfer Your Animal Crossing: New Horizons Island To Your Switch OLED
It's easy to forget, as we found out...
The Switch OLED launches tomorrow, and no doubt a great many of you are waiting expectantly for your console to arrive on your doorstep. The thrill of new gaming hardware is certainly one of life's little pleasures, but don't allow your excitement to overwhelm you, as it did us. As you'll know from our recent...
PSA The World Ends With You Sequel Has Leaked, So Watch Out For Spoilers Online
Square Enix Store error gives players early access
NEO: The World Ends with You is technically still a few weeks out from its official Nintendo Switch release, but it seems some lucky fans have already got their hands on the Switch eShop version well ahead of the game's launch. Unlike some other leaks in recent times, this one is apparently due to...