Now this is a really scary NES…

What do you think about this NES mod? The doll bust looks sort of creepy with her blank expression and all these cables (I think they’re linked to the top of her head). Sadly I don’t know who made this, but it rocks -although it’s nothing I haven’t seen before, seeing this concept adapted to an NES is weird enough to simply make me love this.


Priceless Duck Hunt glitch

As annoying as the hyper-sensitive NES pin connector may be, some glitches are really fun. I came across this priceless one on this page. Of course these glitches are real, and were also featured in the awesome AVGN glitches video -you should watch it if you haven’t already!

Displaying FUCK instead of DUCK… What the duck?

The more HIV you get, the more you are a good Fuck Hunter.

I’ll give you my best advice: if Duck Hunt offers you to go for a fuck, your cartridge probably needs a good cleaning.

Good ol’ NES is not dead…

So, I finally couldn’t resist and placed my order on Retrozone. Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril and Mystic Pillars shall be mine in no time! Bwahaha!

Brand new NES carts in 2010. It’s, like, heaven.

Both of these brand new, original NES games were developed by one-man team Sivak Games. This genius does everything, from graphics and music to assembler programming. Holy shit, I’d sure like to be able to do that! 8)

Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril happens to be the first platform game to be released on the NES in 15 years, and seems pretty much similar to Megaman in many ways. Not bad, huh? This ambitious game includes over 550 rooms, 30 enemy types, 8 bosses and lets you choose between 5 difficulty levels. No less.
Battle Kid was sold out shortly after its release a few months ago. Now that it’s available again on Retrozone, I wasn’t gonna let it go.

Mystic Pillars was made by the same guy, and it’s a Tetris-like. Oh geez, I LOVE Tetris! According to the preview, the game looks pretty nice and colorful and just like the original Tetris, it features custom difficulty settings and music themes. Looks awesome so far, can’t wait to play.

I had originally no intention of purchasing anything else than Battle Kid, but as I was checking their other games Mystic Pillars caught my attention. Because it was a Tetris-like! Not to mention it was made by Sivak too, and seemed real fun. Shipping remained the same whether I was buying it or not anyway. Sigh, shipping overseas is *so* expensive.

* hope my NES works hope my NES works hope my NES works *

Battle Kid gameplay preview (click here to watch it on NESguide):

Mystic Pillars preview:

The Battle of Olympus, a classic on the NES

This game is in my wantlist. The gameplay and graphics kinda remind me of Zelda 2, and it’s probably as frustrating because for what I remember it was really hard… it was a great game nonetheless. I can’t wait for the day when I can play it again.

EPIC GLITCH OWNED GANON (AKA: Beating A Link To The Past in 5 mn)

Yes, you can do it! You-can-beat-the-fucking-game-in-five-minutes. FIVE DAMN MINUTES. And I’m not kidding.

In fact, anyone can. You probably thought you knew every tip and secret about ALTTP already, maybe not this one… here’s the ultimate glitch:

Simple as that! You don’t even have to fight Ganon… Pretty amazing, huh?

In case you wonder what happens after, here it is. That’s even more scary than the speedrun thing.

Fuck you, Ganon.

AVGN needs a scapegoat

Time for a little fun. How about some Bugs Bunny’s Birthday Beating?
This is one of my fav AVGN videos and I can’t get tired of it.

You want just the beating? Here you are!

Also don’t forget to watch the epic sequel: Bugs Bunny’s revenge in Crazy Castle. The nerd’s having a hard time in that one…

8-bit memories…

If you ever owned a Game Boy in your life, is it possible that you never played Super Mario Land? Well if it is the case, you really missed something. This game is a classic. It was launched at the same time of Nintendo’s portable console, in the holy year of 1989.

To me it is a special game, because it is the first videogame I ever played in my life. This was in 1989 or 1990 -can’t remember for sure-, and at the time I was either 6 or 7. Why am I even writing this? Believe it or not, but I haven’t played the game again for twenty years -until I got it from second-hand very recently, a few weeks ago only.

Of course, it was quite a special feeling playing this game after such a long time. For instance, I had completely forgotten the sprites were so tiny, and the graphics so basic, probably because I didn’t give a damn at the time -and honestly, who did? In 1989, Super Mario Land and the Game Boy were just awesome for everyone! As for the game itself… first time playing it after 20 years I was like “OMG, the Koopas explode!” I had forgotten this, too. This is so different from the other Mario games… And all of a sudden I remembered how stunning it was playing this game for the first time in 1989. These great childhood memories were back!

Another thing I remember: I got pretty clear memories of its sequel, Super Mario Land 2 (also a great game), which I used to play later in my life -used to own the game until I lost it, something I’m not proud of… :S SML2 had pretty neat graphics for Game Boy standards. It was awesome as well and is still high on my wantlist, but I happen to love the first one just as much. Despite its simplicity, it is in fact equally fun, and I always have a great time playing it.

I mean, everything about the game is amazing: eargasmic sound effects and themes, a well-thought level design inducing a lot of fun, and perhaps the most important of all, the gameplay is just perfect. A perfect gameplay: this is not something you can say about that many games, right? Well, that’s mainly why the Mario games rock.

Also for what I can recall, at the time I pretty much sucked at it. To be honest, I can’t even remember if I was able to beat the first world. Maybe I did it once… still loved playing it. It’s kind of funny when I think of it today. Well, I was a child and it was my first videogame… so many great memories! Something else I must say, even today, I hate World 3! The enemies are so annoying and it’s actually not that easy to beat. Oh well. I’m telling you, Super Mario Land is pure win. And when I play it now, I got this strange feeling of being both the kid I was and the adult I am today… Maybe that’s what I love about retrogaming. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. That kind of thing that, in my case at least, really helps you through life, by making you feel that pure, simple, innocent joy again. Ironically though, it also makes you sad all these great moments are over… But when we choose to play these old games, don’t we all yearn to become that child again? IMHO, I believe there’s a part of that kid in all of us.

Shit. I still can’t believe that was 20 years ago.

It’s scary.