EA reveals the Xbox One sales total that Microsoft prefers not to

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Microsoft long ago stopped saying how many XBox Ones it had sold, but figures released by Electronic Arts expose numbers far short of rival Sony's Playstation 4.

On a financial call with reporters, CEO Blake Jorgensen said the combined install base of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 was about 55 million units. With Sony boasting of 36 million PS4s shifted, that makes for 19 million Xbox Ones.

The numbers tally with rumors, but both machines are doing well given that we're still only 2 years into the current generation of hardware. The big loser this time around is Nintendo, thought to have sold only about 11m Wii Us. Read the rest

What was it like working a Nintendo hotline in the 80s?

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This week, our partnership with Critical Distance brings us reading on parenting via Tomb Raider, the utility of the word 'gameplay', and experiences from Nintendo 'play counselors' from the 1980s and 90s.

This SNES bluetooth game controller lets you play the latest games you love, retro-style

Remember the glory days of playing Super Nintendo on that classic gray controller with its signature purple push buttons? Yeah, we do too.

8Bitdo is bringing the 8-bit gaming vibe back with the SNES30, a 1:1 original design that supports both Bluetooth and USB connections.

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How to make great levels in Nintendo's Mario Maker

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Level design is its own kind of playful art: part theatre and part architecture, you’re making spaces to challenge and delight other people.

Glitch Runs of Super Mario World

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Let's Glitch Super Mario World is a YouTube series about the creative destruction and remaking of a classic game, simply by exploiting its glitches. [via] It might not be long for the world: Nintendo is asserting copyright ownership of "game performances" in order to wipe Let's Play videos from the net. Read the rest

Watch: How "oldschool" computer graphics worked back in the eighties

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In part one of a series, the limitations of color on eighties-era computers and early game consoles like NES and Commodore 64.

The market for rare and vintage console video games is booming, thanks to two odd resources

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CNN Money investigates the crazed market for the video games of yore, fueled by the likes of RetroLiberty, a YouTube channel about finding vintage video games at swap meets or parking lot deals, and Videogamesnewyork, a shop specializing in vintage game gear from the last century. Read the rest

Fun bar soap in the form of Nintendo 64 cartridges

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Body soap that looks just like classic Nintendo 64 cartridges! "Soapy Mario Bathers" indeed. Available in Goldeneye, Mario Kart 64, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong 64, and Super Smash Bros.

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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, who launched Wii, dies of cancer at 55

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In a business where execs often lose touch with their audience, with development, & with the spirit of play, Iwata kept close to all these.

Photoset of the legendary "Nintendo" Play Station

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Sony's classic console was originally envisaged as part of a collaboration with then-market leader Nintendo. It went its own way, and the rest is history. Here's a look at a rarely-pictured prototype, though, thanks to imgur user DanDiebold. [via] Read the rest

Watch the first ever TV commercial for Super Mario Bros. from 1985

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Approximate translation: "It's the Family Computer's Dream Adventure Game, "Super Mario Bros."! With a mysterious power, he gains a great transformation! Explore the earth, underground, the sea, the sky, and much more to see in this complete world." Read the rest

The first ever Nintendo Famicom ad

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Perhaps not the model you remember, but in Japan in 1983, this was where it started. YouTuber Satoshi Matrix has uploaded many many more like it. [via r/games] Read the rest

The new Animal Crossing game will let you choose your skin tone

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Finally, Nintendo's popular anthropomorphic town games will allow you to be something besides white—or tan.

I didn't like shooting games. Then I fell in love with Splatoon

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Nintendo's colorful, joyful new squid kid splatterfest is fresh as heck

When fashion is frightening

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Nintendo's Style Savvy: Trendsetters is one of the scariest games I've ever played

Youtube and Nintendo conspire to steal from game superfans

Youtube's stilted, one-sided dispute resolution system allows game companies like Nintendo to confiscate the earnings of gamers who produce hugely popular "Let's Play" videos. Read the rest

Event: L.A. Pokémon art show and game tournament, Sat., Jan. 3, 2015

This Nintendo-themed art event sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday.

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