skrillex-quest-2I grew up playing Nintendo games. NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, Wii… Anything Nintendo-related gives me a warm fuzzy nostalgic feeling. This free game that you can play in any internet browser window does just that. And it’s actually quite well-made for a browser game, with its colorful seizure-inducing graphics. And it has a Skrillex soundtrack!

This simple game even has a story: A certain “golden NES cartridge” (I still have mine!) has gotten a piece of dust in it, and as a result the game within has become corrupted with glitches. You must take your sword and fight through a series of rooms in an effort to defeat the glitches inside the game.

The gameplay is simple yet fun, and I like how he incorporated the music. Hats off to the creator, Jason Oda, who also recently brought us the nostalgic but very short Perfect Strangers game (based on the opening song from the 80’s sitcom with Balki).

Click or go here to play Skrillex Quest: http://www.skrillexquest.com/

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Wii-u-doomedIt’s deja vu for Nintendo… A year and a half ago, their newest handheld portable device, the 3DS, was experiencing terrible sales, and Nintendo cut the price by 40% in less than six months after release. It was unheard of to slash prices so early in a release cycle. Now, it looks like they may have to go through it again, this time for the Wii U, even though in a recent investors meeting Nintendo president Satoru Iwata reassured them that they would not reduce the price as the newest system is already being sold at a loss.

There was a lot of hype for Nintendo’s new console, as it has a very versatile and responsive tablet controller (a first for consoles) and for the first time in Nintendo’s history 1080p HD quality graphics. So why are Nintendo sales now being associated with words like “abysmal”, “catastrophic lows”, “disaster” and even some are starting to call the system a “flop”? In only its second full month of availability, the Wii U sold a paltry 57,000 units in the U.S. (while the Xbox 360 sold 280,000).

Well, critics like Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter are saying various factors: “First, we think that the console was misunderstood by many as a peripheral for the Wii; second, the price point for the Wii U is relatively high, and the launch was into a weak economy; and third, first party software support was thin, and third-party software was not sufficiently differentiated to convince many that they needed a Wii U as a replacement for their Xbox 360 or PS3.”

Others are saying various reasons: Nintendo’s shoddy marketing of the system pre-launch (basically none); the rise of mobile gaming in Asia; the fact that it doesn’t really outshine existing competitors in any way; as with the company’s previous two consoles, the GameCube and Wii, the waning 3rd party support for the console.

IS THERE ANY HOPE?

Nintendo acknowledged last month that the launch of the Wii U were disappointing and confessed that it had failed to communicate its value to the end-users worldwide. They claim that they will ensure that there are more games for the platform on the market soon.

This is a critical stage. In order for the system to succeed, the only choices for Nintendo is 1. rush more games out from their 1st/2nd party development studios as there’s definitely no help from 3rd party developers on the horizon, or 2. the eventual price cut (I’m gonna say September 2013).

As a video games fan, I feel sorry for Nintendo, a company that stands for innovation and creativity. Competition is healthy for the industry, and gamers like us will benefit if Nintendo does succeed. I really hope that they turn things around.

Legend-Zelda-digitalAre you a Nintendo fan like me? Do you like anything Nintendo-character related? Mario? Kirby? Zelda? Link? Then take a look at this really well-made video of a paper Link walking through some iMac’s, Macbooks, iPads and an iPad Touch. This must have taken a huge amount of time and coordination/planning.

credit: Final Cut King

By the way, there’s a cool “Behind the Scenes” video of how they made this below.

nintendo-historyDid you grow up playing Nintendo games? NES, SNES, Gameboy, Nintendo 64, Gamecube… Nostalgic memories of my childhood and now my children get to experience what I did, as I’ve kept all my old systems for them to enjoy (did you? do they still work?). This video posted by retrogameaddict1 is really well made! If you’re a Nintendo fan, you’ll enjoy this creation by a computer graphics designer about Nintendo’s history of the consoles and handhelds.  You can see the creator Anthony Veloso is a Nintendo fan like me. By the way, try your hand at guessing all the games between 1:54 and 2:00.

super-mario-beads-2I grew up playing Nintendo games. NES, SNES, Nintendo 64… I have fond memories of my childhood whenever I see anything Nintendo-related. This video by lefvandebilder brings that warm nostalgia feeling. And you can see the creators are Nintendo fans like me. So much hard work in order to make this original animation. You guys are terrific!

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By the way, the “Behind the Scenes” video below is almost as fun to watch – especially when they get to the time-lapsed portion of production. Definitely worth seeing!

Walking-Dead-Telltale-GamesZombie fans! Casual gamers! Do you have an iPhone or iPad, or Xbox Live? For a limited time only, the award-winning and critically-acclaimed “Walking Dead – The Game” by Telltale Games, based on the smash hit TV series is FREE! (Episode 1 only) Download it now before it’s too late!! (works best on iPad2 or better)

Walking-Dead-Telltale-Games-2IGN explains the uniqueness of the  gameplay:

“As you play through [the episode], the big moments come when you choose how Lee [the protagonist]  responds to situations and what he says in conversations with his fellow survivors. Choices and dialogue pop up on screen with timers, and you have seconds to pick exactly what you’re going to do or say. Whereas previous adventure games from developer Telltale Games would let you run through every possible line of dialogue, that isn’t the case here. In The Walking Dead, you choose, and the game moves on – adapting its story to each decision.”

In the end, IGN gives it a 9.3/10.

“The Walking Dead: The Game is something special. By giving players the option to craft relationships and make choices that fill out the story, The Walking Dead wraps you up in its events and makes you care in a way few video games can.”

Click here for App Store (iOS) or go here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/walking-dead-the-game/id524731580?mt=8

mega-man-street-fighter-crossover-2Yes, free! Yes, Mega Man! Yes, retro-style 8-bit gaming! Yes, crossover mash-up! Street Fighter x Mega Man is a retro-style game that stars Mega Man against 8 different Street Fighter characters! OMG DROOL! Releasing today 12/17/2012 – Download now! or go here: http://www.capcom-unity.com/mega_man

This year was Street Fighter’s 25th anniversary, next year is Mega Man’s 25th anniversary. And something nice had to be done. The game’s development was spearheaded by Capcom super-fan Seow “Sonic” Zong Hui. Capcom was so impressed by him that they decided to publish it (but for free)!

Story Credit: kotaku.com

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