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Video of the best NES coffee table… ever!

There is no way you are going to be able to play Kinect with that bad boy in your room.

Check out the ebay listing here.

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Miyamoto is ‘a little embarrassed’ by Super Mario Bros. 3

“I look back and play some of these games and there are a lot of places where, to be honest, I’m a little embarrassed. I look at Super Mario 3, and was like, ‘This was it?! This is what we thought was good enough?'”

“I do have new understandings of that work… The balance in that game is what it needed to be at that time. It really was. And so, even seeing all the limitations, I’m very happy with what we created and I wouldn’t change it.” – Shigeru Miyamoto

I’m a little floored at this statement. SMB 3 is without a doubt one of the best Mario titles, and an unbelievable achievement on the NES. The thought that Miyamoto is “embarrassed” by it is really hard to wrap my head around.

If Miyamoto has anything to be embarrassed about it’s Wii Music, not Super Mario Bros. 3.

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(SNES All-Stars version of SMB 3 shown above. I’m lazy and didn’t feel like hunting down and uploading a pic of the original).

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The Nintendo Entertainment System turns 25 today

October 18, 1985 the Nintendo Entertainment System launched in America, Happy 25th Birthday NES!

In honor of the console that gave CPR to the entire video game industry and made it what it is today I took a quick pic of my very own NES from my childhood (technically half of it is my little brothers, but possession is nine-tenths of the law so it’s mine now Jeremy!).

The old girl is still kicking too. A couple of months ago I hooked her up because my oldest daughter wanted to play a little Mickey Mousecapade, which she decided didn’t “look that good” after a few minutes. Kids these days.

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The First NES Commercial

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Super Mario Bros. LTD Sales By Title and In Handy Pipe Chart Form

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PR - Nintendo Invites Fans to Celebrate 25 Years of Super Mario Bros. Fun

I can’t believe that it’s been 25 years! Happy Birthday Mario! The video game industry would not be the same place without you.

Sept. 13, 2010 – Twenty-five years ago today, Nintendo’s video game made its debut in Japan and changed the world of video games forever. Since then, Mario™ has become one of the most renowned and beloved video game characters around the globe.

Mario is all but synonymous with Nintendo. It’s difficult to think of one without thinking of the other. Super Mario Bros. contains a magical blend of characters, graphics, challenges, music and action that still captivates players today. The original game sold 40.24 million units worldwide, and remains one of the best-known, best-loved video games in the world. It popularized the side-scrolling format and established elements of the Mushroom Kingdom that are still used in today’s Mario games. Super Mario Bros. frequently appears on lists of the best games of all time.

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Watch Super Mario Bros play out on a street curb

Super Mario Bros. from Andreas Heikaus on Vimeo.

Saw this video earlier in the week. Thought it would make for a good weekend post. Enjoy!

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‘Nuts for Nintendo’ ABC 20/20 News Feature From 1988

NUTS FOR NINTENDO special on ABC news 20/20 from 1988 from Steven Hertz on Vimeo.

It’s a little surreal watching this. Same claims that Nintendo is hold back stock to boost demand that we have today, same worries that video game violence is hurting kids. Kind of puts things into perspective.

Also, all those people standing in line after line to get Super Mario Bros. 2 and now you can download it for a fraction of the cost in a couple of minutes.

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Turns out you can jump over the flag pole in Super Mario Bros. NES

Holy crap… I heard this as a kid and after several attemps just figured it was a rumor. This blows my mind.

-Justin

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Super Mario Crossover – Best Flash Game Ever

This is hands down the best flash game that I’ve ever played.  You get to take your pick between several classic NES characters (Mario, Link, Bill R., Mega Man, etc) and play through Super Mario World.  Far from a simply character swap all the different characters play like they do in their own games.  It’s fantastic.  Hit the link to check it out.

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-Justin

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