Sun, 24 April 2016
Skipping a bit out of sequence for this one, as we jump ahead in the NES chronology to perhaps the most fascinating game to arrive in the U.S. in October 1985. Gyromite may not have been influential the way Super Mario Bros. would be, but it played an essential cornerstone role in Nintendo's eventual conquest of the U.S. And, believe it or not, when you play the game the way it was designed to be experienced — with a complete R.O.B. setup — it can be surprisingly entertaining.
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Direct download: Good_Nintentions_013_Gyromite_Nintendo_1985.mp4
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:26pm EDT
Fri, 22 April 2016
We've seen exploratory adventures, and we've seen platformers. But here's the first exploratory adventure in the form of a platformer: David Crane's Pitfall for Atari 2600. We're still digging through Metroidvania's roots, but those roots are starting to look more and more familiar…
Direct download: Metroidvania_Chronicles_005_Pitfall_Activision_1982.mp4
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:04am EDT
Fri, 8 April 2016
Pac-Man? Everybody loves that guy! Nintendo loved Pac-Man so much it made two games just like it, and this episode looks at the pair: Both Clu Clu Land and its import-only sibling, Devil World. Their similarities and differences speak volumes about the game company Nintendo was shaping up to be.
Direct download: Good_Nintentions_008_Clu_Clu_Land_Nintendo_1985.mp4
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:34pm EDT
Fri, 1 April 2016
There's not a lot to say about 1985's third and final NES light gun shooter, so after a brief look into Hogan's Alley this episode digs a bit into how the sausage is made — both in terms of how the NES Zapper worked, and what it takes to get the best possible footage of its games.
Direct download: Good_Nintentions_007_Hogans_Alley_Nintendo_1985.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT