Tag Archives: Retro

Super Smash Bros Goes 8-Bit

I’m willing to bet that many, if not most Super Smash Bros fans have wondered what the series would have looked like on Nintendo’s older consoles like SNES, NES and Game Boy.  Super Smash Land FINALLY gives us answers, transposing Nintendo’s number one fighting series to Game Boy-like graphics, etc.

Creator Dan Forace is very passionate about his de-make, though.  The full game has not been released yet, but you get your retro Smash jollies by downloading the demo for windows here.  (Or, if you’re a Mac gamer like me, you can just watch the trailer and drool…)

Via Joystiq

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Happy Birthday Legend of Zelda!

The original Legend of Zelda on NES went on sale in Japan 25 year ago today.  Link and the Zelda series continue to be among the worlds most recognized gaming icons.  There has been a Legend of Zelda game on every Nintendo console (and one random other one) since the original NES.  Many of those games became generation-defining experiences across each Nintendo console, including Ocarina of Time for the N64, which is often regarded as the single best game ever made. (I’m more of a Link to the Past guy, myself)

So Happy Birthday to Link, Zelda, Gannon and all of their adventures.  Let’s hope Skyward Sword is your best game yet!

 

Burn the Candle at Both Ends with the Great Gatsby De-Make

The Great Gatsby, widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, is not exactly a common choice for video game adaptation.  Developer Charlie Hoey thought differently.

Enter: Thegreatgatsby.com

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New Intel on the Goldeneye Remake

You want a Goldeneye Re-Make?  YOU CAN’T HANDLE A GOLDENEYE REMAKE!

Well, maybe you can.  These prospective box art images, part of an upcoming customer survey from Activision, got leaked to GoNintendo.  Mumblings about the re-make have intensified since Activision registered a Goldeneye website, Goldeneyegame.com.  Shortly after, word came out that Activision had planned to release the original N64 game as a downloadable, but that it (and presumably any Other Goldeneye projects) were being held up by legal issues revolving around the various licensing agreements required to publish a re-make of a game based on a film franchise…

According to Eurogamer, the new Goldeneye, now a Nintendo exclusive, is out of development limbo and on track to be in stores this holiday season.  If that’s even close to true, there will be a HUGE unveiling at E3.  So make yourself a martini and keep your eyes peeled, because it seems like good news is on the way.

BOOMBOX DREAMCAST!

Did you like seeing how to make a portable N64?  Well, if you thought that was cool, then you will be blown away by this.  Chinese Modder XCKDIY also felt the need to bring his old-school gaming on the go, but he wanted something a little more stylish…

So he built his into a boombox!

Though XCKDIY hasn’t handed out his instructions on how to re-create his masterpiece, it looks like he pretty much hollowed the stereo.  All we can see is that he’s put in a small screen where the tape deck should be, with controller ports below it.

Don’t believe the Dreamcast Boombox is real?  XCKDIY thought you might be skeptical, so he made a video of the machine in action.

(Via TinyCartridge)

Google Helps to Celebrate Pac-Man’s B-Day

It’s Pac-Man’s birthday!  The hungriest circle in the video game world turns 30 tomorrow, and Google is helping everyone to celebrate.  First, if you to the Google homepage either today or tomorrow, you’ll see that big G has Pac-Manified their logo. (As seen above)  That’s not all though, if you go to the site’s “classic homepage,” the logo comes alive, turning into an actual Pac-Man game.

All in all, this is a pretty good b-day for Pac…  Google’s present was pretty great, but it still might not be his favorite

Sonic 4 Gets Delayed, Will be Released on iPhone

Sega broke the bad news to Sonic fans today that the nostalgia-inducing downloadable “Sonic 4: Volume 1” has been pushed from its fast-approaching “summer” release to some time in “Late 2010”.  Sega said that the development team needs more time to “tune, balance, and maintain the kind of polish” and an “unrivaled classic Sonic feel.”  So far it looks like Sega has taken a lot of time to make sure fans of the series feel a rush of nostalgia when they play this new game – if they need a little extra time, it looks like it could be worth the wait.

Trying to sprinkle a little good news in with the bad, Sega also announced that, in addition to being available via PSN, Xbox Live and Wiiware, the company is developing a version of the game for the iPhone/iPod Touch.  While it is nice that Sega is adding a portable option for the game, it might be challenging for Sega to maintain that “classic feel” on a platform that has no buttons…

UPDATE:  Sega also released a trailer.  Gameplay in Splash Hill Zone.

Super Mario Bros Crossover – BEST. CROSSOVER. EVER.

What could be better than playing Super Mario Bros on NES?  Playing through Super Mario Bros as Mega Man!  Exploding Rabbit has made the best flash game ever.  In “Super Mario Bros. Crossover”, retro game fans can play through the original Super Mario Bros using iconic NES characters; the roster includes Link, Samus, Mega Man, Simon Belmont OR Bill from Contra. (Also Mario, but who wants to do that?)

At first glance, the idea might not seem that inventive.  Right now, you’re probably saying; “Changing appearances?  That’s not so great.”  Well, in Super Mario Bros Crossover, each character has their own abilities – Mega Man can shoot and Slide, Simon Belmont can use a whip and throw axes, and so on.  In other words, playing through as each character is a unique experience.

It’s awesome.  Go play it.

http://www.exploding-rabbit.com/games/super-mario-bros-crossover/

Rumors Surface About New Goldeneye Game

Cannonized Nintendo 64 shooter “Goldeneye” may very well be getting a new lease on life.  According to Thatvideogameblog.com, Activision registered the URL “Goldeneyegame.com” this week.  Though the site currently sits empty, rumors are already flying about a potential sequel or re-make of the classic FPS.  Though Activision has said that they don’t plan to re-release the original, but they did not completely rule out the possibility.  Activision also said that they plan to release a James Bond franchise game during the second half of 2010.

Developer Bizzare Creations is currently working on an original 007 project, “James Bond: Bloodstone”.  Rumors have suggested that “Bloodstone” may be a 007 racing game.  Though it’s possible that “Bloodstone” is the “Goldeneye Game” the URL refers to, the title has nothing to do with “Goldeneye” and, though Activision has made mistakes in the past, the idea of tarnishing the “Goldeneye” legacy by making a racing game.