The Nintendo Switch’s Hidden NES Emulator is a Tribute to the late-Satoru Iwata…

A few days ago, dataminers discovered the NES game Golf hidden within the Switch’s firmware. Speculation ranged from it being a bug, a placeholder for the eventual launch of Nintendo’s Virtual Console service, or some hidden Easter egg. In actuality, it’s the last assumption, but it goes a bit deeper than a simple bonus. Members and users of the forum were able to find out the very specific steps needed to get the emulator up and running legitimately. First, your Nintendo Switch console must be on the initial firmware version (1.0.0) and be set to the date of July 11. Why that specific date? Well, in 2015, that was the day that Satoru Iwata passed away and Golf was one of the first titles he worked on. Continue reading “The Nintendo Switch’s Hidden NES Emulator is a Tribute to the late-Satoru Iwata…”

Genyo Takeda, Nintendo Game And Hardware Designer, Is Retiring

Genyo Takeda, known for working on some of Nintendo’s most iconic games, consoles, and tech, will be stepping down from the company this June. Takeda, 68, was hired in 1971 by future Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi, and got started by creating the gun game that nearly sunk Nintendo (not by his doing, but due to the oil crisis of the late-1970s). However, he would go on to produce and direct classic games (like Punch-Out!!, Pilotwings 64, and Dr. Mario 64) and technology (like tapping the NES cart’s RAM to back up save data, the N64 controller’s analog stick and headed up the Wii’s development) as he had long been part of Nintendo’s technology brain trust.

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A Grim Warning from the 1980s About the Black Magic in “Final Fantasy”…

I want to preface this post with a brief look at my background:

  1. I am a Christian with a spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ and follower of his teachings, especially John 13:34-35, asking us to “love one another as I (Christ) have loved you” and my favorite books in The Bible are Exodus (overcoming external and internal captivity) and Proverbs (a book of wisdom & justice);
  2. I’m a supporter of science and technology (in case you cannot tell by this website’s existence) because I enjoy learning how things work, how things came to be and what could happen next based on research, discovery, experimentation and fact-based evidence resulting from the scientific method;
  3. I’m a consumer of various types of media, ranging from architecture, video games, pro wrestling (in case, well, you know…), books, music, podcasts, comics, board games, etc., and I’d like to think that I have enough of a perspective (based on a combination of parenting, mentorships and experiences) to differentiate between fantasy and reality to make informed decisions.

I say this because there are stories like the one I’m about to mention that tend to grind my gears. Religious fundamentalists utilizing scare tactics toward a growing/popular medium for the sake of self-promotion is nothing new (i.e. Teletubbies, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, reading, yoga, the Jitterbug, Harry Potter, new music genres, skirts, chess, etc.), but this one from the 1980s is especially sad, mainly due to its aforementioned shallow intentions and its resulting unintended hilarity.  Continue reading “A Grim Warning from the 1980s About the Black Magic in “Final Fantasy”…”

New ‘Super Mario Bros.’ World Record Claimed by Only .05 Seconds

It appears that speedrunner Kosmic has shaved off the record time for completing the 1985 NES classic Super Mario Bros. by three frames, according to the above video and tweet he posted earlier this week.  Kosmic earlier stated this past Friday that he beat the Darbian’s then-current world record in Super Mario Bros. by a single frame, but later reserved that claim after detecting a “lag frame” earlier in the run. Kuddos for honesty! Continue reading “New ‘Super Mario Bros.’ World Record Claimed by Only .05 Seconds”

Here’s a Full Swedish Orchestra performing a Mega Man Medley…

The eight-minute video above is something else.  It features the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, comprised of people in their 50s (or older), many of whom have likely never played a game in the Mega Man series, flawlessly perform theme songs from the games.  It is quite the amazing sight! Most of the set has music from Mega Man 3, but also includes music from 1 and 2, as … Continue reading Here’s a Full Swedish Orchestra performing a Mega Man Medley…

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ as an NES Game…

While the earlier years of the NES may never have had the power to produce a game like this, I like to hold imagine that the classic system could have in its twilight years… Anyway, here’s CineFix’s take on a game based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which looks great as a late NES, early SNES game, something from the early … Continue reading ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ as an NES Game…

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Netflix stuffs its Video Service into an NES cartridge, Because Why Not?

Netflix engineers' DarNES project

Netflix (you know, that thing you use to watch House of Cards) holds an event called Hack Days, which often showcases some wonderful and off-the-wall experiments and projects, but I think this latest project TOTALLY takes the cake, the whole cake, and NOTHING BUT the cake! Engineers Guy Cirino, Carenina Motion and Alex Wolfe have created DarNES, a hack that turns the original Nintendo Entertainment System into a Netflix playback machine. I’ll just let that soak in for a minute…..The retro-gaming console from the mid-1980s remains unchanged, as the true secret lies inside a special 256KB cartridge. While you probably don’t want to watch a blocky, 8-bit graphic marathon of Arrested Development or Orange is the New Black, it’s still pretty cool to know that you could if you really wanted to. Continue reading “Netflix stuffs its Video Service into an NES cartridge, Because Why Not?”

The World Is Yours; Here’s ‘Scarface’ as an NES Game…

Scarface As An NES Shooter

In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women. Then when you get the women, THEN you get the 8-bit homage — because the ladies love cool games. The classic 1983 gangster movie ‘Scarface’ with Al Pacino’s Tony Montana and his M-16a1 machine gun would have made a really great side-scrolling shooter. And it’d need to have the craziest final level if it followed the movie’s story properly. Continue reading “The World Is Yours; Here’s ‘Scarface’ as an NES Game…”

Plywood OnePlus New/Old Twins – WIRed #120

It’s time for Episode 120 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a house that predominantly showcases plywood, how you can get a OnePlus One phone, how one game is really TWO games, and the reveal of the Brothers Hebner in WWF! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Plywood OnePlus New/Old Twins – WIRed #120”