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SNES Classic solves NES Classic’s two biggest flaws

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Nintendo decided to wait till after E3 2017 to announce the arrival of its new console, the SNES Classic. If you’re familiar with its predecessor, the NES Classic, from our unboxing and hands-on video, you’d know what to expect, but there are also issues that the successor manages to address.

Arriving on September 29 with a $80 price tag and 21 pre-installed games (more on those later), the SNES Classic is already set for another round of record-setting sales, but that’s only if Nintendo manages expectations. Looking back, what hampered the NES Classic’s numbers was the limited availability.


Launched before last year’s holiday season, the NES Classic experienced shortages before December even rolled in. Nintendo met a lot of backlash for not anticipating the high demand, but didn’t do much in rectifying the situation and instead halted production completely last April to make way for more Switch and 3DS units.

Nintendo promises more SNES Classic boxes in stores this year, but the catch is there’s no guarantee we’ll still see this model in 2018, according to a report by Kotaku. With only three full months of availability from the end of September to end of December, consumers will have to be quick before stocks run dry.

The other limitation the SNES Classic addresses is the comically short cables of the NES Classic’s controllers. Nintendo is fixing this by making the newer console’s cables two feet longer, resulting in five-foot cables. On top of that, two controllers will be bundled in the package instead of just one (which justifies the added cost over the predecessor), so you can bring a friend over the moment you take home a unit.

Already excited? Wait until you see the list of games:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

Which game are you most excited for? I honestly don’t know which one I’ll start with!

SEE ALSO: Famicom and NES Classic mini unboxing and gameplay

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We’ve been calling PlayStation’s X button wrong all this time

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Regardless of which gaming console you have, the X button unites us all. Every console available today — the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch — has some form of the same button. That said, what do you call it? Both the Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch use other letters — Y, A, and B — for their other buttons. Naturally, majority vote calls for pronouncing it as the “ex” button.

However, Sony doesn’t use the same letter scheme. Instead of letters, the PlayStation’s DualShock controller uses shapes: Triangle, Circle, Square… and X? Do we still call it the “ex” button? According to the official PlayStation Twitter accounts, absolutely not.


In a now-infamous series of tweets, Sony has laid down the verdict in an argument we’ve probably never even thought about. Apparently, PlayStation users should pronounce each button according to their respective shapes. According to that logic, the X button should be called the Cross button.

As you might expect, the revelation didn’t go well with the gaming community. Twitter users have outrageously and creatively expressed their dismay.

In response to the outrage, the PlayStation account posted a three-option poll asking what gamers call the controversial button. The more traditional X button won by a landslide: 81 percent. Meanwhile, a joke answer — “+ rotated 45°” — got 11 percent of the votes. The “correct” answer — “Cross” — got only 8 percent.

That didn’t stop the memes. Twitter user @TheDrencom posted a more hilarious compromise. PlayStation even retweeted and allowed the weird alternative. Should we call it the “no pizza” button?

The Cross button’s supporters also had a few things to say in their defense. Based on the actual geometry of the icon, it’s more accurate to say “Cross,” rather than X.

Of course, Sony owns the PlayStation. They can call it whatever they want. Still, the console already has a massive following calling it by a more ubiquitous name. Are you going to call it the Cross button now?

SEE ALSO: Sony PlayStation 5: Everything we know so far

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From Jedi to Avenger, Lenovo announces AR game Marvel: Dimension of Heroes

Your turn to save the world

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dLenovo made us live our Jedi dreams in 2017, now they want us to be an Avenger. Announced at IFA 2019 is the company’s follow-up to fan favorite AR game Star Wars: Jedi Challenges — they’re taking us to another universe with Marvel: Dimension of Heroes.

The hardware you’ll need

Much like Jedi Challenges, you’ll need nearly the same hardware to make Dimension of Heroes work. There’s the Lenovo Mirage AR headset, the Tracking Beacon, and instead of a Light Saber replica, you get a pair of Universal Controllers.


Of course you’ll also need a compatible smartphone to run the game. Basic requirements are as follows: Has to be larger than 4.3 inches to align with phone tray display cutout. For iOS devices, it has to have at least a 1.4 GHz Dual Core chip along with 1GB RAM. For Android phones, it needs at least a 2.0 GHz Quad Core chip with 2GB RAM. You can check the full list of compatible devices at lenovo.com/miragear.

Play as your favorite Marvel Superhero

There aren’t a lot of details available as to how the game will play out. The only clue so far is that you have to “defend your reality” as any of the six superheroes headlining the game. The six are original Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Avengers Captain America and Thor, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Fans of the MCU should easily recognize the mentioned superheroes as they prominently feature in the last two Avengers films — Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

In early 2018, I had the chance to speak with some Lenovo Executives and they did mention working on a Marvel AR game. More popular characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man were mentioned but they’re noticeably missing in this lineup.

While Spider-Man’s future in the MCU is looking bleak, I personally am still hoping we get an AR game featuring the wall-crawler.

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Sony announces NBA 2K20 Bundle for PS4

Welcome to the next chapter

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With the release of NBA 2K20 looming, Sony once again comes up with something a little extra. The annual release of 2K Sports’ iconic basketball game comes with news of new features and more enhanced gameplay. And as always, if you haven’t had a chance to own a PlayStation 4 yet, Sony has an offer you quite possibly can’t resist.

To celebrate the upcoming release of NBA 2K20, Sony reveals a special NBA 2K20 Bundle for the PlayStation 4. The packages includes a PS4 unit, two DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controllers, and a copy of NBA 2K20. This bundle best fits an entire family affair that can’t wait to play their favorite NBA teams and players.


NBA 2K20 features more enhanced gameplay than ever before. If the PlayStation 4 demos serve as any indication, a new MyPlayer experience gives you more control than ever before. You can choose from several different player archetypes and buff your stats to produce the ultimate MyPlayer!

Apart from this feature, you get a chance to use your favorite NBA and WNBA players and teams. Players like the WNBA’s Candace Parker and A’ja Wilson are all available, along with your favorite NBA superstars like LeBron James and reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

As of writing, NBA 2K20 will be available on September 6. But, if you want to get your hands on this huge offer, you won’t have to wait a bit longer. The NBA 2K20 Bundle will be available early this month, and you can get yours for PhP 19,990.

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