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Nintendo - Switch, 3DS, and Wii-U / Replacement Joy-Con Thumbsticks
« on: September 30, 2022, 11:43:38 PM »
I know many of you have probably experienced joy-con thumbstick drift. It's pretty notorious on the Switch. My wife's thumbsticks started drifting a while back and eventually they just went haywire. Causing double input as well as just drifting.

I successfully transplanted some new thumbsticks and the joy-cons are like new again! It's actually not too difficult. It definitely beats paying $70-$80 for another pair. I highly recommend this.  ;D


Here are the guides I followed on their site plus a link to the thumbstick replacements.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con/Switch Lite Joystick - You can either get the full kit that comes with all of the tools you need or just the thumbsticks. I already had the tools so I just got the parts.

Left Joy-Con Joystick Replacement Guide

Right Joy-Con Joystick Replacement Guide - Since the Right Joy-Con contains an antenna plus some other parts, the procedure is actually a little different.

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PC Rigs, Builds, and Peripheral Devices / NVME SSDs Are Awesome!!
« on: September 25, 2022, 01:32:43 AM »
Last week I updated my gaming PC and daily driver PC with NVME SSDs and the speed increase from standard SSDs was so good! I was not expecting much of a difference to be honest but a ton of programs now open up almost instantly and installations happen so quickly that I sometimes miss when they complete if I turn around to grab a drink of water or something quick like that.

Loading times on games also improve. I haven't done any official speed tests since I forgot to get times before the upgrade but it's enough to be noticed. Not sure if I can ever go back to 2.5" drives except for maybe cold storage. I still have spinning hard drives for storage for their large capacities.

My gaming PC uses PCIE 4.0 and my daily driver PC uses 3.0. Even the 3.0 SSDs feel much snappier than traditional 2.5" SSDs. I highly recommend them if you have a motherboard that supports this tech.

These are the drives I got in case anyone was interested:


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That's right! Goldeneye is finally being re-released. 2 versions will be available. The Xbox version is a remastered version with updated controls, improved graphics and frame rate. The Nintendo Switch version will be the original N64 version but with online multiplayer added.

The Xbox version does not have online multiplayer for some reason.  :(

Nintendo 64's GoldenEye 007 Confirmed for Switch Online and Xbox Game Pass


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Nintendo 64's GoldenEye 007 Confirmed for Switch Online and Xbox Game Pass
Coming soon.
Ryan Dinsdale
By Ryan Dinsdale
Updated: Sep 13, 2022 9:09 am
Posted: Sep 13, 2022 7:29 am

Update - 09/13/2022, 9am: The Xbox remaster of GoldenEye 007 will not include online multiplayer, which will instead be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of the game.

As revealed by 007.com, the two versions of GoldenEye, despite being announced at the same time, will not include the same features. The Nintendo version appears to be staying relatively similar to the original, but with the addition of online multiplayer, and will be added as a standard N64 game to the Switch Online library.

The Xbox version, on the other hand, will be a remastered version of the 1997 original with updated controls (meaning modern, dual analogue stick support) and improved graphics and frame rate.

Update - 09/13/2022, 8am: Rare has confirmed that GoldenEye 007 is also coming to Xbox alongside Nintendo Switch following months of rumours.

Confirmed in a tweet (below), the Xbox game isn't confirmed to be the same version as that on Nintendo Switch but will feature achievements, 4K resolution, and a smoother framerate.

GoldenEye 007 has been all but confirmed on Xbox for a long time as fan website True Achievements and even Xbox's own website listed the game's achievements.

Original Story: Nintendo has announced that its beloved GoldenEye 007 for Nintendo 64 is coming to Nintendo Switch Online "soon" with official online functionality for the first time ever.

Announced during September's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed a ton of new titles coming to its online subscription package including Pokémon Stadium and Mario Party, before confirming that GoldenEye would also be arriving.

It's unclear exactly when GoldenEye will be released, however, as the handful of new Nintendo 64 games confirmed for the platform are arriving as late as 2023.

Nintendo has been slowly but surely adding titles to its Nintendo Switch Online service for the last few months, releasing various N64 games roughly once a month or so. Its remaining games confirmed for 2022 during the Direct are Pilotwings 64, Mario Party, and Mario Party 2.

As for 2023, Mario Party 3, Pokémon Stadium, Pokémon Stadium 2, 1080° Snowboarding, and Excitebike 64 were all announced.

See our full list of Nintendo Direct announcements for more news about upcoming Switch games.

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Retro Gaming and Hardware / Sega Genesis/Megadrive Mini 2!
« on: August 04, 2022, 12:52:35 AM »
Sega announced a second Sega Genesis/Megadrive Mini. 50 more games including Sega CD titles and looks like a 6-button controller.

Releasing 10/27/2022 only on Amazon. However, Sega also announced that these will be much more limited than the first one. My guess is they didn't fly off the shelves so they are playing it safe by not making so many. I got my pre-order in.

Sega Genesis Mini 2




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General Discussion / Ms. Marvel Show (Disney+)
« on: June 20, 2022, 10:13:42 PM »
Two episodes in and I'm personally enjoying this show. I think it has a lot of heart and extremely creative art direction. The actress is a perfect cast in my opinion.

I'm hoping that the show remains consistent like Moon Knight.

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Today Konami revealed the TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection. This collection contains the following titles -

• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Arcade)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (Arcade)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (NES)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (NES)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (NES)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (Super Nintendo)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (Super Nintendo)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (Sega Genesis)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (Sega Genesis)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of The Foot Clan (Game Boy)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back From The Sewers (Game Boy)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue (Game Boy)

This is easily a day 1 purchase for me. Can't wait to play some of the game boy games again. Fall of the Foot Clan was one of the few GB games I actually owned.




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General Discussion / Microsoft has acquired Activision/Blizzard/King
« on: January 18, 2022, 04:37:27 PM »
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2022/01/18/welcoming-activision-blizzard-to-microsoft-gaming/

For almost $70 billion dollars. Holy crap, this is major and can have some deep implications/repercussions in gaming. Not sure how I feel about it yet although I'm leaning on not good since it's consolidating more of the industry.

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I was hesitant about this upgrade, but it honestly looks good to me. Still not sure if it's a day 1 purchase for me but I'll definitely get it at some point.

Releases on Nov. 11th.


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Steam Deck



Valve just revealed this today. Handheld with the latest AMD RDNA2 graphics and Zen 2 CPU. Starts at $399. Pre-orders start July 16th and you must put down $5 to reserve. I'm honestly thinking of reserving one.

Runs on Valve's Linux distro, SteamOS, and can hook up to a monitor to be used as a full sized PC. Comes with a 7" screen and full size analog sticks. Storage is expandable with Micro SD cards just like the Switch.


Full specs below.








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I've officially jumped back to AMD. Went with a Ryzen 5 3600X since it was only $5 more than the regular 3600 and paired it with an MSI B450 Tomahawk Max motherboard.

It's funny, I started the decade with an AMD Athlon dual core and almost immediately switched to Intel when their Sandy Bridge CPUs were released. Which I have been using ever since and now I'm ending the decade with a Ryzen chip.

Now, I have to figure out if the high temps I'm getting are normal or if I need a better cooler. I'm using the stock cooler and every review pretty much says that the stock cooler is adequate. I'm not so sure. Under full load I'm hitting 85 degrees celsius.  :nerd:

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General Discussion / Spider-Man: Far From Home
« on: July 10, 2019, 11:22:28 PM »
I may be a bit biased since Spidey is my favorite comic book superhero, but man, this film was great. The first half may seem a bit slow but the second half is pretty much perfection in my eyes. They finally got Spider-Man right in my opinion.

I suggest everyone see it.  ;D

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This thing is bombing hard and it's now nearly half off of it's original price. If anyone was interested in one, this is a good time to buy I think.

Amazon: PlayStation Classic

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Retro Gaming and Hardware / It was bound to happen - PlayStation Classic!
« on: September 19, 2018, 10:52:23 PM »
[PlayStation Classic]

Sony is jumping on the classic console release bandwagon and is releasing the PlayStation Classic. For $99.99, you get a miniaturized PS1 with 20 games built in. It's available for pre-order at Best Buy, GameStop and Wal-mart. However, looks like Best Buy is out of pre-orders as of this post. I had to get it from Wal-mart.com.

Here is some quick info -

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Today, we are excited to announce that we are bringing back the original PlayStation experience in a new miniaturized version – PlayStation Classic! The console will come pre-loaded with 20 classic titles, including fan-favorites such as Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms.

Available for pre-order at select retailers across the US and CAN, each unit will also come with an HDMI cable to connect to their TV, a USB cable, and two controllers for local multiplayer within compatible titles. PlayStation Classic will be available for $99.99 USD (MSRP) / $129.99 CAN (MSRP) on December 3, 2018 – a historic date for all of us at PlayStation.

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So NVIDIA announced recently their new RTX 20 series. Besides bringing the usual improvements, this time NVIDIA is adding a new feature, real time Ray Tracing.

What's real time Ray Tracing? I'm going to let Digital Foundry answer that one.



I'm not going to lie, I'm seriously excited about these new cards. They definitely have early adopter prices and I can see why there are people don't feel these would be worth it. However, this is the next evolution in games and that alone makes me want to save up and get one.

[GeForce RTX 20 Series]

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Microsoft - Xbox Series X, Xbox One and Xbox 360 / Xbox All Access
« on: August 31, 2018, 07:58:09 PM »
For those of you who haven't heard of this, Microsoft is financing Xbox One consoles for two years and includes two years Xbox Live Gold and two years Xbox Game Pass. This is very similar to purchasing a phone these days where you buy it now but spread the cost of the phone for 2 years.

I'll be honest, I'm very tempted by this. To be clear, you won't be saving a ton of money (it depends on which console you end up getting, the S has more savings than the X) but if you want a console now, you can walk out with a console for as little as $22 a month. I'm looking at getting the X for $35 a month. The fact that you get Game Pass as well, which includes tons of games, makes this seem sensible even though it's all at just slightly lower than MSRP prices.

[Xbox All Access]

This is only available in the US and at Microsoft Stores.

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One of the greatest series of all time is back and remastered. Shenmue I & II can now be played on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Releases Aug. 21st.

I have so many fond memories of these two games and I backed my one and only kickstarter for Shenmue III. For those of you who know, I don't back kickstarters at all. This game was ahead of its time and truly made me feel a part of the world. Not many other games have made me feel that way. Can't wait until this unlocks tomorrow.

[Shenmue and Shenmue 2 re-releases coming this August]

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So like, yeah, it's happening. Some cool stuff. For example -


Spoiler: ShowHide
Resident Evil 2 Remake!!!!!!!!



I think it's called E3. Might be something worth checking out if you have time.

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[Hacker gets Super NES games running on unmodified NES]

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At this point, we're used to modern computers being able to perform near-perfect emulation of older gaming hardware via software trickery. The latest project from Tom "Tom7" Murphy, though, seems poised to coin its own definition for "reverse emulation" by running a playable Super NES game on actual unmodified NES hardware.

Murphy breaks down this wizardry in a pair of detailed videos laying out his tinkering process. Though the NES hardware itself is untouched, the cartridge running this reverse emulation is a heavily customized circuit board (ordered from China for about $10), with a compact, multi-core Raspberry Pi 3 attached to handle the actual Super NES emulation.

Not very practical but I love reading about this types of projects. Some of these games he emulates are really trippy.

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Retro Gaming and Hardware / Atari VCS Pre-sell crashes Indiegogo
« on: June 02, 2018, 05:14:21 PM »
[Atari's Retro Console Launches Pre-Orders, Quickly Crashes Indiegogo]

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We finally have more details on what this thing can do and apparently more people are hyped up about it than we expected. On Wednesday afternoon, Indiegogo was struggling to keep up with the influx of traffic...

...The VCS runs on the Ubuntu OS (Linux), includes a Radeon R7 processor, a 32 GB hard drive, 4 GB of DDR4 RAM, and expandable storage. It connects to the internet and will support streaming video and online multiplayer games. Voice control is handled by four front-facing mics and two new controllers (one retro, one modern) connect via Bluetooth.

This piece of kit is starting to sound really nice. I can see why there is such a high demand for it. This might be more flexible to mod than an NES or SNES Classic.

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Retro Gaming and Hardware / Neo Geo Mini
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:23:10 AM »
Now this is something I can get behind. SNK is making a mini version of the Neo Geo MVS arcade cabinet called the Neo Geo Mini and comes with 40 preloaded games.

No date or price announced yet but this thing is looking mighty sweet.  ;D


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General Discussion / Non-gaming hobbies
« on: May 18, 2018, 01:13:43 AM »
I saw Kinikko likes to knit and that's pretty cool. I personally really enjoy music, so I tend to collect headphones. I have quite a few in my collection and always take time to listen to them. I just wish it wasn't so expensive, lol. But I really love to nerd out on audio. And if there's one thing that I like to collect more than games, it's music.

Do any of you have hobbies that are just as big, or bigger, than your gaming hobby?

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General Discussion / Favorite Video Game Soundtracks
« on: May 14, 2018, 11:42:46 PM »
I think every board needs to have a topic like this. I've been listening a lot to the Katamari Damacy OST (always brings a smile to my face, it's so weird!) and the Castlevania: Symphony of the Night OST. The SotN soundtrack is just so amazing, it's one of those soundtracks where I hear a song and pretty much know exactly what level I'm in.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night


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General Discussion / Cobra Kai - Youtube Red Show
« on: May 10, 2018, 11:54:30 PM »
If you're a fan of the '80's Karate Kid trilogy, you'll absolutely love this show. Wow, this show is an absolute pleasure to watch. What I love about it is that it doesn't try to be like those older karate kid films. It's a well done continuation of the main characters and where they are now in life. I highly, highly recommend this show.

caveat - you do need a Youtube Red subscription to watch beyond episode 2. However, you can sign up for a free 7 day trial and binge it. Or if you have a Google Music subscription you get Youtube Red included.


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Humble Bundle has a Capcom bundle for your PlayStation consoles. All mostly PS4 but a couple of Vita and PS3 titles as well. [Humble Capcom Bundle]

Pay what you want
  • Dead Rising - PS4
  • DustForce - Vita
  • Crazy Taxi - PS3
  • Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz - Vita

Beat the average
  • Resident Evil HD Remaster - PS4
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection - PS4
  • Resident Evil Code Veronica X - PS4
  • Sonic Generations - PS4
  • Binary Domain - PS3
  • Alien Isolation - PS4

Pay $15 or more
  • Dead Rising 2 -PS4
  • Valkyria Chronicles Remastered - PS4

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Anybody getting one or even heard of this? This does not use software emulation like most clones and it isn't NOS of original hardware in a new chassis. It uses a special chip that can be tuned to run like the chips that were used back in the original system. So you can use your carts with it and play them on an HDTV with accuracy.

Analogue Super Nt




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General Discussion / Black Panther Movie
« on: February 27, 2018, 01:27:28 AM »
Anyone watch this yet? Saw it opening weekend and thought it was a really solid movie with very few flaws. Not sure if it matches the hype but it gets close. Michael B. Jordan really drives this movie to greatness.

I seriously hope there's a sequel.

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Retro Gaming and Hardware / DF Retro
« on: February 25, 2018, 05:46:56 PM »
Anybody else familiar with this series? It's a sub-series of Digital Foundry (who have some great technical videos.) What's great is that it's not just a nostalgia video, it actually goes back and dissects the technological techniques used to make these older games. I love it and I recommend any other retro fans check it out.

The latest episode is on Panzer Dragoon for the Sega Saturn.


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