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  • Feature Best Game Boy Games

    Black and white brilliance

    Friday 21st April 1989 – the day that the Game Boy launched in Japan. Thirty years ago today the video gaming landscape would be forever changed as Nintendo opened up the new frontier of portable gaming to the masses. The company’s Game & Watch line let you take limited gaming experiences on-the-go, but the Game...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #23 - Snowboard Kids

    The kids were all right

    Welcome to a festive edition of Box Art Brawl, where regional box art variants battle each other for the honour of your vote. Christmas is over, New Year is approaching, so it's time to hit the slopes as the snow settles in the interim. Last week Star Wars Episode I: Racer raced itself to the podium and t'was decreed by you...

  • Feature Why You'll Never Get To Play Your Favourite Retro Game On Switch

    Companies really do want your money, but at the right price

    A few weeks ago while scrolling through Twitter, a particular video clip caught our eye. It showed Slipstream, a 1995 F1 arcade game from Capcom. Using Sega’s System 32 board, it was produced in very limited quantities for the Latin American market and never saw wide release. As you can...

  • Feature How Pirate Television Helped Sega Beat Nintendo In The UK

    "We were The Rolling Stones to Nintendo's Beatles"

    The year is 1992. In a typical British household a typical British family is huddled around the television, still unsure about what has just transpired during the ad break of their typical British soap opera. Nestled among the traditional commercials for washing powder and breakfast cereal is a...

  • Feature 30 Weird And Wonderful Peripherals From Nintendo's History

    Playing with power... and a whole lotta plastic

    Nintendo’s history as a manufacturer of playing cards and toys means the company has always been very comfortable with expanding out from with video game console under the TV into the wider world of peripheral accessories and novelties. These extra lumps of plastic and electronics that interface with...

  • Feature I Think My Game Boy Predicts The Future

    “What evil might this forbidden technology unleash?”

    The Game Boy turned 30 last month – to the shock of those of us realising we are therefore well over 30. Where did the past go? I think it went into a nook at the end of my bookshelf – at least that’s where I found my old DMG-01, the original Game Boy. Like many reading this, I’m sure,...

  • Feature The Man Who Lost Tetris

    The almost unbelievable story of Robert Maxwell

    Media tycoon Robert Maxwell’s influence on the UK and international games’ software industry is the stuff of legend. As Dan Ackmerman’s writes in The Tetris Effect, Maxwell’s part in the international battle for the rights to Tetris resulted in legal battles between his son, Kevin Maxwell,...

  • Feature Your Beloved Games Console Is Slowly But Surely Dying

    Parts failure. Power issues. Creepy-crawlies. Your system is under attack

    "Everything put together falls apart" is the kind of sage-like adage that you often hear elderly relatives offering up over the dining table in-between moaning about Brexit and discussing the weather, and is a phrase most people under the age of 30 will surely dismiss out of...

  • Feature GoldenEye Dev David Doak On Shaking (And Stirring) The FPS Genre On Console

    "All we could see were the bad things"

    You couldn’t escape it. It was here, rife and potent. It ploughed a path through conventional gaming conversations from the casuals to the parents of gamers that had to put up with the noise, the screaming and the not going to bed because if you didn’t kill John with thirty-seven remote mines stuck to the...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #22 - Star Wars Episode I: Racer

    Brawling? This is podracing!

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, the series where regional box art variants battle against one another to find out which has the highest midi-chlorian count. Last week Kirby returned to Dream Land for an Adventure on Wii and it was decided that the angry North American cover was best, with Japan coming in second and the very...