Nintendo World Championships, an extremely rare NES game, is up for auction on eBay. The game is expected to fetch thousands of dollars, as there were only 116 ever made. The game has already attracted 46 bids and the highest bid at the time of writing is for $15,500.00. Sadly for the collector the sticker on front of the cartridge has been ripped off and the words Mario have been scrawled on the front. Still, despite it’s condition it’s still a highly sought after item. The Nintendo World Championships cartridge still has one day left for bids, so it will be interesting to see how high it goes.
The renowned box art illustrator, who was most famous for his designs in the NES era, Greg Martin has sadly passed away. Last week, a post on the Nintendo Age forums confirmed his death, and shared a wonderful homage to his huge catalogue of work.
A former Hanna-Barbera animator, Martin first launched his career when designing for the likes of series such as The Flintstones and The Jetsons. But it was his work on video game box art that will be the most memorable to gamers and fans today.
The late illustrator created artwork for Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the Adventure Island series, DuckTales 2, and both The Flintstones and The Jetsons adventures on the Nintendo Game Boy. Martin regularly produced 24-30 inch airbrushed paintings, taking a week, or less, to complete. You can see all his artwork in full, here. Which box artwork do you have fond memories of?
Nintendo Japan has announced that it is due to release an album full to the brim with classic eight bit songs to celebrate a whopping thirty years of the Nintendo Entertainment System. The album will contain twenty-six of the best songs from classic games like The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Brothers, and Metroid. The album will come on two discs and will be released in Japan on December 4th. There’s currently no word as to whether this intriguing album will come to the west. If I hear anything I will let you all know.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Mario Bros.
- Pro Wrestling
- Donkey Kong 3
- Devil World
- Clu Clu Land
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- Wrecking Crew
- Mach Rider
- Famicom Wars
- Super Mario Brothers 3
- Dr. Mario
- Famicom Disk System (boot-up music)
- The Legend of Zelda
- The Mysterious Murasame Castle
- Kid Icarus
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
- Famicom Fairytales: New Onigashima Vol. I
- Famicom Fairytales: New Onigashima Vol. II
According to the above video, “the combined RAM of all 61.9 million NES units sold would equal about 118 GB….or 59 Wii U’s.” That’s just one of the facts displayed in this unique stop-motion animation video by Jake Roper, also known as Vsauce3. The video features five mind-boggling Nintendo-themed facts spelled out on clippings of paper while an NES console is dismantled. The boxy-but-brilliant NES has been the object of many an artist’s creativity of late, as this Mega Man backlit unit also brightened MNN’s day recently. What will they think of next?
The celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Family Computer continues on Wii U. NES platformer Kirby’s Adventure is now available for purchase on the Wii U Virtual Console. Before May 17th, go to the Nintendo eShop to download the title for only 30 cents. The following 30-cents Nintendo classic, Super Metroid, arrives next month, on May 15th, in the Nintendo eShop.
Punch Out!! for the Famicom is now available to download on the Wii U Virtual Console in North America. The classic title is only 30 cents to download and will remain at 30 cents through till the 18th of April. Punch Out!! joins the likes of F-Zero and Balloon Trip.
Thanks, Nate P
A father has hacked the original Donkey Kong for his three-year-old daughter. Donkey Kong is an NES game in which players control Mario and help him rescue Pauline from the clutches of the stubborn gorilla Donkey Kong. The father, Mike Mika, hacked the NES game to swap the roles between Mario and Pauline, making Mario the plumber in distress. Will Pauline be able to rescue the helpless Mario? Watch the video above to find out.
My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together. Her favorite is Donkey Kong. Two days ago, she asked me if she could play as the girl and save Mario. She’s played as Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do the same in Donkey Kong. I told her we couldn’t in that particular Mario game, she seemed really bummed out by that. So what else am I supposed to do? Now I’m up at midnight hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline. I’m using the 2010 NES Donkey Kong ROM. I’ve redrawn Mario’s frames and I swapped the palettes in the ROM. I replaced the M at the top with a P for Pauline. Thanks to Kevin Wilson for giving me the lead on the tools and advice.
If you own the Wii edition of NES title Balloon Fight but want to upgrade to its Wii U edition, which would cost $1 and allows you to play the entire game on the Wii U GamePad, you’ll lose all your save data. So far, Balloon Fight is the the only Virtual Console title in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, but Nintendo confirmed to Kotaku that consumers will not be able transfer their save files when they re-buy any upcoming NES or Super NES title on Wii U’s Virtual Console.
It seems as though people are confused about whether they will keep the discounted Virtual Console games they purchase from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. In Nintendo’s Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campain, each month now through July, one NES or Super NES title will be available for 30 cents on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. Whoever purchases that title can keep the game – the discounted price is not a rental price; it is an anniversary price, according to Nintendo. For example, if you purchase Balloon Fight, the first NES game to hit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and costs 30 cents until February 21st, for the new console, it is your game to keep – even when its price is increased to $5, which is its regular price.
After specified promotional period, each game will be made available in the Nintendo eShop at regular price. Wii U owners who have purchased the game(s) during the promotional period will not need to purchase the game(s) again at the regular price. Games purchased during this promotional period are eligible for 2 points in the Deluxe Digital Program. Point value subject to change.
The first Virtual Console title to launch on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U is NES title Balloon Fight, which currently costs 30 cents to download. After one month of being in the Nintendo eShop, the NES game will then cost $5. This is part of a discounted program offered by Nintendo to celebrate the Famicom’s 30th anniversary in Japan. Upon their initial releases on the online marketplace, for 30 days, the NES and Super NES games listed below will cost 30 cents each. Which discounted title(s) do you plan on grabbing?
- January – Balloon Fight
- February – F-Zero
- March – Punch Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
- April – Kirby’s Adventure
- May – Super Metroid
- June – Yoshi
- July – Donkey Kong