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NES Remix 2 brings back 1990’s Nintendo World Championship

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NES Remix 2 recently launched on the Wii U eShop, and with it came an exciting new mode for fans of the 1990’s Nintendo World Championship.  Nintendo announced that in addition to the many different “Remix” stages, they have also included “Championship Mode”.

In Championship Mode, Nintendo hopes to emulate the fan-favorite, Nintendo World Championships, from the 1990’s by pitting your scores against players from around the world. Players will take part in three challenges from Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Dr. Mario, before having their scores tallied and posted to a leader board.

It’s a great addition to an already great looking game, and should hopefully rekindle the love of your favorite moments from The Wizard.

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Overheard at PAX: Hyperkin Ready to Launch Retron 5

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While walking the floor at PAX East 2014, we got a chance to talk to Hyperkin about their plans for the Retron 5.  The system might be one of the most highly anticipated third-party systems in recent memory.  Why?  Because you can throw in your NES, SNES, Genesis, Famicon, and GBA games.  You can also plug in Super Famicom, Mega Drive, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy cartridges too.  At an anticipated price-range in the $100, this is a must-buy.

When we spoke to a representative at their booth, we were told that they missed launch in December because of production malfunctions.  Specifically, about 80% of their Famicom pins were DOA.  Famicom might be the least-used feature of the new system when it launches, but they refuse to launch a defective product in any regard.  We can respect this, so the wait will be worth it.

Hyperkin Booth

When we asked for a launch date, we were told they have, “10,000 units on the boat on their way right now”. Hyperkin was unsure of how long US Customs will take to process the pallets.

This is just the nature of the beast when it comes to outsourcing a product with many different overseas suppliers and manufacturers.  As a side note:  To preserve their integrity, Hyperkin mentioned they will never announce a hard launch-date again.

Anticipated launch?  They told us sometime in May.  We look forward to it!


What You Missed! This Week In Gaming 01/05/2014

This week had some big announcements, the start of CES, and a few other interesting tidbits!

$480 Million Pledged to Kickstarter in 2013 – We love backing Kickstarter projects, so it’s cool to see the site really take off.  Of course, watch out for the less desirable projects.

Sony Announces Playstation Now – Looks like Playstation’s purchase of Gaikai is paying off, with the roll-out of a new subscription/rental service that will stream legacy PS games to PS3 and PS4.

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The First 13 Steam Machines – The Steam Machine beta has ended and Valve has chosen the manufacturers it wants to produce their baby.  All 13 machines with various specs and price points have been chosen.

Penny Arcade Separates From PAX – We go to PAX in Boston every year and it’s always been the most fun.  However, due to some recent controversy, Penny Arcade’s brass has decided to remove their moniker from the ever-growing Con.

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The Best Returns – SquareEnix announces Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMix

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Earlier today, SquareEnix announced that coming in 2014, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMix will launch; compiling HD remakes of Kingdom Hearts 2, Birth by Sleep & Re:Coded. The first two will be the Final Mix versions of the games (previously only available in Japan) and the later a compilation of the cinematics in HD, a la the 365/2 Days remix that was in the previous HD release.


When they first announced the 1.5 edition, I was heartbroken that they weren’t releasing Kingdom Hearts 2 in HD, as that is easily the best of the series. Not only are we now getting that, but we are also getting access to easily one of the best of the spinoff games, Birth by Sleep, and probably also the most underplayed being as it was only available on PSP.

Here is to hoping we don’t have to wait too long to get our hands on these games, but if there is one thing I am used to doing when it comes to Kingdom Hearts games, it’s waiting to play them.