Wii U Stories March 14, 2016

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9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk 200GB Micro SD $60, 256GB Retina MacBook Pro $1,200, Apple Watch Band + Dock $26, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS

Last Call Updates:

Fresh iPad Pro discounts: 32GB Wi-Fi $650, 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular $890, all other models $100 off

Gold Box Monster SanDisk storage sale: 200GB MicroSD $60, UltraFit 128GB USB $25, much more

Apple 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB $1,200 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB: $1,049 shipped (Reg. $1,299)

Apple Watch 42mm Space Gray Milanese Loop Band + Aluminum Dock: $26 Prime shipped (Reg. $34)

Apple Deals:

Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro 32GB Wi-Fi in Gold, Silver & Space Gray: $650 shipped (Reg. $799)

Apple iPhone 6s/Plus Factory Unlocked up to $100 off, 16GB just $579 shipped (Reg. $649)

Apple TV Deals: 4th Gen 64GB $175 (Reg. $200), 3rd Gen $49 (Reg. $69), more

How-to: Use your car and an inexpensive inverter to replace the need for a home generator

App Store Free App of the Week: oneSafe Premium Password Manager on iOS goes free for the first time (Reg. $5)

App Store Indie Game Sale 50% off: The Room Three, BADLAND 2, Mutant Mudds, more

Grab the Hitman GO & Hitman Sniper iOS bundle for just $1 (up to $10 value)

The Room Three mystery-puzzler for iOS gets its very first price drop: $2 (Reg. $5)

BADLAND 2 for iOS gets its very first price drop: $2 (Reg. $5)

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Daily Deals: 8TB Seagate USB 3.0 External Hard Drive $200, Asus Touchscreen Laptop/Tablet $155, more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Holmes Smart WeMo appliances: Air Purifier $150 (Reg. $200), X-Large Heater $100 (Reg. $200)

 

Solartab: Powerful Solar Panel/13,000mAh dual USB battery in iPad form factor: $94 shipped ($35 off)

12-inch MacBook now $300 off: 256GB $1,000, 512GB $1,300 + extra $50 savings w/ .edu email

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

LG releases a new line of 4K Super UHDTVs with HDR capabilities and big price tags

Rule this summer’s BBQ with Mark Dredge’s new Cooking with Beer guide

Wii U Stories July 8, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Solo HD $100, GoPro HERO4 Silver $350, Sony 128GB SDXC Memory Card $40, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Apple 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro w/ Force Touch from $1,819 shipped (Reg. $1,999)

Beats Headphones: Solo HD Drenched on-ears $100 (Reg. $139+), Studio wireless $250 (Reg. $300), more

Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones (multiple colors): $140 shipped (Reg. $200)

GoPro HERO4 Action Cameras: Silver $350 shipped (Reg. $400), Black $399 shipped (Reg. $500)

Sony 128GB SDXC Class 10 Memory Card: $40 shipped (Reg. $65+)

It’s now possible to 3D print customized video game characters right from Amazon

WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive $70, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD $150more

Review: JBL’s new Charge 2+ and Clip+ deliver big sound in a portable Bluetooth package designed for outdoor activity

GoPro’s new HERO4 Session waterproof action camera is the size of an ice cube with an iceberg-sized price

Amazon is throwing itself a birthday party so big it’ll make you forget about Black Friday

More new gear from today:

iTunes gift cards 10% off w/ email delivery: $50 for $45, $100 for $90, more

More deals still alive:

Apple 13-inch MacBook Air (newest model) 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB: $830 shipped (Reg. $999)

HooToo TripMate portable router w/ 6000mAh power bank: $33 Prime Shipped (Reg. $45)

Apple is giving away free downloads of iOS cooking app Green Kitchen ($5 value)

App Store Free App of the Week: Star Walk 2 goes free for the first time ($3 value)

Bloons Tower Defense 5 for iPhone/iPad goes free (Reg. $3/$5)

App Store promo – Great Games 50% off: Halo Spartan Strike $3 (Reg. $6)more

Readdle launches Scanner Pro 6 for iOS w/ release day pricing: $3 (Reg. $6)

New products & more:

Palette puts Adobe’s Creative Suite in the palm of your hands with its new modular control surface

Ubisoft unveils the debut trailer for its new Rayman Adventures mobile game

Wii U Stories July 6, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Belkin WeMo switches from $31, iPad Air 2 $359, Sennheiser Momentum $70, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive $70, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD $150more

Amazon Gold Box – up to 38% off Belkin WeMo devices with prices starting at $31 Prime shipped (Reg. $50)

iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 16GB $359 or 64GB $499, iPhone 6/Plus w/ free $150 GC on installment or $70 off w/ 2-yr contract

iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Silver: $449 shipped (Orig. $929)

Best Buy 4-Day Sale: 13″ Retina MacBook Pro 256GB $1,350 & 21″ iMac 1TB $1,150 + extra $100 off w/ .edu

Sennheiser Momentum headphones: on-ears $70 (Reg. $80+), over-ears (open-box) $120 (Reg. $170), more

GoPro’s new HERO4 Session waterproof action camera is the size of an ice cube with an iceberg-sized price

Amazon is throwing itself a birthday party so big it’ll make you forget about Black Friday

More new gear from today:

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive: 32GB $40 (Reg. $80), 64GB $55 (Reg. $120)

Samsung 64GB PRO Class 10 Memory: SDXC $30 shipped (Reg. $46+), microSD $38 shipped (Reg. $47)

Games/Apps: Dragon Age Inquisition $30, Logitech Optical Gaming Mouse $30 (Reg. $70), iOS freebies, more

Daily Deals: CyberPower 1500VA/900-Watt UPS $98, Google Chromecast $25 w/ pick up, more

More deals still alive:

Logitech Master MX Wireless Mouse $87 shipped (Reg. $100)

Apple is giving away free downloads of iOS cooking app Green Kitchen ($5 value)

App Store Free App of the Week: Star Walk 2 goes free for the first time ($3 value)

Bloons Tower Defense 5 for iPhone/iPad goes free (Reg. $3/$5)

App Store promo – Great Games 50% off: Halo Spartan Strike $3 (Reg. $6)more

Readdle launches Scanner Pro 6 for iOS w/ release day pricing: $3 (Reg. $6)

New products & more:

Amazon is now treating its Prime members to extra savings on new/upcoming video game

Wii U Stories July 3, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone car mount $13, iPad Air 2 LTE 64GB $600, Retina MacBook Pro 256GB $1,350, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Headphones $99 shipped (Reg. $169)

Amazon Gold Box: 40% or more off iOttie car mounts – One Touch 2 Holder $17 Prime shipped (Orig. $30), more deals from as low as $12.99

iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular 64GB in Space Gray or Silver: $600 shipped (Reg. $729)

iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Silver: $449 shipped (Orig. $929)

Best Buy 4-Day Sale: 13″ Retina MacBook Pro 256GB $1,350 & 21″ iMac 1TB $1,150 + extra $100 off w/ .edu

App Store Free App of the Week: Star Walk 2 goes free for the first time ($3 value)

Bloons Tower Defense 5 for iPhone/iPad goes free (Reg. $3/$5)

The first chapter in the epic Infinity Blade trilogy is now available for free (Reg. $6)

App Store promo – Great Games 50% off: Halo Spartan Strike $3 (Reg. $6)more

Readdle launches Scanner Pro 6 for iOS w/ release day pricing: $3 (Reg. $6)

Amazon is now treating its Prime members to extra savings on new/upcoming video games

Score a 3-pack of discounted Monoprice MFi Lightning Cables for $16 shipped (Reg. $25)

USB-C cables $8 Prime shipped (Reg. $11), Anker 16,000mAh + Anker 3,200mAh Power Banks $37 shipped ($20 off)

$50 iTunes gift card for $40 w/ email delivery from PayPal (20% savings)

LAST CHANCE! Giveaway: Owen & Fred’s Desk Essentials collection ups your work game while looking good, $250+ value

Review: Logitech’s Anywhere 2 Bluetooth mouse shines w/ adaptive scrolling

Review: MPOW’s pocketable iStick is the best Bluetooth selfie stick you can buy today

More new gear from today:

Logitech Master MX Wireless Mouse $87 shipped (Reg. $100)

Games/Apps: Wii U bundle w/ Power A Gamer Kit $275, Car Club Tuning Storm free, more iOS freebies

Get access to every Nintendo 3DS game for only $65 shipped w/ this refurbished 2DS deal

Daily Deals: Seagate 8TB Backup Plus USB 3.0 External Hard Drive $230, HP Chromebook 14 $249, more

More deals still alive:

Griffin 30% off sitewide: Survivor Slim Case for iPad Air 2 $56 (Reg. $80)more

Apple is giving away free downloads of iOS cooking app Green Kitchen ($5 value)

New products & more:

Sony’s three new Bluetooth/AirPlay compatible speakers with price tags to match

Olloclip’s Kickstarter project delivers a customized photography setup for your iPhone 6/Plus

Wii U Stories March 27, 2015

When Nintendo announced last week that it will collaborate with DeNA to release iPhone and iPad games, gamers split into two camps: people intrigued by the promise of brand new Nintendo titles designed for mobile devices, and others — including myself — who expect Nintendo to release shallow mobile minigames, mostly to promote console titles. Nintendo hasn’t actually committed to bringing the Super Mario games people love into the App Store; instead, it’s saying only that its characters will appear in new titles that won’t require complex controls. The implication is that only Nintendo consoles are capable of playing Nintendo’s console games.

I disagree with that. For years, Macs and PCs have been able to run thousands of classic console and arcade games, including Nintendo’s best-known titles, using emulators. These free programs let discontinued, often HDTV-incompatible games play on computers — in many cases, with noticeably better graphics than you remember. Freed from the fuzzy, low-contrast televisions people used to own, classic games can look pixel-sharp on Retina displays, and some emulators actually improve the edges and textures of 3-D objects. Nintendo may not want you to play its prior console games on your favorite Apple device’s screen, but thanks to emulators, it’s possible today. The picture above? That’s Super Mario Galaxy, running on a Retina MacBook Pro…

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Wii U Stories March 17, 2015

My feelings for Nintendo are complicated. I’ve loved its games ever since the original Donkey Kong, owned every Nintendo console (including the Virtual Boy), and recommended the Wii U as the best game console for families and kids. But if I was mildly displeased with Nintendo as a company during its haughtiest years — the time when most of its key third-party developers walked away — I’m downright angry with it today. At a press conference in Japan this morning, Nintendo announced its second collaboration with a mobile game publisher in two months, the headline from which was what millions of people have been waiting years to read:

“Nintendo to start making iPhone games, including first-party IP like Mario.”

Sure, the official Nintendo press release actually says “smart devices” including phones and tablets, but iPhones and iPads are a safe bet. The press release also says “gaming applications” rather than games, but a press release from Nintendo’s new mobile partner DeNA confirms that the companies will indeed produce mobile games together. Just think about it: Super Mario World on the iPad! Donkey Kong Country on the iPhone! That’s just what everyone has wanted! But there’s a catch…

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