This Japanese VR arcade put me inside ‘Mario Kart’

Back when Bandai Namco opened its first VR arcade in Tokyo last April, I was keen to check out its various HTC Vive-powered VR games. My first ride there would have been Gundam VR: Daiba Assault, just so I could get a taste of what it’s like hitching a ride on a Gundam’s hand. The problem was by the time …

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 first Switch streaming app launches Thursday in Japan

Other than its still-in-development online gaming setup, the Nintendo Switch launched without the suite of video streaming apps we’re used to seeing on new consoles. Now there’s an announcement of one video app for the Switch that’s scheduled to launch July 13th, but unfortunately, it’s only for Japanese users. Niconico is a YouTube-like video sharing site where users comments float …

When tech nostalgia goes too far

Nintendo had a bonafide smash on its hands with the NES Classic. And it looks like the SNES mini console will fly off of store shelves just as quickly. But it’s not the only company looking to cash in on your nostalgia. Nowadays, there are reboots of TV shows like Twin Peaks and MST3K. Oh, and how about Netflix’s Stranger …

The new ‘Zelda’ DLC is all about exploration and survival

The Nintendo Switch is a neat little console — but its debut was almost overshadowed by its flagship launch game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game was lauded as a long overdue evolution on the Zelda formula, and it deserved the praise, too — it’s an objectively excellent adventure game that brings the classic Nintendo franchise …

Mario ‘Monopoly’ adds power-ups to the tired classic

If there’s one thing that Super Mario Bros. and Monopoly share, it’s their innate ability to engender family arguments in otherwise placid households. Which is why it’s such a delight to see the pair reunited in the new Gamer Edition of Monopoly, thanks to a partnership ‘twixt Hasbro and Nintendo. Unlike previous Mario-themed versions of Monopoly, the rules here have …

The SNES Classic is probably the last retro console Nintendo will make

When Nintendo announced the SNES Classic earlier this week, nerd hearts everywhere were aflutter at another opportunity to relive old gaming glory. There was a hint of caution, though, as fans remembered how demand for Nintendo’s first retro console — the NES Classic — wildly outpaced supply when it launched last fall. The company hopes to forestall shortages this time …

Nintendo bolsters ‘Arms’ eSports appeal with LAN play

Nintendo’s Arms, the rollicking cross between Punch Out and Wii Sports Boxing (with beefed-up motion controls), is receiving another in a long line of promised updates. The most notable addition in version 1.1.0 is LAN play, allowing players to hookup multiple Switch consoles using a wired LAN adapter (that can be purchased separately) for extra stability during multiplayer battles. Source: …

The SNES Classic is real, arrives on September 29th for $80

The delicious rumors are true: Nintendo is gearing up to launch the SNES Classic, a miniaturized version of the glorious original Super Nintendo Entertainment System. According to Nintendo’s Twitter account, the system will be available on September 29th with 21 games built-in — including the never-released Star Fox 2. Source: Nintendo Author:  Source: Engadget

Nintendo swears the SNES Classic won’t sell out so quickly

Nintendo’s sales strategy for the NES Classic Edition was frustrating, to put it mildly. It shipped so few systems that they sold out almost immediately, and killed the product despite loads of pent-up demand. Will it learn from its mistakes now that the SNES Classic is on its way? Apparently, the answer is yes… maybe. The gaming giant has put …

Here’s what Nintendo needs to do to make the SNES Classic great 

Before Nintendo unveiled the Switch, its new hybrid game console, to the world, it re-released an old one. The NES Classic Edition was an adorably small box of nostalgia packed with some of the best games for Nintendo’s original home console. Now, the company is doing it again — on September 29th, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition will …

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 …

‘Fuze Code Studio’ will help you design games on Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch had a strong showing its first E3 (Metroid Prime 4!, three new Mario games!), for sure, but nothing quite like what Fuze Technologies is showing off. The company has announced Fuze Code Studio, which looks like a simple way to code your own games for the console on the Switch itself. You can use a USB keyboard …

‘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) …

‘Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle’ shouldn’t work, but it does

Ubisoft’s Rabbids are almost the antithesis of Nintendo’s mascots. Sure, both sets of characters are family friendly and mostly mute, but Rabbids are uglier and lean on slightly more crass, juvenile humor. When I first heard Nintendo and Ubisoft were mixing the two together, I expected the worst — and yet somehow, the mountain-sized toilet that scrolled past the background …

‘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 …