Nintendo Japan has released three new videos on their YouTube channel, detailing Nintendo Labo and the ways the respective parts provide players joy.
On the Nintendo Japanese YouTube channel, Nintendo have released overview videos for their Labo products. The Robot Kit video shows an Arcade Mode and a player playing as the robot that destroys buildings and UFOs. The video also shows the ability for the player to be able to jump to the first person perspective using the cardboard visor. Other modes include: a music mode, challenges and a customization mode for the robot.
The 'Variety Kit' video shows that players will be able to control the creation of their own music using a piano, pitch/frequency control is also available and a cardboard cut out fishing game with vibration control. There is many more things Nintendo has featured in the videos so check them out below.
Not too long ago we saw Sony make their sign-ups for PS4 v5.50 firmware beta available, today the new firmware update goes live to those who signed up to the beta.
In this new firmware update Sony will be adding a slew of new quality of life features such as hiding apps, play-time management, library UI updates and background music availability.
Users that get selected for the beta will be lucky enough to be some of the first PlayStation 4 players to customize their console background, as Sony has added support for selecting new background images through USB.
Since its release back in September of 2017, the Super SNES Classic has been quite the hit console for nostalgic 1990's fans. The console has now been reported to have sold over 4 million units.
Better yet, within the first month of release the console sold 2 million units. Now with the recent financial results from Nintendo we have learned that the SNES classic has hold an additional 2 million units before the end of the year, bringing it to a total of 4 million units.
Sony has announced that they have opened sign-ups for the upcoming v5.50 firmware beta for PlayStation 4. The sign-up program is designed for PlayStation users to have access to testing future features and improvements that could be on the way to the console.
Registering to become a beta tester can be done here and will allow users a chance at testing new features ahead of the initial launch of the firmware update. Currently the beta is only available in Japan as of this moment, but it is expected that the beta service will also be going live in Europe and North America sometime within the next week or two.
PlayStation beta testers for last October's software update (5.00) had access to try new features such as Family on PlayStation Network, friend list management and message improvements. Sony has said that "they will be back soon" with what features will be available this time round, so stay tuned for future updates.
In January 2017, Nintendo teased that they could be bringing video streaming services such as Netflix to the Nintendo Switch. It has been a year since we have last heard anything on the topic and now Netflix has said that there are no plans for Netflix to come to the Nintendo Switch.
Netflix took to Twitter to announce the updated news, saying that "There are currently no plans for Netflix on Nintendo Switch" but that "We appreciate your feedback on it!"
This could mean that there is no immediate plans for Netflix arriving on Nintendo Switch but still consideration for the future. Nintendo seem to be concentrating on brining a large variety of games to their platform before they shift their attention to other ideas.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Reggie Fils-Aime, chief operating officer of Nintendo America said "What differentiates us is the way you play with the Nintendo Switch and what you can play, and that will continue to be our focus into the future as we continue driving this platform."
CES 2018 - Hyperkin has teased what should be one of the most popular purchases of retro game fans this year, with their upcoming Ultra Game Boy (this name could change, but I love it).
Hyperkin's awesomely-styled Ultra Game Boy rocks textured aluminum versus the plastic of the 90s, and it even rocks a backlit screen. We don't need to worry about keeping countless AA batteries to power the Ultra Game Boy, as it is powered by a built-in battery pack that has up to 6 hours of battery life.
The company hasn't talked about pricing too much, but rumor has it Hyperkin will be slapping a price of under $100 on the Ultra Game Boy. Not bad at all.
The latest version of Wii U emulator CEMU now supports multi-threaded CPUs, with CEMU v1.11.3 adding support for multi-threaded CPU emulation, amongst other new features and improvements.
CEMU v1.11.3 also features other optimizations that include cache drawcall index data across frames if the GPU buffer cache accuracy is set too low, a new graphics pack texture rule options, and adds task and task settings API. The new CEMU v1.11.3 is available to Patreon backers, and then to the public next week.
CEMU v1.11.3 Release Notes:
- General: NFC menu now has shortcuts to recently loaded NFC files
- CPU/JIT: Added support for multi-threaded CPU emulation with recompiler Dual-core mode will allocate one thread for the main PPC core (1) and one thread for core 0 and 2 Triple-core mode allocates one thread for each PPC core
- coreinit: Added API MCP_Get4SecondOffStatus, MCP_DeviceList, MCP_FullDeviceList, MCP_UpdateCheckContext, MCP_TitleListUpdateGetNext, MCP_GetOverlayAppInfo, IM_GetRuntimeParameter
- GX2: Added new graphic pack texture rule options: 'overwriteLodBias' Replace the lod bias 'overwriteRelativeLodBias' Add value to game's lod bias rather than overwriting it Typical valid values are in range -16.0 to 16.0
- GX2: Cache drawcall index data across frames if GPU buffer cache accuracy is set to low
- GX2: uf_windowSpaceToClipSpaceTransform is no longer affected by render target rescaling
- GX2: Added API GX2QueryBeginConditionalRender, GX2QueryEndConditionalRender
- GX2: Fixed order in which flip and vsync event callbacks are called
- GX2: Various smaller optimizations
- nn_boss: Added IOSU boss/nim module
- nn_boss: If online mode is enabled, Cemu will now download and decrypt BOSS (SpotPass) files
- nn_boss: Added task and task setting API
- nn_acp: Added API ACPCheckTitleNotReferAccountLaunch, ACPGetLaunchMetaData, ACPGetLaunchMetaXml, ACPGetTitleMetaDirByDevice, ACPGetTitleMetaXmlByDevice
- nlibcurl: Fixed calloc/malloc/free using wrong allocator (now correctly uses MEMAllocFromDefaultHeap/MEMFreeToDefaultHeap)
- sysapp: Added API SYSGetUPIDFromTitleID
If you have been waiting with your money in-hand for the Ataribox Indiegogo campaign, you'll be waiting a little longer as the team has explained that there is a "key element" missing that is holding them back from throwing the Ataribox up for pre-order.
Atari announced back in September that it would be launching its refreshed Ataribox console in a crowdfunding campaign in the Fall, with systems shipping in Spring 2018. Atari has issued an update that explains the delayed Indiegogo campaign that was meant to kick off on December 14, and is being placed on pause for now.
Atari's statement reads: "Because of one key element on our checklist, it is taking more time to create the platform and ecosystem the Atari community deserve. Building Ataribox is incredibly important to us and we will do whatever it takes to be sure it is worth the wait".
I don't know what Atari means when they say "key element", and there's also no details on when the Indiegogo campaign will open up. We will hopefully see Atari release an updated schedule during the holidays.
PAYDAY 2 has now been officially confirmed to be headed to the Nintendo Switch next year as the community of 5.4 million gamers will plan to grow exponentially, this growth will begin when the g me is released on February 23, 2018.
PAYDAY 2 will be released on the Switch in Australia and Europe on the 23rd of February, followed by a North and South America launch on the 27th of the same month. First launched in 2011, PAYDAY 2 has gotten the attention of quite a few gamers, 16 milliuon copies of the game have been sold across SteamOS, Xbox360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and of course PC. PAYDAY 2 has already appeared on Nintendo's website and has been labeled as "coming winter 2017", Nintendo has also given a small description of the game for those who have been living under a rock in the gaming community
"PAYDAY 2 is an action-packed, four-player co-op shooter where you rob banks and get paid. Up to four friends co-operate on the hits and as the crew progresses the jobs become bigger, better and more rewarding. Along with earning more money and becoming a legendary criminal Crime does pay - use your funds to customize your character with new skillsets that change the way you play and kit them out with their own guns and gear."
According to a report fron CNET which cited an email from Atari that they sent out today to consumers, the home console will be available to pre-order this Thursday. Since its official reveal in July, the Ataribox has been spotted in two variants, a wood-like appeal or a black and red modern finish.
The Ataribox will be featuring Linux and a custom AMD processor, making it usable for both mid-range PC titles as well as classic Atari games. It has been reported by the Verge that Atari plans on selling the console at a price range between $250 and $300 making it quite an affordable pick up for any fan of the old Atari games.
The concrete release date for the Ataribox is currently unknown, but as we come closer to Thursday we are more likely to acquire some information regarding the early next year release.