Super Mario 64 mods have been around since the Nintendo Wii was still a thing, but this one combines the best of GoldenEye 007 with the Mushroom Kingdom. To be more specific, it’s based on GoldenEye 007, but swaps in Mario characters, along with edited dialog to make it somewhat understandable. One example would be that there is no mention of Trevelyan / Luigi’s parents being Lienz Cossacks, and instead of calling James Bond / Mario the “Golden Boy,” he says the “Golden Bro.” Read more for a gameplay video and additional information.
It’s official, on February 12th, gamers will be able to get their hands on a Nintendo Switch – Mario Red & Blue Edition console. Featuring a red-and-blue color scheme that pays tribute to Mario’s iconic outfit, this limited edition hardware will be priced at $299.99 and includes red Joy-Con controllers with blue straps, a blue Joy-Con grip, a red Nintendo Switch dock, along with a red Nintendo Switch system. Read more for additional pictures, a bonus video of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, and additional information.
At $250, Bandai’s Gengar “Sleeping Companion” may not be the most budget-friendly plush toy, but it’s not just something to hold or sit on a shelf. Simply unroll the creature’s tongue and you have yourself a sleeping pad of sorts, or use it as a blanket. Need some privacy? Just unfurl the tongue and slide into Gengar’s mouth. However, if you’re taller than 5.5-feet, it may not work out perfectly since the tongue will not offer padding for the entire length of your body. Read more for a bonus video and additional pictures.
Ever since the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) was first released in 1990, gamers worldwide have wanted a portable version of the console, whether it be official or unofficial. Sure, there have been several attempts by third parties, but none as cool as this custom creation by Restore Technique. Simply put, they took an original SNES controller and crammed a Raspberry Pi Zero mini computer inside, thus effectively turning it into a portable game console. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Remember the Game Boy Advance SP? If so, then this custom N64 portable may look familiar. Gman Modz unveils the N64SP. It uses a real Nintendo 64 motherboard that has been chopped down to fit inside a 3D-printed shell with clear resin and then painted with Tamiya clear red paint. That’s not all, the buttons were also printed on the Form2 3D printer, molded, and then cast in resin. The end result is essentially an N64 that you can take anywhere. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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The Nintendo 64 was first back during June 1996 in Japan, September 1996 in North America, and March 1997 in Europe /Australia. It was an overwhelming success and also the last major home console to use the ROM cartridge as its primary storage format until the Switch. Eventually, the game console was discontinued in 2002 following the launch of its successor, the GameCube. Many gamers during that time hoped there would be a portable version, and one modder made it a reality. Read more to see the world’s smallest N64 portable with a cartridge slot.
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Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan is set to open on February 4, 2021, and today, the theme park released the area’s official map, along with some food / merchandise pictures. As you’ve seen in Shigeru Miyamoto’s tour, guests enter the world through a warp pipe from an entrance plaza accessed from a walkway that branches right next to the WaterWorld sign. This entrance plaza boasts themed lamp posts and Super Nintendo World signs next to the pipe, which leads into Princess Peach’s Castle. Read more for the pictures and additional information.
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It’s only a matter of time before Nintendo releases a successor to their failed Virtual Boy game console that was released back in 1995. What better way to do so than with a pair of AR glasses for the Nintendo Switch? Industrial designer James Tsai thinks so as well and these sleek glasses can be worn like any other, maximizing comfort. They can be used as a standalone device or with an external display for AR elements. Featuring a built-in speaker, LED lighting, an IR camera, microLED display and transitions lenses that automatically adapt to changing light. Read more for additional pictures and a bonus video.
The latest Nintendo Direct stream gave us a first look insider Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan, courtesy of Shigeru Miyamoto. Set to open to the public next February, this incredibly themed area is filled with familiar music from the series and interactive elements, like coin boxes that can be activated with a Power-Up Band with an Amiibo-like NFC chip inside. Simply use it to press its sensor near objects and a new virtual item will appear in a synced Super Nintendo World app on your smartphone. Read more for the 15-minute tour, additional pictures and information.
Ray tracing is basically a technology that makes light in video games act like it does in real-life, and with this technique, developers can make virtual rays of light appear to bounce off objects, cast realistic shadows, as well as create photorealistic reflections. This may be no issue for modern game consoles, like the PS5 and Xbox Series X, but the Super Nintendo Entertainment System is probably the last device you’d expect to handle ray tracing. However, there is a workaround, thanks to a clever developer. Read more for an in-depth look at the SuperRT cartridge.