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1990s

Nintendo’s Weirdest Moments

Nintendo’s Weirdest Moments

When you make games that are as whimsical in nature as Nintendo, you’re bound to have some weird moments over the years. Nintendo fan Shiromi edited together a reel of some of the wackiest things that have happened to Mario, Link, and Kid Icarus and others over the years. Man, the 1990s were a strange time.

Preserving the 1990s Internet

Preserving the 1990s Internet

Back in the 1990s, the internet was a kinder, gentler, and downright sillier place than it is today. Quartz looks back at some of the primitive and cheesy websites of the era, and pontificates on what may happen to the information and content they housed as these sites gradually go offline.

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The Internet in 1996

The Internet in 1996

An awesome time capsule of what life was like on the Internet more than 20 years ago, just as it was starting to take off. If you remember Netscape, dial-up modems, or Excite!, you’ll get a kick out of this old VHS tape. We like he calls URLs “YEEERLS.”

Mambo No. 5: Movie Edition

Mambo No. 5: Movie Edition

Editor The Unusual Suspect diced up bits and pieces from 156 different movies in order to replicate the vocals from one of the greatest one-hit wonders of all time – Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega, replacing the names of his female conquests with those of various movie characters.

The Com-Mari Method

The Com-Mari Method

Do you keep all your computer icons sitting out on your desktop? Does Netscape Navigator no longer spark joy? Go back in time to the 1990s for some advice on how to tidy things up, Marie Kondo style, with a little help from the folks at Squirrel Monkey.

BEL-AIR

BEL-AIR

Now this is a story all about how… my life got flipped turned upside down. Filmmaker Morgan Cooper presents a modern take on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in which Will Smith’s character is subject to 21st century problems as he adjusts from life in Philly to Souther Cali.

Metal Tubthumping

Metal Tubthumping

YouTube’s resident metalnerd Leo Moracchioli takes on one-hit wonder Chumbawamba’s 1997 track Tubthumping, a song about getting drunk and in bar fights that will infect your ear by simply hearing “I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down…”

Defunctland: The Nickelodeon Hotel

Defunctland: The Nickelodeon Hotel

Nickelodeon went gangbusters in the 1990s with Rugrats, Rocko’s Modern Life, Ren and Stimpy, and the almighty Spongebob Squarepants. To celebrate the success of the latter, they merchandised everything in sight, and even opened a mediocre hotel in Orlando.

CGI: The Awkward Years

CGI: The Awkward Years

These days, we’re accustomed to such seamless and realistic visual effects on the big screen and even some TV series that we’ve become pretty jaded by CGI. But one look at Diane Bullock’s reel of 1990’s movie VFX should serve as a reminder of just how good we’ve got it today.

Atomic Train (Trailer)

Atomic Train (Trailer)

Go back to the ’90s with this so-bad-its-good trailer from the 1999 TV mini-series Atomic Train, which not only perfectly captures the era, it manages to give away the entire story from start to finish. The tagline for the series was the equally awesome “The Final Stop is Deadly.”

Say It Ain’t Where Is My Mind

Say It Ain’t Where Is My Mind

We saw Weezer and Pixies in concert this summer, and they were both amazing. Seattle band Tiger Rider thought so too, and decided to pay tribute to this epic double bill with their own seamless mashup of Where Is My Mind and Say It Ain’t So.

Dave Matthews at the Blockbuster

Dave Matthews at the Blockbuster

YouTuber ChesterCopperpot5 dug up this little gem dating back to August 1994, when Dave Matthews did a solo acoustic performance at a Blockbuster Music store (yes that was a thing), just 6 weeks before his band’s breakout studio album Under the Table and Dreaming debuted.

Mid90s (Trailer)

Mid90s (Trailer)

(PG-13: Language) Academy award-nominated actor Jonah Hill makes his feature directorial debut with this gritty, minimal film about a young boy coming of age in the 1990s in Los Angeles, as he finds his place among a crew of skateboarders. Hill also wrote the original story.

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SoundCloud in the ’90s

SoundCloud in the ’90s

YouTuber Squirrel Monkey continues to build an archive of historical videos for modern applications had they existed back in the 1980s and 1990s. This time, music and podcast streaming service SoundCloud gets the CD-ROM and floppy disk installation kit.

The Breeders: Tiny Desk Concert

The Breeders: Tiny Desk Concert

(PG-13: Language) ’90s alt-rock sensation The Breeders return to the lineup that gave them hits like Cannonball and Divine Hammer. This three song set offers a stripped down and fuzzed-out mix of folk and garage rock, including two from their new album All Nerve.

Fingerstyle Kids’ TV Show Medley

Fingerstyle Kids’ TV Show Medley

Musician John Tracey presents a medley of some theme songs from classic kids TV shows from the 1980s and 1990s, performed with a smooth fingerstyle vibe on his acoustic guitar. We can still never get enough of those DuckTales and Inspector Gadget themes.

SNL: Jurassic Park Auditions

SNL: Jurassic Park Auditions

Bill Hader’s return to host Saturday Night Live featured this sketch, featuring hilarious cast impressions of numerous 1990s celebrities as they each tried out for a role in the Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park. That Sinbad joke. Ouch.

Netflix in 1995

Netflix in 1995

For their latest episode of “Wonders of the World Wide Web,” Squirrel Monkey envisions what it might have been like to used Netflix to stream movies and other videos back in the days of dial-up modems, HotBot, and Excite!

Everything Sucks! (Trailer)

Everything Sucks! (Trailer)

Ready to feel old? 1990s nostalgia is now officially a thing. This new Netflix original series is about relationships and coming of age in the heyday of Beavis and Butthead, Nickelodeon, and America Online. Drops 2/16/18.

Will Ferrell’s SNL Audition

Will Ferrell’s SNL Audition

Will Ferrell is slated to host Saturday Night Live on 1/27/18. To celebrate his long-awaited return to the series that made him a star, SNL has released this gem – the actual audition tape that landed him the gig back in 1995, and includes his hilarious Harry Caray impression.

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Kidrobot Nickelodeon ’90s Minis

Kidrobot Nickelodeon ’90s Minis

Kidrobot presents an awesome series of blind-boxed collectible mini vinyl figures for any fan of Nickelodeon cartoons of the 1990s. Includes characters from Ren & Stimpy, Hey Arnold!, Rocko’s Modern Life, Spongebob Squarepants, CatDog, Rugrats, and more.

All The Small Things, Literally

All The Small Things, Literally

Continuing his series of overly literal musical interpretations, Davie504 played a surprisingly entertaining cover of Blink 182’s 1999 pop hit All the Small Things, entirely on instruments that are way too small for him.

Winners Don’t Use Drugs Shadow Box

Winners Don’t Use Drugs Shadow Box

For anyone who grew up playing arcade games in the 1990s, this graphic should be familiar. Decor8BitArt transformed the pixelated admonition from the DOJ, the FBI, and William Sessions into a cheeky bit of dimensional wall art. Includes a 9″ x 9″ wood frame with glass.

Michael Jackson’s CD Tour

Michael Jackson’s CD Tour

Back in 1995, Michael Jackson asked someone at Sony Music to explain how Compact Discs were manufactured, so they put together this factory tour video just for him, while producing his album History. It’s a fun time capsule, and a perfectly awkward corporate video.

Steve Urkel: Bad to the Bone

Steve Urkel: Bad to the Bone

Remix masters Melodysheep dig into their 1990s time capsule to give us our once-every-20-years recommended dosage of Family Matters’ bespectacled, suspendered, catchphrase-slinging ladies’ man.

Nickelodeon ’90s Plushes

Nickelodeon ’90s Plushes

Relive some of the greatest cartoons of your youth with these officially-licensed 6″ plush toys from Nickelodeon, featuring characters from Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, Ren and Stimpy, Aaahh! Real Monsters, and Rocko’s Modern Life. We want the entire collection.

Radiohead c. 1993

Radiohead c. 1993

More than 20 years ago, Radiohead appeared on an unlikely stage – MTV’s Beach House – turning in performances of their classics Creep and Anyone Can Play Guitar, and transfixing what would have normally been a rowdy group of college kids with their hard-edged alt-rock.

The Was

The Was

We’re not exactly sure what we just watched, but this epic music video from Soda_Jerk and The Avalanches crams in countless references to pop culture icons from the ’60s through the ’90s, from Saturday Night Fever to Seinfeld, from The Warriors to Will Smith.

Day of the Tentacle Remastered

Day of the Tentacle Remastered

The hilarious 1993 point-and-click adventure gets an HD update for today’s gaming systems. The new artwork is hand drawn, and you can bounce to classic mode, view concept art, or listen to commentary from the game’s creators. Out now on Steam, GOG, and PS4.

Hand Wars

Hand Wars

Elite Geek dug up this brilliant and hilarious low-budget Star Wars fan film from 1990, directed by Itami Rose. The literally handmade Super 8 film recreates scenes from A New Hope, shot entirely with hands in place of spaceships. (Thanks Jeremy!)

Another World: Real-Life Intro

Another World: Real-Life Intro

If you’ve never played it, Another World (aka Out of This World) is a truly classic video game for 16-bit consoles and computers, with an awesome sense of style and great gameplay. As a tribute to the 1991 game, Bartek Hławka recreated its slick opening sequence in real life.

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