5 things you didn’t know about Nintendo

A classic games manufacturer, you may be familiar with the name but don’t you know about this gaming legend?

  1. Nintendo is over 100 years old

Founded in 1889, Nintendo is over 120 years old. Whilst it didn’t start with video-games straight away, instead focusing on playing cards early on, it’s been a very long and successful company.


Comparing this to its rivals, it’s not even any small difference in scale. Sony was founded in 1946 and Microsoft was formed in 1975. During Nintendo’s long run, it’s brought out more consoles than either of the other two including the NES, SNES, N64 and countless other home and hand-held portable gaming consoles, mostly to positive success.

  1. Nintendo and 3D

More than just the 3DS, Nintendo have always had an active interest in 3D gaming and we’re not on about failed attempts like the virtual boy. The original Gamecube had the capabilities for 3D gaming; unfortunately, the crystal


display required to make it work was deemed too expensive at the time. One game at least, Luigi’s Mansion, is known to have been developed with this 3D feature strongly in mind.

Of course, now we have the Nintendo 3DS, which finally realises this potential. Plus, if there was ever an argument to sell your old Nintendo DS for a new 3DS – Luigi’s Mansion has just gotten a sequel on the device. This time, it’s finally in 3D.

  1. Donkey Kong was originally a Popeye game.

Donkey Kong, the first game to introduce gamers to both Donkey Kong and Mario (back when he was known as Jumpman) wasn’t always going to be Donkey Kong.

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When it was first in development, it was meant to be a Popeye game. When the license was lost, some quick changes saw Mario/Jumpman replace Popeye, Donkey Kong replace Pluto and Pauline replace Olive. The rest, as they say, is history.

  1. Many games were re-used 64DD failures.

Since partnerships with both Phillips and Sony fell through, Nintendo released its own disc add-on much later for the Nintendo 64. Titled the 64DD, it, as well as the games available, only found a small market in Japan. As such, many of the games had to be re-used. Some,

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like Majora’s Mask, made it back onto the normal N64. Some were saved for the following Gamecube. Others, like Mother 3 were completely changed, moving onto the portable Game Boy Advance. Arguably more out of necessity, the trend for re-using games (whether failed or not) is something still seen today, including numerous ports on the current 3DS and Nintendo Wii U.

  1. Nintendo passed up the PlayStation

Before the Xbox was around, Sony was Nintendo’s sole large competitor in the games market. Little do people know that, at one time, the PlayStation was originally going to be a Nintendo device. This was back during the 80’s, when Nintendo’s main rival was Sega.

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The story goes that Nintendo worked in partnership with Sony to create a CD-based add-on to the SNES. Either due to licensing issues between the two companies or a separate agreement Nintendo made with Phillips, (cancelling the agreement with Sony), Nintendo and Sony went their separate ways.Sony continued to refine the technology into the PlayStation, or PS1; Nintendo’s biggest rival throughout the 90s. Even now, the PS3 as well as the up-coming PS4, are one of the company’s biggest threats in the gaming market.

David Smith is a frequent blogger and writer on anything relating to gaming, technology and anything in between. He likes to write about a variety of topics, from how to sell old Nintendo DS and other unwanted devices for profit to simply finding the best games available.

Top 5 Xbox games in London

Top 5 Xbox games in London

Xbox is one of the most successful and famous gaming consoles to date. It offers superb graphics and easy controls which assure outstanding gaming experience. But then again, with hundreds of new Xbox titles released in the market, choosing what to play first won’t be easy. Buying them all is a great idea for serious Xbox gamers but that would mean spending thousands of dollars all at once. To help you find and play the best, here is a list of the top 5 Xbox games in London based on user ratings, number of copies sold, and overall features each of these wonderful Xbox games has to offer.

Dead Space 3

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Dead Space 3 succeeded in embodying the exciting and fun gaming experience that its predecessors offered to us. It combined stunning graphics and an unpredictable plot like no other. Although this game’s gameplay is a bit hard to handle for those who never tried playing the Dead Space series before, mastering it won’t take time as you can spend hours while playing Dead Space 3 without even noticing it. This only proves the Dead Space franchise’s success in creating a game that everyone would love from start until finish. Xbox aficionados simply can’t get over with the unique gaming experience that can only be found in Dead Space 3!

Assassin’s Creed III- The infamy

Craving to experience a true assassin’s life? Assassin’s Creed III – The Infamy will take you deeper as it slowly unveils how one skillful assassin can dictate the future of an entire country. This third installment of the Assassin’s Creed series is far from being a hack and slash game as it requires superb gaming skills and critical thinking. Are you up for the challenge to be a stealthy and cunning assassin who can change the course of history? This game can leave you at the edge of your seats for hours and offers an exhilarating ride!

Mass Effect 3: Citadel

images3Think twice about a visit to the Duchess TheatreLondon this weekend if you just purchased Mass Effect 3: Citadel. This is the final masterpiece of the Mass Effect game series so XBOX gamers across the globe especially in London had high hopes for it. Though it’s sad to know that this franchise’s legacy finally ended, its last installment will remind us how the game left a solid mark in the gaming industry. With thrilling action scenes and highly loved characters, Mass Effect 3: Citadel definitely deserves a spot in this list.

Crysis 3

Only a few XBOX games can stand up against Crysis 3 in terms of aesthetic beauty. It’s a complete package of stealthy sneaking and huge explosions that can complete any gamers’ day. The Crysis series is not known for having a good gameplay or design but the outrageous technologies introduced within each of its installments negated all its cons. This game is definitely a must play for every XBOX game enthusiast.

DMC: Devil May Cry

Dante is out for more demon blood once more but now on XBOX! Millions of console gamers across the globe are currently captivated by his stylish yet fierce fighting style. Added with 3D effects and comfortable controls offered by XBOX, DMC: Devil May Cry successfully created history once more as one of the best first-person fighting game to date.

Choosing any of the games mentioned above will assure a fun-filled weekend of XBOX gaming. Just be reminded to pack up your snacks and be ready for hours of pure gaming since these XBOX titles are extremely addictive!


New perspective of Nikon D5200

I would definitely say that it the most awaited releases in the market. Any good photographer would not mind to have one new Nikon D5200. It is mid range and falls under DX format line up. This wonderful model has been specially designed to crave out the creative side of a person.  One can embrace photography with more glamour and vigor bringing out the creative side. The camera has facilities for both the things such as Full HD movies and excellent still photos. Through this camera I can definitely say that true freedom of expression could be captured and one can definitely have a unique view of the world building a bridge to creativity.

The first thing that we notice about Nikon D5200 is8160574249_d59a4e7d60_z the image quality which could be considered as breath taking.  This camera is the third in the series. Its predecessors were D5000 and D5100. The new release no doubt had made a huge leap in the quality of the images. The new model is installed with CMOS censor and this is mainly responsible for maintaining the quality of the image. The DX format is 24.1 mega pixels and along with this there is the new EXPEED 3 image which makes the operation super fast and beyond expectation. The color reproduction is also very rich. The movie recording on the other hand has also been enhanced. The ISO sensitivity is high which nearly 100-6400 is. It could extend up to 25600. The basic function of ISO is to capture brilliant shot in poorly or dark lit environment. It could also be useful to capture moments of high moving or speed objects. There is an AF system present in the camera. There is also a metering sensor. It has recognition with Nikon D7000 series. This extreme feature gives the camera a new performance level and the image quality is much improved. The 39 point AF system determines the accuracy which is of super quality. There are also nine different cross type sensors. This cross type sensors are responsible for precise focus on the subject during photo shoot. There is an RGB metering sensor which is 2016 pixel are useful for supplying precise and accurate data to the scene recognition system present in the camera. It helps in optimizing autofocus, exposure and white balance. This done in an instant before the shutter had been released.

The next most interesting feature that I am going to discuss is the creation of image from any angle. The versatile of the new model is 7.5 cm or 3 inches.  It has a vari-angle LCD monitor which helps in flexibility and provides ultimate freedom responsible for taking outstanding movies and pictures from any angle possible. One can also get creative with the different angles by tilt, flip and turning the swivel monitor. The design of the new D2500 is quite intelligent and can be termed as a light weight camera. It has superior ergonomics and clear menus therefore making it a pleasure to shoot with. The camera is also equipped with wireless connectivity to share the photos and videos with friends and acquaintance. Transmitting of images is also possible to Android and Apple devices. This could be done through WU 1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. HD movies could be recorded up to 60i and 50i. The AF and AF.F is a full time servo. This is helpful for ensuring focus. There is also in built stereo microphone and in movie editing.

Other than this there are a number of scene modes and inspirational effect. There are a range of seven special effects such as miniature, color, low and high key, color stretch, Silhouette and night vision. A preview is available before shooting the original image. There is also in camera HDR present which is High Dynamic Range and there is also D lighting capture. This is mainly high contrast image which have detailed images. This increases creative possibilities. There are sixteen different screen modes which one can select from. They are used for optimizing the setting of the camera namely ISO, shutter speed and aperture.

This is the most suggestive model for anybody who is keen in photography or presently learning the D-SLR techniques. The budget can be a bit high but one can definitely give a shot.