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First-Person Mario 3

First-person Super Mario Bros. 3 is damn slick


Warp ahead to World 8
Feb 21
// Tony Ponce
Two years ago, Brandon Laatsch of freddiew created a kickass first-person Super Mario Bros. animation. As neat as it was, World 1-1? Really? Soooo played out! For the sequel, Brandon skipped ahead to Super Mario Bros. 3's he...
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Beercade

Forget tickets! This arcade game gives you beer!


Beercade: The Last Barfighter will get you drunk
Feb 15
// Tony Ponce
Long before they became regarded as frivolous childhood amusements, the first arcade cabinets were installed in very adult establishments like bars and college hot spots. The marriage of gaming and alcohol consumption is a b...
Archie Sonic / Mega Man photo
Archie Sonic / Mega Man

More proof that Sonic and Mega Man are the ultimate team


You aren't tired of these comic covers, are you?
Feb 06
// Tony Ponce
Oh, is this still a thing? You're damn right it's still a thing! Just try to get me to shut up about Archie's Sonic / Mega Man crossover! You can't and won't! When Chris Carter wrote about those 16-bit covers of "When Worlds ...
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Armcannon

Armcannon 3: LegVacuum 2 is out, is so money


Thunder, THUNDER, THUNDERCATS! HOOOOO!!!
Jan 08
// Tony Ponce
Videogame / television cover band -- and real sexy American boys -- Armcannon announced back in November the impending release of their third full-length album. If you attended MAGFest this past weekend, you had a chance to p...
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Mega Man Clay

Mega fan recreates every Mega Man Robot Master with clay


Look at Wind Man's turbines!
Dec 31
// Chris Carter
After working on the project for a number of years, Rockman Corner reader "Ricardo" has finally finished working on his clay miniature figure line, featuring every single Robot Master ever from Mega Man 1-10. I'm currently re...
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Jonathan Holmes is one of the founding editors!
So Nintendo Power is over and done with. Tears and all that. Pour one out for our homies. The throne has been abdicated. Time for a new king to rise to power. You've likely heard about a little something called Nintendo Force...

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...
MAGFest photo
MAGFest

Flip tables at MAGFest: Best Child's Play fundraiser EVER


Channel your inner frustrated Japanese salaryman
Dec 21
// Tony Ponce
Who says you can't combine charitable giving with righteous anger? During next month's MAGFest at the Gaylord National Hotel in Maryland, you can take part in a very special fundraising activity. By donating a few bucks, you ...
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Epic comment: Elsa on Tropes vs. Women featured on Reddit


A female community member's skeptical analysis of the debacle
Dec 08
// Niero Gonzalez
One of this year's most notable gaming controversies was undoubtably Tropes vs. Women, a Kickstarter campaign that drew both ire and defense from nearly every corner of the gaming community. Destructoid interviewed Anit...
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The final Nintendo Power cover is perfect


Simply... perfect...
Nov 30
// Tony Ponce
On the left is Nintendo Power #1. On the right is the final issue, #285. Wow. Bravo. We were hoping to wait until the mag hit newsstands on December 11, but since this photo of its cover has been making the rounds all day, we...
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Aksys selling VLR watches for Hurricane Sandy relief


All proceeds go directly to Red Cross
Nov 14
// Tony Ponce
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is great. The sweet pre-order watch modeled after the in-game bracelet is also pretty great. If you missed the chance to score the watch for free, you now have the option to buy it directly f...
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Chiptune Rush, your first-stop chiptune shop


A new music store brought to you by Mode 7 Games
Nov 11
// Tony Ponce
Have any of you ODed on chiptunes yet? No? In that case, allow me to fuel your addiction even further. If nothing else, I'm an enabler. The latest smack is Chiptune Rush, a music store that officially launched on October 23. ...
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Myst superfan spends six years making a real linking book


GLORIOUS!
Nov 06
// Tony Ponce
One of the great passions of videogame fans (or fans of any medium, for that matter) is to recreate the items found in the games as real-world objects. We've seen countless versions of the Portal gun, no shortage of elaborat...
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Redcoats die in this sweet AC3 short by Corridor Digital


It's like the British have never met a ninja before
Oct 22
// Tony Ponce
The British are f*cked. Based on the upcoming Assassin's Creed III, this short film by special effects video team Corridor Digital finds a band of British soldiers dealing with a young lad who had made an attempt on the comm...
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Belated alert! Buy Zac Bentz's NEScapism synthpop album


Full fizzy flavor!
Oct 21
// Tony Ponce
I may be late to this particular party, but the best part about music is that it maintains its flavor for a very, very, very long time. This belated bottle of carbonated elixir is NEScapism, a synthpop album from our communit...
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There's always room for Final Fantasy cover music!


New albums by The World is Square, Those Who Fight, and Knight of the Round
Oct 20
// Tony Ponce
In the span of a couple of months, three very different Final Fantasy cover bands released their first full albums. Is that too much? Well, if you had read the headline of this article, you would already know the answer to th...
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Warren Spector and I are totally best friends now


You guys wish you could be me
Oct 14
// Tony Ponce
I failed to mention that, immediately following the Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion preview event last month, Warren Spector led all the journalists on a tour through Magic Kingdom. We went on the Magic Carpet, Haunted...
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The Pokevengers totally wreck the house


Oct 02
// Tony Ponce
"I have an army!" "We have an Usaring." At last weekend's Anime Weekend Atlanta convention, artist AstroZerk ran a merch booth where a particularly badass number became the star of his gallery. That would be the above piece, ...
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Super smexy Need For Speed: Most Wanted trailer


Sep 25
// Daniel Starkey
So ... Burnout is awesome. Always has been, always will be. And while it is true that we haven't seen a true game from that franchise in a while, Criterion has been doing its best to bring all of the insane, anarchic fun we ...
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Not a baby's toy! NES Zapper turned into a lethal laser


Sep 25
// Tony Ponce
Do you know why science is awesome? Because there's always gotta be that one cat who looks at something that's already pretty pimp and declares, "No, not pimp enough." So he goes into his lab -- undoubtedly stocked with beak...
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Tons of awesome free Adventure Time games here


Sep 18
// Jonathan Holmes
[Update: Here's a game by some of the lads who brought you Octodad and the forthcoming Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Neat!] In the last story I wrote about the Adventure Time Game Making Frenzy, I said that if I had been able to p...
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Last year's most heartwarming game-related story was without a doubt that of Michael John Mamaril, the 22-year-old Borderands fan who lost his life to cancer. His friend Carlo sent an email to Gearbox Software explaining the ...

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Hungry Hungry Koopas, another Kodykoala masterpiece


Sep 12
// Tony Ponce
Well damn, son! I didn't think you'd be able to top Operation: Guts Man Edition, but lo and behold, I am spellbound by Hungry Hungry Koopas! Donald "Kodykoala" Kennedy has worked wonders once again by taking a classic board g...
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And the breakout videogame character of PAX is ...


Sep 02
// Chad Concelmo
Zackasaurus! I am a little in love with Super Time Force here at PAX. The game is a retro-looking shooter in the same vein as Contra, with a great twist involving time travel. You can read all about how much we all love the s...
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I... AM... ZUBATMAN!!!


Aug 23
// Tony Ponce
"He's the hero Kanto needs. But not the one it deserves." So says TerminalMontage, the creator of this animated short that blends Batman and Pokémon. The only thing that could make this better would be an appearance b...
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Pianocade: An arcade stick MIDI synthesizer


Aug 22
// Dale North
F*CKING AMAZING.GIMME GIMME GIMME.  The geeky place where games and music intersect is where I choose to camp out and live, so you can only imagine how I freaked out when I found the Pianocade. I NEED this thing. The Pi...
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LEGO Street Fighter II minifigs are downright fierce!


Jul 26
// Tony Ponce
LEGO sets are cool and all, but I've always been more fascinated by the minifigs that come with the sets. With a bit of creativity, you can customize your own plastic avatar. With even more creativity, you can recreate some o...
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FALCON PUUUUUUUNCH!!! Source Filmmaker edition


Jul 17
// Tony Ponce
YES. When Source Filmmaker was announced, this was the kind of sh*t I was hoping to see. Oh God, so very yes. How can anyone forget that scene from the F-Zero: GP Legend anime? Just replace Captain Falcon with the Heavy and ...
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[Update: Here's the announcement video that was screened during the panel.] Two years ago, there was a pretty bad-ass Street Fighter fan film called Street Fighter: Legacy that you might have seen. After it blew up the Inter...

The Mega Man 4 ROM hack to end all ROM hacks

Jul 05 // Tony Ponce
[embed]230770:44290:0[/embed] These are but the first eight levels. I really don't want to spoil the Cossack and Wily fortresses for you, where the dial goes beyond 10, beyond 11, beyond the limits of logic and reason. We're talking Gurren Lagaan levels of lunacy, my friends. Sure, the game follows the same plot as Mega Man 4, and sure, you fight the same Robot Masters, but that's where the similarities end. Beneath the surface, so much code has been rewritten, so much extra content has been packed in, that if you were to try to run this on actual NES hardware, you'd probably blow up your house and disrupt the power grid in your neighborhood. All the bosses have wild new attack patterns, enemies from other Mega Man games have been incorporated, and levels are larger and have multiple paths. Hell, there is a miniboss in Ring Man's level that is essentially Lololo and Lalala from Kirby's Dream Land! Instead of sticking to straight running, gunning, and jumping, MI is always mixing up the game style. You could be hopping on a pogo stick through some mine tunnels, dealing with constantly changing status ailments, or even commandeering enemy craft. One of my favorite parts (minor spoilers) occurs late in the game when you have to fight a series of Robot Master hybrids, fusions of old foes like Quick Man and Wood Man with abilities cribbed from both. Very cool! When people lament how stale the Mega Man series has gotten, it's not the fault of the property itself but of the minds behind the property who insist on treading the same familiar territory and not truly exploring the possibilities. Rockman 4 Minus Infinity demonstrates what can be done when someone who truly cares is behind the wheel. I urge you all to download the MI patch as well as a Japanese Rockman 4 ROM (track that one down on your own), then get to playing this remarkable achievement right away.
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When you hear the phrase "ROM hack," two thoughts may flitter across your mind. One, somebody took an old game from a legacy console and slightly altered the color palette or sprites to make it look like, for instance, all t...


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