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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo today at 03:10. 9 comments

The Latest Assassin's Creed Collection Is A Reminder Of What Made The Old Games Great

The Latest Assassin's Creed Collection Is A Reminder Of What Made The Old Games Great

One of the most extraordinary things about the games in the new Assassin’s Creed Rebel Collection is their diverse subject matter: a game about being a pirate-assassin in the Caribbean in the late 18th century, a game about disrupting the slave trade in the same region, a game about being an assassin turned assassin-hunter during the Seven Years’ War.

That’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag ,...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Dec 06, 2019 at 21:31. 5 comments

Cult Classic Game Where You Can Raise A Princess Of Hell Coming To Switch

Cult Classic Game Where You Can Raise A Princess Of Hell Coming To Switch

Child raising simulator Princess Maker 3 is coming to Switch on December 23, and—no, wait, come back! I promise it’s cool.

In Princess Maker 3, you schedule out your daughter’s time between various school and work activities to raise her skills. You can also take her on adventures, which are basic RPG sequences where your daughter can explore and fight monsters. After playing a lot of its...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Dec 06, 2019 at 08:00. 13 comments

Mario Maker’s New Update Is The Closest Thing To Zelda II Maker We’ll Ever Get

Mario Maker’s New Update Is The Closest Thing To Zelda II Maker We’ll Ever Get

Super Mario Maker 2 has finally leveled up with today’s release of the version 2.0 update. Some carefully-considered new enemies and items open up new creative possibilities, but the big change is the fact that Mario can now transform into Link, with a full suite of new moves that turn Mario Maker levels into Zelda ones—specifically, the side-scrolling Zelda II. And it’s more detailed than...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 06, 2019 at 07:30. 4 comments

Amazon Customers Buy Nintendo Switch, Get Sent Condoms, Tambourines & Electric Toothbrushes Instead

Amazon Customers Buy Nintendo Switch, Get Sent Condoms, Tambourines & Electric Toothbrushes Instead

There are reports coming out of the UK that at least a dozen people who bought a Nintendo Switch as part of Amazon’s Black Friday sales did not get sent a Nintendo Switch. Instead, they’ve received everything from air freshener to photopolymer resin instead.

The Mirror has been rounding up some of the complaints, which have prompted an apology from Amazon and a promise that the company will be...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Dec 06, 2019 at 04:30. 13 comments

In Defense Of Hop, The Unlucky Pokémon Rival

In Defense Of Hop, The Unlucky Pokémon Rival

I will not hear any more slander about Hop, your rival in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Your rivals in the more recent Pokémon games have trended more towards “childhood pal” than the “bigtime assholes” you had to trounce in the older ones. I have strong memories of wanting to just beat the shit out of Blue from Red and Blue because he was such a nonstop jerk, and I’ll still kick his ass if I see...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Dec 04, 2019 at 04:00. 14 comments

Let Me Choose My Own Pokémon Uniform You Cowards

Let Me Choose My Own Pokémon Uniform You Cowards

At the Gyms in Pokémon Sword and Shield, you can buy cool, alternate uniforms for your little Pokémon Trainer. You’ll win the uniforms of Gym Leaders you defeat as well. You won’t be able to wear them to Gym Battles, though, and that’s bullshit.

Look at how cool this Poison Type Gym Uniform is:

I would wear this every day in real life. Those socks are tight as hell and that color combination...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 03, 2019 at 07:00. 11 comments

Civilization VI Bug Crashes Game Unless You Declare War

Civilization VI Bug Crashes Game Unless You Declare War

There’s a bug affecting the Switch version of Civilization VI at the moment that’s causing the game to crash just before the player claims victory, and the current solution is maybe not the most ideal for anyone with a pacifist’s approach to the game.

This Reddit thread (via Eurogamer), beginning with one person complaining about the crash, quickly turns into a group therapy session as others...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Dec 03, 2019 at 01:06. 8 comments

The State Of The Nintendo Switch In 2019

The State Of The Nintendo Switch In 2019
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2019 was the year of the Switch.

Wii U is so far in the rear view mirror now that it all just feels like a bad dream. 2019 was the year that Nintendo proved that its console, a true hybrid machine that works just as well as a TV-based player as it does a...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 28, 2019. 14 comments

Buyer Beware: Nintendo's Black Friday Switch Bundle Is The Old, Low-Battery Model

Buyer Beware: Nintendo's Black Friday Switch Bundle Is The Old, Low-Battery Model

Some Black Friday Switch Bundles Include Older Versions Of The Console With Worse Battery Life

There’s a $300 Switch bundle that includes a digital version of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on sale this Black Friday at a lot of stores. It would be a solid deal, but there’s a catch: The bundle includes the original model of the Switch, with much worse battery life than the other ones currently on shelves.

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Nov 26, 2019. 21 comments

Alien: Isolation Is Too Frustrating On The Switch's Small Screen

Alien: Isolation Is Too Frustrating On The Switch's Small Screen

It’s a meme at this point to say that any given game is better on the Nintendo Switch. It’s often true: Having great games on the go means players can enjoy cult classics and new releases wherever they want. Alien: Isolation is a fantastic horror game, frightening and atmospheric—but it’s an exception to this rule. Switch’s handheld mode makes it too damn hard to see anything.

Alien: Isolation...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Nov 22, 2019. 7 comments

Pokémon Jobs Are Kind Of Messed Up

Pokémon Jobs Are Kind Of Messed Up

There is so much dumb bullshit in the Pokémon universe that is not explained and will never be explaned. What’s it like inside a Poké Ball? Do people eat Pokémon? These are questions that, when we have asked the developers, they have been unable to answer. Not helping are a new addition to Sword and Shield, Poké Jobs.

Mechanically, Poké Jobs are just a good way to level up Pokémon if you...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 20, 2019. 15 comments

Twitch Streamer Gives Away $5,000 After Failing To Catch Shiny Pokémon In 15 Hours

Twitch Streamer Gives Away $5,000 After Failing To Catch Shiny Pokémon In 15 Hours

You win some, you lose some. Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you. Long have these sorts of aphorisms existed in the cultural lexicon. Now, thanks to popular streamer Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang, we’ve got a new one: Sometimes you catch the shiny Pokémon as part of two streams that last a total of 15 hours, sometimes you give your streaming audience $5,000.

Earlier this...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 20, 2019. 5 comments

Say No! More, A Game For Anyone Who Has Hated Working In An Office

Say No! More, A Game For Anyone Who Has Hated Working In An Office

Which would be...nearly all of you?

This is Say No! More, coming next year for PC, Switch and iOS. Described as “a One-Button-Game about saying ‘No!’ and a stolen lunchbox”, you don’t really say “no” as much as you blast it into people’s faces with the power of 1000 hairdryers.

If nothing else, it looks incredibly cathartic.

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Nov 16, 2019. 17 comments

Pokémon Sword And Shield Players Report Alarming SD Card Issue, But It’s Fixable

Pokémon Sword And Shield Players Report Alarming SD Card Issue, But It’s Fixable

Pokémon Sword and Shield are out today. It should be a joyous occasion, except that some players have hit quite a snag: They say that the downloadable versions of the games are deleting all of their Switch save data. In reality, that’s not quite what’s happening, but the glitch in question is certainly alarming.

It began last night, with a handful of players reporting on Twitter that Sword and...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Nov 15, 2019. 18 comments

Pokémon Sword and Shield: Which To Buy?

Pokémon Sword and Shield: Which To Buy?

While I’ve been spending a lot of time with Pokémon Shield, Natalie Degraffinried has been exploring Pokémon Sword. As is tradition for Pokémon, each version of this game has exclusive Pokémon, and this one has some version-exclusive gym leaders as well. We sat down to talk about what’s different between each version.

While choosing a Pokémon game will ultimately come down to personal...

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Nov 14, 2019. 5 comments

I Think I've Been Bullied Into Getting A Pokémon Game

I Think I've Been Bullied Into Getting A Pokémon Game

For most of my life, I have not played Pokémon games, and I’ve been fine with that. Like a lot of people my age, I was swept up in Pokémania and loved Red/Blue and later, Gold/Silver, but after that, I just sort of moved on. Pokémon was my gateway to the wider world of Japanese role-playing games like Final Fantasy, and I kept branching out with very little desire to return. But for the first...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Nov 13, 2019. 24 comments

Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Kotaku Review

Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Kotaku Review

Roughly 10 hours into Pokémon Shield, I stepped into a stadium packed with screaming fans to face off against ghost-type gym leader Allister, a shy and awkward mask-wearing kid. I reliably made it through three of the four Pokémon on his team before getting my shit completely wrecked by his last monster. Even without Dynamaxing, that monster was destroying every Pokémon on my team. I tried to...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Nov 13, 2019. 18 comments

Let Us Not Forget About The Ninja Saviors

Let Us Not Forget About The Ninja Saviors

Yes, yes, I know. Our Switch backlogs are huge already. Pokémon is about to come out. Nintendo’s even surprise-releasing games . But if you enjoy the side-scrolling beat-em-up genre, don’t forget that The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors is just sitting there on the eShop waiting for you.

Much like 2016's Wild Guns Reloaded, Ninja Saviors is a remake of one of Taito’s cult classic Super...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Nov 12, 2019. 7 comments

Nintendo’s Ambulance Game Is Giving Me Some Serious Dreamcast Vibes

Nintendo’s Ambulance Game Is Giving Me Some Serious Dreamcast Vibes

All I could think as I played through a few levels of The Stretchers, Nintendo’s new eShop-exclusive Switch game, is that it feels like a Sega Dreamcast game I somehow forgot to play back in 1999. It’s got that low-poly, bright-colored aesthetic, a tiny little open city in which wreaking cartoonish havoc is acceptable, and a patently ridiculous gameplay mechanic that seems like it’s going to...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Nov 08, 2019. 10 comments

Nintendo Just Released A Wacky Ambulance Game

Nintendo Just Released A Wacky Ambulance Game

A new Nintendo-published game, The Stretchers, just came out on the Nintendo eShop. It’s a co-op game where you and a friend load people onto an ambulance and take them to a hospital, and it looks very silly.

The Stretchers comes from the same people that made Little Nightmares, Tarsier Studios, and it manages to make being an EMT seem very wacky. Residents of a town are suddenly struck by...

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