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Nintendo is launching a Mini-Famicom

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With a miniature Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) arriving in the US on November 11, Japan will soon get a bite-sized version of its own old-school console in the Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer (Famicom).

Like the Mini-NES, the Mini-Famicom comes with 30 pre-installed games that you can’t uninstall or replace. The entire unit literally fits in one’s hand and comes with the original controllers. Connecting the console to a television is done through HDMI.


The game lineup for the Japanese version of the compact console is slightly different, despite having the same number of titles. Here’s the list in alphabetical order:

  1. Atlantis no Nazo
  2. Balloon Fight
  3. Castlevania
  4. Donkey Kong
  5. Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  6. Downtown Nekketsu Koushinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundoukai
  7. Dr. Mario
  8. Excitebike
  9. Final Fantasy III
  10. Galaga
  11. Ghosts ‘n Goblins
  12. Gradius
  13. Ice Climber
  14. Kirby’s Adventure
  15. Legend of Zelda, The
  16. Mario Bros.
  17. Mario Open Golf
  18. Mega Man 2
  19. Metroid
  20. Ninja Gaiden
  21. Pac-Man
  22. River City Ransom
  23. Solomon’s Key
  24. Super Contra
  25. Super Mario Bros.
  26. Super Mario Bros. 2
  27. Super Mario Bros. 3
  28. Tsuppari Ozumo
  29. Yie Ar Kung-Fu
  30. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

It’s a solid list of games, especially when you consider the JPY 5,980 price tag, or around $59. Japan will even get its classic console earlier; November 10 is the expected launch date.

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Here’s an early look at the Sony PS5’s raw performance

Spoiler: It’s fast!

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Even though Sony dished out some early info on the upcoming PlayStation 5 (should they choose to stick to the numbered naming scheme) and revealed that it’s more than just a mere upgrade, we don’t have any tangible data on what exactly to expect.

Fortunately, Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki was present at Sony’s most recent gaming presentation and had this video to show us:


What you see here is a comparison between the loading times of the PS5 and PS4 Pro. Make no mistake here: The next-generation console is incredibly fast! A lot of credit must be given to the built-in SSD the PS5 will ship with.

This should be taken with a grain of salt, however. Tech demos are often fixed to make the newer (and more expensive) product seem superior. To the next-gen console’s credit, it’ll come with the latest eight-core Ryzen chip and a custom GPU from AMD’s Radeon Navi, which are capable of 8K gaming and ray tracing when put together.

Sadly, we still don’t have a release date and Sony won’t announce anything at E3 next month. For now, savor your PS4 and its growing library of classics.

Via: Kotaku

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks

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In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.


Check it out:

The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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Finally! New trailer of Final Fantasy VII remake drops

We waited four years!

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It took four years but we now have a follow-up trailer to the Final Fantasy VII Remake. First announced during E3 2015, the much-anticipated remake has only shown up through rumors and disappointing news of delay.

However, at PlayStation’s State of Play, we now have some new footage of the game. The released footage features cinematic scenes with Cloud and Aerith, gameplay previews, and glimpses at the remake’s primary antagonist, Sephiroth.


Final Fantasy VII was first released for the original PlayStation. It’s the first game in the series to move away from 2D animation and make use of polygonal character design, taking advantage of the console’s capabilities.

The game’s director Tetsuya Nomura also said that “most of the plans are already in place in the run up to the launch.” He also promised more details in June. Here’s to hoping for no more delays and that we don’t have to wait another four years until the game actually comes out.

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