We’ve told you before about NESMaker, the game creation software that lets you put together NES games in a fraction of the time it took the dev teams of old, using menus and modules to snap together a platformer, a Metroidvania or an adventure in the vein of Zelda. Every year, the creators host a competition called Byte-Off where everyone is given one month to create a complete demo for the NES using NESMaker. Fifty entries made it in this year, and the judging process is now underway.
This includes you! All the demos are now playable through this page, and once you try them, you can vote for your favorite in the Audience Choice category! I should mention that I have three entries in this competition, and you don’t HAVE to vote for those, but….you do. Look for “Mess Maker,” “Allison of Astra” and “Platformer Text Adventure” and see what you think. (Due to how the in-browser emulator works, we can’t link directly to any of these.)
Other standout favorites include “Rumblefest 89,” which captures the authentic feel of 80s pro wrestling and the games that it inspired; “Rick Starfield,” a space adventure with impressive 3D star-trekking effects; “Paws N Play, an addictive puzzler where you try to outmaneuver your doppelgangers; the creative coloring tool “Turtle Paint,” and “The Prying Eye,” which we won’t spoil anything about.