Retro Features

  • Book Review The Unofficial NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium

    Could this be the perfect coffee table book?

    We've seen an explosion in books celebrating retro video game history lately. One of the most prolific publishers is UK-based Bitmap Books, which is responsible for many of our favourites - including the excellent Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection. Their catchily titled 'Visual Compendium' series has...

  • Hardware Review My Arcade NES Classic Mini Controller

    Looks aren't everything

    Given how hard it is to actually find a NES Classic Mini right now, it should come as no great shock to also learn that spare controllers for the console are also in very short supply. While Nintendo seems incapable of meeting demand for this clone system and its accessories, third party peripheral makers are having a field...

  • Retro This Is Why We Should Probably Be Glad Nintendo Stuck With Carts For The N64

    Think optical media is indestructible? Think again

    Compact discs might not be considered new technology these days, but when they were first released they were marketed as practically indestructible. Compared to the two other audio storage mediums of the time - cassette tape and vinyl - that certainly seemed to be a easy claim to make. CDs later...

  • Hardware Review Putting The Retro Freak's Range Of Accessories To The Test

    NES! Sega Mark III! Game Gear! Controller adapter!

    Retro gamers have really been spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a clone console these days. Not only have we had machines like the Retro-USB AVS which uses FPGA tech to accurately replicate the performance of the NES, but we've also seen all-in-one solutions like the Hyperkin Retron-5 and...

  • Feature The Quest for the Ultimate NES Classic Edition Wireless Controller

    8Bitdo NES30 Vs Nyko Miniboss

    The NES Classic Edition is a wonderful micro-sized retro-gaming machine; availability issues aside its hard to find much fault with, it apart from the rather short controller cable which comes with the otherwise excellent replica of the original NES controller. At just 30 inches the cable that joins the pad to the...

  • Book Review Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: The Guide To Shoot-Em-Ups Volume 1

    Bullet point

    The humble 2D shooter may have fallen out of favour with the mainstream these days, but it's certainly one of the most important genres in the world of video gaming. Were it not for Space Invaders – the shooter that arguably birthed a genre – then our industry may well have evolved in an entirely different fashion. During the '80s...

  • Feature Ten Classic Games Which Would Be Great To Play On The NES Mini

    If only there was legit way of adding more games

    We really loved getting our hands on the NES Mini back in November last year; this diminutively-sized replica of Nintendo's nostalgic first home console really shows off some of the best games in the NES library. However, after a while even the greatest games in the world may feel a little bit stale,...

  • Soapbox You Should Probably Avoid Capcom's Mega Man Mobile Ports

    Poor emulation, frame rate issues, dodgy controls - what went wrong?

    Capcom may be reluctant to release an entirely new Mega Man game these days but it has no issues with mining its past and recycling existing titles from the series, and recently announced that it would be releasing all six of the classic NES entries on iOS and Android. Those games...

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

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

    In the remainder of 2016 we'll re-share some of our favourite feature articles from the year. We're actually cheating with this one, as it was originally published way back on 20th January 2015; with the NES Mini hype of 2016, however, it nevertheless seemed worth sharing once again. In its day the...

  • Feature The Making Of Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

    "We at Silicon Knights were creating the VCR to play their movie"

    In the remainder of 2016 we'll re-share some of our favourite feature articles from the year. This article (by James Churchill) on the creation of a terrific GameCube title was originally published on Friday 11th March. Back in 2003 the sixth console generation was in full swing,...

  • Hardware Review Famicom Classic Mini

    The NES Classic Mini's Eastern relation

    With the NES Classic Mini currently proving to be quite hard to find at retail right now, chances are that the thought of sourcing its Japanese sibling may have crossed your mind. Released at the same time and boasting a design which imitates that of the system that started it all – 1983's "Family...

  • Hardware Review Hyperkin SupaBoy S

    It's back, but is it better?

    The industry's passion for "new" retro hardware has been growing steadily over the past few years, and the launch of the NES Classic Mini finally signals Nintendo's entry into this niche yet vibrant sector of the market. Given the astonishing success of that venture it is almost inevitable that we'll see a SNES Classic...

  • Video Happy Birthday Pit! - The 30th Anniversary of Kid Icarus

    Another NES classic marks three decades

    Mark your calendars, because on Monday, 19th December, another classic NES game has an anniversary. In 2016 there have been a long list of games that turned 30, including the likes of The Legend of Zelda, Dragon Quest and

  • Book Review 8-Bit Art Book

    A minimalist trip down memory lane

    We've seen lots of attractive coffee table art books aimed at retro gaming fans in recent times, which is no bad thing. Joining the ranks is a publication simply titled 8-Bit Art Book - by Ear Books - which pays homage to the visual quality of classic games spanning from 1975 to the early '90s. The author...

  • Hardware Review Retro-Bit x 8Bitdo RB8-64 Bluetooth Controller

    Three pronged thriller?

    8Bitdo's replica controllers have gained quite a reputation with retro gamers who are keen to get that authentic feel but also wish to benefit from modern conveniences such as the absence of annoying wires and the ability to recharge the internal battery. We've already seen excellent variants on the NES and SNES...

  • Book Review Super Mario Adventures

    A wonderfully bizarre tour of the Mushroom Kingdom

    He's undoubtedly one of the most recognisable faces ever to grace the box art of a video game, but aside from his blue-collar occupation and a dislike for turtles, fans in the early '90s didn't know a whole lot about Super Mario himself. Beyond the pixels onscreen and information found buried...

  • Hardware Classics SNK Neo Geo AES

    The future is now (even more expensive)

    The SNES and Mega Drive / Genesis may have dominated the console landscape in the early '90s, but they were by no means the most powerful machines of their era. That distinction goes to SNK's Neo Geo AES, often described as the "Rolls-Royce" of game consoles. It's a good analogy to make, as the machine was...

  • Hardware Review Retro-Bit Generations

    A warped version of history

    The NES Classic Mini is proving to be one of the must-have gaming items of 2016 with demand far outstripping supply and consoles selling online for way above the initial asking price. While Nintendo is clearly onto something of a winner here – despite the company's almost habitual desire to annoy buyers by not...

  • Feature Hands-On UK Fanzine HyperPlay's Third Issue

    Fan-scene

    If you're a regular reader of Nintendo Life then you'll already be aware of HyperPlay RPG, a UK-based fanzine devoted to covering retro RPGs and Nintendo titles. The fanzine has seen three issues so far, and we've just taken stock of the latest instalment (issue 2, but it's actually issue 3 if you include the "zero" release), complete...

  • Poll Retro Delights and Stock Shortages - What Are Your Thoughts on the NES Mini Launch?

    Old games, old fun, old problems

    The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe) arrived on 11th November, and it's certainly one of Nintendo's hottest releases of the year. It may seem strange that a micro-console loaded up with 30 NES games can be described that way, but it's...

  • Hardware Review NES Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System

    The master, remastered

    It's fair to say that the announcement of NES Classic Mini earlier this year came as something of a shock, despite the fact that the concept of reproduction consoles isn't a particularly new one. Nintendo's old rival Sega has been pumping out licenced Mega Drive and

  • Features NES Mini Classics - Galaga

    Pew pew

    With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (NA) / Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (PAL), we're going to (eventually) provide short profiles of all 30 games included on the system. This time around we look at Galaga, and you can catch up with past entries in this series on our NES...

  • Video Unboxing the Famicom Mini

    Japan still gets everything first, even if by one day

    On 11th November people around the world finally get the joy of opening and enjoying their brand new NES Mini, or NES Classic Edition (or Nintendo Classic Mini as it's known in Europe). It's been a long wait, but for those of us in Japan you could say Christmas comes one day early as today, on...

  • Feature NES Mini Classics - Final Fantasy

    A final fling that launched a dynasty

    With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (NA) / Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (PAL), we're going to (eventually) provide short profiles of all 30 games included on the system. This time around we look at Final Fantasy. The Mini NES is packed...

  • Feature NES Mini Classics - Excitebike

    Rev it up

    With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (NA) / Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (PAL), we're going to provide short profiles of all 30 games included on the system. This time around we look at Excitebike. The upcoming Mini NES has a decent selection of games, but in some...

  • Poll Are You Excited About the Mini NES?

    Perhaps hype is bigger than the diminutive system

    It's been easy to get distracted in recent times, but one of Nintendo's most important Holiday releases is around the corner. We're not talking about Pokémon Sun and Moon, that's still to come, but rather the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo...

  • Feature NES Mini Classics - Dr. Mario

    Just what we ordered

    With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (NA) / Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (PAL), we're going to provide short profiles of all 30 games included on the system. This time around we look at Dr. Mario. In the titles we've covered so far in this series, the...

  • Book Review The Bitmap Brothers: Universe

    "Black leather jacket, black jeans, and a white T-shirt"

    Despite the video gaming world's obsession with offering "cool" experiences such as shooting bad guys, driving fast cars and slaying monstrous dragons, the hobby had a very unfashionable reputation with the mainstream media prior to the start of the '90s. Gamers were seen as spotty, socially...

  • Book Review Nintendo 64 Anthology

    A fitting tribute to a beloved console

    So much for the internet destroying printed media. In the past few years we've seen a wealth of amazing video game-related books, including Sega Mega Drive: The Collected Works, Britsoft and – still to come – the

  • Feature NES Mini Classics - Double Dragon II: The Revenge

    A mini fight

    With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (NA) / Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (EU), we're going to provide short profiles of all 30 games included on the system. This time around we look at Double Dragon II: The Revenge. So far this series of articles on the NES Mini...

  • Feature NES Mini Classics - Donkey Kong Jr.

    Don't call me Junior!

    With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (NA) / Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (EU), we're going to provide short profiles of all 30 games included on the system. This time around we look at Donkey Kong Jr., having covered the iconic original in our most recent...

  • Feature NES Mini Classics - Donkey Kong

    It's on like (cease and desist inbound...)

    With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (NA) / Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (EU), we're going to provide short profiles of all 30 games included on the system. This time around we look at Donkey Kong, a tale perhaps more complicated than it...

  • Feature NES Mini Classics - Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

    A quest that came along too early

    With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (NA) / Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (EU), we're going to provide short profiles of all 30 games included on the system. This series has already looked at Castlevania, so not it's only fitting that we move our...

  • Feature NES Mini Classics - Castlevania

    Dracul-argh

    With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (NA) / Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (EU), we're going to provide short profiles of all 30 games included on the system. Now we turn our attention to Castlevania; don't forget to check out the first two entries in this series, in...

  • Feature NES Mini Classics - Bubble Bobble

    This bubble can't be burst

    With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (NA) / Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (EU), we're going to provide short profiles of all 30 games included on the system. Now we turn our attention to Bubble Bobble; don't forget to check out the first entry in this...

  • Feature NES Mini Classics - Balloon Fight

    With memories of the late great Satoru Iwata

    With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (NA) / Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (EU), we're going to provide short profiles of all 30 games included on the system. We start off with Balloon Fight. It's an interesting turn of events that...

  • Ninterview Ste Pickford On The Ever-Expanding World Of Plok

    "If you want to see a new Plok game, buy the comic books!"

    Created by legendary developer siblings The Pickfords, Plok is a fondly-remembered cult smash which appeared on the SNES way back in 1992. Ste and John Pickford's history in the games industry pre-dates that game by quite some margin, and the talented duo were among the first British...

  • Soapbox It's High Time Seiken Densetsu 3 Got A Western Release

    Forgotten, overlooked, lost… but why?

    Allow us to turn the wayback machine to a couple of decades ago. The Internet was slowly but surely becoming an everyday part of our lives, cellphones were over-sized, expensive bricks and video games had gone from being a niche but blooming industry mostly aimed at children in the West to a mainstream...

  • Feature The History Of Technosoft's Thunder Force Series

    With Thunder Force III coming to 3DS, we take a look back at the franchise

    Although SNES fans will insist that Nintendo's 16-bit powerhouse had a more diverse range of software when compared to its bitter rival the Mega Drive, one genre in which it simply couldn't compete was the 2D shooter. Sega's console was quite literally flooded with...

  • Poll The GameCube is 15 Years Old - Pick Your Favourite Games

    Can you handle the pressure?

    The GameCube arrived in Japan on 14th September 2001 in Japan, meaning the handle-boasting wonder is 15 years old (even though it's 15th September in Japan as we publish this, thanks to time zones). To date it holds the dubious honour of being Nintendo's lowest-selling home console, though Wii U looks likely to take that...

  • Hardware Review RetroUSB AVS

    The NES advantage?

    After years of enduring sloppy imitators which offer patchy performance and incomplete compatibility, we're finally seeing clone consoles come of age. The RetroN 5 leveraged the versatility of Google's Android platform to offer HD visuals and save state support, while the super-premium Analogue NT took existing Nintendo chips...

  • Poll What Are Your Favourite Mini NES Games?

    30 for the 30th Anniversary in Europe

    Here's a fun fact that fell under the radar on a rather busy day - the NES turned 30 in Europe on 1st September. It celebrated the equivalent North American anniversary nearly a year ago, but the system took a while to arrive in Europe and, actually, struggled to gain much of a foothold - initially at least - in...

  • Feature Pay A Visit To Rare's Local Indie Video Game Store

    "They used to come in to buy their latest game to go in their vault"

    The English market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch can chart its history as far back as the 11th century and owes its rather unusual name to the Norman Conquest of England around the same time, when the settlement - then known as plain old Ashby - became the property of the La Zouche...

  • Feature ​The Making Of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

    We speak to Sam Barlow about the Wii horror classic

    The Silent Hill series has long been one of gaming's horror greats, often bringing a subtle and mature approach to the genre thanks to its deep characterisation and mature themes. With the high-profile cancellation of Silent Hills on PS4 and Konami's insatiable lust for Pachinko machines showing...

  • Poll What Are Your Favourite Super NES Games?

    A tough call...

    As you've likely been aware, the Super NES recently turned 25 in North America. It's another nice landmark for the iconic system, and one that's prompted us to get all misty-eyed and reminisce on our youth. That aside, it's a chance to celebrate the best of the SNES era, so with that in mind we thought it'd be nice to have an...

  • Feature From Paul Rudd to Dancing Link and Beyond - Some of the Best SNES Commercials

    Can you handle all 24 Megabytes of Super Metroid?

    With the Super NES / SNES reaching its 25th Anniversary in North America on 23rd September, we've been reminiscing over the 16-bit powerhouse a lot, and let our minds drift to the advertising that Nintendo used for the system. It was... quirky, though that is a comment admittedly made through a...

  • Hardware Classics Nintendo Super Famicom

    Still super after all these years

    Originally published way back in March 2013, we thought we'd re-share this feature on the Super Famicom as part of our celebrations for the Super NES turning 25 years old in North America. To many, it's the greatest video game console ever made. The Super Famicom — or Super Nintendo Entertainment System as it...

  • Hardware Review Everdrive GBA X5

    ​Flash by name, flash by nature

    In the world of flash carts, one name stands out from the rest: Krikzz. This individual has produced a long line of carts for various retro systems, including the NES, SNES, Mega Drive / Genesis and N64. With each product the aim is simple - make the user experience as sea

  • Discuss What Next For The Nintendo 64?

    #N64Memories' Steven Smith asks the question

    Considering the Nintendo 64 is a twenty-year-old console, the title of this piece may seem odd. However, I personally think there is a potential future for the N64's hardware and software. We are currently in an important period for the console – 2016 and 2017 mark its twentieth birthday, depending on...

  • Feature Custom Consoles, Retro Delights And Mario Kart Mastery At The Second Nintendo Life Gaming Night

    Hosted at The Centre for Computing History, Cambridge

    We had such a blast meeting you lovely people at the inaugural Nintendo Life Gaming Night last year, that it was a no-brainer to team up again with our chums at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, England and do another event. Thanks to everyone who joined us on Saturday 30th July...

  • Hardware Review 8Bitdo x Analogue SNES Retro Receiver

    Look Ma, no wires!

    The removal of the pesky joypad cable has to rank as one of the most important advances in video game tech. For far too long were we resigned to dealing with tangled wires that shackled us to our games consoles, forcing us to sit within a range dictated by the length of the cable itself (Super Famicom owners will feel this pain...

  • Ninterview Stu Brett On Putting Super Famicom Guy To Rest And His Next Venture, Ghost Arcade

    "My collection is done and dusted"

    Long-time fans of the site will surely know the name Super Famicom Guy. It's been the online handle of Scotman Stu Brett for almost a decade, and using this moniker he has spread his love of Nintendo's 16-bit console to thousands via his Twitter account, Instagram feed and - most notable - his book Super Famicom:...

  • Poll What Other 'Classic Edition' Nintendo Systems Do You Want to be Released?

    Dreaming of the good old days, but miniaturised

    The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (called Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe) has caused quite a stir since its announcement earlier this week - a budget Nintendo retro unit at $59.99 with 30 pre-loaded games is always likely to go down well. Its...

  • Interview Collector 'Metal Jesus' on His North American Nintendo 64DD Discovery

    "I knew from the first moment that it was something special"

    Earlier this week we reported on the discovery of a North American Nintendo 64DD unit, likely the first high-profile example to be shared online. Its stickers caused plenty of chatter as they suggested it was a Lotcheck / retail-ready unit, helping to confirm the fact that a North...

  • Book Review The Unofficial Guide To Konami Shooters

    A timely reminder that Konami was really good at making games, once

    Konami may be retreating from the production of video games these days but not so long ago the company was seen as one of the leading lights in the industry, challenging the likes of Capcom, Sega and Nintendo when it came to creating compelling, must-have experiences. This...

  • Hardware Review EXEQ GameBox Game Boy Advance SP Clone

    AGS-101 screen quality on a budget - what's the catch?

    Love them or loathe them, clone consoles are very much here to stay. As existing hardware becomes harder to find or fails due to everyday use, the demand for replacement systems grows ever stronger, fuelled largely by the almost insatiable demands of a new generation of retro gaming...

  • Hardware Classics Pokémon Mini

    Nintendo's smallest console, in both size and stature

    It's somewhat ironic that one of Nintendo's most obscure consoles is so strongly aligned with one of its most instantly recognisable brands, but understanding why the Pokémon Mini wasn't quite as successful as it probably should have been is relatively easy; it was marketed poorly, the games...

  • Hardware Classics Nintendo 64

    Will you still love me when I'm 64?

    To mark the 20th birthday of Nintendo's 64-bit wonder we're republishing this feature on the console, which originally went live on the site in December 2014. 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...

  • Ninterview Avid Retro Game Collector Justin "Jutman" Hickman

    "I would say close to 60 percent of my total collection is Nintendo"

    In the latest of our long-running Ninterview series we speak to a UK-based video game collector with the kind of haul you can't help be insanely jealous of. Lifelong Zelda fan Justin Hickman - known on Twitter as "Jutman / thec0llect0r82" - was kind enough to sit down with us for...

  • Hardware Classics Game Boy Pocket

    A refreshed icon

    It would be fair to say that the Game Boy's longevity surprised everyone, including Nintendo. Originally released in 1989, it was still going strong by the middle of the following decade and experienced a notable boost thanks to the timely introduction of the first Pokémon titles, Red & Blue. The momentum provided by these...

  • Ninterview Preserving Gaming History With Arcade Collector ShouTime

    "Without preservation, titles would be lost today"

    If you're one of the many wise people who picked up the excellent Sega 3D Classics Collection on 3DS recently then you may spot the mysterious name "ShouTime" in the credits section. ShouTime assisted developer M2 with its port of Power Drift, and is one of the world's foremost collectors of...

  • Ninterview Ahmed Bin Fahad Discusses Building the World's Biggest Nintendo Collection

    "Don’t think purchasing games is a waste"

    In 2014 Ahmed Bin Fahad made headlines when he received the Guinness World Record honour for the biggest Nintendo collection. Consisting of over 8000 pieces, it's an impressive range that shows his love for all things Nintendo, with the estimated cost coming in at around 1.5 million dirhams - the United...

  • Gallery Cover To Cover With Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection

    Art attack

    Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection launches this month, but we've been lucky enough to have the chance to thumb through an advance copy ahead of its official release. Published by Bitmap Books and created by fanatical Super Famicom fan Stu Brett, this 276 page tome highlights some of the best cover artwork of the 16-bit years.

  • Feature A Night at the Arcade

    Mitch Vogel on the experience of gaming in a simpler time

    As a millennial, I was born long after the great heyday of arcades, but it was something that always fascinated me. It was bizarre to think that there was a time before home consoles were so prevalent when the typical video game fan would grab a fistful of quarters and pop down to the...

  • Feature The Making Of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

    Good dino, nice dino

    When it comes to the Nintendo 64 and first-person-shooters, there are two titles that have become synonymous with the genre: GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark. While these classics rightfully deserve their place among the greats, the Turok series has largely fallen into obscurity, which is a crying shame when you consider that...

  • Feature Smiles and Tears - A Mother 3 Retrospective

    Cancellations, rebirths, fan translations and more

    This week marks the 10th Anniversary of Mother 3, Shigesato Itoi's third and final instalment in the Mother series and the follow up to EarthBound that, unfortunately, never saw the light of day outside of its native homeland. Since that day ten years ago we've seen hopes dashed, rumours (some of...

  • Feature ENKKO's Andy Vargas on Breathing New Life into the N64 Controller

    Sticking it to the past

    Did you know that it's becoming increasingly difficult to find a Nintendo 64 controller that's in good, working order? While the controller may have ushered in a new era of full-analogue control in video games in 1996, it wasn't without its flaws. Its unusual three-pronged design was enough to put off some people from even...

  • Feature Batman V Superman In The Battle Of The Nintendo Games

    Which superhero comes out on top? Find out within...

    This article was originally published on 25th November 2014, and has been re-posted to celebrate the cinematic release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Things are really heating up in the world of superhero movies, thanks to both Marvel and DC revealing their cinematic hands like two...

  • Feature Ten Game Boy Advance Games You Should Play

    Puzzle games, RPGs, action, platforming...

    The Game Boy Advance just recently turned 15 years old, with that first model kicking off what would be the last Game Boy 'family' or systems, at least so far. It would be a platform that would take Nintendo's portable offerings forward in leaps and bounds, not just in terms of raw power but also...

  • Feature The Day Sega Took Over An F1 Race And Senna Lifted A Sonic Trophy

    Welcome to the Sega European Grand Prix

    Sega is still a key player in today's video game industry, but its position has diminished considerably over the past few decades. 25 years ago, it was one of the undisputed giants not only of the gaming arena, but of mainstream popular culture, having successfully taken on Nintendo with its popular Mega...

  • Feature Poster Children - Your Guide to Collecting Nintendo Power's Awesome Classic Posters

    A blast from the past

    If you were a kid growing up at the end of the '80s and into the late '90s, you very well may have known that home console gaming was in its prime glory in the Bush Senior and Clinton era. The new and as-of-yet unexplored frontiers of companies like Nintendo and Sega were fertile planting ground for now-classic and beloved...

  • Music 8Bit Music Power Review

    Chipping away

    In the world of music vinyl is currently enjoying something of a resurgence, with the antiquated audio format coming back from the dead to take pride of place in any self-respecting hipster's living room. While it's unlikely that this trend has anything to do with the release of RIKI's 8Bit Music Power, parallels can nevertheless be...

  • Hardware Classics Bit Corp Gamate

    ​From Taiwan with love

    Given that we've covered pretty much every retro console of note in our Hardware Classics series, it was almost inevitable that we'd be forced to investigate systems which could hardly be considered noteworthy from a commercial or critical standpoint. That's certainly the case with Bit Corp Gamate, a handheld console...

  • Ninterview The History of Gaming, In Oil Paint

    We have a chat with Randy Gallegos about his gaming art

    If you've ever seen our Instagram account you'll know we love a bit of gaming art here at Nintendo Life. The majority of the art we come across is digital, however we recently came across the work of an American artist who does things a little differently. Artist Randy Gallegos has been...

  • Feature Why We're Still Playing... GoldenEye 007

    Steven Smith revives the laser watch on N64

    In the latest entry in this series we have Nintendo Life newcomer Steven Smith (@N64Memories) talking about GoldenEye 007; no, not that one on Wii, but the N64 original. GoldenEye 007 was my first true experience of a first-person shooter (FPS). Yes, I had played Doom – a classic, o