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
Nintendo store binders provide an interesting look into the retail side of the gaming industry." [more inside]
for the SNES. (SLYT, sadly not a real game. via tor.com
An anonymous source claiming to be an Acclaim employee has revealed the existence of a previously unknown prototype board
of the SNES edition of NBA Jam
. Never meant to see the light of day, this prototype
features game announcer Tim Kitzrow
replacing his well-known phrases
with some more colorful commentary
(NSFW). Is it real? Kitzrow says no
, but then this isn't first time something like this
has happened. [more inside]
- "an incredibly overt love letter to SNES-era Zelda games"
(flash) (via RPS
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
) 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
Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, 3, and Famicon Super Mario Bros.
being beaten at the same time, using one controller for all four games simultaneously. Mega Man 3, 4, 5, and 6
being beaten at the same time, using one controller. Mega Man X and X2
at the same time. Final Fantasy V and VI (warning: 4 hours long)
. [more inside]
In the mid-1990s, a man named George Wood created a TV show called Flights of Fantasy
on a Maryland public-access channel. The show was was dedicated to videogames, and gained quite a few detractors; Wood was not known for his playing skills, research, or good taste, and the production was rather cheap. He would also tend to go off-topic, sometimes markedly so.
It had a small following, being a local public-access show, but would have been lost forever had Wood not joined a video gaming association called NAViGaTR, who archived the entire series, edited each episode, and put them online as Gaming in the Clinton Years
Animator OrinCreed said I Dream In Retro
is "based heavily on a dream I had that was caused by a long day of playing NES, SNES, and Genesis. In the dream I was moving through different levels from many games. In each level the music was wrong and my sprite (while fitting the bit style) didn't quite work with the game. During the dream I was abusing a cheat ability to use different weapons from pretty much any game I wanted at any time. The game itself behaved as it should, with my actions being the only aberration." The result was this loving tribute and mash-up of video game titles.
Reinier van der Ende, an x-ray technician at the largest hospital in the northern part of the Netherlands, decided to combine his work with one of his hobbies and proceeded to x-ray his collection of video game consoles, peripherals and game cartridges. Here are the fruits of his labour
. [more inside]
Good morning, Crono!
) Starting this Friday, the Vintage Game Club will play through the RPG classic Chrono Trigger
, a game beloved and praised but perhaps not well understood. The discussion is beginning here
(little substance so far). [more inside]
The History of Mother 1 (NES)
In honor of the new fan translation of Mother 3 (or Earthbound for the GBA), I've decided to post an article explaining what ever happened to the English port of the first game in the Earthbound/Mother trilogy.
Mother 3 fan translation completed. Earthbound
(known as Mother 2 in Japan) is one of the most highly regarded RPGs for the Super Nintendo. The game suffered disappointing sales in America, but has since gained the status of a cult classic. A sequel, Mother 3, was released for the Game Boy Advance, but it has never been officially translated into English. After a long development
, a fan translation patch has just been released
. Trailer. [more inside]
Nearly a month ago jbickers made a post that mentioned the TIGsource Demakes competition. The competition is over, and the winners have been announced
. All of these are playable. Most are for Windows, except for those that are Flash or something else:
1. Soundless Mountain II
(Atari 2600 Silent Hill) (from previous post)
2. Gang Garrison II
(Kyntt Stories-like Team Fortress 2, complete with multiplayer)
4. Little Girl in Underland
(Soviet McGee's Alice)
5. House Globe
(Crush is a PSP game where the player can switch the world between a 2D and 3D representation. Squish is a game in which the player switches between a 2D and a 1D
representation. See for yourself
8. (tie) Fillauth
and Advanced Set The Rope On Fire Cartridge
(an Intellivision-like remake of this
, previously mentioned
9. Sexy Seaside Vollyball
(NSFW, pixelated breasts) (Sinclair Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Vollyball)
10. Macarena of the Missing
(A thematically-appropriate demake of Limbo of the Lost
Lots more after the jump! [more inside]
With the release of Super Mario Galaxy
on Wii, now is a perfect time to look back at the History of the Super Mario Brothers.
It was linked
a couple years ago, but since then the site has undergone a major overhaul and added a bunch of cool stuff. [Flash Warning]
In addition to the now classic voxel 2.5D conversion of Metroid
(playable and interesting), there is now a robust Metroid world-editor
, a Marble Madness-like prototype
using the voxel engine, a StarFox level editor
and model viewer
(Spoiler: gfx not as good as you remember), and numerous others worth checking out: Hyrule Planetoids
(comme Le Petit Prince) and a OpenGL Zelda room viewer
, a Mario 64 Explorer
, and numerous Super Mario Bros demos
. It's all quite useless/amazing.
Should you make video games from Bible stories?
Or can you have fun with with video games made from bible stories?
To go along with your portable snes, playstation, and Atari 2600
of course. Want to do it yourself? buy the book
. Lots more stuff on Ben Heckendorn
's home page (how quaint!). (found all this googling for pictures of NES cartages)
Now you can enjoy a classic NES game as "volumetric isometric 3d graphics using a Voxel Sculpting tool," which means is in some weird 3d now, and more confusing.
In other Metroid news, a brand new speed run of Super Metroid was released a while back, 58 minutes with 100 percent completion
. And unlike those "time attack" videos
that have come with some controversy
, this speed run
was played on a SNES console and recorded the old fashion way. For more speed runs and time attacks, please see here
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