Video Games


Complete NES System Into Cartridge
A gamer who goes by “dany” online managed to build a complete NES system into a real cartridge, and it’s not just for how. Simply put, it’s all based around a NOAC (NES On A Chip), which is essentially a fully-functional Nintendo Entertainment System on one chip, complete with a 60 pin Famicom game port that can be converted to a 72 pin NES game port. ” In order to use the NES controllers, I would have to convert the NES controller’s shift register data into the NOAC’s controller chips. So… what better way to do it than with an Arduino!,” said its creator. Read more for a video of it in-action, additional pictures and information.

Smach Z Handheld PC

Finally, a working SMACH Z prototype has been demonstrated on video. Originally slated for release in 2018, this handheld PC is now powered by an AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor instead of the planned AMD Merlin Falcon RX-421BD, complete with LTE connectivity. How much will one of these cost? Well, it’s being offered in Smach Z ($699), Smach Z Pro ($899), and Smach Z Ultra ($1,099) models, running either Windows 10 or SMACH OS (Linux), with up to 8GB of RAM. Read more for a few more hands-on videos and additional information.

Super Mario Maker 2

Set to hit the Nintendo Switch in June, Super Mario Maker 2 packs tons of new features not found in the previous versions. For example, players are now able to add slopes that look similar to the ones in Super Mario World as well as new gameplay elements from the Wii U game Super Mario 3D World, from transparent warp pipes to the Cat Suit and even enemies such as the Ant Trooper. Read more for a deep dive into all the new features that we know about so far.

Fortnite Earthquake

Fortnite island has been rocked by earthquakes that have created large cracks in the ground, and if you want to see the next one in person, simply visit this site. Currently, you’ll find these cracks Lazy Links region, and is a buildup to season 8, which kicks off in under two weeks. However, a fourth crack hasjust appeared between Tomato Temple, Wailing Woods, and the area often called the containers. In the past, the island has experienced temporal rifts, floating islands, and even an entire Arctic region, but this phenomenon resembles Fortnite’s rolling cube. Read more for another video and additional information.

Multi-Factor Authentication Fortnite Epic Games

Let’s face it, with all of the phishing scams and other security-related issues nowadays, it’s a no brainer to enable multi-factor authentication for just about any important account you use, Fortnite included. Epic Games wants to reward those who do enable two-factor authentication (2FA), which requires you to enter an extra code sent to a secondary device during the sign-in process, by sending them a Heartspan Glider. Read more to find out a way to send this to a friend who hasn’t yet enabled this feature.

Conviction Anthem Prequel
Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame has just released a live-action Anthem prequel, called “Conviction,” and you won’t need EA Access to watch it, or a PlayStation 4 / Xbox One for that matter. This short film takes precedes the events of Anthem, and blends realistic CGI with live-action footage to immerse you in the Fort Tarsis player hub. There are rumors that it may eventually be turned into a feature-length film, but for now, it should be enough to hold fans over. Read more to watch.

Sealed Super Mario Bros. NES
This sealed first-run copy of Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System sold for a whopping $100,150 in a private transaction earlier this month, making it the the first six-figure transaction for a single collectible game. For comparison, a sealed copy of this same game sold for over $30,000 in 2017, which was a record at the time. What makes this one more valuable? Instead of being shrink-wrapped in plastic, the first-run. boxes produced in America were only sealed on the top flap, and instead feature a black foil circular sticker with the Nintendo logo on it, sold during a brief period of time before the NES’ national rollout in 1985-1986. Back then, an NES set only came packaged with Duck Hunt and Gyromite, but not Super Mario Bros. Read more for a video, another picture and additional information.

The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening Switch

Originally released for the Game Boy over 25 years ago, one of the most popular games in the Legend of Zelda series returns. In this modern video game remake, players travel to the mysterious island of Koholint to guide Link on a perilous adventure. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will launch exclusively on Nintendo Switch some time in 2019. Read more to watch the announcement reaction video and additional information.

Pokemon Go Snapshot AR+ Mode
Pokémon Go is set to get a Snapshot mode, in addition to the AR+ mode, that lets you to pose and interact with creatures you’ve already captured. Simply open the camera or navigate to a specific Pokémon in your bag, tap the screen to toss their Poké Ball to that place, and then you’ll be able to move around the life-sized Pokémon for optimal angles for your photos. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Uber Game Console
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One Reddit user recently showcased their makeshift game console system in the backseat of their Uber rideshare vehicle, and it quickly gained internet stardom. How does it work? Well, the system consists of a 2016 Samsung Galaxy Tab, an SF30 Pro bluetooth gaming controller and then the Arc Browser gaming emulator, all secured to a Headrest Bar Mount. Read more for a short video and additional pictures.