Something old, new and renewed

| Jun 25, 2017

Something old, new and renewed

by

2-D has its advantages When the Nintendo 3DS originally launched in 2011, the key feature was its 3-D-glasses-free stereoscopic 3-D screen. Many players enjoyed the visuals; however, some found them headache-inducing. The latest iteration from Nintendo will be a welcome release for the latter. This isn't ...

Set to go with the push of a button

| Jun 18, 2017

Set to go with the push of a button

by

A very meta instant camera Japan's biggest toy fair, the International Tokyo Toy Show, is always a good place to discover new gadgets, even if they are originally designed for kids. This year it was held June 1-4 and one product proved particularly popular with ...

Unusual controllers preside at BitSummit

May 28, 2017

Unusual controllers preside at BitSummit

by

A man wearing a blue shirt and box over his head wandered the floor at Kyoto's Miyako Messe exhibition hall. As passersby stopped to look, he handed them empty lotion pump bottles and invited them to try squirting them. It was a quirky moment, and ...

Summer releases: bring your A-game

| May 21, 2017

Summer releases: bring your A-game

by

Stuff they don't teach at school It's May and it's virtually summer — the perfect time to play "Summer Lesson: The Hikari Miyamoto Collection," in which you tutor and hang out with schoolgirl Hikari Miyamoto. This game was released as a download last October, but ...

Today's modern home helpers

| May 14, 2017

Today's modern home helpers

by

Robotic window wiping For anyone who despises housework, robot home helpers are a blessing. Everyone knows iRobot's Roomba vacuum cleaner, perhaps you've even heard of the same company's Braava floor mop. But what about a robot window cleaner? Robotically cleaning vertical surfaces doesn't sound viable, but ...

Games: Best of editions and additions

| Apr 23, 2017

Games: Best of editions and additions

by

Eighth time lucky for 'Mario Kart' The eighth entry in the long-running "Mario Kart" series first came out in 2014. Now a deluxe version is headed for Nintendo Switch, with the appropriate title "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe." Ever since "Super Mario Kart" was released in 1992 ...

Technological fun for the home

| Apr 16, 2017

Technological fun for the home

by

Gadget maker Cerevo has taken advantage of the hype surrounding this month's release of the Hollywood version of "Ghost in the Shell" by producing a 1/8 scale robot model of the original anime's AI combat-vehicle Tachikoma.

'Senran Kagura' makes a big splash

| Mar 25, 2017

'Senran Kagura' makes a big splash

by

The "Senran Kagura" games are ridiculous. But that's the whole point. Previous installments have followed the adventures of buxom female kunoichi (female ninjas), who end up with tattered clothing while battling foes. This latest game, however, trades ninja gear for water guns. "Peach Beach Splash" ...

Nintendo is switching it up

| Feb 25, 2017

Nintendo is switching it up

by

It's still early in 2017, but Switch, Nintendo's newest gaming console, is bound to be the most desirable hardware of the year. Both a home console and a handheld, it's being touted as an all-in-one must have. Drop it in its dock and players ...