Nintendo To Release 25th Anniversary Edition NES

By Shaun Hatton - March 31st, 2008

The Nintendo Entertainment System is the console that revitalized home gaming in the 80s. Get ready to own it again.

As cool as the Virtual Console is, there’s no denying that for all its super emulation, component output, and steady flow of downloadable games, nothing can come close to the feel of the original systems. In particular, I’m talking about the NES.

But there’s good news if you’re among the many who’d love to own a mint condition NES again (or for the first time). For the system’s 25th anniversary (which is July 15, 2008), the Big N will be releasing a “Limited Collector’s Edition” replica of the Nintendo Entertainment System. The console will come with two controllers but as of yet there’s no word on which games will be included.

While part of the reason for the release of this 25th Anniversary console is to commemorate a giant in the gaming world, one can’t help but wonder if Nintendo’s hidden agenda is to help combat the rise in popularity of cheaply-made NES clones.

In its heyday, the Nintendo Entertainment System sold well over 61 million systems worldwide. Unfortunately due to inherent problems with the console’s design, not many of them could withstand repeated use of the front-loading, supposed “zero insertion force” cartridge mechanism. This resulted in undesired wear on the pin connectors: a problem that many tried to solve by blowing on the cartridge contacts.

Nintendo is addressing this problem in the Limited Collector’s Edition by eliminating the press-down part of the cartridge insertion. While this may deter some hardcore old-school gamers, Nintendo’s North American President Reggie Fils-Aime has his own spin on it:

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Off Road Velociraptor Safari

By Shaun Hatton - March 27th, 2008

This image just about says it all.

While technically not a Flash game, Off Road Velociraptor Safari is a game you can choose to play in your browser (with the unity web player) or you can run it right from your desktop.

The game involves you playing as a velociraptor while driving around in a Jeep. The object? Do stunts and kill other velociraptors. Sounds ludicrous enough as it is, but there’s more to it. You can kill the poor dinos by running into them or you can pull out a giant spiked ball-and-chain melee weapon and drag their carcasses around after you’ve run through them with it.

For a web game, it certainly boasts some impressive PlayStation One-era graphics and some very cool physics effects, too. Parts of your vehicle fall off with the damage you take, and the raptor carcasses behave realistically enough to make you kind of feel bad for hitting them.

LINK: Off Road Velociraptor Safari

Professor Layton Deleted Scene Found!

By Toronto Thumbs Staff - March 20th, 2008

There are over 20 deleted scenes from Professor Layton and the Curious Village hidden somewhere on Toronto Thumbs.

One of the deleted scenes from Professor Layton and the Curious Village has been found! It’s an outtake of one of the conversations Layton and Luke have about a cat playing with a mouse. Check it out!

Local legend has it that there are over 20 such deleted scenes hidden throughout Toronto Thumbs. They’re hidden so well that even we do not know where they are anymore. How did we get ahold of these? No one knows for certain. But in all likelihood, some mischievous staff members might have been bored and decided to make them up. What better way to pay homage to one of the best DS games ever?

Don’t forget to check out our Resident Evil 4/Professor Layton wallpaper and our Layton review, too.

HOW TO: Know You Have a True Gaming Friend

By Shaun Hatton - March 13th, 2008

Real-life friends would let you shoot the zombies you called for. True gaming friends will kill your zombies after killing theirs.

Ever wonder if you’ve got a True Gaming Friend (aka TGF) or not? Well, wonder no more. Here’s how you can tell you’ve got a true gaming friend who will always be there for you no matter what.

Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles

How to tell you’ve got a TGF:

When playing in multiplayer mode, and you and your friend* decide it’s best to divide the screen into left and right halves to determine what side of the screen each other is responsible for taking care of, your TGF will often cross over onto your side of the screen to kill the zombies you call out for and also steal your weapons and ammo upgrades.

You’ll know you really have TGF if this person shoots a zombie’s knees out, causing him to fall just before your well-aimed and timed headshot could connect. Thanks, TGF! Now it’s going to take eight more bullets to kill this zombie when he could have already been dead.

Sometimes your TGF will tell you he had to shoot the zombie because it was getting “too close” or “was about to hit us.”

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SIMILARITIES: Professor Layton & Leon Kennedy

By Shaun Hatton - February 16th, 2008

“We’re not so different, you and I,” Leon said to Professor Layton.

This week, Nintendo released Professor Layton and the Curious Village for Nintendo DS. I’ve been playing the game for the last few days and could not help but notice that despite its seemingly innocent exterior, the game shares many parallels with another awesome game: Resident Evil 4.

It’s something you may have not considered. But hear me out. Both games involve the main character being sent to a mysterious and strange village to investigate an out-of-the-ordinary case. In Resident Evil 4, Leon Kennedy is sent to a small, unnamed European village to look into the disappearance of the President’s daughter, who was taken by a cult led by a man who controlled the whole village. In Curious Village, Professor Layton is called to a strange, remote village (we learn early on that there are no roads connecting it to other towns) to solve a mystery dealing with the estate of a man who seemingly owned the whole town.

In both games, things are not as they first appear. Soon into his adventure, Leon discovers that the villagers aren’t quite human, and that they’re all out to get him. Similarly, Layton finds out that everyone he comes across is really strange in that they try to get in his way by making him solve somewhat trivial puzzles. Also in both games, it sometimes takes a lot more than skill to get by these villagers. Sometimes, you see, it takes a tonne of luck.

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HOW TO: Know You Have a True Gaming Friend

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 13th, 2008

A real-life friend would never dress like a ninja to jump you in a parking garage. But a True Gaming Friend totally would.

Ever wonder if you’ve got a True Gaming Friend (aka TGF) or not? Well, wonder no more. In this first instalment of the series, we’ll discuss one of the many ways you can tell you’ve got a TGF.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

How to tell you’ve got a TGF:
When your “friend” sneaks around an entire map, avoiding countless enemies and friendly grenade explosions, just to shoot you in the side of the head from your sniping position. Your friend then complains about recoil on the weapon despite having recently being quoted online as saying the game weapons have no recoil*.

While this may seem like your “friend” is in fact a huge “jerkface,” be assured that this is not the case. For you see, a TGF is quite different from a real-life friend. If you have a friend that shoots you in the side of the head in real life, please call our toll-free hotline at 911 before you die.

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