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Eric Abent is the Gaming Editor of SlashGear. He is an avid gamer himself - very passionate about gaming and its community. Eric has been writing on SlashGear since 2012.

Nintendo Switch Online NES controllers get a big price cut

Nintendo Switch Online NES controllers get a big price cut

Some of the more interesting perks of being a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber are the collections of retro games you gain access to. Nintendo has two such collections currently on offer: one for NES, and a second for SNES. Switch owners can only play these games with an active subscription to Switch Online, and they can even buy special controllers that mimic the familiar gamepads of both consoles.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield review: Same as it ever was

Pokemon Sword and Shield review: Same as it ever was

At this point, I think it’s safe to say that Pokemon Sword and Shield are the most controversial Pokemon releases we’ve ever seen. Game Freak’s announcement that Sword and Shield wouldn’t feature a full national Pokedex was the straw that broke the camel’s back for a lot of people, and after that, we saw a wave of criticism coming from longtime Pokemon fans online. By the time these games launched, taking a look at fan communities online would have someone who was out of the loop to believe that no one was buying these games.

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Google Assistant wants to lend a hand during the hectic holidays

Google Assistant wants to lend a hand during the hectic holidays

The holiday season is a busy one for a lot of folks, and today, Google is positioning Google Assistant as something that can help with that. Google detailed five ways in which the Assistant can help during the madness of the holidays, launching some new features in the process. Chief among these features is new functionality with apps like Google Keep, Any.do, AnyList, or Bring!.

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Sony has one more PlayStation State of Play to wrap up 2019

Sony has one more PlayStation State of Play to wrap up 2019

We're quickly closing in on the end of the year, but before we move into 2020, Sony has one more PlayStation State of Play presentation it plans to premiere. Today, the company said that it will host one final State of Play for 2019 next week, where it will dive into release dates for upcoming titles and reveals for new games.

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2021 iPhone: Forget USB-C, it could have no ports at all

2021 iPhone: Forget USB-C, it could have no ports at all

Despite the fact that we're still months out from release, we've already heard plenty of rumors about next year's iPhones. Strangely enough, we've been hearing rumors about 2021's iPhones as well, nearly two years before Apple will release them. Today, a famed Apple analyst is making a pretty bold prediction about Apple's 2021 iPhone, claiming that Apple may opt to forgo the charging port on it entirely.

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PC players give Halo: Reach a warm welcome

PC players give Halo: Reach a warm welcome

Earlier this week, 343 Industries and Microsoft added Halo: Reach to the Master Chief Collection on both Xbox and PC. This was a big launch for PC players, because it's the first release for the Master Chief Collection. More importantly, it's the first mainline Halo game to release on PC in more than a decade, with the last one being Halo 2 way back in 2007.

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Craigslist finally launches mobile app and catches up to 2008

Craigslist finally launches mobile app and catches up to 2008

In the Digital Age, services often evolve at a pretty fast rate. That isn't true for Craigslist though, which has kept its simple interface for years and years. We're seeing Craigslist begin to modernize a little bit, as it now finally has an official mobile app available on both iOS and Android.

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Opera for Android version 55 adds an improved night mode

Opera for Android version 55 adds an improved night mode

Night modes are a beautiful thing, aren't they? Opera seems to understand that, as today it's shipping out an improved night mode in Opera for Android version 55. There are a few other changes coming along with this update, but the bulk of it seems to be the improvements the company has made to night mode.

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Nintendo Switch just had its best week ever in the US

Nintendo Switch just had its best week ever in the US

The Nintendo Switch is currently in the midst of its third year on store shelves, but it just managed to have its best sales week of all time in the US. Sales were helped along by two separate deals Nintendo had running for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with Nintendo confirming today that the Switch now sits at 17.5 million units sold in the US alone.

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Xbox Project Scarlett may be two consoles after all

Xbox Project Scarlett may be two consoles after all

Before Project Scarlett was officially confirmed at E3 2019, we had a pile of rumors that indicated Microsoft's plans for the next generation included more than one console. Consoles codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart were the two machines said to comprise Project Scarlett, but shortly after reveal, Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed that Project Scarlett was only one console.

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Android Focus mode leaves beta to help you get things done

Android Focus mode leaves beta to help you get things done

Way back at Google IO 2019, Google announced a handy new feature for Android phones: Focus mode. Billed as a Digital Wellbeing tool, Android Focus mode allows you to tune out specific apps so you can keep your attention on the task at hand. After it was revealed at Google IO, it entered beta, but today it's launching for all Android users.

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Don’t expect a PS Vita successor anytime soon

Don’t expect a PS Vita successor anytime soon

Ever since the launch of the Game Boy in the 1980s, Nintendo has been a dominant force in the world of handheld gaming. A number of companies tried to challenge that dominance, and the one that best gave Nintendo a run for its money was likely Sony with the PSP and its follow up, the PS Vita. Earlier this year, Sony discontinued the final remaining PS Vita SKUs with no concrete plans for any kind of follow up.

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