Children review classic games- some more.
Back in November '03, 1up.com
rounded up some kids from the 8-12 age range and had them play video and arcade games from the 70's and 80's, including
Pong, Donkey Kong, and Tetris. The resulting commentary
was mostly along the lines of "Tim: They could've just as easily called this game anything—Baseball, Bowling, Escape From the Monsters. EGM: Did you score? Kirk: I bumped into a dot." In December 2004 they brought them back to review Mike Tyson's Punch-Out and the 1983 Arcade version of Star Wars, among others. "EGM: What do those TIE Fighters look like? ...Are they scary? Anthony: No. It feels like they're trying to give me flowers."
Super Mario Brothers sound effects.
Boing! Boing! CRUNCH! Ding! Ding! Ding! Whoop! Boing!
with that new videogame you got for Christmas? Text-only
walkthroughs don't do it for you? Then try Stuck Gamer. Video walkthroughs for a pretty good number of games. Including, thanks the Lords of Kobol, Ninja Gaiden
The Proto-Men present a Mega-Man Rock Opera.
There is nothing more to say. Ever. About anything.
is a compilation of exclusively foreign
video game consoles, as well as strange hybrids
, developer units
you might have found in the Sears catalog ten years ago.
You say you want a Revolution?
This morning at the Tokyo Game Show, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata unveiled the unique controller for the company's upcoming video game console, code named Revolution. Legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto
demonstrated the device to the press with a series of hands-on demos
. While no full games have yet been shown on the system, the controller offers many possibilities for novel, accessible, and compelling game experiences
Duck Doom Deluxe
is a version of the old NES Duck Hunt game skinned to use the FPS gun/hand graphics from the original Doom. Windows only, apologies...
- The complete soundtrack to Super Mario World, covered by one man using dozens of instruments. Roughly in game order, faithful to the originals, with some bizarre artistic license thrown around. A private hobby made public. Dedicated to Koji Kondo.
Dead Games Tell No Tales
Not every video game makes it to the store. Sometimes it's because a company is wary of unleashing a new character property
on the world
, but other times it's because the publisher overworked the game's development staff
to the point of exhaustion. Occasionally a game heavily infringes
on a more popular game, leading to a lawsuit. Worst of all is when company politics
kills a promising project
. Failing hardware never helped anybody either
. On the other hand, sometimes there is no reason at all
why finished video games are sent to the wastebasket instead of the retail shelf.
Bisqwit's NES Time attack videos site
has been mentioned before
, but the site and the time attack community have both grown quite a bit and the redesigned wiki-style site deserves another look. The site now has tool-assisted runs of SNES
, and GB
games in addition to the rather comprehensive NES
collection. You can now check out and vote on submissions
, view works in progress
, or learn the motivations and methodology
, and dare I suggest, make one yourself
- but be you aware, it is both difficult and addictive.
For "speed runs" - as opposed to time attacks - of newer games and older games without using emulators, check out the Speed Demo Archive
(runs listed here
) . And you thought you could beat Contra fast...
Michael Jackson is guilty
of being totally excellent
in this fantastic whirlwind tour of NES games (a la Sega Fantasy VI
); MJ herein imposes his 16-bit self on a huge amount of games including but not limited to Megaman, Kung Fu, Ice Climber, Super Mario Brothers 1 and 3, Dragon Warrior, Arkanoid, Track and Field, Spelunker, Final Fantasy and more. If you know the Japanese language + games, clue us in. (Flash and hardcore midi dance music warning)
The best E3 wrapup I've read this year.
Also the only E3 wrapup I've read this year. But there are pictures! And amusing musings! It's also by Our Boy Mefite kevspace.
is a site that hosts MP3s made by video game afficionados who have remixed the tunes from their favorite video games, old and new alike. Check out the releases page
and try out a few songs. You can also search
for songs by a particular game system, genre, specific game, etc. (Unfortunately, search seems broken for me right now, but it usually works!)
The users generally provide extensive reviews that will help you sort out the great from the mediocre before downloading.
General: NOT SMOKE
Music: NOT THE SMOKING PIPES
Movies: NOT CHEECH AND CHONG'S UP IN SMOKE
Books: Dodongo... not read much... BUT HEY IF TITLE OF BOOK IS HAVING THE WORD SMOKE, DODONGO PROBABLY NOT LIKE VERY MUCH, SEE WHERE DODONGO WITH GOING IS YOU?
8 bit goes a capella
A Madison Wisconsin a cappella group (Redefined
) sings (and acts out) the greatest Nintendo backing tracks in this video of a live performance. The Zelda and Tetris ones are priceless.
There's a Windows Media version
I am 8 bit
is a celebration of the pixelated graphics of 80s videogames, at LA's Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight
. A hundred artists have produced paintings, sculptures and designs
inspired by the two-dimensional imagery of the pre-PlayStation era. The exhibition runs from April 19 until May 20. More information
, including highlights from the gallery, appear at Game Informer. It remains to be seen if the other ninety-nine artists can match the quality of Sean Clarity
's exceptional reworking of the cover to NES classic Excitebike
Zelda Classic is a tribute to (what we think is) the greatest video game of all time: Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda. It has been developed into an exact replica of the NES version that we all know and love.
For windows and DOS.
"I'm glad I wore these pants."
(QT(5.3 MB) or MPEG-1) Nintendo Cartoon Hour, a funny mashup of NES footage with voiceover. The Lonely Island
, three guys from LA straight from the "Revenge of the Nerds" comedy school.
The Haunted Nintendo "On one occasion, the arrow icon moved down to the 2 player icon without me touching the controller..."
... many retro videogames (arcade
) available for online play via a java applet.
is what college is all about.
Mario sex scoop.
are the finest games designers the world has ever produced. Their Mario character is an icon, possibly more photographed than Princess Diana. It was inevitable that his sordid playboy lifestyle would leak to the baying dogs of the tabloid press. via b3ta
How do you donate to charity, play videogames and prove just how freakin' money you are in one fell swoop? If you're Jay Mohr, this is how
Hiroshi Yamaguchi to Steve Ballmer: Suck My Tiny Yellow Balls
• Now that he's retired and, er, mellowed, the former Nintendo CEO has a lot to say about Japanese business culture, Western business culture, and the gaming industry.
Was Mario some Communist propaganda?
"If anything can be said about Mario, it is that he seems to wear quite a bit a red . It’s on his name, it’s the color of his suspenders, his super mushrooms, his flag, even his hat." He does kinda look like an 8-bit Stalin, but a more important question must be asked: "Is Mario a drug pusher?
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.
Super Mario Quilt.
If you're crafty and looking for the perfect gift for your significant other this holiday season, look no further. (via Kotaku
two screen handheld console. More details expected at May's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3
). It's due for release at Christmas, around the same time as Sony's PSP
Mario in the News
A Japanese person (cannot translate the name, sorry) has completed the classic NES game Super Mario Bros. 3 in just over 11 minutes. Fortunately he recorded it for posterity. (uses Windows streaming video.)
have been gaining in popularity lately
. What game would you like to see abused in such as fashion?
How to beat Super Mario Brothers 3 in 11 minutes.
If it's unedited (which I think it is), this is amazing.
(link goes to .wmv file)
His name is Mr Freetime,
he has 2,967 copies of Moero!! Pro Baseball for the Famicom. He knows how to use them.
The Nintendo Famicom is 20 years old
..... and I (along with may others here I suspect) have owned every single last version
. It's oulasted many bizzare
offerings from it's now defunct arch rival
. There's even a booming market
it both retro consoles. It all makes me feel older than I thought I was though.
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."?
After what seems like 99 million years at the helm,
Nintendo's president, Hiroshi Yamauchi, is finally retiring. It's certainly been an eventful E3 for Nintendo; what does this mean for the future of the console wars?
Pre-empting a similiar expected price cut by Microsoft, PS2 price will be cut by $100.00, while Nintendo refuses to jump into the fray. Sony so far has shipped 30 million PlayStation 2 units worldwide and 7.9 million in the U.S. (@$299=9,000,000,000). With today's price cut Sony hopes to expand its U.S. market base by another 8 or 9 million units. If you've been holding back is this enough incentive to get onboard?
Interested in video game emulators?
Yearning for the games
? There is probably an emulator for any 'classic' game that you could wish to play. General arcade emulators
, Atari 2600
, et al
. For the truly curious, listen to the story of the emulator that almost was, Silhouette
, the emulator Nintendo
The Sunday Funday Blues:
This is supposed to be on of the worst Nintendo games ever. Heh. No wonder. Yet it seems appropriate. As does Storman' Norman's Sunday Blues
radio programme. What is it
about Sundays anyway? And what's the best way to survive them? What are the local traditions? Here in Portugal, it's the Sunday papers; not going to Church; feeling guilty; drinking too many Bloody Marys; late, enormous lunches; lazy love-making, listening to football on the radio and naps...
With the gamecube, xbox and ps2
all on the market (although ps2 has been around awhile), it seems to be gaming heaven. I've always been a nintendo man, what do you guys/gals think? Can you rate your top five consoles of all time (based purely on joy it brought to you)?
Do you miss the music from your old NES games?
Well if you do, be sure to check out the minibosses. They're a band that only plays the songs to classic video games from the Nintendo Entertainment System. Great stuff. I particularly enjoyed the Wizards & Warriors track amusing, since I was addicted to that game when I was younger. Also, am I the only one who thinks there should be a new console system DEDICATED to only 2D games? 3D games are neat 'n all, but I don't think enough good 2D games are being made anymore. The Gameboy Advance
is probably the only system doing that sort of thing right now, but it's just a portable.
Nintendo delays U.S. launch of GameCube
Nintendo has pushed back the U.S. arrival of its new GameCube video game console by nearly two weeks, with executives saying they intend to avoid the shortages and frustrated consumers that marked the debut of Sony's PlayStation 2 last fall.
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.
is a web site run by three guys who were hassled by Nintendo
for using "Pokemon" in an HTML Meta tag in a file they no longer used online. Their web host killed their site instantly and they've only just found new hosting in the last few days. [There's a second reason they're interesting, inside.]
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.