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Retrogaming Ports for Modern Hardware

X360X360Racketboy has collected a list of retrogaming port announcements that are sure to interest retrogamers who don't want to go the emulator route. The GBA is getting a 3-game Capcom pack that includes Bionic Commando and Strider (whatever happened to that franchise?), and the Xbox 360 Live Arcade is getting a whole suite of really sweet classics (including Paperboy and Sonic). It really amuses me how many "obsolete" games are showing up on modern consoles these days--a testament to their status as true classics. Of course, this ties in nicely with Nintendo's announcement to cater more to touch gamers this time around.

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The Original Nintendo: Stand-Up Comedy!

Do you remember having to blow into your NES cartridges to get them to work? Can you hum more than three tunes from Mario Bros? Did you ever try to get your parents to play your NES games? Then you will definitely appreciate the following stand-up comedy routine by Kyle Cease, courtesy of YouTube! Warning: Contains foul language!

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The Evolution of Mario

Super Mario Bros: Has Mario evolved in leaps and bounds?Super Mario Bros: Has Mario evolved in leaps and bounds?Game Daily is running a nice 6-page feature on the history of Nintendo's uber-famous Mario character. The article takes us through the various iterations of Mario, from the humble platforming days to sports, driving, and role-playing. However, I was a bit surprised that the author didn't mention the original Mario Bros game. True, it wasn't nearly as well-developed as Super Mario Bros. for the NES, but the original game did have some nice platforming action (I especially liked the two-step process required to blast the turtles) and established many of the gameplay elements of the later games. I had lots of fun with it on my Commodore 64.

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Get The Wizard on DVD!

PowerGlove: I love the PowerGlove. It's so bad.PowerGlove: I love the PowerGlove. It's so bad.Here's the DVD release you've all been waiting for--The Wizard, that classic Nintendo-propaganda film starring Fred Savage is on its way. Kotaku has the infamous PowerGlove scene from the film playing on its website. It's sure to make you chuckle (I'm giving it the official "don't view while drinking a Coke" warning). All right, so I have to know. Who is going to be buying this DVD? Sadly, I must admit that I've never actually seen this film in its entirety.

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Turrican vs. Metroid: A Complexity Issue

Author and Screenshots: Matthew D. Barton
Editing: Bill Loguidice
Online Layout and Additional Screenshots: Buck Feris
Notes: All screenshots were taken directly from the referenced emulators.

Title screen of Metroid taken from the FCE Ultra NES Emulator.After reading literally tons of videogame theory and thinking a lot about videogames (and games) in general, I have come to a few realizations about why I enjoy certain games a lot more than others. This realization sprang from hours of thinking about supposedly similar games and wondering, what is that quality about X that makes it better than Y?

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A USB Powerglove?

FourScore: USB-retrofitted NES FourScore gameport extender. Where else will you find one?FourScore: USB-retrofitted NES FourScore gameport extender. Where else will you find one?How'd you like to have a USB Powerglove? Now's your chance. Retrozone is offering a whole slew of USB-fitted retro NES gear, including the NES PowerPad and even the Advantage. Of course, you can also get the classic controller or a retrokit to adapt your own NES controller. Looks like vital necessities for the serious NES emulator. Link via Gizmodo.

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Get your Gameboy Cufflinks!

Nintendo Gameboy Cufflinks: Why didn't you think of these?Nintendo Gameboy Cufflinks: Why didn't you think of these?I know what you're thinking...How did I possibly live without these babies for so long? Well, the wait is over. Get your Gameboy Color Color Cufflinks from Ahchay's Etsy Shop today. However, I might warn you: These will, in all probability, seriously crimp your suave 007 style. Unfortunately, they aren't playable. Well, perhaps that's not so unfortunate.

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