Guy Hacks Nintendo Switch to Work on an 80s Sony Watchman

The Sony’s 1986 Watchman portable TV and the Nintendo Switch just got together, and the result is pretty awesome. What’s great is that this hack is collector-friendly, because you don’t have to open or make any modifications to the classic portable TV to make it work.

YouTuber My Mate VINCE came up with this interesting pairing. First, he took the Switch controller and wrapped it around the Watchman, securing it with a cable tie. He then connected the HDMI output on the Nintendo Switch’s base station to an analog converter, then piped that into an old VCR which converted the signal to RF. He also wired the VCR to an antenna with a signal booster, creating a low-power pirate TV station that the Watchman could be tuned into. How clever is that?

Sure you could just use the Nintendo Switch’s own screen, but where’s the fun in that? It’s a hack, so you have to hack it. It’s kind of amazing to see modern Nintendo games on that tiny black and white screen. The images look much better than I would have expected them to. I think this is proof that the Sony Watchman’s screen was indeed ahead of its time.

It looks great, but the hardest part of playing games on this thing is the size of the screen. You’ll definitely want a magnifying glass to enlarge the action if you decide to try this.

[via GoNintendo via Gizmodo]

Atari Raising Crowd Investments to Make RollerCoaster Tycoon for the Nintendo Switch

Rollercoaster Tycoon has some serious fans. The question is, do Nintendo Switch owners want a version of the game badly enough to claim a direct stake in the game’s success? Atari seems to think so. The company’s Game Partners division has launched a crowd investment campaign to raise money for a Switch version of the theme park construction game.

For once you could actually make money by backing a game’s release. If you pledge at least $250 into the project, you will get a proportionate share of 50 percent of profits until you recoup 120 percent of your investment, and then a proportionate share of 25 percent share of profits for the 18 months following the game’s worldwide launch. Sounds intriguing to me.

If you are a fan of the game, it might be worth the risk since you can actually make some money. Of course, we don’t know which version of the game they are porting either and even if it is the best version. What could go wrong? Possibly quite a bit. And should you be worried that Atari is counting on you to make the game happen? All good questions.

Atari is aiming to raise approximately $1 million from individual investors, and pitch in the other $1 million for development. Their goal is to release the game sometime in 2018. You can read more about the offering on Start Engine.

[via Engadget]

Dark Souls Coming to Nintendo Switch This May

Usually when I think of Nintendo, I think of cartoony games like Super Mario Bros. and Splatoon, so when I hear about a more adult and darker title coming to a Nintendo system, it sounds weird to me. Nevertheless, a very cool and very dark game is on it’s way to Nintendo consoles. A remastered version of From Software’s genre-defining classic Dark Souls is coming to the Nintendo Switch on May 25th. It’s also headed to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Dark Souls first launched in 2011, and the updated game will run at up to 1080p resolution at 60 fps, add general visual and performance enhancements, and include the Artorias of the Abyss DLC. You have to explore a very deadly world filled with strange monsters and you will die often, which is part of its charm. The game’s combat can be difficult. It’s all about patience as you refine your skills and advance.

This will be the first time the series has come to a Nintendo Platform. How well it will do on Nintendo is anyone’s guess, but at least Nintendo fans now have the option of picking this up.

Get ready to see YOU DIED often, Nintendo fans.

[via The Verge]

Reddit Helps Guy Find His Lost Nintendo Switch

There’s nothing worse than losing an expensive gadget, especially when it costs hundreds of dollars. When that happens you feel a sick feeling in your stomach and you can already see the dollar signs leaving your bank account in order to replace it. Basically, it sucks. And as careful as you try to be, it can happen to the best of us. A traveler named Juan recently experienced this, but his story has an ending that didn’t result in him reaching back into his wallet.

While in the airport at Frankfurt, Germany, Juan was playing his Nintendo Switch, but on the bus ride to his gate, he noticed that his Switch was gone. It must have fallen out of his bag. So Juan filed a lost-and-found report with the airport, and when he landed in Madrid, he decided to try a longshot. The Nintendo Switch Reddit community.

Juan knew it was a longshot when he wrote, “I lost my Switch at Frankfurt International Airport. Please if you’re the driver of the bus, I’d be eternally grateful and bring you chocolates. I know this has 0,000001% possibility to work.”

As it turns out, it did work. Redditor XxPyRoxXMaNiAcxX responded to the post with a link to another post, where Redditor Itchybun posted about his friend finding a lost Switch on the airport bus, and was looking for a way to reunite it with its owner. It was in fact Juan’s Switch and now it will be returned to him. Just goes to show you that despite the negativity that frequently takes place there, Reddit can be an amazing and helpful place too – even against all odds.

[via Kotaku via Ubergizmo]

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