MARIO TENNIS Aces lands on the Nintendo Switch this Friday – and it's another winner for the console. Like its title suggests, it's a tennis game with all the super-charged fun associated with the plucky plumber's other spinoffs. There's a single-player campaign (known as Adventure mode) and a Tournament that nicks the Mushroom, Flower, and Star cups from Mario Kart and finds you facing off against computer-controlled foes, with 16 playable characters to choose from (including Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser and more). The two solo modes combined will turn you into a tennis pro the likes of Rafael Nadal – who took on Mario in the game's latest ad. You can then take the skills you've learned and use them in online and offline multiplayer matches. These include quick tiebreaks, ideal for pick-up-and-play battles, and a longer two-game-one-set option for purists. However, the online offering is limited to standard and simple play – the latter a pared-down version … [Read more...] about Mario Tennis Aces review – is this Mario’s best Nintendo Switch game yet?
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We recently ruminated on some of the game studios Microsoft might be interested in buying to strengthen its first-party game output. But right now it's Ubisoft (which was on our hypothetical Microsoft shopping list) that's actually making the moves. Earlier this week Ubi revealed that it had acquired mobile developer 1492 Studio, and today it announced that Blue Mammoth Games, developer of the free-to-play fighting game Brawlhalla, is now parked in its garage. "The team at Blue Mammoth Games is expert at developing and running scalable, competitive, multiplayer online games, and they'll be a great addition to Ubisoft's network of studios," Ubisoft NCSA president Laurent Detoc said. "With Brawlhalla, we're getting a hugely popular and highly-profitable title that aligns with our strategy of expanding our audience and providing players with long-lasting, entertaining gaming experiences." It's a bold strategy, Cotton, but glassy-eyed corporate-speak notwithstanding, it's … [Read more...] about Ubisoft acquires Brawlhalla studio Blue Mammoth Games
A Maze has announced the 25 games that have been nominated for the upcoming 2018 A Maze Awards. All in all, the nominees will vie for six different awards, though games are not restricted to a certain category at the time of their nomination. A Maze is set to announce the six overall winners at the organization’s International Games and Playful Media Festival in Berlin event April 25-29. Past grand prize winners include games like Everything and Cosmic Top Secret. This year, the six award categories include the Most Amazing Game Award for best overall game, Human Human Machine Award for best local multiplayer game, Long Feature Award for best complex and immersive game, Digital Moment Award for a game with mechanics that express feelings through an interactive medium, the Collider Award for a title that fosters interdisciplinary productions, and an Audience choice award. “Over the last years, we are constantly fostering authorship, artistic expression and the courage … [Read more...] about Accounting+ and Untitled Goose Game nominated at 2018 A Maze Awards
If a candlelit dinner isn’t you and your significant other’s style, why not prove your love this Valentine’s Day by gathering around your console to solve a tricky puzzle or explore a dangerous dungeon? Your partner both takes the edge off a crushing defeat and makes a victory all the more sweeter. Playing games together is both a bonding experience and a way to work out each other’s communication and decision-making styles. My partner and I call it co-oples therapy (literally — we host a Twitch stream of that name) because it’s a neutral space to learn about how we work together while also smashing up monsters for fun. We’ve rounded up our favorite local co-op games to add to (or replace) your Valentine’s Day plans. Whether you want to do a deep inquiry into your relationship style or you’re just looking for a fun, low-key activity, co-op games are an at-home date night that can feel as intimate as a moonlit walk on the beach or … [Read more...] about Here’s why couch co-op games are the perfect Valentine’s Day date
Four days from today, Nintendo's latest console will go on sale. A little over four years since the launch of Wii U, a little over four months since Nintendo announced Switch, and to many, the system seems like a breath of fresh air — a game console Transformer full of potential with a steady stream of software to back it up. To some, though, the system seems incomplete. From early reports of controllers that don't properly sync to a limited launch lineup, a lack of non-game apps like Netflix, a missing Virtual Console library and lingering questions about the online service, there's a simplicity to Switch's launch that recalls the '90s — Zelda is Mario 64, and if you don't want that or a few other games, you might not need the system right away. In time, Nintendo will address those issues. Yet more than most consoles, Switch remains a bit of a mystery at launch. Are motion controls going to be a big part of it? What type of player will Switch developers cater to? And will … [Read more...] about What the game industry thinks of Nintendo’s Switch