News: Dust Off Those Old Nintendo Cartridges, Hyperkin Is Here!

Do you remember when video games came on tiny chips in plastic cartridges? When the CD and 3D graphics just meant ugly games with long load times? Before epic cinematics, spoken dialog, or cordless controllers? Do you still have all of your old games and lament that the consoles, cords, and controllers required to play them have either been stolen by exes or broken while moving apartments?

How To: A Guide to Downloading Console Games Online

In last week's guide, we covered the best places to purchase digital copies of computer games online. This week we'll cover another type of downloadable content: those available for video game consoles. Every major console out today either has or plans to have a DLC platform, but which one is the best? If you don't like leaving your house and want to play console video games, which console should you get? Below I will break down what the online marketplace offers so you can decide which conso...

How To: Get gil, XP, and JP quick in Final Fantasy Tactics

Final Fantasy Tactics for the Playstation marked a different type of RPG game in the prestigious Final Fantasy series. Modeled after the War of the Roses, this game incorporated war-like stratagems in combat. Unfortunately, this made the task of leveling up and accruing gii a fifteen to thirty minute endeavor every time. Take a look at this tutorial and learn how to get gil (money), XP (experience points), and JP (job points) quickly so you can get the job classes you want.

How To: Get the cane somaria early w/ mirror glitch in Zelda

In Zelda: A Link to the Past, the Cane of Somaria (a recurring item in the Zelda series) could not traditionally be obtained until later in the game in the Misery Maze dungeon. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to get the Cane Somaria early on with the mirror glitch. This trick does not work on the Super Nintendo console, only on the emulator and the Game Boy Advanced.

How To: Fix Your Game Controller's Analog Stick with a Furniture Gripper Pad

It can get pretty chaotic when you're gaming. When you're playing a fast-paced game like Black Ops, frustration, urgency, and confusion will lead to a sudden loss of control, i.e. a panic attack. There's an enemy at your six and you try to spin around, but it's too late—and that sudden rush of adrenaline will tear your controller to shreds. It's a step beyond mere button-mashing, because it's not really intentional—you just put a little more force on that thumbstick than needed. And now you'r...

How To: Use Little Sound DJ to make beats on a Game Boy

In this video tutorial from 8BITches, 8BIT Ché explains how he uses Little Sound DJ, or LSDj,—the Game Boy/Game Boy Color tool of choice for amateur & professional musicians and composers—to make hot beats! Big Pick Zel expounds on his knowledge of Gameboy history, and Li'lBIT eats dinner. For more information on making beats with LSDj and a Nintendo Game Boy, watch this video tutorial.

News: Custom Made MAME Arcade Cabinet

JeremyThroopityThroop posted this awesome hand built MAME arcade cabinet to the WonderHowTo Company Blog. Check out the stats here, and if you're interested in building your own, fellow WonderHowTo user Walter Teruya has also contributed a two-part tutorial, which can be found here and here.

How To: Cherry mod the Sanwa JLF video game joystick

Sanwa Denshi's JFL series joystick is one of the most popular ones on the market, and a lot better than the standard joysticks out there. If you want great gameplay, you need the right equipment, but that's not to say the JFL doesn't have it's faults. Sometimes, even the best gaming equipment needs modded every now and then, and that's where the Happ Cherry Micro-switches come in. You're JFL joystick will reign supreme. This three-part series will show you just how to do the Cherry mod.

How To: Download Digimon World 3 on your computer

Digimon World 3, also known sometimes as Digimon World 2003 is a role-playing game created for PlayStation. Learn how to play DIgimon 3 on your computer, playing the role of Junior inside the world of Digimon Online. In this video, learn how to get this beloved video game on your computer.

How To: Get debug mode in Sonic & Knuckles

Ever wonder how you get debug mode in the classic Sonic and Knuckles game? It's not directly possible, but, by exploiting a class 7 bug (very severe as it'll crash the game) with Sonic 3 & Knuckles, you can. There's only one requirement: you've obtained all the emeralds and have the ability to transform. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to get this mode in the game.

How To: Use the mirror glitch and get the cape early in Zelda

One of the great features of the Zelda games is the number of magical items at Link's disposal. In Zelda: A Link to the Past, the magical mirror item was used to switch between the dark and light worlds. In this instructional video, learn how to get the cape item early before the Master Sword and the Titan's Mitt. Note that this glitch does not work on the Super Nintendo console, only for the Game Boy Advanced and the SNES emulator.

How To: Make your own Atari 2600 games using BASIC

It's hard to believe that gaming consoles have been around for almost forty years. It seems like only yesterday that we all needed a tempermental joy stick to play Atari Space Invaders or were dying to get our hands on a Game Genie so we could beat Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. If you are nostalgic for the good old days and can't seem to get your old console to work, check out this tutorial.

How To: Purchase and hook up an Atari 2600

In its heyday the Atari gaming console was the Playstation of the 80s. Sure, you could download some wannabe emulator, but why not go a step further and purchase an actual Atari. They're still floating around and just think how cool it'll be to play pong in hi-definition.

How To: Clean your NES Nintendo game cartridges for cheap

This is a DIY cleaning video for NES Nintendo game cartridges. Using Brasso and alcohol seems to work to clean the connectors in the cartridges. It seems Brasso will turn black even if the connectors are clean. Base the results on the cleanliness of your connectors rather than the cleanliness of the rag. Games go from broken to working. Don't use a brillo or scour pad as it may strip the metal pins in the connector.

How To: Clean classic NES games with Windex

This is a short instructional video on how to clean your NES games. The ever famous flashing blue screen and the blow to the game cartridge doesn't always work! Conventiently clean your NES games with Windex or glass cleaner and Q Tips. Swab the game cartridges and the console.

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