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Interview: Dan Hess on Composing the Pilotwings 64 Soundtrack

Dan Hess on Composing the Pilotwings 64 Soundtrack

Hitting the high notes

Pilotwings 64 is fondly remembered for the impressive amount of freedom that it granted gamers back in the late 90s. 'Whether it was taking in the view while flying a hang glider or navigating your gyrocopter along a meandering and treacherous river, there was a memorable moment for everyone. Yet, despite all the vibrant...

Review: Jet Force Gemini (Nintendo 64)

Jet Force Gemini (Nintendo 64)

A Rare gem?

The Nintendo 64 and Rare go together like Banjo and Kazooie. The developer was behind several of the stellar titles found on the system, many of which were some of the most original games in history. One of the most unique titles released by the UK-based developer was the 3D action-shooter Jet Force Gemini, which launched in 1999. While...

Weirdness: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is Beaten in Under 20 Minutes

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is Beaten in Under 20 Minutes

Cosmo strikes in 19 minutes 15 seconds

A little while ago we told you about Cosmo Wright, a speedrunner that was recorded explaining, in detail, how to complete Ocarina of Time in 22 minutes. As he admitted himself it wasn't an impeccable run, possibly because he was trying to describe intricate maneuvers while executing them. That run was at a...

News: SEGA Genesis Shooter, Steel Empire, to Get the 3DS eShop Remake Treatment

SEGA Genesis Shooter, Steel Empire, to Get the 3DS eShop Remake Treatment

Steampunk shooting

We may have reported this week that the publisher of Kokuga sees "difficult crossroads" for the shoot-em-'up genre in Japan, but that hasn't deterred others from flying into the market. One upcoming release is promising to bring back a side-scrolling shooter from the 16-bit era, as Japanese developers Starfish are preparing...

Review: Solomon's Key (3DS eShop / NES)

Solomon's Key (3DS eShop / NES)

You'll need the wisdom of Solomon for this one

In Solomon’s Key – an action / puzzler from Tecmo – you take command of a wizard named Dana as he searches for a magical formula that’s said to banish all evil from the world. It began life in arcades back in 1986, finding its way to NES a year later, and now it’s resurfaced on the 3DS Virtual...

Review: Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Depth incarnate

If there's one thing that you could pretty much be assured of when it came to a Koei game back in the day, it was getting a lot of depth to your gameplay experience. Not only were you generally treated to a very high production value visual experience, but the attention to detail and historical accuracy was always of high quality...

Review: Summer Carnival '92 RECCA (3DS eShop)

Summer Carnival '92 RECCA (3DS eShop)

For shoot 'em up experts only

The release of this game on the 3DS eShop is a bit of a strange occurrence. Summer Carnival '92 Recca was, as you might guess from its odd name, created for a shoot 'em up game competition held in 1992, exclusively in Japan. It was only available from those competitions, so the supply was quite limited and, as a result,...

News: Game Designers Reveal How Super Mario Bros. 3 Would Work As A Free-To-Play Mobile Title

Game Designers Reveal How Super Mario Bros. 3 Would Work As A Free-To-Play Mobile Title

It's not for the faint hearted...

Free-to-play mobile games have proven popular with casual gamers over recent years and there is seemingly no end of developers looking to create another addictive bird chucking or candy crushing title to harvest money from people's e-wallets. Many people have wondered if this free-to-play model can work for much...

Hardware Review: Wireless Super Retro 64 Controller

Wireless Super Retro 64 Controller

Out of control

With digital download services on the rise and HD remakes becoming more of a regular occurrence, the retro gaming scene is bigger than ever. Restore points and improved visuals — not to mention the off-TV play function offered by the Wii U GamePad — have done a good job of making older titles more suited to our modern...

Weirdness: Mike Tyson Plays Punch-Out!! And Takes on His Arch-Nemesis, Glass Joe

Mike Tyson Plays Punch-Out!! And Takes on His Arch-Nemesis, Glass Joe

Did he beat Glass f****** Joe?

A little while ago we brought you some retro news of huge importance that shook the foundations of the NES — Mike Tyson was rubbish at Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!. Here's what he told a charming paparazzi journo that was following him around. "I couldn't even beat Glass f****** Joe. I couldn't beat Glass Joe, you know...

News: Translated EarthBound 64 Interview Gives Insight Into Struggles of Development and Cancellation

Translated EarthBound 64 Interview Gives Insight Into Struggles of Development and Cancellation

Satoru Iwata, Shigesato Itoi and Shigeru Miyamoto pull no punches

Despite the loyal following generated by the first two games in the series, EarthBound 64 — or MOTHER 3 as it actually was — never saw the light of day. It didn't in that form, in any case, as MOTHER 3 eventually arrived on the Game Boy Advance in 2006, but only in Japan; the...

Weirdness: It's a Nintendo 64 Controller Pillow, Which Looks Rather Comfortable

It's a Nintendo 64 Controller Pillow, Which Looks Rather Comfortable

Retro resting

Most gamers will have a favourite spot from which they like to play games, whether it's a chair, bed or hanging upside down from the ceiling — that last one may just be for Batman fans. In any case some handicraft enthusiasts create their own gaming seats, with some impressive examples. One such gamer is DeviantArt user tavington,...

Review: Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (Nintendo 64)

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (Nintendo 64)

Oblivion is at hand

Acclaim Entertainment must have always had a good feeling about Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. Before the game was even released in 1997, the company announced that it was already working on a sequel. In hindsight of course, it’s easy to see why Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was such a massive success; it released at an ideal time in the...

Weirdness: Perhaps We All Need These LEGO Nintendo 64 Transformers in Our Lives

Perhaps We All Need These LEGO Nintendo 64 Transformers in Our Lives

More than meets the eye

Sometimes life is tough. Some of us have work, school, work and school, bills to pay, credit card bills to panic over and a myriad of other concerns. At least we have video games to ease the load, but there's always room for improvement; how about combining video games with LEGO and Transformers? Yes, that'll do the trick...

News: Killer Instinct's Music Gets the Cover it Deserves

Killer Instinct's Music Gets the Cover it Deserves

Supreme Victory

We often share some of the best fan content that we find, whether they're short films portraying scenes from games, memorable pieces of art or top-notch music covers. The band On Being Human brings us the latter, and last year we shared a terrific Super Metroid rock cover that seemed like the perfect alternative soundtrack to the...

News: Super Mario RPG Command System Inspired by a Laptop-Style "Children's Toy"

Super Mario RPG Command System Inspired by a Laptop-Style "Children's Toy"

Each Mario & Luigi entry strives for evolution

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team has now been released across the world on the 3DS, the latest in the popular if somewhat niche series. It's not necessarily the biggest-selling series in Nintendo's library, but it feels like one of its most valuable; it incorporates familiar characters in a Universe of its...

News: The Chrono Trigger Symphony: Volume 1 Arrives on 22nd August

The Chrono Trigger Symphony: Volume 1 Arrives on 22nd August

Blake Robinson's Synthetic Orchestra returns

You may be quite familiar with the name Blake Robinson by now, especially if you're a fan of video game music. Using software and tools that he's meticulously developed, Robinson produces orchestrations of iconic video game soundtracks that, arguably, take the source music to another level. He's produced...

Video: This Super Metroid Animation is Rather Impressive

This Super Metroid Animation is Rather Impressive

Let's all dream of a full animated series...

So, things have gone a bit quiet with the Metroid franchise. Metroid: Other M divided fans on the Wii, 3DS ambassadors received a copy of Game Boy Advance title Metroid Fusion, and the IP made an appearance in Nintendo Land. None of those have quite satisfied fans in recent years, it's safe to assume...

News: BBC Warns Of Online Gaming Addiction, Uses Image Of Someone Playing Offline Mario Kart

BBC Warns Of Online Gaming Addiction, Uses Image Of Someone Playing Offline Mario Kart

Nothing like a bit of fact-checking, right?

Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games — or MMORPGs — are pretty addictive. The allure of a constantly connected world populated by other players and challenges is often too much for some people to resist, leading to gaming sessions which last for days rather than just a few hours. According...