The Weekly Authority: The pain of Pixel 7 payments

The Weekly Authority: The pain of Pixel 7 payments
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⚡ Welcome to the weekly authoritythe android authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news of the week. Issue 217 here, featuring Google Pixel 7 payment issues, Galaxy S23 specs, great news for Silent Hill fans, and more.

🎮 I’m very excited about the Silent Hill news, but now I’m looking forward to playing a similar horror game. Any recommendation for me? I tried The Medium, but I’m too much of a wimp (Although Alien Isolation was totally fine) 🙈

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weekly wonder

nes console

This week we want to wish a very happy birthday to the console of many of our childhoods, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

  • The NES was released in the US this week (October 18) in 1985.
  • It had already been released in Japan in July 1983 as the Famicom or Family Computer, selling over 2.5 million units in its first year on sale.
  • Where the Famicom was white, with red controllers and buttons, the NES was larger and mostly gray.
  • The NES was initially only released in New York City, followed by Los Angeles in February 1986.
  • The 8-bit console was not released nationwide until September 27, 1986.
  • That same day, Nintendo released 18 games, including Super Mario BrosDonkey Kong Jr. Math, Hogan’s Alley, duck huntingpinball, wild gunslingerand more.
  • The NES was the starting point for many popular franchises, with titles like Final Fantasy, Castlevania, and Legend of Zelda.
  • But the console’s most popular game was Super Mario Bros, which to date has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and is the second best-selling video game of all time behind Wii Sports.

Here are some things we bet you didn’t know about the NES:

NES Final Fantasy Box and Cart
  • A Nintendo World Championship cartridge once sold for $100,088 on eBay.
  • Super Mario Bros has secret levels – you’ll need a top-loading NES, a Super Mario Bros. cartridge, and a copy of the NES game Tennis to access them, however, plus this guide.
  • Yes, we all love Zelda, but in the past, the president of Nintendo’s state division thought the game was too text-heavy and too difficult to appeal to an American audience. This shows how wrong you can be!
  • Nintendo created help lines for gamers: back in the ’80s, there was no internet to refer to when you got stuck in your game. Nintendo launched Powerline, a phone service where expert Nintendo gamers would help you. The service was restored in 2016 for a weekend just to celebrate the NES.
  • Final Fantasy it’s a huge franchise these days, but it has humble roots as a single game on the NES. If you got bored of fighting dragons, you could take a break and play a traditional sliding puzzle minigame, although it was quite difficult to access: you had to press “A” and “B” together 55 times in a row while on a Ship. To think that nowadays we complain about the thumb of the players!

If you fancy some retro gaming, you can pick up an NES on eBay these days for between $50 and $150. Could you grab one of the best nes emulators for android, or you can just grab a Switch to get your Nintendo fix. We have rounded up some of the bThe best free Nintendo Switch gamesincluding titles like Brawlhalla and Pokemon Quest, in addition to the best Switch eShop games you should totally get today.

technology calendar

  • October 26 at 7 pm (Pacific Time): Nothing Ear Stick launch event
  • November 8th: Skull and Bones release date on Xbox Series S/X, PS5, PC, Stadia and Luna
  • November 9: God of War: Ragnarok launches on PS4, PS5
  • November 9-11: Mediatek Executive Summit 2022
  • November 15-17: Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit
  • November 18th: The Dark Pictures: The Devil in Me Launches on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC

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