Welcome to another edition of Retro Newsflash, the bi-weekly column where we cover news and current events on the retro gaming scene. I took a break last column, but my commitment to bringing retro gaming news to the masses is renewed! Even if this has been a quiet couple of weeks on the retro gaming front… Bring on the briefs.
Special Modded NES on Ebay to Celebrate Mega Man’s 25th Anniversary
So, uh, yeah: This backlit Mega Man NES on Ebay is pretty frickin’ sweet. At press time, there are still six days left in the auction, yet the bidding has already climbed to the $1,000. Wow. If you want to bid on this, you better be prepared to stretch your wallet. This is a backlit unit, meaning the Mega Man graphic on the top of the console actually light up (and rather brightly) when the console is turned on, as can be seen in the listing gallery. This very special unit was created to celebrate the Blue Bomber’s quarter-centennial, and was made by the mastermind behind PlatinumFungi.com. Nice.
Earthworm Jim Creator Gathering Kickstarter Funds for New Claymation Point-And-Click Game
This is interesting, and I first heard of it at pvponline.com. Apparently Doug TenNapel, creator of Earthworm Jim, is working on a new point-and-click adventure game. It is being done completely in claymation, similar to the style of his prior The Neverhood title. There is some A-list voice acting involvement on board, too, that includes Rob Paulsen of Animaniacs fame and Jon Heder of Napolean Dynamite renown. If you are interested and want more information, you should probably just check out the Kickstarter page for Armikrog.
Buzz Builds as Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Remake Release Nears
You have heard about the high-definition remake of Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker coming to the Wii U console in October of this year, right? In fact, it was shown off at the recent E3 event, where some have written about their impressions from their play there. I love Wind Waker, and I am far from alone. In celebration of the original Gamecube title, enjoy this new speedrun video from a player who can complete the game in a mere eight hours.
Attempts to Sell Sega Pluto Prototype Bring Internet Backlash
Ah, the retro collecting community, always such a fun source of contention and intrigue. The latest chapter, in summary, and as recently re-chronicled by Polygon: There is a guy out there who managed to buy a Sega Pluto console prototype for $1 (!!). He is willing to part with it, for the right price, but has struggled to find genuine bidders interesting in dropping the amount he desires. This has brought criticism from the collecting community, who feel he is just a dude out to make a quick buck. My take: Hey, if the collecting community truly wants this unit in “better” hands, they should pony up the dough. Otherwise, they can suck a cheap lemon, y’know? But I digress.
Follow-Ups & Quick Hits
Not a lot of shorts or follow-ups this week, but I do have two other Kickstarter fundraisers I want to mention. One is The NES Club, which aims to be the ultimate NES-centric documentary film, while also chronicling one man’s attempt to collect 700 NES cartridges, on the road, in face-to-face transactions only, with his own cash. The other one, perhaps more nuanced and in need of a spotlight, is a British man’s to write a book, “The Untold Story of Japanese Game Developers,” which will aim to bring unprecedented new exposure and stories in a realm he believes has been long neglected. One eyebrow-raising factoid: Rather than rely on emails or learning Japanese, he intends to literally fly to Japan, hire the best translator he can, and conduct in-depth interviews. Cool.
And that’s a wrap, my friends! If you have any news tips, please send them to me. Seriously, newshounds: If you have a lead on something, let me know, because I want to report it! Remember: Friends don’t let friends screenpeek. Thanks for reading.