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Hudson's Adventure Island

Submitted by b on Wed, 11/07/2018 - 07:47

Hudson's Adventure Island is a strange game to me. It features a guy who lives on an island, which appears to actually be several near-identical islands, he wears a loincloth and a baseball cap, his name is 'Master Higgins', and his legs wobble and gyrate around like he's scrabbling to find footing on a slippery floor (which slidy-physics to match). He has to rescue a girl from an evil witch doctor, which is just enough plot to get the game moving.

And I'm awful at it.

The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle and Beeshu Zinger Mashup

Submitted by b on Wed, 10/31/2018 - 08:00

I meant to upload this last week while I was on vacation so that you would have something to look at, but I forgot, so I'm uploading it this week! Lucky you!

This is a video I recorded of me playing The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle for the first time while using the Beeshu Zinger that I talked about a couple of weeks back.

Yoshi's Cookie

Submitted by b on Wed, 09/19/2018 - 07:27

Yoshi's Cookie is a weird game. Not because it takes place in a bakery of some kind and has you matching rows and columns of cookies in order to eliminate them. Mostly it's weird because a game called "Yoshi's Cookie" barely has Yoshi in it at all.

Yo! Noid

Submitted by b on Wed, 09/12/2018 - 09:16

The 80's were a weird time for a lot of reasons. Take the Noid, for instance. He's a small guy... creature... thing, who wears a red bunny suit and tries to ruin Domino's pizzas (though some people might say that Domino's ruins their own pizzas because their pet pizza place is better (pizza snobs are weird)). Eventually the Noid somehow became a creature who liked Domino's pizza, or something. I don't recall it ever being fully explained, but the gist of it was that kids seemed to like the thing, and kids also like video games, so some Noid games were created, including one called 'Yo!

Ice Climber

Submitted by b on Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:00

A long time ago (in video game years, at least) I got a call from my mom during Summer Break. One of her coworkers was apparently getting rid of some NES games that they didn't want, and she wanted to know if I had heard of a game called 'Ice Climbers'. I was a pretty big Nintendo fan... but I hadn't. Since the Internet wasn't really a thing that I had any access to, and since a lot of those old 'black label' NES games were released and out of stores before I got my first NES, it's not super-surprising that I hadn't heard of it. I didn't think much more about it for a lot of years.

Testing the KanexPro Composite to HDMI converter by playing Star Trek

Submitted by b on Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:45

It's time for me to try out another converter. This time it's the KanexPro Composite/S-Video to 4K HDMI Converter. I also chose to use the NES Star Trek game as my test game for this one, which might have been an error. You can check out the video below, but the audio is a little low. I'd like to say that this was on purpose to protect your ears from the eardrum rending tones of the worst rendition of the Star Trek theme I've ever heard, but the truth is that PulseAudio is ridiculous to try and configure, so I (surprisingly!) didn't get it set correctly.

Ninja Gaiden

Submitted by b on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:30

Ninja Gaiden, the NES Ninja Gaiden, has a rep. It's tough, it's unfair, it's wonky, and it's got great music and cutscenes. I don't remember exactly how I got my hands on a copy back during the summer of 198X, but I did, and I ended up spending a lot of time with it.