Wonder Boy – A Sprite History

by NFG - 19th April 2017 in Games

This is one of a series of articles about sprite histories (see: Mario, Sonic, Castlevania, Bonk, and MegaMan). There are six Wonder Boy games. There are two number threes. There is no number two, four, or six. …And it gets […]

Castlevania: A Sprite History

by NFG - 5th October 2016 in Games

Konami’s Castlevania is an unusual series. For the longest time it was a consistently poor seller in its native Japan, but incredibly popular in the West. Konami kept the series alive when many companies might not have. It has so […]

Bonk’s Adventure: A Sprite History

by NFG - 4th October 2016 in Games

It’s not well known that Hudson, the game developer, created the chips that powered NEC’s TurboGrafx-16 console. After an astonishing series of hits on the MSX and Nintendo’s Famicom, Hudson was sitting pretty. They dominated the 8-bit consoles and, with […]

Arcade Fonts: Only 64 Pixels

by NFG - 4th October 2016 in Games

In just about every game ever made scores, instructions, alerts, and the gentle invitation to insert some currency and play need to be conveyed to the player. Typically the quickest way is via the usual alphabet and symbols, and so […]

The Korean Vistar 16

by NFG - 3rd March 2016 in Games, Hardware, Instagram

Korea hates Japan, but they do love making money off their stuff. Korean companies released several Japanese consoles, including most Sega systems, some Nintendo ones and NEC’s PC Engine. Or rather, the TurboGrafx 16. It was renamed the Vistar 16, […]

Thinking about Video Games

by NFG - 11th February 2016 in Editorial, Games, Personal

I’ve never really been comfortable with modern game thinking. A lot of people I know subscribe to this idea that videogames can be more than they are, that they should be more. More emotion, more story. They see this as […]

Return of Grassy Platforms

by NFG - 20th June 2013 in Uncategorized

Welcome to the third installment in the Grassy Platform series of pointless pixel pondering here at NFGworld. Click here! if you’d like to see the rest of the series. If you look hard enough you start to see grassy platforms […]

More Grassy Platforms

by NFG - 19th June 2013 in Games

Long a standard element in platform games, platforms with grass on ’em! This is part of a series, click here for more! You don’t really notice when you’re playing the game, but now… Doesn’t that grass seem a little bit […]

Grassy Platforms

by NFG - 13th June 2013 in Games

UPL’s Ninja Kid 2 (arcade): That’s some really good looking grass. Technically I suppose it’s foliage, not grass. Yay, the first image in this post doesn’t even qualify. #fail

Penny Arcade Report – The XBone Thread

by NFG - 24th May 2013 in Editorial, Games

I’ve been online for a very long time, and read some incredibly stupid things. This used games for the XBone discussion from Penny Arcade Report is damn near the top of my Apparently serious list of insane bullshit from an […]


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