Hope for the Nintendo Classic Mini

This makes me cautiously optimistic about getting my hands on a Nintendo Classic Mini.

Nintendo today announced the return of the Nintendo Entertainment System Classic, its surprise hit retro console that no one could seem to find.

The unexpected stopgap console that grabbed fan attention before the release of the Nintendo Switch proved to be far more popular than the company’s foundering Wii U. That said, the console’s limited numbers remained a sore point for potential buyers (especially me) right up until the console was discontinued earlier this year.

Nintendo seemed to let it slip in the announcement of the Famicom Mini‘s cancellation that it might bring either or both consoles back, but gave no further details.

In addition, Nintendo will be making more of its SNES Classic console for consumers. Specifically, it’s making more SNES Classics than it did NES Classics last year. According to a spokesperson, “Fans have shown their unbridled enthusiasm for these Classic Edition systems, so Nintendo is working to put many more of them on store shelves.”

While the NES Classic won’t be re-released until next summer, the SNES Classic comes out on September 29. I have my doubts if I will be able to find one – but try I will.

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GoldenEye Arrives on The PC

Recently I have been in a retro gaming mood. On my 65 inch TV I have been burning hours on Nintendo 8bit & 16bit games. Today I stumbled upon a fan remake of the classic Super Nintendo game, “GoldenEye” and it is awesome.

One of the greatest shooters of all time, GoldenEye has been remade for the PC by a group of developers. What is amazing is that this project apparently started 0 years ago! This week it received its first big update in three years.


The team has updated every single map in the game, as well as added a few classics from the original like Dam and Bunker, bringing the total total tally up to 25. There are also new 3D models, refined to character controls, improved sound effects and mixing, and more

Given the Source engine itself is pretty old now, the system requirements are on the low end, so you don’t need to have a powerful graphics card to play. All you need is Windows 7 or higher and 4 GB of RAM. Also be aware that the download is about 2GB.

You can download the game at the source link below.

5.0 release on Goldeneye: Source

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Nintendo’s Pokemon’s App Brings Safety Alerts

Nintendo’s new mobile game, “Pokemon Go” has brought with it countless safety alerts. There have been reports of crimes such as muggings of unsuspecting gamers as well as vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers.

Community Alerts by law enforcement regarding “apps” are almost unheard of which demonstrates some of the very real concerns that “Pokemon Go” brings to the public.

Here is a recent Community Alert as issued by the Pennsylvania State Police.


On 07/06/2016, Nintendo Company Limited released “Pokémon Go,” an interactive virtual game for mobile devices that utilizes the global positioning system (GPS) and camera to allow players to see and virtually capture Pokémon creatures while walking around their communities.  The game gained popularity with an estimated 5% of Android users downloading it within the first few days.[i]  The free mobile application (app) identifies the player’s location and encourages the player to physically walk around the real world, causing some players to reportedly injure themselves from tripping and falling, unknowingly walking into roadways without checking traffic, and becoming distracted while using the app while driving a motor vehicle.  The app warns users to “Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings.”[ii]

The game allows players to use a customizable avatar to move along a brightly colorized version of Google Maps.  Pokémon characters are hidden throughout the map and players are notified when a Pokémon is nearby.  The player must throw a virtual ball to capture the creature in an effort to achieve a higher score within the game.  The mobile device’s camera can also be activated to show the cartoon Pokémon creature within a real life setting.  Inside the game, players must physically search out iconic places called “Pokéstops” and “Gyms” to further advance.  Pokéstops are places where players can acquire supplies, training for the Pokémon characters, and obtain healing powers after battling other characters.  Gyms are places where the Pokémon can battle other players and increase their level within the game.  Pokéstops and gyms are throughout communities at places such as historical landmarks, memorials, churches, schools, restaurants, and retail stores.[1]  In some cases, police stations, public buildings, and houses located on private property have been designated as Pokéstops and gyms.  Law enforcement personnel have responded to an increase in trespassing incidents and reports of suspicious individuals since the game’s release.[2]

The game also allows players to set a “lure module,” intended to attract more Pokémon to a specific location for a short period of time.  When a lure module is active, other Pokémon Go players can be drawn to the physical location to capture additional Pokémon characters.  On 07/09/2016, four male suspects in St. Louis, Missouri activated a lure module within the game and drew players to a secluded parking lot, where they allegedly robbed eleven players at gunpoint.  Using the geo-location feature, criminals are able to use the luring mechanisms of the app to seclude unknowing victims and anticipate the arrival of gamers.[3]

Citizens should be cognizant of players using the app on their mobile devises.  Distracted game users might not be aware of their surroundings or use caution when entering into isolated areas.  Criminals might also seek the opportunity to target players by luring them or waiting for their arrival at Pokéstops and gyms.

[1] Serenity, C.,et al. (2016, July 10). Beginner’s guide: How to play Pokémon Go! Imore.com. Retrieved on 07/12/2016 from http://www.imore.com/pokemon-go#wtf.

[2] Fan, C. (2016, July 11). Pokemon Go app creating safety concerns while local trainers are out “catching ’em all.” Abc30.com. Retrieved on 07/12/2016 from http://abc30.com/news/pokemon-go-app-creating-safety-concerns-while-local-trainers-are-out-catching-em-all/1423109/.

[3] Peterson, A. (2016 July 10). Pokemon Go has been used to target armed-robbery victims in Missouri, police say. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved on 07/12/2016 from http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-pokemon-go-robbery-20160710-story.html.

[i] Lee, D. (2016, July 12). Pokemon Go is a monster mobile hit. bbc.com. Retrieved on 07/12/2016 from http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36763504.

[ii] Hirtzer, M. (2016, July 12). Amid frenzy, Pokemon Go leads to robberies and injuries. Reuters.com. Retrieved on 07/12/2016 from http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-nintendo-pokemon-crime-idUKKCN0ZR26S.

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SkyDrive Gets a Facelift

Today Microsoft debuted a new theme to it’s excellent “SkyDrive” service. SkyDrive which competes with services like DropBox to store your files in the cloud has been making a lot of positive news recently and this upgrade is more goodness from Microsoft. Microsoft offers 25GB’s of free storage which is more then enough for most of us and it integrates nicely into Office 2013 and Windows 8. Both of these upcoming upgrades are also winning acclaim from many of us in the tech know. If you are looking for good safe and convenient online file storage check out Microsoft’s updated SkyDrive. The new theme for SkyDrive which debuted today is a glimpse into what is around the corner with Windows 8 and Office 2013.

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Epic Mickey Review & Rating | PCMag.com

This could be the one video game you need to pick up this holiday season if you ask me. Mickey meets Mario is what comes to mind. I have not been a gamer for quite a while but I do I have Nintendo Wii and this new game would look sweet on my 55″ Samsung LED HDTV.

To learn more check out PC Magazine’s article at Epic Mickey Review & Rating PCMag.com.

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