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23
Jul
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Relive your NES glory days with a gamepad that feels like the real thing


NES30 retro gamepad controller

We’ve ripped apart knock-off gadgets more than a few times, but there are moments where a company’s urge to mimic others will pay dividends. Take 8Bitdo’s recently released NES30, for example: the Bluetooth gamepad recreates as much of the NES controller’s design as possible while still keeping its feet planted in the modern era. The four extra buttons aren’t exactly true to the 1985 original, but the overall look and button presses are reportedly faithful to what you remember. Even if it’s not quite true to life, you might not mind given the very broad device support. The NES30 can talk to Android, iOS, OS X and Windows, and it can even double as a (fairly awkward-looking) Wii remote in a pinch.

Indulging your nostalgic side will cost you $40, and you’ll face the inherent risks that come from importing a gadget from overseas. However, it might be worth the effort — GBATemp.net forum member Ryukouki says that the NES30 is much-improved over its ancestor, the Famicom-inspired FC30. Nintendo may never make the mobile games you’d need to complete the experience, but this may be the closest you get to reliving those many, many hours spent playing Mario Bros. games in the family den.

Filed under: Cellphones, Gaming, Peripherals, Mobile, Nintendo

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Via: GBATemp.net (1), (2)

Source: 8Bitdo, eBay

22
Jul
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Wii U update lets you shop without the gamepad, enables system transfer


Thinking of upgrading from that basic Wii U system to the deluxe 32GB package? Now you can — the latest system update for Nintendo’s tablet-toting console allows users to transfer data between systems… but it does so in a rather odd way. Rather than allowing users to sign out of their Nintendo Network ID account on their old console and simply log on to a new one, Nintendo’s system transfer process requires both Wii U systems to be simultaneously running in the same place at the same time. On the 3DS, this was an easy proposition, but for a home console like the Wii U, well, the solution seems a bit inelegant.

The update also updates the Nintendo eShop to allow navigation with the Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller or Classic Controller. This seems minor, but it’s actually a very convenient fix: until now, the Wii U digital store could only be navigated using the Wii U GamePad controller, despite having full button controls that would have translated well to the optional Wii U Pro Controller. It’s a good change — now if only Nintendo could bring the same controller compatibly to the console’s virtual Wii menu. In Japan, the update also adds support for NFC payments via Suica card, which is commonly used in convenience stores and train stations.

Filed under: Gaming, Nintendo

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Source: Nintendo

22
Jul
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Redesigned 3DS Circle Pad puts an analog stick under your index finger


Dual-analog controls are pretty standard these days — two analog sticks on either end of a control pad designed to fall directly under the user’s thumbs. Hori’s new 3DS slide pad accessory throws this notion out the window: it installs a second control pad on the same side as the handhelds primary input, putting the slider directly behind the console’s L button. The accessory is built specifically to accommodate Monster Hunter diehards, but it’s not as odd as it sounds: Japanese gamers have made a habit of modifying Nintendo’s analog accessory into obtuse and unexpected configurations. Hori’s layout is designed to allow players to move their character and manipulate the camera with just one hand, freeing up their right thumb for attacks and in-game actions. The accessory (available in both 3DS and 3DS XL variants) is available in Japan only, for now, to the tune of 2,980 yen.

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Via: Siliconera

Source: Hori

18
Jul
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Xbox Live and PlayStation Network are both having issues, but Nintendo Network is fine


Excited to play the Destiny on PlayStation Network? You’re not the only one, and demand as the game’s beta opened its doors today seems to have the service stumbling. A message on the PlayStation Knowledge Center says PSN access is “Intermittently available” so if it’s working, great but don’t be surprised if you notice some odd behavior. Xbox fans shouldn’t be too quick to point fingers though, since besides waiting another week to try out an early version of Bungie’s next big game you may also experience issues with Xbox Live. The Xbox Live Dashboard points out problems for some users signing in or accessing the Video and Music services, but says there is a team working on it and promises another updated within the half hour. Since Nintendo Network appears to be running just fine, we can only assume which culprit is behind this.

Update: The PlayStation Network status has been upgraded to “online” so go forth and beta test freely.

Filed under: Gaming, HD, Sony, Microsoft

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Via: Joystiq (1), (2)

Source: PlayStation Knowledge Center, Xbox Live Status

18
Jul
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PlayStation 4 still best-selling console, six months running


It looks like Sony still has bragging rights that the PlayStation 4 is the top-selling console. Not to be outdone by the latest NPD report, the PlayStation Twitter account announced that the Sony’s new console is still outselling the Xbox One, for the sixth month in a row. Yesterday, Microsoft said that following the Xbox One’s $100 price drop it’d seen a “strong spike in interest” and sales of the console jumped by “more than double” the previous month. It’s worth noting however, that Redmond didn’t release specific sales numbers for May and, to be fair, neither did Sony. The latest report from the NPD Group plays it a bit vague, too, but says that combined sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were higher than combined totals for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. What’s more, compared to last June, hardware sales saw a 106 percent increase overall. Sales of home consoles combined represented a 200 percent jump compared to last year, which is likely due to the two new consoles being available.

In terms of software, the reason most people buy new consoles in the first place, six of the same games from last month’s top ten remain the same. including Mario Kart 8, Wolfenstein: The New Order and Watch Dogs. However, overall software sales for June dipped some 67 percent compared to last year, which the NPD group attributes to last June’s launches of The Last of Us on PS3, Animal Crossing: New Leaf on Nintendo’s 3DS handheld and the disc-based version of Minecraft for the Xbox 360. It seems like the summer drought is a bit drier this year than last, but hey, at least we’ve got the Destiny beta now, right?

Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD, Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo

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Source: PlayStation (Twitter), Xbox Wire

16
Jul
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The Wii U tears itself apart so you don’t have to


YouTuber Vsauce3 is at it again, and this time he’s tearing down Nintendo’s latest console via the always neat-looking stop-motion animation. The Wii U’s hardware specs are pretty well known by this point, but what this video does is gives some context to the silicon. The console’s 2GB of RAM is much less impressive compared to both the PlayStation 4′s and the Xbox One’s 8GB, but that’s 23 times the amount of memory that was packed into the original Wii. Similarly, the Wii U’s 32GB hard drive sounds pretty paltry on paper, but it’s apparently big enough to hold every NES, Super NES and N64 game. Pretty cool, right? The video below has a few more bits of trivia contained therein, and watching it will make the wait for the next Legend of Zelda exactly two minutes shorter.

Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD, Nintendo

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Via: Kotaku

Source: YouTube

9
Jul
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Nintendo’s 3DS gets its first streaming game this September


We’ve seen quite a bit of game streaming on PlayStation-branded products, but it looks like Sony will gain some possibly unexpected competition. In Japan, at least. When Nintendo 3DS owners in the region play Dragon Quest X Online (DQXO) come its September 4th launch, they won’t be popping a cartridge into the system. No, like the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game’s mobile version, DQXO on Nintendo’s handheld will use streaming tech along the lines of PlayStation Now or OnLive instead of playing from a local cart or internal storage. As Tiny Cartridge reports, you won’t be able to play in 3D as a result, and you’ll constantly need a WiFi connection to access the game — considering that this is an MMO, that should be expected anyway. However, if you’d rather lay down your cash for a physical bit of DQ gear instead, well, there’s always this Metal Slime smartphone.

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Via: Tiny Cartridge

Source: 4Gamer (Japanese)

8
Jul
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Build your own Game Boy with a Raspberry Pi, SNES pad and 3D printer


What’s a maker to do when they don’t have access to a classic Game Boy but happen to have a 3D printer and a few other parts laying around? Craft their own, no Legos required, of course. With some patience, you too can build a copy of Nintendo’s 25 year-old handheld using an Raspberry Pi, Super NES controller (for its buttons and circuit board) and a few other bits and bobs. Adafruit has print-files for the iconic portable’s case as well as step-by-step instructions for how it all goes together, but, as 3DPrint points out, it likely won’t be easy and the project requires a decent grasp on soldering and circuitry. Emulated games run off of an SD card, and the DIY-Game Boy can even play any classic Nintendo ROMs you might find online too. We’ll leave wading through the legalities of that whole process up to you, though.

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Via: 3DPrint

Source: Adafruit

4
Jul
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The forgotten losers of the console wars


History is written by the victors, but for all those generations of console wars we’ve managed to weather through, what about the other guys? Opening this week, a new games museum in southern Japan houses 56 different consoles of varying fame (or infamy). For every NES / Famicom, there’s curiosities like the huge “Pocket Home PC”, failing on the very definition of its name. Remember the Sega Game 1000? We didn’t, but we should probably cut these (mostly) beige consoles some slack. While most of the devices toured here weren’t a commercial success, each helped gently push gaming towards its current state — if only by firmly demonstrating what we didn’t want. And yeah, we wish the Dreamcast was still around too. Here’s to the games consoles we’ve loved and lost over the last 40 years.

Filed under: Gaming, Peripherals, Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Nokia, Nintendo

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3
Jul
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Playdate: We’re livestreaming ‘Shovel Knight’ for Wii U!


Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They’re fun!

In Shovel Knight, you’re a knight with a shovel. Seems pretty simple, right? Well, that’s kind of the point. The latest from developer Yacht Club Games is a trip back to the 8-bit days of yore, and it aims to scratch that nostalgic itch without requiring you to dig the Nintendo Entertainment System out of your closet. Depending on how you spend your gaming time, though, you might have to dust off your Wii U before giving this retro platformer a spin. Shovel Knight takes the best parts of classics like Mega Man, Castlevania, Legend of Zelda and a handful of others, tosses them in a blender and adds a few modern conveniences. Curious to see the outcome? Well, come back here at 4 PM Pacific/7 PM Eastern and watch as I hit everything with a shovel and try not to die whilst doing so.

Watch live video from Engadget on www.twitch.tv

Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD, Nintendo

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