Articles by Russ

Nintendo's Legend of Zelda design doc 8-bit Cool Stuff

Nerd out over these original Legend of Zelda design docs

It’s the 30th anniversary of Legend of Zelda this year and Nintendo is releasing some very cool items in celebration. The latest are original design documents for various sections and levels of the classic hit. The drawings are from the masters themselves, Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, and highlight Nintendo’s planning…

F1 8-bit season review 8-bit Cool Stuff

Formula 1 2016 8-bit year in review

I don’t follow F1 very much so I can’t give any type of F1 details. Car racing, to me, has always been a neutral interest. I won’t go out of my way for it but I certainly don’t hate it. But, when F1 decided to do an 8-bit review of…

Very first NES ad 8-bit Cool Stuff

See what the very first NES ad looked like

I love this type of stuff. Frank Cifaldi, an archivist and founder/board president of The Video Game History Foundation, came across the very first ad for the NES in a January 1985 issue of Consumer Electronics. He, thankfully, shared the discovery plus another gem from the very same mag a…

DIY Arcade Stick 8-bit Cool Stuff

DIY time! Build an arcade stick

The weekend is fast approaching and that means – DIY time! With all the emulator talk lately maybe it’s time we build a classic arcade stick to go with it. Designed by Fredrik Setterberg, the BambooArcade, is a clean, simple design built using IKEA parts, arcade components and screws. Seems obvious…

8-bit General

RetroEngine Sigma is the all-in-one retro gaming system

Another day, another retro gaming console. The retro market is making such a comeback it’s becoming not retro anymore. We have plenty of classic gaming emulators out there; we have the NES Mini Classic (which I feel like I write about weekly but that’s because I’m lazy), we have the…

Shovel Knight Prequel 8-bit Spotlight

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is the prequel we need

If you haven’t checked out Shovel Knight yet – you should. It’s a fantastic indie game from Yacht Club Games that wonderfully captures that classic NES action style games. Well, thankfully we’ll be getting a sequel to the 2014 indie hit that is actually a prequel: Shovel Knight: Specter of…

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Ninja Gaiden’s soundtrack is getting remastered

30 years later the classic soundtrack is getting remastered and released on CD, vinyl (for the kids) and digitally. Brave Wave Productions is leading the charge in association with KOEI TECMO and the original composers. Original composer being Keiji Yamagishi who, straight out of University, created the beloved soundtrack to one…

Defenders of the Triforce escape room 8-bit Cool Stuff

Legend of Zelda as an escape room game? Sign. Us. Up.

Escape rooms are generally a total blast. I did one here in Boston with co-workers a few years ago. We enjoyed it so much we even discussed plans of coming back. We didn’t. But this isn’t that story. I think the fun part of escape rooms is seeing how the…