Like the great warlord Oda Nobunaga, Yamauchi wanted his vassals to compete with each other. Nintendo once had three hardware development departments plus EAD. Each of these three departments had its own game development team, and Yamauchi made the leaders of these departments compete with each other. This resulted in successes like the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy, but the departments never shared information with each other.
A fascinating look behind the scenes.
After spending 40+ hours with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it’s hard for me to remember another game that evokes the same sense of exploration. No matter what you do, you’ll likely be sidetracked by a new quest, a quaint village, a new gameplay mechanic or just the beauty of the open world.
I’m hesitant to call this the best game I’ve ever played, but it’s not far off. I haven’t had this sense of childlike discovery in over a decade.
The end of one era and the start of another.
Relive the 80s when the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System launches in stores on 11th November. The classic NES is back in a familiar-yet-new form as a mini replica of Nintendo’s original home console. Plugging directly into a high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable, the console comes complete with 30 NES games built-in, including beloved classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN and Kirby’s Adventure.
I’ll buy this, if only for the fact that the controllers are compatible with the Wii / Wii U.
Just bought a CIB Honke Hanafuda for the Super Famicom. It feels odd for a Hanafuda game not developed by Nintendo to be on a Nintendo platform.
Amongst today’s mail was a CIB copy of Mario’s Tennis for the Virtual Boy. It’s in great condition and I can’t believe it cost just 15 euros. Special thanks to Solaris Japan for packaging it carefully.