I finally got my hands on a Nintendo Get With It Kit. Well, I got the binder part of the kit, anyway, and some of the markers. I didn’t get any of the manuals and inserts, but you can see what I got here:
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I got the idea the other day to chart the ways in which Nintendo’s Mario has changed over the years. The idea was started by the fact that I raved about Super Mario Bros. graphics in ANESthetized, only to be disappointed by the Mario sprite when I finally went back to the game in 2010. I was going to do a screen capture from all the games, crop Mario out, then put all the Marios in a row. The idea was as far as I got, though. It was as far as I needed to get because someone had already done all the work for me. In fact, there were lots of evolutions of Mario out there. So here are a few…
I realized just the other day that I didn’t know what the word Nintendo means. Nintendo has had a huge impact on my childhood and my life. I’ve said the word hundreds of thousands of times. But I don’t know what it means. Realizing that, I intended to look it up, then promptly forgot to. Fortunately, I started reading Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America by Jeff Ryan, and I came across this paragraph:
“Leave Luck to Heaven” or “We Do What We Can”. There are probably complicated nuances to those concepts that we English speakers miss. Nonetheless, I get a little bit of the idea in those two translations, and I think it’s an incredibly appropriate idea for a little gray box that gave me and still gives me so much joy.
I logged enough hours on the NES version of Ninja Gaiden that I thought I knew everything there was to know about the game. Turns out I thought wrong. Did you know there was a Sega Master System version? There was, and it looks pretty cool. The game is different but plays similar to the NES version, and the graphics are excellent.
Not only so, but there was an arcade version that I never knew existed, either (or, if I knew, I never experienced). It is significantly different from the NES version, making it one of those weird games (like Strider) whose port is something different and better from the arcade original.
I still think the NES version is the best. I have to; I’m too invested in it. But these others are at least interesting.
A couple weeks ago, I told you about the Nintendo Get With It Kit, a Nintendo-ized Class Act Binder. I still haven’t scored one of my own, but I did recently come across a few variations of this kit on Ebay.
This one is a darker color than the one I showed you in the first post. I at first thought this was a variation, and it might be, but on second thought, I wondered if it wasn’t age or dirt or dark photography conditions. If not, the darker color is cool.
This one is the same as the one from the previous post (I think), but it shows us what is actually inside. You can see the “Pak Source”, which I’d really love to have. There is also a Nintendo Power index, a Mapping and Data Book (which I think is just a fancy name for notebook) and, perhaps coolest of all, gamepad skins.
Here’s a better angle on the Mapping and Data Book and the gamepad skins. I think the Angry Video Game Nerd has some of these skins on his controllers.
These things are still a little more expensive than I’d like them to be, but I’m still hoping to score one someday. I wouldn’t mind having the books and skins, either.
I started on an Android app kick with yesterday’s post on the Nintendo Collector app, and I’m keeping it going with this quick nod at John’s NES Lite, one of many NES emulators for your Android device. “Portable nostalgia”. You have to love it, even when it doesn’t work so well.
I could have written about this, but instead I just decided to do a video on it. It’s an Android app I found last night called Nintendo Collection. Watch the video and get my thoughts on it, then get the app here.
I also found videos about a similar app, but I haven’t found the app itself. If anyone does, let me know.
I was at the rock climbing gym last night. Usually, the management plays either classic rock (which I love) or techno (which I don’t) over the sound system. Last night, though, as I was working my way up a rather complicated 5.10D, I heard something I hadn’t heard before. It was a cover of the overworld theme of The Legend of Zelda.
This isn’t exactly what I heard last night, but it is close.
I’ve known for a while that individuals and bands and orchestras were all recording versions of the 8-bit Nintendo music. And it doesn’t surprise me, because as I said in ANESthetized, that music is good music. Here are a few of these versions.
Quite possibly the best recording of The Legend of Zelda theme ever. This girl really goes all out!
Metal version of Castlevania. Not sure if this is “Vampire Killer” or not, but it is cool.
Awesome version of several Metroid themes.
Here’s where two of my loves merge. The first is my love for the NES. The second is my love for all things 80s. While these two loves have always been related, they combine in this beauty here, the Nintendo Power Class Act Binder.
Dubbed the “Get With It” kit, this binder was a Worlds of Wonder Class Act Stuff-It Binder that had been lightly transformed by the addition of a little color and a Nintendo Power logo. Not only so, but it came with a six month subscription to Nintendo Power, some markers, and a Game Pak dictionary. Though I was normally a Trapper Keeper guy, I did lust after the Stuff-It, and the addition of the Nintendo logo makes it even more irresistable. You can still find some unopened Nintendo Power binders on ebay, but they’re rare.
What did you do when you were stuck on a game back in the NES era, in the age before internet walkthrus? You called video game hotlines. I don’t know how many of these hotlines existed, but I recently came across a commercial for one I had never heard of before: The Power Line For Nintendo Players.
This help line sounds pretty cool, despite the fact that the announcer says Mario incorrectly. It’s Mario with a short a, not Mary-o. Still, they were giving away a free patch, just like Activision used to do for their 2600 games. I’d love to have that, and I certainly could have used whatever help they had to offer.
Sadly, I never called such hotlines back in the day. I never even asked my parents to, as they all told me I should. I knew they cost money and I didn’t want to make the investment. I do wonder today, though, if this line still exists and who you would get if you called it. Do you think the patch offer is still good?