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News: The Game Boy Color is Now 16 Years Old

The Game Boy Color is Now 16 Years Old

It'll be asking to host house parties...

Nintendo's released so many systems and iconic games that anniversaries are a regular occurrence; now it's the turn of the Game Boy Color — it's 16 years old, having been released in Japan on 21st October 1998. While some attribute Nintendo's trend for focusing on innovation and content over raw power as...

Feature: The Making of Rocket: Robot on Wheels

The Making of Rocket: Robot on Wheels

How one of the N64's most criminally under-appreciated games came to be

The Nintendo 64, while simultaneously renowned and infamous for doing many things, is arguably best remembered for defining the 3D platforming genre. When Super Mario 64 released in 1996, it didn't just blow everyone’s socks off; it revolutionised home console gaming and set...

News: New Music and Voice Samples Discovered in the Donkey Kong Arcade

New Music and Voice Samples Discovered in the Donkey Kong Arcade

A few decades on, there's still more to find

The Donkey Kong arcade was a key turning point for Nintendo as a company, as it brought Shigeru Miyamoto to the fore and helped to demonstrate to Hiroshi Yamauchi and his management that the video game business could be lucrative for the company. It's so iconic that a small band of gamers still compete...

Poll: Nintendo Minute Debate - Is Super Mario World or Super Mario Bros. 3 More Influential?

Nintendo Minute Debate - Is Super Mario World or Super Mario Bros. 3 More Influential?

Well, which one?

We often like to share Nintendo Minute videos here on Nintendo Life, the series in which hosts Kit and Krysta play games and do various things to entertain big N fans. Their video this week tries something a little different, as the two hosts debate the following: Which game is more influential – Super Mario World or Super Mario...

News: Transport Yourself To The Eighties With This Totally Dope Ultimate NES Remix Cap

Transport Yourself To The Eighties With This Totally Dope Ultimate NES Remix Cap

Ships with the game when you buy from the UK online store

Ultimate NES Remix is a collection of mini-games inspired by some of Nintendo's finest 8-bit escapades and — we we're sure you're aware — hits the 3DS next month. Just in case the game's considerable retro vibe isn't strong enough for you, you can now pre-order the title from the...

News: Junichi Masuda Talks Pokémon Snap and Listening to Fans

Junichi Masuda Talks Pokémon Snap and Listening to Fans

Get your Game Freak on

In a recent interview about Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, director of the Pokémon games Junichi Masuda talked about the fans' desire to see a new Pokémon Snap game. Masuda-san was clear to point out that the N64 cult classic "wasn't originally developed by Game Freak", although it does seem that he has a certain...

Video: Your Heart Will Melt At This Sega Genesis Promo Created By A Son and His Gaming Mad Father

Your Heart Will Melt At This Sega Genesis Promo Created By A Son and His Gaming Mad Father

1991 home movie intended to convince family members to dump the NES

As you'll know if you've read the recent Console Wars, back in the early '90s Nintendo was still very much the king of the hill when it came to video games. Sega's time in the sun was yet to come, but the 16-bit Genesis (Mega Drive if you're outside of the US) was already making...

Video: Here's a Simultaneous Speedrun of Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time and GoldenEye

Here's a Simultaneous Speedrun of Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time and GoldenEye

All in under an hour

We're certainly fans of speedruns here on Nintendo Life, as few gaming pursuits push the boundaries of games and those playing them as far. Whether world records in classic Zelda games that exploit errors in coding, or flat-out runs that tackle every stage in order, there's plenty to enjoy in seeing the best of the field show...

Video: Another Neat 1-UP Trick Has Been Found in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

Another Neat 1-UP Trick Has Been Found in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

Awesome skills

The NES-era Mario platformers are still much-loved to this day, and are still tested and experimented upon by eager gamers looking for glitches and tricks. Given the limitations of the 8-bit hardware these are bountiful and are still being found; they can be rather entertaining for those of us without the skills to find them...

Video: You are Hereby Ordered To Surrender Nearly Three Hours Of Your Life To Game Boy Title Screens

You are Hereby Ordered To Surrender Nearly Three Hours Of Your Life To Game Boy Title Screens

Strangely mesmerising

Ever wondered what it would be like to sit through every single Game Boy title screen? Ponder no longer, as YouTube user NicksplosionFX has given us the chance to do just that. The video below is almost three hours (2:42:02, to be precise) of Game Boy title screens — that's every known original game for the console — and...

Video: Check Out this Adorable Tribute to the Mother Series

Check Out this Adorable Tribute to the Mother Series

That's 'Earthbound' to us

Regardless of who wrote them, fans are the ones who can really tell the story of a game better than anyone, and that statement is no truer than in this video which pays homage to the Mother series, which sadly still only exists as a single game outside of Japan. All of the peculiarity, all of the charm, and all of the...

Video: Here Are Some Fun Facts About The Mighty GameCube

Here Are Some Fun Facts About The Mighty GameCube

GCN or NGC?

The GameCube may be Nintendo's lowest-selling home console to date, but for some it's a special part of the company's history. It was the last occasion when a Nintendo system competed toe-to-toe with contemporaries in terms of raw graphical power, it brought us some absolute classics in its library, and it had a handle. Its controller...

News: You Can Now Download The Entire Banjo-Kazooie Soundtrack For Your Listening Pleasure

You Can Now Download The Entire Banjo-Kazooie Soundtrack For Your Listening Pleasure

And we mean the ENTIRE soundtrack

Rare's N64 classic Banjo-Kazooie is one of the best 3D platformers you're likely to find on any console, and its soundtrack was also pretty swell to boot. You can now download every piece of music contained in the game — that's 164 different tracks — over at composer Grant Kirkhope's Bandcamp page. It's not...

News: Ocarina of Time gets a 2D Makeover

Ocarina of Time gets a 2D Makeover

Downgradin' and relaxin'

A group of Zelda fans have decided to take the classic gameplay and graphics from A Link to the Past and apply it to what is arguably the most famous outing the the Zelda series, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The game is in the very early stages, and it’s not clear what engine the game is running on, but it’s...

Book Review: Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Bros. 2

Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Bros. 2

Subcon-text

For how unique it is compared to other games in the Mario line, it’s amazing how easily Super Mario Bros. 2 is taken at face value or glossed over entirely. Many fans are happy to share the fact that the game is actually a reskin of Japanese title Doki Doki Panic after the original Super Mario Bros. sequel was deemed too difficult...

Developer Interview: How Two Graduates From Nottingham Are Bringing Robin Hood To Life On The SNES

How Two Graduates From Nottingham Are Bringing Robin Hood To Life On The SNES

"We'd absolutely love to be able to do a cartridge release"

Indie development has never been more popular than it is now, with each of the major console makers bending over backwards to accommodate bedroom coders in the hope of finding the next Minecraft. However, while most small-scale devs favour the likes of iOS, Android, Steam and the digital...

News: Hyperkin Responds To Accusations Of Infringing On The Rights Of Emulator Creators

Hyperkin Responds To Accusations Of Infringing On The Rights Of Emulator Creators

"We have not been as quick as we could have been"

Last week, we reported on accusations that Hyperkin had infringed on the right of emulator authors with its RetroN 5 console, and at the time we gave Hyperkin the chance to put across its side of the story. We've now had an official response from Hyperkin developer Lawrence Lee: It has always been...

News: Super Mario World Speedrun Record Is Broken

Super Mario World Speedrun Record Is Broken

Beating the game in under 10 minutes is an artform

Super Mario World is a big game — so big it put other 2D platformers to shame when it launched alongside the shiny new SNES back in the early '90s. However, while many of us will have happy memories of wasting countless hours finding all those levels and secret routes, speedrunner linkdeadx2 has...

Video: These Mario Games Have More Secrets Than You May Think

These Mario Games Have More Secrets Than You May Think

And it's not even Easter

Continuing the series of discovering hidden Easter eggs in games, Did You Know Gaming has released the final part of its dissection of main series Mario games. It's always a joy to see hidden little details and secrets in video games, it shows just how much developers care about the creations that they make. Unsurprisingly,...