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Hiroshi Yamauchi dies aged 85

19 Sep

Hiroshi Yamauchi

 

We’re terribly sorry to inform you that Hiroshi Yamauchi died today in a Kyoto hospital, where he had been suffering from pneumonia for several months.

Yamauchi, a longtime (and beloved) president of Nintendo  from 1949 to 2002, was 85.

Farewell Yamauchi-sama, thanks for everything, you’ll be missed.

farewell nintendo

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Another Nintendo World Championships 1990 Gray Cartridge found!

4 May

NES nwc GREY CARTRIDGE

 

Hey collectors! We got a big good news for you today! Seems like another super-rare NWC (Nintendo World Championship) gray cartridge has been found!

Maybe if your not really into collecting stuff, you could ask “what is it?”. Well, the Nintendo World Championships was a 1990 Nintendo-promoted video game competition that toured twenty-nine cities across the United States and for the competition, 116 special game cartridges were manufactured. 90 of these copies exist as the official gray cartridge and were given out to finalists after the championships concluded. The other 26 are gold and were given out as prizes in a separate contest held by Nintendo Power magazineEach gray cartridge has a unique number making the cartridge easier to track and difficult to counterfeit. However, the gold cartridges have no unique identification numbers and are difficult to track and authenticate.

The Nintendo World Championships 1990 game cartridge is considered to be the most valuable NES cartridge released and one of the rarest (second only to Stadium Events). Because fewer gold cartridges were manufactured, they are rarer and demand a higher price than the gray cartridges. Those special cartridges have been described as the “holy grail” of console game collecting.

And here we go, an amazing piece of grey plastic valuable around $10.000!

As we can understand from the video, this specific gray cartridge is now in Italy (seems they like to collect a lot in there) in the hands of a Gamescollection.it community member and was won by Shannon Webster in the Denver NWC back in 1990.

Put a ring…hem…game on it!

29 Apr

nes game ring etsy

 

Bored of the usual rings? Well, Etsy shop ohmygeekness has what you need! A fully selectable NES game cartridge ring, you just have to pick your favourite game and drop $15. That’s it!

They seem to be really well made (with all the details), and it looks like a quite original gift for some geek you know. If you’re interested you can buy them here.

The woman who bought NES’ Stadium Event for $7.99 is selling it

22 Apr

nes stadium events rare

 

Do you remember the woman that last week found and bought an ultra-rare copy of Stadium Events for just $7.99? Well, obviously she’s selling it, for a $12k!

The list, hosted on GameGravel, says:

 “This is it! This is the one you have been waiting for. NES Stadium Events CIB in excellent condition. This item is complete with box, cartridge, black case, manual, and even the original styrofoam in the bottom of the box. Any condition questions should be resolved with the photos provided. We have tried to take as many photos as possible to give an accurate description of the game and all aspects of the packaging.”

Unfortunately, the auction is open for US residents only, so fuck you if you live elsewhere! But at least you can check it out if you’re curious about the final price.

Woman buys an old NES game worth $15k for only $7.99 at Goodwill

17 Apr

stadium events nes nintendo bandai rare

 

Just imagine to walk in your local Goodwill (or CeX or whatever sells used stuff in your city) and among all the usual garbage you find the holy grail! Yep, that’s what happened today to a North Carolina woman…she just bought an ultra-rare copy of Stadium Events for $7.99 at her local Goodwill.

What is Stadium Events and why it’s so rare? Well, in this case Wikipedia is your friend, by the way the North American, or NTSC, version of Stadium Events is universally accepted as the rarest licensed NES game out there (Yep, there are grey and gold NWCs, that’s why we said “licensed”). The reason for its rarity is due to limited production and sales. At the time of its launch in 1987, Stadium Events was only available from limited stores. In 1988, Nintendo purchased the North American rights to the FFF mat technology and re-released it as the Power Pad.

The two Family Fun Fitness-branded games that had already been released, as well as Bandai’s version of the running pad accessory, were pulled from shelves and presumed destroyed. Because of this odd sequence of events, only 2000 copies are believed to have been produced, of which it is estimated that 200 copies reached consumers before being recalled. Today, collectors who follow the online sale of rare video games believe that fewer than 20 complete copies of the game exist, only two of which are known to be factory sealed.

Said so, let’s continue with our fairytail. The unknown (but so damn lucky) woman, took the cartridge with a bunch of other garbage games to a local video games stores in order to raise some money. The clerck of the store nearly fainted seeing the holy grail. He reported that the game isn’t sealed, but in mint condition, evaluating the item around $15k.

The woman said that she will be getting it VGA graded, so we might see it on eBay sometime soon.

Our thoughts and prays are now for the poor and disgraced guy that originally took the game to Goodwill…

NES, SNES and N64 emulators available at Ouya’s launch

26 Mar

ouya amazon june

 

Different sources confirms that the upcoming Android-powered console Ouya will feature plenty of unauthorized Nintendo consoles’ emulators at launch. Indeed an N64 emulator has already been sanctioned and included in the official store, a NES emulator will be ready on the day of the release and a SNES is in the closing stages, developed by two emulator teams.

This could be a smart move for the launch, stated that Ouya still has no launch titles…but what about Nintendo? They’re gonna be very pissed! Brace yourselves Ouya guys…

Not enough video games with female protagonists? Check those hacks

18 Mar

Mike Mika has a three year old daughter and they play a lot of old games together. Mike’s daughter favorite is Donkey Kong.

Some days ago, she asked him 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. The good Mike told her she couldn’t in that particular Mario game, she seemed really bummed out by that. So what else is a good father supposed to do? Mike decided to hack the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline. He used the 2010 NES Donkey Kong ROM. He has redrawn Mario’s frames and he swapped the palettes in the ROM. He also replaced the M at the top with a P for Pauline.

Now, the little girl can play as Pauline in her unique Donkey Kong: Pauline Edition!

Here’s the DK Pauline patch for download.

This is what Mike Mika told to Wired in a recent interview:

“She was excited! But for all she knew, I just figured out how to get Pauline to work. And that was fine. I wasn’t expecting it to change her life. We played for a bit. And some more. And again later. You know what? She really did seem to enjoy the game more. For whatever reason, she was more motivated to play as Pauline than as Mario. I can’t read into that too much, because it does feel a bit like a new game to her still. So we’ll see how she does after a week with it.”

But this isn’t all folks. Inspired by Mike Mika’s hack, professional animator Kenna W. decided to hack The Legend Of Zelda, in order to make Zelda the main character!

She changed the sprites for the ROM of the decades-old, 8-bit NES game so that Princess Zelda was the hero of the story, playable through the campaign, instead of just being the titular character of the series, and obviously save the poor Link.

“I wished I had someone who could have done that for me. Then I remembered. I’m an adult now. If he could work it out, I could too,”

Enjoy you version of The Legend Of Zelda starring…Zelda!

Download this patch for The Legend Of Zelda here.

Hyperkin to reveal new RetroN 4 system

6 Mar

RetroN 3 RetroN 4

Hyperkin is an American company specialized in video games accessories and peripherals. They handle the current generation, but they’re quite famous on the net for making and selling accessories and replacements for all the major retro consoles.

They also make new consoles capable to play retro games, like the SupaBoy or the RetroN. Yep, it’s not like playing your Contra III on the original SNES, but it could be an option for those who don’t own a retro system.

Anyway, yesterday Hyperkin revealed its “new” console system, the RetroN 4, that is simply a new model of the RetroN 3 (big picture above), but capable of play NES, SNES, Genesis (or Mega Drive) and GBA cartridges all in one and with an HDMI output. It sounds like  very ambitious piece of hardware, and we can’t wait to take a further look at the console.

In the meanwhile these are the specs from the press release:

RetroN 4 Points of Interest:
·         2 Original Controller Ports for Each Platform (6 Total)
·         Wireless Bluetooth Controller
·         4 Cartridge Ports for NES, SNES, Genesis and GBA cartridges
·         HDMI Output with Digital Signal Conversion
·         “Perdana” Digital User Interface
·         PAL and NTSC compatible

Hyperkin will be unveiling the RetroN 4, at this year’s Midwest Gaming Classic at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel in Brookfield, Wisconsin, on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM CST. Stay tuned.