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See the Never-Released Nintendo Playstation Console

In 2013, gamers around the world were excited to learn of the console collaboration in the late 1980s between two giants of the industry: Nintendo and Sony. Now, two years later, Engadget organized a sit down with the owner of one of these rare consoles, and has posted a video of the bizarre (yet awesome) prototype in use.

When the rumor of this console spread in 2013, many were skeptical that the SNES-CD (also called the Nintendo Playstation) was real. The device allegedly combined disc and cartridge functionality, for what would have been one of the biggest innovations in gaming history. A redditor named analogueboy (Dan Diebold) fanned the flames of geekdom when he posted that his father owned one, but his claims were quickly shot down by nonbelievers who thought that his evidence was fake, even after Diebold posted videos to YouTube showing off the system.

In an interview this past summer, Sony PlayStation's head of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida would not comment on whether or not the photos on the Internet were real, but he did say that when he joined the company, there was "a system called 'Play Station' that had both Super Nintendo cartridge support and some disc game support."

The new video posted on Engadget has the best look at the system so far, and the owners— Dan and his father Terry—share the story of how Terry came to own the piece of gaming history when his company filed for bankruptcy and held an auction of things found throughout their office building. Head over to the tech news site to learn more and to watch the system in action.

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Unwinnable Video Game Challenges You to Keep a Shopping Mall in Business
"American Mall," Bloomberg
"American Mall," Bloomberg

Shopping malls, once the cultural hub of every suburb in America, have become a punchline in the e-commerce era. There are plenty of malls around today, but they tend to be money pits, considering the hundreds of "dead malls" haunting the landscape. Just how hard is it to keep a mall afloat in the current economy? American Mall, a new video game from Bloomberg, attempts to give an answer.

After choosing which tycoon character you want as your stand-in, you're thrown into a mall—rendered in 1980s-style graphics—already struggling to stay in business. The building is filled with rats and garbage you have to clean up if you want to keep shoppers happy. Every few seconds you're contacted by another store owner begging you to lower their rent, and you must either take the loss or risk them packing up for good. When stores are vacated, it's your job to fill them, but it turns out there aren't too many businesses interested in setting up shop in a dying mall.

You can try gimmicks like food trucks and indoor playgrounds to keep customers interested, but in the end your mall will bleed too much money to support itself. You can try playing the bleak game for yourself here—maybe it will put some of the retail casualties of the last decade into perspective.

[h/t Co.Design]

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Mario Kart Is Coming to Your Smartphone
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Nintendo had a lot to boast about during its quarterly financial reports this week. The company’s latest console/handheld hybrid, the Nintendo Switch, has already sold more units (14.86 million) in its first 10 months than its previous console, the Wii U, did (13.56 million) during its entire five-year lifespan. That news was bolstered by the company revealing its two heavy-hitters, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, were massive commercial successes, with 6.70 and 9.07 million copies sold, respectively.

That’s great if you’re a shareholder, but if you’re just a gamer, the real news came when Nintendo revealed that Mario Kart will soon make its way to smartphones. Titled Mario Kart Tour, this will be the company’s fifth mobile endeavor, following games like Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, as well as the soon-to-be-defunct Miitomo app.

Since debuting on the Super Nintendo in 1992, Mario Kart has been one of the company's most reliable franchises. Even on a system that flopped like the Wii U, Mario Kart 8 managed to sell 8 million units on its way to becoming the console's top-selling game. And when that same title was ported to the Nintendo Switch, it moved another 7 million units. For both Nintendo and its fans, the mobile version is a no-brainer.

So what’s actually known about Mario Kart Tour? Well, it’ll be out in the fiscal year, which ends in March 2019. Other than that, you’ll just have to wait for Nintendo to release its patented slow trickle of news over the next few months (though you can expect it on both iOS and Android, like the company's other mobile titles). Until then, you’ll have to dust off that old copy of Mario Kart: Double Dash or splurge on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to get your fill of blue shells and errant banana peels.

[h/t The Verge]

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