Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto and Universal Theme Parks are teaming up to create the world of Nintendo at all three of their theme park locations.
Their goal is to create immersive and interactive environments that include attractions, restaurants and shops that will make you feel like you’re inside your favorite games. Apparently, there will be something for everyone regardless of age or gaming experience.
Shigeru Miyamoto says, for him, it’s like bringing Mario home. Watch him speak about the project in the video below. [click to continue…]
Youtuber HMS2 created this tiny homage to the Famicom console which, as you probably know, was the early Japanese version of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
While it is more portable than the tiny NES Classic Edition, it is non-functional and
is much easier to choke on. Check out the video below to see how it was made. [click to continue…]
As an immigrant, there’s a lot of gaming stuff Americans take for granted that I never got to experience. Stuff like Nintendo Power magazine, which you lot all seem to think was the dog’s bollocks. Oh, we had our own official Nintendo magazine – the cleverly named Official Nintendo Magazine – but it was, putting it mildly, a bit crap. I don’t even think we had am equivalent of Nintendo’s Powerline, a dial-in service where you could get hints, tips and cheats from Nintendo “Pros” who all Knew Their Stuff.
Well, to mark the upcoming release of the NES Classic – y’know, that teeny-tiny NES Nintendo announced earlier this year that comes pre-loaded with 30 beloved classic games – Nintendo is reopening the Powerline for a limited time! From November 11th-13th you’ll be able to pick up your hamburger phone and dial… well, not the old number, that won’t work, but a new number where you can get tips for the games on the NES Classic as well as get access to a bunch of cool extra content. Behold: [click to continue…]
The Nintendo Switch has everyone excited, with the possible exception of grandparents and the perpetually unimpressed. But less than 48 hours after its announcement it had already inspired fanart based on the undeniable fact that the controller looks like a cute dog. Twitter user @TheAnnaTheRed went a step further by bringing it to life as a plush toy. It’s adorable, and we love it. This really needs to be an official thing.
Check out more photos of @TheAnnaTheRed’s plush Switch dog, as well as the tweets that inspired its creation below. [click to continue…]
As part of a series of posts celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Legend of Zelda on the Famicom in Japan, Nintendo have offered a glimpse at a storage facility where they keep never-sold, mint-in-box consoles from days gone by. They shared snaps of Famicom units (including an unboxing), the Famicom Disk System, and even a Famicom Disk Writer – a kiosk unit that was found in video game stores in Japan where punters could bring in their own floppy disks to have games written to them. They even fired up Zelda on an old CRT.
These photos are like peering back in time. Check out the full set below. [click to continue…]
Update: Nintendo’s lawyers have had it taken down. That only took five days. Oh well.
A long time ago, if people wanted to get news, reviews, editorials and coverage about the stuff they liked, they’d have to buy “magazines” that were printed and bound on a thin material made from dead trees called “paper.” Usually there’d be 12 or 13 issues of these magazines released a year. I know! It seems so primitive compared to our Scent-U-News™ Media Spray, which you deposit up the right nostril for a fast, hard and immediate hit of up-to-the-minute wossnamery about your favorite bleep-bloop machine. Also there’s the internet, but let’s be serious. That’ll never catch on.
Nintendo Power was one such magazine, and one that is fondly remembered by longtime Nintendo fans. Now, thanks to Archive.org, you can revisit the first decade-and-a-bit of the mighty publication completely free, from the first issue with that claymation Mario on the cover to promote Super Mario Bros. 2, right the way up to issue #145 which, coincidentally enough, covers the Game Boy Advance port of that very same game. What a delightful sort of poetic symmetry, possibly.
(via Engadget, update via Polygon)
Etsy seller RetroNerdStudio‘s shop is a treasure trove of delightful prints that feature characters from classic games (and a few movies) rendered in a Mayan-inspired style. This includes characters from Smash Bros, Zelda, Halo and yes…Pokemon. Check out more examples below. [click to continue…]
A travel-sized NES with 30 classic games built in? Yes please. Good God—I hope Nintendo follows this up with a SNES version.
It will be available in stores starting on November 11th for $60 and will include an HDMI cable, AC Adapter (In North America) and a retro-style controller. Check out the full list of games below. [click to continue…]
‘Til Nintendo DS do us part. Click to enlarge.
The Power Glove – it’s one of those things that people in their 30s and 40s love to pretend was awesome when actually it’s… y’know, it’s a bit crap, isn’t it? Aesthetically it’s a fascinating bit of kit to look at, but in terms of actually, properly using to to play games it was bloody useless. Still, kudos to Nintendo for attempting to innovate.
Kudos also to engineersman Nolan Moore, who stripped out the core components of a Power Glove, fitted it with flex sensors, control boards and a wifi transmitter to create a glove that can be used to control a Parrot AR Drone with a literal flick of the wrist. Moore detailed his build process over on his blog. He also showed off his handiwork (arf) at the Bay Area Maker Faire in May, and you can check out a video of the Glove in action below. [click to continue…]