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Interview: The Trouble With The TurboGrafx-16

The Trouble With The TurboGrafx-16

We speak to former TTI Vice President and General Manager about the PC Engine's ill-fated trip to the US

The NEC PC Engine turned 25 this week, and to celebrate the life of this remarkable system we've already taken a comprehensive look at its history. If that didn't satisfy your hunger for NEC-related knowledge, then allow us to offer up this...

Developer Interview: Pwnee Studios Talks About Cloudberry Kingdom and Wii U

Pwnee Studios Talks About Cloudberry Kingdom and Wii U

"We have learnt to expect bizarre events"

With all of the excitement surrounding the upcoming release of the Wii U console and its retail launch titles, it’s easy to forget the assortment of potentially fantastic Wii U eShop titles also heading our way. One of which is Cloudberry Kingdom, a platformer which promises to supply the gamer with...

Feature: The Making Of The PC Engine

The Making Of The PC Engine

With NEC's machine turning 25, we take a look back at the history of the Famicom's biggest rival

Western gamers tend to consider Nintendo and Sega as the two major players in the 16-bit war. On European and American soil this was certainly the case - the Super Nintendo and Mega Drive (Genesis to North American players) battled it out for...

Talking Point: Games That Need Wii U - World of Warcraft

Games That Need Wii U - World of Warcraft

Or maybe this one's a game that Wii U needs?

We’ve highlighted the importance of having well-established franchises on Wii U. We’ve also indicated how vital it is for Wii U to be open to new ideas and intellectual properties. This time, we’re saying that in order for Wii U to keep in-line with the competition, exceed it in fact, then it...

Feature: Spooky Levels For Surprising Frights

Spooky Levels For Surprising Frights

Sneaking up behind you

The night is finally here, when legend tells of witches, ghosts and ghouls terrorising the people of the world for, well, some reason. It seems a little pointless to learn about the origins of Halloween as it's basically a cheap costume candy-fest, and that's just fine. Grown ups often spend the night watching grisly horror...

Movie Review: Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

A true gentleman never disappoints his fans

Puzzle 001: How do you adapt a best-selling puzzle series for the big screen? The answer? Bring the puzzles along for the ride. For most movies, shoehorning in memorable gameplay elements hasn't always worked out as planned — the first-person shooting segment from Doom was lampooned by many viewers,...

Feature: Halloween Scares on Wii

Halloween Scares on Wii

The cute little console's horrors

The scariest night of the year is now only two days away, a horrifying evening when strange children knock at the door and refuse to leave without a toll of sweets and candy. If you don't hand some tooth-rotting treats over, then you could find out what tricks they have up their sleeve; that's not always a smart...

Feature: The Nintendo Life Crypt of Downloadable Horrors

The Nintendo Life Crypt of Downloadable Horrors

Great for scares

It's Halloween: a time for ghosts and goblins, a time for tricks and treats, and a time for monsters and mashing. But mainly it's a time for good, solid scares. Horror movies run on every channel, children dress as demons and beasts, and macabre decorations taunt us with our own mortality. We get chills just thinking about it...

Feature: Nintendo Life's Quirky Wii Memories

Nintendo Life's Quirky Wii Memories

We all have them

With its successor around the corner and a six year anniversary just a few weeks away, we've shown some love for Wii this week. Despite its modest graphical power and SD output, it's outsold its rivals, made motion gaming a mainstream pastime and given us some terrific games. We've already looked back at six years of Wii and...

Talking Point: The Challenges When Writing About Games

The Challenges When Writing About Games

Harder than it sounds

Various members of the Nintendo Life writing team will have seen one major issue clogging up their Twitter timelines in the past 24 hours, and it revolved around questions at the forefront of what we do: writing about video games. Video game writers often debate the whole practice of what you see on this site and many others,...

Feature: Nintendo Life's Top 20 Wii Games

Nintendo Life's Top 20 Wii Games

The best of Wii

Yesterday we brought you a retrospective for six years of Wii, as we prepare for the not-too-distant future when the system will become Nintendo's "last generation" console. It's an emotional time, to be sure, and nothing touches raw and frayed nerves quite like a top 20 games list. With most of the likely candidates already in...

Feature: Looking Back at Six Years of Wii

Looking Back at Six Years of Wii

Time to say goodbye?

Despite strong first-party support, 2005 marked the beginning of the end for Nintendo’s GameCube, prompting the company to reveal its next system, the Revolution. The next year would see not only the unveiling of the revolutionary Wii Remote, but also the controversial unveiling of Wii; it was perceived by some as outrageous...

Feature: Pokémon's Controversial History

Pokémon's Controversial History

Racism, greed, Nazis and spoon-bending

To celebrate the recent launch of the excellent Pokémon Black and White 2 on the Nintendo DS, we thought it would be entertaining to throw open the history books and take a look back at the shadowy past of this massively successful monster-catching series. Like all elements of popular culture, Pokémon has...

Events: Nintendo Gala at the 56th BFI London Film Festival

Nintendo Gala at the 56th BFI London Film Festival

Nintendo Life takes to the red carpet

It was a big night at the 56th BFI London Film Festival on Monday, as the much-anticipated Nintendo Gala took place at Odeon West End in Leicester Square. Hundreds of film critics, movie experts and even games journalists descended upon the renowned movie theatre to attend the premiere of Wayne Blair’s The...

Events: Play Expo - A Day of Bitmaps, Digital Sumos, Wii U and Pac-Man Vs. Ghosts

Play Expo - A Day of Bitmaps, Digital Sumos, Wii U and Pac-Man Vs. Ghosts

When gamers come together

It was upon arriving at Eccles train station, ready for Play Expo and briskly navigating a muggy mist lurking over the Manchester Ship Canal, when we contemplated if the UK’s weather had decided to skip autumn altogether and engulf us in this mid-October Sunday with a winter chill. However, within the space of an hour...

Developer Interview: Nnooo Talks About Working With Nintendo and Moving to the 3DS eShop

Nnooo Talks About Working With Nintendo and Moving to the 3DS eShop

Stepping into a new generation

As the 3DS eShop continues to evolve and expand its library, Nintendo is currently preparing to introduce the Wii U eShop — it's assumed that'll be its name — and continue to expand its download gaming options. It's been a rocky road, of course, with the DSi and Wii online stores both being flawed in terms of...

Feature: Reinventing Nintendo's Major Franchises on Wii U

Reinventing Nintendo's Major Franchises on Wii U

Time for some comebacks

Thanks to its fresh approach to gaming, the Wii has been a breeding ground for reinvention throughout its six year life cycle, offering us established franchises with a twist due in part to motion controls. The Legend of Zelda has been perhaps the biggest beneficiary of this in the form of Skyward Sword, with Wii MotionPlus...

Feature: The New Dimensions of Pokémon

The New Dimensions of Pokémon

Snap and Dream Radar change the perspective

Trading cards and anime episodes aside, the Pokémon series is known for a long-lasting line of handheld RPGs. You've almost certainly played one or two of them — and we suspect that quite a few of you are already getting into Pokémon Black & White 2 — most likely followed by an obsessed state of...

Talking Point: Games That Need Wii U - Resident Evil 6

Games That Need Wii U - Resident Evil 6

A much needed second chance

As great as Nintendo’s first-party efforts are, Wii U is going to have a reliance on its third-party support. Nintendo certainly recognises that and has already drawn franchises like FIFA, Call of Duty, Mass Effect and Assassin’s Creed to its cause. However, as encouraging as that is, it’s still not enough. The...

Talking Point: Nintendo Takes One Step Forward, One Back With Retail Downloads

Nintendo Takes One Step Forward, One Back With Retail Downloads

It's not quite right, yet

During last week's Nintendo Direct broadcast in Europe, one eShop announcement that received relatively little fanfare was confirmation that a number of additional first-party titles were being made available on the platform. These titles stretch back to the earliest months of the system: now available on the European...

Interview: Broken Rules Talks About Chasing Aurora and Being Early on Wii U

Broken Rules Talks About Chasing Aurora and Being Early on Wii U

Taking flight on Nintendo's new system

Chasing Aurora is an eye-catching Wii U eShop title that's scheduled to arrive in November. While its art style immediately grabs attention, we wanted to know more about it, especially as it's only a matter of weeks away. We got in touch with developer Broken Rules and spoke to its man Martin Pichlmair about...

Feature: EB Expo 2012 Nintendo Booth Impressions

EB Expo 2012 Nintendo Booth Impressions

Get N or Get Out

As you may have noticed over the past few days, we have been posting our impressions of games that were available to play at the recent EB Expo. We've also got some impressions for you of Nintendo's impressive booth itself. Throughout the weekend, the line to get into the Nintendo booth was one of the longest. The line moved at a...