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10:30 AM on 01.13.2014

This AGDQ Metroid race is an excellent teaching tool

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...

Chris Carter



Nintendo squashed Earthbound dev's book plans, and more photo
Nintendo squashed Earthbound dev's book plans, and more
by Jonathan Holmes

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 promoted to work on localization and copy editing, with Wario's Woods being one of his first games. From there he moved on to work on Earthbound (writing a lot of the jokes, naming items, and creating new objects like the Eraser Eraser when needed), and eventually to other huge franchises like Destroy All Humans, Evil Dead: Regeneration, and... Halo 4? I doubt you saw that one coming.

With over 20 years in the industry, Marcus had a wealth of insights, opinions and anecdotes to share. We talked about his dreams of making a new Mother game with Shigesato Itoi that focuses on reliving the levity and sweetness found in Earthbound, how he's saddened by the the way certain AAA games seem to have a pre-installed review score of 9/10 or above based solely on their budgets and intellectual properties, how he's quite unhappy with a lot of his work on Earthbound and would love to re-write it, his plans for a new Facebook-based RTS, and so much more.

The saddest, most surprising bit for me was when he revealed former plans to write a book about his experiences working on Earthbound, only to have Nintendo ask him not to go forward with the project. With Earthbound finding new success on the Wii U virtual console (reportedly selling more copies on re-release than it did initially on the SNES), I'd think that Nintendo would want to jump on anything that will help keep the game in the headlines and fans feeling passionate and talkative about the game. I suppose this goes right in line with their attitude towards shutting down Lets Players. I know there are plenty of people within the company that are firmly against that kind of thing, though history would prove that they are often overruled. 

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8:15 PM on 12.18.2013

Fan recreates Earthbound with HD visuals

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 -...

Alessandro Fillari





11:00 PM on 10.31.2013

Boss Battles for the Soul emulates SNES boss themes

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 ...

Darren Nakamura

1:00 AM on 09.24.2013

Chrono Trigger Symphony Vol. 2 is hot and ready

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, ...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 08.24.2013

EarthBound's English editor talks about his masterpiece

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...

Tony Ponce

8:00 PM on 08.22.2013

Gotta get back in time! Chrono Trigger Symphony is out

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...

Tony Ponce

7:30 PM on 08.21.2013

Sneak peek at Chrono Trigger Symphony fan album

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...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 08.17.2013

The Chaos Engine hits Steam and GOG.com this month

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 ...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 08.16.2013

Super Mario RPG battle system inspired by children's toy

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 ...

Tony Ponce

4:00 AM on 08.16.2013

And now, 50 SNES final bosses bite the big one

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...

Tony Ponce

10:30 PM on 08.15.2013

This Killer Instinct cover song is pretty killer

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...

Chris Carter

11:00 PM on 08.14.2013

Super Smash Bros.' Pilotwings stage up close

The first screenshot of the Pilotwings stage in Super Smash Bros. was so zoomed out that I wasn't even sure it was a stage. This new image from director Masahiro Sakurai, on the other hand, is much easier to make out. At the ...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 08.14.2013

Celebrate 20 years of Secret of Mana with fan remix album

It's really been 20 years since Secret of Mana was released. I still listen to the game's amazing soundtrack composed by Hiroki Kikuta on a weekly basis, so it's great news that a group of musical masterminds have combin...

Jayson Napolitano





10:00 AM on 08.11.2013

A Link Between Worlds map compared to A Link to the Past

Thanks to GameXplain, we have another crazy side-by-side comparison between the overworlds of the upcoming 3DS game The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and its Super NES predecessor The Legend of Zelda:...

Wesley Ruscher

8:00 PM on 08.10.2013

SICK NASTY! Check this rockin' Mega Man X fan medley

Self-taught Chilean guitarist Satou Brainchild was inspired by Video Games Live in Santiago to spend several months assembling a medley of tunes from the first five Mega Man X games, i.e. the PROPER series before Capcom f*ck...

Tony Ponce