November 1, 2015

New Shenmue III Screenshots Revealed

Posted on November 1, 2015 by Kenny Keelan


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From a bygone era that nearly broke Sega, Shenmue III rose from the ashes to breathe life into a franchise that had one of the more dedicated followings among gaming communities online: once developer Ys Net and creator Yu Suzuki presented the unveiling of the Kickstarter project at E3, it sent ripples felt all over the gaming world. This was, to me, one of the larger announcements of the entire conference and, as such, was the center of a lot of controversy.

Now in it’s third month of development, Suzuki revealed on Shenmue III‘s Kickstarter page that most of the planning for the game has come into its final stages and it’s finally time to start making things real. He opened up about how planning for stages were going and how development for some of the core placeholders for the game were coming along but the big thing that everyone’s been salivating for are these screenshots:

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Considering this is all very early work it’s hard to not get excited if you have played any of the previous Shenmue titles at all: they were perhaps the first foray into a truly open and alive world that lived and breathed much the same way the real world does. Of course, back then, this was a very expensive undertaking and if that was them going all out back then I can only imagine, thanks to these small tastes of what’s to come, what this could mean for this day and age.


Collect All 120 Stars On The Go By Playing Super Mario 64 On Android Wear

Posted on November 1, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Have you ever wanted to play Super Mario 64 on the go but found carrying around an Nintendo 3DS or other emulation device too bulky? A crafty user on Reddit’s emulation sub-reddit might have the solution for you – Emulating the Nintendo 64 using an Android Wear Smart Watch.

In the six minute video YouTuber Hacking Jules takes us through not only the courtyard in Princess Peach’s castle but also the first level – Bombomb Battlefield. Later on in the video he can be seen playing the opening cut-scene from the N64 classic The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time.

This is more of a proof of concept than anything else. For one the screen is so small it would certainly be a challenge to get accurate input. Also the way the button layout works the watch needs to be placed on a flat surface, like a table, to anywhere close to playable.

Here’s what some folks on Reddit had to say about Hacking Jules achievement:

Not much power is needed for N64oid/Mupen64Plus — any >2012 ARM CPU over 1.2 GHz with a single-core can run mostly everything fullspeed with no enhancements (and any garbage GPU will do too).

Hell, the mobile ARM CPUs/GPUs now can do massive upscaling/enhancements on any game and not suffer the slightest bit of slowdowns really — and plenty of games can even run fullspeed with the interpreter cores! It’s the same for PSP and PSX and several other systems as well (upscaling part).

It’s just another SoC, except it’s in a tinier device with a tiny screen.

In essence, it’s just a small, weak smartphone/tablet — the hardware and platform is, for the most part, pretty much the same thing (i.e., pipelines of execution).

It’s not like this is a brand new computer architecture or such — just a different form factor.

Would you play Super Mario 64 on your wrist? Let us know in the comments below.

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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – Isabelle & Digby’s New Home Trailer

Posted on November 1, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Where should Isabelle and Digby place the furniture in their home? In this brand new trailer Isabelle’s pet dogs guide us through process of deciding where to place their brand new furniture. Towards the end of the trailer there’s even a special appearance from a long-time animal crossing resident!

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer allows 3DS owners to work for Nook’s Homes and help the residents of their town design houses for their fellow villagers.  Players are able to use the 3DS’ touch screen to manipulate floor plans and plan their home’s lay-out with precision.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer was released in Japan on July 30th of this year and was released in North America on September 25th alongside the smaller New Nintendo 3DS.

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Xbox One’s Forza 6 Gets Custom Concept Controller

Posted on November 1, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

It would seem that after a long drought console gamers will again be able to get custom licensed first party peripherals on the Xbox One. First we saw the two Halo controllers and then the Fall Out 4 edition, and now  a Forza theme modeled after the colors and pedals of the Ford GT.  The elite controller is only a few weeks old, but already we are getting a concept for a nice licensed first party themed edition. The custom controller is blue and black, and has features that evoke Fords new 2016 GT, one of Forza’s signature cars. The controller sports (see what i did there?) the same liquid blue color as the car (see images in the gallery) and also has triggers designed to look like gas and break pedals.

Ford apparently collaborated on the controllers design, their press release here said “”On the subtle side this concept features carbon fiber in parts of the case to add strength and lightness, Also the Ford GT steering wheel provided direction on the shape and ergonomic positioning of the invaluable left thumbstick as well as paddles for shifting that mimic the design of the Ford GT’s.” it went on to say  “The battery housing has a clear design to represent the rear glass above the engine of the Ford GT, Last, but definitely not least the trigger buttons which act as your gas and brake pedals have been modified with the look of the GTs pedals. This is a design exercise that went to extraordinary lengths to be as true to the all-new Ford GT as possible and it does not disappoint.”

unfortunately it seems you wont be able to buy this controller, as its just a concept, but it shows at least that Microsoft is open to the idea of licensed first party controllers, on their new elite controller platform. The $150 Xbox One Elite was released in October.



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