Nintendo reportedly plans to ramp up Switch production in 2018

The Switch, Nintendo’s latest hybrid console is doing pretty well for the company, which expects it to outdo the Wii U’s lifetime sales within a year. The company obviously thinks so, too, according to a new report at The Wall Street Journal, which says that Nintendo plans to ramp up production of the hardware itself, beginning in April 2018. Source: …

Preview ‘LA Noire’ Switch gameplay before next week’s launch

Excited to try LA Noire on your Switch November 14th? Good, because Rockstar Games has something to help make the wait a little easier: A gameplay trailer of the detective simulator running on Nintendo’s hybrid portable/home console. From the looks of it, using touchscreen controls for things like adjusting a cypher or making interrogation choices looks pretty natural, but we’ll …

PSVR’s latest demo disc is a free download on the PlayStation Store

If your PlayStation VR has been collecting dust for awhile, Sony might have a few reasons for you to jack back in. Starting today, the contents of the demo disc that comes with new PSVR bundles are up for grabs on the PlayStation Store for free. Headlining the offerings are samples of the mousey Zelda-esque adventure Moss, horror offering The …

What we’re playing: ‘Super Beat Sports’ and ‘Animal Crossing’

Welcome back to Gaming IRL, a monthly segment where several editors talk about what they’ve been playing in their downtime. This month we’ve been loving Super Beat Sports and Stardew Valley and taking an early look at Nintendo’s Animal Crossing mobile game. But first, let Kris Naudus tell you about the scariest dating sim she’s ever played. Author:  Source: Engadget

Nintendo’s long-lost Flash games are returning to the web

A Nintendo enthusiast is busy rescuing the company’s treasure trove of Flash games. The titles, which served as promotional tie-ins for releases like Donkey Kong 64, Metroid Prime, and Mario Kart: Double Dash, have long been missing from the internet. But, thanks to the efforts of a modder known as Skelux they’re making a comeback. You can sample a selection …

‘Final Fantasy XV’ multiplayer DLC pushed back to November 15th

Back in September, Square Enix announced upcoming multiplayer DLC titled Comrades for Final Fantasy XV, its blockbuster game that came out a year ago. Unfortunately, the extra content was delayed past its initial Halloween release date, but not for much longer: The publisher tweeted that it’s coming out on November 15th. Via: Niche Gamer Source: Square Enix (Twitter) Author:  Source: …

‘Octodad: Dadliest Catch’ hits the Nintendo Switch November 9th

If you haven’t played the ultra-charming (and maybe a little disturbing) game Octodad: Dadliest Catch, yet, now’s maybe the time. Developer Young Horses just tweeted that it has ported the bizarrely compelling (and super successful) title to the Nintendo Switch. The game will be available for download on the Nintendo eShop on November 9th for $15. Source: Young Horses / …

Korg’s Gadget music production app is coming to Nintendo Switch

It looks like Korg is bringing its Gadget music-making app to the Nintendo Switch next spring. There isn’t a ton known about it at the moment, but given the name, it seems like it’s a port of the synth company’s end-to-end iOS and Mac music production suite. According to Japanese publication 4Gamer (translated), the software will support motion controls and …

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ is everything it needs to be and more

“A return to form.” “A reinvention.” There are lots of clichés we fall back on when describing a fresh game in a long-running series. The truth is, Nintendo has constantly reinvented the idea of a 3D Mario game, relentlessly pushing the franchise forward with each release. Super Mario Odyssey is just one more step in the right direction, another evolution …

The life of an elite ‘Super Mario 64’ speedrunner

Allan Alvarez can complete the game Super Mario 64 faster than anyone in the world, which means that most days he gets out of bed around 4 PM. Afternoons consist of errands — lately, finding a new apartment and office space with reliable internet for streaming — and training with his volleyball team. After dinner, he does a few rounds …

Play Atari’s ‘Centipede’ on a tiny, authentic arcade cabinet

There’s something special to playing a vintage arcade cabinet, but it’s usually impractical to own one. It’s no mean feat to lug a gigantic machine into your home, and you’ll probably have to restore it to recapture its glory. Atari and New Wave Toys think they have a better idea. They’ve partnered on Replicade X Centipede, a 1/6th-scale cabinet replica …

An appreciation of 2017’s in-game shopkeepers

In-game shops are more than handy outlets to transform random metal scraps and tired old gear into new and useful items. Shops offer a reprieve from the action of whichever digital world you’ve entered, allowing you to take a moment, breathe and consider the situation from afar. Do you want to play as a gun-toting tank or a sneaky spy? …

Nintendo’s mini SNES quickly cracked to run more games

It appears that Nintendo really doesn’t mind modders cracking open its little retro consoles and using them for more than they were originally intended. Back when the NES Classic Edition was released, it took Russian tinkerer “Cluster” just a few months to figure out how to side-load additional games onto the system. Nintendo doesn’t seem to have made the process …