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Unboxing Labo, Nintendo’s New Cardboard Play Kit

Back in January Nintendo announced a brand new way to use the Switch console. Labo lets you build cardboard accessories for the portable console, taking advantage of all the sensors built into the Joy Con controllers to do lots of weird and wonderful things that you can't do with another console. For now Nintendo is releasing two kits: The standard Variety Kit with the piano, RC car, a house, fishing rod, and motorbike, alongside the Robot Kit that lets you build your own wearable robot controller. Read More >>

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I’d be Far More Excited for Nintendo Labo if it Used Lego Instead of Cardboard

It won't be long before Nintendo releases Labo for the Switch, utilising basic components like cardboard to build accessories that can be used to play games on the portable console. Some people aren't fans, but I think we can all agree this idea would be universally beloved if Nintendo had teamed up with The LEGO Group instead. Read More >>

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Latest Pokémon Go Challenge Is Literally Just Picking Up Garbage

Pokémon Go developer Niantic thinks being the very best like no one ever was should include a bit of community cleanup in honour of this year’s upcoming Earth Day. Read More >>

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Niantic Will Reportedly Settle for Nearly £1.1 Million Over Bungled Pokémon GO Festival

App developer Niantic has settled a lawsuit over a botched Pokémon GO festival in Chicago’s Grant Park in July 2017 for nearly £1.1 Million, TechCrunch reported on Saturday. Read More >>

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Scientists Use Nintendo Controller-Guided Robot Fish to Spy on Real Fish

The ocean covers more than two-thirds of our planet, and there’s so much of it left unexplored. How are we humans supposed to blend in to uncover all of its secrets, when our observation tools are hooked to clunky vehicles with fish-scaring propellers and jets? Read More >>

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Clever Hacker Got His Nintendo Switch to Work On an 80s Sony Watchman Without Any Wires

Before the Nintendo Switch, iPhone, and even the Game Boy, the 1986 Sony Watchman was my first gadget obsession. When the digital TV switchover happened a few years ago, my handheld TV was relegated to a drawer as there’s now nothing to watch on it. But that’s why I’m super excited to see that someone has figured out how to get their Switch running on its tiny, black-and-white screen. Read More >>

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This Upgraded Super Nintendo Clone Rekindled My Love of 16-Bit Gaming

A couple of years ago we reviewed a souped-up NES clone called the Analogue Nt with a prohibitively expensive, £380 aluminium housing. It was a beautiful piece of hardware, but ultimately it only served to remind my coworker Adam Clark Estes of just how basic and boring 8-bit NES games are. Nostalgia really needs a ‘your results may vary’ warning, because my trip down memory lane with the Super Nt, a souped up $190/£137 SNES clone that works on modern HD TVs, instead reminded me how much I still love 16-bit gaming. Read More >>

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Nintendo Switch Has Three Times As Many Games as Wii U Did At This Point – And They’re Better

I’ll be honest, when Nintendo first announced the Switch I was a sceptic. Sure, it was a clever concept but isn’t it a bit… weird? Wouldn’t it suffer from the same problems as the disastrous Wii U, one of the biggest being the relatively meagre library of games to choose from? Read More >>

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Nintendo Switch Online Will Now be Launching in September

Despite the fact it's been nearly a year since it launched, the Nintendo Switch still doesn't have a dedicated online service ala Xbox Live or PS Plus. Nintendo initially promised it would arrive at an unspecified point in early 2018, but now it's confirmed that date has been pushed back to September. Read More >>

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It’s Been a Good Run, But Miitomo Had to Die

Oh Miitomo, it seems like it was just yesterday when you arrived on phones as Nintendo’s first mobile app, bringing a tiny bit of that Mario joy and magic to the small screen. But after less than three years on the market, Nintendo is killing off the Miitomo app in just a few months on May 9th. Read More >>

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Nintendo’s Latest Nostalgia Gimmick is Expensive Pieces of Cardboard and I Think I Hate It

On Wednesday, Nintendo announced a new line of peripherals that use, wait for it, cardboard to supplement the Switch experience. Launching in April, Nintendo Labo transforms the Switch into new devices, including a piano, miniature house, and fishing rod. Players order cardboard modules, build, then insert the Switch’s Joy Con controllers. Using sensors, the controllers adapt to what’s been built. Read More >>

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New Technology We’re Actually Excited About for 2018

Yes, 2017's biggest tech story was probably about the ways in which social media forced us to rehash old culture wars and question who was guiding our political discourse. Rather than seeing technology facilitate greater communication, economic opportunity, and leisure, it seemed that it was exacerbating our differences, concentrating wealth, and threatening all livelihoods. But there was some good stuff too! Read More >>

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Nintendo Risks Pissing Off Developers With Delay of 64 GB Game Cards

One of the only major complaints about the Nintendo Switch is that games are too big to fit on its cartridges and its internal memory is too small to handle the overflow. Now, a plan to address that issue by manufacturing larger 64 GB game cartridges has been delayed until 2019, running the risk of pissing off third-party developers. Read More >>

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Gorgeous Nintendo Games Are Coming to Nvidia Shield, But Only in China

If you live in China and own an Nvidia Shield, you can now play great Wii games like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess—no need to own a Switch, a 3DS, or even the console that Twilight Princess originally appeared on. All you need to enjoy one of the best games Nintendo has ever made is a game console not actually built by Nintendo. Read More >>

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The New Animal Crossing Stinks

Moderately motion sick while stuck on a coach to my parents' last weekend, I downloaded the pick-me-up I was certain my brain required: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. And crossed the animals did, over a shaky mobile connection and onto my iPhone as the bus lurched into stop-and-go traffic. Read More >>