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News: ​New NES Game "Germ Squashers" Aims to Benefit Children's Miracle Network

​New NES Game "Germ Squashers" Aims to Benefit Children's Miracle Network

Making everyone feel better

It's not every day that you see a new game release for an old console, but it does happen from time to time. Though these releases will typically launch on a modern digital storefront simultaneously with the physical cartridge, it's still a great way to make a new game as retro as it can possibly get. The next new NES...

News: Rare Wanted To Do amiibo-Style Toys During The N64 Era

Rare Wanted To Do amiibo-Style Toys During The N64 Era

Ahead of the curve

UK studio Rare has always had a habit of being ahead of the curve. The company - founded by Tim and Chris Stamper in the '80s - was one of the first western developers to work on the NES hardware, and in the '90s the firm would pioneer the use of CGI graphics in 2D games with the likes of Donkey Kong Country and Killer Instinct...

Video: Catch Up With the Super Metroid Fundraising Bonanza from Awesome Games Done Quick

Catch Up With the Super Metroid Fundraising Bonanza from Awesome Games Done Quick

Or you can browse through the whole week's videos

Earlier this week we shared the final fundraising total from 2016's Awesome Games Done Quick event, with it reaching a hugely impressive $1.2 million. In that post we mentioned that the "Save or Kill the Animals" Super Metroid vote had raised $311,603.16 all on its own, so we thought it'd be worth...

News: Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Believes Virtual Boy "Hurt" the VR Industry, But It's Not All Bad

Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Believes Virtual Boy "Hurt" the VR Industry, But It's Not All Bad

"Not really a VR device, IMO"

The Virtual Boy is well known among keen Nintendo followers - it was a quirky device that flopped commercially and, for quite some time, was effectively ignored by Nintendo. It was also a major early dalliance with 3D technology from the company, though the name and form factor makes some consider it to be a virtual...

Live: Sit Back and Enjoy the Awesome Games Done Quick Finale, Including Super Metroid and Final Fantasy IV

Sit Back and Enjoy the Awesome Games Done Quick Finale, Including Super Metroid and Final Fantasy IV

Will you Save or Kill the Animals?

Awesome Games Done Quick is about to wrap up for another year, hoping to gain momentum in its final hours to take its fundraising total past one million dollars. If past years are anything to go by the odds are decent, especially with the iconic final playthrough of Super Metroid being one of the event's most...

Weirdness: Conceptual Artist Attempts Tetris World Record as a Metaphor of Capitalism

Conceptual Artist Attempts Tetris World Record as a Metaphor of Capitalism

"Eventually they fall so fast that you can’t keep up and you die"

Conceptual and performance artists find meaning - or try to - in the unlikeliest of places, often taking mundane or obsessive aspects of life and applying an artistic different vision. One artist doing this is Rutherford Chang, who's based in New York and has previous works that...

Ninterview: Retro Video Gaming's Heidi stopXwhispering On Building The Ultimate Game Room

Retro Video Gaming's Heidi stopXwhispering On Building The Ultimate Game Room

"Retro games are filled with 'spelglädje' for me!"

Nintendo Life: Can you tell us a little about yourself? Heidi stopXwhispering: My name is Heidi, I was born in 1984 and I'm from Sweden. I grew up in Sweden, but lived abroad during my college years - in the UK, Germany and Japan. Now I'm back in Sweden. When did you get into gaming? I always...

Random: Wall Mounting Old Games Has Never Been Better

Wall Mounting Old Games Has Never Been Better

Kickstarter project aims to give you a reason to dust off those cartridges

There's nothing quite like the sensation of looking at a fully stocked wall or shelf of games and remembering the experiences had with each one. However, most gamers that have been playing games for several years will likely have amassed quite a pile over time, but who...

News: Let's Debunk Some Of Pokémon's Biggest Myths Ahead Of This Year's Virtual Console Resurrection

Let's Debunk Some Of Pokémon's Biggest Myths Ahead Of This Year's Virtual Console Resurrection

No, you can't capture Pikablu

Nintendo is finally launching the first-gen Pokémon games on the 3DS Virtual Console, and this event has gotten the peeps over at Red Bull thinking about all of the classic myths which grew up around the games back in the late '90s - before the internet came along and made it easy to debunk such nonsense. No, you...

News: ​Masato Maegawa Talks Shoot 'em Up Designs and Sin and Punishment

​Masato Maegawa Talks Shoot 'em Up Designs and Sin and Punishment

A blast from the past

The shoot 'em up genre is one that's seemingly been around for nearly as long as video games have. While they do certainly have a limited appeal, these types of games offer up what could certainly be argued as the purest arcade experiences, with lightning fast reflexes and pattern recognition being absolute musts. Treasure is...

News: Eiji Aonuma's First Game Recieves A Fresh English Language Patch

Eiji Aonuma's First Game Recieves A Fresh English Language Patch

It's time to revisit Another Treasure Island

Back in late 1996, with the Nintendo 64 fresh on Japanese store shelves and Super Mario 64 thrilling gamers, Nintendo pushed out a unique title on the aging Super Famicom called Marvelous: Mouhitotsu no Takarajima, which translates as Marvelous: Another Treasure Island. Notable for being the design debut...

Video: See What it's Like to Play Super Metroid on its Side

See What it's Like to Play Super Metroid on its Side

What will they think of next?

As one of the standout games in its genre, Super Metroid has been played and beaten countless times by fans throughout the years. It's a particular favorite due to how it's very friendly to speedrunners and sequence breakers, who discover new ways to get around obstacles and barriers that should technically be...

Video: Catch Up With the Early Nintendo Goodness from Awesome Games Done Quick

Catch Up With the Early Nintendo Goodness from Awesome Games Done Quick

Splatoon, Diddy Kong Racing, Super Mario 64 and more

During the Holidays we pointed your attention to Awesome Games Done Quick 2016, which will be live all week to raise huge sums of money for charity. It achieves admirable results every year, in addition to showing off impressive speedruns and gameplay from skilful and passionate gamers; naturally,...

Video: Hudson's Abandoned R&D Lab Still Has Its Miniature Train Track In Place

Hudson's Abandoned R&D Lab Still Has Its Miniature Train Track In Place

All aboard the depression train

Those of you who have been gaming since the 8-bit era will no doubt be very familiar with the name Hudson Soft. A prolific developer during the Famicom / NES, PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 and Super Famicom / SNES eras, the firm was responsible for titles such as Bomberman, Adventure Island, Bonk, Star Soldier and many...

Weirdness: Gamer Keeps Super Famicom On For 20 Years To Preserve Umihara Kawase Save Data

Gamer Keeps Super Famicom On For 20 Years To Preserve Umihara Kawase Save Data

That's over 180,000 hours

Back in the days when cartridges used batteries to store save data, your precious save files would only remain in existence as long as the battery itself had juice - when the power ran out, the data was lost forever. Collectors of retro games will know this fact all too well; many RPGs from the '80s and '90s are now...