And just like that, the North American videogame industry ground to a halt. Hardware companies (like Atari) went bankrupt, software companies (like Sega) were sold for pennies on the dollar, and retailers (like Sears) vowed never to go into the business again. Meanwhile, Nintendo quietly glided through the bloody waters on a gorilla-shaped raft. The continuing cash flow from Donkey Kong enabled Arakawa, Stone, Judy, and Lincoln to dream of a new world order, one where NOA miraculously resurrected the industry and Nintendo reigned supreme. Not now, perhaps, but one day soon.
Harris is also working on a documentary based on the book. And Sony is making a “feature-film” adaptation of the book as well. Cool!
A highly-recommended read. It’s a good reminder that Nintendo failed a lot before the NES finally succeeded. Also, that Mario Bros. was a rip-off of Joust.
How unsuccessful were the Syria peace talks? So unsuccessful that the two sides left the table without having an idea of when they would come back.
Jesse Eisenberg will now be know for playing the two biggest villains of all time: Mark Zuckerberg and Lex Luthor.
Nintendo’s plan to save itself involves creating another game console based around fitness products. Great.
Every brand wants to be Oreo on Super Bowl Sunday.
Rep. Trey Radel, who got busted for cocaine possession back in October and spent a bunch of time in rehab before returning to Congress, just realized that he might not be able to do his job anymore. He resigned.
A prominent Bitcoin figure, Bitinstant co-founder Charles Shrem, got arrested for allegedly allowing people to buy narcotics on SilkRoad. Fun wrinkle: He has a close business relationship with the Winklevi.
Good news, Nintendo fans: Odds are looking good that the company’s gonna start making smartphone games.
Sign your credit card info was stolen: You have a charge for $9.84 on a recent statement.
Someone stole a vial of the blood of Pope John Paul II. Wait, what?
Freedom industries, the company responsible for the chemical spill that led to a major drinking water shortage in West Virginia, filed for bankruptcy on Friday, a move that protects them from the nearly two dozen lawsuits filed against them already.
Thailand’s anti-government protests got violent on Friday, after an explosive was thrown into a crowd of protesters marching in the streets. At least one person was killed and nearly three dozen injured.
In 1974, Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda was discovered in the Philippines, operating under orders to not surrender 29 years after World War II ended. Onoda, who died Friday at 91, eventually gave in.
Nintendo’s Wii U is doing so badly that the company is talking about making games for smartphones. It’s gotten that bad.
Here’s a guy who got stuck in a pipe.
* — As the Engadget and Gizmodo reviews note, a key part of the Wii U’s play — a digital streaming package which includes Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon — wasn’t ready for them to review.