Wario deserves an exclusive console

Nintendo has never shied away from making colorful and zany consoles. This is the company that brought us the Game Boy Color (emphasis on the color) and delighted fans with an array of options like turquoise, yellow, and purple. Fast forward to 2021, and the Nintendo Switch has Joy-Con options...

New Nintendo Switch update enables Bluetooth audio

The Nintendo Switch can finally connect to Bluetooth headphones. On Tuesday, Nintendo released a new update for the console that allows it to pair with Bluetooth audio devices, but even after the update, the system still won’t let you use a Bluetooth microphone. According to Nintendo’s new post-update support page,...

Eastward has its own fully playable 8-bit RPG

There’s a second story running underneath’s Eastward’s main narrative. Developer Pixpil’s video game holds a second, also-playable video game called Earth Born. Presumably a reference to EarthBound, one of Eastward’s clear influences, Earth Born is an 8-bit role-playing game with a story that mimics Eastward’s own, a tale so beloved...

Eastward is equal parts Zelda, EarthBound, and itself

Eastward is not subtle about its influences: Chinese developer Pixpil has lovingly pulled inspiration from all sorts of media and combined it into a pixel art role-playing game that’s still, somehow, unquestionably itself. You’ll read a lot around the internet about The Legend of Zelda’s and EarthBound’s influence, and that’s...

Metroid Dread trailer tells you everything you need to know

We’re less than a month out from Samus Aran’s next adventure, Metroid Dread, and a new gameplay trailer from Nintendo is the ideal way to catch up on the Metroid Fusion Switch sequel. In June, shortly after Nintendo announced Metroid Dread, franchise director Yoshio Sakamoto explained to Polygon and a...

WarioWare: Get It Together! is a better party game when chaos is involved

WarioWare: Get It Together! has the series’ standard microgame fare, but it also offers players a taste of co-op and, most interestingly, party games. Players get access to those party games in the unlockable WarioWare Variety Pack, which offers a selection of multiplayer games. Some of them are a blast,...

Analogue Pocket delayed again, to December

The high-end retro console seller Analogue has once again pushed back the shipping date for its Game Boy-like gaming device, the Pocket. Pre-orders of the fancy handheld are now scheduled to ship in December “at the latest,” the company said Friday in a post on its support site. Analogue cited...

A SpongeBob SquarePants meme made it into Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

Meme makers rejoice, the developers of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl added a fun Easter egg hidden in SpongeBob SquarePants’ moveset. Thanks to his taunt, you’ll be able to reference a meme anytime you want while playing the game. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is an upcoming fighting game published by GameMill, which features...

I was institutionalized as a teen, and Wario was my only friend

We’ve all had dark times in our lives, times when we looked back at the metaphorical beach we had just crossed and despaired to see only one set of footprints. But when I was at my lowest, I had an unexpected friend. There was only one set of footprints because...

WarioWare: Get It Together! changes the series, but not for the better

The WarioWare series has spent years asking players to endure gauntlets of the same microgames over and over. WarioWare: Get It Together! on Nintendo Switch asks something similar, but with a major wrinkle: playable characters. WarioWare: Get It Together! tasks you with the usual multifarious microgames, such as counting items,...