Successor to the N64 controller, the GameCube version evolves that design in many ways, including a more conventional handlebar style shape, while a second analog stick was added, replacing the C buttons with a C stick and the X and Y face buttons, last seen on the Super Nintendo controller. Pierre-Louis Boyer is such a fan of the design that he used it as inspiration for a handheld game console, called the RetroBlock2. Read more for a video detailing the build and to see it in-action.
It’s official, Super Nintendo World will be opening in Spring 2021 at Universal Studios Japan ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Summer Games. So far, we know that there is going to be a cafe (Schwab’s Pharmacy) area with highly themed food and drinks as well as a merchandise store (The Darkroom) with exclusive items you can only find at USJ. All of the exterior facades have been decorated with things you’ve probably seen in the video game series. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
The LEGO Super Mario Bros. Starter Course is interactive itself, but what happens when a programmer decides to hack the figure and turn it into a game controller? Well, you would hold Mario to jump, move and smash coin blocks. That’s right, a programmer who goes by “r1ckp” on Twitter did just that and what you’re about to see is the game running on an emulator in a Linux virtual machine on a MacBook Pro. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Nintendo originally released the Game Boy Camera on February 21, 1998 and it was designed to capture grayscale photographs or create original drawings as well as transferring images between units or to the 64DD art game suite Mario Artist. It boasted a 180°-swivel camera that enabled users to capture selfies. Images could be printed to thermal paper with the Game Boy Printer. The cartridge itself contains minigames based on Nintendo’s early games such as the arcade video game Space Fever and the Game & Watch handheld game Ball, and a chiptune music sequencer. Bernard Capulong managed to turn this device into a functional webcam. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
PC gamers are probably familiar with Yuzu, one of the most popular open source Nintendo Switch emulators, but now, there’s a mobile version based on its code. Called Egg NS, this Switch emulator requires a smartphone powered by a Snapdragon 855, 855 Plus, 865 or 865 Plus chipset, along with a special GameSir X2 USB-C game controller that will set you back an additional $99.99. Those aren’t the only requirements, as to play any game, you’ll have to register for an account and then log-in as well. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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At first glance, this appears to be a colorful Game Boy, but as you get closer, you’ll see that it’s actually a custom-built gaming device that doesn’t need any batteries at all. Researchers at Northwestern University and the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands, created a device that not only harvests energy from the sun, but from user actions as well, thus enabling one to game forever without having to stop and recharge the battery. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Nintendo’s original Game & Watch brand consisted of a series of handheld electronic games released from 1980 to 1991. They were created by game designer Gunpei Yokoi, and each Game & Watch featured a single game to be played on a LCD screen as well as a clock. However, all models produced after 1981 also had an alarm. They were based on a 4-bit CPU from the Sharp SM5xx family, that include a small ROM and RAM area and an LCD screen driver circuit. The series sold a combined of 43.4 million units worldwide before being discontinued. Read more for a video of the modern version that Nintendo will release in limited numbers this holiday season.
Mario Kart fans rejoice! Nintendo has partnered with Velan Studios to bring you a new Mario Kart experience unlike any other. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for the Nintendo Switch is essentially a mixed reality (MR) game that combines a camera-enabled physical kart and course gate markers that transform any living space into an in-game circuit. Players can design / construct courses in the real world, and then race them in a mixed reality experience that blends the digital game world with the real life. Read more for a video and additional information.
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Nintendo announced several new titles in their video presentation today. Super Mario 3D All Stars kicked things off, and is a collection of optimized versions of 3D Mario games – Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy – with higher resolutions than their original versions for a smooth gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch. Read more for the trailer and additional information.
Remember the NES Advantage arcade stick that was released back in July of 1987? If so, then 8Bitdo’s new arcade stick will definitely look familiar. However, this new version not only supports Nintendo Switch and Windows PC platforms, but can easily be modded, thanks to a universal mounting plate for easily swapping joysticks as well as buttons. Read more for additional pictures and information.