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Hands on with Metroid: Samus Returns

Samus is better than ever in the new Metroid game.

The black sheep of Nintendo's most overlooked franchise is being brought up to snuff in a new remake, ahead of a resurrection of the series in earnest.

Skyrim card game launches on mobile phones

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A collectible card game based on the fabled role-playing series that brought us Skyrim and Oblivion, Elder Scrolls: Legends is a deep and absorbing game of chance and strategy.

Tacoma is a multi-layered sci-fi masterpiece

Tacoma

Despite never letting you interact with another human, Tacoma is an almost unrivalled success when it comes to emotional storytelling and facilitating a true feeling of empathy for characters in games.

Fun, fish and fashion in Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2

Keeping everything that made the original game great while expanding on modes, fashion, weapons and features, Splatoon 2 is a powerfully addictive family-friendly shooter.

Nintendo's latest handheld is great value

The new Nintendo 2DS console

Nintendo's 3DS line might only have a year or two of vitality left with the advent of the hybrid Switch console, but that hasn't stopped the company loosing yet another iteration of the hardware: the slick-looking and budget friendly New Nintendo 2DS XL.

Mario Kart VR is a real thing from tomorrow

Mario Kart VR

Anyone planning a trip to Japan over the next couple of years, take note: the VR Zone at Shinjuku is officially open now. And while that means you can see people lose their minds at VR horror experiences, it also means you'll be able to peg bananas and green shells at people in VR.

A bittersweet return to Morrowind

Morrowind takes players back to the weird, mushroom-filled Vvardenfell.

The latest expansion of The Elder Scrolls Online, which takes players back to the strange land of Vvardenfell last seen in The Elder Scrolls III, is a great showpiece for how far the MMO has come since 2014. But it also exemplifies the core duality ESO still suffers from.

Secret Australian history of Nintendo's NES

NES

It's likely that this month marks exactly thirty years since Nintendo's very first home video game console launched in Australia, and while you might think you could confirm that by asking the company itself or with a simple Google search, it's not that easy.

Far Cry 5's religious weirdos court controversy

Father Joseph Seed and his fellow cultists as they appeared on the initial Far Cry 5 reveal poster.

When the first image promoting Far Cry 5 was released and appeared to show Christian Americans as the villains, certain pockets of the internet didn't know what to do with themselves. But after playing the game and talking to its producer at this year's E3, it's clear to me this is business as usual.

Nintendo's flexy fighter comes out swinging

Characters are diverse and charming in ARMS.

With fun, colourful characters, a unique hook and a smart approach to online play, ARMS is a breath of fresh air for casual fighting game fans. But unbalanced control schemes and an emphasis on fun over fairness may make it a hard sell for the hardcore competitive set.

Nintendo announces mini Super Nintendo

The mini SNES comes with 21 legitimately great games built in.

Nintendo has announced the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment system, a tiny console designed to look like the incredibly popular SNES that was first released in Australia in 1992.

Xbox, PlayStation in head-to-head battle to put gamer first

An attendee points past a Sony Corp. PlayStation logo before a Sony event ahead of the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo ...

With Microsoft introducing the 4K-enabled Xbox One X, a competitor to the PlayStation 4 Pro Sony launched last year, the two rival gaming platforms are head-to-head once again going into the super-competitive back half of the year. At E3, the heads of each brand told Fairfax Media what sets them apart.

Fire Emblem remake an echo of an unfamiliar past

Childhood friends are reunited on the battlefield in Shadows of Valentia.

Valentia's old-meets-new approach is an interesting twist on the series, with the juggling between two parties, free exploration sections and simplified combat balancing out the lack of relationship options and the occasional killer difficulty spike.

A first look at Beyond Good and Evil 2

This city beneath a statue of Genesha appears identically in the game's art, trailer and early tech demo.

Comprising an entire galaxy that will have a consistent level of detail and believable physics regardless of whether you're chatting with a character in a downtown noodle shop, roaming the streets of a city, in orbit over a planet or racing through the cosmos, to say this game is ambitious is an understatement.