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Super old game Mach Rider on 3DS VC tomorrow ⊟

Mach Rider was one of the launch games for the NES in 1985, and probably one of the lesser-known ones. And now it’s coming out on 3DS Virtual Console tomorrow in North America!

I can’t remember if I’ve played Mach Rider, actually, which means that either it’s the rare early NES game I missed, or it’s totally forgettable. Either way, it’s neat to see such a vintage NES game show up on 3DS.

Mach Rider is pretty weird among Nintendo games: post-apocalyptic motorcycle gun combat isn’t really, like, Nintendo’s usual mood. Even weirder, it’s based on a toy from 1972 that wasn’t a motorcycle.

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Spelunker cartridge cosplay ⊟

Okay, so it’s just a t-shirt with the Famicom cartridge design on it. This is just one of the designs on Japanese site Dune, and I want all of them. But mostly this one.

At this point I think I should remind you that Spelunker HD is amazing, much better than the original. It’s, perhaps, the hidden gem on the PlayStation 3’s PSN. Via miki800, of course.

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Dragon Quest floor mats ⊟

Add mystery, intrigue, danger and implied dungeons to your home with these Dragon Quest floor mats, on J-List for $23 each. The 50cm square mats come in staircase, journey door or poison swamp styles.

I wonder if you could use a poison swamp tile to keep your cat away from an area… it’s a good look anyway!

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Shinjuku Dungeon makes a train station into an RPG ⊟

Well this looks great. Shinjuku Dungeon by Daisuke Uehara builds a retro-style RPG from the real-life floor plan of Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station. What a clever idea! 

If I recall correctly, Shinjuku Station is pretty much a nightmare of identical-looking space, so it’s good for a tile-based RPG. I can’t vouch for the quality of this iOS/Android game, but luckily I don’t have to, because it’s free. Via @mulboyne.

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NES Rygar modded into God of War game ⊟

With a new title screen, a new character sprite, and some edited text, Rygar, a story about a dead soldier from “Argos” with a chain weapon dealie, becomes God of War. You can download the patch here thanks to pacnsacdave.

I didn’t realize it until after seeing this mod, but God of War in general bears a resemblance to the PS2 Rygar game, huh? I don’t think that Rygar game was good enough to be much of an inspiration, but they cover kinda similar ground.

And now help me out: Eric said he wasn’t much into NES Rygar, but I regard it as a beloved classic. Am I addled by nostalgia?

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All right, you got me, Famicom earbuds ⊟
They have a built in mic… shaped like the Famicom’s player 2 controller. What an awesome detail! They’re 1944 yen from Amazon Japan, and come from Datel, who has been killing it with the retro accessories. Via Miki800.
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All right, you got me, Famicom earbuds ⊟

They have a built in mic… shaped like the Famicom’s player 2 controller. What an awesome detail! They’re 1944 yen from Amazon Japan, and come from Datel, who has been killing it with the retro accessories. Via Miki800.

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The other new mode has you trying for high scores in three rapid-fire levels from different NES games, using a scoring system inspired by the 1990 Nintendo World Championships.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, I missed this detail about NES Remix 2. I’m not sure how this mode (which requires you to own both games) works, since two of the games from NWC 1990 (Tetris and Rad Racer) aren’t in Remix 2, but the scoring system there took your time to pick up 50 coins in Super Mario Bros., score in a Rad Racer course, and Tetris score into account.

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I guess it could just be the coin time plus score in a few other selected games. In any case, this is awesome and amazing and I am shocked that Nintendo acknowledged the NWC in a game in 2014.

Between this and Super Luigi Bros., NES Remix 2 is turning into a dream game! Credit to Fabian for this GIF from The Wizard!

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Famicom/Game Boy pouches for 3DS XL ⊟

Datel has followed up its Retro Face Pouch and Game & Watch style 3DS cover with these two 3DS XL cases. Not really feeling the Game Boy style case, but that minimalist-ish Famicom is great!

Both ship in April from Play-Asia, for $22 each.

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Mega Drive Megatron ⊟

He’s Megatron, and he’s a Mega Drive.

Mega Drive Megatron.

Thanks to @feitclub (and other awed toy/game fans) for pointing this out! We don’t have release details yet, so now we all have to go on with our lives knowing that this exists and we can’t have it. Do you feel that new Mega Drive Megatron-shaped void opening up in your heart?

[Update: Game Watch mentions that the figure will release in Japan this summer. Thanks for the link, Eduardo!]

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The Firemen 2 brings the vintage heat ⊟
The Firemen 2: Pete and Danny, part of MonkeyPaw’s Retro Rush of PSOne Imports releases, caught my attention by being called The Firemen 2: Pete and Danny. But as I’ve been playing it, I’m even more surprised to find out that The Firemen 2 is really fun!
Like, imagine a 16-bit Zelda game, but instead of like Octoroks and Darknuts and whatnot, all the enemies are “a fire.”
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The Zelda comparison isn’t 100% — The Firemen 2 is level-based rather than open — but that should give you an idea of how to play, at least. The overhead view is the same, the room-to-room scrolling is the same, etc. Pete and Danny move around enclosed locations (an amusement park, an aquarium!) putting out fires with a directed stream of water or a ground spray that puts out smaller embers nearby.
Some of the fires are large, stationary obstacles; other flames move in patterns, and yet others, strangely, seem to chase you like monsters. There are even boss encounters against, you guessed it, some fire. There’s also a surprising number of robot dinosaurs, which is a hazard of the firefighting profession you’d think would be more publicized.

Though putting out fires is your primary activity, it’s not actually the prerequisite for finishing a level. You’re graded on what percentage of the fire you extinguish. While wetting your way around, you’ll notice orange spots on the map that correspond to people in need of rescue. Sometimes it’s as simple as walking to a place, but often there’s some difficulty finding your way over there.
I really enjoy playing The Firemen! Really, my only problem is the dialogue. It’s all voiced. Normally, that would be a plus, but as an import release, it’s all voiced in Japanese… and unskippable… and without subtitles. So if, like me, you’re playing on mute on a Vita, you’re treated to a few minutes of your dudes standing around. It’s never a real problem to miss the dialogue since you always know what to do (SPRAY FIRE RESCUE PEOPLE). It’s just kind of a waste of time.
I don’t want to end on a down note, though. I’m so delighted to discover a silly, weird PSOne game I’d never even heard of. It’s on PSN now for like six bucks and you can play it on Vita, PS3, and PSP!
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The Firemen 2 brings the vintage heat ⊟

The Firemen 2: Pete and Danny, part of MonkeyPaw’s Retro Rush of PSOne Imports releases, caught my attention by being called The Firemen 2: Pete and Danny. But as I’ve been playing it, I’m even more surprised to find out that The Firemen 2 is really fun!

Like, imagine a 16-bit Zelda game, but instead of like Octoroks and Darknuts and whatnot, all the enemies are “a fire.”

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Holy crap, there’s a ZX Spectrum recreation on Kickstarter (kinda) ⊟
Explore nostalgia for the alien (or familiar, depending on your location) British computing tradition with Elite Systems’ replica ZX Spectrum keyboard, on Kickstarter now. 
The keyboard will initially work with iPads running a Spectrum app, with functionality for Mac, PC, and other tablets coming later. Elite promises “authentic rubber-key play-control over a comprehensive catalogue of 100% original, officially licenced, paid-for Bluetooth ZX Spectrum games (and more) via a secure App Store environment.” Wow, the whole UK indie dev scene was working on rubbery keys? I’m so sorry!
Update: @expdotzine pointed this out: accusations of shadiness are coming out of the devs whose games were licensed by the creator of the Kickstarter. Hmmmmmm.
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Holy crap, there’s a ZX Spectrum recreation on Kickstarter (kinda) ⊟

Explore nostalgia for the alien (or familiar, depending on your location) British computing tradition with Elite Systems’ replica ZX Spectrum keyboard, on Kickstarter now. 

The keyboard will initially work with iPads running a Spectrum app, with functionality for Mac, PC, and other tablets coming later. Elite promises “authentic rubber-key play-control over a comprehensive catalogue of 100% original, officially licenced, paid-for Bluetooth ZX Spectrum games (and more) via a secure App Store environment.” Wow, the whole UK indie dev scene was working on rubbery keys? I’m so sorry!

Update: @expdotzine pointed this out: accusations of shadiness are coming out of the devs whose games were licensed by the creator of the Kickstarter. Hmmmmmm.

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The 8Bit Harmonica ⊟

It’s a harmonica inside a Famicom cartridge! That plays chip sounds when you blow into it! It’s like a multilayered joke that also sounds amazing. Good work, ugoita! I want one for musical cassette fufu. Via miki800!

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