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Reaching Back to Promote New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Simple and eye-catching.

Simple and eye-catching.

One example of Nintendo of Japan’s marketing for New Super Mario Bros. Wii uses the first level of Super Mario Bros. 3 to evoke a feeling of nostalgia and good times in the viewer. The stylized, but simple, design of the first level in the game, plus Mario with the Raccoon tail, explicitly states that NSMBW will be just as enjoyable and memorable as the Famicom classic.

Spotted at Andriasang.com.

10 Console Light Guns

I’m willing to bet there’s a few in this list of 10 console game light guns that you haven’t seen before. Unfortunately, most of these light guns (aside from the Wii Remote, of course) will not work with current flat panel HDTV technology, so you’ll have to have an older television around in order to enjoy their classic games.

Though light gun games have been available since the late 1960s, their prominence in the gaming community didn’t really come full swing until the release of Nintendo’s “Duck Hunt” in 1984. It included the NES Zapper, a light gun that stormed into people’s homes and brought endless hours of shoot ’em up entertainment.

Famicom Controller Business Card Case

With or without speaker

With or without speaker

Banpresto has for sale some spiffy business card cases that look like Famicom controllers, either with or without built-in speaker detail. There is an inner divider that creates two separate compartments.

Business card CHECK!

Business card CHECK!

Also available are Pac-Man themed business card cases.

Pac-Man style also available

Pac-Man style also available

A quick search through your favorite search engine should result in several online shops where these can be purchased. At about $10 US each, they are a pretty inexpensive pick-up.

Nintendo “Ball” Game & Watch LCD Reissued

Much better than a Mario hat.

Much better than a Mario hat.

For many years Nintendo of Japan has had a customer rewards program called Club Nintendo. As you buy Nintendo products you earn points that can be redeemed for premium items direct from Nintendo. If you earn over a certain amount of points in one year, you are awarded different status levels, with Platinum being the highest at a 400 point threshold.

This year’s Platinum reward is a reissue of Nintendo’s first Game & Watch hand-held, Ball. Gold status members aren’t left out in the cold – they have earned a pretty spiffy 2010 calendar. These rewards only apply to Japanese customers, as Nintendo’s North American and European branches have their own rewards program. Speaking of which, did you order the Mario cap or the Punch Out!! minigame?

Spotted on RetroThing.

Interview with Kinuyo Yamashita

Original Sound Version has a fascinating interview with Kinuyo Yamashita, composer of the original Castlevania game score. In the interview, she touches on the creation process, her other work, and her inspirations.

OSV: How were you discovered by Konami? And how was it working for them? I believe you were employed by Konami for 2 years, correct?

Yamashita: So, I was about to graduate from my college and was looking for a job. There was a consultation office of employment opportunities, so I went there. I initially was looking to do hardware designing for musical instruments, but they could not find any of those for females. Then the officer recommended Konami saying “Their music department is looking for someone to work.” I must admit that I did not really know what Konami was, but I gave a shot because it was a music job after all. Konami’s entrance exam was really difficult. If I remember correctly, I think there was like up to the 4th exam. I finally got the job after passing all those tough exams. I was placed into the acoustic effect research lab, and that was when I met the Famicom for the first time. I tried a number of games there. The first project I was assigned to was Akumajou Dracula on Famicom Disk System, or Castlevania in the west. That was also the first composing experience for me.

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road rage

road rage

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When a round of Mario Kart gets personal.

Phalanx Remake coming to Wii

Nothing says "Hyper-Speed Shoot-Out in Space" than an old dude with a banjo.

Nothing says 'Hyper-Speed Shoot-Out in Space' than an old dude with a banjo.

Despite the unbelievably strange box art, Phalanx is a good looking shmup. In 2001 it was ported to the GBA (with much better box art).

Yeah, don't make fun of the banjo! (SNES)

Yeah, don't make fun of the banjo! (SNES)

Zoom, Inc. is working on a remake for Japanese Wii players. Hopefully it will be released elsewhere, since so-called “Wii-makes” are apparently the rage right now. Check out some screenshots of the remake.