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Matters of Import: Cute Witches Blow Things Up in Cotton 100%

Cute Witches Blow Things Up in Cotton 100%

May contain less cotton than advertised

Märchen Adventure Cotton 100%, to give it its full and unwieldy title, first allowed us to summon magical death on baseball bat toting snowmen and boggle eyed trees back in 1994 on the Super Famicon, before finding itself ported to the PlayStation almost a decade later under the budget ‘SuperLite 1500’...

Feature: Our Nintendo Moments of 2013 - Part Two

Our Nintendo Moments of 2013 - Part Two

Tom, Dave and Lewis share their favourite 2013 memories

In the slightly delayed second part of this series, three more members of the Nintendo Life team share their favourite moments and memories from 2013. This time around we have features editor Tom Whitehead, US reviewer Dave Letcavage and news hound Lewis Childs. Tom Whitehead: 2013 has...

News: UK Champion Sami Cetin Breaks World Record Barrier On First Ever Mario Kart Track

UK Champion Sami Cetin Breaks World Record Barrier On First Ever Mario Kart Track

21 years after release, the record is pushed even further

On Christmas Day 2013 — 21 years after UK gamers received Super Mario Kart for the SNES — a great Time Trial World Record barrier was broken. The person who achieved this feat is none other than current UK Champion Sami Cetin, who is currently ranked 2nd overall Worldwide on the PAL...

Feature: Our Nintendo Moments of 2013 - Part One

Our Nintendo Moments of 2013 - Part One

Ron, Morgan and Lee share Nintendo memories

In the first of a festive two-part series, some of your humble Nintendo Life writers share their favourite Nintendo gaming memories of 2013. In this first part we have three of our U.S. reviewers and news hounds, Ron DelVillano, Morgan Sleeper and Lee Meyer. Ron DelVillano: One of the strangest...

News: Do You Want This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Themed NES? It'll Cost You A Pretty Penny

Do You Want This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Themed NES? It'll Cost You A Pretty Penny

Heroes on a NES shell, Turtle power!

Sometimes a good console modification can brighten a day. We've seen plenty such as a custom Tron Nintendo 64, a Zelda-inspired SNES and a Luigi-themed 2DS; now more recently, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle coated NES. The console features Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo on a backlit panel, with...

Weirdness: Show Your Loved One You Care This Christmas With Phantasy Star

Show Your Loved One You Care This Christmas With Phantasy Star

Tyler "Christmas Sega Kid" Esposito provides some sound advice

Tyler Esposito — the lucky scamp you saw in that heart-warming compilation of Sega-released Christmas footage — is of course all grown up now, but that doesn't mean he has lost his adoration for the Japanese video game veteran. Esposito dropped us a line to let us know about another...

Review: NES Remix (Wii U eShop)

NES Remix (Wii U eShop)

Mixing it up

During what is likely to be the final Nintendo Direct of 2013, there were a few surprise game announcements. One of these was a bit more surprising than the rest, because it was available immediately after its announcement — NES Remix. At first glance, NES Remix might just seem like a collection of NES games, but in truth it's more...

News: Designer Creates a 3D Model of Onett from EarthBound

Designer Creates a 3D Model of Onett from EarthBound

Prompts dreams of a HD game

When it comes to inspiring video game culture Nintendo is arguably top of the class, and one game — among many — that can inspire impressive levels of fan devotion is Super NES RPG EarthBound. Its release on the Virtual Console this year caused a frenzy of excitement after years of waiting, satisfying waiting retro...

News: These Refurbished Nintendo 64 Consoles Go The Extra Mile

These Refurbished Nintendo 64 Consoles Go The Extra Mile

And cost some extra coins, too

While many may be gearing up to play the latest games and systems this festive season, some may dig out some retro goodies to amuse over the Holidays. For those busting out a Nintendo 64, it may also be an occasion to bemoan its ageing looks; each year takes that new console shine further and further away. There is...

News: This Video Brings Back Festive Sega Memories of the '90s

This Video Brings Back Festive Sega Memories of the '90s

When new games dominated letters to Santa

We suspect many know what we mean when referencing "the Nintendo 64 kids", a short video that showed the excitement that a new games console could prompt on Christmas Day. Naturally a games console is for life — or at least a generation — and there are plenty of Holiday seasons when games for our...

Video: Meet The New Kings of Kong Documentary Shows Off Chien and Lemay Rivalry

Meet The New Kings of Kong Documentary Shows Off Chien and Lemay Rivalry

Extended cut of VGX video

Those that endured the VGX broadcast may have enjoyed an early segment that focused on the most recent Kong Off contest; it followed world record holder Dr. Hank Chien and body-building trash-talker Vincent Lemay. It gave a brief insight into both characters and the event itself, showing the passion of the small band of...

News: SNES Inspired 'Super World Karts GP' Adds Wii U to Funding Goal

SNES Inspired 'Super World Karts GP' Adds Wii U to Funding Goal

Mode-7 inspired kart racer adds Wii U funding goal to Kickstarter campaign

With Mario Kart 8 on the horizon, you wouldn't be judged for wiping away a lone tear when thinking of some of the many great kart games of yesteryear. But as with any retro-binge, we are sometimes faced with a terrible realisation after a race down memory lane – these...

Feature: Why I Love Import Gaming

Why I Love Import Gaming

Import gaming addict Kerry Brunskill explains the appeal of overseas gaming

I’ve been fascinated by Japanese games for as long as I can remember, going right the way back to faux-Japanese Amiga games like Leander and Apidya II. There's something appealing about Japanese game design and art which can't quite be matched by western titles, and...

Review: Putty Squad (PlayStation 4)

Putty Squad (PlayStation 4)

Killer Carrots and Crazy Cats

Back in the nineties, the eventually unreleased Amiga version of Putty Squad was praised by the press for its varied level shapes, consistent game logic, and “masterful” animation. Jump forward 15 years, and we no longer get excited by shapes (unless they’re naughty shapes and you’re a member of Reddit), or game...

Video: Learn Some Sega History in Just One Minute

Learn Some Sega History in Just One Minute

Right up to the Genesis / Mega Drive era

After the VGX shenanigans absorbed far too lengthy a period of our lives this weekend, perhaps a snappier, more to-the-point video is needed. This will work nicely, in that case, as it's a history of Sega's early days in just over a minute. While we've had plenty of opportunity to learn about Nintendo's...

Weirdness: Donkey Kong And Other NES Classics Can Now Be Played On Your Wedding Cake

Donkey Kong And Other NES Classics Can Now Be Played On Your Wedding Cake

Perfect for a gorilla-suited groom

If you've ever dreamed of smothering the face of your brand new spouse with a giant slice of virtual dirt from the game Dig Dug, now is your chance. An entertainment company out of New Jersey, USA named POSH Entertainment has figured out how to make you lose even more of your hard earned coins by getting married,...

Weirdness: Scrub Up With These Nintendo Cartridges

Scrub Up With These Nintendo Cartridges

Promotes gamer hygiene

Like professional athletes, Nintendo gamers are commonly known for generating foul odours during long and enduring marathons. It’s part of the whole experience. Whether it involved gaming with friends back in the day with a copy of GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64, or more recently playing through the latest Zelda adventure...