Last week, Nintendo dealt a crushing blow to retro gaming fans when it announced that it was discontinuing the uber-popular NES Classic Edition. We're still not sure what Nintendo was thinking — most companies do not choose to discontinue products that get such great reviews and sell out immediately and consistently across the globe — but the good news is, we might see a mini Super Nintendo at the end of the year.
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Welcome back to Toy Aisle, our round up of the best toys we've seen all week. This time we have a ton of new LEGO minifigures, the most amazing Magneto cape, entirely unrelated magnetic building blocks, a spectacularly poseable Spider-Man: Homecoming figure, and yes, the best grin on a Han Solo action figure ever.
I can't remember a time when I wasn't obsessed with retro video games. That's one of the reasons I was so excited about the NES Classic Edition; it's also why I spent my Thanksgiving documenting how to put together a Raspberry Pi-based mini SNES instead of brining turkeys.
But building an emulation console from scratch takes time, and I was curious if there was a more streamlined, turnkey solution. That's when I happened across a Kickstarter for the Allcade 64-bit, a Raspberry Pi 3-based system in a housing that looked just like a classic Nintendo 64 cartridge. It promises all the cool hackery Pi-vibe with none of the command line or soldering.
Like many people who dropped hundreds of dollars on an Apple Watch, Gabriel O'Flaherty-Chan was disappointed at how little his pricey wearable could actually do. Instead of complaining about it online like most of us, he decided to solve the problem himself by writing a Game Boy emulator capable of playing Pokemon Yellow. Unfortunately, it kind of sucks.
Georgina Ryland is a makeup artist and body painter from Brisbane, and she's crazy good at what she does. Alongside some incredible themed pieces for Harry Potter and Star Wars, her latest work brings The Legend of Zelda to life across her chest.
"I'm getting stressed," I told my coworker Alex Cranz after a week with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, "because I might never run out of crap to do in this game." The Switch launch title's map is huge, with shrines and monsters and side-quests in every direction. Areas that look out-of-bounds turn out to be ancient mazes or survivalist island challenges. For a casual gamer like myself, it's daunting at times — which is where a guide comes in handy.
It took a week — aeons in the world of consumer tech hacks — but the Switch, Nintendo's new handheld hybrid, looks like it's finally been cracked, and it's thanks to Apple.
The Nintendo Switch is all the rage right now, sure, but let's not forget the company's classic portable gaming device — the Game Boy. Admittedly, it's so long in the tooth you could open tanks with its incisors, but it can still bring the fun, especially if someone decided to mod the crap out of it to make it the ultimate take-with-you device. Like, tiny.
The Switch has been having a rough launch so far, with claims of bad connectivity, scratched screens, dead pixels and miserable frame rates. Today's freakout involves the Nintendo store no longer offering the much-maligned dock for sale, with claims it's evidence of a recall or redesign — but the theory might not hold much water.
The Switch, Nintendo's new phablet console, was a big bet, but perhaps not a smart one. Despite being marketed as a step into the future, it launched with more hardware issues and irritating design flaws than playable titles. As such, fans who just plunked down $469.95 are already rolling up their sleeves to build solutions to make their shiny new investment work the way it ought to.
After a shipping snafu with Amazon, I spent the better part of a day trying to track a Nintendo Switch down. I experienced exactly what many hopeful Switch owners will experience. And now I've spent the last few days living the Switch life, playing the best it has to offer and I can say, unequivocally, that this system is not worth the hassle of tracking it down.
Breath of the Wild, the 19th game in the Zelda franchise, has been universally praised for its massive (and, sorry, breathtaking) open-world environments, and for injecting life back into a 30-year-old franchise. But something else sets the Nintendo Switch's moonshot launch title apart from previous installations: The Hero of Time has a goddamn iPhone.
You'll be familiar with iFixit for its phone teardowns, but the site cracks open a variety of gadgets — including game consoles. Hey, didn't Nintendo release some new hardware recently? It certainly did and iFixit hasn't wasted any time attacking it with a screwdriver.
It sounds like the best thing the new Nintendo Switch has going for it, at least at launch, is a new Legend of Zelda game. That makes it a hard sell, especially when this custom portable Super Nintendo already has a massive library of classic 16-bit games — most of which are probably collecting dust in your parents' basement.