The rare SNES controller can now be purchased for 7000 stars. The stars can be collected via scratch cards in existing Wii games. The controller has previously been available for purchase in Japan but now Nintendo have decided to released it to UK audiences. The controller is just like the original SNES controller.
Mario is back and he’s in racing form this time. Mario Kart is Nintendo’s 6th Mario racing game and previous releases have always had their fare share of major positive reviews. This installment of the franchise promises to bring together old favourites and add some new ones to the mix. How does Mario Kart DS fare?
The premise, as will all other Mario Kart games is the same. You are given 8 popular characters to choose from whether it’s the famous plumber himself, the damsel in distress Peach or Bowser. After you have chosen your characters, it’s time to put them on the track. Mario Kart DS has several circuits to choose from and three different CC’s which basically just difficulty. You can opt for single courses or go for tournament style racing as well as a variety of other modes.
Mario Kart DS brings together tracks from previous Mario outings whether it’s updated Super Nintendo, N64 or Gameboy tracks or new tracks altogether. The game does a fantastic job of making these tracks look nice and quirky. The SNES tracks have been given a nice 3D facelift and the N64 ones look better than ever before. Each of the courses look nice and smooth with no complaints in that department. Nintendo have done a fine job with regards to the detailing of the characters. For a handheld game, they look visually stunning.
According to the Daily Mirror‘s website, the scheme called the Connection Ambassador Promotion, will reward you and your friend with 500 points to spend on Virtual Console games if you can get the friend to go online via their own Wii console.
These point can be used to download NES, SNES and N64 games that can then be played on the Wii.
So why not tell all your friends and log on to the WiiWare portal for further details.
Nintendo offers free Wii Virtual Console games [Mirror.co.uk]
A man has presented us with the oddest but certainly most coolest kitchen appliance ever: a toaster that plays SNES games.
Now if your mum has always complained about getting pots and pans for Christmas, she would not have to fret getting one of these babies in wrapping paper. The image above is perhaps one of the weirdest modifications I’ve seen done involving video games, but the results are ooh so gratifying. It’s basically a SNES crammed into a toaster. The funny thing is, it works like a charm. However, and some may grow bitter with this, it doesn’t perform its sole purpose which is making toast.
Prior to this, the creator has also modified a toaster to play NES games.
SUPER NINTOASTER! (Exactly how it sounds) [benheck.com]
Amateur programmer Matthias Nagler has proven to the world that the SNES was capible of so much more by releasing game features eight simultanious players.
According to an interview with the boy-genious, he believes that developers didn’t bring 8-player games out while the console was in it’s prime was because of rules laid down by Nintendo controlling the use of the Multi-tap accessory.
“I think the reason why licensed SNES games never supported more than five controllers, is that Nintendo enforced a couple of rules regarding this device. If you wanted to use the Multitap in your licensed game, it had to be plugged into joypad port 2 on the SNES. You even had to spit out an error message if the user tried to connect it to port 1. It’s not perfectly clear why they wanted to have it that way.”
The game, titled N-Warp Daisakusen, is an 8-way deathmatch style game as was designed to work with the original hardware, although will work with many emulators available just as well. If you fancy giving it a go then head over to Matthias’s website where you can find much more information about the game, together with a link to download the ROM of this freeware game.
8-player SNES game? Load up on spells, bring your friends [arstechnica.com]
Wow. After some really nice releases in the last few weeks, Nintendo (the little scamps they are) have gone back to their ways of releasing one game a week..*sigh* at least it isn’t a terrible game.
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom – Megadrive – 800 Points – RPG – 1 Player
As Rhys, the Crown Prince of Orakian kingdom of Landen, you are engaged to be married to Maia, a woman
from a rival kingdom - but on your wedding day, Maia is kidnapped, setting you on a quest filled with twists
and turns that will re-introduce you to people and places from previous Phantasy Star Games.
This week, two classics from yesteryear!
Super R-Type – Super Nintendo 800 points
Strike back against the evil Bydo Empire in this Super Nintendo-exclusive version of the arcade shoot ‘em up classic. Super R-Type combines elements from the original R-Type and its sequel to produce a supremely challenging blaster that’s the best of both worlds!
OPERATION WOLF – NES 500 points
When terrorists take hostage a group of innocent civilians, the elite Operation Wolf squad is called in. In this NES version of the hit arcade game, shoot your way through enemy-infested jungles and military camps; fending off tanks, helicopters and patrol boats with only your machine gun and grenade
Taken from Nintendo.co.uk