(the Japanese counterpart to the NES
) launched in Japan three decades ago
this week. Ars Technica
have posted tributes and history lessons of this console.
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]
Chris Covell translated a Japanese social studies book
about the making of Super Mario Bros. 3.
Today is the 25th anniversary
of the release of The Legend of Zelda
. Celebrate by learning about some of its oddities
or watching some commercials!
Merry Christmas from lostlevels.org: An unreleased beta of The Legend of Zelda
! Videos showing it off: 1
. Cutting Room Floor
has documented the differences from the release version.
is a video podcast in which a guy systematically described and discusses every
Famicom/NES game released. Currently up to 33 episodes and counting, and covering hundreds of games. [more inside]
Takeshi no Chousenjou
may be the hardest videogame ever written. With a title screen warning that it was "created by somebody who hates videogames" (actually writer/actor/director/comedian Takeshi "Beat" Kitano
) "Takeshi's Challenge" forces gamers to endure such tasks as singing karaoke for an uninterrupted hour and holding a single button for four straight hours
. Players who endure to the end are rewarded by having to hit the final boss 20,000 times. If you don't speak the language, you might be able to enjoy the game as a Japanese precursor to Grand Theft Auto
, but those who understand it more fully see it as "a videogame that riffs on human disappointment for as many hours as the player is willing to search for redemption." Warning: last link contains possible spoilers for Mother 2 and some of the Metal Gear Solid games.
- SMB3 hacked into an entirely new high-quality game
His name is Mr Freetime,
he has 2,967 copies of Moero!! Pro Baseball for the Famicom. He knows how to use them.