NES Start Screens, for Three Hours

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Sometimes a video comes along that's exactly what it says it is: three hours of start screens from Nintendo Entertainment System games. That's it. No commentary, no cruft -- just an absurd catalogue of nostalgia.

While I haven't watched all three hours to verify it, the creator claims this video includes every NES game's start screen. There were more than 700 licensed games (plus more than 100 unlicensed games), so finding all of those is a pretty serious challenge. Take a look, if you dare:

One note on alphabetization: the creator alphabetized the games, but there are some (likely computer-induced) mistakes in the sort order. For instance, sequel games including colons in their names often appear ahead of the originals, as in the case of The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt appearing before the original The Addams Family game. You might also get to The Legend of Zelda (it takes a while, believe me) and freak out because Zelda II doesn't follow it. Well, that's because The Legend of Zelda was the first game (in the Ls), and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was the second (in the Zs). Details, folks.

If this is too long for you, or you like other systems, or you don't have three hours to kill, check out A Brief History of Video Game Title Design. That one's only two minutes long.

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January 23, 2014 - 11:05am
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