• The Analogue Nt mini console is a loving tribute to NES history

    The Analogue Nt mini console is a loving tribute to NES history

    The Analogue Nt mini isn’t an NES – it’s better. The third-party system created by designer Christopher Taber is a work of art in its own right, crafted from a solid piece of aluminum and offering internals that boast no-compromise gameplay experience, vs. what you’d get from a home hack using emulation software. Analogue’s Nt mini is the smaller sibling to… Read More

  • Nintendo is launching a mini version of its iconic NES console with 30 classic games

    Nintendo is launching a mini version of its iconic NES console with 30 classic games

    When you’re on a roll, why not make crowd-pleasing decisions. Nintendo, which has seen its market cap soar thanks to the Pokemon Go phenomenon, just announced that it will relaunch its iconic NES console. Read More

  • The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Turns 30

    The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Turns 30

    OK, I’m old. You’re probably feeling old. Let’s get that out of the way. Done. The NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) turns 30 today, as it was officially launched in North American on October 18th, 1985 to a limited portion of the US. I mean, where do we start on how amazing the NES was, and still is? I’ve got one in my closet complete with the Duck Hunt gun. The… Read More

  • Programmer Creates An AI To (Not Quite) Beat NES Games

    Programmer Creates An AI To (Not Quite) Beat NES Games

    Programmer and CMU PhD Tom Murphy created a function to “beat” NES games by watching the score. When the computer did things that raised the score it would learn how to reproduce them again in again, resulting, ultimately, in what amounts to a Super Mario Brothers-playing robot. The program, called a “technique for automating NES games,” can take on nearly every NES… Read More

  • Who Needs Original Content? OUYA To Launch With Nintendo 64, SNES And NES Emulation Support

    Who Needs Original Content? OUYA To Launch With Nintendo 64, SNES And NES Emulation Support

    The OUYA Android-based gaming console is getting ready for its debut: the stated beginning shipping date for Kickstarter backers is March 28. At launch, it sill isn’t clear exactly how many software titles the console will offer, but a new report suggests that at the very least, early backers will have emulators to play with on the small, inexpensive console. Read More

  • 8-Bit Memory Take An NES Cartridge And Ups Storage A Few Billion Bytes

    If you consider yourself a gamer, then you likely have a few NES cartridges lying around the house. If not, leave now. Rather than letting them continue to collect dust, 8-Bit Memory turned a bunch into external USB hard drives. You can get whichever size and style you want and you can even get USB 3.0. Read More

  • Celebrate The NES's 25th Birthday With These 8 Classic Commercials

    Happy Birthday, NES. 25 years old, eh? Wow. A lot’s changed in over your lifetime. You, along with a bit of help from Mario, Link, Kid Icarus, brought gaming to living rooms worldwide. Many of us grew up with you as our babysitter. I can recall countless sleepless nights trying to make my way up the tower in Kung Fu and later through the war-torn jungle in Guerrilla Wars. What memories. Read More

  • Using An NES Controller With Android

    So you’ve got an emulator installed on your Android device, along with a few ROM, and you think you’re pretty cool. Well, I can pretty much bet you that [Sk3tch]’s geek-fu is better then yours. He took an NES controller, connected it to a Bluetooth module, and plays his NES on a controller, while you fumble around with your SEND and Home buttons. Read More

  • Super Mario Bro. Crossover gets Ryu from Ninja Gaiden

    Can you dig it? Ryu from Ninja Gaiden on the NES was a real badass. He could climb on walls and he had unlimited shuriken, a big plus when you’re going against hordes of anti-ninja forces on the NES. But how is he against Koopa Troopers? Our favorite game, SMB Crossover, just announced they’re adding Ryu to their line-up of classic characters. Read More

  • Do do doot dodo doot! The NES Harmonica!

    I don’t know if this is a waste of a good harmonica or a waste of a good NES cartridge but what you see before you is a harmonica hidden inside an honest-to-goodness NES game. The best part? They cost less than the $80 copy of Adventures of Link that the rental place around the corner from my house was selling back in 1988: $34. Read More

  • Photo report: CrunchGear digs up Akihabara's top 10 expensive classic games

    Nearly two years have passed since I last went to Akihabara in Tokyo to dig up Japan’s most expensive retro games. This time, I made the observation that the general price level has gone down in the past months. Some of the pricey carts and CDs I listed up were simply nowhere to be found, some were considerably cheaper for some reason, and other games became more expensive over time. Read More

  • PuppyArcade: A standalone, CD-based OS for playing old arcade game

    While I think the passion for building stand-up arcade games has waned recently, it’s nice to see that someone out there is still thinking of the children. PuppyArcade by Scott Jarvis is a CD-based arcade system that boots in any PC and allows you to access MAME ROMs on almost any disk. The game plays Amiga, Atari, Commodor, and even Doom ROMs and WADs and, as you’ll notice, even… Read More

  • How to mod your original NES to epic levels

    Some hardware is just dear to a geeks heart that they can’t let it just die. Take for example the original NES system. Some enthusiasts take modding them to a whole new level. I mean, I like to play Mario Bros. as much as the next guy, but this is getting extreme. Read More

  • Blaster Master coming to Wiiware

    Holy wow. Remember this game? You were some kid named Jason with a frog. The frog turns into a monster and then disappears and you follow the frog in a battle tank called Sofia the Third (WTF, right?). Well, the game has been remade and is coming to Wiiware. All of the goodness is there including the ability to hop out of your tank for overhead combat. All I remember is that this was hard as… Read More

  • DIY: Secure your data using the Konami code

    Ahh the Konami code. Favorite cheat of gamers for years, it lives in legend and will never die. Much like that Rick Astley video. And while it might not be the most secure way to lock your data, it certainly raises your geek cred. Read More

  • UberNES may be the greatest screen saver since Johnny Castaway

    Be still my beating heart. The UberNES Nintendo Screen Saver displays a grid of multiple working NES games when your computer is idle. Leave it be, and you’ll see all the various demos running at once. Hit the spacebar and you can actually start playing the games. Tears of joy, my friends. Tears of joy. Read More

  • Review: Cheap portable media player with built-in NES emulator

    Behold! A portable convergence device from faraway lands! It plays music, it plays videos, it takes photos, it’s an e-book reader, a dictionary, a notepad, it slices, it dices, it does it all! But none of that matters. None of it. Why? Because this little $30 gem plays NES games. And so we dance… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Retro NES-like console for $15

    Dig up your old NES cartridges, ladies and gents, and prepare to blow them. Wait. Blow out the dust from them. That’s what I meant. has the “8-Bit Retro NES TopLoader Video Game System” for just $15 with free shipping. Read More

  • Nebudroid turns your Android phone into a NES controller

    Say hello to Nebudroid, an Android application that turns your phone into a NES controller for use with emulators. It also serves as an accelerometer-based steering wheel for racing games. Read More

  • Need, not want: Counter-top NES arcade cabinet

    We’ll go ahead and file this one under “Things I Want In My House” and tuck it away in the filing cabinet for later perusal. Here’s a counter-top Nintendo arcade that basically consists of an XP machine running a NES emulator, all connected to a 17-inch LCD housed inside a custom-built cabinet made of MDF. Read More

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