You’ve played it with plastic instruments and you’ve played it in text adventure form, but now you can play it with power.
I’d like to think that maybe, if something like D-Pad Hero had existed around the time the NES was the only game in town, perhaps I wouldn’t have had to wait until 1998 and the release of Beatmania 2nd Mix to become obsessed with rhythm games. It’s not like Breakdance for the Commodore 64 did the trick.
Developed by the homebrew duo of Ken “SnowBro” Hansen and Andreas Pedersen, D-Pad Hero combines the gameplay of Guitar Hero with a handful of legendary pop culture tracks turned chiptune such as Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” by Daft Punk. It may not be the first 8-bit rhythm title around (Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution and Beatmania titles for GameBoy were awesome), but it’s the only one you’re going to play on the NES any time soon. Feel free to snag an emulator, the rom and proceed to rock your pixels off.