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From Board Game to Video Game – Unreleased “Nightmare” SNES Game Discovered

VHS board games were a thing in the 1990’s – good or bad, you can decide. The most popular was the “Nightmare”, and later “Atmosfear”, series. These games put you against The Gatekeeper and other monstrous fiends in a race against the clock to beat the game and survive.

The Hidden Palace just uncovered a prototype video game from around 1993 por 1994 that bears the name “Atmosfear”, and is clearly the board game in digital format – with a twist. Instead of being a traditional board game, it’s a side scroller where you take control of a hapless kid who goes into a graveyard and must defeat The Gatekeeper by defeating all six levels to escape.

Check out some of the gameplay footage below:

Sadly, the game was never completed, but it looked like it could have had some potential to be decent.

Here is how the Hidden Palace unearthed this rare gem:

This game was rediscovered by drx in a collection of various loose EPROMs that were donated to him a few years ago, all of which were possibly meant for magazines based in Europe to preview. In various parts of the world, media outlets would often receive prototypes on exposed PCBs with the games burned on EPROMs.

This was often times not the case in Europe. Since the cost of development PCBs were expensive at the time, some companies would just distribute the loose EPROMs instead. Magazines would sometimes receive these games in less than stellar condition – often times with bent or missing pins, bad burns, missing EPROMs, wrong games, no instructions for assembly, and even games that were meant for “review” but were too early to even be considered “previews”!

When the magazine was done reviewing/previewing the game, they would then send the EPROMs to another magazine to review/preview directly. All of this was done to save cost. 

There are six levels in the game, each one related to a character from the board game. There is Khufu’s Tomb, De Chantraine’s Domain, Bathory’s Castle, Gevaudan’s Forest, Hellin’s Toyworld and Samedi’s Club (which is by far the best level – can you dig it?).

This game was developed by Beam Software, who was responsible for Radical Rex, Shadowrun, and Tom & Jerry – Frantic Antics.

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SNES games are coming to the Nintendo 3DS, here is what you can play

During a recent Nintendo Direct press conference, the company announced that their new Nintendo 3DS will be able to play SNES game. This has been a highly-requested feature for a long time with this handheld console, but was allegedly never released because the previous generation of products were not powerful enough to play them. With their latest 3DS, the Super Nintendo can finally be unleashed in all of it’s 16-bit glory!

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Here is the full list of titles that will be released as part of this initial wave:

North America

March 3 — F-Zero (Available now)
March 3 — Pilotwings (Available now)
March 3 — Super Mario World (Available now)
March 24 — Donkey Kong Country
March 24 — EarthBound
March 24 — Super Mario Kart
April 14 — Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
April 14 — The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
April 14 — Super Metroid

Europe and Australia (PAL)

March 3 — EarthBound (Available now)
March 3 — Super Mario World (Available now)
March 10 — The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
March 10 — Super Metroid
March 17 — F-Zero
March 17 — Super Mario Kart
March 24 — Donkey Kong Country

Japan

March 4 — F-Zero
March 4 — The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
March 4 — EarthBound
March 4 — Donkey Kong Country
March 4 — Super Mario World
??? — Super Metroid
??? — Super Mario Kart
??? — Kirby’s Dream Course
??? — Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
??? — Fire Emblem: Genealogy of Holy War
??? — Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
??? — Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble
??? — Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
??? — Final Fight
??? — Final Fight 2
??? — Final Fight 3
??? — Super Castlevania IV
??? — Super Ghouls and Ghosts
??? — Contra III: The Alien Wars
??? — Street Fighter II’ Turbo
??? — Super Street Fighter II
??? — Street Fighter Alpha 2
??? — Mega Man 7
??? — Mega Man X
??? — Mega Man X2
??? — Mega Man X3

These Virtual Console SNES games will include a “perfect pixel” mode to retain the original hardware’s aspect ratio, and the games will cost $7.99 each on the VC. Unfortunately, any customers who previously bought these titles for the Wii U will not be able to get a discount or even just download it for free since they already own it. In other words, if you want to play this on both systems, you will need to buy it twice.

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New York Toy Fair 2013: Nintendo plushies at “Little Buddy” booth

“Little Buddy” was at New York Toy Fair 2013 at the Javits Center with tons of their soft and squeezable friends along with them. The company produces amazing looking Nintendo licensed plushies of all of your favorite characters from across the retro and modern gaming horizon.

The amount of characters in staggering, as you can see in our gallery. Plushies available include Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, Goombas, Boo, Drybones, Red and Green turtles, and just about every other villain in the game. Some plushes come in three different sizes, including Mario, Luigi, Boo, Bowser, and others. There were also characters from Pikmin and Legend of Zelda (although at this time, they only have Link).

Check out the gallery below for tons of images of the booth!

You can check out more from Little Buddy on their website at this link here.

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