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1:00 AM on 05.29.2013

Super Mario Bros. 3 had major regional differences

I've mentioned on several occasions that my family lived in Japan for a few years, thus my first games console was not an NES but a Famicom. I grew up playing the Japanese versions of famed Nintendo classics, and it was only...

Tony Ponce





8:00 PM on 05.25.2013

The ecstacy of Smooth McGroove's VG a cappellas

I've tried my very best to avoid sharing too much of Smooth McGroove's kickass a cappella arrangements. Not because I think he's lost his Midas touch, but because I didn't want to be held responsible for making heads explode...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 05.18.2013

Buy the Mega Man 5 OST and fend off the 'Blues'

After nearly a month since the last soundtrack release, Capcom has made available the Mega Man 5 OST to celebrate the classic platformer's arrival on the 3DS eShop. As with the MM4 OST, the album costs $8.95 and contains both...

Tony Ponce

6:45 PM on 05.13.2013

New Jason Voorhees figurine based on his NES sprite

The National Entertainment Collectibles Association, a.k.a. NECA, has just revealed a new San Diego Comic-Con-exclusive figurine of Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees. Now, why would I be talking about film merch on a videogame...

Tony Ponce

12:00 PM on 05.12.2013

Pray at the altar of NES chiptune metal with Diad

Chiptunes are cool and all, but you know me -- I gotta have that little extra edge. When chip music emulates face-melting metal, it's one of the nine most beautiful things in the world (maybe some day I'll tell you what the o...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 05.07.2013

This custom backlit Mega Man NES is awesome

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Mega Man, mega-fan Platinum Fungi, in conjunction with Custom NES Guy, has created a fully functioning piece of art -- a 25th anniversary NES. The mod was made solely by hand, with the art ...

Chris Carter

9:00 PM on 05.05.2013

Kickstarter Punch Out!! book co-creator meets Mike Tyson

Once upon a time, gamers Daniel Lanciana, Matt Turk, Sinister1, Daniel Teixeira and Adelikat started a Kickstarter. With a goal of $25,000, they set off to create an unofficial 240-page encyclopedia covering the original NES ...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 05.04.2013

Final Fantasy IV, the Chinese Famicom demake

The world of Chinese bootleg software is a fascinating one. Sometimes, these wares go beyond mere copies to exhibit a healthy amount of sheer effort. You are no doubt aware of the Famicom demake of Final Fantasy VII, which t...

Tony Ponce

4:15 PM on 05.02.2013

Famicom was red because Nintendo prez owned a red scarf

Of the myriad facets of game hardware design, the big honking truth behind a console's color scheme may not necessarily rank among the most fascinating of details. It's something that we don't give too much thought about, esp...

Tony Ponce

2:30 PM on 05.01.2013

Super Retro Console plays SNES, NES, Genesis, GBA

The Super Retro Console and Adapter by Retro-bit doesn't have the best name, but I like what it could do for my old game collection. It accepts carts from the SNES, NES, Genesis, and through an adapter, GBA, covering mos...

Dale North

12:30 PM on 04.29.2013

Deja vu! River City Ransom sequel coming next year

A sequel to classic NES brawler River City Ransom? Hmmm... now where have I heard that before...? That's right! Back in 2011, a Japanese studio called Miracle Kidz was working on just such a project for PC and home console di...

Tony Ponce



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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8:00 PM on 04.25.2013

Download Mega Man 4 OST now for Mother Russia

Greetings, comrades! Defend motherland from blue capitalist robot by purchasing Mega Man 4 soundtrack and showing what Soviet power can do! Ahhh... Cold War stereotypes. I miss 'em! I only informed you of the Mega Man 3 OST r...

Tony Ponce

10:30 AM on 04.23.2013

The Mega Man 3 OST is ready for your money

["The Mega Man 3 Posse" by CyberMoonStudios] If you've got $8.95 to spare, you can swing on down to Capcom's online store and download the Mega Man 3 soundtrack. It contains tunes from both the NES original and the PlayStatio...

Tony Ponce

11:00 PM on 04.21.2013

It's dangerous to go alone

It's been a while since we shared a piece from our artsy pal Zac Gorman, but his latest deserves your attention. Based on the famous opening scene from The Legend of Zelda, this comic turns what we thought we knew completely ...

Tony Ponce

3:00 PM on 04.20.2013

Play around with this fun NES music box

Got a couple of minutes to spare? What am I saying? Of course you do! Check this shizz out! NeoGAF user asa spent a few days messing around in Unity in order to make a nifty interactive NES music box. By pressing the power bu...

Tony Ponce