Mario Meets Limbo… Noirio?

I can’t find the original source of this image apart from this Reddit post which is unfortunate, however it reminded me of the below image which I have had in my queue waiting to be blogged for months.

I have this image down in my notes as being by iGreefing and that matches the water mark but it’s not longer in their gallery…

I’d love to put together a Mario game in the style of Limbo I think it would be super creepy.

While I’m on the subject of B&W Mario games, there is also this image which is also in my to-blog queue:

It’s by Deviant Art user CodFather.

Fujiya & Miyagi – Sore Thumb Vector Graphics Music Video

I found a GIF of prt this video while browsing Tumblr yesterday, so I had to look it up. While the music isn’t my cup of tea, I like the vector graphics feel of the video, it really reminds me of the hours I spent Playing Spectre VR as a kid on my Pizza Box Mac LC II.

In case you don’t know what I’m talking about here is a 20 minute video of someone else playing Spectre VR:

via YouTube.

Retro Gaming Advent: Day 2 Kings Valley

I must have spent years of my childhood playing this game, the basic premise is not that dissimilar from Load Runner, except with more of a puzzle twist, you are an explorer trapped in a series of pyramids and you have to collect all the “Soul Gems” to open the door to the next level. Collect them in the right order while avoiding traps and monsters and using a variety of tools.

I’ve managed to find a few remakes of this game: Kings ValleyKings Valley TelosKV2Kings Valley Teaser, and I’ve previously tested them to see that they work, I just can’t remember which is which and I’m too busy at the moment to mess around with them to find out.

If I recall all of them but Kings Valley Teaser work fine on Windows, the teaser is a project in progress. The one marked Telos supposedly replaces the main character with The Doctor from Doctor Who…

I plan on putting together a blog post about the Kings Valley series at some point but given I’ve committed to posting a free retro remake a day this is all I’ve got time to post at the moment.

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Far away from this world…

Remember a time before auto save? Before passwords? I have never beaten Super Mario Bros 3 because we had a switch on the wall that controlled the plug socket my NES was plugged into and one of my brothers friends hit the switch just as I got to bowser. Much as I loved that game I couln’t bring myself to play it again…

The memories are still so painful…

I’ve got it on my SNES now as Super Mario All Stars but for some reason the cartridge is screwed and wont start up. I can’t even redeem my failure!

Image ViaFar Away From This World

8-bit Beach Wedding Invites…

 

 

This sample 8 Bit wedding invitation from  72 Pin is pretty cool, judging by their other products though they are likely to cost $20 a piece.

It would be cheaper to buy a whole bunch of old NES games from a 2nd had store and print your own, but if you can’t be bothered then you can contact them on their site…

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It’s Dangerous to Go Alone.



I have to admit to finding this meme very endearing, I’m not even sure if I’ve actually played the legend of Zelda, I never owned it but I do remember playing one of the Zelda games on the NES at a friends house. My introduction to Zelda came on the Gameboy, but the line “IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE TAKE THIS” must be ingrained the the soul of every gamer….

I’ve started seeing homages to it cropping up an awful lot of late, I’m not sure why there has been a sudden increase in the number of people posting them,  maybe it’s just doing the rounds.

Like this Transformers one by Timothy Lim  I found on Tumblr (Although I’d have had Ultra Magnus Giving it to Hotrod and not Optimus Prime):

Or this Star Wars themed one by Trek Matthews I also found on Tumblr (you can buy the T-Shirt at Redbubble):

Or this Matrix one I posted yesterday too:

I posted about this key holder yesterday, and will be doing my utmost to make one just like it as soon as possible…

And there is this pretty nifty one I found on Reddit (but have since lost the source link), it’s been doing the rounds and printed off by lots of people and stuck about.

Click on the one below for a full size template to print your own.

If you Google for it’s dangerous to go alone of the first 20 or so results only one is the original image, the others are all images of people handing over cats or bananas or whatever, it’s really wierd, personally I like the ones above because they preserve the spirit of the original. For more information check out the Know your Meme page for this Meme

It’s Not Pac Man Honest…


One of my colleagues was stumbled onto a video of Manic Miner today and looking at it it turned out that the game I had in my head as being associated with the name Manic Miner wasn’t actually Manic Miner at all. Turns out I’ve been confusing Manic Miner with Pick Axe Pete! (The exclamation mark was part of the name of the game) on the Magnavox Odyssey2. Anyway I loaded up a video of Pick Axe Pete! and in the sidebar I saw another old friend, KC Munchkin.

I was pretty young when I played on the Odessey and I didn’t own one myself I just played it at a friends house, but I’d just always assumed it was Pac Man, turns out it’s not Pac Man but a completely different game. Okay so it’s so similar that they withdrew it because Atari sued them, but it’s still kinda different…

From Wikipedia the differences between KC Munchkin and Pac Man are:

  • There are only 12 pills (called munchies) in each maze, which begin in four groups of three but move through the maze independently and at speeds that increase as each one is eaten. The final munchie moves at the same speed as the Munchkin and must be intercepted rather than followed.
  • The super-pills are called blinking munchies because they flash and change colour.
  • Some of the mazes become invisible as soon as the player starts moving.
  • It has a programmable mode, where the player can create mazes.
  • It has a random mode, where a new map is generated each time the game is played.
  • The box where eaten ghosts regenerate rotates, so the ghosts may exit from any side. Also, the player character is free to enter the box and, if powered up, can consume new monsters at the moment they regenerate. Although the box is always at the center of any maze, maze design allows walls to be placed against the box so it doubles as a revolving door and danger zone to pass through.
  • The ghost monsters are called munchers, and your character is called Munchkin.

Oh and Munchkin had antennae… I quite like the idea of moving power-pellets/munchies in a Pac Man like game, especially with the increase of speed as you eat the others. It’a a shame that this game had to be withdrawn.

Oh and just in case you were wondering this is what Pick Axe Pete! looked like:

Tetris TV costume and a canine controller

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Irene Stone created this pretty awesome Halloween costume in which she dressed up as a TV with a game of Tetris on it and she dressed her dog up as a NES controller. I’m not normally a fan of people dressing up animals because I think it’s a little cruel, but the dog doesn’t seem to mind, and I’m a little torn with the coolness of it being dressed up as a NES controller.

Via Tiny Cartridge.