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Nintendo Switch fans who have been waiting to play some of the old-school Super NES games on the Switch have to wait no more. Nintendo has made the first 20 SNES games live on the Switch console. As exciting as the first 20 games are, the launch of those titles also brings a bit of bad news. Nintendo has confirmed that while more SNES games will be coming to the Switch in the future, the new launches won't be on a regular schedule. No schedule is a change compared to how Nintendo operated when it added the NES games to the Switch with a few coming every month. Making things even worse for fans is that the NES monthly schedule is now out the door as well. Currently, there are about 50 NES games... Read more...
Spring has yet to arrive, but you might want to do some cleaning anyway, especially if you have ever owned a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console. Some of the old NES cartridges are apparently worth their weight in gold. An unsuspecting seller in Seattle just found that out when he brought a rare Nintendo World Championship cartridge into his local video games retailer, and walked out with a fat check. How fat? Try $13,000! That is one heck of a payday for a game cartridge, even one that is 29 years old. The reason this one netted the seller such an exorbitant amount is because it is an ultra-rare cartridge—it is estimated that less than 200 of these exist. Knowing this, Pink Gorilla... Read more...
Here I thought that staged reality shows were the only places that people stumbled upon treasures, but sometimes it happens that way in real life as well. That is how it went for Scott Amos, an Arizona man who found an unopened Kid Icarus game cartridge for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) while cleaning out his mother's attic. The find could fetch him over $10,000 at auction. A series of events led to what will be a big payday. First off, it was Mother's Day, and Scott's mom had asked him to grab some boxes of his childhood belongings that she still had stored in the attic. As any good son would do, he obliged the request while visiting his mother at his childhood home. That is when he... Read more...
Casual gamers rejoice—Nintendo has a rewind feature to its online NES library of games for the Switch console. Appropriately called Game Rewind, players can take a mulligan on a mistimed jump or any other unfortunate maneuver, and roll back the tape to a point prior to when things went very wrong. Nifty, right? That depends on who you ask. Some people consider the function a cheat of sorts. They are of the 'git gud' variety and, well, bless their judgemental hearts. For gamers who are not interested in 'gitting gud' and just want to go back a few ticks to before they got wrecked, the Game Rewind feature is a boon. Here's a look at how it works... This is not a new concept, by any stretch.... Read more...
Somewhere in an alternate universe, the NES Classic could include SimCity, which today would be a retro title that first launched on the original game system 27 years ago. Unfortunately, in this universe and this timeline that we occupy and where you're reading this, SimCity never got released to the NES. However, a prototype did in fact exist, and it's now available to play. You still can't play the game on the NES, but there is a ROM available of the NES version, which you can download and play on a PC. Frank Cifaldi, founder of The Video Game History Foundation, posted an extensive write-up detailing the unreleased game's history, how it's eluded collectors for all these years, and it's emergence... Read more...
The original Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System, released in 1985, is about as iconic as a video game could possibly get. The history of Mario has been retold a countless number of times, but when you sit back and look at the past 33 years of the mustached character, the amount of progress we've made is really breathtaking. Today, games are hyper-realistic at times, and the capabilities are only going to improve as time goes on. New games obviously stomp older ones when it comes to the graphics department, but not always where gameplay is concerned. Sometimes, simpler is best, and that's exactly why a game like Super Mario Bros. continues to be so admired, despite being well... Read more...
The fun Is coming to an end, folks. Nintendo's NES Classic and SNES Classic aren't long for this world according to comments made this week by Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé. While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Fils-Aimé clearly indicated that production winding down on both the NES Classic and the SNES Classic. If you have been sitting on the sidelines, now is the time to get one as quickly as you can. "We’ve said that the current systems are the extent of our classic program," said Fils-Aimé. "We’ve also been clear that, at least from an Americas perspective, these products are going to be available through the... Read more...
Last July, Nintendo went nuclear over ROM sites that were giving people access to pirated versions of classic Nintendo games. The first two sites that Nintendo took legal action against were LoveROMS.com and LoveRetro.com; both owned by the same people. The legal action against the two websites resulted in smaller ROM sites shutting down, out of fear they would be next on Nintendo's hit list. The legal action against LoveROMS.com and LoveRetro.com is now over as Nintendo, and the site owners Jacob Mathias and his wife have decided to settle the case. It seems that Mathias and his wife knew there was no fighting the Nintendo legal machine and entered into a negotiation to stave off a lengthy... Read more...
Nintendo Switch Online just went live earlier this week, but it has already been hacked. Nintendo Switch Online is a paid service that gives subscribers access to cloud saves for games, online multiplayer and a [downloadable] classic games library that includes 20 NES titles. Nintendo Switch gamers have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the service due to the availability of classic games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. However, hackers managed to crack the app's emulator, allowing anyone to install their own NES ROMs and successfully play them on the Nintendo Switch. A hacker by the name of DevRin uploaded a short clip to YouTube showing the game Battletoads... Read more...
If you are like us, then for years you have been calling Nintendo's Entertainment System "N-E-S." Well, guess what? You have been saying it wrong, either out loud or in your head when you read about consoles like the NES Classic. According to Nintendo, the correct pronunciation is "Ness," no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Blasphemy, right? We think so, but that the is clarification Nintendo makes in Wario Ware Gold, which is now out for the Nintendo 3DS. The game includes a museum of old Nintendo consoles, and the description for the NES says that Nintendo pronounces it "Ness." In the museum section of the Japanese version of Wario Ware Gold, you can unlock some slides showcasing the Famicom. Also... Read more...
There was nothing worse in a 1980’s/1990’s gamer’s life then realizing their console controller could not quite reach the comfiest chair in the room. Now there is a solution for retro console fans. 8BitDo has just released DIY kits that upgrade NES, SNES, and Sega Mega Drive controllers to wireless. 8BitDo’s DIY kits include all the necessary tools and do not require any soldering. The original controller’s cables are connected to the interior circuit board. The 8BitDo’s kit includes a new circuit board with a Bluetooth chip and rechargeable battery. The hole that once fed the cable will be replaced with a charging port. The port will also glow and... Read more...
Microsoft has been hard at work making Windows 10 more attractive to gamers than it already is, and much of its effort will be on display when its Creators Update rolls out next week (you can grab it now if you're feeling antsy). But while goodies like Game Mode and Beam support are on the horizon, Microsoft is drawing the line at emulators—they're no longer welcome in the Windows Store. The change in policy was noticed by NESbox, as its free Universal Emulator was pulled from the Windows Store. Before it was yanked, Windows 10 users could download the emulator and play ROMs for the NES, Super Nintendo, Nintendo Gameboy, Sega Genesis, and Sega Mega Drive. The nifty emulator supports keyboard... Read more...
If you were super good last year (and super lucky), you might have scored an NES Classic Edition console on Christmas morning. The retro game system was one of the hottest and most in-demand items this past holiday season, commanding more than three times its value from second-hand sellers on eBay and Craigslist. Though in short supply, hackers have already managed to mod the console to accept more games in the form of ROM files. The NES Classic Edition comes with 30 games already included, among them classics such as Super Mario Bros. (1-3), The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Castlevania, Tecmo Bowl, Ghosts'N Goblins, and many more. It's a fine collection, though as one of the best selling... Read more...
If you're a fan of the original Legend of Zelda and love the feeling of a nostalgic high, we've got you covered. On its UK website, Nintendo has just posted a number of scans showing us what the classic game featuring Link looked like before those ideas turned digital. Anyone who's played Legend of Zelda is going to recognize the shot below without hesitation. Some of the map is cut off, but you can still see the section that new players begin out in (the second in on the bottom from the left), and not to mention a slew of secrets (obviously, no fan was ever meant to see this before the game was released!). For some close-ups of this map, you can peruse the super-quick video below. What's neat... Read more...
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