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News: UK Retro Gaming Event Gathers Steam Ahead Of May Launch

UK Retro Gaming Event Gathers Steam Ahead Of May Launch

A festival of vintage gaming

If you're based in the UK and have a soft spot for the games of yesteryear then you might want to look into buying a ticket for Revival. The event — which is the successor to the popular Retro Fusion show — takes place on the weekend of May 18th / 19th at Wolverhampton Racecourse in the Midlands, and over a thousand...

News: 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience Hits DVD

100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience Hits DVD

Blu-Ray and digital launch expected this year, too

Those of you with exceptionally good powers of recollection will no doubt remember that we reported on the production of 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience last year. A love letter to the coin-op scene in Japan, the film has been completed thanks to two IndieGoGo campaigns which raised a...

Feature: Nintendo Battle - Game Watch: Super Mario Bros. 3 vs. Star Fox

Nintendo Battle - Game Watch: Super Mario Bros. 3 vs. Star Fox

The power's on the wrist

These days we take gaming portability for granted. We may kill time playing a bit of Angry Birds on our smartphones while waiting for the next bus to arrive or waiting for our dental appointment. Back in the early ’90s you could carry around a Game Boy or Atari Lynx, but neither was particularly pocket friendly. The...

News: Donkey Kong Junior Arcade Has A New World Record Holder

Donkey Kong Junior Arcade Has A New World Record Holder

1,349,000 points is the new high score

The classic arcade title Donkey Kong Junior has a new world champion after the previous record was beaten by 20,900 points Mike Kasper of Beaverton, Oregon is the man who achieved such a feat. During a live TV broadcast Kasper managed to score 1,349,000 points on an original arcade cabinet, topping the...

Review: Mega Man 4 (3DS eShop / NES)

Mega Man 4 (3DS eShop / NES)

The Blue Bomber vs The Red Menace

In 1991 the world got a fourth entry in what had quickly shaped up to be one of the NES's most popular series. This game was Mega Man 4, and expectations were high. After all, the first game laid down a solid — if static — template that resonated very well with gamers, the second game refined the formula...

Video: Luigi Defeats All Characters On Super Smash Bros. Melee By Doing Absolutely Nothing

Luigi Defeats All Characters On Super Smash Bros. Melee By Doing Absolutely Nothing

A devious tactic

When playing Super Smash Bros. Melee there are various tactics you can use to come out on top. You could pick the speedy Fox McCloud and run rings around the other players, blast people from afar as Samus, maybe pick a powerhouse character and take it to your opponent from close range. Or you could just pick Luigi and win by doing...

News: These Screens Show What NES Games Would Be Like Today

These Screens Show What NES Games Would Be Like Today

Minus the secrets and controller-hurling difficulty

This video games lark is quite young as an entertainment medium; it's decades behind film and television, while books have hundreds of years behind them. Yet in a short time we've seen extraordinary transformations in technology and also game design. It's easy to forget when playing modern games,...

News: The Konami Code Is 27 Years Old This Week

The Konami Code Is 27 Years Old This Week

Raise a glass to more than a quarter-century of cheating

The Konami Code has gone from being a developer's secret workaround to one of video gaming's most famous cheats — and it's 27-years-old this week. According to lore, the code was created by Kazuhisa Hashimoto, who was developing the home port of Gradius for the Famicom / NES. Hashimoto...

News: Hyperkin: Nintendo Hasn't Contacted Us About the RetroN 5

Hyperkin: Nintendo Hasn't Contacted Us About the RetroN 5

Flying under the legal radar

In case you hadn't noticed, we're quite excited about Hyperkin's forthcoming RetroN 5 console. It plays practically every retro format under the sun, comes with a wireless pad and connects to HD televisions via HDMI — in short, it's shaping up to be the ultimate retro gamer's system. Interestingly, Hyperkin's...

News: Mother 3 Fan Offers Nintendo Free Translation of the GBA Title

Mother 3 Fan Offers Nintendo Free Translation of the GBA Title

Nintendo's offered an olive branch, fans will help to get the whole tree

So, last week Nintendo announced that it was finally planning to release one of the most requested Virtual Console titles we've known of here at Nintendo Life; Earthbound is coming to the Wii U Virtual Console. The fact that gamer reaction after its confirmation for the...

Feature: Nintendo Life's Staff Favourites - Super NES

Nintendo Life's Staff Favourites - Super NES

Doubling the bits for Super power

We think it's safe to say that the past two generations of Nintendo home consoles — Wii and Wii U — haven't overly concerned themselves with raw graphical power; now its all about concepts and experiences. It wasn't always so, with Nintendo responding the the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis — which enjoyed a spell...

Review: Kirby's Adventure (Wii U eShop / NES)

Kirby's Adventure (Wii U eShop / NES)

Adventure time

Though Kirby made his debut a year prior on the Game Boy, it was 1993's Kirby's Adventure on the NES that cemented his appearance, his power-stealing ability, and his vast environments full of hidden secrets. Kirby's Adventure did a lot more than expand on the simple charm of Kirby's Dream Land; it earned him a place as one of...

News: World 1-2 is an Upcoming Chiptune Album With Serious Pedigree

World 1-2 is an Upcoming Chiptune Album With Serious Pedigree

Chiptune arrangers team up with famous composers

As we all know here on Nintendo Life, video game culture isn't just about playing a game and pushing buttons, but about a wider community and other ways of sharing our passion. Whether that's dressing up for expos, writing, making videos or working on music soundtracks, there's more to this hobby than...

News: Pocket Pikachu Evolves to Smartwatch Form On Pebble

Pocket Pikachu Evolves to Smartwatch Form On Pebble

Tetris, of course, is also available

Were you ever playing with your Pocket Pikachu (aka Pokémon Pikachu) in the late ‘90s and thought, “Gee, I wish I was able to wear this on my wrist?” Well honestly, you probably could’ve found some way to attach a band to the thing. But now, thanks to 21st Century technology, you can wear a digitized...

News: Woman Finds Extremely Rare NES Game At Goodwill Store

Woman Finds Extremely Rare NES Game At Goodwill Store

A diamond in the rough

File this one under "Wowzer". A woman paid $7.99 for an old NES cartridge at a Goodwill store that — as luck would have it — is one of the rarest video games of all time. Bandai's Stadium Events — which has sold for more than $40,000 USD in the past — was one of the first titles to use the Family Fun Fitness Mat...

News: Check Out This Ultimate Multi-System Games Console

Check Out This Ultimate Multi-System Games Console

Project Unity plays games from 18 formats, and not a ROM in sight

We sometimes direct your attention to hardware, often portable, that gives gamers a new way to play their old cartridges, discs or even smaller carts. While ROMs are always a sticking area, there's plenty of hardware out there designed to give fresh life to all of the physical copies...

Vote: Pick Your Favourite NES Games

Pick Your Favourite NES Games

We hadn't forgotten

A little while ago the Nintendo Life team voted for its favourite NES games, which included plenty of classics and closely-fought tied positions. Our ultimate winner was Super Mario Bros. 3, and at the end of the feature we promised that you, the community, would have the chance to vote for your own top 10 NES games. We...

News: Mega Man Soundtracks Released on U.S. Capcom Store

Mega Man Soundtracks Released on U.S. Capcom Store

If you're in Europe, tough

The Mega Man franchise is currently indulging in its 25th Anniversary celebrations with various goodies though yes, we know, no full game to date. For fans of the series, however, recent months have given a good opportunity to buy assorted trinkets to celebrate, with Capcom also gradually bringing the first six NES...

News: Confirmed: Castle of Illusion Coming to XBLA

Confirmed: Castle of Illusion Coming to XBLA

"Re-imagined from the ground up."

As we reported a week or so ago, the 16-bit classic Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is indeed getting an Xbox Live Arcade release, as confirmed by Sega today. However, this is not just a quick port, oh no. Rather, the game has been rebuilt from the ground up by Sega Studios Australia, and looks to include...