People love Nintendo’s plastic Amiibo figures: Nearly 2.6 million sold

Engadget:

Nintendo has announced that sales of its Amiibo figures are “nearly double” that of Super Smash Bros. game sales on the Wii U. (Nintendo sold 1.3 million copies of the title in the tail end of 2014, and so math tells us that figure sales float around the 2.6 million mark, which is pretty incredible.)

Last month, Nintendo stated that figure sales were roughly equal to the game sales, meaning people apparently buying more figures now. Nintendo stated that some figures have already been discontinued, much to eBay profiteers’ delight. Naturally, a little bit of rarity can help give sales a lift.

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New York City’s Barcade is all about the classic Japanese games

 

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RocketNews 24/Japan Culture NYC:

 

Nostalgic for Japanese video games from the late 1970s and ‘80s? Barcade, a combination bar and arcade, recently opened in Chelsea, Manhattan with about a dozen classics from Japanese game developers such as Taito, Nintendo, Namco, and Konami.

The games are still only a quarter (there are change machines on site), and the machines are in great condition. Marvel at the old-school graphics of Space Invaders, Galaga, Mappy, Crazy Climber, and Frogger.

 

▼ Space Invaders

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▼ Galaga

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▼ Mappy

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▼ Crazy Climber

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Box against Piston Hurricane in Nintendo’s Punch-Out, and test your strength in that game’s spin-off, Arm Wrestling, which was released only in North America in 1985.

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You won’t find Pac-Man, but Ms. Pac-Man is here. There’s generally a crowd of people around that console.

But who needs Pac-Man when there’s one of the most popular arcade games in the history of arcade games: Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong, with its barrel-throwing ape and barrrel-jumping carpenter, was one of the first video games to be a narrative. Rather than simply shooting at things, video game players could follow a storyline that was the precursor to the wildly popular Mario franchise.

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▼ Jumpman, the original Mario

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“Newer” Japanese games are Konami’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989) and X-Men (1992).

 

There are a host of non-Japanese games as well; click here for a full list.

The best part of Barcade is that it’s a game room for adults. There are shelves between each machine on which patrons can rest their beers. It’s important to have both hands free while playing games, of course.

The original Barcade opened in Williamsburg in 2004 and has locations in Jersey City and Philadelphia. The Chelsea location is reportedly twice as large as the Barcade in Brooklyn, with 24 American beers and tap and pub food on the menu.

Barcade’s next location will be on St. Mark’s, in the space formerly occupied by Mondo Kim’s.

 

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Wii U Donkey Kong Includes a Fantastic 3DS Easter Egg

Kotaku:

What appears to be a charming little visual Easter egg in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is actually so much more. Yes, DK whips out a 3DS and plays it when you leave him idle (he’s done this in the past.) But he’s actually playing Animal Crossing: New LeafMario Kart 7 and even, well, Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Yes, that means Donkey Kong enjoys playing with himself. GameXplain does a superb forensic examination of the sound effects to tell you exactly what DK is doing in each game and noting that even he races as himself in Mario Kart

Cool Bits – Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze’s Idle Animation Secrets – 3DS, Partners, & More! [GameXplain on YouTube via Reddit]

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Classic Nintendo scenes as LEGO sets

TechnaBob.com:

If you’re a fan of classic 8-bit Nintendo games like Super Mario Bros., and also have a love for LEGO, you might want to vote for these kits I spotted over on LEGO Cuusoo.

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Conceived by Cuusoo contributor Zombieattack, these simple sets would let you recreate classic scenes from NES games including Mario, Donkey Kong, Duck Hunt, Balloon Fight,and others using a mix of standard and custom LEGO blocks.

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Each set would produce a small diorama, with LEGO representing both pixels and individual characters and objects from the games. These sets sort of remind me of the dotgraph kits that Namco released a few years back.

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If you’d like to see these made into actual LEGO sets you can buy, drop by LEGO Cuusoo and show your support. Personally, I’d pay good money just to have that blockheaded dog and some square ducks.

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Nintendo’s CEO of 50 years, Hiroshi Yamauchi, dies at age 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years, overseeing the creation of Super Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda, has died aged 85. The great-grandson of Nintendo’s founder, Yamauchi led the company from 1949 to 2002, transformed what was a maker of Japanese playing cards into the world’s biggest maker of video games. He died in hospital following complications of pneumonia.

A spokesman said the firm was in mourning over the “loss of the former Nintendo president Mr Hiroshi Yamauchi, who sadly passed away this morning.

After succeeding his father as president in 1949, the company was almost forced to file for bankruptcy in the late 1960s after several failed attempts to expand its product line-up into toy guns, baby carriages and even to fast food, according to several books written on Nintendo’s history.

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