A 3D printer gave my Nintendo Switch a real D-pad

Nintendo has a long history of building innovative game controllers — the company put shoulder buttons on the SNES gamepad, added force feedback to the N64’s bizarre controller and made a fad out of motion controls with the Wii. Its most enduring innovation, however, has always been the humble D-Pad: a simple plastic cross that lets players input eight different …

Why Nintendo Hasn’t Made a New Advance Wars

While Nintendo has published four Fire Emblem games in the last five years, the drought for its other Advance Wars series continues. Nintendo producer Hitoshi Yamagami admits he’d like to make a new Advance Wars, but he admits the development team would have to overcome a particular design challenge. “Personally, I’d love to do Advance Wars,” Yamagami told Eurogamer, “but …

Pokemon Gold and Silver Soundtrack Getting Deluxe Vinyl

Johto Legends, a one-hour orchestral arrangement featuring the music of Pokemon Gold and Silver, is coming to vinyl. The album, from Materia Collective and composer/arranger Braxton Burks, will be available as a 2xLP vinyl for $40 USD, courtesy of iam8bit. This deluxe set features album art by Ryan Brinkerhoff, as well a premium foil-stamped jacket and foil inner sleeves. A digital download …

FFVII Remake Development Shifts to ‘Internal Setup’

Development on Final Fantasy VII Remake is changing to an “internal setup” at Square Enix. As reported by FF-Reunion (and translated by Gematsu), during a recent Mobius Final Fantasy live stream, Naoki Hamaguchi, the project lead on Final Fantasy VII Remake, revealed Square Enix has shifted its focus away from working with an external studio on the game. CyberConnect2 was previously helping Square …

USB-powered Sega Nomad gives you near-endless game time

Sega’s Genesis Nomad was always something of a compromise (it was running 16-bit console games on mid-1990s handheld tech), but the battery life was a particularly sore point: it took six AA batteries just to get 3 hours of play time. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use modern hardware to play without constant (and sometimes expensive) battery swaps? …

Nintendo might not be done boosting Switch production

It’s no secret that Nintendo is facing a ton of demand for the Switch, to the point where it reportedly doubled production to keep up. Even that figure might be a tad conservative, however. The Financial Times‘ supply chain sources claim that Nintendo has hiked its Switch production to 18 million for its current fiscal year (which ends in March …

Monster Hunter XX for Switch Will Support 3DS Cross-Play

Following its reveal a few days prior, Capcom has shared several new details about the upcoming Nintendo Switch version of Monster Hunter XX. At Monster Hunter Championship 2017, Capcom announced the Switch version will release on August 25 in Japan, Gematsu reports. Additionally, the Switch version will support internet cross-play with the 3DS version, as well as 1080p resolution support, …

The Last of Us Mod Makes Tess the Playable Protagonist

While The Last of Us stars Joel as the game’s main playable protagonist, someone has modded the game to swap Joel with Tess. Check out the video below from YouTube user Freako to see what Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic action adventure game could have been if Tess was the main playable character who escorted Ellie across the United States. Warning: The Last …

The ‘Monster Hunter’ series is coming to Nintendo’s Switch

We knew it was going to happen. Capcom will be bringing its hugely popular (at least in Japan) action RPG to Nintendo’s hybrid console, although the first title won’t be a completely new iteration. Monster Hunter XX is pitched as an expanded edition of Monster Hunter Generations, which launched on the 3DS two years ago. (MHXX is not the twentieth …

Time-bending shooter ‘Superhot VR’ arrives on HTC Vive

Superhot VR didn’t start life as an Oculus Rift game, but it eventually made it to the VR headset. With dual-wielding guns and further tweaks to improve the title for a new interface, it turned into a short-but-sweet slice of virtual reality gaming. Now it’s HTC Vive owners’ turn to slow time, evade bullets, and return them in kind. Via: …

Oculus Rift officially supports the HTC Vive’s best feature

The Oculus Rift has technically supported room-scale VR since the system’s Touch motion controllers first went on sale last December. But purchasing an additional sensor didn’t guarantee foolproof 3D tracking for greater immersion right off the bat. Oculus labelled the feature “experimental,” alerting early adopters to the likelihood of bugs and other gremlins you might expect from in-development functionality. Six …

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Warped Gameplay Revealed

After showcasing remastered gameplay from Crash Bandicoot and Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back as part of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Activision has revealed a look at three new levels from the remastered version of Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Take a look below at Double Header from Warped and read on for more from Vicarious Visions’ game director Dan Tanguay for …

KH3, FFVII Remake Arriving in ‘Next Three Years or So’

Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy VII Remake aren’t arriving anytime soon. As part of Square Enix’s recent financial results, the company listed both RPGs as fiscal 2018 and beyond releases. Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda added that “we plan to launch each of these upcoming titles in the next three years or so.” Now this timeframe fits with what Kingdom …

Everyone’s favorite useless Pokemon gets its own game

It’s pretty obvious that Pokémon Go wouldn’t have been the worldwide success without, well, Pokemon. Niantic and Nintendo tapped a phenomenally rich vein of wish fulfillment when they sent people scurrying around the real world catching monsters on their phone. The app was sadly limited to collecting, not raising the fighting beasts as the original game/manga/anime/feature films showcased. But a …