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Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is just around the corner photo
Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is just around the corner
by Tony Ponce

Three years ago as of yesterday, indie dev Exploding Rabbit's Super Mario Bros. Crossover was unleashed online, and the reception couldn't have been warmer. For the benefit of the unfortunate few who haven't heard of this darling fan tribute, Crossover is a tile-for-tile remake of Super Mario Bros. but with the ability to swap Mario out for a number of NES heroes, like Link, Bill Rizer, Simon Belmont, or Mega Man. The game was later expanded with more characters plus graphical skins to emulate the look of other NES, SNES, and Game Boy games.

Version 3.0, scheduled for some time in May or June, will introduce all new stages taken from Super Mario Bros. Special, an obscure Japanese exclusive for the NEC PC-8801 and Sharp X1 home computers. There will also be rearranged stage layouts depending on your selected difficulty, so what was once a leisurely bridge stroll over a crystal clear lake could now be a perilous platforming challenge across a molten pool of lava.

Finally, I'd like to remind you that Exploding Rabbit is also working on an original title called Super Retro Squad, which is essentially Crossover just with new characters directly inspired by the NES stars. Once 3.0 is out and about, development on SRC will most certainly kick into high gear.

Super Mario Crossover 3.0 Trailer [Exploding Rabbit]

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7:00 PM on 04.25.2013

Poke Ball and Game Boy-themed 3DS mock-ups are delish

A week doesn't go by without Nintendo announcing about a dozen new colors and designs for the 3DS in Japan. Meanwhile, Americans and Europeans get fed scraps once every blue moon. We may be getting the Animal Crossing XL, but...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 04.12.2013

Apple co-founder shows off his legendary Tetris skills

Steve Wozniak is an oddity. Though many know Wozniak for his work at Apple, in his earlier days he was known for his work with videogames, both as a designer (creating Atari's Breakout) and player. This video shot by Game In...

Allistair Pinsof



NeverEnding Story and GoldenEye chip mixes plus more photo
NeverEnding Story and GoldenEye chip mixes plus more
by Tony Ponce

Atreyu! Falcor! Atreyu? Falcor?

Game music remixer Dj CUTMAN has organized a bunch of tunes that he's produced for the video group Underbelly into a nifty pay-what-you want pack. Underbelly Beats & Remixes contain a few straight-up NES arrangements and beat compilations of Super Mario Bros. 2, Metroid, and Mega Man 2, plus a few other surprises.

One of those surprises is a chiptune version of the main theme of The NeverEnding Story -- not the joke track from The Lonely Island linked above, of course. Then there is his medley of GoldenEye 007 tracks, which reminded of just how badass the music in that game was.

Go on and sample, chilluns!

Underbelly Beats & Remixes [Dj CUTMAN]

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Club Nintendo offers Mario 64, Super Metroid, and more photo
Club Nintendo offers Mario 64, Super Metroid, and more
by Chris Carter

If you're a Club Nintendo member with 150-200 coins, you're free to go explore the Club's website and nab one of the following four games: Super Metroid (Wii VC - 150 Coins), Kirby's Pinball Land (3DS VC - 150 Coins), Mario 64 (Wii VC - 200 Coins), and Urban Champion (3DS eShop - 150 Coins).

Note that the Wii Virtual Console games can be redeemed on a Wii U using the Wii emulation application.These are all recycled, but hey, I'm sure someone hasn't grabbed them yet. Note that Super Metroid will be part of the $0.30 Wii U Virtual Console promotion from May 15th until June 13th.

As for recommendations, everyone needs to play Super Metroid -- it's a no brainer. Kirby's Pinball Land is one of my favorite pinball games to date, but it won't blow you away if you're not a pinball fan. Mario 64 may be dated, but it's one of my favorite 3D Mario games, and my personal favorite behind Galaxy 2.

Urban Champion...well...it's Urban Champion.

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12:30 PM on 03.25.2013

Hyperkin's new RetroN console will also support Famicom

Ahead of release, Hyperkin's upcoming RetroN 4 console has become the RetroN 5. With the change comes increased support: the new system count is NES, Famicom, Super Nintendo, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, and Game Boy A...

Jordan Devore



halc delivers sweet Game Boy chiptune perfection photo
halc delivers sweet Game Boy chiptune perfection
by Tony Ponce

Game musician Drew "halc" Wheeler has a treat for you. The OverClocked ReMix champion promised a new musical gift if his fans showered love on his Facebook page. The incentive worked, and the man held true to his word.

Pixel Perfect Micro is a pay-what-you-want, eight-track follow-up in the Pixel Perfect series, which has already seen three previous installments. This one, however, is composed entirely using the Game Boy composition tool, Little Sound Dj. That means you have to don your headphones and jack in to get the true experience. Game Boy audio simply doesn't work any other way!

Pixel Perfect Micro [9-bit Records]

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7:30 PM on 03.15.2013

Lost footage of Game Boy FPS Tyrannosaurus Tex is found

In 2001, Tyrannosaurus Tex, a first-person shooter for the Game Boy Color was all set to change the world as one of the only portable FPS games on the market -- the only problem is, it was never released, as publisher Eidos ...

Chris Carter

5:00 AM on 03.07.2013

The Dude abides! The Big Lebowski has a chiptune album

You ought to know by now if you dig the Coen brothers' classic The Big Lebowski. If you haven't seen it, you probably should. If you have and didn't enjoy it, that's just, like, your opinion, man. The Big Lebowski celebrated ...

Tony Ponce

11:00 AM on 03.04.2013

Game Boy never sounded better than with this Spanish gold

Euros did crazy sh*t with videogame music; this is a well established point by now with legendary folks such as Chris Hülsbeck, Rob Hubbard, Reyn Ouwehand and Tim Follin walking this fine earth and crunching out the...

Audun Sorlie

11:00 PM on 02.19.2013

Link's Awakening was supposed to have co-op?

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia is an incredible book. So incredible, in fact, that at least one unscrupulous person tried to capitalize on demand by scalping numerous copies of the book's Limited Edition -- that guy wis...

Tony Ponce

3:00 AM on 02.08.2013

Does Missingno exist!? Mega64 will solve this mystery!

Pokémon's elusive Missingno! Where is it? What is it? Is it based on a real-life animal? Are there any other undiscovered creatures in the wild as mysterious and incredible as Missingno? The VG Fact Checkerz take to t...

Tony Ponce





11:30 AM on 01.25.2013

New Pokemon Reorchestrated album out in February

Did you buy Braxton "Skotein" Burks' amazing Kanto Symphony, the Pokémon Red / Blue orchestral arrangement album? You should have already because it is hot cinnamon rolls, but if you haven't, go part with $10 on either...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 01.16.2013

Game Boy sex! Parallel Processing by Danimal Cannon & Zef

I had a chance to meet the bald and beautiful Danimal Cannon (Roots, Armcannon, Metroid Metal) at MAGFest this year, and I've gotta say, he's one chill dude -- lounging at the merch table in a night robe, what a rebel! Still,...

Tony Ponce

9:30 PM on 10.24.2012

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL KULOR! has got the chips

I've got another kickin' chiptune album for your twisted pleasure. You people make me sick! Between 2008 and now, Richard "Kulor" Armijo composed a bunch of tunes based on the NES, Game Boy, Master System, Game Gear, Atari 80...

Tony Ponce



Pokémon Reorchestated album Kanto Symphony is finally out photo
Pokémon Reorchestated album Kanto Symphony is finally out
by Tony Ponce

Back in July, I shared a preview of Kanto Symphony, a reworking of the Pokémon Red / Blue soundtrack originally composed by Junichi Masuda. This orchestral update, influenced by the Zelda Reorchestrated project, was spearheaded by Braxton "Skotein" Burks, who worked with Joypad Records in order to obtain the license needed to sell the finished work.

As Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth would say, "Good news, everyone!" Today is the day Kanto Symphony is released to the world! You can scoot on over to iTunes to download the 78-minute, 35-track album, or you can obtain it from Joypad Record's storefront. It's a paltry $9.99, so fish out your wallet and go support Braxton's amazing accomplishment.

Just listen to the preview tracks in the above video and tell me this isn't tasty awesome sauce. I'm so excited for Braxton, he's excited that people are excited, and I'm excited that he's excited that you are all excited. Let's get excited!

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