Ninja Gaiden tried to be a movie but found its drama in the language of comics

Ninja Gaiden should be devoid of drama. It was a simple game about a ninja on a revenge mission and a violent, fun answer to Konami’s Castlevania. Almost 30 years after its release, though, Tecmo’s NES staple still feels strange and grand thanks in large part to the way it depicts Ryu Hayabusa’s journey. The story is…

The Battletoads soundtrack is now available on vinyl, if you cough up some green

In the early ’90s, anthropomorphic teenage animals of all sorts were the biggest thing since rock ‘n’ roll, particularly if they were trained in a martial art of some sort. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started it all, the Street Sharks ran for 40 episodes, and Rare’s Battletoads fought evil across several video game…

Here are the start screens of almost every Game Boy game (NES and Super NES, too)

A YouTube user who goes by the handle NicksplosionFX has completed a video compilation of the start screens for every Game Boy game ever made—or at least as close as NicksplosionFX could come after some thorough research. Although most of the opening sequences unfold in just a few seconds, it takes almost three hours…