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What if the Mega Man 3 theme had lyrics?

By Spencer . August 14, 2008 . 1:03pm

While we’re looking at the sillier side of video games hidden in the corners of the internet, Insert Credit got tipped off to an amusing YouTube video where a user created lyrics to the Mega Man 3 theme. This “vocal” version is pretty catchy and good for a few laughs.   [youtube][/youtube]    Brandon also […]

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Bionic Commando sound designer inspired by NES-era tunes

By Jerisaka . July 20, 2008 . 10:52am

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, the game developer Grin has finished work on Bionic Commando Rearmed and is in the final stages of testing the original next-gen title for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC titled Bionic Commando.     While it should come as no surprise that the creative director and sound composer of […]

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Subtitled Retro Game Master DVDs seek distributor

By Spencer . June 23, 2008 . 11:50am

The NYAFF premiere of Game Center CX, soon to be known as Retro Game Center, isn’t a one shot deal. I got in touch with a Retro Game Master representative that clarified the screenings are the start of the KACHO in North America.   “They have produced the English subb'd DVDS and are now looking […]

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The Muppet Babies test arcade classics

By Spencer . June 20, 2008 . 11:54am

Jim Henson’s 1980’s cartoon series did more than splice Star Wars clips with toddler Kermit the Frog imagining himself as Luke Skywalker. In one episode the Muppet Babies got a brand new Nintendo Pretendo, which gave the writers a chance to parody video games. Kermit enters Frogger, Fozzie is thrown into Tetris, and Miss Piggy […]

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Hey you Pikachu? A look at Super Pikachu Brothers

By Spencer . May 27, 2008 . 12:33am

While the Pokemon franchise is immensely popular Nintendo has yet throw any of their cuddly creatures into a proper platformer. However, some pirate company did and created Pka Chu. I got a chance to play the pirate ROM, which is essentially a sprite swap of Super Mario Brothers.     I guess this yellow thing […]

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Retro video games and art collide (again) at I am 8 bit

By Spencer . May 6, 2008 . 2:25pm

Every year Los Angeles is home to I am 8 bit, an art gallery specifically catering to the taste of gamers. The gallery showcases retro art like Mr. & Mrs. Pac Man grenades and the pictures above. This photo was taken from the first show. This year marks the fourth I am 8 bit exhibit, […]

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How to master Billy’s moves in Double Dragon

By Spencer . May 2, 2008 . 1:32pm

Double Dragon, also known as this week’s lonely Virtual Console game for North America, is quite different from the arcade version. At the beginning of the NES adaptation Billy can only punch and kick. Want to do the signature spinning kick? You have to level up first.   However, there is a trick to amass […]

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How to beat Dragon Warrior

By Spencer . April 26, 2008 . 9:48am

Should I call the game by its proper name, Dragon Quest? Or should I go with the original title Dragon Warrior, which was used since the Dragon Quest trademark was owned by TSR at the time? In any case we’ve been talking a lot about Dragon Quest with trademark reveals, ESRB ratings and so forth […]

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Harry Potter and the unlicensed Famicom shmup

By Spencer . April 22, 2008 . 6:53pm

Electronic Arts announced Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for every console under the sun today. News, but predictable news. A few weeks ago I played a Famicom shmup with Harry Potter soaring over Arabian skies on his broom. I’m covering the latter.     Surprisingly, the game isn’t awful like most pirate carts. Harry […]

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Contra III NES vs. Contra III SNES

By Spencer . April 2, 2008 . 12:14pm

If you are thinking, “Contra III never came out for the NES!” you’re technically correct. Konami had no hand in the pirate ROM. However, the work put into the downscaled Super Nintendo classic is pretty impressive. Not graphically, but content wise. The first level of Contra III replicated fairly well as seen in a series […]

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Titanic RPG sinks into obscurity

By Spencer . March 21, 2008 . 10:29pm

The Final Fantasy VII Famicom bootleg got a notable amount of attention and rightfully so since it Cloud is in it. Even though Titanic raked in over a billion at the box office only Insert Credit is linking to a post about a bootleg game based on the sappy love story. I have to thank […]

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Pirate Treasure, library of Famicom downgrades

By Spencer . February 26, 2008 . 8:35am

The unearthed pirate Final Fantasy VII ROM led to a library of 8-bit pirate adaptations found by Insert Credit. While the list is massive it is worth browsing through just to find items like Top Fighter, a 2D fighting game that brings together Ryu, Kyo, Cyclops, Goku and other SNK characters for the ultimate (non-mugen) […]

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Korea’s NES, N64 and Super Comboy

By Spencer . February 9, 2008 . 3:57pm

Browsing through my photos from Korea I discovered a picture of Korea’s Nintendo Entertainment System. This might surprise some readers, but when Nintendo launched the NES in greater Asia (read: outside of Japan and not mainland China) they released the toaster box NES commonly found in North America. However, by this time plenty of people […]

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Behind the curtain, Making of “The Wizard”

By Spencer . January 14, 2008 . 6:08pm

Remember the theatrical advertisement for Super Mario Brothers 3, the Wizard? Geoffrey sent a link with an interview with the director, Todd Holland (thanks!). Holland’s responses are an interesting peek into the dull plot, which could have been much worse. The paper thin traveling through California plotline was Holland’s recommendation. Holland also explains the success […]

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Found at CES: the Genesis / NES hybrid

By Spencer . January 9, 2008 . 9:44am

I can’t see much personal use for the line of RetroDuo consoles since all my old consoles work, but there is some novelty in having the “Gen-X” a third party hybrid that plays Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis games. Remember when the two companies were mortal enemies?   There are two other models of […]