First it was the presentation, then it was the hands-on. After three hours of previewing the Nintendo Switch in Melbourne for a press event, here's what surprised, disappointed, raised questions and put a smile on my face about the Nintendo Switch.
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Now the Nintendo Switch conference is done and dusted, what have we learned?
Here's all the details revealed on what you can play, when you can play it and how much it will cost you.
One of the stranger moments of my life occurred this morning, when I competed at virtually milk a cow against a total stranger (hi Garrett!). Using the Nintendo Switch's new Joy-Con controllers, moving it up and down and alternating pressing shoulder buttons, I fought to fill up cups of milk as quickly as possible.
In just a couple of short months, Nintendo's first console since 2012, Switch, will be here. Nintendo made the console's existence known last October, but until yesterday was completely mum on any and all details. Now we know a lot more about the company's shape-shifting console. So here are the facts.
We now know that the Nintendo Switch officially drops on March 3 for $469.95, but if having a new Legend of Zelda game available at launch isn't enough incentive for you to pre-order the shape-shifting console, maybe a game that has you milking the udders of a virtual cow will have you whipping out your credit card.
Yesterday, Nintendo revealed key details about its upcoming Switch console, including its release date (March 3) and price (a cool $469.95). None of that mattered, however, once the company brought out an in-house "squid researcher" to introduce Splatoon 2, a sequel to the Wii U's 2015 team shooter coming this winter.
Back in October, Nintendo teased out its latest console, the Nintendo Switch, with a splashy teaser video that left us very, very excited. The neat part about the Switch is that it's two consoles in one. When docked to the TV, it's like a regular set-top box. The "switch" happens when you pull it's screen out from a dock, and attach two Joy Con controllers to the sides, turning it into a portable console for gaming on the go.
After selling out super quick, twice, the $99.95 mini NES is back in stock at EB Games.
If you really wanted to go out of your way, it's definitely possible to make your own Raspberry Pi-powered NES Classic. But for most, that cute and convenient little package by Nintendo is the best way to go. That's why using this hack to load ROMs onto the new-retro device is a gift from the gaming gods.
The NES Classic Edition is almost perfect — short controller cords not withstanding — and if you can buy one, it's one of our favourite gifts, especially if you don't want to leave the house. But it only plays NES games, and 30 games at that. Plenty of people — us included — would love a tiny system to play our favourite Super Nintendo games. Or Genesis games.
After tons of hype, Nintendo finally released Super Mario Run, its first Mario game for a mobile platform. In its first 24 hours, the game was downloaded more than 5 million times, according to app tracking companies, and made between $US4 ($5) million and $US8.3 ($11) million worldwide, depending on who you believe.
We've all seen the classic NES controller thousands of times, but look closely at this one, notice something slightly different? On the Goofy Foot NES controller, the directional pad and the A+B buttons are reversed, so southpaw gamers can finally feel comfortable playing their favourite classic games.
Super Mario Run is finally here. Announced in September, it is the first time that Nintendo's most famous character will have a game on smartphones, and it's exclusive to the iPhone and iPad.
After years of being declared obsolete by video game fans, Nintendo is hot again. The house that Mario built has the hardest Christmas gift to get your hands on with the NES Classic Edition. Super Mario Run hits the iPhone this week. And the Nintendo Switch is only a few months away. But you can buy this Super NES-themed mechanical keyboard right now.
Video: The Super Nintendo is best remembered as defining the 16-bit era of video gaming, although many of just spent countless hours playing with Mario Paint. But that pales in comparison to the over four months Mike Matei spent recreating the opening to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' animated series using only the SNES' beloved animation game.
Thanks to the new mini NES, we're all wafting through fits of nostalgia for 8-bit graphics and classic Nintendo games. Jerry Liu loves this era so much, he decided to launch an art project dedicated to reliving our favourite game moments.