Atlus is bringing three great JRPGs to North America for the 3DS

The Switch may have already arrived, but you may want to wait a bit before putting your 3DS in storage. Atlus, which you might know as the studio behind Persona, has just announced that it’s releasing three Japanese RPGs for the handheld in the US and Canada. One of them is the latest entry in the Etrian Odyssey franchise, while …

Everyone’s favorite useless Pokemon gets its own game

It’s pretty obvious that Pokémon Go wouldn’t have been the worldwide success without, well, Pokemon. Niantic and Nintendo tapped a phenomenally rich vein of wish fulfillment when they sent people scurrying around the real world catching monsters on their phone. The app was sadly limited to collecting, not raising the fighting beasts as the original game/manga/anime/feature films showcased. But a …

Nintendo is working on a ‘Zelda’ mobile game

One of Nintendo’s premium franchises is coming to smartphones, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The Legend of Zelda, co-developed by Japanese developer DeNA, will be be its next mobile title after Animal Crossing, the unnamed sources say. That lines up with president Tatsumi Kimishima’s recent comments that Nintendo will release two to three smartphone titles per …

2017 is already an incredible year for video games

Every now and then, it’s wise to stop and recognize the good things in life. And right now, it doesn’t get much better than the video game industry. After dozens of Slack conversations about all the exciting titles and hardware coming out this year, a handful of Engadget editors got together to formally celebrate the year in gaming so far. …

ICYMI: Watching plants grow and playing ‘Mario Kart’ with an actual car

Today on In Case You Missed It: The thought of watching a plant grow seems, well boring. But researchers from the Institute of Science and Technology in Austria used lasers, fluorescent lights and a microscope to track the growth of a flowering weed’s roots. The end result is a close-up 3D video that looks more like a glowing burrowing worm …

‘Super Mario Run’ lands on Android a day early

Nintendo notoriously resisted making any of its games available on mobile platforms, a significant move for a company that’s been making handheld titles for almost three decades. Then, with almost no notice, it released Super Mario Run for iOS back in December to cacophonous fanfare and promised an Android version in March. Originally planned to come out on March 23rd, …

‘D&D Beyond’ takes the pen and paper out of tabletop RPGs

Despite all the newfangled ways one can play Dungeons and Dragons, there’s something special about playing it the old fashioned way — in person with a bunch of friends and a geometrical mess of dice. Still, if you want to modernize your tabletop adventure just a little, you’ll have the option soon. Wizards of the Coast just announced that it’s …

Nintendo Switch controllers can steer games on your computer

Ever since gamers discovered that the Nintendo Switch’s Pro Controller works with computers, there’s been a lingering question: what about the Joy-Cons you get with the system itself? Yes, thankfully. Both Nintendo Actu and Sam Williams have verified that the peripherals work as Bluetooth controllers on Macs and Windows PCs so long as you use an app that binds buttons …

Nintendo Switch review: revolutionary, but it still needs work

There’s a certain magic in the air ahead of a console launch. Unlike with phones and other gadgets, we don’t see new game systems very often, so each new release feels momentous. That’s particularly true for Nintendo, a company that’s been striving to differentiate itself from its rivals. While Sony and Microsoft are pushing their consoles to be more like …

Nintendo plans to release two-to-three mobile games each year

After months of vague statements, Nintendo has finally confirmed its smartphone strategy, announcing that it will release two to three mobile titles every year. While all eyes are currently focused on the imminent launch of Nintendo’s new console, company president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that this smartphone release schedule will be taking effect this year. With Fire Emblem Heroes launching on …