The best VR headsets and games to give as gifts

Virtual reality headsets were once so expensive that they would have only made suitable gifts for early adopters and serious gamers. By now, though, prices have dropped across the board, and there are enough compatible games that we’re willing to recommend these headsets to a broader audience. The VR section of our holiday gift guide includes items at both the …

Ben Heck’s Atari ‘Dragster’ speed run test rig

Even computer games have their own world records, and one of the oldest uncontested ones is the fastest time for Atari Dragster, at 5.51 seconds. But how legitimate is this speed? Ben is tasked with using RAM analysis and a microcontroller to check not only whether 5.51 seconds is possible, but whether this record can be broken. Have you broken …

8Bitdo’s wireless SNES controller is perfect for Switch retro gaming

The Nintendo Switch’s controllers shouldn’t work as well as they do. That might be why options beyond a Joy-Con in each hand (or the Switch’s own Pro controller) are few and far between. 8Bitdo‘s latest wireless peripheral, the SN30 Pro, might be worth considering for your secondary controller needs. Beside that allure of nostalgia, the SN30 Pro particularly shines with …

Best Buy will have Nintendo’s SNES Classic in stores Saturday

If you still don’t own an SNES Classic Edition, you’ll have a chance to get one tomorrow, November 25th. Best Buy has announced that it will sell Nintendo’s mini, retro console in stores across the US starting at 9AM local time. Not surprisingly, you’ll have to be at the door early since stock will be limited. There’s going to be …

‘Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’ comes to your phone November 22

Soon, Aussies won’t be the only ones building summer camps in Nintendo’s latest mobile game. The gaming giant announced that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will arrive on iOS and Android devices worldwide on November 22nd. The title marks Nintendo’s third foray into smartphone gaming, following Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes. <strong>Source: </strong><a target=”_blank” href=”https://www.engadget.com/tag/@gaming/%3Cblockquote%20class=%22twitter-tweet%22%20data-lang=%22en%22%3E%3Cp%20lang=%22en%22%20dir=%22ltr%22%3EHave%20you%20heard%20the%20news?%20Animal%20Crossing:%20Pocket%20Camp%20will%20be%20coming%20to%20mobile%20devices%20worldwide%20on%2011/22!%20%3Ca%20href=%22https://twitter.com/hashtag/PocketCamp?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%22%3E#PocketCamp%3C/a%3E%20%3Ca%20href=%22https://t.co/jShJwDgnls%22%3Epic.twitter.com/jShJwDgnls%3C/a%3E%3C/p%3E&amp;mdash;%20Nintendo%20of%20America%20(@NintendoAmerica)%20%3Ca%20href=%22https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/932443394139410432?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%22%3ENovember%2020,%202017%3C/a%3E%3C/blockquote%3E%20%3Cscript%20async%20src=%22https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js%22%20charset=%22utf-8%22%3E%3C/script%3E”>Nintendo (Twitter)</a><!–//–> Author:  Source: Engadget

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 …

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 expects Switch will beat Wii U lifetime sales in a year

Nintendo has announced it’s sold a further 2.93 million Switch consoles over the latest quarter, reaching just shy of 8 million units total. After another strong quarter, the company is now aiming to sell 14 million units by the time the Switch turns one year old — up from 10 million it aimed for previously. It’s also increased its forecast …

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 …

The Analogue Super Nt is Nintendo’s SNES Classic for grown-ups

Just as the NES Classic Edition broke ground before the SNES Classic, Analogue is also following up on Nintendo’s wallet-grab on our childhood memories with another premium, no-compromise mini console that plays the gaming carts of yesteryear, and solves some of our issues with the official miniature SNES. This is all, however, for a premium price. Naturally. Author:  Source: Engadget

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 …

SNES Classic Edition review: Worth it for the games alone

The success of last year’s NES Classic Edition clearly took Nintendo by surprise. The company was completely incapable of meeting demand, leaving many people unable to buy what became the must-have gift of the holiday season. Now Nintendo has given its SNES the Classic Edition treatment and promises it’s going to build way more than it did last year. Having …

You can get a refund on Oculus Rift and Gear VR games and apps

Buying games and apps digitally is less risky when there’s a solid refund policy in place. Apple offers refunds for purchases through its iTunes app store and Microsoft has a self-service system. PC distribution portal Steam allows for refunds within 14 days of purchase if you’ve played a game for two hours or less. Now virtual reality company Oculus has …