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Nintendorks Reviews

Apr 21, 2018 0

FIRST IMPRESSIONS Nintendo Labo: NOW You’re Playing with Cardboard!!

When Nintendo first announced their new concept of combining video games with cardboard DIY, I thought it was a crazy idea with a lot of potential to be a massive sales success. I mean, kids love this kinda stuff right? With their damn Lego and the Minecraft and whatnot. But that’s also where I felt that it just wasn’t something I’d be able to get into myself. While the appeal is certainly easy to see, for me, when they’ve released this sort of thing in the past (Mario Paint, WarioWare DIY, Super Mario Maker, etc.), I always wound up having more respect for the creativity at work then actual fun with the experience. So as the launch date approached and the gushing reviews started to flow in, I was still more happy for Nintendo than convinced I needed to buy the thing. But of course, the big day comes and the sheer volume of joy pouring out of various social media posts turns my lack of interest into full blown curiosity. “What exactly is up with this?” I decided to go the mall with the thought that if they just so happened to not be sold out then y’now what? It’s meant to be.

You can probably tell where this is going.
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Apr 8, 2018 0

Toys ‘R Us: Where a Grown Man Can Be a Grown Man Shaking Hands With the Ashes of His Childhood.

But only for a limited time!!

For many children of the 80’s and 90’s, Toys ‘R Us has been dead since they canned that old video game purchasing ticket system years ago, but now it’s official. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the news that TRU is currently on their last legs and stores are closing all over the country. Since I live in San Francisco, this doesn’t really affect my day to day at all as there hasn’t been a city location for who knows how long. But it did feel like like rounding up my good buddy @theminimateproject and heading down to the South Bay for one final shopping trip was the right thing to do. There wasn’t any real endgame in mind other than I wanted to to buy something, it of course had to be Nintendo related, and I needed to keep my shit together in front of the cashier when paying for it. The photoblog which you are about to read is an account of the tragedy which befell this long lasting toy store chain. It is all the more tragic in that I had to travel about 50 miles to get to the nearest one. The events of that day were to lead to the last Nintendo product this dork will ever own a Toys ‘R Us receipt for.

Let’s go shopping!
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Mar 23, 2018 0

The Official Nintendorks Top Ten Nintendo Wii Virtual Console Games to Download Before You’re That Thing is D.E.A.D.

While the long running Wii service won’t technically expire until January of next year, this sure as shit is the last weekend you can throw cash at it. As of this Monday, March 26th you will no longer be able to purchase points toward downloadable games on the Nintendo Wii. And while countless articles just like this are indeed popping up across all major news outlets around the world, you, dear reader have come to Nintendorks for stone cold facts. Presented here is a list of the ten Virtual Console games you should probably download after you steal back that Wii from your Grandma.

Go on, get it. I bet she’s sleeping.
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Jul 30, 2017 0

Harder to buy than an NES Classic:

I’m not going to name names or point fingers, but about five(?) years ago Jonathon 100% dropped the ball, and is totally at fault for forgetting to renew the domain registration for the URL.

You can guess what happened: someone in South Korea swooped in and bought it, and wanted to charge 5 grand for it, and I quickly reserved the .net domain to keep the ship afloat–making us sound like a skeezy site that discussed videogame stuff instead of a videogame site that discussed skeezy stuff.

I would check back periodically (even set calendar reminders), and the price was always comically higher than what I would pay to get the .com back, then I kind of stopped caring, because .net wasn’t THAT bad…

Then I got a weird email out of the blue from a strange account asking “what my intentions were” for I didn’t reply, but it got me thinking to check about buying the domain back, but before I could do anything Justin messaged me with a surprise that HE bought it! From someone in Japan, I think. He said he felt dirty typing .net whenever he went to the forum, and I can’t blame him.

tl,dr: is back home. You can update your bookmarks if you want. Thanks, Justin!

Nov 19, 2016 0

BREAKING: The Wii Launched in North America 10 Years Ago Today.

And boy, are my arms tired!!

In this week’s “you’re getting old” news, it has now been a full decade since Nintendo released their Wii, in effect creating a financial renaissance for the useless peripheral industry. If you were there, you remember: The very thought of flailing around the living room like that Madonna “Vogue” kid while bowling through the TV was all the rage. You were doing it, your parents were doing it and your grandparents were just happy to be included in doing something. The Nintendo Wii was a legitimate cultural phenomenon. And while the company has been through some mighty highs and crippling lows since that motion controlled apex, today let’s celebrate the little waggle machine that could. Here, I’ll go first via vintage low res camera photos:

It was a dark and stormy morning…
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Nov 11, 2016 0

The NES Classic Mini is Finally Here!! Unavailable Anywhere on Earth.

The release of the NES Classic Mini has indeed turned out to be both a blessing and a curse for fans eager to get their hands on the retro console. Having sold out within moments of stores opening across the country and already going for ridiculously inflated prices on various auction sites, it’s safe to say Nintendo’s new tiny system is poised to become the must have item for the 2016 holiday season. And it isn’t hard to see why: With 30 classic 8-bit games built in and displayed in glorious HD (along with a CRT option for the purists), perfectly replicated control pads and a real “d’aww” factor, the Mini is breaking nerd hearts everywhere due to its limited initial production run.

Oh, except for mine. Because I got one.

I’m looking at it right now.
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Nov 6, 2016 0

Hey Man, This Big Ol’ Animal Crossing: New Leaf Update Just Hit the 3DS!!

2016 is Now Officially the Best Year of All Time.

More than 3 years after Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released for the 3DS in North America, Nintendo has gone and upgraded the software with some free DLC. Via a ridiculously charming Nintendo Direct, series producer Hisashi Nogami laid out the details and no, we’re not just talking about some minor skin upgrades or new household items to collect. I mean, those are totally there too but we’ve also got full blown amiibo support, custom photo development, new games to play and other very cool stuff that has motivated yours truly to sit down and write this thing. My God, this is all so exciting.

But first, I’m going to need a moment here. Excuse me…
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Jun 19, 2014 0

Local Man Drowns in Pool of Liquidated Cartridges

Nintendorks forum member and website designer (who might be staff now?), Garret P. Evanovich, has a collection of video games that are a burden on his heavy heart.  “They are in boxes,” he said once.  “I don’t even play them.”

However, the recent popularity of decluttr piqued his curiosity.  He dared to see how much he could “sell” his old video games for.  While the trade in numbers shall remain confidential, it was looking like Mr. Evanovich would make upwards of 3-400 dollars in cold hard currency.  But what began as curiosity over how much his collection was worth has turned into a nightmare of intense deliberation.

“The worst thing,” said Evanovich, “is that all these Nintendo games that will sell for pretty good are the games I won’t entertain getting rid of.”  He later commented that his 360 collection would sell for so little that if he really wanted to get a Wii U he’d have to turn to a life of crime.  Street crime.

“I feel like I’m drowning,” he did not say but totally thought.  “If I sell these games I will get so little, but I keep them I will drown in cartridges and discs.  And if discs break they are sharp.”

Have any of our readers felt the burn of video game resale?  Have any come across a rare game that they were able to flip over for “juicy moolah?”  Did you take New Super Mario Bros. Wii to gamestop, knowing you’d never play it again, and weep openly as you got a quarter and a pat on the back?  Share with us.