Justice, Nintendo-fied.

If you like Justice as much as I do (the musical act, not the concept — although, I like that too), then you might just get a kick out of this 8-bit rendition of their single, “Audio, Video, Disco.” I don’t know about you all, but when I hear this version, I imagine playing the most amazing Mega Man level of all time. And voila, my inner geek just came out to say hi.

13 Horrific Examples of Animal Cruelty in Nintendo Games

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Pure evil.

This past weekend, Nintendo released Super Mario 3D Land, which features the return of the Tanooki Suit, a brown racoon-esque costume that first appeared way back in 1988 when Super Mario 3 hit stores. To some, this furry, tan outfit represents cute nostalgia, but for many of us, we can’t help but see it for what it is: a flippant disregard for the many tanukis who’ve given their pelts and their lives for man’s quest to manufacture flight-enabling fur coats. Thankfully, the good people of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have spoken up.

Peta released this statement: “Tanooki may be just a ‘suit’ in Mario games, but by wearing the skin of an animal, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur.”

Truer words have never been spoken, and I’m glad that someone is finally taking Mario to task. For years I’ve been decrying the plumber’s use of fireballs as a reckless endorsement of pyromania, and let’s not begin to talk about his fixation with magic mushrooms. It’s about time that this mascot’s obscene behavior is called into question.

Of course, the Tanooki Suit debacle isn’t the first time Nintendo has so fecklessly thrown animal rights out the window. After the jump, please prepare yourself for thirteen of the more horrifying and nauseating examples of animal cruelty as depicted in Nintendo’s allegedly “family-friendly” games.

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AT LAST: The Inevitable Eurotrash Techno Version of the ‘Zelda’ Theme Song

Get out your glow sticks and cheap cologne: it’s a totally Euro-tastic techno cover of one of the greatest video game tunes of all time — The Legend of Zelda! Finally, the wonderful, nostalgic theme song of our youth presented in the Rumanian dance club style we always knew it could shine in. Color me happy / dancing.

*note that the composer of this clip, R Master, may not in fact be European at all.

B-Side Blog Goes To E3, Geeks Out

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(that’s me)

The massive video game convention known as E3 came to town last week, and since I am a video game geek at heart, I headed into the thick of it to check out the new games and over-the-top presentations. It was a blast, as usual; although, I didn’t have any exciting star sightings this year (last year I saw Method Man, Redman, and Jason Sudeikis). Well, I did see Zachary Levi from Chuck, who was very handsome in person, but I didn’t take a picture because a) I don’t watch Chuck and b) well, there is no B. I did want to ask him why the hell he sang at the Oscars, but my curiosity wasn’t that intense.

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