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4:30 PM on 03.23.2012

NES JAMS is a half-and-half blend of piano and chiptune

You got chocolate in my peanut butter! Well, you got peanut butter in my chocolate! And this guy put piano arrangements in my NES music! Is nothing sacred anymore!? For the magical price of "whatever," you can grab a copy of ...

Tony Ponce







Today is a fine day for a FREE EarthBound tribute album photo
Today is a fine day for a FREE EarthBound tribute album
by Tony Ponce

Any day is a fine day for free music of any kind, but EarthBound is a game that strikes a particularly harmonious chord whenever it is mentioned. Maybe if fans believe in the power of friendship and magic enough, Nintendo of America will finally acknowledge that the Mother series is a thing that exists.

Back in January, a collective of web musicians, spearheaded by one sleepytimejesse, produced I Miss You - EarthBound 2012. The artists took sound samples directly from the SNES game to create something new yet still nostalgic and inviting. The album went up on Bandcamp where it can be purchased for a buck.

This past week, Ubiktune decided to host the album as well. To celebrate, the siteis offering it for free. After the jump, give the sample track by Joshua Morse a listen, then head on over to one of the links below for the full release. Maybe you'll wanna pay, maybe not. Your choice!

Various Artists - I Miss You - EarthBound 2012 [Ubiktune]
I Miss You - EarthBound 2012 [Bandcamp] (Thanks for the tip, Paul!)

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8:00 PM on 03.20.2012

ScrewAttack uncovered a bizarre PSA from the early 90s

Hop into your time-traveling phone booth and go back to the early 90s, when pastels and neon were all the rage and Hulk Hogan was still a real American who fought for the rights of every man. The boys at ScrewAttack were doin...

Tony Ponce



Review: Abobo's Big Adventure photo
Review: Abobo's Big Adventure
by Daniel Starkey

The NES era was a special time for a lot of us. Many of the staff here at Dtoid will always have a certain attachment to the period, myself included.

Abobo's Big Adventure is a tribute to all those who grew up with the gaming gods of old. This free Flash game is quite fun and funny, definitely well worth a trip down memory lane.

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10:30 AM on 02.01.2012

Max Payne (and others) derezzed for 8-bit home computers

What if, instead of Max Payne 3, the next chapter in the saga was a retro throwback for old-ass computers like the ZX Spectrum or Commodore 64? You watch the video above and, at first, it doesn't look all that bad. Then you ...

Tony Ponce



The joy of pinball photo
The joy of pinball
by Chad Concelmo

You walk into an arcade. Whether you just finished playing miniature golf, swinging a bat in the batting cages, or just decided to make your way to one of the few remaining standalone arcades hidden in some random downtown nook, it doesn't matter. You are in an arcade and you are happy.

As you walk around on the gaudy, gloriously retro carpet, the smell of lukewarm pizza and burnt popcorn fills the air. The light of a claw machine reflects off the side of an unpolished token dispenser. Kids run past you, waving long trails of red tickets in their hands, as you make your way to the very back of the cabinet-filled room.

You have one destination in mind.

A pinball machine.

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8:00 PM on 01.13.2012

ScrewAttack asks who or what your favorite retro boss is

With a title that I would have expected our own Chad Concelmo to concoct, ScrewAttack has kicked off a new series entitled The Best EVER! The premise is quite self-explanatory: folks ask SA their opinions on the best "whateve...

Tony Ponce

6:15 PM on 01.13.2012

A collection of videogame maps drawn from memory

Here's a novel idea: ask gamers to recreate stage layouts and overworld maps from their favorite games... without any sort of reference! The result is Mapstalgia, a place where folks can upload hand-drawn game maps spawned en...

Tony Ponce

6:30 PM on 12.08.2011

Japan's Super Potato has got all the bomb frostings

Any gamer with an interest in visiting Japan will most undoubtedly be aware of Super Potato, the famous retro game store in Tokyo's Akihabara shopping district. You might have even sen a few videos that tour the joint, but o...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 10.29.2011

Remember The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge?

It's the weekend before Halloween, and my mind turns to thoughts of the spooky. After recently re-watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, I suddenly remembered its sequel, Oogie's Revenge. Never heard of the sequel? Well, it...

Jim Sterling



Guilty pleasures/unsung classics of my SNES childhood photo
Guilty pleasures/unsung classics of my SNES childhood
by Max Scoville

It’s the 20th anniversary of the release of the Super Nintendo! To celebrate, Destructoid is offering a week's worth of SNES-related content. Join us for “Seven days of the Super Nintendo!

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System is without hesitation THE system of my childhood. In recent years, I’ve been less than enamored with some of Nintendo’s decisions, both commercially and creatively, but nothing they do can ever take away the amount of fondness I have for that grey and purple plastic box.

Even if you asked people who grew up playing Sega Genesis, there’s no denying that the SNES had a lot of incredible games. Titles like Super Metroid and The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past played a big part in my personal golden age of gaming, but they weren’t the only ones I loved. There were other games that I have metaphorically blown on and inserted into a very special cartridge slot in my heart.

I wouldn’t call these games “guilty pleasures,” per se, but I hesitate before loudly declaring them “classics.” They’re not all even SNES exclusives, they were just games I played on the system. They might not have aged as well, but when looked at through the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia, they’re pretty awesome, and I feel the need to wax nostalgic about them for a moment.

[Header image credit: Tonikop]

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11:00 PM on 08.12.2011

New Once Upon a Monster trailer is good old family fun

It comes as no surprise that Microsoft has an overly pretentious family enjoying the Kinect in this trailer. Looking past that, the video does a great job showing off how damn fun this game looks. It also gets me all nostalg...

Brett Zeidler





11:30 PM on 07.12.2011

Megamalgamation: 375 iconic Mega Men

Alright, I'm not going to lie -- I really like seeing people take their own spin on characters or artwork. For example, while not exactly a brony myself, I spent way longer than any grown man should browsing the My Little Pon...

Daniel Starkey

8:00 AM on 07.05.2011

Super Mario 3DS to feature more classic suits

The return of the Tanooki suit has been a big talking point for Super Mario 3DS, but Nintendo has revealed that it won't be the only famous costume to make a return. Mario will get to dress in a few other togs from yesteryear...

Jim Sterling

12:20 PM on 06.17.2011

Sonic the Hedgehog 20th anniversary figure looks classy

SEGA has revealed a commemorative 20th anniversary Sonic the Hedehog figurine. In keeping with the theme of Sonic Generations, the figure pays dual respect to both "classic" and "modern" Sonic, with the green-eyed version pos...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 02.18.2011

Regular Show, representing the retro gamer

If you visit this site frequently, chances are you've heard us name-drop Cartoon Network's fairly recent masterpiece Adventure Time. The Destructoid staff, in particular one Jonathan Holmes, loves to draw attention to it when...

Tony Ponce