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Turning on the NES just to listen to the title music again

Musician and Youtube user Luminist is remaking music from the original Metroid using some full-on synths, and it sounds amazing. Title Theme; Brinstar; Kraid's Lair; Samus Fanfare; Item Room.
posted by cortex on Oct 12, 2016 - 21 comments

Mario cover art through the years

A short visual essay on the unnamed but consistent visual style of Mario game box art
posted by DoctorFedora on Sep 28, 2016 - 12 comments

Bored? Nothing on TV? Want some happy fun in what's left of September?

3dNES (Windows, Linux) allows you to play NES games with community-added 3d textures. [more inside]
posted by Homeskillet Freshy Fresh on Sep 26, 2016 - 12 comments

The Nintendo Entertainment System is coming back to stores

Nintendo has shocked the gaming community by announcing the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, a "new" version of its legendary NES hardware which will cost $59.99 in the US. It connects to your TV via HDMI and comes with that classic NES pad, which can also be used with your Wii or Wii U. [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods on Jul 14, 2016 - 142 comments


One of the most infamously bad NES licensed games ever released, Friday the 13th is known for its obtuseness and difficulty. Still, there's many who see an interesting design buried beneath Pack-In Software's incompetence, even inspiring an action figure based on its odd Jason Voorhees sprite, and it's for those people that YouTube filmmakers TripleZeroFilms created a 50-page, full-color, illustrated strategy guide (with its own trailer video!) for this unpolished gem in the extremely rough. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on May 13, 2016 - 11 comments


The Forgotten Politics Behind Contra's Name by Matt Morey [Kill Screen]
Do a quick Google search of “contra.” Browsing the first few pages, you should see a saturation of links about the videogame—the now-primary version of the word—sprinkled with other definitions. Next in the deck is contra as preposition: “against, contrary, or opposed to,” suitingly enough. Then, a “contemporary New York cuisine” restaurant; contra-dancing, a folksy flirty form adaptable to many musical styles; the second album by Vampire Weekend; and eventually, peeking through before being closed out again, you’ll stumble upon the elephant in the room.
posted by Fizz on Mar 7, 2016 - 69 comments

Wooooooooooo! Woo wooooo!

PUP - DVP (Official Video) (SLVimeo)
posted by slater on Feb 12, 2016 - 3 comments

"The sadness of the robot."

The always-excellent Shmuplations has translated a 2011 interview about the creation of classic NES game Rockman, known in the US as Mega Man, and its sequel. It's a great depiction of the creative process relating to game development.
posted by JHarris on Feb 10, 2016 - 27 comments

Soundtracks for false nostalgia

Have you played Mega Man 11? Yoshi's Island 2? The SNES Earthbound sequel? No? Well, while you wait to get your hands on them, you can listen to the soundtracks online. [more inside]
posted by brett on Dec 19, 2015 - 3 comments

Battle demons with Hyde's PSYCHO-WAVE

Cinemassacre brings us the trailer to the long-awaited film adaptation of the infamously terrible and bizarre Dr Jekyll and Mister Hyde for NES.
posted by Pope Guilty on Nov 24, 2015 - 0 comments

The first-ever bootleg NES game was an erotic hack of Super Mario Bros.

30 Years of NES, 30 Interesting NES Facts.
posted by curious nu on Oct 27, 2015 - 9 comments

"It's fun for me!"

...why bother? That seems to be a prevailing sentiment when the topic of any sort of big-ticket retro investment is broached online. After all, all of these games can be played through emulation for free; matters of legality aside, why not just load up MAME or RetroArch and call it a day?
The Quest for the Perfect Retro Game Experience
posted by griphus on Jul 20, 2015 - 48 comments

"So what's Nintendo," you ask, "and why should I care?"

John Stossel on 20/20 in 1988: Nuts For Nintendo
posted by Pope Guilty on May 29, 2015 - 37 comments

It’s about ethics in video game parenting

What happens when a 21st-century kid plays through video game history in chronological order?
posted by nadawi on Dec 9, 2014 - 41 comments

RIP Douglas E. Smith

Douglas E. Smith, creator of the classic 8-bit computer game Lode Runner, which got a second life as one of HudsonSoft's most iconic Famicom titles in Japan, has died at the age of 57. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 14, 2014 - 48 comments


Chronicler of the gross and creepy Bogleech presents a look at the bosses of classic NES weirdfest Monster Party and the sprites recently discovered in a ROM dump from a Japanese prototype cart.
posted by Pope Guilty on Aug 13, 2014 - 7 comments

No Hints, No Spoilers, and No Mames

NESMania is one man's quest to conquer every NES title, or at least all 709 officially seal-of-quality-licensed ones released in the West. [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind on Jul 27, 2014 - 29 comments

5 Retro Consoles, 1 HDMI Cable

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.
posted by 256 on Jul 21, 2014 - 47 comments


"Well, I did it. This is THE lowest possible score you can finish [Super Mario Bros.] with (without continuing)." via
posted by griphus on Feb 20, 2014 - 36 comments

We Built This City On Rock And ROM

8 Bit Renditions: hear the classics as if they were composed for the NES!
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Fly Like An Eagle
We Built This City [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 23, 2014 - 40 comments

From 3-D WorldRunner to Zombie Nation

"This is a collection of EVERY SINGLE Nintendo (NES) start screen in alphabetical order!!!"
posted by griphus on Jan 23, 2014 - 21 comments

Zuì Zhōng Huàn Xiǎng 7

RetroCollect reports: "...in 2005 ShenZhen Nanjing Technology released a run-down port of Final Fantasy VII for Nintendo's 8-bit system in China. Despite lacking a lot of story elements, gameplay aspects and finesse, ROM hacker Lugia2009 saw potential within the game's code and began using it as a basis to recreate the PlayStation 1 adventure in its entirety...
posted by griphus on Nov 14, 2013 - 39 comments

JAWS: The Text Adventure

In 1975, the blockbuster movie Jaws was released. The series culminated in 1987 with a fourth movie, Jaws: The Revenge. The NES game Jaws (online) was released that same year, incorporating elements of both the original and fourth movie. But you probably don't know about the game that Mirrorsoft commissioned in 1984 from the husband-and-wife coding team, Dave & Sara Crud. They made a ZX Spectrum movie tie-in for the original film, only for rights holders to back out and leave it unreleased for nearly three decades ... UNTIL NOW! Or at least that's the backstory MeFite malevolent wrote. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 21, 2013 - 16 comments

l2p, AI.

In April, we covered an AI that learns to play NES games. Youtube user suckerpinch has returned with a new video that provides a bit more info about LearnFun and PlayFun, and much more footage of it doing okay at video games.
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 20, 2013 - 18 comments

What kind of pants does Super Mario wear? Denim Denim Denim

Nintendo's Famicom (the Japanese counterpart to the NES) launched in Japan three decades ago this week. Ars Technica and NintendoLife have posted tributes and history lessons of this console.
posted by porn in the woods on Jul 16, 2013 - 15 comments

A general technique for automating NES games

Automating video game play by examining the contents of RAM.
posted by Jpfed on Apr 11, 2013 - 22 comments

Don't Go Alone Smoke This

Snoop Fairy's Weed Fountain [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 25, 2013 - 16 comments

Dendy Chronicles

After the huge success of the NES, a whole host of bootleg consoles came out around the world. The Dendy console brought a new age of video gaming to the newly born Russian Federation. Kinaman presents a retrospective of the numerous pirate Mario games on the Dendy system in three parts: 1, 2, 3. (Russian with English subtitles)
posted by demiurge on Mar 23, 2013 - 26 comments

Now You’re Playing With Paper!

"These two Nintendo store binders provide an interesting look into the retail side of the gaming industry." [more inside]
posted by griphus on Feb 28, 2013 - 18 comments

Detailed design notes on Zelda, Castlevania and Mega Man

The blog of video game journalist Jeremy Parish, ToastyFrog GameSpite TeleBunny.net, has four in-depth, stage-by-stage, exhaustive examinations of classic 8-bit game design: Castlevania, Castlevania II, The Legend of Zelda, and Castlevania III. They are required reading for prospective game designers. (Complete links inside. Mega Man fans, look here.) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jan 29, 2013 - 27 comments

The Study of Cartridge Blowing

Did Blowing into Nintendo Cartridges Really Help? Mental_Floss takes a look at what a daily blow does to an NES cartridge.
posted by hot_monster on Sep 24, 2012 - 55 comments

The Extraordinary Quest to Put All the Super Mario Games On One Timeline

Stephen Totilo of Kotaku tries to determine the correct chronology for all the games in the Super Mario canon.
posted by reenum on Sep 9, 2012 - 23 comments

They later attached strings.

Gamemaster Howard Philips (previously) found a ca. 1984 brochure for the Nintendo Advanced Video System, a pre-NES marketing prototype, and shared it on Facebook: The cover. Pages 2-3. Pages 3-4. Medium-res photo of the whole brochure. And a bit of oddity from the past. (Non-FB link)
posted by griphus on Aug 30, 2012 - 33 comments

Super VCS Bros.

Over at the AtariAge forums, user Sprybug has been coding an Atari 2600 Super Mario Bros. clone to run on the Harmony Cartridge. Some screenshots. The game running on the cartridge. The game running in an emulator. And some previous discussion on the difficulty of programming for the Atari 2600.
posted by griphus on Aug 22, 2012 - 18 comments

Legends of Localization: The Legend of Zelda

Legends of Localization: The Legend of Zelda is a comparison of the Japanese and American versions of The Legend of Zelda. It highlights differences in music and SFX, why the intro story is in English in both versions and why Pols Voice supposedly hated loud noises, what some of those cryptic hints originally said and how Testitart became Manhandla. [more inside]
posted by shirobara on Aug 11, 2012 - 10 comments

The Walls Are Shifting...

What is Spelunky? Well, it's a game that's "as generous as it is bloodthirsty," with "astonishing creativity and spectacular depth." First appearing as a freeware PC game in 2008, Spelunky (previously) is a hilariously brutal and oddly addicting marriage of roguelike, platformer, and puzzler. A new version was released for Xbox Live Arcade on July 4th, with updated visuals and a warbly soundtrack that recall the days of SNES gaming, as well as a deathmatch mode that's been compared to the mayhem of Bomberman. If you're anything like me, you'll get hopelessly consumed. (Trailer. Original freeware version for PC and Mac.)
posted by naju on Jul 5, 2012 - 40 comments

Mega Man Tape

From 1990: A 12 year old, armed with an NES, video camera and VHS recorder, films a walk through on how to beat Mega Man. (SLYT)
posted by reenum on May 9, 2012 - 16 comments

New Google Maps

Google Maps comes to exciting new platform: The 8-bit NES.
posted by GuyZero on Mar 31, 2012 - 68 comments

Super Morrissey Brothers

This Charming Man by The Smiths, covered in the best way possible.
posted by The World Famous on Mar 6, 2012 - 30 comments

Saving Zelda

Tevis Thompson writes about Nintendo's video game series The Legend of Zelda. Specifically about how it's gone downhill since Ocarina of Time. (via Kotaku) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Feb 22, 2012 - 113 comments

Not changed: the Spread Gun is still ridiculous.

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 2.0 is out! An expansion on the original game, which let you play as various NES characters transplanted into Super Mario Bros., but using the rules and abilities of those characters from their original games, version 2 offers more special abilities, more characters, and your choice of audiovisual "skins" based on four Mario games from the NES, SNES, and Gameboy, along with one based on Demon Returns. There's even instructions for playing with a gamepad! For more information, see the Super Mario Bros. Crossover Wiki or watch the exciting Super Mario Bros. Crossover trailer! [Previously]
posted by Pope Guilty on Feb 12, 2012 - 15 comments


THE HISTORY (AND MYSTERY!) behind Action 52 and Cheetahmen, FINALLY REVEALED! And, if you have five hundred bucks to spare, NES cartridges of the newly unearthed(?) CHEETAHMEN: THE CREATION is available for sale! VINCE PERRI AT HIS DESIGN BEST, the web site proclaims, though it's unclear what this is expected to mean to us!
posted by DoctorFedora on Feb 7, 2012 - 15 comments


Abobo's Big Adventure : apparently the Nintendo Entertainment System DOES blend.
posted by leotrotsky on Jan 12, 2012 - 18 comments


Here are fan-translated Game Center CX (previously) Episodes on YouTube: #1: Atlantis No Nazo, #2: Challenger, #3: Ghosts 'N Goblins, #4: Konami Wai Wai World, #5: Metroid, #6: Solomon's Key, #7 & #8: Prince of Persia: Part 1 - Part 2, #9: Mega Man II, #10: Super Mario 3. Much more after the break.... [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 28, 2011 - 32 comments

A long way to go to lose

Here is a video playthrough of The Legend of Zelda without a sword. It is possible to get right up to the last boss without one, although it requires knowing a lot of tricks. That is exactly what mev1978 does in his playthrough, without dying. And then he does it again in the second quest. First quest (1:61:31) - Second quest (1:13:18) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 26, 2011 - 33 comments

Bap Bah Dah Pah Baah Yap Pah!

Nerdcore rock band I Fight Dragons presents I Fight Ganon, a live performance of the Legend Of Zelda Theme song
posted by The Whelk on Dec 25, 2011 - 7 comments

Game Club 199X

Here is Game Club 19XX, a new monthly podcast from Hardcore Gaming 101 (previously) in which knowledgeable gamers discuss playing through old video games without FAQs or walkthroughs. Episode 1 is on Snake's Revenge, the forgotten NES sequel to Metal Gear. (MP3 download from MediaFire, 1:27:32)
posted by JHarris on Dec 16, 2011 - 10 comments

The Stars of Famicom Games

Chris Covell translated a Japanese social studies book about the making of Super Mario Bros. 3.
posted by ignignokt on Dec 16, 2011 - 10 comments

So that's what all the Mario 2 levels look like...

NES Maps - for when you have to see exactly how that level of Zelda looks in an overworld view. Complete with full maps, background only maps, or sprites for your perusal. Complete with character names and title cards for most maps. You can even get one to hang on your wall to map out your conquests in Hyrule. Even more maps from VG Maps from a previous posting.
posted by deezil on Aug 1, 2011 - 8 comments

Super Gandhi-o Bros.

These days, any old fool can beat Super Mario Bros with a record-breaking number of points, or in the shortest amount of time. This guy managed beat the game with the lowest number of points possible. He ran the clock down to zero on each level, always landed at the bottom of the flagpole, collected no coins, killed just one goomba, and somehow managed not to die once during the entire process.
posted by schmod on Jul 28, 2011 - 68 comments

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