Feature: The History And Evolution of Donkey Kong

Few gaming characters have hung around as long as Donkey Kong, and over the years we at NL towers have garnered a healthy respect for the giant, tie-wearing ape. That’s why we decided to throw together a short audio-visual retrospective to take a look at how DK managed to get where he is today.

What’s your favourite entry from the colossal Kong? Let us know in the comments below.

Splatoon-Style Racer Trailblazers Has Cross-Platform Multiplayer, Switch Version Arrives In June

Supergonk’s Trailblazers is shaping up to be quite the speed-fest, mixing Splatoon-style track-painting with anti-grav racing.

It has now been confirmed that the game will showcase cross-platform multiplayer, which means you’ll be able to compete against players on other systems. According to the game’s Steam page, cross-platform play links PC/Mac/Linux players to either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One/Nintendo Switch players. Looks like Sony continues to be a stick in the mud when it comes to this kind of thing.

Update: The other big news is that the game launches on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on May 8th, but we’re been told by publisher Rising Star that the Switch version won’t be available until June.

[via store.steampowered.com]

You’ve Got Until 9PM GMT Today To Pre-Order Labo If You Want It In Time For Friday

While our chums in Japan and North America are already hard at work(play) building all manner of cardboard creations, we in the UK and the EU have to wait until Friday to get our hands on Nintendo Labo in all its glory (and that includes the team here at Nintendo Life).

If you were thinking about pre-ordering your own kit, and want it to arrive in time for launch day, you’ll need to place your order by 9pm GMT via the official Nintendo Store. You can currently pre-order the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit, the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit or the extra Nintendo Labo Customisation Set. Check out the links below if you’re ready to put down some dosh.

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Let us know if you’ll be getting Nintendo Labo in time for launch, or whether you’re still not sold on its cardboard-based premise. Get commenting!

Video: Sega Invites You To “Get a Load of These Beats” In This New Shining Resonance Refrain Trailer

It’s fair to say that the return of the legendary Shining series to western shores isn’t exactly what we – or many other fans – expected. Shining Resonance Refrain – which is coming to Switch, PS4 and Xbox One on July 11th – feels like a world apart from the turn-based strategy instalments which made the franchise so popular during the ’90s, but we should probably just be grateful that the series has a future at all.

If you’re a little more open-minded than us then you’ll want to check out the latest trailer for the game, which gives a short look at the heroes you’ll be controlling.

Here’s some PR:

First off, we’re introduced to Kirika Towa Alma, the Diva of Nature. She uses her bow to deal damage from a distance while supporting allies with healing magic.

Next, we meet Sonia Blanche, the Lightning Princess. Fierce, yet elegant, she darts across the battlefield with her sword and shield, dealing damage to single targets in quick bursts.

Following Sonia, Agnum Bulletheart, the Pyromaestro makes his appearance. Always aiming to be the center of attention, Agnum deals massive damage to large groups of enemies with explosive fire magic.

Cooling things down after Agnum’s appearance, we have Lestin Sera Alma, the Glacier Sentinel. He uses ice magic to slow down enemies before cleaving through them with his trusty halberd.

Rinna, the Whirlwind Sylph brings some cheer to the party with her lighthearted attitude. She deals heavy damage from the back lines with powerful magic abilities.

Finally, we meet Yuma himself. Armed with the power of the Shining Dragon, he fights with dragon-like ferocity to protect his friends.

Never mind “get a load of these beats” – get a load of these names.

Wolfenstein II On Switch Receives June Release Date And First Official Trailer

Bethesda Softworks has announced that Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will launch on Nintendo Switch on 29th June.

As BJ Blazkowicz, players will experience an action-packed story brought to life by extraordinary characters, reuniting with your friends and fellow freedom fighters as you take on the evil Frau Engel and her Nazi army. The trailer above gives us our first official glimpse of Wolfenstein II running on Switch, so make sure to check it out.

As Texas-based studio Panic Button are handling the port, just like they did with id Software’s DOOM, many have come to expect a similar standard of performance for this game on Switch, too. All we know is that things are looking pretty promising if this trailer is anything to go by, and we were generally impressed when we went hands-on with the game at PAX East this month.

Will you be grabbing this one when it launches at the end of June? Feel free to share your excitement in the comments below.

You Can Now Play As Final Fantasy XV Characters In Minecraft For Switch And Wii U

Minecraft is becoming a pretty nifty way to see your favourite characters from rival platforms have a presence on the latest Nintendo hardware; back in January we saw Banjo-Kazooie return to our screens (albeit in blocky form), and we recently found out that playing the game on Switch can net you Xbox Live achievements. Happy days.

Now, with the latest update for Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition and Minecraft: Wii U Edition, players will be able to roam their favourite sandbox environments as Final Fantasy XV stars Noctis, Gladio, Ignis, Prompto, and many more, venturing beyond the world of Eos and into the untold realms of the Minecraft universe thanks to a new skin pack. This pack should be available to purchase from today.

The update has also addressed an incredibly specific crashing issue which, almost comically, would only be triggered when players looked at a cauldron while holding a water bottle obtained by fishing. 

Do you play Minecraft on the go on your Switch? Or do you perhaps still enjoy some exploration on Wii U? Let us know down below.

Fox N Forests Will Leap And Bound Onto Switch On 17th May

We’ve had our eye on the 16-bit platforming of Fox n Forests for a while now, so we’re excited to confirm the throwback adventure will be springing its way onto the Nintendo Switch eShop on 17th May. If you’ve not come across it before, you play Rick, a fox with the rather handy ability to control the seasons. You’ll guide him across diverse, nostalgia-inducing 16-bit worlds, and use your wits and acrobatic attacks to overcome enemies, puzzles and colossal bosses. 

The full game will also enable you to spend earned resources on new items and powers throughout your quest to solve the mystery of the fifth season, so there’s plenty of modern systems at play with this classic Mega Drive/Genesis era visuals.

To tidy you over until 17th May, check out this five-plus-minute long slice of gameplay footage. All the 16-bit feels. Let us know what you make of it in the comments below…

Death Road To Canada Delayed Following The Recent Attack In Toronto

Following the tragic events in Toronto yesterday, where a van struck pedestrians leaving ten people dead and another 15 injured, Death Road to Canada developer Rocketcat Games and publisher Ukiyo Publishing have decided to indefinitely delay the game’s release (it was due to arrive on the eShop on 25th April).

In an official statement, managing director of Ukiyo Publishing Paul Hann said: “We feel it would be deeply inappropriate to launch the game at such a time. We would like to express our deepest condolences to everyone affected by the tragic events in Toronto.”

Ukiyo Publishing is currently working to reschedule the release which will be announced at a later date.

Hackers Have Found A Way To Exploit The Switch, And It’s Apparently ‘Unpatchable’

Hacker Katherine Temkin and the hacking group ReSwitched have been in pursuit of the ‘Holy Grail’ of Nintendo Switch exploits ever since its launch, and a recent post by the team suggests it may have found the next best thing. According to a detailed report, the exploit in question – known as the Fusée Gelée coldboot vulnerability – uses the Tegra X1’s USB recovery mode, which bypasses the lock-out operations that would usually protect the chip’s crucial bootROM.

Such an exploit would enable a hacker to run all manner of arbitrary codes (including emulators) and manipulate the console’s root code, but the bigger issue is that it’s potentially something Nintendo wouldn’t be able to patch remotely. Right now the hack is only in a ‘proof of concept’ state, but Temkin has previously stated that both Nvidia and Nintendo have been contacted in regards to its existence. It’s also far from the first time we’ve seen a hacking group ‘break’ the console’s code, and is unlikely to be the last.

What do you make of this new hack exploit? Does manipulating your console appeal to you, or is it the kind of thing best left alone? Share your thoughts with us below…