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News: Overlay Gives an Old NES Controller Some New Zelda Sleekness

Overlay Gives an Old NES Controller Some New Zelda Sleekness

Wii U isn't the only one who looks good in black and gold

Have you been hearing this strange, quiet sighing noise ever since you got your limited edition Zelda Wii U bundle? It's probably coming from your old NES controller, wistfully eyeing that totally dope, gold-emblazoned GamePad and wishing it could have been as radically awesome in its day...

News: PlayStation, This Is Very Much Your Life

PlayStation, This Is Very Much Your Life

For the players since 1995

If last week’s ‘Perfect Day’ commercial didn’t get you suitably hyped for the release of the PlayStation 4 next month, then this PlayStation Access video should do the trick. Dubbed ‘For the Players’, the poignant clip depicts almost two decades’ worth of PlayStation gaming from the perspective of a London...

Review: MediEvil (PSone)

MediEvil (PSone)

Dan, Dan, you’re decomposing, man

It can be a tough life being a PSone retro game. After all, you were fresh and modern once, but the heartlessness of time can corrode a once dashing new title into decay and disintegration. It took 100 years following a battle against an evil sorcerer called Zarok to wither and erode our hero knight, Sir Daniel...

Feature: A Supersonic History of Sonic Cartoons

A Supersonic History of Sonic Cartoons

I’m waaaaiiiiting...

For anyone growing up in the early nineties, there was one gaming rivalry that dwarfed all others – Nintendo vs SEGA. While the feud gave us classic moments such as “Genesis does what Nintendon’t” and the infamous Genesis ‘blast processing’, this gaming cold war would split playgrounds and even families over who...

News: Nintendo Wants To Close Down This Open-Source Web Version Of Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo Wants To Close Down This Open-Source Web Version Of Super Mario Bros.

"Full Screen Mario" infringes copyrights, claims Nintendo

Full Screen Mario is a recreation of the original Super Mario Bros. which runs in your web browser. It has all of the original levels and even allows you to create your own stages. It's an impressive feat of programming by a single person — college student Josh Goldberg — but Nintendo is...

Feature: Last Night A Hedgehog Saved My Life

Last Night A Hedgehog Saved My Life

Damien McFerran recalls his once ardent love for Sega's Sonic

This week sees the launch of Sonic Lost World on Wii U and 3DS. Two of the most anticipated Sonic games in years, these new instalments have been subject to the usual level of hype which seems to surround any new adventure starring Sega's popular mascot. I've been swept up in this...

Events: Nintendo Life at Play Expo 2013

Nintendo Life at Play Expo 2013

How retro can you go?

Last weekend, thousands of gamers descended upon EventCity in Manchester, UK to attend Play Expo 2013. Organised by Replay Events, the yearly expo focuses in four key areas of gaming: current gaming (now.play), retro (re.play) tournaments (pro.play) and activities for the ever-growing Cosplay scene (cos.play). Being the video...

Review: GOLF (Wii U eShop)

GOLF (Wii U eShop)

Sub-par

Before the hyper-realistic, face-deforming technology of modern Tiger Woods games was conceived in the deepest dreams of Electronic Arts (a company busy with Marble Madness at the time), there was Golf for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game wears its no-nonsense attitude on its sleeve, focusing on simulating the time-honoured sport...

Review: Tennis (Wii U eShop / NES)

Tennis (Wii U eShop / NES)

Net-net, a loss

Tennis — the NES game, not the actual sport — hails from an age when the most rudimentary of virtual simulations could be entertaining and notable simply by existing, perhaps causing a passing family member to comment on how it looks just like the real thing. Although a genuine novelty in the 80s, this dull-as-toast recreation of...

Video: Check Out WaterMelon's New SNES Title ProjectN

Check Out WaterMelon's New SNES Title ProjectN

Going underground with the developers in Germany

Indie developer WaterMelon is perhaps most famous for its Mega Drive title Pier Solar, which is coming to the Wii U eShop next year. However, the small studio is also working on a brand-new SNES title, currently referred to as ProjectN. WaterMelon has been uploading some rather amusing — not to...

Review: Densha de Go! 64 (Nintendo 64)

Densha de Go! 64 (Nintendo 64)

Lost in "trainslation"

The massive surge in the number of simulation games over the past few years has been nothing short of baffling. Years ago, Microsoft Flight Simulator was essentially the sole attraction in this specialist genre, but now it seems virtually anything can and should be turned into a simulation. Road Works Simulator, Farming...

Review: WipEout (PSone)

WipEout (PSone)

FEISARis, not Surfaris

When the magazine reviews of WipEout landed a month after its September 1995 release, Ultimate Future Games noted it had “set the benchmark for hover-racing games”, and EDGE praised it as having “the most impressive graphics yet seen on the PlayStation”. Racing games have consistently provided a technical yardstick for...

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...