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SimCity NES prototype reappears after nearly three decades

SimCity NES prototype reappears after nearly three decades

The fast-paced game development process today means that many prototypes are made and discarded but that has actually been true even in ages past. While most prototypes never make it outside NDA’d halls, some do make a pubic appearance. So when something as high-profile as Simcity for the Nintendo Entertainment System, a.k.a. Famicom in Japan, vanishes without a trace, gaming historians are naturally intrigued. After 27 years, their sleuthing has finally paid off and SimCity for the NES has reemerged and is now available for everyone to learn from.

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Do you want the good NES Classic and SNES Classic news first, or the bad?

Do you want the good NES Classic and SNES Classic news first, or the bad?

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime had an interview this week where he made clear the fate the NES Classic and SNES Classic. Both of these systems come with a pre-set number of games, and at first appeared to be limited to those games alone. This week, Fils-Aime put to bed rumors that either one of the consoles would have a path to attaining additional games at any point in the future. And there's more sorta bad news, too.

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Switch Online NES games for December are here with surprise extras

Switch Online NES games for December are here with surprise extras

The three December NES games for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers have gone live, and they've brought a couple of surprises along with them. Nintendo has launched two Special saves (referred to simply as SP) for Metroid and Dr. Mario. These SP versions give players a chance to see the end of each game, something that was considerably more difficult back in the late 1980s.

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Switch Online NES games for December include a challenging favorite

Switch Online NES games for December include a challenging favorite

Now that we're in the midst of December, Nintendo has detailed a new batch of NES games that are going live for Switch Online subscribers soon. The trio for December includes arguably one of the most famous (and difficult) games of all time, so it looks like Nintendo's holiday gift to subscribers this year is frustration.

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Nintendo Switch Online serves up a new take on NES Zelda

Nintendo Switch Online serves up a new take on NES Zelda

Nintendo Switch Online received an update today, adding a few new games to the NES library available through the service. We knew that most of these were coming already, as Nintendo has detailed the monthly additions for the rest of the year. However, one of Switch Online's new arrivals was more of a surprise, and fans of the original Legend of Zelda might want to check it out.

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Nintendo Switch NES Joy-cons have a disappointing fine print

Nintendo Switch NES Joy-cons have a disappointing fine print

Nintendo giveth and Nintendo taketh away. Or in this case, it just didn’t make things painfully clear before “encouraging” Nintendo fans to put their hard-earned monies into this nod to the past. At its Nintendo Direct stream last week, the gaming giant revealed, much to the glee of NES fans, Joy-con replicas of the classic controller. But while it’s not completely useless, the fine print that Nintendo didn’t mention makes these accessories a lot less useful than you might have presumed.

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Nintendo Switch wireless NES controller preorders start next week

Nintendo Switch wireless NES controller preorders start next week

Nintendo has announced the upcoming launch of a wireless controller for the Nintendo Switch, one that is designed to look like the original controller included with the NES. These rectangular wireless controllers will support Nintendo's newest console, including connecting to it when it's time to recharge their internal batteries.

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Nintendo reveals how to pronounce “NES” the right way

Nintendo reveals how to pronounce “NES” the right way

It's an old but passionate debate: how does one properly pronounce Nintendo's original "NES" console? Some have guessed "nezz," while others go with the softer "ness" pronunciation. Others avoid the topic altogether by simply calling it "The N.E.S," but Nintendo has weighed in on the topic. Turns out two of those three things are wrong, at least from the company's point of view.

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What was the first video game you ever played?

What was the first video game you ever played?

Around the world, there are millions of us who count gaming as our favorite pastime. Many of us have played hundreds or thousands of games over the years, but few are quite as important as the game that started it all; the game that introduced us to this wonderful, expensive hobby. I want to know: What was that introductory title for you? What was the first video game you ever played?

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8BitDo NES Classic wireless controller is perfect for the mini console’s relaunch

8BitDo NES Classic wireless controller is perfect for the mini console’s relaunch

In case you haven't already heard, Nintendo released new shipments of the NES Classic Edition this week, the first since the mini console's debut in 2016. If you managed to place an order in time, or were lucky enough to grab one over a year ago, there's a new controller you should know about. The makers of the best wireless controller for the NES Classic, 8BitDo, have announced a new version that's both cheaper and significantly improved.

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NES Classic stock: There’s still time to order if you’re quick

NES Classic stock: There’s still time to order if you’re quick

As expected, today's NES Classic restock sold out at most retailers very quickly. That will hardly be a surprise to those who were trying to get one the first time the console was available, as they were very hard to come by and restocks were infrequent. Many people likely tried to get an NES Classic this morning and left empty-handed, but if that happened to you, you may not be entirely out of luck just yet.

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NES Classic restock: Where to buy and what to expect

NES Classic restock: Where to buy and what to expect

Tomorrow is a big day for Nintendo fans, as the NES Classic will be returning to store shelves after more than a year away. Nintendo is giving consumers a second chance to own the NES Classic, which was notoriously hard to come by during its initial retail run. It's probably going to be just as popular the second time around, so you'll definitely want to plan ahead if you want to get one.

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