Category Archives: News

We Got Hacked, But We’re Back!

For those of you who still frequent the site, you may not know this, but a few days back we got hacked so we were unable to login to the site and make any updates.  Thankfully we had a backup, so we’re back in action.  The bad news is that we lost a year’s worth of content.  Thankfully we now use YouTube to host all of our content so everything is still there: https://www.youtube.com/projectcoe

Breaking: Amazon Console Controller Leaked

Behold the mighty Amazon game console controller…

amazon-bluetooth-controller1Here’s the scoop, Anatel, the Brazilian Agency of Telecommunications leaked the image of the supposed Amazon game console earlier this morning.  As you can see it looks remarkably similar to the Xboxx 360/Xbox One controller.  It has multimedia functions on the lower portion of the controller and apparently uses AA batteries and Bluetooth to communicate with the Android-based console.

There have been rumors for months now that Amazon will be entering the console space with a sub-$300 console that’s apparently going to look like the PSOne.  With this news, and the news that Double Helix was purchased by Amazon, it looks all but official that Amazon will be announcing their introduction to the console race any day now.  What do you all think?

 

Welcome the Analogue Nt

The fine folks at Analogue Interactive have just announced a brand new project to exist alongside their highly successful Analogue CMVS Slim.  The Analogue Nt is an NES, but unlike any you’ve ever seen before.  What makes this one so special is that it is apparently the only aftermarket NES that won’t use emulation in order to get carts to work.  The original motherboard has been completely reengineered in order to output the very best audio and visuals, including true RGB-out and stereo sound.

The system itself is being designed from a single piece of aircraft grade aluminum, making it aesthetically unique.  The system will also support four-players simultaneously, although only a very few amount of games ever supported four-players.

The only other news we have at the moment is that the Analogue Nt will play Famicom and NES titles, although the promotional pictures also show Famicom Disk games so I’m not entirely sure if this unit will be compatible with the existing Famicom Disk System or if there’s more to this shiny box than the folks at Analogue Interactive are telling us.

Analogue NtPre-orders will begin towards the end of March, and I’m working on securing an interview with Chris, the main man behind Analogue Interactive.  In terms of my initial thoughts and impressions behind the concept I think a lot will come down to execution.  The standard NES was notorious for having pins bend on the main connection, having lackluster video and audio output options, but featured tons of phenomenal games.  If we can truly get pure RGB-out from the system with stereo sound, and the price is somewhat affordable then this could be a very interesting device to keep your eyes on.  Clearly this is going to be aimed at those that want the absolute best possible quality from their NES experience as there are countless other retro systems out there that play multiple games from the era, but the key difference here should be the overall quality.  I’ll be getting my hands on the system in the coming weeks/months (depending on when the initial batch ship) and will have a full report at that time.

What do you all think of this neat little box?

Bravely Default Impressions and Overview

Jarrod takes a quick look at the Bravely Default demo on the Nintendo eShop for the 3DS. After playing for upwards of four hours now, he goes over the battle system, and more or less what players can expect from the retail version. This demo is an incredible thing though, as it features tons of awesome features, a killer combat system, and what could be over a dozen hours of gameplay. Be sure to give this free download a try!

Nintendo Introduces Universal Nintendo Network ID, and Brings Miiverse to 3DS

During today’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo finally confirmed that in a few short weeks 3DS owners will be prompted to update their system’s firmware. The update will bring two extremely important features to the platform. The first is the universal Nintendo Network ID, which will combine your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U accounts into one. This should make purchasing downloadable content much easier as you can simply allocate funds to your Nintendo Network account and not have to constantly manage two separate accounts. Sadly purchases made on the 3DS Virtual Console will not transfer over to your Wii U, which is a feature many had been hoping for. For clarification, imagine downloading the original Super Mario Bros. via the 3DS Virtual Console, many were hoping it would then transfer over to the Wii U if said game was already available on the Wii U’s Virtual Console, but alas no. Players will still be required to buy both versions.

The other big update is the inclusion of Miiverse for the 3DS. This is long overdue and should please long-time fans of the 3DS. As someone who adores Miiverse on the Wii U and PC, this is a welcome addition. Personally I had hoped it would be here by the time A Link Between Worlds arrived on November 22nd, but I can wait a few more weeks I suppose.

Are there any other features you were hoping would be added? How did you feel about the Nintendo Direct as a whole? Anyone else super excited for Super Mario 3D World after seeing the latest trailer/feature list?

SNK Playmore Terminates License Agreement With Tommo

Well that sure was short-lived. The Neo Geo X officially went on sale December 2012 to extremely critical reviews. In fact you’d be hard-pressed to find a single media outlet that gave the device any praise at all. When I finally got mine I didn’t think it was horrible, but it certainly had some faults.

Poor Steven had to actually send his Mega Pack Vol. 1 back to Tommo because it wouldn’t allow him to update his system’s firmware. It left such a sour taste in his mouth that he hasn’t touched his X since. I think all of us knew this device wasn’t going to last long, because if anything it was tarnishing the name of Neo Geo and SNK as a whole. I suppose someone from SNK Playmore finally had enough, and as of October 2nd, 2013 the Neo Geo X is dead. SNK Playmore had some extremely harsh words for Tommo in their press release, which I’ll highlight for your reading pleasure.

“Upon termination of the License and Distribution Agreement, SNK has demanded that TOMMO Inc. immediately cease any and all manufacturing, distribution, marketing & promotion and selling of the Licensed Products.

In addition, SNK has demanded TOMMO immediately cease all sales of the “SNK NEOGEO X Arcade Stick” product being sold separately from the NEOGEO X GOLD Plug and Play Console, and remove the “SNK NEOGEO X Arcade Stick” product from store shelves and online retailers. In order to protect our intellectual property rights such as “NEOGEO” and “SNK”, decisive measures will be taken against all unapproved NEOGEO X products not subject to the License Agreement.”

Ouch! This shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who have been following the Neo Geo X. SNK’s original Neo Geo AES platform was praised the world over as being one of the most advanced pieces of technology back when it was originally released in the very early 90s. The X was the polar opposite, and has been slammed by the media for being essentially a cheap emulation box.

I know a lot of you likely have questions as to what will happen now, and I’ll try and answer those questions with one sentence. The Neo Geo X is a dead, unsupported, and now illegal piece of hardware. If you own one, take very good care of it because it will no longer be supported in any official capacity. If you see one for sale and are curious, jump on it because it will no longer be sold anywhere except on eBay for outrageously high prices.

So long Neo Geo X, it was fun while it lasted.