Fan's Custom Backlit NES Celebrates 25 Years of Mega Man

MM-5-For-Web MM-9-For-Web Over on Facebook, Platinumfungi dropped us a line letting us know about a little something he managed to whip together for Mega Man's 25th anniversary. With a bit of help from Custom Nes Guy, he's created a Nintendo Entertainment System which is not only adorned with Mega Man's traditional blue hues and a graphic featuring the super fighting robot, but the graphics are backlit as well!

Check out more pictures of it, with the lights both on and off, right here.

Check Out (and Maybe Buy) These Custom NES Consoles

555427_562151680462814_1774510062_n A while back, we posted about a cool custom Mega Man Nintendo Entertainment System which went up for auction on eBay. Several of you enjoyed it, and following that posting, a gentleman by the name of "Custom Nes Guy" reached out to us about the article.

As it turns out, he's been making consoles just like that one for a while now, and not just featuring the Blue Bomber-- as you can see above, he did another which features Proto Man as its dominant theme. And he doesn't stop there-- as you can see on both his Facebook and YouTube channel, he makes these with more than just Mega Man, and more than just the NES, too.

"I take orders, and can do any console, handheld, controller, or cartridge," he tells us. "Even PCs and laptops! I make these to order and the customer can pick any characters for the controller backs and such."

For those wondering about the materials he uses, "I actually use real car paint, the same stuff I paint cars with professionally (basecoat/clearcoat)."

Here's a video which shows off the finer points of his detail work on the Proto Man NES:

Mega Man Music and Game Genie: Nostalgic and Hellish

Time for a little bit of story. When I was a kid, I used Game Genie. Call me a cheat if you like, but NES games were tough, and sometimes it was nice to have a crutch. But on top of that, it was just a lot of fun to goof around with the games and see what weird stuff would happen. You could make practically new (but usually unplayable) games out of your NES collection. And it was just fun to use; I still fondly remember the strange "bloink" noise when selecting letters for a code.

So a lot of the time, I played Mega Man with a Game Genie, gaining tricks like moon jumping and a super shot (which was really just all three shots firing at once). But because it was basically an intuitive way of hex editing, there were a lot of side effects too. In many cases, the audio would get a bit messed up. Funnily enough, I actually got pretty used to even (even the horrible squeals). It was so much so that, when I eventually got back into Mega Man in the later 90s and repurchased my collection, it was a little jarring to hear the true audio for a time!

Skip to today, and I come across this playlist by JoeRallyChampionship. It contains both the original and Game Genie altered music to Mega Man (like what you hear above). And in a strange, almost perverse way... listening to it is rather nostalgic! Especially the Wily stages; they gained an even more eerie and inhuman kind of sound. Makes sense since Dr. Wily turned out to be an alien, after all.

Do you think you could stand listening to game music run through a Game Genie? And do you have any memories of hearing the music like this when you played it? I'm interested to know.