How to use Nintendo Switch controllers with your NES Classic Edition


If you’re a Nintendo superfan, there’s a chance you have two “new” Nintendo consoles sitting in your living room right now: the Switch and the NES Classic Edition. Both are great systems with notable flaws, but the biggest issue with the NES Classic Edition is the length of the wired controller that comes in the box.

Thankfully, if you bought a Switch as well, you can actually use your Joy-Con controllers or your Pro Controller with your NES Classic. All you need is a cheap wireless dongle and a firmware update.

Not long ago, 8Bitdo released a Retro Receiver for the NES Classic Edition to give owners the option to pair Bluetooth controllers with their wireless game controllers. This week, 8bitdo rolled out a firmware update for the Retro Receiver that would allow it to connect with the Joy-Cons and Switch Pro Controller. CNET’s Scott Stein installed the firmware, plugged in the receiver and found it to work without a hitch.

While the lack of a D-pad will certainly make the Joy-Con a less than ideal partner for the NES Classic, it’s petite form factor makes it one of the better travel controllers available. On the other hand, the Pro Controller is one of Nintendo’s best controllers since the WaveBird, so if you have to choose, that’s probably the way to go. Either way, it’s nice to see some interoperability between Nintendo’s latest devices.

Head to this page on 8bitdo’s website to download the latest Retro Receiver firmware.



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Jason Momoa Set to Star in Big Screen Adaptation of JUST CAUSE with Director Brad Peyton



Peyton and Momoa previously worked together on the Netflix’s series Frontier. It’s actually pretty good, and it’s nice that they are coming together to work on bringing Just Cause to life as a feature film. 

The story basically centers around a character named Rico Rodriguez (Momoa), who’s an operative for an organization known as the Agency. There are no official plot details for the film, but according to Deadline it’s “expected to deal in some way with Rico’s crisis of conscience while on a mission.” Here’s the plot description for the first game, which will obviously serve as inspiration for the upcoming film: 

Just Cause begins with Rico Rodriguez, an operative for an organization known as the Agency, being dropped into a Caribbean tropical island called San Esperito, after being called there by his commanding officer, Tom Sheldon, to help overthrow San Esperito’s dictator, Salvador Mendoza, whom the Agency believes to be in possession of weapons of mass destruction. After his arrival, Rico meets up with Sheldon and fellow agent Maria Kane, and they ally themselves with a guerrilla group staging a rebellion against the regime and the Rioja drug cartel, another enemy of the government. Rico assists them in their civil war against Mendoza’s corrupt officials; Black Hand mercenaries and the Montano cartel. Rico can also assist in the liberation of various territories to further destabilize the government’s rule over the island.

Eventually, Sheldon discovers that Mendoza does, indeed, have control of WMDs, and with San Esperito so politically unstable and with the guerrillas having the upper hand, the president is forced to retreat to his private presidential island just off the mainland. Sheldon and Kane fly Rico to the island to kill Mendoza, but he attempts to escape via jet. However, Rico boards the jet and kills Mendoza and his remaining bodyguards, stopping his reign on the islands.

I’ve only played the first game in the franchise, but Just Cause is sure to make an action-packed, adrenaline-fueled adventure film. That’s pretty much what I’d expect from the talent that they’ve brought on board to develop the movie. 

Momoa recently shot Justice League and will also star in the Aquaman solo film. Peyton is about to start production on Dwayne Johnson‘s big screen adaptation of the classic game Rampage. He’s also set to direct the sci-fi adventure film Black Hole



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Lightning-fast robot clinches Rubik’s Cube world record


A robot designed by a German engineer has set a new world record for completing a Rubik’s Cube, Guinness World Records has confirmed.

The Sub 1 Reloaded robot, which is the brainchild of engineer Albert Beer, solved the famous puzzle in a mind-boggling 0.637 seconds, beating the prior record of 0.887 seconds.

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The robot, which harnesses a processor from chipmaker Infineon Technologies, used its six mechanical arms to complete the Cube in 21 moves during its record attempt last year.

The machine received two pictures of the cube, identified the color of each piece and then calculated a solution by using a Two-Phase Algorithm devised by Herbert Kociemba. The solution was then passed on to the Infineon processor, which orchestrated the moves.

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A video shows the robot achieving the incredible feat – just be careful not to blink!

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