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FC30 Bluetooth Gamepad [update]

Saturday, October 19th, 2013



Manufacturer: 8Bitdo
Current Retail Price: $39.95

Few people know that 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Famicom system in Japan.  To commemorate this occasion 8Bitdo (who are in no way affiliated with Nintendo) have released a bluetooth gamepad that looks a lot like the first player controller from the system that rang in the modern age of console gaming.  While at first glance their commemorative unit looks spot-on, is it really a worthy tribute to Nintendo’s first major home console or is it just one of the thousands of cheap forgettable electronic devices that flood the market every year trying to make a quick buck on nostalgia instead of paying proper tribute?  Read on to see if we think the FC30 is nostalgic or catatonic.


Nintendo Direct – Oct. 1, 2013

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013


Nintendo had new Nintendo Direct conference today, here are the of the highlights straight from their press release.  You can watch the presentation in full at Nintendo’s YouTube channel here.


Hiroshi Yamauchi Dies at 85

Thursday, September 19th, 2013


Long time president of Nintendo Hiroshi Yamuchi died today at the age of 85.  Even though he stepped down as president to make way for Satoru Iwata in 2002, he had remained on the company’s board for the rest of his life and can in part be credited for Nintendo’s meteoric rise to the top of the video game industry.

He had his ups and downs as Nintendo’s president, introducing essentially all of the classic games and systems we know and love he was also responsible for Nintendo’s still archaic approach to the Internet and non-game media like movies and music.

Any way you look at it, he was a very rich an influential man throughout his life.  He was able to pave the way for Mr. Iwata to take Nintendo in strange new directions that would forever change the gaming landscape.  Rest in peace, Yamauchi-san and our condolences to his family and the Nintendo company for their loss.

Best Buy Nintendo Experience E3 2013

Friday, June 14th, 2013

We attended the Nintendo Experience event at our local Best Buy yesterday and took a few videos/pictures for you to show you what it’s all about.  Basically, you come and schedule a time with one of the games with a Nintendo rep and then collect yourself some swag of varying impressiveness (from cool Luigi hats and coins given only to the first couple people to show up down to brochures, Mario Kart flags, and Wii U/Animal Crossing New Leaf pins).  Check after the jump for more videos and pictures!


E3 2013 Day #2 Summary

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013


Nintendo has a good showing with their Nintendo Direct@E3 2013 showcase this morning.  New details were given for many of their highest profile first and third party games and the new Smash Bros. was shown running on the Wii U and the 3DS along with three of the characters being introduced in the game: Mega Man, Villager from Animal Crossing, and the female Wii Fit Trainer (hopefully the only random choice this time around in a similar vein to ROB and Mr. Game & Watch).

The rest of the details released today were as follows:


Nintendo Direct 2.14.2013 Summary

Thursday, February 14th, 2013


Nintendo sprung another Wii U and 3DS-centered Nintendo Direct presentation on us this morning.  The previously scant lineup of games for Nintendo systems in the coming months is now fairly bursting at the seams with many first party titles, even if quality 3rd-party titles are still more or less conspicuously missing.  You can watch the full 37 minute presentation on Nintendo’s youtube channel here, or check out a summary of the many, many announcements below:


Wii U Direct – Jan. 23, 2013 Summary

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013


Nintendo streamed a Wii U Direct conference this morning promising to detail the things Nintendo’s been working on for the Wii U and what we can expect over the next few months.  I think they gave us even more than we bargained for, so here is a summary on the information Nintendo shared today:


A Nice Surprise From Nintendo

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

I awoke today to the sound of my doorbell and to my surprise I received a very special package from the unusually perky Fed-Ex lady!  We’ll have a review up for Pokemon White Version 2 a little closer to its launch, but if you have any burning questions about it we’ll be able to provide you with some answers in the comments section.  Needless to say, the packaging is already pretty fancy!

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