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A free carry case solution.

Here at Nintendo Life we like clever little finds, things that fit just right for exquisite display or travel purposes, and pretty much anything related to the Game Boy. Amazingly, these three things have now been perfectly combined and we felt a deep urge to share the goodness with you lovely lot.

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So what is 'drone scanning' exactly?

It's been nine years since the MotoGP franchise last graced a Nintendo console with 2009's MotoGP on Wii (back when Capcom did things other than Resi and Street Fighter), but that two-wheeled drought is finally coming to an end this June with the arrival of Milestone's MotoGP 18.

With a release date set for 7th June 2018, the Italian developer has released a short behind-the-scenes clip that shows some of the new tech its using to recreate the realism of the world's most prestigious motorcycling tournament. You'll get to see how drones and special 3D cameras will help reproduce every track on the official calendar - we just hope all this realism isn't lost on the Switch port.

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A release date announcement is also in the works.

It was way back in August 2017 that the multiplayer madness of Sausage Sports Club first came to our attention, with its mini-games full of floppy-necked animals, and now it sounds like the indie title is close to getting certification from Nintendo itself.

The news was made public on Twitter at the weekend, with a potential release date announcement also teased if everything goes to plan. Here's the tweet below:

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Crazy attention to detail.

Nintendo Labo is, as many likely expected, taking the internet by storm; we've already seen Nintendo's new cardboard wonder receiving some unwanted attention from adorable, curious cats, and a bunch of clever creations from players all around the world had us seriously impressed, too. 

In addition to all of this, though, players are also discovering quirky little finds within the game's software. James Montagna recently uploaded this video to Twitter, showing that Nintendo went to the effort of modelling the inside of the Joy-Con controllers, just incase players tried their luck at seeing the insides.

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Rank X also available.

Nintendo has revealed that Splatoon 2 will be receiving its huge update to Version 3.0.0 later today, bringing an absolute squid-load of changes, fixes, and additions to everyone's favourite neon ink-coverage shooter.

Some highlights from the update include:

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One hour of upbeat Sonic themes.

Sega has never been one to shy away from delivering great entertainment at fan experiences, so if you want to start your week right we suggest you give this DJ set a spin.

For nearly one hour, DJ Tomoya Ohtani spins some iconic music themes from decades of Sonic The Hedgehog video game history and is eventually joined on stage by Jon Underdown to help out with lyrics.

Made us fell all nostalgic for Sonic Colours, for some reason...

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Bored of cardboard? Not even close.

Whatever you think of Nintendo’s latest and wackiest creation, Labo has been pretty indicative of the company's aggressive marketing in the weeks since its brief yet impactful reveal in January.

With a combination of Nintendo’s fitting mantra of ‘thinking outside the box’, utilising the console's many new features and tapping into the universal appeal of creating and customising, Labo looks to be yet another feather in the Switch’s increasingly impressive and diverse cap.

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New Blades!

Similarly to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is one of those games that seems nearly infinite, and the expansion pass for the game has added a decent amount of content already. Though the meat of the pass is still yet to come—with challenge battles and new story content on the way—a fresh update is due to go live later this week that’ll give fans another reason to jump back in.

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Feline groovy.

Labo launched last week in Japan and North America, meaning that loads of cardboard pianos, fishing rods and robots are now out in the wild. It also means that household pets are coming to terms with a Labo-filled future, and it has come to our attention (thanks, Kotaku) that cats just can't seem to get enough of the latest Nintendo craze.

Before you assume that people's cats are helping them create Labo models, we should clarify - most of these cats simply want to get in the way:

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Hotline Die-ami.

Garage - the Nintendo Switch-exclusive, top-down survival shooter - is set to arrive on the Switch eShop on 11th May, and to celebrate its incoming release, developer tinyBuild Games has unleashed a brand new six-minute long trailer packed to the rotted gills with gameplay.

The game was announced back in January, and will see you stepping into the shoes of a drug dealer who has stumbled upon an underworld full of monsters and other unsavory beasts. You know, as you do.

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Is a new 3DS localisation on the horizon?

It was way back in 2015 that we got news that the Yo-Kai Watch franchise was getting another spin-off in the form of Yo-Kai Watch Busters, but sadly the open-world brawler never made its way out of Japan. Well, if a tidbit of information is anything to go by, this 3DS gem could finally be getting localised for English players.

A Spanish Yo-Kai watch fan account tweeted this image, showing Nintendo of America being thanked for its involvement in the localisation process alongside Nintendo of Korea. So does that mean the game is finally going to get a release over here? We're big fans of the series here at Nintendo Life (even though Yo-Kai Watch 3 avoided the West completely) so we're hoping the rumour proves to be true.

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Dbrand says its skins won't wreck your handheld.

Nintendo Switch has plenty of choices when it comes to different coloured Joy-Cons, but there's very little choice for the rest of your console's hardware. There are skins, but plenty of them have left damaging marks on your hardware, so what to do if you're looking for a little safe customisation? 

Dbrand says it's got the answer with a range of decal skins it claims won't leave any marks on your console, regardless of how many times you change them. You can order sets of your Joy-Cons, the console unit itself, with a full set costing around $28 (£20). They're certainly cheaper than buying a colourful new set of Joy-Cons.

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Slice and dice.

Mario Tennis Aces is just a few short months away, so, as is custom in the build-up to a game, some extra content has unwittingly been revealed in a Japanese pre-order campaign. That extra content seemingly revealing three new characters that may well be joining the roster in June.

The Japanese pre-order gives you access to an officially-licensed bag, which just happens to include special icon badges for each character on the roster. But among the usual suspects we see three potential players we haven't seen in footage thus far - Birdo, Diddy Kong and the Koopa Paratrooper.

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It's just pure creation.

Since its January reveal, the question on many people's lips has been can Nintendo Labo's cardboard construction kit survive the novelty factor and wear 'n' tear of younger audiences to genuinely engage creative minds beyond customisation?

If early indications are to be believed, the answer is, emphatically, yes, as Japanese and American Switch owners put the depth and obscurity of Nintendo Labo through its paces (we Switch owners in the EU have to wait until later this week). 

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More news coming this year.

Polymega - which began life as RetroBlox - is a name we haven't heard much of over the past few months. 

The modular system aims to offer support for several key vintage gaming formats using removable sections which house the interface for each console's media and controllers. It's a really interesting concept, and one that we can't wait to see more of.

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A Link to the charts.

Last week was a quiet week for Nintendo Switch in the UK charts, but that doesn't mean the plucky little handheld didn't have its fair share of familiar titles mingling with the multiplatform fare. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe dropped a couple of places to number five, while Super Mario Odyssey made the jump from eight to six in a single week.

Best of all, launch game extraordinaire The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has fought its way back into the top ten, leaping from twelfth place to ninth. You can't keep a good Hyrulian down, it seems...

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Black magic.

Nintendo Switch is getting a new indie puzzler next month in the form of Perfect Angle, an usual little curio from Ivanovich Games that uses perspective and optical illusions to solve some fiendishly challenging 3D conundrums. It's due to arrive on the Switch eShop on 3rd May.

As the title suggests, it's all about finding the perfect angle as you maneuver the camera so its 3D shapes form a familiar object or log. Some start out relatively easy, but expect to have that grey matter well and truly tested as you move through its artistic locales.

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"I thought the whole witch hunt was ridiculous".

Nintendo of America's Howard Lincoln makes an example out of Night Trap during the 1993 Senate Hearings on Video Game Violence

Ever since its inception, the video game industry and controversy have gone hand in hand. Custer’s Revenge, Death Race, Grand Theft Auto, Sam Fox’s Strip Poker… these titles and many more like them have secured their position in the history books by stirring up trouble, but few have instigating the kind of furore that results in the industry-wide adoption of a ratings classification system. When it comes to notorious video games, Night Traprecently confirmed for release on the Nintendo Switch – is in a league of its own; the real irony is that its iniquitous status as highly subversive 'video nasty' is almost entirely undeserved.

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Staggered release dates, be damned.

Labo launched last week in North America, and you may well have noticed plenty of coverage going up on a wide range of sites since then. The consensus is pretty clear: Labo is a neat toy that has plenty of potential.

So then, you may be wondering to yourselves, where's the all-important Nintendo Life review? Otherwise known as "the only review worth reading"? Unfortunately, because we're based in the UK, we won't be getting our hands on Labo proper until this Friday. While North America and Japan got Labo on the 20th April, the European launch is the 27th, presumably because cardboard is really difficult to manufacture in large quantities, or something.

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It's due in Japan in August.

It's time to dust off your favourite slugger and head onto the field because Bandai Namco is bringing the Yakyuu Famista series to Nintendo Switch in the form of Yakyuu Famista Evolution. It's currently only slated for a Japanese release, but since its based on the players in the NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball league), that's hardly a shocker.

Along with all those Nippon Professional Baseball players, there will also be selections from the Route Inn BC League, Shikoku Island League Plus and the Women’s Softball League. The Tokyo Big6 team will appear for the first time with the Nippon Professional Baseball Golden Players Club and Japan Women’s Baseball League also returning from previous games.

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