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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...

Random: Here's Where All the Koopalings Got Their Names

Here's Where All the Koopalings Got Their Names

Another mystery solved

The Koopalings are a colorful and varied cast of characters that add a nice layer of personality to the Super Mario series. The seven characters are all wacky in their own way and, oddly enough, they technically aren't Bowser's children. Nonetheless, they have nothing but mischief on their minds and they offer up some pretty...

Feature: Why We're Still Playing... Metroid Fusion

Why We're Still Playing... Metroid Fusion

Mitch Vogel on how this portable title improved upon its predecessor

This is a series of features focussed on games that we keep playing again and again, either over an unhealthy number of hours or those that keep getting return visits long after they first graced our systems. After the release of Super Metroid on the SNES, it seemed that the...

Feature: The Full Story Behind Star Fox 2, Nintendo's Most Famous Cancellation

The Full Story Behind Star Fox 2, Nintendo's Most Famous Cancellation

"The series was never intended to be limited to linear 3D scrolling stages"

From now until the start of the new year we're going to be republishing some of what we feel are our best features of 2015. Hopefully this will offer the chance for newer readers to catch up on content they might have missed and allow long-time fans to reacquaint...

News: Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection Pre-Orders Go Live Next Month

Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection Pre-Orders Go Live Next Month

Starting 2016 with a bang

Back in October, we delivered the happy news that Stuart "Super Famicom Guy" Brett's Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection had found a publisher and would be coming to store shelves in the near future. Bitmap Books has now revealed that pre-orders will open on January 2nd, giving you something to look forward to early in...

Video: Ghostbusters, Batman, Police Academy Toys And Nintendo - Say Hello To Christmas, 1989 Style

Ghostbusters, Batman, Police Academy Toys And Nintendo - Say Hello To Christmas, 1989 Style

iretrogamer.com's Tyler Esposito shares another home movie

1989 was a vintage year. Not only did it give the world Tim Burton's Batman and Ghostbusters II, it saw the release of the Sega Genesis and Game Boy in North America. It was also a big year for iretrogamer.com founder and occassional Nintendo Life contributor Tyler Esposito - then a...

Video: Rare Shows Off Footage of Dream, The Banjo-Kazooie Predecessor That Never Saw Release

Rare Shows Off Footage of Dream, The Banjo-Kazooie Predecessor That Never Saw Release

No, you're not dreaming

Though it's now owned by Microsoft and far removed from its days of dominance developing exclusives for SNES and Nintendo 64, Rare has a special place in the hearts of many Nintendo fans. It's an iconic studio and, as a result, its story has various facets and mysteries that remain the talk of retro gamers. One game that's...

Video: Fans List Their Favourite Star Wars Games, Nintendo Titles Feature Heavily

Fans List Their Favourite Star Wars Games, Nintendo Titles Feature Heavily

Memories from the premiere

Those of you who have been living under a rock for the past month might be shocked to learn that a new Star Wars movie has just hit cinemas. Our friends over at iretrogamer.com attended a special showing at the Alamo Drafthouse in Houston, and decided to ask some fans which Star Wars video games they held closest to their...

Video: Behind The Scenes On The GameCube Star Wars Rogue Leader Games

Behind The Scenes On The GameCube Star Wars Rogue Leader Games

Stay on target

The world is going Star Wars-mad at the moment, what with The Force Awakens hitting cinemas this week. To mark the event, Nintendo Life contributor Gonçalo Lopes has uploaded the behind-the-scenes documentaries which were included on Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader and Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike as...

News: The Retro VGS Is Reborn As The Coleco Chameleon

The Retro VGS Is Reborn As The Coleco Chameleon

Industry veteran behind the Colecovision reenters the console market

Remember the Retro VGS? It was a console that looked a lot like the Atari Jaguar and aimed to bring back the glory days of cartridge-based gaming. However, its crowdfunding campaign faltered and the project was effectively put on ice - although the team of industry veterans behind...

Random: Turok Remaster on PC Opts for a Prehistoric Look

Turok Remaster on PC Opts for a Prehistoric Look

More fog required

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter on the Nintendo 64 is an interesting title in the history of the FPS genre; it played its part, alongside much-loved contemporaries like GoldenEye 007, in pushing first-person shooters onto another level. It arrived early on the system - when its library was still tiny - and generated a lot of buzz. Modern...

Video: Your Washed-Up Parent Can't Handle Modern Games So Get Them A NES This Christmas, Says eBay

Your Washed-Up Parent Can't Handle Modern Games So Get Them A NES This Christmas, Says eBay

"THIS is a video game!"

eBay may primarily be about the buying and selling of second hand goods, but that doesn't mean the company is going to sit back and miss out on the retailing frenzy that is Christmas. With that in mind, the firm has published a commercial which focuses on how it can enliven the festive period of gamers, but in our eyes it's a...

Video: Check Out the Super Mario Bros. 3 Port That Never Was

Check Out the Super Mario Bros. 3 Port That Never Was

What could've been...

For those of you that have been playing video games for several decades, you probably remember the glory days of id Software. Beginning its work on the PC, the studio is arguably responsible for the modern shooter genre, with games such as Quake, Wolfenstein, and Doom all being products to emerge from the studio. While shooters...

Feature: Wrestling On The Cube: A Complete History

Wrestling On The Cube: A Complete History

From WWE to Ultimate Muscle, and Beyond

Ah, wrestling… one of our oldest guilty pleasures. That peculiar sport / reality show / soap opera is filled with ups and downs and this pattern is somewhat mirrored by its video game counterparts. After dusting off the trusty GameCube and taking a look at the extensive number of wrestling games of its...

Video: Take a Look at the Famicom 3D System

Take a Look at the Famicom 3D System

Surprisingly cool for the time

The 3DS has now been on the market for over four years, in that time making use of auto-stereoscopic 3D in a lot of games. After the original models suffered from a narrow viewing angle the New 3DS has delivered more stable 3D, so in this time of Nintendo's improved and solidified the technology it can be interesting...

Random: Disney Engineers Play NES Classics In Innovative Fashion

Disney Engineers Play NES Classics In Innovative Fashion

8-bit, 8-player, 8-projector madness!

Disney has always been known for its innovative flare, including within the videogame industry through its licenses and Disney Infinity titles. However, Disney Infinity is not the topic of discussion here, for the Disney Research team has revolutionised a way of revisiting NES classics in the form of...

Hardware Review: Cyber Gadget Retro Freak

Cyber Gadget Retro Freak

Freakishly good?

You should never underestimate the power of old games. When the Retro Freak was announced earlier in the year it triggered quite a stir online - a remarkable feat when you consider that the company behind it, Cyber Gadget, is a tiny and largely unknown Japanese outfit. The system's retro-gaming potential ensured that it set many...