Super Mario Odyssey Embraces the Essential Weirdness of Mario

The new game for Nintendo Switch is not as groundbreaking as Super Mario Bros. or Mario 64, but it still equals and sometimes surpasses them.

Aug. 1 2017 1:49 PMATEMOYA to CUSHATS to SCIRRHITwo of the world’s greatest Scrabble players break down the best game at the North American championship.
Dec. 1 2016 3:42 PM50.Qh6+!!Magnus Carlsen retained his world title with one of the most beautiful, stunning moves in the history of the World Chess Championship.
Sept. 1 2016 5:00 AMOne of the Most Important Crosswords in New York Times HistoryThe story behind a very special puzzle.
Aug. 11 2016 10:00 AMYou Are Now a Guardian of LibertyUnnerving new surveillance games give players the chance to see something and say something.
July 25 2016 11:44 AMCan a First-Person Shooter Be Nice?Games like Call of Duty feel like toxic cesspools. How does Overwatch manage to feel so cheerful, welcoming, and fun?
June 16 2016 2:49 PMScare TacticsThe low-budget terror of game developer Kitty Horrorshow.
May 2 2016 11:17 AM“It’s Not Real, It’s Not Real, It’s Not Real”Virtual reality and the dangers of 360-degree abuse.
March 10 2016 3:09 PMHow to Spot a Plagiarized CrosswordA crossword constructor explains the puzzle scandal.
Dec. 15 2015 5:57 AMBattlefront Embraces the Dark SideIs this the end of the golden age of Star Wars video games?
Sept. 29 2015 3:37 PMPaint. Learn Piano. Build Mario Levels!Super Mario Maker isn’t just about creating your own video game. It’s about deepening your love of an art form. 
Feb. 23 2015 10:20 AMLife as a TargetThis War of Mine shifts the focus of war games from the shooters to the civilians caught in the crossfire.
Jan. 5 2015 2:01 PMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 10: Defeating zombies by dancing? Crypt of the Necrodancer felt like the coolest game of 2014.
Jan. 5 2015 10:47 AMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 8: Gamergate is the most expansive real-world ARG in video game history.
Dec. 31 2014 9:56 AMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 6: I’m no longer interested in worrying about whether other gamers think I’m sufficiently hardcore.
Dec. 30 2014 8:13 AMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 4: 2014: The year the pause button died.
April 28 2017 12:11 PMAnnapurna’s First Video Game Plays Like a Short-Story Collection The ambitious company behind The Master and Her is doing for video games what it’s done for the movies.
Oct. 14 2016 9:32 AMWho Says Games Need to Be Fair?They don’t—and that’s why Zach Gage’s Really Bad Chess, featuring randomly placed pieces, is so illuminating.
Aug. 25 2016 11:45 AMThis Man Will Change the Way You Play Board GamesRob Daviau and the legacy game revolution.
Aug. 2 2016 2:00 PMI Had to Catch ’Em AllHow I came to play Pokemon Go beyond the bounds of human ability and sanity.
July 24 2016 8:31 PMPokémon or Cholesterol Medication?The most important quiz of our time.
May 23 2016 4:51 PMShorter Isn’t BetterThe Wall Street Journal says Nigerian players have developed an amazing new Scrabble strategy. Don’t believe the hype.
March 17 2016 12:57 PMUSA Today Plagiarized My CrosswordWhy couldn’t they pick one of the good ones?
Feb. 25 2016 9:21 AMPlaying With WordsThe remarkable Firewatch is part of a new generation of games taking cues from the text adventures of the 1980s.
Nov. 13 2015 9:19 AMThe Fun of Betraying Your FriendsWe’re in a golden age of board games. Betrayal at House on the Hill is one of the best.
May 1 2015 3:16 PMChoose Your Old AdventureCrowdfunding was supposed to transport video games to strange and exciting places. Instead it took them back in time.
Jan. 6 2015 12:16 PMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 11: Why should I devote 70 hours to a game that can’t even bother to design decent menus?
Jan. 5 2015 11:59 AMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 9: One of my favorite video games of 2014 doesn’t even have any video—you don’t even need a screen.
Jan. 1 2015 9:29 AMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 7: Sure, I’m biased—toward games that are fun to play.
Dec. 30 2014 1:02 PMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 5: E-sports vs. e-arts, and why I’ve never even played League of Legends.
Dec. 29 2014 1:03 PMVideo Game Club 2014Entry 3: This weird game about a sad-sack dog whose wife left him is my favorite game of the year.