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Video: Catch Up on Some Glitches, Trivia and Easter Eggs for Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda

Catch Up on Some Glitches, Trivia and Easter Eggs for Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda

Some may even surprise you

As another weekend draws to a close it can be nice to catch up with some retro classics and fascinating facts. With Super Mario having its 30th Anniversary this year and The Legend of Zelda due to hit the same landmark in 2016, they seem like good topics. Once again the Did You Know Gaming? YouTube channel has been...

Feature: The Making Of Red Alarm, The Virtual Boy's Answer To Star Fox

The Making Of Red Alarm, The Virtual Boy's Answer To Star Fox

"It seemed the game had drawn a lot of attention within Nintendo"

This piece appears in full in John Szczepaniak's Untold History of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 2, and is republished in part with kind permission. This interview signifies how unpredictable journalism can be. I was sitting in the Agatsuma office interviewing Yasuo Nakajima,...

Random: The Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme Has Actual Lyrics

The Super Mario Bros. Ground Theme Has Actual Lyrics

You don't have to just hum it anymore!

Super Mario Bros. was a trailblazer for video games in numerous ways, one of which was the iconic soundtrack that backed the whole game. Particularly, the original "World 1-1" theme has passed on into legend at this point; arguably one of the most recognizable tunes in gaming and one that has been remixed...

News: Music Producer Hardwell to Perform a Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Remix at The Game Awards

Music Producer Hardwell to Perform a Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Remix at The Game Awards

"There are similarities between dance music and video games"

The Game Awards are coming up this week, and in addition to world premieres - of which we're hoping there'll be some for Nintendo fans to enjoy - there'll be the actual giving of awards and some musical performances. Prior to now both CHVRCHES and deadmau5 have been confirmed, and now we...

News: Shigesato Itoi on the Mother Series' Popularity, Denies Mother 4

Shigesato Itoi on the Mother Series' Popularity, Denies Mother 4

Apparently, making Mother 4 would be like running a marathon with no breath

The Mother series is perhaps most notable for breaking from JRPG tradition by telling a tale led by children in the modern day. The quirky humor present is an additional bonus, setting the whole experience in a rather bizarre and somewhat dry tone. At any rate, there are...

News: This Limited Edition Luigi's Mansion Game Boy Horror Has Been Reanimated For A Good Cause

This Limited Edition Luigi's Mansion Game Boy Horror Has Been Reanimated For A Good Cause

"Hello...?"

If you're a fan of collectable custom hardware and like the idea of helping a worthy cause, then you might be interested in purchasing one of ten limited edition "Game Boy Horror" handhelds from 8-Bit Evolution - the same talented people who created the fantastic Smash Bros. N64 we featured a while back. Mimicking the handhe

Video: Did You Know Gaming? Covers Golden Sun

Did You Know Gaming? Covers Golden Sun

Still waiting on part 4, Camelot

As a few of you are likely aware, Nintendo has a small JRPG franchise called Golden Sun that's actually pretty good. It's developed by Camelot, a studio that also works with Mario sports spinoffs. Though there's only three entries in Golden Sun (technically two, due to how the first two were initially one game), the...

News: 8 Bit Music Power is a New Famicom Release, Due Out 31st January

8 Bit Music Power is a New Famicom Release, Due Out 31st January

The first release in 21 years

The Famicom was a trailblazing console in many ways, virtually paving the way for a successful game industry after many thought it would fade away. Nonetheless, the console is a product of the early 80's and has since been succeeded by numerous consoles that have gone on to achieve bigger and better things. Although the...

Weirdness: Someone Has Created A Real-World HUD For Super Mario 64

Someone Has Created A Real-World HUD For Super Mario 64

Just because they can

The rebirth of Virtual Reality in the games industry is blurring the lines between the real world and fantasy, offering an immersive experience which - as time goes on - could become indistinguishable from reality. But that's not the only way that video games and real-life can mix with one another - electronics hacker James...

Video: This Is What An All-3D Version Of Chrono Trigger Could Look Like

This Is What An All-3D Version Of Chrono Trigger Could Look Like

Fan-made in Unreal Engine 4

Chrono Trigger is one of the most beloved RPGs of all time, but aside from DS and smartphone re-releases, Square Enix has been curiously reluctant to leverage the popularity of the game. The prospect of a totally remastered edition of the time-travelling fantasy epic will have most fans drooling with anticipation, and...

Book Review: The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 2

The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 2

"I hit my head against the monitor hard enough to make the screen crack"

The term "labour of love" is often bandied around in media circles, usually relating to a personally important project by an artist writer, and while it's possibly overused in some cases, it most certainly applies to John Szczepaniak's quest to chart the hitherto unseen...

Video: Hands On With The Revo K101 Plus, The Ultimate Game Boy Advance Clone

Hands On With The Revo K101 Plus, The Ultimate Game Boy Advance Clone

Clone in the dark

Veteran members of the site may recall that we reviewed the Revo K101 Plus a few months back, and found it to be an excellent means of playing old and dusty Game Boy Advance software on more recent hardware. The system has been tinkered with and improved of late, with better controls and a fancy new transparent case design - so we...

News: Nintendo Powerline Counselors On Cougars, Christmas Parties And Beating Contra With A Power Glove

Nintendo Powerline Counselors On Cougars, Christmas Parties And Beating Contra With A Power Glove

"Oh, what, Mega Man 3's out? Yeah, we don't have that one yet."

Before the internet came along and made sure that every possible hint, tip and cheat was just a Google search away, players relied on magazines and telephone lines for their gaming wisdom. In North America, Nintendo's Powerline game play counselors became almost God-like thanks to...

News: The Super Famicom is 25 Years Old

The Super Famicom is 25 Years Old

16-bit beauty

The 21st of November, 1990, was a day of commotion in parts of Japan; namely those that were around electronics shops. This was the day Nintendo launched the Super Famicom, a 16-bit system that has since found its place within gaming history and atop many's lists of greatest consoles. Only two games launched with the Super Famicom,...

News: The Man Responsible For Sega's Blast Processing Gimmick Is Sorry For Creating "That Ghastly Phrase"

The Man Responsible For Sega's Blast Processing Gimmick Is Sorry For Creating "That Ghastly Phrase"

"The next thing I knew Blast Processing was born"

Those old enough to recall the bitter 16-bit console war of the early '90s will be all too aware of how heated the battle got between Sega and Nintendo. The two firms were scrapping for domination in the burgeoning home console arena, and used every possible marketing weapon available to them to...

Video: Remembering Bubsy The Bobcat, The 16-bit Mascot Nobody Asked For

Remembering Bubsy The Bobcat, The 16-bit Mascot Nobody Asked For

"What could possibly go wrong?"

Remember Aero the Acrobat? Awesome Possum? How about Wonderdog? The 16-bit era was flooded with such me-too mascots from a wide range of publishers, largely spurred on by the incredible success of Sonic and Mario. As is the case when a single idea takes over the market, there simply wasn't enough of an audience to...

Art: If Nintendo Did Resurrect The Game Boy, We'd Want It To Look Like This

If Nintendo Did Resurrect The Game Boy, We'd Want It To Look Like This

Past and present

The Game Boy line may be effectively retired in Nintendo's eyes, but the name itself still carries a lot of weight with gamers all over the world - including German designer Florian Renner, who has put together a cool concept which resurrects the classic brand for the modern era. The Game Boy 1up is of course nothing more than a...