NES Classic Edition

Everything Nintendo’s mini NES can and can’t do

Everything Nintendo’s mini NES can and can’t do

By on July 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

The internet exploded this week when Nintendo announced the NES Classic Edition. Not quite a game console, the Classic Edition comes preloaded with 30 touchstone Nintendo Entertainment System games, from Super Mario Bros. to The Legend of Zelda to Metroid to Final Fantasy.

With all the excitement surrounding the announcement, there was some confusion over what exactly the machine was, but on Thursday, Polygon got in touch with Nintendo to find out everything it could about the new NES. We’ve summarized some of the most important revelations below.

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7 classic games we wish Nintendo included on its NES Classic Edition console

By on July 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

7 classic games we wish Nintendo included on its NES Classic Edition console

Nintendo is absolutely killing it this week. Not only has PokemanGo gone on to become the most successful mobile launch ever, Nintendo made everyone’s dreams come true this Thursday when they announced the NES Classic Edition, a miniaturized version of the original and iconic NES that launched all the way back in 1985.

The NES Classic Edition is small enough that it can fit in your hand, and in keeping with the times, sports an HDMI cable as opposed to the multi-colored AV cables that graced the original. Priced at $59,99, the NES Classic Edition comes equipped with 30 classic Nintendo titles, including all 3 Super Mario Bros. games, Metroid, Tecmo Bowl, The Legend of Zelda, Excitebike and more.

That’s not bad, but if we had our way, the list of games would have been tweaked just a bit. So without further ado, we’ve compiled a list of classic NES games that stand the test of time that we wished would have made the cut.

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Pokemon Go Stuck Caves

Two Pokemon Go players got stuck in some caves 100 feet underground

By on July 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

Two Pokemon Go players got stuck in some caves 100 feet underground

Although Pokemon Go is encouraging kids (of all ages) to get out of the house and explore their neighborhoods, you might want to think twice about where you travel to catch ’em all. On Friday, the BBC reported that a group of four teenage boys found themselves stuck in a cave network, known as the Box mines, in Wiltshire, England while hunting for Pokemon.

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Modern Warfare Remastered Gameplay Video

Watch a playthrough of a full mission from ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered’

By on July 15, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Watch a playthrough of a full mission from ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered’

One of the most highly-anticipated games of the year isn’t a new game at all. In fact, you can’t even buy it on its own. I’m of course talking about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the pack-in bonus that comes with every Legacy Editions and Digital Deluxe edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

We’ve seen screenshots and heard about how much good it looks, but on Friday, Activision finally shared some extended gameplay footage.

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Pokemon Go Data Usage

This free app will help you track your data usage while you play Pokemon Go

By on July 14, 2016 at 1:35 PM.

This free app will help you track your data usage while you play Pokemon Go

If you own a smartphone and live in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Germany or the UK, chances are you’ve been playing Pokemon Go this week. It’s one of the biggest mobile gaming phenomenons in history, but as would any app that requires the screen to be turned on and constantly pulls GPS information over the air, it’s prone to killing batteries and data plans.

Now, if you have a sizable data plan, Pokemon Go probably won’t make a dent, but if your plan is somewhat limited, you might want to keep track of the amount of data the game is using. Thankfully, there’s an app for that.

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NES Classic Edition Price Release Date

Nintendo is launching a mini NES console with 30 games built in this fall

By on July 14, 2016 at 8:50 AM.

Nintendo is launching a mini NES console with 30 games built in this fall

It turns out that Nintendo is launching new hardware this year after all! On Thursday morning, Nintendo announced the NES Classic Edition — a miniature version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System which will cost $59.99 when it launches on November 11th, 2016.

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Pokemon Go Login

Senator voices concerns about ‘Pokemon GO’ data privacy

By on July 13, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

Senator voices concerns about ‘Pokemon GO’ data privacy

Just a day after “Pokemon GO” sparked controversy as characters in the game appeared in somber locations like the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery, a U.S. senator has called for the company that makes the game to give “greater clarity” about how it handles users’ security and privacy.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., posted an open letter to the CEO of Niantic, John Hanke, Tuesday, asking for more information from the game-maker. Pointing out that “Pokemon GO” has been downloaded about 7.5 million times, Franken stated in the letter that he was “concerned about the extent to which Niantic may be unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users’ personal information without their appropriate consent.”

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Pokemon Go Car Crash

Pokemon Go-related car crashes are now a thing

By on July 13, 2016 at 4:35 PM.

Pokemon Go-related car crashes are now a thing

It was bound to happen eventually, but on Tuesday, July 12th, a 28-year-old driver in Auburn, New York reportedly crashed into a tree while playing Pokemon Go. According to the Auburn Police Department, the driver admitted that he was distracted by the app and ran his vehicle off the road.

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Pokeman Go Obsession

Pokemon obsessed reporter interrupts news broadcast, but was it all staged?

By on July 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Pokemon obsessed reporter interrupts news broadcast, but was it all staged?

The release of Pokemon Go last week was far more than your average iOS and Android app release. On the contrary, Pokemon Go has turned into a full-fledged mobile and cultural phenomenon the likes of which we have never seen.

Over the past few days, millions of users have been walking an endless number of miles in search of Pokemon. And of course, along the way, some ridiculous and crazy Pokemon stories have emerged over the last few days, with a Pokemon-searching teenager stumbling across a dead body being just one example.

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Overwatch New Hero Ana

Blizzard introduces Ana, Overwatch’s first new hero since launch

By on July 12, 2016 at 4:05 PM.

Blizzard introduces Ana, Overwatch’s first new hero since launch

After weeks of teases, Blizzard finally unveiled Ana, a new hero for Overwatch, on Tuesday. Ana is not only the first hero to be added to the game since it launched on May 24th, she’s also the mother of Pharah, another of the game’s heroes.

Unlike her rocket launcher-wielding daughter, Ana is a support hero, equipped with a Biotic Rifle which “shoots darts that can restore health to her allies or deal ongoing damage to her enemies.”

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Pokemon Go Battery Life Data Usage

How to save battery life and cut down on data usage while playing Pokémon Go

By on July 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

How to save battery life and cut down on data usage while playing Pokémon Go

If you’ve spent any time playing Pokémon Go over the past week, you know that it can be a bit of a battery hog. In fact, on Sunday morning, I went to Central Park to catch a few creatures, and within two hours, my phone battery was down to under 10%. So how can you save some power without buying a battery pack?

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