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Nintendo and ESR Cayman lead broadly positive run for Asia markets

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Investors gave Nintendo a huge boost on Friday, after the gaming company reported better than expected earnings powered by sales of its popular Switch console. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HSI) was also shaking off the disappointing economic growth figures, posting gains of 0.5%. Elsewhere in Asia, markets were up. South Korea’s Kospi Index (KOSPI) rose 0.4%, and the Shanghai Composite Index (SHCOMP) edged up 0.7%. Investors in China cheered an unexpected jump in manufacturing data. Growth in output from China’s huge manufacturing sector rose in October,…

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Yoshis Crafted World is classic gaming joy, Nintendo-style

In 1995, Yoshi had his moment. The character’s Super Mario World debut was so strong, Nintendo handed the dinosaur sidekick his own sequel. A surprise divergence from the Mario franchise found the character escorting a baby version of the plumber in search of his kidnapped twin. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island was regarded as an instant classic for the Super Nintendo. The positive reaction was due, in part, to some bold aesthetic choices. The game featured a shaky line style, both in keeping with the playful infant motif and…

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One-of-a-kind ‘Super Mario Bros.’ copy sells for $100,000

Image: heritage auctions A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System has been sold at auction for over $100,000, Heritage Auctions announced on Thursday. That’s some serious coin. This copy of Super Mario Bros. not only contains one of the most popular games of all time, it also happens to be a pretty rare copy of said game. Not only is it in great condition, it is currently the only known copy of Super Mario Bros. that is sticker sealed. That explains why it broke the…

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Zelda has a minus world

Listen, everyone. It’s not every day that a new fact comes to light regarding a game that came out more than 30 years ago. And I happen to love it when retro games get broken in fabulous and entertaining ways. So the news that The Legend of Zelda for NES has a minus world like Super Mario Bros. and others hit me like a freight train. The phenomenon was discovered by YouTuber SKELUX, who starts off his video with a quick explanation of how minus worlds work. If you think…

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Bowsette is canceled, sorry horny Nintendo fans

Image: nintendo Nintendo made it official that Bowsette, a vivacious, fan-created character that melds together Bowser and Princess Peach, is not a thing. With the release of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe rapidly approaching on the Nintendo Switch, a sharp-eyed fan on ResetEra realized that Nintendo included a description on the official site for the game that makes the internet’s favorite gender-bent Super Mario character officially non-canon. SEE ALSO: Are Toad and Toadette bumping uglies? In case you missed the whole Bowsette thing, here’s a quick recap: There’s a…

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Nintendos souped-up NES Zelda loads you with gear for an easier adventure

Nintendo has set a strange new precedent with the release of Legend of Zelda SP on the Switch: it’s essentially the original NES game but with Link starts loaded up with good gear and cash. In a way it’s no different from a cheat code, but the way it’s executed feels like a missed opportunity. The game itself (SP stands for “special”) is described by Nintendo in the menu as a “souped up version” of the original: “Living the life of luxury!” It’s a separate entry in the menu with…

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Nintendos NES Switch controllers activate the nostalgia centers (and wallets) of retro gamers

The news that Nintendo would be adding NES games to the Switch as part of its paid online service had a mixed reception, but the company has completely made up for this controversial decision by releasing wireless NES controllers with which to play those games. At $60 they’re a bit steep, but come on. You know you’re going to buy them eventually. Probably next week. The controllers were revealed during the latest Nintendo Direct video news dump, alongside a host of other nostalgia bombs, like a new Animal Crossing and…

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The often gross and rarely sexy history of video game sex

Image: sierra on-line, mashable composite It’s Summer Lovin’Week here at Mashable, which means things are getting steamy. In honor of the release of Crazy Rich Asians, we’re celebrating onscreen love and romance, looking at everything from our favorite fictional couples to how Hollywood’s love stories are evolving. Think of it as our love letter to, well, love. Warning: This article contains images and videos that may not be safe for work. In the earliest, most technologically limited days of video games, developers concocted the simplest of designs, leading to some…

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Nintendo Switch Online costs $20 per year and comes with 20 online-playable NES games

Nintendo has finally revealed the details of its paid online service after months of speculation by fans. The pricing is pretty much as expected ($20 per year), but the additions of online save game backups and NES games with added online multiplayer sweeten the deal. We first heard the pricing last June, including the $3.99 monthly and $7.99 3-month options, but the announcement then left much to the imagination. This one makes things much clearer, but there are still a few mysteries it will perhaps clear up at E3 or…

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Nintendo announced a ‘Mario Kart’ for phones is in the works

Come March 2019 you'll be able to blue-shell people from your phone.Image: nintendo It’s been a good week for Nintendo announcements. SEE ALSO: SupaBoy is the handheld SNES console for people who just can’t let go of their Nintendo cartridges On Wednesday Nintendo used Twitter to announce the next instalment in the Mario Kart legacy.

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ThinkGeek has NES Classics in stock with a catch

Update: Theyre gone! Again! If you want an NES Classic Edition (and you should) but dont want to pay hundreds on eBay (and you shouldnt), youre in luck. ThinkGeek has a few in stock that its parent company, GameStop, mysteriously didnt sell back when everyone was trying to buy them. Theyre on sale right now, and will probably run out within an hour. But the catch is theyre not just selling them straight out you have to buy some swag along with each console, bumping the price to a minimum…

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Nintendo is planning a Legend of Zelda mobile game

Following up on the massive success of Pokmon GO and the, well, slightly less massive success of Super Mario Run, Nintendo is reportedly planning a Legend of Zelda for smartphones for release later this year, improbably well-received Breath of the Wild was so vast and unrestricted. Whether the company would repeat its pricing strategy for Mario is also unknown; sales werent quite what it had hoped. Well likely know more soon; Super Mario Run was announced three months ahead of its release. But if the timing hinted at by the…

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