Nintendo Switch app for iOS now lets you voice chat inside more games

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The new Nintendo Switch Online service has finally made its big debut. To give Switch players an even bigger reason to subscribe, Nintendo is adding official voice chat support to more of its own titles.

The latest update to the Nintendo Switch Online app for iOS adds chat support for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces, and more.

How two Sonic fans brought an aging franchise back to life on iOS

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Sonic the Hedgehog lives on in iOS, thanks to Stealth and Taxman. Photo: SEGA

In the summer of 1991, Sonic the Hedgehog was, quite simply, the greatest thing Simon Thomley had ever seen.

At the age of 11, Thomley had graduated to the SEGA Genesis gaming console after years as a Nintendo Entertainment System player. Sonic had lured him to SEGA’s system, and he wasn’t alone: The spiny blue speedster captured the hearts of gamers everywhere. By the end of the year, SEGA had sped past Nintendo on console sales.

A series of sequels followed. While many people remember the Sonic games primarily as a relic of the ’90s, they become an unlikely career for Thomley and his developer friend Christian Whitehead. Better known as Stealth and Taxman, they brought remastered versions of classic Sonic games to iOS for a new generation of gamers to enjoy.

“This has always been my hobby, but I’m lucky enough that this has now become my full-time job,” Thomley tells Cult of Mac. The pair brought finely tuned official versions of Sonic games to iOS — although recent turmoil at SEGA has thrown the future of their highly regarded work into doubt.

Play Old School With The Retro Nintendo Gamer Bundle [Deals]

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There are some great gaming machines out there and some of the most cutting edge systems are slated to be released very soon. This offer from Cult of Mac Deals will let you bring back the good ol’ days of the Nintendo Entertainment System…and at a fraction of the price of any of the new systems that are (or will be) on the market.

The Retro Nintendo Gamer Bundle combines the RetroN console, 3 controllers, Zapp Gun and 2 NES games for just $59. And this offer also includes free shipping!