Nintendo Entertainment System Oddities

25 years ago, the blockbuster console hit the US for the first time. And the country's been a little stranger ever since.

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Merry Christmas, 8-Bit Style

NES revivalist company RetroZone, run by Brian Parker, has created quite a crop of NES oddities, including the amazing Power Pak (a cartridge that reads NES games off of a Compact Flash card). Above all else, though, it’s his 8-Bit Xmas 2008 and 2009 cartridges that stand out as most odd. Each was a limited edition Christmas-themed NES cartridge (released for Christmas 2008 and 2009 respectively) that included mini-games and flashing multi-colored LEDs that would shine through the cartridge’s translucent shell. What’s more, for an extra charge, Brian would bake-in a custom Xmas message in the cart’s software, turning the game into a fancy electronic greeting card. Brian apparently plans a 2010 edition, so keep your eyes (and your wallets) peeled for the world’s freshest NES oddity this holiday season.

Photos: Brian Parker (RetroZone)

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10 Comments For This Post

  1. Angry Reader Says:

    How about a ONE PAGE article (instead of 14 pages) ?

  2. Jesse Says:

    cause his advertisers pay less.

    this is the state of "tech media"

    there are worse ones though, like when engadget theme's there entire page like a zune or android, because whatever company there skinning has literally bought there souls.

  3. bob nelson Says:

    you forgot the rock 'n roller, my favorite skate or die accessory 🙂

  4. jezra Says:

    the only thing worse than this being a multipage article, is the deletion of comments about how this should not be a multipage article.

  5. Zach Baker Says:

    Just wanted to post my work at a nintendo PC. I don't think I was the first to attempt this, but …

  6. Max Says:

    Thanks for another great retrospective Harry.

    As for the multiple pages, at least he provides direct links to all pages from the first one (unlike some sites). That allows you to middle click all the links, then just close a tab as you read each page.

    Not as nice as all on one page, but its really not so bad.

  7. joemama Says:

    This is a good post. 1 page would suffice. I remember when I got a nintendo back when I was 9 and it just came out. Amazing how far these systems have come, but I still love the nintendo games!!! Zelda was my favorite. I might play it again when my kids grow and I have time. But fun times!!!!!!!!

  8. kimi53 Says:

    good story. I still have my NES and 12 or so games and still play them (favs are duck hunt, FBI academy, and caveman games), most work well and the box works fine. never once had a problem! thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  9. diek Says:

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  10. Arnum Says:

    Oh My, what kinda sick parents went out and bought a 'Homework First'. Well, mine would have if they knew it existed. We spent/invested/wasted so many of our early teens playing games like RC Racer.