Video Games


Super Mario Brothers Lost Levels 2 Japan

Did you know that Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels was actually first released in Japan for the Famicom Disk System as Super Mario Bros. 2 on June 3, 1986? This game was developed by Nintendo R&D4, the team led by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, and designed for players who wanted something more challenging than the original. Unfortunately, Nintendo of America found the title to be too difficult for its audience and instead chose to reskin the Japanese game Doki Doki Panic. Read more for a full Super Mario Brothers 2 (Japanese) playthrough.

Detective Pikachu Movie

Yes, it’s true, the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, titled “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” is set to hit theathers in 2019. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, and showcases a variety of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality. “The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself,” according to the synopsis. Read more for a trailer reaction video and additional information.

YouTube Nintendo Switch

If you want to stream video on the Nintendo Switch officially, there’s Niconico in Japan and Hulu everywhere else, but on November 8th, Google may finally be releasing a native YouTube app for the console. How did this rumor come bout? Well, scrolling down to the ‘You might also like’ section on the official Nintendo website will bring up YouTube as a recommendation. Continue reading for a video showing one method to get YouTube now, and more information.

Super Mario Odyssey Emulator

The Nintendo Switch can be picked up in discounted bundles now, but for some, it’s still too pricey, especially if Super Mario Odyssey is the main game they want to play. Meet the Yuzu Emulator. First announced in January, this software is now capable of running the game, albeit with a few graphical glitches in parts and slowdown in others. Continue reading for another video and more information.

Pixel Vision 2 Game Console

Limited to just 50-units and available in two different styles (folding clamshell and one-piece), the Pixel Vision 2.0 is a portable Steampunk-inspired game console that can store over 10,000 games. You can add your own favorites through WiFi and create a personal game library, whether they be SNES, Megadrive, NES, GBA, TurboGrafx-16, etc. titles. It provides five portable hours of gaming per charge. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

DX-12 Punisher Shotgun

Photo credit: Ivan Santic

Ivan Santic and HARDWAR3 Industries’ DX-12 Punisher double-barreled shotgun looks to be straight from a video game., complete with compact 12 gauge slugs. One caveat: the short, pistol-style barrel firing those 12-gauge shells would have some gnarly recoil not found in your latest first person shooter game. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Super Mario Flashback

Super Mario Flashback, presented at the Sonic Amateur Games Expo (SAGE), is a stunning pixel art fan game that Nintendo should have released. It was created by a 20-year-old student who goes by “Mors” online and hopes that it will be ready for an official release by early 2020. “We are working on something. I’m pretty sure it’s something you guys will like. It kind of came out of nowhere, and, for now, I want to focus on that. [But] I can assure you guys that Flashback is not getting affected by this in the long run,” said “Mors” about the demo being delayed from November to April 2019. Continue reading for a 3-stage play through and more information.

PlayStation Classic Games List

The PlayStation Classic is just over a month away from its official released, and today, Sony announced the full games list. In addition to the titles announced earlier – Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3 – the full games list includes several blockbusters, like Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid, Rayman, Resident Evil Director’s Cut, and Oddworld: Abe’s Odysee. For those looking to get one on launch day, December 3rd, make sure you have your finger on the buy button, and / or camp out in front of your local electronics retailer the night before, otherwise, the $99.99 MSRP may balloon to the hundreds shortly after. Continue reading for another video and more information.

WiiMote Prototype

The Wiimote, also known as the Wii Remote, is the primary controller for Nintendo’s Wii console, and what made it stand out was its motion sensing capability. This enabled the user to interact with and manipulate items on screen via gesture recognition and pointing through the use of accelerometer and optical sensor technology. Yahoo Japan user “Kuriaisu1122” recently sold an early prototype, which is basically a two-piece controller with a wired GameCube connection and it requires plugging the sensor bar into a GameCube memory card slot. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Logitech G502 Proteus

Logitech’s G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Gaming Mouse lets you match your style and environment with up to 16.8 million colors, and it’s being offered for just $38.75 shipped, today only, originally $79.99. Customize RGB lighting or sync it with other Logitech G products, set up custom profiles for your games, adjust sensitivity from 200 up to 12,000 DPI and position five 3.6g weights for just the right balance and feel. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video review and more information.