portable gaming

Nintendo Switch wireless charging hack seems too easy

Nintendo Switch wireless charging hack seems too easy

One intrepid engineer revealed a hardware hack this week that allows the Nintendo Switch Lite to go wireless. The hack is surprisingly simple, if one considers the use of a soldering iron and a screwdriver easy. The creator, Robotanv, has a history of turning devices like this into wireless charging superstars - Qi-standard wireless charging in full effect!

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Pokemon TCG Celebrations unboxing: Release day time warp!

Pokemon TCG Celebrations unboxing: Release day time warp!

Today we're taking a peek at a bunch of different boxes of the latest set of cards from the official Pokemon TCG. The card game made by The Pokemon Company is taking part in the Pokemon 25th Anniversary celebration this year with a set called just that: Pokemon TCG: Celebrations. This set is unique in more ways than one.

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Steam Deck teardown tells you exactly how to be bad

Steam Deck teardown tells you exactly how to be bad

Today the folks at Valve went ahead and tore down their next-generation portable gaming device Steam Deck. The Valve Steam Deck is not exactly like your average DIY PC build. Instead, it's more like... you COULD open it up, but you probably shouldn't. Valve's video is like a parent saying to a child: I know this looks fun, but DON'T do it.

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Nintendo Switch OLED review round-up: Two key points

Nintendo Switch OLED review round-up: Two key points

Today we're taking a peek at the first-wave reviews of the Nintendo Switch OLED. This is the first day that reviews of the product were allowed to go live - and we'll likely see a whole lot more in the coming weeks. For now, the verdict seems to be largely positive. The device doesn't seem that impressive an upgrade over the standard Switch when you compare spec-to-spec - but the real deal makes a difference.

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Animal Crossing Puma release date and collection revealed in full

Animal Crossing Puma release date and collection revealed in full

There's a collection of new Puma x Animal Crossing products out in the world today - officially revealed by Nintendo at last. There's a lovely Nintendo unboxing of the first pair of sneakers out in a video that shows not only the shoes, but the quality of the packaging, too. That is something we can get onboard with, from start to finish.

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Animal Crossing crossover hits peak Puma

Animal Crossing crossover hits peak Puma

There's a new brand product crossover in the mix this week, and it includes both Animal Crossing and Puma. It's basically a match made in heaven for those gamers who play the Animal Crossing New Horizons game religiously, want to wear cute bits of clothing, and do not want to pay massive amounts of cash to own said bits of clothing.

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Playdate teardown: How simple can gaming get?

Playdate teardown: How simple can gaming get?

Playdate is a handheld gaming machine that encourages users to buy in to the concept as much as they've bought in to the device itself. The machine's charm has as much to do with its graphic design and industrial design as it does its games, and the ways in which a user can play said games. The machine fits in your hand and has a display that's 2.7-inches in size with 400 x 240 pixel resolution. So you know this isn't about competing with your smartphone.

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Sega’s answer to Fortnite is Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

Sega’s answer to Fortnite is Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is what Sega has to say to Epic Games and their all-encompassing media madhouse Fortnite. Fortnite has transcended the likes of a normal online multiplayer game and has become an IP magnet. Each time a brand works with Epic Games to get their character in Fortnite as a playable character, cross-branding power increases for both brands. Sega wants a piece of that action too.

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Animal Crossing update tweaks Nook’s Cranny closing

Animal Crossing update tweaks Nook’s Cranny closing

You're not going crazy - the new update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons did, indeed, remove a bit of classic Nook's Cranny action. The change comes at closing time for the shop. Before now, players would find a lovely little tune playing a bit of time before the shop closed for the day - it would be kind, it would be friendly - now, not so much.

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Nintendo Switch gets lit in October: Ori, Metroid Dread, Super Monkey Ball

Nintendo Switch gets lit in October: Ori, Metroid Dread, Super Monkey Ball

The month of October, 2021 is a magical time for Nintendo Switch gamers. In that month, a wide variety of different sorts of games will launch. In that month, a set of top-tier exciting games will launch. In the month of October in the year 2021, Nintendo Switch will be the console to have if you're all about the most awesome oddities and AAA games in the gaming universe.

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Playdate handheld gaming system sells 20k+ units in under 30 minutes

Playdate handheld gaming system sells 20k+ units in under 30 minutes

The first day of public sales of the Panic Playdate is today, and it either went great or was a big giant mess, depending on how you see it. If you were an international customer and couldn't get past the order and shipping screens on the sale website, it probably wasn't a great day for you. If you were one of the first people to order a Playdate device, or you're one of the people that'll profit from the company racking up 20,000+ unit orders in under 20 minutes, you're probably having a fantastic day indeed.

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Playdate preorders: When, how much, and why you should be excited

Playdate preorders: When, how much, and why you should be excited

Playdate was given a pre-order time and date and some more information on how and why you'd want to get a device. If you've made it this far, you probably already know what Playdate is, but just in case: It's a very strange piece of gaming equipment. You play games on it with hardware buttons and a crank - a hardware crank. It's just about the most unique attempt to make a bit of gaming hardware in the past decade, and it's about to become available to the masses.

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