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Image courtesy of Nintendo

Nintendo is releasing a new Switch with a bigger, better screen on Oct. 8 for $349.99.

Between the lines: A newer Switch model has been expected for months, though fans and insiders originally expected a more powerful machine.

  • In Tuesday's announcement, Nintendo emphasized the new unit's brighter screen but made no indication that it will run games better.
  • The company's specs for the system list the same video resolutions for handheld and TV mode as the original Switch.

The new console includes a 7-inch OLED screen, 64GB storage, enhanced audio, and a wide adjustable stand.

  • The original Switch includes 32GB of storage and retails for $300.
  • The last Switch released was the Nintendo Switch Lite, which offered a cheaper, smaller alternative that you couldn't connect to a TV.
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Flashback: Although most expected Nintendo to debut the console at E3, no such announcement came as the company focused on upcoming games.

  • Nintendo has remained evasive about its existence, dodging questions about the new model as recently as last week.

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Nintendo dates “Mario” movie for 2022, casts Chris Pratt as Mario

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Nintendo interrupted one of its semiannual Nintendo Direct gaming showcases today to tease plans for its upcoming animated Super Mario movie.

Why it matters: Nintendo’s movie hype, just like its recently opened theme park in Tokyo, is part of its expansion beyond gaming.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Congressman criminally charged with lying to feds

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) has been indicted on charges he falsified records and lied to federal investigators probing an illegal foreign donation scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Driving the news: DOJ says a Fortenberry associate, who later cooperated with investigators, informed him he'd likely received illegal donations from an intermediary for a foreign national, but that Fortenberry denied any knowledge of such a scheme when contacted by the FBI.

"Assassin's Creed," but for schools

"Viking Age: Discovery Tour." Image via Ubisoft

For the third time since 2018, Ubisoft is releasing a nonviolent version of its latest “Assassin’s Creed” game as part of a unique effort to turn one of the medium’s most popular series into an educational tool.

Driving the news:Viking Age: Discovery Tour” transforms last year’s “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” from a bloody 150-hour game about Viking conquest in 9th century England into a peaceful four-hour game about merchants and monks.