March 2020

The Animal Crossing-Themed Switch Is Back in Stock

3 weeks ago
The special edition Animal Crossing: New Horizons-themed Nintendo Switch console is back in stock at a number of retailers. After quickly selling out in preorder, it's been unavailable for months since it released. So if you want one, you should probably grab it quick, because there's no telling whether this restock will sell out.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Special Edition Nintendo Switch

switch-animal These have sold out quickly in the past, so don't wait if you want one.

This Is the "V2" Nintendo Switch

This special edition of the Switch is the "V2" version of the hardware, which means it gets longer battery life than the launch Switch. It has pastel blue and green Joy-Cons. The base is cream colored and features an image of Tom, Timmy, and Tommy Nook standing on a small island in the sea.
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Chris Reed

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

1 month 1 week ago

The Xbox One. Over seven years and three major hardware iterations, thousands of games have come out for the thing. What once could’ve been considered a Halo and Forza box ended up having one of the most robust libraries in modern video games. Now that we’re fast approaching the twilight of an era—with the upcoming…

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Kotaku Staff

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Every Major IGN Mario Review Ever

1 month 3 weeks ago
Since 1985's Super Mario Bros., Mario has had many adventures and has entertained millions around the world. With the report that Nintendo is planning on re-releasing most of Mario's 35-year back catalogue this year on Nintendo Switch, we thought we'd look back at every main Mario game that IGN has reviewed. IGN has given the Mario franchise three 10s, 13 scores above 9, and has never scored a main Mario game below a 7. Check out each and every review in the slideshow below. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-ign-super-mario-review-ever&captions=true"] Let us know which game has been your favorite in the comment section below! [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.
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Adam Bankhurst

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Ghost of Tsushima: Here's What Comes in Each Edition

3 months 1 week ago
Ghost of Tsushima is coming to PS4 tomorrow, July 17. The game is set in the 13th century, as the Mongol army is marching and sailing to conquer the East. Tsushima is an island off the coast of Japan, and the first to fall as the enemy fleet arrives and the invasion begins. You play as Jin Sakai, one of the lone survivors of the first wave of the attack on the island, who's out for revenge. As with many AAA titles, the game will be available in a number of special and collector's editions, each one containing various extras.
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Chris Reed

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Amazon's New Fire HD 8 Tablets Are Already $30 Off Today Only

3 months 4 weeks ago

Amazon tends to be generous with deals on its own hardware during blowout sales like Prime Day and Black Friday, so if you're interested in any of Amazon's tablet or smart devices, that's usually the best time of year to shop. However, you can get a great tablet for a steep discount in today's Deal of the Day, where the new 2020 edition of Amazon's Fire HD 8 tablet (32GB) is down to $60. That's $30 off its usual price of $90, but you've got less than 24 hours to claim it (and it may sell out before the day is over). For wireless charging and slighter better performance, you can also opt for the Fire HD 8 Plus (32GB), which is also $30 off at $80.

The Fire HD 8 tablet comes with an 8-inch HD display and is available with 32GB or 64GB of storage. The 2020 model holds up to 12 hours of battery life, features a brand-new 2.0 GHz quad-core processor, and comes with USB-C for easier, faster charging (the HD 8 Plus charges even faster). Of course, the tablet also comes with Amazon's friendly AI, Alexa, which allows you to use the tablet hands-free and can play media, answer questions, and much more.

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Jenae Sitzes

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Ring Fit Adventure is now back in stock - but probably not for long

4 months 2 weeks ago

Update: And we're back here again. Stock of Ring Fit Adventure appears to be drying up after selling out in around an hour. If any more retailers make stock available over the coming days I'll be sure to update this page.

Original Story: After weeks (months?) of zero availability, Nintendo's quirky home fitness curio Ring Fit Adventure is now starting to come back in stock.

At time of writing, Game is currently taking orders for Ring Fit Adventure at £79.99. It's unlikely to last long, so better snatch a copy quickly if you've been hankering for a home workout.

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Animal Crossing Turnips Guide: Master New Horizons' Stalk Market

4 months 2 weeks ago

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has an interesting economy, to say the least. If you've been playing the game for at least a few days, you've likely sold fruit, bugs, fish, and various random items to make a quick bell. This will get you by for a bit, but you'll need to get better income sources as your house payments start to balloon and you have to make larger infrastructure improvements around town. That's where the "stalk market"-- the game's take on the stock market--comes into play. Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets you trade in a high-risk and high-reward speculation system, and with interest rates recently reduced for savings, you'll need to make the most of it.

Named for the turnips you're buying and selling, the stalk market is a finicky thing. But you can stand to make major profits if you keep an eye on Timmy and Tommy's prices and know when to sell. We've rounded up everything you need to know about Animal Crossing's turnip trade, from how to buy turnips to the types of stalk market patterns you should look out for and our best tips.

For more financial tips, check out our guide to making money in New Horizons.

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Kallie Plagge

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Games You Can Play For Free While Stuck At Home

4 months 3 weeks ago

By now, you’ve hopefully hopped on the social distancing train. As so many experts have suggested, it’s one of the best tactics for slowing the spread of covid-19. One possible side effect of social distancing is that you might find yourself with an uncontrollable urge to play a lot of video games. Thing is, playing a…

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Ari Notis

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Where To Buy A Switch: Nintendo Switch Still Out Out Stock

4 months 3 weeks ago

Though it's not nearly as crucial as hand sanitizer, tissues, toilet paper, and other household goods, the Nintendo Switch console is seeing a major national shortage right now, as major retailers respond to increased demand for online goods due to the coronavirus outbreak. The $300 console is seeing increased demand as more people find themselves stuck indoors and looking for a good way to play some video games.

According to Nintendo, more regular Switch consoles will be restocked soon. "Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the US, but more systems are on the way. We apologize for any inconvenience," Nintendo told GameSpot in an email statement.

It's rare to find the regular Nintendo Switch in stock right now, but we've seen it come back into stock on occasion. However, online restocks usually sell out within a minute or less. Some places, like GameStop and Best Buy, let you check availability at your local store, and if you can find it in stock, they may do curbside pickup so you don't even have to go inside. You can check the current listings and availability below. We check for availability frequently and update this story anytime we spot the Switch in stock.

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Jenae Sitzes

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Borderlands 3 Guns, Love, And Tentacles DLC Doesn't Address Issues With Lovecraft's Work

4 months 3 weeks ago

This article, originally posted on March 29, 2020, has been republished to amplify black voices in GameSpot's support of Black Lives Matter. Donate to the effort to fight systemic racism here.

With the release of Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock, the second story-focused DLC for Borderlands 3, I figured that now would be the best time to jump back into Gearbox's latest entry in its first-person loot shooter franchise, seeing as I hadn't found an opportunity to do so since writing GameSpot's Borderlands 3 review. The Borderlands franchise has typically had a decent track record when it comes to post-launch campaign expansions after all--so I figured, "Why not?"

However, I wasn't particularly enthused by my time with Guns, Love, and Tentacles, largely because Gearbox's interpretation of H.P. Lovecraft's work incorporates some of the problematic parts of the author's worldview and then does nothing to address them.

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Jordan Ramée

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The Nintendo Switch Is Still Sold Out; Switch Lite In Stock

4 months 3 weeks ago

The Nintendo Switch has been sold out almost everywhere online (and in-store at many popular retailers) for more than a month, even as some of its biggest games continue to gain popularity. With global supply chains reacting to the rapid spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, stock shortages of numerous goods are expected. If you've been tempted by the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you might be out of luck already, as stock of Nintendo's handheld console has become almost impossible to find beyond third-party sellers--and the prices for those are surging up to $600. According to Daniel Ahmad, a senior analyst at Niko Partners, supply won't return to normal until the "end of Q2," and we're already reaching that point rapidly. The Nintendo Switch Lite comes back in stock periodically, but those also sell out quickly, and you won't be able to connect them into a TV.

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Alessandro Barbosa

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Has Afro Twists, And I Love 'Em

4 months 3 weeks ago

This article, originally posted on March 20, 2020, has been republished to amplify black voices in GameSpot's support of Black Lives Matter. Donate to the effort to fight systemic racism here.

I'm happy that Animal Crossing: New Horizons includes the option to play as a black character. I'm overjoyed the game actually gives you a decent option when it comes to giving your character a traditionally black hairstyle.

I've gotten to the point where I'm not really angry anymore whenever I see a video game character creator think that good diversity is making sure to include options for an afro or cornrows. I'm just tired of yelling about it.

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Jordan Ramée

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How To Download Call Of Duty: Warzone For Xbox One, PS4, PC

4 months 4 weeks ago

Call of Duty: Warzone is a free-to-play battle royale game for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One that recently passed the milestone of 50 million players. Warzone can be installed both as an update to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or as a free, standalone game for players who don't own Modern Warfare and aren't interested in purchasing it. The battle royale game is a huge download size even if you don't have Modern Warfare, but don't worry--that just gives you some time to check out our list of Warzone tips while it's installing. Or read up on the recently unlocked Warzone bunkers and where to find them.

Find our quick how-to guide for installing Call of Duty: Warzone, and learn more about how Warzone and Modern Warfare's unified progression works, below.

How To Download Warzone Without Modern Warfare

If you want to play Call of Duty: Warzone but don't own and aren't planning on purchasing Modern Warfare, you can expect an 83-101 GB download size, according to the official Activision blog. It's available as a standalone battle royale game on all available platforms, meaning PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and can be downloaded from associated first-party stores. Check out the download links below.

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Alessandro Barbosa

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How To Get A Valorant Beta Key Before Beta Ends [Update]

4 months 4 weeks ago

Update: Its closed beta may be over, but that also means Valorant's official launch is on the way. If you weren't able to get into the beta during its pre-release stage, don't worry--Valorant's release date is right around the corner and, as it was during its early access period, Valorant will remain free to play. Find out if your PC can run Valorant in our minimum/recommended specs guide.

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Chloi Rad

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Xenoblade Chronicles' Definitive Works Set Back In Stock Ahead Of Release Day

4 months 4 weeks ago

Nintendo is finally giving its heralded Wii RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles, another go on the Switch, and it's out this Friday, May 29. The Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is joined by a new 250-page art book dubbed Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Works that will be bundled with the US-exclusive $80 Definitive Works Set, which is currently back in stock at GameStop one day before release. Meanwhile, fans in the UK can grab the Collector's Set, which comes with a few more goodies.

The biggest addition to the Definitive Edition is the brand-new epilogue, Future Connected, which provides some incentive for those who have already played Monolith Soft's grand adventure to grab it again on Switch. The Switch version also includes some quality-of-life improvements, including remixed music, updated controls, and enhanced visuals. Menu screens will be more user-friendly and feature easier-to-read text, too.

Our Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition review is live now, and the game earned a 9/10 for its rewarding combat, fantastic soundtrack, and diverse, gorgeous world. "Although not every aspect of Xenoblade Chronicles has aged as well as others, Definitive Edition proves that Xenoblade Chronicles is still a fantastic JRPG with an immense amount of strategic depth that's still impressive in 2020. Its bevy of improvements and additions, as well as its fantastic epilogue, make this an adventure worth embarking on a decade later," wrote GameSpot's Jake Dekker.

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(Update) Nintendo has closed all of their US repair service centers due to pandemic concerns

5 months ago

[Update: After closing up their US repair center program in late Match, Nintendo has announced that "some" of their repair centers are now coming back online as of May 28. The company is working on "gradually restarting services," so locations that have your items might be shipping them out soon, and you should be able to send out your broken products in the near future.]

As global pandemic concerns continue to mount, Nintendo is taking part of its operation offline this week, as they've just closed their US repair service centers.

While gaming has been a much-needed respite in this current climate the safety of employees is more important, so they're being closed until further notice. If you've already sent your hardware in or are about to, there's some things you should know first: thankfully, Nintendo has provided a helpful FAQ.

For starters, if you're sending a product now, it might be returned as "undeliverable," so don't do that. If you have a product sitting there now in a service center, it will "remain there until repair services resume." When everything goes back to normal, this page will be updated. Nintendo says repair orders will remain for "180 days," but will honor expired warranties during the closure.

It's a rough situation out there for everyone: stay safe! And hopefully, indoors.

Important Information About Repair Service Center Closures [Nintendo]

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Chris Carter

Amazon Prime Day 2020: Event Date Delayed, Deals To Expect, And More

5 months ago

It may be only May but it's never too early to anticipate great deals, and one of the biggest savings events of the year is coming up in just a few months. Amazon Prime Day 2020 is on the horizon, and while it's happening later than usual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's sure to bring steep discounts on some of the best games for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Prime Day is also an excellent opportunity to snag consoles and PC hardware at a discount, and you'll also find sweet deals on gaming accessories, merch, Blu-rays, collectibles, and practically anything on your wishlist. Prime Day is known for having deals on par with even Black Friday, so for gamers on a budget, it's an event you don't want to miss.

The key to snagging the deals you want on Amazon Prime Day is to go in prepared. To help you out, we've assembled a guide with everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2020, including when it might start, the best deals to expect, and more.

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Prime Day is a massive sale Amazon puts on each summer for Prime members. It all began in 2015, when Amazon had a sale to celebrate its 20th birthday. In the years since, Prime Day has grown into a shopping extravaganza in its own right, with deep discounts on all kinds of items across the whole store.

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Jenae Sitzes

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fish Guide - How To Catch, Prices, Shadow Sizes, And More

5 months ago

There are a lot of different ways to make money in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and one of the best is by fishing for rare species. Similarly to bugs, there are tons of different types of fish that vary depending on a variety of factors, including the time of day, weather, and season. There are 80 to catch in New Horizons, and you can sell them, gift them, donate them, or display them. What you chose to do with them is up to you, but you'll need to actually catch them before making that decision.

Below, we have two tables--one for the Northern Hemisphere and one for the Southern Hemisphere--listing every fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, where and when you can catch them, and how much you can sell them for (which is a good way to make money in Animal Crossing). We've also broken down the fundamentals of fishing in Animal Crossing, including how to craft your first fishing rod, everything that can affect how and when fish spawn, and which seasonal fish you should focus on each month.

If you're determined to fill out your museum, you should also check out our guide to Redd's art and how to tell real art from the fakes. You can also look up every item in the game using the New Horizons catalog tool from our sister site GameFAQs.

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Jacob Dekker

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Every Big Game Coming Out In Spring 2020

5 months ago

Spring is here, the flowers are in bloom, and the urge to go outside and frolic is strong. Cracking open a window and letting in some fresh air while you game is almost the same thing. With games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Final Fantasy VII Remake, and The Last of Us Part II on the horizon, it might even…

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Mike Fahey

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The Best VR Headsets To Get For Half-Life: Alyx, Iron Man VR, And More (2020)

5 months 2 weeks ago

It's an interesting time to shop for the best VR headset. A slow start and varying approaches to virtual reality from companies like Samsung, HTC, and Google has finally given way to a more stable industry, and interest in VR gaming has spiked considerably among gamers. Half-Life: Alyx was a big reason for that, but it's not the only great VR game out there, and there are still plenty on their way. The PlayStation VR-exclusive Iron Man VR recently got a new release date of July 3, and if you're interested in snagging a PlayStation VR bundle, there are some in stock at the moment. Valve's own Index headset is accepting orders that are expected to ship in eight-weeks time, though thankfully, Oculus has also restocked its popular Quest VR headset. Oculus Quest orders will ship June 17, but be sure to act fast as quantities are limited.

Yes, the Valve Index is a popular VR headset, but it's not the only one out there. Each VR headset out there right now has unique qualities like high resolutions, AMOLED displays, or built-in speakers. Most also come with touch and motion controllers, VR headphones, and more. We know it can be an intimidating purchase if you're not already plugged into the VR gaming community. That's why we're on the case to help you figure out what the best VR headset is right for you, depending on your needs.

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How To Clean Your VR Headset, Phone, And Other Tech

6 months 2 weeks ago

Recent events have caused a lot of people to be more diligent in washing their hands, but it's also paramount that you keep all of your most-used devices clean as well. That means our phones, keyboards, and controllers among other things. Of course, one of the scariest things can be not knowing what is safe to use and how exactly to clean each gadget. There are a lot of different cleaning and sanitizing products out there, each of which is good at a specific thing--and some products aren't safe for cleaning fragile devices at all.

To demystify the process, we've put together this quick-and-easy guide on how to sanitize your phone, keyboard, and other common tech, including the best cleaning products we've tried and can recommend.

How to clean your VR headset

With Half-Life: Alyx released, people are putting a lot of use into their VR headsets. Of course, you'll want to share the experience with the friends and family you live with, so you may need to clean your VR headset from time to time. Firstly, there's no getting around it: you're putting this on your face and then on someone else's. There's no way to prevent 100% of your sweat, DNA, or bacteria getting on them or vice-versa.

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Mat Paget

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