Posts Tagged ‘nintendo’

Fan-made Metroid II Remake Shut Down By Nintendo

A fan-made remake of Metroid 2 has been scrubbed off the internet just two days after it was released, when Nintendo sent the developers a takedown order. It was finished and offered as a free game on Saturday on the creator’s website, Project AM2R, but quicker than you could say “legal team” Nintendo had sent a DMCA order to those responsible. The creators have since removed all download links to the game. It’s all very sad and predictable. But the programmer behind the remake is being characteristically gracious.

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You Can Play Pokémon GO On PC, Sort Of

If you’re anything like me, you’re surrounded by people – and an internet – that won’t stop talking and writing and buzzing about new Niantic/Pokémon Company/Nintendo mobile game Pokémon GO [official site]. Perhaps, like me, you’re feeling a little left out because you had resolved to wait for the game’s release in your country rather than using a workaround to get it early. Perhaps you would, however, be willing to install it on your PC – after a laborious process – in order to “play” it there instead.

Perhaps you’re daft.

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E3 2016 Press Conference Streams: What, When, And Where To Watch

E3 isn’t nearly as central to video games as it once was, given how many splendid games are now released without big publishers or marketing budgets, but it’s still a lark innit? All those fancy video games, all in one place, all on stage singing and dancing, all in one week so dense with announcements that you’ll miss most and only discover weeks later that they even happened? Very colourful. Lots of exciting loud noises too.

So! When are the big press conferences to watch? I’ll tell you.

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John Romero Reveals Super Mario 3’s PC Port

Yesterday, on the 25th anniversary of the first Commander Keen release, id Software co-founder John Romero revealed a video of the studio’s Super Mario Bros. 3 demo. Created in a single week back in 1990, the year of Commander Keen, the demo was presented to Nintendo to show the viability of a PC port of the game. The second level has been redesigned to ask the important question: “Like it?”

Whether or not Nintendo did like the demo, history doesn’t make clear. What we do know is that they were concentrating all of their energies on games for their own hardware. How different the PC landscape might be if that hadn’t been the case.

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Game In A Game: Super Mari-CS:GO

If you’re in the middle of a game of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and suddenly get the urge to play Super Mario Bros., there are a few options open to you. You could stop playing CS: GO. You could grab a nearby 3DS, perhaps yanking it from the hands of a passing four year-old, and balance it under your monitor, using a series of elaborate poking devices to manipulate the game. Or you could join Reflex Gamers’ CS: GO server, where they’ve created an emulated SNES within cs_office, complete with controllers and cartridges. You have to see this.
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It’s-a-me! Mariosamusmegalink

You now have the Mario music in your head.
If you’re going to infringe on copyright, you might infringe on all the copyrights at the same time. That way you can keep track of who’s taking you to court. Mario Crossover 2.0, the sequel to the already astonishingly rippy-offy original, is a remarkably slick mash-up of all the best Nintendo games. And Zelda.
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RPS Asks ESA Members To Denounce SOPA

Protect the internet, folks.

You’ve probably heard of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, by now. It’s the bill that is currently being considered in the US, that on the surface appears to be an attempt to control piracy, but with only the tiniest scrapes reveals a genuinely terrifying, draconian attempt to introduce government censorship of the internet at the behest of unelected corporations. While it initially had the support of a number of big internet players, that has rapidly ceased to be the case, with massive online corps pulling support or having refused it in the first place. From Facebook to Google, AOL to Yahoo, and so many other big players, the bill is being condemned as a threat to free speech, online business, any “safe harbor” protections that the DMCA had left behind, and being so poorly worded that it pretty much outlaws using the internet at all. So why is it the Entertainment Software Association is in support?

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