The following post originally appeared on attractmo.de, on September 17, 2014.
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The above, “Amateur Speedwalk: WarioWare, Inc.: Minigame Mania: Drifting Away in 11:57″, marks the long awaited return of Topher Florence, aka DocFuture.

It’s been over two years since we last saw the good doctor’s handiwork, which aside from being impossible to properly articulate is often impossible to fully comprehend as well. At any rate, it’s been way too long.

Been a fan since back in the day, and used to post his videos whenever I could over at GameSetWatch. Am especially fond of his Pro Speedruns, so this latest effort is a treat indeed. For those not familiar, here’s one for the obscure NES side-scroller, Shatterhand

Sonic 2

And finally, Batman for the NES…

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The following post originally appeared on attractmo.de, on September 12, 2014.
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Perhaps you’ve seen the plush Mega Drive elsewhere; was all the rage earlier this week, across all the major gaming blogs. If it’s news to you, then you’re welcome. But if not, it’s still pretty rad right?

Now, not to brag, but I’ve had mine pre-ordered since last Thursday (will look great next to my Mega Drive Megatron, which is due any day now come to think of it). And that’s because I’ve been a follower of the source that broke the news for some time now: miki800.com.

I first became familiar with the site via its Instagram, which I’ve highlighted many times in the past. And I highly encourage anyone else interested in similar game centric curiosities to add the site to one’s list of feeds.

Cuz where else can you learn about the Shinobi sleeping masking?

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BTW, the icing on the cake is the wackiness that Google Translate ends up spitting out; in the case of the Shinobi sleep aide: “This … this is dangerous!!”

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Or how about this Xevious belt? Which I absolutely need around my waist (was the first game I feel in love when I was 5 years old)…

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Sticking with fashion, miki800.com occasionally highlights items found elsewhere, like this super stylish black & white Super Mario Bros dress

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For those interested in making similar themselves, simply pick up a copy of Game & Stitch

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Back to Mario; I kinda long for the days before Nintendo had standardized the look of him and his pals

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Meanwhile, for those of you heading to Miami, here’s a guide that will help you get around

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Here’s a look at some pint sized arcade machines, made for the wee ones. As miki800.com notes: ”Fading CRT is retro-ish!”

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Another book I’m happy to know at least exists is this survey of capsule video game tie-in capsule toys, or at least that’s what they are…

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So in the 80s, a magazine in the States gave advice on how to look cool and pick up girls at the arcade

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And finally, here’s a look at a super snazzy shirt for the up and coming chiptune superstar TORIENA, whose Instagrams I’ve also featured in the past…

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BTW, miki800.com isn’t the only site that everyone should follow for quality inside/first run dirt on Japan. Another blog that I’m a huge, and I mean HUGE fan of is one that’s not really video game centric.

Yet Ceiling Gallery recently ran an interview with TORIENA and m7kenji, the duo behind Pulse Fighter, which was also a big topic of conversation last month (and which Eric beat to the punch writing about, over at Tiny Cart, so I’ll just link to that for those unfamiliar).

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The following post originally appeared on attractmo.de, on September 5, 2014.
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The dust has settled, and Fangamer ? Attract Mode can be considered a bona fide success. In fact, according to word on the street, this year’s FG/AM shindig might have been the best one yet! Or so I’ve been told. Anyhow, can’t wait to share the full rundown once the photographer passes along her handiwork. Till then, myself and everyone else who was involved, i.e. all the artists, game makers, musicians, and everyone at Fangamer, will continue to bask in the afterglow of a job well done.

As silly as it might sound, it kinda feels like being part of the winning team, who won the big game at PAX Prime. Which is why I have to wonder if it’s similar to the euphoria that the victors experience after the Super Bowl. Hence the video above. That and how I just love it whenever something legitimately obscure from the 8/16-bit daze finally comes to light, in this case the ending credits to john Madden Duo CD Football for the TurboGraphix CD add on.

The story I’ve made up in my head goes like this: the game was made in Japan, and when the programmers asked the American marketing firm or whomever for footage to accompany the title sequence, presumably of actual NFL players in action, someone seriously dropped the ball and at the last minute decided to film themselves acting like total goofballs in their backyard one afternoon. Something like that.

I also love how it resembles the nonsensical title sequences and credits of assorted Film Ventures International releases from the early 90s, which were often the highlight of the early Joel seasons of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (you know, stuff like Cave Dwellers and Pod People).

Via @ferricide.

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