Level design is its own kind of playful art: part theatre and part architecture, you’re making spaces to challenge and delight other people.
Let's Glitch Super Mario World is a YouTube series about the creative destruction and remaking of a classic game, simply by exploiting its glitches. [via] It might not be long for the world: Nintendo is asserting copyright ownership of "game performances" in order to wipe Let's Play videos from the net.
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In part one of a series, the limitations of color on eighties-era computers and early game consoles like NES and Commodore 64.
CNN Money investigates the crazed market for the video games of yore, fueled by the likes of RetroLiberty, a YouTube channel about finding vintage video games at swap meets or parking lot deals, and Videogamesnewyork, a shop specializing in vintage game gear from the last century. Read the rest
Body soap that looks just like classic Nintendo 64 cartridges! "Soapy Mario Bathers" indeed. Available in Goldeneye, Mario Kart 64, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong 64, and Super Smash Bros.
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In a business where execs often lose touch with their audience, with development, & with the spirit of play, Iwata kept close to all these.
Sony's classic console was originally envisaged as part of a collaboration with then-market leader Nintendo. It went its own way, and the rest is history. Here's a look at a rarely-pictured prototype, though, thanks to imgur user DanDiebold. [via] Read the rest
Approximate translation: "It's the Family Computer's Dream Adventure Game, "Super Mario Bros."! With a mysterious power, he gains a great transformation! Explore the earth, underground, the sea, the sky, and much more to see in this complete world." Read the rest
Perhaps not the model you remember, but in Japan in 1983, this was where it started. YouTuber Satoshi Matrix has uploaded many many more like it. [via r/games] Read the rest
Finally, Nintendo's popular anthropomorphic town games will allow you to be something besides white—or tan.
Nintendo's colorful, joyful new squid kid splatterfest is fresh as heck
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Youtube's stilted, one-sided dispute resolution system allows game companies like Nintendo to confiscate the earnings of gamers who produce hugely popular "Let's Play" videos.
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This Nintendo-themed art event sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday.
Link, the green-clad protagonist of Nintendo's Zelda series, is usually portrayed as a boy. A couple of games, however, feature him as a grown-up. Nintendo concept artist Katsuya Terada, however, also sketched a mature--even elderly--hero. These designs, along with fantastic watercolors of a more familiar young adult link, were made public in a long-out of print art book. Enjoy the flickr set: it might not stay up long!
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A growing obsession with retrogaming relics has led to a bubble in the auction market, with the most inflated prices commanded by prototypes, unreleased games and rare games still in their 30-year old shrink-wrap.
Reuters: "with [the] Wii boom waning, the successor being prepared by the creator of Super Mario looks like a losing proposition, as makers of smartphones and computer tablets take digital games
to the bathroom, the commuter bus and back to the bedroom." Read the rest