Nintendo officially announced today that it will host a closed beta Mario Kart Tour test for Android devices from May 22 to June 4 in the United States and Japan. “The closed beta test is a test of an application under development and is held for customers in order to improve the quality of the game. Furthermore, the number of customers who may participate in this test is limited. If the number of applications exceeds the number of possible participants, we will randomly select the participants,” said Nintendo. Read more for a video, a link to the beta signup and additional information.
Anyone who grew up with the original Nintendo Entertainment System or Game Boy probably had quite a few mishaps, whether it be accidentally dropping the console or submerging it in water, but what about surviving a Gulf War bombing? There’s this original Game Boy from 1989 that belonged to a medic named Stephan Scoggins. It was placed inside barracks in the Middle East during a bombing and was shortly sent to Nintendo for repair afterwards with a note saying” “Fortunately, this Game Boy, several Game Paks and sundry other personal items were the only casualties claimed by a fire.” It can be seen at the Nintendo Store in New York. Read more for more footage of this remarkable game console running Tetris.
The first handheld in Nintendo’s Game Boy lineup was released in Japan on April 21, 1989, then North America, three months later, and lastly in Europe the following year. It portable game console was designed by the same team that developed the Game & Watch and several Nintendo Entertainment System games, thus it combined features from both the NES home system and Game & Watch hardware. Featuring a green dot-matrix screen with adjustable contrast dial, five control buttons, a 2-voice speaker with adjustable volume dial, and cartridges as physical media for games. Read more for five commercials you probably never seen or knew about.
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Niamh Houston, also known as Chipzel, was fascinated by the Nintendo Game Boy when she received the console and Super Mario Land for Christmas many years ago. During those days, she plugged in a small speaker to amplify the Game Boy sounds, as she says: “I remember the music the most. It was really raw and beautiful, and unlike anything else that you’d hear.” Today, she’s a big part of the chiptune scene, where you make new songs using old video game hardware, and for her, that means two Game Boy units. Read more to watch one of her performances in Tokyo.
There haven’t been any official announcements about a new Punch-Out!! game, but Mike Tyson recently Tweeted something that has got fans thinking. “Heard @Nintendo was doing the new “Punch Out” without even contacting me. it wont be the same. my knockouts made the game. thats whack,” said Tyson. So far, this franchise started in the arcade as simply Punch-Out!!, which was followed by a sequel Super Punch-Out!!. It has since spanned home consoles, including an SNES and Super Famicom sequel Super Punch-Out!! and a Wii sequel Punch-Out!!. Read more for a video of Mike Tyson trying to beat himself in the original Punch-Out!! game and additional information.
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Antonio Monteiro from Richmond, Texas, USA now officially has the world’s largest video game collection, which consists of 20,139 games. The library of titles was so large that it took Guinness World Records eight days to count before he receiving his certificate. He started collecting as a child, and has more than 1,000 PlayStation 1 games, complete PS2 / PS3 collections for North America, over 900 PlayStation 4 games, every PS Vita game released to-date in North America, full Xbox / Xbox 360 collections for North America, every Neo Geo Pocket game released in North America, and lots more. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
It’s true, Twitch Prime subscribers can now claim up to a free 12-month Nintendo Switch Online subscription, which is normally priced at $19.99. The offer comes in two parts: subscribers first claim a free three-month membership, and then after 60 days, they’ll be able to come back and redeem an additional nine months. This offers is valid for both new and existing Switch Online subscribers – current users get extra months added on top of their existing plan. Check out the offer here. Read more for a video explaining the entire deal in detail.
Many gamers still enjoy playing NES classics even though there haven’t been any official releases for over two decades now. Fortunately, there’s a way to try out new games to this day, thanks to something called “NESMaker”. Think of it as Unity or GameMaker, complete with various modules that enable you to make platformers, shooters, action adventure, etc. games, without any coding experience. You’ll be able to design your own art, adjust the physics, and if you have the technical know how, even modify the code, all the while running on actual NES hardware. The end result is an .nes ROM file that runs on any emulator, or you can just use the “Burn” function with the cart flasher to create a functional game cartridge. Read more for a video showcase of some of the games made with NESMaker.
Gamer “Silius” has probably seen a fair number of custom NES consoles over the years, especially from Ben Heck, but instead of trying to recreate one, they decided to built one based on an actual Nintendo Entertainment System. In addition to a flip-up screen, it still takes cartridges rather than just emulate them, which means it retains most of the original hardware. “The carts are inserted like into a normal unit. It has volume control and the display attributes can be adjusted. I’ve found the screen on eBay and it fits really well. I’m still working on it but it’s been running perfectly so far. I want to cover the circuit board with a painted aluminium plate and maybe I manage to make some bezel for the screen as well,” said its creator. Read more for a video showing exactly what’s going on inside the NES and additional pictures.
The first Harry Potter: Wizards Unite gameplay footage has surfaced, and it builds upon Pokémon GO’s augmented reality technology. This free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game inspired by the Wizarding World is being developed by WB Games San Francisco and Niantic. Instead of Pokémon, the game lets players fight against mythical beasts from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchise. How is this game different? Well, Ninantic did purchase Escher Reality, so the game is expected to implement new technology to allow for persistent worlds within AR. Read more for another video and additional information.