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What was your childhood ambition?
What if you rediscovered it as an adult?
While visiting his parents’ home in Central New York, Joe Granato discovered a box of forgotten illustrations, designed by he and other eight-year-old neighborhood friends—concepts for a video game for the original 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. He decided it might be fun to try to realize those ambitions.
But instead of creating it for a mobile device or modern console, he set out to use the same techniques and adhere to the same limitations that would have been employed in 1988 to make a new cartridge-based game actually playable on the now-archaic hardware.
Gathering a small team of modern creatives, what began as an explorative novelty project about building a video game for a system 30 years removed from relevance escalated to a two-year, ten-thousand-mile journey into an esoteric subculture made up of devotees to creating new NES games; artists who thrive on limitation.
“This guy built the 8-Bit game he dreamed of as a kid, and it’s glorious!”
— Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine
“Inspiringly frustrating and delightfully anachonistic.”
— Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
“A compelling story, even for people with no interest in video games.”
-— Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald
“A heartfelt, stirring indie game development documentary.”
— Phil Villareal, COED Magazine
Adam F. Goldberg - creator: ABC’s The Goldbergs
Piers Anthony - bestselling fantasy novelist
David Sardy - Grammy Award winning producer and composer
Howard Phillips - creator: Nintendo Power Magazine
Samuel Claiborn - Managing Editor: IGN
James Rolfe - The Angry Video Game Nerd
David Markey - filmmaker: 1991: The Year Punk Broke
...and many others.
Color, 111 Minutes
Director: Joe Granato IV
THE NEW 8-BIT HEROES THEATRICAL POSTER
The New 8-Bit Heroes is a blueprint for turning dreams into reality. Five out of five stars.”
— Matt Aspin, Horror Geek Life
We're blessed to know many talented musicians, and we are very excited about the sonic wallpaper that lined The New 8-bit Heroes. While we're not putting out an official soundtrack in a traditional sense, we've provided links to all of the amazing artists so that you can construct your own by supporting them directly.
Eat Your Neighbors - Amative Cataclysm
Rocky Mountain Fast Guy - Whiskey In the Wine
Eat Your Neighbors - Whiskey Flies
Josiah Orsie - Great Pass
Eat Your Neighbors - Absent
Josiah Orsie - Repentance
Joe Granato IV - Hero's Theme