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October 2012 Retro Gaming Article


October 1, 2012 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Halo comes the the Atari 2600 (really)... and the Nintendo NES (sort of)

Reboots of classic retro games seem to come in 3 flavors.
  1. Some borrow the original title, and perhaps the name of the main character, then churn out a game in the hopes of cashing in on name recognition.
  2. Others carefully examine the original game and dutifully bring it's excitement, playability and fun to modern hardware allowing new technology to enhance the original.
  3. Other times the re-boot concept intersects with Sherman & Mr. Peabody who take a new game into the WABAC Machine for an 8-bit retrograde.
Halo for Atari 2600 We could rain down love & hate on the various attempts at making old games better, but we're currently much more interested in new games that have met the 8-bit mallet to have their anti-aliasing sheered off into pixelated delights. Halo on the Atari 2600, for example.

This isn't new news by any means. Halo 2600 (a Halo 2600 cart was even produced) was created in 2010 by Ed Fries, a former Microsoft VP, who was involved in Microsoft's acquisition of Bungie. After reading Racing The Beam (great book, btw) he became interested in fiddling with the 6502 assembler language. Sometimes being limited offers a unique challenge - think about writing a novel with a third of the letter keys absent from your keyboard ;)

The result was a scaled back version of Halo. Take that Xbox!!

It was released at the 2010 CGE and the ROM can be downloaded or you can play it online. The point is: Halo exists for the Atari 2600 and we think that's insanely cool. For one, it's a modern game with an immense following. And it was scaled down and taken back 30 years to be played on the console that really led gaming into the mainstream.

Halo for Nintendo NES

Have you been to the 72-pins website? If not, head over and see how their unique blend of modern game titles and 8-bit art collide in these awesome retro carts with the latest PS3 and Xbox titles.

The best part of this art project is that the "canvas" is a real NES cartridge. It may say Dead Island or Halo on the artwork, but the carts are all functioning NES games. Order up a few and stuff em in your NES to see what classic titles lurk inside!

Halo for Nintendo NES via 72-Pins

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