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December 11, 2017¤ by Ferris Bueller 

We'd been wondering what retroplayer.NL had been up to, and we found out over the weekend with the launch of their holiday themed homebrew for the NES. If you love games with a real Christmas vibe, Santa's Magical Christmas Sleigh is for you! Santa's Magical Christmas Sleigh is a classic puzzle-platformer game with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an EPIC 8-bit soundtrack.

The story involves Glinch who, to stop Christmas from coming, decided to steal Santa’s magical sledge. Now Santa and his Elf need to travel across five worlds, each world composed of three levels, to recover the sledge and save Christmas. The game features a teleport game mechanic, switching between Santa and Elf, multiple stage exits, alternative routes, hidden sub levels, a password system, and more! Of course they will use all new parts for this production.
Or if you’re looking for a stocking stuffer in the analog entertainment category, part of the Mother to Earth team just launched a Kickstarter for a Mother/Earthbound themed cookbook. Mother’s Cookbook is a beautifully quirky and tasty EarthBound-inspired cookbook written by Hillary Froemel with original recipes developed by Chef Bryan Connor. This 8" x 10" cookbook will be available in hardcover, paperback, and digital form with over 140 pages of full-color professional photos, easy-to-read cooking instructions, delightful doodles, and endearing notes from mom herself.

The book delves into the themes of exploration, overcoming the odds, and trying new things just like Earthbound itself. Some recipes are straight from the game, like Mammoth Burgers, Magic Cake, or Peanut Cheese Bars, while other recipes are inspired by the game’s characters and locations, such as New Age Retro Hummus, Tessie Watchin' Stew, and Lier X. Agerate's Famous Roasted Garlic Bread. Not to worry; if you get homesick there’s even a recipe for steak done just how Mom used to make it!

Fangamer will be handling production and fulfillment of the physical rewards, which is something to say. Be sure to follow @MothersCookbook on Twitter and MothersCookbookEB on Instagram to stay up-to-date with the project and campaign. Join them on this incredible, edible adventure! 


December 04, 2017¤ by Ferris Bueller 



Last month, one of our intrepid NA users found a new homebrew game on eBay, made their way to the developer's website, then came back to share with NA promptly. The game, entitled Brilliant Pebbles, is a colorful Asteroids homebrew port to the Nintendo NES. When asked if they were on NA, the developer said they were not, but that they wanted to be. Since then, the developer has not only joined NA, but they've also launched a Kickstarter campaign for their next game, Tower Defense 1990, and teamed up with NA member Zi to provide the soundtrack for the new homebrew. The campaign is FUNDED only a few hundred dollars away from being funded with over with a fortnight to go, meaning it's a fo' sho.

Tower Defense looks to be ambitious, being part action, part puzzle, and part strategy. You control a wraith who still protects his old kingdom  from monsters. Watch over your previous lands and your fellow peasants. Build towers or modify old ones to defend your castle from hoards of marching enemies. Lose all your peasants and it's game over! 

The game will feature approximately 20 levels, with each featuring horizontal scrolling between two screens' worth of background.  Enemies march in waves, beginning at various locations but always ending at your castle, with typically 6 to 10 waves of enemies per level and up to 8 enemies per wave with 16 enemy types to choose from. In true RPG fashion, each type of enemy has unique hit points, speed, and weaknesses, along with two elevations choices: ground or air. 

The Collector's Gold Level pledge will have a special color shell (not gray), limited edition label, and a serial number, which is included in the game's binary and will appear on the TV.  To show appreciation, your name (or an alias) will also appear in the manual as an ultimate supporter and will appear in the printed, digital, and any other future versions of the manual. The developer made a thread here, so share your thoughts and support here: NA Thread.


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