Use code SPORTSFNDD at checkout to get Switch Sports with wristband for £27.99, collection only at this price. Nintendo Switch Sports with Wristband Swing, kick and spike y…
Cracking price given it includes the leg strap (I believe all physical copies do, correct me if I'm wrong but it's near enough this price for students digitally with no strap or wristband). Heat added OP
One could argue the latter is what makes it worse and so too the former with a meagre 6 boards from its rich history. I think if you treat it as an addition too, rather than replacing or being better, you would be in a better ball park for it. Considering though that Mk8 got dlc, this should have been dlc for MP which they choose not to support.
Thanks I have added this to the title. Sneaky of Amazon UK as I noticed there was a French version posted before but it actually stated ‘French’ in the title.
A good spot. I probably won’t purchase this now because of that
Might be worth mentioning that this is for a German copy, game is playable in English but the game cover will be in German
Got this on my pc. Great game
12/06/2022Expires on 12/06/2022Posted 12 h, 11 m agoPosted 12 h, 11 m ago
Racing on foot from hole to hole, what a stupid boring time consuming gimmick, ruined the game
Waluigi has the weakest super swing ability, 6/10 game at best
I agree with you. Mario Golf is just a silly golf game. I would not take it seriously as a golf game.
A horribly hollow golf game in my opinion. I couldn't wait to get rid of it when I bought it. Cutesie Nintendo characters don't save it from being a very simple 2 button press gameplay with massively simplistic, non varied courses. I was bored with it within about 10 minutes. I'd recommend PGA 2K21 or Golf Story if you want reasonable golf shenanigans on the switch. I'd expect both to be cheaper than this if you shop around.
Nice Price. Very enjoyable game. Short Single Player mode. But fun in Multiplayer.
Nintendo: Video Games and Consumer Electronics from Japan
If you’ve ever had an interest in video gaming, Nintendo is a brand that needs no introduction. Since the early 1980s, the Japanese company has sold hundreds of millions of consoles, accessories and in-house game titles. They have introduced the world to household names like Mario and Luigi, Donkey Kong and Zelda, and pioneered technology like light guns, motion sensors and portable gaming systems.
With an exciting new range of consoles and games on the horizon, this buyer’s guide explains how to buy Nintendo products, and how to find the best possible Nintendo deals.
Nintendo was actually born in the Japanese city of Kyoto in 1889, but at that stage, Mario wasn’t even a glimmer in the founders’ eyes. In fact, Nintendo’s first products were playing cards, a sign of the company’s future direction.
Things started to change dramatically in the 1970s when the company began distributing American made consoles like the Magnavox. In 1979, the firm introduced the first ‘game and watch’, a precursor to the Gameboy and 3DS. Next came the Famicom, which became famous across the world as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
1989 saw the release of the Gameboy, the world’s first genuine handheld gaming console, followed by the advanced Super Nintendo (SNES) in 1991. Famous titles continued to flow, including Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario Kart.
Another milestone was reached in 1996, when the Nintendo 64 was released, the first mainstream 64-bit console. In the interim, Nintendo had even made a brief foray into virtual reality, launching the experimental Virtual Boy in 1995. Innovation continued with the Game Boy Colour and Advance in 1998 and 2001 respectively, before the Nintendo DS arrived in 2004.
The 2000s also saw advances in home consoles, with the GameCube debuting in 2001, before the Wii came along in late 2006. Integrating sophisticated motion sensors, the Wii was something completely new, and it was followed in 2012 by the Wii U.
In the meantime, handheld gaming moved forwards, thanks to the 3DS, launched in 2011, which brings us almost up to date. Well, not quite, as 2016 also saw the announcement of the Nintendo Switch, the latest in a long line of advanced gaming products.
What Can You Use Your Nintendo Wii U or Switch For?
Nintendo’s most recent consoles are not conventional gaming systems like the PlayStation or Xbox. Nintendo have always taken a different approach to their products, incorporating educational, child-friendly features.
That’s why the Wii was designed to facilitate things like workouts with sports-themed titles becoming some of the system’s most popular offerings. Both the Wii U and the Switch include active games that carry on this theme.
The new Wii Remote controller included with the Wii U also allows you to hook up different controllers and play collaboratively with family and friends. The system can also play a range of downloadable entertainment, including a range of games and apps.
A web browser is included with both the Wii U and the Switch, which function as social media consoles, allowing you to check the news, send e-mails and stay in touch with friends. There’s a camera on the controller and the Wii U can even be used to stream online movies.
The Switch adds a few extra capabilities. Most obviously, it doubles up as a standard console and a handheld due to its innovative controller. You can hook up eight separate Switch systems for huge multiplayer games, but you don’t have the option of streaming from online services like Netflix or Amazon.
Nintendo: Important System Specifications
OK, so that’s the basic uses of the Switch and the Wii U, but what about their specifications? The Switch has built on the Wii U in many areas, but the Wii U remains an impressive gaming product. For hardcore gamers, the devil may be in the details, so here they are:
For the Wii U, released in 2012:
25GB Blu-ray disc and 8GB of internal flash storage capacity
Processor: Tri Core, 3GHz PowerPC-based 45nm
Graphics processor: AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU. 2GB, 0.35 TFLOPS, 550MHz with 12.8GB/s DDR3
Memory: 2GB GDDR4 RAM
OS: Nintendo’s own ARM-based Wii U operating system
Dimensions: 17.2 x 4.6 x 26.9cm
Outputs: Video: HDMI 1.4 Audio: AV Multi Out connector
Nintendo have a huge list of historical products, many of which are still available (if not manufactured). For example, you can always expect to find 3DS deals and even first generation Wii consoles are available from time to time. Here are the most important products to look out for:
Nintendo DS – The first 32-bit handheld console, the DS was launched in 2004 and its fold over appearance has become familiar on trains and in cars across the country. It is marked by a pair of LCD screens, the ability to easily link multiple DS consoles, wireless connectivity and a built-in microphone. All in all, the DS, the DS Lite and the DSi, sold 154 million units becoming a worldwide success. They are still popular today.
Nintendo 3DS – The successor to the DS, the 3DS was launched in 2011 and is still being updated today. Copying the dual-screen approach of the DS, the 3DS introduced 3D graphics, without the need for special glasses and added new non-gamin features like access to Nintendo’s Miiverse social network and streaming services like Netflix or Hulu. The original 3DS was soon joined by the 3DS XL, with a longer battery life and the cheaper 2DS, a slightly stripped down model. Finally, in 2015, the ‘New’ Nintendo 3DS was launched, adding different controls and a faster processor (see the specs section for details).
The Original Wii – When it was launched in November 2006, the Wii took the gaming world by a storm with its motion-sensing controller. In fact, it outpaced both the Xbox 360 and the PS3, selling over 100 million units. Featuring excellent backwards compatibility with GameCube titles, it was an instant success.
Wii U – As the Wii started to seem technologically outdated, Nintendo brought out the Wii U in 2012. A direct competitor for the Xbox One and PS4, the Wii U was much smaller than the Wii and featured a wholly new controller, with a touch screen. Again, backwards compatibility was included, as was compatibility with new controllers like the Nintendo Balance Board. Extra non-gaming features like the Miiverse were included too, adding more functionality than the classic Wii.
The Nintendo Switch– In 2016, Nintendo dropped another bombshell by announcing the release of the Nintendo Switch. In this new system, the console unit spends most of its time in a docking station connected to a home TV. However, users can remove it and use it like a conventional tablet as well. The new Joy-Con controller is another innovation, allowing gamers to grip it like a normal controller or attach two controllers to create a handheld system. With high-end processor specs, the Switch is the most advanced system available after its release in early 2017.
The New Nintendo 3DS
What About Retro Nintendo Products?
Retro gaming has become a craze amongst nostalgic gamers (and even a younger crowd), and Nintendo has embraced the trend. Drawing on their long history of gaming systems, they have brought out a product called the Nintendo Classic Mini - A tiny version of the 1980s NES that plugs directly into your TV and has a classic NES controller.
The NES Classic Mini comes with 30 pre-installed games, including classics like Super Mario Brothers, Metroid and the Legend of Zelda and it comes in a collectable 1980s-style box as well.
You could also think about getting hold of an N64. Cutting edge in 1996, the N64 remains fun to play, with great games like Mario Kart 64 and a well-regarded controller. N64 titles are freely available from Amazon and plenty of other hotukdeals merchants, so if you have a desire to step back in time, it’s easy to do so.
What to Think About Before Buying a Nintendo Console
Obviously, Nintendo buyers have plenty of choice at their disposal. The first thing to think about is what kind of gamer you are. If you are into high-spec action games like Call of Duty, it may well be that none of these Nintendo systems fit the bill, and you might look into Xbox or PlayStation models. If you are looking for an accessible, family-friendly system, Nintendo is the company to turn to.
If you intend to play on the move, the 3DS is clearly the best option. It has an excellent range of titles, you can download extra content if needed and it competes well with the PS Vita, the main alternative. However, if you want a semi-portable system to use in the home, think about going for the new Switch. With its adaptable tablet format, you can take it to bed or use it in the lounge, and leave it to charge in the TV room when not in use.
For pure gaming, the Wii U remains the best choice. The Switch may be more advanced, but the Wii U has a huge library of games like Mario Kart, Super Mario World, Splatoon and Super Smash Bros., as well as backwards compatibility with the Wii. It may be four or five years old, but the Wii U still measures up favourably with the PS4 and Xbox for sheer fun (although with its limited graphical power, it’s not the system for death match fans).
For parents, the key thing is that Nintendo is a family-oriented company. They always seek to control the content of games produced for their systems, avoiding bloody, graphic titles and focusing on pure gameplay instead.
How to Purchase the Right Nintendo Games
There’s no point in owning a Nintendo Wii U or a 3DS without having the games to play on it, but how should you go about finding the right games for you and your family to play?
Naturally, you’ll find plenty of discounted titles at the Nintendo hotukdeals listings, but pay attention to a few things before making a purchase. For instance, if you are buying for a child, think about their age and skill level. Racing games, action games and sports titles tend to be more accessible for younger children, while RPGs appeal to older children as their imagination and cognitive skills develop.
Look at the ratings of each game too. Each title will have a rating sticker on the front of the box. Look out for games marked ‘EC’ (early childhood) or ‘E’ (everyone) for games that won’t pose any risks to your kids.
If you need any information about the gameplay, head to Nintendo.com, where you’ll find a database of every title available (something that you don’t get with Sony or Microsoft).
What Alternatives Should You Think About?
Before you plump for a Nintendo Switch, it’s worth thinking about the alternatives. After all, you could also go for a PS4 Pro, a PS Vita, an Xbox 360 or an Xbox One S. A new Xbox is slated for release in 2017 (‘Project Scorpio’), so that may be a factor as well.
Generally speaking, PlayStation and Microsoft systems deliver faster, higher resolution graphics and are suited to hectic action games. If you enjoy playing multiplayer fighting games like Call of Duty or Destiny, an Xbox or PS4 will be ideal.
The catalogue of titles available for Xboxes and PlayStations is also larger (although Nintendo focuses on producing quality, not quantity). Both the Xbox One and the Wii U have good backwards compatibility, while the PS4 does not. However, the PS4 Pro is better suited to virtual reality gaming thanks to PlayStation VR, which could be a deciding factor if VR gaming intrigues you.
What Kind of Accessories are Available for Nintendo Systems?
As with any gaming console, Nintendo’s Switch, 3DS and Wii U consoles have plenty of accessories which can enhance the gaming experience. Here are some of the most common to include with your original purchase:
Extra controllers – Nintendo Switch and Wii U bundles tend to come with a limited number of controllers. If you intend to play games in larger groups, add an extra controller or two when you make your purchase. You’ll often find that merchants bundle in extra controllers as an incentive.
Specialist controllers – The Wii U and classic Wii acquired an excellent range of additional controllers like the Balance Board and steering wheel. There’s also a smaller controller called the ‘nunchuk’ which adds functionality to certain titles, particularly RPGs. You can also buy something called the ‘Wii Zapper’, a housing for the nunchuk and Wii remote which resembles a gun.
Cables – You can purchase extra cables like RGB cables, which link your Wii to a standard TV, LAN adapters to connect Wii systems to non-wireless networks and Wii Speak, an audio sensing product which allows you to add speech elements to compatible games.
The range of accessories available for the Nintendo Switch isn’t clear as yet, but you will certainly be able to add extra Joy-Con controllers. Look out for other specialist controllers, speakers and cameras, as Nintendo are likely to bring out plenty of ways to add functionality to the system.
Tips on Saving on Your Next Nintendo Purchase
If you want to purchase a Wii U, a New 3Ds or a Nintendo Switch, what’s the best way to go about doing so?
The first place to look is the excellent Nintendo website at www.nintendo.co.uk, which features specs and details about accessories, games and bundles. But it’s not the place to make a purchase. Have a look at the bundles on offer and then search for them on hotukdeals to see if a UK merchant is running a discount. Then, head to their own website or a high street store and complete the purchase.
It also pays to check the listings at certain times of year. As Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach in late November, have a look for Nintendo offers, as there tend to be plenty of special promotions. January Sales is another good time to check. However, expect to see plenty of Wii U deals as the Switch is rolled out too.
Nintendo Offers at hotukdeals
Nintendo remains a massive player in the gaming industry. Their Wii U and 3DS lead the field in family gaming, and the Switch looks set to join them. You can save plenty of money on your next purchase by regularly checking the Nintendo hotukdeals listings.
Oh my god you’re right. What’s up with that trailer!
Can I just say, that must be the worst trailer I have ever seen for a game XD It has literally not helped at all decide if I want to play this game. Guess a dive in youtube is needed.
Very well said. I would also go for witcher 3 myself but at the same time when I fancy something nice and easy to pick up and play I'd go for D3. Plus the co-op aspect local or online is a huge bonus!
Both great games, but very different. Witcher has much more going on combat wise. The story and scale of Witcher 3 is immense though compared to Diablo. It's my favourite game of all time. But it's incredibly long, so you do need some patience. I'd argue the DLC is some of the best ever created in a game. Diablo's very much a gear and levelling related grind with a pretty basic story and combat. It's very addictive though and there are many hours of gameplay and lots of replay value if you get hooked.
As other's have said this is a pretty good port, a little soft/blurry looking but when the action goes down it doesn't run much worse than it does on my PS4 Pro.
Solid game and a great port well worth it
Brilliant port. Best played in handheld as bit more forgiving but absolutely love this game. Offline play is perfectly playable but there is a great online community too on the switch complete with in-game mic chat.
I loved this game, bought it not too long on release on Epic Game Store. No longer having a suitable work laptop to play it on, I wonder if I need it again (:I maybe in due time..
You can play the story with bots , it's still very good to be honest
It is probably closest to a point'n'click adventure game in terms of gameplay, albeit a minimalist one. There's a great deal of reading and it can try your patience at times (a player character has a limb for quite a while which means movement is glacially slow + there's an episode intermission is maybe the most pretentious waste of time I've ever experienced.
Great storytelling, very surreal at times but all comes together quite elegantly at the end. Initially published as an episodic story, this collection contains all episodes. Thoroughly enjoyed it - there are some slow parts but also a few very moving segments... Totally recommended
Not really too many similar games. Maybe a slightly less kooky version of Deadly Premonition... but again thats a niche title. I would say maybe a bit like Grim Fandango or the older Sam and Max games but if they were directed by David Lynch.
Any similar games? Want to know if I’ll actually like this
Telling Lies was interesting, not 10/10 experience.
Really enjoyed Her Story, so will definitely be picking up Telling Lies, although probably on ios. On both you basically guess keywords to try and unearth more video clips and piece together a story, its really cleverly done. Donut county is fantastic, just wish it was longer or had some replay value!
I'm waiting for the Johnny Depp & Amber Turd edition.
Your welcome, but there is a large number of them via the link.... At the very top "Audience reviews". Picture for reference.
That for me was the standout that really pushed it beyond “walking simulator”. That’s what I love about this game, every “story” has a unique aesthetic and/or gameplay mechanic to differentiate it from the core story.
such a great game. I was totally engrossed in the story. The story about the brother working at the factory is ridiculously good.
One of my favourite "walking simulators" but also a great game generally.
02/06/2022Expires on 02/06/2022Posted 23rd MayPosted 23rd May
Just a warning to anyone not familiar with this series. Don't be fooled by it's cartoonish friendly appearance, this game is tough as hell and quite old school in it's mechanics. If you're upto the challenge it's a great game though.
On the 25th it's free for a week - I'd recommend waiting two days to download it for free, playing it for a week, and seeing whether to download it
Card Fighters Clash was released individually on Switch fairly recently, which is probably why it's not included here
Used to love my NGPC... lost it years ago but came accross the box amongst some old stuff in the loft earlier this year. Got £30 for it on ebay :) ... might put that towards this deal... seems appropriate... shame no Card Fighters Clash tho