This is probably your last chance to get an NES Classic

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Missed out on the NES Classic? Already eagerly looking forward to being disappointed by not being able to purchase a SNES Classic this fall? Well, don’t give up hope just yet. ThinkGeek (which is owned by GameStop) has just put up one last batch of the NES Classic on its website. (Update 3:35pm: The bundles are live!).

There is one catch, though: ThinkGeek isn’t selling the mini retro console as a standalone item for the usual retail price of $59.99. Rather, there’s a choice of six bundles ranging from $139.99 (which gets you the console, three canvas art prints, a Zelda jigsaw puzzle, and a Piranha Plant puppet) to $219.99 (for a bundle that includes a wearable Mega Man helmet, arm cannon, and mug). Still, even…

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How Lost Sphear continues the surprise revival of classic Japanese RPGs

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When Atsushi Hashimoto was a kid, he loved role-playing games. He’d settle in front of the television for hours, controller in hand, lost in quests full of magical spells and powerful evils. He was particularly enamored with the works of Squaresoft, now known as Square Enix, the developer behind 16-bit classics like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. As he grew older, classic-style Japanese RPGs largely went out of fashion, replaced by a combination of big-budget action games and smaller mobile titles. But Hashimoto never forgot about the games that helped define his relationship with the medium. In 2014 he had the chance to bring them back as the director at Square Enix’s Tokyo RPG Factory studio.

Last year, under Hashimoto’s guidance, t…

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Some Android O apps will display incoming emoji, even if your device doesn’t support them yet

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Android users will no longer be able to blame emoji for misunderstood texts. Developers working on updating their apps for the upcoming Android O release can now build in support for “emoji compatibility,” which will prevent emoji from showing up as blank boxes when a user isn’t running the most current version of Android with updated characters. They’ll instead display the emoji through the support library. Google published a piece on how people can incorporate this feature into their apps. Although developers will ultimately choose whether they want to include this feature, it’ll likely be beneficial for them, especially if they plan to use new emoji inside their app.

It isn’t clear whether emoji compatibility is coming to Google’s own…

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ThinkGeek has NES Classics in stock — with a catch

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 If you want a NES Classic Edition (and you should) but don’t want to pay hundreds on eBay (and you shouldn’t), you’re in luck. ThinkGeek has a few in stock that its parent company, GameStop, mysteriously didn’t sell back when everyone was trying to buy them. They’re on sale right now, and will probably run out within an hour. Read More