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Video: If You Want to Beat The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening in Less Than Six Minutes, This'll Help

If You Want to Beat The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening in Less Than Six Minutes, This'll Help

Spoilers... obviously

Speedrunning remains as one of the most fun yet niche areas of gaming, with highly skilled enthusiasts achieving amazing things in classic titles, mostly of the retro variety. They can be great to watch, though it's also pleasing to be shown how it works on occasion, too. The hugely popular A+Start channel has been running a...

News: HyperPlay RPG Is A Glorious Throwback To The Pre-Internet Days Of Homemade Fanzines

HyperPlay RPG Is A Glorious Throwback To The Pre-Internet Days Of Homemade Fanzines

We go hands-on with issue zero

If you're old enough to remember the days before the internet took over everything then you may recall the vibrant and active video game fanzine community. Before the web arrived the only way for non-professional writers to get their words in front of others was by making black-and-white photocopied magazines and...

News: ​Super Famicom Exclusive The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes Gets Translated

​Super Famicom Exclusive The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes Gets Translated

Our 16-bit Spider Sense is tingling!

The Super Nintendo was home to several Spidey games, some better than others. Some of the best offerings came from LJN (yes, that LJN…), with Maximum Carnage and Separation Anxiety among the most notable. There was one however that never made it out of Japan, and as luck would have it, it's a rather good one...

News: The Retro VGS Wants To Revive The Glory Days Of Cartridge-Based Home Consoles

The Retro VGS Wants To Revive The Glory Days Of Cartridge-Based Home Consoles

Up for funding on Indiegogo now

Remember the good old days of video games coming on cartridges? We're not talking about 3DS cards, either - we mean the big, chunky carts which NES, Mega Drive and SNES games shipped on. These lumps of plastic defined an industry for years, and they could be making a comeback if a new crowdfunding campaign is...

News: Sega Almost Licensed The Technology That Went Into The Virtual Boy

Sega Almost Licensed The Technology That Went Into The Virtual Boy

"I think we were right in turning it down"

Former Sega of America boss Tom Kalinske was in charge of the company during its glory years, and it was under his leadership that it was able to challenge the might of Nintendo during the early '90s. Full of interesting stories and anecdotes, Kalinske's story has been told in Blake J. Harris' excellent...

News: Decade-Old Japanese Shigeru Miyamoto Interview Shows How Super Mario Bros. Helped Save the NES

Decade-Old Japanese Shigeru Miyamoto Interview Shows How Super Mario Bros. Helped Save the NES

Miyamoto-san also shared his love of Bluegrass music

In the past month a lot of focus has been on the 30th Anniversary for Super Mario, a major landmark joined by the release of Super Mario Maker on Wii U. There have been plenty of interviews and events, but it can be interesting to look back at previous anniversaries to see what was different or,...

Book Review: The Unofficial Game & Watch Collector's Guide

The Unofficial Game & Watch Collector's Guide

LCD legacy

Game & Watch was Nintendo's first foray into the world of portable electronic gaming. These small, pocket-sized devices used LCD screens to create crude but surprisingly playable games, perfect for passing the time on the way to and from work (in fact, creator Gunpei Yokoi even stated that he was inspired to create the range after...

Weirdness: Japanese Company Wants To Bring NES Games To Smartphones Via A Tiny Cartridge

Japanese Company Wants To Bring NES Games To Smartphones Via A Tiny Cartridge

Small device plugs into into your headphone socket

Modern gaming is becoming increasingly focused on digital distribution, with publishers making use of online stores such as the Wii U and 3DS eShops to deliver games directly to consumers without having to produce physical media. With rumours that Nintendo's next console could abandon physical...

News: Donkey Kong Country Almost Had A Zelda-Like Key System

Donkey Kong Country Almost Had A Zelda-Like Key System

"Is this too Zelda(ish)?"

Retro fans will be pleased to know that Rare's Gregg Mayles has continued uploading behind-the-scenes info relating to Donkey Kong Country. After revealing that Shigeru Miyamoto was the one behind DK's tie, Mayles has offered up some more concept material, including a hand-written document which shows that at one point, the...

Feature: The Wild And Wacky World Of WarioWare

The Wild And Wacky World Of WarioWare

Minigame madness

Being an arch-rival to the iconic red-and-blue plumber and hunting for treasure on the side all have their perks, but what better way to get rich quick than to develop video games? Ever since he dropped the yellow overalls and snagged the stylish biker gear, Wario's name was cemented as the immature, garlic-chomping greedy pig who...

Mario Memories: How The Super Mario Bros. 2 Instruction Manual Influenced Me Artistically

How The Super Mario Bros. 2 Instruction Manual Influenced Me Artistically

Returning to Subcon after 25 years

In this series of articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. This time we have reviewer and guide extraordinaire Dave Letcavage. I'm not sure of my exact age at the time,...

Mario Memories: Getting Creative With Mario Paint

Getting Creative With Mario Paint

"And then... We clicked on the coffee mug icon..."

In this series of articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. This time we have our wannabe hipster reviewer Jose Acosta. When I think of Mario Paint the...

Weirdness: Mario Infiltrates Sonic's First Adventure In Somari The Adventurer

Mario Infiltrates Sonic's First Adventure In Somari The Adventurer

Hack the planet

Mario and Sonic may be on friendlier terms these days, but once upon a time they were bitter enemies, and the notion of them sharing a game was as unlikely as a Smiths reunion. Still, you can now rewind time and imagine just what it could have been like had Mario decided to hop, skip and jump out of the Mushroom Kingdom and...

Mario Memories: The Incredible Impact of Super Mario 64

The Incredible Impact of Super Mario 64

"I remember my mouth literally hanging open"

In this series of articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. This time we have our super vegan rocker reviewer Jonathan Bee. I remember very clearly going to...

Video: Watch Miyamoto And Tezuka Pick Apart The Iconic Opening Level Of Super Mario Bros.

Watch Miyamoto And Tezuka Pick Apart The Iconic Opening Level Of Super Mario Bros.

World 1-1 walkthrough by the guys who made it happen

As you may well have seen, Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka recently visited the UK and were kind enough to spend some time not only with us, but also with our friends over at Eurogamer. While we decided to have a good old-fashioned music session with the two legends, Eurogamer spent its time...

Retro: Float Back In Time With This Gallery Of Nostalgic NES Packaging

Float Back In Time With This Gallery Of Nostalgic NES Packaging

Cardboard cool

Old-school game packaging was pretty incredible. Sure, some 8-bit releases have terrible box art and were clearly designed in the space of a single evening, but there's a charm to their rough and ready nature - they hark back to a more primitive, innocent age. Engadget's Sean Buckley knows this all too well, and has kindly posted a...

News: Quest Forge: By Order Of Kings Mixes Zelda And Secret Of Mana, But You'll Need A NES To Play It

Quest Forge: By Order Of Kings Mixes Zelda And Secret Of Mana, But You'll Need A NES To Play It

A brand new old RPG

Homebrew developer Ludocity has just released a new RPG, but there's a catch - you'll have to take a trip up to the loft and dust off your old NES in order to play it. Quest Forge: By Order Of Kings is a top-down role-player which, according to the developer, combines elements of The Legend of Zelda and Secret of Mana. The game...

Mario Memories: The Summer of Super Mario

The Summer of Super Mario

"Super Mario 64 is the game that defined my love of the series"

In this series of articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. This time we have our dashing reviewer Steve Bowling. Back in June of 1996, there...

Mario Memories: Mastering Super Mario World Across the Years

Mastering Super Mario World Across the Years

"We never got tired of Super Mario World, we only got better"

In this series of articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. This time we have our reviewer, contributor and all-round swell guy Ron DelVillano...