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Good Smile Company recently showed off a variety of new gaming figures that they have in the works. All of this is coming out of Anime Expo 2023 which is being held this weekend in Los Angeles.

The newly revealed figures include Link from Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, a Cult of the Lamb Nendoroid, Chun-Li from Street Fighter, and more! You can get a glimpse at everything they had to show off via the tweets below.


Nintendo launched a new Pikmin 4 web site recently, and it includes a section for adorable Pikmin themed web comics! The first comic appeared on June 21st, and since then, multiple have been added.

Today’s comic is titled A Helping Hand and it’s about the struggle to lift Pikmin pellets. In case you missed them, there were three other comics posted the previous three days for you to read: The Ferryman, which features Oatchi the space-dog, Floracious Appetite, about a Bulborb, and Stealth Check, which sees the Pikmin trying to stay quiet.

Click here to read all the currently available comics and stay tuned as more get added leading up to the release of Pikmin 4 next month.




The very first “Kombat Kast” has been announced to be taking place live on Twitch next week. This will be a live discussion with members of the team behind Mortal Kombat 1, which is coming to Switch in September. According to the announcement, it will include discussion of “Kameos, full gameplay breakdowns of Scorpion & Johnny Cage, and more”.

The Kast will take place on NetherRealm’s official Twitch page on Thursday, July 6th at 10:00am PT (1:00pm ET). Be sure to tune in if you want juicy new details on the next Mortal Kombat game.


We’ve just crossed the midpoint of 2023, and there have already been some seriously great games released. To commemorate the past six months, video game review aggregate site Metacritic has released a list of their top 20 highest ratest games of 2023 so far.

At the very top of the list are two Switch games: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Metroid Prime Remastered. These games definitely deserve the love, and demonstrate that classic Nintendo franchises still have staying power when it comes to critical reviews. Other Switch titles on the list include Theatrhythm Final Bar Line and Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo.

See below for the full list, along with their current Metacritic scores:

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Switch) – 96
  2. Metroid Prime Remastered (Switch) – 94
  3. Resident Evil 4 remake (PS5) – 93
  4. Street Fighter 6 (PS5) – 92
  5. Dead Space (PS5) – 89
  6. Final Fantasy XVI (PS5) – 88
  7. Theatrhythm Final Bar Line (Switch) – 87
  8. Hi-Fi Rush (Xbox Series X) – 87
  9. Diablo IV (PC) – 87
  10. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (PS5) – 85
  11. Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo (Switch) – 85
  12. Humanity (PS5) – 85
  13. A Space For The Unbound (Switch) – 85
  14. Octopath Traveler II (Switch) – 84
  15. The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog (PC) – 84
  16. Hogwarts Legacy (PS5) – 84
  17. Cassette Beasts (PC) – 84
  18. Labyrinth of Galleria: The Moon Society (Switch) – 83
  19. Age of Wonders 4 (PC) – 83
  20. Doomblade (PC) – 83



The Fall Guys development team has announced that the prices for the in-game currency Show-Bucks will be increasing in the UK, Canada, and Mexico starting later this month. Show-Bucks are the game’s currency which can be used to purchase various customization options for your character. See below for the complete list of changes:


According to the announcement, these changes are being made due to “economic factors like inflation and currency fluctuations”. However, the price of in-game content purchased with Show-Bucks such as the Fame Pass will remain the same.

These price increases will take effect beginning on July 17, 2023.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is a veritable playground for creative fans, and we’ll probably be seeing the depths of that creativity for quite some time to come. In a recent IGN video, they take a look at a number of vehicles and contraptions created by fans that were inspired by the Star Wars films and games.

Watch the full video above to see in-game interpretations of iconic vehicles like the Speeder Bike, X-Wing, Podracer, and more. This level of accomplishment shouldn’t really be surprising at this point, but seeing these creations in action is genuinely impressive! Give it another year and maybe someone will put together a working Death Star…



In addition to its usual slate of new in-game events, Fire Emblem Heroes will be receiving a larger update to Version 7.7.0 next week. The update drops on July 5th, 2023 in North America, and the patch notes have been made available in advance. Check out all the upcoming changes below, or see the full details with images here.

■ New skills are being added for a Legendary and Mythic Hero

Of the Heroes that appear in Legendary & Mythic Hero Remixes, Chrom: Crowned Exalt and Bramimond: The Enigma are gaining new skills.

○ New skills

・ Assist Skill

To Change Fate! II Range: 1 Moves target ally to opposite side of unit. Grants another action to unit, grants Atk/Def+6 and【Bonus Doubler】to unit and Pair Up cohort (if any) for 1 turn, and inflicts【Isolation】 on unit and Pair Up cohort (if any) through their next action. (Once per turn.)

【Bonus Doubler】 Grants bonus to Atk/Spd/Def/Res during combat = current bonus on each of unit’s stats for 1 turn. Calculates each stat bonus independently.

【Isolation】 Target cannot use or be the target of Assist skills through its next action. (Target can neither use nor be the target of skills like Dance and Sing, skills that neutralize penalties, like Restore and Harsh Command+, etc.)

This skill can only be equipped by its original unit.

・ C Skill

Blue Feud 3 During combat, disables skills of all blue foes, excluding foe in combat. If in combat against a blue foe, disables skills of all foes, excluding foe in combat, and inflicts Atk/Spd/Def/Res-4 on foe during combat.

・ B Skill

Atk/Res Tempo 3 Inflicts Atk/Res-3 on foe and neutralizes effects that grant “Special cooldown charge +X” to foe or inflict “Special cooldown charge -X” on unit during combat.

・ C Skill

Impenetrable Void Disables skills of all foes excluding foe in combat, inflicts Atk/Spd/Def/Res-5 on foe, and reduces the percentage of foe’s non-Special “reduce damage by X%” skills by 50% during combat (example: a foe with a “reduce damage by 45%” skill would reduce damage by 23% instead). This skill can only be equipped by its original unit.

Chrom: Crowned Exalt and Bramimond: The Enigma are receiving new weapon skills to refine at the same time, so be sure to check the section of this notification labeled “New weapon skills and weapons to refine are being added” too.

■ The lineup of Limited-Time Combat Manuals is being updated

With the release of Ver. 7.7.0, players will be able to obtain Divine Codes (Ephemera 7) from events and exchange them for an updated lineup of Limited-Time Combat Manuals using the Compile Combat Manual feature.

Notes: ・ The Combat Manuals added in this update can be compiled until 28/8/2023 6:59(UTC) ・ Divine Codes (Ephemera 7) may be obtained from events that begin after the release of Ver. 7.7.0, while Divine Codes (Ephemera 6) may continue to be obtained from events that began before the release of Ver. 7.7.0.

■ New weapon skills and weapons to refine are being added

The following Heroes will be able to learn these new character-specific weapon skills at 5★:

Desert-Tiger Axe Hero who can learn this skill: Gerik: Desert Tiger

Father’s-Son Axe Hero who can learn this skill: Ross: His Father’s Son

・ The weapons above can be upgraded in the Weapon Refinery after they have been obtained. ・ To learn weapon skills, tap Allies, then Ally Growth, and then Learn Skills.

The following weapons will be able to be upgraded or gain additional special effects by using Arena Medals and Divine Dew:

Venin Edge Hero who can learn this skill: Kempf: Conniving General

Zephyr Breath Hero who can learn this skill: Idunn: Dragonkin Duo

Prized Lance Hero who can learn this skill: Perceval: Knightly Ideal

Randgríðr Hero who can learn this skill: Chrom: Crowned Exalt

Void Tome Hero who can learn this skill: Bramimond: The Enigma

Note: To access the Weapon Refinery, you must clear Book I, Chapter 13 in the main story and then clear the second Intermission map, The Rite of Blades.

■ New Memento Events are being added to Heroes Journey

○ New Memento Events are being added.

■ Aether Raids is being updated

○ Some structures will have their level cap increased.

・ Healing Tower (O/D): up to level 11

○ Aether Resort is being updated.

・ Two new songs will be added to the Concert Hall: “II – Reclaim the Capital” from the Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade game and “The Fell Dragon’s Hounds” from the Fire Emblem Engage game.

■ Summoner Duels is being updated

○ You will be able to increase your Favor Level to level 3,300.

This will be in effect with the season starting 11/7/2023 7:00(UTC)

■ Additional Heroes will be available via Heroic Grails

The following Heroes will be available to summon using Heroic Grails:

・ Linus: Savage Dog ・ Robin: Keen Groom

■ Other Changes

○ We will fix the following issues in Seer’s Snare.

・ If a player changes a Hero’s Special skill on the Edit Teams screen and then head into battle, that Hero’s Special cooldown count will remain the same as it was before the skill was changed. ・ There is a display issue on the Change Skills screen when scrolling left or right. Also, regarding the Bonus Hero S Skill slot, we will add an ABC icon in the lower right corner to make it easier to see that any A, B, or C skills can be equipped in that slot.

The water type Pokemon Inteleon had previously been confirmed for an appearance in Pokemon UNITE, but now we have some more information. It turns out Inteleon will be made available in the game next week, on July 4, 2023.

To celebrate the debut, an official trailer has been shared on the Pokemon UNITE YouTube channel (seen above). This is a brief 30 second gameplay snippet that shows off Inteleon’s moves, taking down enemies and scoring goals. You’ll be able to experience this in-game for yourself soon, when Inteleon debuts on July 4th.


StarCraft 64 is a fascinating port of a game that was never really designed to run on consoles. In order to make it work, big changes had to be made to the control scheme and other features, but the game still has its fans. One of those fans who goes by Zuljaras, has created a unique sculpture inspired by the game and utilizing an actual Nintendo 64 system.

As you can see in the video above, Zuljaras put together a complete StarCraft 64 battlefield on top of their console, including different types of terrain and various units and bases. According to the video description, they used polymer clays to get the job done - specifically, Super Sculpey, Fimo Professional and “some colored clays”.

Previously, Zuljaras put together a DOOM statue made of clay utilizing a broken DOOM Switch cartridge. Who knows what Nintendo fusions they’ll come up with next!

Nintendo shares Baddies & Battles compilation video

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01 July 2023
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Nintendo has released a new compilation video of their Baddies & Battles series over on their Play Nintendo YouTube channel. The series highlights various boss fights from Nintendo Switch games, and this one features footage from all the previous episodes. Games highlighted include Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Super Mario Odyssey, and Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.

Watch heroes like Mario, Kirby, Yoshi, and Luigi–and even adventurous Pokémon Trainers–encounter all sorts of enemies and wild Pokémon in this compilation from the Baddies and Battles series. From big bosses to the small foes, join the fun across a variety of Nintendo Switch games!


Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Pokémon Masters EX, and Pokémon Café ReMix have all received a content update. Check out the full details for each game below via perfectly-nintendo.com.

Fire Emblem Heroes

  • [Events] Round 1 of the latest Voting Gauntlet event, Hats in the Ring, is now live. It features the following match-ups: Hardin vs Darros, Nephenee vs Donnel, Nanna vs Ena, and Ignatz vs Joshua. Check out the special website for more details and up to date results! (available until July 3rd)
  • [Quests] A new set of Quests is now live: Voting Gauntlet (available until July 3rd)
  • [Log-in Bonus] While the latest Voting Gauntlet event is running, all players can get the following as Daily Log-in Bonus: Battle Flag x50 (available until July 7th)

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

  • [Events] The latest Lucky Wheel event is now live (available until July 14th)
  • [Goals] A new set of Monthly Goals is now available (available until August 1st)
  • [Store] The latest premium pass is now available, featuring Alola Form Raichu (available until August 1st)

Pokémon Masters EX

  • [Trainer Lodge] Starting today, you can invite Irida as a guest once you have teamed up with 5★ Irida & Glaceon. The Lodge Exchange Line-up has also been updated (no end date)
  • [Scout] The following Sync Pair is now available via the Monthly Poké Fair Scout: Cynthia & Garchomp (available until August 1st)

Pokémon Café ReMix

  • [Cookies] A new Fortune Cookie and related set of Stamp Trade rewards are now available: Jay’s Beach Sport cookie (available until September 29th)
  • [Memories] A new Scrapbook Memory is now available: Beach Sport Rentals & Recs (no end date)


The Football Manager franchise returned to Switch last year in the form of Football Manager 2023 Touch. Now, the team behind the game is celebrating the 2023 version’s success, and also promising much more in store for Football Manager 2024. Check out some tidbits from their recent blog post below:

  • Football Manager 2024 coming to Switch sometime this year
  • “the most complete version in the series’ history”
  • Designed as a sort of closing chapter before the series will be reworked for 2025
  • Improvements and new features have been based on in-studio feedback and their feature request forum
  • Includes the ability to transfer saved games from one version of Football Manager to the next, including from 2023 to 2024
  • More information coming “very soon”

The blog post also mentions that Football Manager 2025 will be a complete revamp of the series, featuring a new engine, and many new options, but that game has not been confirmed for any platforms in particular just yet. Stay tuned for more details regarding Football Manager 2024 on Switch later this year.


Composer Grant Kirkhope is best known for his work on classic games like Banjo Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64, as well as modern titles like Mario + Rabbids. He’s a well known name amongst video game music fans today, but back in 1995, he wasn’t sure he could even get a job as a composer.

In a new interview with Nintendo Life, Kirkhope gives new insight into the process of getting hired by Rare, including what was required for his interview, and how surprised he was to get the job with so little experience. Check out a snippet below:

I had to write three tracks to take down on cassette. I had to get a Batman-style orchestral piece, a guitar-based fighting piece because they were doing Killer Instinct at the time, and a platform-y Mario-style piece — I wrote those in the week between getting the letter and the interview. But I was in touch with Robin [Beanland] all the time he was there, so I knew they were working on Killer Instinct 2 because they’d done the arcade machine. And they’d made the news at Rare, because the Donkey Kong had done amazingly well, like 10 million sales and Nintendo bought it. I remember that made the News at 10 in the UK. It was a spectacular thing. I felt like I was going to royalty. I really felt like, ‘What chance do I stand? Really none at all.’ And I really didn’t know who Dave Wise was. I knew he was the boss, he was the head of music at the time, but I didn’t know much about him. And I just sat there not really knowing what’s going on in this mad farmhouse where Rare were at the time in Twycross.

And I got the job on the Monday. Couldn’t believe it. So I packed my stuff, went to live in Coalville just off the M1, and started working at Rare. If Robin had not done it, I’d never have done it. If he hadn’t had the forethought to think I could do that and say to me, ‘Why don’t you have a go?’, I would never have done it. It would never have entered my head. It was an absolute fluke.

[Grant Kirkhope, Nintendo Life]

It’s always fascinating to learn more about the behind the scenes of video game work, especially from an era when things were decidedly more “wild west” in many ways. Fortunately for us, everything in this story worked out, Grant Kirkhope got the job, and the rest is history!

Click here to read Part 1 of the full interview.


Another new Pokémon is coming to Pokémon Unite, and this time it’s the legendary psychic type Mewtwo!

The announcement for Mewtwo also features its two Mega forms, Mega Mewtwo X and Mega Mewtwo Y, so presumably they’ll be utilized somehow. Otherwise, we don’t have any info on Mewtwo’s play style.

The debut of Mewtwo is still a few weeks away, just in time to celebrate the game’s second anniversary. You can look forward to seeing exactly how they play when the update launches on July 21, 2023.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Quest for Balance has been announced for release on Nintendo Switch by Publisher GameMill Entertainment and developer Bamtang Games. Although evidence of the game’s existence has been out there for a while now, this is our first official confirmation of its release.

You can get a taste of what the game has to offer via the new announcement trailer above. It will include a solo campaign with optional two-player co-op, nine different playable characters, and eighteen chapters based on the events from the original animated series.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Quest for Balance will come to Switch sometime in Fall 2023. You can see an official breakdown, screens and the cover art below.

The Avatar gang is back in this action–adventure game! Relive the epic adventure of the original Avatar: The Last Airbender series, players will play as Aang and his friends to master the elements, explore the most unique locations from the series, solve challenging environmental puzzles and experience the most heart touching moments of Aang’s story. Play the story solo or with a friend through the game’s unique two-player cooperative mode.

Key Features

Explore the World of Avatar – Travel across the four nations through a one or two-player cooperative 18-chapter adventure.

Embrace Your Destiny – Complete Aang’s original adventure; replay each chapter whenever you choose to re-experience your favorite moments from the series.

Play as Nine Iconic Characters – Including Aang, Toph, Sokka, and Katara.

Unlock the Mysteries – Navigate challenging puzzles using bending and the unique abilities of water, earth, fire and air; upgrade your abilities throughout the story to unleash the full potential of the Avatar.

Restore Balance to the World – Defend your party against opposing forces using a mix of complex bending-based combos to deal damage to Fire Nation soldiers and other various adversaries.

Unleash Your Intellect – Through a mix of combat and unique puzzles to take down key bosses preventing you from completing your quest.