Back in my day we didn’t have 14 buttons on our controllers…we had 2…and they were made out of wood. We didn’t have ‘save slots’ or ‘checkpoints’ – we had time and trial and error. A lot of trial and error. Another thing we had was durable controllers that could handle being tossed across the room at any given moment. They also didn’t cost $50. To prove how hard we had it with our gaming – the Fine Bros. asked some teens to play the original Mega Man as part of their Teens React series. Spoilers – Mega Man doesn’t go easy on these kids. [via Mashable]
So ‘Pixels’ has been around for quite awhile – if you’re a long time reader you probably caught the original short by Patrick Jean here on 8-bit along with the news that the Happy Madison crew would be handling the full feature. I feel like there’s even been a teaser trailer floating around with our key players – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage. Either way it’s coming this year and to top it off Columbia Pictures has released some very cool 8-bit posters to get things going. I haven’t seen a decent Sandler movie in a long time but I love this concept of – “intergalactic aliens misinterpreting video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults.” Sounds like a really fun movie – let’s just hope along with the 80’s arcade theme we get some classic 80’s humor with it. Above you’ve got the Pac Man poster – but hit the jump to see the Donkey Kong, Centipede and Space Invaders versions. [via /film]
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]