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Here’s The Witcher 3 running in handheld mode on Switch

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is going to stink on Nintendo Switch. At least, I think that’s what a lot of people assume. But the evidence is beginning to mount that the game may not stink at all. The Switcher 3 (as the kids are calling it) is looking like one of the most impressive […]

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Updated Nintendo Switch uses 40% less energy

Nintendo is launching the Switch Lite on September 20, but it has already released an updated version of the original model that you can buy now. So what improvements is this stealthy upgrade hiding? Well, as Nintendo promised, it all comes down to battery life. And the company was able to achieve that by creating […]

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Sony studio boss: PlayStation exclusives may need ‘wider install base’

Sony Interactive Entertainment added another major studio to its lineup of first-party teams yesterday. Marvel’s Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games is in the process of joining PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios. That deal is part of building up Sony’s list of PlayStation exclusives. But Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden revealed that the company is also seriously considering expanding […]

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Xbox gets two new ‘Special Edition’ controllers

The Xbox is getting two new custom gamepads for this fall. Both are variations of the standard Xbox Wireless Controller, and they will retail for $70. The first new gamepad is the Night Ops Camo Special Edition. It has a golden D-pad and a custom grip on its triggers. All of that goes with the […]

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Xbox Game Pass gets Devil May Cry 5 and Ape Out

Microsoft announced a number of new additions to its Xbox Game Pass service today for both console and PC. The highlights include Devil May Cry 5 and Stellaris. Game Pass is Microsoft’s Netflix-like subscription service. For $10 month on the console, you get an instant library of over 100 games. Alternatively, you can get the […]

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Nintendo announces Indie World video event with 20 minutes of games

Nintendo Indie World is coming. The company is planning to use this event to show off a bunch of new indie games for the Switch. On Monday, August 19, it will broadcast Indie World to Twitch, YouTube, and more. The stream begins at 6 a.m. Pacific time, and you can watch it right here. For […]

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NPD: Nintendo Switch leads another down month for hardware

Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in July, but overall hardware sales were down big-time. Industry-tracking firm The NPD Group released its July report today, and it confirms that U.S. consumers are looking ahead. “Hardware spending in July 2019 fell 22 percent when compared to a year ago, to $169 million,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella […]

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The Nintendo 2019 World Championships will work with Eleague to air on CBS

Nintendo announced today that it is partnering with Eleague to broadcast The Nintendo 2019 World Championships on CBS. Eleague is an esports brand that Turner Broadcasting runs. It’s hosted tournaments for popular competitive games like Rocket League, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Street Fighter V, and Overwatch. Eleague usually airs on TBS, a Turner station. The Nintendo […]

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DualShock 4 gets hot new colors including rose gold

Sony Interactive Entertainment is looking to capitalize on strong gamepad sales with some new colors for its DualShock 4 gamepad. The company announced four new gamepad colors as well as a fresh design for its wireless gaming headset. The DualShock 4 controllers begin shipping in September for $65. You can get the headset at some […]

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Sega Genesis Mini hands-on: 5 things you’ll love

I sure am loving my Sega Genesis Mini, and I think you will too. Sega has sent me an early system, and I’ve been delving deep into the classic console’s built-in library of 42 games. You’ll have a chance to buy one of your own for $80 on September 18. I was a big Sega […]

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Wireless Super Nintendo controller appears in FCC database

Nintendo Switch may soon get official wireless Super Nintendo controllers. The publisher filed to acquire a Federal Communications Commission ID for a new Bluetooth-powered gamepad, as first spotted by a poster on the ResetEra gaming forum. As is typical, these documents don’t include specifics about the product. But one of the filings features an image […]

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Sensor Tower: Dr. Mario World earns $1.4 million and 7.5 million downloads in first month

Nintendo‘s newest mobile game is off to a good or slow start depending on how you look at it, according to mobile market analyst Sensor Tower. Dr. Mario World, which came out on July 10, has made $1.4 million and earned 7.5 million downloads in its first month. That is 40% better than the first […]

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Human Things’ Genki Covert Dock is a tiny Nintendo Switch charger and dock

Human Things is launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the Genki Covert Dock, which uses gallium nitride to create a much smaller, more power-efficient dock and charger for the Nintendo Switch and other USB-C-powered devices. It can replace your bulky Switch dock for connecting the Nintendo hybrid gaming console to the TV, and it can […]

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Nintendo Switch is getting an IGZO display — here’s what that means

The Nintendo Switch is likely getting some additional stealth upgrades that should improve its display. Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp says it is providing its IGZO screen to Nintendo for use in its hybrid handheld/home console, according to a Wall Street Journal report. IGZO has a number of improvements over the current tech that Switch is […]

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Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony will make game devs disclose loot box odds

The three major console makers — Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony — have come together to pledge new regulations requiring video games makers to disclose loot box odds. The announcement came today during a U.S Federal Trade Commission workshop on loot boxes, a monetization system in which players buy packages of random in-game items (think of […]

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Gears 5 launch gets new Xbox One hardware bundles

Microsoft is about to launch Gears 5 for Xbox One on September 10, and the company is planning a lot of new hardware and accessory options to go along with that. Fans of the series can get a new Xbox One X Gears 5 Limited Edition console with the system, the Kait Diaz Limited Edition […]

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Grandia HD Collection comes to Nintendo Switch on August 16

GungHo Online Entertainment America announced today that the Grandia HD Collection will release for Nintendo Switch on August 16. The package includes remasters of Grandia and Grandia II. The original Grandia came out in the U.S. for PlayStation in 1999. Grandia II released for the Dreamcast in 2000. Both are Japanese role-playing game that Ubisoft […]

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The RetroBeat: It’s time for a Game Boy Classic

On July 31, the Game Boy celebrated the 30th anniversary of its U.S. launch. Sadly, Nintendo didn’t do much to mark the occasion. That’s a shame, because I’m feeling a ton of nostalgia toward the classic portable machine. Nintendo is usually smart about turning people’s fondness for its older consoles into money. The NES Classic […]

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PlayStation is benefiting from subscriptions and live services

PlayStation 4 is nearing the end of its life. The next PlayStation is coming soon as Sony Interactive Entertainment has already confirmed. That has led to declining revenue for the company’s gaming division. Only this generation is different than in the past, because the PS4’s revenue decline is just a minor dip. And Sony still […]

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PlayStation 4 is the fastest to ship 100 million home game consoles

PlayStation 4 continues to lead the thriving console gaming market. Sony Interactive Entertainment’s gaming box surpassed 100 million consoles shipped to retailers. It reached that milestone faster than any other home console (but that does not include handheld consoles). Nintendo’s Wii and PlayStation 2 are the next fastest. But they required several more months than […]

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