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We really want Razer’s new Blade Pro

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Gaming notebooks are designed to blow minds, as proven by ASUS and Acer’s recent launches on the grand stage. As each company continues to one-up the other, Razer discreetly released its latest Blade Pro model, to the delight of gamers everywhere.

While the ROG GX800 and Predator 21 X wowed us with built-in water cooling and a curved display, this year’s Blade Pro takes all the technologies needed to make the best possible gaming notebook, and crams everything into a shell that mimics a conventional laptop.

Seeing a laptop as big as an Apple MacBook Pro doesn’t seem that special, but once you know how far Razer has gone this time around, you’d understand why it’s priced at a jaw-dropping $3,700.

Razer Blade Pro

For one, there’s a low-profile mechanical keyboard equipped, which is far more pleasurable to game on than with plain membrane-lined keyboards. Razer claims it’s spent so much time designing it to perfection, that it could have created a whole new laptop instead.

Squeezing in such a sophisticatedly complicated keyboard is a challenge in itself, but knowing that there’s a full-sized NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card inside adds to the amazement. This makes the new Blade Pro a true desktop PC replacement, and not just some second-rate gaming alternative.

To make the most out of the dedicated video card, Razer made sure to leave space for an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 32GB of RAM, and a 17.3-inch 4K resolution display that supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology. If none of that makes sense to you, just know that this is as good as it gets for a gaming laptop that you can actually purchase.

Razer Blade Pro

Razer Blade Pro

Storage options range from 512GB to 2TB of the SSD kind, making it way faster than HDD speeds. In terms of connectivity, anyone able to afford this gets three USB 3.0 ports, one Thunderbolt 3-compatible USB Type-C port, an SD card reader, and a Killer DoubleShot Pro card for both wireless and wired networks.

So yes, virtual reality games should work just fine on the Blade Pro. The only catch is it’s still 22.5mm thick and weighs 3.54kg — amazing for a rig this powerful, but bulky for a mobile computer.

The Razer Blade Pro will be available in November, so start saving up (or dreaming about it, like us).

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Zelda sequel Tears of the Kingdom has a release date

Priced at $70

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Barely more than a month into the new year, 2023 already looks like a phenomenal year for gamers. A lot of upcoming games are looking like exciting additions to everyone’s to-play list. Though we already knew the title is coming this year, Nintendo officially announced the release date of Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

After revealing a flurry of games, Nintendo capped off their recent Direct with the fresh trailer of the upcoming sequel to Breath of the Wild. As was showcased in previous teasers and trailers, Tears of the Kingdom is a much darker vision set in the same world as Breath of the Wild. Ganon (or what looks like a zombified version of the villain) is back to terrorize Hyrule. This time, however, the iconic villain has a voice!

Plus, Tears of the Kingdom adds a lot of verticality by introducing floating terrain and more aerial movement. While the world looks similar to Breath of the Wild, the sequel still has a lot to show players.

Finally, the trailer caps off with the release date. Tears of the Kingdom will launch on May 12. Preorders have already begun for the title. Additionally, dedicated fans can also get a Collector’s Edition which includes a SteelBook, a poster, an art book, and a pin set. The release also coincides with the launch of a new Amiibo to commemorate the launch.

Priced a bit higher, Tears of the Kingdom will sell for US$ 69.99.

SEE ALSO: Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel trailer breakdown

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Nintendo adds Game Boy titles to Switch Online

And Game Boy Advance

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Nintendo Switch Online is the gift that keeps on giving. More than giving players the ability to play online, the subscription service also offers subscribers a gallery of classic games from bygone eras. The feature remains one of the most convenient ways to play old titles from the NES and the N64. Now, the service is adding Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles.

Announced during the most recent Direct, Nintendo has announced that several titles from the Game Boy and the Game Boy Advance are now playable through the subscription service. While all subscribers will have access to the Game Boy titles, Game Boy Advance titles will come only with Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscriptions.

The starting lineup of Game Boy titles include Tetris, the original Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX and Kirby’s Dream Land. Meanwhile, Game Boy Advance titles will include Super Mario Bros. 3, Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, and WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$. Games included will come with local and online multiplayer, if applicable.

Nintendo will continue to add more titles to the roster throughout the year. Since the Game Boy generation is one of the company’s biggest, expect a ton of announcements as the roster fills up. (We’re still holding out hope for the classic Pokémon games.)

SEE ALSO: Nintendo Switch is now third-bestselling console in history

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Nintendo Switch is now third-bestselling console in history

Overtakes Game Boy and PS4

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Though there are more powerful consoles now, the Nintendo Switch is the most representative of the world’s situation since its launch. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the console keeps breaking records. Now, it has crossed its most important milestone to date. The Switch is now the third-bestselling console in history.

Released back in 2017, the Switch is the quintessential console for hybrid gamers who play at home and on the go. In its first few years, the console already spawned classic titles such as Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. However, its big break truly came during the 2020 lockdowns. The timing of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ release created a worldwide moment when everyone stuck at home wanted a Switch to play the island life simulator. Since then, the console, despite launching an improved OLED version, is gradually mellowing out, especially when opposed to even more powerful consoles like the PlayStation 5.

Regardless, the Switch’s effect on the world is palpable. Today, Nintendo announced that the console has sold over 122 million units worldwide. With such a figure, the Switch moves up to the third spot in the list of bestselling consoles of all time. It squeaks past the Game Boy (118 million units) and the PlayStation 4 (117 million units).

Now, the next consoles in the Switch’s sights are the Nintendo DS (154 million units) and the PlayStation 2 (155 million units). The console is in for quite a climb, though. Unless it hits another golden age, it will take a while before another overtake.

It’s still possible, of course. The Nintendo Switch is still set to release a few much-awaited titles like Tears of the Kingdom, the sequel to Breath of the Wild.

SEE ALSO: Cult classic GoldenEye 007 is coming to Xbox, Switch

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