“Our target user for this controller is not very specific, it’s very general, as even a beginner who has never touched the controller can use it, your grandmother can use, or even children with small hands can use it." Shigeru Miyamoto devoted more time and energy into the GameCube’s controller than any of Nintendo’s previous controllers. The NES controller was the first controller to add a D-Pad, the SNES controller would be the first to add shoulder buttons, and Nintendo 64′s controller introduced the analogue stick to 3D consoles. How would Miyamoto be able to top his previous three achievements? The Pressure to Create the Perfect Controller
, from Dromble.com
's Emily Rogers.
Previous Dromble and Emily Rogers on Metafilter
: A Dolphin's Tale: The Story of GameCube.
Could Mario Kart 8
be the Bullet Bill that propels
Nintendo's Wii U from its slump? Outstanding reviews
, a free game
with purchase, plus the Luigi stare of death meme
, helped make MK8 the best-selling game in June
and boosted Wii U sales
tremendously. An arcade version
- featuring Fusion Carts - is forthcoming. Hop over to MetaTalk
and share your Nintendo Network ID. [more inside]
A year ago
, Microsoft was crucified in the press for the PR fiasco of the Xbox One
, with rival Sony winning thunderous applause
for its PS4 by simply maintaining the status quo
But after doing a
360 180 on its hated policies
, Redmond is attempting to close the gap with the most valuable package deal since The Orange Box
A remarkable feat of engineering, Halo: The Master Chief Collection
will feature on a single disc the complete HD-remastered campaigns
of Halos 1-4 alongside Ridley Scott's Nightfall
, the Halo 5 beta
, and the holy grail of Xbox gaming: every last one of the series' 100+ multiplayer maps
in a single unified matchmaking system incorporating the original engines, gameplay mechanics, and idiosyncrasies of each
Ten years after Halo 2 (and four years after MS shut the taps
), IGN suspects a plan by 343 to rekindle
) Bungie's magic for an uncertain Halo 5, while Eurogamer welcomes the return of what it calls online FPS's peak
. [More reaction: NeoGAF - Ars Technica - Reddit]
Bungie, meanwhile, stood with Sony to showcase its upcoming Destiny
, the vaunted space epic
that will beta this summer
before facing its revamped forerunners later this year. More E3 coverage: Microsoft
) - Sony
) - Nintendo (airing noon EST) - SW: Battlefront - AC: Unity - MGS5: The Phantom Pain - Evolve - No Man's Sky - The Order: 1886 - Sunset Overdrive - Grim Fandango - Bloodborne - Arkham Knight - Scalebound - Mortal Kombat X - The Division - LittleBigPlanet 3 - Inside - Uncharted 4 - Crackdown
For the past three days, the world of streaming gaming has been riveted by an unlikely phenomenon: Twitch Plays Pokemon
. Consisting of a live Twitch.TV
chatroom hooked up to a classic Game Boy emulation of Pokémon Red
, the program is set to recognize a limited number of commands and execute them in real time, allowing an audience of tens of thousands to collectively control the action as they watch
. An astonishing amount of progress has been made, including the dramatic last-second defeat of a third gym leader
) and the solution of a notoriously tricky puzzle on the very first attempt
. But all for naught, it seems, as Team Twitch finds itself hilariously stranded on the ledges of Route 19
where, as one viewer explained
, "they basically have to walk a small path for about ten spaces without anyone pushing down and jumping Red off the ledge," a grim democratic reality the dedicated subreddit /r/twitchplayspokemon has had all kinds of fun with
over the last dozen ludicrous hours
A Dolphin's Tale: The Story of GameCube
The company discovered that many gamers became personally attached to their consoles. They would take their consoles over to a friend’s house to play, or they would move their console from one room to another. Nintendo decided to include a handle on the GameCube to give it portability and a more personal, friendly look.
"Meow." He forms his hands into claws and performs a slow cat-scraping motion. To his left and to his right sit the esteemed producer and the director of Super Mario 3D World. "Meow," they both say, before also demonstrating the clawing feline action. Shigeru Miyamoto on Super Mario 3D World
, arriving next month on Wii U.
Copies are beginning to show up in reviewer's hands: Super Mario 3D World is shaping up beautifully. It's a visual stunner, with gorgeous effects and lighting that take Mario graphics to an entirely new level, certainly showing greater flair than the 2D New Super Mario Bros. U. There are some attractive textures at work, with the art style flourishing with powerful hardware, alongside a rock steady and terrifically fluid frame rate.
Eurogamer offers a look at 5 levels [part one | two | three] • Previews from Nintendo:
E3 2013 Developer Direct | October trailer | Gameplay trailer • Nintendo Minute: Multiplayer | New Power-Ups
Azen. PC Chris. Korean DJ. Mew2King. Ken. Isai. Mango. The Smash Brothers
is a 9-part, 258-minute documentary on the history of competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee
. Series discussion
For Zelda Day, some points of interest regarding Zelda II, the black sheep of the Legend of Zelda series of video games:
Stephen Totilo of Kotaku tries to determine the correct chronology
for all the games in the Super Mario
From 1990: A 12 year old, armed with an NES, video camera and VHS recorder, films a walk through on how to beat Mega Man. (SLYT)
Super Mario Bros. Crossover 2.0
is out! An expansion on the original game, which let you play as various NES characters transplanted into Super Mario Bros., but using the rules and abilities of those characters from their original games, version 2 offers more special abilities, more characters, and your choice of audiovisual "skins" based on four Mario games from the NES, SNES, and Gameboy, along with one based on Demon Returns
. There's even instructions for playing with a gamepad!
For more information, see the Super Mario Bros. Crossover Wiki
or watch the exciting Super Mario Bros. Crossover trailer!
THE HISTORY (AND MYSTERY!)
behind Action 52
, FINALLY REVEALED! And, if you have five hundred bucks to spare, NES cartridges of the newly unearthed(?) CHEETAHMEN: THE CREATION
is available for sale! VINCE PERRI AT HIS DESIGN BEST, the web site proclaims, though it's unclear what this is expected to mean to us!
Here is a video playthrough of The Legend of Zelda without a sword. It is possible to get right up to the last boss without one, although it requires knowing a lot
of tricks. That is exactly what mev1978 does in his playthrough, without dying. And then he does it again in the second quest. First quest
(1:61:31) - Second quest
(1:13:18) [more inside]
Capcom will let you complete your purchased game. Once.
You know who doesn't like used video games? Game publishers. In a very sad twist, Capcom's fighting back against the second-hand game market with a game that can only support one save file — for life.
In the mid-1990s, a man named George Wood created a TV show called Flights of Fantasy
on a Maryland public-access channel. The show was was dedicated to videogames, and gained quite a few detractors; Wood was not known for his playing skills, research, or good taste, and the production was rather cheap. He would also tend to go off-topic, sometimes markedly so.
It had a small following, being a local public-access show, but would have been lost forever had Wood not joined a video gaming association called NAViGaTR, who archived the entire series, edited each episode, and put them online as Gaming in the Clinton Years
By combining speedruns
with the large-scale world maps from the VGMaps
, these "zoomed out" videos of classic NES games provide a unique perspective on the game world (best viewed in 1080p). Metroid
- Mega Man 2
- Super Mario Bros 3
's suite of Java emulators allows smooth, in-browser playback of literally thousands
of old-school video games: 517 Atari titles
, 148 for DOS
, 636 Game Boy games
(and 410 for Game Boy Color
), 2,019 (!) NES titles
, 238 GameGear games
, 802 Sega Genesis titles
, and 284 for the Sega Master System
. Highlights include Space Invaders
, Super Mario Bros.
, The Legend of Zelda
, Zero Wing
, Duke Nukem
, Sonic the Hedgehog
, Earthworm Jim
, and Metal Gear Solid
. Use the search function
to find your favorites! You can also register an account to save games on emulators that support it. Make sure to check the purple bar below each game for control info and links to alternate emulators in case the default one is buggy or slow.
So you've spent the holidays playing games, but now you have to be back at work. How to get your gaming fix during commutes and lunch-hours, whilst keeping up with that resolution to Learn Something New this year? Well, you could make a Sack-Boy.
You can keep your portable games device warm with a Zelda cosy
. You can knit up a Pacman scarf
or a Space Invaders bag
if you're feeling retro. Or you can make a pocket ninja
, an invincibility star
to get you through the afternoon, a maqgnetic Katamari ball
to spring-clean that desk, or a friendly companion cube
. (and if you're too cack-handed to knit, you can sew a friendly cube with the pattern here
and tutorial here
In 1986, most gamers who were lucky enough to own a new video game system at home were playing the original Nintendo
. It's launch in 1985, a year before the Sega Master System
was launched in the states, allowed it plenty of time become the most popular console in the market, and the game Super Mario Bros.
quickly became the best-selling video game of all time (a title it continues to hold, having sold over 40 million copies to date
). However, even though Nintendo commanded 95% of the North American video game market at the time and the CEO of Sega made little effort to promote and market it
, some people still bought and gave the Sega Master System a chance. Perhaps it was the 3-D glasses
or it's unique ability to read multiple media inputs... or perhaps that the original version of the system had a secret game built right into it
(and it was unbeatable!). [more inside]
"Okay, I work for GameStop, and in one of the local stores, someone returned Spanish for Everyone claiming it was exceedingly stereotypical."
And it turns out it kinda was. It's a game for the Nintendo DS, where the framework involves an accidentally stolen DS which is taken by a kid whose father is in a limo, being chased by the police, going back across the border to Ensenada. Luckily, the kid's aunt (who apparently doesn't recognize him other than vaguely) is here to give him a ride as far as Tijuana, leaving him stranded in the middle of a foreign country where he doesn't speak the language! Fun, and it gets worse from there! Here's The Intro
, Level 2's cut scene
, level 3's cut scene
and the ending, featuring a whole mess of cars, "fireworks" and, ahm, drug running?
Of course, this'd just be a pile of YouTube links if it weren't for The lead designer of the game popping in to share his 2 cents on it
. [via] [more inside]
An Open Letter to Devs:
"Minigame compilations. How many of these games can we possibly be expected to buy? On my Wii alone, I've already gone through Rayman Raving Rabbids, Super Monkey Ball, Warioware and Sonic, with Mario Party and who knows what else on the horizon. As for the DS, just about every other game I own has some kind of mini-game compilation."
Andre's NES Emulator
— play the classics online
A video game
"based on Bob Ross
' creative, unique and easy to learn painting techniques and TV show properties" is coming to the next-generation Nintendo system
Takeshi no Chousenjou
may be the hardest videogame ever written. With a title screen warning that it was "created by somebody who hates videogames" (actually writer/actor/director/comedian Takeshi "Beat" Kitano
) "Takeshi's Challenge" forces gamers to endure such tasks as singing karaoke for an uninterrupted hour and holding a single button for four straight hours
. Players who endure to the end are rewarded by having to hit the final boss 20,000 times. If you don't speak the language, you might be able to enjoy the game as a Japanese precursor to Grand Theft Auto
, but those who understand it more fully see it as "a videogame that riffs on human disappointment for as many hours as the player is willing to search for redemption." Warning: last link contains possible spoilers for Mother 2 and some of the Metal Gear Solid games.
- The complete soundtrack to Super Mario World, covered by one man using dozens of instruments. Roughly in game order, faithful to the originals, with some bizarre artistic license thrown around. A private hobby made public. Dedicated to Koji Kondo.
Was Mario some Communist propaganda?
"If anything can be said about Mario, it is that he seems to wear quite a bit a red . It’s on his name, it’s the color of his suspenders, his super mushrooms, his flag, even his hat." He does kinda look like an 8-bit Stalin, but a more important question must be asked: "Is Mario a drug pusher?
Game Boys used to calm down kids heading into surgery.
I have been replaced, as a parent, by a Game Boy, and have come full circle.
The Sunday Funday Blues:
This is supposed to be on of the worst Nintendo games ever. Heh. No wonder. Yet it seems appropriate. As does Storman' Norman's Sunday Blues
radio programme. What is it
about Sundays anyway? And what's the best way to survive them? What are the local traditions? Here in Portugal, it's the Sunday papers; not going to Church; feeling guilty; drinking too many Bloody Marys; late, enormous lunches; lazy love-making, listening to football on the radio and naps...
With the gamecube, xbox and ps2
all on the market (although ps2 has been around awhile), it seems to be gaming heaven. I've always been a nintendo man, what do you guys/gals think? Can you rate your top five consoles of all time (based purely on joy it brought to you)?
Do you miss the music from your old NES games?
Well if you do, be sure to check out the minibosses. They're a band that only plays the songs to classic video games from the Nintendo Entertainment System. Great stuff. I particularly enjoyed the Wizards & Warriors track amusing, since I was addicted to that game when I was younger. Also, am I the only one who thinks there should be a new console system DEDICATED to only 2D games? 3D games are neat 'n all, but I don't think enough good 2D games are being made anymore. The Gameboy Advance
is probably the only system doing that sort of thing right now, but it's just a portable.
Nintendo delays U.S. launch of GameCube
Nintendo has pushed back the U.S. arrival of its new GameCube video game console by nearly two weeks, with executives saying they intend to avoid the shortages and frustrated consumers that marked the debut of Sony's PlayStation 2 last fall.
As one whose gaming never advanced beyond PONG, I know this
must mean something. What that something is, I'm not sure.
Nintendo and Sega to form joint company. With Sony and M$ to contend with, it doesn't come as much of a surprise.
Every once in a while I get a bad case of 8-bit nostalgia, and I remember fondly my many hours of joy with my Nintendo Entertainment System. One of the most fun games on the NES had to be Tetris, and this history
of the game is a neat read. TSR's NES Archive
is another cool site dealing with the NES. Of course, the original Legend of Zelda is the best game of all time, but that's another thread entirely.