WHEN Nintendo re-released the Nintendo Entertainment System as the NES Classic it was overwhelmed by demand. The mini retro console packed with classic games sold out quicker than you could say Duck Hunt and was being flogged on eBay for ten times the original price. The Mario maker followed that up with a SNES classic--which then started fans clamouring for a packaged version of the next console in line, the N64. It looks like fans might not have long to wait before those calls are answered if a new N64 trademark application in Japan, spotted by the Japanese Nintendo blog, is to be believed. This is the second intellectual property filing hinting at an N64 Classic; the Zelda firm filed to protect a new image of the N64's classic three-pronged controller last year. It was thought at the time that this might have been to do with the firm's Virtual Console service on Switch--but now we know that's not happening, an N64 Classic is probably the most likely candidate. Given the trouble … [Read more...] about N64 Classic on the way? Nintendo drops huge hint with trademark application
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WHEN it first came out, the NES Classic console flew off shelves faster than you could say Donkey Kong. Then, to make matters worse, Nintendo said they wouldn't be making any more! The Mario maker reversed that decision a little while ago and promised that the mini Nintendo Entertainment System would be heading back to shops this summer but didn't offer any more detailed information - until now. The all-in-one old school unit, complete with 30 classic games, will be available to buy again on June 29. Demand for the console was so high the first time around that eBay sellers were flogging the console for 10 times its original price of £50 -- but this time, Nintendo has promised there will be stock available in the UK for the rest of the year. The in-demand device is a roughly half-sized replica of the original NES -- but it's an all-in one unit designed to connect to modern TVs via HDMI. And rather than coming with a stack of cartridges for you to blow on, it comes with 30 games … [Read more...] about Sold-out NES Classic back on sale in UK shops this June – and there’s a GOLD edition coming
Ready Player One’s OASIS offers an exciting vision of immersive virtual reality gaming, but the film’s universe is hampered by a rule set that would likely make it a lot less fun to play than it is to watch. OASIS is a virtual reality space filled with hundreds of worlds that encompass all sorts of gaming activities, as well as nongaming spaces for socialization and commerce. It’s more than a game; it’s a platform like Steam or Xbox Live. Each person has an avatar with a persistent inventory of all the wealth, items, special artifacts and movie references they’ve collected over the course of their various adventures in OASIS. But they drop all their stuff, lose all their progress and must start over as a level 1 scrub if they are killed. The same rule set governs the entire platform. Imagine if you lost your collection of Hearthstone cards whenever you died in Overwatch, and that’s basically OASIS. Ready Player One’s rules provide tension and … [Read more...] about Ready Player One’s OASIS would actually be a garbage video game
The announcement of Shenmue 3 back at E3 in 2015 still remains one of the most emotionally wish-fulfilling moments in recent gaming history, which was no mean feat considering the hat-trick of fan fulfilments delivered on Sony’s stage that evening. Now to the delight of its original hardcore fans, SEGA has also announced that the original Shenmue and Shenmue 2 will finally be coming to modern platforms this year. There is, however, an anxiety of seeing a classic game return, mainly due to the possibility that Shenmue will look like a relic alongside the kind of open-world games we expect in 2018. Unlike other genres such as a classic fighting game or 2D platformer, Shenmue’s groundbreaking features haven’t aged well. Even back then, it didn’t take long before GTA 3 and Morrowind blew the lid off what open-world games could be. Even if you ignore the big-budget studios in the West, SEGA’s own Yakuza series, with its abundance of distractions and … [Read more...] about What Shenmue’s Simpler Open World Can Teach Modern Games
A digital-only game based on licensed content is doomed to die right from the outset. At some point, months or years from now, that licensing agreement will expire - at which point the publisher can no longer sell the game. It will be summarily pulled from digital storefronts - sometimes with little or no warning - and is unlikely to ever resurface, unless the publisher is willing to negotiate those licensing deals all over again. Last December, a slew of Transformers games were suddenly removed from Steam and PSN (and later from the Xbox Marketplace) with no warning from publisher Activision. Among them was Transformers: Devastation by renowned developer PlatinumGames, which had only been released two years previously. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel titles published by Activision have suffered a similar fate. Players who have previously bought and downloaded such games can still download them again. But even this exception may not apply forever. The fact is that you do not … [Read more...] about Where do downloadable games go when they die?