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Back in 2010, Ninteno's waggle-riffic wonder would occasionally pulsate with a charming blue glow: update me, it said, I have hackers to fight. Although its efforts were quickly circumvented by Hackmii's LetterBomb installer, the Wii's 4.3 update was Nintendo's last stand against the homebrew comm...

December 11th 2012 at 4:31am 0 Comments
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If you were still holding out for those 3D-erific videos of cute dogs and sumo wrestlers for your American 3DS via Nintendo's "Itsu no Ma ni Terebi" service, bad news just got badder. In short, it's not coming. Ever. In fact, worse than that, the service will take its last look at the rising sun o...

May 11th 2012 at 10:19am 0 Comments
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According to a report from Nikkan (as translated by Andriasang), Nintendo's planning on getting its proverbial ducks in a row with the construction of a new 12-billion-yen Research and Development facility in Kyoto's Minami Ward -- the same location as its Japanese headquarters. The gargantuan bu...

March 31st 2011 at 1:00am 0 Comments
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It may just be an elaborate stunt to promote batteries, but it's hard not to get a little caught up in Evolta's 500-kilometer trek from Tokyo to Kyoto, which finally came to an end this week after two months on the road -- ahead of schedule, no less. Aided by a team of "Evolta Sisters," the pint-si...

November 26th 2010 at 5:18am 0 Comments
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The race for bigger and better memory continues apace, it seems. It was only a week or two ago that we caught wind of the work that scientists in Berkeley were doing with nanotubes and thousand-year-plus memory lifespans, and now it looks like a group of researchers in Japan have made some headway...

June 23rd 2009 at 6:48pm 0 Comments
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It's a simple truth: Nintendo makes money. What goes up must also come down, so it's only fitting that the company would dedicate some of its vast funds to researching and developing new ways make money. That's where the company's new R&D office comes in.Situated in the Minami-ku district of Ky...

February 10th 2009 at 2:58pm 0 Comments
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Musicians have Vienna. Catholics have the Vatican. And gamers have Japan. While many significant contributions to the world of gaming have come from outside the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan is the unassailable fountainhead of modern video gaming. It's the birth and workplace of gaming giants...

August 18th 2008 at 12:50pm 0 Comments
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What better way to celebrate Independence Day than by putting the faces of governmental figures on a sticker? The real story behind the above isn't quite that hilarious, actually. Late last month at the G8 foreign ministers' meeting in Kyoto, this beautifully redone DS was spotted, alongside sticke...

July 4th 2008 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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DS Motte Tabi ni Deyo Kyoto (Let's Journey to Kyoto with the DS) is the latest travel-guide game on the DS. This one comes from Coo Design and, like the name suggests, contains maps and tourist information about Kyoto. It also allows you to enter a starting point and calculate travel time to destina...

December 11th 2007 at 6:00pm 0 Comments