Nintendo’s Mini NES is a missed opportunity

Mini NES
Outside the 30 games that came with Nintendo’s Mini NES console, there is no way you can put in additional ones. According to a report by Engadget, the device can’t connect to the internet or any other external storage devices. And no, the cartridge chamber doesn’t open either.

That means you’re stuck with the following preloaded games:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania ii: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts ‘N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Yes, it’s a terrific line-up, especially with a device that costs only $60, but I can’t help but feel that this is a missed opportunity for the Kyoto-based console maker. Here are several reasons why:

Alien: Isolation system specs revealed

Alien Isolation Xenomorph
This Xenomorph is crossing her fingers (offscreen) because she’s not sure if Alien: Isolation would be good.

You’re probably hoping that Alien: Isolation would be the great Alien game that Aliens: Colonial Marines never was. However, we’ll never know this for sure until the game is actually released. Fortunately, the wait isn’t too far off: according to developer Creative Assembly, Alien: Isolation has gone gold.

Not only that–Creative Assembly has also revealed the system requirements for Alien: Isolation on the PC. They are as follows:


GTA V release dates for PS4, Xbox One, PC finally announced

GTA V Michael
Expect GTA V to be shinier on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

It’s official: Grand Theft Auto V is coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 18, 2014. And finally, after a tumultuous wait (which involved a petition with more than 700,000 signatures), GTA V will arrive on the PC on January 27, 2015.

According to Rockstar Games, these three versions of GTA V will come with a number of improvements, which include:

  • Improved draw distances
  • Higher resolutions
  • Additional weapons, vehicles and stuff to do
  • More animals to shoot
  • Denser traffic
  • Thicker foliage
  • Enhanced damage and weather effects
  • Over 100 additional songs and DJ mixes

Rockstar also announced that it has an incentive for those who pre-order: you get $500,000 in-game cash for your Story Mode and $500,000 for your Grand Theft Auto Online in-game bank account.

While I don’t recommend pre-ordering games since you’re not sure how good the final product would actually be, GTA V seems pretty much a done deal in terms of quality. Nevertheless, I suggest you hold off on pre-ordering on the PC. Remember how Rockstar handled the PC version of GTA IV?

By the way, if you’re so enamoured by current-gen shiny visuals that you decided to get the prettier versions of GTA V, you can transfer your existing GTA Online characters and progression to either the PS4, Xbox One or PC.

Gears of War: Tactics gameplay leaked

Gears of War Tactics
In 2009, Microsoft gave Halo the real-time strategy treatment with Halo Wars. Apparently, Gears of War was supposed to be next. But there’s a twist: the aptly-named Gears of War: Tactics was going to be for the Kinect.

VG Leaks recently got hold of some leaked footage for the game, but you’ll have to head on over there to see it.

Based on what’s shown, Tactics seems to require a bit of precision, particularly when selecting your troops and pointing out where you want them to go. I’m not sure how fun this would be though, especially when you consider that both versions of the Kinect aren’t very accurate.

Apparently, developer Microsoft didn’t think much of Gears of War: Tactics either because they ended up cancelling it.

How to drive better in Watch Dogs

Want to drive better in Watch Dogs? Learn to drift.
Want to drive better in Watch Dogs? Learn to drift.

Many don’t seem to be too pleased with the Watch Dogs driving mechanics. If you browse through enthusiast blogs, forums, and social media websites, you might notice that a number of gamers are criticising Watch Dogs’ driving experience, saying that it’s “floaty”, “slippery”, and “inaccurate”.

The disapproval is understandable though; there are several vehicles in Watch Dogs that can be maddening to drive. The sporty ones, in particular, go out of control easily.

Fortunately, there is a way to play the game without slamming into every obstacle. Here are a few suggestions on how to drive better in Watch Dogs.

Arkham Knight’s Batmobile could break Batman’s no-guns rule

Have you seen the new Batmobile trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight?

Batman fan or not, you may have noticed that the Batmobile trailer focused on one thing: big fricking guns. From a gameplay perspective, it makes plenty of sense. Batman’s ride is a mix between sports car and tank, so it should have things that go pew pew.

In Batman canon, however, this could go against the Dark Knight’s “no guns” rule. Admittedly, I don’t know if the Batmobile’s guns will eventually be used to kill thugs in Arkham Knight, but it’s not implausible to presume that it can happen.