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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...
Nintendo is turning to one of its own to replace the late Satoru Iwata as the company's President. The job now belongs to Tatsumi Kimishima, a former banker and, more recently, the man in charge of Nintendo's Human Resources division, which is one of several positions he's held with the company. Kimishima has been with Nintendo for over a decade. After spending several years in the banking industry, Kimishima took a leadership position at The Pokemon Company before joining Nintendo in 2002 as CEO of of Nintendo of America. He was in charge of the company when it introduced the Wii and 3DS to the... Read more...
The first level in Super Mario Bros. - we're talking the Nintendo Entertainment System here - goes down as one of the most iconic of all time. In some ways, it's probably one of the most important, as well, as Nintendo showed the industry the right way to start a game. By today's standards, all of Super Mario Bros. is simple from a level design standpoint. That's to be expected with a console that had limited hardware resources and thus imposed harsh limits on how much could be seen on the screen at one time, and how many different objects could be used. Did you know, for example, that the bushes... Read more...
Apple is expected to announces its next generation iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus during a keynote address this Wednesday held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The new iPhones are supposed to bring faster A9 processor, a 3D Force Touch display, and higher resolution cameras (front and back). However, the biggest announcement to come out of the event likely won’t be the two new iPhones (which is simply a “refresh” this year). Instead, the star of the show is likely to be the next generation Apple TV, which the late Steve Jobs famously described as a “hobby” earlier in its life... Read more...
Nintendo began selling its super sized (and confusingly named) "New Nintendo 3DS XL" handheld console in the U.S. market back in February of this year for $200, and later this month, the regular version will available too. Set for a September 25 release, the more compact version will debut at $220 as part of a special bundle. The bundle will include the handheld console itself (obviously) plus the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game (download version, not a physical copy), two themed cover plates, and a single Amiibo card. Never heard of an Amiibo card? They have the same functionality... Read more...
The cost of entry to own a modern generation DS console has been lowered to a Benjamin. Actually, just shy of a Benny -- Nintendo dropped the price of its 2DS handheld to $99.99, down from its previous suggested retail price of $129.99. And in case you're wondering, yes, it still comes bundled with Mario Kart 7 (in digital form). "At a suggested retail price of $99.99, Nintendo 2DS is an even more attractive introductory option for first-time gamers," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "The new lower-priced hardware combined with the strong... Read more...
A couple of interesting patents owned by Nintendo were published last week, and while it wouldn't have been surprising to see the details relate to the company's upcoming NX console, it actually has to do with something completely different, and unexpected. According to a post at NeoGAF that dissects the multiple patents, Nintendo is working on a quality-of-life device that sits next to someone's bed, constantly analyzing different variables. It almost looks like a different take on something like Fitbit; Nintendo wants to provide information to the user that will help them get a better night's... Read more...
China is finally ending a ban on gaming consoles that has proven to be a real hindrance to companies like Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony. But before you ask, “I thought China already lifted the ban?” you have to realize that Chinese regulatory agencies only allowed consoles to be sold within the country if they were manufactured within the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Now that Chinese officials have had a change of heart, manufacturers (both foreign and domestic) are free to build and sell their consoles anywhere within the country. Needless to say, console manufacturers are elated at the possibility... Read more...
With the passing of Nintendo's beloved President and CEO Satoru Iwata, an inevitability arises: the company needs a highly capable successor. We're sure Nintendo itself is still in the initial steps of deciding on a successor, but the collective Web has wasted no time in naming someone who would be perfect to head the big N: Shigeru Miyamoto. While Nintendo has a number of popular faces, it's hard to beat the presence of Miyamoto -- he's a living legend. He cares a lot about games and gamers, and he has an incredible history that easily qualifies him to take the helm. We... Read more...
The games industry lost a giant this weekend as Nintendo issued a statement saying its fourth president and Chief Executive Officer Satoru Iwata passed away on Saturday. He was only 55 years old at the time of his death. According to Nintendo, Iwata's passing was "due to a bile duct growth," for which he underwent surgery a year ago.In June of last year, Iwata issued a letter to shareholders stating that "an issue was detected" during a "routine physical examination." The issue turned out to be a growth in his bile duct, though because it was detected and operated on at an early stage, there was... Read more...
Pictures of a hybrid game console consisting of a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) outfitted with a CD-ROM peripheral built by Sony are making the rounds on the web, but before we get into that, let's backtrack a few decades and discuss the system that everyone assumed didn't exist. Grab the plutonium and set the DeLorean for 1988.That's when Sony and Nintendo collaborated on a CD-ROM drive for the SNES. Their goal was to release a combined game console called the PlayStation that could play both SNES cartridges and SNES CD-ROMs. Three years later, Sony announced the system at the Consumer... Read more...
Just as quickly as we were warming to the idea of Nintendo’s next generation gaming console running the Android operating system, our hopes have now been dashed. The denial came swiftly, with a Nintendo spokesman stating, “There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX.” That’s about as strong as a denial as you would ever here from a Nintendo. The company usually doesn’t take the time to respond to such rumors (just like Apple). But the original Japanese-language report that its next generation console would join forces with Google’s dominant mobile operating... Read more...
It's beginning to look like Nintendo's "NX" console could be quite interesting -- or not, depending on your perspective. It's being reported that the Mario maker is planning to go the Android route for its upcoming console, which would allow developers the freedom to publish their titles for it, as well as other Android-based devices. Hearing this should invoke immediate images of the OUYA console, which has largely been deemed a failure. But, there are some major differences between a startup company and an established player like Nintendo. For starters, Nintendo makes great hardware. Not just... Read more...
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