Archive for July, 2016

This Week in Games: “More Time for RPGs” Edition

July 31st, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized


A lot of stuff came out during the last few months: Monster Hunter Generations7th Dragon III Code: VFDTokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. This current dry spell in releases is really a great opportunity to go back and put more time into those games.

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Reminder: September 30 is the Last Day to Add DSi Points

July 30th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized


With the Nintendo DSi Shop scheduled to close on March 31, 2017, Nintendo is reminding anyone still using the online storefront that they will be removing the ability to add Nintendo DSi Points to your system on September 30.

While users will no longer be able to purchase DSi software from the DSi Shop after March, most DSiWare is already available for purchase in the 3DS eShop.


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Niantic CEO Not A Fan of Unofficial Pokémon GO Pokémon-Locating Apps

July 29th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Poke Radar

Unofficial apps that let Pokémon GO players discover exactly where certain Pokémon are spawning have been growing more popular as people struggle to catch ’em all, but John Hanke, CEO of the game’s developer Niantic, is not exactly pleased with their proliferation.

In an interview with Forbes, he cautioned users of those apps that they may be rendered nonfunctional in the future.

“Yeah, I don’t really like that.” Hanke said. “Not a fan.

“We have priorities right now but they might find in the future that those things may not work. People are only hurting themselves because it takes some fun out of the game. People are hacking around trying to take data out of our system and that’s against our terms of service.”

Last weekend during San Diego Comic-Con, Hanke outlined some of the plans the company has for Pokémon GO moving forward.

Source: Forbes

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Hyperkin Taking Pre-Orders for SmartBoy Development Kits

July 29th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Development kit versions of Hyperkin’s SmartBoy, the attachment that lets you play physical carts of Game Boy and Game Boy Color games on your Android phone, are now available for pre-order for $59.99.

Hyperkin will provide the software necessary to work on the SmartBoy’s serial app and firmware. For anyone that is able to improve either of these, the company will offer a royalty percentage of retail-ready SmartBoy units sold.

The SmartBoy is expected to ship out on December 1. Around that time, there will also be an experimental feature added that lets users use GBA games with the device.

Source: Hyperkin Lab

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3D Printed Raspberry Pi Mini NES Outclasses Nintendo’s Effort

July 29th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

The attention to detail in modder DaftMike’s 3D printed replica of the original NES is astounding. Not only does the Raspberry Pi-powered emulation station match the look of the classic console, it also has a fully-functioning cartridge slot that is able to load games using an NFC reader.

By inserting mini cartridges that are embedded with NFC tags, similar to the things that are in amiibo, the NESPi is able to read the data on them and load the appropriate game from the Pi’s SD card.

Not content with just making a mini NES, DaftMike also designed and printed a scale version of the original NES controller. It is not the most comfortable, or even practical, controller out there, but it does actually work and it provides a nice complement to the NESPi.

A full breakdown of the NESPi’s design and creation process are available on DaftMike’s personal blog.

Nintendo’s miniaturized version of the NES, the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, is set to launch on November 11 for $59.99.

Source: GamesRadar

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eShop Thursday: “Hiiiiii~!” Edition

July 28th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Kirby Face


There is a lot of Kirby this week. Not only do Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Kirby Mass Attack pop up on the Wii U Virtual Console, Kirby’s Dream Course makes its way to the New 3DS Virtual Console, as well.

If that weren’t enough Kirby, the demo for Kirby: Planet Robobot also comes out today.

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Miitomo Update 1.4.0 Out Now

July 28th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Miitomo Candy Drop

The Miitomo update announced last Monday that lets you use candy to win game tickets is now live.

In addition to the previously announced changes, the version 1.4.0 update also adds language support for Brazilian Portuguese.

Source: @NintendoAmerica

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Darksiders Remaster Coming to Wii U, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

July 28th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Darksiders Warmastered Edition

Nordic Games recently announced Darksiders Warmastered Edition for the Wii U, PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

A remaster of the original 2010 game, this version boasts a 1080p resolution, improved shadows, doubled texture resolutions and post-processing effects. The PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions are confirmed to run at 60 frame per second, while the Wii U version will run at 30 FPS.

A release date has not yet been set for Darksiders Warmastered Edition.

Source: Nordic Games

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Lady Layton Announced at Level-5 Vision 2016

July 27th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Titled Lady Layton: The Conspiracy of King Millionaire Ariadne, the latest game in the Layton series will star former-protagonist Professor Hershel Layton’s daughter Catriel Layton, a detective currently searching for her father, who mysteriously disappeared.

Developer Level-5 premiered the first trailer for the game yesterday at their Vision press event, introducing everyone to Catriel and providing a brief look at the kinds of puzzles and mysteries she will be taking on.

The game will launch for the 3DS, Android and iOS in spring 2017 in Japan.

Source: Gematsu

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Nintendo Posts First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

July 27th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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Due in part to the impact of the strengthening yen on foreign exchange rates, Nintendo posted overall losses this quarter, which ended on June 30, 2016.

The company saw net sales of ¥61.9 billion (≈$587 million) with an operating loss of ¥5.1 billion (≈$48 million).

As for hardware and software numbers, 3DS hardware sold 940,000 units (a seven percent decrease from the same period last year), while 3DS software sold 8.47 million units (a seven percent increase from the same period last year) worldwide.

Wii U hardware sold 220,000 (a 53 percent decrease from the same period last year) units, while Wii U software sold 4.68 million units (a three percent increase from the same period last year) worldwide.

amiibo sales numbers held steady at 1.70 million figures and 1.30 million cards. Nintendo attributes the numbers to a lack of new games that make use of amiibo.

The company’s download sales decreased from this same time last year, something they blame on the decrease of in-game downloadable content.

Despite these losses, Nintendo decided not to revise their financial forecast.

Source: Nintendo Investor Relations

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