The best VR headsets and games to give as gifts

Virtual reality headsets were once so expensive that they would have only made suitable gifts for early adopters and serious gamers. By now, though, prices have dropped across the board, and there are enough compatible games that we’re willing to recommend these headsets to a broader audience. The VR section of our holiday gift guide includes items at both the …

Ben Heck’s Atari ‘Dragster’ speed run test rig

Even computer games have their own world records, and one of the oldest uncontested ones is the fastest time for Atari Dragster, at 5.51 seconds. But how legitimate is this speed? Ben is tasked with using RAM analysis and a microcontroller to check not only whether 5.51 seconds is possible, but whether this record can be broken. Have you broken …

Nintendo’s long-lost Flash games are returning to the web

A Nintendo enthusiast is busy rescuing the company’s treasure trove of Flash games. The titles, which served as promotional tie-ins for releases like Donkey Kong 64, Metroid Prime, and Mario Kart: Double Dash, have long been missing from the internet. But, thanks to the efforts of a modder known as Skelux they’re making a comeback. You can sample a selection …

Nintendo’s next Direct is all about ‘Animal Crossing’ on your phone

Nintendo is ready to spill the beans about its upcoming Animal Crossing mobile game. On Wednesday at 11 PM Eastern / 8 PM Pacific, the company will hold one of its trademark Direct events where it’ll spend 15 minutes talking about the upcoming life-sim and nothing else. Last time Nintendo mentioned the game, it was to announce a delay. In …

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 …

Sequel to ‘Final Fantasy’ creator’s free-to-play game launches today

Final Fantasy creator Hironubu Sakaguchi has had some good success with his action-RPG-puzzle mobile game, Terra Battle. The free-to-play sequel — Terra Battle 2 — is out on both iOS and Android, but if you want to play it, you’ll need to wait until 11:00 PM PT on September 20th, according to the in-game message you’ll get when launching the …

‘Adventure Time’ role-playing battles come to your smartphone

There are more than a few Adventure Time mobile games out there, but deep games? Not as many. However, YesGnome and Cartoon Network want to improve this state of affairs. They’ve just launched Champions and Challengers, a tactical game for Android and iOS that has you gathering and outfitting a team from over 70 heroes (including Finn, Jake, Fionna, Cake …

‘Xenoblade Chronicles 2’ reaches your Switch on December 1st

You don’t have too much longer to get a healthy dose of Japanese-style role-playing on your Nintendo Switch. Monotlith Soft and Nintendo have announced that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will reach the hybrid console on December 1st, with a Special Edition offering a soundtrack CD and a gigantic 220-page art book. On top of that, there will even be an XC2-themed …

VR throwback ‘Duck Season’ arrives September 14th

Stress Level Zero’s Duck Season caught our eye for a number of reasons. It’s not just a VR callback to the NES hit Duck Hunt, it’s a broader celebration of ’80s culture… with a horror twist, to boot. And now, you’ll get to see whether or not it’s as fun as it is weird. The studio has announced that Duck …

PSVR’s crazy ‘Headmaster’ soccer heading game is on PC

With VR going mainstream, families are going to be looking for titles that won’t give their kids nightmares. One of the best of those, Headmaster, has only been available on Sony’s PlayStation VR until now, but today it arrives to the Oculus Rift and SteamVR in a surprise launch. Described by the developer Frame Interactive as the “bizarre love child …

‘Until Dawn’ studio has two PSVR games for this year

Thank goodness Sony has finally started to bundle required cameras and controllers with its PlayStation VR hardware, but the system still needs more games to compete with the likes the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Games like Sparc and Arizona Sunshine are out already, of course, and Skyrim is apparently on its way, but the PlayStation’s library still has fewer …

Ben Heck’s N64 Portable mod

After many comments, requests, questions, setbacks and badgering from our impassioned fans, the Nintendo 64 Portable is finally finished. Ben took the device to the Midwest Gaming Classic for help with the hardware. Thanks to our community of followers, the problematic RAM add-on was soldered flat and is now in place. In addition, the case had to be completely redesigned …

‘Final Fantasy XV’ comes to your phone this fall

Square Enix is bent on bringing Final Fantasy XV to every platform imaginable, and that includes the phone in your pocket. It just unveiled a Pocket Edition of the road trip role-playing game that will hit Android, iOS and Windows 10 (yes, despite its dwindling influence) this fall. Its first episode will be free to play, while you’ll have to …