Nintendo Game & Watch: Octopus

Octopus_GandWHow old were you in 1981? I was still in single digits and blissfully unaware how addictive Gunpei Yokoi’s Nintendo Game & Watch creations would turn out to be.

On this day (July 16) in 1981, Nintendo released Octopus – their latest handheld classic in the G&W wide-screen series. Oh how I lusted after this one (like many other Game&Watch releases), but alas, I never got to have my own till recently.

If your name is ‘Jenifa Stuart’, I have your Octopus Game & Watch!

 

Nuts For Nintendo In 1988

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Even as far back as 1988, the age old economic model of ‘supply and demand’ generated hype and hysteria in video games. Who better to exploit this hysteria than Nintendo.

This VHS recording of a special report on ABC News20/20 (US) program features the Christmas hype and rush for Super Mario Bros. 2 and Zelda II: The Adventures of Link gamesThere are parents lining up for games, parents that think their kids play too much Nintendo, and then there are certain interest groups that deplore violence in video games. This Nuts For Nintendo special has it all. I guess some things never change.


source: Steven Hertz

Nintendo Delights

There are some horrific customised paint jobs on Nintendo consoles, then there is Zoran’s creations, which are, simply put, stunning. From the Super Metroid themed SNES (Ed: oh that scorched orange!), Choplifter II camo original Game Boy, and to my favourite, the TRON: Legacy N64, complete with beautiful lighting – perfect for playing Perfect Dark or Goldeneye 007 in the dark!

Just take a look at some of Zoran’s creations and let us know your favourite via Twitter or Facebook.

Uber cool Star Fox N64
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The sleek Mario Kart 64 , N64
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The only time I would like to see ‘Game Over’!
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The very sexy Tron: Legacy N64
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We could not leave out the Zelda fans!
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Scorching Super Metroid SNES (NTSC)
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Bowser has never looked this good!
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Chrono Trigger SNES (NTSC) anyone?
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The mother of all GBAs!
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Play with this!
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Battle-hardened Game Boy 
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Oh yeah, go Yoshi!
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image source: Zoki64

13 Things Worth Knowing About Nintendo

13 Things Worth Knowing About Nintendo
Via: Online MBA

 

Blast From the Past: Nintendo Interactive Store Displays

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Ah, the Nintendo of old. How I miss thee, when times were simpler and there was no Microsoft nor Sony. There is always room in my heart for Nintendo, as they have endured through thick and thin in this video gaming business that is now on par with Hollywood.

So let’s take a trip down memory lane, some 22 years ago and see how Nintendo presented their wares to the retail fraternity. Golly gosh those interactive display units were awesome!


source: PenguinNintendoAge

Fun Facts: Mario Kart

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Talk about perfect timing! With the release of the brand spanking new Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, Cinema Suite brings you five very interesting facts about the Mario Kart franchise.

We predict fact number two will have to be revisited, as we are sure that Mario Kart 8 will help shift a fair few Wii U units at the registers.


source: Cinema Suite Inc.

Exploring New York City with a Game Boy Camera

Before digital cameras were common place, the only way you could take digital photos at an affordable price was via cheap and nasty cameras or add-on contraptions for the Game Boy.

Speaking of Nintendo’s little pocket rocket, the below photos of New York City landmarks and people were taken with a Game Boy camera back in 2000. There is a certain charm in grainy low-resolution black and white photos – heck, there are camera apps nowadays emulating this on your smartphone! We may have come a long way with camera resolution being measured in the tens of megapixels, but we still love the fuzzy feeling we get when seeing these heavily pixelated photos.

Rockefeller Plaza
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The New York Public Library
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A Giacometti statue at MOMA
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A slice of pizza
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A park bench
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Toy taxis
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A subway carriage
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A subway passenger
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A snoozing subway passenger
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A selfie, 2000 style
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source: Ironic Sans