Nintendo’s old Flash games are saved from the bowels of the internet

A modder and Nintendo fan by the name of Skelux has launched a campaign to preserve Nintendo’s forgotten Flash game release.

Yes, Nintendo has made flash games before. Back in the days when the internet was younger and nicer, the game company frequently offered charming little Flash games to tease the major releases. Major releases like Animal Crossing, Metroid Prime, and Luigi’s mansion were all accompanied by browser-based counterparts hosted on Nintendo’s website.

They were good times, but they didn’t last. Given the ephemeral nature of Flash software, these little hijackings have completely disappeared from public view as Nintendo inevitably shut down the sites. Nintendo is not alone. From Disney town In many SpongeBob SquarePants titles, many games fell victim to the soon to be obsolete format.

But all is not lost. On its website, Skelux has collected 48 accompanying pieces online, spanning more than ten years of Nintendo history, including games for six consoles between 1999 and 2010.

The best of the bunch are full-fledged mini-games, such as the Flash companion for Metroid Prime, which places players inside Samus’ visor on a hunt for the hidden object. The worst are little more than interactive web designs, although the Puppy Quiz in the Nintendogs Challenge is hard to hate.

According to an article on YouTube, Skelux recovered the games piecemeal, using the Wayback Machine to find the missing files in the Internet Archive, then compiling them into working games for its game archive.

Right now, around half of the games are incomplete. Some of them, like Mario & Luigi: Partners over timeof the Flash game, files are missing that prevent them from working completely.

The research is ongoing, with Skelux offering a bounty of $ 50 to anyone who can provide the files, a small price to pay for a Nintendo-themed adventure through the web pages of yesteryear.

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