DLC seems to be a hot topic in gaming these days. At E3 2012, it was probably one of the most used terms at the conference. Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony all have their own ways to provide downloadable content to gamers. Atari had their own way too….back in 1983! It was called GameLine.
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Today I’m talking about Donkey Kong (again). What can I say? The history behind this game is so significant that the stories could be made into a movie. I’ve done a lot of research on the Universal vs. Nintendo Case (which dealt with a copyright on King Kong), so this encouraged me to look into other court cases involving Nintendo. Little did I know that Donkey Kong was involved in another legal battle, and this one was probably even worse.
Recently, Wolfenstein 3D celebrated it’s 20th birthday. Hooray! This game is considered the grandfather of first person shooters and really set the bar for future titles. To celebrate this wonderful occasion, Bethesda (who purchased iD software back in 2009) released the game for your browser! You can check out the game here.
However, today I didn’t want to get into Wolfenstein 3D, but rather it’s predecessor: Castle Wolfenstein.
I’m assuming most people reading this right now know who Mario is. If you don’t, you might be on the wrong website. After the huge success of Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Mario became Nintendo’s official mascot, and development of new Mario games became a big deal. But before all the success, Mario was just another character at Nintendo.
Nintendo.com has an article about the development of Punch-Out!! on their “Iwata Asks” series. In the article, Shigeru Miyamoto claims “We didn’t have an approval system when using Mario images back then.” Thus, any development team could sneak a cameo of their favorite character into NES games, no matter how poorly drawn they were! So let’s take a look back at some of Mario’s lesser known appearances on the NES.