Lego Unveils New Atari 2600 Set
The next in the series of '80s cartoon characters and video game consoles is the Atari 2600, made for the 50th anniversary of the former video game company. You can bring the arcade right into your home, in the form of Lego bricks.The Atari 2600 is one of the most iconic video game consoles ever, and its blocky graphics have a place in the hearts of thousands. It follows the Lego Nintendo Entertainment System, released the same day in 2020, August 1st. So if you are an avid fan of Lego, Atari, or 70's wood paneling, this set just might be for you. #lego #atari #nintendo #atari2600 #70s
The Best Selling Video Game Consoles in History
Despite the advancement of gaming devices, no other console has recorded more sales than Sony’s PlayStation 2. And get this: the iconic console has been discontinued since 2013. Throughout its lifetime, PS2 racked up 157,68 million in global sales. Following closely behind is rival Nintendo’s portable console Nintendo DS with nearly 155 million global lifetime sales.A major factor in PS2’s popularity was its DVD-friendly feature. Remember DVD, the disc that you used to watch movies on? Back in the PS2’s heyday, the console was cheaper than an actual DVD player in many places. PS2 was also one of the first devices to be backward compatible. It allowed gamers to play most of their PS1 games on PS2, eliminating the necessity to buy a whole new set of games as well as retaining the fanbase.Though long hath the king reigned on top, eventually it’ll have to concede. Now, the top contender to possibly take that #1 spot happens to be Nintendo Switch. In early 2022, the console broke the record for fastest 100 million units sold.Check out the full list of the best-selling video game console of all time over at Visual Capitalist.#GamingConsole #Nintendo #PlayStation #PS2 #Sony #NintendoDS #gaming #NintendoSwitchImage: vgchartz.com/Enrique Mendoza Tincopa @datavizadventure
Hacker Turned the Fake Portable GameCube Advance Into a Real Console
A Nintendo superfan has turned this 2005 fan-made render of the beloved console into a real device. For years, portable GameCube Advance has simply been an elusive concept that got passed around on the internet. Now, a hardware hacker who goes by the name GingerOfOz has made it a reality.Not only building his own real GameCube Advance, Ginger also tracked down the original artist behind the 2005 mockup to find out how and why they made it.The result is a faithful recreation of the legendary rendering, sans a few parts that simply were impossible to fit in a real gadget such as the hinge and the joysticks which he modified for better usability. The device is also fully playable, although the battery only lasts 1.5 hours.Ginger has documented the entire process of making his Portable GameCube Advance on a 20-minute Youtube video.#GameCube #Nintendo #hacker
Nintendo's First Headquarters Turned into a Hotel
Gamers, the next time you stop by Kyoto, you might want to take a look at this hotel with a special history behind it. A new hotel to be named Marufukuro is being opened in the building that was formerly headquarters of the gaming giant Nintendo. The premises was the location where Nintendo was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi in 1889, then called Nintendo Koppai. The interior design will reportedly retain many of the details of the building during its heyday as Nintendo’s HQ, which will sure to thrill fans.The name Marufukuro itself is derived from Marufuku, the distribution company that Yamauchi established to keep up with Nintendo’s rapid growth. The ‘ro’ at the end is used to indicate a stately mansion.The hotel is set to open April 1, containing a total of 18 rooms including seven suites.#Nintendo #hotel #Marufukuro #Kyoto #Japan
What 24 Video Game Consoles Would Look Like if They Rendered Themselves
A sentient console sounds terrifying. Electronics Hub, following the trend of computers redesigning and improving themselves thanks to artificial intelligence, asked Elijah Robertson to illustrate what different consoles would look like if they redesigned themselves. Robertson rendered consoles from Nintendo, Sony, and Xbox within the limits of their color palette, processing power, and hardware.Going through the different illustrations, one can believe that these redesigns were generated by the consoles themselves. The amount of detail Robertson included, such as graphical capabilities makes the concept more believable. I’m not too keen on the sentient game console idea though, because it would probably just learn how to shut down when it's open for too long or longer than recommended. That would ruin hours of gameplay!Image credit: Electronics Hub #sentientcomputers #AI #concept #illustration #videogames #consoles #Nintendo #Sony #XBox
The Evolution of Nintendo's Logo
Nintendo has been known for its ellipse-enclosed logo for a long time. The Japanese multinational electronic consumer and video game company has risen to become a well-known household name. Did you know that it took a lot of logo changes before Nintendo made it to their simple but memorable logo?Nintendo started using the familiar (and current) ‘racetrack’ logo only during the early 1980s. Typography and design changes were made before reaching the iconic logo. The company used its company name in kanji for the first seventy-five years of its establishment. After that, they proceeded with varying logos, from an Ace of Spades logo to a roman script on their name for a Western audience, and more font changes until they started to play into a logo of the company’s romanized name with different shapes enclosing it.Image credit: via beforemario#Nintendo #Logo #Typography
New LEGO Set: Super Mario 64™ Question Mark Block That Expands!
A Super Mario question block on your office desk or in your home will draw attention, but it opens up to surely impress your visitors. When you unfold the finished set, it will display four levels from the game Super Mario 64! Then if you really want to brag, tell them how you assembled it yourself from LEGO's new Super Mario 64™ Question Mark Block build set. That is, if you really did put more than 2000 blocks together to form a hinged display instead of hiring your nephew to assemble it for you. Gizmodo has more:The new 2,064-piece set (nice work on hitting the ‘64' exactly) measures a little over seven inches on each side when fully assembled and closed, but displaying it opened—with the four micro-scale dioramas of Peach’s Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool, Cool Mountain, and Lethal Lava Trouble deployed—will gobble up a little more room on your shelf. In addition to the four recreated levels from Super Mario 64, the Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block set also comes with 10 Lego microfigures including Mario, Yoshi, Princess Peach, a Chain Chomp, Lakitu, King Bob-omb, and several other baddies.
This Extremely Rare 1982 Anniversary Edition Nintendo Game & Watch Was Sold for Only ¥1,001,000
Rumor has it that only three of this were made, all because Gunpei Yokoi requested this edition in celebration of the 20 million games sold milestone. The illustration was done by Kano-san.“The drawing of the trio Yokoi-san, Momose-san and Ishida-san was made by Kano-san (designer who had a key role in the G&W team, check Iwata Ask online about G&W). Yokoi-san, of course, was head of Nintendo R&D1 and father of G&W.Momose-san was head of the company who supplied the metal face plates for G&W to Nintendo. We do not know what Ishida-san's role was, but assume he represents another key partner.”Image Credit: @beforemario via Twitter#nintendo #gameandwatch #vintagegames #oldgames
Animal Crossing Shoes to Release in Collaboration with Puma!
Yes, this is not the first time we've featured a pair of shoes from a video games. I thought that the PS5 shoes were the last shoes I'd have to write about this week, but the sneaker world moves quickly. The Puma sneakers are light blue and brown, matching the colors of the game New Horizons, a game that took the world by storm during the start of the pandemic. The photo above isn't directly from Puma, as they have only given a ambiguous tweet of their logo and the Animal Crossing logo. We have Sneaker Freaker to thank for these photos, and there may be more shoe types to come. We also don't know the price or release date, so stay tuned.Image credit: Puma/Sneaker Freaker#sneaker #shoes #puma #animalcrossing #newhorizons #nintendo
Making Music with Math and Joycons!
It seems like there isn't many things the HD rumble feature can do. But Youtuber Indanam was playing with the new game Game Builder Garage on the Nintendo Switch, and found that they allow you to program the frequency of the rumble. Since music at it's core is just frequencies, you can make melodies with your Nintendo Switch controller! It took some math to fit the song into it's basic block coding limits, but Indanam ended up pushing the limit of the Joycon, and maybe even creating a new genre of music in the process.Video credit: Indanam#music #joycon #gamebuildergarage #nintendo #switch #coding #math
Happy 30th Birthday Super Nintendo!
Happy birthday SNES! On this day in 1991, the grey and purple console was first available in North America. This console generation was one of the most competitive, with the Sega Genesis and the SNES battling to be the highest selling video game console of the nineties.The SNES created series that still live on today, including StarFox, F-Zero, and Earthbound. Whether you grew up playing Road Rash, Mario Kart, or Forza, the SNES still deserves all the praise it gets. Image Credit: Nintendo#nintendo #snes #mariokart #sega #30th #supermario #videogame
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