Retro Features

Feature: Before They Were Enemies, Sega And Nintendo Worked On One Of The Rarest Arcade Games Ever Made

Before They Were Enemies, Sega And Nintendo Worked On One Of The Rarest Arcade Games Ever Made

Taking a look at a genuine piece of gaming history

It's tempting to look back and think of Nintendo and Sega as long-standing rivals, and that was certainly the case during 8-bit and 16-bit era until the shock announcement that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games was coming to the Wii. However, this wasn't the first time the two companies had...

Hardware Review: 8Bitdo FC30 Pro Controller

8Bitdo FC30 Pro Controller

We are Family (Computer)

Remember the 8Bitdo NES30 pad we reviewed a while back? It was a likeable take on the whole Bluetooth gaming pad concept which looked and felt like a genuine NES pad from back in the day. The makers of that particular controller are back with a revised unit, and this time it's focused on the NES' Japanese counterpart - the...

Hardware Classics: Sega Mega CD

Sega Mega CD

Mega Seedy

The rise and fall of Sega Enterprises is a classic tale of hard-won success being scuppered by a bewildering lack of focus and an incredible degree of overconfidence. The company scored an almost impossible victory by bloodying the nose of the all-powerful Nintendo in the early '90s and was arguably the first console maker to bring an...

Feature: Say Hello To The CPS Changer, Capcom's First And Only Attempt At A Home Console

Say Hello To The CPS Changer, Capcom's First And Only Attempt At A Home Console

One of the most obscure systems ever made

Although today's gaming landscape is dominated by Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, there have been plenty of other companies which have tried - or at least considered - producing their own gaming hardware in the past few decades. Nintendo's former rival Sega and industry trailblazer Atari are perhaps the most...

Feature: The Making of Wetrix and Its Route to Nintendo 64

The Making of Wetrix and Its Route to Nintendo 64

How the Pickford Bros' creative little puzzler made a huge splash

Time hasn't been kind to the memory of the Nintendo 64. While it was extremely well received upon its release 18 years ago, and still holds a special place in the hearts of many gamers, it signalled a turning point in Nintendo's history. The company's controversial decision to opt...

Ninterview: Learning Retro Secrets With A Former Nintendo Game Play Counselor

Learning Retro Secrets With A Former Nintendo Game Play Counselor

"We couldn't say 'kill', we had to say 'defeat'"

In its day the 8-bit NES took North America by storm, and it was so popular that in 1986 Nintendo set up a phone hotline so people who were stuck in their games could call at nearly any hour and speak to a live "game counselor", who could help walk the caller through the level which was giving them...

Feature: ​Tales From The Frontline Of Game Boy Development

​Tales From The Frontline Of Game Boy Development

The Rise And Fall Of Crawfish Interactive

As the video game industry lurches from one generation to the next, the multitude of companies involved with producing software for the endless conveyor belt of platforms never remains static; just as studios are created to cater for the demands of new hardware, established firms are forced to close due to...

Interview: Nintendo Arcade Collector Shoots From the Hip With Rare Sheriff Cabinet

Nintendo Arcade Collector Shoots From the Hip With Rare Sheriff Cabinet

Now we're cooking with gas

Earlier this year we invited you to step into the Nintendo Arcade and meet London based Alex Crowley, who has amassed a legendary collection of classic Nintendo arcade cabinets. It's easy to forget that before it shot to prominence with the NES system, in particular, a core aspect of Nintendo's business was in arcade...

Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64

Nintendo 64

Will you still love me when I'm 64?

The Nintendo 64 is a console which divides opinions, even today. For some, it was an unforgivable fall from grace after the dizzying heights of the SNES; a system which failed in the face of stiff competition from newcomer Sony and its dominant PlayStation console. For others, it's home to some of Nintendo's...

Book Review: Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works

To be this good takes AGES

Back in the early '90s Sega and Nintendo were hostile enemies, and this rivalry trickled down to the people who played their products. Anyone old enough to have experienced this period will no doubt recall the heated playground debates about which console was best, and the splintered friendships caused by something as...

Hardware Classics: The Sega Genesis Nomad

The Sega Genesis Nomad

The less-travelled roadie

During the early '90s Sega's hardware department effectively went crazy. Flushed with the success of the Genesis / Mega Drive in North America and Europe, the company produced a series of commercial duds in an attempt to buttress its 16-bit business in the face of stiff competition from rival Nintendo. The first endeavour...

Feature: The Making of Rocket: Robot on Wheels

The Making of Rocket: Robot on Wheels

How one of the N64's most criminally under-appreciated games came to be

The Nintendo 64, while simultaneously renowned and infamous for doing many things, is arguably best remembered for defining the 3D platforming genre. When Super Mario 64 released in 1996, it didn't just blow everyone’s socks off; it revolutionised home console gaming and set...

Book Review: Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Bros. 2

Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Bros. 2

Subcon-text

For how unique it is compared to other games in the Mario line, it’s amazing how easily Super Mario Bros. 2 is taken at face value or glossed over entirely. Many fans are happy to share the fact that the game is actually a reskin of Japanese title Doki Doki Panic after the original Super Mario Bros. sequel was deemed too difficult...

Book Review: The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

Charting a golden era

When journalist and novelist John Szczepaniak launched his Kickstarter campaign back in 2013 to record the hitherto undocumented story of Japan's game development community, there were a few raised eyebrows around the web. His funding goal was a lofty one, and the task seemed almost herculean in scope — he planned to travel...

Feature: Meet The Unsung Pioneer Behind The Most Reviled Zelda Games Of All Time

Meet The Unsung Pioneer Behind The Most Reviled Zelda Games Of All Time

Charting the life of Dale DeSharone

The Legend of Zelda series is home to some of the most critically-acclaimed video games ever made, and the franchise is without a doubt one of the most important in Nintendo's illustrious catalogue. However, there a few titles within the lineage which stick out like a sore thumb — the trio of Zelda games...

Feature: The Nintendo 64 Controller and the Rise of 3D Gaming

The Nintendo 64 Controller and the Rise of 3D Gaming

The three-handled situation

The Nintendo 64 controller is one that has fallen out of favour with some gamers – its outdated control stick and limited number of buttons leaves it and its parent system in a state of being old but without necessarily being seen by the general public as 'retro'. You could easily say the same for Sony's original...

Feature: The History of Super Smash Bros.

The History of Super Smash Bros.

How Nintendo's crossover fighting series smashed its way to fame and glory

Despite its immense popularity — not to mention the frenzied hype and anticipation that comes during the lead-up to each new instalment — the origins of the Super Smash Bros. series are in fact remarkably humble. When its creator, Masahiro Sakurai, initially came up...

Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Retro Flash Carts

The Argument For And Against Retro Flash Carts

Preserving the past, or exploiting it?

As technology has advanced over the years, we've seen massive strides being taken in the realm of retro gaming, and one of the most important events to occur recently is the emergence of flash carts that allow gamers to potentially store every single game ever made for a single platform on an SD card and run...

Video: Behold the Sheer Majesty Of The Backlit And Biverted Game Boy DMG-001

Behold the Sheer Majesty Of The Backlit And Biverted Game Boy DMG-001

Now you can play anywhere, even in darkened rooms

Not so long ago, we spoke to Shaun Jones of GameBoyMods.co.uk about the services he offers to Game Boy owners looking to breathe some new life into their ageing handhelds. Shaun was kind enough to perform some surgery on our trusty old DMG-001, and we thought you might like to see the results in...

Feature: Ten Must Play Titles on the Game Boy

Ten Must Play Titles on the Game Boy

25 years young

In this past week the venerable Game Boy celebrated its 25th Anniversary in North America, which means we've had a quarter century of monochrome gaming goodness. The iconic system established Nintendo's leadership of the dedicated gaming handheld market, a position it still holds in the 3DS generation. It's not just nostalgia that...