Reader Discussion Round-Up – Your Favorite Console Redesigns

Yesterday, we asked you about your favorite console redesigns in light of the recent PlayStation 4 Pro and Slim announcements. And you gave us a lot of answers.

The biggest answer you gave, far and away, was the Game Boy Advance SP. I can’t say I’m surprised; no console before or since has been able to claim an improvement as big as “you can actually see the games you’re playing now.” Beyond that, though, the SP was really a superb redesign; it made the system less clunky to put in your pocket, and the buttons just felt better.

Of course, it seems fitting a handheld would inspire the most love here. After all, you have to actually hold the thing while you play games on it, which isn’t as much the case with consoles (though one person did specifically say the loved the first original Xbox controller over the second one). The DS lite (my personal favorite) got its fair share of votes, but not enough to compete with more popular systems.

As for the 3DS, it’s hard to quantify properly. Several people wrote in about the system, but between the 3DS XL, The New 3DS, and the 3DS XL (and the 2DS, which had as many votes as its screen has dimensions), the votes were split. Also, considering the names are often interchangeable (I know I often find myself saying “New 3DS” when I technically mean “New 3DS XL”), it was hard to know which specific iteration people were voting for. But let it be known many people think at least one of the updates to that system was their favorite.

A couple of people also loved the Game Boy Pocket, which I had completely forgotten about. A few also chimed in and said one of the PlayStation Portable updates was their favorite as well.

As for consoles, it was a close race. The Xbox 360 model S just barely etched out the PlayStation 2 Slim, with the PlayStation 3 Slim right behind it (very few people cited the Xbox 360 Model E or third iteration of the PlayStation 3 as their favorite). The Xbox One S got as many votes as the PSOne (which is to say, not many), though the console only recently launched.

From there, you have your smattering of older consoles; people like the second Super Nintendo model and quite a bit, a couple liked the Genesis redesign, and one person said they loved the 32X.

And that’s it! The GI community really loves console updates. Let us know if there’s any you think have been woefully overlooked.

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Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie Is Coming To U.S. Theaters

Count Yo-Kai Watch among the Japanese multimedia properties that have reached the “film hitting U.S. theaters” milestone.

Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie, which puts the characters from the Yo-Kai Watch TV series (currently airing on Disney XD) on the big screen, will be hitting U.S. theaters on October 15. You may want to snatch tickets to your local showing quickly, though, as the film had the highest gross of any Japanese film last year and this a special one-day event. You can grab tickets from Fathom events, which will show the film in 300 theaters nationwide, here. Those who attend a screening will receive a special Hovernyan Yo-kai Medal (while supplies last, of course), and see content exclusive to theaters.

You can read Kyle Hilliard’s review of the first Yo-Kai Watch game here, and read about how it compares to Pokémon here

 

Our Take
I’m admittedly not super-knowledgeable about Yo-Kai Watch, but the film coming to U.S. theaters is a sign of how big this series is now. I am, however, a little disappointed they didn’t stick to the original Japanese title, “It’s the Secret of Birth, Meow!” 

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Super Replay – Resident Evil 4 Episode 5

Much like the zombie creatures Resident Evil is known for, we can’t seem to rid ourselves of former Game Informer editor turned Capcom associate brand manager, Tim Turi. He tries to leave and we think he’s gone, but suddenly he, and his unquenchable desire to play Resident Evil while others watch, comes back to life.

We embrace this kind of reanimation though, and were happy to make Tim play through Resident Evil 4 in its entirety in order to remind everyone that that game has found yet another set of platforms on which to exist – the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Join us as we reminisce about one of the best games on GameCube (and later PlayStation 2, then PC, then Wii, then Zeebo then Xbox 360, then PlayStation 3, and then iOS and Android), pressure Tim to tell us more about Resident Evil 7, and bring in different editors to push against the Los Ganados threat. Above, you can watch a trailer teasing what’s to come, and below you can watch the latest episode of our playthrough. We’ll be posting new episodes on Sundays and Wednesdays until we finish the game, so stay tuned!

Episode 5
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For more Resident Evil Super Replays, follow the links for the series where we played the original Resident Evil and the remake simultaneously, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil: Code Veronica with special guest Capcom’s Brett Elston, and finally the tangentially related Mega Man Legends 2 with guest Capcom’s Greg Moore. We like playing Capcom games with Capcom people.

For more episodes of Replay and Super Replay, check out our Replay hub, or click on the banner below to watch episodes on YouTube.

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Zero Time Dilemma Limited Edition Watches Shipping To Buyers Damaged

Although we figured the saga of the Zero Time Dilemma pre-order watches was over the last time we covered it, it seems to rage on.

Previously, we’d reported the watches had been delayed a few weeks after the initial shipments had been damaged and returned to their manufacturers. Then we reported new watches were finally being shipped out to retailers. Now, unfortunately, it seems the new watches customers are receiving have also been damaged.

Siliconera reports that customers have been receiving damaged watches and packages. The watches have scratches on them intentionally (to reflect the way they look in-game), but many also have additional scratches, broken parts, or cracked plastic casing. An Aksys PR rep has taken to Twitter to clarify what constitutes actual damage and help direct buyers to the right channels to get their watch replaced.

Additionally, international users have reported having to pay a high import tax to receive their free item. A fix for this issue is also on the way, according to Aksys PR.

We’ve reached out to Aksys for comment and will update this story if we hear back.

[Source: Siliconera]

 

Our Take
As much as it stinks not getting the thing you’ve paid for, or getting it broken, or having to pay an import fee for a free watch, I’m somewhat empathetic to Aksys here. They can’t completely control the shipments of their products, so it must be frustrating seeing this happen. Hopefully the next set of watches are delivered in sturdier packages. 

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Zelda Fan Sends Nintendo Heartbreaking Letter, Receives Care Package

Corey Austen is a huge Zelda fan, and so was his brother Matt.

The two shared a mutual love of the series for most of their lives. Corey favors the older entries such as the original Legend of Zelda and A Link to the Past, while Matt adored Twlilight Princess. “He loved the darker spirit and the wolf transformation mechanic. He once told me that it spoke to him as he always identified with the heart of the wolf, the fierce loner,” Corey said.

Matt was diagnosed with epilepsy in 6th grade, and when he passed away due to Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) on May 31, 2016 Austen decided to send a letter to Nintendo giving thanks for all the powerful memories he was able to cherish as a result of the Zelda series. In particular, Austen wanted to thank them for including the ability to use the Wolf Link Amiibo in the newest Zelda game, Breath of the Wild. “The last conversation we ever had was about June 16th and how we were going to text through the entire [Nintendo] presentation, taking apart every piece of the new Zelda trailer and the gameplay.”

When Austen finally saw the presentation alone at his work desk, he was enthralled by Breath of the Wild. But the moment was bittersweet for him. “When they revealed that the game data from Twilight Princess would be used in Breath of the Wild as a companion, I broke down. Right there. At my desk. It was so unreal. My brother and I could still play the new game. Together.”

After sending the letter, Austen set up an Epilepsy Foundation charity stream, Moblins for Matt, to honor his brother. During the early hours of the stream, a package arrived. In it was a plethora of Zelda-related goodies, including a backpack, badges, a coin bearing the emblem of the Sheikah tribe, a Breath of the Wild t-shirt, and more. Most importantly, however, Nintendo had sent Austen a note. “Corey,” the note reads. “Our condolences on your loss. May your brother’s legend live on forever. Thank you for sharing your story. Sincerely, Your Friends at Nintendo.”

You find photos of the care package here

[Sources: Zelda Informer, Reddit]

Correction (09/11/16): This story previously said Matt Glasscock had passed away in July of 2016. This was not the case. Game Informer regrets the error.

 

Our Take
Considering how much Nintendo’s public image has seesawed in recent months, seeing something so human from the company is astonishing. Our condolences to Austen and his family.

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Group Of Obsidian Developers Create Unreal Engine 4 Version Of Mos Eisley

A group of Obsidian developers (and longtime Star Wars fans) have recreated Star Wars’ Mos Eisley spaceport in Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4.

In an interview with 80.lv, project lead Jason Lewis discusses what went into the project, and what the team got out of it. Mostly, it was a labor of love for Lewis and the team. “This is a just-for-fun personal project that we are all contributing to for no reason other than we are all a bunch of super Star Wars fans,” said Lewis. 

Originally, the project began when Lewis wanted to simply recreate the Millennium Falcon in the new engine. Eventually, however, his ambitions outgrew his initial intention, so he began asking his fellow developers if they wanted to pitch in during their free time. “I got many very enthusiastic YES responses, so I divided up the work based on the time and effort commitments that volunteers were willing to put into it.” The project now includes the full spaceport, droids, and a hidden weapon, but now human characters, as the project currently has no character artists working on it. The team plans to implement virtual reality support down the road.

Lewis describes the project as an “interactive fan art piece” which is about 90 percent finished. You can download the project and explore the spaceport at the current mirror, but be sure to check the full post for more details on the project came to be, as well as any additional download mirrors should the current one stop working. The team recommends having a minimum of “16GB of system RAM and at least an Nvidia GTX760 or AMD equivalent to run at acceptable frame rates.”

[Source: 80.lv via PCGamer]

 

Our Take
I’m not the biggest Star Wars fan in the universe, but this is still a really cool project. And thankfully, Nintendo doesn’t own the Star Wars licence, so you should be able download it for a while without fear of it being taken down. 

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U.S. Residents Who Bought GTX 970 Graphics Card May Be Able To Claim $30 Settlement

Last year, some customers who bought an nVidia GTX 970 graphics card found it wasn’t quite performing to standards. As it turns out, it was because the card had a dedicated 3.5GB of video ram instead of the advertised 4GB.

As a result of this false advertising, nVidia had to settle a lawsuit for lying to its customers, as Ars Technica reported. Part of the settlement involves paying out $30 to anyone who bought a GTX 970 from September 1, 2014 to August 24, 2016. Today nVidia set up a website, gtx970settlement.com, where users can submit their request to receive $30 as part of the lawsuit. The other part of the settlement involves paying out $1.3 million in legal and attorney fees.

As the Ars Technica report points out, the $30 number amounts to 8.6 percent of the price of each card (Which sold for around $350). The missing difference in horsepower (0.5GB of video ram) amounts to 12.5 percent, meaning customers would have had to receive about $44 dollars to have been fully compensated for the difference. The customers in the lawsuit claimed as much, but the eventually settlement came down to $30.

Anyone eligible for a settlement payout has until November 30 to file their request for a payout. They can also send a letter requesting to opt out and sue nVidia on their own, file a comment in support or against the settlement, or ask to appear in court about the settlement.

[Source: gtx970settlement.com via NeoGAF]

 

Our Take
I know a couple people who bought 970s, though I don’t think they noticed the difference in horsepower. It’s a shame customers are only getting about 70 percent of what they’re owed, as false advertising can have huge implications on unknowing consumers.

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For $40 You Can Buy These Drop-Dead Gorgeous Sonic Shoes

Did you remember it was Sonic’s 25th anniversary this year? No? Well, you’re gonna have to get him a gift anyway, and something from this new line of Sonic-related clothing from Drop Dead should do the trick.

There’s an entire line of Sonic-related clothing to choose from, including a hoodie, t-shirts, and socks, but by far the most striking are replicas of the Hedgehog’s iconic shoes, with buckle and everything. The shoes will run you about £30 plus shipping (which is about $40 plus shipping), while the most expensive item, the “This Is How I Roll” Bomber Jacket will run about £100 plus shipping (about $133 plus shipping).

Drop Dead have released a short, retro-inspired ad (found below) showing off some of the designs in the collection.

[Source: Drop Dead via Siliconera]

 

Our Take
It’s a real shame Sonic’s had to resort to selling his closetful of shoes just to get by. Here’s hoping everything’s going okay for the Hedgehog.

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Reader Discussion: What's Your Favorite Console Redesign?

With the hubbub over the PlayStation 4 Pro‘s unveiling, the poor PlayStation 4 Slim got left out in the cold. But it’s not an awful-looking console, and it $300 dollars, it’s still a pretty good deal.

It’s hard to know where the PlayStation 4 Pro will end up in the pantheon on consoles (does it count as a Redesign, like the New 3DS, or is it its own thing?), but some of the most fondly-remembered consoles have come when the creators take a second (or third) shot of making a console work.

Take my favorite console redesign, the DS lite. It was way less bulky and awkward than the original, and had a pretty good look to it. The DSi is technically a better device in almost every way, but I’ll remember few systems as fondly as I do my gold-colored Zelda DS lite.

So what’s your favorite console redesign? Is it the Game Boy Advance SP? The slim PlayStation 3? The Sega 32x? Does that last one count? Let us know in the comments.

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New Pokémon Go Update Adds Buddies, Drops Rooted Phones

This weekend, Pokémon Go’s latest update will add a much-wanted feature and see the end of support for jailbroken or rooted phones.

Version 1.7.0 for iOS and 0.37.0 for Android of Pokémon Go will add the ability for players to turn one of their Pokémon into a buddy, which they can have follow them around in order to gain more candy for that species of Pokémon. Early reports indicate different Pokémon will require different distances walked in order to obtain a single piece of candy. The update will also make it easier to choose smaller Pokémon when they appear on the map, prevent Eggs from hatching without their accompanying animation, improve performance when a device switches networks, and add Pokémon Go Plus support.

The update will also remove support rooted or jailbroken phones. “We continue to focus on eliminating bots and scrapers from Pokémon Go,” said Niantic in their blog post about the update. “Rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported by Pokémon Go. Remember to download Pokémon Go from the official Google Play Store or iTunes App Store only.”

As with most Pokémon Go updates, the update will go live for different users at different times over the next couple of days.

[Source: PokemonGoLive]

 

Our Take
I’m not sure how I feel about Niantic kicking out rooted users. On one hand, rooted phones are more likely to spoof their GPS location or use bots, which is essentially cheating. People root their phones for all sorts of reasons, so having a rooted phone alone should perhaps not be the only metric of cheating the company uses. But as an unrooted iOS user, I’m more concerned I’ll have to walk five kilometers just to get one candy for my buddy Growlithe, Hopefully that won’t be the case. 

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