Oh I am so damn excited to get a genuine Friday the 13th during this 2013 Halloween season! Ideally it would be taking place in October, with a nice big full moon thrown in for good measure but I refuse to be a brat about this! I’ve been looking forward to today for a while and now that it’s finally here, I am in one ridiculously good mood. I’ve had such a massive grin on my face since waking up not only due to what’s printed on the calendar but also because tonight just so happens to be the first Friday the 13th that’s found me as the proud owner of a really nice flatscreen TV. This of course can mean only one thing: READ MORE
As you can see from the new look including some more beautiful banners (generously designed by our beloved Jim), we’re getting ready for Halloween around here. In the past I’ve always waited until around the last week of September to start getting into the spirit, but you know what? Fuck it. From now on I’ll be keeping the news and reviews to Ndorks and posting NOTHING BUT HALLOWEEN STYLED SHIT here on Slist. As Kapp’n said: “You aint gettin’ any younger,” so its time to start stretching out my favorite parts of the year as far as I can.
But the strong reaction to the NES Link design on my tumblr page forced my hand so here you go guys. This image is of course the well known 16-bit sprite from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The stone cold classic SNES game that is on most days my favorite entry in the entire franchise and also a precursor to the upcoming 3DS game A Link Between Worlds. I chose a simple white background because it seemed kinda classy so there you have it.
Hey, mega nerd. Are you still mega flipping the fuck out over the recent recent mega announcement that Mega Man will be mega appearing as a playable fighter in the next Smash Bros. game? Well then have I got the mega Animal Crossing: New Leaf QR code for you! This pattern features the bane of Dr. Wiley’s existence in all of his beautiful 8-bit pixelated glory. I toyed around with various background colors but nothing aside from the baby blue shade seemed to fit. Mega Man is just too damn adorable.
Specifically, it makes for great wallpaper should you choose to take that route with it. The clouds on either side are designed to loop perfectly when placed side by side which is a nice touch if you ask me which I will pretend you just did. A lot of these patterns are ones that I’d made for other Animal Crossing games dating back to the GameCube original and recycled throughout all of the various sequels. Let’s face it:
Just in time for the late Summer/Early Fall, we have this lovely retro design featuring Link from the original Legend of Zelda for the NES. This timeless image will feel right at home on any T-shirt or town flag so be sure and visit the giant ass sewing machine in Mabel and Able’s shop to snag the fancy QR code. I’ve actually been scouring the internet for cool patterns to make in my free time so I can share them all with you and each day this week I’ll be posting a new one. I know, I know…I’m way too good to you. Enjoy!
Oh I seeeee. Well that’s too bad because we missed you. Yeah, yeah, I know what I wrote in my sweet little “farewell” post earlier in the year but HERE WE ARE ANYWAY. The truth is that I’ve come across all kinds of random-assed Nintendo related gif’s and videos and whatever these past few months and have shit to say about them that wouldn’t necessarily work as actual articles on Nintendorks. I know this sounds like I’m planning on using this site the way I originally intended and that’s largely because it is. All I can say is that I’m sorry I tried to leave you. I truly have no idea what I was thinking but I’m here now, tanooki tail between my legs asking you to take us back. If for whatever reason you decide it’s too late for a second chance…well, that’s cool too. I’ll be posting here again anyway.
Well Nintendo’s certainly feeling generous with this week’s top notch roundup of eShop downloads. The 3DS is now home to the full retail version of Adventure Time: Hey Ice King? Why’d You Steal Our Garbage? at $29.99 and the 8-bit Ninja Gaiden slashes its way onto the Virtual Console for five bucks. The former of course, is a game based on the popular children’s cartoon whose charms I am apparently immune to and the latter is a stone cold classic action platformer that I will never be good enough to complete but still love to death. The Ninja Gaiden games for the NES were some of my favorites to play as a kid despite their sadistic challenge level. The gorgeous graphics, revolutionary (at the time) cut-scenes and airtight controls made them incredibly fun and they still totally hold up. Still, I’ll probably pass because I really don’t want to be one of those guys who screams obscenities on public transportation. However if by some chance you’ve never had a go with this series before, I strongly recommend the experience.
Why thank you so much Nintendo for giving gamers two Halloween worthy downloads to choose from today! Unfortunately neither of them are very good but hey…we sure appreciate the gesture. First up is Castlevania: The Adventure which was originally released for the Game Boy way back in 1989. Simon Belmont’s Grandaddy Christopher leads the charge in this installment as the series takes its first (of many) dips into portable water. Too bad this one whiffs it pretty hard as the end result is horrifying for all the wrong reasons. Aside from an excellent soundtrack, Adventure doesn’t come close to matching the visual or control standards set by its home console cousins. As a curiosity, I’d say this game is worth tossing a couple of bucks at but really what you should be doing is downloading the Rebirth WiiWare remake from a couple of years back. Now THAT is some damn fine Castlevania gaming right there, buddy. READ MORE
Well that isn’t a very nice attitude to have now is it 8-Bit Vader? The truth is that me and my pals here at the List have been invited to help put the final nail in the coffin provide our old friends over at Nintendorks.net with our invaluable insight and expertise on all things Nintendo (and maybe even some other stuff) from now on. Now what does this mean for you my dear, faithful reader? Well…nothing really. We aren’t going anywhere and I’ll continue to update regularly until the police find my lifeless, nude corpse at my computer desk surrounded by empty bottles of discount I.P.A. You can look forward to the same high quality self indulgence that we’ve blessed the internet with these past few years only now under both the Shigeru’s List url and the legendary banner of Nintendorks. In fact, I’ll probably be cross posting all of the larger pieces such as news and reviews on both sites but keep the random little mini updates exclusive to my little baby here.
I know, I know. It all sounds too good to be true but please, try and contain yourself. You’re embarrassing us.
Holy shit, is that Rogue from the X-Mans cartoon!? Yep. Wow, that’s pretty cool. In any case, I’d never heard the term “Nintenpendent” before I watched the special report above, but whatever that might entail certainly has me concerned.
Pretty much every review you’re going to read about Kirby’s 20th birthday compilation will begin with a direct comparison to Nintendo’s own anniversary treatment for their mustached mascot a couple of years ago. And for good reason: When the announcement was made that a special commemorative box would be released to coincide with the 25th birthday of the original Super Mario Bros., a lot of longtime fans (yours truly included) were understandably excited. But as the end result wound up being essentially an unchanged 20 year old rom (Super Mario All Stars from the SNES to be exact) slapped onto a disc and packed in with a flimsy at best scrapbook along with an anemic 13 track CD…well, pissed isn’t exactly the right word but you get the idea. Now with HAL laboratory celebrating the second decade mark for their little friend Kirby with such style, what once simply felt like a missed opportunity for Mario at this point feels like a legitimate insult.
Well, it looks like the Virtual Console is refusing to stay down for the count as yet another new title was added to the service today. That’s right, this means that the VC has been updated in some form or another for five straight weeks now, some kind of record to be sure. Today’s retro game is Double Dribble 2: The Revenge for the NES, Acclaim’s action fueled 2-player sequel to Konami’s classic NBA game. This entry marks a truly odd departure for the series, finding what we can only assume are two former professional basketball players on a quest to rescue someone’s girlfriend. Apparently these two guys are also martial arts masters as players will quickly find themselves administering every flavor of pain known to the Earth upon anyone unfortunate enough to walk past them on the sidewalk. It’s pretty simple stuff but a lot of fun and if you’ve got a buddy to play alongside, easily worth the five dollar admission.
To find out what other new games are now available to download on participating Nintendo systems, click right here to check out Nintendolife.com’s report. Oh and be sure and tell them, “Large Marge sent ya.“