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Retro-Bit showcases their Metal Storm re-release, and Collector's Edition

Storm's a brewin'

Retro-Bit announced a physical re-release for the NES game Metal Storm awhile ago, and they brought the finished version to showcase at E3, alongside a Collector's Edition.

The Collector’s Edition includes a cover, a cartridge box and instruction manual, a hard box, art prints, a pin, and a figure of the game’s main character, the mecha M-308 Gunner. Both the standard and Collector’s Edition will be available to order via Castlemania and Limited Run Games’ site, with the standard edition priced at $44.99 and the Collector’s Edition at $69.99. The shipping date will be sometime in Oct. 2019.

IGN Video - My Arcade Retro Champ: The Nintendo Switch of NES Games

The My Arcade Retro Champ is like the Game Gear for Nintendo that never happened. Play all your old-school Nintendo and Famicom cartridges with this portable console.

Take another look at the My Arcade Retro Champ

A new way to play old games

The Retro Champ™ console breathes new life into retro gamers’ NES™ and Famicom™ cartridges without the need for a legacy console. My Arcade’s new console includes a built-in 7" screen that allows for portable play with 35 hours of playtime via the built-in rechargeable battery. Retro gamers looking to play from the comfort of their couches can connect the Retro Champ™ to their TV via the console’s HDMI® output and pair with My Arcade wireless controllers (sold separately). Also included is a built-in cartridge cleaning kit - no more blowing on cartridges!

We haven't heard a thing about the My Arcade Retro Champ since January, but the good news is that everything has been going well since then. The device is actually launching later this month for $80! If you want to check out more pics of the Retro Champ, have a look at IGN's feature here.

Nintendo Treehouse Live's error screen is fantastic

The hall that Nintendo is holding their Treehouse Live stream in at E3 2019 just suffered a momentary power outage. During that issue, the Treehouse Live stream went down. It was quickly replaced with an error screen that Nintendo had prepared in advance, and it's absolutely fantastic. Nintendo certainly knows their Zelda history!

Thanks to Nurio for the heads up!

Switch Online NES Collection - Version 2.6.0 now live (City Connection, Double Dragon II, Volleyball, TwinBee SP)

Grab your new NES games today!

The Switch Online NES Collection has been updated to Version 2.6.0. As was revealed a couple weeks back, this update includes City Connection, Dboule Dragon II, and Volleyball. The bonus game this time around is TwinBee SP, which starts of at stage 6 and on the highest difficulty.

Fan makes an acrylic NES shell

Not seeing is believing

Fans are still showing the NES love all these years later, constantly coming up with new ideas and tweaks for the hardware. The latest creation takes the original shell of the NES and recreates it out of acrylic! The end result is really damn cool, and it gets even better with the special lighting!

Thanks to Stalepie for the heads up!

RGC01 light gun revealed for the Polymega

Light gun games get a new lease on life

The Polymega is going to let you play all your retro NES, SNES, Genesis cartridges and more. If you happen to have a lot of light gun games in your collection, you'll be happy to know that those will work as well, even with your HDTV.

Playmaji, the team working on the Polymega, has teamed with Sinden Technology to produce the RGC01, a light gun "for the HDTV generation." The RGC01 will be available in a North American/Japanese version, and a worldwide version, and will be priced at $100.

Switch Online NES Collection getting Double Dragon II, Volleyball, and City Connection on June 12th, 2019

Three more join the service

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The library of classic NES™ games available to Nintendo Switch Online members continues to grow this month, with the addition of Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Volleyball and City Connection. The three games will hit the paid online service for the Nintendo Switch™ system on June 12.

Double Dragon II: The Revenge – Billy and Jimmy Lee, the Double Dragons, are back to avenge the loss of Marian. In their quest to defeat the evil Shadow Warriors, Billy and Jimmy must complete nine missions, facing deadly street gangs, ninjas and huge mutant fighters. Can Billy and Jimmy contend with the enemies placed before them and ultimately save the world?

Volleyball – Enjoy a game of volleyball as you spike for a point, slam a perfect serve and make a save that wins the game for your team. As captain, you’ll lead your team through a fast-paced warm-up round, and then quickly move into the heat of real volleyball competition. The first team to 15 points wins the set, and the first team to win three sets takes the match.

City Connection – After breaking into an exclusive paint store in New York City, you’re on the run from the cops! Carrying leaky 10-gallon cans of paint, drive over every mile of New York City highways before catching a boat to England. From there, you will go on a tour of the world, avoiding the police and leaking paint everywhere you go.

All games that are part of the Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online collection, which also includes classics like The Legend of Zelda™, Super Mario Bros.™ 3 and Donkey Kong™, have been enhanced with online features and can be played anytime and anywhere.

Other features of the Nintendo Switch Online service include online play and Save Data Cloud backup in compatible games, plus a smartphone app that enhances features of supported games, such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo Switch Online members also gain access to an online mode in the Tetris® 99 digital game as a special offer. The game includes online events, and recently, the Tetris 99 Big Block paid DLC added two new modes to the game, both of which can be played offline.

For $99.99, fans with a paid Nintendo Switch Online membership can purchase a set of two Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers from Nintendo eShop to redeem for the digital versions of two eligible games at a savings of up to $19.99. For more information about this limited-time special offer, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/online-service/special-offers/.

To make playing NES games feel more authentic, Nintendo Switch Online members with a paid membership can purchase Nintendo Entertainment System controllers* that are compatible with Nintendo Switch by visiting https://nesc.nintendo.com/nintendo-entertainment-system-controllers.

For more information about Nintendo Switch Online, to view membership options and to learn about a free seven-day trial for new users, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/online-service/.

Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required. Persistent Internet, compatible smartphone and Nintendo Account age 13+ required to use app. Data charges may apply. Online play, Save Data Cloud and Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app features available in compatible games. Not available in all countries. The Nintendo Account User Agreement, including the Purchase and Subscription terms, apply. nintendo.com/switch-online

*Limit one purchase per Nintendo Account with paid Nintendo Switch Online individual or family membership. Offer not available for trial membership. These controllers are optional and not required to play the Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online collection of games.

Game Freak looks back on the development of Yoshi and Pokemon Red/Blue

It was a simpler time

Game Freak's latest YouTube video takes a double-dip into Nintendo's earlier days. The video focuses on both the NES title Yoshi, and Pokemon Red/Blue. Check out a summary of the video's info below.

- items on Yoshi‘s main menu will move accordingly to the music, which was programmed by Masuda
- Ken Sugimori came up with the gameplay for Yoshi
- Game Freak wanted to add in a realistic sounding Yoshi voice, but it got turned down by Nintendo
- Masuda learned about the “wave” design of difficulty curve during the creation of this game
- wave design is where after a particularly hard stage, an easier stage comes after to let players bask in the accomplishment
- Masuda says developing and balancing them feels like taste-testing in cooking, where you can try it and tweak immediately
- for RPGs, the usage of time is different, as it takes maybe 3 hours before you really get into the groove
- Masuda remembers how shocked people were when finding out just how fast storage capacity limits would improve
- Masuda says there are some good things about having limited memory
- for example, if memory was infinite, devs would probably keep adding in new things and the game would never get done
- there were fun things that could be done thanks to memory limits
- this included thinking of Pokemon names that could be fit in the 5-character limit (in Japanese)
- in order to get the voices of the original 151 Pokemon done, Masuda had to use certain tricks in order for it to work
- Masuda says he would probably have been told off it he weren’t the main programmer on the game

Famicom game Plasma Ball gets a fan-translation

Fan translators keep digging deeper and deeper into the Famicom's library to find titles that never got a localization. The latest title they've salvaged is Plasma Ball, which originally saw release in 1992. Plasma Ball is a versus action game focused on manipulating a ball to complete various objectives.