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April 7, 2024

Filed under: NUON News — K3V @ 8:56 am

Songbird Productions has partnered with Atari to present a licensed reprinting of Tempest 3000 for NUON. The release will feature a glass-mastered DVD with full-color offset printing, a 16-page full-color manual, full-color outer wrap and a black Amaray DVD case. The game is also shrink-wrapped.

The game itself is 100% identical to the original NUON release, but the artwork has been slightly modified from the original run, featuring “Aries 2000” in place of the NUON logo, an updated Atari logo, the Songbird logo in place of the Hasbro Interactive logo and added text reading “LIMITED EDITION” and “FOR THE NUON”

Also, through April 18, Songbird is offering discounts on its reprints of Iron Soldier 3 and Freefall 3050 AD for NUON if you order along with your copy of T3K.

  • Preorders are open now, with a planned release date of May 7, 2024. You can read more about this release and place your order today over at the Songbird Productions website.

Also! If you missed it, I recently joined Bob from Retro RGB and Robert Dale Smith, creator of the NUON USB Controller Adapter, for a stream where Bob played through a large portion of the NUON library. You can see the stream archive on YouTube below:

March 12, 2024

Filed under: NUON News,Site Updates — K3V @ 6:49 pm

NUON enthusiast V-SNES is back with his latest deep-dive into NUON history, this time focused on Troma Entertainment’s short-lived relationship with VM Labs and NUON. Troma is best known for such films as The Toxic Avenger, The Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Mother’s Day and Tromeo and Juliet, and had planned to use NUON technology to add special features to their Toxic Avenger movies and cartoons.

Want to learn more? Read the full story, “Untold NUON Tales: Welcome to Tromaville,” then jump into the NUON-Dome Forums or NUON-Dome discord to discuss!

October 22, 2023

Filed under: NUON News — K3V @ 5:08 am

After a long, hard search, NUON enthusiast emceebois tracked down a complete-in-box Samsung DVD-N591 — the NUON DVD player released in Korea. With the unit came a copy of Crayon Shin-Chan 3, one of the most elusive games in the NUON library, which he graciously dumped and uploaded to

But, since the game is region-locked to only work on the N591, most NUON fans wouldn’t be able to actually play the game on their machines. Enter EdgeConnector, who was able to crack the NUON authentication keys in May 2022. Using the tools he developed, he was able to re-sign the ISO so it would work on non-Korean NUON DVD players as well.

Download links:

Unboxing video of emceebois’ DVD-N591 with Crayon Shin Chan 3:

Here’s a brand new, complete playthrough of the game that I recorded:

July 27, 2023

Filed under: NUON News — K3V @ 6:38 pm
Photo: Damien McFerran / Time Extension

Retro and classic gaming news site Time Extension has put the spotlight on NUON via a new article titled “Nuon, The DVD Player That Tried To Be A Games Console.”

In it, author Ashley Day covers the history of the platform, gives a brief overview of each game in the NUON’s small library, offers advice on purchasing a NUON DVD player, games and accessories in 2023, and dives into whether it’s a platform worth investing in.

The story also features two interviews: one with yours truly as the resident NUON enthusiast and one with Bill Rehbock, who was vice president of third party development in VM Labs. For longtime fans of the platform, this will likely be the most interesting part of the piece, and Rehbock reveals some interesting behind-the-scenes information regarding the Korea-exclusive Crayon Shin Chan game and some of the many unreleased games that never saw the light of day.

I highly recommend giving this one a read, as you’re bound to learn something new. Check it out!

February 8, 2023

Filed under: NUON News — K3V @ 7:17 pm
The Aries64 NUON Adapter connected to a Toshiba SD2300

Pre-orders are now open for the Aries64, an adapter from Songbird Productions that allows NUON users to connect any Nintendo 64 controller to their NUON-compatible DVD players.

The first run is limited to 125 units and expected to ship beginning on March 15. According to a post from Carl Forhan of Songbird in the NUON-Dome Discord channel, sales have been brisk, with about 20 sold in the first hour alone.

To preorder yours, visit the product page on the Songbird website. I’ve got one on order and plan to put it through its paces, so stay tuned for a review here on N-D soon.

Here’s the product description from the Songbird website:

Introducing the Aries64 for your NUON DVD game system! The Aries64 connects to the NUON controller port on your DVD unit on one end, and on the other end, you can plug in any Nintendo 64 controller (first party or third party) and use it on all your NUON games! Includes full support for one analog stick, D-pad, and all action buttons. The NUON button is mapped to the Z trigger.

The connector is a 4-pin firewire, and will fit snugly in the NUON controller port with the indented side up (see photos). The cable is approximately 7? long. The Aries64 has been confirmed to work on the Samsung N501 and Toshiba SD2300, and should work equally well on all NUON systems with controller ports.

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