In 1994, Jean-Jacques Beineix made a documentary called Otaku. It features a nine-minute tour of Nintendo's offices, and it is wonderful to watch.
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Say the words "Jet Set Radio" to a fan and, once they stop smiling, they will tell you all about the game's "vibe", its music, its eccentric cast, the way it let them dabble in a little virtual tourism of the Japanese capital. On acid. Which is funny, because the game isn't actually about any of those things. It's about graffiti.
Hideo Kojima is famous for being the driving force behind games such as Metal Gear and Snatcher. But today, we're going to talk about another of his games: Boktai, a quirky little Game Boy Advance title that asked the player to go outside and get some sun.
While most of Mario's adventures through 1980s animation have been preserved on YouTube, not everything has managed to find its way online. Like 1989's Super Mario Traffic Safety, which for the first time we're now able to watch (well, at least some of it).
Growing up in Australia in the 80s/90s, I have a very weird emotional attachment to these old retailer catalogues, because in the days before the internet -- or even reliable games mags -- they were the only real way to get info on what games were coming out and, more importantly, when.
You may not know Evan Amos by name, but you've certainly seen his work: he's responsible for many of the clean product shots of video game consoles that you see on Wikipedia (and by extension everywhere else). Today, he's shared something very cool for fans of old Nintendo hardware.