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August 29
2014

Introducing the New Nintendo 3DS

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During today’s Japan-only Nintendo Direct Nintendo announced a brand new 3DS model, the confusingly titled ‘New’ Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DSLL (XL in western territories). The new handheld is an upgraded 3DS that offers a brand new design, connectivity features, and significantly more power than its predecessor.

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July 28
2014

This Gaystation 4 is for the Gaymers

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The 2014 gay pride season has been a great one for gaymers. We’ve had all sorts of parades: from the Toronto Gaymers’ cosplay contingent at World Pride to virtual marches in Star Trek Online, World of Warcraft, and in celebration of the game’s inclusive marriage options, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Plus, the second year of queer-gaming conference GaymerX fell right in the middle of the season, in many ways acting as the  year’s unofficial gaymer pride event.
Today, in celebration and support of the Stockholm Pride Festival a Swedish electronics retailer, Webhallen, is auctioning off what could possibly be the gayest console of all time: The 500gb, rainbow-striped, ‘Gaystation 4′.

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April 15
2014

Princess Peach Gets Her Own WiiMote

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Keep it cute!

Today Nintendo has announced a fabulous pink Wii Controller to go with the already released Mario and Luigi ones. Just like the red and green plumber controllers, this one recreates Princess Peach’s iconic color scheme. For Nintendo collectors this is a must-have, and we think plenty of gaymers will enjoy the pink peripheral too. It will go great with the newly announced pink 2DS handhelds!

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March 28
2014

The Nintendo 2DS, Now in Peach Pink!

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[Update: Turns out the fancy white and gold Disney Magical World 3DS XL will be coming to the US after all, exclusively at Walmart. Original article is as follows:]

Nintendo loves to make special edition handhelds as special treats for their dedicated fans. There’s the Pikachu one, the Animal Crossing one, the Pokemon XY ones, and the Luigi one. Oh and that Zelda one. There’s also all the ones that only ever got released in Japan because….Nintendo. (One day Tony Tony Chopper-3DS, one day)

Today they’ve announced the first ever special edition of the Nintendo 2DS to celebrate the release of Disney Magical World. And it’s pink!

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March 27
2014

Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus: Yes, but are they sexy?

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Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 and Project Morpheus, impressive devices for an emerging medium, but would you wear them?
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Long before Buddy Cole went undercover as a Canadian on the Colbert Report, he delivered sermons from an eponymous gay bar. Portrayed by Scott Thompson on The Kids In The Hall over 20 years ago, Buddy purred and mused over how virtual reality would be integrated in our lives. VR to him had very much the same effect as sitting too close to the television. “But then,” Buddy cautioned us, “there’s no hat.” He smiled and stroked a black and silver sequined helmet with a matching glove.

Flash-forward to this past week and the newfound competition between Sony and Oculus VR, we now have a glimpse of the future of gaming (and a whole lot of other stuff, too). Both Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus are headsets sans the traditional haptic gloves of the VR pioneer Jaron Lanier days. Both promise content in an emerging medium that’s 30 years in the making. But, would you be caught dead in them?

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January 13
2014

Valve Releases Third-Party Steam Box Prototypes

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Last week at CES, Valve finally released 13 different third-party versions of their upcoming console, the Steam Machine. The console itself is an incredible idea, giving players access to Valve’s massive library of almost 10,000 games, new and old, on a single console. The funky new controller, which promises to be just as effective as the traditional keyboard-and-mouse setup, is a major selling point to ensure that the games don’t just technically function but are actually playable. One would think that with such promising technology on the horizon combined with ever-increasing consumer sensitivity to aesthetics in their gadgets that the consoles would be sights to behold. And they are…sort of…in the way that a Thor costume made of a garbage bag with old AOL CDs glued to the front is a sight to behold. Let’s take a look-see… MORE >>

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September 2
2013

Nintendo 2DS: Third Time’s The Charm

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Moments after the Nintendo 2DS was announced, gamers immediately hurled their usual vitriol at Nintendo. Most mocked it; calling it a “toy” that heralded Nintendo’s doom. So, this is exactly what they said about the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Wii. In fairness, the Nintendo 2DS’ design is unexpected and polarizing. It came out of nowhere and dropped the familiar clamshell design that Nintendo used for their handhelds since they introduced the dual-screens. However, this device is aimed at a demographic of gamers who haven’t even entered the market: kids and casual gamers. Therefore, Nintendo needed to lower the barrier to entry without compromising the 3DS gaming experience. The result was budget hardware that’s surprisingly a joy to use.

Barely 48 hours after its announcement, Nintendo had demo units of the 2DS on floor at PAX in their Handheld Lounge. I got several long minutes playing with the device. After adjusting to its new design during a level of New Super Mario Bros. 2, I was surprised by how comfortable it is to hold. The narrow bottom and wide top fit naturally into your palms and provide a suitable amount of space at the top for your index fingers to rest. Your thumbs hover precisely above the analog stick/d-pad and ABXY buttons. Just like with a tablet, the device disappears and you’re immersed in the content. While designed to meet a specifically low budget, none of the buttons or materials felt cheap. Buttons all click exactly as you’d expect from a Nintendo handheld. The home button and volume slider do require some effort to get at, but again this device was designed for kids — and adults that won’t be bothered by it. Other people that tried out the device did so out of curiosity but walked away genuinely impressed.

The Nintendo 2DS is an important step in Nintendo growing their handheld audience. It’s not for everyone. When the Nintendo 3DS XL was first released, I didn’t hesitate to upgrade immediately because the buttons and screens were too small for me. This was still true with the Nintendo 2DS, but that’s a personal preference. With the original Nintendo 3DS at $169, the Nintendo 3DS XL at $199 and now the Nintendo 2DS at $129, the company won’t be able to keep enough on store shelves this holiday season. The Nintendo 2DS will charm your pants off the moment you pick it up.