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News: Nintendo 2DS Drops To $99 In North America

Nintendo 2DS Drops To $99 In North America

30 bucks off, Mario Kart 7 still included

Nintendo is slashing $30 off the recommended retail price of the Nintendo 2DS in North America. The price drop to $99.99 comes into effect on August 30th. The system still comes bundled with Mario Kart 7. Nintendo is hoping that the price drop will boost the sales of Little Battlers eXperience, which...

News: The Tragic Tale Of Taito's WOWOW, The Console Which Promised Download Gaming In 1992

The Tragic Tale Of Taito's WOWOW, The Console Which Promised Download Gaming In 1992

Ill-fated system pre-dated the SNES Satellaview by some margin

Taito may now be a part of super-publisher Square Enix, but the history books will honour the company as one of gaming's true pioneers. It was responsible for Space Invaders - arguably one of the most important games of all time - as well as a string of '80s and '90s arcade hits,...

News: Core Console Market Bigger Than Ever, Despite The Impact Of The "Wii Bubble" 

Core Console Market Bigger Than Ever, Despite The Impact Of The "Wii Bubble" 

Bodes well for Nintendo NX

EEDAR VP of Insights Patrick Walker has pointed out that the core home console market is bigger than ever, citing impressive launch sale figures for the PS4 and Xbox One systems. The news flies in the face of claims that the rise of smartphones and tablets has put the console market in danger. However, sales data points...

News: Metallic Blue New Nintendo 3DS XL Looks Set for North American Release

Metallic Blue New Nintendo 3DS XL Looks Set for North American Release

Unless Play-Asia's made a listing error...

While a number of 3DS fans in North America are waiting for the smaller New Nintendo 3DS model to arrive, those eyeing up the New XL may soon have an extra choice in stores. At launch North America had the metallic red unit - which was only in NA - and the black equivalent, but it seems like the region...

News: Say Hello To What Could Be The Most Obscure Piece Of Nintendo Hardware Ever Made

Say Hello To What Could Be The Most Obscure Piece Of Nintendo Hardware Ever Made

Copy me do

There's been a lot of chatter lately about obscure gaming hardware, mainly inspired by the discovery of the prototype SNES PlayStation. However, if you want a truly off-the-wall slice of Nintendo history, then you need look no further than the Copilas. Produced in 1971 way before Nintendo had begun experimenting with video games, the...

News: The Man Who Found The SNES PlayStation Thinks It Will Probably Be Sold

The Man Who Found The SNES PlayStation Thinks It Will Probably Be Sold

"Sure my dad would think about selling it because he's pretty broke"

Yesterday we reported on the stunning news that a SNES PlayStation has been located in the wild. The existence of this almost-mythical machine was never in doubt - Sony released promotional images back in the early '90s - but it was believed that all of the prototypes were either...

News: Prototype SNES PlayStation Found In The Wild, Unicorn And Big Foot Expected Next

Prototype SNES PlayStation Found In The Wild, Unicorn And Big Foot Expected Next

Update: Video of console now live

Before Sony entered the home console arena it worked with Nintendo on a CD-ROM drive for the SNES. The aim was to eventually release a combined console - called the PlayStation - which would play SNES carts and SNES CD-ROM games. Of course, this never came to pass - at the 1991 CES Sony officially announced the...

News: The Smart Boy Is Real, Will Let You Play Original Game Boy Carts On Your Smartphone

The Smart Boy Is Real, Will Let You Play Original Game Boy Carts On Your Smartphone

Hyperkin's April Fool's joke turns out to be true

Back in April, hardware maker Hyperkin posted what many people thought was an elaborate April Fool's joke. The "Smart Boy" was pitched as a bolt-on controller which allowed you to play your original Game Boy carts on your smartphone. A fantastic idea, but surely too bonkers to actually be true,...

News: Analogue Nt Starts Shipping To Buyers, Pitched As "The Leica Of Home Consoles"

Analogue Nt Starts Shipping To Buyers, Pitched As "The Leica Of Home Consoles"

"We've always looked up to the standards of companies like Leica"

Analogue Interactive's Analogue Nt has completed its initial production run and is now shipping out to consumers. The aluminium-cased console - which plays NES and Famicom carts - comes from the same company which gave us the wooden SNK Neo Geo AES and features a wide range of AV...

News: Reggie Fils-Aime Hints at Smaller New Nintendo 3DS for North America

Reggie Fils-Aime Hints at Smaller New Nintendo 3DS for North America

Also states that New 3DS-exclusive download games are coming

When Nintendo announced earlier in the year that only the New Nintendo 3DS XL would come to North America, heads were scratched, petitions were launched and fury was vented. Subsequent justifications from Nintendo of America generally weren't accepted by online communities - including when...

News: Cyber Gadget's Retro Freak System Is Looking To Topple The RetroN 5 In The Downright Awesome Stakes

Cyber Gadget's Retro Freak System Is Looking To Topple The RetroN 5 In The Downright Awesome Stakes

Plays Sega, Nintendo and NEC games

We reviewed the RetroN 5 a while back and found it to be an excellent way of playing your original retro game cartridges in glorious HD. However, Hyperkin's wonder-console has a challenger in the shape of Cyber Gadget's Retro Freak - a clone system which out-does the RetroN 5 by offering support for PC Engine...

Hardware Review: REVO K101 Plus

REVO K101 Plus

Hands-on with the ultimate hardware GBA clone

Love them or loathe them, hardware clones of vintage gaming platforms are here to stay. Technical wizards operating on the fringe of the gaming hardware arena are constantly dreaming up new products which ape the performance and feel of classic consoles, and in the past few years we've seen imitations...