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Super Nintendo Land: Mario kart, leaked plans and patents

Anyone who has ever cursed the name of a blue shell or screamed bloody murder at a well placed banana peel will undoubtedly be planning a trip to Japan at some point in the near future. I'm referring, of course, to the Nintendo theme park currently...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

Nintendo announce Universal Theme Park and Legend of Zelda Escape Room!

Video games and theme parks are two of my lifelong passions, so to say that the concept of the two coming together would something of a dream come true for yours truly might actually be an understatement. As if taking a page directly from the dream...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

Nintendo vs Sega: Retro Console Wars Round Two

Gaming is no longer the solitary pursuit of children, perpetual loners and hairy palmed basement dwellers. In fact, it's become such an accepted mainstream hobby that the gaming industry is now worth more and generates more income than the film and...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Design

Smart Boy: If Nintendo made Smartphones

When Nintendo announced their intent to move into smartphone gaming earlier this year, the internet was abuzz with gamers pontificating on their pros and cons of the company's decision to branch out beyond their own home consoles for the first time....

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

Has Nintendo sold its soul?

Nintendo is a company that is particularly dear to the hearts of many 20-30 year old generation X/Y straddlers such as myself. We grew up with Mario and Link and Donkey Kong, and even today, whilst many of us might have neglected the bright colours...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

Nintendo to finally join the smartphone revolution?

No, Nintendo are not launching their own smartphone (though I have no idea why, as it would probably result in Black Friday levels of consumer chaos, and their have been rumours that they might be developing their own Android tablet), but are...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

Punk Rock meets Nintendo. Finally!

Jeff Hong is something of a fringe celebrity in certain corners of the internet thanks to the Brooklyn, New York-based storyboard artist's recent “Disney Unhappily Ever After” illustrations, which took Disney princesses and transplanted...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

#TechTuesday: Who Won E3 2017?

Last week, the gaming industry descended on the Los Angeles Convention Centre to show off their wares, swap war stories and make the wallets of gamers everywhere quiver in fear. E3 2017 was not exactly a banner year for the expo, with precious few of...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Wieden+Kennedy celebrate a year of Pokémon Go

It might not seem like it, it's been almost a year since the international phenomenon that was Pokémon Go made its debut. Whilst the numbers of Pokémon players has dwindled significantly in recent months, the game still rides high on both the Apple...

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Technology

#TechTuesday: More Pokémon, a self-driving bus and a talking T. Rex

The Week in Pokémon We already reported last week on the rather nifty Pokédrone, but in the wake of Pokémon Go's phenomenal success, there have been many more products announced to capitalise on the game's current ubiquity. Nintendo's...

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Technology

The Latest Highlights & Trends in Tech

Microsoft use the Super Bowl to show off their Hololens Imagining the future for NFL fans Whilst it seems we can't go a week without hearing about similar projects from Sony and Valve, there’s still very little solid information available to the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

Super Mario Maker is the game the creative industry has been waiting for

The first time I booted up Super Mario Maker last Thursday evening (yes I got it a day early because it transpires Amazon are just THAT reliable) I was immediately struck by just how intuitive it was. Whereas I had experimented with game building...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

The Week in Tech

Artist recreates London skyline with newspaper to celebrate new PS4 game In more gaming news, last week a London artist used 100 discarded copies of the Evening Standard to create a 300kg model of the iconic London skyline to celebrate the launch of...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

The Week in Tech

The man with the Bionic eyes In yet another case of reality catching up with science fiction, an elderly man in the UK has had his sight partially restored thanks to a cutting-edge, bionic retinal implant which converts images from a miniature...

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Technology

The Week in Tech

It is. Officially. ON! Suidobashi - The Response Last week I reported about a proposed round of bonafide, giant robot on giant robot combat between the US and Japan. I can now happily report that the fight is very much on, after Japanese robotics...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

The Week in Tech

Apple iPhone 6S images leaked? Days after Apple accidentally leaked images of their new iPods, images of the tech giant's next iPhone (the iPhone 6s) have hit the internet. The photos cite a “Proven” Apple source, and show that the new...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

The Week in Tech: E3 2015 Special

Every June, the gaming industry converges on the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, affectionately known to gamers worldwide as E3. The expo has, in parallel to the industry itself, grown from humble beginnings to...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

The Week In Tech

With E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) launching tomorrow, we're taking a look at some news before the big announcements from the gaming giants come out. E3 is a conference dedicated to computer, video and mobile games (and their related products)....

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Technology

The Week in Tech

Nintendo shoot down Android rumours Whilst all of gadget land might well be salivating at the prospect of today's impending WWDC Apple keynote speech (check back tomorrow for my thoughts on that), it is the Californian tech giants primary rival in...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

The Week in Tech

Nintendo Whilst last week saw the launch of the New Nintendo 3DS in Europe, many North Americans have been complaining that the device has yet to be released across the pond, with only the New 3DS XL hitting western Atlantic shores. Nintendo's...

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Video Games

Pokémon Go Phenomenon: How advertisers and brands are getting involved

Location-based marketing is at something of a tipping point right now where it could honestly go either way, but the outrageous success of the recently released Pokémon Go AR smartphone game seems to suggest it could be about to really kick off...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

The Week in Tech

Facebook is finally GIF friendly A point of contention for many Facebook users is that the site has never really got on well with GIFs. This week, however, the social media giants confirmed the site will now support animated GIFs in its News Feed,...

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Video Games

10 things you might not know about the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch touches down in stores and homes worldwide today (March 3). I have mine on preorder and will be popping to pick it up as soon as I'm done with work for the day (no I didn't pull a sickie, but I was tempted), but until then, I...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

Nintendo Switch: Lifting the veil on the NX

When Nintendo dropped their surprise announcement yesterday afternoon, and finally gave us our first glimpse at the NX (now known as the “Nintendo Switch”), I was in two minds about it. First there was a sense of relief, as this reveal...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Platform for success: A history of video game art

If you're a fan of video game art, then you're in the right place. Today’s innovations and improvements in game art design and development have been shaped by the first steps that were taken in the past. Today, video games are considered more...

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Top Hires of the Week

Sonic Union NYC-based audio studio Sonic Union announces the addition of composer/experiential sound designer/mixer Rob Ballingall. Working out of both its Bryant Park and Union Square locations, Rob offers his talents in music and audio post, with...

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Top Hires of the Week

Partizan Emma Westenberg is a Dutch director, born in California and based in Amsterdam who has justed been named as the latest addition to the Partizan roster. Her work can be described as a confident mix of classic visual tropes, fashion and fine...

Posted by: Industry Updates

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