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  • Blog Post: Jackie Chan Once Endorsed An Unofficial NES Console Clone In China

    The latest Did You Know Gaming video covers the Nintendo's first home console, the NES. In the video you will learn all about the console and its upbringing, and how Jackie Chan was able to help sneak the console into China after recreational video games were banned. The system was sold as an educational... More
  • Blog Post: Classic NES And SNES Playable Scenes Will Be Unlockable With Amiibo This Year

    Nintendo still has plans to release an Amiibo reader for the original 3DS, 3DS XL, and 2DS systems. The company says the device is on track for release some time this summer. More importantly, the publisher has revealed plans to make each figure have significantly more value. The company is planning... More
  • Blog Post: Godzilla Is Next To Join NECA's 8-Bit Video Game Figure Line

    NECA has found success creating ironically unattractive, but blissfully nostalgic figures inspired by 8-bit video games, and Godzilla is the next in line. Announced during Toy Fair NY , which is happening right now, 8-bit Godzilla has pixelated color scheme that doesn't quite line-up with the movie... More
  • Blog Post: Mario Teaches Capitalism In Super Mario Bros. 2 Video

    Technically it's actually YouTube channel Wisecrack , but it uses Super Mario Bros. 2 as a groundwork for delivering an overview of capitalism. You can check out the video below from creators Matt Reichle and Jared Bauer, and their narrator Nathan Lowe. The video discusses the assorted theories of... More
  • Blog Post: Bandai Namco's Mappy Land And The NES Dig Dig Available On Wii U Virtual Console

    Bandai Namco released two NES games on Virtual Console this week: Mappy Land and the NES port of Dig Dug. Most are familiar with Dig Dug as it is an Atari and arcade classic, but Mappy Land is a little more obscure. In the game you play as Mappy the mouse as he tries to save his girlfriend Mapico and... More
  • Blog Post: Shadow Of The Ninja For NES Heading To Wii U And 3DS Virtual Console

    Natsume is bring the 1991 NES ninja platformer Shadow of the Ninja to 3DS and Wii U Virtual Console very soon. The game is somewhat reminiscent of Ninja Gaiden which released a few years prior. Here's Shadow of the Ninja's story as it appears during the attract screen: United States of America... More
  • Blog Post: NES Platformer Shmup S.C.A.T. Available Now On Wii U Virtual Console

    S.C.A.T., short for Special Cybernetic Attack Team, stars characters named Arnold and Sigourney as they try to fend off an alien invasion. Originally released in 1991, S.C.A.T. is a bit of a cross between Contra and R-Type – a combination that looks very strange, it turns out. In Japan the game... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Which Zelda Should Be Remade Next?

    The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D hasn't released quite yet, but it's never too early to start thinking about the future. To be clear, we are absolutely getting ahead of ourselves. Next month we get to replay Majora's Mask on 3DS, and pending any delays, we should have a brand-new... More
  • Blog Post: Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight For NES Now Available On Wii U Virtual Console

    Originally released in 1990, Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight has little to do with Street Fighter or Final Fight, but it's available now on Wii U. Here's the plot summary from the listing for the game on Nintendo's website : It has been 25 years since Ken left the glory days of his fighting... More
  • Blog Post: Ultra Rare NES Cartridge Raking In A Fortune On Ebay

    A factory-sealed copy of Stadium Events is currently on the auction block at Ebay, and bidders are willing to pay a hefty price for it. The Bandai Co. sports title is one of the few North American NES games to use the Family Fun Fitness mat (later renamed the Power Pad), and has become a valued prize... More
  • Blog Post: Duck Hunt Hits Wii U Virtual Console On Christmas

    It's a Christmas miracle! Well, that might be overdoing it, but you'll definitely be able to play Duck Hunt with your family on December 25. Nintendo just updated its schedule of Virtual Console games, and Duck Hunt stands alone on December 25. Obviously your old NES Zapper won't work, so... More
  • Blog Post: Learn How Pikmin, Will Wright, And M.C. Escher Snuck Into Zelda Games

    The latest episode of Did You Know Gaming uncovers more about the Zelda series. In the video you will find out M.C. Escher's piece, Another World, likely inspired a dungeon in Twilight Princess, where Pikmin references show up in Wind Waker and Minish Cap, and how Will Wright (creator of SimCity... More
  • Blog Post: Watch Mike Tyson Box Himself In Punch-Out!!

    Jimmy Fallon loves to let his video game flag fly on The Tonight Show, and he's really outdone himself this time. The host has convinced world-famous boxer Mike Tyson to square off with himself in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! for the NES. The segment begins with Jimmy Fallon explaining to Kid Dynamite... More
  • Blog Post: Witness The Evolution Of The Video Game Controller

    Animator Pablo Fernandez examines the evolution of the video game controller with a short animation. Fernandez works in the medium of pixel and you can find more of his work by checking out his website, pixelfantasy . Along with his controller evolution animation, seen below, I am also partial to his... More
  • Blog Post: NECA Adds Rambo To Its 8-bit Figurine Line

    NECA has just announced the newest addition to its line of 8-bit video game tribute figurines, Rambo , from the 1988 Acclaim title of the same name. This line, which has already includes figurines of Batman , Robocop , Jason Vorhees , and many more, recreates famous characters as they appeared in their... More
  • Blog Post: Douglas E. Smith Creator Of Lode Runner Passes Away

    Douglas E. Smith, the creator of the classic puzzle game Lode Runner, has passed away. RIP: Douglas E. Smith, 1960 - 2014, the creator of the classic game Lode Runner. pic.twitter.com/9yf8dCUVt0 — TozaiGames (@TozaiGames) September 12, 2014 Released in the early 80s, Lode Runner was a puzzle game... More
  • Blog Post: Teens (Alongside Game Of Thrones' Maisie Williams) Share Their First Impressions Of The NES

    The NES is nearly 30 years old, which by video game standards makes it a relic. What do modern teenagers think of the retro console? The latest video from YouTube channel TheFineBros answers this question by placing the console in the hands of teenagers, as well as Maisie Williams who plays Arya Stark... More
  • Blog Post: Learn About Dragon Quest's Surprise Inspirations

    The latest episode of Did You Know Gaming webs series takes a look at the Dragon Quest series and the involvement of Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama. RPGs like Ultima and Wizardry inspired the game's creation, which isn't too surprising, but a game released in Japan called The Portopia Serial... More
  • Blog Post: Album Takes Classic 8-Bit NES Tunes And Turns Them Into Lullabies

    From the folks who brought us a collection of lullabies based off of Mega Man tunes , comes a new album that broadens its reach. Instead of focusing on a single game , musician Mark Polydoris and brother looked to a number of different games like Super Mario Bros. 2, Contra, Duck Tales, Castlevania,... More
  • Blog Post: Konami Shuts Down Metal Gear Fan Remake, Developers Release Trailer

    Outer Heaven, the mod team developing a remake of the original Metal Gear, has cancelled its project. In the wake of this cancellation, it released a trailer for its unfinished game. The team was highly invested in its project. It had even snagged David Hayter, the voice of Snake up through Metal Gear... More
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