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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…

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…

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…

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Nintendo released original manuals for the NES Classic Mini

Ok. Outside of not producing enough, which could be argued as the most important, Nintendo did an all around awesome job with the release of the NES Classic Mini. They brought back the old power hotline, the retro ads AND included digital versions of the original instruction manuals for each…

Famicom Unboxing 8-bit Cool Stuff

Ultimate Famicom unboxing

The unboxing ritual we see captured on every tech blog isn’t anything new. Since the dawn of new packaged technology, people have been unboxing. The excitement. The first smell of new plastic. The organizing and accounting for all expected parts within their own individual packaging is all part of it….

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[No bits] Super Mario Run is Super Mario Meh

This December Nintendo will jump into the mobile gaming market with Super Mario Run. Super Mario Run looks like…a Mario Brothers game that we’ve already seen. It feels like a weak sauce entry into the mobile market and some are concerned that it will tarnish Nintendo’s image of being unique,…