Gaming

  • Nintendo Switch’s online service will cost under $30 per year

    Nintendo Switch’s online service will cost under $30 per year

    Nintendo worried many a gamer two weeks ago with its announcement that online play on its new console, the Switch, would be a paid service. But at least the damage is reasonable: Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima told the Nikkei that it would have an annual fee of ¥2,000-3,000 — around $17-26 at today’s exchange rates. Read More

  • Club Penguin is shutting down

    Club Penguin is shutting down

    Club Penguin, the Disney-owned social network for kids, announced this morning it’s shutting down. In its place, the company will launch a new product for mobile, Club Penguin Island, which has been in development over the past several years. Club Penguin Island will launch in March, while the Club Penguin game on the desktop and mobile devices will shut down on March 29, 2017. The… Read More

  • Around 5 percent of ‘Super Mario Run’ downloaders end up buying the game

    Around 5 percent of ‘Super Mario Run’ downloaders end up buying the game

    Some additional insight out of today’s Nintendo earnings. The gaming giant offered some key contextual information about Mario’s recent mobile debut. The title has racked up more than 78 million downloads globally, according to the company, pulling in a respectable $53 million or so since it hit iOS in December. The company puts Super Mario Run’s conversation rate at… Read More

  • Razer acquires Nextbit, the startup behind the Robin smartphone

    Razer acquires Nextbit, the startup behind the Robin smartphone

    Three months after acquiring iconic audio tech company THX, Razer is making another move to expand its business beyond hardware and software for the gaming community. The company has acquired Nextbit, the startup behind the Robin smartphone, founded by Android veterans who had set out with high hopes (and some decent funding) to rethink how to build a mobile phone that leaned on cloud… Read More

  • DraftKings has received a Malta gaming license, paving the way for European expansion

    DraftKings has received a Malta gaming license, paving the way for European expansion

    DraftKings was just approved for a Controlled Skill Games License from the Malta Gaming Authority, which is the entity that runs gaming in Malta – a small island nation south of Italy. While this may not sound like a big deal, (especially considering Malta has a population of under 500,000 people) the nation is part of the European Union, meaning DraftKings can now expand into some other… Read More

  • Flappy Bird’s creator returns with a game that pits ninjas against bouncing cats

    Flappy Bird’s creator returns with a game that pits ninjas against bouncing cats

    Flappy Bird was a veritable phenomenon. It seems ridiculous in hindsight (and, let’s be honest, it kind of did at the time, too), but the exceedingly simplistic title had a momentary stranglehold on the mobile gaming world with its combination of crude 8-bit graphics and dead simple game play, as players tapped the screen frantically to avoid crashing into pipes. The games aesthetic… Read More

  • Things get a little too real in the latest Nintendo Switch ad

    Things get a little too real in the latest Nintendo Switch ad

    The Nintendo Switch is getting closer to its launch date, and now it’s also getting real about how we might use these things. Previous promotional materials depicted the Switch being shared around at amazingly photogenic evening rooftop parties, but this new clip shared on Nintendo’s German Facebook page starts right where the Switch will probably get a significant amount of play… Read More

  • Existing Nvidia Shield TV owners can now update to get 4K HDR streaming

    Existing Nvidia Shield TV owners can now update to get 4K HDR streaming

    Nvidia announced a new Shield TV that provides 4K HDR streaming, and boosts its existing gaming capabilities considerably. Now, though, many of the benefits of the updated hardware are available on the original Shield TV, thanks to a free over-the-air software available now. The update delivers 4K HDR streaming via sources like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, as well as 4K movie support for… Read More

  • Myst arrives on Android, Riven to follow soon

    Myst arrives on Android, Riven to follow soon

    If you are of a certain age you will grin at the sound of the world “Myst,” recalling the game that originally debuted in 1993 and enthralled computer gamers with its weird, atmospheric puzzles and amazing (for the time) graphics. Riven came not too long after, debuting in 1997 and spanned five CDs. Myst is available on Android today, via both the Google Play and Amazon App stores… Read More