Nintendos New NFC Tech – Amiibo

Nintendos New NFC Tech – Amiibo

Originally posted on DIGIBIZNIZ:

Nintendo teased Skylanders-style figures that would work with the NFC sensor in the Wii U gamepad and now we’ve got the first solid details.

The new system is called Amiibo and, like Skylanders, the plastic figures will hold character stat data. The first game to support Amiibo is Super Smash Bros. on Wii U, which releases this holiday season. Other games will feature these figures as well, including the already released Mario Kart 8.

Figures shown include Mario, Link, Wii Fit Trainer, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Yoshi, an Animal Crossing villager, and more.

In an additional video, Nintendo added that Amiibo characters in Super Smash Bros are playable, can team up and fight alongside you, and serve as opponents. The more they fight, the more their stats increase. You can choose which specials and abilities the characters take on as they develop. If you battle two Amiibo against each other, they’ll…

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Mario Maker – what will your level look like?

Mario Maker is a level design game where we – the fans – can create customized levels for Mario to traverse through. Easily place common Mario-themed pipes and bricks anywhere you’d like and see if you can get Mario from start to finish.

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Seems like a fun and interesting way to breathe new life into a classic!

Check out the great article at IGN.com

Amazon is slaying brick-and-mortar stores in holiday gadget sales

Originally posted on BGR:

Brick-and-mortar retail chains did not seem to have a great Thanksgiving week. But the latest comScore numbers show that online shopping not only had a terrific Thanksgiving but that sales growth is actually accelerating into December at a breakneck speed. This Christmas is particularly interesting for consumer electronics, because Apple has widened its smartphone selection, two new home game consoles have just launched and non-Apple tablet selection is unusually broad with Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft and a host of Asian vendors promoting their new lineups aggressively.

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Bluetooth 4.1 will bring more reliable, automatic connections, multiple roles, & more via software update

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced that it has updated its Bluetooth specification to 4.1 with new features for both developers and users of Bluetooth Smart enabled devices. The update brings coexistence support for LTE, better connections, and improved data transfer, all of which lets you connect, stay connected, and interact with your Bluetooth 4.1 devices faster and more reliably. The improved connections, for example, means developers can control reconnection intervals so your devices will automatically disconnect when you leave the room and then reconnect when in close proximity. That in return could also bring better battery life:

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New Images From “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”

Originally posted on Confessions of a Nerf Herder:

With the trailer due to hit next week, Empire have managed to get hold of seven new images from Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Whilst there’s nothing massively spectacular, they are rather cool. Personally, I’m digging the Logan picture, and also the fact that we get a look at Bobby freakin’ Drake! I’m an Iceman fan, deal with it.

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The Days of Future Past comic arc features an alternative future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels after a key senator was assassinated by a group of rogue mutants. Using time travel, the Kitty Pryde tries to warn the younger X-Men of what terror is to come so that they can stop the assassination and save the future. The film adaptation is going to have Wolverine be sent back in time by Kitty, mainly due to the audience’s love of Jackman’s Logan.

Forming quite the ensemble…

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“Robocop” Remake Pushed Back

Originally posted on Confessions of a Nerf Herder:

Joel Kinnaman Normally when a film’s pushed back, it’s not a good sign. So, with that in mind, Jose Padilha’s Robocop remake has had its release date pushed back. Instead of the planning 7th February, 2014 release, the film will now hits screens on 12th February, 2014. I really wouldn’t read too much into this, as it seems to be just a case of Sony moving the date to accommodate the 7th February release of George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, which is also a Sony production.

The official blurb for Robocop reads:

In the film, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of…

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