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News: News Site Claims That Zelda "Takes A Dim View Of Workers, People Of Colour And Women"

News Site Claims That Zelda "Takes A Dim View Of Workers, People Of Colour And Women"

Best not mention GTA, then

You might assume that time spent in the mythical land of Hyrule is unlikely to cause anybody any undue distress, but according to some, that simply isn't the case. News and entertainment site Salon.com — which has a monthly unique readership of 15 million — has controversially branded The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of...

News: Tommo Refuses to Follow SNK's Neo Geo X Termination Demand

Tommo Refuses to Follow SNK's Neo Geo X Termination Demand

Send in the lawyers

Yesterday we reported that SNK had retracted its license and demanded an end to the manufacturing and sale of the Neo Geo X, a portable version of the iconic '90s console. We rather thought that'd be the end of the matter, as the IP holder had issued a rather blunt demand — lesson learned, never underestimate the power of...

News: Neo Geo X Handheld Shut Down By SNK

Neo Geo X Handheld Shut Down By SNK

And just like that, it's gone

Not so long ago we reviewed the Neo Geo X and Mega Pack Volume 1, a potential low cost option for gamers to own a piece of portable hardware that could run games from the iconic system, ideal if a Wii Virtual Console or pricey Neo Geo system aren't handy. While it had its merits, our conclusion reflected some...

News: Meet Molotov Man, Sensible Software's Unreleased Answer To Bomberman

Meet Molotov Man, Sensible Software's Unreleased Answer To Bomberman

Little-known SNES outing is detailed in new book celebrating the UK studio

Sensible Software is a company which is perhaps more famous in the UK than the rest of the world. Founded in 1986 by Jon "Jovial Jops" Hare and Chris "Cuddly Krix" Yates, it produced titles for 8 and 16-bit computers, many of which were ported to consoles such as the Sega...

Feature: Nintendo Life Book Club - Mega Man II

Nintendo Life Book Club - Mega Man II

Who needs a new game, huh?

Due to the huge success of our first entry in the Nintendo Life Book Club (our look at the novelization of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, which you can read here), we have decided that it's a series worth continuing. Yes, it took us two solid years to reach that conclusion. Leave us alone. The point is that we're finally...

Feature: The Short Life And Untimely Death Of Robotech: Crystal Dreams

The Short Life And Untimely Death Of Robotech: Crystal Dreams

Designer and developer Doug Lanford talks about the unreleased N64 title

Some game developers are drawn towards projects because they represent a challenge, or the chance to work on fresh hardware. Others may feel attracted to contributing to the development of a particular game because of its subject matter or the concept upon which it is based...

Review: Jumping Flash! (PSone)

Jumping Flash! (PSone)

Buy it, don't Robbit

The 16-bit console wars were merciless. During the early concept stage of the PlayStation console, Sony took part in an ill-fated collaboration with Nintendo to create a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES. In September 1995, Jumping Flash! was a PSone launch title, and it's the type of game that makes you wonder what would have happened...

News: Microsoft Wants You To Know That Its Surface Tablet Can Play SNES Games

Microsoft Wants You To Know That Its Surface Tablet Can Play SNES Games

It's OUYA all over again

Emulation is a grey area at the best of times, but one thing that is a massive no-no is rival companies using the emulated titles of others to promote their own products. We've already seen the team behind the OUYA console attempt to use SNES emulators to sell their micro-console, and now Microsoft is getting in on the act...

Feature: Celebrating the 18th Anniversary of the PSone

Celebrating the 18th Anniversary of the PSone

Happy Birthday, PAL

Hip-hip-hooray, because today is the 18th anniversary of the original PlayStation console, as it was released on the 29th September 1995 in Europe, just twenty days after it was made available in North America. Therefore in the UK, at the age of eighteen, the PAL PSone can legally participate in a champagne tipple, so we raise...

Weirdness: New York Times Finally Issues a Correction for Describing the Mario Bros. as Janitors in 1988

New York Times Finally Issues a Correction for Describing the Mario Bros. as Janitors in 1988

The error was spotted in Hiroshi Yamauchi's obituary

Writers and journalists, no matter the prestige of their publication, make mistakes. Facts are incorrect or the wording may be wrong, and corrections are made. The New York Times, in an admirable sense of perspective and maintaining standards, has corrected an error from an article published 25...

News: Online Multiplayer Comes To The Super Nintendo Thanks To SNESoIP

Online Multiplayer Comes To The Super Nintendo Thanks To SNESoIP

You can't stop progress

When the SNES was released in the early '90s, the concept of online play was very much in its infancy. PC gamers had dabbled with crudely beaming data over telephones in the '80s, and despite some notable attempts to replicate this on consoles — such as X-Band and Nintendo's own Satellaview service — there was never any...

News: The Nebula of NES Games Is An Infographic Done Right

The Nebula of NES Games Is An Infographic Done Right

A galaxy of classics

Despite the best intentions of the designer, infographics can often be monumentally dull affairs. Thankfully that isn't true with Pop Chart Lab's The Nebula of NES Games, a visual representation of more than 700 Nintendo Entertainment System titles, all neatly arranged in a swirling formation. The spiral advances...

Weirdness: Watch Nearly 1000 Mario Players All At Once

Watch Nearly 1000 Mario Players All At Once

Super Mario Boy

For those that have played Super Meat Boy, which unfortunately never made it to a Nintendo system, a highlight can be the replay that follows every completed level — all of your attempts are shown at once. If you can imagine that with a Super Mario Bros. level, but with 974 players on display, then you can imagine what's coming...

News: Former Nintendo Composer Dedicates Retro Remixes to Hiroshi Yamauchi

Former Nintendo Composer Dedicates Retro Remixes to Hiroshi Yamauchi

Super Mario Land and Metroid both given special new tracks

Earlier this week former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi passed away at 85 years of age. He'd led the company from 1949 to 2002, overseeing a revolution as Nintendo became the world's leading video game console manufacturer. By leading Nintendo to such success in the industry,...

News: Surprise! Aonuma Doesn't Consider The CD-i Zelda Games To Be Canon, Either

Surprise! Aonuma Doesn't Consider The CD-i Zelda Games To Be Canon, Either

Glad we're all on the same page

Many moons ago, when CD-ROM was still a new and exciting storage medium, several companies released CD-based systems in the hope of catching a ride on the interactive entertainment roller-coaster. One of those firms was Phillips, which created the CD-i (the "i" stands for "interactive", in case you were wondering)...

News: Capcom Collaborates with Musicians on Mega Man Tribute Albums

Capcom Collaborates with Musicians on Mega Man Tribute Albums

A remix album and and all new rock tracks

This Mega Man anniversary year may have lacked a new title in the franchise — aside from a sanctioned PC fan-game — but has included plenty of memorabilia and soundtrack releases. Some examples have been rather good, such as neat little figurines, while others — such as this Rush tissue pouch in Japan...

Weirdness: If Only The Dark Knight Was a Retro Game

If Only The Dark Knight Was a Retro Game

"Wanna know how I got these scanlines?"

Just yesterday we shared the fact that there's a retro-styled Game of Thrones game, which draws inspiration from the TV show. To continue that theme we now have a video that recreates The Dark Knight as it would be in a retro game; this is a rather fun recreation of key events as they could work in a game of...