We have a pretty wide range of musical tastes here in the 8-bit offices – but it just so happens one of our favorite bands, Atlanta based Torche, just released an 8-bit game to promote their new album – Restarter. The game, Torche vs Robots, models itself after the classic side scrolling shooters of the 8-bit generation. You can choose any one of the band members to play as. It’s pretty great – and of course has a great soundtrack. Check out the game at torchevsrobots.com. Their new album hits shelves…both digital and physical February 24 in the US.
A little 8-bit nugget from Sony’s Keynote Experience a few months ago (I know, I’m behind) revealed Yacht Club Game‘s Shovel Knight will be coming to PS3, PS4 and Vita this year. Along with that news was a cameo from some dude named Kratos from some other game. Check out the teaser for the 8-bit action and stay for the post credits tease. [via Joystiq]
This would be a little nerve racking. Last year The Fine Bros, with the help of composer/animator Doctor Octoroc, created an 8-bit tribute to the, sadly, short lived comedy series ‘Freaks & Geeks’. They also had Rogen and Franco play their creation. It’s awkward – but still fun to see them relive some classic moments in 8-bit fashion. [via LaughSpin]
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse. YouTube user Rush Coil has decided to make the already catchy Too Many Cooks theme song even more catchy by giving it an 8-bit spin. I’m enjoying these off the wall weird shorts that Adult Swim is creating – if you haven’t seen the follow up infomercial – Unedited Footage of a Bear – then you’re really missing out.
This is an easy one. After beating the game you’ll be sent back to the title screen – just hit B and you’ll be able to choose to start at any level you want. How nice of them. [via BI]
The holy grail of Super Mario Bros. cheats. The infinite lives cheat! Everyone knows about this one – or at least should – but knowing about it and being able to pull it off are different stories. I think I’ve only done it twice, but I’ve also only tried it twice. That’s not true. I’ve lost a ton of lives and time trying to perfect this. But once you get it – it’s pretty glorious. Especially when your life count in between levels becomes a cloud or some random object that now equals a number so high in Mario world it doesn’t matter. I’d explain how to do it but it’ll be a waste of time. Just watch the video and practice…practice…practice. Nothing sounds so sweet as extra lives just roll in. [via myself…and BI for reminding me]
Kickoff those Sunday shoes…cause Mario is about to get Footloose. Originally I was going to put this under the [Classic Cheats] but it really isn’t. It’s just Mario being Mario…on one foot! Cool little trick in the classic Super Mario Bros. title – to do this just hold B and jump immediately after starting a level or exiting a pipe as Fire Mario. Then watch with awe. [via Supper Mario Broth]
This is both awesome and terrible – and only terrible because I’ve already lost hours to it. The Internet Arcade, a project by the Internet Archive – a non-profit that is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form, and JSMESS, is building a collection of browser based arcade games. Currently at 900+ games – this is a fairly exhaustive list. To top it off they’ve even got classic console emulators and a ton of titles in the Console Living Room section. [via BI]
Doubling down on this edition of classic cheats with not one, but two ways of earning those extra lives we all love so dearly. Of course there is the infinite life trick – but that’ll be covered separately since it deserves the attention. These are a bit more simple in execution. First up is the invisible block 1-Up. To get this one you need to collect all the coins in the third level of any world. For example, if you collect all coins in World 1-3 there will be a bonus 1-Up waiting for you in the first level of the next world – i.e. World 2-1. Of course it’ll be hidden in an invisible block but I’m sure you’ll find it.
Second up is the quick 8 streak koopa kill extra life. Turtle a koopa and hit it to the right of the screen. If you kill 8 in a row – boom – extra life. It’s been awhile but I think there are only a few spots where this works. [via BI]
We actually covered this awhile back when it was still in it’s infant stages. It’s been awhile since we’ve checked in but the other day we received an official press release about a full launch. So now it’s even more ready than before. Check out the launch trailer above – and big 1.0 changes that are now in place. Along with the big updates the user base has grown significantly exceeding over 650,000 registered users. Updates will continue even after this big launch.
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