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Blast From the Past – Super NES Classic Coming in September

Blast From the Past – Super NES Classic Coming in September

Nintendo Super NES Classic

The wait is finally over.  Well, kind of.  Nintendo just announced that they will be releasing the Super NES Classic in September.  I feel like we already knew it was coming, but maybe the date was a bit fuzzy.  Honestly, I’m super excited about it?  Mostly because it makes me wax nostalgic.  Which, honestly isn’t like me.  Sure, I enjoy some things from my childhood, but overall, these kinds of things generally don’t phase me.  But for some reason, I have a really big soft spot for Nintendo.  I grew up when Nintendo was just getting big.  In my house we had the NES and then the Super NES.  We didn’t have a lot of games, but I fell in love with the Mario games and for some reason, I just can’t shake them.

That being said, I might consider this a must purchase in the fall. I say might because I doubt I’ll have more time than I do now, so there’s a good chance I won’t buy one.  But deep down I will want to.  And I might even convince myself that I “need” it.  But I’ve still got time.  As for you though, I think you should go out and by one.  No, I don’t work for Nintendo. I just think that it’s a great remake that everyone should have.  Again, I grew up with the system, so for me it’s a cornerstone of my childhood.  It was the technology to have.  … Read the rest

Mini Super NES is Rumoured to be Available Just in Time for Christmas

Mini Super NES is Rumoured to be Available Just in Time for Christmas

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

A Case with an Extended Battery for Nintendo Switch adds 12 Hours of playtime

A Case with an Extended Battery for Nintendo Switch adds 12 Hours of playtime

Battery life is a main feature for almost any device that we own.  Or consider purchasing.  For example, when you buy a new phone, you take into consideration how long the battery will last.  How long can you be away from a power source and not have to worry about your device?  Phones have come a long way.  And what’s incredible is how long we can use the phones before having to charge them because of all the fancy things we can now do with our phones.  From running apps, to listening to music, to literally almost anything – it is almost constantly running.  And do people actually power their phones off for an extended amount of time any more?  My guess is no, so they’re constantly running.  And that’s why I find the battery capability incredible.

So why does the Nintendo Switch have such bad battery life?  It amazes me, sometimes how we have advanced so far with technology and still have these kinds of issues.  But a poor battery doesn’t deter Switch owners from wanting to play.  And it doesn’t sound like it’s hindered Nintendo sales either, so someone must be doing something right.  I always go back to my argument around brand loyalty.  You have to be so loyal and such a power user, for something like battery life to deter you from purchasing a system.  And I think that’s amazing… and in this case, so does Nintendo.… Read the rest

Are You Sad That Nintendo Has Discontinued the NES Classic?

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

Nintendo’s Super Popular Mario Run comes to Android

Nintendo’s Super Popular Mario Run comes to Android

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

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:

  1. On your Switch, go to System Settings
  2. Select “Controllers and Sensors”
  3. Select “Disconnect Controllers”
  4. Detach your Joy-Con controllers from the Switch
  5. Turn the Switch all the way off (power down completely not just enter Sleep Mode)
  6. Turn the Switch back on a reattach the Joy-Con controllers

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This is How to Play Against Your Friends in Super Mario Run

This is How to Play Against Your Friends in Super Mario Run

So you are loving Super Mario Run but there is no way you are paying $9 without more content. Well they must of heard you, sort of. You can now play against your friends. Nintendo’s first official game Super Mario Run is the fastest mobile game ever to surpass 25 million downloads. At the time this article is published the game has been downloaded over 50 million times. It only took four days to get to 40 million. So there must be a lot of you are loving Super Mario Run out there. That said you probably feel like me, “there is no way you are paying $9 without more content.”

Sorry for you but Nintendo said that Super Mario Run won’t be updated with any fresh new levels, free or paid.  That does not help sway those of us that were holding out for more levels or worlds before we drop cash on the game. What Nintendo did add was a brand new game mode called Friendly Mode. As you might tell from the name the new mode allows users to play against their friends. Not sure why that was not a launch feature but hey, we have it now.

To play the the new mode you will have had to added some friends. That is why it’s a friendly run. The bad news is that you can only play Friendly Mode once a day for free or use Rally Tickets to play.… Read the rest