I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago where I talked about how Nintendo had discontinued the Classic NES. And it didn’t make any sense. The system was selling, the company was making money and everyone was loving it. But now, maybe we have a reason for it. It is rumoured that Nintendo might be planning on releasing a mini SNES for the holiday season. Why mini? My guess is that the original was just too bulky. And with the advancements in technology, they can now produce a smaller version. And thank goodness for that.
Nintendo hadn’t planned that the Classic would be so popular. And I guess it’s better to underestimate your product and exceed those expectations, than to overestimate and fail. That aside, the Classic was a hit. Flying off the shelves within minutes in some cases. The argument I made in the last post was around the idea of nostalgia. People of my generation and maybe a little bit older want to be able to experience these moments again. Not necessarily because they want to play with that system today, but because it brings them some level of joy from days past.
I recently was listening to a podcast where the host and the guest were talking about how they had purchased items recently, because they couldn’t afford them in highschool. And I don’t just mean a pair of shoes. I mean a specific pair of shoes to the time when you were 17. … Read the rest
Are You Sad That Nintendo Has Discontinued the NES Classic?
I am one of those people that reminisce about the past in a poetic kind of way. I have extremely fond memories of playing the NES Classic with my brother. We only had a few games, but we played those almost constantly. Saving our money until we could buy another game. Which means, I fondly remember the pixelated Mario in the first game. And how I always thought it was his head hitting the bricks, and not his hand, as it didn’t really extend past his hat. So why am I waxing so poetic about the classic NES system? Because they brought it back and now they’re taking it away again. How can they toy with my emotions like this?
Released as a nostalgia product, essentially, the NES Classic was not intended to be available long term. And with far “better” gaming systems on the market now, that only makes sense. But I think Nintendo is missing the mark in a big way with this. There are so many people in my generation who want to bring back those memories of old. Who want to remember what it was like sitting on the floor of their living room as they played this for hours. So why only release it for a short amount of time? Or only make a limited number of units?
My thoughts are that they were looking to boost sales, and bring people back to Nintendo. While I love Nintendo, I feel a bit juvenile in that. … Read the rest
These are the Best Tech April Fool’s Day Pranks this Year
I know there is no way you were able to get to all the April Fools pranks happening so we did you a favor. Here are the best tech ones in one spot. The T-Mobile one is my favorite. I mean I would actually order it on Amazon if it was real. The Google Ms. Pac-Man game was actually fun to play. This year more than others, April’s fool was a hit.
Google went all out this year. With a few great and a few not so great pranks from the different departments. From the Google Maps team, Ms. Pac Maps. It turns any map on iPhone and Android in a huge Pac-Maps game. It’s actually fun. There is the Bubble Wrap Keyboard, Google Gnome and Haptic Helpers.
Hulu: Hu Short Cuts
Hulu is cutting shows to just a few seconds.
Amazon Echo that can talk to animals.
Lyft: Power Glove
Raise your hand in the air and request a ride.
T-Mobile ONEsie full-body wearable that monitors everything for $40 is fake but I want it!
Lucid: The Haramed Mattress
I don’t know if I want to laugh or smh. I ended up doing both.
We knew it was coming but it still feels good for Android fans out there to finally have Nintendo’s Mario Run. The game aside from being highly addictive is the first mobile Mario game on Android. Super Mario Run is available to download now from the Google Play Store. Just like the iOS version you can only play the first three levels for free before it will cost you. You’ll have to pay a one-time $10 fee to unlock the whole game.
If you have somehow been living under a rock. The game Super Mario Run is a platforming game where Mario runs on his own. It’s a pretty easy game to play. Mario jumps over obstacles automatically without any interaction from the player. Players simply tap on the screen to collect coins and of course jump on the heads of Koopas. When Super Mario Run originally debuted on iOS in December it was an instant hit. It jumped to the top of the download and grossing charts right away. The only thing people didn’t like about the Nintendo’s Super Mario Run was the $10 price it forced you to pay to play. Many people would have prefered microtransactions.… Read the rest
How to fix Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Connection Problems
We know you love the Nintendo Switch but it has its issues. The lack of many 3rd party great games is not an issue. It’s a known Nintendo byproduct of every system they have made after the Nintendo 64. That said for the short-term it seems that Nintendo has hit a home run with the Switch. Only time will tell if it will outsell the Wii but it already has more respect from gamers. Mainly due in large part to Zelda Breath of the Wild.
Amongst all the praise are however some real complaints about the Switch. The connection of the controller. Nintendo has always been ahead of the competition in this regard. They were the first with a 6 button controller, the first with rumble, the first with hybrid analog and digital buttons. Pretty much anything you take for granted on your controller; chances are Nintendo had it first. First however can lead to problems and bugs. That is one of the main reasons Apple never adds features to its devices until years later. There are some gamers who are experiencing problems with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers losing their connection with the system. Here is a simple fix that won’t void your warranty.
Here’s how to fix the connectivity issues:
On your Switch, go to System Settings
Select “Controllers and Sensors”
Select “Disconnect Controllers”
Detach your Joy-Con controllers from the Switch
Turn the Switch all the way off (power down completely not just enter Sleep Mode)
Turn the Switch back on a reattach the Joy-Con controllers
How do you get people excited about your system when the other guy (PlayStation 4) is kicking your ass? By offering a collection of games for gaming console at a reasonable price. The Microsoft’s new Xbox Game Pass is not a proposition. It is the future of gaming and where the industry has been heading for some time now. It started with DLC (Downloadable Content) and expanded with services like Games with Gold and PlayStation Now. Soon systems will only be subscription based. Publishers would save on overhead and can offer continues updates on their games. The new subscription service from Microsoft will give Xbox One owners Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games for $9.99 a month. They say 100 but I’m betting at least 30 of them will suck and 20 will be sports games that are out of date so really 50 games.
Unlike Sony’s subscription service PlayStation Now, the Xbox Game Pass will let you download the full game so there is no lag from streaming. (Good call) PlayStation Now only gives you old PS3 games, while Xbox Game Pass will have some Xbox One games. We are not sure of all the games but the press kits flying around show Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II. The official landing page for the Xbox Game Pass also shows the covers of Fable 3, Terraria, Mad Max and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. … Read the rest
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Was a Massive Disappoint. Now what? The Battlefield 1 treatment.
Not sure who thought a Call of Duty clone of Titan Fall was a good idea but they should be fired. If sales are any indication they might already be fired. The space-set Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was not liked by fans at all. Activision the maker of the game has at long last admitted as much. Sort of. Game sales were down year-on-year and revenue was down as well. Bundling the game with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered didn’t help. Sledgehammer Games plans to take the Call of Duty series back to its glory days in terms of scenery. The Call of Duty game that will come out Christmas 2017 will go “back to its roots”. I’m sure that the fact this is the most downvoted trailer of all time on YouTube didn’t help motivate them. To be clear; Infinite Warfare was not a bad game it just never felt like a Call of Duty game.
“Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s space setting didn’t resonate with fans. It wasn’t success we planned.” ~Activision exec Eric Hirshberg