ThinkGeek is right now offering fine-art canvas prints of four classic Nintendo Entertainment System video game boxes:
Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
You can get a closer look at them in this li’l 30-second ad that ThinkGeek threw together in like two seconds:
Good gods, these would be amazing to have hanging up in an entertainment/gaming room of some sort. <sarcasm>Y’know, one of those extra rooms that you just have lying around your house.</sarcasm>
And though I absolutely adore the Legend of Zelda box art, I kinda wished they’d gone with a different game that fit the same aesthetic as the other three. It looks outta place. Maybe something like Excitebike? Or Kung Fu?
Link of the Month: Vacation Rentals By Owner
For the past few years Carrie & I have used this website pretty much every time we’ve gone on vacation. Why stay at a hotel or motel when you travel someplace when instead you can stay in a house or cabin—sometimes for an absurdly inexpensive amount? VRBO is a catalog of vacation rental properties that honestly will make your vacation much more individual and personal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Album of the Month: Anamanaguchi – Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game
Anamanaguchi is one of my favorite instrumental rock band. They consist of guitar, bass, drums, a Nintendo Entertainment System, and a Nintendo Game Boy. Their music is a fusion of 8-bit Chiptune sounds and traditional rock. As such their music is perfectly suited for the retro-chic stylings of the Scott Pilgrim video game. This soundtrack will appeal especially to any fans of Hip Tanaka and Yuukichan’s Papa.
Game of the Month: Metroid: Other M
Nintendo again takes a big risk with one of their most-beloved franchises: Other M is surprisingly experimental for such a mainstream game, especially in terms of the play control scheme(s). It adds many surprising elements to the franchise, like cut-scenes and close-quarters combat systems. At its heart, though, it is still a Metroid game with its definite emphasis on exploration and hidden item collection. Not flawless by any means, Other M is a bold choice to be admired and, ultimately, enjoyed quite a heck of a lot.
I was going to post footage from the Dumbfoundead/Open Mike Eagle/Nocando/Threeni show that I went to last night, but the sound from the footage I recorded was all blown out and it sounded basically like bursts of static. Other people recorded it, but they haven’t posted it online yet, so I can’t post it here for all y’all.
To tide yourselves over, please indulge in Super Mario Crossover, a version of Super Mario Bros. where you can play as Mario, Link, Simon Belmont, Bill (from Contra), Samus Aran, and Mega Man. Yes, it is actually as awesome as it sounds. Just click the image:
Well, only four years after I wrote the first version of the article, I’ve finally finished it: a chronicle of how Samus Aran looks without her power suit in the endings of all of the Metroid video games.
This article is also what gets me about 80% of my hits. Somehow, and I have no idea how, when you type “Samus Aran” into Google, my article is the 2nd link listed, right after her Wikipedia entry but before her entry in the Metroid wiki.
That’s crazy! But anyway, I’ve finally added entries in the article for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. And that, at long last, brings me entirely up-to-date with the games in the Metroid franchise. Except for Metroid Prime Pinball.
Anyway, go read the end of the article, or the entire article if you haven’t read any of it yet: