It’s kind of hard to believe that making illegal games was ever profitable, but judging by the amount of work that went into some of these, there must have been some market for it. Either that or some really smart folks just had nothing better to do with their spare time. Either way, we get some interesting gems such as Kart Fighter to check out thanks to their efforts…
Bitmap Books’ ‘Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom: A Visual Compendium’, a coffee table book that focusses on the visual side of the systems and showcases the amazing pixel art, product design and graphic design associated with them. This is the fourth book in a series that also includes Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, and the ZX Spectrum.
After 21 years, Columbus Circle will be releasing a new unlicensed cartridge for Famicom. 8-Bit Music Power, will be a 12 song collection of chip-tunes that’s actually on a Famicom cartridge. You’ll either need the original system, or the NES Famicom adapter. Some users with retro game systems should also be able to use the cartridge. Continue reading 8-Bit Music Power coming out for Famicom→
You probably heard me mention before how much I love the Sunsoft DPCM bass trick on the NES. Of all the chiptune composers, Sunfsoft’s people really set the bar high with this trick. Although it does muddy things up a little bit, the crunchy bass lines on a handful of these old NES games really stood out. Today we’ll take a look at how to build some slick DPCM bass lines in Famitracker with minimal fuss and hopefully minimal static in the final product.
Read on to find out how we get this sound out of 8-bit samples..