arcade controllers

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At long last, here’s my newest urban legend/conspiracy theory zine, Polybius!  The Polybius cabinet is a (supposedly) real arcade game/theorized mind control device that appeared briefly in 1981, wreaked havoc and then quickly disappeared.  

I am planning on keeping these conspiracy zines going, so if you guys have a subject you’d like to see discussed in one of these little books in the future feel free to leave me a suggestion!

Did you miss the first zine in the series?  Click here to read all about the Dyatlov Pass Incident!

8BitDo controllers work with Switch now ⊟ 

Get the 4.00 firmware update here, then set the controller to Switch mode (I didn’t know how the different modes worked on these things until just now), and you can be playing Switch games with whatever 8BitDo bluetooth controller you may have lying around! 

My NES30 doesn’t have enough sticks or buttons to play Zelda, but it still let me play! Shovel Knight worked great. Best of all, now I have a third controller!

Is this the first third-party controller, released long before the console itself??? Or, rather, the first huge line of third-party controllers, including arcade sticks? This is very cool.

BUY 8BitDo controllers

Another great example of mocking something nonsensical in the game itself: Why did Monokuma’s “Twilight Syndrome Murder Case” arcade cabinet have a control setup designed for two simultaneous players?

Because it’s secretly a fighting game, of course.

I deeply love the visual of Girl A (Mikan Tsumiki) getting the Ryu ending from SF2. (Somebody make some art of Tsumiki doing a dragon punch to a waterfall, PLEEEAAASE.)

This is also from @shslscans.

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Pop'n Controller

(PS1/JP/February 25,1999)

I originally went out to find the Dreamcast version of this controller but found this one instead and couldn’t pass it up in it’s great condition and even better price point.

Also wanted to mention this controller is supposedly PS2 compatible but I cannot confirm that myself.

More PS1 || Dreamcast Pop’n Controller || More Bemani

Be More Chill and Dear Evan Hansen are ruining my life in the best way possible. I’d say it’s ruining my social life but HAHAHAHA I’d need one to ruin so… uh… anyways

Here I am playing Pokemon on a super old DS ( from 2011 that works like new) humming along to the soundtracks with a new pac-man plush that I got in a crane machine at the arcade a week or so ago just kind of staring at me like it’s waiting for sweet embrace of death or something better to come along. 

I made the cabinet, it runs MAME on a really old computer. The arcade controls are from X-Arcade. The cabinet graphics are my own design, but the marquee is the real art (reproduction).
I want a real Galaga cab, but they are at least $1k around here @itgoestoeleven

Mario vs Donkey Kong

Alright so we are going to take a little step back here because I can’t talk about this game without bringing up another game. I mentioned the 1994 Gameboy Remake of Donkey Kong at certain points in the retrospective and based on some things I said, you’d probably get the sense that it was little more than the original Donkey Kong on Gameboy but that’s exactly what they want you to think. The first four levels in the game are the four stages from the Arcade classic with better controls and because of that, you’d expect the game to end once you complete fourth level only to have DK get back up, take back Pauline and run off, leading to dozens of new levels that expand upon the gameplay principles of the arcade game. It was an excellent twist that a lot of people didn’t see coming. Even today people are surprised by this. Apart from that, the game is a lot of fun to play and still holds up today. It’s easily one of the best games on the original Gameboy.

Though the game was popular enough to get a rerelease on the 3DS Eshop, the game was overshadowed by the release of Donkey Kong Country so Mario and Donkey Kong stayed separate franchises rather than starting a new string of games together. That is until 2004 which finally saw Nintendo’s two senior icons cross paths once again in the aptly named, Mario vs Donkey Kong.

The game sees Mario crossing paths with Donkey Kong when he takes an interest in a line of Mini Mario Toys and breaks into a factory to steal them. Given his history with the Portly Plumber, DK flees with Mario giving chase. It’s a pretty nonsensical story and they don’t really explain what DK’s fascination with the Mario Mini’s is or what the hell he and Mario are doing in a city again but it’s true to the game’s is paying tribute to.

In the game, you take the role of Mario in what can be described as the very definition of a Puzzle Platformer. The goal of most of the levels is to get obtain a key and take to a locked door to move on the next level. As you would expect, you have to platform your way to the key which is usually the easy part. Getting it to the door however is another matter entirely as Mario is less mobile when carrying the key. The main challenge here is figuring out how to get the key back to the door which usually involves interacting and manipulating the environment in someway shape or form. There are lots of hazards to avoid, a bunch of objects in the environment to interact with and a lot of challenging levels that require some thought to complete. The game also keeps things fresh with a few levels where you have to clear a path for a set of Mario Mini’s or take on Donkey Kong himself.

 It’s a fun little game though I was a little disappointed that you never get to play as Donkey Kong. For a game called Mario vs Donkey Kong, I would expect to be able to play as both DK and Mario and see the conflict from both angles. Maybe have DK’s gameplay be based off of the gameplay in Donkey Kong Jr and incorporate some elements from Donkey Kong Country but sadly that was not the case. The only other complaint I have is the presentation. The game uses a combination of Pre Rendered and 2D graphics and the two graphical styles aren’t combined properly. This and the surprisingly lack of music make the game feel a little cheap.

Still, Mario vs Donkey Kong is a fun addition to the series and a loving tribute to the arcade classics that got Nintendo their start. Though the game was only a modest success, it’s seen a surprising amount of sequels. I haven’t played any of these games nor are they very high on my list of games to play but I ever do end up playing them, I will be sure to give you guys my thoughts on them.

I give Mario vs Donkey Kong a 7 out of 10

music for a relaxing summer evening:

Here’s a collection of tracks I’ve put together for a Summer Afternoon/Evening. You can stream it on Spotify here if you’re interested! 

AndrasWhat They Say
Animal CollectiveWinters Love
Beach HouseAstronaut
Bibiolovers’ carvings
Cashmere CatMirror Maru
Cloud ControlGold Canary
Colin StetsonAnd In Truth
Deep Sea ArcadeSeen No Right
The DrumsLet’s Go Surfing
The Flaming LipsThe Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
Fleet FoxesMykonos
FlumeTropical Sun
Fox + SuiSummer Storm
Julia BrownLibrary
Karen O And The KidsSailing Home
King KruleEasy Easy
Little JoyThe Next Time Around
MGMTOf Moons, Birds & Monsters
Monster RallySurf Erie
Neon IndianDeadbeat Summer
ParadesLoserspeak in New Tongue
Passion PitSleepyhead
Peter Paul And MaryLemon Tree
The ShinsPort Of Morrow
Sui ZhenLittle Frog
Tame ImpalaSundown Syndrome
Toro Y MoiTalamak
Two Door Cinema ClubWhat You Know
Unknown Mortal OrchestraFfunny Ffrends
The Velvet UndergroundI’m Sticking With You
Washed OutIt All Feels Right
The xxVCR

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Ground Control Classic Arcade, lots of pinball and some great classic arcade games. Bar opens at 5pm, we were too early! Lucky cos M was getting hooked on an Alien shoot em up game…quarters were dropping like crazy!

presidentnerd  asked:

Is Joslyn, King Douchbag, an anti-Tuxedo Mask because I feel like every speech he would make would be so negative, Mamoru would jump universes just to stand on top of some tall object and give him a disapproving glare.

Yes, seriously, Mamoru judging King Babysitter so hard. “The bond between a father and daughter is like new ground, freshly tilled, where the seeds of trust and support flourish and grow. STOP BEING A DICK.”

All the girls playing Pink Princess, though.

Usagi struggles, and she’s only sticking with it through stubborn perseverance. THIS IS NOT WHAT BEING A PRINCESS IS SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE. Usagi is Sansa Stark. Poor Sansagi. She keeps trying until she gets to the death by chocolate, at which point Usagi tosses the keyboard down and refuses to touch THIS LYING HURTFUL GAME ever again. Chocolate was the enemy. CHOCOLATE. YURUSENAI.

Ami dives into the game as Ami dives into all games. She’s got notes and spreadsheets and effectively utilizes her save points and basically masters it in like three days. She tries to share her information with the others. They brush it aside, each determined to best it on their own. Ami rolls her eyes and starts her 87th game of Skyrim while she waits for them all to get bored with their inevitable deaths.

Minako at first finds it all hilarious. “Oh my god, what is wrong with these people? GET SOME B-12.” After a while of playing, though, it all begins to feel a little too uncomfortable. Dark, oppressive kingdom intrigue, death around every corner, Minako seemingly unable to prevent any of it no matter what she does. She doesn’t say that, of course, she just stops playing with the dismissive reason that the romance in the game sucked. She plays Hatoful Boyfriend instead. MINAKO IS PLEASED WITH HER DECISION.

Mako is at first pleased with the game. There are no real controls, no arcade elements. She can play this! BUT THIS IS THE GAME SHE CAN PLAY. She’s so upset. SO UPSET. The game is deeply unfair and half the things in it seem irrational and she can’t make good progress and NO I WANTED TO SAVE EVERYONE WHY CAN’T I SAVE EVERYONE. Mako is about to put her fist through the monitor when Minako intervenes and loads up Hatoful Boyfriend for Mako instead. Mako hates everyone so, so much.

Rei, of course, is furious almost immediately. HOW AM I EXPECTED TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS WITHOUT FULL INFORMATION. WHY IS THE PRINCESS SO POORLY EDUCATED. WHY ARE ALL FATHERS USELESS. THIS GUY IS THREE TIMES THE PRINCESS’S AGE HE IS DISGUSTING. Rei is pissed off and frustrated, and she doesn’t notice at first that she starts blaming Usagi for what Pink Princess does, but she also doesn’t care. USAGI DOES NOT SHARE THIS VIEWPOINT. “USAGI NO. Why would you push an arrow INTO YOU, what is wrong with you??” “I DIDN’T DO THAT IT WASN’T ME I’M NOT EVEN IN THE ROOM.” “WHATEVER YOU CLEARLY DON’T UNDERSTAND BASIC FIRST AID SO I EXPECT YOU TOMORROW AT 8AM SO I CAN TEACH YOU WHAT NOT TO DO IF YOU GET SHOT BY AN ARROW.” “I HATE IT WHEN YOU PLAY THINGS REI-CHAN.”