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Your Nintendo Switch is apparently hiding an NES emulator and a copy of ‘Golf’

Nintendo Switch: NES emulator

Nintendo's failure to commit to bringing the Virtual Console to the Switch has been one of the few dark clouds hanging over an otherwise smooth launch of a new console. As popular as the service was on the Wii, Wii U and 3DS, it seems like it would be a no-brainer to bring it to the Switch as well, but Nintendo has yet to even confirm its existence... which is exactly why a surprising new development has been making headlines.

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Jacob Siegal

September 18th

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8Bitdo’s SN30 Pro and SF30 Pro controllers available for pre-order

 8Bitdo’s retro Bluetooth game controllers are among the greatest gifts you can get a gamer, since they’re so versatile and so well-designed (especially for those who remember fondly the early console days). The company’s latest controller is now up for pre-order, and it’s an homage to the SNES gamepad that can do a lot more in terms of connecting with modern devices,… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

September 17th

Gadgets

Nintendo Switch outsells PS4 and Xbox One in the US once again in August

Nintendo Switch vs. PS4, Xbox One sales

Nintendo's incredible rebound year got even better this week as The NPD Group on Thursday released its sales report for the month of August, revealing that the Switch once again outsold the PS4 and Xbox One in the US to take the top spot in console sales. This marks the fourth time in the past six months that the Switch has earned the title, with the PS4 beating out the Switch in May and June.

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Jacob Siegal

September 17th

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Free ‘Overwatch’ is back for one more weekend

Overwatch free trial weekend: how to download

Blizzard's hit online FPS Overwatch is still booming, over a year since its launch. The game keeps getting new characters, new maps, and new game modes, all of which should persuade you to give the game a try.

In case you're still dubious about the concept of relying on a team of strangers to keep you alive in a FPS, Blizzard is making Overwatch free to play for another weekend. All you need is a PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One, a couple hours to kill, and a Battle.net, Xbox Live Gold, or PlayStation Plus subscription.

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Chris Mills

September 16th

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‘Destiny 2’: Where is Xur and what items is he selling? (September 15th-19th)

Destiny 2: Xur location and items

One of the most notorious NPCs from Destiny is making his debut in the sequel today, as Xur has returned with a selection of exotic wares for Guardians to peruse. The Agent of the Nine could previously only be found at the Tower, but in Destiny 2, he's become more mobile and can seemingly show up on any of the game's planets. But the good news is that you won't have to go hunting for him, as his icon now appears on the map.

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Jacob Siegal

September 15th

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Nintendo offers new Super Mario Odyssey details and demo of Square’s intriguing ‘Project Octopath Traveler’

 Nintendo announced a few items today to hold gamers over until the holiday season — and to appease would-be SNES Classic buyers. It announced a few details of its most anticipated upcoming games and even a demo (remember those?) of a throwback title from Square Enix that caught everyone’s eye way back at the Switch launch event. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

September 13th

Gadgets

Watch today’s Nintendo Direct live for Super Mario Odyssey, Switch and 3DS updates

Nintendo Direct live stream

In one of its longest Nintendo Direct streams of the year so far (45 minutes!), Nintendo will talk about what's next for the Nintendo Switch and the 3DS, while also sharing new details about Super Mario Odyssey. The new Mario game is one of our most anticipated games of the fall, so you know we'll be tuning in.

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Jacob Siegal

September 13th

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Nintendo will revive the NES Classic and continue selling the SNES Classic in 2018

 Good news for old skool Nintendo enthusiasts — the company has said it will revive the NES Classic Edition next year, and it plans to continue selling the SNES Classic in 2018, too. The company originally killed off the hit NES Classic Edition with an announcement in April and it had also said that the SNES version, which went up for pre-sale last month, would not live beyond this year. Read More

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Jon Russell

September 12th

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There’s a hidden Steve Jobs easter egg in ‘Destiny 2’

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Destiny 2 launched last week, and it's easily one of the most hyped games of the entire year. I've put in somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 hours into it so far and I'm enjoying it quite a bit, but one thing that I (and lots of other people) noticed is that there's a bit of a hidden nod to Apple and the late Steve Jobs tucked away in the game's lore, and it's a really neat easter egg for Apple fans that you may have missed.

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Mike Wehner

September 12th

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‘Knack 2’ review: Growing up

Knack 2 review

Sony has a long history of successful mascot-driven platformer games, from Spyro the Dragon to Crash Bandicoot to Ratchet and Clank and Jak and Daxter. In 2013, with the launch of the PS4, the company tried to add a new name to that list: Knack. Unfortunately, Knack was a bust. Not only was the character itself unappealing, but the game was lambasted for its repetitiveness and uninteresting story.

When Sony announced that Knack was getting a sequel at the fourth annual PlayStation Experience event last December, PS4 owners let out a collective groan. But against all odds, Knack 2 manages to hurdle over the low bar set by its predecessor and establishes itself as a solid (if unspectacular) entry into the competitive genre of 3D platformers.

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Jacob Siegal

September 10th

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