Inside the NES was a specially-designed chip, and games licensed through Nintendo contained the appropriate key to keep hack publishers from making low-quality games for the console. Wisdom Tree was one of the first companies to circumvent this ...and more »
Inside the NES was a specially-designed chip, and games licensed through Nintendo contained the appropriate key to keep hack publishers from making low-quality games for the console. Wisdom Tree was one of the first companies to circumvent this security measure, and it used its unprecedented edge for one purpose: to create janky Bible-themed games. Decades later, WisdomTree still exists, and itâ€™s raising money for a new console.
Wisdom Tree still produces some legitimate cartridges. The devout retro gamers among us can buy Super Noahâ€™s Ark 3D ($39.99) or whatever Mr. Bloppy Saves the World ($34.99) is for SNES through its webstore. But what about those classicâ€”and I use the world classic very loosely hereâ€”NES games? Well the company began a Kickstarter campaign yesterday to fund the Arkade, a plug-and-play mini-console containing all seven of its 8-bit games. The console is made to resemble the NES controller to a degree that cannot possibly be legally advisable.
Image: Arkcade Kickstarer. This seems primed for a lawsuit.
The Arkade will come packaged with games like Bible Adventures, Bible Buffet, Joshua â€” the Battle of Jericho, and King of Kings. (Iâ€™ve had the displeasure of playing King of Kings. Itâ€™s buggy as hell and the platforming segments are interspersed with slow-scrolling bible trivia questions whose function to gameplay is non-obvious.) At the time of publication, the Arkade Kickstarter has reached $3,050 of its $16,500 goal.
At the uppermost stretch goal of the fund ($350,000), Wisdom Tree will bestow unto us â€œa fully animated motion picture for Super Noahâ€™s Ark 3D,â€ which might not be that bad, considering itâ€™s just a heavily reskinned Wolfenstein 3D.
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