New Retro Magazine "Pixel Nation" Launches

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Anyone who loves retro gaming might want to get their chops around Pixel Nation, a new quarterly magazine dedicated to the world of old-school digital entertainment.

The first issue of the 100-page, full colour periodical includes articles on topics dear to many Nintendo hearts: famed composer Koji Kondo takes the spotlight, and the Legend of Zelda cartoon series comes in for scrutiny too.

Best of all, some of your favourite Nintendo Life writers have contributed articles too: editor James Newton waxes lyrical about seminal SEGA Saturn classic NiGHTS into Dreams while Jamie O'Neill recaps the history of Out Run and Mike Mason takes a look at the resurgence of 2D platformers in recent years.

The magazine is available as a PDF download for £3.99/$6.32/€4.77 or as a PDF and physical copy for £8.99/$14.25/€10.76, and can be ordered direct from Pixel Nation.

The debut premier issue of the quarterly Pixel Nation Book is here!

Pixel Nation’s 100 glorious and oh so gorgeous full colour, high quality glossy pages are absolutely packed with features, interviews and art work. Here is a little overview of all the wonderment that awaits you dear reader, in our very special first issue:

Can video games be considered art? - We talk to our good friends, Jose Emroca Flores (responsible for our cover), Dutch artist Metin Sevin from Seventh Heaven as we attempt to answer the question “Can video games truly be considered as art?“

2D Platform Revival - An in-depth look at the classic 2D Platform genre, how it faded away, and its current resurgence on modern platforms.

Design Classic: NiGHTS into Dreams - Huge feature on the beautiful Sega title Nights into Dreams. This is a “Design Classic” concept, where we outline in detail a particular game, and what makes it a design classic as well as its history.

Retro Icon: Outrun - Yes, we obviously love Sega, but really, all the cool kids do! A huge in-depth feature, and our regular "Retro Icon" concept, going into mega detail about the original Outrun Coin-Op and what makes it unquestionably a Retro Icon.

Bob Wakelin Interview - We interview super influential 80’s British video game artist Bob Wakelin, and take a look at some of his favourite pieces of game art.

Guide to Floppy Discs, the Gaming Black Market and the Far East - Yeah, we’re going there! The awesome and very knowledgeable Adam of RetroCollect joins the Pixel Nation, and gives you a wonderfully entertaining look at the various copying devices and black market shadiness from the world of retro games.

Confessions of a Girl Gamer - But I thought this was a geeky boys club? No! Geeky girls play too! An excellent and thought provoking look at some of video games most iconic female characters, as written from the perspective of an actual real life girl gamer!

Zelda Cartoon Feature - “Well, excuse me Princess!” We interview the two voice actors from the 1980’s Zelda cartoon, to get an insiders perspective on the show.

Spotlight: Koji Kondo - A look at some of the awesome output from the Japanese video game music composer who has composed some of the most iconic game music of all time.

Amiga 1200 Look Back - Who doesn’t go weak at the knees for Commodores super beast of an Amiga? This is a richly detailed look at the history behind the system and how it came to be.

The Shadow of the Beast Interview - Another exclusive interview, as we talk to the man behind the Amiga classic Shadow of the Beast, Martin Edmondson, in the first of a 2 part special speaking to the people behind the games.

Also:

· Tomb Raider 2 – A Saturn vs. PlayStation Story
· The Rise & Fall of Arcades
· The Year in Games - 1985

Plus much, much more!

[via pixel-nation.co.uk]