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Switched's Comprehensive Guide to Video Game Emulators

The video game emulator -- the bit of software that allows nostalgic button-mashers to mount an NES on their PCs in order to relive halcyon "HADOUKEN!" days -- is one of the most misunderstood elements of modern computing. But we're here to tell you exactly what they are, how they work, and even offer a comprehensive directory of the best ones for your favorite platform. Read on for our...

U-Move Wii Controller Will Keep You Moving, Won't Take No For an Answer

The U-Move nunchuck controller is like a drill sergeant for the Wii. This little peripheral uses a pedometer to keep track of every step you take, and will let you know exactly how many calories you burn while playing any Wii or Wii-Fit game. Thing is, you'll have to keep moving at all times, in order to "energize" your on-screen character. The minute you stop bouncing around, your thumb...

Nintendo 3DS: Not a Gaming Revolution, Still Makes Hands Happy

The best way for me to start off my hands-on with the Nintendo 3DS is to be completely honest about my relationship with the Nintendo DS; I love the little split-screened device. I have a white Lite from 2007, and have never found the need to upgrade. That was until the E3 Expo last year, when Nintendo trotted out these little guys to a crowd practically electrified with excitement. But the 3-D...

Nintendo Announces Netflix on the 3DS

At the Game Developers Conference earlier today, Nintendo announced that everyone's favorite movie-streaming service, Netflix, will make its way to the 3DS this summer. Subscribers will be able to watch videos over Wi-Fi on the handheld's higher-resoution top screen, which happens to be the same display with the funky 3-D effect. Might there be streaming 3-D movies in Nintendo's future?...

DrunkenNES Breathalyzer Combines Safe Driving and 8-Bit Gaming

Here's something you probably never thought you'd see: an NES hacked to run a homebrew breathalyzer test. Pick up the 'DrunkenNES' cartridge and blow into it (like you used to when those fickle games wouldn't run), and watch as an 8-bit crash test dummy calculates just how tanked you are....

'Legend of Zelda' Turns 25

Last year, the seminal 'Super Mario' commemorated its 25th birthday, and today, another Nintendo superstar is celebrating the same milestone. 'The Legend of Zelda,' and its gleaming gold cartridge, first arrived in Japanese stores 25 years ago today. While it may not be a grand gesture like Mario's avenue honor, 1up pulled together the very best in theme songs, ridiculous Hyrule merchandise and 25...

Hacker Blackmails Nintendo With Personal Data From 4,000 Gamers

Earlier this month, an unnamed hacker reportedly infiltrated a Nintendo 3DS promotional site and uncovered the names, e-mail addresses and postal codes of 4,000 Nintendo members. The assailant then allegedly blackmailed Nintendo because he believed "the firm had shown negligence in not securing the information more effectively." According to Naked Security, Nintendo alerted the Spanish Data...

Motion Gaming May Lift Spirits, Restore Self-Worth for Senior Citizens

Scientists have already discovered a variety of health benefits that video games offer to elderly gamers, including heightened mental acuity and vision restoration. After performing a 10-week observational study, Dr. Patricia Kahlbaugh of Southern Connecticut State University now believes that motion control gaming alleviates other afflictions that commonly plague senior citizens, including...

'The Wii Plays' Takes Gameplay to the Live Stage

The Ars Nova theater in New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood hopes to translate a collection of eminent, famous fables to the live stage. The series of stories may surprise some avid playgoers, though, because the playwrights actually sought inspiration from the Nintendo Wii. 'The Wii Plays,' devised by the theater's Play Group, includes an assortment of legendary Nintendo titles, including 'Wii...

Nintendo 3DS Coming March 27th for $249.99

Having slowly teased its glasses-free 3-D handheld since last year's E3, Nintendo finally got serious about the 3DS this morning in New York. The 3-D and touchscreen-enabled gaming device will launch on March 27th for $249.99 in aqua blue or obsidian black, packs Wi-Fi functionality, and comes with a 3-D slider to manually adjust the 3-D effect. The 30+ launch titles are largely trusted,...

Nintendo's Wrong: Eye Docs Say You've Nothing to Fear From the 3DS

Good news, everyone! If you've been staving off your desire for the totally rad technology of 3-D because you fear that the hand-held 3DS may make you (or your children) blind, ophthalmologists have a polite reminder: that 3-D is a close approximation to the way our eyes normally see. According to Harvard opthalmologist Dr. David Hunter, there is little evidence to support Nintendo's claim that...

Nintendo DS Named Best Selling Console Ever, Spanks Other Systems

Hey, it may be a little guy (with its iddle-widdle screen and adorable itsy-bitsy buttons), but the Nintendo DS packs quite the punch. After tabulating the sales figures for 2010, Nintendo recently announced that the Wii had sold 34 million consoles since its launch. Impressive, you say. Very impressive. But the Nintendo DS trounces the Wii's moment of glory with nearly 50 million clamshells sold...

Nintendo Warns 3DS Could Damage Kids' Eyes

Only months before the 3DS launches in Japan and the U.S., Nintendo is now warning customers on its Japanese site that children under 6 years old shouldn't use the 3-D console, because it might damage the development of their eyes. The 3DS, which features 3-D gameplay without glasses, will have the option to lock into 2-D mode so younger kids can safely play, according to Engadget. While...

Best Nintendo DS and DSi Games of 2010, From Alice to Ace

A monumental year for console gamers, 2010 brought such brilliant efforts as 'Red Dead Redemption,' 'Mass Effect 2,' 'Alan Wake' and 'God of War 3.' With such an abundance of riches to be had on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it can be easy to overlook the diminutive Nintendo DS. This would be a huge mistake; 2010 ushered in a plethora of games for the system that rivaled many console blockbusters....

Gift Guide: All-in-One iHome iB970B Charging Station for Under $100

We're willing to bet that you have at least one special electrical outlet that plays host to an overtaxed and exhausted power strip -- you know, the one swarmed by chargers for your cell phone, iPod, PSP or Nintendo DS, and perhaps an iPad or e-reader for good measure. (That's not even counting your roommate or significant other's contributions.) For overwhelmed sockets, we'd recommend the...