It's impossible not to think of Google Cardboard when putting together Nintendo's Labo VR Kit construction set, which I did over the last week with my 10 and 6-year-old kids. Nintendo Labo is a series of ingenious, bonkers, folding hackable game-art-programming experiences for Nintendo Switch, and they're entirely made of cardboard, rubber bands and plastic grommets.In short, the Nintendo Labo VR Kit took Google Cardboard and mashed it together with the Nintendo Switch to create a whole cardboard universe. Now playing: Watch this: Nintendo Labo VR, reviewed: a box of magic tricks 3:03 Sure, Nintendo sat on the sidelines over the last three years while Sony, Oculus, Google, Samsung, HTC and others have made VR big and small. But the company has always been dabbling in immersive ideas. The Nintendo Wii from 2006 pioneered a wild motion controller, and its Nintendo 3DS has glass-free 3D -- and even AR. And hey, remember Virtual Boy?Because the Nintendo Switch is a convertible … [Read more...] about Nintendo Labo VR kit review: The Switch makes virtual magic
Let's time travel, shall we? The year: 1995. "Braveheart" was a popular movie. Bill Clinton was still in his first term. The end of the millennium was still five years away. Game Boy inventor Gunpei Yokoi readies the release of a product that becomes his albatross, a portable game system that many have never even seen in person. Its name: Virtual Boy. An attempt to create a brand-new form of portable 3D gaming (sound familiar?), Virtual Boy achieved its 3D effects via an extremely large and heavy set of red plastic goggles that formed the game system. They were so bulky that they couldn't easily be worn, necessitating a tabletop tripod to prevent head fatigue. Wired to the Virtual Boy was a full controller, the design of which strangely resembled the PlayStation's. To make matters worse, the game's screens were monochrome red and black, a set of LED screens with complicated mirrors that enabled the stereoscopic effects. During the Virtual Boy's release, the Game Boy was still a very … [Read more...] about Nintendo’s 3D past: A look back at Virtual Boy
I've seen VR, AR, iPhones, smartwatches, laptops and robots. But the gadget that impressed me the most, by a longshot, was the Nintendo Switch. It was a familiar story. Nintendo has a weird, wild idea. Detachable controls on a tablet. A dock that turns a handheld into a console. Even the name of the little wireless, button-studded mini-remotes was weird: Joy-Cons. Nintendo's done this before. The minimalist, motion-control-driven Nintendo Wii and its deconstructed remote control. The bizarre two-screened, stylus-laden Nintendo DS. I had some preparation this time, however. In fact, Razer had an idea that was incredibly similar for Windows PCs just a few years before, called the Razer Edge. When I reviewed it, I thought it was a sign of the future: it could transform from handheld to console, changing its form. Then there was the Nvidia Shield, the true predecessor of the Switch, which started as a funky Android game handheld with a flip-up screen and became a dockable, switchable … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch was 2017’s best gadget. What does it mean for 2018?
Year In Review We look back at the highs, lows, surprises, and standouts in and around video games this year. At this time last year, I predicted that the aging Nintendo 3DS would probably be sent to its grave after Christmas 2018. Recent events have caused me to reconsider. I am now here to argue that you should prepare for the Nintendo 3DS to stay alive for a couple more years at least—if you can truly call its fate “living.” Nintendo released the 3DS’ predecessor, the DS, in late 2004 and released its last first-party game for the system in 2012. That’s eight years of support, which is no small number for any game machine. The 3DS came out in early 2011, which means it’s going to tie the DS’ lifespan soon—then surpass it. “We are even preparing new software for release in 2019 and beyond,” Nintendo’s then-president Tatsumi Kimishima said in April. The Buzz Lightyearesque ending of that sentence means that Nintendo … [Read more...] about The State Of Nintendo 3DS In 2018
Nintendo DS is essentially a larger, two-screen game boy. See more video game system pictures Photo courtesy Nintendo of America, Inc. Here's a question: What happens when one of the world's largest electronics companies makes a move to edge its competition out of the top spot in the portable gaming industry? If you're Nintendo, and Sony has made it clear that it wants to crush you with its new PlayStation Portable, you throw a curve ball and try to beat Sony with what you do best: innovation. Nintendo's latest innovation is not a bigger, faster processor. Nintendo's latest foray into the handheld market, a market it practically owns thanks to the legendary Game Boy -- is the DS. "DS" stands for either "dual screen" or "developers' system," depending on which way the wind's blowing, and it's a cross between two Game Boys and a PDA, with a cell phone's messaging function thrown in for good measure. And the DS's new sidekick, DS Lite, has all the handheld glory of the … [Read more...] about How Nintendo DS Works