The Nintendo Switch’s Hidden NES Emulator is a Tribute to the late-Satoru Iwata…

A few days ago, dataminers discovered the NES game Golf hidden within the Switch’s firmware. Speculation ranged from it being a bug, a placeholder for the eventual launch of Nintendo’s Virtual Console service, or some hidden Easter egg. In actuality, it’s the last assumption, but it goes a bit deeper than a simple bonus. Members and users of the forum GBATemp.net were able to find out the very specific steps needed to get the emulator up and running legitimately. First, your Nintendo Switch console must be on the initial firmware version (1.0.0) and be set to the date of July 11. Why that specific date? Well, in 2015, that was the day that Satoru Iwata passed away and Golf was one of the first titles he worked on. Continue reading “The Nintendo Switch’s Hidden NES Emulator is a Tribute to the late-Satoru Iwata…”

So, How Well Does RetroPie Game Emulation work with the Raspberry Pi 3?

Honestly, the most fun I’ve had on a Raspberry Pi project was turning my Pi B+ into a RetroPie retro game console and my Pi 2 into a Plex Media Server (which grabs content from my external hard drive connected to my Netgear router). By far, turning a Raspberry Pi into a RetroPie is possibly the most popular project for the affordable microcomputer. So with the release of the Pi 3, just HOW WELL does it perform compared to prior models? Luckily, we have videos for that! Continue reading “So, How Well Does RetroPie Game Emulation work with the Raspberry Pi 3?”

A Proper Memorial for the PSP – WIRed #122

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It’s time for Episode 122 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses China’s vertical, space-saving school, Windows 95 on Android Wear, a gamer’s PSP memorial, and Disney princesses head to the squared-circle! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “A Proper Memorial for the PSP – WIRed #122”

If You EVER Wanted Windows 95 on Your Smartwatch…

…then, well, here you go, I guess…

Back when Windows 95 came out, it was an excellent operating system for a varied amount of task, though mine centered around typing reports for school and playing PC games (like the awesome Torin’s Passage). However, as time passed by, we now use Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and await the arrival of Windows 10, as Windows 95 has now become just a memory. Or at least it did until this interesting hack with Android wearable tech.
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The Ultimate Arcade Machine…In a Raspberry Pi’ed Game Boy!

I’m telling you guys, I cannot get enough of these Raspberry Pi hacks! I’ve came across this hack project by DIYer and gamer John Hassl, in which he has given new life to the original, grey-bricked, green-lit monochromatic screened Game Boy, all thanks to the best little $35 microcomputer Raspberry Pi. This project features Hassl cramming the Pi into the case of an old-school Game Boy, and running retro game system emulator software on the Pi to give provide access to all your favorite classic game titles on the portable game system you and I know and love. Hassl even goes the extra step to hack on a few extra buttons around back of the case for use of playing games on some more modern system emulators. Continue reading “The Ultimate Arcade Machine…In a Raspberry Pi’ed Game Boy!”

3D Moon Base LastPasses GB/Oculus WWE Contracts – WIRed #102

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It’s time for Episode #102 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses 3D-Printed architecture on the moon, why LastPass is the bees-knees-if-ya-please, playing a virtual Game Boy on the Oculus Rift, and the funny things on WWE Pay-Per-View match contracts! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling.

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YOU TOO Can Play a virtual Game Boy in the Oculus Rift

OK; I do love playing video games, but I see no real purpose of playing a video game of me playing a video game. It’s just that the redunancy is not appreiciated by me.  However, this virtual Game Boy emulator that was programmed for the Oculus Rift is pretty interesting.  Essentially, the Facebook-owned virtual reality headset comes with a set of ROMs and a fairly complicated setup as opposed to just grabbing  an actual Game Boy and playing a quick game of Tetris. Continue reading “YOU TOO Can Play a virtual Game Boy in the Oculus Rift”