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This may not ever go anywhere, but I’m sure people thought SONY’s foray into consoles wouldn’t either. Samsung definitely has the budget and R&D to make a competing console, but what does it mean for hefty competition from Microsoft and Sony?

Samsung has revealed that they are working a Multi-screen console. It is said to be a Wii U-like, where you would control games with a tablet and a Samsung Smart TV.

Samsung has likewise developed an online platform to match, called Samsung Gaming Service, where developers are free to set prices as they see fit for the content. Alan Queen, senior director at the company’s Innovation Lab, pitches to developers as an “open TV gaming platform” with “low cost development”. This sounds like a Google Play Store type of idea. Imagine the possibilities with the right prices.

Could they pull it off? Read more about it in the source article.

Source

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“Nintendo of America Inc. (Nintendo) submits this letter in response to the “Request for Written Submissions From the Public,” which appeared in the January 3, 2014 Federal Register. In that notice, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requested comments pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2242), known as “Special 301,” on “countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection.”

Nintendo has provided information to the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), which is included in the filing of that organization. Nintendo is associated with the IIPA through its membership in the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). This letter provides more detailed information on piracy of Nintendo video game products, with an emphasis on Internet piracy, along with Nintendo’s Special 301 placement recommendations.

Nintendo, its publishers and developers, are injured by the prevalence and ease of illegal online distribution, as well as the continued manufacture, assembly, distribution, import, export and sale of counterfeit Nintendo video game products and illegal circumvention devices across the globe. In the past few years, the scope of online piracy for Nintendo has grown dramatically. Every month tens of thousands of illegal Nintendo game files are detected on the Internet. The legal environment to limit the flow of these files remains extremely challenging.

Theft of Nintendo’s video games illegally shared over the Internet impacts all who create, develop, market and sell video games for the Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo DS family of handheld systems. Surging Internet piracy continues to result in lost sales, lost jobs,
lost taxes for local, state and national governments, as well as the loss of incentives to create and innovate.

Despite the operation of Nintendo’s anti-piracy programs in over 40 countries, worldwide piracy of Nintendo video game products remains a chronic problem resulting in huge losses. Special 301 has proven to be a highly effective tool in highlighting those countries that do not provide adequate protection of copyrights and trademarks.”

You can download the PDF here.

 

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Action Replay Power Saves for 3DS has added support for both Nand-style save games. Nand saves generally cannot be backed up and restored as they trip a counter and the 3DS will delete the save if it has been modified. Thankfully, the wizards at Datal have unleashed 999,999,999bells in Animal Crossing New Leaf, along with a ton of other save edits.

Pokemon X & Y are seeing something beautiful, too. 999 Great Balls, 999,999 Money, 999 Rare Candies, etc, all through the game save editor. This is very exciting for those of us who loved Animal Crossing Wild World, and the DS Pokemon games, as we have been left out in the dust by Nintendo.

Action Replay is generally a cheat engine, but I’ll accept the game save editor for the time being. Order one on Amazon and cheat on your cartridge based games!