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]

Netflix Launches New Documentary The Video Game Industry

Netflix has been killing it lately on original content and has really stepped it up on documentaries. If you’re all caught up on Tiger King, then you should definitely check out High Score that covers the early years of gaming.

Holy shit it John Romero!

I’m so jelly of his long salon quality hair.

High Score was released on Netflix on August 19.

[Source: Netflix]

The NEOGEO Arcade Stick Pro is a Retro Fighter Lover’s Dream

There is officially a glut of mini retro consoles out there. There is the good, like the NES Classic and the Genesis mini, and the supremely shitty PlayStation Classic. Now we have the NEOGEO Arcade Stick Pro, which looks to be good, as long as you love retro fighters.

SNK revealed the NEOGEO Arcade Stick Pro earlier in the month, but they finally release details on the games today.

The NEOGEO Arcade Stick Pro,with 20 selected titles pre-installed, can be used as a controller for NEOGEO Mini. It is designed for all NEOGEO fans.Connecting the NEOGEO mini or NEOGEO mini PAD to the NEOGEO Arcade Stick Pro, you can enjoy a fierce gaming experience.The size is W430mm×D214mm, similar to other arcade sticks.It can be put and played even on your knees stably.

At the moment, we have plans for a world-wide release. (However, please understand that the specifics may change based on the country.) Please wait for more updates concerning launch date and price.

THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’95
THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’97
THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’98
THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’99
THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2000
THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2002
FATAL FURY SPECIAL
FATAL FURY 3
GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES
SAMURAI SHODOWN Ⅱ
SAMURAI SHODOWN Ⅲ
SAMURAI SHODOWN IV
SAMURAI SHODOWN Ⅴ SPECIAL
ART OF FIGHTING
WORLD HEROES 2
WORLD HEROES 2 JET
WORLD HEROES PERFECT
NINJA MASTER’S
THE LAST BLADE 2
KIZUNA ENCOUNTER

SNK

That is a literal shit ton of fighters, most of them high quality. If fighters are your thing then maybe the NEOGEO Arcade Stick Pro is your bag.

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]

Mortal Kombat Writer to Take on Script for Space Invaders Flick

Script writer David Russo is developing a reputation as the go to guy for video game movie adaptations. Russo recently completed the script for the Mortal Kombat reboot, as well as worked on Saints Row and Resident Evil adaptations. Next up, an adaption of Taito’s arcade classic Space Invaders.

This is still a ways out, if this even materializes into something. We’ll have to wait and see if this stays generally true to the source material or goes in a new direction.

Space Invaders was one of the early arcade successes with not a lot of backstory, so Russo can take some creative liberties.

[Source: Deadline]

Relieve the 90’s Console Wars With TurboGrafx-16 Mini March 19

On March 19, 2020 you will be able to complete your axis of 90’s awesomeness and add the TurboGrafx-16 Mini to your collection. Provided you still have a SNES Classic and Genesis Mini by then. I find that the nostalgia wanes quickly after a few playthroughs, but whatevs.

Konami, who owns the rights to the TurboGrfx-16 brand, will start taking pre-orders on July 15 through Amazon.com, who is the exclusive retailer.

The American games line-up is below:

  • Air Zonk
  • Alien Crush
  • Blazing Lazers
  • Bomberman ‘93
  • Bonk’s Revenge
  • Cadash
  • Chew-Man-Fu
  • Dungeon Explorer
  • J.J. & Jeff
  • Lords Of Thunder
  • Military Madness (Nectaris)
  • Moto Roader
  • Neutopia
  • Neutopia II
  • New Adventure Island
  • Ninja Spirit
  • Parasol Stars
  • Power Golf
  • Psychosis
  • R-Type
  • Soldier Blade
  • Space Harrier
  • Victory Run
  • Ys Book I&II

Solid list to relieve the 90’s to. Grab your flannels and crank the Pearl Jam.

[Source: Amazon]

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]

Get Your Hands on the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive September 19

As young boy, I was a Sega fanboy. Things weren’t so great when I was the only kid in my grade with a Master System, but oh boy did I become an arrogant shit when the Sega Genesis came out, vindicating years of devotion to all things Sega.

Now, Sega fanboys the world over can relive the 16-Bit glory days on September 19, 2019, when Sega releases the Genesis Mini for approximately $80.

The playlist and hardware will vary by region, similarly to the NES and SNES Classics. This time around however, Sega is handling the hardware production and software emulation is being done by highly competent development studio M2, which handled the Sega Ages series. Good to hear that Sega is not contracting with shady Brazilian developer Tectoy for this run.

Sony Hops onto the Classic Mini Console Bandwagon

In this day and age, it would be more surprising for a gaming company company to not release a mini console, which tugs at the heartstrings of gamers, looking towards the past with rose colored glasses.

There’s the NES and SNES Classic, the C64 Mini, the Neo Geo Mini, and the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis Mini, and now the PlayStation Classic.

Pre-Orders are up with a launch date of December 3, 2018.  The console will cost $100, come pre-loaded with 20 titles, and 2 wired old school PlayStation controllers (you know, the ones without the two analog thumbsticks).

As for the pre-loaded games, the full list has not been revealed, but 5 titles were announced, including Wild Arms, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, Jumping Flash, and Final Fantasy VII.

This is cute and all, and will probably sell well. Hell, I may even buy one and put it next to my NES and SNES Classics. However, it is of my opinion that games from this era, even though groundbreaking at the time did not age as well as their humble sprite based brethren.