Genyo Takeda, Nintendo Game And Hardware Designer, Is Retiring

Genyo Takeda, known for working on some of Nintendo’s most iconic games, consoles, and tech, will be stepping down from the company this June. Takeda, 68, was hired in 1971 by future Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi, and got started by creating the gun game that nearly sunk Nintendo (not by his doing, but due to the oil crisis of the late-1970s). However, he would go on to produce and direct classic games (like Punch-Out!!, Pilotwings 64, and Dr. Mario 64) and technology (like tapping the NES cart’s RAM to back up save data, the N64 controller’s analog stick and headed up the Wii’s development) as he had long been part of Nintendo’s technology brain trust.

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Nintendo Switch – Doc’D #59

In this video game-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the upcoming home and portable gaming console, the Nintendo Switch, including the Nintendo’s prior systems leading up to the Switch’s March 2017 release.

1) “First Look at the Nintendo Switch” [https://goo.gl/10bzcO]
2) “Nintendo Switch™ – Official Site – Nintendo’s New Video Game System” [http://www.nintendo.com/switch/]
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Awesome Future-Father makes “The Legend of Zelda” Theme in Nursery

Coming off the heels of Father’s Day a little over a week ago, let’s continue to chronicle the efforts of awesome gaming fathers out there.  Above is the work of loving father-to-be Cole Bradburn, decided that The Legend of Zelda would be the nursery theme (particularly the art style from Wind Waker/Phantom Hourglass/Spirit Tracks). Teaming up with his buddy Wes — you remember, the other awesome father who created … Continue reading Awesome Future-Father makes “The Legend of Zelda” Theme in Nursery

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Use a Xbox 360 Controller on a PS3? Use a PS3 Controller on a Xbox 360? The Cronus is MADNESS!!

I’ve owned a Nintendo Gamecube for years, and as much fun as I have playing the games (i.e. Eternal Darkness, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker, etc.), I personally cannot stand the Gamecube controller.  While it’s not the worst controller I’ve ever held (I’m looking at you, Atari Jaguar; quit laughing original Xbox “Duke” controller), the button layout is a mess, in my honest opinion.  Thankfully, I have an adapter to use my PlayStation 2 controller (which is perfect; also, in my honest opinion) with my Gamecube, and it’s wonderful.  It’s a little hard to find such a cross-controller-to-console device for the current generation of video game consoles, but now with this adapter from Cronus, you can use your Xbox 360 controller with the PlayStation 3 (or vice-versa; even with the Wii).

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