The Morning After: Thursday, January 18th 2018

The next big Nintendo gaming accessory? Cardboard. The games maker unveiled Labo, a DIY add-on system for kids to fold and stick together peripherals from cardboard — proving once again that Nintendo is the good kind of crazy. Elsewhere we’ve got iPhone bugs, more cool cars I can’t afford and unlimited data on Google’s Project Fi. Author:  Source: Engadget

Nintendo Labo: Overpriced or innovative?

Weird Nintendo is often the best Nintendo, or so it is said. After all, two of its biggest successes (the Wii and the Switch) are far from ordinary consoles. Now, with a year of huge Switch sales behind it, Nintendo is getting even weirder with Labo — cardboard accessories that kids can built themselves and use to immerse themselves in …

‘Night in the Woods’ makes the leap to Nintendo Switch February 1st

Quirky adventure game Night in the Woods is a finalist for three awards in the upcoming Independent Games Festival: the Seumas McNally grand prize, visual art and narrative categories. Now it’s coming to Nintendo’s Switch console this February 1st, a year after its initial release on Mac, Windows, Linux and PlayStation 4. The title is slated for a mobile release …

Retro-bit brought brand-new Sega accessories to CES

While Nintendo’s ‘classic’ consoles have soaked up much of the retro love lately, Sega fans do have something to look forward to. The last booth I stopped by at CES 2018 was one of my favorites, as Retro-bit showed off new officially-licensed accessories it’s releasing for Sega consoles later this year, including (but not limited to) Genesis, Saturn and Dreamcast. …

‘Detective Pikachu’ game’s US debut set for March 23rd

Ever since the Detective Pikachu game launched in Japan in early 2016, there’s been a lingering question: when would it be available elsewhere, if it ever left Japanese shores? At last, there’s a date. The Pokémon Company has announced that its 3DS sleuth title will reach the US and Europe on March 23rd, 2018 for $40. On top of that, …

Vortx blows air at your face while you’re gaming and it’s great

Vortx is ridiculous. It’s a cube that you place on your desk, next to your PC or laptop, and it blows hot or cold air in your face, depending on what’s happening on-screen. The air responds dynamically to the action: If you’re running through the fiery hellscape of Doom, the fan blows hot and fast, but if you’re watching a …

‘Dark Souls’ and ‘Mario Tennis’ join Switch’s 2018 lineup

Nintendo revealed another slew of titles that will come to the Switch, from old favorites and cult classics to, uh, Dark Souls. In today’s Nintendo Direct video, the company announced new Kirby and Mario Tennis games headed to the console, plus a couple indie games and re-releases. There’s also DLC coming for some of the console’s best games, including Super …

Microsoft’s Xbox was the last great CES reveal

CES was a different show 17 years ago. In 2001, the Best of Show award went to the DataPlay disc, a postage-stamp-size memory card that held up to 500MB of data. If you can’t remember it, don’t worry — the company went out of business shortly thereafter as SD became the de facto standard. Microsoft was still the biggest tech …

Nintendo’s Miiverse lives on in a giant internet archive

Nintendo’s Miiverse is dead. However, that doesn’t mean that all your message board posts have disappeared into the ether. Drastic Actions and the Archive Team have launched Archiverse, an unofficial but very thorough collection of Miiverse posts. There are roughly 133 million posts, 217 million replies, 76 million screenshots and 72 million drawings — all told, just shy of 17TB …

Ben Heck’s Atari Dragster: Testing the world record

Can the Ben Heck Show team recreate the fabled 5.51 world record with micro-controller hardware? In an effort to find out, the team invites world record holder Todd Rogers into the workshop to help train the simulation. Can Ben’s hardware beat the fastest-ever time? Find out, and let us know what you think over on the element14 Community. Author:  Source: …

The Nintendo Switch’s GPU is key to installing unofficial games

Game console manufacturers don’t particularly like hackers, but Nintendo’s relationship with them has always been particularly tenuous. At a recent hacking conference in Germany a team presented their efforts at getting homebrew games on Nintendo’s latest console, the Switch. As spotted by Wololo, bypassing typical safeguards apparently comes down to Nintendo’s use of an off-the-shelf NVIDIA Tegra chip, and the …

The best games of 2017

It had just turned April when we declared that 2017 was a great year for video games. The post-holiday quarter is usually fairly quiet for new releases, but in 2017 it brought us legitimate contenders for game of the year in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon Zero Dawn and Persona 5 — and that’s not to …

Ben Heck’s SNES Classic teardown

How does the SNES Classic compare to the NES Classic? Find out in this episode, wherein Ben picks up the newer edition and performs a teardown. Discover what components are in the box and how different the design is different from an electronics and mechanical perspective. Join Ben for a trip down memory lane with a discussion about Nintendo games. …

Oculus Rift bundle discounted to $379 until December 20th

After permanently slashing the Rift and Touch combo price to $399/£399, Oculus is at it again. With Christmas fast approaching, the VR headset bundle is now the cheapest it’s been since Black Friday, at $379/£369. (Heads up that Amazon UK is still honoring the £349 Black Friday price for now, though.) The price cut means the device is fast approaching …