Self-playing Super Mario World levels have been around for a while now; the editor for the SNES SMW ROM has been with us for almost a decade now. Three years ago, Joystiq did a pretty good rundown on them. Recently, however, I was introduced to what I think is the alpha and omega of the self-playing Super Mario World genre. It's a four-part harmony set, appropriately enough, to Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now." The amount of skill and coordination it took to do not only do this, but do this and make it look as awesome as it looks, is staggering.
A while ago, I covered D-Pad Hero, a retro-styled chiptune rhythm game. Now, from creator Eric David Ruth (who is also responsible for a Left 4 Dead demake, and the official Angry Video Game Nerd game,) comes a chiptune take on the DJ Hero concept. It comes with nine mixes, each containing two tracks from the 70s and 80s. For instance, here's Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust," mixed with Joan Jett and the Blackheart's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll":
As you can see, the graphics are a bit better than D-Pad hero, resembling very early SNES/16-bit generation games than the NES. The music and the mixing sound great. It's games like this that really makes me wish I had even the remotest sense of rhythm. However, I'm quite content watching someone else take them on. Here's the second official gameplay video, featuring Ray Parker Jr.'s Theme from Ghostbusters and Huey Lewis' "I Want A New Drug."
Pixel Force: DJ Hero can be downloaded here, along with all of his other games.