Newsletter: Nintendo Gets Its Own Theme Park & Whatsapp’s New Features

Newsletter: Nintendo Gets Its Own Theme Park & Whatsapp’s New Features

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower” ~ Alan Kay

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD COULD BECOME THE NEXT BIG THING SINCE DISNEY THEME PARKS

THE STORY

Universal studios japan brings your favorite nintendo characters to life in a dedicated theme park.

WHAT DOES IT HAVE IN STORE FOR US?

Although amusement parks are already pretty commonplace with most Americans, Universal Studios Japan have tried the DisneyWorld formulae to come up with a Nintendo themed park in Osaka. Both Nintendo and Universal Studios have also released a video that showcases the various attractions in the upcoming theme park. Despite of the video being just an animated representation of physical attractions, it surely looks enticing and would bring back tons of nostalgia for gamers.

WHEN WILL IT BE OPEN TO PUBLIC?

Sadly, the amusement park is far from being ready for business and according to Nintendo and Universal Studios, its grand opening will coincide with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The initial budget for this amusement park was estimated to be $455 million, which was later increased to a whopping $ 545 million. The theme park will be named ‘Super Nintendo World’, which is clearly inspired by the awesome ‘Super Mario World’ that is one of the best selling Nintendo titles of all time.

WHAT RIDES CAN VISITORS EXPECT?

The first confirmed attraction is certainly a Mario Kart style, Go-Kart arena that has also been showcased in the video. Another interesting thing are coin blocks where visitors can actually bump their heads to collect holographic coins. Nevertheless, the video doesn’t showcase rides and attractions based on other Nintendo classics. But fans will certainly hope to see titles like Metroid and Castlevania come into the picture.


WHATSAPP ROLLS OUT NEW FEATURES FOR iOS USERS

THE STORY

Android users will have to wait for these features to be released with future updates.

WHAT’S NEW TO THE TABLE?

The new Whatsapp update called version 2.17.30 for iOS brings 3 new features that will make it far more user friendly than ever. This update clearly looks in conjunction with upcoming iOS 11 that brings even more changes to Apple devices. New features include an album view that will automatically displayed whenever more than 5 photos are shared or received. This sounds really helpful, especially for users who find their device flooded with shared photos and videos.

Other important additions include brand new filters that can be applied to photos, gifs and videos, directly from the camera app. Although these are only 5 filters that are currently available, users can definitely expect more filters to appear with future updates.

The third and final feature in this update is direct reply that makes it easy to send quick responses. Users must simply swipe on the message they wish to reply to and start typing.

WHEN WILL THESE CHANGES TRICKLE DOWN TO ANDROID?

Unfortunately, there have been no speculations regarding when these features will be available for Android devices. However, looking at the past trends, it could be later this year. There were several rumors of features such as ‘recall message’ to be introduced, but sadly, no such announcement was made by Facebook officials.

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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