The Man Behind Iconic Video Game Music Finally Made a Chiptunes Record

Keiji Yamagishi isn't a household name but if you were playing video games say, 25 years ago, you know the sound of his erratic musical madness. He's the composer behind the music in classic games like Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl, and Captain Tsubasa. Now he's finally released a record of his own. » 2/09/15 9:55am 2/09/15 9:55am

These Drawings Were Made By the Bad Guys In Legend of Zelda

The other day I was playing SNES on an emulator and it suddenly struck me: The incredible amount of work that went into creating every single tiny box of light on that screen. It sounds like a simple point, but less so when you glimpse the math and complexity behind video games in action. » 1/16/15 10:55am 1/16/15 10:55am

Father Makes Son Play Through Video Game History, Chronologically

For the last ten years, Andy Baio has been performing an experiment on his son. It is equal parts cruel and fascinating. Rather than let him play whatever video game he wanted, Baio made his boy work his way to modernity by playing through the history of video games chronologically. Starting with 1979's Galaxian. » 12/11/14 2:14am 12/11/14 2:14am

How To Get The Sharpest Images Possible Out Of Your Old Consoles

If you've tried playing a retro console on a modern HDTV, you may not have liked what you saw — smeary, stretched images that are a far cry from the sharp chunky blocks of yesteryear. Luckily, there's a better way for purists to get a crystal clear image that doesn't involve buying an old CRT TV. » 8/26/14 4:58pm 8/26/14 4:58pm

Master Mobile Gaming With This Upgraded Bluetooth NES Controller

Touchscreens are fine for solving puzzles and flinging birds, but for action-based mobile games nothing will ever beat a physical controller in hand. The makers of the FC30, a Bluetooth controller that paid homage to the original Nintendo Famicom, are back with a new and improved wireless gamepad that now hearkens… » 7/23/14 9:20am 7/23/14 9:20am

These GIFs Will Make You Nostalgic For Your Favorite NES Games

Before the hi-def graphics of modern consoles, there was the Nintendo Entertainment System—a world steeped in glorious 8-bit imagery. These GIFs by New York-based Brother Brain (aka John McGregor) show how the in-game art compared with real world photos. And somehow, the 8-bit versions are still way more fun. » 3/13/14 4:00pm 3/13/14 4:00pm

A Gorgeous NES Clone Made From a Solid Block of Aluminum

Running an emulator with a few ROMs on your laptop or smartphone is a great way to scratch a nostalgic itch for a long lost console. But for the full experience, you need a TV to crowd around with friends, real controllers, and of course the hardware. Which is where the Analogue Nt—a gorgeous aluminum NES clone—enters… » 3/12/14 1:40pm 3/12/14 1:40pm

Seeing every single Nintendo NES video game start screen is so fun

Wow. NicksplosionFX just created a time machine of emotions by stitching together every single—yes, every single—original Nintendo NES video game start screen in one epic video. The whole shabang lasts 3 hours and goes in alphabetical order and has so many memorable beeps and boops that you can't help but feel like a… » 1/22/14 9:32pm 1/22/14 9:32pm

This 8-Bit Harmonica Makes Blowing Into NES Carts Musical

Even if the original Nintendo Entertainment System was well before your time, you're probably still aware of a well-known issue that prevented games from working until you blew into the cartridges to clean off the contacts. Taking that idea one step further, YouTuber Basami Sentaku has turned a few old NES (or… » 1/14/14 11:00am 1/14/14 11:00am

NES Cartridge Flasks Make Video Games Your Least Problematic Addiction

When you consider that a flask is supposed to be a secret way to smuggle contraband libations, an NES game cartridge doesn't immediately spring to mind as the most subtle design. But maybe that's the true brilliance behind these game cart recreations that you can fill with more than your cherished high scores. » 11/15/13 3:40pm 11/15/13 3:40pm

Classic Controller Ornaments Will 1-Up Your Holiday Spirit

Your Christmas tree says as much about you as it does your love for the holidays. So this year why not skip the traditional ornaments like glass bulbs and shiny stars and go for something that will bring real character to your tree? If you've been a gamer for as long as you can remember, ThinkGeek's got a $20 set of … » 11/05/13 5:03pm 11/05/13 5:03pm

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Remix Their New Single Using An 8-Bit Plugin and…

Releasing an album is a brutal, labor-intensive process, rife with sleepless nights and self doubt. For Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the Detroit indie pop band whose latest EP, Patterns, came out on April 16, stress relief came not from cigarettes or sizzurp, but from an 8-bit plugin. "We were all stressed out with… » 4/22/13 12:00pm 4/22/13 12:00pm

With a Playable NES for a Head, One Vinyl Toy Is Not Completely…

The words 'vinyl' and 'toy' should never have been put side by side. At least not when it comes to describing those plastic miniature sculptures that are most often used as cubicle decor. But we'll make an exception for Hannes Hummel's Super Gigan, which has a tiny playable NES for a head. » 10/19/12 1:20pm 10/19/12 1:20pm