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]

Nintendo’s Former US President and Chief Operating Officer Heads Back to School

I’m late to the show on this, because I was taking some much need time off, but holy smokes, Reggie “Fucking” Reggie Fils-Aimé  is going back to school.

Fils-Aimé will be returning to his alma mater, Cornell University in New York City where he will conduct a lecture. According to the Cornell University website:

Reggie Fils-Aime ’83, retired president and COO of Nintendo America, will deliver a lecture and meet with the community. Attendees can visit with Reggie and enjoy light refreshments after the lecture.

Reggie Fils-Aime will share principles for you to master so you can cultivate your own leadership capability. Reggie developed these principles through 35+ years of experience across a range of international industries and businesses. The principles are applicable to any situation, including now while you area student or in your future endeavors.

Cornell University

Students are expected to behave themselves.

NYC is not too far from Spieler Dad headquarters. I just might make the trip.

[Source: Cornell University]

Old and Overrated NES Game Sells for $9000 at Auction

I dream of finding something rare and valuable at a garage sale. You hear about it all the time. Some jerk goes to a garage sale and unknowingly buys a fucking copy of the Magna Carta. Then its all champagne, caviar, and coke parties ever after.

Well, some lucky prick from Nevada is up $9,000 because he had some very forgetful parents. Scott Amos of Reno, NV was cleaning out his childhood home’s attic when he found a sealed copy of Kid Icarus for the NES along with an accompanying receipt from December 8, 1988.

How the game got there, no one knows for sure, but it’s possible that it was an forgotten Christmas gift.

Mr. Amos shared his find with Heritage Auctions who confirmed that he’s one lucky S.O.B.

“Kid Icarus is one of the hardest NES titles to find in sealed condition... To find a sealed copy ‘in the wild,’ so to speak, not to mention one in such a nice condition and one with such transparent provenance, is both an unusual and rather historic occurrence. We feel that the provenance will add a significant premium for serious collectors.”

Valarie McLeckie, Video Game Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions (Reno Gazette Journal)

That rarity, translated into $9,000 for Mr. Amos.

All joking aside, Scott Amos plans to share his windfall with family.

“I have an older sister, too. We’re splitting (the proceeds) 50-50. We’re going to do a Disney World vacation next month. Instead of doing something responsible, we’re going to have some fun with it.”

Reno Gazette Journal

Now I feel like the asshole, because he seems to be a nice guy.

[Source: Reno Gazzette Journal]

European & Japanese Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers Now Have Access to Free Premium Games

Luigi throwing shade.

Europeans and Japanese gamers will soon have access to free games from Nintendo, with some caveats.

The program is called ‘Game Trials,’ and Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers in the EU will be able to play Mario Tennis Aces free, for a short time. Japanese subscribers will have access to Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

The program runs from August 7 to August 13 in the EU. Unlike similar programs from Sony and Microsoft, subscribers cannot keep the game after the program ends. However, if participants decide to purchase the game during the trial period, they’ll get 33% discount.

No news on what games will be part of this program in the U.S.

[Source: Nintendo]

The Nintendo Game Boy Turns 30

Thirty years ago, Nintendo launched the Game Boy, and they have been the leader of portable gaming since.

The Game Boy wasn’t much to look at, but in true Nintendo fashion, it was supported with great games. Not to mention, the Game Boy was built like a fucking tank.

Game Boy that survived a bombing in first Gulf War.

Happy birthday Game Boy. Hope you received a plethora of piñatas.

[Source: Nintendo]

Suck at NES Games on the Nintendo Switch? You Can Now Rewind and Die Over and Over Again in Your Own Sisyphean Nightmare

I’m a big fan of the Nintendo Switch. Check that, I have an irrational love for this little console. What’s not to love about the Switch? It plays Nintendo games and handles modern ports surprisingly well.

I like the Switch so much I bought Mortal Kombat 11, so that I can play it when I’m out and about, even though I have also purchased the far superior version on the Xbox One X. I also own a version of Doom for both the Switch and the Xbox One X. This makes me a completely irrational person.

Another thing that makes the Switch so enjoyable is the library of classic NES games available to Switch Online subscribers. I love playing these games even though I am now horrible at them. At least Nintendo is giving me the option to rewind after I fuck up so that I can try again.

Also, Nintendo has announced two new additions for July, just in time to take advantage of the new rewind feature.

I’m going to need this rewind feature now more than ever. My gut is telling me that I’m not going to be very good at these games anymore either.

[Source: Business Wire]

Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony Looking to Shift Production From China

Multiple sources have told Nikkei Asian Review that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are looking to move some, if not most of their console manufacturing out of China in response to the ongoing trade beef between Beijing and Washington.

Sony and Microsoft apparently already have plans to ramp down current production, but that would make sense, given that new consoles are just over a year away.

A ramp down is to be expected a they ramp up production on the new hotness. It just appears that the new consoles may be made elsewhere, if President Trump and Chinese president for life Xi Jinping cannot come to a long term agreement.

[Source: Nikkei Asian Review]

Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony Assemble Against Trump’s Proposed Tariffs

Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony

Uncertain times can sure make strange bedfellows. In a joint letter to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative by Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony—the companies state their case as to why President Trump’s proposed tariffs on goods from China would be pretty shitty for consumers.

Tariffs on China could also mean more expensive hardware, but also the big three also claim that it could put jobs at risk, and stifle innovation.

I however, am a selfish prick and care about the possible 25% tax on video game consoles. New consoles are supposed to come out in 2020 and fuck that can be an expensive proposition.

Trade talks between China and the US are on-going, so this may never materialize, but regardless of how you feel about Trump, I think we can all agree, DON’T FUCK WITH MY GAMES.

[Souce: Regulations.gov]