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Nintendo gaming phone rumor seems far-fetched – but then so did Switch

Nintendo gaming phone rumor seems far-fetched – but then so did Switch

By now, Nintendo's mobile ambitions are pretty clear. For the past few years, Nintendo has been bringing a number of its franchises to mobile devices, and it's been experimenting with monetization strategies along the way. Those mobile releases don't seem to be slowing down either, with new mobile games based on Mario Kart and Dr. Mario currently in the works.

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Another Nindies Showcase for Switch is happening this week

Another Nindies Showcase for Switch is happening this week

Nintendo has already done a fair bit to highlight the indie games heading to Switch this year, but it isn't quite finished yet. Today, the company announced another Nindies Showcase for the Switch, during which it will spend around 30 minutes talking about indie titles destined for the console in 2019. At 30 minutes long, it sounds like this presentation is going to cover a lot of ground.

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Google Chrome adds Switch controller support, likely for Project Stream

Google Chrome adds Switch controller support, likely for Project Stream

Google has teased its presence at GDC but it's no mystery really by now. Or rather, all bets are on the company not only formally launching Project Stream but also a possible gaming device. Given Stream's nature, that device could very well be running Chrome OS or even just a Chrome browser. If so, it will need some form of controller and although Google may already have one in the works, it's almost a sign of good faith that it's adding support for Nintendo's Switch controllers, both wired and Bluetooth.

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Nintendo’s Mario Day deals are now up for grabs

Nintendo’s Mario Day deals are now up for grabs

As a reminder to all of you with a Nintendo Switch or those looking to buy a Switch, Nintendo's Mario Day sales are on now available. Though Mario Day was yesterday - March 10th, or MAR10 - Nintendo is running sales for the entire week. This is an opportunity to get a Switch with some kind of bonus, which is a fairly rare sight thanks to the console's success, or discounts on some of Nintendo's more popular first-party games.

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My two years with Nintendo Switch

My two years with Nintendo Switch

It's hard to believe it, but the Switch has been around for two years now. The console celebrated its second birthday earlier this week, and since its been quite the ride for both Nintendo and its fans, we're taking a look back at those years to give a progress report on the Switch. Is Nintendo's newest console worth buying now that it's had time to build up its library? What are some of the things Nintendo still needs to work on in order to make the Switch a must-have console?

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Nintendo Mario Day sale discounts some of Switch’s best games

Nintendo Mario Day sale discounts some of Switch’s best games

Mario Day is coming up, which means we're about to see some deals on the Switch and the various Mario titles available for it. Mario Day, as you might already know, is March 10 (for MAR10), but instead of only doing a day of discounts, Nintendo is going to do a full week of them. If you've been holding out on buying some of the Switch's Mario titles, then your patience is about to pay off.

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Nintendo weekly eShop update puts Kirby front and center

Nintendo weekly eShop update puts Kirby front and center

Nintendo has detailed the week of eShop releases ahead, and this week, the 3DS is actually the headliner. It's a relatively quiet week for the Switch, but on 3DS, we've got the arrival of Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn to look forward to. In this age of the Switch, it isn't often that the 3DS gets the biggest release of the week, and that'll probably become increasingly true as we continue to the move through the year.

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Nintendo Switch Labo VR Kit revives the Virtual Boy dream

Nintendo Switch Labo VR Kit revives the Virtual Boy dream

Years before virtual reality even became the thing it is now, Nintendo was already toying around with bringing VR to its portfolio. That ended up as a massive failure and the Virtual Boy became an example of how not to do VR. Times and technologies have changed, however, and now 24 years later, Nintendo is taking a stab at it again, this time with a more educational bent thanks to its Nintendo Labo cardboard platform and, of course, the Nintendo Switch.

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Nintendo doesn’t want players spending too much on its mobile games

Nintendo doesn’t want players spending too much on its mobile games

For the past couple of years, Nintendo has been putting its name on a variety of different mobile games. These mobile titles have experimented with different payment models, but one Nintendo seems to have settled on is a typical mobile gacha game model, where players spend in-game currency (which can be purchased with real money) to summon random heroes. Both Fire Emblem Heroes and Dragalia Lost use variations of this model, and though it certainly seems feels like a consumer-unfriendly way to monetize a game, Nintendo has apparently taken measures to ensure these games aren't too greedy.

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Kid Icarus, StarTropics hit Nintendo Switch Online this month

Kid Icarus, StarTropics hit Nintendo Switch Online this month

Nintendo has revealed the next two NES games heading to Nintendo Switch Online in March, and like many of the games that came before them, these two are widely considered to be classics for Nintendo's first home console. The two games that are coming to Switch online this month are Kid Icarus and StarTropics, and though they may not be quite as popular as some NES titles, they're still famous in their own right.

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Nintendo Switch Windows 10 port has a long way to go

Nintendo Switch Windows 10 port has a long way to go

The Nintendo Switch is just a fan favorite among gamers, it has also become a favorite among modders and hackers. The handheld console's extremely locked down hardware and software has actually made it more challenging and, therefore, more rewarding to break into the device. Digitally, of course. Work on getting Android to run on the Switch is already underway but getting Windows 10 on the device is more challenging, more insane, and probably less useful too.

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RIP PS Vita: Is this the beginning of the end for dedicated handhelds?

RIP PS Vita: Is this the beginning of the end for dedicated handhelds?

If you've been following the gaming world, you've probably already heard the bad news: the PlayStation Vita has officially been discontinued. We first caught wind of Sony's plans a couple of weeks ago, when it updated the listings for the two remaining PS Vita models to say that production would be ending soon. Then, over the weekend - only a short time after those updated listings were discovered - Sony finally pulled the plug.

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