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The Weekly Authority: Pixel 7 payments pain

Plus Galaxy S23 specs, great news for Silent Hill fans, happy birthday to the NES, and more top tech news.
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October 22, 2022
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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 217th edition here, with Google Pixel 7 payments issues, Galaxy S23 specs, great news for Silent Hill fans, and more.

🎮 I’m really excited at the Silent Hill news, but now I’m craving a similar horror game to play. Any recommendations for me? I tried The Medium, but I’m too much of a wuss (though Alien Isolation was totally fine) 🙈

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Weekly Wonder

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

  • The NES launched 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 2.5m units in its first year on sale.
  • Where the Famicom was white, with red controllers and buttons, the NES was larger and mostly gray.
  • At first, the NES only launched in New York City, followed by Los Angeles in February 1986.
  • The 8-bit console didn’t release nationwide until September 27, 1986.
  • On that same day, Nintendo released 18 games, including Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong Jr. Math, Hogan’s Alley, Duck Hunt, Pinball, Wild Gunman, and more.
  • The NES was the starting point for many popular franchises, with titles such as Final Fantasy, Castlevania, and Legend of Zelda.
  • But the console’s most popular game was Super Mario Bros, which to date has sold over 40 million copies worldwide — and it’s the second-best-selling video game of all time behind Wii Sports.

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

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  • 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 though — plus this guide.
  • Yes, we all love Zelda, but back in the day, the president of Nintendo’s State-side division thought the game had too much text and was too difficult to appeal to a US audience. Goes to show how wrong you can be!
  • Nintendo created helplines for gamers: Back in the 80s, there was no internet to consult when you got stuck on your game. Nintendo launched the Powerline, a telephone service where players who were skilled at Nintendo games would help you out. The service was revived in 2016 for one weekend only to celebrate the NES.
  • Final Fantasy is a huge franchise these days, but has humble roots as a single game on the NES. If you got bored battling dragons, you could take a break and play a traditional slide puzzle mini-game, though it was pretty tricky to access — you had to press “A” and “B” together 55 times in a row while on a ship. To think we complain about gamer’s thumb nowadays!

If we’ve got you in the mood for some retro gaming, you can pick up a NES on eBay these days for anywhere between $50 and $150. You could grab one of the best NES emulators for Android, or you could just grab a Switch to get your Nintendo fix. We’ve rounded up some of the best free Nintendo Switch games, including titles like Brawlhalla and Pokemon Quest, plus the best Switch eShop games you should totally get today.

Tech Calendar

  • October 26 @ 7PM PT: Nothing Ear Stick launch event
  • November 8: 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’s Snapdragon Summit
  • November 18: The Dark Pictures: The Devil in Me launches on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC

Tech Tweet of the Week

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— Puppies Heaven 🐶 (@HeavenPuppies) October 14, 2022

Something extra: Type any phrase into this website and it’ll show you which movies it was in. Strangely addictive.

Have a great week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.