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Man uses Raspberry Pi to turn car into Mario Kart 64 controller

Man uses Raspberry Pi to turn car into Mario Kart 64 controller

One Chevy Volt owner has gotten creative with his car, using a variety of tech and a bit of know-how to turn the vehicle into a big, expensive controller for Mario Kart 64. The entire creation involves a Raspberry Pi connected to a laptop running an emulator, as well as to the car’s OBD-II port. Everything runs perfectly, though controlling the game involves using the windshield wipers and flashing the headlights.

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A new way to get Special Items in Pokemon GO, guaranteed

A new way to get Special Items in Pokemon GO, guaranteed

This morning the folks at Niantic responsible for developing Pokemon GO have made one big change to Evolution Items. Also known as "Special Items" in the game, Evolution Items are a series of special items that only drop very rarely in the game from Pokestops. Or at least they were very rare in the past. Now they’ll be dropping one whole heck of a lot more commonly - at least for the time being.

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Nintendo Switch in stock at GameStop today

Nintendo Switch in stock at GameStop today

Just a quick reminder for anyone still trying to find a Nintendo Switch: GameStop will have them back in stock starting today. We don't know how many each store is getting, but GameStop knew about this restock with enough lead time that it was able to make an announcement about it last week. The fact that it was even announced at all suggests that the restock could be a fairly significant one, too.

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Dolphin Wii emulator now lets you buy games from Nintendo online shop

Dolphin Wii emulator now lets you buy games from Nintendo online shop

Gaming emulators are a tricky subject, wading through murky gray legal waters. It's even trickier when it comes to trying to actually play legally acquired games, most of which are now available digitally and sold through very specific and proprietary channels. Such is the case, for example, of Wii titles available from Nintendo's Wii Shop Channel. Fortunately for emulation gamers, Dolphin, perhaps the most popular, not to mention working, Wii emulators now lets you do just that.

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Nintendo Switch would have run Android, Cyanogen refused

Nintendo Switch would have run Android, Cyanogen refused

There's a rather harsh saying that goes "beggars can't be choosers". Apparently, that doesn't apply to Cyanogen, Inc. The once esteemed startup has practically descended into ignominy, which effectively ended up killing the most popular Android ROM in the market. You would think that company would jump at the prospect of having its CyanogenOS powering what is now the most popular gaming device, Nintendo Switch. But in typical Kirk McMaster fashion, the CyanogenOS CEO supposedly more than just told Nintendo "no". He told them, instead, to "stick it".

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Xbox Wireless Controller Tech Series arrives in April with ‘Recon’

Xbox Wireless Controller Tech Series arrives in April with ‘Recon’

Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new lineup of Xbox One controllers, the ‘Tech Series.’ The first controllers launched under this series will arrive next month bearing the name ‘Recon Tech Special Edition,’ and as that name suggests, the controller has a distinct military style. This new product line arrives ahead of the Project Scorpio console slated to launch this upcoming holiday season, giving Xbox fans the ‘most powerful console ever,’ according to Microsoft.

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Quit playing Nintendo Switch on your TV

Quit playing Nintendo Switch on your TV

If you have a Nintendo Switch and you've been spending most of your time playing on your TV, I have a message for you: stop it. The Switch's hybrid nature might be a little strange to folks who have never really used handheld gaming devices, but there's no need to fear change in this case. Playing the Switch in portable mode is, in my opinion, the best way to play.

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Eevee evolution Pokemon GO update: a time to start over again

Eevee evolution Pokemon GO update: a time to start over again

Today's news update to Pokemon GO has to do with the way powers are handled for a variety of monsters, including Eevee. Espeon and Umbreon might not be the best evolutions available for this always-catch-friendly Pokemon. Instead, the other three - original evolutions - of Eevee might end up being a whole lot more useful to the everyday player. For those that need to complete the Pokedex, there's still a set of secret methods for nabbing the full set of 5.

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Nintendo Switch’s Arms “boxing game” gets roster, weapons reveal

Nintendo Switch’s Arms “boxing game” gets roster, weapons reveal

Although the Nintendo Switch has quite a number of games available for it now, Zelda: Breath of the Wild is by far its still most popular title. That said, it isn’t one that’s exactly designed to take advantage of the Switch’s unique features, like the detachable Joy-cons. That distinction will probably belong to Nintendo’s somewhat odd Arms game. The game isn’t due until Spring, however, so we’ll have to make do with some videos that reveal the characters and weapons available for this game.

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Square Enix brings back the Surprise Box in time for Spring

Square Enix brings back the Surprise Box in time for Spring

Subscription boxes have become quite the fad but not everyone actually wants random physical trinkets that pile up. Some, like gamers, prefer to go digital. Square Enix once had such an offering that blended the random whimsical fun of subscription boxes with its digital titles and now that “box” is making a comeback. The Square Enix Surprise Box has returned to keep you occupied this Spring season. Presuming, of course, you get lucky and don’t own any of the surprise games already.

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Pokemon on Nintendo Switch? Game Freak job ads suggest it could happen

Pokemon on Nintendo Switch? Game Freak job ads suggest it could happen

Longtime Nintendo fans have been wondering about the fate of Pokemon ever since the Switch arrived on the scene - does Nintendo keep making Pokemon games for the 3DS, or does it shift the series to the Switch? Today we're getting an indication that the long-running series could be heading to the Switch, thanks to a new series of job listings for positions at Game Freak.

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Nintendo Switch review: Excellent hardware with one roadblock

Nintendo Switch review: Excellent hardware with one roadblock

I have something of a love/hate relationship with Nintendo consoles, especially in recent years. While I grew up with consoles like the Super NES, Nintendo 64, and Gamecube, in the time since then my preference has shifted to Nintendo's handhelds like the DS and the 3DS. Now that the Nintendo Switch is on the scene, Nintendo is looking to bounce back from a horrible console cycle with the Wii U, while at the same time blending the worlds of console and handheld gaming. How successful is it in doing so?

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