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Event: Movies, Mirth And Mario Kart Mastery At The First Nintendo Life Gaming Night

Movies, Mirth And Mario Kart Mastery At The First Nintendo Life Gaming Night

Hosted at the Centre for Computing History, Cambridge

As you'll no doubt be aware, here at Nintendo Life we've got a real soft spot for vintage gaming. Keeping this in mind, our recent event at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, England was something of an eye-opener. Our relationship with the museum itself goes back some time - thanks...

Ninterview: Meet The Man Who Makes Hip-Hop Music From Classic Nintendo Hardware

Meet The Man Who Makes Hip-Hop Music From Classic Nintendo Hardware

"The controller we have created is like wearing my childhood round my neck"

We recently came across a UK based hip-hop producer and DJ by the name of Imperial, who makes quite a striking impression with a strange musical instrument strapped around his neck, which has parts that might seem very familiar to our readers. This musical instrument is...

Movie Review: Behind Nintendo Quest's Game Collecting, There's A Surprisingly Human Story

Behind Nintendo Quest's Game Collecting, There's A Surprisingly Human Story

For the love of the find

Kickstarter-funded movie Nintendo Quest isn't exactly a documentary about NES games. They're definitely in the film; don't worry about that. You'll see so many shelves and boxes and displays chock full of gray cartridges that they'll dance behind your eyelids whenever you close them. But those who expect huge reels of play...

Feature: The Making Of Body Harvest

The Making Of Body Harvest

Former DMA Design staffer Steve Hammond spills the beans

"Development Hell" is a well-known term for the painful gestation of a Hollywood movie. Whether modern AAA games suffer the same problems from concept to release, I don't know personally but I am certain that they do. I am currently reading Tales From Development Hell, and whilst the movie...

Feature: Game Boy Collector Tracks Down Original Owner Using The Power Of Social Media

Game Boy Collector Tracks Down Original Owner Using The Power Of Social Media

A very modern mystery

The internet is a wonderful tool which allows us to do all kinds of things – shopping, keeping in touch with loved ones and (of course) reading amazing websites like Nintendo Life. It's also rather handy when you pick up a second-hand piece of vintage gaming technology and want to know who owned it a few decades ago – and...

Matters Of Import: Fire Emblem (Sort Of) Exists On The Sony PlayStation

Fire Emblem (Sort Of) Exists On The Sony PlayStation

A look at Shouzou Kaga's forgotten classic

For various reasons we now live in an era where developers breaking away from their parent companies to make similar-but-different pseudo-sequels to dormant, dead, or defiled game series is now a relatively commonplace occurrence, with Koji Igarashi's Castlevania successor Bloodstained being the latest to...

Book Review: 33 1/3 - Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack

33 1/3 - Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack

Going deep into the classics

The themes of Super Mario Bros. are such a prominent part of our culture that they're easily celebrated, but perhaps not so easy to truly appreciate. The tracks - especially the original Overworld/Ground Theme - pop up in so many places and are so readily playable in our heads that we can treat them as simpler and less...

Ninterview: Patrick Scott Patterson is Geared Up For the Nintendo World Championships Qualifiers

Patrick Scott Patterson is Geared Up For the Nintendo World Championships Qualifiers

"For me personally this is as awesome of a scenario as could be"

Patrick Scott Patterson (also known by some as OriginalPSP) is familiar to plenty of gamers, especially those that follow his reports on retro gaming and world records; he also has a strong record of media appearances talking about the medium as a whole. His public gaming history goes...

Feature: The Full Story Behind Star Fox 2, Nintendo's Most Famous Cancellation

The Full Story Behind Star Fox 2, Nintendo's Most Famous Cancellation

"The series was never intended to be limited to linear 3D scrolling stages"

This year will see the launch of another entry in Nintendo's long-running space battle series, Star Fox. It's an indication of how popular the franchise is with fans that last year's relatively detail-free E3 announcement was one of the biggest stories of the entire event,...

Hardware Review: REVO K101 Plus

REVO K101 Plus

Hands-on with the ultimate hardware GBA clone

Love them or loathe them, hardware clones of vintage gaming platforms are here to stay. Technical wizards operating on the fringe of the gaming hardware arena are constantly dreaming up new products which ape the performance and feel of classic consoles, and in the past few years we've seen imitations...

Matters Of Import: Take A Guided Tour Of Super Potato, The Ultimate Retro Gaming Paradise

Take A Guided Tour Of Super Potato, The Ultimate Retro Gaming Paradise

Japan-based Brit David Coyles explains the appeal of this legendary shop

"I don't know where to start! I'm so excited" blurted out in an enclave of retro gaming memorabilia, and a phrase which saved me from my own funk in a number of ways. Japanese store Super Potato has a certain uplifting effect on most of the people who visit – be it one of...

Ninterview: Jeremy Parish On Cataloguing The History Of The Game Boy, One Game At A Time

Jeremy Parish On Cataloguing The History Of The Game Boy, One Game At A Time

"I've made peace with the fact that I'll die before completing this"

The original monochrome Game Boy is the elder statesman of Nintendo's handheld family, having arrived on the market back in 1989. The console became a commercial and cultural phenomenon, effortlessly casting aside its more technically-competent rivals and establishing a brand...

Hardware Classics: Sega Dreamcast

Sega Dreamcast

The last throw of the dice for Nintendo's old rival

Sega's Dreamcast holds a special place in the history of home video game entertainment. It was an innovative beast, being the first home console to offer online connectivity out of the box and setting the modern trend for sourcing internal components from PC manufacturers. It also proved to be...

Retrospective: Sega's Streets of Rage Series

Sega's Streets of Rage Series

In pursuit of pugilistic perfection

Nostalgia sells and publishers know it. You just have to look at all the reboots, Definitive and Remastered Editions out there for proof. But there are, however, some titles that cannot be modernised no matter how much companies try. Sega beat-em-up Streets of Rage is perhaps one of the best examples of such...

Feature: The Best Pro Wrestling Games That the N64 Has to Offer

The Best Pro Wrestling Games That the N64 Has to Offer

We're tapping in, not out.

The thought of a modern pro wrestling game these days is often coupled with an eye-roller. They've become as iterative as most sports games released on an annual basis - such as FIFA and Madden - but certainly have far less to offer than the examples just mentioned. What we're left with is a game that's ever-so-slightly...

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...