China’s State Council on Tuesday temporarily lifted the ban on the sale of foreign game consoles in the country. Preparations for an end to the nearly 14-year-old ban began last January, culminating in September with the creation of the Shanghai special economic zone to allow foreign companies to make and sell consoles in the region.
Developers have hacked Nintendo’s propriety wireless technology for the Wii U GamePad, allowing the hybrid controller and tablet to be used with other devices, such as PCs. While still in development, the breakthrough may give new life to Nintendo’s struggling console.
Many gamers of a certain age are starting to revisit classic games from the 1980s and 1990s, and they want to play these games on the original hardware. French refurbisher Lëkki recognizes this trend and is now selling beautifully restored and repainted classic Nintendo consoles, including the Super Nintendo, Game Boy, and Nintendo 64. But these unique items don’t come cheap.
The highly anticipated RetroN 5 game console has been delayed until early 2014 thanks to faulty pins discovered after the first manufacturing run. That means that retro gamers will have to wait to enjoy their original NES, SNES, Genesis, and Game Boy cartridges all from a single box.
Nintendo’s thus far underwhelming Wii U console may have recently hit another stumbling block: next generation EA games powered by the Frostbite 3 engine won’t be coming to the Japanese company’s console due to performance issues. EA DICE technical director Johan Anderson revealed to fans on Twitter Monday that the company ceased development of Frostbite 3 for the Wii U after Frostbite 2 tests yielded “not too promising results.” @mutedpenguin FB3 has never been running on WiiU. We did some…
The launch last fall of the Nintendo Wii U, Sony’s PlayStation 4 announcement in February, and the impending announcement of the next Microsoft Xbox all mean that the next generation of home video game consoles is underway. As we wait to see exactly what this generation of gaming will bring, let’s put things in perspective by comparing the consoles that have come before. In the following charts, we’ll look at the major home video game consoles of the last 30+…