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. …

‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ makes open-world games exciting again

At this point, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has become a video-game phenomenon. Much has been said about how it’s a new take on the dusty old Zelda formula, or on how it represents a fresh direction for Nintendo in general, by buoying its new Switch console. But Breath of the Wild deserves just as much credit …

‘Zelda’ fan creates an ocarina-controlled smart home

In the real world, an ocarina is a lot less functional than the magical one Link has in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. As Nintendo 64 lovers know, the Hyrulian hero can use his instrument to do things like manipulate the rain and switch between night and day. In our realm, ocarinas just sound nice. Allen Pan, better …

‘Zelda’ concert tour to celebrate ‘Breath of the Wild’

If you love The Legend of Zelda, or appreciate top video game tunes, there’s nothing like a Symphony of the Goddesses performance. The live, orchestral concert series has dazzled fans of Link and Hyrule for the past five years, with epic renditions of classic tracks from A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time and more. Today, concert organiser Jason …

The Switch is the fastest-selling console in Nintendo history

If you’ve had a hard time finding a Nintendo Switch at the store, there may be good reason for that. The Friday through Saturday sales for Nintendo’s latest console surpassed the first two-day sales for any system “in Nintendo history,” according to tweets from the New York Times‘ Nick Wingfield. The info comes from an interview with Nintendo of America …

The Engadget Podcast Ep 30: I Can Change

After surviving The Great AWS Outage of 2017, managing editor Dana Wollman and senior editor Devindra Hardawar rejoin host Terrence O’Brien to debate some of the biggest tech stories of the week. First they’ll pit YouTube’s live TV offering against its competitors, then talk through Twitter’s new tools for fighting online harassment. Plus they’ll address the latest controversy surrounding Uber …

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 …

Ben Heck makes a Zelda lamp by upcycling laptop screens

Humans by nature can be a little bit wasteful. Recycling helps, of course, but some things are too good to throw away. That’s where upcycling comes in. Karen has the idea to repurpose laptop screens to create a Legend of Zelda-inspired lamp. However, not just any laptop screen will do. As the team rips apart old hardware they soon discover …

‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ has a $20 DLC season pass

If you thought Nintendo’s next Zelda game didn’t look expansive enough, then you might be intrigued / already sold on a $20 season pass that will go on sale March 3rd. Producer Eiji Aonuma took to YouTube to explain how Hyrule will benefit from the first main series expansion content pack. (Games like Triforce Heroes have seen extra content after …

‘Breath of the Wild’ will be Nintendo’s last Wii U game

The Wii U has had a difficult life cycle, and Nintendo is ready to leave it behind. Speaking with Polygon, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the last internally developed game for the system. “From a first-party standpoint, there’s no new development coming after the launch of Breath …

‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ lands on Switch at launch

Game consoles don’t tend to have stand-out, killer software at launch, but Nintendo is bucking the trend again. The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild will be released in concert with the console itself on March 3rd. Not picking up the new console? The game comes out the same day for the Wii U. If this seems familiar it’s …

Peek at the drawings used to design the original ‘Zelda’

To quote one of my favorite video game characters: Greatness, from small beginnings. To celebrate The Legend of Zelda‘s 30th anniversary, Nintendo has released a handful of drawings that were used to design the first game in the franchise. They’re essentially graph paper, with shaded boxes to represent walls and bottomless pits. Careful markings indicate where doors and monsters should …