Near the end, mortality weighed heavy on the mind of Nintendo’s youngest-ever president. He ached. He was tired. But even as his own body failed, he was preoccupied with the health of his company — one that had shape-shifted through the ups and downs of an entire century — and the well-being of its fans.
When he died, Satoru Iwata was thinking of you.
Iwata began his career at 19, as a part-time programmer at HAL Laboratory in Tokyo. …
Snorlax-sized news hit the Pokémon world Wednesday: the upcoming Pokémon Sword for the Nintendo Switch will contain a brand-new evolution for Farfetch’d named Sirfetch’d.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are set to be released on November 15, 2019. As the first core-series games released for the wildly popular Nintendo Switch console and the eighth-generation sequel to the beloved Pokémon main franchise, there’s a lot riding on the two new titles. Among the new region and features added are brand-new Pokémon, including evolutions of preexisting ones. This is the first time that Farfetch’d has had a chance to evolve, and it’s…
Every night for the past several weeks, a cheerful, plump plumber arrives at my apartment and brutalizes me. Sometimes, his overalls are blue, other times red, but his cruel smile is constant. His mustache never changes. Something has gone bad with this version of Nintendo’s enduring, pipe-diving mascot Mario. He’s been modified, his game hacked into a nightmarishly difficult torture chamber that I have foolishly dedicated myself to successfully navigating.
I have decided to learn how to play “kaizo” Mario.
How much is history worth? In May, the video game world got an answer of sorts: $14,000.
That was the winning bid for a prototype of a cancelled game developed for the original Famicom — the Japanese name for the Nintendo Entertainment System from the 1980s, with its pixelated graphics. Indy: The Magical Kid was based on a series of Japanese choose-your-own-adventure books. The game had some early previews in magazines but was ultimately scrapped, making its reemergence on the auction block — a notable event for a community of preservationists working to save video game history.
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