Nintendo just launched new options for online Switch customers, allowing them to customize the color of their Joy-Con and accompanying straps — up to a point.
The page is on Nintendo’s Japanese store, and hence is in Japanese. I apologize for any translation errors — I’m relying on Google for the information.
Each of the Joy-Con and straps come in the color of your specification, as long as it’s a color the company has already produced. Want to mix and match Splatoon Pink with Neon Yellow? Now you can (if you want to blind yourself).
Your options are also somewhat limited — for example, Splatoon Green doesn’t appear to be an option for right controllers, but it does for left. The opposite is true for pink. This aligns with how the colors are laid out on the Splatoon 2 version of the console.
Still, it’s a nice concession to customization from a company that hasn’t really offered much in the way of options up until now. It’s not quite as good as a Scarborough Fair Xbox Controller, but it’s a start.
At the moment, this is only available for Japanese customers, but there’s always a chance it will roll out to other regions as well. Hopefully the recent legal dispute over the Joy-Con doesn’t get in the way.
Nintendo finally reveals why Famicom cartridges have those tiny holes
In case you tend to miss miniscule details about your childhood paraphernalia: lots of Famicom cartridges had small holes on them which serve no apparent purpose. They look almost as though something was meant to snap into them, but there was nothing that would actually do that. Fans have (apparently) wondered at the purpose of these holes for years.
Now they now — sort of. The Japanese website Afternoon News asked Nintendo officials about the holes, and received a circumspect answer (translation provided by Kotaku):
AF: I believe there are holes on the top of [Famicom] cartridges. Do you know what kind of meaning they had?
Nintendo: Yes, to be honest, they were just part of the design.
That’s not exactly an answer — I mean, you design things for a reason. So I think the next question would be, “Why did you design it like that?” Sadly, I was not there to press the issue. That part of the mystery shall remain unanswered for another 20 years.
‘Think of the Children’ is a video game that captures the hell of parenting
Surprise Attack’s upcoming game “Think of the Children” is a parenting simulator that challenges players to perform a series of simple tasks while simultaneously keeping their children alive. In the trailer for the game, you’ll see children dying in more ways than there should be time for in a one-minute video.
If you don’t have children this may seem a little dramatic, but I assure you it’s spot-on. My kid is a year old and he can find a sharp corner on Nerf basketball — they are danger-seeking missiles from the moment they start crawling.
The game supports up to four players via couch co-op, meaning you can play with friends in the same room on one computer. This feature alone makes it the perfect game for any couple considering having children: it’ll give you some perspective.
Furthermore it includes the option to create non-traditional families, which is pretty cool. You can have mom and mom, dad and dad, some sort of cat creature, and even horses can join the mix.
I’m considering giving this game to all my friends who don’t have children so they’ll stop asking why it looks like I’ve aged a decade in the last year.
Here’s some extended gameplay footage from YouTuber “The 8-Bit Ninja” to give you a deeper look at what “frantic parenting” looks like.
Sorry SNES Classic: Analogue’s Super Nt is the ultimate Super Nintendo
You may or may not have scored an SNES Classic from Nintendo, but either way, you don’t have the true retro gaming fan’s SNES reboot – yet. That’s because it’s not out yet, and it’s not even made by Nintendo: It’s the Super Nt, the next reference quality console recreation from Analogue, the same gadget maker that created the Nt Mini to play NES games as they were meant to be played on modern TVs.
The Super Nt is designed to do the same thing, providing full 1080p HD, 60Hz with absolutely no lag, and support for all SNES and Super Famicom cartridges out of the box. It also supports SNES and Super Famicom controller hardware, as well as 8Bitdo’s SN30 retro wireless controllers, and Bluetooth game controllers for modern systems including the DualShock 4 from PlayStation.
Analogue has designed the Super Nt for true fans, with features like scaliness and aspect ration preservation built-in, as well as 48KHz 16 bit stereo for those classic 16 bit retro soundtrack earworms.
It’s also region free, so it can play games from wherever, and it comes in four different colors for a range of options, including classic Super NES and Super Famicom paint schemes, along with an all-black look and a completely transparent case (and controller) to show you the inner workings.
Analogue is also offering the Super Nt for less than the original Nt and Nt mini that preceded it, at $189.99. That might still sound expensive for a new console that plays only old games, but it’s actually only $100 more than the SNES Classic, and it supports the entire SNES/Super Famicom game library.
Plus, it uses an FPGA processor to achieve 100% accurate gameplay reproduction, which is something that various people in the fan mod community have been trying to do successfully for the past decade or so, according to Analogue. As someone who’s done expensive play testing of the Analogue Nt Mini, I can attest to the care the company takes in making sure when they say it’ll work with all games, it will indeed.
The Analogue Super Nt is “coming soon,” with more updates on availability to be revealed shortly.
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