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8-Bit Cinema: The Matrix

8-Bit Cinema: The Matrix

For their latest retro-style video game, CineFix takes on the 1999 classic The Matrix, trading wire-fu, bullet time and groundbreaking VFX for SNES (or is it Neo-Geo, get it?) quality graphics and sound effects.

8-Bit Matrix Reloaded

8-Bit Matrix Reloaded

Editor Philip Raupach took footage The Matrix Reloaded, and replaced the sounds with the bleeps and blips of old video games, leveling up what was otherwise not the Wachowski’s finest moment. We were waiting for Blanka to appear.

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8-Bit Cinema: Se7en

8-Bit Cinema: Se7en

CineFix envisions what David Fincher’s dark and disturbing thriller Se7en might have been like if it were a Super Nintendo point-and-click adventure game. We would totally play this. Though in our version, the box would contain a 1up mushroom.

NES Game of Thrones Cover

NES Game of Thrones Cover

Grieg “Theremin Hero” Stewart lets his geek flag fly as high as the one that Mario jumps on at the end of levels as he plays a cover of the Game of Thrones theme on a keytar made from an 8-bit Nintendo system. And yes, it still plays games.

8-bit Anthem

8-bit Anthem

The three-member GAG Quartet performs a rock and roll medley of classic arcade and console games that will have you reaching for your controller and plugging in your old NES or Genesis. Be sure to stick around for the big finish.

PRESS START

PRESS START

Got 2 hours and 50 minutes to kill? Then sit back, relax and enjoy this compilation of every single NES game start screen ever, compiled in alphabetical order by Nicksplosion FX. See how many you can remember playing.

8-Bit Deadmau5

8-Bit Deadmau5

Musician Joe Jeremiah pounds out a chiptune medley of tracks by deadmau5 which we can only imagine would have been the perfect background score for R-Type as we blasted away at endless swarms of aliens.

The Hunger Games: 8-Bit Edition

The Hunger Games: 8-Bit Edition

If The Hunger Games were The Hunger Video Games, we hope it would look and play like this. We only wish that it had a train level with a drunk Woody Harrelson and a TV studio with Stanley Tucci in a powdered wig.

Shovel Knight (Trailer)

Shovel Knight (Trailer)

Shovel Knight is an action platformer for gamers pining for the look and feel of the 8-bit Castlevania and Mega Man games. It will have a story mode as well as a multiplayer battle mode where you can play as the game’s bosses.

The Dark Knight: 8-Bit Edition

The Dark Knight: 8-Bit Edition

Ok, we know the graphics are better than any old 8-bit console, but we still enjoy CineFix’s retro gaming renditions of pop culture franchises. In this case, we get a pixelated version of Christopher Nolan’s best Batman flick.

8-bit Game of Thrones

8-bit Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones gets turned into a side-scrolling retro platform by Abel Alves. But unlike many 8-bit tribute videos, you can actually play this version. PC users can grab the game here. Mac users will need an emulator, unfortunately.

8-Bit Anchorman RPG

8-Bit Anchorman RPG

Ok, so the graphics on our 8-bit systems were never this good, but we’ll forgive the guys at CineFix their slight misnomer since their pixelated RPG remake of Anchorman is spot on. You stay classy, Nintendo. (Thanks PhilRoy!)

8-Bit Daft Punk

8-Bit Daft Punk

One could argue that Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories sounds like it was recorded back in 1978, so it’s ironic that Joe Jeremiah’s chiptune version actually modernizes the album with its 1980s sounds. Best watched in 144p.

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Game Boy Solo

Game Boy Solo

Chiptuner Oliver (aka Superpowerless) overlays 8-bit tracks played live on his Nintendo Game Boy with popular tunes – in this case Bangarang by Skrillex. He even makes Call Me Maybe listenable.

The Evolution of 8-Bit

The Evolution of 8-Bit

Check out the modern 8-bit artists and chiptune musicians who have elevated the beloved form to new levels of creativity and cultural reflection in PBS Off Book’s Evolution of 8-Bit Art.

Google Maps 8-Bit

Google Maps 8-Bit

It’s not yet April 1st, but we suspect the guys at Google released one of their pranks early, with the new Google Maps for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Click “Quest” in the upper right to try it.

Abobo’s Big Adventure

Abobo’s Big Adventure

A classic storyline that involves fighting your way through 8 awesome levels drives the gameplay in this free retro-inspired game that pays proper tribute to the glory days of 8-bit and 16-bit gaming.

8-Bit Dovahkiin (T-Shirt)

8-Bit Dovahkiin (T-Shirt)

Turns out that Skyrim started out as an 8-bit game on the NES back in the 1980s. Don’t know what Fus Ro Dah means? Clearly you haven’t been playing enough. Also available in sticker form.

72 Pins NES Cartridge Art

72 Pins NES Cartridge Art

A limited-edition series featuring NES cartridges with retro pixel art of modern video games. Each cartridge contains a random NES game, not an 8-bit version of the game on the cover, though.

8-Bit Invader

8-Bit Invader

A tribute to classic 8-bit video games, blown up to building size, spawning unholy mashups of retro games. Too bad the final projection mapping only included a small bit of Pavel Novák’s animation.

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Pixel Force Head 2 Head

Pixel Force Head 2 Head

8-bit de-maker Eric Ruth‘s version of a crossover fighting game, Head 2 Head will feature 30 characters from several franchises, including Street Fighter, X-Men, Mortal Kombat and Fatal Fury.

8-Bit Halo

8-Bit Halo

(NSFW for that Cortana comment) After demaking Left4Dead and DJ Hero, Eric Ruth is proud to present Pixel Force: Halo,  complete with Warthog stage, Capt. Keyes and Cortana. Free download.

After These Messages

After These Messages

8-bit fanatic DoctorOctoroc is back on his game with 30 chiptune tracks based on classic TV shows, cartoons and commercials. Ok, Adventures of The Gummi Bears is not a classic.

8-bit Watch

8-bit Watch

This geeky accessory pays homage to simpler times, when the video game worlds were made of blocks and not polygons. Has a stainless steel face with ABS plastic band. Goes well with the 8-bit tie.

Americanarama (Music Video)

Americanarama (Music Video)

Hollerado’s music video for Americanarama uses a cool gimmick – the background is a 6×4 display, controlled entirely by humans. Bonus points for the Space Invaders and PONG references.

8-Bit Cee-Lo F*ck You Parody

8-Bit Cee-Lo F*ck You Parody

Cee-Lo’s hateful yet groovy song still stuck in your head? Try this equally awesome video game parody by Inverse Phase, in which a NES rages after being ditched for a Sega Genesis. Ouch.

LEGO: NES Quiz

LEGO: NES Quiz

Ninjamoped (formerly known as Rymdreglage) are back with more chiptunes, video games and LEGO. Their latest stop-motion videos feature popular NES games recreated using LEGO.

8-Bit Creation

8-Bit Creation

Whether you’re into Supreme Beings or Darwin, this light-hearted 8-bit style animation by Marieke Ottrand is meant to entertain. We don’t remember this game on our Atari 2600s.

8-Bit YouTube

8-Bit YouTube

This 22 second video will likely have you laughing, provided you 1) enjoy the current pop culture offerings on YouTube and 2) appreciate the good old days of video gaming.

8-Bit DJ Hero

8-Bit DJ Hero

Imagine for a moment if DJ Hero were made for the Nintendo NES. This de-make from Eric Ruth isn’t just a video clip, it’s an actual game, slated for release in the next few weeks.

HTML5 Animations

HTML5 Animations

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but these beautiful animated scenes – reminiscent of the backgrounds in old LucasArts adventures – were entirely coded in HTML5 using 8-bit color cycling.

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