‘The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD’ revitalizes one of Nintendo’s most polarizing games for a new generation on Switch

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD” remasters an aging entry in the blockbuster franchise for a new generation of players on the Nintendo Switch. “Skyward Sword HD” launched on July 16; more than 12 years after its original release for the Nintendo Wii.

The Switch version of “Skyward Sword” is visually enhanced and features vital quality of life improvements. Loading times, menus, and mandatory conversations are quicker, speeding up the overall pace. As with all Nintendo Switch games, “Skyward Sword HD” is also optimized for portable play, and it no longer requires motion controls.

As a Wii exclusive, the original “Skyward Sword” made unique use of the console’s motion controls and required an additional device called the Wiimote Plus. These design choices polarized fans who preferred the series’ classic control scheme, but “Skyward Sword HD” gives players the option to choose between motion controls or a new button-only layout.

‘Skyward Sword’ is the beginning of the ‘Legend of Zelda’ storyline

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In “Skyward Sword,” Link and Zelda are childhood friends from a floating island called Skyloft.

Skyward Sword” is the first game in “The Legend of Zelda” chronology, giving players background on key story elements that continue to recur throughout the franchise.

Players control Link, a knight in training on a floating island called Skyloft. There, Link and his friend Zelda discover they’ve been chosen to fulfill an ancient legend to save the world. Link journeys back and forth from Skyloft to the world below, exploring new areas of the surface and clearing dungeons to find key items for his quest.

‘Skyward Sword’ mixes classic Zelda dungeon crawling with features that inspired ‘Breath of the Wild’

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“The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD” explores the origins of Link’s signature weapon, the Master Sword.

Like other Zelda games, “Skyward Sword HD” offers a mix of adventure and puzzle solving with a gentle learning curve. “Skyward Sword” separates itself from other games in the series with its incorporation of motion controls, which are optional on the Nintendo Switch.

Players control the direction of Link’s sword slashes by swinging the right Joy-Con controller, or by using the right analog stick. Other weapons like the slingshot and bow can be aimed using motion controls too, and solving certain puzzles requires specific player movements.

Fans of “The Legend of Zelda” will recognize gameplay elements that inspired “Breath of the Wild,” the critically acclaimed title that launched alongside the Switch in 2017. “Skyward Sword” was the first “Zelda” game to feature a stamina meter and a crafting system for improving items. However, some of the mechanics used for platforming and motion controls in “Skyward Sword HD” still feel rough around the edges.

A new button-only option makes ‘Skyward Sword’ more accessible, but the motion controls are surprisingly accurate

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The controls of “Skyward Sword” can still be a bit cumbersome for new players.

Adding a button-only controller option to “Skyward Sword HD” makes it work on the portable Switch, but much of the game was designed with motion controls in mind. Puzzles and fights require precise movements, regardless of whether you’re using the controller’s analog stick or waving your arm with a Switch Joy-Con in hand.

Personally, I prefer using button-only controls due to my familiarity with past Zelda games, but I still find myself frustrated at times when trying to control the camera. The motion controls in “Skyward Sword HD” are surprisingly accurate but you’ll spend a lot of energy swinging and aiming during the more than 30 hours of gameplay.

Skyward Sword HD” also gives players the option to mix button-only and motion controls, so you can aim or move the camera by pointing at the screen, but still use the right analog stick for controlling weapons and other actions.

The visuals of ‘Skyward Sword HD’ still look great thanks to unique art design

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“Skyward Sword” won’t win any awards for its graphics, but the environments still look solid after the high definition upgrade.

As the title implies, “Skyward Sword HD” improves the game’s visuals from 480p standard definition to a full 1080p high definition image. The frame rate has also been increased to 60 frames per second to offer smoother animations than the original release.

While some animations look a bit stiff 12 years later, the game’s art style and presentation still hold up well after all these years. Nintendo also improved the pace of “Skyward Sword” by adding an auto-save feature, automatically skipping over repetitive text, and making mandatory conversations quicker than before.

“Skyward Sword” doesn’t offer the full open-world exploration that made “Breath of the Wild” a modern masterpiece, but it does have one of the largest Zelda worlds to date. Te dungeon designs are also notably more complex than the shrine puzzles in “Breath of the Wild.”

‘Skyward Sword HD’ revives a great game for a new generation, but it’s not the best Zelda on Switch

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Master Sword

Skyward Sword HD” is an excellent update to a classic action-adventure game, though it shows its age at times. We recommend it for any Nintendo Switch owner, and it’s one of the best Switch exclusives of 2021.

Fans of “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” should feel right at home and players who skipped out on the mandatory motion controls of the original “Skyward Sword” will be able to experience the game without issue.

However, the controls can still be a bit cumbersome, so newcomers to the “Zelda” franchise might want to try “Breath of the Wild” or “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening,” a redesigned version of a series classic on the Switch.

You can find ‘Skyward Sword’ in stores now, along with these other Zelda collectibles from Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD” is available now for the Nintendo Switch. The games carries a list price of $60, but we’ve already seen some physical copies go on sale for $10 off. A digital version is also available to download directly onto your Switch from Nintendo’s eshop.

Along with the game, Nintendo is selling Joy-Cons with a special “Skyward Sword” design, and an amiibo figure of Zelda and her loftwing, the flying bird that helps her travel around Skyloft.

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How to sync a Wii Remote to a Wii, Wii U, or PC

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It only takes a few moments to connect a Wii Remote to your console.

  • You can sync a Wii Remote to a Wii or Wii U console by pressing the sync button on both the remote and the console.
  • You’ll need to sync each Wii Remote separately before using them.
  • If your Wii Remote won’t sync, make sure its batteries aren’t low, and try closing whatever game is currently open.
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Before you start playing your Nintendo Wii or Wii U, you’ll need to sync your Wii Remote to the console. If you’ve paired headphones to your phone via Bluetooth before, then you’re probably familiar with the general steps.

Here’s how to sync a Wii Remote with a Wii or Wii U, and what to do if they won’t connect.

How to sync your Wii Remote to a Wii

1. Turn on your Wii and open the SD card cover on the front of the console to find the SYNC button. It’s a dark red square.

A Wii console with its SD Card Cover both opened and closed.
You’ll find the Wii’s SYNC button inside the SD Card Cover.

2. Grab the Wii Remote you want to sync and remove the battery cover to find its SYNC button – a small red button below the batteries.

A Wii Remote with the battery cover removed and the SYNC button highlighted.
Press the SYNC button, located in the battery compartment.

3. Press and release the SYNC button on the Wii Remote. The four lights on the front of the Wii Remote will blink.

4. While the lights on the Wii Remote are still blinking, press and release the SYNC button on the Wii console.

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Press both SYNC buttons.

5. When the four lights on the Wii remote stop blinking and one light remains lit (indicating the player number, one to four), you’ve successfully synced the remote.

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Once paired, one light should be lit at the bottom of the Wii Remote.

Repeat these steps for any additional Wii Remotes. You can pair up to four Wii Remotes with a console at once.

How to sync your Wii Remote to a Wii U

1. With your Wii U turned on, grab the Wii Remote you want to sync and remove its battery cover to find the small red SYNC button. If you have a Wii Remote with a hole in the battery cover that leads to the SYNC button, you can just use that.

2. Press and hold the SYNC button located on the front of the Wii U console for a few seconds until you see the sync menu appear on-screen.

A Wii U console. Its SYNC button is highlighted.
Press the Wii U’s SYNC button to open a new menu.

3. Press the SYNC button on the Wii Remote. The four lights on the front of the Remote will start blinking, and once it pairs with the console, only one will remain lit. It’ll also appear on-screen in the 1 box.

A screen showing player numbers and battery levels for connected controllers.
Your Wii Remote’s player number and battery level will appear on screen.

Repeat these steps for any other controllers you want to pair. You can sync up to four Wii Remotes to a Wii U, but only one GamePad can be connected at any given time.

How to sync your Wii Remote with a PC

Your Wii Remotes and consoles connect using a Bluetooth connection. This means that your Wii Remotes can be connected to other devices – like computers.

If you want to connect your Wii Remote to your PC – to use it with the Dolphin emulator, for instance – here’s what you’ll do.

1. Open the Control Panel and select Add a device.

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Click the “Add a device” option.

2. When your PC starts searching for devices to connect to, press the SYNC button on the back of your Wii Remote.

3. An option will appear in the list of devices labeled Nintendo RVL and a series of letters and numbers. Click this, and then click Next.

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Select the “Nintendo RVL” option when it appears.

4. You’ll be asked for a passcode. Just click Next without entering one.

A Windows 10 screen asking the user to enter a passcode to connect their device.
You don’t have to enter a passcode.

Your Wii Remote is now connected to your PC.

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The Switch OLED isn’t the upgrade Nintendo fans were hoping for, but its improvements could appeal to buyers who don’t already own a Switch

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The Nintendo Switch OLED has an improved screen but lacks the upgraded graphics performance that many gamers were hoping for.

  • Gamers who value a bigger, better screen in handheld mode will like the Nintendo Switch OLED.
  • But games won’t play any smoother or look any better in TV mode because the CPU is the same.
  • The Switch OLED isn’t the “Pro” model we’ve been waiting for, but it could appeal to certain buyers.

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Nintendo announced a new version of the Switch, called the Switch OLED, on July 6. The Nintendo Switch OLED will launch on October 8 for $350.

Most of the upgrades on the new Switch OLED are design and screen updates, including slimmer bezels around a larger 7-inch screen compared to the 6.2-inch screen on the standard Switch. The new screen is also an OLED panel, which carries better contrast than the LCD panels used on previous Switch models.

Outside of the display, the new dock is sleeker and comes in a white color option, and it includes an Ethernet port – a feature that needed an adapter on the previous version. You can find a detailed comparison of the Switch OLED, Switch, and Switch Lite here.

But, while all of those improvements sound nice, the Switch OLED is basically the standard Switch with a larger, better display for handheld mode. It lacks any major hardware improvements for gamers who play the system on their TV, and it’s missing many key upgrades that were previously rumored, including 4K support.

Does this mean the Switch OLED isn’t worth a purchase? We’ll have to wait to get our hands on the device to offer a full verdict, but based on the information released so far, it looks like the Switch OLED’s value will heavily depend on how you plan to play the system.

Who should buy the new Nintendo Switch OLED?

The Switch OLED should be a good option for people who don’t already own a Switch and plan to use their console in handheld mode more often than docked in TV mode.

The extra screen size and OLED display will offer greater visibility, and games will undoubtedly look better, even if the Switch OLED’s screen outputs at the same 720p resolution as previous Switch versions. This is because OLED displays offer deeper contrast than LCD screens thanks to the true reproduction of the color black. This could lead to a noticeably richer and more defined image with better viewing angles.

What’s also great is that you’ll get that extra visibility, sweet OLED panel, and slim-bezel design in a console that’s pretty much the exact same size as the standard Switch. The Switch OLED is only 0.01 inch longer and 0.05 lbs heavier than the standard Switch, so there’s no significant compromise in portability.

Who shouldn’t buy the new Nintendo Switch OLED?

The justifications for buying the new Switch OLED when you already own a Switch console are few and far between.

The Switch OLED doesn’t come with new or more powerful specs, and you shouldn’t expect any difference in how smoothly a game plays, or any improved graphics. Indeed, the TV mode resolution is still 1080p – the same as the standard Switch – not the sharper 4K resolution that was rumored on a “pro” Switch model.

The Switch OLED runs on the same performance specs as the standard Switch and Switch Lite, including the CPU (processor) and RAM memory, according to Nintendo via The Verge.

If you wished your Switch had better battery life, the Switch OLED won’t improve things, either. The battery in the Switch OLED is the same size as the standard Switch, and Nintendo doesn’t make any claims regarding improved battery life, despite the potential battery-saving properties of OLED displays.

And, disappointingly, Nintendo didn’t upgrade the Switch OLED with Bluetooth headphone support. In an age where the mobile industry is phasing out wired headphones by literally stripping their phones of headphone jacks, the portable Switch OLED will still rely on wired headphones for discreet listening. If you bought Bluetooth headphones for your phone, I hope you kept your wired pair just for your Nintendo Switch.

It’s true that you can buy a third-party Bluetooth adapter to use your wireless headphones with a Switch, but still, come on.

The bottom line

We haven’t reviewed the Switch OLED yet, but we can make some educated assumptions based on our experience with the previous models.

If you plan on using a Nintendo Switch docked in TV mode for the majority of the time, you could save yourself $50 by buying a standard $300 Switch.

But, if you see yourself using a Switch in handheld mode most of the time, you could justify the Switch OLED’s higher $350 price if it’s within your budget, as you’ll get a bigger and better built-in screen. You just have to wait until October 8 when it launches, and hope that supply won’t be marred too much by the inevitable scalper scourge that the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are still facing months after release.

If affordability and portability are king, however, and you don’t mind losing TV support or the bigger OLED screen, the $200 Switch Lite offers a smaller, cheaper, and handheld-only experience.

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The best deals on Nintendo Switch consoles, games, and accessories right now – including $15 off ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’

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The Nintendo Switch debuted in March 2017, while the smaller Switch Lite was released in September 2019.

  • The Nintendo Switch is rarely discounted, but there are plenty of deals on games and accessories.
  • We’ll update this list regularly with the top Nintendo Switch deals as new discounts are announced.

Even with the release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X, the Nintendo Switch continues to be the highest-selling video game console on the planet, with more than 68 million units sold worldwide.

The Switch was the top selling console for 24 consecutive months leading up to the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and the console will still be easier to find in stores for the next few months while Sony and Microsoft ramp up production of their new systems.

Nintendo’s $300 Switch offers many of the most popular games on the market in a portable package, with the option to connect the Switch to a larger television or home entertainment system. The $200 Switch Lite is smaller and can’t connect to your TV, but it’s still a popular pick for parents who want an affordable alternative to the PlayStation or Xbox, and gamers who want a second console.

To celebrate after the company’s ‘event winning’ E3 presentation, Nintendo’s Digital Deals event is cutting game prices by up to 50% on popular titles including “Cuphead,” “Doom: Eternal,” “Hades,” and “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” Below, we’ve collected the best deals on Nintendo Switch consoles, exclusive games, and accessories. These discounts should all come in handy whether you’re looking to buy a Switch for the first time, building your library of games, or trying to find the cheapest price on a Switch peripheral.

Here are the best Nintendo Switch deals for July 2021

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Best deals on Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite consoles

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The Nintendo Switch can be connected to a TV for high-definition gameplay, or taken on-the-go as a portable console. Furthermore, the Switch’s controls can be separated from the console and used as two separate controllers called Joy-Cons.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch Lite is a handheld-only version of the console that lacks the original Switch’s removable controllers and ability to connect to a larger television. The Switch Lite appeals to gamers who may already own a PlayStation or Xbox and want to play games with a similar level of quality while they’re traveling. Parents may also be more willing to invest in a handheld console at a lower price point when introducing their children to gaming.

The Nintendo Switch Lite comes in four colors (coral, turquoise, grey and yellow). There haven’t been many deals that drop the Switch Lite below its standard retail price of $200, but a refurbished model is sold for a $15 discount when it’s in stock at GameStop.

Best deals on Nintendo Switch games

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Though the Nintendo Switch has been around for just under four years, there are already more than 2,300 games available for the console. 

Now through April 25, Nintendo’s Spring Indie World sale offers discounts tons of titles, with many games now selling for less than $10. For some inspiration before you shop, check out our list of the best video games of 2020, according to critics.

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Best deals on Nintendo Switch controllers

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is the official alternative to the Switch’s built-in Joy-Cons.

Though the Switch’s Joy-Cons give players access to two controllers at all times, some gamers prefer the Nintendo Switch Pro controller, which more closely resembles a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controller.

Nintendo also sells spare Joy-Cons with multiple color options for Switch owners who want to add some additional flair and an extra set of motion controllers for multiplayer games. 

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Best deals on on Nintendo Switch accessories

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As a portable console with replaceable controllers, the Switch has no shortage of accessories. The most important addition you can make is a MicroSD card, which can expand the Switch’s initial 32GB of storage by 128GB or more for less than the price of a new game.

If you plan on taking your Switch on the go, it’s probably a good idea to pick up a basic case with space for extra game cartridges too. The Switch is fairly durable so you don’t need to spend a ton protecting it.

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Nintendo’s new Switch OLED promises a bigger and better screen – here’s how it compares to the standard Switch and Switch Lite

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The Nintendo Switch OLED features an improved screen.

  • Nintendo’s new Switch OLED console has slimmer bezels and a bigger screen with better contrast.
  • It still offers the same 720p screen resolution and 1080p TV output as the previous model, however.
  • The Nintendo Switch OLED will launch on October 8 for $350 -that’s $50 more than the standard model.

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Nintendo announced its new Switch OLED console on July 6. The new model costs $350 and will be available to buy on October 8. The Switch OLED will join the previously released standard Switch ($300) and the Switch Lite ($200).

The upgrades on the Nintendo Switch OLED are mainly focused on its built-in screen. The new model has a larger display that uses OLED technology rather than LCD. OLED screens offer better contrast than LCD displays thanks to self-illuminating pixels that enable true black levels. OLEDs are also capable of better viewing angles than most LCDs.

Apart from the screen, the new Nintendo Switch OLED comes with a slight design refresh for the console itself, including slimmer bezels and a wider stand that is now adjustable. Nintendo also said the new Switch OLED comes with improved audio and 64GB of built-in storage compared to the 32GB in the standard Switch and Switch Lite.

The new Nintendo Switch dock, which comes included with the Switch OLED, also looks sleeker with more rounded corners and a white color option, and it includes an Ethernet port. Nintendo also touted white JoyCon controllers, but the controllers themselves are otherwise identical to the original. There’s no information as of yet whether Nintendo addressed the widely reported joystick drifting issues.

On the downside, the Nintendo Switch OLED is missing some key hardware improvements that many buyers were expecting. Namely, video resolution in TV mode is still capped at 1080p rather than the expected, sharper 4K resolution. Nintendo hasn’t added Bluetooth connectivity for wireless headphones, either. Under the hood, the chip used in the OLED model is the same NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor used in the standard Switch and Switch Lite.

Below, we’ve put together a full comparison of key specifications for every Nintendo Switch model.

Nintendo Switch OLED vs. Switch vs. Switch Lite specifications

Nintendo Switch OLED Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch Lite
Price: $350 $300 $200
Screen: 7-inch OLED, 720p 6.2-inch LCD, 720p 5.5-inch LCD, 720p
TV video output: 1080p 1080p No TV output
Storage: 64GB, expandable up to 2TB with microSDHC or microSDXC cards 32GB, expandable up to 2TB with microSDHC or microSDXC cards 32GB, expandable up to 2TB with microSDHC or microSDXC cards
Connectivity: Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.1 for controllers W-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.1 for controllers Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.1 for controllers
Bluetooth Audio: None None None
Speakers: Front-facing stereo Front-facing stereo Bottom-facing stereo
Battery: 4,310mAh; 4.5 to nine hours; three hours charging time 4,310mAh; 4.5 to nine hours; three hours charging time 3,570mAh; three to seven hours; three hours charging time
Ports on console: USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
Ports on dock: 2X USB 2.0, HDMI, Ethernet, AC power port 2X USB 2.0, HDMI, AC power port Not compatible with dock
Size: 4 x 9.5 x 0.55 inches with JoyCon controllers attached 4 x 9.4 x 0.55 inches with JoyCon controllers attached 3.6 x 8.2 x 0.55 inches
Weight: 0.93 lbs with JoyCon controllers attached 0.88 lbs with JoyCon controllers attached 0.61 lbs with JoyCon controllers attached

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Nintendo just announced a new $350 Switch with a fancy new screen, but you probably don’t need it

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) that's expected to launch in October 2021.
The 2021 Nintendo Switch “OLED Model” was announced on July 6, 2021. It’s scheduled to launch on October 8 for $350.

  • Nintendo just announced a new, more expensive, slightly upgraded Nintendo Switch model.
  • Whether or not you already own a Switch, there aren’t a lot of good reasons to get this one.
  • Its main feature is a larger, higher-quality screen. It’s otherwise nearly identical to existing models.
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After years of speculation about a more powerful, upgraded Nintendo Switch model, Nintendo announced the “Nintendo Switch OLED Model” on Tuesday morning.

It’s got a bigger screen from previous models that uses OLED display technology, and it’s got a higher price tag to match: $350 for the new OLED model compared to $300 for the original Nintendo Switch.

Beyond the bigger, better screen, the “new” model is almost identical to the original Nintendo Switch that launched in March 2017.

It runs games at the same resolution and frame speed because it’s powered by the same processor and has the same amount of RAM that’s in the other Switch models. The same Joy-Con controllers that attach to the original Switch attach to this new model, and the new Dock even functions as a replacement for the original.

There are a few other subtle physical changes: a larger rear kickstand, a slight overall increase in weight, and a few design changes to the Dock.

Some Nintendo fans balked at the news.

“Finally, a Nintendo Switch that’s basically the same as the old Nintendo Switch,” one said. “New Nintendo Switch upgrade is a lot worse than expected. Zero performance upgrades?” said another.

That reaction is due at least in part to persistent rumors that the new Nintendo Switch model would have the ability to produce games at a 4K resolution. Nintendo is notoriously low-tech compared to its competitors in the console gaming market, like Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, and the Switch isn’t capable of producing now industry-standard 4K visuals.

With the Nintendo Switch OLED Model, that isn’t changing – it’s still only capable of producing 1080p resolution games at best.

Since games will run the same, the only reason to upgrade to this new model is if you’re a dedicated handheld gamer – and even then, there are still plenty of strong arguments for buying the $200 Nintendo Switch Lite instead. It’s nearly half the price, and built specifically for handheld gaming!

Unfortunately, waiting for a price cut on the now over four-year-old original Nintendo Switch is a fool’s errand. When asked if there will be a price drop for the original Switch, which still costs the same $300 it did in April 2017, a Nintendo representative said, “No. The price of the Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch systems remains the same.”

The representative added that “consumers can pick the model that best fits the lifestyle and gaming experience they desire, and that fits within their budget. In the US, the Nintendo Switch Lite system is the lowest-priced model at $199.99, followed by the Nintendo Switch system at $299.99, and now we have Nintendo Switch system (OLED model) at $349.99.”

But there’s good news: If you already own a Nintendo Switch, you almost certainly don’t need this new model. And if you don’t own a Nintendo Switch, you probably don’t need this new model either.

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Nintendo just unveiled a new $350 Nintendo Switch model featuring a larger OLED screen

All three Nintendo Switch models, including the new OLED model.
The new Nintendo Switch, which is known as the “OLED model,” alongside the original Switch (left) and Switch Lite.

  • Nintendo has a new, upgraded, more expensive model of the Nintendo Switch in the works.
  • The new Nintendo Switch has a larger screen that uses OLED technology.
  • Nintendo’s pricing the new Switch at $350, and it’s scheduled to launch on October 8.
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Nintendo has a new Switch model with a higher quality, larger screen, and it’s expected to launch this October, the Japanese gaming powerhouse announced on Monday morning.

The new Nintendo Switch console, which is simply known as “Nintendo Switch OLED Model,” costs $350 and is scheduled to launch on October 8.

There is one key difference between the new Switch console and the original console that launched in March 2017: Its screen uses OLED technology and is physically larger than the previous model at 7 inches (the original screen was just 6.2 inches).

A handful of small tweaks to the original form factor are also part of the new Switch, from a larger rear kickstand to a built-in ethernet port on the console’s dock. There are also some clear design changes, particularly to the console dock which now has more rounded edges. Internally, the new Switch has more storage (64 GB) and features “enhanced audio” via two front-facing speakers.

Despite previous rumors stating that the new Nintendo Switch model would be able to produce 4K visuals while docked, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Nintendo showcased all the differences between the original Switch and the latest model in an announcement video:

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How to watch E3 2021: The biggest gaming event of the year starts this Saturday and continues through June 15

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  • E3 2021, gaming’s largest annual event, starts June 12 and runs through June 15.
  • Industry leaders like Nintendo, Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Capcom will deliver world premiere trailers.
  • All of E3’s keynote presentations will stream live and gamers can participate in the event for free.

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E3, the video game industry’s largest annual conference, is returning as a virtual event after taking a year off due to the coronavirus pandemic. The show will begin on June 12 and continue through June 15 with premieres, announcements, and trailers from major industry players like Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and Capcom.

Following the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X last year, E3 2021 is expected to focus on the next-generation of games being designed for those consoles. The Nintendo Switch remains wildly popular too, and Nintendo is reportedly working towards an announcement of a new version of the Switch with more power, a better screen, and improved battery life.

E3’s broadcast schedule also includes compilation showcases for PC and indie gaming, giving lesser-known titles an opportunity to shine on the industry’s biggest stage. Some games, like Warner Bros’ “Back 4 Blood,” have their own extended streams planned. Other E3 presenters and publishers include “Borderlands” creators Gearbox, gaming product specialists Razer, the gaming entertainment channel VENN, and Verizon.

How to watch E3 2021

You can watch every E3 2021 event live through the E3 2021 YouTube and Twitch websites. Broadcasts will begin at 1 p.m. ET on June 12.

Gamers can also sign up to participate in E3 2021 virtually for free by registering at the conference website. This will give you access to a feed of E3 announcements and let you visit different publisher booths for a closer look at upcoming games during the event.

E3 2021 schedule

Below, we’ve broken down the full E3 2021 schedule and what you can expect from the biggest keynote presentations.

Saturday, June 12

Publisher Start time
E3 Pre-show 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT
Ubisoft Forward 3 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. PT
Gearbox E3 Showcase 5 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. PT
GamesBeat Session 5:45 p.m. ET, 2:45 p.m. PT

Sunday, June 13

Publisher Start time
E3 Pre-Show 11:45 a.m. ET, 8:45 a.m. PT
“Naraka Bladepoint” by 24 Entertainment 12:30 p.m. ET, 9:30 a.m. PT
Xbox & Bethesda Showcase 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT
Square Enix 3:15 p.m. ET, 12:15 p.m. PT
“Back 4 Blood” by Warner Bros. Games 5 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. PT
PC Gaming Show 5:30 p.m. ET, 2:30 p.m. PT
Future Games Show 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT

Monday, June 14

Publisher Start time
E3 Pre-Show 11 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. PT
Verizon 12 p.m. ET, 9 a.m. PT
Intellivision 12:45 p.m. ET, 9:45 a.m. PT
Take-Two Interactive 1:15 p.m. ET, 10:15 a.m. PT
Mythical Games 2:10 p.m. ET, 11:10 a.m. PT
Indie Showcase 3 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. PT
Freedom Games 3:30 p.m. ET, 12:30 p.m. PT
VENN 4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. PT
Capcom 5:30 p.m. ET, 2:30 p.m. PT
Razer 6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. PT

Tuesday, June 15

Publisher Start time
E3 Pre-Show 11 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. PT
Nintendo Direct and Nintendo Treehouse 12 p.m. ET, 9 a.m. PT
Bandai Namco Entertainment 5:25 p.m. ET, 2:25 p.m. PT
Yooreka Studio 6:20 p.m. ET, 3:20 p.m. PT
GameSpot Play For All Showcase 6:35 p.m. ET, 3:35 p.m. PT
E3 2021 Awards Show 7:45 p.m. ET, 4:45 p.m. PT

Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla” was one of the first titles released on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

French publisher Ubisoft is the creator of games like “Assassin’s Creed,” “Far Cry” and “Rainbow Six.” During their E3 address you can expect to see more of “Far Cry 6,” which features actor Giancarlo Esposito of “Breaking Bad” and “The Mandalorian,” as well as gameplay from “Rainbow Six Extraction,” an online multiplayer game that previously premiered as “Rainbow Six Quarantine” in 2019.

Ubisioft has confirmed that a previously announced remake of “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” will not be shown at E3. “Beyond Good and Evil 2,” another long-awaited Ubisoft title, hasn’t shared any news since September 2020 but that last update anticipated a trailer arriving in 2021.

Xbox and Bethesda

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Xbox executive Phil Spencer addressing the crowd at E3 2019.

Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda has been one of the biggest stories in the gaming business this year, bringing a healthy library of iconic video game franchises like “Fallout” and “Elder Scrolls” into the Xbox family.

While Xbox launched it’s next-gen Series X and Series S consoles in November, the company has been slow to deliver exclusive games. At E3 we expect details on “Halo Infinite,” a flagship Xbox title that was originally intended to launch alongside the Xbox Series X|S but was delayed to fall 2021 to improve the finished product.

Bethesda has fewer announced games on its slate, but fans have been excited for new details on the space roleplaying game “Starfield” and the next “Elder Scrolls” game. Future Bethesda releases will reportedly be exclusive to Xbox consoles and Windows PCs.

Square Enix

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Square Enix released “Final Fantasy VII Remake” last year after more than seven years of development.

This Japanese developer publishes a wide range of blockbuster games, including “Final Fantasy,” “Tomb Raider,” and “Marvel’s Avengers.” The company has promised news on upcoming action game “Babylon’s Fall,” narrative adventure “Life is Strange: True Colors,” and the next big update for “Avengers.”

Square Enix’s Eidos-Montreal will also show a world premiere trailer for their latest game; the same studio previously worked on “Tomb Raider,” “Avengers” and “Deus Ex.”

Take-Two Interactive

Grand Theft Auto V
“Grand Theft Auto V” is one of the bestselling games ever, and it’s coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Take-Two is best known as the publisher of “NBA 2K” and the parent company of “Grand Theft Auto” maker Rockstar Games. Rockstar is currently planning to re-release “Grand Theft Auto V” for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Take-Two recently signed Tiger Woods to an exclusive deal for future games, so we may see some of PGA Tour 2K22 at E3.

Ultimately, Take-Two’s conference could feature a range of surprises from partner studios; early leaks indicate the publisher could announce a Marvel-themed crossover with its “XCOM” strategy games.

Capcom

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Capcom’s “Resident Evil Village” is one of our favorite games of 2021 so far.

Capcom plans to talk about updates coming to some of the big games it released earlier this year, like “Resident Evil Village” and “Monster Hunter Rise.” There will also be news on at least two upcoming titles, “Monster Hunter Stories 2” and “The Great Ace Attorney.”

Nintendo

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Nintendo fans hope to learn more about the latest “Legend of Zelda” game at E3 2021.

It’s not clear what exactly Nintendo has planned for this year’s E3 presentation, but there has been wide speculation that the company could be working on a new version of the Switch with 4K resolution and an OLED screen.

Fans are eagerly awaiting new details on “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2,” but Nintendo is planning to release a remake “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” in July. The company recently announced a new Pokémon game called “Pokémon Legends: Arceus,” so we could see more of that, or the upcoming remakes of “Pokémon Diamond” and “Pearl,” too.

Bandai-Namco

Scarlet Nexus Bandai Namco video game

Bandai-Namco has two anime-inspired games set to arrive in the coming months, “Scarlet Nexus” and “Tales of Arise.” Expect to see footage of those two alongside more footage of “Elden Ring,” a new game from “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin and the creators of “Dark Souls.”

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Netflix apparently wants to break into the video game business. Experts say that’s a bad idea.

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Netflix co-CEOs Reed Hastings, left, and Ted Sarandos, right.

  • Netflix is reportedly fishing around for a major video game business executive to hire.
  • The company intends to expand its gaming efforts – to break into the lucrative video game industry.
  • That initiative is likely to fail, given the history of tech and entertainment companies in gaming.
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With over 200 million paid subscribers worldwide, Netflix is an absolute behemoth.

The streaming entertainment giant has successfully transitioned from a scrappy startup paying to license its content to a major player in Hollywood, splashing out tens of millions of dollars on its own productions.

So, what’s next for Netflix? The answer to that question, at least in part, appears to be video games.

Netflix is fishing around for a gaming executive to help it expand out its gaming initiative, according to a recent report in The Information. While the company has acknowledged an interest in interactive entertainment, it has yet to decide what this will mean in practice. Licensing content from existing game makers? Making its own games? And how will you actually play those games?

While we still don’t know much about Netflix’s plans, one thing is clear right now: Netflix getting involved in gaming is almost certain to fail.

“I do think they will try, and do think they will fail,” Wedbush managing director Michael Pachter told Insider. “It’s hard to make games.”

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“Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” is an “interactive movie” on Netflix that is more choose-your-own-adventure than video game.

Indeed, the video game industry is a very risky business, and even entrenched studios with top-tier talent and years of experience regularly go under. “We have the failures of THQ, Midway, Acclaim, 3DO, BAM, Eidos, Atari, Infogrames, Interplay, and probably a few others to illustrate how hard it is,” Pachter said. “I don’t see how Netflix could possibly think it can develop and sell games.”

Joost van Dreunen, author of “One Up: Creativity, Competition, and the Global Business of Video Games,” echoed Pachter’s skepticism.

“Big tech sucks at games,” he told Insider.

He pointed to Google’s Stadia, Amazon’s Luna, and Facebook’s scattershot gaming efforts across the last decade as prime examples of how major tech companies routinely fail at gaming initiatives.

Google and Amazon and Facebook have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into gaming across the last decade, yet none are major players in the video game market. “They look at it in a way that distribution goes before the content,” Van Dreunen said, “and that’s the wrong way around.”

Instead of creating video games and building beloved brands, they’ve largely focused on the mechanics of how you buy and access those games: Google’s Stadia platform, a Netflix-like video game streaming service, is a prime example.

Less than two years after Google announced a major game development initiative led by “Assassin’s Creed” creator Jade Raymond, and less than one year after outright buying a video game studio, the company folded those efforts this past February.

What’s Google focusing on for its big gaming service rather than making games for it?

An “increased focus on using our technology platform for industry partners,” Google Stadia Vice President Phil Harrison said in a blog post – a pretty huge step back from the splashy announcement of Stadia back in 2019, which promised a new digital service that would compete against the likes of Nintendo, Sony’s PlayStation, and Microsoft’s Xbox.

FILE PHOTO: Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison speaks during a Google keynote address announcing a new video gaming streaming service named Stadia that attempts to capitalize on the company's cloud technology and global network of data centers, at the Gaming Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Google VP Phil Harrison speaks during a Google keynote address announcing Google Stadia at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, March 2019.

For Netflix, which has the benefit of owning a beloved intellectual property like “Stranger Things” that could lend itself to games, another problem exists.

“Building games from owned IP is also super hard,” Pachter said. “Disney has failed at least three times trying to do so, and its IP is much stronger than Netflix.”

In recent years, Disney’s biggest properties – from Marvel characters to the “Star Wars” franchise – have found success in gaming by Disney largely handing over creative control to major video game companies.

Examples include 2018’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man” and 2019’s “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.” The former, a PlayStation 4 exclusive game made by Insomniac Games, sold over 20 million copies. The latter, a multiplatform “Star Wars” game with original characters and story, sold over 10 million copies.

At approximately $60 apiece, each game has grossed well over $1 billion in sales.

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2018’s “Marvel’s Spider-Man” for the PlayStation 4.

Netflix could follow a similar model and potentially find success.

The company could build a wildly successful game streaming service that seamlessly leverages its existing streaming service. It could spend years, and hundreds of millions of dollars, building its IP into major game franchises.

Or it could buy its way in, splashing out billions of dollars on a major game publisher like EA or Ubisoft – akin to Amazon’s recent purchase of MGM Studios, but for gaming. That would require a major, long-term institutional buy-in from Netflix, in addition to major financial investments.

“You need to have the stomach,” Van Dreunen said. “Like when you look at Google and Amazon – they just don’t have internally the numbers or the understanding of the space to say, ‘Yeah, you know what we should do? Spend $10 billion to really break in.'”

For its part, Netflix hasn’t detailed its gaming plans just yet – but the company is acknowledging the reported interest in a larger gaming investment in the future.

“Our members value the variety and quality of our content,” the company said in a statement. “Members also enjoy engaging more directly with stories they love – through interactive shows like ‘Bandersnatch’ and ‘You v. Wild,’ or games based on ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘La Casa de Papel’ and ‘To All the Boys.’ So we’re excited to do more with interactive entertainment.”

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15 great gifts to buy for the gamer in your life

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  • Finding gifts for the gamers on your shopping list can be tough with so many gadgets to choose from.
  • We’ve put together a list of our favorite gaming gifts, ranging from controllers to collectibles.
  • Before choosing a gift, it’s helpful to know if your gamer prefers PlayStation, Switch, Xbox, or PC.

Gift shopping for a tech-savvy gamer can be challenging, but we’ve put together a list of suggestions that will leave any gamer happy.

From this year’s most popular releases to wireless headsets and awesome collectibles, our gift ideas offer something for all gaming tastes and budgets. If you’re looking for more tech gifts, be sure to read our guides to the best tech gifts under $100, the best tech gifts under $50, and the best tech gifts under $25.

Here are the best gifts for gamers:

A headset to stay in contact with friends

hyperx cloud headset

The right pair of headphones can help players feel fully immersed in their games, whether they’re exploring a fantasy world or listening closely for enemy footsteps. Headsets with microphones are essential for communicating with teammates online, whether you’re playing on your computer or a console.

The HyperX Cloud II headset with 7.1 surround sound is available for $150 right now, and it works with PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch. It uses a USB dongle for a faster, more consistent wireless connection than Bluetooth can provide, at ranges up to 60 feet.

The battery can last for up to 30 hours on a single charge, and even without power, you can always connect the HyperX Cloud II to your phone or controller with a 3.5mm audio cable. There’s a physical mute button for the microphone, and you can even remove it when you only need the headset.

PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch have different headphone requirements than the Xbox, so you’ll have to pick up a pair of Xbox licensed headphones like the HyperX CloudX if you know the gamer in your life prefers Xbox.

If you’re willing to go with a more affordable wired headset, the Razer Kraken X provides 7.1 surround sound on PlayStation, Switch and Xbox, and it’s only $50.

Cloud II Wireless Headset (small)
A gaming monitor for 4K resolution and competitive play

BenQ gaming monitor showcase

Sharing the living room TV with a gamer can be tough, so consider getting your favorite player a dedicated screen so they can play in peace. Monitors have become increasingly popular for gamers of all types, including console players, since they offer less delay than TVs and sport smoother frame rates while playing.

Newer monitors have support for popular TV features, like HDR color and contrast, making them easier to pair with consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. This BenQ 28-inch gaming monitor is about the size of a small TV, it supports 4K resolution, it’s AMD FreeSync compatible, and it boasts a fast 1 ms (GtG) response time.

This year’s best blockbuster games

The Last of Us Part II Guitar
“The Last of Us Part II” was named the 2020 Game of the Year by The Game Awards in December 2020.

The best games of the year can vary based on a gamer’s platform of choice, so it’s essential to know if your gift recipient owns consoles (like the PlayStation, Switch, or Xbox) before buying a game.

Some of the best games released in 2020 and 2021 are console exclusives, like “Ghost of Tsushima” and “The Last of Us Part II” on PlayStation 4. “Ghost of Tsushima” is an open-world samurai adventure set on a scenic Japanese island, while 2020 Game of the Year winner “The Last of Us Part II” features impressive cinematic storytelling and cutting-edge graphics.

Nintendo’s offerings are known for being more family-oriented; the casual village-building game “Animal Crossing New Horizons” helped millions of people spend time together amid social distancing. “Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury” is a four-player platforming adventure that’s reminiscent of classic “Mario” games, with an extra open-world mode called “Bowser’s Fury.”

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A rare collection of classic Mario games

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“Super Mario Galaxy” is one of three games remastered for Switch in “Super Mario 3D All-Stars.”

Super Mario 3D All-Stars” is a collection of three classic Mario adventures remastered for the Nintendo Switch, but it was discontinued on March 31. That means you can’t buy it digitally, and Nintendo isn’t planning on making any more copies; you’ll have to find one of the remaining ones in stores.

With the Switch continuing to grow in popularity and the longstanding legacy of “Super Mario,” you can expect “3D All-Stars” to become a collector’s item in the years to come. “Super Mario 3D All-Stars” includes “Super Mario Sunshine,” which hasn’t been re-issued since its release in 2002, along with “Super Mario 64” and “Super Mario Galaxy.”

A subscription to hundreds of games on PC, Xbox, and Android

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (Xbox Netflix of gaming)

Millions of people picked up Microsoft’s Netflix-style subscription for video games to help pass the time at home during 2020. The library has more than a hundred games, ranging from Xbox classics, like “Halo,” to some of the most popular games of 2020, like “Among Us” and “Doom Eternal.”

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate isn’t exclusive to Xbox consoles; games can be played on Windows computers and streamed on Android phones. For Xbox owners, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also includes Xbox Live Gold, a $10 monthly service required to play games online, so you get a ton of value for just $5 more per month.

A premium controller with customizable buttons

Xbox Elite 2 controller

If you know a gamer who has been playing with the same old Xbox or PlayStation controller for years, you can give them a major upgrade. The $180 Xbox Elite 2 controller has a rechargeable battery, four extra paddle buttons on the rear, and comes with extra tools to customize and tighten your joysticks and directional pad.

The Xbox Elite 2 works on PC, is Bluetooth compatible, and will work with the Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.

Sony doesn’t make their own premium version of the PlayStation’s DualShock controller but Scuf Gaming makes a $160 PlayStation 4 controller with paddles similar to the Xbox Elite 2, plus a wide selection of customizable faceplates.

Extra storage space to spend more time playing, and less downloading

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The latest games can require anywhere from 20GB to 200GB to install, so gamers of all types will appreciate an upgrade in storage space. PlayStation and Xbox both allow external USB drives for storing games, screenshots, and your video recordings. You’ll need a USB 3.0 drive with between 250GB or 8TB of storage.

We recommend buying a drive from a reliable brand like Seagate or Western Digital — 1TB is enough to at least double the space available on consoles, and there’s not much of a performance advantage if you buy a more expensive solid state drive for your consoles.

The Nintendo Switch uses MicroSD cards to expand beyond its 32GB of internal storage. The Switch supports MicroSD cards up to 2TB in size but we recommend a 128GB or 256GB card, which offer plenty of space at a significantly lower price.

A retro console for nostalgia and preserving the classics

Sega Genesis Mini

Retro consoles like the Sega Genesis Mini pack a bunch of classic games into a nostalgic replica of consoles past. The Sega Genesis Mini comes with 42 games from the ’90s console including “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Street Fighter 2.” Games are displayed in high definition and the digital copies let you instantly save.

Nintendo set off a craze for retro consoles a few years ago with the NES Classic and Super NES Classic, but those consoles had a limited run and have less games than the Genesis Mini. The PlayStation Classic also collects 20 games from that console, but the selection isn’t as impressive as the competition.

An all-in-one VR headset to explore gaming from a new perspective

Quest 2

Released in May 2020, the Oculus Quest 2 has set a new standard for virtual reality headsets with finger tracking, greatly improved image quality, and no external sensors needed for setup. Oculus Quest 2 can be used as a standalone device for gaming, chatting, and watching movies, or connected to a PC for even more immersive performance.

Iconic collectibles inspired by popular games

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iam8bit is one of many specialty shops offering awesome gaming and comic book inspired collectibles.

Not every video game series is popular enough to have its own set of collectibles, but you can find a wide selection of gaming-inspired figures and statues from brands like Pop!, Nendoroid, and Kotobukiya. Prices can range from $10 to $250 or more depending on the item, but what’s important is finding a collectible that matches your gamer’s style.

The collectible shop iam8bit also offers lots of rare and limited collectibles, like vinyl video game soundtracks and customized cartridges for old games. Limited Run Games also puts together physical releases for popular indie games and retro titles that include unique collectibles like t-shirts and art books.

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