Friday, August 16, 2013

Wreck-It Ralph Gets Real

On a recent trip to the absolutely amazing Strong Museum of Play and National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, NY, my son stumbled across this bad boy.

To the average museum-goer, it may look like just another beat up old arcade game, but those with the good sense to watch Wreck-It Ralph 2-3 times a week (like us) know that this is the famous Fix-It Felix Jr. game featured in the movie. Despite its 8-bit graphics, ragged appearance and vintage design, it's actually relatively new – released to promote the film.

Between this, a retro YouTube commercial and a print advertisement like what you'd find in an old comic (both featured below), whatever race of aliens that eventually decides to take over our planet will no doubt be convinced that Fix-It Felix Jr. was as ubiquitous to early 80's arcades as Pac-Man and Dig Dug.

If you can't make it to the Strong Museum to see it for yourself, you can play the game on Disney's website - no quarters required!

p.s. There's still no release date for the candy racing game over by the whack-a-mole. Can somebody kickstart that or something?

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