131 posts tagged nes
Analogue Interactive’s high-end aluminum Famicom/NES ⊟
Analogue Interactive, the company behind the gorgeous wooden Neo Geo systems, is doing something I’ve never seen before: a luxury NES/Famicom. The Analogue Nt is being put forward as an NES for “audiophiles” and “videophiles,” the “highest quality way to experience the NES and Famicom.”
And no, I don’t know what that means! I do know that it has four controller ports and a case built out of a solid piece of aluminum, along with hardware custom engineered by Analogue.
We’ll find out more when the company releases details at the end of the month. Being neither an engineer nor an audio/video-phile, I can’t speak to the meaning of a higher-end output of NES games, but I do think this thing looks cool and will be worth following up on.
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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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PPCC (GO! GO! DESTROY! RMX.)
Shoujo Chiptune Punk — that’s the music genre listed on Facebook for Slime Girls, a.k.a. Pedro Silva. I’ve had slimegirlsmusic on my mind and playing on my speakers a lot lately.
This particular tune is a Famitracker/NES joint that remixes "PPCC" by Japanese idol group BiS. It makes me feel like I’m painted in 256 vibrant colors, decked out in omocat threads and bouncing around in a probertson GIF.
It makes me feel larger than life, or at least larger than the size limit for animated image uploads — like there’s no way you could post me on Tumblr unless you cut two-thirds of the frames, filtered out every trace of cyan and magenta, and dithered the entire scene to all hell.
It’s almost two years old, but go back and listen to Slime Girls’ Vacation Wasteland EP.
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Comparing movie scenes & their NES counterparts ⊟
These are part of a series John “Brother Brain” McGregor and Low Interest are running in which they contrast in-game graphics from licensed NES games with the iconic movie scenes they were based on. In these cases, the games are Sunsoft’s Batman, Bethesda’s Home Alone, and Acclaim’s Predator. If the GIFs look a little janky for those viewing this on the site with our gallery’s auto-resizer, just click the shots to see the original versions.
Related and also neat link: stolen images from games.
Unreleased NES game War on Wheels ⊟
Danny Cowan of the excellent Dream and Friends (and the excellent post-JC Joystiq) writes about this crazy unreleased Jaleco NES game, War on Wheels.
War on Wheels is simplistic in execution, with gameplay consisting of skating to the left and attacking opponents while jumping over grooved floor sections. You’ll notice that there’s quite a bit of sprite flicker when there are more than two characters on the screen at once, and characters often tumble over each other on contact, resulting in a jumbled mess of appendages that wink in and out of existence as the NES’s hardware attempts to make sense of the carnage.
Starting in the second period of each match, War on Wheels throws in ramps, floor hazards and other traps, making it play like a more stilted version of Namco’s Metro-Cross. It’s here that the game really starts to drag; you’ll soon find yourself thinking, “Jesus, how many more rounds do I have to play before this thing ends?”
The ROM is even available for download, if you want to experience the almost-cashing-in on a now-forgotten (but since repopularized!) fad. Or if you just want to take a break from all that wimpy stuff.
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One more game for this, our year of Luigi ⊟
You already have plenty of options to make sure 20Luigi goes out with a bang, including the new Dr. Luigi release that hit Wii U’s eShop today, but here’s one more option. It’s an actual NES ROM hack based on the Luigi Bros. game included in Super Mario 3D World!
Hacker Clippit made sure you could play as either modern Luigi or classic Luigi — download the patch here (you’ll need the Mario Bros. ROM, preferably acquired legally somehow, to get this to work).
NES Remix is a really weird Virtual Console ad ⊟
Though I have yet to play it, I sure have been thinking about NES Remix. The Retro Game Challenge-like Wii U game came out of nowhere, and was fairly unusual for Nintendo – not because it recontextualizes old NES games, though there’s not nearly enough of that. No, it’s weird because it seems designed to promote the Virtual Console!
A screen in the game (image above snapped by Kotaku) actually points you out to the eShop, where you can buy the games featured in Remix. And in what cannot possibly be a coincidence, every game featured in NES Remix is part of the Wii U Virtual Console’s tiny selection of NES games.
I’m going to take this as a good sign for the future of the Virtual Console. Not only is Nintendo actually stepping up promotion of the service, it’s advertising it with a custom game (Does that mean it’s the development side of Nintendo doing the promotion?). Sure, it’s a $15 ad, but for an ad that is also its own neat game, that’s totally cool. If anything, it’s Nintendo at its Nintendo-est: responding to criticism in a way that nobody expected, and maybe nobody knew they wanted.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t call out the other great things Nintendo’s been doing with Virtual Console lately, like the themed sales and bundle discounts. It all points to a bright future for the past!
Voxel engine for NES games ⊟
Check out this dope situation. Procyon has added voxel support to the NES emulator FCEUX, instantly turning NES ROMs (which you’ve legally acquired, etc.) into 3D games. This looks amazing!
Official emulation (Virtual Console and the like) have a lot of catching up to do – catching up that will never, ever occur. But whatever, let’s stare at some cool graphics!
Out today on Wii U: NES Remix ⊟
It’s a whole mess of vignettes from great NES games (and Urban Champion) remixed with new challenges. There’s also off-TV/Gamepad support, as well as Super Mario 3D World-style Miiverse features with 100 8-bit stamps. You can grab the single-player game today from the Wii U eShop for $14.99.
Limited edition Zelda 3DS & Earthbound labels for… NES controllers? ⊟
This is weird but neat (a common theme for our site): that gold/black design Nintendo used for its limited edition Zelda 3DS and Wii U systems can now be purchased as a skin for an NES controller. There’s also a Mother/Earthbound design — red buttons/pad presumably not included!
GamerGrafx says the peel and stick decals are “precision cut to the exact dimensions of the original NES controller” and feature “a weatherproof glodd polyester material.” The labels are $9.99 each.
Swapnote as an NES app ⊟
Before you complain that this isn’t the NES palette or that it’s not a real homebrew release or whatever contrived annoyance you’ve created to power that hate-device you call your heart, watch this. Listen to this. Oh my god, it’s perfect. Big ups to composer James Roach and artist Merrigo for creating this amazing tribute.
Top five things I’ll miss about Swapnote, now that Nintendo’s all but killed it:
- That lovely music
- Special stationary
- Messages from way talented artists and rappers (s/o to Mister Raroo)
- Organizing matches with other members in our Kid Icarus: Uprising clan, Garfield & Friends
I think we’re going to make this month Nikki November.
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Gravity, the NES game ⊟
The Famicom version of this is pretty awesome, just for that part where you bark into the controller’s mic along with the dog in Greenland.
Credit to Mike Gambino for the GIF.