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RΛZΞR’s products are generally aims at gamers, and include smartphones, laptops, tablets, computer mice, audio devices, keyboards, mouse mats, and game pads, but it was only a matter of time before the company created their very own gaming handheld. A patent published on August 1, 2019 in the WIPO database (World Intellectual Property Office) may give us a first look at such a device. Read more for the patent, additional pictures and information.
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Super Nintendo World is coming along nicely, a theme park area under construction at Universal Studios Japan is planned for completion just in time for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Multiple versions of this themed land are also proposed for other Universal Studios theme parks around the world. Here’s a first look at what one area is going to look like, giving us a sneak peek at what looks to be a Super Mario World-style building. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Scott Amos of Reno discovered an unopened copy of Kid Icarus, a 1987 cult-classic video game, when cleaning out his attic. Initially, he thought it might be worth a few hundred dollars at best, but since this copy is unopened and was still in the bag from J.C. Penney, complete with a receipt for $38.45, the game ended up fetching a lot more at Heritage Auctions. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Universal Orlando announced its latest theme park today, called Epic Universe. It’s currently under construction on a 750-acre plot of land in Orlando, Florida, and will also include hotels, restaurants, shops, as well as the possible Super Nintendo World that has been rumored for quite some time. This is the first theme park Universal has built since 1999 when Islands of Adventure opened. Read more for a video of the press conference and additional information.
For those who either have never played or just weren’t around at the time, GoldenEye 007 was released for the Nintendo 64 in August 1997 and it basically consisted of a single-player campaign where players assume the role of British Secret Intelligence Service agent James Bond as he attempts to stop a criminal syndicate from using a satellite weapon against London to cause a global financial meltdown. If you’ve ever played this game, you know how tough it is to just complete everything, but speedrunner Ryan White has managed to beat the game using just a single bullet. Read more for the video and additional information.
The team over at XDA Developers brings an unofficial port of Android to the Nintendo Switch, complete with Joy-Con support. To be more specific, Switch owners with consoles purchased prior to summer 2018 are now able to boot LineageOS 15.1 directly from an SD card. This version of Lineage includes all Android features, support for Google Play services, and is capable of running native Nvidia Shield apps. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Keanu Reeves has been all over the place in 2019, whether it be as John Wick or Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4, but one place you probably didn’t expect to see him is in an NES game. The latter has been made a reality by fan MuriloDev and the game uploaded to itch.io as a free download. The game may not be the longest you’ve ever played, but it does take you through a few familiar scenes from the movie and is very difficult, similar to similar NES games of the time. Read more for a video and the download link.
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It’s official, Nintendo is releasing an updated version of their Switch console this summer with an extended battery that offers up to nine hours of gameplay on a full charge. Unfortunately, it won’t look like the concept above, but one positive is that it won’t cost anymore than the original console, just 29,980 yen ($279) and is set to hit stores in August. While there’s been no confirmation this model will release outside Japan, it’s almost certain that it is coming stateside sooner than later. Read more to see how to fix the Joy-Con drift problem plaguing many current Switch owners.
Super Mario Maker 2 lets you play a near limitless number of side-scrolling levels anytime, anywhere, but if you’re not up for an extreme challenge, these courses by Alex Tan, better known as PangaeaPanga, should be avoided. Before creating these seemingly impossible levels in Super Mario Maker, he was the world record holder for speedrunning Super Mario World in 2015, completing the game in a mere 1 minute and 38 seconds using arbitrary code execution. Now, he’s come up with Super Skyzo, Zero G’s Given, Panger Things and lots more. Read more to see him play through these stages like a true pro.
The Nintendo Switch Lite has been officially announced, and this device is designed specifically to play games in handheld mode. Available in three different colors (turquoise, gray, and yellow) and priced at $199.99 when it launches Sept. 20, the Lite sports integrated controls and is smaller than its predecessor, thanks to not having a kickstand or support video output to a TV. Therefore, the device will not come bundled with a dock or HDMI cable. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.