‘Super Mario Odyssey’ is everything it needs to be and more

“A return to form.” “A reinvention.” There are lots of clichés we fall back on when describing a fresh game in a long-running series. The truth is, Nintendo has constantly reinvented the idea of a 3D Mario game, relentlessly pushing the franchise forward with each release. Super Mario Odyssey is just one more step in the right direction, another evolution …

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’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 …

‘Rock Band VR’ is the dorkiest game ever and I love it

Rock Band VR will make you feel like a rock star. But from the outside, you’ll look like a crazy person with an Oculus Rift on your head and a plastic guitar in your hands, strumming along in silence. Basically, you’ll look like a huge dork while playing it. But the embarrassment is worth it: Rock Band VR successfully captures …

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 …

The Analogue Nt mini wants to be the last NES you’ll ever buy

Trying to play an NES cartridge on Nintendo’s original, 30-year-old hardware can be an exercise in frustration. The console’s ancient composite cables offer terrible image quality on modern televisions, and getting games to actually run is a ballet of reseating, jostling and, of course, blowing on game cartridges. Nintendo’s own NES Classic Edition and the Wii U and 3DS virtual …