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Should You Get Your Kid the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit?  Should You Get Your Kid the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit? 

I’m not exactly the most tech-savvy parent, so when I was offered a Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit to check out, I was at first like, “Wait, what’s a Labo?”

How to Find Your College Friends on Most Major Gaming Services How to Find Your College Friends on Most Major Gaming Services

Back when I was in college, “gaming” with your friends meant stalking the single PlayStation 2 in the common area until the Madden players gave it up, making friends with the guy who lugged his Xbox (and big-ass Dukes) to his dorm room, or joining the crew that Ethernet-connected four Xboxes together for weekly Halo…

NES Isn't Pronounced 'N.E.S.' NES Isn't Pronounced 'N.E.S.'

Words are pronounced however people pronounce them, and to insist otherwise is to fight a losing battle. This is why “giff” and “jiff” are equally valid. But for those who care, according to a new Nintendo 3DS game, NES (the classic Nintendo Entertainment System) is pronounced “ness.”

Track Your Online Spending at the Sites Where You Shop Track Your Online Spending at the Sites Where You Shop

Impulse buying is a thing, and we’re all guilty of it from time to time. Sometimes, if you’re feeling a little down, it feels good to place an order for that little thing you’ve been meaning to buy, but never quite got around to picking up. Or maybe you see a deal for something you’ve been eyeing and figure, “Eh,…

How to Buy an NES Classic This Week How to Buy an NES Classic This Week

I remember when Nintendo’s NES Classic came out the first time—that joyful November week when everyone went crazy calling every retailer they could find to get their hands on a pretty emulator in a box.

How to Use Pokémon Go's New Trading Feature How to Use Pokémon Go's New Trading Feature

Even though you probably quit playing Pokémon Go a while ago, thousands of people still “catch ‘em all” in cities across the U.S. And you might soon see a slight uptick of players where you live, because developer Niantic is (finally) adding Pokémon trading to the game, only two years after its release.

Can the Nintendo Labo Turn Your Kid Into a Maker? Can the Nintendo Labo Turn Your Kid Into a Maker?

Every parent has been there: It’s Saturday. It’s raining, snowing, or nuclear winter, and for whatever reason, your kid can’t play outside. Then junior hits you with that age-old kid lament: “I’m bored.”

Play Mario Kart in Your Browser With This CSS Clone (Updated)

Lightning bolts suck. Thankfully, the painstaking work of software engineer Stephen Cook doesn’t include any of these (cheater) tricks. In his simplified version of Mario Kart, which you can play right in your browser, you just have to worry about easy driving, not item management.

Bill Nye's Tips for Getting Kids Excited About Science  Bill Nye's Tips for Getting Kids Excited About Science 

Bill Nye, the ‘90s television icon, the teacher who helped kid-me understand topics like buoyancy and momentum, the man whose mission it is to help make science more accessible to the masses, is back. (Not that he ever left—he’s always been really, really busy.) These days, Nye is teaming up with Nintendo to help…

How to Turn Google Maps Into Mario Kart

Back in 2014, Google teamed up with Nintendo to hide Pokémon across Maps and it was surprisingly fun—paving the way for Pokémon Go. Now, the two companies are working together again to transform your turn-by-turn driving directions into a little homage to Mario Kart.

How to Add Friends to Your Nintendo Switch How to Add Friends to Your Nintendo Switch

One of the most entertaining aspects of a game console is the ability to play with friends. Unfortunately, some major game companies make it difficult to find and add friends to your list of potential multiplayer buddies. If you’re using Nintendo’s Switch to interact with your gaming brethren, here’s how to get your…

You Can Use an Old Gamecube Controller on the Nintendo Switch You Can Use an Old Gamecube Controller on the Nintendo Switch

Nearly every Nintendo Switch owner I’ve spoken to has professed their love for the portable console. And while its slick design allows for convenient local multiplayer using the pint-sized, removable Joy-Con controllers attached to either side, they’re not exactly comfortable to hold. Luckily, Nintendo’s latest 4.00…

It's Time You Tried Making Your Own Ink Out of Walnuts 

When we rounded up our staff’s Weekly Upgrades last Friday, our editors were exploring mindfulness meditation, adding extra exercise into our days, and tweaking our entertainment habits.

BES Turns a BeagleBone Into a Nintendo-Centric Game Console BES Turns a BeagleBone Into a Nintendo-Centric Game Console

When it comes to DIY game consoles, the Raspberry Pi is king, but it’s certainly not the only player in the game. BeagleBone is another cheap Linux board, and BES is an operating system that’ll cram in a bunch of emulators for an easy to make emulation machine.

The Only Way to Kind-of-Play Super Mario Run on the Subway The Only Way to Kind-of-Play Super Mario Run on the Subway

Super Mario Run is finally available on iOS and it’s actually pretty good! Problem is, you can’t play it offline. If you’re a commuter hoping to nab some coins on the subway, this is the only way to play a little so far.

The Nintendo Playlist The Nintendo Playlist

Without hearing a single note, you can probably hum the Super Mario Brothers or Legend of Zelda theme. Nintendo’s games have a rich musical history and this week’s playlist rounds up some of the best renditions.

Handheld Gaming Showdown: Nintendo 3DS vs. PlayStation Vita Handheld Gaming Showdown: Nintendo 3DS vs. PlayStation Vita

The Nintendo 3DS and Sony PlayStation Vita have put amazing games in players’ hands over the last four or five years, but they each offer a very different experience. Both systems have matured and seen a lot of changes, and now that they’ve likely reached their final form, it’s time to compare the two.

The Best NES Emulator for Windows The Best NES Emulator for Windows

If you want the nostalgia of an old-school NES with the quality and ease of an HDTV, an emulator can take you far. If you want a perfect NES experience, you’ll want to go with the Nestopia UE core in RetroArch.

OpenEmu Emulates Nearly Every Classic Console on Mac OpenEmu Emulates Nearly Every Classic Console on Mac

Mac: OpenEmu is an all-in-one video game emulator where you can emulate your games, create collections, set up controllers, and plenty more.

What the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U Mean for Your Home Theater What the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U Mean for Your Home Theater

Video game consoles aren't just for gaming. They also make great set-top boxes that stream video and music into our living rooms, and the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are no different. Each console brings a little something different to the table, so now that they're both here, let's take a look at how they bring…

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