Mario Kart has invaded Target, and it’s stressing me out

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Mario Kart has invaded Target, and it’s stressing me out

Target’s prepping for next week’s launch of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch with a nationwide, in-store promotion. Most of what the retailer’s doing is cute and on-brand; shopping carts have been Mario Kart-ified, for example. But the campaign gets interactive, sending our Mario Kart-related anxiety goes through the roof.

When walking into participating Target stores this week, Mario Kart players will be greeted by a familiar noise: the beeping of the countdown timer that goes off before every race.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe wireless play comes with a weird controller restriction

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe wireless play comes with a weird controller restriction

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch is the definitive version of the original Wii U game, making it one of the best Mario Kart games in recent memory. But as we discovered when playing it for the first time earlier this week, there’s a curious limitation to one of the Switch version’s benefits — its varied control schemes.

As one of the Switch’s biggest selling points, there are several different ways to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. In most modes, players can choose to play with a single, horizontally held Joy-Con; a pair of Joy-Con controllers, either attached, detached or in a grip; or a Pro Controller.

Pyramid Head, Simon Belmont and Vic Viper coming to Bomberman for Switch

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Pyramid Head, Simon Belmont and Vic Viper coming to Bomberman for Switch

Three classic characters are coming to Super Bomberman R for Nintendo Switch in the coming weeks, including Konami’s adorable mascot Pyramid Head. The Silent Hill resident will be joined by Castlevania’s Simon Belmont and the Gradius series’ Vic Viper as part of a free update rolling out soon, Konami said.

Konami also rolled out a big update for Super Bomberman R today, one that improves the Switch game’s frame rate and adds a number of new maps. Four new versus stages — White Cross, Lagoon, Max Speed and Power Zone — have been added to the game’s shop, but players will likely better appreciate a number of polishing tweaks that Konami has rolled out.

This VR game might make you think you can dribble like a pro

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This VR game might make you think you can dribble like a pro

I’m not capable of breaking anybody’s ankles with my basketball dribble. But for a fleeting moment last month, I felt like I was.

The moment came at the end of my demo of The Professor Presents: #GotHandles, a virtual reality game starring street basketball star Grayson “The Professor” Boucher. After completing an increasingly complicated series of combos with varying degrees of success, I was tasked with trying to pull off the Professor’s famous “spider-dribble.” (You can see that back-and-forth tapping dribble at the start of this “Spiderman Basketball” video, which has 32.8 million views on YouTube.)

Facebook: VR’s future is bright but ‘full AR’ is the holy grail

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Facebook: VR’s future is bright but ‘full AR’ is the holy grail

After spending more than a billion dollars on virtual reality, Facebook seems to have adopted an equal interest in augmented reality, and at least one AR company couldn’t be happier.

“VR will offer increasingly convincing experiences and will gain the ability to capture the real world and bring it into your virtual world, that will let you move around safely, use your keyboard and mouse in VR, pick up your coffee mug, teleport all over the world and share experiences with people all over the planet,” Michael Abrash, Oculus Research’s chief scientist, told a gathering during this week’s annual F8 Facebook conference. “VR will be the most immersive way to interact with the virtual world and it will revolutionize how we work and play.

Call of Duty: WWII confirmed, full reveal next week

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Call of Duty: WWII confirmed, full reveal next week

The next game in the Call of Duty first-person shooter series will be set during World War II, Activision announced today.

In a brief announcement, the publisher said that the Sledgehammer Games-developed Call of Duty: WWII will be more fully revealed during a livestream next Wednesday. The company also released a promotional image (pictured above). Activision did not give a release date, although the company generally launches Call of Duty games in November, following spring announcements. No platforms were specified.

Learn how to become a Puyo Puyo Tetris pro from a true master

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Learn how to become a Puyo Puyo Tetris pro from a true master

Since its original release more than 30 years ago, Tetris has managed to stump players of all skill levels. Now that Sega’s got a new version of the classic falling block puzzle game heading to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 next week, the publisher is eager to help us figure out how Tetris’ secret tricks so that we Tetris amateurs might one day rank with the best of ‘em.

Sega of America’s YouTube channel updated with several tutorials for the upcoming Puyo Puyo Tetris, which combines both venerated puzzle franchises into one package. The video series focuses on the combos and puzzle setups players should memorize to start killing it at Tetris.

Xbox Games with Gold for May looks good for Star Wars fans

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Xbox Games with Gold for May looks good for Star Wars fans

Microsoft’s Xbox Games with Gold giveaways for May look especially good for anyone with a thing for Star Wars. Xbox Live Gold members get two Star Wars titles as part of their subscriptions starting next month — the caveat being that they’re old Xbox 360 titles.

From May 1-15, subscribers can pick up Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2. The sequel takes place six months after the first Force Unleashed game, with a slightly darker story than the original action-adventure title.

The new Hot Shots Golf is dropping the Hot Shots name

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The new Hot Shots Golf is dropping the Hot Shots name

The next entry in Sony Interactive Entertainment and developer Clap Hanz’s Hot Shots Golf series is coming to PlayStation 4 this August, but it won’t carry the Hot Shots name. Instead, Sony will release the title as Everybody’s Golf.

That’s what Hot Shots Golf has been called in Japan — “Minna no Golf” — and Europe for the past 20 years, and while it’s not clear why Sony is making the change stateside, the important thing is that the game is finally coming out. Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida first announced the PS4 game — which was previously known as New Hot Shots Golf — back in 2014.