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Nintendo's pulling out all the stops with its NES Classic Edition console, especially in regards to how the more than two dozen baked in retro titles will look on your big screen TV. Utilizing your HDMI input, you'll have a standard HD-resolution gaming experience if that's what you're after, but the console will also support some old school viewing modes. Julie Gagnon, the communications manager at Nintendo of Canada, explained the different display options available on the NES Classic Edition during an interview with a French-language radio show. According to Gagnon, nostalgic gamers will have... Read more...
We have the feeling that millions of gamers are about to add a new item to their Christmas wish lists. Nintendo has just announced its NES Classic Edition console, which is a miniature version of the blockbuster Nintendo Entertainment Center console that debuted in the early 80s. The original NES was the very first introduction to home video gaming for many Americans and holds a tremendous amount of nostalgia. Nintendo is playing up on that nostalgia, as the newly announced NES Classic Edition comes bundled with a single controller (you can purchase an additional controller for two-player gaming)... Read more...
For those of you who read the headline and showed up with pitchforks and torches, set them aside, we're well aware that you've been sending Piston Honda and Bald Bull to the mat with a well timed punch for nearly three decades now. However, what you probably didn't know is there's a subtle visual cue among the spectators in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! that lets you know exactly when Little Mac should take a swing at his opponent. Amazingly this little Easter egg has gone unnoticed on the NES for 29 years, but is now public knowledge thanks to reddit forum member midwesternhousewives, who posted a... Read more...
Not long ago, Amazon showed us how to build an Amazon Echo Smart AI-assisted speaker system with the versatile Raspberry Pi but this beauty of a modding project is a bit of old school goodness that just warms our geek hearts. What do you get when you cross a classic portable gaming system like the original Game Boy with more modern internals from one of the most popular DIY single board computer systems around? Thanks to one rather inventive modder, we now have what is probably the coolest Game Boy on the planet — one that is capable of playing Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, NES, SNES and Sega... Read more...
The original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) debuted at $200 when it was released in the U.S. market over three decades ago. Gamers have since moved on to faster and more powerful systems since then, though if you're feeling nostalgic for old school NES action and want to go the luxury route, a company called Analogue will happily sell you the original NES guts in a fancy new chassis. They'll even gold plate it!Never heard of Analogue? The company made a name for itself by selling a luxury console that plays original NES cartridges. Unlike many of the cheap NES alternatives out there, Analogue's... Read more...
There are few platforms in the emulation realm that are as well taken care of as the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Over the years, there have been a countless number of NES emulators that have come out, with some targeting different platforms or different goals -- some aim for accuracy, while some treat performance as the most important feature. Some simply try to go above and beyond by offering people a better-looking or easier-to-use UI. All of that is good, but none of the releases seem to do anything really interesting - until now, that is. Enter 3DNES. With this coming... Read more...
There are certain events in life that can make you feel old. A passing of a relative, like a grandparent or aunt or uncle is one. Your child graduating from high school is another. Seeing actors and actresses you grew up watching suddenly look old. And then there's The Legend of Zelda, which if you were unaware just celebrated its 30th birthday over the weekend.Has it really been three whole decades? It may not seem like it, but Nintendo launched The Legend of Zelda on February 21, 1986, in Japan. The game didn't debut in cartridge form, as many of you reading this probably remember playing it.... Read more...
It's usually assured that any Sunday night football game is going to have a certain draw to it, but the one that went down this past Sunday night (10/18) between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots had the makings of being an epic slug fest of rivals. Ahem. I am a huge Colts fan, and that's a little interesting when HotHardware's Paul Lilly and head honcho Dave Altavilla are major Patriots fans. In fact, given my geographical location (east coast Canada), many that surround me are Pats fans, so when this matchup goes down, things get tense. Sometimes they also get exciting. Other times,... Read more...
For many people, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) helped define their childhood with games Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. If it helped define yours, you might find it a punch in the gut that the NES is three decades old, having been introduced in the North American market on October 18, 1985. Time flies, doesn't it?Two years prior, Nintendo released the same console in Japan, only it was called the Famicom. However, the North American launch of the NES is a more significant blip in the history of gaming because it came during the tail end of the video game crash that rocked the... Read more...
The world of gaming has lost a true legend today, and our hearts sink in sadness. Ralph H. Baer helped to develop the first video game console, which was known as the “Brown Box.” The Brown Box was licensed to Magnavox in 1972, and the following year was sold to the public as the Odyssey. Baer’s work didn’t stop there, however. He would go on to create what became the basis of what we know as “light gun” technology (it was actually the first ever video game peripheral). If you still relish the experience of shooting a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Zapper in Duck Hunt, you can thank Baer for... Read more...
If you're a classic gamer, you've probably had the unhappy experience of firing up a beloved older title you haven't played in a decade or two, squinting at the screen, and thinking: "Wow. I didn't realize it looked this bad." The reasons why games can wind up looking dramatically worse than you remember isn't just the influence of rose-colored glasses -- everything from subtle differences in third-party hardware to poor ports to bad integrated TV upscalers can ruin the experience. A new video from My Life In Gaming steps through some of the problems with the current crop of televisions and even... Read more...
Here’s the bad news: Hyperkin’s RetroN 5, a gaming console that incorporates and accommodates a host of vintage game cartridges, will be delayed until Q1 2014 because of some faulty pins that the company discovered on some of its packaged units. Thus, the console won’t be available until the holidays, so you won’t be unwrapping one and blowing your holiday days off ensconced in vintage gaming bliss. However, the good news is that the RetroN 5 exists, and you’ll be able to have one early next year. The primary upgrade from the RetroN 4 to the RetroN 5 concerns the addition... Read more...
Ah, things used to be so simple. Back in the day, beating the NES version of Super Mario Brothers could almost be done in one's sleep. Wait, what? As it turns out, the game that stumped far too many children in the days of yesteryear is painfully easy to beat. The trick, however, is to not be human. Obviously, humans pay attention to certain things that are happening in games, whereas the ones and zeros within are walking a straighter and far more narrow path. Tom Murphy, a programmer, has recently created and debuted a function that can effectively beat NES games by attempting to get levels, scores,... Read more...
There’s a certain generation of youngsters who lived and breathed beautifully-made side scrollers for NES and SNES. (We loved our Sega Genesis too, but you know that SNES had the prettier games.) Capcom has been busy tapping into console gamer nostalgia of late, and now the company is offering up a completely remastered and enhanced version of DuckTales. “The DuckTales gang has been brought back to life with absolutely luscious hand-drawn animation so as to better reflect the high-caliber animation Disney’s known for,” reads a Capcom blog post. “Every frame of movement... Read more...
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