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Introducing the GC-Lynx

Postby Jonah » Tue May 19, 2015 12:10 pm


It’s my pleasure to introduce to you the GC-Lynx handheld gaming system.  The modding world never ceases to amaze me.  This particular home-made system was just sold for $1,300.  What is the GC-Lynx?  It’s basically a GameCube housed within an Atari Lynx case.

The Atari Lynx of course was Atari’s attempt to break in to the handheld gaming, and the early nineties was home to advertising slogans such as ‘Lynx Eats Boys Lunch’.  For its time Atari’s handheld was high-spec but it simply couldn’t compete with the popularity of Game Boy.



 
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eShop Updates for 21st May

Postby Jonah » Tue May 19, 2015 11:25 am

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Swords and Soldiers 2, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and Paper Mario are all heading to the eShop this week. I know for many the next Swords and Soldiers is the highlight of the week, but if you’ve never played Kirby’s Epic Yarn for Wii, or Paper Mario for N64 then you’re in for a treat.

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Swords & Soldiers II (Ronimo Games, €18.99 / £16.99) – A Wii U exclusive and sequel to one of the finest Wiiware games, this is a real-time strategy game with a side-on 2D perspective. You can play as Vikings, Persians or Demons in local multiplayer, ...
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My Favourite Mario Kart 8 Tracks - Hyrule Circuit

Postby Jonah » Tue May 19, 2015 9:28 am

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It has been a long time now since the first Mario Kart 8 DLC pack was launched, but that first pack boasts one of the greatest tracks ever to make it into the franchise.  Hyrule Circuit is a great track for it enables the gamer to race through Princess Zelda’s castle and Hyrule Field.  Rather than coins the gamer picks up rupees, and gamers even have the chance to jump over the Master Sword itself.  The audio track behind all the action is an orchestrated version of the Zelda soundtrack.  With the addition also of Link as a playable character, ...
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Yvonne Blogs: Fancy a Nintendo ride at Universal Studios?

Postby YvoCaro » Fri May 15, 2015 10:36 am

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In my blog last week about the Liebster Award I answered some personal questions about myself, and mentioned that my favorite ever holidays were spent in Orlando. For years now, we have loved holidaying in the US: it all started in Florida, but since then we have visited many states, trying to see as much of the country as we can. Still, Orlando will always have a special place in my heart. It has been such a part of my daughter growing up, we love the amusement parks and we truly feel that Disney World is the happiest place on earth for us.

Nintendo, universal, theme park, ridesI was reminded of this when I saw the news that Universal Studios has partnered with Nintendo to incorporate Nintendo’s game characters and game settings into rides for the Universal theme parks. Although no specific rides have been announced yet, Nintendo said that Universal would create a spectacular experience based on some of the company’s most popular games. Of course, Mario and Zelda immediately come t [...]
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Stretchmo Released on Nintendo eShop

Postby YvoCaro » Fri May 15, 2015 10:32 am

Both are on my 3DS: Pullblox and Fallblox, with the endearing Mallo doing its utmost to save little kids from the blog-puzzles. Challenging puzzles, real brain teasers that can have you pushing and shoving losing track of time trying to work it out. Now there’s a third title available, called Fullblox in Europe and Stretchmo in the U.S. Nice thing is that it’s free to download, enabling you to try 7 puzzles without putting down any money.

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Where the earlier games featured pushing and pulling (Pushmo/ Pullblox) with blogs falling down to give it an extra dimension (Crashmo/ Fallblox), this newest game ads extra directions of movement in which to push and pull: now you can grab hold of blocks not just from the front, but from all sides. This makes it even more challenging and complex! You can push and pull the blox up to three squares now compared to two squares before. And like in the others: you can easily rewind if you’ve made a mistake, plus there’s a mode to make your own puzzles [...]
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Nintendo World Championships Heading to E3 2015

Postby Jonah » Thu May 14, 2015 8:45 am

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Yesterday Nintendo announced news about its plans for E3 2015. As appears to be the norm now non-E3 attendees will be treated to a digital event on Tuesday 16th June, as well as Tree House Developers talking about upcoming titles throughout the conference. The big news however appears to be the first Nintendo World Championships in 25 years. The last championship was held at Universal Studios Hollywood in the year 1990. Out of interest I thought I would spend a little time this morning looking at the 1990 event.



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In 1990 Nintendo toured 29 cities in order to find skilled gamers to compete in the big show. The competition back then had three competitive categories, 11 and under, 12-17 years, and over 18s. To qualify for the competition, each player in the first round needed to score at least 175,000 points. To get into the semi-finals players need to score 200,000 points. On semi-final night the top scorers from each category then played in thei [...]
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Yoshi's Woolly World - Info

Postby Jonah » Wed May 13, 2015 5:31 pm

Who's looking forward to playing Yoshi's Woolly World? Of course i'm looking forward to it and i know other members are too, but I think there may be some confusion about release dates, and so I thought I would do a little digging.

We know the game is listed for a 26th June release in Europe but there is still no official date for a US release. I can tell you however that Gamespress (a news site for journalists) has an official PR note from Nintendo which has the game listed for release during the first half of 2015. IGN and Nintendo Life however has the game listed for a Q3 2015 release. Who are we to believe? Well a Q3 release isn't to far away from Nintendo's PR listing, particularly when you consider the games European release is set for the last week of Q2. My personal gut feeling is that both US and Euro releases will launch close to each other.

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I tried digging up some more info regarding the games Amibo support to see if there was any hint regarding a US date. Sadly I [...]
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