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Feature: Slipped Disk - The History of the Famicom Disk System

Slipped Disk - The History of the Famicom Disk System

We look back at Nintendo's first misstep in the domestic gaming hardware arena

Given what we now know about add-on hardware for games consoles, the very concept of the Famicom Disk System seems hopelessly flawed. Since this Japan-only system hit the market in 1986 we’ve seen the equally ill-fated Sega Mega CD, Sega 32X and Nintendo 64DD all come...

Features: Things We Miss About the 8-Bit Era

Things We Miss About the 8-Bit Era

It's the little things that count

Today, the virtual reality experience of the Wii is as immersive as Lawnmower Man director/writer Brett Leonard ever could have hoped, with Mario as real and in-person as an actual member of our family and special effects so vivid that we compulsively hold our breath during underwater levels. Okay, maybe things...

Features: Reader NES Stories

Reader NES Stories

You tell us why you loved that 8-bit magic machine

To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the NES's North American debut, we asked you to send in your favourite memories with that machine, and you delivered. We apologise to those whose letters we unfortunately were unable to find a place for, but whether you made it into the article or not, it's much appreciated. Though some outside of the..

Features: Staff NES Stories

Staff NES Stories

Learn our shocking pasts

To continue our celebration of 25 years of NES, the staff's gathered around the campfire to share their favourite memories of that little dream machine. Not everyone could make it to the party, unfortunately, but we're sure that those who couldn't had good reason to stay home. Join us now as we lay bare our souls to you and open up in a way that the staff of Nintendo Life..

Features: NES Homebrew Is Where The Heart Is

NES Homebrew Is Where The Heart Is

How two indie developers are keeping the system kicking after all these years

It’s nigh impossible to overstate the importance of the Nintendo Entertainment System in video game history: its popularity pretty much single-handedly revived the home game console market in the US, which had crashed a few years before the NES’s October 18th, 1985...

Interviews: Brian Provinciano - Retro City Rampage

Brian Provinciano - Retro City Rampage

Vblank Entertainment's open-world game looks set to hijack your 8-bit heart

Grand Theftendo may have started out as a pet project of Vblank Entertainment's Brian Provinciano, but eight years later it's turned into one of the most intriguing games slated to hit WiiWare in the form of Retro City Rampage. The novelty of an 8-bit open-world game was enough to put it on our radar, and the amount of..

Feature: How ColecoVision Became the King of Kong

How ColecoVision Became the King of Kong

How a trip to the toilet in Nintendo's Japanese HQ resulted in one of the most famous coups in video game history

When you think of the early '80s video game scene one name instinctively springs to mind: Atari. This pioneering firm had practically invented the concept of the interactive television experience, and its all-conquering VCS (also known...

Features: We Want Your NES Stories!

We Want Your NES Stories!

Tell us your 8-bit bits

October 18th marks the 25th birthday of the NES's North American debut, then only to a select number of cities, and we're celebrating by bringing you a veritable coin box of features and treats. And we want to make you, our beloved readership, a part of the celebration. We'll be running a feature that puts the spotlight on...

Feature: The Making of Jet Force Gemini - Part Two

The Making of Jet Force Gemini - Part Two

In the second and final part of our N64-themed making of, we look at the critical and commercial impact of one of Rare's best action titles

One of the most refreshing aspects of Jet Force Gemini was the way in which the player’s progression throughout the various levels was handled; initially, the only character available is Juno, but eventually other heroes are added to the roster, each faced..

Feature: The Making of Jet Force Gemini - Part One

The Making of Jet Force Gemini - Part One

In the first of a two-part feature, we go behind the scenes on what is regarded by many as the N64's finest action title

Back in the late ‘90s being an N64 owner was a testing experience. Having to listen to your Playstation-owning chums constantly droning on about Lara Croft and Solid Snake was enough to put any Nintendo devotee in a bad mood, but the general lack of quality software towards the..

Feature: The Making of Star Fox

The Making of Star Fox

We go behind the scenes to discover how a small UK code-house helped Nintendo enter the realm of 3D – and make millions in the process

In these days of ultra-realistic graphical plenty it’s all too easy to forget that for console gamers, 3D visuals didn’t really become par for the course until the advent of the 32-bit technology in the...

Feature: The Making of the Nintendo Virtual Boy

The Making of the Nintendo Virtual Boy

With the 3DS around the corner, we take a look back at Nintendo's other attempt to crack the world of three dimensions

Everybody has an awkward secret that they’d rather not share with the world. Be it an old school photo that showcases your crimes against fashion or an acutely embarrassing vinyl LP in your record collection that you simply can’t bear to part with, we keep these things hidden..

Feature: The Making of the Nintendo Game Boy

The Making of the Nintendo Game Boy

Last year the machine turned 20, but what was it like to work with? We speak to the developers who made this legendary handheld sing

Every now and then a product comes along that is so groundbreaking that it becomes synonymous with its function. The Hoover, Cellotape, Pritt-Stik…these names and many more like them have become so intrinsically...

Feature: The Making of Unirally

The Making of Unirally

Whoever said two wheels are better than one clearly didn’t experience this wholly unique racing title

If you consider yourself to be a true artisan then there’s nothing worse that pouring your heart and soul into creating something truly breathtaking only to then be accused of flagrant plagiarism; such an allegation robs you of the unique...

Interviews: Readers Ask Steve Wiebe

Readers Ask Steve Wiebe

The King of Kong answers your questions

You asked, and now underdog star of the 2007 documentary The King of Kong and current holder of the Donkey Kong Jr. world record Steve Wiebe has answered. Before he takes on the Donkey Kong world record yet again at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, see what Wiebe thinks about modern games, whether Donkey Kong 3 is next in line, how..

Feature: The History of the Nintendo Game & Watch

The History of the Nintendo Game & Watch

We take a look at the LCD range that sparked a portable revolution

When you look back on the history of video games it’s not uncommon to discover amusing anecdotes regarding defining moments in the industry. For example, rumour has it that Namco’s Pac-man was conceived when creator Toru Iwatani glanced at a pizza with one slice missing and...

Feature: Retro GT Clothing Interview

Retro GT Clothing Interview

We catch up with the chaps behind this awesome gaming-related clothing brand

Video gaming has spawned many iconic images over the years, so its little surprise that many brands have crossed over to feature on various items of clothing. One of our favourite clothing companies has to be UK-based Retro GT, who specalise in custom-made designs that reflect several decades of misspent youth. We caught..

Feature: The Spooky Denizens of the World of Nintendo

The Spooky Denizens of the World of Nintendo

We run down the scariest of scaries the Big N has cooked up

We here at Nintendo Life love Halloween. Despite the fact it was originally a time when the dead were believed to cause sickness to the living and damage their crops, but nowadays it's just a good excuse to gorge ourselves on delicious, delicious candy. As part of our All Hallows’ Eve celebrations, we take a trip down memory lane and..

Feature: The Making of The Wizard

The Making of The Wizard

We go behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s most misunderstood classics

The Wizard is very much a guilty pleasure. When the film was released it was panned by critics and flopped at the box office, yet many people still talk about it in hushed, almost reverent tones over fifteen years after its release. Although many critics will gladly tell you...

Features: Metroid's Metal Makeover

Metroid's Metal Makeover

How five guys blasted the series' haunting soundtrack into a whole different genre - without sucking

The trouble with covering beloved music is that it’s so easy to lose something in the translation. Successfully capturing the original work’s intent and mood is atypical; what most often happens when things go south is the heart and soul of the piece are mangled with good intentions. It’s not..

Feature: Legendary Starfy 101

Legendary Starfy 101

A little history lesson on Nintendo's adorable platforming star.

Since many gamers outside of Japan are not terribly familiar with the Densetsu no Stafi series of games, not to mention the fact that The Legendary Starfy is set to be released in North American on June 9th, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the history of the series complete with some fun facts that might surprise even..

Talking Point: Copyright and Video Games

Copyright and Video Games

What is stopping us from experiencing the entire history of video games?

Last year Taito issued Space Invaders Get Even on the WiiWare download service as well as multiple versions of the original game on the Japanese, PAL and North American Virtual Consoles. This was in celebration of the 30th annivesary of the release of Space Invaders in arcades worldwide. Similarly Namco is due to celebrate..

News: April Fool Jokes – The Dust Settles

April Fool Jokes – The Dust Settles

We select our favourite Nintendo-related pranks from the big day

April 1st is a day feared by regular inhabitants of the internet. It’s the one day of the year when you can practically ignore all amazing and outlandish news stories as rival sites attempt to out-do each other with their attempts at humour. However, putting aside the more pathetic jokes for one moment (anyone here still think the..

News: Hardware Focus - NEC SuperGrafx

Hardware Focus - NEC SuperGrafx

In 1989 the PC Engine was still selling quite well in Japan, but Sega's 16-bit Mega Drive system was beginning to pick up steam and Nintendo's Super Famicom console was looming just around the corner. Sensing this, NEC decided that they needed a true 16-bit console if they were to have any hope of continuing their success in the Japanese console wars.

The successor to the PC Engine was originally..

Movie Review: The Wizard (1989)

The Wizard (1989)

Forget all you've been told. This film kicks all kinds of ass

In a world where everyone seems to have an opinion and they’re all too happy to force it upon others, it’s worth remembering that when judging something (be it a book, film or videogame) it all depends on your connection with that particular piece of media. For example, watching a...