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Playful’s Paul Bettner is betting on both ‘flat screen games’ and VR

Paul Bettner had a good time at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the big game trade show in Los Angeles last week. His McKinney, Texas-based Playful studio debuted two games at E3, Super Lucky’s Tale for the Xbox One and Star Child for Sony’s PlayStation VR. Those games show that Bettner is striding the line…

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Super Mario Odyssey: Yo, what’s in this hole?

Super Mario Odyssey is reintroducing exploration to the 3D platforming series. As we saw at E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade event) in Los Angeles last week, that means you will find secrets hidden everywhere throughout the various worlds. An example of that is the sinkhole in the desert stage that I played in the…

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Super Mario Odyssey’s interdimensional travel is one of its best visual tricks

I got to play around 40 minutes of Super Mario Odyssey at E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) trade event in Los Angeles last week, and while it was a blast overall, the best part is that each moment is often bursting with surprises. Above: A visual delight. Image Credit: Nintendo As always, Nintendo has put…

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Nintendo: Switch shortages are “definitely not intentional”

Enlarge (credit: Mark Walton) Since the days of the NES , people have accused Nintendo of intentionally underproducing hardware in order to drive an artificial feeding frenzy of demand in the marketplace. With the Nintendo Switch remaining nearly impossible to find at retailers nationwide , those same accusations of “false scarcity” have been bubbling up…

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Playing Super Mario Bros. in Real Life Is How Video Games Will Finally Get You Off Your Ass

If Microsoft wants a guaranteed way to sell a million Hololens augmented reality headsets, it should listen to Abhishek Singh and pitch the hardware as the ultimate way to get in shape by playing the first level of Super Mario Bros. in real life. Unlike the Wii’s balance board accessory, this might actually help you……

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Super Mario Odyssey: Catching a ride on a sphinx

If modern 3D Mario games have a defining characteristic, it’s that they don’t really have a single defining characteristic. When I played Super Mario Odyssey , which is due out October 27 for Switch, at E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show) in Los Angeles last week, the platformer surprised me again and again with…

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Nintendo has a plan to keep Switch owners happy, and it’s more than Mario

Nintendo released Arms , the company’s first major new property since 2015’s Splatoon , right at the close of the Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow in Los Angeles last week. And at E3, the company revealed it will have at least one major release for its hybrid Switch handheld/home console each month culminating in the launch of…

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E3 thrilled fans, but everyone agrees: The show must change

The Entertainment Software Association , the industry group that operates the influential Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow in Los Angeles each June, sold E3 tickets to the public for the first time this year. And it was easy to spot the rookie attendees — not just because they wore bright yellow badges, but also because many looked…

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Watch Metroid Prime 4 make fans go nuts at Nintendo’s New York store

If I see a group of young men screaming in ecstasy, it usually means that I’m either flexing my biceps or Nintendo just announced a new Metroid. When it came to the crowd at the Nintendo World Store in New York last week during the Electronic Entertainment Expo , I’m thinking my biceps don’t figure…