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Thursday, January 28, 2021
A fond farewell to the weird and wonderful Nintendo DS

A fond farewell to the weird and wonderful Nintendo DS

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Aurich Lawson In December 2004, my boyfriend showed up at my apartment door carrying a box. "I brought you a present!" he said, clearly excited. "Open it!" 'Tis the season, I thought, unwrapping it. I turned the box around. "A... Nintendo... DS? Is this, like... a Game Boy kind of thing?" As I fought my…
Masterpiece: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

Masterpiece: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

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Update, Sept. 6, 2020: It's Labor Day Weekend in the US, and even though most of us now also call home "the office," Ars staff is taking a long weekend to rest and relax. For many, that includes gaming on titles new and old. We planned on resurfacing a few pieces from the archives to…
Super Mario 3D All-Stars brings three high-res ports to Switch

Super Mario 3D All-Stars brings three high-res ports to Switch

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Super Mario 64 is looking sharper than ever (fan recreations excepted). So long-y Bowser. Super Mario Sunshine will be available in a 16:9 aspect ratio for the first time. What a view. The Switch Joy-Cons will be used to simulate the original functionality of the Wii Remotes in Super Mario Galaxy. Finally, you can put…
Reports: “4K” Nintendo Switch revision slated for 2021 launch

Reports: “4K” Nintendo Switch revision slated for 2021 launch

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Enlarge / What exactly can we expect from a "4K"-grade Nintendo Switch? We doubt its built-in display will reach 3840x2160 resolution, but will it still maintain the system's popular "hybrid" nature of portability and TV compatibility? And will it get exclusive games? We're still left with questions after today's reports.Nintendo / Sam Machkovech An upgraded…
Genki Covert is a $75 ultra-portable dock for Nintendo Switch

Genki Covert is a $75 ultra-portable dock for Nintendo Switch

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Clockwise from the top: a Nintendo Switch resting in an official Nintendo dock, a Switch Joy-Con, and the Genki Covert third-party dock. Jim Salter The Genki Covert sports one set of folding US-style AC prongs (global adapter set included in box), with one HDMI out, one USB 3.1 Type A, and one USB 3.1 Type…
Paper Mario: The Origami King folds the usual RPG tropes into knots

Paper Mario: The Origami King folds the usual RPG tropes into...

Enlarge / The origami theme adds quite a bit of physical depth to Paper Mario's beautiful vast environments. Of all the spin-offs Mario has starred in over the years, the Paper Mario games (and the related Mario & Luigi series) most ably expanded the character past his basic platforming roots. The familiar characters, locations, and…
Nintendo and Lego team up on a $229 mechanical NES and TV set

Nintendo and Lego team up on a $229 mechanical NES and...

If you were disappointed because the first Lego/Nintendo collaboration was aimed at young children, you might be more impressed with the pair's latest project. Lego The Lego NES console will accept a Lego NES cartridge and features a controller, too. Which looks like it might hurt your thumbs as much as the real thing if…
What was the better investment in 1985: Super Mario Bros or Apple stock?

What was the better investment in 1985: Super Mario Bros or...

Wanna hear something disgusting? A vintage copy of Super Mario Bros. on the NES was just sold at auction for $114,000. Admittedly, it’s one of the most influential games ever (it introduces Mario to the world) and the specific copy was given a 9.4 grading, which means it’s in near-perfect condition. Oh, and there’s some weird technicality about…
Nintendo’s first rumored Mario game for 2020 has come true: Paper Mario in July

Nintendo’s first rumored Mario game for 2020 has come true: Paper...

Something about Princess Peach seems different. Mario looks like he normally does in Paper Mario games, as a neatly illustrated sticker. Peach appears to beckon him to this new, creepy origami style. Nintendo You chose... poorly. (Notice here the papercraft stylings attached to the familiar castlegrounds. Paper Mario games are full of this sorta stuff.)…
Japanese game historians share 100 Super Famicoms with quarantined families

Japanese game historians share 100 Super Famicoms with quarantined families

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What good is a stack of 100 Super Famicoms if you can't share them with families stuck at home? Each family will also get a copy of Super Donkey Kong and Final Fantasy VI. Volunteers hard at work sorting and disinfecting the classic consoles. More cleaning work. JARGA's warehouse of games and consoles is a…

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