Metroid Dread player discovers disgusting shortcut to killing Kraid

Metroid Dread brings back a classic villain in Kraid, the gigantic Space Pirate that Samus Aran previously battled in the original Metroid (and the Zero Mission remake) and Super Metroid. In Dread, Kraid is more unpleasant than ever, both in terms of demeanor and anatomy. And like many of the bosses in Metroid Dread, Kraid is kind of a pain […]

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Splatoon 3 teases the return of mammals in its squid-fueled adventure

Nintendo showed Splatoon 3’s gameplay with a trailer during September’s Nintendo Direct on Thursday, which gives fans a deeper look into the game including more information about its world, the Splatland and a tease of new mechanics. Nintendo first announced Splatoon 3 at February’s Nintendo Direct. We learned more about the Splatands, a land inhabited by the game’s iconic inklings. […]

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New Nintendo Switch update enables Bluetooth audio

The Nintendo Switch can finally connect to Bluetooth headphones. On Tuesday, Nintendo released a new update for the console that allows it to pair with Bluetooth audio devices, but even after the update, the system still won’t let you use a Bluetooth microphone. According to Nintendo’s new post-update support page, there’s a new menu in the Switch’s System Settings called […]

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Punch this Lego Mario question mark block to open new worlds

Lego announced a $169.99 question mark block set based on Super Mario 64 on Thursday morning. But this isn’t just a big, expensive yellow cube with punctuation on the side. No, much like the question mark blocks in the Mushroom Kingdom, this Lego set is hiding something magical inside. With a delicate touch, builders can open up the question mark […]

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The histories of SNES and Virtual Boy now fit on your coffee table

When it comes to retro video games, I trust no one more than Jeremy Parish. In college, I listened obsessively to his retro podcast, Retronauts, memorizing each deep-dive as if I were studying for a grad school entry exam on the localization issues of early Final Fantasy games. I had the good fortune to work with Parish during my first […]

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Blastoise is a fancy little lad in Pokémon Unite

After an interminable wait, Blastoise is now available to play in Pokémon Unite, the free-to-play Pokémon MOBA. The Pokémon Company announced Blastoise’s arrival last week in an exasperated tweet, but it wasn’t until launch day that we got to see just how dapper the Shellfish Pokémon would be in its decorative Holowear. Look at this fancy fella, with its boater […]

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Everything announced at Pokémon Presents

The Pokémon Company debuted a new Pokémon Presents video presentation on Wednesday, revealing the latest news on upcoming Nintendo Switch games Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus. But that’s not all; Pokémon fans also got updates on free-to-play MOBA Pokémon Unite, five-year-old mobile game Pokémon Go, Pokémon Masters EX, and puzzle game Pokémon Cafe Mix. Here’s the […]

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus tweaks Pokémon’s battle mechanics

The Pokémon Company’s upcoming open-world game, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, was featured during the company’s Pokémon Presents showcase on Wednesday. The game, set in the Hisui region, is a totally new take on the franchise — going back to the early days of Pokémon trainers when Poké Balls were made of wood. In the new footage shown during the livestream, developer […]

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