Huge collection of (and commentary on) matte art from classic films
that has been rescanned for HD releases. Much more on the process of creating and filming this type of setup at last month's post
BS Zelda Retrospective
(SLYT). In honor of Zelda's 25th anniversary this month, this is an interesting look at the live-broadcast Satellaview games
in the Zelda series, which had some compelling and strange tweaks to the Zelda formula. The beginning is an introduction to the service, and the fun bit begins at 8:50
By combining speedruns
with the large-scale world maps from the VGMaps
, these "zoomed out" videos of classic NES games provide a unique perspective on the game world (best viewed in 1080p). Metroid
- Mega Man 2
- Super Mario Bros 3
Like sprites? The People's Sprites has the most extensive repository of old game pixel art I've ever seen.
Some good examples from: Battletoads
, Final Fantasy GBA
, Mega Man
, Metal Slug
, Mortal Kombat
, River City Ransom
, Samurai Shodown
, Super Mario Kart
, Super Mario World
, and my favorite, Super Metroid
Hundreds more at the site, plus original
and public domain
... Solid NES Gold
. Those who remember the game
do so with fondness
. Though critically lauded
on release, and later spawning several sequels
, the game was never as big a hit as its its spiritual predecessors, Metroid and Legend of Zelda. Like Super Mario Bros. 2/Doki Doki Panic
, Blaster Master was based on an obscure Japanese game, in this case Chōwakuseisenki Metafight
although the differences in this case are limited to the story. Blaster Master was also the first (and only "canon") book in the Nintendo Worlds of Power series,
in which various authors novelized third-party games
using the pseudonym "F.X. Nine." Download the Blaster Master book here
(MSWord zipped, "enhanced" by a fan). Lastly, some bonus links: one
, and three (!)
The Dot Eaters.
A dauntingly comprehensive history of video games, beginning with proto-PONG and Spacewar!
. If it's difficult to navigate through Captain O's prize matrix, use the handy timeline/scape
(the dates don't work, so don't try). It's an interesting site, for sure, but if it doesn't pique your interest maybe the links page
will, since it's the largest I've ever seen
. In just minutes I found the First Church of Pac-Man
, Super Mario Bros fanfiction
), and a great Robotron shrine
. Plus, this noise
Relive your roots at NESplayer.com.
This site is a huge repository for all kinds of NES stuff - it has an extensive sprite gallery
, a rather comprehensive list of all NES merchandise
available through the years, NES ads from comics
, shots and clips from Nintendo-based TV shows
(no episodes- I know - but when was the last time you thought of Captain N
or the Super Mario Bros. Super Show
?). There are shrines
, this guy who paints NES scenes
... in short too much to list here. Go now, be fruitless. It's Saturday.
Classic DOS Games
: another great site to be added to the growing list of ancient game repositories. This one has a few you may have missed as well as your old favorites, divided by genre
or by publisher
- and everything is local. There are some suspicious utilities
, and useful ones (use d-fend
as a frontend for DOSbox), and even a wiki
and some developer interviews
. Other classic game sites here previously: Everyvideogame
, Home of the Underdogs
and its subsidiary, the Macintosh Garden
(for fruit lovers).
So BoingBoing recently linked to this fantastic comic book serial from the 60s entitled "This Godless Communism,"
a surprisingly in-depth (and hilariously slanted) history of the rise of the USSR, its leaders, and their philosophies. It's great, but it is far from the only thing on the site, the Authentic History Center
. Just looking at the other comics and cartoons they have, there is a huge amount of ancient political cartoons
, fantastic WWII-military-themed comic strips
(surprisingly good!), and generally awesome period-relevant comic book covers
, some of which link to full comics (Donald Duck's Atom Bomb?!
). There is a collection of embarassing shows of race-sploitation in comics in the 70s
, and the racist toys and artifacts section
would make Archie Bunker blush (Chop Suey Specs!
). Guaranteed to make you wince and chin-stroke simultaneously.
They're all here.
Or most of them. This will make you dust off your NES/Genesis/Turbo GraphX-16... but this time with a pixel-perfect map
of every level of your most beloved games. From Amiga to Xbox.
, and Megaman
among hundreds of others and links to even more in-depth sites.
Warning - some of these maps are EXTREMELY large, like 13000x5000 large. NSFCW (Not safe for child within)