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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Official Mini NES With 30 Built-In Games Coming This November

July 14th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

NES Classic Edition

Nintendo announced a new take on a retro classic: The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition.

The system is a HDMI-enabled mini replica of the original NES that comes with 30 classic NES games built-in.

  • Balloon Fight
  • BUBBLE BOBBLE
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • FINAL FANTASY
  • Galaga
  • GHOSTS’N GOBLINS
  • GRADIUS
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN
  • Punch-Out!!  Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • SUPER C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • TECMO BOWL
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

The full package will include an AC adapter, HDMI cable and one NES Classic Controller. The NES Classic Edition uses the same controller plug as the Wii Remote, which means it will also be compatible with the Wii Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro. Likewise, the NES Classic Controller can be plugged into the Wii Remote to play Wii and Wii U Virtual Console titles.

It is set to release on November 11 for $59.99.

Source: Press Release

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The Legend of Zelda Inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame

May 08th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Legend of Zelda NES Title Screen

The Legend of Zelda for the NES is part of the 2016 class of inductees in the World Video Game Hall of Fame in The Strong National Museum of Play in New York.

It follows in the footsteps of the original Super Mario Bros., which was inducted last year as part of the first class.

Other honorees this year include: Grand Theft Auto III, The Oregon Trail, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Space Invaders.

Games are selected based on their merit and influence on the video game industry, popular culture and society in general, along with input from journalists, scholars and other reputable people with knowledge of the video game industry.

Source: Press Release

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3D Zelda Tribute Game Taken Down by Nintendo

April 06th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

3D Zelda Tribute

The 3D Legend of Zelda tribute game that was playable in a web browser is now gone after the makers Scott Lininger and Mike Magee received a cease and desist from Nintendo over copyright infringement.

The site where the game was hosted now only has a message from the creators and contact information. Lininger and Magee show no animosity towards Nintendo for shutting the game down and were very understanding of the company’s actions.

“We’re sad about that, but we get it. We started this project because we love Nintendo and the joy they have given us throughout the years. From the start of development, we knew this result could potentially happen. Nintendo has every right to protect their IP. No complaints from us, we had a blast working on this tribute and made some friends along the way.”

The two plan to put their project on Github sometime soon, after it has been scrubbed of any licensed Nintendo content.

Source: Nintendo Life

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Super Mario Bros. Among the First Inductees in the World Video Game Hall of Fame

June 04th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

World VG HoF Inaugural Class

The Strong National Museum of Play named Super Mario Bros. as part of its inaugural class for the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Other inductees include: TetrisPong, Pac-Man, DOOM and World of Warcraft.

Selections were made based on input from journalists, scholars, and video game historians. Nominees were required to meet the following criteria:

  • Icon-status: the game is widely recognized and remembered.
  • Longevity: the game is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over time.
  • Geographical reach: the game meets the above criteria across international boundaries.
  • Influence: The game has exerted significant influence on the design and development of other games, on other forms of entertainment, or on popular culture and society in general. A game may be inducted on the basis of this criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three.

 

The Hall of Fame class of 2015 will be on display at the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York.

Nominations are open for the class of 2016. Anyone can nominate a game, but the final decision will still be made by committee.

Source: Press Release

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Yoshi’s Cookie Getting Pulled from U.S. Wii Virtual Console

October 14th, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized

Yoshi's Cookie NES

If you’re dead set on owning the NES version of Yoshi’s Cookie on your Wii, you have until Friday, October 18 because Nintendo is removing the game from the U.S. Virtual Console catalog.

They posted an official notice of the take down in the Wii Shop, but it’s unclear why they are removing the title.

In any case, the game is 500 Wii Points. If you’ve bought the game before and deleted it for space reasons, you also have until Friday to redownload it before it goes away.

Source: GoNintendo

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Nintendo Using “Content ID Match” Claims on YouTube Let’s Plays and Fan-Made Videos

May 16th, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized

Wii U YouTube App

Earlier this month, Nintendo became a YouTube partner and they’ve now begun filing “content ID match” claims on several Let’s Play and fan-produced videos featuring Nintendo games and franchises. The claims allow Nintendo to monetize these videos by inserting ads for the company before, next to or at the end of videos.

By doing this, Nintendo is preventing possible ad revenue for Let’s Players and the owners of Nintendo fan video, some of whom make a living producing these videos.

These content claims should only be for ad purposes, but according to sources speaking to Gamasutra, Nintendo has gone so far as to have certain videos removed from YouTube entirely.

“So far it’s mostly been affecting bigger channels and mostly videos posted recently,” said their source. “The main problem is that no one seems to know why they’re doing it or what their eventual goal is.”

In an official statement to the press, Nintendo denies the accusations of shutting down videos, even saying they do not want to block people using their intellectual properties.

“As part of our on-going push to ensure Nintendo content is shared across social media channels in an appropriate and safe way, we became a YouTube partner and as such in February 2013 we registered our copyright content in the YouTube database. For most fan videos this will not result in any changes, however, for those videos featuring Nintendo-owned content, such as images or audio of a certain length, adverts will now appear at the beginning, next to or at the end of the clips. We continually want our fans to enjoy sharing Nintendo content on YouTube, and that is why, unlike other entertainment companies, we have chosen not to block people using our intellectual property.

For more information please visit http://www.youtube.com/yt/copyright/faq.html

Many in the fan gaming community are seeing this as a very negative move from Nintendo. They feel that these videos are practically free advertising and praise for Nintendo and their games, and by going after them, the company is cutting off the nose to spite the face for no good reason.

Source: Gamasutra, Game Front

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European Kirby’s Adventure on Wii U is the Optimized PAL Version

April 16th, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized

Kirby's Adventure Wii U PAL

Kirby’s Adventure goes on sale tomorrow in the Wii U eShop for 30 cents as part of Nintendo’s continuing Virtual Console Trial Campaign.

The version of the game coming to Europe is the PAL version, but according to Nintendo, the music and gameplay have been optimized to run similar to the NTSC version. Animations, however, may run at PAL speeds.

In addition to all of that, the game’s aspect ratio has been corrected.

Source: Nintendo.co.uk

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DuckTales Remastered Coming to Wii U, 360 and PS3 This Summer

March 22nd, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized

The NES DuckTales game (Yes. That one) is getting a HD remake for the Wii U, 360 and PS3 this summer.

Capcom has enlisted the help of WayForward to help make the 8-bit classic shine, and the developers of Shantae are doing just that, working their 2D expertise to replicate the cartoon’s style with hand-drawn environments and character sprites.

If just the thought of this remake wasn’t enough to get your nostalgia going, the trailer for the game absolutely knocks things out of the park. Woo-OO!

Source: Capcom-Unity

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Punch-Out!! Now Available on the Wii U for 30 Cents

March 20th, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized

Punch-Out VC 2

Punch-Out!! for the NES is now out on the Wii U as part of Nintendo’s Virtual Console Trial Campaign. The game will only cost 30 cents for the next 30 days.

The next game in the campaign, Kirby’s Adventure, comes out April 17.

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