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Evolution of the Nintendo Controller

July 20th, 2014 by

Nintendo has always been a risk-taker when it comes to their controllers, something this video catalogs beautifully. A PlayStation or Xbox version of this would be pretty boring by comparison.

Games and Jim Ross commentary are a perfect mash-up

July 13th, 2014 by

What makes Jim Ross the best wrestling commentator in the history of the business? His ability to sell every situation, no matter how ridiculous it seemed, with an energy and enthusiasm like no other.

But maybe you don’t care about wrestling. I mean, you’re at a website about video games. So, what happens when you take great moments from gaming and mix them with over-the-top commentary ripped straight from the WWE archives?

TheBlueOwlPlays answers that question with the following videos.

Hilarity. Hilarity happens.

Two more videos after the jump.

Punch-Out’s Little Mac is coming to Smash Bros.

February 13th, 2014 by


Today’s Nintendo Direct kicked off with a punch. It was like a kick-punch, though.

Little Mac, the undersized underdog from the Punch-Out series, was announced as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U.

For people like me who grew up with 007 373 5963 deeply ingrained into our very being, this is terrific news. Seeing as my friends would only play Super Smash Bros. Brawl with Assist Trophies turned off, this makes him pretty much all new for me.

Crap... don't let Anita Sarkeesian see this screen.

Crap. Whatever you do, don’t let Anita Sarkeesian see this screen.

For those of you keeping score at home, this brings the current playable character count to 23, still a far cry from Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s 35 selectable characters. More names will be announced, surely, but Mega Man versus Little Mac is kind of a dream come true for me.

“The size of the fight in the dog” was kind of my mantra growing up.

1977-2013: The Cost of Consoles Adjusted For Inflation

January 21st, 2014 by

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The Neo Geo was always regarded as a rich man’s SNK machine, so the high cost is no surprise. What is surprising, however, is that the price of the original NES, once adjusted for inflation, is more costly than the PS4. No wonder the old man wouldn’t get me one back in the day. “But your hand-me-down Commodore 64 works just fine!” he’d say.

Yeah dad, but does Duck Tales look like this on the Nintendo? Hmmm!? HMMMMMM!?

duck tales quest for gold commodore 64

I made this graphic showing how much classic consoles would cost in today’s dollars [Auir2blaze via r/gaming]

A look at South Korea’s officially licensed Mario toys

January 12th, 2014 by


While shopping here in South Korea last month, I came across a few Nintendo-licensed Mario toys. And by toys, I mean marble mazes with Mario branding.

Originally, I chalked this up to some shoddy licensing by Nintendo of Korea. This is a culture that is so out of touch with the modern pulse of society that lawmakers have considered lumping video games in with gambling, drugs, and alcohol for their life-ruining abilities. So, here’s a twisting, turning, moving mess of plastic that bridges the gap between reality and gaming so parents can interact.

Look at all those features. Marbles. Mazes. Stickers!

Look at all those features. Marbles. Mazes. Stickers. What fun!

I mean, it can’t be that alcohol is so cheap that parents drink themselves into a stupor and children go to school three times as long as they sleep that is ruining this culture of socially underdeveloped young adults, right? No, it’s definitely the games that are out of control, you morally-conservative twits.

These 3D Retro Sprites Will Spin You Right Round

January 6th, 2014 by

3d mega man

I always knew Mega Man had something of an overbite. What I didn’t count on were those buns of steel. Meeeeow! More after the jump.

Review: NES Remix (Wii U)

December 29th, 2013 by

nes remix review
At face value, NES Remix looks like it can do no wrong: It blends a handsome bunch of classic NES games together, serving them up in small portions under a nifty time-trial umbrella. Spend a few hours with it, though, and you’ll see soon enough that it packs more nostalgia than it does punch.

Review: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

December 13th, 2013 by

link between worlds review
Nintendo’s newest Zelda game has more in common with one of its oldest, taking place in a near-identical Hyrule to that of the beloved fan favorite A Link to The Past. Clearly a bid on Nintendo’s part to cash in on yesteryear’s magic – is A Link Between Worlds more than a simple trip down memory lane?

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