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Weirdest infinite Mario 1UP trick ever ⊟

Performed in level 5-2 of Super Mario Bros. 2 (Lost Levels). It involves passing through a couple of walls and disappearing into a pipe somehow? I’d love to try to replicate this.

Oh, do you want more weird 1UP videos in Super Mario Bros. 2? Because Games Haya has a playlist of nothing but that. Via Famicom no Neta.

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Naka had a reputation for being a difficult interview when he was still at Sega, but I had never seen him as aloof during my time with him—he had always been eager and willing to answer my questions.

He was a creative type. He loved programming, relishing the ability to create entire worlds and realities from scratch through the simple act of entering words and commands into a computer. I respected him greatly, and I think he could see that I understood his underlying passion.

I was escorted by a spokesperson to Yuji Naka’s office several floors up. When we walked in, he smiled.

'Ah, it’s you.'

Y’all have to read this piece in the Atlantic: “A Quest for the Secret Origins of Lost Video-Game Levels" by Heidi Kemps. It’s about meeting Yuji Naka (repeatedly), about software piracy, and about her own history of fandom, and it’s the best thing I’ve read in ages.

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I don’t want to say too much more about the contents of the story. Just do me a personal favor and go read it.

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SNES and Super Famicom GBAs ⊟

Rose Colored Gaming is putting these beautiful backlit handhelds together, for release early this month. Our TinyCast pals Christian and Fran speak very highly of their custom GBA!

I definitely wouldn’t mind having one of these to play the Super Mario Advance games on! Via Kotaku.

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Here’s Gackt playing Mega Man 2 ⊟

It’s like Game Center CX, if Shinya Arino was also a pop star and possible vampire. And sat in full view of his sports car rather than a tiny featureless office. Via Inside-Games.

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Classy Famicom-style iPhone cover ⊟

The iRetro-FC iPhone 5/5s cover is based on an April Fool’s Day joke from this year, which purported to be a kit for playing Famicom carts on your phone.

But despite the reduced functionality, the actual item looks really nice! It’s a tempered glass phone cover with a pixelated Apple logo, Famicom red and gold color scheme and some authentic-looking extras.

Not sure how to get one of these outside of Japan, but SpecDirect is taking pre-orders for 4,000 yen ($40). Via Miki800.

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Retro Waterproof Case for PS Vita ⊟

Hey, this makes your Vita look like a Game Boy! It also makes it… waterproof…

It’s $13.99 from Play-Asia, if you want to play some Spelunky in a nice bath and oh man I was joking but actually that sounds really great.

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Adorable Twinbee plush toys ⊟
Wow, first Valkyrie and now Twinbee – I love this trend of toy companies dredging up old arcade game characters for no apparent reason!
NCSX will ship these cute toys of Konami’s Twinbee and Winbee this October for $8.90 each. I’m not sure they’re tied to any game releases. I kind of doubt it, since Twinbee isn’t Metal Gear or soccer…
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Adorable Twinbee plush toys ⊟

Wow, first Valkyrie and now Twinbee – I love this trend of toy companies dredging up old arcade game characters for no apparent reason!

NCSX will ship these cute toys of Konami’s Twinbee and Winbee this October for $8.90 each. I’m not sure they’re tied to any game releases. I kind of doubt it, since Twinbee isn’t Metal Gear or soccer…

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Whoa, a new infinite 1-up trick for Super Mario Bros. ⊟

It’s E3 week, so expect lots of news from the bleeding edge of video game technology, like this amazing 1-up trick in Super Mario Bros., by S Haya (via Famicom no Neta). I can’t imagine the combination of virtuoso-level playing, tool-assisted replaying, and ingenuity that led someone to finally hit upon this method. Skip to 2:40 to see it in action!

Here’s how it works: start a two-player game in “hard mode,” die as Mario in 1-2, get to 5-2 as Luigi, die to a Hammer Bro while climbing a hidden vine, drop back into 1-2 as Mario, climb the bugged vine, and smack Buzzy Beetles a million times for easy 1-ups. Famicom no Neta’s Google-translated post calls this technique “violent buttocks.”

The best part is that if you have the skill to pull this thing off, you definitely don’t need any extra lives.

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  • Source famicoroti.blog81.fc2.com
Famicom, Super Famicom, and PC Engine in a single console ⊟
Retron 5 is pretty cool and all, but it lacks a screen of its own. And it can’t play PC Engine games. And it’s not a weird tower thing, like this contraption spotted on Yahoo! Auctions by Famicom no Neta.
I adore this thing, but probably not enough for a starting bid of 25,000 yen ($246).
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Famicom, Super Famicom, and PC Engine in a single console ⊟

Retron 5 is pretty cool and all, but it lacks a screen of its own. And it can’t play PC Engine games. And it’s not a weird tower thing, like this contraption spotted on Yahoo! Auctions by Famicom no Neta.

I adore this thing, but probably not enough for a starting bid of 25,000 yen ($246).

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  • Source famicoroti.blog81.fc2.com
Taito mugs: drink your joe with Doh ⊟
I’ll take one of each, please. Or maybe just a bunch of Arkanoid mugs. At $8.90 each, I might actually be able to afford one of these! They ship in September, which also happens to be when my birthday is.
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Taito mugs: drink your joe with Doh ⊟

I’ll take one of each, please. Or maybe just a bunch of Arkanoid mugs. At $8.90 each, I might actually be able to afford one of these! They ship in September, which also happens to be when my birthday is.

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  • Source ncsx.blogspot.com

Review: Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge

[Guest writer Mohammed Taher, president of Brave Wave Productions, super Mega Man fan, and Club Tiny contributor, offered us this review of the first Game Boy Mega Man game, now available on 3DS Virtual Console. Naturally, his review gives special attention to the music!]

Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge came out in 1991 and is the first entry in the portable series, out roughly four years after the original Mega Man on the NES. I favor the Japanese title Rockman World, as it draws a clear line between the console and handheld entries, so I’ll be using it throughout this compact review.

For the uninitiated, the gimmick in Rockman World games is to mix up two classic games’ bosses, a theme that reoccurs up until Rockman World 5, which introduces totally new bosses and stage themes (but that’s a story for another time). So, Rockman World 1 brings four bosses from Mega Man 1 (Cut Man, Elec Man, Fire Man, Ice Man) and four others from Mega Man 2 (Quick, Flash, Bubble, Heat). It’s an interesting formula, which Capcom revisited with the Mega Drive game in a different form.

I count myself as a die-hard Classic Mega Man fan, but always focused on the NES entries and somehow forgot that the series has a number of good games on Game Boy. I played Rockman World 1 for the first time when it came out on 3DS eShop a few years ago, and it almost put me off from playing the rest of the portable games.

It’s really not good.

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More PS1 Imports coming to PSN in North America ⊟

GungHo Online America picked a really strange assortment of games to publish on PSN May 20! Shop RPG Sarara’s Little Shop, Dragon Beat Legend of Pinball, god-game Neo Planet, and early idol sim Heroine Dream 1-2 will all be released for $6 each.

There’s another game I wanted to point out, Tokyo 23-Ku Seifuku Wars. Here’s Gungho’s description in its entirety:

In a post-apocalyptic vision of Tokyo, a ban on uniforms has been implemented. With school uniforms banned, naturally a large-scale civil war ensues. Our hero’s goal is to find her friend’s older brother who went missing during the war. Along the way, she is sucked into the conflict and forced to fight to uncover the truth!

This title has players preparing the ultimate squad of student soldiers to send into large scale combat against their rivals. The battles play out like a crazy game of Rock-paper-scissors based on the elemental attributes of their school uniforms. With heavy emphasis on event scenes and simulation elements, players will need to be able to read Japanese well to fully enjoy this game.

I can’t imagine any of these are going to be super friendly to non-Japanese readers, except for the pinball one. But what a cool assortment!

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