"Artisanal" Nintendo console cartridge hacker creates impossible alternate history games

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/02/19/artisanal-nintendo-console.html


“alternate universe where (for example), there was a Nintendo version of Sonic the Hedgehog.”

That’s a pretty minor departure from our timeline. When I read the headline about “impossible alternate history” I was expecting games in a universe where Washington lost at Yorktown, or perhaps where addition is not commutative.


Minor departures can lead to major departures.

I’ll admit I don’t think Sonic the Hedgehog on a Nintendo (pre-GBA) would have changed things much though.

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Oddly enough, Sonic the Hedgehog on the SNES already happened, in a similar sort of way to the Mario 2 game we got outside Japan. Just less official. Sorta.


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the main objections to his work have come not from the publishers and developers of the original licensed games, but rather from the enthusiast coders who made the translated or altered versions of the games he uses in the first place.

They are nice-looking cartridges and they are probably assembled with attention and care, but the interview kind of glosses over this point.

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