Hyperkin's Retron 5
hardware plays real cartridges using original controllers from a variety of 8-bit and 16-bit consoles (including the NES, SNES, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, and Game Boy Advance), converts the output to HDMI for moderns TVs, and includes all the advanced options you usually only find in software emulators. It's winning over even the most skeptical retro gamers
For the past three days, the world of streaming gaming has been riveted by an unlikely phenomenon: Twitch Plays Pokemon
. Consisting of a live Twitch.TV
chatroom hooked up to a classic Game Boy emulation of Pokémon Red
, the program is set to recognize a limited number of commands and execute them in real time, allowing an audience of tens of thousands to collectively control the action as they watch
. An astonishing amount of progress has been made, including the dramatic last-second defeat of a third gym leader
) and the solution of a notoriously tricky puzzle on the very first attempt
. But all for naught, it seems, as Team Twitch finds itself hilariously stranded on the ledges of Route 19
where, as one viewer explained
, "they basically have to walk a small path for about ten spaces without anyone pushing down and jumping Red off the ledge," a grim democratic reality the dedicated subreddit /r/twitchplayspokemon has had all kinds of fun with
over the last dozen ludicrous hours
Alphabet Blocks for a Geek Baby
"Amateur engineer/designer" Jonathan M. Guberman made his newborn son a set of custom engraved wooden alphabet blocks, with "things that his mother and I were looking forward to sharing with him" on 4 of the 6 sides. (See them all here)
"The only real rule I followed in choosing subjects was trying to maintain an even gender balance" which makes them even more awesome. (Of course, your choices for certain letters may vary)
"Fuck the Super Gameboy
": Why the Super Gameboy was awesome and why it crashed and burned. By Christine Love, creator of Digital: a Love Story and Analogue: a Hate Story. [more inside]
Nintendo store binders provide an interesting look into the retail side of the gaming industry." [more inside]
A complete playable Nintendo Gameboy Color
's suite of Java emulators allows smooth, in-browser playback of literally thousands
of old-school video games: 517 Atari titles
, 148 for DOS
, 636 Game Boy games
(and 410 for Game Boy Color
), 2,019 (!) NES titles
, 238 GameGear games
, 802 Sega Genesis titles
, and 284 for the Sega Master System
. Highlights include Space Invaders
, Super Mario Bros.
, The Legend of Zelda
, Zero Wing
, Duke Nukem
, Sonic the Hedgehog
, Earthworm Jim
, and Metal Gear Solid
. Use the search function
to find your favorites! You can also register an account to save games on emulators that support it. Make sure to check the purple bar below each game for control info and links to alternate emulators in case the default one is buggy or slow.
Reinier van der Ende, an x-ray technician at the largest hospital in the northern part of the Netherlands, decided to combine his work with one of his hobbies and proceeded to x-ray his collection of video game consoles, peripherals and game cartridges. Here are the fruits of his labour
. [more inside]
Mother 3 fan translation completed. Earthbound
(known as Mother 2 in Japan) is one of the most highly regarded RPGs for the Super Nintendo. The game suffered disappointing sales in America, but has since gained the status of a cult classic. A sequel, Mother 3, was released for the Game Boy Advance, but it has never been officially translated into English. After a long development
, a fan translation patch has just been released
. Trailer. [more inside]
Nearly a month ago jbickers made a post that mentioned the TIGsource Demakes competition. The competition is over, and the winners have been announced
. All of these are playable. Most are for Windows, except for those that are Flash or something else:
1. Soundless Mountain II
(Atari 2600 Silent Hill) (from previous post)
2. Gang Garrison II
(Kyntt Stories-like Team Fortress 2, complete with multiplayer)
4. Little Girl in Underland
(Soviet McGee's Alice)
5. House Globe
(Crush is a PSP game where the player can switch the world between a 2D and 3D representation. Squish is a game in which the player switches between a 2D and a 1D
representation. See for yourself
8. (tie) Fillauth
and Advanced Set The Rope On Fire Cartridge
(an Intellivision-like remake of this
, previously mentioned
9. Sexy Seaside Vollyball
(NSFW, pixelated breasts) (Sinclair Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Vollyball)
10. Macarena of the Missing
(A thematically-appropriate demake of Limbo of the Lost
Lots more after the jump! [more inside]
It started with sequencing 8-bit chipsets on Nintendo Game Boys, but the Chiptune scene has now expanded well beyond game systems. Reformat the Planet
is the essential introduction to this awesome new genre, and proves it's more than just a blip. This week only you can watch the feature length documentary in its entirety on Pitchfork.tv
. [more inside]
There is a small but very dedicated and enthusiastic group of people around the world making music with Nintendo Game Boys and other cheap electronic gadgetry. While many of them are consciously fitting their low-bit sonics into relatively straightforward and predictable dance-oriented forms, some others are taking a rather more whimsical and less predictable approach. One such favorite of mine is the utterly charming, Tokyo-based henna dress
. Then there's her alter ego, beta dress
. Then there's her 3rd alter ego, CAMEBOY (of GGG)
. [more inside]
A 7 year-old British boy
gets electrocuted while charging his Gameboy in a Thai hotel. The gaming press
are up in arms at the way it gets reported.
... many retro videogames (arcade
) available for online play via a java applet.
Game Boys used to calm down kids heading into surgery.
I have been replaced, as a parent, by a Game Boy, and have come full circle.
gameboyzz orchestra project
, live @ paris
. Don't be put off by the first track of the Paris set - that's just a warm up.
Play that funky music Gameboy
: An interesting little article on the lo-fi music scene. A synth
made from an old dot matrix printer is certainly lo-fi! (via msnbc
Game Boy (and Girl) indeed!
The fine folks at Nintendo's Street Team
are coming to a festival, concert, or amusement park near you (if you live in one of the eight selected cities.) Appearing like a cross between a robot and a human billboard, these cats attract kids like someone handing out free frozen twinkies
. I saw them at the Taste of Dallas festival. Anyone else spotted them? Would you do it for $100 per day? Or would you be more like the guy that said "I would have paid Nintendo to do this job."?
- a synthesizer / sequencer for the Game Boy, which lets you compose and sequence sound loops (samples
), entirely on your Game Boy. There's also a soon-to-be-released compilation of songs
written entirely with Nanoloop, featuring Merzbow
From the "not clear on the concept dep't.": Mom Dashes 900 Miles to Deliver Forgotten GameBoy
to 11-year-old son bound for the isolated island of Iona to learn about life without modern amenities
Get your Atari 2600 fix on the go!
With six models
, it beats the Game Boy Advance by a mile
! Unfortunately, they're handmade and the backlog is fifty units long, so more impatient retro-gamers might want to stick with a Sega Nomad
For the well-shod
video game aficionado.
I received my nanoloop
the other day and it is way cool.
It's a techno tracker for gameboy. Another one you might find interesting is little sound dj.
Whoa man, look out! This sewing machine's got attitude!
Singer and Nintendo join forces to create a sewing machine that attaches to a Game Boy. After seeing Microsoft and La-Z-Boy team up, I guess they were feeling the technotextile envy.