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Nintendo Switch has quickest game load times from internal storage

Nintendo Switch has quickest game load times from internal storage

Nintendo's new Switch console is a unique gaming machine, and not just because of its hybrid status as a portable or the plethora of controller configurations. The system sees Nintendo return to using proprietary cartridges for physical copies of games, but it also has 32GB of built-in flash storage, and accepts microSD cards for expandability. There are different reasons for using each of these three storage options, but which one has the fastest load times?

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This SNES mod is the latest Nintendo console-portable hybrid

This SNES mod is the latest Nintendo console-portable hybrid

If you've been paying to the launch of the new Nintendo Switch at all, you know that its greatest feature is its ability to seamlessly transition from home console to hand-held portable. Unfortunately, at this point its biggest drawback is the lack of a wide selection of games — you know, besides the new Zelda. But you know what system has a huge library of great games? The Super Nintendo (SNES). That's why one Japanese modder has the right idea by turning his old console into the perfect portable machine.

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Nintendo Switch owners, don’t put a skin on your new console

Nintendo Switch owners, don’t put a skin on your new console

For more than a few years now, a popular way to customize the look of your game console and controllers has been with vinyl skins, or temporary stickers that wrap around the surface of the device, but can be peeled off without damage. Owners of the new Nintendo Switch, however, will want to avoid purchasing these accessories, as the adhesive has been found to damage the outer surface of the console.

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See inside Nintendo Switch with iFixit’s teardown

See inside Nintendo Switch with iFixit’s teardown

The new Nintendo Switch game console has officially been released, and if you were lucky enough to get your hands on one, you're probably enjoying the new Zelda right now. And as with the debut of any new tech device, the teardown experts at iFixit have already managed to pull one apart, offering us a look inside. So if you're curious about what's powering your new console-handheld hybrid, or want an update after that questionable "early prototype" teardown from a few weeks ago, here's the details you're looking for.

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Pre-release Nintendo Switch was stolen, company reveals

Pre-release Nintendo Switch was stolen, company reveals

The new Nintendo Switch console won't be officially released until March 3rd, but earlier this week one lucky gamer managed to get a unit, sharing unboxing pics and a video of the UI in the process. Going by the username "hiphoptherobot" on the NeoGAF message boards, he said that he had purchased the game console from an "unnamed store." Nintendo has now come forward and stated that the device was stolen.

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RetroBlox modular gaming console can run old cartridges, CDs

RetroBlox modular gaming console can run old cartridges, CDs

Retro gaming usually calls to mind two thing. Either they’re new games in a retro visual and audio style or, most likely, trying to play old games on modern hardware. The latter usually involves waiting for the generosity of the games’ owners to port the classic to some modern platform or, more often than not, acquiring and playing games through unofficial means. Gaming purists, however, no longer have to resort to such compromises, especially if they still own the original game media. RetroBlox bills itself as the world’s first modular and modern retro game console that can play any and all of those old CDs and cartridges you may have preserved.

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Microsoft Project Scorpio console details leak, 4K still in question

Microsoft Project Scorpio console details leak, 4K still in question

While TV makers and content producers are trying hard to push for more 4K content, one of the largest entertainment sector remains on the fence about it. While console makers like Sony and Microsoft proudly advertise support for 4K resolutions, they aren’t making a forced effort to push game developers in that direction. It seems that Microsoft won’t be changing its tune any time soon, even with the still to be formally named Project Scorpio console. Reading between the lines of leaked developer materials, the console could indeed support 4K but would still let game developers use the added power for other things instead.

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Xbox One S laptop made real, courtesy of Ben Heck

Xbox One S laptop made real, courtesy of Ben Heck

Benjamin “Ben” Heck might be best known for tearing things apart, but he also leaves an army of rebuilt, modded, and re-designed gadgets in his wake. The latest to get the privilege of being reincarnated in a new body is the Xbox One S, which Heck tore down late last year. Feeling uninspired to put it all back together again, Humpty Dumpty style, he decided to put it instead into the most portable form for a gaming console. And thus the Xbox One S laptop was born!

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More Nintendo Switch details: 2TB microSD card support, no Miiverse or StreetPass

More Nintendo Switch details: 2TB microSD card support, no Miiverse or StreetPass

While almost all the details about the new Nintendo Switch console have been revealed, there's still a few things that leave eager gamers wondering about their potential future purchase. Most of the hardware specs have been sufficiently outlined, but one troubling item is the fact that the Switch only comes with 32GB of internal storage, a paltry amount compared to the 500GB and 1TB hard drives we're used to.

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Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app supports time limits, game ratings

Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app supports time limits, game ratings

Parental restrictions and controls have been a part of the software on game consoles for years now, but the soon-to-be-released Nintendo Switch has an innovative take on this: moving the controls to a smartphone app. Amid the plethora of new details on the console and its games, Nintendo revealed that the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app, coming to both iOS and Android, will allow parents to set time limits on their kids' use of the system, enforce restrictions based on game ratings, and collect data on how kids spend their play time.

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Nintendo Switch online service: monthly games not really ‘free,’ smartphone-based multiplayer chat

Nintendo Switch online service: monthly games not really ‘free,’ smartphone-based multiplayer chat

As you've probably already heard, Nintendo has finally announced its new Switch console in full, and there's a lot to be excited for, including all the interesting ways games can be played on the system, both at home and on the go, as well as the new game lineup, which includes a fantastic-looking new Zelda title. However, in the day that's passed since all the details were revealed, a few less than pleasing tidbits have also surfaced, mostly focused on the Switch's online service.

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Super Retro Boy is almost the ‘Game Boy Classic’ of your dreams

Super Retro Boy is almost the ‘Game Boy Classic’ of your dreams

In case you haven't heard, Nintendo's NES Classic Edition console is crazy popular. So much so that we've third-party versions for multiple other game systems, not to mentions hopes of a SNES Classic. Hoping to keep up with this trend is the Super Retro Boy, revealed by Retro-Bit at this year's CES, a device that mimics the iconic design and form-factor of Nintendo's original handheld, but includes modern-day battery and display tech.

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