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Feature: The Weird World of Video Games

The Weird World of Video Games

Weirdness makes the World go 'round

Sometimes it feels like this video gaming hobby of ours can be a dreadfully serious business. We worry about the direction of brands we love — in many of our cases, of course, Nintendo — or perhaps we get hot and bothered about what games are coming, those that aren't, or a myriad of other things. There are...

Weirdness: Watch Nearly 1000 Mario Players All At Once

Watch Nearly 1000 Mario Players All At Once

Super Mario Boy

For those that have played Super Meat Boy, which unfortunately never made it to a Nintendo system, a highlight can be the replay that follows every completed level — all of your attempts are shown at once. If you can imagine that with a Super Mario Bros. level, but with 974 players on display, then you can imagine what's coming...

Weirdness: If Only The Dark Knight Was a Retro Game

If Only The Dark Knight Was a Retro Game

"Wanna know how I got these scanlines?"

Just yesterday we shared the fact that there's a retro-styled Game of Thrones game, which draws inspiration from the TV show. To continue that theme we now have a video that recreates The Dark Knight as it would be in a retro game; this is a rather fun recreation of key events as they could work in a game of...

Weirdness: There's a Game of Thrones 8-Bit Game

There's a Game of Thrones 8-Bit Game

Watch out, HBO

For those that aren't actually aware, Game of Thrones was around long before it arrived as a big-budget behemoth on TV; the original book was called A Game of Thrones and was book one in the series titled A Song of Ice and Fire, which is still going — hats off to you, George R. R. Martin. There's no doubt that the TV series has...

Weirdness: These "Anywhere Buttons" Look Daft Wherever You Are

These "Anywhere Buttons" Look Daft Wherever You Are

Use these things in public, we dare you

Hey, 3DS gamers! Do you want to look particularly silly when playing your handheld device in public? Have you always looked at that pesky touchscreen and thought, darn, I wish I had an adhesive stick-on D-Pad for that non-button area? Then step right up, for the "Anywhere Buttons"! Order now, preferably...

Weirdness: If You Always Wanted to See Kanto From Pokémon Red and Blue in Minecraft, Here You Go

If You Always Wanted to See Kanto From Pokémon Red and Blue in Minecraft, Here You Go

Spare 10 minutes to reward hundreds of hours of effort

If we were to name a top ten, maybe even a top five, of the biggest franchises in the current gaming landscape, it's possible that both Minecraft and Pokemon would feature. Minecraft, and its ability to allow gamers to create their own worlds, has become a phenomenon, while the hype...

Weirdness: This 1DS Spoof is Remarkably Well Done

This 1DS Spoof is Remarkably Well Done

Or the 1Dees, as ABC news would call it

The 2DS has, despite its obvious reasons for existence in the market this Holiday season, been open to plenty of incredulity and mockery online. That was its inevitable fate, as no amount of logic — or the fact it's not threatening anyone — will spare it some teasing on the web. We must doff our caps to...

Weirdness: Football Manager Fans Can Now Show Off in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Football Manager Fans Can Now Show Off in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Get your special t-shirt design here

The Football Manager franchise is like a dark secret for some gamers, an absorbing game that destroys social lives and relationships on an annual basis. There's little time for minor things such as meals and fresh air when you need to fine-tune the training regimen of your star striker. Although, of course,...

Weirdness: Mann Writes Mario Opera

Mann Writes Mario Opera

A plumber's lament

Many people would probably be happy in the sole knowledge that they wrote a Mario-themed opera for their grad school thesis, but it wasn’t quite enough for musician Jonathan Mann. He wanted to bring it to the stage, and made his dream come true with a show in New York City. Along with Princess Peach, Bowser, a Toad chorus and...

Weirdness: Mario Bros. Parkour Action Is All The Rage

Mario Bros. Parkour Action Is All The Rage

Christian Russell and Ronnie Shalvis show-off some skillz, erm, skills

At the weekend we brought you Nintendo of America's latest example of marketing for Luigi, with it's Parkour mockumentary in honour of "L-Man". Freerunning fun is naturally pretty popular on YouTube, and the relatively well-known Christian Russell and Ronnie Shalvis have...

Weirdness: If You Always Wanted a Gold DuckTales NES Cartridge, Now's Your Chance

If You Always Wanted a Gold DuckTales NES Cartridge, Now's Your Chance

Sing or draw to win, it's up to you

DuckTales: Remastered is now gracing the Wii U eShop, giving the NES classic a HD makeover and the odd extra feature. Capcom isn't quite finished promoting the multi-platform release — mainly due to the fact it's yet to arrive on the Xbox 360 — so has launched a rather intriguing contest for eager collectors...

Weirdness: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is Beaten in Under 20 Minutes

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is Beaten in Under 20 Minutes

Cosmo strikes in 19 minutes 15 seconds

A little while ago we told you about Cosmo Wright, a speedrunner that was recorded explaining, in detail, how to complete Ocarina of Time in 22 minutes. As he admitted himself it wasn't an impeccable run, possibly because he was trying to describe intricate maneuvers while executing them. That run was at a...

Weirdness: Perhaps We All Need These LEGO Nintendo 64 Transformers in Our Lives

Perhaps We All Need These LEGO Nintendo 64 Transformers in Our Lives

More than meets the eye

Sometimes life is tough. Some of us have work, school, work and school, bills to pay, credit card bills to panic over and a myriad of other concerns. At least we have video games to ease the load, but there's always room for improvement; how about combining video games with LEGO and Transformers? Yes, that'll do the trick...

Weirdness: SEGA Employee Has a Bad Day, Says Bayonetta 1 & 2 Are Almost "Exactly the Same"

SEGA Employee Has a Bad Day, Says Bayonetta 1 & 2 Are Almost "Exactly the Same"

Probably not the official company line

Update: A SEGA of America employee has now reportedly taken to NeoGaf with a one-line statement back-tracking on the SEGA customer services rep reported below. The information provided is not accurate and we apologize for any confusion. Bayonetta 2 is an entirely new game. Of course, everyone already...

Video: The Pokémon Tretta Lab Add-On Makes the Circle Pad Pro XL Look Streamlined

The Pokémon Tretta Lab Add-On Makes the Circle Pad Pro XL Look Streamlined

You can't get this monster in your pocket

A little while ago we told you about Pokémon Tretta Lab coming to the 3DS in Japan, an app accompanied by fairly bulky hardware to bring an arcade experience home. It arrives in the region on 10th August, with the app being free but the hardware costing 3,800 yen (approx. £25 / €30 / $38). This provides...