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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…

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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…

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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…

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What’s cooler than The Clapper? The Zapper, obviously!

Amputated thumb in the above photo not included. Turning on a lamp should be fun and what better way than to use that old NES Zapper you have lying around. YouTuber user Wermy built this beauty with a couple arduinos, of course, and a few modifications to an NES Zapper….

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Famicom system makes for a great Halloween costume

Well, there’s something you don’t see everyday. This throwback costume was spotted in Japan this past week, in search of candy or maybe cartridges. Gotta love the attention to detail and that, as The Verge pointed out, it truly might be a Family Computer with the controllers holding the console’s…

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AVS retroUSB is the more affordable retro NES gaming option

We’ve seen the AnalogueNT and all it’s beauty (and price). We’ve got the NES Classic coming in a month – pre-loaded with 30 classic NES titles. Now, we’ve got the AVS retroUSB console. A more affordable system that will play original front loading NES cartridges and top loading Famicom games….

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Need more NES nostalgia? Buy this book

I’m not saying you should buy it. They didn’t tell me to tell you to buy it. I’m just saying – if you’re into this big retro push lately around the NES then there’s a cool book you might like. That’s all. As we all know the NES Classic Mini…

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Ben Heck tears apart a Power Glove

Funny to imagine that the Power Glove was our first hint at a Minority Report world of technology. I didn’t own a Power Glove when I was a kid. I remember thinking, even as a kid, it was excessive. Also, after seeing a few friends use it it didn’t seem…