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Spacious Anxious

Spacious Anxious sounds like Metroid boss music

Concept album by sleepytimejesse samples SNES, N64, and GC games
Jul 29
// Tony Ponce
Musician sleepytimejesse has graced the Dtoid front page before. Last year, he directed I Miss You - EarthBound 2012, in which various artists used the sound library from EarthBound to produce an entirely new score. He later ...
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Man puts son's face on goombas in Super Mario 64

Thanks for the nightmares, dad
Jul 13
// Darren Nakamura
I don't have any kids of my own, so I can't claim to know what they would or would not like. That said, I wouldn't imagine that being relegated to existence as an army of heads with stubby feet only to be squished by a plump ...
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Zelda rings

Wear Ocarina of Time's famous songs on your hand!

Those are some nice rings!
Jul 06
// Jason Cabral
Do you ever feel like you never really get your love of the Zelda series across through your clothes, wallets, watches, mints, hats, action figures, replica weapons, posters, tattoos, or limited-edition game cartridges and sy...
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Creepy Zelda

Glitches make Ocarina of Time even more unsettling

'Why are his eyes mouths?'
Jun 05
// Jordan Devore
I'm relatively new to this whole Vinesauce thing, but I like what I've seen so far. And by "like," I mean "I'm horrified. Someone hold me!" This latest corruption video takes an already creepy game, The Legend of Zelda: Ocar...
Banjo-Kazooie Symphony photo
Banjo-Kazooie Symphony

Guh-huh! Banjo-Kazooie Symphony is up for download

Happy 15th birthday, Banjo and Kazooie!
May 31
// Tony Ponce
Ready to celebrate 15 years of the Bear and Bird? Blake Robinson's Banjo-Kazooie Symphony is ready for your Jiggies! We previewed select tracks from the album a few weeks back, and now the 30-song, 72-minute release is avail...
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Conker's Bad Fur Day

Conker's Bad Fur Day director's commentary is glorious

May 28
// Tony Ponce
I said DAMN! Nintendo 64-era Rare is on a roll lately! I may be tempted to go buy an N64 off eBay right now and have a week-long Rare session. Three big shots from Conker's Bad Fur Day's dev staff have decided to knock back ...
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Only possible with next-gen technology

These are truly the days of future past
May 26
// Tony Ponce
Remember back during the PlayStation 3 E3 presentation when Sony touted "real-time weapon change" as a next-generation feature? Consider that bar officially raised. "Next Gen Technology" [YouTube via reddit]
Banjo-Kazooie Symphony photo
Banjo-Kazooie Symphony

Preview the upcoming Banjo-Kazooie Symphony

Blake Robinson's new orchestral tribute releases on May 31
May 16
// Tony Ponce
Abridged soundtracks to Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie were recently released online for free, and Banjo composer Grant Kirkhope has been popping his head seemingly everywhere. Is it just me, or is the classic Rare platforming...
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Oh my word

Elmo takes a trip to Silent Hill

The hell that lies underneath Elmo's Letter Adventure
May 10
// Allistair Pinsof
What was the last game that scared you? Would you believe me if I told you Elmo's Letter Adventure was mine? The above video, captured and narrated by the hilarious guys at Vinesauce, shows off some eerie glitches discovered...
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ClayFighter N64 instruction manual going for over $1000

I wish I kept all my manuals as a kid
May 10
// Chris Carter
You know what game series no one ever talks about? ClayFighter. I remember years ago competing in a Blockbuster challenge for it (Blob for life!), and how much of a big deal the Nintendo 64 game was, but alas, it's kind of a ...

That time Pikachu got beat up in Conker's Bad Fur Day

Another uncut scene revealed
May 09
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Some lucky folks got a hold of an early uncut version of Conker's Bad Fur Day. The final version of the game removed a bunch of stuff, such as a squirrel getting operated by two Tediz while still conscious.  So what els...

Uncut beta version of Conker's Bad Fur Day found

Those damn dirty Tediz
May 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
A forum poster by the name of Borman over on the Assembler Games forums has in his possession both a PAL and NTSC beta copy of Perfect Dark, and a build as well as a demo version of Conker's Bad Fur Day. Most notable here is...
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Nintendo 64

You'll never look at a N64 controller the same way again

Oh yeah
May 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
[Update: Now with the original video! Thanks, Kotaku!] The Internet does things to things that makes you think weird things about your favorite things. (Via Gugogif's Tumblr)
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Perfect Dark

Perfect Dark soundtrack now available on Bandcamp

Laptop gun was the best
Apr 30
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Composer Grant Kirkhope continues to share his amazing songs from the golden era of Rare. This time it's the Perfect Dark soundtrack, which you can download at whatever price you want, or stream for free on Grant's Bandcamp ...
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Even more Rare tunes: Banjo-Tooie soundtrack on Bandcamp

I love this trend
Apr 18
// Jordan Devore
In case you missed it, composer Grant Kirkhope recently tossed the soundtrack to Banjo-Kazooie up on Bandcamp with the pleasant option to pay what you want for the tunes. The decision did not end in painful regret, it would s...
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Console chimera

18 different gaming consoles combined into one system

The ultimate mod
Apr 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Modder Bacteria spent over three years and over $1,000 to merge 18 different consoles into one giant box. It contains circuitry from 15 different systems, works with one master controller, a single power supply, and a single...
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Club Nintendo

Club Nintendo offers Mario 64, Super Metroid, and more

Also, Kirby's Pinball Land, and Urban Champion
Apr 08
// 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 6...
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Download this: Banjo-Kazooie soundtrack now on Bandcamp

Name your price
Apr 02
// Jordan Devore
After Banjo-Kazooie composer Grant Kirkhope's recent appearance on Game Grumps, I've had the game on my mind and wanted to run through the Xbox Live Arcade re-release for old times' sake. Seemingly out of the b...
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Club Nintendo

PSA: Club Nintendo to change their digital games in April

Kid Icarus, Starship Defense, Super Punch Out!! and Mario Tennis
Mar 26
// Chris Carter
Right now, the US Club Nintendo is offering up four digital rewards for 150 coins each. Kid Icarus (3DS eShop), Starship Defense (3DS eShop), Super Punch Out!! (Wii Virtual Console), and Mario Tennis (Wii Virtual Console) are...
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Pokemon Snap

Pokemon Snap gritty reboot channels Jurassic Park

Welcome to Pokemon Island
Mar 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
From the makers of the Harvest Moon gritty reboot comes this new spoof based on Pokemon Snap. Really though, all I could think about while watching this is how great a new Pokemon Snap would be on the Wii U. The GamePad would be perfect thanks to the cameras and accelerometers in it!
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Majora's Mask + Nic Cage

Majora's Mask gains the mask-like face of Nicolas Cage

Tingolas Cage = Character of the year 2013
Mar 17
// Jonathan Holmes
First we have a hack of The Legend of Zelda that lets you play as Zelda. Now we have a hack of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask that features everyone as Nicolas Cage? It's feeling more and more like every game in 2013 cou...

My ultimate gaming tradition of Old School Day

Mar 10 // Taylor Stein
Gaming celebration with a personal twist The trip down retro lane is a cherished monthly spectacle among my siblings and I. Every few weeks we put our adult lives on hold to relive the games from our youth. If there is any day that we truly unite as a family, it's while bonding over the classics. As painfully sappy as that sounds, videogames have always acted as a supernatural Band-Aid, mending all pissed off sentiments and sibling-based grudges.While we each were transformed into instant videogame buffs through the allure of the NES, many of our greatest memories reside with the N64. During our version of Old School Day, we welcome the titles that have contributed to the process of shaping us into the people we are today. Super Mario 64, Goldeneye, Star Fox, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Smash Bros., Pokemon Stadium, Rampage, Banjo-Kazooie and Yoshi's Story just to name a few, form the framework of the evening. Those titles served as the backbone of my childhood so it's rather fitting. Each time we get together, we sprinkle in a few different games, maximizing the fun output while minimizing the risk of getting bored through repetition, if that's even possible.Over the course of two to six hours of pizza-induced noshing, old school gaming, and admittedly potent languor, we've typically covered the spectrum of emotions from anger-filled multiplayer sessions, to heartwarming regard in response to a favorite cut scene. In diplomatic fashion, we take turns choosing the next entrant to revitalize our nostalgia, but in reality, any choice is a good one when you're playing favorite games amongst family and friends. Old School Day rocks! Still not convinced? With the next generation of consoles on the horizon, you may be hesitant to turn back the hands of time, to accept the glory of Old School Day. There's no way that earlier generations can compete from a graphical standpoint and not all of the oldies were auditory masterpieces, yet despite these technological inferiorities, the games that defined past generations exude a certain charm that often propels them into superior status. Reliving them for yourself is almost certain to conjure up sentiments such as, "Why don't they make games like this anymore?" rather than, "Yikes, I'll stick with the Xbox." Purchasing the titles through XBLA or PSN is technically a viable option, but summoning the warm feelings of familiarity is that much better in its authentic form. Re-experiencing the definitive moments of a simpler time, a period when eating vegetables and finishing homework were the main opponents of happiness, is satisfying on multiple levels. For one, rekindling ancient memories is enormously rewarding. Exploring old saved files and realizing that wow, I can't believe I actually collected all of those stars, puzzle pieces, coins, or heart pieces is always a heart-warming, ego-boosting find. I recall loading up my saved game from Harvest Moon 64. . . I had ten in-game years worth of gameplay on one file. That's more virtual years than I had spent on Earth at that time; how much would that achievement/trophy be worth? Equally as shocking is the realization that some aspects of older gaming were much more difficult than memory would serve. Conker's Pocket Tales on Gameboy Color was one such instance of perplexity. While I nearly finished the game as a kid and don't recall any Ninja Gaiden-like frustrations, with all my might I can barely get past the first level to this day. I must have had the child-like reflexes of a ninja or at least that's what I keep telling myself. Conker-based inadequacies aside, dusting off your Atari 2600, Dreamcast, or other old console is guaranteed to fulfill your sense of humor as well. Things that were badass in the 1980s or 1990s are often hilarious now. Turok 64 death screams are absolutely priceless, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater has musical accoutrements that will transport you into the late '90s punk scene, and Gex 64 makes in-game references to the X-Files, Poltergeist, and Full House. Who needs a time machine when a gateway to your childhood is right within reach? The essence of forgotten trends and declining fads aids in sweetening any excursion into the past of gaming through hands-on reminiscence and a healthy dose of gut-busting laughter. Beyond the arenas of personal achievement, hilarity, and frustration, hopping on the symbolic DeLorean in the name of Old School Day allows us to respect the pioneers within the industry, those instances of brilliance that set in motion what we now take for granted as technological commodities. Videogames as a medium have come so very far. What started as a hodgepodge of pixels and simplicity has evolved into visual, narrative-driven masterpieces easily on par with cinema. Gaming may have been an obscure hobby decades ago, but whether you adhere to the pastime personally or not, it is impossible to ignore its significance on an economic, cultural, and political scale. The current discussions about videogames and gun control are a testament to that. The industry boasts a powerful presence within the global landscape but also within my own life. I adopted Old School Day as reminder of why I became a gamer in the first place: the fun times with friends and family, the lessons learned from macho protagonists, the ability to step into the shoes of countless characters, and the satisfaction felt from saving the world, galaxy, or universe. If you find yourself in a place of gaming stagnancy, my hope is that after reading this, you'll incorporate a bit of Old School Day into your life and join me in celebrating retro gaming on a regular basis.What are your favorite older games? Do you ever take a break from new releases to play titles from the past?[Note: If you own Pokémon Stadium 2, follow my instructions without restraint for guaranteed laughs. Visit the mini games section and select Streaming Stampede. Make sure to play with the company of an easy or normal com and watch the stupidity ensue. Enjoy!] Image Sources: [1][2][3][4][5]
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Screw beer pong, hand me that controller
Gamers are a diverse breed. From PC aficionados and console fanatics, to retro devotees and casual admirers, there is no one-size-fits-all model of videogame hobbyist. Though we possess many differences, like game preferences...

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GoldenEye 64

GoldenEye 64 comes to life in this live action take

Slappers only!
Feb 26
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
YouTube filmmaker Michael Green and friends got together to pay some respect to GoldenEye 64  with this live action take. Sure, it may have not aged well but I can't help but smile whenever I think back to Rare's first-person shooter.
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Majora's Mask remixed

These Majora's Mask remixes are hot 'n ready

Flyrule: A Terrible Fate is another awesome collection of instrumentals
Feb 26
// Tony Ponce
In the fall of 2011, a young beatsmith known as Shag produced Flyrule, which sampled the iconic tracks of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and mixed them up for your head-nodding pleasure. Simple yet sweet, Flyrule struck...
Custom N64 controller photo
Custom N64 controller

NES-themed N64 controller is the gamepad of the gods

Sexy custom paint job is too hot to handle
Feb 12
// Tony Ponce
I nearly creamed my jeans when I finally received my gold N64 controller from the Nintendo Super Power Supplies catalog. And that was nothing more than a simple, single-tone paint job. Had it looked anything like the above N...
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Club Nintendo

Four new Club Nintendo rewards surface

Birds & Beans, Metal Torrent, Paper Mario, and Kirby
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
If you have some coins to spare, you can grab four new games right now from Club Nintendo: Birds & Beans (DSiWare, 100 Coins), Metal Torrent (DSiWare, 150 Coins), Paper Mario (Wii Virtual Console/Nintendo 64, 200 Coins), ...
Majora's Mask photo
Majora's Mask

World didn't end, have a Majora's Mask arrange album

Soundtrack to the Mayan apocalypse
Dec 21
// Tony Ponce
Imagine that. Nothing happened. Certainly today was to be the end of the world according to the Mayans, even though the Mayans never actually said that. Either way, hurray for life! As we mentioned yesterday, musician Theopha...

Majora's Mask Remix album set to launch as the world ends

You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?
Dec 20
// Daniel Starkey
If you've been even tangentially connected with anything resembling internet culture within the past... I dunno several years, then you're probably aware of the fact that there's a decent chunk of society that thinks that the...


It's not what you think
Dec 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
A reinterpretation of a Christmas classic.

Watch five classic Nintendo system launch clips

Nov 17 // Allistair Pinsof
1. Super Mario Bros. 3 Launch, February 1990 [embed]238853:45822:0[/embed] Look at those mustaches! Yup, it's the early '90s. TV news media still awkwardly reports on game launches, treating those that stand in line as deviants, but not to the degree media did in the '90s. It's as if the newreporter wants to say, "What the hell is wrong with you!?" The part when the little kid nerd rages on the newsreporter makes it all worth it: "You don't know! You're a grown-up! You hardly do this!" the kid yells. Hell yeah, kid! You tell him! 2. Parents Upset Over New Nintendo Console, August 1991 [embed]238853:45823:0[/embed] Instead of standing in line for the Super Nintendo, these kids are stuck in a room with a hack therapist because they are too "Nintenpendent". This is one of the most laughably sensationalized displays of news media exaggerating the effect games have on kids. The news station uses the launch of the Super Nintendo as a way of scaring its audience of the perils of videogames. Keep an eye out for the stunning green screen effects that put the newsreporter into F-Zero. 3. ITV News reporting on Nintendo 64 release, September 1996 [embed]238853:45824:0[/embed] The Nintendo 64's early years was my favorite time with a Nintendo system. I remember bringing it home and being blown away by all them friggin' bits. This news clip on the system's launch is pretty dry but worth watching for seeing some old talking heads. It's always amusing to hear a game journalist from 1996 saying, "These are the graphics we always hoped we'd be able to see." But, seriously, some one tell those kids to not sit so close to the TV. I mean, c'mon. That's like basic parenting, right there. 4. Japanese launch of the GameCube, September 2001 [video link] Billy "Louie the Cat" Berghammer has been in the industry for longer than most journalists. I love the guy! Here's Billy at the Japan Gamecube launch, showing the event from a Westerner's perspective. The launch took place just two days after the Sept. 11 attack in the US, which explains the somber opening of the video. Either Billy visited the wrong store or the GameCube had a really sad launch in Japan, going by the video. Watch the following videos in the series for more. 5. Toys R Us Wii line, November 2006 [embed]238853:45825:0[/embed] Back in 2006, before Destructoid was sent multiple early pre-launch console for review, we did stupid stuff like stand in line with people during a system launch. Here's a buried Dtoid video of us hanging out at Toys R' Us for the Wii launch. You know, just because. I have a feeling the Wii U launch won't be quite as intense as the Wii's but who knows until it happens. Be safe out there, people! Keep your Wii U close and your riot shield closer. [image]
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From NES to Wii U
Today, Nintendo launches the first next-gen system or last current-gen system, depending how you look at it. Things always appear different in retrospect, which is perfectly illustrated in these bizarre, ancient clips of Nint...

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