Watch: Johnny and Ian get doubly disappointed by Double Dragon 4

Some of my earliest and fondest gaming memories revolve around playing the Double Dragon games with my brother.

I vividly remember unwrapping the Spectrum +3 disk version of Double Dragon 2 for Christmas in 1998 for instance, and then a year later we wasted countless hours of our lives on the vastly different NES version of the same game.

That’s why, when Double Dragon 4 was announced late last year, I got a little bit excited. Visually it’s identical to the NES version of Double Dragon 2, with sprites and even graphical glitches lifted straight from the 8-bit era.

Nintendo Classic Mini NES review

Nintendo’s Classic Mini NES is a sleek, miniaturised version of the classic console that mimics the look and feel of the original hardware to great effect. Costing £50/$60 (with prices currently inflated to over double that owing to stock shortages) it comes complete with a single controller, and it’s preloaded with 30 classic games. It’s a convenient nostalgia trip for those unwilling to track down original cartridges and offers plenty of value too. Retro gaming is only gaining in popularity, but soaring online prices put a true NES collection out of reach for many. The Classic Mini, known as the NES Classic Edition in North America, bridges that gap effectively. But just how well does the hardware hold up to close scrutiny, and how closely does the emulation compare to original hardware?

Let’s start with the hardware. Both console and controller are built from reasonable quality plastics, with the main device a pleasingly authentic replica of original hardware, downsized to fit in the palm of your hand. However, the key difference is in connectivity: it outputs HDMI and it’s powered by micro-USB, sporting a pair of controller ports based on the Wiimote connector standard. The feel of the controller is a surprisingly close match for the original NES design; a sturdy yet authentic replica, with a d-pad that feels identical to the original.

The drawback? In a bid for accuracy this is a purely wired pad, with an exceptionally short cord to the base unit – it’s actually shorter than the controller that shipped with original hardware. Extension cables are available, and it’s also possible to attach the Wii Classic controller directly too – though this alternative has its own issues with cord length.

NES Mini hacked, extra games added via USB

Hackers have managed to add extra NES games to Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition microconsole.

The legally dubious method involves uploading your console’s memory to a PC, adding in the extra ROM files, then reuploading the whole lot to your NES Mini.

Apart from the legal implications, it also risks bricking your console if you don’t do it right. It’s not a quick process, although has more information if you wish to peer down the rabbit hole.

Watch: Ian plays old favourites on the Nintendo Classic Mini

The Nintendo Classic Mini is a lovely piece of kit, allowing Nintendo fans to revisit some old favourite games. It’s also absurdly small, as Ian demonstrates in this somewhat eccentric size comparison video.

Of course, it’s all very well and good trying to stuff a console in your mouth – there’s a sentence I didn’t anticipate writing when I got out of bed this morning – but what about seeing it in action? Ian will be streaming some classic Nintendo games for you from half three this afternoon so, if you fancy a hazy trip down memory lane, all you need do is click the video below.

You’ve not got long to wait before the stream kicks off, so why not fill the time by telling us your favourite NES game in the comments? Duck Hunt was a personal favourite, even if the dog was prone to derisory snickering from time to time…

PlayStation 4 hacked again? Linux shown running on 4.01 firmware

Hackers attending the GeekPwn conference in Shanghai have revealed a new exploit for PlayStation 4 running on the 4.01 firmware. In a live demo you can see below, once again the Webkit browser is utilised in order to inject the exploit, which – after a conspicuous cut in the edit – jumps to a command line prompt, after which Linux is booted. NES emulation hilarity courtesy of Super Mario Bros duly follows.

Assuming the hack is authentic – and showcasing it at GeekPwn makes the odds here likely – it’s the first time we’ve seen the PlayStation 4’s system software security compromised since previous holes in the older 1.76 firmware came to light, utilised by noted hacker group in the first PS4 Linux demo, shown in January this year.

The hack is also significant in that firmware 4.01 – or a prior version – is likely to be installed on the upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro, and the close compatibility and identical operating system used by the new hardware also makes that vulnerable to the same exploits. What is troubling about these Webkit exploits that periodically appear for PS4 is that they are granting full kernel access to the hardware, required in order to run Linux.

Nintendo opens up one of its secret storage rooms

Nintendo has opened up a storage room inside its secretive Kyoto headquarters and offered the world a glimpse into the past.

As part of a series of articles on The Legend of Zelda on the (via ), the company published pictures that reveal mint and boxed Famicom consoles as well as the Japan-only Disk System.

First up, we have a shelf full of mint Famicoms. The Famicom, known as the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES, in the west, went on sale in Japan on 15th July 1983.

New Zelda 30th anniversary amiibo will work with Breath of the Wild

Four amiibo figures based on classic Legend of Zelda games to celebrate the franchise’s 30th anniversary are on the way.

Similar to Super Mario’s 30th anniversary amiibo, the headliner is a 3D version of 8-bit Link from the NES original. Another is based on Ocarina of Time’s Link, and the final two are Toon Link and Toon Zelda from The Wind Waker. All four will be released on December 2nd.

All four will work the same as existing Link, Toon Link and Zelda amiibo figures from the Super Smash Bros Collection, and join this year’s in offering undisclosed “special functionality” with the next Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, when it comes to Wii U and NX next year.

NES mini won’t connect online, won’t get more games

Nintendo has confirmed new details on its NES mini console announced yesterday – namely that it won’t connect to the internet, so will only play its starting line-up of 30 games.

Some had speculated the micro console would connect online and be able to download other NES titles offered as part of Nintendo’s Virtual Console service. Sadly, this will not be the case.

Speaking to , Nintendo of America confirmed the device would be “standalone” and not support an online connection or external storage.

Nintendo announces palm-sized mini NES console

Nintendo will launch brand new hardware this year after all – but not the console you were expecting.

The Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System is a miniature replica of the original NES.

It will launch here in the UK on 11th November, and comes with 30 NES games built in, such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong and Metroid.

Nintendo strikes down promising NES artbook Kickstarter

A successful Kickstarter campaign for a NES game artbook has been shut down by Nintendo lawyers.

The bad – if not exactly surprising – news dropped last night, when the Bitmap Books’ NES Visual Compendium Kickstarter was just 24 hours from the end of its funding period.

Attempting to access the Kickstarter now displays the following message: