Mario ‘Monopoly’ adds power-ups to the tired classic

If there’s one thing that Super Mario Bros. and Monopoly share, it’s their innate ability to engender family arguments in otherwise placid households. Which is why it’s such a delight to see the pair reunited in the new Gamer Edition of Monopoly, thanks to a partnership ‘twixt Hasbro and Nintendo. Unlike previous Mario-themed versions of Monopoly, the rules here have …

Palmer Luckey donates to software that breaks Oculus exclusivity

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has always railed against the idea of locking VR games to a single platform. Now, several months after leaving Facebook following controversy about his political donations to a pro-Trump group, Luckey is stepping back into the VR world in a surprising way. Waypoint reports that he’s contributing $2,000 a month to the Patreon campaign for Revive, …

NVC: Will You Play SNES Again This Fall?

Peer jumps in for our dearly-departed host Jose (he’s alive and well, living in a treehouse up north) to host episode 362 of Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN’s weekly show for all things Nintendo. He’s joined by Brian, Zach, Andrew, and Sam to celebrate the announcement of the SNES Classic — including its best and worst (if there is such a …

The SNES Classic is probably the last retro console Nintendo will make

When Nintendo announced the SNES Classic earlier this week, nerd hearts everywhere were aflutter at another opportunity to relive old gaming glory. There was a hint of caution, though, as fans remembered how demand for Nintendo’s first retro console — the NES Classic — wildly outpaced supply when it launched last fall. The company hopes to forestall shortages this time …

The ‘Final Fantasy XV’ mobile game is a mess, but at least it’s free

Mobile games can make a ton of money, with titles like Clash of Clans making billions of dollars for their respective developers. Square Enix has been active in mobile gaming with titles based on its own popular role-playing games, with original free-to-play titles like Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius and premium ports of older titles like Final Fantasy IX. Now, the …

Wasteland, Fallout, and Mario Typing: The Career of Brian Fargo

Brian Fargo has had a fascinating career, from developing RPGs like Fallout, Bard’s Tale, and Wasteland in the ’80s at Interplay to helping kickstart Blizzard to working with Nintendo on a typing edutainment game to his success at inXile today. We talk to him about all of it! If you’d rather listen than watch, here’s an audio-only download link of the full …

Namco Museum for Nintendo Switch Adds Pac-Man Vs.

Pac-Man Vs., developed in 2003 by Nintendo under Shigeru Miyamoto and Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani, will be included in Bandai Namco’s upcoming Nintendo Switch version of Namco Museum. Namco Museum, which also includes arcade classics like the original Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaga, Rolling Thunder 2, and Splatterhouse, will be available to purchase for $30 on July 28. Pac-Man Vs. — …

Nintendo Is Bundling 20 of the Greatest Games Ever

Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN’s weekly video game talk show. This week we’re discussing the SNES Classic, Metroid, Far Cry 5, and so much more. Watch the video above or download the podcast below. Download Game Scoop! Episode 442 Or subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode. Subscribe to the Game Scoop! YouTube channel and never miss a …

Zelda’s Midna Was Originally Designed for an Unreleased Nintendo Game

With the Master Trials DLC about to launch for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo has revealed that character Midna from Twilight Princess was originally slated for a different game. In one of a series of articles about the upcoming DLC, Breath of the Wild’s art director, Satoru Takizawa  explains that after The Wind Waker had been …

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gets a Collector’s Edition

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will receive a collector’s edition, which comes with a Rabbid Mario figurine and more. GameStop will exclusively sell Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Collector’s Edition for $100. The special package features the game, 6-inch figure, a set of cards and CD soundtrack. The Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Collector’s Edition is exclusive to GameStop. (Image …

Zombie shooter ‘Arizona Sunshine’ invades PSVR

When zombie apocalypse VR game Arizona Sunshine came out for SteamVR and the Oculus Rift last year, it quickly became the game everyone name-checked when talking about good VR. The game went on to sell more than more than $1.4 million in first month after release. It also won the VR Game of the Year award from Upload VR. Now, …