Retro Interviews

Ninterview: The Wizard's Luke Edwards

The Wizard's Luke Edwards

A Nintendo icon talks exclusively about starring in the cult classic

Although critics will tell you that The Wizard was little more than a brazen Nintendo advertisement masquerading as a movie and box office statistics will suggest it was a dismal commercial failure, there are legions of devoted fans that will argue just as passionately that it's a...

Feature: The Making of TOTAL! Magazine

The Making of TOTAL! Magazine

Steve Jarratt and Andy Dyer spill the beans on the production of one of the UK's most endearing Nintendo publications

It’s hard to believe it now, but back in the early ‘90s Nintendo was not the dominant force on UK shores. That accolade went to Sega, whose 8-bit Master System and 16-bit Mega Drive were the driving force behind the console revolution in that region of the world. However, with..

Interview: Star Odyssey and The Challenge of Bringing Dead Games Back to Life

Star Odyssey and The Challenge of Bringing Dead Games Back to Life

We speak to Super Fighter Team's Brandon Cobb about its latest retro resurrection project

If you're the kind of person that appreciates vintage gaming then chances are you're already familiar with Super Fighter Team. Formed in San Diego, California with the express intention of giving long-forgotten games a new lease of commercial life, the group has already successfully localised and published a..

Feature: Gaming Thoughts of a Self-Confessed Tattooligan

Gaming Thoughts of a Self-Confessed Tattooligan

We talk to UK comedian and walking canvas Jim Smallman about his gaming heritage and why Nintendo will always have a special place in his heart

While most gamers show their love and appreciation for their hobby by tirelessly buying up software, hardware and official merchandise, there are a select few who decide to take their adoration a step further. One such individual is UK-based comedian Jim..

Interviews: Scroll's Ray Barnholt Talks SNES and New-Age Fanzines

Scroll's Ray Barnholt Talks SNES and New-Age Fanzines

Former 1UP staffer fills us in on what he's up to now

The humble fanzine harks back to an era when the net didn't exist and the most bits you could possibly hope for from a games console was 16. It's hard to appreciate this now, but back then these crude pen-and-paper creations were the ancestors of sites like the one you're reading right now; unofficial, unhindered by overbearing publishers and..

Interviews: Doctor Kong Director Alexis Neophytides

Doctor Kong Director Alexis Neophytides

We catch up with Alexis and Hank at the film's Brooklyn premiere

The saga over high scores in Donkey Kong is no longer a tale of two dudes. While most of us came to know the world of modern day Donkey Kongers through the epic rivalry between Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchelll, it wasn't long before a third player emerged out of left field. Hank Chien, a plastic surgeon from New York, shattered both of..

Interviews: Catching Up with Steve Wiebe

Catching Up with Steve Wiebe

The former champ ain't no chump

Not since a certain famous gorilla and plumber-to-be squared off for the coveted Pauline has there been a rivalry like that of the Kings of Kong. The film The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters brought to public attention the fight for dominance between family man Steve Wiebe and Goliath-like hot saucier Billy Mitchell, and since then New York plastic surgeon Dr..

Interviews: Dr. Hank Chien, the Current King of Kong

Dr. Hank Chien, the Current King of Kong

Doctor Kong tells all

We recently live blogged former King of Kong Steve Wiebe's attempt to take back the Donkey Kong record, but before last March, we weren't even aware that a new champ was out there. We recently sat down with the New York plastic surgeon to get his thoughts on his rise to fame, competitive playing and more as well as get some...

Interview: Geek Prints - Retro Video Game Clothing

Geek Prints - Retro Video Game Clothing

Being a nerd has never looked so fashionable

There are many ways to show your appreciation for gaming's illustrious past. One is obviously re-living classic titles via Nintendo's popular Virtual Console service, while another is seeking out original hardware and software for that authentic experience. However, here at Nintendo Life HQ we've been advertising our love of this noble hobby in a..

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..

News: Optimus Prime Talks About Being the First Voice of Mario

Optimus Prime Talks About Being the First Voice of Mario

Peter Cullen reminisces about lending his vocal talents to the world's most famous plumber

Legendary voice actor Peter Cullen - who has recently lent his talents to Activision's upcoming Transformers title War for Cybertron (also known as the slightly less threatening Cybertron Adventures on Wii) was interviewed by Wired.com the other day and revealed some interesting insights into providing..

News: Ask Steve Wiebe

Ask Steve Wiebe

Here's your chance to pose a question to the King of Kong

Steve Wiebe, underdog star of the 2007 documentary The King of Kong and current holder of the Donkey Kong Jr. world record, has answers for you. You've got questions for him. Now's your chance to get those answers. All this week we want to know what you want to know about the world of Steve Wiebe, and then we'll query Steve himself for 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..

News: Retro Game Challenge Needs to Sell 100,000 Copies to Justify Localizing Sequel

Retro Game Challenge Needs to Sell 100,000 Copies to Justify Localizing Sequel

The guys at XSEED set the record straight regarding Retro Game Challenge 2.

To say that the original Retro Game Challenge has a loyal following might be the understatement of the year, but unfortunately that following isn't quite large enough to justify XSEED localizing its sequel Retro Game Challenge 2. Of course this hasn't stopped the flood of fan emails to the company begging and pleading for..

News: Interview with Brian Fehdrau - Secret of Evermore

Interview with Brian Fehdrau - Secret of Evermore

We recently got a chance to talk with the lead programmer of Secret of Evermore and found out some very interesting information regarding the development of this unique Super Nintendo RPG title.

Brian Fehdrau was the lead programmer on the Squaresoft USA team that developed the Super Nintendo rpg hit Secret of Evermore. We were recently able to...

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