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Yoshihiko Mano

If web technology moves at a fast pace, then the world of games is simply supersonic. New consoles coming out one after another, graphics getting closer and closer to real-life video, story lines as complex as the best blockbuster movies out there… But one thing that is quite different to the web is that while web technology dies and goes to an internet grave (anyone out there still using Netscape?), there are still loads of fans just mad about old games. They may be up to thirty years old now, but, with their super cute 8-bit designs, enthusiasm just never grows cold for those old consoles and games.

Yet it’s kind of sad is that no new games are produced for the Famicom [Family Computer, known in America and Europe as the Nintendo Entertainment System] anymore, right? Well, the ‘My Famicase Exhibition 2013’ sets out to do something about that.

Held at METEOR in Kichijoji, the historic ‘My Famicase’ exhibition is already in its ninth year. Each time submissions of Famicon cartridges [famikon kasetto or famikase] are open to the public, and the best of them are selected for the show. This year there were eighty-nine designs chosen for the exhibition. PingMag went along to check them out, so here is our own PingMag selection!

Neko Stallion All Japan Version

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ikkinone (illustrator)

You are the breeder, and your job is to raise the strongest — race-cat (neko)! Based on the legendary horse race game ‘Derby Stallion’, ikkynone’s 2013 version features not racing horses, but racing cats. Purrfect for a little viral fun, eh?

Heisei MOTHER E-ko

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ek8bit (in training)

According to the designer, apparently this game aims to improve the problem of computer literacy worldwide. It’s split into a training section with lectures on IT stuff, and a shooting part where you can blast away at evil computer organisations (like MXcrosXft etc) that lurk in CyberSpace. But apparently it’s very tough to win…

Family lung capacity measure

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Oya~n (company employee)

Using the mystery mic on the Famicom 2 player controller, this game allows you to, you guessed it, measure your lung capacity. Now you can check out your puff and wheeze in the comfort of your own home! Neat!

When I win the lottery

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OLULU UP CENTER (housewife)

Just as the title says, a game that lets you live out the fantasy of winning the lottery. Now you can make your dreams come true — in a game, at least.

CAT TAKES THE BREAKFAST

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Yuko Yano (fashion designer)

You are a cat, and the goal of this action game is to wake your lazy owner and get breakfast. Apparently it’s a promotional game for that well-known (?) breakfast cat food, “BREAKFAST”. Cat punching, plate-smashing and cat flap escape okay! But be careful, if you overdo it you could end up in the cat pound.

Unknown — just what is this anyway?

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Kakimori (painter/housewife)

This one’s a mystery. Here’s what the designer has to say: “What? You brought back the game I lent you?… Erm… did I lend you something? Must have been ages ago… Eh!? What IS this!!!!? Your sister doodled on it? … Looks to me like you tried to clean it, then cover it up… you gave up pretty quick, though — what IS this picture of? Hey, hey no wait, don’t do that, get up off your knees, you don’t need to apologize like that…. And just what is this game anyway?”

Dot Album

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haya@TECS (manufacturing)

A very sophisticated game that transforms your photos into dot pictures. Full wireless LAN support, of course. Look out, Instagram?

8-bit Picture Diary

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marii (office worker)

Facebook? Old! Time to write your blog in 8-bit, and keep all your favorite memories safe with this state-of-the-art Famicom game.

Bear Fishing

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Niko Lanzuisi (film director)

A new take on those dull old fishing games — you’re a bear! Use your tact and cunning to catch those pesky salmon.

Diagonal Radar 3D

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Kuske (KPLECRAFT) (musician)

3D Famicom has arrived! True, the system is pretty analogue, though. Simply cross your eyes and see the game jump right out at you! Cool!

Hope you enjoyed our little round-up of ‘Famicase 2013’. There are lots more games on display at METEOR, so why not go along and check them out?

All images courtesy of 
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2F 1-6-7 Minamimachi, Kichijoji, Musashinoshi, Tokyo

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Joseph Dumary

Next-gen TV—with a 4K "Ultra HD" picture resolution—was this year's hot topic at CES. But its success may be in the hands of console gamers.

With leaked details of octal-core processor banks paired with 8GB of RAM, the PlayStation 4 "Orbis" is sounding powerful (just for comparison of RAM alone, the 8GB of system memory is roughly 32 times more than the current model). But to see where 4K comes in, it's worth taking a trip back seven years.

In 2005, very few people had an HDTV. According to one study, there were "as many" as 10 million homes with high-definition screens—globally. The problem, according to many commentators, was the lack of HD content: nobody wanted to buy an HDTV because there was little HD content; very little HD content was made because there were very few people to sell it to. Classic catch-22.

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Today’s game consoles may offer subpar web experiences with little browser choice, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore them. More than one in eight internet users in the UK, US, and France—and nearly one in four American teens—uses a game console to get online. As more console makers offer internet-capable devices—and as smart TVs continue to enter the market—now is the time to plan how our sites will adapt to these new contexts. Learn how to test your web content on phone consoles; handheld consoles like Sony PSP and Nintendo DS; and TV consoles like Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3, and Microsoft Xbox 360.

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In an industry that at times seems constantly obsessed with the Next Big Thing, it's no wonder there's always so much hype that swirls around the introduction of a new generation of video game consoles. Console gamers don't have the same geek luxury as, say, Apple fanatics, who get a couple shiny new devices every year. Typically, it's only once every several years that a major new home video game console launches. That's a long ...

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NG:DEV.TEAM (Last Hope, Fast Striker) has released a new trailer for its side-scrolling shooter Gun Lord, set to premiere later this month for the Neo Geo and in June for the Sega Dreamcast.

Heavily inspired by the Turrican series, Gun Lord equips players with multiple powerful weapons, and features numerous levels filled with swarms of enemies, collectible items, and screen-filling boss characters. The trailer above shows off a decent chunk of gameplay, including a horizontally scrolling shooter level and an impressive boss encounter. Definitely watch the intro, too -- it's priceless.

Gun Lord will launch March 26th as a cartridge for Neo Geo MVS arcade units. Cartridge-only copies are priced at 319 euros, while a limited-edition boxed version sells for 419 euros. Regular and deluxe Neo Geo AES home console versions will be released later this year, and several Dreamcast editions ranging in price from 32 to 99 euros will premiere June 14th. Preorders can be placed at NG:DEV.TEAM's website.

[via @mommysbestgames]

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These days there are so many handheld devices available that allow you to play games on the move - small and large, cheap and expensive, buttons and touch - that it's a challenge to stand out from the crowd. Where do you put your focus? Judging by a fortnight with PlayStation Vita, even Sony's hardware designers couldn't make their minds up about that, because the initial impression is that they threw everything at the wall and everything stuck. The result is a handheld that can do pretty much anything. The good news for hardcore gamers is that in amongst all of that functionality are a few things that could - if the software follows - make this the best gaming portable ever.

PlayStation Vita isn't going to infest the world like iPad did two years ago, but it faces the same scepticism - that Sony is answering a question no one's asked. Apple's tablet quickly rose to that challenge by seeping into the gaps between other devices to become the best at things we forgot we wanted, and gamers may discover that Vita pulls a similar trick. Now you can sit on a train playing a new Uncharted adventure and it looks almost as good as the one at home, and crucially it feels the same.

"We need that second analogue stick - something that even Nintendo has belatedly acknowledged with its revisions to the 3DS - and it's here at last."

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John from the Free Software Foundation sez,

From reading the Nintendo 3DS Terms of Service, one could be forgiven for thinking that Nintendo is exiting the video game console business and entering the brick-making business.

The 3DS Terms are a perfect storm of 1) Updates will happen automatically without your specific permission any time the device connects to wifi 2) The device will constantly try to connect to wifi 3) Updates will specifically disable devices found to have modified software or unauthorized peripherals.

On top of that, Nintendo claims a license to photos and other user-generated material on the devices -- and those things are also automatically uploaded, along with user location data gleaned from wifi network proximity.

DRM prevents users from disabling any of these antifeatures, which is why DefectiveByDesign.org has taken an interest, encouraging people to send cardboard bricks to Nintendo. In the wake of all the Sony PS3 news, is this really the direction Nintendo wants to take things?

It gets better: Nintendo claims a perpetual, worldwide license to the photos and videos you take with your camera!

Nintendo 3DS Targeted in Anti-DRM Campaign

(Thanks, John!)

(Image: Fimo Nintendo 3DS, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from hansel5569's photostream)

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