pizone – Raspberry Pi based Nintendo Zone access point

Nice project from Mike Chambers; pizone creates a customer Nintendo Zone access point, allowing you to get Spot and Street Passes from people around the world. You’re usually restricted to those you come within close physical contact with (along with your 3DS hardware of course).

Time to acquire some more Mii hats and outfits ūüôā

Game Boy Advance colour restoration

Until recently I hadn’t realised a lot of early games on the Game Boy Advance were altered pretty significantly regarding colours and contrast levels in order to accommodate the original handheld’s lack of a light (be it front or back light). Games were made brighter so that they’d be easier to see on the original console’s dim screen, but with the onset of the frontlit Game Boy Advance SP (and especially the subsequent superior backlit¬†AGS-101 SP model and¬†Game Boy Advance Micro) it left those games looking less-than-ideal on the newer hardware.

People being great and intuitive as they are have gone about trying to fix some of these problems with retro games in order to take into account that most people nowadays will look to play them on properly lit displays. People like Asaki over at the Super Mario Advance 2 Colour Restoration website.

Original Super Mario Advance 2 graphicsRevised Super Mario Advance 2 graphics

Open Broadcaster Software

I’ve had real hit-and-miss (mostly miss) results when it comes to trying to stream to Twitch from my AverMedia Live Gamer Portable¬†(which works really well otherwise), and was considering upgrading to an Elgato Game Capture HD60¬†but a few YouTube videos have suggested similar streaming issues when attempting from a Mac.

However, some¬†have suggested Open Broadcaster Software as an alternative to the apps that AverMedia and Elgato provide. It sounds like people are getting better results and less headaches when using OBS, and so I’ll be trying out the software very soon.

IKEA desk arcade stick hack

Hacking IKEA? I didn’t realise that was even a *thing*, but over on the IKEA hackers site they’ve shown off a¬†MICKE¬†computer desk arcade stick hack that’s pretty awesome. There’s a video of the computer desk arcade stick hack on YouTube here.

Awesome. Did I already say that?

I love the handles/stick shaft implementation. It’s using Phreakmods’ The Link, which I’ve got on one of my arcade sticks at home and would recommend as a portable solution (although some of the rigidity of a standard JLF shaft is lost when you install it).

NES30 bluetooth gamepad

I’m a sucker for most things NES-related as it’s the first games console I ever owned. I enjoy touchscreen gaming to an extent although it remains heavily dependent on the type of game and how effectively the developers have implemented the controls.

I might not have to worry about all that much longer… as I’ve ordered an NES30 bluetooth gamepad! There’s a pretty comprehensive review of the NES30 over at¬†gameusagi.com. It looks great and if it enables me to play games on my iPad, Android Nexus 7 and the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 later on this year (!) then it’ll be well worth the investment.

Once it arrives I’ll do a review.