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.
Continue reading Genyo Takeda, Nintendo Game And Hardware Designer, Is Retiring
I want to preface this post with a brief look at my background:
- I am a Christian with a spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ and follower of his teachings, especially John 13:34-35, asking us to “love one another as I (Christ) have loved you” and my favorite books in The Bible are Exodus (overcoming external and internal captivity) and Proverbs (a book of wisdom & justice);
- I’m a supporter of science and technology (in case you cannot tell by this website’s existence) because I enjoy learning how things work, how things came to be and what could happen next based on research, discovery, experimentation and fact-based evidence resulting from the scientific method;
- I’m a consumer of various types of media, ranging from architecture, video games, pro wrestling (in case, well, you know…), books, music, podcasts, comics, board games, etc., and I’d like to think that I have enough of a perspective (based on a combination of parenting, mentorships and experiences) to differentiate between fantasy and reality to make informed decisions.
I say this because there are stories like the one I’m about to mention that tend to grind my gears. Religious fundamentalists utilizing scare tactics toward a growing/popular medium for the sake of self-promotion is nothing new (i.e. Teletubbies, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, reading, yoga, the Jitterbug, Harry Potter, new music genres, skirts, chess, etc.), but this one from the 1980s is especially sad, mainly due to its aforementioned shallow intentions and its resulting unintended hilarity. Continue reading A Grim Warning from the 1980s About the Black Magic in “Final Fantasy”…
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/]
3) Search “Nintendo Switch” on The PractitioNERD [https://goo.gl/0BUj3c] Continue reading Nintendo Switch – Doc’D #59
Howdy Maiya; you should enjoy this…
Four lost Kirby minigames from the Super Famicom’s Satellaview peripheral (we’ll get to that in a bit…) have made their way into the hands of gaming preservationists after a surprise auction and some help from fans of the franchise. Here’s the story: Kirby no Omocha Hako (「カービィのおもちゃ箱, aka “Kirby’s Toy Box”) was a Satellaview title consisting of 10 mini-games. The Japan-exclusive device let players download games via a satellite connection, and while many games were made available for the Satellaview, most have been lost after the service discontinued. However, when some ARE found, they can take quite a while to get them working and playable again. Continue reading Four Long Last ‘Kirby’ Games Found At A Japanese Auction
Formerly referred to as the Nintendo NX, this morning Nintendo revealed a trailer for their upcoming new home console, the Nintendo Switch. According to the press release,
“Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system. Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.”
Continue reading The Nintendo Switch, coming March 2017
It should just be expected that fan-made games using Nintendo’s IP will get the ol’ DMCA-takedown-claim hammer (leave a comment if you have a more truncated name). Just THIS PAST MONTH, the company has taken down Another Metroid 2 Remake (which I heard is awesome), Pokémon Uranium Version (which I managed to snag ahead of time) and a large number of titles on Game Jolt. The latest title to get the Nintendo legal team’s attention is No Mario’s Sky by ASMB Games, an nod to both No Man’s Sky and the Super Mario franchise. Continue reading Nintendo takes down ‘No Mario’s Sky’ fan game; its developer re-uploads it as ‘DMCA’s Sky’