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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen today at 04:30. 2 comments

'Shop Contest: Switch Lites For Everyone, Winners!

'Shop Contest: Switch Lites For Everyone, Winners!

The new Switch console, the Switch Lite, looks like a pretty piece of candy. I want one, even though I don’t need one. I assumed others felt this way, so I asked you wonderful people to hand out Switch Lites to anyone you felt like. I got a lot of great images!

Our winning image this week comes from salty daikon who gave Indiana Jones the location of a Switch Lite, but still made him work...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey yesterday at 04:00. 19 comments

Tips For Playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Tips For Playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is here, and there’s a lot to it. There are more than 30 different characters at launch, each with different abilities and skills to juggle, and menu after menu of ways to enhance and upgrade them. There’s so much to keep track of while you take on the most challenging entry in the action role-playing series yet. In lieu of harnessing the power of...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 19, 2019 at 06:00. 2 comments

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Kotaku Review

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Kotaku Review

Heroes from all corners of the Marvel universe unite to stop mad titan Thanos from collecting six Infinity Stones and unleashing their vast destructive power. What took the Marvel cinematic universe a decade and 23 movies to achieve, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order gets done in one game, and I didn’t sleep through any of it (looking at you, Marvel movies).

When last we visited the...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 19, 2019 at 03:30. 3 comments

Please Let Me Buy Individual Joy-Cons To Mix And Match

Please Let Me Buy Individual Joy-Cons To Mix And Match

Earlier this week Nintendo announced two new sets of Joy-Cons that will release in October. Once they’re out, the Switch will have over 100 different color combinations, an impressive number of options even by the standards of the most devoted Nintendo fan. But the Joy-Cons are still only sold in pairs, making true customization an unnecessarily expensive proposition.

This week’s announcement...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 19, 2019 at 01:30.

Forget Everything You Know About Gravity In This Beautiful Puzzle Game

Forget Everything You Know About Gravity In This Beautiful Puzzle Game

Playing Etherborn is like taking a hike through a series of colorful terraria that have been warped and torn apart by mysterious cosmic forces, causing gravity to shift like the sides of a Rubik’s Cube. It can be bewildering, but it’s never unpleasant—like a dream you can’t quite make sense of, but don’t want to end.

Out today on Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Etherborn is a puzzle...

Ian Walker Ian Walker Jul 18, 2019 at 04:00. 2 comments

Switch Owners Share Horror Stories Of Trying To Fix Joy-Con Drift

Switch Owners Share Horror Stories Of Trying To Fix Joy-Con Drift

“Joy-Con drift,” which results in a thumbstick that reads movement without player input, has been an ongoing problem for Nintendo Switch owners since the console’s launch back in early 2017. Without large-scale fixes from Nintendo, however, players have taken to fixing their $80 controllers themselves, sometimes with disastrous results.

The jury is still out on what exactly causes Joy-Con...

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Paul Tamayo Paul Tamayo Jul 17, 2019 at 23:30. 3 comments

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Is A Couch Co-Op Superhero Party

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Is A Couch Co-Op Superhero Party

Almost 10 years after the last game in the series, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order comes to Nintendo Switch this week. It feels like a throwback to the simple style of combat that I remember from games like X-Men Legends on the PlayStation 2. Having it on Switch makes for that same kind of couch co-op action on the go or at home.

Watch the video to see the game in action or read the...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Jul 17, 2019 at 19:37.

Nintendo Releasing New Switch Model With A Better Battery Life

Nintendo Releasing New Switch Model With A Better Battery Life

This August in Japan, Nintendo is releasing a new Switch model with a longer battery life. It will be priced the same as the current model and aside from the battery life, feature the same specs.

The new model will feature a battery life that lasts between 4.5 hours and 9 hours, depending on the game. For Breath of the Wild, for example, the battery life is around 5.5 hours. In comparison, the...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 17, 2019 at 04:00. 1 comments

How To Use Mario Maker 2's Tricky 'Scroll-Stop' Feature

How To Use Mario Maker 2's Tricky 'Scroll-Stop' Feature

How’s your Super Mario Maker 2 going? Making some Marios? Trying out some of the cool new features? One of the most subtle but powerful new tricks you can do with the Switch version of Nintendo’s brilliant creation game can really change how you build your Mario levels, but it can be tricky to use.

I’ve been playing lots of Mario Maker 2 since my review, and I still feel strongly about one of...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jul 17, 2019 at 01:00. 2 comments

Joy-Con Drift Is Becoming A Real Problem On The Switch

Joy-Con Drift Is Becoming A Real Problem On The Switch

For months, Nintendo Switch users have been plagued by what’s become known as “Joy-Con drift.” Although they’re not touching the joystick on their Nintendo Switch controller, the console still thinks it’s moving. With no permanent fix being offered by Nintendo, they’re just sick of it.

Recently I’ve been doing nothing but playing the upcoming Switch game Fire Emblem: Three Houses, to finish...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jul 16, 2019 at 02:36. 15 comments

The Fire Emblem: Three Houses Battle System Is Elegant In Its Complexity

The Fire Emblem: Three Houses Battle System Is Elegant In Its Complexity

At its best, combat in Fire Emblem games is like an elegant game of chess. At its worst, it’s a morass of numbers that don’t feel like they mean anything. Three Houses leans more closely to the former than the latter, though it’s also easy to get lost in statistics and variables. Allow me to explain the building blocks of this game’s combat, an understanding that will take you pretty far once...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Jul 15, 2019 at 21:01. 18 comments

The Week In Games: Avengers And Everyone Else, Assemble!

The Week In Games: Avengers And Everyone Else, Assemble!

The Avengers, their friends and some of their foes are hitting the Switch this week with the release of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. Pick your favorite hero and argue with your friends who is getting stuck playing with the right Joycon.

I really loved that first Ultimate Alliance game. Played a lot of it back in the day on 360. Never really got into the second game as much, for whatever reason....

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 15, 2019 at 19:44.

Nintendo's Switch VR Games Have (A Little Bit Of) Nintendo Magic

Nintendo's Switch VR Games Have (A Little Bit Of) Nintendo Magic
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFWould you guess this is for a Nintendo VR bird game, by any chance? In this set-up, the Switch screen is part of the VR goggles, while a Switch Joy-Con in the cardboard bird frame detects some of the bird’s movements. GIF: Kotaku

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Nintendo is about to offer a lower-tech version...

Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 15, 2019 at 17:45.

Funcom's April Fools' Day Conan Game Is Real Now

Funcom's April Fools' Day Conan Game Is Real Now
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFE3 2019It's time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We've got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

On April 1 of this year, Funcom released a trailer for Conan Chop Chop, a crudely-animated roguelike that I said was “definitely not real but probably should be.” Now it’s coming to PC and...

Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 15, 2019 at 16:40.

Not Everything About The Open-World Lego Movie 2 Game Is Awesome

Not Everything About The Open-World <i>Lego Movie 2</i> Game Is Awesome

Anyone who’s played a movie-based Lego video game is familiar with the formula. A film’s tale is retold in a series of story missions, packed with bricks to break and characters to collect. At first, I was disappointed that The Lego Movie 2 Video Game did not follow that formula. But eventually, I came around on it.

Released on February 26 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Switch, The Lego...

Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 15, 2019 at 15:46.

Lapis X Labyrinth Lights Up My Life

<i>Lapis X Labyrinth</i> Lights Up My Life
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In Lapis X Labyrinth, NIS America’s new dungeon crawler coming to PlayStation 4 and Switch on May 28, a totem-like stack of four adorable adventurers dive into dungeons, seeking their fortune. It’s cute and chaotic, until the fever meter fills, at which point it gets even more cute and chaotic The music changes, the...

Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 15, 2019 at 13:41.

Nintendo Announces A Bunch Of Switch Indie Game News

Nintendo Announces A Bunch Of Switch Indie Game News

To kick off Gamescom, the biggest gaming convention in Europe, Nintendo announced a ton of news about indie games on Switch, including release dates, ports, and even some surprise releases for today. Slay the Spire, Children of Morta, and more are coming to Switch in the next several months, among many other announcements.

A lot of cool stuff was shown in a new 22-minute video Nintendo put out...

Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 15, 2019 at 13:29.

This Farming Sim Is Like Stardew Valley Except Really Sad

This Farming Sim Is Like <i>Stardew Valley</i> Except Really Sad

Picture a stripped down, hollowed out, watercolor version of Stardew Valley, and you’ll have something very close to The Stillness Of The Wind, which released on February 7 for Switch and PC. It feels like a trip to Grandma’s house filtered through the existential loneliness of a Samuel Beckett play. It can be relaxing but also alienating. What start as comforting rituals eventually give way...

Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 15, 2019 at 13:18.

This New Sega Game Sure Looks Like ActRaiser

This New Sega Game Sure Looks Like <i>ActRaiser</i>
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SolSeraph, coming July 10 to PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One, is a combination of side-scrolling platformer and overhead strategy in which the player is a divine being tasked with rebuilding civilization while protecting humanity from demons and monsters. In other words, it’s a dead ringer for the Super...

Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 15, 2019 at 11:03.

Delayed Nintendo Direct Leads To Some Oddly Delivered Switch Announcements

Delayed Nintendo Direct Leads To Some Oddly Delivered Switch Announcements

Every big video game publisher plans out their marketing announcements meticulously, juggling dozens of bureaucratic balls every time it’s time for a new trailer or press release. When something interrupts those plans—like, say, Nintendo postponing a planned Nintendo Direct—weird things can happen. Like three oddly delivered Switch announcements including Final Fantasy XV (Pocket Edition) and...

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