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The new Switch (OLED model) with a product comparison chart overlaid on it
FeatureGuideMonday, 12th July 2021 by Welcome to my incredibly “scientific” and “ultimate” Switch model comparison chart

Still undecided on which Nintendo Switch to pick up? Mike has done some digging — and thinks he’s definitively ranked the three available models.

The Switch (OLED model) includes a wiiiiiide adjustable kickstand
Best ofFeatureGuideTuesday, 6th July 2021 by A deep dive into the Nintendo Switch (OLED model)

We’ve picked apart Nintendo’s press releases and spec sheets to bring you a closer look at the new Nintendo Switch (OLED model). So what’s changed?

An off-screen photo of Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! running on the new Switch OLED model
NewsUpdatedTuesday, 6th July 2021 by Nintendo announces Nintendo Switch “OLED model”, available October 8th

It’s got a new kickstand and “enhanced audio” — but this isn’t the “Switch Pro” everyone was hoping for. So is the Switch OLED worth the upgrade?

Key art for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
E3 2021NewsSaturday, 12th June 2021 by In Tweets: Ubisoft announces new Mario + Rabbids and, um, other things?

Ubisoft had a lot to show off — to the point their E3 show almost felt a bit muddled. But then we met Rabbid Rosalina, and all was forgiven.

Key art for Two Point Campus
NewsVideoThursday, 10th June 2021 by Theme Hospital + The Sims 2: University = Two Point Campus

We finally got a glimpse of our next adventure in Two Point County — and it brought back old traumas. We’ll never forgive EA for killing Bullfrog. Never!

E3 logo
E3 2021FeatureGuideTuesday, 1st June 2021 by Take a look back at the weirdly-corporate juggernaut that was the E3 2021 schedule

This year’s E3 might be the busiest yet. Luckily, we’ve compiled the US and UK times for every show — so you can plan your life around the important ones.

Photo showing overcrowding at E3 2017
Best ofE3 2021FeatureGuideMonday, 31st May 2021 by “So, what even is E3, anymore? Does anyone still care about it? Is anyone even ‘doing’ it this year?” and other pressing questions

Poor E3 has been up against it, thanks to Covid, overcrowded convention centres, and reluctant publishers. Mike argues it’s still a big deal regardless.

A pixelated screenshot from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Ace AttorneyFeatureSaturday, 9th March 2019 by In pictures: Phoenix Wright’s journey from 110p (no, really) to glorious Full HD

From the laughably tiny Java mobile game, to the laughably sloppy iOS collection — Mike takes a look back at the history of Phoenix Wright ports.

Defence attorney Phoenix Wright and spirit medium Maya Fey meet at the Detention Centre
Best ofAce AttorneyFeatureTuesday, 20th June 2017 by Exclusive: Acolyte Fey back behind bars after Grey Clinic boss allegedly shot by rogue spirit

Celeste Steel, Oh! Cult magazine’s news editor, reveals the inside scoop about Maya Fey’s upcoming murder trial — and its supposedly spiritual origins.

An extreme close-up of Noodle from Snake Pass's face; he appears to be... sweating? Leaking? It's very distressing.
Best ofReviewSaturday, 1st April 2017 by Snake Pass

How did a game with so much going for it, wriggle into so much trouble? Snake Pass is a slippery customer, and left Mike feeling conflicted and weird.

Junpei meets “Dancer” at the start of 999. Text in image: “Dancer: I guess there's another one of us now.”
Best ofFeatureThursday, 30th March 2017 by The Nonary Games’ Novel and Adventure modes completely change how 999’s story feels

The new story modes in 999 serve to speed up the storytelling — but Mike reckons they don’t do main character Junpei’s characterisation any favours.

The two main characters of Snake Pass
NewsUpdatedWednesday, 29th March 2017 by The Switch version of Snake Pass doesn’t run in HD (and is generally a bit shoddy)

We had high hopes for Snake Pass. But running at sub-PS Vita resolutions in 2017 isn’t a good look. “In the region of 844 × 475px”, says Digital Foundry.