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Nintendo’s most important new games have nothing to do with Mario

Each time Nintendo releases a new console, it’s safe to assume the usual suspects will follow: a new Mario Kart and Super Mario Bros. are all but guaranteed; new Smash Bros. and Zelda games are likely to make appearances at some point; and maybe another Metroid launches before the next console makes it to market, and restarts the cycle. In its first few months of existence, the Nintendo Switch has made good on that nascent …

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Nintendo Switch Coming To Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer Series This Week

Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer segment is wacky and wonderful. The late night TV host and comedian’s video game series has featured games like The Witcher 3, For Honor, and more recently, the virtual reality game Wilson’s Heart. Now, for the first time, he’s airing a Clueless Gamer segment for a Nintendo Switch game. An episode for the Nintendo Switch fighting game Arms is expected to air this week, premiering this Thursday, June 22. At the …

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I can’t get enough of Nintendo Switch-loving celebrities

For many, celebrity gossip is poison. For me, it’s a narcotic — the definition of a guilty pleasure. I instinctively grab trashy rags at doctor’s offices. I watch Hollywood “news” shows mindlessly at the gym. I camp out in front of the TV for hours to catch every ounce of red carpet coverage. But here’s a major misconception about obsessing over the lives of the rich and famous: Not all celeb buzz is a brain-zapping …

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Nintendo Switch EShop Adds Another New Game

The Nintendo Switch eShop is now home to another new game. It’s the first release of the week, with at least one more still to come to the platform. Cave Story+ is now available for Switch. This is an enhanced edition of the acclaimed action-platformer originally released in 2004, which has gone on to be released for numerous systems. Cave Story+ launched for PC in 2011 and featured various improvements and additional modes added in …

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Nintendo partners with LeSportsac because Mario prints money, obviously

LeSportsac is getting into the video games business. The New York-based handbag and luggage company has partnered up with Nintendo for a line of themed bags and accessories that nod at the Super Mario series. This “LeSportsac X Nintendo” collection launches in Japan on July 19, with a wider launch — including the U.S. — this fall. The collection includes two centerpiece bags: a Power-Up Burst backpack, which is splashed with images of Fire Flowers, …

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Make Your Own Nintendo Switch Games With Fuze

The Nintendo Switch has games. We run a whole column fighting the misconception that it doesn’t. Still, a video game console can never have too many games. Nintendo, third parties, and indie teams are (theoretically) doing what they can, but making games takes time and effort. What if you could skip the middlemen and just make your own Nintendo Switch games? With Fuze, soon, you can. Fuze is a platform for teaching young children (or …

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Dragon Quest XI Nintendo Direct details 3DS-exclusive features

Dragon Quest XI Nintendo Direct details 3DS-exclusive features Go to the worlds of past Dragon Quest games. Nintendo hosted a Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time-themed Nintendo Direct today, revealing a host of details specific to the 3DS version of the game. Among those details, it was revealed that players will be able to take on various quests in which they travel to the worlds of past Dragon Quest games. Here are all …

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Korean Slang For PlayStation, Xbox, And Nintendo Fans 

[Photoshop: Luke Plunkett | Kotaku] A few years ago, Kotaku introduced online nicknames for Japanese fans of the three gaming platforms. Now, let’s take a look at monikers given to Korean fans of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. Via tipster Sang, here areinternet nicknames for gaming’s three corporate platform holders. Keep in mind, these are online nicknames and are most likely to be found in gaming forums’ comments. Sony Naenyun Station (내년스테이션): Literally, “Next Year Station.” …

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Nintendo pleasing fans with new Switch console, games and online service

It’s a great time to be a Nintendo fan. Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Nintendo There are a lot of reasons that this is the case, but let’s start with the most obvious: 2017 is the first year with main entries in both the “Super Mario” and “Legend of Zelda” series since 2002. No joke! As Ars Technica’s Kyle Orland succinctly put it: Calendar years with a mainline Mario AND Zelda console game:* 1986* 2002* 2017 …

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Reggie Fils-Aimé interview at E3 2017 on esports

“We believe in empowering the community.”   Nintendo’s sometimes-back-and-forth perspective on embracing and not embracing esports and its surrounding culture can effectively be explained by that sentiment, which Reggie Fils-Aimé, Nintendo’s president, shared with me at E3 last week.  Esports is about community, sure, but it’s often a lot more orchestrated than that word would imply. When you think about gaming communities, you think about forums, about meetups and casual tournaments, about collaborative efforts to …

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Nintendo opens free gameplay area in Japan’s Kansai International Airport

International airport closest to company’s Kyoto headquarters lets you start your Nintendo travel fun right away. Japan occupies a unique position in the travel world in that both its traditional and modern pop culture strongly appeal to international tourists. So while some come to the country because it’s the land of tea ceremonies, samurai castles, and kimono, others hop on the plane for Japan because it’s the birthplace of video game publisher Nintendo. The operators …

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Nintendo responds to recent call out from top Smash Bros. player

At a large-scale Super Smash Bros. tournament earlier this month, one of the world’s greatest competitors called out Nintendo for not supporting the Smash Bros. competitive scene enough. Nintendo has viewed the clip, and last week at E3 the company’s president provided a response. Juan “Liquid|Hungrybox” Debiedma is one of the five Super Smash Bros. Melee gods and is known for being the best Jigglypuff player around. During his victory speech at Smash …

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Nintendo’s ‘Arms’ is a whimsical fighter with wonderful multiplayer [Video]

The Nintendo Switch has just two major titles capable of pulling people in: the incredible “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” and “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.” But now you can add a third game to the list with the company’s new fighter “Arms.” A Switch exclusive, “Arms” offers the kind of whimsical, party game-style fun that Nintendo (NTDOY) excels at. That’s not to say that “Arms” is a perfect title, though. It does …

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Nintendo Releases Big Switch System Update | News & Opinion

Version 3.0.0 fixes a couple of annoying stability problems while introducing some genuinely useful new features. It’s hard to believe we’re only three months on from the launch of the Switch, which is well on its way to selling three million units. Demand is so high Nintendo can’t manufacture the hybrid console fast enough. At the same time, it needs to continue fixing bugs and improving the user experience, so yesterday Switch System Update v3.0.0. …

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Nintendo Switch’s dumb dock gets beaten by hyper-portable Nyko option

Enlarge / This tiny $45 Nyko dock will transform my portable use of the Nintendo Switch. E3 2017 View more stories One of the Nintendo Switch’s biggest issues is about to get fixed—by Nyko, of all companies. You read that correctly. The company best known for unofficial gamer accessories like rubbery controller condoms and bulky console carrying cases has emerged with a rare burst of engineering genius: the Portable Docking Kit. It’s basically the Switch Dock, …

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