Inside Nintendo’s Labo toy factory: ‘Creating and learning are fun!’

Developers at the gaming giant reveal the thinking behind their new range of hi-tech interactive cardboard construction kits, and the laughs they had while inventing them

The launch of a new Nintendo product always generates excitement, because you never quite know what you are going to get. In 2004, Nintendo abandoned the wildly successful Game Boy portable consoles in favour of an ugly silver clamshell with two screens, the DS. Two years later, when other games companies were focused on improving their consoles’ graphical power, Nintendo popularised motion control with the comparatively underpowered Wii. Both announcements attracted scepticism and even mockery from players and market analysts alike, and both sold more than 100m each.

The company’s experimental approach is not always successful, however. Though Nintendo’s most recent console, the Switch, has been a huge success so far, its predecessor, the Wii U, was one of the worst-selling games machines of all time. Nintendo Labo, out today in the US and on 27 April in the UK, is one of Nintendo’s weirdest ever ideas: a set of cardboard construction kits that, combined with the game software packaged with it, can be used to create interactive toys.

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Zelda? Pokémon? Spyro? Gamestruck players tweet their defining games

Under the trending Twitter hashtag #GameStruck4, video game fans have spent the day listing the four titles that defined their love of gaming. Some are predictable, others not so much

It’s a question video game fans often discuss: which games have defined your life? Now that question has become a trending Twitter hashtag, and some familiar classics are emerging as the most widely inspiring experiences.

It all started yesterday when streaming service Filmstruck took to Twitter asking people to list their four life-changing movies under a hashtag, #FilmStruck4. In response, Twitch streamer Marcus “EpicNameBro” Sanders tweeted: “I don’t watch movies, so I can’t do the whole ‘What 4 films define you’ thing. But I can do games.” He listed four titles – Final Fantasy Tactics, Demon’s Souls, Cave Story and World of Warcraft – and added the hashtag #GameStruck4.

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Rampaging wage slaves and Marie Antoinette – the pick of avant-garde festival games

An edible board game and a trickster goose were among offerings at London’s Now Play This experimental games showcase

Now Play This is an exhibition of experimental game design and a regular feature of the annual London games festival. For this year’s Now Play This, at Somerset House earlier this month, exhibition director Holly Gramazio and digital curator George Buckenham spread a wide range of games – digital, physical, edible, musical – across the site’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Here are some of our favourites.

Lost Wage Rampage (Jane Friedhoff, Marlowe Dobbe, and Andy Wallace)

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Game on for Ian Dallas, a man who tells a good tale | Rebecca Nicholson

The creator of Bafta award winner Edith Finch is pushing the boundaries of storytelling

What Remains of Edith Finch was a surprise best game winner at the Bafta Games awards on Thursday night. The indie release had been nominated in several other categories, but its top prize victory was such a shock that its creative director, Ian Dallas of Giant Sparrow, claimed not to have prepared a speech. “I wrote a speech for all the other awards, but this one I figured there would be something in Japanese,” Dallas told the BBC, a joke referring to Nintendo, which dominated elsewhere with Super Mario Odyssey and the stunning The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a game so all-encompassing it seems to have the special ability of making time disappear.

Edith Finch is a remarkable little game, though to call it little is, perhaps, to do it a disservice. It is short, at two to three hours (and as a result, relatively cheap), but it is vast in its imagination, scope and literary ambition. Dallas has spoken before of the influences behind this eerie and beautiful story of a girl returning home to explore the history of her cursed family, citing HP Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe and particularly Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude as reference points.

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice dominates at video game Bafta awards

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech The mythological adventure takes five awards, but the best game honour goes to What Remains of Edith Finch Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, a dark mythological adventure that follows a young warrior suffering from psychosis, was the big winner at the Läs mer…

We do not need PlayStation 5 in 2018 | Keith Stuart

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech There are rumours Sony is about to make a big hardware announcement – but it hasn’t wrung the last drops out of PlayStation 4 yet It has begun. Rumours regarding a possible successor to the PlayStation 4 have been Läs mer…

God of War review – violent, vengeful and more brilliant than ever

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech PlayStation 4; Sony/Santa Monica StudioKratos returns older and wiser, but exhilaratingly brutal in a story that deftly intertwines family drama and mythological epic As the average age of video-game developers and players has crept upwards, everyone has started to Läs mer…

Ready players? Not if the game is young men doing real jobs

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech A new IMF report shows some stark gender trends in European and US workforce, including one that follows virtual reality in a new Spielberg film In Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster, much of the population of a Läs mer…

Video lame: has Hollywood’s warped relationship with gaming gone too far?

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Studios are keener than ever to take a cut from this multibillion-dollar industry – but even the best games rarely inspire good films As recent efforts – Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed, Warcraft – continue to show, video games rarely Läs mer…

Develop and conquer! The teen game prodigies taking India by storm

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech The game-makers behind studio Vague Pixels used to squeeze in coding after their homework. Now they’re hoping that their frenetic action game Alter Army takes off Jaipur has a population of around three million people, but only one video Läs mer…

Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon return to Hogwarts for new Harry Potter game

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Mobile adventure game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, which will allow players to become students at the wizarding school, will be launched on 25 April Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, the much-anticipated mobile adventure game that will allow players to become Läs mer…

EA’s Patrick Söderlund on Battlefront II and indie titles: ‘Making games was easier 20 years ago’

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech EA’s head of development addresses last year’s Battlefront II controversy and going from a three-person team to making multimillion-dollar games In 2017, there were 7,672 games released on Steam, the world’s most popular video game service. That’s 21 games Läs mer…

Dare YOU face the orcs? 80s game books Fighting Fantasy return

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech The role-playing adventure books sold 20m copies in the 80s, before being eclipsed by video games. Now they’re back with a new story by Charlie Higson, can they captivate the web generation? Ian Livingstone calls it the “five-fingered bookmark”: Läs mer…

Sea of Thieves review – short-lived hilarity on the high seas

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Xbox One, PC; Rare/Microsoft Teamwork makes the game in this gorgeous pirate adventure, whether you’re fighting the Kraken or chasing pigs. But then the fun starts to ebb away There are moments of astonishing beauty in pirate adventure Sea Läs mer…

Ready Player One – do you buy Spielberg’s vision of virtual reality? Discuss with spoilers

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech The director has received positive reviews for his first sci-fi movie in over a decade. But do you find his digital wonderland convincing or overly corporate? This article contains spoilers There are so many potential competing narratives to discuss Läs mer…