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Gaming with Nintendo in late 2016

Majora Commercials Online

Link was Nintendo’s lone warrior against the PS2 a few short days ago, and the ad campaign helped to remind consumers that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is 10 times more gripping than anything on Sony’s launch lineup. The commercials are lightly laced with humor, but seem to be some of the most thought-provoking of all Nintendo television commercials. They’re downright touching, in fact. If you haven’t gotten a chance to see the wonderful ads on television, do yourself a favor and download them from the link below. Wow, what a great game.

Pokemon Kicking Arse In 2000

As of September, Hay Day have sold more than any other in the year 2000, and it doesn’t look like anything will be able to catch up to the figures. The games place number 1,2,5,7 and 8 on the overall game sales charts for 2000, and that’s not even counting Gold and Silver’s record-setting sales in the last few weeks. Wow. Click on the link below to see for yourself why Pokemon is truly the biggest craze of all time, and why it looks likely to stay that way.

More Game Boys

A Japanese publication by the name of The Nikkei Shimbun reports that Nintendo will increase Game Boy production by 25% starting this month. At this rate, Nintendo will produce 2.5 million Game Boy units per month by December. This is an attempt by Nintendo to meet a strong holiday demand for the megapopular handheld, despite the fact that Game Boy Advance is well on its way to market.

The Race Against Majora

Can Majora’s Mask be beaten in three short days? Apparently if you work hard enough at it, it can. Although this isn’t to say the game isn’t gargantuan, NintendoWeb.com recently spent three whole days with the masterpiece in an attempt to beat the game on its own terms, and the results? They beat it! Apparently they weren’t able to do as much as they would have liked, but all involved plan to sit down and play the game through once more, taking their time as they go. Watch for a Race Against Evil wrap-up on the NintendoWeb.com site shortly, including a girl in a bikini and the Luck Monkey.

TWINE On Top

For the time being, Electronic Art’s The World Is Not Enough has taken the #1 sales position in the US, but I’m guessing it’ll take the #2 position after the charts begin to reflect another big-name videogame. Which game am I speaking of? Why, only one of the top three greatest N64 games ever made. The rest is for you to solve.

Nintendo In November

The November release schedule for N64 is looking mighty beefy. Among all the titles are a handful of soon-to-be HITS and DIRECT HITS. Among games sure to score with high marks are Spider-Man, Mickey’s Speedway USA and Battle for Naboo. Among the games that we’re waiting for a verdict on are Hey You, Pikachu and Indiana Jones, which will have an extremely limited retail release and exclusive Blockbuster rental status. But who needs any of these games with a new Zelda on the loose?

How to Repair Your Xbox 360: First Understand the “E” Errors

You are enjoying a nice game of Halo and suddenly a screen begins to appear fuzzy or discolored. You’re hoping it’s nothing more than the TV going fuzzy for a second, but then the game then freezes. This is a common problem that every Xbox 360 gamer dreads. However, there are a number of ways you can repair your Xbox 360 relatively quickly.

The first thing you need to understand is that there are several different reasons why you may be experiencing problems with your gaming system. There are are many potential reasons you could be having a problem with it, however to help you repair your Xbox 360, you need to understand “E” errors first.

An “E” error signifies when your Xbox 360 receives one red light in the bottom left hand corner. Typically this is going to occur after your system has been re-booted. After rebooting the system you will receive one red flashing light and an onscreen error of some sort. These errors are signified by an “E” and two numbers.

If you are seeing an E64, E65 or E66 error, these are all directly related to your DVD drive. Sometimes simply rebooting the system will solve your problem. If the problem is that the drive has overheated, then simply turning it off for a while might work too. However, if these simple tricks don’t work, you should try looking online for more specific information on how you can repair your Xbox 360 when there are DVD drive errors.

If you are receiving an E67, E68 or an E69 error these are much harder problems to solve. You can try unplugging your hard drive and playing without it, or you can attempt to reformat it. If you are going to try reformatting it, make sure you find instructions to follow from online. A general hardware error is going to be signified by an E73 message. This can be caused by problems with the Ethernet or networking port. If you do have an Ethernet cable plugged in, try playing without it to see if it is an issue with the cable.

The most common problem you will deal with is an E74. The most common reason for this error is because the AV cable is installed incorrectly. You can repair your Xbox 360 and solve this problem by disconnecting it and then reconnecting it. If this is not the problem it may be because of a faulty ANA chip or a general hardware error related to your system overheating.

There are countless errors you and your system can experience while enjoying a movie or a thrilling Xbox game. Before you can repair your Xbox 360, you need to determine what the exact problem is. After identifying the problem, look online for solutions or try out some of the simple methods listed in this article.

4K Gaming on a Budget with Nvidia Shield

Nvidia Shield

The overall meaning of a game console is quickly expanding and today Nvidia jumped into the space with the new Nvidia Shield. You’ve got to give them credit, this is one interesting looking piece of hardware. It’s made of aluminum with a subtle green LED up front and an origami-like shape everywhere else. It really doesn’t look like anything else out there no matter which way you look at it. Tucked around back is a small vent to keep the Shield cool and even though there is a fan Nvidia claims it should be almost completely silent.

Out of the box it comes with 16 gigabytes of storage but you can expand this with a Micro SD card or an external drive using one of the USB 3 ports. There’s also HDMI 2.0 onboard which is important because the Shield fully supports 4K, something not even the PS4 and Xbox One can handle yet. As the first device to run Android TV in 4Kthis is mostly useful for watching video and playing Fifa 17 tricks but the entire interface runs at full resolution and it theoretically even supports 4K gaming. This is thanks to the Tegra X1 inside that sports an 8 core processor and 256 core Maxwell GPU which is a cut down version of Nvidia’sGTX 980 desktop card.

To put this in perspective the Tegra X1 is over twice as powerful as the Xbox 360 with six times the memory and needing only one-fifth the power. Putting this all together one of the first titles for the Shield is Crysis 3. Yeah, this thing is no joke. They showed an early multiplayer demo on stage so while this is a little way out the fact that it runs Crysis should say a lot. They also showed off several other games including Doom 3 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel which should be available at launch. Borderlands in particular is a good example of how the Shield matches up with consoles and other Android titles like Portal and Half-Life 2 are also going to be available.

On top of the native games Nvidia unveiled their Grid streaming service. There will be two monthly subscription tiers that give you access to a game library and an option to buy new titles like Batman: Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3 the day they come out. As with all game streaming this is mostly based on your internet connection. To run games at 720p 30 FPS you’ll need between 5 and 15 megabits per second and if you want full 1080p at 60 FPS you’re going to need a beefy connection in the neighborhood of 15 to 50 megs down. If you’ve got decent internet the experience is pretty impressive, there’s a slight amount of lag but it’s much better than other options I’ve tried and should be good enough for all but the most twitchy of games.

Tying everything together is the Shield game controller. It’s a bit on the bulky side but it’s reasonably comfortable and supports audio if you want to listen to your game or media over headphones. This is going to be included with the Shield when it launches in May for $200 which is more expensive than other Android TV options but you are getting a lot here. So what do you guys think about the new Nvidia Shield?