Need to get that special geek friend of yours a gift for the holidays? What if you could get all of your friend every classic game made into one portable console? This isn’t through the Nintendo DS shop; in fact it’s much cheaper. Thinkgeek.com has a portable emulator on sale for $79.99. It can play any game made for an 8-bit or 16-bit console. It contains 4GB of storage with an SD card slot for added space. Truthfully, 4GB can get you at least thirty classic video games. It’s also very easy to download these games for free. I already use an emulator to play games like Super Mario World, and finding these games is very easy. All you have to do is search for NES ROMS or SNES ROMS. You could always play Mega Man as well or any other SEGA related game. The best part about ROMS is they are FREE.
I know these games are surfacing on the app market for the Android and iOS, but having a legitimate D Pad feels much nicer and doesn’t block your view. Hurry and purchase it now though, it won’t be $20 bucks off for too much longer.
Since the holidays are coming soon, I’ll be posting a new geeky toy every Tuesday to help you decide on what to get your friends.
Good News Arcade Fans! The classic Simpsons arcade game is finally coming to Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network. It looks like everything is still in the works, but we should all be rejoicing at this news!
For those of you who don’t remember, the goal of the game is to save Maggie from her kidnapper, Mr. Burns. I guess Maggie had bumped into Mr. Burns and mistook a diamond for her pacifier. It wasn’t the story that was memorable, but the awesome weapons and co-op of this game. I always liked playing as Bart just because he used his skateboard as his weapon. Marge used a vacuum cleaner, which is pretty hilarious because those things can be heavy. Lisa used a jump rope and Homer relied on his own strength. I just remember it as a side scrolling Street Fighter type game.
There was actually a mock up released on the iOS back in 2009, but it wasn’t the real deal due to copyrights. This game, will be the real deal. Hooray for arcade co-op!
As the apps in the market grow for both Android and the iPhone, Nintendo and Sony have lost their dominance in the market. According to these statistics published by Flurry Analytics, iOS and Android now have 56% of the market. This was an interesting statistic just because 2011 was the year that the horrendous 3DS came out. Many have predicted how the iOS and the Android would kill mobile gaming, but it is surprising how fast it is taking over.
Part of the issue lies with the fact that mobile apps are much much cheaper than a standard 3DS or Vita cartridge. Buying both the console and the cartridge seems like a waste of money when sometimes you just need a game that’s quick and can be ended without having to save. The company behind Angry Birds has done nothing but brag over their sales, even claiming that they are better than the superstar Mario Bros. At $.99 a game, it’s no wonder people are choosing to shoot birds rather than spend $200 for a console and a game. The iOS has great capacity for graphics, but the reason why they are dominating so well in mobile gaming is because of the simplicity of the games.
Both the Android and iOS games are popular for their arcade games. They might have the capacity to run a high quality platformer, but they don’t have the controls. So instead, developers rely on gaming nostalgia and create arcade games that are easy to control and fun to play. As far as controls go, the iOS and Android will never have the complexity that some games like Skyrim require. Even the mobile game app Epic Citadel has limited controls. The graphics are great but it’ll take a while to get used to, and most gamers like having a solid controller in their hand rather than touching the same screen where the game is taking place.
The Android and iOS have reported revenue of $1.9 billion for just November and December. Nintendo has only reported $1.2 billion in sales for this fiscal quarter. The 3DS has not been selling well for many reasons; this could be the reason why they’ve lost control of the mobile gaming market. 3D seems more like a gimmick than an actual gaming revolution. In this economy, playing games like Tiny Tower for free are a more viable option and more convenient than what Nintendo is offering.
Nintendo could bounce back if they utilize their online DS market. But it seems like they won’t be realizing that until it’s too late.
This will just be a quick article since it’s already so late (I apologize, things have been busy). On January 10-13, I will be attending the CES convention. For those of you who don’t know what CES is, it’s the “world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow,” this was taken from their website. That description is to put it simply, but the reason I’m going is because there is a casual gaming section. I will be hitting up every booth I can and seeing if I can get some actual interviews. It’s my first gaming convention so this is really exciting! There’s also a huge section for mobile apps, and hopefully by then I will have an iPhone. I want to eventually post a weekly review of a fun mobile gaming app.
I know I don’t have too many readers, but I would like your opinion. Should I take business cards or magnets or just go naked? (Kidding about the last one). Also if anyone is interested in writing a gaming review once a week I would be happy to have you on board. It’s hard getting and maintaining writers. Send me an email if you’re interested.
For your time, here’s a picture of GlaDos in cosplay.
Kinda cool. Although I pictured her as more of a heinous b***.
With the iPhone 5 being rumored to have a release sometime before the holidays this year, many are questioning the future of the mobile console.
The Nintendo 3DS has already had a price drop and has not seen the profit they expected from this console. Sure mobile consoles are great, but it really is the games that make them desirable. As of now they don’t have too many interesting games out for the 3DS. Most of them are silly and focus on the spectacle of 3D. It’s missing the great platformers that made the company great in the first place. Can it consider the iPhone 5 competition? In a sense, it can. If you’re leaving your house, would you grab your 3DS or your iPhone? The obvious answer would be the iPhone. Why? Because it is a phone above anything else. The iPhone has some great games in its app store, but people will choose the iPhone because it is more practical for their uses.
I don’t believe there is an iPhone game that equals the ability of a great game on a mobile console like the DS or the PSP. Tiny Wings, Angry Birds, and Plants vs Zombies are all fantastic games because they borrow something from the past. These games remind a gamer of when puzzles used to be challenging and intriguing. A true gamer cannot live on these games alone. I’m sure if they have an iPhone, they have some kind of console at their home already. The iPhone may be able to create games with incredible graphics, but it can’t create Final Fantasy. It may be able to create games with great platformers, but it can’t create anything equal to Super Mario Bros. If people doubt the future of Nintendo because of Apple, they forget Nintendo’s main staples: Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Donkey Kong, and Star Fox.
I highly doubt Nintendo, Microsoft, or Sony will ever release their games onto the iOS. They may incorporate some apps, like Microsoft has done with their Windows 7 phone, but there will never and should never be a full integration. Playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on the iPhone would be fantastic, but you can never play it up to par because there isn’t an actual controller. Some iPhone platformers have tried to incorporate an onscreen d-pad and jump buttons; playing with these controls are actually very difficult and detract from the overall experience of the game.
I also doubt Nintendo will make their own phone, seeing as the market and technical aspects of it are difficult enough. The fear of the death of mobile consoles isn’t totally valid. As of now, the combination of hardware and software designed for gaming exceeds a multitasking phone. Nintendo has just been making some poor choices lately in the mobile console department. Once the Wii U comes out, Nintendo will rise up again and people will wonder why they ever questioned the future of Nintendo.
Written by CelinetheFeline
I have no idea, but in the last five years with the rise of the Apple iPhone there has been a lot of talk about apple entering the gaming market. Sure, casual gaming is at an all time high thanks to amazing games like Tiny Wings, and Plants Vs Zombies, but Apple has yet to make a “Real” console, right? Oh yeah, Apple already entered the console market, in 1995.
Named after a cousin of the Mackintosh Apple the Pipin was released in 1995. As a long lost and long forgotten piece of technology only the most hardcore Apple Fanboys know of it, the average Joe is still Jonesing for Apple to “enter” the console market. It was marketed as part multimedia device, part network computer. It was released in America with only 18 titles, and in Japan with 80. It was set to compete with the n64 and Playstation but with the video card maxing out at 16-bits it couldn’t stand up to Nintendo’s 64bit power console.
With less than 100,000 Pipin consoles manufactured you would think they were quite a rarity today, but you can pick one up on eBay for about $200.
Is Apple entering the console market? Will there be a Pipin 2? I can’t help but feel Apple doesn’t need to get caught up in all the Next-gen console craze that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are caught up on. Sure the Wii U is rumored to have a 4k output, but right not that is only available on their testing units. I doubt the release version will have a screen better than 1080p. So if seriously entering the gaming market means having a console that can output 1080p, then Apple is well on their way. Don’t believe me?
Check out this article.
The Apple Pipin 2
Post by Corie Johnson