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Empire Strikes Back Original Trailer

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Empire Strikes Back Original Trailer

30 years ago, on May 21, 1980, the release of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was unleashed upon the world. We were introduced to new worlds and new characters such as Lando Calrissian and of course Yoda. Being the 30 year anniversary, below is the original theatrical trailer for The Empire Strikes Back. It was actually the second trailer (the first being a teaser) released but the first to contain actual footage from the movie. And its narrated by Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford. Quote from starwars.com:

Narrated by Harrison Ford (yup, that’s Han hamming it up with his best 1930s announcer impression), the trailer contains a few noteworthy gems, such as the famously cut “Threepio ripping the sign off the door” shot. Originally, the invading Imperials were to enter the door, sans warning sign, to be subsequently attacked by a pack of angry wampas. The sequence was ultimately cut from the film, but not before this small hint of its existence was forever immortalized by the trailer.

For the trailer jump past the break.

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Blast From the Past: Alien Nation

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Blast From the Past: Alien Nation

Today I’m going to be introducing a new segment I want to try out on you guys called “Blast From the Past.” Original, I know. However, I feel like I need to dig into the geek time capsule and pull out some of these oldies but goodies. First up is a show I’ve loved since watching the movie made in 1988. It’s Alien Nation! And it’s awesome beyond words.

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Super Mario Bros. Retro Movie Review

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Super Mario Bros. Retro Movie Review

When Hollywood decides to make a movie based on a video game I always get nervous. Their track record hasn’t been so good. Movies like Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Hitman and most other movies based on games, aren’t really classified as good movies. With the newest movie based on a game, Prince of Persia, coming out soon we’ve decided to dust off some of these old movies and give them another chance. Think of it as a sort of retro movie review. And what better way to start us off than the one that started it all, Super Mario Bros.

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3D Dot Game Heroes – Blast from the past

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3D Dot Game Heroes – Blast from the past

It seems today everything has a sense of the past linked to it, retro is cool and kicking. This is the inspiration behind 3D Dot Game Heroes. This game is every classic video game smashed together into a smoothie of wonder, BUT in 3D! This will sound dumb, but imagine the 2D games, but in 3D. Right? It’s like…Avatar, 3D man!

While a game that’s main selling point is that it is 3D you might think it to be oddly enough shallow. I got to watch and preview the game this morning and let me tell you it is nothing to scoff at here. The game has large influences of game play from the games of old, but everything with it has a distinct flavor of new to it. You ever listen to artists that mash up songs to make their own? It’s very much like that and it is super fly, fool. You have your hacking and your slashing, puzzles, and some pretty sweet mini games to boot. I am excited for the game to release in May (May 11th 2010 to be exact). I think the thing that I am most excited about is the music in the game, It has such a “Neo-Old School” feel to it that I can’t stop listening to the music on the website. Listen to it. I want to wake up to that every morning.

The only thing I could hope for right now would be an old school controller to go with the game to get that feel on touch basis. But hey, that’s hardly a complaint about the game. Again check it out when it drops on May 11, 2010.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Officially Announced

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OK, so there have been quite a few attempts by Sega to get Sonic into the 3D realm, pretty much all of which sucked. It’s ok, not every 2D character translates into 3D and finally Sega seems to have wised up about it because Sonic 4 is going 2D again! I don’t know about you but I still play the odd bit of Sonic & Knuckles and to be honest it’s one of the best retro gaming experiences you can get. So I guess you could say I’m pretty excited about the prospect of a whole new, 2D, back to it’s roots Sonic game. Good news is you don’t need a Gensis, or a Dreamcast for that matter, to get in on the action as it’s going to be digitally distributed across all major consoles including Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360. Rumours are also abound that it’ll launch on the iPhone, but that’s speculation at the moment thanks to a ‘?’ on the official Sonic 4 site.

Anyway, head on over to the site, it’s a bit bare at the moment, but there are lots of count down timers for further information and news, something to keep you occupied while you wait.

[Sonic 4 Official Site Via Sega]

Retro Game Reviews: Super Mario World (1990)

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As big a gamer as I am, the list of games I played in my younger days is embarrassingly small. So, much like a man who buys a big gun to compensate for having a small penis, I overcompensated in recent years, leaving me with a library of games littered with titles I’ve never finished. Still, even with all those games left to play, I always find myself going back to basics, playing the classics from the small library of games from my past. And out of that small list, there is one game that stands out more than the rest. Nintendo‘s Super Mario World for the SNES. It’s a game that, for me, never gets old. It aged really well and, after nearly 20 years, is still as enjoyable now as it was back then.

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Thursday Throwback: Fester's Quest

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Fester's QuestFester’s Quest, developed by SunSoft, saw its release on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1989. As a kid, it was one of the first games my brother and I ever owned for our old Nintendo system. I had a lot of good times playing it, though it was pretty difficult and my brother and it was one of those games I just never finished.

Looking back, the game is quite horrible in concept. Based on the 1960’s Addams Family TV series, you play as Uncle Fester, the bald, eccentric of the family. A UFO has landed and in the Addams’ home town and its up to Fester to stop the aliens once and for all.

First off, why are there aliens? The game itself seems to have nothing to do with the old TV series (it was made prior to the movies and 90s TV series) aside from the characters themselves. Somehow, Fester managed to get himself an alien-smashing gun. Why he has it and where he got it from in the first place are never explained. Also, why he, out of all the members of the Addams Family, goes to stop the alien threat is also quite the mindboggler. A few characters, mainly Thing, Pugsley, and Wednesday also make an appearance in the game, giving Fester items and many of the family’s apparently many homes in the city.

Fester 2As a fan of the Addams Family, mainly the old TV show, which I saw in reruns as a kid, I will say that any Addams Family fan should probably skip this game. There’s nothing really “Addams Family” about it and plays like a clone of SunSoft’s Master Blaster. Still, call it nostalgia or whatever, but every time I fire up the old game, I can’t help but love it. Unfortunately, while the game is somewhere in my parent’s closet back in LA, my old NES died a few years ago so I can only play the game on an emulator, which resets every time I enter a building, which means beating the game is damn near (probably completely) impossible. :(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qzWEpfxULQ
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