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News: Speedrunner Unexpectedly Collects New Super Mario 64 World Record in Duel

Speedrunner Unexpectedly Collects New Super Mario 64 World Record in Duel

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Super Mario 64 has long been a popular game for speedrunning, and the title has had many world records attached to its name. Another has just been added, and it was rather unexpected. On 26th February two speedrunners known as Nero and Puncayshun raced to see who could collect the game's 120 power stars first. Despite saving and quitting...

News: Look On In Despair At The Hardest Super Mario World Level Ever Made

Look On In Despair At The Hardest Super Mario World Level Ever Made

Three years in the making, and breaking

The ROM hack scene can be an endlessly entertaining place. Offering up creative, fan-made content, one can never really know what to expect from the community. More often than not, fans will create more challenging levels after completing a game in a quest for additional prestige and for a true test of skills...

Feature: Say Hello To The CPS Changer, Capcom's First And Only Attempt At A Home Console

Say Hello To The CPS Changer, Capcom's First And Only Attempt At A Home Console

One of the most obscure systems ever made

Although today's gaming landscape is dominated by Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, there have been plenty of other companies which have tried - or at least considered - producing their own gaming hardware in the past few decades. Nintendo's former rival Sega and industry trailblazer Atari are perhaps the most...

News: Yes, People Are Still Making NES Games In 2015

Yes, People Are Still Making NES Games In 2015

Just because they can

The NES is one of the most iconic gaming systems of all time, but it hasn't been on Nintendo's radar - at least from a hardware perspective - for quite some time. That hasn't stopped homebrew developers from continuing to support the vintage console, and as a result 2015 will see the release of The Mad Wizard: A Candelabra...

Weirdness: Pokémon Fan Finds a Way to Trade First Generation Pocket Monsters With Himself

Pokémon Fan Finds a Way to Trade First Generation Pocket Monsters With Himself

No retro-loving friends required

Most Pokémon fans have friends, but they may not have buddies that are still rocking a Game Boy, link cable and a copy of Pokémon Red and / or Blue. After all, millions of fans have moved on to online trading and match-ups in the latest 3DS releases. If you still like to go retro, though, a 'mon fan called Pepijn...

News: Twitch Plays Pokémon Celebrates Anniversary With Return to Pokémon Red - Live!

Twitch Plays Pokémon Celebrates Anniversary With Return to Pokémon Red - Live!

Wants to catch 'em all

In early 2014 Twitch Plays Pokémon was a phenomenon, taking audience participations to new levels and attracting headlines from the mainstream media. It was a chaotic but oddly entrancing affair in which thousands of viewers would enter commands and attempt to beat Pokémon Red. It attracted tens of thousands of concurrent...

News: Finally, Street Fighter II Has Been Ported To The Nintendo Virtual Boy

Finally, Street Fighter II Has Been Ported To The Nintendo Virtual Boy

Because, why not?

Street Fighter II was massive back in the day. After launching on the SNES it would be ported to practically every other games machine on the face of the planet, including the monochrome Game Boy. One format that didn't get it was the ill-fated Virtual Boy - understandable when you consider how much of a commercial bomb it was -...

News: Nintendo Quest Scores More than $40,000 at Kickstarter's End

Nintendo Quest Scores More than $40,000 at Kickstarter's End

NES game stretch goal achieved

In a digital era of eShoppery and Virtual Consolitude, do people still want to see a documentary about hunting for old, gray NES carts on a road trip? Well, yes. Yes, they do. The Nintendo Quest Kickstarter ended this past weekend with a grand total of $40,286. The goal set by the campaign was $1,000, with the project...

Video: Guess What, Super Mario Sunshine Looks Amazing Running At 60fps

Guess What, Super Mario Sunshine Looks Amazing Running At 60fps

GameCube classic is remastered by fans

We're so used to Super Mario games running in silky-smooth 60fps these days - it's hard to imagine playing Super Mario 3D World in anything less - but 2002 GameCube title Super Mario Sunshine has always been locked at 30fps - until now, that is. Industrious hackers have modded the game so it runs at 60fps via...

Video: Watch A Bunch Of Teenagers Use The Legendary Power Glove Accessory For The First Time Ever

Watch A Bunch Of Teenagers Use The Legendary Power Glove Accessory For The First Time Ever

“I can feel the energy flowing through my veins”

The Power Glove is an iconic NES controller accessory that was originally released in 1989. For Nintendo fans, it is a love and hate relationship, helping to establish Nintendo within pop culture, paving the way for future technology, but also becoming the butt of jokes. It was most prominently...

Music: Here's The Entire Gradius III Soundtrack In NES Style, Just Because

Here's The Entire Gradius III Soundtrack In NES Style, Just Because

The remix you didn't know you needed

Gradius III was one of Konami's first releases for the SNES and took the popular shooter franchise into the 16-bit realm for the first time. As is the case with many Konami games, it featured an excellent soundtrack by Konami Kukeiha Club, the company's in-house music team. In its pure, untouched form it's a...

News: One Of The Brains Behind Tetris Explains How Their Relationship With Nintendo Began

One Of The Brains Behind Tetris Explains How Their Relationship With Nintendo Began

Russian creator also offers some sound advice

Tetris has been a staple of Nintendo gaming since it was released on the Game Boy in 1989. Since then, the tile-matching puzzle game has enjoyed unrivalled success courtesy of its timeless formula. Considered by many as the greatest game of all-time as a result of this, it is always interesting to hear...

News: Rose Colored Gaming is Working on a New Line of Portables With Diverse Emulation Options

Rose Colored Gaming is Working on a New Line of Portables With Diverse Emulation Options

It's cool if you own the original games, naturally

Rose Colored Gaming is a fairly familiar name here on Nintendo Life, with the bespoke hardware and retro goods company producing a host of desirable - and pricey - gadgets in recent years. Often its work produces stylish cartridges and hardware mods, but its now taking a leap into its own range of...

News: Weirdness: Animators Produce Bizarre Recreation of Pokemon Season One Opening

Weirdness: Animators Produce Bizarre Recreation of Pokemon Season One Opening

Watch if you love Pokémon. Or not, perhaps...

A group of 32 animators have remade the ever-famous opening to Pokemon's Season One (Indigo League), and it's definitely not what we'd typically expect of such a project. You'll notice two types of animation in the video, one being beautifully remastered scenes of the intro's original snippets, and the...

Weirdness: A Budding Little Mac Beats Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! While Blindfolded

A Budding Little Mac Beats Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! While Blindfolded

A knock out performance

You may remember late last year that Mike Tyson himself showed off his own skills at Punch-Out!! on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. While this was an entertaining moment, it served to prove that this classic NES boxing game is no pushover. You'll need to train hard to beat Iron Mike (or indeed Mr Dream!)...

Video: Listen to a Drummer Nail the Mario Underground Theme

Listen to a Drummer Nail the Mario Underground Theme

More than one way to beat World 1-2

Videogame covers are found in abundance on YouTube. You have covers with acoustic guitar, covers with Mario Paint, and even covers with just a guy singing mostly "Baah!" with the tones of an angel. One piece of the cover scene that doesn't seem to get as much attention is the drums, but we thankfully have artists...

News: Club Nintendo Goes Rewards Crazy With Final Update in North America

Club Nintendo Goes Rewards Crazy With Final Update in North America

Over 100 games and physical rewards

Club Nintendo is now into its final stretch, with members in North America having until the end of March to claim coins and the end of June to redeem their balance. Nintendo of America had promised one final huge update of content, and now that the line-up is confirmed we can say that it's certainly delivered. On...

Weirdness: There's an Awesome Super Mario Bros. World 1-1 Easter Egg in Dying Light

There's an Awesome Super Mario Bros. World 1-1 Easter Egg in Dying Light

Stomping zombies

Dying Light, an open-world title in which you take on a lot of zombies, is a recent arrival on platforms such as the PS4 and Xbox One. The critical reception to Techland's game has been relatively mixed, but it's still one of 2015's first major releases; now, an awesome Easter Egg has been spotted to show that a current-day release...

Weirdness: Super Bowl XLIX Analysis of 'Mega-Beast Mode' Recreates Marshawn Lynch as Mega Man

Super Bowl XLIX Analysis of 'Mega-Beast Mode' Recreates Marshawn Lynch as Mega Man

Running Man

Super Bowl XLIX is everywhere right now, as the US and a global audience ramps up for the showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. Improbably muscle-bound men wearing lots of gear will pummel each other over the course of many hours, and hundreds of millions will watch. There's a lot of coverage for the match, and...

Weirdness: Legendary Composer Koji Kondo Drew Inspiration From '70s Rock Bands

Legendary Composer Koji Kondo Drew Inspiration From '70s Rock Bands

Smoke on the water

It's always interesting to see the progression and evolution of music through history. Most genres start out small, but have far-reaching impact; with later entrants refining and perfecting the old sound until it is nearly flawless. As any musician could attest to, inspiration is a key factor to the formation of new music - it is...

Weirdness: Meet The Man Who Plays Super Mario World With His Nose

Meet The Man Who Plays Super Mario World With His Nose

A novel use for the humble recorder

Whenever we tried to play the recorder at school using our nose our teachers told us off. That early lesson in life didn't seem to get through to Japanese NicoNico user Wakou who can not only play music by blowing into a recorder through his nose, but also control Mario in Super Mario World. The secret to doing...

Weirdness: Hands Up If You Knew About the Super-Easy Button Combination to Resume Progress in Super Mario Bros.

Hands Up If You Knew About the Super-Easy Button Combination to Resume Progress in Super Mario Bros.

The greatest - but most obvious - mystery of our times

As a break from convention, we're going to give a behind-the-scenes glimpse into a conversation in Nintendo Life HQ between two grown men in their 30s. Player 1 - "Did you see that thread on Reddit about the Super Mario Bros. continue trick?" Player 2 - "Nope, what are you talking about?"...

News: This NES Arcade-Style Unit is a Thing of Beauty

This NES Arcade-Style Unit is a Thing of Beauty

Some games incompatible due to use Retron cartridge emulation tech

Hardware mods for retro systems are rather common, so those seeking a stylish or convenient option for playing their old NES games aren't short of options. Not many are quite as impressive as the Model G1 from Rabbit Engineering, though, which features arcade-style inputs, a...