Only the sixth man to have the job in the company’s 128-year history, Pokemon Company board member Shuntaro Furukawa has stepped in to replace Tatsumi Kimishima, who’s been holding the reins for the last two and a half years.
Nintendo’s astonishingly popular Switch console was in the headlines a few months ago thanks to a hardware exploit found in the developer documentation of NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 platform. No, that’s not a joke – NVIDIA left a hardware backdoor in their firmware for debugging purposes, told everyone about it in plain English, and anyone brave enough to open their Switch could run the exploit and hack the system. As it turns out, this week the Tegra platform is in the news again with details of an exploit, and it’s one that leaves systems so wide open that there might as well not be any protection at all, affecting users of the NVIDIA Shield consoles as well as the Nintendo Switch.
Remember, kids… Nintendon’t do drugs. Also, don’t buy home-printed Nintendo cartridges shipped out of The Netherlands. And if you do, be sure to crack a few open to make sure they’re legit. And if they’re not, and instead are packed to the brim with Peruvian fish scale and molly, then it’s best to dispose of them properly. Do not insert into console, to not crack open and consume, report directly to the authorities, or you’ll be off to the slammer.
Nintendo’s Switch has just reached the first year of its life on store shelves, and it’s become one of this decade’s most popular handheld consoles (even though yes, technically, it’s a home console as well). Nintendo’s development of the Switch OS has been rapid, and they’ve made many quality-of-life improvements to the gaming tablet and several patches have fixed some performance issues and given the console access to more applications and online services. But somewhere in the last patch release, a bug reared its head as the console crossed its first year of sales – a bug that resets your total play time.
Remember Miitomo? Neither do I. Which is probably why Nintendo has decided to put it out of its misery, and from 9 May your days of dressing up your avatar and doing suitably cute Nintendo-like things will be over. Miitomo was Nintendo’s first foray into smartphone gaming (the term mobile gaming is hard to apply when it comes to Nintendo, as the company basically owns the idea of mobile gaming in the traditional sense), and it isn’t particularly interesting.
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