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iOS and iPadOS 14.5.1 Released March 31, 2022

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Apple has just released a minor but important system update for pretty much every device they make earlier today. The new update includes fixes for a battery drain issue as well as two important security fixes. You can get it right now through your device’s software update menu.

The update has been released for iPad, iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. I would recommend downloading and installing as soon as possible.

Lost Media – The Pokémon 20th Anniversary Twitch Stream March 31, 2022

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We are back with a brand new Lost Media video! Videos about lost Pokémon media and international censorship have been plentiful. There have been tons of stories of missing television episodes, deleted scenes from movies, and lost promotional events and DLC. This time, we’ll be discussing a piece of Pokémon lost media that NOBODY has talked about.

In Feb 2016, The Pokémon Company celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of the original games in Japan. They announced an 8-Hr live stream on Twitch hosted by YouTube personality TheJWittz. The sad thing was the video was never archived on Twitch. Following the 30 day lapse, the video deleted itself automatically. As far as I know, the whole video has been lost.

So where’s the video? Did you archive it? Post a comment below if you know!

Breath of the Wild 2 Release Schedule Changed Again March 29, 2022

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Ladies and gentlemen, the Producer of the Legend of Zelda games at Nintendo, Eiji Aonuoma.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel is coming Spring 2023 for the Nintendo Switch.

Gaming History You Should Know – History of Computer Smartwatches March 27, 2022

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It’s Sunday and what better day to kick off the restart of GameXcess.net than to celebrate with another look back at the history of gaming! This is Gaming History You Should Know, where we highlight and share some of the best independently produced content on the history of gaming.

Nowadays, everyone is rocking some type of computer watch, be it an Apple Watch or Gear device. Most of these have full color displays, are capable of wireless data transmission, and keep track of time, alarms, appointments, and even health biometrics. Some of them are even able to play games! (Apple Watch gamers, I recommend Lifeline, Lifeline: Silent Night, and Cosmos Rings as must-play games!)

However, before the Apple Watch found its way on nearly everyone’s wrist, there were many other attempts, some by major companies, to sell computer watches to consumers’. So where did all of this begin, at least as far as consumers are concerned? Fear not, YouTube Legend Techmoan has us covered with a look at what I’m pretty sure is the first consumer level computer watch. It was not cheap, and it was likely meant to be used by wealthy pilots, lawyers and other businessmen, but it had incredible features and the ability to do time-based calculations that I haven’t even seen modern smartphones capable of doing! I present…the HP-01!

Unfortunately the HP-01 was way before my time. When I was growing up, I fondly remembered the classic CASIO wrist calculator watches my father would never go anywhere without. In the days before I got my first Game Boy, the fact my dad could do calculations on his wrist was something incredible. While I did eventually get a CASIO of my own, I had no idea CASIO and other companies like them released several revisions of LCD watches with a bit more of a gaming focus. Seriously.

YouTube channel Nostalgia Nerd, who I remember fondly for his knowledge of British Microcomputers, produced this great look at some of the more obscure calculator watches. Some of these just blew my mind with how they were able to innovate with the tech of the time. Heck, some of these used infrared transmitters to not just swap information, but to play multiplayer games against each other. Check it out!

Finally, I wanted to talk about one of the most obscure designs for a watch that harkened back to the days of Palm. Now that Palm figured out the most basic functions a tech enthusiast needed on the go (calendar, address book, clock, alarms), the watch maker TIMEX made the evolutionary step to put a PDA in a high-end watch. To sync, you merely needed some software that could transmit your settings and features through your CRT’s blanking signal (or a separate transmitter if you used a laptop). Sound insane? YouTube channel LGR has that part covered.

State of Play March 2022 March 10, 2022

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Sony has just released this major video detailing upcoming games for the PlayStation platform. If you own a PS5, you’re going to want to see this.

What Games To Download on the 3DS eShop Before it Shuts Down Forever March 3, 2022

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Been a long time since we’ve done one of these hasn’t it? With the recent announcement that Nintendo is planning to shut down the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U and 3DS forever in May 2023, gamers have been scrambling to obtain games through the service that they wouldn’t be able to get otherwise. I’ve owned a 3DS since August 2012 and it rekindled my love with Nintendo handhelds in a way that I never imagined. We don’t have much time left to make purchases through the service (credit card purchases are expected to end in May 2022 with eShop credit ending in August 2022) I felt the time was right to start sharing some of my favorite games from the 3DS eShop with all of you.

Before we start the list just know this list will be comprised of entirely original games that cannot be obtained physically through other means. We also won’t be including Virtual Console games (including SNES titles) as we don’t consider them exclusives at this time. So let’s sit back and enjoy this truly eclectic list of games I’ve enjoyed from the time I spent owning a 3DS.

Attack of the Friday Monsters -Without a doubt one of the most charming games I have ever played in my life. In this game, you play as the new kid living in Tokyo during the mid-70s. Each Friday, giant monsters are reported to attack the city. Your job is to discover if these monsters are real and along the way learn more about your and your family’s otherworldly past. If this article has any merit, you must download this game RIGHT NOW.

Pokémon: Dream Radar – This AR game is another no brainer, especially if you’re a Pokémon fan. In this game, you must traverse the dream world as you use the 3DS cameras and gyroscope to capture exclusive Pokémon. It’s a major precursor to games like Pokémon Go, and it is fairly inexpensive. You’ll need a copy of Black 2 or White 2 physically inside your 3DS to transfer any Pokémon you obtain in the game.

The Starship Damrey – A first-person sci-fi puzzle adventure game with an art style that that harkens back to Enemy Zero on the Sega Saturn. You’re trapped in a stasis pod onboard an interstellar starship that appears to be abandoned. Thankfully, you gain control of a remote controlled robot with a camera and grabby arm. Your objective is to find a way to free yourself from this pod. But is everything what it seems to be?

Weapon Shop de Omasse – What goes into making the powerful and mythical weapons a hero wields into battle? A talented blacksmith of course! This puzzle game has you decide what weapons to make for which characters, and who will function best with each type of weapon. On top of that, this game’s sense of humor is just great. I mean, we are making weapons for famous gaming character archetypes, now we get to see what these characters are like on their downtime around civilians. I’m a fan of cynical comedians and I think this game’s writing really knows how to appeal to the long-term gamer who is very familiar with all of gaming’s tropes.

Chibi-Robo Photo Finder – This game was my first exposure to the adorable Chibi-Robo and I just loved the gameplay. Your job was to control the titular character as he makes his way through his environment all the way hoping he won’t run out of power. There are puzzles to solve and pictures to take, so keep your eyes on the outline!

Japan Travel Tips – Pokemon Manhole Cover Search March 1, 2022

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Time for a new Japan Travel Tips, where we highlight some of the best independently produced videos about the country to help English-speaking tourists interested in visiting. There’s no question of the undeniable influence Pokémon games have had on the entire world. Their franchise is now in its twenty-sixth year and new Pokémon games have constantly been major system sellers. In their home country, Pokémon is a cultural phenomenon, reaching heights we’re going to showcase today!

The Pokémon Company has created exclusive manhole covers with unique original art and distributed them throughout Japan. Tourists who find the manholes can keep track of each landmark they’ve visited by stamping their a collector’s passport at an accompanying stamp station nearby.

The adorable Sharmeleon has been doing incredible Japan Vlogs for years. I had no idea this event is happening in Japan, and I appreciate her producing these videos to show the rest of the world just how awesome the country is to do this. The best part about these videos is Sharla likes to highlight the best features of every area she visits in her search for the manholes! If you’re a Pokémon fan or have any interest in seeing how diverse and beautiful Japan is, you need to give these videos a watch!

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS devices.