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  • Can’t wait? SNES Mini now available to preorder on Raru

    Nintendo's miniature NES was a sensation upon its release last year, being produced in small numbers but seeing great demand. So we were happy to see the company announce the SNES Classic console, giving the Super Nintendo the miniature treatment. The console is only set to launch in September 2017, but South African online retailer Raru has listed the machine for preorder on its website. Raru lists the console at R1249, adding that it's expected on 29 September. The retailer adds that they're limiting preorders to one per customer -- presumably to combat reselling. As for games, the SNES Mini comes packed with:...

  • 4 other classic consoles that deserve a Mini release

    Last year saw Nintendo release the mini NES (review), being a diminutive version of the NES machine, delivering well over a dozen preloaded titles. It was quite the sensation upon launch, leading Nintendo to reveal the SNES Classic this week. The new console features just over 20 iconic titles, ranging from Super Mario World and Final Fantasy III to Secret of Mana and Super Metroid. And this has us thinking, what about other classic consoles that deserve the Mini treatment? PlayStation One Sure, these games are playable on a variety of current PlayStation models, but aside from the adorable hardware, the preloaded nature of...

  • SNES Classic is real: Star Fox 2 playable for first time

    We heard murmurings of a mini SNES console earlier this year, following the success of the mini NES. Now, Nintendo has officially taken the wraps off of the SNES Classic console. Much like the mini NES, we've got a miniature console in the same style as the original machine, as well as two SNES controllers. The console officially launches in the USA on 29 September and comes in at US$80. No word on a local release date or price just yet, but we've asked Core Group for more information. Still, a console lives and dies by its games, and the SNES had a...

  • These video games will run at 4K/60fps on Xbox One X

    Microsoft's Xbox One X is easily the most powerful console ever produced, shaping up to be more capable than the PS4 Pro on paper (exclusives are another story though). At its E3 2017 presentation, Microsoft constantly touted games that were enhanced for Xbox One X, with Forza Motorsport 7 leading the way. Packing 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, Forza might be the most technically demanding console game around. But there are a few more titles offering 4K and 60fps on the new console... For one, we've got F1 2017, with Codemasters telling Gaming Bolt that it was targeting 4K and...

  • Nintendo Switch 3.0 update brings some small but welcome features

    The Nintendo Switch is enjoying very healthy sales, thanks to the likes of Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart. However, it's not a perfect console, with the biggest complaint being the barebones nature of it all. Nevertheless, Nintendo is hard at work on crafting system updates, with the latest version 3.0 update being pushed out last night. So what does it bring to the table? For starters, you can now get news for specific games (news>find channels), add friends from your Wii U and 3DS friend lists (my page>friend suggestions) and get alerts when your friends go online/offline (system settings>notifications>friend...

  • Xbox Scorpio is now Xbox One X, SA price in tow [E3 2017]

    Update: Microsoft's website has revealed a R7499 price tag for the console when it hits South Africa. We've asked Microsoft's representatives for local details but they said they would "hopefully be sending out a statement later today or tomorrow". Original article: We all know that Microsoft would use its E3 briefing to deliver more Xbox Scorpio details. So what did it reveal? For starters, the console now has an official name, in the form of the Xbox One X. This goes contrary to rumours of an Xbox 10 S name to bring it in line with Windows 10 S. The company claims that the...

  • Nintendo Switch paid online delayed, pricing revealed

    The Nintendo Switch is on fire right now, with brisk sales and reports that the Japanese firm is going to increase production of the console. If there is a major downside to the console, it's that the online service was quite barebones and would become a paid service later this year. Now, Nintendo has announced that the paid service won't launch in 2017. "Please note that online play will continue to be free for Nintendo Account holders until the paid service launches in 2018," the company wrote on its website. Nintendo has also revealed pricing for the online service, with a one...

  • Update: PS4 gets performance buff, new icons with version 4.70 firmware

    Update: Judging by comments online, the PS4 4.70 version firmware is causing a slew of issues. 4.70 Almost Bricked My PS4 - Anyone Else? from PS4 A Reddit thread is currently documenting the slew of issues plaguing users who updated the firmware today, from black screens, to disconnections to near-bricked PS4 consoles. "Hey, I've just had a very similar problem. The ps4 got stuck on the wavy blue thing and after 5+ restarts it finally got to the main menu. Now I've got no playstation network connection," one user writes. "Not even the safe mode will work since the screen will just freeze...

  • Nintendo 2DS XL is now official

    We've seen the Nintendo 3DS, then the 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL. Now, Nintendo has decided to combine the family in a sense, revealing the New Nintendo 2DS XL. The revised console sees a foldable design, much like its larger stablemates. Otherwise, you've got larger screens, a C-stick, ZL/ZR buttons and Amiibo functionality. Being a 2DS model, the new console still has 2D-only functionality, so don't get this if you want 3D trickery, obviously. The New Nintendo 2DS XL offers an improved design, additional controls and more power Interestingly enough, the company also says the new console has the New...

  • SNES Mini rumoured for release

    After the success of the NES Mini (review), Nintendo has apparently decided to launch a SNES Mini console. The NES Mini, launched late last year, featured 30 NES games, ranging from the Super Mario franchise to Excite Bike and more. However, Nintendo hasn't been able to keep up with demand, opting for limited production runs instead. Now, Eurogamer, citing "sources close to the company", says Nintendo will be launching a SNES Mini console. And these sources say that development of the throwback machine is already underway. It's unclear whether the console will see a bigger production run than the NES Mini. How...