Nintendo files patent for Game Boy emulation on various devices including phones and PC

Posted under General Nintendo, News
1 hour ago by (@NE_Brian)

Back in late June, Nintendo filed a patent in the US for “Hand-held Video Game Platform Emulation”. The application was just made public today.

The core of Nintendo’s patent is about Game Boy emulation on mobile phones, PDA’s, PC, and other devices. Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance are all mentioned in the filing.

Here’s the official abstract, which should give you a pretty good idea about what this entire thing is about:

A software emulator for emulating a handheld video game platform such as GAME BOY.RTM., GAME BOY COLOR.RTM. and/or GAME BOY ADVANCE.RTM. on a low-capability target platform (e.g., a seat-back display for airline or train use, a personal digital assistant, a cell phone) uses a number of features and optimizations to provide high quality graphics and sound that nearly duplicates the game playing experience on the native platform. Some exemplary features include use of bit BLITing, graphics character reformatting, modeling of a native platform liquid crystal display controller using a sequential state machine, and selective skipping of frame display updates if the game play falls behind what would occur on the native platform.

You can find some images from the patent below. If you’d like to check out the full filing, head on over to this link. Keep in mind that patents often are filed, but are never acted upon.



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Partake in Amazon’s Black Friday 2014 deals

Posted under 3DS, News, Wii U
2 hours ago by (@NE_Brian)

Amazon officially began its Black Friday 2014 deals earlier today. Most of the significant Nintendo-related sales will be delegated to Lighting Deals, but there are a few things on the side as well.

You can purchase games such as:

Scribblenauts Unlimited (Wii U) for $10
Scribblenauts Unmasked (Wii U) for $10
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Wii U) for $15
The LEGO Movie Videogame for $18
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark for $15
Injustice: Gods Among Us for $14
The Legend of Korra: A New Era Begins for $15
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (3DS) for $15
Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit! for $20
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze for $15
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call for $20
The LEGO Movie Videogame (3DS) for $15
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (3DS) for $15
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars for $21
Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire guide for $9.20 with code HOLIDAY30 (code works on other books as well)

Also be sure to keep track of Amazon’s Black Friday deals calender here. We’ll be seeing things like Smash Bros. for Wii U with $15 credit, and sales for Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.


New set of 3DS themes out now – Pikmin, Sonic, and Shovel Knight

Posted under 3DS, News
3 hours ago by (@NE_Brian)

A new wave of 3DS themes are now available in North America. Themes based on Pikmin, Sonic, and Shovel Knight can be purchased.

Here’s the full lineup:

Pikmin: Working Together
Pikmin: A Hungry Bulborb
Sonic the Hedgehog Theme
Amy Rose Theme
Shadow the Hedgehog Theme
Chao Theme
Sonic Bundle
Spotlight: Shovel Knight

All of the items above are priced at $1.99, except for the Sonic Bundle. That can be purchased for $5.99.



Update: In stock on Walmart Canada – GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U back in stock on Amazon

Posted under News, Wii U
4 hours ago by (@NE_Brian)

Update 2 (11/27): Currently in stock on Walmart Canada!

Update: Aaaand… gone. That sold out incredibly fast! We’ll keep you updated if it happens to return in the future.

I know some of you have been on the lookout for the GameCube Controller Adapter, and it’s currently in stock on Amazon. If you’re interested in the accessory, you can place an order here.. We’ll update this post if the adapter goes out of stock again.



Nintendo’s “Cyber Deals” – full lineup of prices

Posted under 3DS eShop, News, Wii U eShop
4 hours ago by (@NE_Brian)

Nintendo’s “Cyber Deals” are now live on the Wii U and 3DS eShops. For a full lineup of sales prices, check out the list below:


Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – $27.99 (was $39.99)
Luigiā€™s Mansion: Dark Moon – $27.99 (was $39.99)
Wario Land 2 – $3.49 (was $4.99)
Wario Land 3 – $3.49 (was $4.99)
Metroid II-Return of Samus – $2.79 (was $3.99)

Wii U

The Wonderful 101 – $20.99 (was $29.99)
Wii Party U – $27.99 (was $39.99)
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga – $5.99 (was $7.99)
Wario Land 4 – $5.59 (was $7.99)
Metroid Fusion – $5.59 (was $7.99)

The prices above are valid until December 2 at 8:59 PM PT.