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Chrono Trigger

What is the most life-changing game you've ever played?


Mine involves a time machine
Jul 30
// Chris Carter
Although many people like to have a conversation about what the "best" game of all time is, the conversation about the most "important" game you've ever played in your life doesn't happen with the same frequency. Some games j...
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Mega Man 7

Mega Man 7 will drop on the Japanese Virtual Console next week


Go play that secret fighting game
Jul 30
// Chris Carter
As Capcom previously revealed, the polarizing Mega Man 7 will arrive on the Virtual Console at some point in the near future. Japan is getting it sooner than later though, as the game is scheduled to drop on August 6. 7&...
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Boss Battles for the Soul

SNES-style battle music album Boss Battles for the Soul is out now


Better than chicken soup
Jul 02
// Darren Nakamura
Last year, electronic music creator Mark Reichwein ran a little Kickstarter campaign for his pet project: to produce an album of boss battle music in the style of various 16-bit era games. The catch is that these track would ...
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Speedrun through Super Mario World without finishing the first level


Faster than a speeding bullet
Jun 04
// Abel Girmay
After watching a great deal of the week long Awesome Games Done Quickly charity livestream, I've gained a new appreciation for the ingenuity and thought process of speed runners. Still, it's crazy how many new tricks are bei...
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F-Zero helped inspire the creation of Mario Kart


Long live Koopa Troopa Beach
May 30
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Nintendo producer Hideki Konno recalled the origins of Mario Kart in an interview with IGN, and it seems F-Zero helped inspire the beloved kart racer. F-Zero became a successful single-player racer, and the Nintendo team back...
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RetroN

The RetroN 5 is my childhood of gaming in one box


Coming real soon
May 24
// Jordan Devore
Hyperkin's RetroN 5 console will be released in the Americas for $140 beginning June 6, 2014. It seems to be sold out for the time being, so I hope you got your pre-order in. This thing is a beast, supporting NES, Famicom, SN...
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Today is the anniversary of the best Super Nintendo game of all time


Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
May 13
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
18 years ago today, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was released in North America (though if you want to get really technically the game was first released in Japan on March 9, 1996). Normally I don't really keep ...
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The World is Square


Stay awhile and listen
May 11
// GRIMECRAFT
Boston-based VGM folk band The World is Square just released their sophomore album Stay Awhile and Listen, a followup to their 2012 album No Phoenix Down Can Save You Now. Featuring songs from Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigg...
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NES Remix

Click your heels together and wish for SNES or GBA Remixes


Of COURSE we want additional games
Apr 23
// Brittany Vincent
When Nintendo feels like we get too close, it puts us right down. It's not the lover man that we want it to be, at least when it comes to fulfilling what can sometimes seem like lofty requests. For instance, remixes featuring...
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Super FX

Super FX chip and Mode 7 helped extend the SNES's lifespan


How Nintendo was able to skip the 32-bit era
Apr 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Super Nintendo is still my favorite console of all time, due in no small part to the huge amount of SNES titles made for it. It was the ones developed towards the end of the system's lifespan that left such an impact on ...
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Have 9 hours to kill? Every SNES title screen in alphabetical order


That's some insane dedication
Mar 31
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Remember that every NES title screen in alphabetical order video that was just under three hours long? Well the creator of that video did a sequel focusing on every Super Nintendo game, and this one is over nine hours long. NINE! HOURS! LONG! That's some insane dedication.
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Metroid

Let's celebrate 20 years of Super Metroid with fan art


Someone's got to
Mar 19
// Jordan Devore
If you're counting the game's original Japanese release, it's Super Metroid's 20th birthday today! As much as I'd be content to mope around given that Nintendo isn't doing much to please series fans right now, we should inste...
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Mario Kart

Mario Kart SNES coming to the UK VC, with a special deal


Get 5.49 off Mario Kart 8
Mar 06
// Chris Carter
The UK is getting Super Mario Kart by way of the Wii U Virtual Console on March 27th, and there's a deal in tow. If you buy the game before June 30th, you'll get a £5.49 discount on the upcoming Mario Kart 8, which is s...
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Aladdin

Aladdin designers weigh in on which version was best


Shinji Mikami and David Perry speak up
Feb 21
// Jordan Devore
Which is the better version, Aladdin on Sega Genesis or Super Nintendo? It's a question that will never be resolved given the varying strengths and weaknesses of these distinct games and our personal preferences. One looks be...

Virtual Console Verdict: Super Mario RPG

Feb 11 // Chris Carter
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Wii)Developer: SquaresoftPublisher: NintendoReleased: September 1, 2008 (Wii)MSRP: $7.99 Mario RPG starts off innocently enough. Mario wakes up from his slumber in his comfy "pad" to do battle with Bowser once again and save Princess Peach. But this time he'll have the power of the JRPG battle system, which compliments his already wondrous jumping abilities. Mario now has a few more tricks up his sleeve, most notably the power to defend himself, attack normally, use items, and unload special abilities. While developer Squaresoft (now Square Enix) could have easily left it at that, they made the combat system interactive -- an innovation that Mario RPG carries throughout the entire adventure. Simpy put, you can add an "accent" to everything to do by pressing the appropriate button at the correct moment. If you want to add extra damage to a regular hit, you just press "attack" again right as you're hitting your foe. It not only makes the attack more effective, but it also shows a satisfying animation for your trouble. If you want to defend against a little extra damage, you press the defend button right as someone is hitting you. The same goes for special abilities, which can add new effects like additional jumps if used at the right time. These little nuances can mean the difference between victory and defeat, and it never gets old. Mario RPG makes you an active participant in its battle system, which is a great mechanic for recruiting gamers who dislike typical JRPG conventions. Then the real fun begins. Quickly after defeating Bowser for the hundredth time, you'll soon realize that he is not your enemy. Smithy, a brand new character crafted for Legend of the Seven Stars takes over Bowser's castle, sends the entire cast into disarray, and Mario is sent back to his pad to begin the adventure anew. It's here that another unique facet of the game opens up, as you'll soon realize that you can fully explore Mario RPG's environments like real Mario game. You'll have free reign to run, jump, collect question mark blocks filled with items and equipment, and avoid enemies as you see fit. The crux of Mario RPG's success is that it actually compels you to explore, rather than making you feel like you have to. By operating like a typical Mario game, each map feels like a "level" and a direct challenge, rather than a series of dry maps that simply lead you from point A to point B. The cast is one of the best parts, drawing from some of the best parts of Mario lore with a completely new set of characters. You'll find a giant Bow and Arrow boss that shoots living ammo, an anthropomorphic bomb that is hell-bent on destruction, a Super Sentai unit, a noble shark pirate captain, and a giant demon dog that wants to eat your party alive. That's just the tip of the iceberg, as Bowser becomes a "good guy" and a member of your party, and Peach is completely playable (and one of the best characters in the game). Mario RPG's narrative will take you underground, in the sky, under the sea, and pretty much everywhere in-between. It will always keep you guessing, and even drop a few revelations every now and then to keep things interesting. It's nothing that earth-shattering consider the fact that it's still a Mario game, but you'll definitely get a different take on a lot of established lore. All of that alone wouldn't be enough to tip me over the edge and name it "one of the best RPGs ever made," but all of the extras and hidden secrets did. Every single area has tons of tiny nuances to sift through, from Peach's mysterious bedroom secret to a fully functional Casino, to ultimate items for each character. As soon as you start to get bored of the game's combat and exploration, Seven Stars will throw out some of the most oddball minigames you'll ever find in an RPG, like minecart rides, memory games, Yoshi races, and even hide and seek. Super Mario RPG is not only a solid JRPG, but it's a variety show that will keep you entertained every step of the way. Although it may not be the most challenging card in the deck, I'd recommend it to pretty much everyone out there -- whether you're a fan of the genre or not. It's that good.
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One of the best RPGs ever made
[Virtual Console Verdict is a short column that highlights some of the gems released on 3DS and Wii U eShop marketplaces. For a full list of Virtual Console releases, check out the weekly Nintendo Download series. I...

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Moblins

The Legend of Zelda's Moblins have an identity crisis


I feel like some bacon
Feb 09
// Wesley Ruscher
Bulldogs or pigs? Why can't The Legend of Zelda's Moblins make up their minds on just who they want to be? Actually, it's quite interesting to see how these absent minded minions of Gannon have continuously bounced back and ...
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Watch someone program Pong within Super Mario World


Trust me, you want to watch this video
Jan 13
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
There were a lot of highlights out of Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 this year, but this one in particular takes the cake for me. During the Tool Assisted Videos portion of the marathon, the people behind TASVideos.org shared...
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AGDQ Metroid

This AGDQ Metroid race is an excellent teaching tool


All four runs shown at once
Jan 13
// Chris Carter
Awesome Games Done Quick just raised over one million for charity, and one of the most interesting events had to be the four way Super Metroid run. In short, speedrunners Garrison, Krauser, Zoast, and Ivan all "race" ea...
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Get to know the people who make great videogames
Last week on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes), we spent a fast hour and a half with Marcus Lindblom, localization and translation head on Earthbound. Having gotten his start as a tech adviser and game counselor, he was eventually ...

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Earthbound

Fan recreates Earthbound with HD visuals


Artist Christopher Behr gives the retro cult hit a new look
Dec 18
// Alessandro Fillari
To say that Earthbound, or Mother as it's referred to in Japan, is a much loved and admired game, is an understatement. From fans creating charity drives, to organized campaigns to get the game on Nintendo's virtual console -...
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Boss Battles for the Soul

Boss Battles for the Soul emulates SNES boss themes


Original music in the style of 16-bit boss battles
Oct 31
// Darren Nakamura
Retro game inspired music speaks to me (as I'm sure it does for many of you), and while I do enjoy a good remix/remake/remaster here and there, a lot of my favorite pieces are original compositions. Electronic music creator ...
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Chrono Trigger Symphony

Chrono Trigger Symphony Vol. 2 is hot and ready


Blake Robinson's second Chrono album takes the fight to Magus
Sep 24
// Tony Ponce
Blake Robinson is in the process of reproducing the entire Chrono Trigger soundtrack into synthesized orchestral form, and the project started bearing fruit last month. For such a massive game with an equally massive score, ...

EarthBound's English editor talks about his masterpiece

Aug 24 // Tony Ponce
Working from an essentially context-free text file was, as he described, "like free-form jazz." But such freedom allowed him to whip up real magic -- the jokes and Easter eggs are basically all Lindblom. He named a character after his daughter Nico, used his wife's name as one of Paula's default names, and called Pokey's mom "Lardna" just because he felt like it. He also confirmed and disproved popular myths. For example, the "BH" in Onett mayor BH Pirkle's name does indeed stand for "Bald Head." Also, the fact that Giygas sort of looks like a baby fetus is a complete coincidence. There's more at the Kotaku link below, so do give it a read and show some love for the man who helped make one of your favorite games that much better. The Man Who Wrote Earthbound [Kotaku]
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Marcus Lindblom is happy that his writing is now remembered fondly
With EarthBound tearing up the Wii U eShop and finding its way into some gamers' hearts for the very first time, those responsible for breathing life into that world can look back on their handiwork with pride. Series creator...

Chrono Trigger Symphony photo
Chrono Trigger Symphony

Gotta get back in time! Chrono Trigger Symphony is out


Grab the new fan album for eight bones
Aug 22
// Tony Ponce
I hope you enjoyed our little snippet of Blake Robinson's Chrono Trigger Symphony, because now it's time for the real thing! The first volume of the three-part fan symphony is live on Loudr and iTunes for $7.99, less than wha...
Chrono Trigger Symphony photo
Chrono Trigger Symphony

Sneak peek at Chrono Trigger Symphony fan album


First volume of three-part set releases tomorrow
Aug 21
// Tony Ponce
On August 22, 1995, Chrono Trigger released in the US and changed the RPG paradigm forever. Exactly 18 years later, Blake Robinson is paying tribute with Chrono Trigger Symphony: Volume 1, the first in a three-part set celebr...
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Chaos Engine

The Chaos Engine hits Steam and GOG.com this month


Online co-op, you say? August 29, you say? Have some money!
Aug 17
// Jordan Devore
Abstract Games, the folks responsible for porting Hotline Miami to PlayStation 3 and Vita, has also been working to restore The Chaos Engine / Soldiers of Fortune. The classic top-down shooter will have some additions, like ...
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IGN spoke to Nintendo and AlphaDream about Mario RPG and Mario & Luigi
Of the two Mario RPG sub-series, Mario & Luigi is much closer in tone and spirit to Super Mario RPG on the Super Nintendo. That's because M&L developer AlphaDream consists of former Square employees who worked on the ...

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SNES final bosses

And now, 50 SNES final bosses bite the big one


Cinemassacre's Mike Matei has a 16-bit gaming quiz for you
Aug 16
// Tony Ponce
A few months ago, Cinemassacre and Angry Video Game Nerd collaborator Mike Matei uploaded a video quiz challenging viewers to guess the 50 NES games on display just from their final boss death animations. The bits have now d...
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Killer Instinct music

This Killer Instinct cover song is pretty killer


Music by On Being Human
Aug 15
// Chris Carter
One of the reasons I love videogames is because of how passionate the entire community is. There's an insane amount of respect payed to retro games that paved the way for the modern era, and this soothing SNES Killer Instinc...






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