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NES Super Mario Bros

NES Super Mario Bros

It always gives me a laugh when I see the bewildered expression on peoples face when I tell them I listen mainly to metal music.  Metal music isn’t very popular where I live (this is mostly a country music area although there is a fair bit of love for classic rock too) and I grew up listening to almost nothing but country so it tends to surprise people I tell people I am a metalhead, especially since I don’t look like your stereotypical metalhead with tons of tattoos, piercings and dress in nothing but black.  I especially enjoy their confused expressions when I tell them the various sub-genres of metal that I enjoy like symphonic metal, celtic metal, viking metal, black metal, power metal, ect.  Well, this morning I was the one with the surprised look on my face as I had never heard of the style of metal known as Djent until I saw the video below.

Youtuber SteveTerreberry made this amazing video below of him playing the music from the first couple of levels of Super Mario Bros in the style of Djent.  So what is Djent exactly?  Djent is a heavy metal spinoff of traditional progressive metal (here is a more detailed description from Urbandictionary).  Anyway, whether you are a metalhead like I am or not, as long as you at least like Super Mario Bros, you should check out the video below and let me know what you think in the comments!

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Back in the Nintendo 64 days (and even a little bit on my Nintendo 3DS), I spent countless hours working to collect all of the stars in Super Mario 64.  Some of them were a lot harder to get than others but sometimes I like a good challenge.  Well, I can’t say that Bob-omb Battlefield, the first level was that difficult however I suspect recreating the classic level with LEGO wasn’t exactly simple.  This might not be the biggest LEGO build I have ever posted about, but I think it might be one of my favorites.

This Super Mario 64 recreation of the Bob-omb Battlefield with LEGO was built by LEGO builder Matt De Lanoy.  I’m not sure of any of the interesting details of this build like how long it took him or how many LEGO bricks he used but judging by the attention to detail on this amazing build, I would think he spent quite a bit of time one it. This makes me wish I still had all of my LEGOs as a kid so that I could build something like this but I guess I will have to settle for playing some Super Mario 64 this weekend.

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LEGO Super Mario 64 Bob-omb Battlefield

LEGO Super Mario 64 Bob-omb Battlefield

LEGO Super Mario 64 Bob-omb Battlefield

LEGO Super Mario 64 Bob-omb Battlefield

LEGO Super Mario 64 Bob-omb Battlefield

LEGO Super Mario 64 Bob-omb Battlefield

LEGO Super Mario 64 Bob-omb Battlefield

LEGO Super Mario 64 Bob-omb Battlefield

LEGO Super Mario 64 Bob-omb Battlefield

LEGO Super Mario 64 Bob-omb Battlefield

LEGO Super Mario 64 Bob-omb Battlefield

LEGO Super Mario 64 Bob-omb Battlefield

LEGO Super Mario 64 Bob-omb Battlefield

LEGO Super Mario 64 Bob-omb Battlefield

[Source:  Matt De Lanoy via Nerd Approved]

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to go see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie but between my hatred of Michael Bay, the various reboot ideas and story changes and the less than positive reviews I have been reading on just about every geek site I trust, I decided to go see Guardians of the Galaxy instead (great movie).  While I am certainly up for some new TMNT (besides the new cartoon which I have enjoyed), there is nothing quite like the old TMNT.

Speaking of the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, my favorite NES console modder, Platinumfungi has been up to his old tricks and this time he has made (with the help of Jared Guynes and Custom NES Guy), an amazing custom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th Anniversary NES.  Like his many previous designs which I have written about, this one features a cool back-lit image on top and it sports a really cool custom paint job.  This also includes 4 custom NES controllers with the image of one of the turtles on each although you really can’t tell it in the picture below.

This radical TMNT NES is a tribute to the old black and white comic and it took weeks of planning, over 500 messages between the guys and over 150 hours of labor to complete.  Talk about a labor of love!

Cowabunga dudes!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th Anniversary Nintendo NES

TMNT 30th Anniversary NES

[Source:  Platinumfungi]

Monopoly was always my favorite board game as a kid and I still play it on my mobile devices occasionally but I’ve never really done much with the novelty editions.  Sure, there are some cool ones that I would like (the Klingon version is one example), but they aren’t available on the digital versions and since I rarely have the opportunity for tabletop gaming, I just never bother with them.  Even so, I still like sharing news about geeky versions that fans have made (ex: Red Dead Redemption Monopoly, Final Fantasy Monopoly and Fallout Monopoly just to name a few) and official ones like the Klingon version I mentioned a second ago.  In the case of this post, I wanted to let everybody know a Legend of Zelda edition is about to come out!

Starting September 15, 2014 you can buy a Legend of Zelda version of Monopoly exclusively from GameStop for $39.99 (you can pre-order it now).  This is created by USAopoly who makes all of the novelty Monopoly games.

The picture below gives you a taste of just how good this looks but if you want to see more pictures of the board, the box and the tokens (Triforce, ocarina, bow, Hylian shield, boomerang and hookshot) check out the product page linked above and below.

So Zelda fans, will you be getting this Zelda edition of Monopoly?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Monopoly: Legend of Zelda Edition

Monopoly: Legend of Zelda Edition

[Source:  GameStop]

Although I have had the game since nearly the time it came out (well, I think it was the first big Steam sale after it came out because these days I will almost never pay full price for a game), I still have yet to get around to playing Bioshock Infinite.  Truthfully, I never did make time to finish the first game and haven’t even started on the second but I think this awesome metal sculpture has given me the inspiration I need to move the games up to the top of my list of games to play.

This amazing Bioshock Infinite inspired metal Patriot sculpture was created by Geargoyle Metal Art.  I don’t know any of the interesting details like how long this took to create but however long it took, I would say it was time well spent!  I think it looks great!

If you were hoping to buy this, sadly it apparently sold last year sometime but I’d recommend checking out his other creations that are for sale over on his Etsy store.  It is too bad it is sold already because it would look great on my desk.

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Bioshock Infinite Metal Patriot Sculpture

Bioshock Infinite Patriot Metal Sculpture

[Source:  Geargoyle Metal Art]

Nintendo Game Boy

Nintendo Game Boy

After turning 27 last week, the last thing I really wanted to see was something that would make me feel really old but since those around me insist on making me feel that way anyway, I figured I might as well watch this video of some kids reacting to Nintendo’s classic handheld, the Game Boy.  I’ve seen similar videos in the past which I have generally found their confusion amusing but this video had me banging my head on the desk (especially when the one kid thought it was an iPhone case) and screaming at my monitor.  Maybe its just because I have always had a huge love for the Game Boy and have acquired a nice collection of them but I couldn’t help but rage when the kids tried to put the cartridges in upside down and called it junk.

A couple of these kids give me a little bit of hope for the future but the ones that call it junk and want to throw it in the trash make me want to sit in a corner with all of my Game Boys and cry.  This is why I have always believed kids should be exposed to gaming the way I was, oldest to newest, not the other way around!

Have fun watching this video and if anybody needs me, I will be in bed playing Tetris on my Game Boy.

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[via Kotaku]