Legend of Zelda TV Commercial

Time to flashback to 1986 when North Americans were introduced to the iconic game Legend of Zelda.  This was the TV commercial that brought the game to the masses and it couldn’t be funnier 25 years later.  Check out the outdated look on these cool teenagers.  And if that wasn’t enough, just wait until you hear the Legend of Zelda rap.  It’s so lame, it somehow became the greatest jingle I have ever heard in a commercial.

 

Enjoy.

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A Retro Gamers Dream Auction

ultimate 8bit gaming collection

A Retro Gamers Wet Dream

Serious retro gamers can rejoice with this weeks eBay auction.  This auction goes beyond the scope of the NES and also includes some SEGA products as well.  If you’ve got an extra $27,000 lying around you might want to jump on this.

Check out the Ultimate Nostalgic Video Game Collection.

This auction comes complete with:

NINTENDO NES ACTION SET SYSTEM
NES SYSTEM II MINI SYSTEM

SNES FIRST PRESS SYSTEM
SNES MINI SYSTEM

SEGA MASTER 3D SCOPE PHASER SYSTEM / NO OUTER BOX
SEGA MASTER LIGHT PHASER SYSTEM / 1987
SEGA MASTER LIGHT PHASER SYSTEM / 1988
SEGA MASTER SYSTEM II

Sega Sega CD System
Genesis II / CORE SYSTEM / NO OUTER BOX
Genesis ORIGINAL / CORE SYSTEM

TURBO DUO SYSTEM
TURBO GRAFX 16 SYSTEM

As well as a bunch of games with each system.  Enjoy.

 

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Relive The Glory Days of The NES

Retro Duo Nintendo NES SNES

A Retro Gamers Dream!

Are you itching to relive your Nintendo NES glory days, but your old NES keeps blinking a red button instead of turning on?  Or did your mom toss out the console sometime in the 90’s?  Either way you can still play some of your old favorite games without having to track down an original system with the Retro Duo Twin Video Game System.

The Retro Duo retails for about $125 and allows you to play all your old NES as well as SNES games.  The Retro Duo does come with some pro’s and con’s though.  From most reviews around the internet, the consensus seems to be that the console does have a better ability to play problematic and dusty games.  It’s not as finicky as the original Nintendo NES.  It will usually play your game the first time around without you having to reset and blow into the game cartridge and keep repeating the process until the game finally works.  However, most people seem to frown on the design of the console saying it feels like cheap plastic and is not as well put together as it’s NES brother.

Most people do seem happy overall with the purchase of the Retro Duo and if you want to play some of your favorite childhood games, they may be the system for you.

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Castlevania

 

Castlevania Nintendo NES Screenshot

Simon Belmont tries to kill Dracula.

Released for the Nintendo NES in 1987, Castlevania became one of Konami’s most treasured franchises.   The game focus’ on central character Simon Belmont who comes from a family bloodline of Vampire Hunters.  Simon must go through this side-scrolling game killing Werewolves, the Grim Reaper and other mythical monsters until finally taking on his arch nemesis Dracula.  The game offered 3 different endings based on how you played.

 

Castlevania’s popularity was so immense that there have been 24 sequels since the original Castlevania was released.

Check out why IGN named Castlevania #4 of the best game franchises.

Castlevania NES Flash

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Fun Facts About Nintendo

Nintendo original company nameplate

The Original Nintendo Co. Nameplate from 1889

If you are a fan of Nintendo you might not know some of these facts.  However, if you are a Nintendo fanatic this may be old news.  Albeit here are some fun facts about the greatest video game company of all time.

  • The company Nintendo was founded in Japan on September 23, 1889.  That’s not a typo, Nintendo is over 120 years old.
  • Nintendo started as a playing card company with a game called Hanafuda.
  • In 1963 Nintendo started new ventures including Taxi companies, Hotels and a TV Network which all ultimately failed.
  • Nintendo Co. didn’t get into video games until 1974 when it began distributing the Magnavox Odyssey video game console.
  • They began producing their own hardware by 1977 and in 1985 the Nintendo NES was released in North America.
  • Nintendo means “Leave luck to heaven”.
  • Nintendo is a majority owner of the Seattle Mariners Baseball team.

Now that you know all this, you are well on your way to becoming a true Nintendo aficionado.

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Metroid

Nintendo NES Game Metroid

Screenshot of Metroid for the Nintendo NES

Released in 1986 by Nintendo, Metroid was a game chronicaling the adventures of bounty hunter Samus Aran whom fights Space Pirates. It was the first game to feature a female main charecter and became one of the most popular Nintendo NES games. It combined the gaming platform of Super Mario Bros. and the sandbox type exploration of the Zelda series.

Metroid sold 61.79 million units, spawned 11 spin-offs and is ranked #8 for the top video game franchises of all time acording to IGN.

You can play it here:

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Nintendo eBay Auction

Nintendo NES auction

I would love to get my hands on this

This week has been a little slow for crazy eBay auctions. The best that I could find was for a pretty intense NES collection consisting of a console, accessories and 492 games. What an amazing set. Perfect for any Nintendo enthusiast with an extra $5,500 lying around. It even comes with the amazing Power Glove and Rob the Robot. You don’t see those everyday.

Check it out here.

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