The Analogue Nt Mini Is A High-End, $450 NES

There have been lots of “faux-retro” consoles of over the last few years. The Retron series, the NES Classic, The Super Retro Boy. But few of them have been exactly what we’ve wanted, always leaving something to be desired. Analogue is hoping to change that, for a price.

Compared to something like the Retron five (which costs $160) The Nt Mini’s $450 price tag might sound unjustified (Analogue previously created the limited-quantity Analogue Nt, which sold for $500). But Analogue promises this is the best recreation of the NES ever made, and then some. Compatible with all NES, Famicom, Famicom Disk System games (as well as all accessories such as the Zapper) and featuring an aluminum shell, the unit outputs to both HDMI and RGB, meaning you can play on a modern TVs or classic CRTs. As with the original Nt, Analogue promises audio and video “free of any compromises.”

It also features several additional settings as well, such as the capacity to modify scanline depth, the size of the screen, altering the color palette, use different sound chips, inputting cheat codes without the need for an extra device, and modifying button assignments.  You can watch a full rundown of all the system’s features below.

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The system also comes bundled with a wireless NES30 controller from 8bitdo, letting you play from the comfortably on the couch. It’s also compatible with PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii Remote, and Wii U Pro controllers. You can look at all the technical details and think long and hard about how to reconfigure your monthly budget on the Nt Mini’s website.

Microsoft Replacing Xbox One’s Snap Feature In Next Update

Snap, an interesting, but admittedly rarely used by most, feature of the Xbox One is getting replaced in the next update in order to improve overall speed.

Xbox platform head Mike Ybarra revealed the upcoming change in a tweet writing, “We replaced Snap to improve multitasking, reduce memory use, improve overall speed, and free up resources going forward for bigger things.” Multi-tasking will still be available, as Microsoft details in this blog for the upcoming update, but no mention of Snap is made. The blog offers some additional teases of what’s to come for the Xbox One dashboard, including visual changes, and the plans to speed up the console’s performance.

Microsoft is currently testing the update and it should be available to Xbox One owners in April.

[Source: @XboxQwik, Xbox via The Verge]

 

Our Take
I was very optimistic about this feature when the Xbox One launched, and fully expected myself to use it. I even wrote a whole feature about it. Ultimately, though, I never really snapped anything but Achievements. It’s a neat feature, but I can’t say I will miss it. It’s too bad I won’t be able watch The Great Mouse Detective and The Great Mouse Detective simultaneously anymore, though.

Test Chamber – New Gameplay And Our Impressions Of Ghost Recon Wildlands

We recently had the chance to go check out how the latest entry in the Ghost Recon series, due out March 7,  is shaping up. In this clip, Matt Bertz and I talk about how the game is different from previous entries and what Ubisoft is doing to innovate their open-world games.

You can watch the whole thing right here:

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You can also check out my written impressions of the game here.

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Can The Switch Get Nintendo Back On Track? Game Informer Editors Discuss

The gaming community is buzzing with reactions to Nintendo’s highly anticipated Switch event last night. From first and third-party releases, to tech specs and online services, there’s a lot to unpack.

Editor Kimberley Wallace is joined by Matthew Bertz, Brian Shea, and Suriel Vazquez to discuss the event and whether or not they think this will be enough to get Nintendo back on track. Check out the discussion below!

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Ubisoft Announces Three Games For Nintendo Switch

Not many games were shown during Nintendo’s Switch Presentation, but plenty were announced after the show ended, including three from Ubisoft. All three just happen to be ports or enhanced editions of previously released games.

The first game hitting is Just Dance 2017, and it will be available at the Switch’s launch on March 3. Switch players will receive three free months of access to Just Dance Unlimited, a service that offers over 200 songs. Up to six players can play this version of Just Dance 2017, using either the Joy-Con or a phone with the Just Dance app.

The second game on the docket is Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition. Ubisoft teases that this port features all of the original game’s content, and  “brand-new surprises.” The final game Steep, the recently released snowboarding experience for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. No release date was given for either Rayman or Steep.

This initial lineup favors old over new, but Ubisoft’s managing editor Xavier Poix says “These three games are just the beginning. We will share more about other exciting projects for the Nintendo Switch at a later date.”