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Everything old is new: Nintendo 8-bit games online
Friday, April 06, 2007

I had a Nintendo system, and it was cool. However, I'm not so much of a hardcore gamer anymore. I play, but only against Gabriel, my 6 year old son.

From time to time, he lets me use his Nintendo Wii to do the fitness test (apparently, I'm 80 years old). But the latest DS game he got for his birthday brought back memories. It's Mario Bros. for Nintendo DS.

The Nintendo DS is quite a little machine. It has a Wi-Fi card that you can use to connect to the internet and you can also play with other DSs around you, i.e., you need one game and you can share it (play at the same time) with up to 4 other players.

I personally don't wonder anymore why Nintendo is beating the rest of the gaming console companies on sales. Nintendo gets the gaming industry. The company lost its way around the 16-bit era, but it made a huge come back. Just to give a useless statics: out of the 5 game consoles in the house, 4 are Nintendo.

I played the new Mario Bros. with him, but he wanted it back after 1 minute (selfish little dude), so I went retro on him (well, kind of): I went online and played Nintendo 8-bit games until I got bored of looking at pixelated characters--the graphics are wonderfully awful.

My favorites are the flying games--1942, for ever.

By the way, all this games are available online thanks to the Java programming language. Ah Java. It had so much potential to make the OS a thing of past. In truth, we don't really need an operating system at all; all we need is a web browser with an internet connection and we can really do everything we need to do in a computer. I wonder what happened to that vision and why it failed. I'm sure Microsoft played a part, but probably not all of it is Bill's fault.

However, not all was lost: J2EE (or JEE) is still pretty cool.

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