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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Things We Saw Today
Great Moments in Advertising
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)Read More
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)Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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? Read More
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:Read More
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?Read More