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11:00 PM on 11.05.2013

Disney Princesses get Final Fantasy jobs

Have you ever been so angry you tackled a horse? Have you ever been so happy you hugged a pigeon? Hello and welcome, ladies and gents, to today's edition of weirdness brought to you by Imgur user GimmeSomthinToShop. Today, le...

Abel Girmay


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Offbeat Hall of Fame: Nintendo Super Power Supplies photo
Offbeat Hall of Fame: Nintendo Super Power Supplies
by Tony Ponce

[Offbeat Hall of Fame is a showcase of the cool, often bizarre products and media from years past that celebrate videogames and gamer culture.]

Have you picked up your copy of the final Nintendo Power yet? Looking through it again, I still have trouble accepting that a piece of my childhood is gone for good. However, thanks to the magic of the Internet, a trip down memory lane is but a click away.

There are many things I loved about Nintendo Power -- the maps, the comics, the Classified Information cheats section that always devoted a page or two to Super Mario World -- but something about physical goodies always filled me with a special glee. And there was no better repository of Nintendo merchandise in the 90s than the Super Power Supplies catalog!

Before digital retailers became a thing, mail order catalogs were the only way to obtain nifty items unavailable in stores. For the Nintendo generation, Super Power Supplies was our shopping mecca. Because how cool was the kid wearing a sick-ass Fulgore mask on Halloween?

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Offbeat Hall of Fame: The bizarre Mega Man TV soundtracks photo
Offbeat Hall of Fame: The bizarre Mega Man TV soundtracks
by Tony Ponce

[Offbeat Hall of Fame is a showcase of the cool, often bizarre products and media from years past that celebrate videogames and gamer culture.]

I love videogame soundtracks. Audio is such an integral part of the gameplay experience for me that I've been known to purchase games based solely on their music. I also love television shows based on videogames -- well, in theory if not always in practice. However, when you start talking about soundtracks of videogame-based TV shows, you reach a critical juncture where terrible things can happen.

The Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon was really good, but it was also really bad for the same reasons. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the show and couldn't wait to discuss the latest episode with my friends come Monday. Beyond the catchy if lyrically barren theme song, I thought the BGM was pretty kickin', featuring the perfect pump-up jams for scrapping bots. So good was the score, in fact, that it was reused for the Ocean Group dub of Dragon Ball Z!

When I heard that the Mega Man soundtrack was receiving a physical release, I knew I had to have it, but it wouldn't be until recently before I finally got hold of a copy. Was it everything I dreamed it would be? It would have... if not for the fact that the music on the album isn't actually from the show!

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4:00 PM on 12.03.2011

Offbeat Hall of Fame: Video Game Director's Cuts

[Offbeat Hall of Fame is a showcase of the cool, often bizarre products and media from years past that celebrate videogames and gamer culture.] The Internet was a wildly different place at the turn of the century. Social medi...

Tony Ponce



Offbeat Hall of Fame: A Link to the Past, the comic photo
Offbeat Hall of Fame: A Link to the Past, the comic
by Tony Ponce

All this week, Destructoid will be posting Zelda-themed features to celebrate this weekend's release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It's Zelda week!

If you were a gamer growing up in the States during the late 80s / early 90s, you had to subscribe to Nintendo Power or at least be close friends with someone who had. There were no bones about it! Sure, other gaming periodicals existed, but Nintendo Power had all the really juicy insider info.

That was the upside of being published in-house by Nintendo of America. The magazine was able to deliver an unprecedented level of content because there was no middleman. In addition to all the tips, tricks, and game maps you could want, there was the odd treat here and there. My favorite bonuses were the comics. The one-page strips starring Nintendo Power mascot Nester were alright, but they couldn't hold a candle to the monthly serials.

For this first entry of Offbeat Hall of Fame, my new gamer culture reflection series, I wish to share with you the glory that is Nintendo Power's The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past... the comic!

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