Preorders Begin for Nintendo’s Switch Platform

Nintendo has started to unveil more information regarding the Switch, its impending hybrid of a traditional gaming console and a portable system. Among these details is the ability to already begin placing preorders. According to the official Twitter account belonging to Nintendo’s New York-based store, a limited number of Switches will be available for preorder on January 13th. Interested parties will need to show up at the New York branch of Nintendo World and put forth their money right at nine in the morning.

 

With Nintendo’s track record for new releases, as seen by the initial scarcity of the Wii, its Amiibo toys and even the NES Classic, it is an easy call that the Switch will likely be a difficult piece of tech to acquire for several months after its launch date. Anyone looking to get in on the ground floor of Nintendo’s new machine will need to keep their ears low to the ground for even the slightest opportunity. Regardless, it is a forgone conclusion that the aforementioned Nintendo World preorders will not be available for even one hour. It is currently unknown if Nintendo plans to extend official preorders through online stores or in regions other than New York City.

 

The Switch seems to continue Nintendo’s trend for producing revolutionary pieces of technology within the video game industry. The most notable feature of this new device is its modular capabilities; the very first trailer, which greatly emphasized the Millennial demographic, showcases how the central tablet can be inserted into a base to function as a traditional gaming console or taken along as a portable device. Furthermore, the controls can connect to the sides of the central tablet as an approximation of the Wii U’s tablet controller or they can be used separately for sessions of multiplayer gaming.

 

Retro Gaming: A Blast from the Past that’s Here to Stay

Retro gaming is going to be all the rage this holiday season! With gaming becoming more popular than ever and more and more gamers interested in playing the games they did when they were kids, or when their parents were kids, a multitude of companies have announced retro game emulators hitting stores just before the holidays this year. Not only will you be able to play your favorite Nintendo games this Christmas but announcements have already been made for a collection of Sega titles and arcade classics on their way from different developers to invade your holiday gaming schedule.

 

 

Nintendo kicked off the season of the emulators announcing that their NES classic edition would be on store shelves by the holidays, preloaded with thirty favorite games. The classic edition and the controllers alike harken back to the original NES and fill you with eighties nostalgia just looking at them. With a major modern gaming company like Nintendo investing in retro gaming, what many gamers’ considered a fad seems here to stay. For more information, visit the official site of the NES Classic Edition at: http://www.nintendo.com/nes-classic/

 

 

Retro-bit, a company long in the business of marketing classic games, soon followed Nintendo’s lead announcing the launch of a mini console to be dubbed Retro-bit Generations which comes preloaded with an assortment of popular classic arcade games. The Retro-bit Generations is barely larger than it’s Sega: Saturn style controllers but comes with a host of features such as two USB ports, an SD card slot, HDMI port, and low-fi composite connections. The Retro-bit Generations features games from leading companies like Capcom, Jaleco, and Irem, and includes both household name classics and deeper cuts from the arcade cabinet collection. If you’d like to purchase the Retro-bit Generations or are looking for more information on the retro console visit the Retro-bit official website at: http://retro-bit.com/

 

 

Atgames have also announced a mini-console similar in layout to the NES classic edition only featuring games from the classic Sega Genesis console. The Genesis Classic features titles like Sonic, Mortal Kombat, and Golden Axe, and a save port for some games. The Genesis Classic also allows for use with original Sega Genesis cartridges to let you play your favorite games from the days of video game yore. If you want to get your game on with your favorite classic Sega games visit Atgames official site for ordering and further information at: http://www.atgames.net/

 

Nintendo’s Switch Design Could Turn Off Third Party Support

Bringing Something New To The Table

When Nintendo revealed its upcoming next-gen console Nintendo Switch the world was amazed. The combination of a handheld device and home console is changing the way gamers think of the console experience, but there are a few canaries in the coal mine. The design of the Switch may deter third party developers and publishers from providing support for the next-gen console. The return to using cartridges and relatively low memory are likely to turn off gamers accustomed to digital downloads and Blu-Ray discs. Regardless of these criticisms Nintendo continues to push forward

 

 

The Return Of The Cartridge

One of the biggest standouts in the design of the console/handheld hybrid is the flash cartridge format Nintendo has chosen as the media format of the Switch. Although the cost of cartridges has gone down in recent years they are still more expensive than optic discs. Naturally developers are going to factor this into their budgets and may opt out of providing third party software for the Switch. There are some advantages to the format. Cartridges offer faster load times when compared to the Blu-Ray discs giving the Switch an edge.

 

 

Memory Loss

The Switch is expected to have relatively low amount of memory. At time when the average game is about 50 GB the hard drive of the Switch is raising some eyebrows. At most it is expected to have about 256 GB of memory space but other estimates put the Switch hard drive closer to 32 GB. The growth of digital downloads will come into conflict with Nintendo’s decision. However there are some companies that may warm up to the relatively low memory space of the Switch. Physical stores such as EB Games are experiencing serious declines in sales as consumer demand for physical copies of games drops. If the Switch finds a successful niche gaming stores may see the current trend reverse.

 

New Footage of “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” Shows Off the Bow and Arrow

New footage was just released of “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” on Nintendo of Europe’s Twitter page. The 42-second clip shows off a classic weapon from “The Legend of Zelda” series: bows and arrows.

The clip shows Link shooting many different kinds of arrows at enemies. He also uses a normal arrow cut a rope and let a bridge fall. And, of course, Link uses his shield and sword in battle. This clip shows that players will be able to switch between arrows very efficiently as gameplay pauses while they make a shift.

In total, it looks like Link will be equipped with fire, ice, bomb, and normal arrows, all of which made an appearance in previous Zelda titles. Some other weapons that have been shown in other video clips for “Breath of the Wild” include axes, clubs, and even hammers. There are sure to be many occasions to spice combat up in this new game.

Nintendo is yet again highlighting how important interacting with the environment in novel ways will play a role in this new Zelda title. Link’s use of the plain arrow to let the bridge fall indicates how gamers will have to think in novel ways in this game. This might make the puzzles in dungeons even more inventive and challenging than previous Zelda games.

Every little piece of footage Nintendo has released for this game has made fans even more anxious to explore this vast open world Zelda title. Some earlier videos showed Link freezing water into stepping blocks, using a magnet to bring up chests from the water, and using strange toxic barrel against enemies. With all of these new features, it is refreshing to see the good old bow and arrow will make another appearance in this title.

Aside from exploring the open world and finishing the main storyline, this game looks like it will keep Zelda fans occupied for many days with side-quests. For example, has been confirmed that there will be 100 Shrines of Trials to complete in this title.

Fans will just have to wait until March of 2017 to try this game out for themselves. “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” will be released on the WiiU and on Nintendo’s new NX console.

Nintendo Is Pursuing Many Partnerships To Increase Brand Awareness

What is a major video game company to do when the younger demographic no longer learns about its characters from video games? In Nintendo’s case, pursue partnerships with companies around the world.

Nintendo’s CEO, Tatsumi Kimishima, told reporters that more kids were not discovering Mario, Luigi, or even Link from Nintendo’s classic games. The key to growing a new batch of Nintendo fans, Kimishima believes, is to increase awareness of characters through other products and projects.

One of the newest partnerships Nintendo has made in recent weeks is with the toy manufacturing company Mattel. Nintendo executives told reporters that they teamed with Mattel to produce Hot Wheels cars inspired by the Super Mario characters. The characters chosen by Mattel include Mario, Luigi, Toad, Bowser, Yoshi, and Princess Peach. Mattel officials told reporters that these cars will hit the stores very soon.

This deal with Mattel is only one of many partnerships Nintendo has been actively pursuing in recent months. For example, Nintendo has made deals with both Vans and Converse, two major shoe manufacturers in the USA. Vans has since released many pieces of apparel and footwear using Nintendo’s famous titles like Duck Hunt, Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. Nintendo’s partnership with Converse has yielded two special trainer shoes, one inspired by Mario and the other by Bowser.

Yet another deal Nintendo made is with Arm & Hammer to create a Super Mario Spinbrush. Kimishima told interviewers that he was very pleased with the positive sales of this Mario inspired electric toothbrush in North America.

Perhaps the biggest deal Nintendo pursued in recent months is with Universal Parks & Resorts. That’s right, Nintendo is very interested in creating its own area in a Universal Studios theme park. While this is still in the development stage right now, Nintendo hopes that through their incorporation into Universal Studios that they will create an even more positive image of their iconic characters.

Kimishima has made it clear that Nintendo’s main concern right now is getting kids familiar with Nintendo’s characters through various licensing deals and partnerships. Especially before the release of Nintendo’s new NX console, Nintendo executives need to keep their characters fresh so that a new generation of gamers knows Mario just as well as those who grew up with Super Mario 64.

What Is Nintendo Trying To Do With The NX?

Nintendo has long since stopped trying to compete directly with the Playstation and Xbox brands, as well as PC gaming. They know that they just can’t match the hardware firepower being used by Sony and Microsoft, and they certainly don’t appeal to the type of hardcore PC gamer who is willing to spend over $600 on an elite video card. Nintendo now caters to one group: fans of Nintendo. The millions of casual gaming fans who flocked to the Wii seemed to have abandoned them, if Wii U sales figures are any indication. So what exactly is Nintendo trying to do with their next “console”, the NX? I haven’t the slightest idea.

According to rumors that are more than likely true, Nintendo is going to attempt a hybrid handheld/console approach with the NX. Basically, it’s going to be a handheld that is powerful enough to play games that could potentially compete with the PS4 and Xbox One in terms of graphical fidelity. Although I just don’t see it happening. Who is going to want to carry a bulky handheld around with them in this age of smartphones? And who wants to sacrifice power in their console for the ability to take it with them on the go?

Nintendo has made a habit out of proving everyone wrong, and I would love to be one of them in this instance. I want to love the next Nintendo console, but right now I’m afraid I just won’t get the chance.

Why Nintendo is Keeping the NX a Big Secret

Now that E3 has come and gone, we know many things about the “big three’s” plans for the next-generation of gaming consoles. Microsoft announced the Xbox One S, an update to the current console that is 40% slimmer and features HDR gaming and 4k video support. Sony focused on being the first major console to introduce virtual reality, making the announcement that the Playstation VR along with select games will be available some time in October.

That leaves us with Nintendo, who announced its current project for a next-gen console all the way back in March of 2015- and not much information has come out since. Many people speculated that Nintendo would make an announcement regarding the NX at E3, but when no more information came it left people scratching their heads. Nintendo’s silence amidst the storm of updates from Sony and Microsoft has caused worry in a lot of Nintendo’s fans, but in an interview with the Associated Press, Nintendo notable Shigeru Miyamoto explained that the absence of updates from Nintendo was justified. “In terms of NX, there’s an idea that we’re working on,” Miyamoto described through a translator. “If it was just a matter of following advancements in technology, things would be coming out a lot quicker.” That’s why we can’t share anything at this point.”

With many exciting advancements announced for the next-generation of consoles, what kind of new technology could the Nintendo NX be hiding from us? One thing’s for certain, it’ll be something we haven’t seen anywhere else!

Custom Game Boy Zero Platform Can Play Thousands of Titles Without Switching Cartridges

Almost everyone who owned an original Game Boy always wanted more games to play on it. Most cartridges of that time only held a single game, and they were notoriously expensive. Video game collectors have caused prices to go up in the modern era, but one enterprising gamer assembled a custom design for the Nintendo Game Boy that holds a giant library of games.

He calls it the Game Boy Zero, and it uses a Raspberry Pi Zero computer stored in a Game Boy shell to offer players a menu that provides a list of hundreds of games. The games are stored on an original memory card. Currently it can run games for the original Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy Advance. Some reports even suggest that it can play titles for the Sega Genesis platform.

This would more than likely also include titles released for the Sega Master System and Game Gear platforms as well. The Game Boy Zero could theoretically be loaded up with several thousand different titles, though space concerns put a practical limit on how many games can fit on the memory card at any one time.

Original Game Boy systems actually took regular alkaline batteries. They also lacked a backlight. The designer of the Game Boy Zero corrected both of these problems by adding a rechargeable battery as well as a backlight. The screen has a higher display resolution than most modern portable systems, which might encourage some modern gamers to downgrade a few generations.

Nintendo’s New Console Less than a Year Away

Nintendo, the Japanese gaming giant has announced that its long awaited NX console will be unveiled in March next year, with the state-of-the-art game, Legend of Zelda anticipated to arrive for both the Wii U and the NX.

Fox News reports that even though an official release window had already been provided, the company still didn’t know much more about the secretive gaming machine, including its price. The machine has been rumored to be Android based with many speculating that the NX will substitute the 3DS and the Wii U by functioning as both a portable console and a home console.

Nintendo affirmed that its anticipated ‘Legend of Zelda’ game will however be showcased at the E3 this year as well as be launched on both the NX and the Wii U consoles next year. This is not the first of its version, the company had already released ‘Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess’ in the year 2006 for both the then new Wii U and the aging Gamecube.

Bad news however is that by the time Nintendo NX arrive into the market, it will face competition in the PlayStation Neo, an upgraded version of the 4K-capable PS4 that is rumored to be released as soon as this holiday. Microsoft could also be a potential competitors if rumors regarding its more powerful Xbox are confirmed as reported by Fox News.

Nevertheless, Nintendo’s new mobile push seems to be paying off as Miitomo, the company’s wacky social networking application has acquired over 10 million users.

Fire Emblem Fates Surprises Gamers with Phoenix Mode

Fire Emblem Fates just came out on the Nintendo 3DS, but it’s hardly Nintendo’s first foray into the series. They’ve been releasing Fire Emblem games since 1990. This has made some fans question whether they need to get yet another game in the same series. While many of these games tell different stories, gamers have often complained that each one is functionally the same as the last.

This might help to explain why the game provides two different modes of play. Players are given an option to play with either Phoenix or Classic mode whenever they start a new game. Phoenix mode is brand new to the series, and it allows players to revive their dead units on their next turn. Classic mode is also included, which causes fallen units to remain permanently dead.

Game reviews have largely focused on how the classic style will force gamers to see their units as more than just cute anime faces on a pixilated screen since they’re now able to die permanently. The irony, however, is that this is actually closer to how most other Fire Emblem games have worked throughout history.

Phoenix mode is actually more of a radical departure from the rest of the games in the series, and it promises to make the famously difficult Fire Emblem combat system so much easier to deal with for players who find that their units die off left and right. Even with the new mode turned on the game should still prove to be extremely challenging.