The Morning After – Engadget

by Joseph K. Clark

Earlier this week, Nintendo teased a Livestream for upcoming games. Maybe some remastered Zelda titles for the Switch, finally? It is the 35th anniversary of the game series, and Mario got the treatment last year.

Well, yes, we got one. The company blazed through 20 new game announcements, saving the best for last: a remake of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and a Splatoon sequel.

We’ll come back to the former, but the presentation also revealed a new Mario Golf game, Fall Guys, heading to Switch this summer, and Famicom Detective Club, a visual novel style game localized for the US. Also, a Ninja Gaiden collection and Knockout City, a dodgeball-inspired game coming to Switch and PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.


But back to arguably the main reveal. The original Skyward Sword was a mainline Zelda title that launched, unfortunately, on the Wii U. Nintendo’s beleaguered predecessor to the Switch struggled to sell throughout its lifetime. The game was divisive, with many complaints about filler tasks, a quirky motion-controlled battle interface, and, apparently, a harp, which is now a trigger word for those who played the original. But hey, you got your Zelda remake, OK? Even if it’s not the one you (or I) wanted. Watch all the highlights right here.

So let the great American public decide.

Amazon announced its “Day 1” hardware program last year, with Amazon’s Echo Frames being the first hardware to graduate to general availability. Now, the company is expanding the program into “Built It.” It’s directly taking consumer interest into account when deciding whether to sell the products, including an acute cuckoo clock, a minimalist smart nutrition scale, and a very desirable (just me?) sticky note printer. Notably, none of them looks like Amazon-style hardware, which is a good thing.

You can order them now, but Amazon will only make them if they hit a sales goal by March 19th. If they do, you’ll get charged and receive the item at some point between July and September this year. The scale is priced at $35, the clock is $80, and the printer is $90. Continue reading.

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