‘Fire Emblem Three Houses’ brings the strategy RPG to Switch

Fire Emblem‘s long-awaited arrival on Nintendo Switch is edging closer. During its E3 press conference, the house of Mario finally unveiled Three Houses, a game built from the ground up for its portable-console hybrid. As you might expect, the experience is a graphical upgrade over Fire Emblem Awakening, Fates (Birthright and Conquest) and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, which all came …

‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ is a refinement of a classic formula

It’s December 1999. I’m sitting in my best friend’s smoke-filled bedroom, frantically mashing the buttons of an N64 controller and having the time of my life. Six months later, I’m in the same smokey hovel, but now I’m deftly dodging attacks, timing blocks and dancing between the platforms of Planet Zebes. And I’m still having the time of my life. …

‘Pokémon: Let’s Go’ will connect ‘Pokémon Go’ and Switch this fall

A new series of Pokémon games coming to the Switch this fall will link the “classic RPG experience” with 2016’s augmented reality hit Pokémon Go. Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go Evee! will also support multiplayer, and there’s a Poké Ball Plus accessory that works to throw Poké Balls in-game as a motion controller and works as a …

‘Super Mario 64: Ocarina of Time’ is the perfect Nintendo mashup

Super Mario 64 is considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time. Its large, imaginative levels and increasingly difficult challenges have defined the 3D platformer genre since its release on the Nintendo 64. Similarly, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time — the first in the franchise with 3D graphics — is considered a classic with …

A live-action ‘Street Fighter’ TV show is in development

According to Deadline, Street Fighter fans should keep an eye out for a new TV series currently in development from Entertainment One. The producers of the new show were previously involved with the web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, and now we’ll find out what they can do for TV. Capcom’s Street Fighter executive producer Yoshinori Ono said: “After a …

The best Engadget stories of 2017

This year gave us an innovative new console from Nintendo, an iPhone without a home button, EVs and self-driving cars from almost all the major automakers, and fresh headaches for Twitter and Facebook alike. As busy as we were reviewing a new flagship phone seemingly every other week, Engadget’s writers and editors looked beyond that never-ending gadget cycle to deliver …

Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime on the first year of Switch and beyond

The last time we talked with Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and chief operating officer, the company was stepping into uncharted territory with Super Mario Run and the Switch’s revolutionary spin on portable gaming. Now, almost a year later, Nintendo’s latest console has been a huge success. Super Mario Run, unfortunately, wasn’t as profitable as the company would like …

‘Erica’ blurs the line between game and interactive movie

Sony’s PlayStation 4 will never have the same widespread appeal as the Nintendo Wii. It’s a popular console with an extensive library, but it hasn’t captured the casual market quite like Nintendo’s machine did in 2006. Sony is trying to change that, however, with a slew of film-like experiences including Until Dawn and Hidden Agenda. The latest example is Erica, …

‘Concrete Genie’ is a game about bullying and street art

Back in the Dreamcast era, I fell in love with a game called Jet Set Radio. It was about a group of rollerbladers who leapt around a colorful, futuristic version of Tokyo spray-painting everything in sight. I consider it a classic and one of the best games Sega has ever published. Coincidentally, so does Dominic Robilliard, creative director of Sony …

Capcom to re-release $100 ‘Street Fighter II’ SNES cartridges

As if grabbing the SNES Classic Edition weren’t challenging enough, retro gamers have another limited re-release to look out for: brand-new Street Fighter II cartridges. Capcom and iam8bit have teamed up to produce a run of 5,500 units, available in either “Opaque Ryu Headband Red” (4,500 cartridges) or “Glow-in-the-Dark Blanka Green” (1,000 cartridges). The boxes are all identical and will …

‘Shinobi Striker’ makes ‘Naruto’ a serious online fighter

Naruto is in a strange place right now. The long-running manga series ended in early 2015, before its anime adaptation wrapped up in March this year. The spiky-haired ninja saved the world and achieved his dream of becoming the Hokage, or rather the leader, of the Hidden Leaf village. But now there’s Boruto, a new series about his boisterous son. …