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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Microsoft buys AltspaceVR’s struggling virtual hangout

When AltspaceVR announced that it was staying open after threatening to close its doors, it said it was “deep in discussions” with people who were passionate about it. Apparently one of those people was Microsoft, because the software giant has just announced that it’s acquiring AltspaceVR, officially providing Windows Mixed Reality with a social VR solution. “With the AltspaceVR team …

YouTube Live playthroughs are now a no-no for Nintendo Creators

Nintendo has updated its Creators Program’s rules to add a new entry: members can no longer broadcast on YouTube Live. The gaming titan has long been extra protective of its properties and regularly issues takedown notices for videos that use its games. It launched the initiative in 2015 as a sort of a compromise with YouTubers who feature its IPs. …

Nintendo launches special ‘Pokémon’ and ‘Fire Emblem’ bundles

You may want to check if you can cancel your Fire Emblem Warriors or Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon pre-orders. Nintendo has just announced a special FE Warriors edition for the Switch and a Veteran Trainer’s dual pack that includes both new Pokémon games. The special edition FE Warriors comes with a copy of the game for Nintendo’s hybrid …

The director of ‘Final Fantasy XV’ isn’t finished yet

Final Fantasy XV took a long time coming. After a decade of delays, it’s not surprising that both Square Enix and the game’s director, Hajime Tabata, are saying they aren’t finished with Noctis and his bro squad. With not even a whisper of Final Fantasy XVI, the rest of this year (and part of 2018) is focused on the Final …