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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...

Weirdness: There's a Game of Thrones 8-Bit Game

There's a Game of Thrones 8-Bit Game

Watch out, HBO

For those that aren't actually aware, Game of Thrones was around long before it arrived as a big-budget behemoth on TV; the original book was called A Game of Thrones and was book one in the series titled A Song of Ice and Fire, which is still going — hats off to you, George R. R. Martin. There's no doubt that the TV series has...

Feature: Great Nintendo 64 Multiplayer Games You May Not Have Played

Great Nintendo 64 Multiplayer Games You May Not Have Played

All you need is a bunch of friends

When it comes to local multiplayer, the Nintendo 64 is undoubtedly one of the best systems around. With four controller ports built into the console, as well as a solid line-up of classic multiplayer games, it isn't surprising that the system is still being enjoyed by many people around the world – it is, after...

News: James Pond Franchise to Return With Crowdfunding Campaign

James Pond Franchise to Return With Crowdfunding Campaign

The original's creator, Chris Sorrell, is on board

Gamers of a certain age may remember the original James Pond, which graced a number of platforms including the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis; the sequel James Pond 2: Codename RoboCod has also been ported a lot, including a DS version in 2005. At its peak in the '90s the series was quite a hit in pop...

Hardware Review: Neo Geo X Gold & Mega Pack Volume 1

Neo Geo X Gold & Mega Pack Volume 1

The Rolls Royce of games consoles goes portable

Gamers of a certain age will have fond memories of the Neo Geo, even if they didn't get chance to own one all those years ago. Considering the small number of consoles sold, the system had an incredible influence and impact on the gaming scene in the early '90s. Launched at a time when the 16-bit...

Weirdness: If You Always Wanted to See Kanto From Pokémon Red and Blue in Minecraft, Here You Go

If You Always Wanted to See Kanto From Pokémon Red and Blue in Minecraft, Here You Go

Spare 10 minutes to reward hundreds of hours of effort

If we were to name a top ten, maybe even a top five, of the biggest franchises in the current gaming landscape, it's possible that both Minecraft and Pokemon would feature. Minecraft, and its ability to allow gamers to create their own worlds, has become a phenomenon, while the hype...

Weirdness: Punk Goes 8-Bit

Punk Goes 8-Bit

Chiptune's Not Dead

Ever wanted to hear some of your favorite punk-rock tunes like they’re straight out of a video game from the 1980’s? Head on over to the Punk Goes 8-Bit page on Band Camp and you can do just that. Tracks from The Offspring, Blink 182, NOFX, and more, all rebuilt with 8-bit bounce for your retro-loving ears. It’s a fun and...