Masayuki Uemura, Console Creator Pioneer at Nintendo Passes

Masayuki Uemura, the lead architect behind the NES and SNES, has passed away on Monday, December 6, 2021 according to a statement from Ritsumeikan University.

Uemura was born in Tokyo in 1943. He studied electronic engineering at the Chiba Institute of Technology and joined Nintendo in 1971. Once at Nintendo he was tasked with developing a hom console that could play Nintendo games which at that point were only available in arcades.

His work ultimately materialized in the Famicom in 1983, known in the US as the NES. He also worked on the successor Super Famicom (SNES) which was released in Japan in 1990.

[Source: Ritsumeikan University]

The Nintendo Switch Is Only Mid Way Through Its Lifecycle According to Nintendo Boss

In a recent investor QA, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa claims that the Nintendo Switch, which launched in 2017, is only halfway through its lifecycle.

“We are not able to comment about the next game system at this time. It is now the fifth year since the launch of Nintendo Switch, and the total hardware sell-through has exceeded 90 million units. We recognize that the system is at the mid-point of its lifecycle. The launch of Nintendo Switch – OLED Model has also been contributing to continued sales momentum and we are now offering consumers three Nintendo Switch models to match their play styles and lifestyles, as well as a wide range of software.

With this, we believe a foundation for growth has been laid that exceeds what we previously considered to be a conventional hardware lifecycle. With regards to the next game system, we are considering many different things, but as far as the concept and launch timing are concerned, there is nothing we can share at this time.”

Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa

This of course does not necessarily mean that a successor to the Switch is not in the works. It also does not mean that we need to wait another five years for a Nintendo console as there is no doubt there will be overlap. This is just your regular run-of-the-mill crap corporations say in investor calls.

[Source: Nintendo]

Some N64 Games Look and Play Like Butt on the Nintendo Switch

Yesterday, Nintendo announced that you will be able to play classic N64 and Sega Genesis games on the Nintendo Switch, provided you pony up to the $50-per-year Expansion Pack membership.

I questioned the value of this cost since the libraries are currently limited, but it also appears that some of the better games are suffering from quality issues. This is no bueno.

The Nintendo Switch version looks like ass. Games like Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, and Mario Kart 64 are suffering from stuttering, input lag, and framerate issues. Mario Kart 64, which allows you to play online also appears to be suffering from latency issues.

Gamers have also been complaining about the inability to remap Switch controls to mimic those on the N64. The original N64 controller was very unique, so remapping to the Switch is quite the challenge, but it appears that users do not have the ability to reconfigure to their own liking in settings.

I’m sure Nintendo will work on fixing these issues over time, but I can totally understand the disappointment for those who jumped on this early. A lot of this should have been taken care of prior to launch.

[Source: Twitter]

The New Nintendo Switch is Official – But Those Expecting a PRO Model Will Be Disappointed

Nintendo has finally announced a new Switch model today, sporting an improved 7-inch 720p OLED display. Gamers expecting beefier internal hardware, such as a new Nvidia chip that will output 4k to TV are going to be disappointed.

Additional external upgrades, other than the OLED are a much needed improvements.  This OLED model comes with a sturdier stand instead of the flimsy piece-of-shit one that came on the original. Onboard storage has doubled from 32 GB to 64 GB and Nintendo promises improved audio as well. The dock is also getting a small upgrade with a wired ethernet port.

Other than that, this new model is not big departure from the original. It is slightly bigger and heavier, weighing in at 0.71 lbs versus 0.66 lbs. Battery life is unchanged and current Joy-Cons are compatible on the OLED model.

The new Nintendo Switch OLED goes on sale October 8, 2021 for $350. Even though it’s not the upgrade gamers were hoping for, you can bet your ass it’s going to be impossible to find.

[Source: Nintendo]

Miyamoto’s Enthusiasm is Infectious as He Gives a Sneak Peak of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan

As a father to two little girls, I know a thing or two about theme parks, as I have been to my fair share of them. They’re expensive, crowded, and exhausting experiences… Happiest places on earth my ass.

As an adult, there was only one theme park that genuinely excited me, and that was Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Now, you can add Super Nintendo World to that list.

Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan seems like a legit destination. The attention to detail appears to be spot on, and I’m looking forward to Super Nintendo World opening at Universal Orlando in the future. I can imagine that Nintendo will eventually expand to their entire catalogue. Imagine a Zelda Land, or Metroid Planet, etc…

Next time the wife and kids drag me and my wallet to Orlando to visit Disney, the old man is going to insist we spend a day at Universal Studios. Like Star Wars, I grew up with this shit, and marketers now that the quickest way to my wallet is nostalgia.

[Source: Nintendo]

Improved Nintendo Switch in the Works for Early 2021

Sources within Chinese supply chains are claiming that an “improved” Nintendo Switch is in the works with a planned launch of early 2021.

IGN, via VGC, via Taipei tech site Economic Daily News, are reporting that the new Switch model will feature upgraded “interactivity” and improved display.

This can simply turn out to a better, more efficient screen, and less shitty Joy-Cons, that don’t suffer from drift. Perhaps Nintendo is streamlining their production, leading to more efficiency, and cost improvements, maximizing profits.

Whatever the case, it does not appear to be the often rumored Switch Pro. Nintendo is making enough money on the regular Switch and Switch Lite, given that they are sold out everywhere, so why rush?

[Source: IGN, VGC, EDN]

The Nintendo Switch Finally Makes Its Way to Brazil

Nintendo has not officially distributed goods and services in Brazil since 2015, but that will be coming to an end soon.

The Nintendo Switch, which was released over three years ago is making it to the land that gave us Pelé, the thong, Carnival, cheap plastic surgery, and my personal favorite, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Importation tariffs in Brazil can range anywhere from 20% to 50%, which made the cost of doing business in the country cost prohibitive for Nintendo.

Nintendo fans in Brazil have been forced to import or purchase through shady resellers. However, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lowered taxes on games on 2019, giving Nintendo the opportunity to re-enter Brazil, which is the world’s 8th largest economy.

This is indeed a cause for celebration.

[Source: Nintendo]

Nintendo Is Not Going to Miss Out on the New Console 2020 Party With a New More Powerful Switch

According to DIGITIMES, “Nintendo is reportedly planning to release in mid-2020 a new model of Switch, which will begin volume production at the end of first-quarter 2020, according to sources from the related upstream supply chain.”

Rumors of a Switch “Pro” have existed back when there was talk of a Switch Lite, which ultimately came true. Now it appears that we have a new, more powerful Switch entering production soon.

If rumors regrading this Switch “Pro” turn out to be true, one may expect this device to be 4K capable, with improved battery life, and perhaps lager capacity game carts.


Happy 130th Birthday Nintendo

Not a lot of people may know this, but Nintendo is older than dirt. Back in September 23, 1889, Fusajiro Yamauchi founded Nintendo in Kyoto, Japan. Of course, years later the company would pivot to more high tech endeavors.

So, Happy Birthday Nintendo, and thank you for bringing so much joy to the world in the way of games and consoles. Except for the Virtual Boy, that was ass and made people sad.

A Ton of Stuff Announced at Latest Nintendo Direct

Everyone knew this was going to happen, but Nintendo made it official. SNES games are finally heading to the Switch.

The first 20 games are below and will be available to play on September 5.

  • Brawl Brothers
  • Breath of Fire
  • Demon’s Crest
  • F-Zero
  • Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Pilotwings
  • Star Fox
  • Stunt Race FX
  • Super EDF Earth Defense Force
  • Super Ghouls’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Puyo Puyo 2
  • Super Soccer
  • Super Tennis
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

To go along with the above, Nintendo is also offering up SNES controllers, so you can play the games like god intended.

A good amount of other exciting titles were announced. Some of the highlights are below.

  • Overwatch Legendary Edition
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • DOOM 64
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection
  • Devil May Cry 2
  • GRID Autosport
  • Vampyr
  • Call of Cthulhu

Nintendo Directs are usually pretty good. Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct was a exceptional.

[Source: Nintendo]