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 …

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ lets player two tag along as Mario’s hat

Just like at last year’s E3, a new installment in a Nintendo franchise is stealing the show. Super Mario Odyssey already plays like a weird, wonderful new game with an expansive world to explore. But you won’t have to go it alone: the new game will let another player take control of Mario’s eyeball-lined sentient hat, Cappy. Source: Nintendo (YouTube) …

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ may look bizarre, but it feels just right

There’s perhaps no better example of Nintendo’s creativity in game design than the Super Mario Bros. franchise. At a glance, the company’s mascot seems like an unchanging, static figure. In reality, every game he stars in tweaks the Mario formula ever so slightly — adding new power-ups in Super Mario Bros. 3, rethinking level design in Super Mario World or …

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ comes to the Switch October 27th

When Nintendo announced Super Mario Odyssey alongside the Nintendo Switch reveal, it felt like a breath of fresh air. Sure, the Wii U had New Super Mario Bros U, Mario Maker and the excellent platforming of Super Mario 3D world — but the open-world exploration mechanics of Sunshine, Galaxy and Super Mario 64 skipped Nintendo’s last console. When Nintendo teased …

Playing all the games at Nintendo’s Switch event

We’ve touched the hardware and were left with some good impressions. But that’s only half of the equation: What about the games? Nintendo is offering several upgraded (and some brand new) titles for the Switch. While some depend on the new controller interfaces (Arms) and sharing aspects of the new console (1-2-Switch!), others, in classic Nintendo style, tap in our …

Mario and pals are coming back to UK Happy Meals this week

The most famous Italian plumber, well… ever has been unexpectedly popping up all over the place lately. But skateboard shoes, late-night TV and smartphones were just the beginning. Now Mario is sliding back into Happy Meals from McDonald’s according to Nintendo Life. His appearance is flawlessly timed ahead of this week’s big livestream for the Wii U successor, Switch, too. …

Nikkei expects Nintendo Switch will sell for less than $250 in Japan

It’s almost a tradition: Nintendo teases a new product and Nikkei reports a key detail just before its official reveal. The Japanese paper successfully called the Nintendo DSi, key details of the 3DS and got pretty close to the Wii U’s launch price. Now, paper is predicting a ballpark price for the Nintendo Switch. Nikkei says fans should plan to …

‘Mario Kart 64’ is the Wii U Virtual Console’s latest addition

Sure, Mario Kart 8 is great and all, but if you wanted to see the original version of “Toad’s Turnpike” on the Wii U, your options have been pretty limited. Tomorrow changes that, as Mario Kart 64 will release on the system’s Virtual Console. Revisiting the Nintendo 64 game will run you $9.99, and for that you’ll get off-TV play …

‘Super Mario Run’ won’t work offline due to piracy concerns

Super Mario Run doesn’t arrive for another few days, but when it does, you’ll need a constant internet connection to play the game. In an interview with Mashable, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that due to piracy concerns, the latest installment of Mario doesn’t have an offline mode. The company is worried about piracy because the game will be available in …

‘Super Mario Run’ is just as much fun as we’d hoped

It’s no stretch to say that Super Mario Run (launching December 15th for iOS; an Android version will arrive next year) is one of the most notable mobile games in years. It’s Nintendo’s first real smartphone game and one of the only instances in which the company has developed a Mario game for non-Nintendo hardware. It’s the first of several …

Nintendo’s Switch might play GameCube games

Following years of pining after GameCube games on the Virtual Console, it looks like Nintendo fans will soon be getting their wish. According to a recent report by Eurogamer, the Nintendo Switch is rumored to be the first Nintendo console to offer GameCube games on its Virtual Console. Citing several sources within the company, the article states that Nintendo already …

Nintendo loses less money, but Switch can’t come fast enough

Nintendo’s latest financial report is more dour reading for console gaming. While the company saw sales of 74.8 billion yen ($718.86 million), up since last quarter, it has to contend with an operating loss of 813 million yen ($7.8 million) over the last three months. Well, at least it’s a smaller loss than the last quarter. It sold 1,770,000 3DSes …