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Article Is MK 8 Dlx online service a sign of bad times ahead?

If you've played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online enough you'll have found that there is a big issue with lagging. That red shell you threw and hit the person right in front of you may not have actually hit, despite you seeing the hit animation.

The main culprit for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s multiplayer mishaps may be Nintendo’s decision to use peer-to-peer servers rather than dedicated ones. In short, while the protocol is still favored by lots of console games today, it’s not well suited for a fast-paced game like Mario Kart. The basics of the technology suggest that much of the gameplay functions are handled off the server itself. That requires keeping track of 12 racers, their positions and the items each one is carrying. As we’re seeing, that load is too heavy for this game to handle.

So, if you’re looking for any magic fixes for your woes, you won’t find them here. The problems being encountered seemingly spring from Nintendo’s online design choice rather than an option that can be toggled in settings. Netcode can obviously improve with time, but the larger P2P environment makes that job all the more difficult.

This is especially frustrating considering gamers are expected to pay a fee for multiplayer access by the end of this year. While shifting Mario Kart 8 Deluxe off P2P would likely require too much heavy lifting to be viable, is its release a preview of what we’ll be seeing in 2018 and beyond? Will the same old Nintendo repeat its online regressions?
The Nintendo PlayStation lives
The recently unearthed Nintendo PlayStation prototype has had quite a journey since it was discovered but the good news is that it is now finally working in its entirety.

Due to the tireless efforts of Ben Heck, the Nintendo PlayStation prototype now not only plays old SNES games but also loads games from the CD-ROM drive.

Previously, Heck managed to get the SNES portion of the console working but the CD-ROM drive had eluded him.

However, in a new attempt (shown below) he manages to bring the CD-ROM to life and it seems that this prototype console is now fully functional.

The story of the Nintendo PlayStation is pretty legendary, as it was Nintendo’s attempt to get in on the disc based media console race. What with Sega releasing its own Mega-CD, Nintendo rushed to meet that challenge and partnered with Sony in the process.

Unfortunately, Nintendo decided to drop their partnership with Sony due to the revenue share. This in turn incensed Sony to take on Nintendo and make a console of its own. Thus the first PlayStation was born and Nintendo has likely rued that day ever since.

So this console prototype is a fascinating relic that in turn was responsible for Sony entering the gaming business and subsequently dominating the market.

The fascinating thing here is that it was assumed all the prototypes had been destroyed, so the fact this console has been unearthed after all this time is hugely important in regards to gaming history. Who knows, now that it is finally working maybe we can learn...
Kid launches a go fund me page for a switch
A teenager who wants the latest gaming technology is asking strangers to give him the cash through an online fundraising campaign.

The youth wants to buy a Nintendo Switch and has set up a page where people can donate via the fundraising website Gofundme. His page, titled 'I really want a Nintendo Switch', has been set up because his dad won't buy him one.

The 14-year-old, who lives on the Devon border, wrote: "Recently the Nintendo Switch was announced and as an avid teenage gamer, I want it more than anything. "After I went with my friend to CEX to trade in his old tech for a Switch, I have gotten the opportunity to play Breath of the Wild and 1, 2, Switch – these experiences have made me even more envious of the Switch owners".

The boy describes the moment he was denied purchasing the console from eBay as his father put a stop to it. He stated this was what encouraged him to shout out to the general public in bid for help. He said it would be a "dream come true" if he was able to fund enough money to buy the console.

Friends have already started donating and the bid has currently raised £15 out of the £300 needed. One friend wrote: "Have some money, I want to play some Zelda when you have it".

A friend told The Herald: "He has desired the new Nintendo Switch ever since it started to be advertised. Personally, I think this is a dumb idea considering the fact he has to raise £300 for no good cause."

The page raised £15 in its first three days.

Read more at http://www.devonlive.com/teen-launc...0318699-detail/story.html#cXeAHRJZBLCx0Gtg.99
NintendoRadar Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournament!!

Okay racers! Time to strap on your helmet and ready those pro controllers, let's do a site based Mario Kart Tournament!

Rules are this weekend only! 5/5 4 PM Pacific - 5/7 11 PM Pacific!

All Vehicles, No driver rating required, 100cc, No Teams, Normal Items, Normal Com, Smart Steering OK, Every 4th match the group will shuffle

There is no limit on the race count so race often to increase your point count!

This is NOT a public race, so a room code is required. Go to the online section, choose tournament and search for the code:


Sorry I got nothing to give the winner, but you will get awesome bragging rights!
Pokemon Red and Green, Among others, inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Attention Halo Nation, "Halo: Combat Evolved" is in the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

The science fiction shooter game that enthralled a legion of fans after its 2001 launch with the Xbox system is one of four games to be inducted into the hall Thursday. "Donkey Kong," ''Pokemon Red and Green" and "Street Fighter II" round out the young hall's third class of honorees.

All will be on permanent display at The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, where the hall of fame was established in 2015 to recognize an industry that the Entertainment Software Association said generated $30.4 billion in revenue in the U.S. last year.

"Until 'Halo's' launch, the most successful shooters required a personal computer and the precision offered by a high-quality mouse," said Strong Associate Curator Shannon Symonds. "'Halo' proved a console could be just as effective, if not better, than a PC."

More than half of the Microsoft Xbox consoles initially sold included the launch game and players gave it high marks for its intricate storyline, characters like Master Chief and multi-player capability. The self-described "Halo Nation" of fans that emerged bought up 6 million copies, along with sequels, spinoffs, books and action figures.

An international committee of video game scholars and journalists chose the World Video Game Hall of Fame's class of 2017 from among 12 finalists that also included: "Final Fantasy VII," ''Microsoft Windows Solitaire," ''Mortal Kombat," ''Myst," ''Portal," ''Resident Evil," ''Tomb Raider" and "Wii Sports."

Inductees were chosen based on their longevity and impact on the video game industry and pop culture. Nominations of arcade, computer, console, hand-held and mobile games came in from more than 100 countries, The Strong said.

Twenty years before "Halo," fellow inductee "Donkey Kong" was a star of arcades and at the time of its 1981 release, Nintendo's most profitable game to date. Even more...
Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentina DLC costs more than the game
Nintendo has announced its downloadable content plans for the upcoming Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, and it’s going to hit you hard in the wallet: either $44.99 for a season pass, or $51.95 if purchased separately.

Given that Shadows of Valentia costs $39.99, that makes either DLC option more expensive than the base game, something that even games with price $50 season passes like Star Wars: Battlefront, Call of Duty, and Battlefield 1 have yet to accomplish.

That price gets you five DLC packs: Fledgling Warriors, which offers two new maps and a dungeon to explore; Undaunted Heroes, for another two maps and a dungeon; Lost Altars, which will add some more dungeons and new character classes, Rise of the Deliverance, which offers some prologue story DLC with new missions and voice acting; and a fifth and final pack that Nintendo has yet to detail.

While that’s not a bad selection of content when it comes to add-ons to the base game, the total price — which is, again, more than the entire “main” game — isn’t a great look for Nintendo, which had spent years holding out on selling downloadable content and instead simply packaged games as complete experiences out of the box.

Then again, it’s not the first time Nintendo has offered pricey Fire Emblem DLC either. The previous entry, Fire Emblem Fates, offered two map packs that costs $17.99 and $7.99, respectively, along with an alternate campaign that would set players back an additional $19.99. Still, it’s not great to see that Nintendo is continuing the policy of costly DLC prices with this latest entry, especially in the face of things like...
Pokemon Stars Tease?
Pokemon Stars?

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard any rumors about Pokémon Stars, the supposed follow-up to the hugely successful Pokémon Sun and Moon. But now we’re starting to move past rumors and into Nintendo outright teasing the project, if this recent development is any indication.

New, Japanese Pokémon merchandise has appeared in official Nintendo channels which you can see above, along with the tagline “Look upon the stars.” I don’t really even think it’s right to call this a hint, as we’re looking at damn constellations of Pokémon, so if this isn’t more or less confirmation that Pokémon Stars is on its way, I don’t know what is. According the last rumor via Eurogamer, Stars would arrive before the end of the year, but there’s one important question, even if the game does exist.

Is it coming to the Switch?

Back when Pokémon Stars was first being talked about, before it was on any t-shirts, the idea was that Switch, being a new handheld console, would get Stars for itself, or at least share it with the 3DS. That seemed more than a little logical, given that Pokémon is Nintendo’s biggest handheld franchise by a mile, and the Switch is a new piece of hardware heavily focused on handheld play.

But recent weeks and months make me believe that no, I doubt we will see Pokémon Stars on Switch, at least right now, and it will probably remain solely a 3DS “director’s cut” joining the other two games.

Why? Nintendo simply does not seem ready to let go of the DS family, and they have given no indication they’re ready to start porting over 3DS games to the Switch, or transitioning their...
Article The first Breath of the Wild DLC
Nintendo has unveiled the first details of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s initial DLC pack, which will be part one of a matched set. The first DLC is called The Master Trials, and will be out sometime this summer, while its counterpart will be released closer to the holiday season.

Strangely, the two DLCs are part of a bundle, and only part of a bundle. The pair costs $20 and you cannot buy them individually. But with Nintendo showing off what the first DLC contains, I can understand how some aspects might be considered “core” to the experience going forward.

Here’s the full breakdown from Nintendo of each new addition, along with a brief thought from me about each point:

Trial of the Sword: By accessing this location, players can challenge the new Trial of the Sword (previously known as “Cave of Trials Challenge”), where enemies appear one after another. Link starts without any armor or weapons, and if he defeats all of the enemies in the room he can proceed to the next area. Trial of the Sword will include around 45 total rooms for players to complete. When Link clears all of the trials, the true power of the Master Sword will awaken and always be in its glowing powered-up state.

This is the main attraction of the DLC, and an interesting mode. I like the idea of not starting with anything and having to build up your arsenal as you go, though I am a bit disappointed that this mode if combat focused when the most fun part of Breath of the Wild is its puzzles. Granted, combat can be creative too, but to me this might be focusing on the less-interesting aspect of the game. Still, I certainly want to give it a shot.

Hard Mode: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already considered one of the most thrilling games in The Legend of Zelda series, and fans looking for a challenge are in for a treat...
UNIQLO Got Some Real Nice Nintendo Shirts
In May, UNIQLO are going to be selling a whole ton of new Nintendo-themed t-shirts, some of which are hot as hell.

Each one was designed by a fan, and the overall winners—judged by Shigeru Miyamoto—were awarded prizes like cash and signed Switch consoles.

The overall winner was a red shirt with a giant Mario on it which, eh, it’s fine. But I want to be buried in that Animal Crossing one.

Check out the designs in the link below (same as original article)


The shirts go on sale in Western UNIQLO stores on May 19. You can see the complete collection below.