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November 2016

Super Game Boy Borders Frame The Action

Wario Land 2Nintendo's Super Game Boy accessory for the Super NES allowed Game Boy games to play on a proper television screen instead of the native hardware's tiny little viewing window.  Games that supported the SGB featured special colorful borders that surrounded the game action to fill out what would otherwise be a dead zone lacking activity.  The VGMuseum (which recently gave us a gallery of incompatible warning screens for the Game Boy) offers up this collection of Super Game Boy borders spanning favorites like Donkey Kong, Wario Land 2, and Mega Man V to international releases and even secret hidden borders from games such as Tetris 2 and Bomberman Quest.  Gaze knowingly at all kinds of detailed, fun artwork that few have seen in the wild.  It's a shame that the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console service doesn't include support for these borders and other SGB features.  There's some fun stuff locked away in these games.  

Nintendo Ending Wii U Production This Week So Get One While You Still Can

Nintendo Wii U

UPDATE 2: Nintendo has confirmed that it has ended Wii U production.

UPDATE: Nintendo denies the report, but the writing is on the wall for the Wii U either way.

With Nintendo priming to release its new Switch console next year the the 3DS still flying high, the time is coming to bid farewell to the Wii U as the company prepares to cease production of the console later this week.  Eurogamer reports on the end of an era:

Nintendo's Japanese production line will shut down for the last time this week after the final deadline for orders passed yesterday, Eurogamer understands. Only a small number of further orders were placed.

I have said this before, but I urge you one more time to pick up a Wii U while you still can.  No, it won't be your social gaming hub on which you play all of the biggest and best shooters and sports games, but it offers a variety of some of the best games Nintendo has developed including Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario Maker, Yoshi's Woolly World, Super Smash Bros., New Super Mario Bros. U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, high definition remasters of famed The Legend of Zelda titles from the GameCube era, Splatoon, and much more.  The Wii U will be dumped out of retail for cheap in the coming months.  Take a chance and pick one up amidst your Sony PlayStation 4 Pro or Scorpio upgrade for the Microsoft Xbox One.  The Wii U was unconventional, but it has been a lot of fun and I promise you that if you enjoy the types of games in which Nintendo excels, you will enjoy it too.  Don't wait ten years to try to track down a working Wii U in a used game store at an inflated price.  Act now.  Have fun.  Stay fresh.