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Here's 'Iron Man' on Nintendo in 60 Seconds


The first "Iron Man" came out in 2008, long past the zenith of Nintendo's glory days, which meant, sadly(?), that none of us ever got a chance to enjoy the 8-bit version of the movie after blowing on a plastic game cartridge for 10 minutes and repeatedly hitting the side of an ugly-looking gray and black console, as if that made any difference.

With the combined powers of the internet, advancing video editing technology, and a whole host of nerdified nostalgia, however, we have a wonderfully modern compromise for all of us to enjoy: A one-minute 8-bit version of the original "Iron Man," complete with life meters, floating red hearts, and preternatural jumping ability. It's just like the real thing, if the game actually existed at all, let alone in 1992, and you sat there for hours by yourself becoming enough of an expert to finish the game in exactly one minute. So not necessarily unreasonable, in other words.

The only quibble we have is the apparent ease of gameplay; while some of it can be chalked up to expertise, hitting a button repeatedly to create the Iron Man costume, you could argue, cheapens the technological mastery of the machine itself.

("Dude, it's a movie. It's not real. Relax.") You're right, fine. Sorry.

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