Dark Souls, Donkey Kong, and all the new Switch games Nintendo announced today

Nintendo fans spent this week in a tizzy as rumors of a Nintendo Direct newscast announcing an updated slate of 2018 games began to build. Those whispers turned out to be true, and the company published a 14-minute “Nintendo Direct Mini” this morning, unveiling a handful of titles and giving updates on several more.…

The A.V. Club's favorite games of 2017

Every December, instead of searching for a group consensus, Gameological looks back at the year in games through individual perspectives. These are the staffers’ personal takes on a few games that have stuck in their minds for whatever reason—big or small—and does not represent any sort of institutional expression.…

A brief, spoiler-free suggestion on the best way to play Super Mario Odyssey

Generally speaking, there has only been one way to beat a Mario game. For the old 2-D games, this is literal—you run to the right—but it’s even true of the more elaborate 3-D games, too. Super Mario 64 and the Galaxy games featured different ways to replay their individual levels, but depending on which one you chose,…

“Oh… I haven’t seen it”: 15 deep-cut Halloween costumes from 2017 pop culture

Halloween draws nigh, and with it the annual parade of ghosts and goblins, trolls and Trumps, pumpkins and David S. Pumpkins, and other, equally obvious guises drawn from the well of contemporary pop culture. But you read The A.V. Club (or, at least, you scroll past it on the way to the comments). Your refined tastes…

Rejoice: Here are Mario's nipples, glistening in the sun as God intended

The upcoming Super Mario Odyssey looks dazzling, transplanting Nintendo’s beloved ex-plumber into a modern open-world setting that retains the series’ typically surrealist touchpoints while also expanding on them in ways that have been delightfully discomfiting. People are still getting used to the idea of doughy…

15 years later, Super Mario Sunshine is messier and more audacious than ever

The opening scenes of Super Mario Sunshine are some of the weirdest Nintendo has ever produced. Upon arriving at the tropical Isle Delfino for a rare, well-earned vacation, Mario, Peach, and Toadsworth, the princess’ heretofore unseen mustachioed servant, discover the island’s graffiti problem. A mysterious…