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Jeremy Parish's NES works #76: Dragon Power & Ikari Warriors II

Digging deep in the NES library

Jeremy Parish's NES Works series continues on, giving us a great look back at the many, many games that came to the NES. In today's feature, we get a detailed breakdown of both Dragon Power and Ikari Warriors II. Not the most amazing NES games, but still very worthy of a feature.

Arcade1up reveals cabinet with Killer Instinct 1 and 2, Battletoads, and Battletoads & Double Dragon

Pretty much irresistible for retro Nintendo fans

While Nintendo and RARE split long ago, the history between the two will live on forever. To this day, we still see reasons to remember RARE, like new Donkey Kong Country games, and the inclusion of Banjo and Kazooie in Smash Bros. Ultimate. For those who love to relive the RARE nostalgia, another fantastic option is on the way.

Arcade1up has revealed a slew of new cabinets, and one of them is a RARE fan's dream come true. This cabinet is decorated with Killer Instinct art, but there's more hiding in there than that. Packed inside is Killer Instinct 1 and 2, the arcade version of Battletoads, and Battletoads & Double Dragon. All classic titles/franchises that fans of the NES, SNES, and N64 will remember quite fondly. It even includes online multiplayer!

We don't have info on pricing or release date just yet, but we'll be sure to bring you those details when they become available.

LEGO NES knock-off spotted online

Not quite right

Nintendo and LEGO teamed up on a number of products last year, including the LEGO NES. The official product is quite pricey, coming in at over $200. That's why it's not surprising to see knock-off companies come out to offer their own versions.

As you can see above, some random company has put their own spin on LEGO's design by ripping it off. It's nowhere near as nice, but it gets the point across. There's even something a little charming about how wonky it is. There are even other versions that feature Contra and Duck Hunt on the screen. You can check those out here.

Green Boy Games announces Kickstarter for Game Boy/NES game, The Shapeshifter

Keeping the legacy platforms alive

Green Boy Games has been showing the Game Boy a lot of love lately, and they're not done yet. The company has yet another Game Boy title in the works called The Shapeshifter. They're planning to bring this title to the Game Boy and NES, but they'll need your help. A Kickstarter for the game launches on Jan. 18th, 2021, and you can get full details on that and the game itself below.

Independent retro development studio Green Boy Games is releasing a Kickstarter campaign on January 18th to fund their new fantasy adventure The Shapeshifter for Nintendo Game Boy.

The Shapeshifter puts you in the shoes of Elliot, an ordinary person who is going to spend the weekend in the mountains, who meets an elf that will grant him the power of becoming the animal he touches.

While The Shapeshifter will be available on the studio’s website, there will be 100 limited edition units with a unique number and signature exclusive for Kickstarter backers.

The Shapeshifter will be available in a cartridge packed in a box with a manual. The game will be fully compatible with all Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance handhelds.

If the final stretch goal of €40,000 is reached on Kickstarter, The Shapeshifter will also be ported to NES.

Features

New Game Boy game in cartridge format –including a box and a manual.
Lead Elliot in a fantasy adventure in which you can turn into the animals you touch and save the elven world from the wizard's spell.
Save and load your game.
More than 4 hours of gameplay.
Animated pixel-art graphics.
Music composed by Cesc Mozota and Oscar Latorre
Compatible with all Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance handhelds.

Multi-time Classic Tetris World Champion Jonas Neubauer passes away

RIP Jonas

We're very sad to report that Jonas Neubauer, a multi-time Classic Tetris World Champion, has passed away. Jonas was about as big as it gets in the CTWC scene, having won the title 7 times in his career. Unfortunately, Jonas is no longer with us, as he was taken by a sudden medical emergency. Our hearts go out to Jonas, his family, friends, and millions of fans.

Thanks to JJtheTexan and Andreslop24 for sharing this info.

LEGO's official shop offering a free ice skating rink with purchases of a LEGO NES for a limited time

A seasonal surprise

The LEGO NES is quite the pricey collectible, coming in at $230. That's more than a Switch Lite will run you! That said, the item is still flying off shelves, and only recently came back in stock. The good news is that a special offer is available run now that sweetens the pot a bit.

For a limited time, any purchase of a LEGO NES will also come with the above ice skating rink. The rink includes a booth and two minifigure skaters wearing never-seen-before winter sweaters. You only have one more day to grab this item, as the offer ends on Dec. 31st, 2020. Make your purchase here before it's too late!

The NES Omnibus: The Nintendo Entertainment System and Its Games, Volume 1 (A–L) available to order

A must-have for retro enthusiasts

The NES Omnibus: Vol. 1 turned to Kickstarter to get funded, and it hit its goal easily. For those who missed out on the Kickstarter, you can now snag a copy straight from the author's website. If you need a recap on everything in this book, check out the rundown below.

Featuring a 1200-word foreword by The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg, The NES Omnibus: The Nintendo Entertainment System and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A-L) by gaming historian Brett Weiss covers the first half of the NES library in exhaustive and engaging detail: every U.S. release from A to L.

More than 350 games are featured, including such iconic titles as Castlevania, Donkey Kong, Double Dragon, Duck Hunt, Final Fantasy, and The Legend of Zelda. Each game, whether obscure or mainstream, is given the spotlight. In addition to thorough gameplay descriptions, the book includes reviews, memories, historical data, quotes from vintage magazines, and, best of all, nostalgic stories about many of the games from programmers, authors, YouTube celebs, and other industry insiders. The book also features more than 2,000 full-color images, including box art, screenshots, and vintage ads.

Nostalgic story contributors include such industry pros as "8-Bit" Eric Perez (YouTube personality), David Warhol (legendary Intellivision programmer), Steve Woita (Atari, Genesis, and PS1 programmer), Sean Tiedeman (director of The King of the Arcades), Shane Stein (Executive Producer of The Game Chasers movie), Greg Sewart (former Previews and Reviews Editor for Electronic Gaming Monthly), and many others. Hardcover. 9.5 x 12.5 inches. 400+ pages.

Grab your copy here

Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary t-shirts available via Nintendo's online store, come packaged in a replica game boxes

Just a tad too late for stocking stuffers

Nintendo's online store might not be the first place you think to go for great Nintendo merch, but they have up an interesting selection of t-shirts right now.

The shirts are based on various Mario titles throughout the years, as they're part of the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary celebration. Even better, the shirts come in replica game boxes! There are 5 different options for $35 each. You can check out the entire selection here.

Nintendo fans decorate their house with an NES and Super Mario Bros. 3 for Christmas

Now you're decorating with POWER!

People love to go all out on Christmas decorations for their houses, but I don't think we've ever seen anything like this.

One family was looking to do something a little different with their decorations for Christmas, so they decided to go with a Nintendo theme. They transformed the front of their house into a giant NES, along with a TV showing Super Mario Bros. 3. Obviously it's been a huge attraction in the neighborhood, with people coming from all over to check it out in person.

Now you have to wonder what the family's going to do for next year to top this!

Jeremy Parish's NES Works #72: R.C. Pro-Am and T&C Surf Designs

Two more NES classics

Wishing you a Meli Kalikimaka this week, despite my rage over a bad game about wood and water. Thankfully, we have Rare to infuse a little holiday gratitude into the season with a very good, very fun, and very inventive take on racing: R.C. Pro-Am. It doesn't erase the nothing of a game that is T&C Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage from existence, but it does at least provide balance in the Force or whatever.