Calvin and Hobbes Nintendo Video Game

Like most guys my age, I grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes religiously. It is by far my favorite comic strip of all time, and I still enjoy revisiting it from time to time. Unfortunately, author Bill Watterson was notoriously tight-stringed when it came to releasing licensed material of good ol’ Calvin and Hobbes. While this is mostly for the best, I can’t help but think that the strip and video games are a match made in heaven.

As such, I took it upon myself to create a mockup for the game that an entire generation wishes was real. Ladies and gentleman, here is the Calvin and Hobbes NES video game that never was (complete with box art and screenshots).

Calvin and Hobbes Nintendo Box Art:

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21 Dated Images From Vintage Video Game Magazines

Leaf through an early edition of Nintendo Power or Electronic Gaming Monthly, and you’ll find your fair share of out-dated imagery. Here are 21 examples:

Gansito and Mario – together at last

Shades? Check. Popped collar? Check. Sega Vision magazine? Check.

These controllers are out of this world…

The Three Stooges article was riveting.

Remember the days when you couldn’t just look up game help online?

Stan Lee is the man (lee).

Not really game-related, but from an editorial of an early gaming mag.

An original article about 1983’s Videodrome, starring James Spader and Debbie Harry.

Madden wants you to go head-to-head with Gorf.

At one point, people still needed to be persuaded that they needed a computer.

Yes, we all make the mistake of playing with our joystick too much from time to time.

A 900 number kids are actually allowed to dial.

A screen grab from the NES game Hoops.

Yes, this image is bragging about the amazing innovation of up-and-down hyraulics!

You’re in control.

This and images below from the 1990 Nintendo Product Catalog

Most of these were found courtesy of Retromags – a site that has a vast library of complete video game magazines available for download. See more of the Nintendo Catalog images here.


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Frommer's Travel Guide: The Mushroom Kingdom

From the quaint toadstool towns and marvelous castle architecture all the way down to the small desert outposts and snowy, ice-covered cities, The Mushroom Kingdom is without a doubt one of the most varied and exciting travel destinations to encounter and explore.

Even when traveling with a handy magic whistle or not-quite-legal cheat code, there are enough attractions and world-class sites in the magical kingdom to keep you busy for a good several months. Whether visiting this crowned jewel of the Mushroom World for a short romantic weekend or a longer extended getaway, review this guide for an introduction on where to go and what to do:

Mushroom Kingdom – Top Attractions

No visit to The Mushroom Kingdom is truly complete without visiting at least a couple of these top attractions:

Peach Castle
  • Princess Peach’s Castle: Marbled corridors and towering precipices make the kingdom’s monarchial center a must-see for shutterbugs. Castle tours are available daily at a very affordable rate of 5 gold coins.
  • Dry Dry Ruins: Travel back in time to explore historical ruins of the Tutankoopa’s crypt. Roam the catacombs, marvel at the Chomp Statues and witness the fabled Super Hammer artifact firsthand
  • Boo’s Mansion: Believers in the paranormal will find plenty to excite their spooky pleasures at this haunted mansion. Is that framed painting watching you? Are those ghosts moving closer every time you turn around? Enter the creaky doors to find out.
  • Big World: Get “shrunk down to size” in a world where everything has grown to giant proportions. A favorite of kids and adults alike.

Shopping and Entertainment

World-Class Shopping!

A number of red-topped Toad Houses scattered throughout the kingdom offer prime opportunities for acquiring souvenirs for the traveler on the go. Enter one of these quaint shops for such knick-knacks as Fire Flowers, Blue Koopa Shells and Mini Mushrooms. Those looking for a new wardrobe can also find traditional village outfits such as Tanooki Suits, Frog Suits and Hammer Suits.


In terms of entertainment, popular options include:

  • Mario Golf
  • Mario Tennis
  • Casinos (Memory Match, Picture Poker, etc.)
  • Stomping on Shy Guys

Getting Around The Mushroom Kingdom

Kart rentals can be found in most major towns and provide a fun and efficient way to zip around locations such as the Mushroom City and Moo Moo Meadows. However, kart racing can be quite dangerous in some tourist hotspots – particularly Wario’s Gold Mine and the Rainbow Road. In such locations, safer forms of transportation include:

Planning Ahead – Things to do Before You Visit

Before embarking on your journey to The Mushroom Kingdom, consider planning ahead with these tips:

  • Stock up on plenty of 1-Ups
  • Exchange currency: while coins can often be found carelessly scattered throughout the kingdom, it’s always best to stock up before arriving
  • Know which areas to avoid: unsavory kingdom areas such as World 8, Tubular and The Impossible? Maze are prone to high levels of murder and should be avoided


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Alumni Newsletter for Nintendo Characters

Dear Alumni,

The 2010 year is well underway, and our esteemed Nintendo alumni continue to make a considerable impression in both the world of gaming and non-gaming world at large. News for the first quarter of 2010 can be found below. Thank you for your continued interest in old friends.

Alumni Chairman,

Blade ‘Bad Dudes‘ Marshall

Alumni Events

Thanks to all alumni who attended this year’s 25th anniversary reunion on Adventure Island. We had a record turnout this year, with alumni traveling from as far as Clu Clu Land to attend. Highlights of the event include:

  • Food provided courtesy of Peter Pepper’s BurgerTime restaurant
  • Awards ceremony – winners include Mr. and Ms. Pacman for “Longest Marriage,” Ice Climber for “Coolest Career,” and King Koopa for “Most Kids”
  • Alumni games (of both the California and Caveman variety)
  • DJ Dr. Light spinning all your favorite 8-bit hits

A special note: Bomberman asked the alumni committee to pass along an apology for not attending the reunion. Though he had planned to attend, he had difficulty getting through security at Planet Bomber Airport and missed his flight.

Alumni News

  • Dr. Mario has been promoted to the head of the cancer board at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center
  • King Hippo was wed this past week to fellow alumnus Soda Popinski in a small civil union held in Washington D.C.
  • Day Dreamin’ Davey is thinking about maybe possibly writing a book someday
  • Rash and Zitz are proud to announce they have finally made it through the bottomless pit level of Battletoads. They hope to be in Surf City by the end of this decade.
  • Skateboard shop owner Rodney Recloose has officially stopped skating. He died shortly after making the announcement

Faculty News

  • Professor Dig Dig has been named the new dean of Nintendo Public Affairs
  • Ninja Gaiden has been selected to head up the new satellite Nintendo campus in Hogan’s Alley
  • Dr. Donkey Kong has retired from his position as Chairman of Barrel Throwing. He will be replaced by his colleague and nephew, Diddy Kong


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