Working around broken nested NPM dependencies in old project

Recently I had to re-deploy an old Node.js project, which still runs node.js v0.10.x (it is pointless to upgrade it, a whole new project will replace it soon).

What I found is that quite a few nested dependencies ended up not working with Node.js v0.10 (it was a long chain of dependencies, each linking to a "too new" version of their dependencies due to not an optimal semver)