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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mario on Drugs?

Admit it, with those funky power-up items Mario takes, at one time or another, you've thought the Italian plumber was on something. He grows in size with a Super Mushroom, he can fly with a Super Leaf/Feather, and a Starman makes him invincible. Sounds like he's on one major acid trip.

He's creator, Shigeru Miyamato could also be doing some snorting/injecting. The man does like to garden in his spair time, so who knows what he's growing. Now I don't condone drug use, but the Mario games are widely regarded as some of the greatest titles in gaming. So this would be the one time where I'd say we should let the man smoke/shoot up/inject whatever he wants.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Favorite Mario Power-Ups

I've always felt the Mario games had some of the best power-ups in gaming, Super Mario Bros. 3's being the best in my book. Sure, anyone can fly with a cape, but flying with a raccoon tail? That's awesome! The Hammer Bros. Suit was also cool for having a fireproof shell and killing nearly every enemy in the game. You only got to fool around with Kuribo's Shoe in one level but it was more than enough to get an idea of how broken it was, which is more than likely the reason why it was only in that one level. And the Tanooki Suit! I want Tanooki Suits to become a real life item. That's all I have to say about that.

Outside of SMB3, the Mega Mushroom in New Super Mario Bros. was great. It was basically an improved version of Starman, except you had the added bonus of being friggin' huge!

So what are some of your favorite Mario powers?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

8-Bit Christmas Music

Tired of hearing the same old Christmas songs? What you need is some 8-Bit Jesus. Not your typical Christmas album, 8-Bit Jesus is Christmas themed music with a dash of our favorite NES game songs. Just imagine the likes of Contra, Little Nemo, Mega Man and Kid Icarus meshing with Christmas tunes and you'll get the idea. You can download the album for free or donate $15 to get a physical copy. It's good music so check it out.

8-Bit Jesus

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Happy 21st Birthday, Mega Man!!

So I was doing browsing some gaming forums like I usually do, when I read a message where someone wished Mega Man a happy 21st birthday. I cannot believe I'd forgotten the anniversary of my favorite video game character. For shame. I've only been playing the blue bomber's games for almost as long as he's been around. Really, screwed up economy or not, I should have remembered this!

Has it really been 21 years? Why, yes it has. On December 17th, 1987 in Japan, the first Rockman game hit the NES (he's called Rockman over there for all 3 of you that didn't know). The game made it to American in December of the same year as well, under the name Mega Man, only with far less appealing box art. Thankfully, said horrific box art didn't stop Mega Man from becoming what he has today.

My first encounter with Mega Man was the summer of 1989. I was haning out at a friend's place and like most kids back in the day, we were playing the NES. Of all the games my friend had, this one game really stood out to me. It was Mega Man 2. I wasn't very good at the game at all. I died on both Bubble Man and Wood Man's levels. But I was really liked the game and wanted to play more of it, despite my suckitude.

Long story short, that Sunday afternoon that I spent at my friends place is the reason I am now and forever will be a Mega Man addict. I don't care if the games are basically the same thing again and again. The little guy rocks and so do his numerous brothers. Thanks to the original Mega Man's creation, we have Mega Man X, Mega Man Legends, Mega Man Battle Network, Mega Man Zero and so on. Here's to another 21 years of Mega Man.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Mega Man vs. All 8 MM2 Robot Masters... All At Once

You know how you always gotta fight the robot masters a second time in the Dr. Wily levels? Well this time Dr. Wily got smart and decided to throw away the teleporting devices. Instead, he's decided to sic his whole army on the blue bomber all in one go.

Rockman 2 Neta is a homebrew which pits Mega Man against all 8 robot masters at the same time. You read right, you fight all 8 of them at once, in the same room. Watch and be amazed. Play it and see if you too, can be a Rocking Mega Man. The download link is in the video description. No harm in using E-Tanks. Not everyone is as good a player as qzecwx.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Earth Man!!!

I would sooooo play this if it were real. Bonus points for paying homage to Mega Man 3's Japanese box art.

View the fake commercial here.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Rocking Manga

A few years ago, I read the first chapter of the Rockman Megamix manga. It's the kinda of action I've always wanted to see in anime form: Mega Man shooting up robots and looking sweet while he does it. Sadly, Rockman Megamix has yet to be translated and brought to the USA in the form of graphic novels. This is a crying shame. The Mega Man NT Warrior manga has been published in it's entireity in the states, and it isn't bad, mind you, but the manga fans really wanna see is the kinda pictured on the left! Seriously, Pokemon Mega Man doesn't have anything on his classic cousin.

Anyhoo, in addition to a few chapters of Rockman Megamix (the whole thing hasn't been translated yet), there's other manga like Rockman Zero and Go Go! Rockman. Here's to hoping more Mega Man manga gets released in America.

You can read some Rockman manga here.