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Don’t Trade in Your Wii or DS Just Yet, Hackers Have Built a Working Nintendo Wi-Fi Server Emulator to Save Online Play!

Hack the planet! ...I mean Miiverse. Hack the Miiverse!

In May of this year Nintendo shut down online gameplay for the original Wii and several DS models to get people to buy the Wii U and 3DS. Players weren't happy. If you haven't smashed or traded-in your old system yet there's hope! Hackers have built a working server emulator that can restore online play.

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Nintendo Devs Credit Animal Crossing: New Leaf’s Success To Having A Gender-Balanced Team

There was a time in 2013 when I was convinced that I was the only person on the internet not playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I knew that it was enormously popular (it's sold over 7 million copies thus far, and gave the 3DS a significant sales boost). I knew that I couldn't go on Tumblr without encountering a gazillion gifs of it. But here's a thing I didn't know -- nearly half of the game's development team was female. And the way Nintendo sees it, that played a big part in New Leaf's success.

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Nintendo Pulling the Plug on Wii and DS Online Multiplayer, Here’s What That Means for You

Your poor Wii is going to be so lonely.

Nintendo is moving forward into the future, everyone, and that means systematically killing off the Wii and DS to get players to move from the older systems to the newer ones. They stopped producing the Wii in Japan near the end of 2013, and now Wii games will be losing their online multiplayer components.

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Things We Saw Today: Mark Hamill With His Old Friend the Rancor

Things We Saw Today

I don't want context. I don't need context. Knowing that this picture exists is enough. (Nerd Approved)

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Ever Wanted to Eat Your Nintendo DS? Would You Like To Want to Eat Your Nintendo DS?

eye candy

The Kawaii Offical is an Etsy shop that sells only items that look like fabulous desserts but aren't. And it's reminding me that lunch was like, an entire hour ago. (via Bit Rebels.) Previously in Etsy

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Nintendo’s New 3DS Campaign Aims for Female Gamers With Gabrielle Douglas and Other Stars

Great Moments in Advertising

What do All-Around Olympian gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, Glee's Diana Agron, and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland have in common? They're just a a few of the celebrity names to appear in Nintendo's new female-targeted ad campaign for their 3DS and 3DSXL hand-held systems. The campaign, called "Play As You Are" is using talented, visible women to draw in players who might otherwise be turned off to gaming.

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Stay Sharp At Age 100 By Playing Nintendo DS, Like This Woman

Clever Girl

Centenarian Kathleen Kit Connell is unlike most retirees who spend their free time free time golfing or crocheting. No, instead, Connell spends two hours a day playing her Nintendo DS to keep her mind sharp. According to the video's description, "The grandmother-of-one, who still lives independently, said she has used the Nintendo DS Lite, so much she even wore out her first console and had to replace the computer." Watch her go. Just don't ask her to play after 10 p.m. (via Buzzfeed)

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Robin Williams And His Daughter, Zelda In A Commercial For Zelda

Great Moments in Advertising

Robin Williams is a genius. He had a child in 1989 and named her Zelda knowing 22-years later it would make for amazing marketing opportunities. Ok, actually he named her that because he loved the video game so much but just go with it. You may remember the Williams' previously advertised for Nintendo's Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in a saccharine sweet spot but this new one, for Four Swords, is even better because it features a stupendous transformation. I won't spoil it for you - watch! (via DigitalSpy)

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Great Nintendo DS Games Prove the 3DS Doesn’t Need to Rely on a Gimmick to Succeed

It’s time to face facts, people. The Nintendo 3DS went ahead and launched without any clear defining title to back it up. I mean, when you think a title like Nintendogs + Cats is going to please your hardcore audience, perhaps it’s time to rethink a few things. Like, what you were even thinking in the first place and perhaps what drugs you were on at the time. We at Geekosystem feel your pain. It seems like it’s going to take some time for the 3DS to really pick up steam—if it ever does. In the meantime, we suggest going back to the old standby that never steered you wrong: The Nintendo DS. Sure, it might not be the prettiest gal in town, but it’ll stick by you no matter what. I’m not sure when that metaphor got away from me. The following list of Nintendo DS games shows that the last-generation handheld still has quite a bit more magic than the shiny new glassless 3D handheld, and though both handhelds are full of gimmicks, the best route for gaming isn't always to utilize said gimmicks--and in the case of the 3DS, the best route isn't to base an entire generation of gaming on a single gimmick.

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In Scribblenauts, Troll Physics = Valid Physics

YouTube user Cidwel shows us how the Nintendo DS game Scribblenauts, a game where players can summon almost anything they can think up in order to solve puzzles, accepts Troll Physics, a popular meme that teaches incorrect-but-humorous science, as valid physics.

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Guy Plays Rhythm Tengoku With Robotic Finger, Samurai Sword, Light Sensors

This guy is playing the Rhythm Tengkou minigame "Samurai Slice" by slicing a beam of light with a samurai sword in real life. He set up a light sensor to a robotic finger, then slashes the beam of light with a samurai sword, which causes the light sensor to trigger the robotic finger to press a button.

Yes, Rhythm Tengoku is a Game Boy Advance game, and he's playing it on a Nintendo DS, but remember, the DS Lite has a slot for GBA games, presumably built into the unit with the sole intention of doing something like this.

(Kotaku via GamesRadar)

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3DS Will Be Sold at a Profit from Day One

In spite of the potentially pricey glasses-free 3D screen from which Nintendo's 3DS takes its name, Nintendo's president and CEO, Satoru Iwata, recently revealed that the company expects to sell the handheld console at a profit from Day One.

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Rumors of a New GoldenEye Game Surface Again

The odds of a GoldenEye remake are looking better and better. A while back we reported that Activision had laid claim on the domain of Now Eurogamer is reporting that, according to their sources, it is totally happening. They say the game will be officially announced in a couple of weeks at E3, and will be released in November.

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Nintendo Thinking of Making Us Pay for Online Games

In an interview with Edge Magazine yesterday, Shigeru Miyamoto made something of an alarming pronouncement.

Probably the other thing that we are desperate to realise is the core [online] business structure... Do we need to demand customers pay monthly fees to enjoy online activities? Or give an online subscription that is free of charge, but then offer something extra for people that pay, so that they get some extra value? With these core business strategies I think we are less active than we should be.
Does this mean that the free online gaming of the Wii and DS will go the way of the dodo?

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Nintendo 3DS: How Nintendo Has Learned Its Lesson Since Virtual Boy


In the wee hours of the night, word got out that Nintendo is going to release what's tentatively being called the 3DS, a handheld 3D console, between April 2010 and March 2011, with more details to follow at E3 in June.

As timely as the device "on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses" might sound in light of the current, post-Avatar craze for home 3D, coming as it is from Nintendo, the 3DS conjures up another, maybe unwelcome connection: The mid-'90s' disastrous Virtual Boy, whose revolutionary promises of immersive VR in your living room only managed to give a bunch of gamers headaches in the comfort of their own living rooms and sell 800,000 units over its entire lifespan of a year.

Fortunately, it looks like Nintendo has managed to learn its lesson since then:

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The Pokéwalker – Pedometer, Tamagotchi, Peripheral

Those of you looking forward to picking up Pokémon HeartGold or SoulSilver next week might be surprised to find a small hokey-looking plastic device included with your purchase. Do not be alarmed. It is Nintendo's new Pokémon-themed peripheral for the DS, the Pokéwalker.

It allows you to store one pokémon within its confines (much like a pokéball), where it will gain experience with every step you take.

Oh, did we mention that it's a pedometer?

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