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    by Published on March 8th, 2016 21:45
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    The site known as DCEmu UK has had a rough few years and mostly my doing, trying to do too much rather than just focus on emulation and homebrew, too many ads, too many sites and sadly for me not coping at all well with the loss via cancer of a family member so very close to me.

    However things will change, first off I need to make dcemu lean again and that means massively condensing sites into just a few, same with forums.

    I also need to try and make the site and forums mobile friendly, which means going into the unknown a bit for me as we use a clever system that uses vbulletin to post our news.

    I need to make sure that the sites/forums have more social integration, facebook, twitter etc etc

    Im also going to rebrand DCEmu and get back to newsposting daily but without encroaching too much on my real life.

    So a new Name for DCEmu, a slimline site featuring all the news you want but only for homebrew, emulation and hacking, little to no ads bar the ones that pay for the server, a cleansing of the forums, a new look forum.

    It will all happen as soon as I can do it. ...
    by Published on March 4th, 2016 16:04
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    While everyone knows that the Mario games series has been popular since it launched during the 1980s, not everyone knows that even the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog drew inspiration from it. This long-running success is down to innovative worlds and levels like these 10.

    1. Level 8 Crown

    This is the really hard final secret level in the Super Mario 3D Land game and requires you to claim no less than 290 Star Medals, beat each stage with Luigi as well as Mario and grab the Golden Flag Pole to make this level your own.

    2. Negative World

    The most well-known secret level in the original Super Mario Bros instalment of the series, Negative World is an underwater level and includes some unlikely company for Mario – such as a goomba.

    3. Castle Roof Trick

    The accepted way to reach the roof of the castle owned by Peach in Super Mario 64 is by dutifully securing all 120 Stars first – but you can speed things up if you are skilled in executing the Mario triple jump move. Go to the right end of the castle’s courtyard and start triple jumping using the hill and walls to help you reach the top.

    4. Grate Guy’s Casino

    One of the secret casino levels in Mario games, you get to the casino controlled by Grate Guy in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars by using the Bean Valley hidden passage, beating the waiting Chomp Chomp and entering with a Bright Card. You can then win the Star Egg or Frog Coins by playing slots, blackjack and other games.

    5. Star World

    Super Mario World offered five Star World secret levels with Yoshis to be collected for use later and culminated in Star World 5, where the secret exit to the final Special World was hidden.

    6. Special World

    A really hard level to claim, this finale to Super Mario World had lots of incredibly hard stages – with the last being the ‘Awesome’ one featuring angular, icy slopes to be negotiated while avoiding Bullet Bills.

    7. Secret of Casino Delfino

    There is a complex secret casino level on Delfino Island in Super Mario Sunshine. Accessed via the Hotel Casino’s fifth floor, scoring 777 on the twin slots and making a Shine Sprite from the question marks on the board provides entry to the next secret level where you can claim a Shine.

    8. Retro Mario

    Super Mario RPG features a secret level where Mario goes back in time to become an 8-bit animation, and is accessed by taking Mario behind one of the curtains in a small room within Booster Tower.

    9. Autumn Re-skin

    Having overcome the hard challenges of Super Mario World’s Special World, you will have the option of ‘re-skinning’ the entire game – changing everything from world map to colour scheme and taking on enemies wearing fresh masks in an autumnal Yoshi’s Island.

    10. Negative Warp Zones

    Found within Super Mario Bros 2, these are accessed by avoiding the standard World 3-1 exit by jumping over it using the trampoline. It is something of a mixed blessing though, as the Negative Warp Zone can only be escaped from through suicide or going back to the very start!

    March the 10th will see the annual Mario Day created to honour this games series, and you can always mark it by seeking out these secret levels. ...
    by Published on January 20th, 2016 22:38
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    2. Nintendo 3DS News,
    3. Wii U News
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    Nintendo is yet to reveal the first details of its upcoming NX console, and we are unlikely to hear anything concrete until this year's E3 conference in June.
    The NX. Probably.

    Regardless, the internet is in a flap about a new set of rumours about a home console and handheld hybrid to replace both Wii U and 3DS.
    Adding fuel to that fire, today saw a marketing survey slide pop up on NeoGAFwith a fresh set of claims - and again, reference to the NX as a console and handheld device. Eurogamer has spoken to individuals who responded to the survey and can verify it exists.
    Whether Nintendo commissioned the survey and to what extent its information represents the console's final form is another matter, however.
    The slide describes NX software as having gameplay which "flows" between the console's home device and handheld.
    Players will be able to earn and share achievements, surf the web and make video calls - so far, so believable.
    But the survey goes on to mention "4k/60fps video streaming" and "gameplay graphics at 900p/60fps". Plenty of Wii U games are 1080p, which makes this claim stand out as odd.
    Eurogamer understands the survey goes on to quiz responders on how much they'd pay for the device and whether they would want a console with a disc drive (or not).
    Another question asks if users would be interested in a Netflix-style game subscription service.

    The survey was posted by major market research company GfK, the same outfit which collects game sales data for Chart-Track in the UK.
    Immediate reaction to the survey - especially the 900p detail - was negative. Although, as already stated, it is likely much of the information contained within was simply to test the waters. Consider the marketing surveys which Ubisoft sends out each year with suggestions for further Assassin's Creed. Some questions reflect features in upcoming games - which are by that point already well into development - while others are there seemingly to simply canvass opinions.
    If this does come from Nintendo, it is probable a similar tactic is being used here. Or, if not from Nintendo, it is another company's best guesses.
    The only thing certain at this point is that Nintendo will reveal details on NX when it is ready - either at E3, or to the Japanese newspaper Nikkei which will publish all the details online prematurely and spoil all the surprises (as has happened in the past).
    We've contacted GfK for comment.

    by Published on January 20th, 2016 22:23
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    Atlus’ remaster of 2008 JRPG Odin Sphere has shot to the Japanese top spot according to data from Famitsu.
    Entitled Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, the title performed best on PlayStation Vita, selling 39,718 units. The PlayStation 4 charted at No.3 while the PS3 SKU came in at No.10.
    Another new entrant – Cardfight!! Vanguard G: Stride to Victory!! – for the 3DS also launched this week. The handheld title from Furyu made its debut in fifth place, shifting 20,074 units.
    Despite a lack of games in the Top Ten, Sony’s PlayStation 4 is still the best-selling hardware of the week, shifting 26,658 units. That’s a 30 per cent – or 11,628 unit – drop week-on-week.
    Nintendo’s New 3DS LL comes in at No.1
    Below is the software Top Ten for the period between January 11th or January 17th:
    1. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (Atlus) Vita – 39,718 ?New?
    2. Monster Hunter X (Capcom) 3DS – 36,109
    3. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (Atlus) PS4 – 33,430 ?New?
    4. Monster Strike (Mixi) 3DS – 26,699
    5. Cardfight!! Vanguard G: Stride to Victory!! (Furyu) 3DS – 20,074 ?New?
    6. Splatoon (Nintendo) Wii U – 18,379
    7. Super Mario Maker (Nintendo) Wii U – 15,555
    8. Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Akaneko-dan/Shiroinu-tai (Level 5) 3DS – 13,001
    9. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (Sony) Vita – 12,166
    10. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (Atlus) PS3 – 8,638 ?New?

    And here are Japan’s hardware numbers for the same period:
    1. PS4 – 26,658
    2. New Nintendo 3DS LL – 23,394
    3. PS Vita – 19,403
    4. Wii U – 14,533
    5. New Nintendo 3DS – 5,979
    6. Nintendo 3DS – 1,776
    7. PS3 – 1,548
    8. PS VitaTV – 409
    9. Nintendo 3DS LL – 203
    10. Xbox One – 136

    by Published on January 18th, 2016 21:44
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    2. Nintendo 3DS News

    2016 is the 20th Anniversary of Pokemon, don’t you know? And part of the celebration sees three Special Edition 2DS making their way to the UK.
    Three systems will be released on February 27th, one each of which will be based on Pokemon Blue, Pokemon Red and Pokemon Yellow. Each will come with the Virtual Console version of its respective release pre-installed.
    Also in the box is a sticker sheet and a code to download a relevant theme.
    Existing 2DS or 3DS owners will also be able to download the games on the same day. 3DS owners will also be able to choose between two themed faceplates. Prices for the consoles or the games have not yet been specified.
    In North America it looks as if a different bundle is on the way. Also due on February 27th, the SKU includes a 3DS (non-XL), two alternative cover plates and both Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue pre-installed.

    by Published on January 18th, 2016 21:43
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    The latest entry in Capcom’s Monster Hunter series is manages to hold on to the top spot in Japan, according to data from Famitsu.
    The title’s sales dipped 54 per cent to 69,102 units this week, but 3DS game maintains a 9,000 unit lead on No.2, Mixi’s Monster Strike.
    With a lack of new releases, the Top Ten is largely similar tolast week’s charts. Super Mario Maker holds onto third place, while fellow Nintendo title Splatoon stays in fourth. Yo-Kai Watch Busters is still the fifth best-selling game in Japan.
    The only fresh entry in the Top Ten is Vita title Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS Force, which sold 13,328 units and comes into the software ranks in eighth place.
    Last week’s No.9, Bethesda’s Fallout 4, has dropped out of the Top Ten altogether.
    Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the best-selling piece of hardware last week, shifting 38,286 units. Last week’s No.1 – Nintendo’s New 3DS LL – falls to second place with 35,361 units sold.
    Below is the software Top Ten for the week ending January 10th:
    1. Monster Hunter X (Capcom) 3DS – 69,102
    2. Monster Strike (Mixi) 3DS – 60,320
    3. Super Mario Maker (Nintendo) Wii U – 30,399
    4. Splatoon (Nintendo) Wii U – 28,304
    5. Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Akaneko-dan/Shiroinu-tai (Level 5) 3DS – 21,674
    6. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (Sony) Vita – 21,607
    7. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Nintendo) 3DS – 14,378
    8. Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS Force (Bandai Namco) Vita – 13,328
    9. Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo) 3DS – 11,641
    10. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (Nintendo) 3DS – 10,757

    And here are the hardware numbers:
    1. PS4, 38,286
    2. New Nintendo 3DS LL, 35,361
    3. PS Vita, 31,946
    4. Wii U, 25,995
    5. New Nintendo 3DS, 10,772
    6. Nintendo 3DS, 4,696
    7. PS3, 2,299
    8. PS Vita TV, 511
    9. Nintendo 3DS LL, 315
    10. Xbox One, 145

    by Published on January 18th, 2016 21:37
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    With a lack of new releases hitting shelves, Call of Duty once again retains the top spot in the UK All Formats chart.
    Activision’s shooter manages with a mere 24 per cent drop in sales week-on-week. This is the sixth time in a row that Black Ops III has been at the No.1, the longest time in pole position since FIFA 15 in 2014. That game also managed six weeks on top.
    2016’s edition of EA’s football title slips to third place as sales dip 45 per cent, while Grand Theft Auto V shoots two places up to No.2 with a mere 16 per cent sales dip week-on-week. This is the highest rank Rockstar’s title has reached since Week 34 2015.
    Battlefront falls one place to No.4 with a 45 per cent sales decline, ahead of Rainbow Six: Siege which rises up one position to fifth place.
    In sixth place is Square Enix’s Just Cause 3, which rose two positions over the course of the week. Meanwhile, WWE 2K16 sales drop 30 per cent but remains sold at No.7.
    Below is the All Formats Top Ten for the week ending January 16th:
    1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Activision Blizzard
    2. Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar
    3. FIFA 16, EA
    4. Star Wars Battlefront, EA
    5. Rainbow Six: Siege, Ubisoft
    6. Just Cause 3, Square Enix
    7. WWE 2K16, 2K Games
    8. Fallout 4, Bethesda
    9. LEGO Jurassic World, Warner Bros
    10. Minecraft: Xbox Edition, Microsoft

    by Published on January 18th, 2016 21:17
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    2. Xbox One
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    Maybe you've been holding out on getting an Xbox One all this time because your subconscious has been waiting for this bundle. Whatever your reason is, this package is worth checking out if you've been looking to get both a 1TB version of the console and Tom Clancy's The Division when it finally drops. You can pre-order right now from the Microsoft Store, Amazon, Best Buy or GameStop if you're in the US or Canada for US$400.

    A lot of retailers plan to release the pack on the same day the survival shooter game arrives (March 8th), but some might ship it out as early as March 1st. Best Buy's product page, for instance, lists 03/01/2016 as the release date. Ditto for some other locations around the world where the bundle will also be sold. If you're in the US, though, you'll get a really nice bonus for pre-ordering: the bundle will give you early access to the long-awaited title's closed beta, which is slated to launch on January 28th.

    http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/16/x...vision-bundle/ ...
    by Published on January 11th, 2016 22:08
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    The best-selling game of 2015 in Japan is also its first No.1 of this year.
    According to data from our friends over at Famitsu, Capcom’s Monster Hunter X takes the top spot, selling 149,587 units, 9,000 units ahead of second place, Monster Strike from Mixi.
    Both of those titles are for the 3DS which was the best-selling hardware for the week. The New 3DS LL topped the console ranks with 82,675 units sold, ahead of the PlayStation Vita which shifted 77,926 consoles.
    There was one Vita title in the Top Ten, Minecraft Vita Edition, which charted at No.6 and sold 45,302 units.
    Two Nintendo Wii U titles appeared in the software rankings – Super Mario Maker and Splatoon in third and fourth place respectively. The former sold 68,523 units while the latter shifted 60,991.
    Below is the software Top Ten for the week ending January 3rd:
    1. Monster Hunter X (Capcom) 3DS – 149,587
    2. Monster Strike (Mixi) 3DS – 140,479
    3. Super Mario Maker (Nintendo) Wii U – 68,523
    4. Splatoon (Nintendo) Wii U – 60,991
    5. Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Akaneko-dan/Shiroinu-tai (Level 5) 3DS – 56,819
    6. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (Sony) Vita – 45,302
    7. Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo) 3DS – 29,623
    8. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Nintendo) 3DS – 28,326
    9. Fallout 4 (Bethesda) PS4 – 25,994
    10. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (Nintendo) 3DS – 24,711

    And here is the hardware Top Ten:
    1. New Nintendo 3DS LL – 82,675
    2. PS Vita – 77,926
    3. PS4 – 70,596
    4. Wii U – 55,798
    5. New Nintendo 3DS – 23,895
    6. Nintendo 3DS – 15,685
    7. PS3 – 4,319
    8. PS VitaTV – 685
    9. Nintendo 3DS LL – 589
    10. Xbox One, 379

    by Published on January 11th, 2016 21:43
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    Activision’s Call of Duty starts 2016 as it ended 2015: in the No.1 spot in the All Formats Top 40.
    The title holds pole position, despite a 68 per cent drop in sales, ahead of soccer blockbuster FIFA 16.
    EA’s football game climbed two places this week and reaches No.2. It’s just ahead of fellow EA title Star Wars Battlefront which is pushed one place to third position.
    Grand Theft Auto V is STILL in the charts and rises one place over the course of the week, finishing at No.4 as Fallout 4 drops to fifth place with a 75 per cent drop in sales.
    Meanwhile, new Tom Clancy shooter Rainbow Six: Siege holds fast at No.6 in spite of a 58 per cent drop in sales. Last week’s ninth place WWE 2K16 manages to rise up two places to No.7, too.
    In tenth place is EA’s Battlefield 4. That title debuted in November 2013, and returns to the Top Ten due to a price promotion on the game which saw Argos selling it for £1.99 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
    Below is the software Top Ten for the week ending January 9th:
    1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Activision Blizzard
    2. FIFA 16, EA
    3. Star Wars Battlefront, EA
    4. Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar
    5. Fallout 4, Bethesda
    6. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege, Ubisoft
    7. WWE 2K16, 2K Games
    8. Just Cause 3, Square Enix
    9. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Ubisoft
    10. Battlefield 4, EA


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