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Obscure Video Games: Kick Challenger - Air Foot

Jun 27 // Obscure Video Games
There's a variety of interesting power-ups to tread upon. A variety of Nike sneakers are available to alter your movement, but there's no indication that they were officially licensed. I assume Air Master was a reference to these swap-meet Air Jordans. As with many of the games I highlight here, piles of feces make an appearance, as well. For some reason in this game stepping in it makes you temporarily invincible. There is even one item that turns you into a pesticide can which can shoot at the bugs (as you can see in my GIF at the top). The game is not without its faults, though. The five levels included aren't very long, but in a way this is good because it does get a bit repetitive.  Also, the difficulty and frustration level can be a bit much. One of the main things that got me was the warp spots, which almost always take you back to an earlier point in the level. They spring up all over the place, and can be quite tricky (sometimes impossible) to avoid. The game also won't let you backtrack; if you get stuck in front of a warp, you have to take it. This kind of trial-and-error stuff is just begging to be played on an emulator with save states. Overall, if you're forgiving and want to try something truly original, different, and (of course) challenging, I'd say Kick Challenger is worth checking out. [embed]294633:59217:0[/embed]
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1, 2, 3, kick it!
In 1986 Nintendo released the Famicom Disk System add-on for the Famicom in Japan. For some reason the company decided it wasn't worth the time to sell it anywhere else in the world, but that didn't stop game makers from rele...

Obscure Video Games: Magical Doropie

May 30 // Obscure Video Games
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Mega Witch
Yes, video game nerds, I know Vic Tokai localized Magical Doropie as The Krion Conquest in North America. However, the Japanese version is superior (and has a nice fan translation), so that's why I played it. For those of yo...

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Nintendo TV

That time Sharp built an NES into a television


Cool controllers
May 15
// Jordan Devore
A television set with a built-in Nintendo Entertainment System sounds like the sort of extravagant purchase I'd make if, as a youngster, I was nearly run over by a bad man and he handed me a blank check that I could then pro...

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Obscure Video Games

Obscure Video Games: Panic Restaurant


Keep calm and beat your meat
May 09
// Obscure Video Games
So this week I decided to go crazy and review a game that actually saw release in the US. I still consider it pretty obscure, though. The game is Panic Restaurant, a 1992 NES release from the late, legendary game designer Ken...
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Startropics music glitch

StarTropics music glitch fixed after 25 years


The bass is finally picked up
Feb 22
// Jason Faulkner
There's a sub-community of emulation fans out there dedicated to disassembling and modifying the arcane code of yesteryear's classics. Brad Smith, a.k.a. rainwarrior, is one such individual, who after hearing the errors in t...
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Mario

Mario will haunt your dreams


... forever
Jan 27
// Robert Summa
Here's a photo for your nightmare file. It's '80s versions of Wil Wheaton and Jason Bateman kickin' it with possibly the worst version of Mario that Nintendo marketing could ever dream of. According to the "article," Wheaton ...
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Woah Dave! NES

You could play Woah Dave! on an actual NES cart


What other games would you like to see in cartridge form?
Jan 19
// Ben Davis
Do you ever think about what it would be like to play your favorite sprite-based indie games on the consoles they were influenced by? Well, you might be able to do just that with Woah Dave!, an NES-inspired game which could p...
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Mario Lost Levels

I didn't expect this to be my favorite AGDQ 2015 speedrun


Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels of all things
Jan 09
// Jordan Devore
First, a quick thank you to Destructoid reader lunarwhale for bringing this Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels speedrun to my attention. I naively thought I'd watch a minute or two, tops, right before going to bed, but ended...

Dark water and the things below give me the shivers

Oct 29 // Nic Rowen
SMB3 is one of the most wonderful and inviting games I can think of, an expression of the pure joy of gaming. Until you make it to World 3-3 and meet the Boss Bass that is. The Boss Bass is an evil shit. A nightmare hellfish that exists to brew horror and ferment fear. A big angry, overgrown Cheep Cheep that skims the surface of the water, snapping at you with his jaws whenever he gets near. The level you meet him on for the first time bobs up and down, always threatening to dunk you in the drink and serve you up as supper to his bucktooth maw. Not only is the Boss Bass one of the most usually aggressive enemies in a Mario game, it is by far the most unnerving to be killed by. Usually when Mario dies, be it by Goomba, fireball, or tossing himself into a spike pit, it's not a serious affair. He freezes with that shocked look on his face, bounces up to the top of the screen, and dies to the familiar jingle of failure we all know and love. But that doesn't happen if you get caught by the Boss Bass. He just swallows you down, bones and all. No funny little jingle, no shocked expression, Mario is just GONE. The big nasty fish circles around, making sure he didn't miss any bits and the screen goes to black, chilling. It doesn't even matter if you're Super Mario at the time, all that means is a bigger meal for the Boss Bass. [embed]283134:56141:0[/embed] Ever since then, I just don't care for being in the water with, things. I always found the Ecco the Dolphin games vaguely unnerving. I skipped any quest in Oblivion that involved going in the water and dealing with those big ugly angler fish. And the water monster scene in Amnesia? Nope, nope, nope, nope, peace I'm out. The water sucks and everything in it can die. Fuck you Greenpeace.
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I'm not going in the deep end
If we're all confessing our gaming-related fears, I might as well share mine. I can't stand the water. More specifically, I can't stand what lives under the water. If there is ever a section of a game that will make me want to stop playing, it probably involves getting your toes wet and taking a little swim with, well, whatever. I can thank Super Mario Bros. 3 for this phobia. 

I think videogames made me hate funhouses

Oct 28 // Brett Makedonski
[embed]283099:56128:0[/embed] What should have been an interesting action-puzzler with a coat of hot branding ended up as unnerving. Looking back, it's mostly due to the music and sound effects. Hearing slightly warped circus music on a loop with interspersed pogo noises doesn't exactly make for a relaxing time. Adding an extra layer to the subtle creepiness was Krusty's mostly permanent toothless grin. That expression just stared back at you for the vast majority of the game. Even something was slightly off with Bart when he'd unflinchingly and sadistically crush the poor rodents one by one. Some cartoons end up being more distressing than anything else. That's the category that Krusty's Fun House fell into for me. And, it turned me off to funhouses for good. [embed]283099:56130:0[/embed] My first introduction to funhouses was in Mickey Mousecapade. Well, that's an overly specific statement, because it was also my introduction to videogames as a whole. I was just a wee lad when I got an NES, and Mickey Mousecapade was the first game I played. The initial stage in Mickey is titled "Fun House," although it's anything but. It's a level rife with spiders, snakes, and sentient brooms. Halfway though, there's a witch who's guarding a key that's necessary to exit the stage. It's tough to pinpoint exactly why this didn't sit well with me when I was a kid. The music's a bit abrasive, but it's right in line with all the other games of the time. More likely is that I didn't like the idea of mysterious birds swooping in to kidnap Minnie. When that happened, you had to find a special key which warped you to a different room, where you had to correctly guess which of four creepy statues she might be hidden in. In hindsight, Mickey Mousecapade probably wouldn't have had an effect on me if I hadn't played it at such a young age. Still, the juvenile action-platformer holds a very special, yet unsettling place in my heart. And, it's the reason I got off on the wrong foot with funhouses.
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A lot of rodents
I don't like funhouses, although, I suppose I haven't given them a fair shake. I've never been inside one, but I'm pretty certain that makes no difference. You see, videogames trained me at a very young age to hate funhouses....

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The Dream of the 70s-90s is alive in Portland
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, perhaps you attended the fifth annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo which took place the weekend before last. If you didn't, well -- here's a lovely pile of photos that the talented Geoffrey...

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Show-off


Oct 13
// Dale North
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Life lessons

Super Mario Bros. 2's 8 rules of a super player contain life lessons


#1 - 'Do not sleep while playing'
Jul 19
// Jonathan Holmes
While a lot may be lost in translation here, this Japanese "player's guide" for Super Mario Bros. 2 (spotted on the Ultra Scrub Quotes IV's twitter) still paints an vivid picture of a different time in videogame history. Most...
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8-bit Destructoid

Get retro with the Destructoid shirt and hoodie!


Just like a NES box cover!
Jun 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
It's about time we did something like this! The Destructoid Videogame News System captures the retro Nintendo Entertainment System box covers with an 8-bit Destructoid. The new design was created by the talented Drew Wise, an...
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NES Remix 2

NES Remix 2 has a secret unlock code


Here's a hint
May 26
// Chris Carter
I'm still messing around with NES Remix 2, and naturally, I have all the games unlocked. But some people may not be as tenacious, still noodling around with some of the tougher Dr. Mario or Wario's Woods stages, and...
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Nintendo

Pick up replacement game manuals at Nintendo's online store


Or you could hit up ReplacementDocs, I reckon
May 16
// Brittany Vincent
If you've got a ton of Nintendo games just laying around without manuals and there are no gamer yard sales around to pillage, Nintendo has just the answer. The online store is selling a bevy of replacement manuals for games l...
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3DS

Don't expect the NES Remix games to come to 3DS


Lack of power cited as a reason for going with Wii U instead
Apr 21
// Jordan Devore
I'd be playing NES Remix 2 right now were it not for my tragic lack of a Wii U. (Almost made an impulse purchase the other day.) With the sequel out this week, one question that might've crossed your mind is, "Why not also pu...
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NES Remix 2

I want NES Remix 2 in my Wii U right now


Mario 3 and Kirby!
Apr 10
// Chris Carter
Although I enjoyed the original NES Remix for what it was, the upcoming sequel is packed with more games that defined my childhood. Classics like Kirby's Adventure, Metroid, Mario 3 -- the call of enhanced challeng...
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Zelda NES

Waste some time today with this Zelda demake


Blocks on blocks
Apr 02
// Chris Carter
For the upcoming Ludum Dare Game Jam, developer benpurdy produced a demake for the original Legend of Zelda titled "Zelda in 16x16 pixels." This is more or less the entire game here, with all eight pieces of the Triforce in t...
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Mega Man NES

The original Mega Man NES commercial has been digitally restored


A piece of gaming history
Mar 28
// Chris Carter
Americans fondly remember the "box art" version of Mega Man for the original NES game, but over in Japan, they had a perfectly appropriate commercial that showed in-game footage and a cartoon approximation of the charac...
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Rescue Rangers

Check out Rescue Rangers NES reimagined by the Owlboy artist


Whoa
Mar 17
// Chris Carter
As I've said many times in the past, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers for the NES is one of my favorite retro games. It has a host of secrets, optional paths, tight controls, and it's infinitely replayable due to its quick sp...
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Mario

This lowest-score run of Super Mario Bros. is impressive


I didn't even skip ahead
Feb 20
// Jordan Devore
It may not be a flawless run, but YouTube user NotEntirelySure's playthrough of Super Mario Bros. is a riot all the same. He cleared the game with the lowest possible score, 500 points, without the aid of save states or slow...
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NES Remix

Japan is getting NES Remix 1+2 at retail


I really like that box art
Feb 17
// Jordan Devore
NES Remix 2 looks better to me than its predecessor by virtue of the new featured games and one can only imagine where Nintendo could take this concept if it kept going -- if it didn't restrict itself to the same console agai...
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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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Nintendo

Nintendo World Championship won't sell for $99,902


Top bidder retracts offer
Jan 26
// Wesley Ruscher
[Update 2] I reached out to the seller and unfortunately the winning bidder has retracted his offer. "The unfortunate reality is the second I approached the winning buyer with payment options, they retracted their bid claimin...
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Every NES title screen in alphabetical order


Sure, why not
Jan 21
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Here's something you needed that you never thought of before: Nearly three hours worth of title screens from every Nintendo Entertainment System game ever. In alphabetical order too! (Via GoNintendo)
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FFVII

Final Fantasy VII NES restoration sees release


The clumsy bootleg becomes fully playable
Nov 14
// Audun Sorlie
It’s always impressive to see crafty modders making enhancements to fan-favorite games or allowing us to go zombie hunting in Russia, but I myself am more intrigued with the world of retro hacking. The endless imaginati...
RoboCop NES photo
RoboCop NES

New RoboCop figure is based on his NES sprite


I'm loving all these NES style toys
Oct 24
// Chris Carter
Jason Vorhees got a pretty killer figure based on the NES game Friday the 13th, and now, that same company is producing a RoboCop figure based on the retro adaptation of the film. NECA seems to be going all-in with 8-bit trib...
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A slick twist on the Super Mario Bros. 1UP trick


Fancy!
Oct 08
// Dale North
Check out the above video to see some slick moves at the 0:50 mark. You know that end-of-level trick where you can trap a turtle on a single stair step to get a bunch of 1UPs? The maker of this video has some smooth moves th...
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The Adventures of DnB

Duane & BrandO's remastered LP is ready for yo' bawls


NES all up in this beast with LP of Devastation [Remastered]
Sep 30
// Tony Ponce
It's been almost a year since the comedy rock-rap duo of "8-Bit Duane " Zuwala and "The Amazing BrandO" Lackey made peace with each other following a very intense falling out. Back in the studio as The Adventures of Duane &a...

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