Putting Nintendo Switch’s 8.2 million US Switch sales in context

This morning, Nintendo sent out one of its periodic brag-heavy business press releases, this time focusing on a strong start to the US holiday shopping season. In addition to updates on lifetime US sales for the 3DS family of systems (22 million), and recent Classic Edition systems (2.5 million for SNES Classic, 2 million for […]

Nintendo Switch’s 2018 lineup looks just like 2007, 2011, and 2014

Nintendo just gave Switch owners a preview of what they can expect in the followup to one of the company’s strongest years ever. The publisher held a “mini” version of one of its Direct video events today, and it revealed a startling number of ports for its hybrid handheld/home console along with some new surprises. […]

Putting Nintendo Switch’s 10 million sales in context

Enlarge If you’ve been following video game news at all this year, you’re probably tired of hearing stories about how the Switch is the hottest selling console since the Sliced Bread 64. With Nintendo announcing this morning that its console has sold 10 million units in under nine months—before its first holiday season is even […]

Nintendo Switch’s first portable dock offers freedom, but with new shackles

Enlarge / The author’s Nintendo Switch, inserted into the Nyko Portable Docking Kit. (Cables aren’t inserted into its backside for this product shot.) (credit: Sam Machkovech) Nyko had clearly been watching my Nintendo Switch coverage. The accessory maker invited me to an E3 demo this summer with promises of all kinds of new, third-party Switch […]

GamesBeat weekly roundup: Sony’s game boss steps down, and the Switch’s golf RPG is an ace

Hello, and welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, we played some of the most anticipated games for the rest year: Middle-earth: Shadow of War (which has you killing things in an open-world Mordor) and Assassin’s Creed: Origins (which has you killing things in an open-world ancient Egypt). Also, Neill Blomkamp plans to make sci-fi short […]

Searching for the “hidden motion” to unlock the Switch’s NES emulator

Enlarge This weekend, Switch owners learned their consoles are apparently holding a hidden copy of the NES game Golf, along with a built-in NES emulator designed to run it. But Switch hacker yellows8 and others who have been able to run that emulator say they’ve only been able to do so via “unofficial” methods that let […]

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. (credit: Nyko) 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 […]

Switch’s first “chat headset” is a mess, and that’s Nintendo’s fault

Hori Consider this your regularly scheduled reminder that Nintendo doesn’t know what the heck it’s doing with online multiplayer games. Today’s story comes from Hori, a longtime gaming peripheral maker best known for its “fighting stick” controllers. The company unveiled the world’s first Nintendo Switch-compatible headset on Thursday morning, and it’s a weird one. Wait, […]

A Soft Way To Fix The Switch’s Screen Scratching Issue

Where there’s a hardware flaw, there’s a cottage industry to take advantage of it, and the Switch dock’s propensity to scratch console screens is no different. There’s still no confirmation if the scratches are being caused by sloppy owners or the odd bent dock, but whatever, if you’re concerned that a cheap piece of plastic […]