Retro

Mac and Me turns 30 tomorrow!

In honor of Mac and Me’s 30 year release anniversary here’s a great trailer where Mac and Me went to Mcdonalds!

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Dance your way down to the arcade for some DDR!

Dance your way down to the arcade for some DDR!

For international dance day now you can play all the DDR songs from over 8 generations of DDR thanks to IGT! It doesn’t get any better than this for our DDR fanatics! Come spend the day dancing away with us!

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NES turns 35 today!

NES turns 35 today!

Yes its true the classic NES is celebrating its 35 year release date. The NES still is one of the best at home console systems of all time. The NES really did set the bar for the standard of at home video game consoles! The success around the NES and the recent revival of it may not come as a surprise to you but here are 15 interesting NES facts you may not have known!

 

1. Pac Man was created over a slice of pizza! Pac-Man itself is said to be a whole pizza missing a slice, and the name “Pac Man” originated from the Japanese word/sound for eating, similar to the english word “Chomp”.

2. In Double Dragon 2 the NES version has a different gameplay ending compared to the arcade game.

3. Legend’s of Zelda’s character of the twilight Princess Zelda was inspired and influenced by Zelda Fitzgerald, the socialite wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

4. Ghosts and Goblins difficult gameplay actually requires you to complete the game twice in order to truthfully beat the game. The first completion ends as a dream that the player was experiencing.

5. 61 million units of the NES were sold beating out other at home consoles of the time.

6. The NES original design was for it to be a keyboard and floppy disc game console with 16 bit games. Thankfully it was changed to a 8 bit game cartridge system that plugged directly into your tv.

7. The NES Donkey Kong was the most visually accurate to the arcade game however, it had to be condensed in order to fit in the limited spacing capacity of the cartridge and in order to keep the authenticity of the original game.

8. There were add on tape data recorders and sewing machines that would record data and stitch Nintendo patterns.

9. Super Mario Bros cartridges sold over 40 million copies.

10. There was a strange glitch in the Japanese adaptation of  Super Mario Bros which allowed for an infinite number of minus worlds in the game.

11. The Play Choice 10 allowed for 10 demos of 10 different NES games to be played in one console.

12. The NES cartridges were shaped specifically like cassettes to detour the retailers from wanting to stay away from video-games.

13. The last licensed NES game was in 1994 just days after the Sony release of the playstation.

14. The 1994 release date means it lasted three generations of home consoles. Now the revival of the NES has 30 built in games in one!

 

15. People are still pirating games decades later, even making original games based off of newer movies.

 

 

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Donkey Kong and Popeye are the same!

Donkey Kong and Popeye are the same!

Donkey Kong’s 37 anniversary is coming up so in honor of that here is a little Donkey Kong fact you may not have known!

By now you must know that Mario was first know as Jumpman, but did you know he was almost Popeye?

 Originally Nintendo set out to make a Popeye arcade game where Popeye saves Olive from Brutus’s capture. However, Nintendo was unable to acquire legal permission over these iconic characters and had to make adjustments in order to be seen as an original design and not waste all the time they had spent on the project. Video game designer on the project, Shigeru Miyamoto, decided to replicate these iconic characters with different artistic stylings of the characters and art in order to be able to deliver a much anticipated game they already spent time building.

Most identifiable is the character of Brutus of which has been turned into the now equally iconic character of Donkey Kong.

The character Olive Oil has now become a slightly smaller and blonder character which is the first rendition of Princess Peach.

Popeye was transformed into the character Jumpman, which is now famously adored by many as the character Mario from the Mario Bros saga.

          

The adaptation of these characters went on to launch one of Nintendo’s most successful game series, Mario Brothers featuring the beloved hero Mario and adored damsel in distress, Princess Peach.  Eventually Nintendo was able to make their own Popeye game a few years later and many will spot the similarities between Donkey Kong and Popeye’s game-plays as the concepts and designs are almost identical.

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Labyrinth’s the worm! Happy 32nd birthday Labyrinth!

Labyrinth’s the worm! Happy 32nd birthday Labyrinth!

This movie had tons of iconic strange 80s moments and characters, but one of our favorites is the worm! If you get the chance today be sure to watch this classic movie in honor of its 32nd birthday!  

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