Hardware - News

November2012

  • News Simple Workaround Allows You To Play Wii U Games Off An SD Card

    Play your cards right

    Before the launch of the Wii U, Nintendo confirmed that software could not be played from an SD card, but it would appear that it is technically possible - provided you have one of those cheap USB card readers handy. YouTube user Shokio discovered that if you pop your SD card into one of these readers and then insert it into...

  • News Take An In-Depth Look At What's Under The Wii U's Shiny Exterior

    What silicon treasures lie beneath?

    Are you curious about what's inside the Wii U? Users across the web have been discussing the system's technical specifications for months, but now that it is finally available in North America, many folk are seeing first-hand what Nintendo has to offer. However, few (if any) observations are as thorough and...

  • News Nintendo's Recommended Range For GamePad Use Is Conservative

    Playing it safe

    Ever since the GamePad was revealed people have wondered just how far away from your TV you can go with it. Can you get to the next room? The kitchen? The bathroom? The garden shed? So far Nintendo have only confirmed that you can definitely play it within the same room and the official Wii U specs declare a maximum range of up to 26...

  • News Europe Is Getting White And Pikachu Yellow 3DS XL Consoles Before The Year Is Out

    Dreaming of a white Christmas

    It seemed as if poor old Europe was on Nintendo's naughty list this year seeing as it has missed out on several limited edition 3DS XL consoles - like the Charizard and Animal Crossing models exclusive to Japan - but thankfully this is not the case as Nintendo has revealed two new colours will arrive in Europe just in...

  • News You'll Need To Update Your Wii U To Play Wii Games

    This update is crucial

    We are already aware that you'll need to update your Wii U fresh from the box to include key features such as Miiverse, Tvii, Wii U Chat and eShop. However, another very important feature in this update is Wii functionality. As you will no doubt be aware, the Wii U will have backwards compatibility with Nintendo's previous...

  • News Hori Releasing Wii U Arcade Stick In The UK This December

    Not the prettiest, but will do the job

    Last week it was revealed that Hori is releasing a Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition fight stick in Japan, alongside the Wii U's launch on 8th December. We were hoping that this would be available in the West, and today Nintendo Gamer confirmed that one will indeed be making its way to the UK; but sadly...

  • News Number-Crunching Reveals That Nintendo's Handheld Market Is "Stable"

    3DS matching the sales performance of both the GBA and Nintendo DS

    Lots of industry experts are arguing that the expansion of mobile phone and tablet gaming is having an impact on the fortunes of dedicated games consoles like the 3DS, but Gamasutra's Matt Matthews has taken a closer look at the figures and found that the truth is somewhat different...

  • Feature The Making Of The PC Engine

    With NEC's machine turning 25, we take a look back at the history of the Famicom's biggest rival

    Western gamers tend to consider Nintendo and Sega as the two major players in the 16-bit war. On European and American soil this was certainly the case - the Super Nintendo and Mega Drive (Genesis to North American players) battled it out for...

  • News Exclusive Chinese 3DS XL Models Revealed

    Feast your eyes on these bad boys

    Distributor of Nintendo products in China, iQue, have revealed 3 gorgeous 3DS XL models which will launch this December 2012 exclusively for the region. No price tag has been put on the models as of yet. Below you can check out the 3 models: Mario White, Mario Silver and Mario Red & Gold (Limited Edition),...

October2012

September2012

  • News Nintendo Australia Brings Wii U to EB Games Expo 2012

    Nintendo, Ubisoft, THQ and SEGA join Warner Bros.

    Following yesterday's reveal that Warner Bros. will be bringing the Wii U to the EB Expo in Sydney in just over a week, we have now learned that it's not the only publisher coming to the party. Nintendo of Australia has announced today that it will also introduce the Wii U to the Australian audience...

  • News Reggie Promises Steady Stream Of Wii U Consoles

    Supply chain is "solid", lessons learned from past launches

    Hardware launches are traditionally accompanied by annoying shortages as early demand outstrips supply, but Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has taken steps to calm nervous customers who may be worried that they're in for a long wait if they haven't already preordered the Wii...

  • News Wii U Will Be Playable At EB Expo 2012 In Sydney

    Warner Bros. Interactive showcasing their Wii U offerings

    You may recall that we reported last week that the EB Expo - set in Sydney in just over a week's time - will feature Pokemon Black and White 2 as the only playable title on a Nintendo system. However, we've since received some wonderful news from Joel Graham, Warner Bros. Interactive...

  • News Pressure Group Makes Fresh Calls For Nintendo To Embrace Mobile Phones

    Upwardly mobile?

    Are you sick of hearing people saying that Nintendo should start making games for smartphones? Yes? Well prepare yourself for more nausea, because a new pressure group - with the snappy title of Nintendo Go Mobile - has been created to achieve just that goal. Here's what they have to say, spelling errors and all: Nintendo go...

  • News You Fools, Blowing on NES Cartridges Is Not The Answer

    Well I never

    We've all done it. Blowing on cartridge connections has (apparently) always been the most effective way of getting stubborn games to load, but according to MentalFloss, it could actually cause more problems in the long term. MentalFloss spoke to Digital Press expert Frankie Viturello and he had some pretty damning words to say about...

  • News Ever Wondered How Your 3DS Battery Life Compares To the Original Game Boy?

    Semi-scientific evidence now available

    As portable systems become more powerful it's almost a given that battery life has to suffer as a result. We all fondly remember getting hours and hours of use out of our old monochrome Game Boys and Game Boy Advance MK1 consoles, but just how much more stamina do these retro relics offer when compared to the...

  • News Ubisoft: Wii U Is The Most Innovative System On Earth

    Or any other planet, for that matter

    Ubisoft's Jean-Phillipe Caro has lavished praise on Nintendo's new Wii U console, giving it the lion's share of the credit when it comes to explaining ZombiU's positive pre-release reception. Speaking to ONM, Caro said: I think we are making something fresh with the most innovative console. The Wii U is the...

  • News Replacement Wii U GamePads Will Be Available If You Bust Yours At Launch

    Accident-prone players, rejoice

    Nintendo caused quite a few raised eyebrows when it revealed that stand-alone Wii U GamePads would not be made available in the West at launch. This news led some people to wonder what exactly would happen if your GamePad is broken, or develops a fault. Thankfully, Nintendo has taken some steps to remove this...

  • News Don't Expect Any NFC-Ready Games At Wii U Launch

    None of the day-one titles feature any support for new wireless tech

    If you follow the world of cell phones then you'll have heard of NFC (or "Near Field Communication"). It's a big thing in the mobile world right now (despite the fact that Apple has left it out of the new iPhone 5) and Nintendo has been forward-thinking enough to include it in the...

  • News Nintendo: Wii U Basic Bundle Designed To Attract Core Gamers

    If Nintendo Land isn't your thing, try something else

    There's a school of thought which suggests that much of the Wii's success was down to Wii Sports - possibly one of the most effective pack-in games of all time. The game illustrated perfectly what the console was about, and consequently became one of the system's most played titles. With the Wii...

  • News Wii U Memory Can be Easily Expanded With USB Hard Drives

    Fils-Aime: "I'll love you as a digital consumer"

    Amongst all of the details about the Wii U hardware, one potentially surprising aspect was the relatively small amount of internal storage space. With 32GB in the Premium model and just 8GB in the Basic white system, it won't take long to run out of memory if you fill up on tasty HD download treats...

  • News Wii U ZombiU Premium Pack Confirmed for EU

    Horrific

    During today's European Wii U Preview it was announced that a limited edition bundle would be available at launch along side the standard and deluxe bundles. The special "Wii U ZombiU Premium Pack" includes the black Wii U and GamePad, as well as both the ZombiU game and a black Wii U Pro Controller; all in, we expect, a horrifyingly cool...

  • News Wii U Price And Release Dates Confirmed

    Two bundles available at launch, November is the magic month

    Nintendo has just confirmed release dates and price points for its forthcoming Wii U console. In North America and Europe, we'll be getting a white "Basic" pack (with 8GB storage) and a black "Deluxe" pack (with 32GB storage and the same extras that are set to be included with the...

  • Rumour You Will Be Able To Preorder Wii U At GameStop This Thursday

    Retailer is going big on Nintendo's new machine

    We all know that Thursday's presentation is going to be related to the Wii U, with the most likely scenario being a launch date reveal and pricing details. To add a little more spice to this speculation, GoNintendo has reported that several readers have gotten in touch to report on various goings-on at...

  • News Rayman Creator: Wii U Is For The Core Gamer

    Legendary designer seems very pleased by Nintendo's new console

    Rayman creator Michel Ancel has taken part in an interview with French site GameBlog, where he talks about his experience with Nintendo's new Wii U console. Ancel's comments, which have been translated by a NeoGAF forum member, give a tantalising glimpse into the power and potential of...

  • News The Complete 1986 CES NES Brochure For Your Viewing Pleasure

    Another retro gem from the vaults of ex-employee Howard Phillips

    Howard Phillips has been raiding his collection of Nintendo-related memorabilia again, this time coming up with an awesome NES brochure from the 1986 CES. The promotional material focuses heavily on R.O.B. the Robot, Nintendo's ill-fated attempt to give the fledgling NES a little...

August2012

July2012

  • News Take a Look at These Nintendo DS Testing Machines

    Plastic breach

    Readers of a nervous disposition, turn away now — the following images of Nintendo DS testing may prove disturbing. Nintendo has published its 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility report, which contains several images of portable console torture. The report shows off some of the vigorous tests that Nintendo hardware goes through...

  • Hardware Review Nintendo 3DS XL

    The official Nintendo Life verdict on the new super-sized console

    It’s fair to say that the 3DS didn’t have the start that Nintendo was hoping for. Launched amid high expectation and a groundswell of three dimensional hype, the system initially struggled to find an audience; it took a price cut and an injection of big-name quality software to...

  • News Pink and Blue 3DS Consoles to Hit Taiwan and Hong Kong

    Look on in envy

    3DS is already available in Rose Pink and Aqua Blue in the West, but Nintendo has put together two new colours for Taiwan and Hong Kong: Cerulean Blue and Shimmer Pink. The two vibrant colours are very similar to the light blue and pink DSi consoles we saw a few years back. Feel free to ogle them but don't get too carried away:...

  • News 3DS XL Comparison Gallery

    We go hands-on with Nintendo's new portable

    The 3DS XL launch is almost upon us, but thanks to our godly status in the world of Nintendo, we've been sent a pre-release retail unit to touch and fondle. Thanks to our steadfast belief in the spirit of sharing, we thought you might like to see what the 3DS XL looks like when placed alongside its...

June2012

  • News 3DS Leads Japanese Market to Year-on-Year Gains

    Nintendo dominates home country

    Strong performances from 3DS software and hardware saw the Japanese games market grow for the first time in two years. Between 26th December and 24th June, the Japanese market was worth 193.4 billion Yen, a 0.07% increase from 191.98bn over the same period last year. 63% of that figure came from software sales, up...

  • Talking Point The Pros and Cons of 3DS XL

    Weighing it all up

    The latest Nintendo Direct had its usual mix of game trailers and release details, but they were a distant priority behind the big opening act on each regional broadcast: announcement of 3DS XL. A remodelled 3DS had been rumoured and debated almost from the moment that the original hit stores, simply because Nintendo has a long...

  • News 3DS XL Trade Price is Just £146

    Updated: VAT makes trade rate roughly £167.50

    Article update MCV has now spoken to an alternative retail source, which states that the quoted trade rate of £146 is liable for VAT at around £21.50, making the actual rate about £167.50. With GameStop already going close to that figure at £169.97, perhaps that will be the lower end of the price...

  • News Bigger Nintendo 3DS Console Revealed

    Updated with battery life, dimensions

    Nintendo will release a bigger Nintendo 3DS console later this year. The new console offers a 4.88" top screen, and the total viewing area on the top and bottom screens has increased by a massive 90%. According to Nintendo, it's the biggest screen ever available on a handheld Nintendo console, but the...

  • Talking Point Wii U Bundles Need to Suit Us All

    One size does not fit all

    After the fun and games of Wii U noise over E3, now we probably have to wait until the next Nintendo Direct broadcast for another hit. We learned a great deal about Wii U at E3, with game reveals and system demonstrations giving a broader idea of what the console will offer. Much was left to our imagination, however, such...

  • Preview Wii U Hands-On

    Is Wii U for U?

    Any time a company is about to release new gaming hardware there's a certain buzz that comes along with the E3 show that year. We've known for some time that Nintendo was getting set to release its brand new Wii U console this year, and we had a rather short sneak peek of the system at last year's E3. At the time we were unable to...

  • Poll Which Colour Wii U Would You Prefer?

    You might have to wait for black, though

    Yesterday we quizzed readers to discover what colour Wii U they would like to buy on launch. The results, you might say, were a bit of a landslide. Black won with an impressive 190 votes, compared to a measly 49 votes for the white option. If Nintendo Life readers reflect the mood of the general buying...

  • E3 2012 Wii U to Launch in White, Black Available "Later"

    All white on the night

    We saw a whole lot of the black Wii U console during yesterday's E3 conference, but according to a Nintendo representative the dark shade might not be available at launch. Destructoid reports a booth representative as saying the system will launch in white, with the black option available "someday". It took years for the...

  • E3 2012 Wii U Tech Specs Revealed

    1080p, NFC, powered by IBM and AMD chips

    Nintendo has officially revealed the final tech specs for its Wii U console, many of which confirm what we've already heard about the system. The Wii U will be powered by an IBM multi-core CPU and AMD Radeon HD GPU combo. Sadly, the data falls short of supplying the amount of RAM inside Nintendo's new box...

May2012

  • News Aqua Blue 3DS Discontinuation Only Affects Japan

    So cheer up

    Last week we learnt that Nintendo Japan is discontinuing the Aqua Blue 3DS, and we anxiously wondered what it might mean for us in the West. We've heard back from Nintendo Europe now and it's good news. The official line is that "this announcement is only for the Japanese market", meaning there should be a steady stream of Aqua...

  • News Nintendo Japan Discontinues Aqua Blue 3DS

    Cobalt from the blue

    Nintendo of Japan will soon end production of the Aqua Blue 3DS console. The company's 3DS page lists the currently available colours, with Aqua Blue bearing the note "scheduled to end production shortly" (近日生産終了予定). In March, Nintendo released the Cobalt Blue 3DS for Japan, so it makes sense to stick...

  • Rumour This is Wii U's Controller Charging Dock

    Looks the part

    Wii U's controller will come with a built-in rechargeable battery, so naturally Nintendo will provide a means of charging it with the console. It may not be as boring as a cable though: it could be an immensely exciting cradle. NeoGAF user Aostia claims to have unearthed a patent showing off a charging dock for the controller, which...

  • News Wii U Designed to Do The Impossible

    Nintendoes what Nintendidn't

    While Nintendo may have struggled to explain adequately the Wii U's unique charms at E3, the machine was created with one principle in mind: to do what Wii can't. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors that while being an improved Wii — it does full HD output for a start — it's designed to be a brand new...

April2012

  • News Midnight Purple 3DS Hits North America on 20th May

    Told you so

    North American shoppers get a new colour to choose from in a few weeks when the rumoured Midnight Purple 3DS console hits stores. Coming on 20th May for a suggested retail price of $169.99, it joins Cosmo Black, Aqua Blue, Flame Red and Pearl Pink in the rainbow of handheld console colours. Will you be picking one up? Nintendo 3DS Gets...

  • News Really, That's Just a Sticker on the Wii U Controller

    We promise

    Yesterday's leaked Rayman Legends trailer raced around the internet, wowing us with its demonstration of Wii U's near field communication technology and much more. Naturally the trailer was picked apart, with readers and some sites (like GameXplain, for instance) noticing a strange black square on the Wii U controller's underside:

  • News Nintendo Reveals Console and Software Sales Statistics

    DS top of the pile

    Nintendo's released updated sales figures for all its consoles, and it's certainly a lot of numbers. The company's three current platforms — 3DS, Wii and the DS family — sit at a combined global sales figure of 264.5 million consoles sold. That figure's dwarfed by the software statistic: over 1.76 billion games have been sold...

  • News U.S. Patent Cites Wii U as "Universal Remote Controller"

    What else could it do?

    THQ's Danny Bilson wasn't kidding when he called the Wii U controller the "Swiss army knife of video game controllers." Touch screen, game streaming, motion control and near-field communication technology is all well and good, but the latest rumour points to the pad controlling more than just the Wii U console. A...

  • Rumour Wii U Components Cost $180, Will Retail at $300

    The money merry-go-around

    While nobody can seem to agree on exactly what's inside the Wii U, one anonymous tipster has told Forget the Box that the console's components will cost around $180 USD. That figure supposedly comes from sources "closely involved with manufacturing and distributing Nintendo products." The $180 number includes the...

  • Rumour ViviTouch to Demo Wii U Haptics Tech at E3

    Feels good

    Here's a Wii U rumour that's more towards the 'believable' end of the scale: Wii U's new controller could include haptic technology. According to an E3 floor plan (via NeoGAF), haptics specialist ViviTouch will show a Wii U peripheral at the upcoming trade show. ViviTouch's haptic tech is a more advanced form of physical feedback than...

  • News Nintendo: "Experience of Playing", Not Tech Specs, Key to Wii U

    It worked for Wii

    As the release of Wii U approaches, much focus seems to be on its technical capabilities, particularly its graphical prowess. Comments from anonymous developers that Wii U is less powerful than PS3 and Xbox 360 have raised the issue about how capable the machine 'needs' to be in terms of the graphics it's producing: we've already...

  • Talking Point Is Wii U's Power Really That Important?

    It's how you use it

    One topic's dominated the Wii U news since Nintendo revealed its new console at E3 2011 — just how powerful is it? Nintendo's Wii U technical specifications give the vaguest of nods to its under-the-hood power, just mentioning a multi-core IBM processor — which we know is based on game show-conquering chip Watson — but it...

  • News Gearbox: Wii U Out-RAMs Xbox 360 and PS3

    Has "really great processor"

    There's a lot of Wii U love going on at Gearbox these days. Last week Randy Pitchford implored Nintendo for more Wii U power, and now the studio's Brian Martell has told Official Nintendo Magazine the console will have one of the best-looking versions of upcoming shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines. Martell is chief...

  • News Developers: Wii U "Less Powerful than PS3 and 360"

    Is it, isn't it?

    Welcome once again to the best game show on the internet, How Powerful is Wii U? While recently Darksiders II developer Vigil Games said Wii U is "on par" with current generation consoles, now a band of anonymous developers have spoken out to Games Industry.biz about the machine's power, claiming it's not got quite as much...

March2012

  • News Vigil Games: "Wii U On Par with Current-Gen Consoles"

    No concessions necessary

    Vigil Games, the team behind Darksiders II on Wii U, has told GameReactor that Nintendo's new console isn't a huge technical leap over the Xbox 360 and PS3. In a video interview, game director Marvin Donald told the site: So far the hardware's been on par with what we have with the current generations. Based on what I...

  • News Coro Coro Comics 3DS Console Announced

    Japanese gamers win again

    We often tell you about limited edition 3DS consoles being released in Japan, simply because Nintendo's homeland has so many. There have been hardware exclusives dedicated to various themes, games and anniversaries, though the latest is arguably the most attractive. The console shown in this article's image is celebrating...

  • Hardware Review Hyperkin SupaBoy Portable SNES

    The biggest retro hardware release in more ways than one

    The lapse of hardware patents on retro platforms has resulted in an explosion of clone machines, most of which are produced cheaply in the Far East. These systems emulate the performance of consoles such as the NES, Super Nintendo and Genesis/Mega Drive, all of which are no longer covered by...

  • News Two New MH3G 3DS Bundles to Hit Japan

    Roar power

    Not content with releasing a cobalt blue 3DS console this month, Nintendo of Japan is also putting together two more hardware bundles for Monster Hunter 3 G. Japanese consumers can pick a red or black 3DS console packaged with a copy of the game and an official MH3G cleaning cloth, all for 19,800 Yen — about £153 / $244 / €183. Has...

  • News Nintendo Japan Reveals Cobalt Blue 3DS Console

    More colour coming

    Nintendo of Japan just pulled the sheet off its newest 3DS colour: Cobalt Blue. The darker blue — which you may remember from a DS Lite that hit Japan and North America — is scheduled to go on sale across the country from 22nd March, the same day Kid Icarus: Uprising goes on sale. Even more beautiful is the special edition...

  • Hardware Review Everdrive 64

    One cartridge, infinite possibilities

    They may not find much favour with purists, but flash carts are becoming increasingly popular these days. The rapid march of technology combined with the low cost of flash-based storage has generated a wide selection of different options, almost all of which are produced in limited quantities and to very crude...

February2012

  • News Wii U Controller Originally Had Proper Analogue Sticks

    All change

    The Wii U controller features 3DS-like Circle Pad sliders instead of the tilting analogue sticks that have been the industry norm since Nintendo 64. That wasn't always the case, though. An earlier version of the controller than the one we've seen included proper analogue sticks raised from the controller's surface, among other changes, as...

  • News 3DS Hits Five Million Sales in Japan

    Mario, karts and monsters to the rescue

    In recent weeks we've been reporting the exceptionally good run that 3DS is having in Japan, consistently selling more than all of its rivals combined. It's been confirmed today that it has hit yet another milestone, and in record time. As reported by Andriasang, Japanese chart master Media Create has...

January2012

  • News Newly Single Pink 3DS Woos North America on 10th February

    Ahh, young love

    The pearl pink Nintendo 3DS is ready to cast off the shackles of its previous relationship and strike out on its own from 10th February. The console — previously only available with pooch-snuggler Nintendogs + Cats — is ready to drink cheap wine and sing I Will Survive just before Valentine's Day rolls around. Shoppers in North...

  • Hardware Review 3DS Circle Pad Pro

    A thin line between love and hate

    It says a lot about the absurdity of the Circle Pad Pro that when its existence was leaked last year, some hardcore Nintendo supporters refused to believe it was real. The concept of adding an additional analogue stick to the machine by the way of a chunky add-on seemed almost unbelievable; surely Nintendo...

  • Rumour Nintendo Considering Alternative Names for Wii U

    Who remembers the Revolution?

    According to rumours that have surfaced online, Nintendo is considering the possibility of rebranding its next home console, potentially leaving Wii U behind. As reported by CVG, staff at the top level in both Japan and North America are apparently discussing a name change, though whether this would affect the console's...

  • News Nintendo 3DS Hits 15 Million Sold Worldwide

    Back on track

    Nintendo has revealed it's sold over 15 million 3DS consoles around the world since it launched in February 2011. The console had a strong three months from October to December, selling over 4.6m units around the world, its most successful quarter of sales to date. In this financial year — i.e. from April 2011 to date — Nintendo...

  • Rumour Wii U "Twice as Powerful as Xbox 360"

    Anonymous source speaks up

    An anonymous developer speaking to Develop has claimed Wii U has twice the power of Microsoft's Xbox 360. The source said Nintendo's next console boasts twice the processing and graphical output of Microsoft's 6-year old console. Of course there are no statistics to back this up, but if true, it would represent an enormous...

  • News White and Pink 3DS Consoles Go Solo from 10th February

    Heads up UK

    Nintendo UK originally promised the Coral Pink and Ice White 3DS consoles would be available sans game in December, but due to unspecified delays the systems are now due to launch on 10th February. Amazon currently lists the colours at £159.99, significantly higher than the £139.99 or so it's asking for the Metallic Red, Aqua Blue and Cosmos Black units. Here's hoping those who want a..

  • News Kingdom Hearts 3DS Bundle Confirmed for Japan

    It's so pretty

    It seem like the Japanese market is enjoying quite a few special edition 3DS consoles, with the Metal Gear Solid themed console due soon. Not to be outdone, Andriasang reports that Square Enix is also preparing its own hardware bundle for Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Once again it's the black 3DS that receives a...

  • News Metal Gear Solid-Themed 3DS Teased

    Slithers into view

    Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D has been a long time coming, but series creator Hideo Kojima has taken to Twitter to tease details about the stealthy title. His latest revelation, as reported by Andriasang, is that there will be a Metal Gear Solid-themed 3DS system released as part of a bundle. A release date of 8th March has been confirmed, but due to the vague nature of tweets..

December2011

  • Hardware Review Analogue Interactive CMVS Slim and Arcade Stick

    A different class of console

    When we went hands-on with Analogue Interactive’s amazing 100% walnut consolised MVS a few months back, we were amazed at both the workmanship involved and the mind-blowing retro gaming possibilities. The company managed to break into an extremely niche sector of the console hardware market with a machine that looked...

  • Feature Further Adventures in Scanlines: The SLG SCART

    Reading between the lines

    Not so long ago we reported on an awesome piece of tech which imbued your HD TV with the power to display authentic retro-style scanlines. The SLG3000 has since gone on to become a highly sought-after piece of kit in vintage gaming circles, so much so that Arcade Forge - the company behind the unit - have come up with a more streamlined version, dubbed the SLG SCART..

  • News SupaBoy Is a Portable Super Nintendo for $80

    And it's out now

    After last year's pleasing Retron2 console from Hyperkin, the manufacturer's back with a brand new toy: the SupaBoy. A portable Super NES with a built-in 3.5" screen, the machine takes Super Nintendo and Super Famicom cartridges and features TV out and two controller ports, perfect for settling scores on Super Mario Kart. It...

  • News HandyNES Is a Portable NES and That's Cool Enough

    And we want one

    Getting ten free NES games as part of the 3DS Ambassador program is good, but for some inexplicable reason the 3DS doesn't take original NES carts. This baffling oversight may never be corrected, but at least talented modder LovableChevy has created a portable NES to give 8-bit gamers on the go a reason to be cheerful. The HandyNES...

November2011

  • News Pearl Pink 3DS is North America Bound on 4th December

    The whole family's here

    Nintendo of America has just confirmed the pink 3DS console will launch across North America on 4th December for $169.99. Officially called Pearl Pink, unlike the European release the machine is available in two varieties: while both will come with Nintendogs + Cats, one carries the Toy Poodle and New Friends variety while...

  • News Neo Geo CMVS Gets Ebony Wood

    Ash in your face

    Fans of the wooden Neo Geo MVS we featured a few months back might be pleased to know that Analogue has tweaked its design, shaving the machine a little thinner and offering it in ebonised ash. Analogue has also recreated the machine's iconic arcade stick in a nice woody finish too, perfect for times when playing SNK Arcade Classics...

  • News Blue Wii Heads Stateside for Black Friday

    It starts

    That crazy day of manic buying, also known as Black Friday, is very nearly upon us, and Walmart has sounded the first battle cry. Siliconera reports the retailer has the exclusive on the blue reconfigured Wii, and will be selling it on 25th November for just $99.96. However, the advert just lists the box's contents as a Wii console, Remote Plus and Nunchuk: no mention of

  • News Nintendo Working On Two Controller Support for Wii U

    That's a lot of screens

    When the Wii U was unveiled at E3 2011, we only saw it working with one touch screen controller, but according to an anonymous source speaking to Develop Nintendo is beavering away on supporting a second controller. Citing a "trusted game development executive", Develop says the Wii U codebase indicates that...

  • News Gaze At This Beautiful Limited Edition Zelda 3DS Console

    It's black and gold

    Got space in your collection for another limited edition Nintendo 3DS? How about a Zelda 25th Anniversary model with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D? Nintendo of Europe just revealed the new black model bearing the Hyrule crest and it's looking exceptionally beautiful. It's out on 25th November and will cost €199, with...

  • News Iwata Unsure if Nintendo Will Sell Wii U At a Loss

    At a loss for words

    In stark contrast to Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo generally sells hardware at a profit, but the recent 3DS price drop has clearly caused the company to reconsider that stance. At a recent investor Q&A, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed he's not yet sure if Nintendo will sell Wii U at a profit from day one. I have no definitive information on whether we will sell the..

  • News Grab a 3DS for £90 As Makro Goes Crazy Tomorrow

    All Nintendo machines sub-£100

    Cash and carry chain Makro is having a particularly good deal in its UK stores tomorrow, offering any Nintendo console of your choice for under £100. The retailer — which only sells to card-carrying members, it should be pointed out — is selling all Nintendo hardware at an eye-watering £90, including the...

October2011

  • News Colourful European 3DS Bundles Look Like This

    It's good to know what to expect

    The newly announced Ice White and Coral Pink 3DS consoles look nice enough on their own, but it's the retail packaging that really shines. The pink console in particular has some of the cutest artwork we've ever seen for a Nintendo console, decked out in puppies and kittens and a pink box. Ice White is slightly less...

  • News DS Family Nears 150m Worldwide Hardware Sales

    Still going strong

    After celebrating 50 million DS consoles sold in the United States, Nintendo's venerable dual-screened handheld is closing in on another milestone: 150m units sold around the globe. The company's latest financial results show the system sitting on 149m consoles sold since its release in 2004 to the end of September 2011. Software sales have been similarly impressive, of course:..

Hardware - Features

Forum Topics

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

12,233 replies |

The Nintendo Switch Thread

The Nintendo Switch Thread

12,903 replies |

Abysmal wifi connection, anyone?

Abysmal wifi connection, anyone?

38 replies |

Switch Audio Quality Discussion Thread
Switch Pro Controller issue? Are all D'Pads too sensitive or is mine broken?
Super Mario Run

Super Mario Run

155 replies |

Why do all of us have to speak English

Why do all of us have to speak English

28 replies |

Your latest retro purchase

Your latest retro purchase

4,575 replies |

Most Read

Hardware Videos