The Classic Is Making A Comeback

New Retro HD 1 NES classic


Well Hyperkin has done it again by delivering us with a way to experience our childhoods by way of bringing back the NES. That’s right with Nintendo teasing us with the limited release of the NES classic. It left a lot of us mourning over the lost chance that only a select few would be able to get. With only 1 million units that were manufactured in two bursts of 500,000 in each shipment out, it left a lot of people who wanted to get one out in the cold. I just want to note that you can still get one from Amazon if you’re willing to pay $235. Yeah, you read that right.

Image result for retron 1 HDBut what makes this product stand out is its full cartridge support feature. What does that mean? It means if you have a NES cartridge from any point of the NES life span, you can play it.

Now don’t get this confused with the other consoles that Hyperkin makes like the Retrons 3-5. These consoles also play NES games but are limited to what games will work due to limited software capacity due to other console software (Super NES, Sega Genesis, and Game Boy). With the sole focus of this Retron going to the original NES; leaves room to include the software to read all cartridge’s from the start to finish of the NES lifespan. This allows inclusion of all those great early games like Pitfall and Excitebike and more.Image result for retron 1 HD

The price point of the Retron 1 will be $40, which will include one “Cadet” controller, one 3ft HDMI cord, 6ft micro USB cord with AC Adapter. The Retron 1 HD will also feature AV ports and cables. The Console will come in grey/red and black/red. The Retron 1 HD will release on June 2 2017 which is pretty soon but it comes at great timing with the last shipment of Nintendo Classics slotted for June-July. It’s a great alternative for those of us on a budget and just happen to have our NES game collection. Are you excited for this cheaper and more accessible option for your NES gaming? Let us know with a comment or on social media.

5/5 Greyskulls

Written by

Luis #FallLuis Benavides. Jr

VP of Gaming for The Nerdery Podcast



Top Games of January

By: JD Hardin

Video games are fantastic and have changed over the years to become more and more realistic and fantastic. Many of us, however, like to take a step back from the controller once in a while to enjoy a card game, board game or a trivia game. As the largest wholesaler of these games, Diamond Distributors has begun to issue market reports on these games. For those who don’t know, Diamond is the primary distributors of comics in the U.S. and has been issuing market reports for years. For the first time we can now look at the biggest trends in gaming and toys as well.

Put your life jacket on, we’re about to go into deep water.

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Nintendo Switch Announcement Review/Reaction

By: Luis Benavides Jr.


First I would to say that Nintendo doing a live announcement like this is really different. The ability of live broadcasting over Twitch and YouTube has really changed the way that companies and developers can bring new content and news directly from the source. With this ability it gives companies breathing room to not be so constricted by the schedules of cons or game shows. They can really make their own events or announcements which allows the news to flow all year around.

So on to the meat and potatoes. Let’s talk about online services for a minute. First, online services/play will be free for a trail period upon launch but will be a pay to play later in the fall…Yeah, you read that right. The ability to region lock your online matchmaking will be gone, so now you can enjoy gaming with people around the world. But, keep in mind when you play with an open matchmaking, you run the risk of connection issues, frame-drops, and lag. This leads to elevated blood pressure, broken controllers, and heart attacks from the price of replacement. You will also be able to manage chat rooms and lobbies from a mobile app that is easily manageable instead of nintendo-switch-splatoonbreaking from the game and returning to the main menu screen. Now the big question LAN gaming. With the tabletop and mobile modes of the switch allowing players to connect to each other’s consoles. Now here’s the awesome part, local connection through the wireless function allows up to eight Switchs to play multiplayer at a time. That’s awesomeness any way you slice it. Think about back in the day when we would have halo parties. All the stuff you had to make sure to take, let’s walk down memory lane real quick. TV, Xbox, 4 controllers (if not everyone brought their own), cords, game, and link cable. That was before flat screens were around, so TV’s were heavy as hell and it was only a 19”-24” TV that took up the whole backseat of your car. I can just see your reaction….F*** THAT!!!! Yup, the glory days of bro night. So reducing all of that equipment into a tablet and wireless network is AMAZING!!!! Now we can just meet up anywhere and beat the snot out each other on Smash Brothers or Mario Kart and have a blast. With all these different ways to game, we still have no answer on the net code. However, I still stand with my initial thought and they may be incorporating both net codes, which one code for the dock and one code for on the go. But again that’s just my thoughts, NOT FACT, at least for now.

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On to the controller dubbed the Joy Con. This controller features a lot of neat and innovative technology like precision rumble allowing the controller to detail the feel of every motion and reactive feel. For instance, on the game ice was going into a glass, you can feel each ice cube. As you shake the controller you can feel each piece shake around the glass, as well as the water filling the glass up. Now a controller with that kind of precision will make for some interesting changes to the way we experience games.

They only covered 6 games during this announcement, so I’ll put these in a nutshell as best as I can. First was something a little similar to Wii play, called 1-2 Switch. This is a combo of mini games that are multiplayer like ping pong, gun shooter, sword fighting, boxing, and wide range of other mini games which will be available on launch. The next game is a fighting style game that will showcase the motion capabilities, called Arms. Now this one looks pretty interesting as it relies on you to throw punches to attack. Your character has the ability to stretch his/her arms to make attacks on enemies at a distance or in the air. What’s different is while you’re throwing your punches, you can twist your wrist and the punch will start veering towards the direction of your wrist’s rotation. This game will release spring 2017. Next was Super Mario Odyssey which showcases some pretty cool changes to our favorite plumber with whole new environments, tricks, and a new companion. Mario’s world is about to get that much bigger. Odyssey is set to release imagesHoliday 2017. Elder Scrolls: Skyrim will also be ported and tweaked for the Switch. Which is a good starting point for a big third party developer like Bethesda to hopefully give us some cool and innovative games later down the road. Throughout the announcement we saw trailers for the upcoming new Xenoblade Chronicles, Fire Emblem, Dragon Quest Remasters, EA Sports, and new Splatoon game. The biggest piece of news came at the end of night. LEGEND OF ZELDA!!!!! We got a new story trailer as well as a release date. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will release AT LAUNCH (Yes, you read that right). Zelda is the big launch title to push the release on Nintendo’s new contender on the console wars. But will Zelda be enough to make this console stand out? With all that information we are still left with one very big question…WHERE ARE THE OTHER GAMES AND THEIR RELEASE DATES!!!!!

Launch date for The Switch will be March 3 2017 WORLDWIDE!!!!! Retail Price will be $299.99. The Starter bundle will include the console (tablet), dock, HDMI cord, AC adaptor, 2 Joy con’s (left and right), joy con charger, and 2 joy con straps. Each individual piece will also be sold separately for replacements. The pro controller will be sold separately at a price of $70. (I’ll address the price of each piece in a moment, just hold that thought it gets better.)

Image result for nintendo switchNow, we can answer some of the questions and issues that came from the initial announcement. First, there was no set price point for replacement or single pieces which had me really scratching my head. But as the announcement was going on, I did some research to see what the price tags were and check this stuff out. The pro controller $69.99, Joy Cons(left and right) with strips $79.99, A Single Joy Con (left or right) with strip $49.99, Joy Con charging grip $29.99, Switch dock(includes HDMI cable & AC adaptor) $89.99, Joy Con Wheel (Set of 2) $14.99.

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With all that, I had one response ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND!!!! $90 just for the dock, Hell no!!! And $50 just for the left or the right joy con’s. You expect people to pay $50 for an 8”x3” piece of hardware? And a low battery life of 2-6 hours. All I have to say is someone was higher than a kite when they priced this. This console is looking up to be the most expense launch, as far as extra’s go, in over a decade. For example, Console $300 + pro controller $70 + Joy Con’s $70 + Joy Con charger grip $30 + Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Master edition $130 (regular edition is $60). So that comes out to $600 without taxes….I think would rather lick a piece of 60 grit sandpaper. That’s only with one Image result for nintendo switchgame…ONE GAME!!!! All that just for a glorified gaming tablet. When put in terms like that Nintendo really put their collective head up their “you know what”. And another major issue is no games. The only games that were slated for launch are Legend of Zelda and 1 2 Switch. One bonafide game and a new version of Wii Play is absolutely ridiculous and somewhat underwhelming. With a high price tag, a need for added accessories, no games, a low battery life once taken off the dock. This really was kind of a waste of a press conference. They should’ve pushed dates and schedules back until more content was solidified for launch. With the promise of 80 titles being in development by first and third party publishers, most of the games are being slated within the first 6 months of launch. It’s hard to have any kind of enthusiasm towards the system. In all honesty we pretty much saw Nintendo show us their new pet. Its looks great, has great potential, but just finds a corner lies down and starts licking it’s nuts. So you’re left with an empty feeling like “I was excited for this?”



No titles at launch.

Have to wait 6 months after launch to get legit titles

High Price tags on accessories

Low battery life

Remastered & Ported games

Dropped frames & resolution when off of dock.

Won’t run 1080p



Offers 2 bundles, one with grey joys, another one will have colored joy cons (left blue & right red) with no price change

Precision Motion controllers that’s very innovative

Mobile and tabletop modes give the ultimate experience for on the go gaming

Wireless network connection allows up to 8 switch’s for LAN gaming at anytime

Cartridge’s make a return for easier game swapping while on the go


With everything as a whole, this release is going to be really rough for Nintendo. Only 5 million units will be shipped out worldwide, and that isn’t going to help its case. Do I believe that the Switch is worth getting at launch? Hell no. I think we will see some amazing games for this console, but not yet. I’ll give it till the holiday season of this year, or beginning of next year till we see some better titles to support the console. But the one question that’s on everyone’s mind is what was Nintendo thinking putting a console out with so few games and very little to push people to preorder at launch.


2.5/5 Greyskulls


Written by.

Luis #fallluis Benavides. JR

VP of Gaming for The Nerdery Podcast

Gaming Event of Awesomeness





Image result for go games 360Thankfully, with all the advancements in technology, we have seen some real innovations in the world of video gaming. With the push of VR from independent publishers like Sony and Microsoft, and 4k TV’s and ultra-high resolution reaching an affordable level, we are now seeing the most amazing visuals in the history of video games.

The GoGames360 40 hour Gaming Marathon will showcase such advancements to the public in a friendly convention style setting. This will be an amazing opportunity since the general public doesn’t get hands-on experience with anything VR unless they’re purchasing it from Amazon or your local electronic store. This event will also feature gaming from every shade of the spectrum. From the high tech of VR to the low tech of TCG’S (trading card games), and pen and paper. A gaming event of this magnitude has never occurred in Image result for go games 360Houston, So as a casual (and occasional competitive) gamer, this is a welcomed event.

The event will feature LAN gaming for the PC gamers and console players to compete head to head and will feature cash tournaments for team and fighting games. GoGames360 will also have plenty of Image result for go games 360events for the “non-gamer” including a cosplay runway fashion show, costume contest, and a play and gaming area for the kids. Physical gaming will also have a spot reserved in the limelight of the event. Laser tag, archery, and Quidditch are just a few physical activities that will be available.


Another item to note is the charity that GoGames360 is already doing in the Houston area. 50% of online ticket sales will go to benefit the Covenant House Texas, a charity group that strives to get our homeless youths off the street. Their website clearly states their purpose…

Covenant House Texas (CHT) opened its doors in 1983 to provide shelter for homeless, abused and abandoned youth ages 18 – 20. After more than 30 years of service, CHT is still one of the only service providers in Texas of its type, offering an extensive continuum of care to the homeless youth population in Houston/Harris County.

Many of those youths are receiving complementary passes to come to the event. And, not to meet a charity and not help, The Nerdery will be donating a large amount of books from The Nerdery Vault!!!


The purchase of a three day past it will allow you to camp out at the complex and allows you to get a second one FREE!!. Single day passes are available for those just looking to see and experience the event and get a feel for an event this size. This is a phenomenal chance to expand your gaming experience and meet some awesome people. Making new friends, expanding your knowledge of gaming, and interacting with others that share your passion is always an amazing feeling. With live entertainment going on during the event everyone gets a chance to take a break from all the activities and just enjoy great music and food.

Tournaments will be available to individuals and teams and all but video game tournament fees are included in the ticket price. Anime Angels Runway show & Balentines Cosplay Ball presented by Cosplay Vogue will feature DJ Woody and Karaoke on Saturday from 10pm to 1am.

Confirmed Video Game Tournaments:

Super Smash Brothers


League of Legends

Confirmed Card Games Available:

Apples to Apples Demo

Blood of an Englishman

Love Letter Demo

Timeline Demo

Munchkin Demo

Flux Demo

Werewolf Tournament

Confirmed Dice Games Available:

Dicemasters Tournament

Zombie Dice Demo

Hero Clix Battle Royal

Confirmed Board Games Available:

Gravwell Demo

Catan Tournament


This event is shaping up to be an awesome change of pace for the heavy con goer, and is a little more like a festival/convention. With it bringing in the outdoor and camping aspect, it’s a pretty awesome way to keep everyone active. I’m personally pumped for an event of this kind and magnitude. Being able to watch Quidditch seems like an awesome event and  I’m greatly looking forward to it. I’m also looking forward to being to compete on a grand stage again, which I haven’t done for many. I’ll be ecstatic to see the Houston gaming community come out and make this event successful so we may have many more to come. I and everyone else at The Nerdery hope to see you there and game together.





Written by:

Luis #fallluis Benavides Jr.

VP of gaming of The Nerdery


JD #theprez Hardin

President of The Nerdery

Sony $#!+ The Bed

By: Ricky Ramirez

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As a longtime fan of Microsoft’s Xbox, it hasn’t exactly been easy to stay true to Microsoft. I had the best experience with the Xbox 360 from launch day 2005 until pretty much the end of the consoles reign. Microsoft had hit a stride that Sony just couldn’t catch up to with its PS3. Then E3 2013 hit, and Xbox took a metaphoric dump on all their fans. Announcing The Xbox One not only had to have an internet connection, but it absolutely required the Kinect hardware. They also added you wouldn’t be able to borrow or rent disc based games, and that digital rights management would lock each game to the buyer.

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The next day Sony took the stage, and began gaining all of Microsoft’s ostracized fans. Sony announced that not only would its new system the PlayStation 4 be based on X86 architecture (a computer based architecture that’s easy to program for) but that disc based games would be able to play from any official game source. They laughed at the thought of having to be connected to the internet and said the system would work regardless of online capabilities. It didn’t take long for Microsoft to back pedal and change every policy they had just deemed permanent. The damage had been done. PlayStation 4 outsold Xbox One for two years straight and Sony had begun a journey towards total domination.


Fast forward to September 7th, 2016, we are now in what most people call the midlife of both consoles. Microsoft has already released Xbox One S, a new slim version capable of not only playing 4K Blu-Ray discs, but displaying 4K video with high dynamic range on compatible televisions. Sony then decides to debut a slim version of the current PlayStation 4, and a new more powerful version titled the PlayStation 4 Pro. Surely this device would have everything the Xbox One S has and more right?


Not exactly.

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Sony has decided to Overclock the processor a bit, and include a better GPU capable of 4K gaming, 4K streaming, and HDR to compatible Televisions. Where are the 4 K Blu-Ray players I was hoping for? It seems Sony missed that opportunity, while focusing on the gaming experience. Obviously gaming is the priority here, but that’s with any game console. For a company that helped pioneer Blu-Ray disc, it Image result for 4k blu rayseems odd to not have 4K playback at launch. When you dominate the market for two years, what makes you say, “Hey maybe we should hold back”? The PlayStation 4 is beefed up only slightly, and that’s just for added power necessary for PlayStation VR when it arrives.


Image result for xbox scorpioMicrosoft is already working on its next Xbox currently titled project Scorpio. Many are saying it will be a modular design similar to a PC, and while it seems far fetched, it’s nice to see a company fighting back for the crown they once had. Sony did manage to throw their fans a bone, by upgrading every PlayStation unit from the launch models to the current units with HDR via a software update due this month. Maybe they’ll secretly allow 4 K Blu-Ray playbacks through a software update, but until then I’ll stick with the launch models I waited so patiently for.




Where’s My Fight Money!!!!

By: Luis Benavides Jr.

At long last here is my review of the newest installment of this fighting game legacy. After the initial release back on Feb 16th of this year, it’s received both positive and negative reviews. Here is my review from release to now with the newest update.

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