Nintendo Labo contest winners include a Zelda piano and a solar-powered accordion

Last month, Nintendo announced a contest that tasked fans with creating musical instruments and games out of its Labo kit. Today, the Japanese developer revealed the winners of the contest, and, naturally, Nintendo fans went all out. Released in April 2018, the Nintendo Labo is aimed at children to teach concepts such as programming and engineering. Players take kits to build things such as cardboard robots and toy fishing rods, though the Labo can also be used for experiments and new creations. Take the Labo piano decked out with Zelda decorations up top, for example. Not only do the decorations include a Master Sword, but there are also tiny Koroks hiding in the landscape as well. Its creator, Chris Brazzell, says that various pieces… Read the full article…

Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish kicks off today, with $8 million prize pool

Fortnite Battle Royale has swept the gaming world. Alongside its 125 million users and record-breaking Twitch streams, the game has also drawn many competitive players away from their usual titles to try their hand at Battle Royale. Today, that competitive play reaches at inflection point. At 4pm ET, Fortnite Battle Royale’s Summer Skirmish will kick off, with $8 million going to tournament winners over the course of the competition, with a whopping $250K going to the winners of today’s tournament. This isn’t the first competitive Fortnite tournament we’ve seen. Celebrity Twitch streamer Ninja held a charity tournament in April, and Epic held a ProAm tournament combining competitive players and celebs who play Fortnite in June. Plus, sites like UMG and CMG have been holding smaller tournaments since Fortnite first rose to popularity. And then there are $20K Fortnite Friday tournaments for streamers held by UMG. But today, the ante has Read the full article…

Celebi Appears in Pokemon Go

Celebi has been officially released in Pokemon Go. At Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago today, attendees were given the chance to catch Celebi via the game’s Special Research during a Pokemon Go Fest-specific quest line. Warning: Spoilers for the full Pokemon Go Fest 2018 Special Research quest follow. The five-part quest led players across the event’s 1.8-mile walking course in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. The quest included tasks ranging from catching various types of Pokemon to finding the elusive Unown. Unown (which can take the form of 26 different letters or two punctuation marks) spawning in Lincoln Park during the event spelled out “CELEBI?,” which marks the introduction of the question mark variant in Pokemon Go. Read the full article…

Overwatch League strikes a milestone deal with Disney and ESPN

If you’re sick of hearing about esports, you need to get over it. The space continues to grow, inching its way into the traditional media landscape. Today, in fact, Activision Blizzard announced that the Overwatch League playoffs will be aired on ESPN and Disney XD. The Overwatch League in itself is a huge step for esports, as it’s the first true city-based league for a competitive video game. While most esports leagues consist of privately owned teams with little or nothing to do with geography, Overwatch League is a pro league made up of city-based teams such as the Dallas Fuel or the San Francisco Shock. Many of these teams are owned by big names in the traditional sports world, such as Robert Kraft (CEO and owner of New England Patriots, who owns the Boston Uprising) and Jeff Wilpon (COO of the New York Mets, who owns the New York Excelsior). Read the full article…

Best Buy somehow came up with the best way of charging Xbox game controller batteries

Look, I don’t know how much time you spend in the video game accessories aisle at your local Best Buy. I like games plenty, but I’m not one for browsing fancy surround sound headsets, silicone controller skins, console carrying bags, or any of the other non-critical stuff on those shelves. But charging the batteries in my Xbox One controller can be a hassle, so from time to time I’ll take a look and see whether anyone has come up with a method that’s superior to swapping out rechargeable AA batteries or using Microsoft’s Play & Charge cable. There are plenty of stands that can hold and charge your gamepad controllers, but I find them to be an eyesore. So that’s not an option. Plus, most of them have a cord running out the back and… Read the full article…

This Nintendo Switch adapter promises Bluetooth audio support

The Nintendo Switch is the perfect travel companion, but it’s desperately lacking in one key area: wireless headphone support. Nintendo added support for wireless headphones via USB dongles last November, but only if you a USB Type-A to USB-C adapter to plug your headphone’s dongle into the Switch console’s port. Right now, the Switch does not support Bluetooth accessories. But a Kickstarter campaign from a team named Human Things aims to remedy that with their new device Genki. Launched last month on the crowdfunding site, Genki is a simple dongle for the Switch that promises support for Bluetooth 5.0 and multi-user audio so two audio devices can connect at the same time. It plugs in via the Switch’s USB-C port and doesn’t require its… Read the full article…

If you own a Nintendo Switch, you need to play Captain Toad

The failure of the Wii U has been a boon for the Nintendo Switch. While the Wii U was far from successful commercially, it was the home to some of Nintendo’s most inventive games ever. Slowly, the company has been porting the best releases to its new tablet. It’s giving great games a second life, and perhaps none deserve that spotlight as much as Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. First released on the Wii U back in 2014, Captain Toad is an odd little game. On the surface, it looks like a platformer, a classic 3D adventure starring one of Nintendo’s lesser-known characters. But it’s actually more of a puzzle game. Each level is a tiny, self-contained world, like a digital diorama. Toad can’t do much. He can walk and pick up a few objects,… Read the full article…

The Culling 2 Review

It took three matches filled with endless running, picking up guns I wouldn’t end up shooting, and a whole lot of silence before I saw another living soul in The Culling 2. When I finally locked the scope of my SCAR rifle on another orange prison jumpsuit-clad contestant, I got my first kill. That is, after both of us flailed around unloading and reloading multiple clips at each other. My experience with The Culling 2, the latest battle royale game with an increasingly familiar loop, cycled back and forth between boredom and frustration, with an emphasis on the former. This shoddy H1Z1/PUBG clone brings nothing of value to the popular genre, and so many people have already caught onto that fact that you probably couldn’t play it if you tried. Read the full article…

Danger Zone 2 Review

The highway to the Danger Zone is, in fact, an actual highway this time. Danger Zone 2 is, in everything but name, a direct successor to the beloved Crash mode in Burnout Revenge, in the very best of ways. This colorful game of automotive destruction is what I’d hoped for when last year’s disappointing Danger Zone set its action in a joyless grey box of a warehouse. It laudibly brings your cars – yes, plural this time – back above ground and out onto realistic closed-circuit tracks where they can really perform. And by “perform” I mean “intentionally and horrifyingly wreck, twisting your car into a flaming mass of twisted metal and causing 80-car pile-ups with your Smashbreaker explosions.” Read the full article…