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Report: Nintendo’s Got a Cheaper, Smaller Nintendo Switch Coming This Autumn

As someone who’s obsessed with portable gaming, on paper, the Switch seems like the perfect console for me. But I actually find it a little too big to leave the house with, so I’m optimistic about a report from Japan’s Nikkei newspaper which claims a couple of new Switch consoles are en route, including a smaller, cheaper version, and one with more horsepower. Read More >>

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Report: Apple May Spend Over Half a Billion on its Subscription Game Service

Sources say Apple is spending hundreds of millions of dollars, and may exceed half a billion dollars in total funding, for its upcoming Arcade game subscription service, the Financial Times reported this weekend. Read More >>

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The Nintendo Switch’s Labo VR Kit Is Cheap VR That Doesn’t Suck

Considered Nintendo’s biggest failure and the butt of endless jokes, the Virtual Boy delivered an embarrassingly limited virtual reality experience when it debuted in 1995. But the console’s quick death didn’t discourage Nintendo from taking risks, and 24 years later its second attempt at virtual reality leverages the Switch hardware to deliver a series of experimental games that let you dabble with an impressively capable VR experience for as little as £35. Read More >>

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The Mega Sg is the Only Sega Clone You Should Buy

It’s a great time to be a nostalgic retro gamer with countless ways to replay all the 8 and 16-bit games you loved as a kid — assuming you are a Nintendo fan. The NES and SNES Classic Editions, as well as several third-party console clones that work with original carts, do a lovely job of putting retro Nintendo games on a modern TV, but things aren’t so rosy on the Sega side. Awful hardware has plagued nostalgia-starved Sega fans for years — but that all changes today. Analogue’s new Mega Sg doesn’t just do retro Sega gaming right — it does it almost flawlessly. Read More >>

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This May Be the Weird Logo for Google’s New Game Streaming Service

A Google exhibit at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday appears to be teasing some sort of hardware related to its widely rumoured video game streaming service, albeit with a logo that looks like Doritos and the wifi symbol had a weird-looking love child. Read More >>

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Netflix’s Anime Plans Expand Even Further With Adaptation of Cult Capcom RPG Dragon’s Dogma

From nabbing streaming rights to classics like Neon Genesis Evangelion, to co-producing new series ranging from adaptations of its own shows to icons like Ultraman, Netflix is leaning all the way in on anime lately. And now it’s going even further, with the help of a beloved, weird Capcom game. Read More >>

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This New Duck Tales Song is a Beautiful Treat for Longtime Fans

The new Duck Tales cartoon has a lot of sentimental good will to build off of. After all, it’s following up on the legacy of a beloved cartoon, which itself stands as the poster child of the entire Disney Afternoons collection of cartoons, seen by many as one of Disney’s best eras for interesting animation. Read More >>

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The Pokémon of Detective Pikachu, Ranked By Their Horrifying Cuteness

When it was first announced, not a lot of people thought a live-action Pokémon movie could work. And then the trailers for Detective Pikachu collectively blew our socks off by presenting realistically-rendered monsters that trade anime cartoonishness for a frankly incredible mix of adorableness and sheer terror. Read More >>

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The Toys of the 1980s Are Making a Major Comeback This Year

Blockbusters like the Star Wars trilogy, as well as unregulated TV advertising to kids, helped the ‘80s churn out some of the most memorable toys of all time. Thirty years later, the ‘80s are enjoying a renaissance thanks to shows like Stranger Things, and toymakers are happy to resurrect and hawk classic collectibles to a generation that refuses to let go of their childhoods – but with upgrades to appeal to today’s kids, too. Read More >>

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Yes, Bowser Is the New President of Nintendo

Reggie Fils-Aimé, the President of Nintendo for the past 13 years, has officially announced his retirement. He’s being replaced by the most perfectly-named man for the job: Doug Bowser. Times are hard in the Koopa Kingdom, I guess! Read More >>

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Baby’s First Game Boy Teaches Your Kids the Joys of Gaming With Physical Buttons

Unless you’re a staunch advocate for your kids having zero screen time, at some point you’re going to distract them with a mobile device. But instead of putting your expensive, fragile smartphone in their hands, LeapFrog’s new RockIt Twist is like a baby’s first Game Boy that makes gaming more accessible with a bunch of kid-friendly controls like wheels, dials, switches, buttons, and sliders. Read More >>

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This Tiny Pac-Man Game Is the Size of a Credit Card

Super Impulse’s Tiny Arcade line—a series of four-inch-tall fully playable arcade cabinets—is a fun way for ‘80s kids to relive their childhoods spent stuffing tokens into arcade machines. But for those times when you’re away from your desk and get the itch for Pac-Man or Missile Command, Super Impulse has created a new MicroArcade line that now puts those classic titles on gaming machines no bigger than a credit card. Read More >>

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A Guide to Kingdom Hearts 3, for the Disney Fan Who Has No Idea What This Franchise Is

At the end of the month—outside of any potential, agonising last-minute delay—one of the most anticipated moments for games in 2019 is going to happen: After years and years of waiting, Kingdom Hearts 3 will finally come out. Are you a Disney fan who’s wildly confused as to what the deal is? We’re here to...let’s say help. Read More >>

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World of Warcraft Is Getting a Little Stan Lee Cameo of Its Own

The world of...well, us, might have lost Stan Lee last year. But the World of Warcraft is gaining a lovely little tribute to the comics icon. Read More >>

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There’s a Cleaning Kit Hidden Inside This Portable NES so You’ll Never Have to Blow on a Cartridge Again

Do I need another portable gaming device weighing down my backpack every time I leave the house? My spine says no, but the retro gamer in me loves the idea of taking an NES with me wherever I roam. As handheld consoles go, My Arcade’s RetroChamp, announced at CES this year, pushes the boundaries of portable gaming. But for $80 (around £62, UK pricing TBC), its versatility makes it worth a spot in your throwback console collection. Read More >>