Researcher uses Game Boy Camera to capture 2-bit photos of space

The Game Boy Camera, released in 1998, wasn’t even close to the weirdest peripheral for Nintendo’s classic handheld console and even earned a Guinness World Record for the smallest digital camera in the world. Its 2-bit, 128 x 128 pixel CMOS sensor managed very grainy black-and-white shots, making it far more fun than technically impressive. And yet, a Dutch researcher …

When tech nostalgia goes too far

Nintendo had a bonafide smash on its hands with the NES Classic. And it looks like the SNES mini console will fly off of store shelves just as quickly. But it’s not the only company looking to cash in on your nostalgia. Nowadays, there are reboots of TV shows like Twin Peaks and MST3K. Oh, and how about Netflix’s Stranger …

Palmer Luckey donates to software that breaks Oculus exclusivity

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has always railed against the idea of locking VR games to a single platform. Now, several months after leaving Facebook following controversy about his political donations to a pro-Trump group, Luckey is stepping back into the VR world in a surprising way. Waypoint reports that he’s contributing $2,000 a month to the Patreon campaign for Revive, …

The SNES Classic is probably the last retro console Nintendo will make

When Nintendo announced the SNES Classic earlier this week, nerd hearts everywhere were aflutter at another opportunity to relive old gaming glory. There was a hint of caution, though, as fans remembered how demand for Nintendo’s first retro console — the NES Classic — wildly outpaced supply when it launched last fall. The company hopes to forestall shortages this time …

USB-powered Sega Nomad gives you near-endless game time

Sega’s Genesis Nomad was always something of a compromise (it was running 16-bit console games on mid-1990s handheld tech), but the battery life was a particularly sore point: it took six AA batteries just to get 3 hours of play time. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use modern hardware to play without constant (and sometimes expensive) battery swaps? …

Nintendo might not be done boosting Switch production

It’s no secret that Nintendo is facing a ton of demand for the Switch, to the point where it reportedly doubled production to keep up. Even that figure might be a tad conservative, however. The Financial Times‘ supply chain sources claim that Nintendo has hiked its Switch production to 18 million for its current fiscal year (which ends in March …

Time-bending shooter ‘Superhot VR’ arrives on HTC Vive

Superhot VR didn’t start life as an Oculus Rift game, but it eventually made it to the VR headset. With dual-wielding guns and further tweaks to improve the title for a new interface, it turned into a short-but-sweet slice of virtual reality gaming. Now it’s HTC Vive owners’ turn to slow time, evade bullets, and return them in kind. Via: …

Nintendo’s Switch has a retro gamepad option thanks to 8Bitdo

If you’ve got a Nintendo Switch and an 8Bitdo gamepad lying around, there’s good news: the two can now play together. 8Bitdo has released a firmware update that will let its entire controller family connect to Nintendo’s hot new console. That includes the NES30 Pro, FC30 Pro, NES30, Zero and N64 controller, all styled in homage to classic Nintendo models. …

Nintendo’s Switch continues to outsell the competition

Despite its launch issues and rollercoaster early sales projections, Nintendo’s portable console can safely be declared a legitimate hit for the company at this point. In March, the Switch became the best-selling piece of game hardware, outselling Nintendo’s own projections, and selling more copies of Breath of the Wild than there were consoles to play them on. Although sales slowed …

Nintendo’s 2DS XL doesn’t need 3D to be a solid handheld

Nintendo’s latest portable, the New 2DS XL, isn’t even out yet and people are already questioning its existence. Does the company really need another hand-held gaming console, especially with the recent launch of its hybrid Switch? For Nintendo, the answer is an obvious “yes,” based on the belief that consumers want a 2DS with the form factor of a 3DS …

First ‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ DLC adds more reasons to replay

Nintendo’s latest Zelda game is such a smash hit that copies of the Switch version outsold the console itself. Now, for players who’ve already traversed every corner of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s open world, the company has revealed details of its first planned DLC expansion. Due sometime this summer, DLC will add the promised ‘Hard Mode’ …

Nintendo’s next hit console could be the SNES Mini

Nintendo’s decision to retire the NES Classic left many fans disgruntled. The system, a reimagined version of the iconic 80s console, was a hit last Christmas — for those that could find one, that is. Stock problems meant it was notoriously difficult to acquire, and rather than solve these supply issues, Nintendo decided to kill the product completely. While frustrating, …

The classic Tamagotchi toy is back

You’ve already seen Nintendo revive the NES and Nokia reintroduce the 3310, so why not resurrect more ’90s tech? Bandai certainly doesn’t see a problem with it. The company has relaunched the classic Tamagotchi toy in near-original form to mark its 20th anniversary (November 1996 in Japan, May 1997 elsewhere). After years of constant iterations, you’re back to simple black-and-white …