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News: Microsoft Once Had Some Pretty Wild Ideas, Including Making Xbox Free And Buying Nintendo

Microsoft Once Had Some Pretty Wild Ideas, Including Making Xbox Free And Buying Nintendo

"Name a bad idea and it was something we had to deal with"

Back when Microsoft was looking at entering the home gaming market and working on the first Xbox console, people within the company had some pretty far out ideas - precious few of which actually came to pass, thankfully. Speaking to Gamesindustry.biz, Oddworld Inhabitants' Lorne Lanning has...

News: Pac-Man Makes a Playable Appearance in Google Maps

Pac-Man Makes a Playable Appearance in Google Maps

It's already 1st April in Japan and Australia...

April Fools' Day has begun, or at least that's how we're interpreting the latest shenanigans from Google. With 1st April rolling around in some countries, there is now playable Pac-Man embedded into Google Maps, which is certainly a fun way to waste time and get directions all at once. When you head...

News: You Can Now Create Your Very Own Game & Watch Handheld

You Can Now Create Your Very Own Game & Watch Handheld

Soldering skills required

While some believe that Nintendo's domination of the handheld market started with the Game Boy, it was in fact the Game & Watch series which really kicked things off for the Japanese firm. The brainchild of Gunpei Yokoi - the same man who created the Game Boy - these simple LCD portables sold millions during the '80s...

Video: Did You Know Gaming Delves Into the History of the NES

Did You Know Gaming Delves Into the History of the NES

Hopefully, an SNES video is in the works

For those of you out of the loop, Did You Know Gaming is a fun site dedicated to sharing obscure trivia and facts about video games, both new and old. The site also runs a YouTube channel which gets updated on a fairly frequent basis, featuring videos about particular series, companies, or consoles and...

Feature: The Best Pro Wrestling Games That the N64 Has to Offer

The Best Pro Wrestling Games That the N64 Has to Offer

We're tapping in, not out.

The thought of a modern pro wrestling game these days is often coupled with an eye-roller. They've become as iterative as most sports games released on an annual basis - such as FIFA and Madden - but certainly have far less to offer than the examples just mentioned. What we're left with is a game that's ever-so-slightly...

Weirdness: Someone's Made a Super Mario 64 HD Demo in Unity

Someone's Made a Super Mario 64 HD Demo in Unity

Hopefully Nintendo will leave it be

It's common for budding game developers to utilise Nintendo games as a source of inspiration when learning their craft; the Kyoto company is regarded by many as the finest game creator in the industry, after all. Sometimes these efforts lead to impressive imitations, albeit running the gauntlet of takedown notices...

News: Canned Shooter Dune: Ornithopter Assault Could Have Added Spice To The GBA Library

Canned Shooter Dune: Ornithopter Assault Could Have Added Spice To The GBA Library

Title was practically finished but fell foul of publisher issues

Frank Herbert's epic fantasy series Dune has inspired some amazing video games - including Dune II: Battle for Arrakis - and should have delivered another riveting experience in the shape of Game Boy Advance shooter Frank Herbert's Dune: Ornithopter Assault. Developed by Soft...

Feature: Before They Were Enemies, Sega And Nintendo Worked On One Of The Rarest Arcade Games Ever Made

Before They Were Enemies, Sega And Nintendo Worked On One Of The Rarest Arcade Games Ever Made

Taking a look at a genuine piece of gaming history

It's tempting to look back and think of Nintendo and Sega as long-standing rivals, and that was certainly the case during 8-bit and 16-bit era until the shock announcement that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games was coming to the Wii. However, this wasn't the first time the two companies had...

Weirdness: Watch A Complete Masochist Play Dark Souls With Some Donkey Konga Bongos

Watch A Complete Masochist Play Dark Souls With Some Donkey Konga Bongos

A different beat

From Software's Dark Souls is one of gaming's most rewarding - and brutal - experiences. For many, the game - as well as its forerunner Demon's Souls and sequel Dark Souls II - is hard-as-nails when played normally, but there's a small subset of completely insane players who feel it isn't quite punishing enough. Twitch and YouTube...

News: Nintendo Share Prices Continue to Climb in Response to DeNA and NX Announcements

Nintendo Share Prices Continue to Climb in Response to DeNA and NX Announcements

Victory lattes all around

In the first day of trading following the announcement of a major partnership with DeNA to - among other things - bring Nintendo IPs to smart devices, the company's share value jumped a massive 21%. This was unsurprising, as a number of investors had been demanding that Nintendo move to smart devices for some time, while...

Video: Did You Know That Gunstar Heroes Shipped With A Fruit Roll-Up?

Did You Know That Gunstar Heroes Shipped With A Fruit Roll-Up?

The Sega Channel takes a look at Treasure's first release

Gunstar Heroes is unquestionably one of the greatest games ever to grace Sega's 16-bit Mega Drive / Genesis system. It was also the first title from Treasure, a studio formed by former Konami employees that would find greater fame producing the likes of Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga and Sin...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Speedrun World Record Holder Improves His Time

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Speedrun World Record Holder Improves His Time

18 minutes and 5 seconds

Speedrunning remains a particularly fascinating part of gaming culture, with players mastering skills and finding glitches that defy the odds. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of our favourites when it comes to speedrunning, as improbable times are continually set courtesy of a skipping glitch early in the game...

News: Flashcard Company Announces Initial Support for New Nintendo 3DS

Flashcard Company Announces Initial Support for New Nintendo 3DS

Only supports firmware 9.2 and needs Ocarina of Time 3D retail copy

While flashcards ran rampant in the DS era, the 3DS generation has been protected far more vigorously by Nintendo through firmware updates. There have been numerous exploits and hacks, but users of them have often been driven offline by system updates, reducing their practicality...