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  • Shuntaro Furukawa Reveals What Nintendo Is Doing To Combat Info Leaks & Security Threats

    "We are taking a variety of initiatives".Nintendo has arguably been one of the biggest victims of video game industry leaks - with inncidents like the 'Gigaleak' revealing years of company secrets across multiple generations - including concepts, prototypes and even cancelled projects.It's obviously not the best look when security and data is breached, and during the recent shareholder meeting, Nintendo's president Shuntaro Furukawa was questioned about what kind of "risk-management initiatives" the company was taking to deal with information leaks and hacks.Read the full article on

  • Nintendo Files Trademark Application For 'NSW'

    Commonly used as an abbreviation for Switch.Donkey Kong isn't the only thing Nintendo has filed a trademark for recently. As spotted on ResetEra, the Japanese company recently applied for to trademark 'NSW' in Europe. VGC points out how this is commonly used as the abbreviation for Switch.Read the full article on

  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Is The Next Switch Online Trial (Europe)

    Try the original before the sequel.Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope was one of the many highlights at the recent Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase. And ahead of its release later this year, Nintendo has announced a free trial for the first game exclusive to Switch Online subscribers.At the moment, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is only available as a free trial to subscribers located in Europe, Australia and New Zealand at the moment, but if this follows the pattern of a lot of other trials, it should be made available elsewhere in time.Read the full article on

  • NieR:Automata For Switch Handled By Nintendo Port Specialist Virtuos

    It was meant 2B.Throughout the lifespan of the Nintendo Switch, there have been a number of "impossible" ports released. We're talking games like The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt and the new version of DOOM, developed by specialist teams such as Saber Interactive and Panic Button.One other developer who is also known to work miracles on Nintendo's hybrid system is Virtuos. Since the arrival of the Switch, it's helped bring games like Dying Light, L.A. Noire, Dark Souls: Remastered and Bioshock: The Collection to the device. Now, in the latest news, it's been revealed the same company is behind the NieR:Automata Switch release (originally developed by PlatinumGames).Read the full article on

  • PlatinumGames' Shmup Sol Cresta Receives An Update, Here's What's Included

    Bayonetta 3 can wait.In case you missed it, Sol Cresta actually got a release on Switch earlier this year (after starting out life as an April Fool's joke). Since then, PlatinumGames has been issuing updates for this new shoot 'em up, and we're now up to the next major one (Version 1.0.4).The Japanese publisher and developer has shared the full patch note details on its official website, with the promise the team will "continue to make improvements and further updates" in the future. This latest update makes some changes and adjustments, and also fixes a couple of issues:Read the full article on

  • Watch: This Insane "Triforce%" Speedrun Turns Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Into Breath Of The Wild

    Breath of the Ocarina of Wild Time.SGDQ, or Summer Games Done Quick, is a speedrunning charity fundraising marathon that wrapped up last weekend with a total of over $3 million raised for Doctors Without Borders. It included a run of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, a tense relay race in Super Mario Maker 2, and an absolutely nuts 30-minute run of Elden Ring as the finale.But every year, there's always one run that rises above the rest — and, admittedly, it's usually a Zelda game, for whatever reason. This year, it was Ocarina of Time... or, it was sort of Ocarina of Time. Let us explain.Read the full article on

  • Feature: What It Takes To Be A Zelda: Breath Of The Wild World Record Speedrunner

    BOTW's best 'runners talk tricks and clips.It’s 1 AM and you have just spent the past 12 hours replaying the same segment of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In your mind, there is no stopping until perfection is achieved – or the more likely option – you pass out from sleep deprivation. For the next few weeks, you continue to hone your skills, in the hope of reducing the amount of time it takes to complete a full run of the game. Meanwhile, you are in a race with a massive community of like-minded individuals, each with their own strategies and goals in mind. Welcome to the world of speedrunning.Since its release in 2017, Breath of the Wild has been featured in several speedrun categories, with the most popular being Any%, where players attempt to defeat the final boss and complete the game as quickly as possible. Despite the longevity of the main adventure during a casual playthrough, BOTW can now be beaten in less than 30 minutes, with the world record currently sitting at 24:10 by a runner named Koroks. To understand the work that goes into running this huge game, we spoke with Koroks about that astonishing world record run, and life as a speedrunner.Read the full article on

  • Stranger Things actor doesn’t think what happened to Eddie was fair — but it was ‘inspired’

    Photo: Netflix And yes, he’s seen the ‘Chrissy, wake up’ remixes Continue reading…

  • Random: The World's First 'NFT Console' Has A Very Familiar-Looking Logo

    Born to play?It's happening, alright. Polium, a Web 3 company (Web 3 is an idea of a new version of the internet that we know today, with a form distributed in the blockchain) has revealed the very first NFT video game console this weekend.Called the Polium One, this little black box is meant to be "a multi-chain console for Web 3 gaming" and will have both existing and exclusive games on the system when it launches sometime in 2024. And while the console has drawn some criticism online, some of you eagle-eyed Twitter users have spotted some similarities between Polium's logo and a certain Nintendo console's own.Read the full article on

  • The great Pokémon card shortage has a solution: 9 billion new cards

    Photo: Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images It’s super effective! Continue reading…

  • PowerA's Kirby Controller Is The Perfect 30th Anniversary Accessory

    Plus a lovely little case!PowerA is joining in with the pink puffball's 30th-anniversary celebrations in its own way! The accessory manufacturer has created a brand new wired controller to celebrate Kirby's birthday.Everything about the controller is peak Kirby; pink buttons, splashes of different shades of pink and blue, a little warp star in the middle — what more could you want? Mappable buttons? 10ft cable? All of the other tricks that a PowerA controller has? It's all there in perfect blue and pink form.Read the full article on

  • The one horror homage that Vecna’s actor couldn’t quite fit in Stranger Things

    Image: Netflix Jamie Campbell Bower talks about the show’s horror influences Continue reading…

  • Splatoon 3 Introduces New Multiplayer Map 'Mincemeat Metalworks'

    Sorry, what kind of Metalworks?Splatoon 3 is looking to close out Nintendo's summer offerings with a paint-splattering bang, and Nintendo UK has shown off another stage coming to the third paint-blasting multiplayer game.Called the 'Mincemeat Metalworks' (yep, reread it), we hope the stage isn't as brutal and gory as it sounds! Luckily it isn't dealing in squids or meat of any kind, but it used to be a Metalworks that created more scrap metal. It seems like the new stages in Splatoon 3 are following a bit of a pattern, with the last one — Undertow Spillway — also being a little bit grey and metallic.Read the full article on

  • 7 movies about America to watch this Fourth of July

    Image: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Happy holiday weekend, Polygon readers! Continue reading…

  • Nintendo Halting Operations In Russia Has Reportedly Had 'Negligible Effect'

    No products are currently being shipped to the region.Since the commencement of Russia's invasion into its neighbouring country of Ukraine back on February 24th, Nintendo has gradually halted operations within the country. Roughly one week after the invasion started, it was reported that eShop payments had been suspended within the region, with Nintendo later confirming that it had halted exports of products to the country.During the Q&A session for the 82nd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders at Nintendo, an attendee asked two of Nintendo's directors (Shutaro Furukawa and Shatoru Shibata) about their thoughts on the prospect of further business within Russia. While Furukawa and Shibata understandably refrained from sharing specific details, they confirmed that halting operations within the region had a "negligible effect" on Nintendo's overall financial results:Read the full article on

  • Review: Cuphead - The Delicious Last Course - Short, Sweet, And Utterly Essential

    You'd be a mug to ignore it.There’s a section near the end of one of the new stages in Cuphead’s DLC that made us shout a four-letter word at the screen extremely loudly, and that word wasn’t ‘cups’. Being the level-headed types we are, it’s very rare for a game to make us resort to such outbursts, but there we were, bellowing the sort of language that would turn the air bluer than Mugman’s nose. And yet, despite this, we weren’t gnawing our fists in rage or spiking the controller off the wall. We were laughing.We can’t go into much more detail because it’s the sort of thing you should discover for yourself, but it’s the sort of cheap trick that will likely guarantee you’ll die the first time, which in any other case would be thoroughly infuriating given how many lives will likely be lost to reach that point. And yet, something about Cuphead makes its cheeky trick endearing rather than enraging.Read the full article on

  • UK Charts: Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Crashes Out Of Top Ten

    Right down to fourteenth.Although it's only been out for little over a week, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes has fallen from the top spot all the way down to fourteenth place in the UK charts, below the likes of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and Mario Strikers: Battle League Football. It's perhaps the biggest drop we've seen in quite some time, though it's unknown at this time exactly how much sales have fallen.As expected, F1 22 has reached number one for the UK, with Formula One racing games historically performing well in the region. Elsewhere, it seems to be business as usual, though something interesting (and depressing) to note is that FIFA 22 sold the best on Nintendo Switch, accounting for 33% of total sales. The game was recently included on PlayStation Plus and also forms part of Xbox's Game Pass Ultimate line-up with EA Play, which may contribute to the game's sales success on Switch. Read the full article on

  • Trademark For Intellivision Amico Has Been Abandoned

    It's not looking good, folks.In the latest sign that the Intellivision Amico is unlikely to ever release, its trademark has now been marked as "abandoned" by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.As reported by VGC, the trademark was originally filed by Intellivision Entertainment on October 19th, 2018 and subsequently accepted on September 24th, 2019. As per trademark guidelines, an application will be marked as abandoned if the applicant has either not filed a 'Statement of Use' or requested an extension on the trademark within six months of the approval.Read the full article on

  • Gallery: First 4 Figures' 'Life Size' Samus Helmet - The Ultimate Metroid Collectable?

    If only you could actually wear it...Last year, First 4 Figures revealed the latest product in its line of Metroid-related items: Samus' Helmet. It's basically a scale model of the helmet Samus Aran wears in the Metroid Prime series, with one unfortunate omission – you can't actually wear it. Tsk.Like so many hardcore Metroid fans, we naturally ordered one regardless, and it's now sitting on a table in the Nintendo Life office while we try to decide exactly where to put it. You see, this thing is seriously heavy and comes in a box that you could easily hide a small child in.Read the full article on

  • Review: Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak - A Deliciously Difficult, Must-Have Expansion

    An expansion with bite.Monster Hunter Rise has proven to be a welcome continuation of the IP's global growth in popularity, following the breakout mainstream success of 2018's Monster Hunter: World and its Iceborne expansion on non-Nintendo platforms. Rise itself brought some interesting evolutions from World, retaining more of the quirky charm we loved in previous generations on platforms like 3DS, Wii and Wii U, while shaking up the formula for the better (well, in this writer's opinion, anyway). It delivered load-free open zones, faster traversal and verticality, and new mechanics to give combat a fast-paced, stylish feel.It was relatively easy, though, by Monster Hunter standards. Not only did Capcom do some welcome streamlining of the 'grind', but a lot of encounters barring a small number of exceptions were more manageable and less terrifying than perhaps expected. This was partly due to new movement and mechanics improving our abilities, but we can also be guilty of forgetting that Rise was the 'base' game.Read the full article on

  • Random: Could Cellular Automaton Determine The Best Pokémon Type?

    Yeah, science!Man, Pokémon types... If you're super into the Pokémon franchise, you'll know that a strong knowledge of the various types can often mean the difference between failure and success within both the campaign and online community. Of course, there are many other variables that ought to be considered when jumping into the world of competitive battling, but we won't go into that here... Just give us a flute and a sleeping Snorlax and we're happy.Fans have been debating which Pokémon type is generally considered to be the best for years at this point. With the introduction of type combinations and relatively new types like 'Fairy', deciding which type comes out on top is frankly a near-impossible task.Read the full article on

  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope, NieR: Automata File Sizes Seemingly Revealed

    Glory to Rabbids.October is looking like a pretty stacked month for Switch owners if last week's Nintendo Direct Mini is anything to go by. During the Partner Showcase, we got a confirmed release date for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope and confirmation that PlayStation 4 classic NieR: Automata would be getting a port called NieR: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition.Launching on 20th October and 6th October respectively, these dates might seem quite far away, but the Fall season of games will soon be upon us. And we know already roughly how much space both of these releases will take up.Read the full article on

  • Bandai Namco Shares First Gameplay Of Pac-Man World: Re-PAC

    Showing improved UI and returning abilities.Bandai Namco had some new details to share at Anime Expo 2022 this weekend on the upcoming Pac-Man World: Re-PAC, a remake of the PlayStation platformer. And this new version of the classic 3D platformer had a few bells and whistles added that'll make the game feel that much smoother.This is the first time we've seen the remake in action since its reveal at last week's Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, and it's looking really good. The stream shows off some of the abilities that Pac-Man will have in Re-PAC including a hover-jump and butt-bounce abilities. One new ability is that Pac-Man can transform into Mega-Pac, which is a cool little reference to the yellow puck's original appearance.Read the full article on

  • WayForward Launches RWBY: Arrowfell On Switch In Fall 2022

    Here's an updated look.At RTX Austin this week, Rooster Teeth and WayForward shared a release date update for the upcoming title, RWBY: Arrowfell. This side-scrolling 2D action-adventure will be arriving this Fall on multiple platforms including Switch.In addition to this, a new trailer has been released - showing off some work-in-progress footage. This includes an "updated look" at the game's combat, visuals and play mechanics. WayForward has also released some additional information on its website about this upcoming release:Read the full article on

  • Joey King explains her ‘exhausting’ epic staircase fight in The Princess

    Image: 20th Century Fox ‘That was like my Oldboy moment’ Continue reading…

  • Nintendo Has Filed A New Trademark For The Donkey Kong Series

    Could DK be returning?Try not to go bananas over this, but Nintendo has filed a "new" trademark for the Donkey Kong series. This one is seemingly a little different from the usual ones. Instead of another stock-standard renewal, it actually seems to have been updated to mention "downloadable programs for portable and electronic consoles".It's already ignited speculation that something video game-related could be on the way to the Nintendo Switch. In saying this, it should probably be treated as nothing more than a simple update potentially just future-proofing the Donkey Kong series. Trademark renewals are a regular thing for classic Nintendo IPs.Read the full article on

  • Feature: 10 Series We'd Love To See Get The Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Treatment

    On the game's 10th anniversary.Why haven't there been more games like Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy?We have a particular soft spot for music and rhythm games, and even more so music and rhythm games that put their own twist on the usual beat matching. Theatrhythm is just one of those games.Read the full article on

  • Star Trek’s blend of dialogue and action feels ideal for a Telltale-style game

    Image: Dramatic Labs Dramatic Labs’ Star Trek: Resurgence deviates from the Telltale formula in intriguing ways Continue reading…

  • You should watch Furie, the previous martial arts revenge thriller from The Princess director

    Image: Well Go USA Entertainment One of the best martial arts movies of recent memory, and one that broke Vietnamese box office records Continue reading…

  • Poll: Box Art Brawl: Duel #103 - Assault Suit Leynos / Target Earth

    An assault on the senses?Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl!In last week's edition, we took at look at Resident Evil: Gaiden for the Game Boy Colour. It was actually a fairly close call too, however the majority of you fine folks preferred the simplicity of the EU box art, with the blood drenched life ring taking centre stage.Read the full article on