You’ve probably seen a few unofficial ports of Super Mario 64 for the PC, based on leaked source code, but now, a fully ray-traced version is available. Called SM64RT, this version offers custom level lighting, complete with ray-traced global illumination, shadows, as well as reflections, which really shine when you play as Metal Mario. Digital Foundry managed to get hair hands on an Alpha build and give us an in-depth look. Read more for the videos and Github page where you can try it out yourself.
Donny of Console Variations is the current owner of a one-of-one 24K gold Nintendo Wii that was made specifically for Queen Elizabeth II by THQ to promote BIG Family Games. Its first owner somehow acquired it back in 2009, and Donny was given the opportunity to acquire this rare specimen some time during 2017. He kept a low profile until 2019, when People Make Games conducted an investigation into its whereabouts and tracked it back to him. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Sure, the Nintendo Game Boy may be the third best-selling game console of all time, but sometimes, you just want a bigger version of it, and that’s where Game Man comes in. This isn’t an officially licensed Nintendo product, but rather a homemade creation that features a 3D-printed case, a 5.6-inch (640 x 480) display, audio video output and a Famicom motherboard. However, if you want to play more than just Nintendo games, there’s room for a Raspberry Pi computer in the case too. Read more for a video and the plans to build your own.
Remember going to various department stores or shopping malls in the 1980s and come across an NES kiosk that let you switch games? Well, it was probably the Nintendo M82 demo system, one that held 12 games at once and let you set a time limit for people to play. Unlike its Japanese counterpart, the Famicom Box, that could only play specially-made cartridges, the M82 worked with any standard NTSC game cartridge. Read more to see if the Pawn Stars made a decent offer for one of these units.
The House of the Dead: Remake is officially heading to the Nintendo Switch, developed by MegaPixel Studio and published and co-produced by Forever Entertainment. This modern re-imagining will have updated graphics and modified gameplay mechanics, although its plot will remain “faithful” to the original. The cutscenes, animations, and audio have all been pulled from the original game, but there’s no word yet on how players will control the character(s). Read more for the trailer and additional screenshots.
If you thought completing Super Mario Bros. in a day on the original Nintendo Entertainment System was an accomplishment, think again. Twitch gamer “Niftski” just set a new world record by finishing the game in 4:54.948, or a quarter-second faster than the previous world record set by Miniland. For those who want to attempt one of these records, there are some helpful tips to use, like backwards acceleration, which involves Mario reaching full running speed quicker by first jumping backward. Read more for the video and additional information.
Earlier today, Analogue restocked the Super Nt in extremely limited quantities, and as expected, it sold out immediately. However, they also added a few Nt Mini Noir consoles that are still available at the time of this post. Think of this as a modern $499 NES console, complete with a perfected cartridge slot, updated user interface / branding / packaging, and bundled with a new 8BitDo 2.4g controller for NES right in the box. Read more for a video review and additional information.
For subscribers of Nintendo Switch Online, you’re in for a treat tomorrow, as Bandai Namco’s Pac-Man 99 launches tomorrow free on the service. Players will be able to switch between eight different strategies and send Jammer Pac-Man to get in your opponents’ way. You can eat Power Pellets to turn ghosts blue and make them vulnerable. After eating the blue ghosts, Jammer Pac-Man is sent to block your opponents. Read more for the announcement trailer and additional information.
Fans of Metroid have been working on a game called “Prime 2D” since April 2004, and it aims to bring back the feel of Nintendo’s action-adventure classic, or more specifically Retro Studio’s Metroid Prime, but inverse. Team SCU is building the game using their own proprietary engine and incorporated many features found in Prime, like the scan visor. However, instead of replicating the source material exactly, they are more focused on taking the core concepts, translating those, and then implementing them in a logical 2D solution. Read more for a short playthrough video and additional information,
The Nintendo Switch can be used in docked or handheld mode, but sometimes, you want something a bit more unconventional. Gamer Michael Pick thought so at least, and that’s why he decided to build the world’s largest Nintendo Switch that actually works. First, he handcrafted the shell, buttons, and then 3D-printed mounts for the Joy-Con controllers. Yes, all of the giant buttons and triggers that you are fully functional. Read more for a video and additional information.