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  • Nintendo to offer black ‘Splatoon’ Premium Pack bundle come 19 June [update]

    Update: The exclusive Splatoon bundle will retail for R4499 in South Africa, at least according to the latest Raru listings. We're all waiting patiently for Splatoon coming a little later next month, but Nintendo South Africa has plans to bolster sales of the game and its Wii U console well after its 29 May release date. Nintendo has announced that it will be offering a Nintendo Wii U Splatoon Premium Pack bundle, available from 19 June. "This inkredible bundle includes a disc copy of Splatoon alongside a black premium Wii U console with 32GB* of storage, plus a black Wii U...

  • SNES-inspired Raspberry Pi Gamer destroys its final Kickstarter goal

    We're massive fans of the Raspberry Pi thanks to its wide range of uses, but using one to build a retro gaming console is the one that has stolen our hearts, and it seems those of Kickstarter backers too. The Pi Gamer is nearing its final hours on the venerable crowdfunding site, after raising over ten times its original target. Essentially, the system uses a Raspberry Pi B+ board as the processing god of the machine, housed in a classic console's body, like the SNES (or the custom mock-up pictured above). It should be able to play games from Nintendo...

  • Here’s how to build your own killer $500 Xbox One or PS4 gaming PC

    Both the next generation gaming consoles, Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One are out and we’ve seen some really interesting performance comparisons. But what if you want a gaming machine that does more than just gaming and media playback? The custom AMD GPUs used in the PS4 and Xbox One are close to a Radeon HD 7870 or an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti at best. Meaning that none of these consoles can run games at resolutions higher than 1080p, let alone things like 4K and many games on these consoles still run at 720p or 900p. Is it possible?I personally...

  • Mystery North American PS Vita shortage revealed: blame consumer demand

    Sony's wunderkind console, the PS Vita, has been surprisingly absent from U.S. store shelves, reports almost every gaming publication ever. Polygon though, delivers a fuzzy answer thanks to a reply from a Sony representative. The lack of physical PS Vita's in the U.S.  -- there's also only limited stock available online -- happened because the machine is such a damn hot property all off a sudden. "We're seeing healthy consumer demand for PS Vita globally, particularly in markets like Japan. The U.S. launch of the slimmer and lighter PS Vita has generated strong interest among gamers, and we're working to...

  • 13 near-useless video game accessories

    This list could be as long as the internet itself. For every console, there's an utterly useless peripheral that came with it. In light of the Xbox One's recent separation from the (in our opinion) gimmicky and barely useful Kinect, we've singled out the various gaming consoles most embarrassing controllers, cameras and peripherals ever made. Cover your face in shame, we're going in. Nintendo Gameboy Printer - Did you anyone know this existed? Way back in 1998 Nintendo created a black and white printer which effectively transforms your Gameboy into an old-school dot matrix sticker maker or mid-nineties till machine. It didn't sell...

  • The updated Xbox One vs PS4 buyer’s guide

    Of course the age-old (not really, but it sounds better) rivalry between Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation is still alive and well. But six months down the line, what exactly is the current situation in terms of sales and potential peripherals? Umpteen announcements have been made, and with E3 fast approaching, no doubt we’ll see even more of them in the upcoming weeks, attempting to persuade the public why they should buy a specific console. Of course, the first thing to remember is that unless you’ve imported it, the Xbox One still isn’t available in some territories, with South Africa...

  • Analogue Nt is the $500 aluminium NES you always dreamed of

    It's designed from a single block of aluminium. It runs games in 1080p. And it supports four player local co-op. Is this another next-gen console that's slipped under the radar? No, it's a reboot of a 31-year old console, the NES. Gamers rejoice, for the Analogue Nt is here. We teased the Analogue NT a few months ago, but today it's a pre-order reality and for US$499, rich gamers can stick one under their equally expensive flatscreen TV and enjoy Ducktales, Super Mario Bros., Metroid and Castlevania in 1080p and with stereo sound. This handsomely crafted NES (abbreviated from Nintendo Entertainment System) is fabricated...

  • Microsoft wants to trade in your old PS3 for $100 store credit

    If you were thinking about getting an Xbox One but were skittish of the price, you can now trade in your older console and receive US$100 store credit. The deal, which will run until 2 March, is encouraging gamers to bring in their PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 S or Xbox 360 E to Microsoft retail stores. "To receive maximum trade in value, you must purchase an Xbox One at the same time." This isn't the first time Microsoft urged people to ditch its competitor devices and completely convert. Last year Microsoft offered to give people US$200 for their iPads. The...

  • New Ouya costs US$129, available now with 16GB storage, ‘refined’ controller

    The Ouya gaming console, which all began with a Kickstarter project back in August 2012, has a new version out now that notably doubles the storage space, promises to have an improved controller, and costs US$30 dollars more than the original version. Thanks to Kotaku, we now know that this US$129 Ouya is available with the following improvements: 16GB storage up from 8GB Latest firmware Boosted Wi-Fi A "refined" controller The most exciting aspect of the new version is the "refined" controller, as many notable publications and tons of users expressed dissatisfaction with the initial controller. On Engadget alone the original controller received a 5.8...

  • Do we even need Steam Machines?

    While the world continues to mourn the lack of information on Half-Life 3, Valve has decided that it hasn't quite finished playing with our hearts. Though it's decreed 2014 a big year for gamers, it’s not quite for the reasons we’d hoped (read: more Half-Life). No, Valve has instead unveiled a machine that combines the power of the traditional PC with the portability of the everyday console. Except Valve isn't going to make it -- at least not entirely. So let’s get this straight. Valve is readying the Steam Machine, a console that works on its proprietary Steam operating system....