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Official Nintendo Seal of Quality

To coincide with the release of the NES Classic, Nintendo has published a small trove of NES instruction manual scans. (Make sure to click "printed manual.") via
posted by griphus on Nov 16, 2016 - 36 comments

Click!

After endless speculation and at the tail end of a console that was largely a commercial flop, Nintendo has unveiled the Nintendo Switch. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Oct 20, 2016 - 162 comments

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 - 23 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

"I regret we weren’t able to do more with the monkeys."

Super Mario 64 - 1996 Developer Interviews
posted by invitapriore on Sep 22, 2016 - 7 comments

Nintendo Game Counselor Guide

Now you're playing with power! And also Metal Jesus. (slyt)
posted by curious nu on Sep 17, 2016 - 6 comments

Pocket Devils

The World's Most Dangerous Game: Pokémon's Strange History with Moral Panics
posted by Artw on Sep 6, 2016 - 26 comments

“Dr. Meowthiarty is the Mew Two of Crime!”

Live-Action Trailer for Great Detective Pikachu (Only a videogame (。•́︿•̀。) )
Nick Statt at The Verge: “The first ever live-action Pokémon movie will be Detective Pikachu ヾ(@^∇^@)ノ
Jeff Grubb at VentureBeat: “‘Detective Pikachu’ movie was in the works long before Pokémon Go”
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 11, 2016 - 10 comments

Now you're playing with POWER

Archive dot org and Jason Scott have released the complete collection of Nintendo Power magazines, searchable and readable online.
posted by boo_radley on Aug 2, 2016 - 41 comments

༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ

Kirby Café [Japanese] Starting this August, several Kirby Cafes will open across the country [Only in Japan]. Here are some of the dishes that will be served. The Kirby Cafe opens August 5 at Lucua 1100 in Osaka’s Umeda and will run until September 4. Similar cafes are slated to open this August in Tokyo and Nagoya. [via: Kotaku]
posted by Fizz on Jul 20, 2016 - 26 comments

It's Just Emulation!

Keeping classic games in print is a surprisingly risky and difficult business... [The] truth is that we've also done a pretty terrible job of maintaining our legacy. We've cheapened our games, to the point where anything older than a decade is assumed free. [...] If we can't keep our history alive, we risk forgetting our roots and losing a part of what made games great. But don't despair! If music can survive MP3s, games can survive this.
"It's Just Emulation!" - The Challenge of Selling Old Games (YouTube)
posted by griphus on Jul 15, 2016 - 75 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

(Oh yeah!) I heard there was a secret chord

Did you ever realize that the word "Hallelujah" has the same syllable count and stress pattern as "Waluigi?"
SO!: It's a Cold and a Broken Waluigi - And here, with adjusted lyrics (but without the voice) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 25, 2016 - 28 comments

Supper Mario Broth

Supper Mario Broth is a wonderfully obsessive blog devoted to all sorts of Super Mario Brothers minutia. Really, you are not prepared for this. Things like.... [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Apr 18, 2016 - 18 comments

The Redemption of Pingu the Noscoper

From the Camp Santo Quarterly comes this lovely little story: As a kid, did you know someone who claimed their uncle worked at Nintendo?
With Firewatch, the uncle was real.
posted by churl on Apr 1, 2016 - 13 comments

↑↑↓↓←→←→BA

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

Happy Pokemon Day!

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the first Pokemon games releasing in Japan. 20 years ago today, a set of unsuspecting video games would be released that would end up spawning so many sequels, a long running anime series, a collectible card game and numerous spin offs. [more inside]
posted by Twain Device on Feb 27, 2016 - 53 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

Hyper Speed Walking to Parallel Universes via Scuttlebug Raising

Scott Buchanan is a Super Mario 64 challenge runner who can do amazing things in the game while pressing buttons as little as possible. Here's a 25 minute long video of him collecting the Watch for Rolling Rocks in Hazy Maze Cave star while only pressing the A button one half of a time.
posted by Small Dollar on Jan 25, 2016 - 39 comments

"Blends both toy and game alike."

This is Griffin McElroy. Welcome to Griffin's Amiibo Corner, a weekly series about a delightful new creation from Nintendo. (2) (3)
posted by Navelgazer on Jan 22, 2016 - 18 comments

Happy Zelda Day!

Zelda Day 2015:
  • If you love the NES original but are sad you know where everything is, try the Zelda Randomizer! (Windows EXE, requires ROM). Tries to guarantee solvable games! YouTube play.
  • Did you know that, in the original releases of N64 Ocarina of Time, if you hold the R button down when you get a certain item, you get a different one instead? Info with more OoT glitches.
  • From Double Fine! Devs Play The Legend of Zelda, four parts: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
  • Fan animation, "Racing For Rupees".

posted by JHarris on Dec 26, 2015 - 32 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

I thought we were giving the world what it wanted. But we destroyed it.

On September 9th, 2015, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company announced Pokémon GO, a multiplayer location-aware mobile game for iOS and Android, due for release in 2016. Their development partner, Niantic, recently revealed details on how the game will work and how it will draw upon their experience with their earlier location aware game, Ingress [Ingress, Previously: 1, 2]. [more inside]
posted by radwolf76 on Dec 16, 2015 - 44 comments

(206) 885-PLAY

What was it like to be a Nintendo game play counselor? The A.V. Club interviews three former Nintento Hotline gameplay experts.
posted by figurant on Nov 20, 2015 - 25 comments

“...that unique Nintendo brand of faux progressivism.”

Nintendo still won't make Link a girl, but they'll put him in a dress and call him 'Linkle'. [Kill Screen]
There's is no conceivable lore reason for why Link can't be reincarnated as a girl. As the Zelda Wiki states, Link is, "the name shared by the main protagonists of The Legend of Zelda series." There are many different reincarnations and iterations of the Link character, "each possessing the Spirit of the Hero, with some of them being blood related as well," but, most importantly, all Links are connected by the fact that they were "chosen by the Goddesses to protect the land from evil whenever deemed necessary."
[more inside] posted by Fizz on Nov 16, 2015 - 84 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

Color my world

The iBookGuy explains how graphics worked within the memory constraints of the Commodore 64 and NES, and the Apple II and Atari 2600
posted by a lungful of dragon on Sep 24, 2015 - 9 comments

Super Glitchy Mario World

Here is Let's Glitch Super Mario World, an in-depth series of 47 YouTube videos (each from 10 to 30 minutes long) that demonstrate breaking the game in myriad ways, with clear descriptions of what is going on.
posted by JHarris on Sep 10, 2015 - 11 comments

How to make Mario levels, by negative example

Here's a list of things not to do in your Mario levels, consider it advice for when Super Mario Maker comes out in a week and a half. Also, here's things not to do in your Mario overworld. They both come from the rom hacking community at SMWCentral.
posted by JHarris on Sep 1, 2015 - 232 comments

"I don't recall anybody literally throwing up in the office..."

Twenty years ago, on August 21, 1995, Nintendo released the Virtual Boy in North America. The stilt-legged tabletop gaming console, which offered a unique red stereoscopic 3D display, attempted to ride a wave of popular interest in virtual reality. It was a risky, innovative gamble for Nintendo that didn't pay off, leaving many to wonder why it existed in the first place.
Unraveling The Enigma Of Nintendo's Virtual Boy, 20 Years Later
posted by griphus on Aug 21, 2015 - 12 comments

Featuring "Diligent Cube" and "Gary Kasparov’s Extreme Beach Chess"

Fake Video Games [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Aug 14, 2015 - 20 comments

The state of being both kid and squid simultaneously

Nintendo's quirky squad shooter Splatoon, which sold 1.6 million worldwide copies in two months of release, is their first real new property since the Gamecube era. People are calling it the game that could save the Wii-U. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 6, 2015 - 87 comments

Satoru Iwata of Nintendo and HAL, dead at 55

Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo and former president and star programmer at HAL Laboratories (he was one of their first programmers), main coder of Earthbound, programmer of NES/Famicom Balloon Fight, coder on some early games in the Kirby series and many other games besides, and the author of the Iwata Asks columns on Nintendo's website, has died at 55 of a bile duct growth. Kotaku article. The Verge.
posted by JHarris on Jul 12, 2015 - 117 comments

"...my dad found it in a box of 'junk' he was supposed to throw out"

A prototype of the Nintendo Playstation/SNES-CD may have been located. Photos are here. The ongoing forum thread is here and there is a reddit discussion as well but it in a private group. But a question remains: Is this all a hoax?
posted by griphus on Jul 3, 2015 - 29 comments

Just another day in the third dimension

"The only way to play Virtual Boy for any length of time is lying flat on your back with the visor laying on your face and its flimsy stand propped on your chest. Then you just had to hope Teleroboxer didn’t give you eyestrain and nausea-inducing headaches. Outside of kitsch value and the zealous fandom Nintendo inspires, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to play the damn thing 20 years after the fact. When you do, though, there is something unmistakably alluring about Nintendo’s biggest failure. As with a curious stench you can’t stop sniffing, the Virtual Boy is hard to ignore because of how it embodies some of Nintendo’s best qualities. It’s also easy to see how its limited catalog hid some intriguing, forward-thinking ideas about how to make games..." With the Oculus Rift and friends putting virtual reality video games back on the scene and generating buzz, let's take a look back at one of the most beloved, most critically and commercially successful game consoles of all time--and the Virtual Boy. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Jun 27, 2015 - 34 comments

Nervous Keyboarding Pro

Nintendo E3 leak generator
posted by NoraReed on Jun 10, 2015 - 26 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

Nintendo's company guides to job applicants

In Japan, people applying to work at Nintendo are given an amazing company guide (2015), bursting with color, that they remake every year. 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 ( via Simon Carless [Twitter], thnx)
posted by JHarris on May 10, 2015 - 10 comments

The Way Home

Quintet were a Japanese game developer founded by Tomoyoshi Miyazaki and Masaya Hashimoto, the writer and director (respectively) of the first three games in Falcom's long-running Ys franchise. They are remembered primarily for a flurry of extraordinarily unique, creative and often surprisingly philosophical Super Famicom/Nintendo games such as ActRaiser, Robotrek and Terranigma, which share an emphasis on literal world-building, creation and invention. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Apr 4, 2015 - 20 comments

Programmed by N A S I R

It was common practice in the 8/16 bit era for Japanese programmers to use pseudonyms or abbreviations in the game's credits, so you might not have given too much thought to the name NASIR popping up in the credits for Rad Racer, Final Fantasy II or Secret of Mana. In fact, NASIR was just the first name of programmer Nasir Gebelli, an Iranian-American who first made his name programming ambitious games like Horizon V in the Apple II era. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Mar 23, 2015 - 10 comments

well-written instruction manual & large, folded color map 🌏

"Some games make an enormous impact on you when you play them, and time and technology do little to diminish that impact. I feel that way about quite a few games: Elite, Super Mario Bros, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are three that immediately come to mind. Secret of Mana is without question a fourth." [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Mar 11, 2015 - 69 comments

What is the sound of one hand smashing?

Super Smash Bros: Now with realistic, disturbing handclap sounds (SLYT)
posted by Strange Interlude on Feb 20, 2015 - 25 comments

Club Nintendo program ending

Last month, Nintendo announced that Club Nintendo, their customer loyalty program which involves registering purchased games and hardware, then filling out surveys about them in exchange for coins or stars (depending on your region) which can be spent on downloadable games and physical swag, is coming to a close in order to be replaced at a later date with a new program. Today, Nintendo has posted a huge list of physical goods and downloadable games (for Wii U, Wii, and 3DS) which members can spend the rest of their coins on before the system is shut down completely on June 30th, with download codes for complimentary copies of Flipnote Studio 3D for the 3DS being released to all members later this week.
posted by Pope Guilty on Feb 2, 2015 - 21 comments

"Would you like to play a game?"

Mario AI - "Mario's inner emotive states cause behavior-determining drives. For example, Mario will collect coins if he is hungry. Whereas, when he is curious, he will explore his environment and autonomously gather knowledge about items he does not know about yet."
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jan 19, 2015 - 15 comments

Nintendo Character Guide Revealed

The Nintendo Character Guide from 1993 is a sort of "bible" for for Nintendo Partners to use as a guide for creating media involving Nintendo's characters, and has been revealed by Blake J. Harris. This affords us a behind-the-scenes look at the official backstory as it was in 1993.
posted by dtungsten on Jan 4, 2015 - 42 comments

Sights from Zelda games that will probably never be released again

It's Zelda Day! Presented for your consideration: BS-Zelda, the satellite radio-based Zelda games that never got released outside of Japan.
The first BS Zelda game was an update/modification of the original Legend of Zelda. It was intended to be played over four weeks, an hour at a time, with different areas of the overworld unveiled each week. Here is video, with broadcasts included: 1 (YT 1h) - 2 (YT 58m) - 3 (YT 58m) - 4 (YT 1h2m) Each takes several minutes to get started, which mirrors the time delay before the game started when broadcast.
The second game was called Ancient Stone Tablets, and it used the Link To The Past engine, and much of its map. YouTube playlist (YT 12 items, 3h50m)
More information and emulator files hacked to be playable are at: The BS-Zelda Homepage. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 26, 2014 - 11 comments

Chatty checkout! Try to escape this conversation...

NES My Life "Mundane everyday challenges (such as finding a job, dealing with ultra conservative relatives, or deleting unwanted dick pics on a dating site) envisioned as classic black box retro 8bit Nintendo games." [via mefi projects]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Dec 26, 2014 - 5 comments

Tenho que pegá-los todos!

There exists a trilogy of complete Portguese live-action Pokemon fanfilms. That is all. (Subtitles available, and not the automatically generated kind; click the Subtitles/CC button on the video's lower right.) Playlist links: The Mysterious Virus. Destiny of a Hero. The Light of Hope Part 1, Part 2. (MLYT) [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ on Nov 23, 2014 - 2 comments

"I hope Jason has a bedpan or something in his car..."

Jeff Gerstmann and Dan Ryckert of Giant Bomb infamy (previously) were looking for a more challenging mode in Super Mario 3. How about playing on a roller coaster?
posted by selfnoise on Oct 2, 2014 - 8 comments

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