The mCable Gaming Edition HDMI cable from Marseille promises to "eliminate jagged edges and shimmering texture without creating blurring artifacts" among other things. The cable also starts at around $100 for a 3-foot version and after being told over and over and over again not to buy an expensive HDMI cable, I originally took this claim as pure marketing, but I was wrong. The mCable is more than just an HDMI cable, so there's a good reason why it's pricier. Inside one end of the cable is a graphics processor (powered by the connected USB cable) that upscales the low-resolution graphics from older or retro consoles, PC games and the Nintendo Switch. It works with new consoles, too, but since those already have powerful graphics processors, the mCable Gaming's performance is not as noticeable. The Switch's native output is 1280 x 720 pixels and it can use some help, especially when it's connected to a large full HD or 4K UHD TV. And, as I mentioned at the top, it … [Read more...] about Is this Nintendo Switch HDMI cable worth buying for $100?
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Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can play three more classic games starting Wednesday. They can also get a fresh spin on an existing pair.The company added Adventures of Lolo, Ninja Gaiden and Wario's Woods to its selection of classic NES games in the paid service, as well as surprise SP versions of Dr. Mario and Metroid, Nintendo Life reported.Dr. Mario SP starts you off at level 20 at Hi speed, allowing you to see a "rare scene," while Metroid SP puts you right into the battle with archnemesis/space dragon Ridley near the end of the game and gives you all of hero Samus Aran's upgrades. Dr. Mario and Samus are longtime Smash Bros. fighters, and Ridley was added as an unlockable fighter in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo previously added SP versions of The Legend of Zelda and Gradius to the service. Now playing: Watch this: Unboxing the Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate... 3:37 CNET's Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018. … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Online’s NES update brings two surprises
Year In Review We look back at the highs, lows, surprises, and standouts in and around video games this year. As sophomore slumps go, the Nintendo Switch’s wasn’t so bad. When the Switch burst onto the scene in 2017, it could seemingly do no wrong. It was the new kid on the block: young and cool, with an air of mystery and excitement. So it goes with most new game consoles. In 2018, Switch hit the ol’ sophomore slump, with lesser games and ports filling its lineup as we continue to wait for the next batch of all-new megahits. This, too, is typical of consoles. While the Switch didn’t have many home runs in 2018, it did have some doubles and triples. How do you follow up a year in which new Zelda and Mario games were not only met with critical acclaim, but were widely considered to have radically reinvented their series for the better? If you’re Nintendo, you follow it up with, well, a lot of Wii U ports and less-ambitious sequels. Until the one-two … [Read more...] about The State Of The Nintendo Switch In 2018
In the early hours of March 9th, 2018, Amir Badvipour, a university student and admin of the fan-run group Nintendo Iran, watched a new Nintendo Direct on his laptop. His closest gaming friends, all locals of Tehran, Iran, had stayed up to watch as well. With each new reveal and game update they shot messages back and forth, but there wasn’t really any news that had the Iranian Nintendo fans blown away. With the Direct almost at its end, the stream cut to a messy battle between two Inklings, the adorable squid kids from Nintendo’s hit Splatoon franchise. As the Inklings traded blows, a flaming icon rose in the background. Smash Bros., one of Badvipour’s favorites series, was coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. “I didn’t know how to react,” he told Kotaku via Skype this week. “It was one of the best and most shocking moments of the year for me.” The gaming culture in Iran has grown and evolved substantially over the past two decades, … [Read more...] about Iran’s Growing Nintendo Scene Pins Hopes On
RetroArch is a homebrew program that combines a ton of different gaming emulators into a single, relatively sleek package. Development on it began in 2010, with version 1.0 releasing in 2014. Several updates later, today the people behind it released the latest version, which can run on hacked Nintendo Switches. RetroArch isn’t the simplest homebrew program to set up. There are a lot of options to calibrate, in part because of everything it includes, both in terms of the different emulators it supports and all of the available settings. Once it’s running, its appeal comes from an interface that’s easy to navigate. In practice it’s very similar to the explorer bars on the PS3 and PSP homescreens, just filled with retro emulators and whatever games people stock them with. While originally popular on hacked PSPs, Vitas, and Raspberry Pis, the fact that RetroArch now works on hacked Switches opens up a whole new frontier. “The RetroArch release on Switch is … [Read more...] about Multi-Console Emulator Now Runs On Hacked Switches