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Miyamoto acknowledges that providing backwards compatibility is now simpler than before

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Shigeru Miyamoto, the director of Nintendo, recognized that it is now simpler than ever to provide backwards compatibility, but when asked about plans for the company’s upcoming system, he gave a vague answer.
Following the release of its most recent financial results, Nintendo executives were questioned about internal conversations over providing backwards compatibility on new devices.

Miyamoto stated that he thinks backwards compatibility is easier to accomplish now than it was in the past, even if he did not specify which path future Nintendo systems would go.

The “Virtual Console” service, which allowed players to play older video games on new consoles with more modern hardware, was something that we used to offer, he explained (translated by VGC contributor Robert Sephazon). “Those games could still be played as long as the hardware was the same.

“However, as obtaining the appropriate publishing rights for video games is challenging, we have stated that we would add titles only after doing so.

Naturally, video games made for specific consoles were produced in each console’s own development environment, said Miyamoto. Because of this, when the hardware changed, it was not always possible to reuse the development environment. As a result, video games that were developed for earlier platforms could not be played on later consoles without further modification.

However, the development environment has recently gotten more standardized, and as a result, it is now easier than ever for users to play older video games on current consoles.

“However, Nintendo’s strength is in generating fresh video game experiences, so when we introduce new hardware in the future, we would like to highlight distinctive video games that could not be made with existing hardware,” Miyamoto said in his conclusion.

Nintendo claimed in May of last year that spending on the Switch’s replacement had helped the company set a record for annual R&D spending. And in November of last year, it declared that internal discussions on the idea and timing of the launch of its upcoming gaming system were still ongoing.

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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