Nintendo’s ‘Mario Tennis Aces’ combines charm with surprising depth

Before Mario Tennis Aces appears in stores and on your Switch, Nintendo offered up a weekend of tournament play to whet appetites and convince you to preorder its first in-house sport title for the Switch. The demo sticks to purely tournament play, and while we didn’t get the chance to play one another, there’s something addictive here. That is, once …

‘Super Mario 64: Ocarina of Time’ is the perfect Nintendo mashup

Super Mario 64 is considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time. Its large, imaginative levels and increasingly difficult challenges have defined the 3D platformer genre since its release on the Nintendo 64. Similarly, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time — the first in the franchise with 3D graphics — is considered a classic with …

Shigeru Miyamoto will co-produce a ‘Mario’ animated movie

Nintendo’s third big announcement of the evening (after Switch Online and Mario Kart Tour) comes right back to its main star, Mario, and the news that he will star in an animated movie. Confirming earlier rumors, Shigeru Miyamoto is listed as co-producer along with Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Minions, Ice Age) head Chris Meledandri, but the announcement didn’t mention other …

‘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 …

‘Mario + Rabbids’ gets a free versus battle mode tomorrow

The Nintendo Switch is quickly becoming the go-to console for games with couch co-op and local multiplayer. Need more evidence? Ubisoft is adding a versus mode to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, one of the best Switch games available. “Each player has just three available actions per turn, and how you decide to invest them is a big part of …

The best Nintendo Switch games

The Nintendo Switch is an excellent game console. If you don’t want to quit collecting Power Moons in Super Mario Odyssey but need a change of scenery from your living room, that’s entirely doable. Simply take the tablet out of its dock, slide your Joy-cons back on and you can pick up right where you left off, regardless of venue. …

Nintendo reportedly plans to ramp up Switch production in 2018

The Switch, Nintendo’s latest hybrid console is doing pretty well for the company, which expects it to outdo the Wii U’s lifetime sales within a year. The company obviously thinks so, too, according to a new report at The Wall Street Journal, which says that Nintendo plans to ramp up production of the hardware itself, beginning in April 2018. Source: …

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 …

Nintendo will show off more ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ on Wednesday

Apple isn’t the only company showing off new stuff this week. Nintendo has announced it’ll hold a 45-minute Direct stream this Wednesday at 6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific. What’s on tap? “Information mainly focused on what’s headed to Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS over the next few months,” according to an email from the gaming titan. Oh, and the announcement …

Nintendo and Western Digital bring branded SD cards to Switch

Nintendo has partnered with Western Digital on a line of officially official SanDisk microSDXC cards for its Switch console. What makes them so different? Well, Mario and Link are on the packaging and the 64-and-128 gigabyte cards have Nintendo branding printed on them. Nope, no 400GB cards featuring Wario just yet. And that’s the extent of it. The cards will …

Nintendo’s New 2DS XL is the closest you’ll ever get to a ‘3DS XL Lite’

When most of us think about Nintendo hardware, we think about the gimmick. The motion controls of the Wii, the second screen of the Nintendo DS, the stereoscopic visuals of the 3DS and the duality of the Nintendo Switch. These innovations define Nintendo’s brand — but it’s not the only hallmark of Nintendo hardware. The company is as much of …

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 …