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Hot Wheels announces Mario Kart toys for 2019

Hot Wheels announces Mario Kart toys for 2019

The trend of video games making the leap to real-life toys continues with a collaboration that's obvious in hindsight: Mattel's Hot Wheels brand will be releasing toy cars based off of Nintendo's Mario Kart. The announcement was made at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 this week, with eight die-cast models on display at the Nintendo and Mattel booths.

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Pokemon GO cheats face this tough new policy

Pokemon GO cheats face this tough new policy

Ascending to the ranks of Pokemon Master is not an easy task. If you're going to complete the PokeDex and dominate the gym scene, you need to be committed to the cause, because there are hundreds of monsters to track down, catch, and evolve. It's definitely not something for the faint of heart, but there are some Pokemon GO players out there who think they can claim all the glory without any of the hard work.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe brings BotW Master Cycle Zero and Link

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe brings BotW Master Cycle Zero and Link

There is no shortage of racing games in any platform but Mario Kart has a special place in gamers’ hearts. It is one of the few and perhaps the most notable racing game that makes any aspect, including losing, just as fun as winning. But unlike common racing games, its appeal is also dependent not on generic vehicles but memorable characters. The latest update to the latest version of Mario Kart adds Link to that roster. But who are we kidding, we’re really after the Master Cycle Zero.

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Nintendo Switch weekly eShop update: Mega Man invasion

Nintendo Switch weekly eShop update: Mega Man invasion

It's that time again: Nintendo has detailed another update for the Switch eShop, and this is going to be an exciting one for you Mega Man fans out there. The headliners this week are the two Mega Man X Legacy Collections, which serve as the follow ups to Capcom's successful compilations focusing on the mainline Mega Man series. If you have a soft spot for the blue bomber, you'll want to check them out.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s character roster has risks says creator

Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s character roster has risks says creator

It's pretty safe to say that Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the most ambitious release in the series we've seen so far. While there aren't a ton of new characters - Ridley and the Inklings from Splatoon are the only new ones we know about at this point - Super Smash Bros Ultimate is notable for featuring every fighter in the history of the franchise on its roster. When you think about all of the characters that have appeared in Super Smash Bros throughout the years, it becomes clear that Ultimate is going to be a big title.

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South Park: The Stick of Truth is coming to Nintendo Switch

South Park: The Stick of Truth is coming to Nintendo Switch

Earlier this year, Ubisoft brought South Park: The Fractured But Whole to the Nintendo Switch. The game's announcement came as something of a surprise, as it was made with no plan to bring the game's predecessor, South Park: The Stick of Truth, to the Switch as well. Ubisoft seems poised to fix that oversight, announcing a Switch version of The Stick of Truth in a roundabout fashion.

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Mario Tennis Aces update addresses the tyranny of Bowser Jr

Mario Tennis Aces update addresses the tyranny of Bowser Jr

Bowser Jr. is a character with very few redeeming qualities, both specifically in Mario Tennis Aces and across the broader Mario library. On the court, he's seen by the player base as an overpowered character who is a little too good at everything, and in other Mario games, he's a whiny brat who only seems to be concerned with causing trouble. The little punk is kind of cute though, which is about the only positive thing you can say about him.

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HORI’s Nintendo Switch portable stand doubles as a USB hub

HORI’s Nintendo Switch portable stand doubles as a USB hub

Ever since the Switch launched back in March 2017, HORI has been making officially licensed accessories for it. One of its latest accessories is also one of its most interesting, as it's a portable charging stand that doubles as a USB hub. Portable charging stands for the Switch are nothing new - there are even a few that carry Nintendo branding out there - but this one seems to take things to another level.

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Octopath Traveler gave Nintendo and Square Enix a surprise nobody predicted

Octopath Traveler gave Nintendo and Square Enix a surprise nobody predicted

On Friday, Octopath Traveler launched exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. We knew that a lot of people were excited for the game heading into release, and over the weekend, we found out just how excited they were. As it turns out, Octopath Traveler has turned into a success even bigger than what Nintendo and Square Enix were expecting.

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Nintendo Labo Creators Contest: Here are the genius winners

Nintendo Labo Creators Contest: Here are the genius winners

Nintendo has probably struck gold twice with the Switch, first with the console itself and then with its Labo platform. The cardboard-based educational platform was meant to teach younger owners things like programming and crafting but naturally appealed to users of all ages. To test that goal, Nintendo announced a Creators Contest last month, looking for innovative creations using the platform. And boy did they get open the floodgates of creativity, whimsy, and, in a way, insanity.

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Genki dongle brings Bluetooth audio to Nintendo Switch

Genki dongle brings Bluetooth audio to Nintendo Switch

A new dongle called Genki promises to bring Bluetooth audio to the Nintendo Switch, offering a wireless solution to the console's wired audio problem. The Switch does not itself support Bluetooth audio devices, forcing users to plug in a pair of earbuds or headphones for private listening. Genki offers to be the solution by connecting to the device's USB-C port.

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Fortnite on Nintendo Switch adds motion control: here’s how to use it

Fortnite on Nintendo Switch adds motion control: here’s how to use it

Season 5 brought a small treat unique to the Nintendo Switch: motion control support. Users have been asking for motion aiming support since the port went live, something now possible...assuming you enable the control option. The feature utilizes the gyroscope in the Joy-Con and the Pro Controller for the Switch and works similarly to mobile games that let users rotate their phone for movement.

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