Among the many, many reasons it’s awesome to be a nerd these days, the fact that Capcom is making Mega Man 9 as an old-school NES game?one available for download on the Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3?has to be one of them. If watching the above intro doesn’t fill your heart with nostalgic joy, you’re either soulless or were born after 1987 (which is more or less the same thing, really). In this one, Mega Man will be fighting Tornado Man, Concrete Man, Magma Man and more, and stealing their power for his own. Plus, Capcom is even including old-style Nintendo bugs like screen flicker…as an option! You know, if all the videogame companies just took a month off to make new NES games. I’d be totally, totally fine with that. (Via Kotaku)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.