It’s a bit weird to be reviewing an NES game 26 years after its first release, but that’s the wonders of modern gaming for you. Earthbound Beginnings—or Mother, as it was known in Japan—is one of those legendary JRPGs that you hear about but have probably never played. Although the game was translated into English way back then, it was never officially released in the west because that era was the dawn of the Super Nintendo. We in South Africa never got this game, nor its sequel, Earthbound. Thanks to the Wii U’s Virtual Console, now you can play this NES classic, but is it worth playing 26 years later? Let’s find out.
Nostalgia never goes out of style and the love for all things 8-bit seems unbounded. For April Fool’s this year, Google showed off Google Maps for NES, an 8-bit layer that turned the world into a Nintendo-themed landscape. That love for 8-bit, NES, and the movies is certainly evident in the works of spritely graphic designer Eric Palmer.
Palmer illustrates the characters and themes from popular modern flicks using a minimal colour palette and classic Mega Man game sprites. Have a look at his retro 8-bit posters for Star Wars, 300, V for Vendetta, Kill Bill, and more after the jump.
Kanye West is complete nutter, but when it comes to his music and music videos he usually sets the bar higher than most. And it seems his fans do the same. A 24 year-old Ukranian graphic designer by the name of Mykola Dosenko decided to create an 8-bit throwback video for Kanye’s song, Robocop. Mykola created all the graphics specifically for the video and throws in references to classic video games like MegaMan, Ninja Gaiden, TMNT, and Mike Tyson’s Punch Out.
This video is made of awesome sauce. Check it out or watch it in HD at YouTube.
Hit the jump to see more of Mykola’s 8bit, NES-like music videos.