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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 […]

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Zenny free Rockboard translation patch

By Spencer . January 3, 2008 . 11:29am

Back on the Famicom, Capcom developed a Mega Man party game. However, Wily & Light's Rockboard: That's Paradise!! isn’t a mini-game collection like Mario Party. Rockboard shares more in common with Monopoly or Enix’s Itadaki Street series. You roll dice, move on a board, purchase properties and make bets to collect the most Zenny. While […]

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Sudoku remade for the NES

By Spencer . July 24, 2007 . 4:30pm

Many years after it has become a treasured memory people are still developing games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Occasionally, homebrew games come out in gray cartridge shells, but Sudoku for the NES also has a rare gold cartridge edition. Only five of these were made and one of them will be auctioned off at […]

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Move over Mrs. Pac-Man, make room for Mr. Pac-Man

By Spencer . June 27, 2007 . 12:16pm

The title alone makes this rom hack worth mentioning, but there is more to Mr. Pac-Man besides a clever name. The repurposed release of Mrs. Pac-Man has new maps to check out and a new ghost. Granted it’s not nearly as lavish as Pac-Man: Championship Edition, but the NES never had widescreen support or HD […]

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Flying into retail stores tomorrow, The Adventures of Super Mario Brothers 3

By Spencer . June 25, 2007 . 12:31pm

After a successful run of the Super Mario Brothers Super Show, DiC dropped the live action segments for the Adventures of Super Mario Brothers. The cartoon only series is set in the Super Mario Brothers 3 timeline (complete with raccoon tail power-ups!), but there are some differences. The most notable change is the names of […]

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Watch: Mega Man 3, 4, 5 and 6 beaten simultaneously

By Spencer . June 7, 2007 . 6:05am

Hands down this is the most impressive tool assisted speed run I have ever seen. Four NES Mega Man games completed at nearly the same time with a single joystick in under forty minutes. The challenge is long to watch, but it wasn’t to show off the skill needed to complete all four games in […]

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The most popular Virtual Console games are…

By Spencer . June 1, 2007 . 5:27am

Nintendo is about to make another milestone when they release Zelda II: The Adventure of Link on June 4th, 100 classic games titles on the virtual console store. The amount of virtual console games vary greatly by region, Japan is already up to 130+ and some of those games we will probably never see localized […]

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Mario meets Lode Runner

By Spencer . May 31, 2007 . 2:28pm

  Ahh… Lode Runner we meet again and you’ve come a long way from being a stick figure. When Hudson picked up the rights to make a Famicom game they replaced the enemies with robots that look like Bomberman and a hero who bears a resemblance to Mario.   Maybe that was the inspiration for […]

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