Another week, another shitposting trend. Everyone's favorite Christmas tradition is now part of the latest fad. Starting last week, people on Twitter and Reddit have been creating memes with the text "You've heard of elf on the shelf, now get ready for" accompanied by an image of another rhyming situation. Nintendo characters have been especially popular: think photos like Link in a sink, Waluigi on a squeegee, Princess Peach on a beach.
Because the format is so simple (and many would argue, stupid) these rhyming memes have spread like wildfire. Here are some of our favorites.
Nintendo nerds went wild yesterday when after the final Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Nintendo Direct went live. The game promised several new characters: the Piranha plant from Super Mario (heavily meme'd), Pokémon's Inciniroar, and Ken from Street Fighter. While these intros received attention, the decision to kill EVERYONE but Kirby in a trailer really got people memeing. Here are some of the choice memes regarding the occasion.
While learning how to give CPR can surely save lives, there is some less than optimistic information about how blowing on a game cartridge doesn't help anything really. The rebooting process probably does more to improve game play than the air (and possibly saliva) that you hurled at the electronics at breathy speeds.
We've made it to the home stretch, people. One more day and us Monday through Friday office drones are free for an extremely temporary couple of days. Will we actually make use of that free time and do something productive or meaningful? Absolutely not! These memeswill help you prep for a weekend of doing the bare minimum. You're welcome.
How many times have you been on the last level of Super Mario Bros. 3, and you get so excited that you jump up and rip the controller out of the system?
10? 20? 100 times?
Your days of leaving Princess Peach to die at the hands of Bowser are over thanks to this wireless Nintendo NES from 8Bitdo. The Retro Receiver set turns your brand-new NES Classic into the system of your wireless dreams, allowing you the full range of excitement that comes with beating Super Mario Bros. 3.
The set comes with an NES30 controller, a USB charging cable, and bluetooth reciever. Only one per box, though. Also, as Mashable was quick to point out, you can use the receiver for almost any “current-gen wireless controller other than Xbox,” meaning you can use PS4 or Wii controller on this bad boy.
The controller ships on December 16 and costs $39.99 on Amazon.
Nintendo has never shied away from its history — so much so that a crude stereotype is still their beloved mascot. Now they’re taking their nostalgia to the next level with the NES Classic Edition, a tiny version of their groundbreaking 1985 NES console packed with 30 classic games. Available on November 11, the NES Classic will everyone reminiscing about those late nights, chugging soda, and playing video games until the break of day, as well those times in the 1980s when you played the Nintendo Entertainment System for the first time.
Now that the system is only a few days from release, CNET has an unboxing video of the console and is playing it for the first time. As they note, there’s much to love about this thing, from the alphabetical ordering of the games in the main menu (which “they didn’t have to do”) to the CRT filter, which means you can make this thing look “even worse.” The video will have to itching to try this puppy out for yourself and disregarding any actual responsibilities you have for the next few days.
Check out CNET’s unboxing above and their full review here.
In order to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th anniversary, Sega's releasing the mini-Mega Drive and portable Genesis.
Nintendo's Mini NES only features 30 available game titles, which some folks immediately took issue with. The list of games for the Mini NES:
Since both of Sega's consoles feature a big selection of games, it looks like the company might yet have a 1-UP on Nintendo. A big thanks to FunstockRetro for the following list of games that'll be available on the mini-Mega Drive and portable Genesis:
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Chakan: The Forever Man
Dr. Robotnik’sMean Bean Machine
ESWAT: City Under Siege
Golden Axe II
Golden Axe III
Mortal Kombat I
Mortal Kombat II
Mortal Kombat III
Phantasy Star 2
Phantasy Star 3
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog II
Sonic 3D Blast
Sword of Varmilion
And these are the Sega Puzzle games:
Adventure in the Park
Cross the road
Break a Fireline
Fight or Lose
Bottle Taps Race
Mega Brain Switch
Hide and Seek
Lost World Sudoku
Mya Master Mind
T-Rex Memory Match
Finally, both of Sega's consoles are already available for pre-order through a U.K. online retailer at $65 a pop. Also check out this pic of Sega's mini-Mega Drive!
Variety reports that Legendary Entertainment locked down the rights to what could be a massive franchise, subsequent to reported accounts that they were trying to close the deal. Details are pretty hush right now, but we've heard whispers that the studio's nudging for the film to kickstart in 2017. Oh, and we're talking Detective Pikachu for the 'theme'. For those that don't remember, here's a quick reminder that, yes, Detective Pikachu, is the hero you deserve:
So nostalgia, such wow. Damn. Looks like we're all going to be playing Zelda come holiday season after all, but just not the one we originally anticipated. The mini-NES will be sold at $60, and come pre-installed with 30 classic games.
It’ll also come ready with an HDMI cable, a power adapter, and what Nintendo's now calling an NES Classic Controller, “patterned after the iconic design of the original NES controller.” It’ll be out in stores on November 11.
This is the full list of games, via Nintendo:
Language Warning: Yoshi spits more than just Koopa shells.
Yoshi finally gets a change to switch places with Mario and it becomes pretty clear that Yoshi has some abilities we were probably taking for granted. If you've ever wondered where all those Yoshi's you've sacrificed go... maybe you don't really want to know. Sometimes you need to sacrifice a Yoshi to get to the next level though, and that's what's really important, right? ...Right?
Nintendo celebrated the 30th birthday of Super Mario Bros. with the release of this excellent little video documenting the creation of that iconic game.
Shigeru Miyamoto explains his inspiration and process for how the lasting gem came into being.
Technically, Sept. 13 was the 30th anniversary, but who knows when that is relative to today, what with modern time zones and all. So, Google got into the spirit today with a nifty little Easter egg.
If you type "Super Mario Bros." into search, a question box will appear in the results and you can go ahead and collect all the coins you want.
Unfortunately, you do not receive an extra life if you click it 100 times.
Happy belated b-day Super Mario Bros. Thanks for introducing me to a life long habit of reality avoidance.