The DS was Nintendo at its best and weirdest

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New Nintendo 3DS XL / Zelda

Nintendo has always been a strange company. The Kyoto-based game maker turned an Italian plumber into one of pop culture’s biggest icons, and the company has experimented with everything from DIY cardboard game accessories to three-pronged controllers. This unpredictable nature is what makes Nintendo so exciting (and occasionally infuriating).

Often, these concepts seem to come out of left field — but at its best, Nintendo makes the strange feel necessary. Nowhere was that more apparent than with the Nintendo DS line of dual-screened handhelds.

That era is now over, as Nintendo recently discontinued the 3DS and all of its various models. The news isn’t surprising: the Switch has become a runaway success, largely supplanting the need for…

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433% mechanical keyboard

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I’m fond of 40% keyboards—the Vortex 40 is a great place to start if you’re curious (and also you can buy it right now, rather than waiting three years for a group buy to drop). But what if you hate minimalism? What if you’re a maximalist? Behold Ren Rose’s astonishing 433% keyboard, made for people […]

The biggest announcements and trailers from today’s Nintendo Direct Mini

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Nintendo recently revealed a huge slate of Mario games coming to the Switch (and one Zelda spinoff), but today, the company put the focus on some of the third-party titles that will help fill out the console’s lineup. The event included some big-name publishers like Capcom and Square Enix, though many of the games won’t hit the Switch until next year.

If you missed the event, here are the biggest and most interesting reveals.

Ori is coming back to the Switch today

The gorgeous 2D platformer Ori and the Will of the Wisps is coming to the Switch — and it’ll be available later today. There’s even a gorgeous special edition for those who want a physical version of the game.

A lot of Monster Hunter

Capcom announced a pair of brand-new M…

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This cool new wine club walks you through terroir, taste, and history with a sommelier’s hand-painted maps

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My friend James Sligh is a brilliant sommelier (and writer) with an uncanny ability to talk about wine and figure out exactly what you want to drink. I don’t even care for wine (I like malted barley more than grapes), and I’ve always been impressed at his ability to find precisely the right drink for […]

The Apple Watch Series 5 is $100 off at Amazon and Walmart

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The Apple Watch Series 6 releases tomorrow, starting at $399 for the 40mm size and $429 for the 44mm size. If you don’t think you need the latest model, you can save $100 on the now-previous version of Apple’s smartwatch, the Series 5. Both Amazon and Walmart have the larger 44mm size with the gold aluminum case and pink sport band for $329.

It’s a little confusing to shop for an Apple Watch since their specs and features change with each new model; I’ve made a comparison chart to make it easier. But on the whole, the Series 5 matches most of what the new Series 6 delivers. It has an always-on display and a more advanced heart rate sensor than the Apple Watch SE or the Series 3. Aside from the Series 6’s blood oxygen app, the Series 5 is…

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps launches on Nintendo Switch today

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Moon Studios’ sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, is launching today for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo announced the news today during a small Nintendo Direct presentation.

Will of the Wisps launched earlier this year. In the Metroidvania-style platformer, players control Ori in the immediate aftermath of Blind Forest. Both games first released on the Xbox One and were only available via Microsoft platforms or PC. Moon Studios released Ori and the Blind Forest for the Switch in 2019. In an interview with The Verge, the studio explained that Will of the Wisps is an example of Moon Studios’ “iterative polish” process, in which it is constantly refining the game.

A collector’s edition that includes digital…

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