As part of a series of posts celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Legend of Zelda on the Famicom in Japan, Nintendo have offered a glimpse at a storage facility where they keep never-sold, mint-in-box consoles from days gone by. They shared snaps of Famicom units (including an unboxing), the Famicom Disk System, and even a Famicom Disk Writer – a kiosk unit that was found in video game stores in Japan where punters could bring in their own floppy disks to have games written to them. They even fired up Zelda on an old CRT.
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Update: Nintendo’s lawyers have had it taken down. That only took five days. Oh well.
A long time ago, if people wanted to get news, reviews, editorials and coverage about the stuff they liked, they’d have to buy “magazines” that were printed and bound on a thin material made from dead trees called “paper.” Usually there’d be 12 or 13 issues of these magazines released a year. I know! It seems so primitive compared to our Scent-U-News™ Media Spray, which you deposit up the right nostril for a fast, hard and immediate hit of up-to-the-minute wossnamery about your favorite bleep-bloop machine. Also there’s the internet, but let’s be serious. That’ll never catch on.
Nintendo Power was one such magazine, and one that is fondly remembered by longtime Nintendo fans. Now, thanks to Archive.org, you can revisit the first decade-and-a-bit of the mighty publication completely free, from the first issue with that claymation Mario on the cover to promote Super Mario Bros. 2, right the way up to issue #145 which, coincidentally enough, covers the Game Boy Advance port of that very same game. What a delightful sort of poetic symmetry, possibly.
(via Engadget, update via Polygon)
Etsy seller RetroNerdStudio‘s shop is a treasure trove of delightful prints that feature characters from classic games (and a few movies) rendered in a Mayan-inspired style. This includes characters from Smash Bros, Zelda, Halo and yes…Pokemon. Check out more examples below. [click to continue…]
A travel-sized NES with 30 classic games built in? Yes please. Good God—I hope Nintendo follows this up with a SNES version.
It will be available in stores starting on November 11th for $60 and will include an HDMI cable, AC Adapter (In North America) and a retro-style controller. Check out the full list of games below. [click to continue…]
‘Til Nintendo DS do us part. Click to enlarge.
The Power Glove – it’s one of those things that people in their 30s and 40s love to pretend was awesome when actually it’s… y’know, it’s a bit crap, isn’t it? Aesthetically it’s a fascinating bit of kit to look at, but in terms of actually, properly using to to play games it was bloody useless. Still, kudos to Nintendo for attempting to innovate.
Kudos also to engineersman Nolan Moore, who stripped out the core components of a Power Glove, fitted it with flex sensors, control boards and a wifi transmitter to create a glove that can be used to control a Parrot AR Drone with a literal flick of the wrist. Moore detailed his build process over on his blog. He also showed off his handiwork (arf) at the Bay Area Maker Faire in May, and you can check out a video of the Glove in action below. [click to continue…]
Monopoly: Super Mario Bros Collector’s Edition takes everything you love from the original game and converts it into a form that’s more suitable for fighting with your family and friends!
The Super Mario Bros. Collector’s Edition of Monopoly allows players to buy, sell, and trade locations from the eight worlds featured in the classic 8-bit version of the 1985 video game! Custom 8-bit styled game pieces complete this 8-bit classic styled Monopoly game with an original Super Mario Bros. twist. Comes with 6 Collectible 8-bit styled Tokens including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, Super Mushroom, and 1-up Mushroom; Custom Designed 8-bit styled Game Board; Custom Goal Poles and Castles that replace traditional Houses and Hotels; Community Chest and Chance Cards that have been renamed ? Block and Warp Pipe; Custom themed Monopoly money; and Instructions.
Monopoly: Super Mario Bros Collector’s Edition ($50.41) [click to continue…]
If you liked the N64 coffee table, this project will be right up your alley.
Designed and built by Redditor Edgemeredrive, this GameCube logo shelf measures 35″ x 35″ (roughly 3ft each side) and holds about 180 games. The center cube even comes out, revealing a space to set up your favorite Nintendo console. Or, y’know, some other system.
Check out some more photos of the spectacular build below.
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Twenty-nine years after the game’s original release, Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! still has secrets left to discover.
See Also: Hidden ‘Mortal Kombat’ Arcade Menus Discovered After Over 20 Years
Indeed, Redditor midwesternhousewives has discovered a visual cue that enables you deliver a one-hit knockout to Piston Honda in the second fight—something that many gamers knew was possible but, until now, seemed random.
Check out the explanation in the video below.
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I have fond memories of my Cleantendo. Though, the technology seems so primitive now. Not like the high-res showers of today. For one thing, the water felt like little blocks pelting my face. And let’s not even talk about 8-bit junk.
Check out another pic of the Retro Gaming Shower Curtain below.
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