Someone is reviving Nintendo’s collection of old flash games

2017 was a defining year for Nintendo. With the difficult task of recovering from the failure of the Wii U at their fingertips, Nintendo went out on a roll this year with the launch of the Switch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, the SNES Classic Edition and more. Just when it looked like Nintendo might be slipping into obscurity, the company has reasserted itself in the industry from both a hardware and software perspective.

But even though Nintendo has roamed the peaks and valleys that have brought it here, the dedicated fan base has never given up on Mario’s home. You’ll be hard pressed to find a community more passionate about a business, and that’s why you probably won’t be surprised to learn that a fan goes to the trouble of restoring old Nintendo flash games.

Years ago, Nintendo was promoting its upcoming console and portable titles such as Animal crossing, Mario party, Luigi’s mansion and Metroid Prime with short flash games. These flash games were once hosted on Nintendo’s site, but like many relics of the internet, they eventually disappeared, never to be seen again.

At least, that was the case until the Nintendo Skelux fan decided to dig up and restore the games, reviving them on his own website. As Skelux explains in a YouTube video, he searched the archives of Nintendo’s web pages using the Wayback Machine to find the files he needed, put them together, and upload the working games to Origami64. There are nearly 50 games on its website at the time of writing, many of which are complete.

There is still a lot of work to be done to bring the entire collection back to life, which is why Skelux is offering a $ 50 bonus to anyone who can provide them with files they couldn’t find on their own. It is not known whether he will be able to bring all the games back online, but it is a fascinating preservation project nonetheless.

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