It took six months for my Nintendo Switch to run out of space

When Nintendo announced that its next game console was going to come with just 32GB of internal storage, my heart sank. I’d been planning to go all digital for the Nintendo Switch — making it a portable console that always had my favorite games on tap at a moment’s notice. Instead, I found myself pre-ordering the console with a physical …

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 …

Here’s what Nintendo needs to do to make the SNES Classic great 

Before Nintendo unveiled the Switch, its new hybrid game console, to the world, it re-released an old one. The NES Classic Edition was an adorably small box of nostalgia packed with some of the best games for Nintendo’s original home console. Now, the company is doing it again — on September 29th, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition will …

Nintendo’s 3DS isn’t dead, but it is trapped in the Switch’s shadow

Earlier this year, Nintendo announced a brand-new console, a hybrid portable device that serves as both a portable entertainment machine and a game system for the living room. At a glance, it looked great — but some criticized the Nintendo Switch for having “nothing to play” except the new Legend of Zelda game, of course. Nintendo’s E3 show served as …

How ‘Puyo Puyo Tetris’ tricked me into liking puzzle games

When Larry Kasanoff said he was turning the world’s most iconic puzzle game into a trilogy of science fiction movies, I was speechless. After a disaster like Pixels, how could anybody look at Tetris and think there was a narrative to tell? The game may be a classic, but the narrative potential of organizing falling bricks into horizontal lines seemed …

2017 is already an incredible year for video games

Every now and then, it’s wise to stop and recognize the good things in life. And right now, it doesn’t get much better than the video game industry. After dozens of Slack conversations about all the exciting titles and hardware coming out this year, a handful of Engadget editors got together to formally celebrate the year in gaming so far. …

‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ makes open-world games exciting again

At this point, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has become a video-game phenomenon. Much has been said about how it’s a new take on the dusty old Zelda formula, or on how it represents a fresh direction for Nintendo in general, by buoying its new Switch console. But Breath of the Wild deserves just as much credit …

‘Skylanders’ learns what Amiibo knew all along: Drop the portal

The paradigm for toys-to-life games is well-established: one part kid-friendly video game, one part expensive, collectible figurines — and a tethered NFC “portal” that ties them together. When Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure introduced this model in 2011, it sparked a new genre in gaming — bringing about the rise and fall of Disney Infinity, the nostalgic brand licensing of LEGO Dimensions …

Everything you don’t want to know about the Nintendo Switch

Being a Nintendo fan is often an exercise in managing expectations. For years, we’ve watched the company just miss the mark with online services, third-party game availability and outdated hardware specifications. The frustration of seeing a company you like make so many odd decisions can wear you down. Now, Nintendo is about to release a new game console, and as …

The heart of Nintendo’s new console isn’t the Switch

I spent half of last Friday tearing my way through games at Nintendo’s big Switch launch event. More than any particular title, the highlight was the hardware itself: a $300 console-handheld hybrid that’s harder to describe than the latest Xbox or PlayStation. The Switch console is actually a tablet: It’s the piece that does all the processing and acts as …

Nintendo’s HD Rumble will be the best unused Switch feature of 2017

If I had to describe Nintendo in just three words, I’d steal the shared city slogan of Austin, Santa Cruz and Portland: “Keep Nintendo Weird.” The Japanese game giant delights in its own unique character, and has made a habit of defying convention. Nintendo’s gimmicks are always fascinating, but they don’t usually work out. The Wii Remote’s speakers largely went …

This was the year of VR, until AR stole it

This was supposed to be the year of virtual reality, but barely had 2016 started when Microsoft threw a spanner in the works with the announcement of HoloLens. Rather than taking us to a virtual world, Microsoft’s headset pulls virtual objects into our own. Microsoft calls these objects Holograms, much to the chagrin of hologram enthusiasts, but most people know …