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Feature: A Look At the Super Mario Kart (SNES) World Championship 2014

A Look At the Super Mario Kart (SNES) World Championship 2014

Start your engines

With the arrival of Mario Kart 8 soon this year, the franchise has come a long way; yet while plenty of gamers look ahead to what's next in the series, competitive gaming on its predecessors is still going strong. An example is the original Super Mario Kart on the Super NES, just recently released on the Wii U Virtual Console...

News: Swedish Speedrunner Breaks Record For Fastest Zelda: Majora's Mask Playthrough

Swedish Speedrunner Breaks Record For Fastest Zelda: Majora's Mask Playthrough

Because he can

Speed-runs seem like a dime a dozen these days, with new records being broken all the time. Although they seem like a fad to some, others are extremely passionate about them and spend a generous amount of time figuring out how to beat the clock. A few months back, we talked about one such individual, Cosmo Wright, whose January 2013...

News: The Videogame History Museum's GDC Nintendo Exhibit Was Full of Retro Delights

The Videogame History Museum's GDC Nintendo Exhibit Was Full of Retro Delights

The Virtual Boy even appeared

GDC (Game Developers Conference 2014) has drawn to a close, and it brought us some snippets of Nintendo news, mainly focused on the download market. Nintendo showed off various games on the way to the eShop, promised there were plenty more, and showed off Mario vs. Donkey Kong running on the Nintendo Web Framework. The...

Weirdness: Square Enix Reproduces Deadly Final Fantasy XIV Boss in 16-Bit Style

Square Enix Reproduces Deadly Final Fantasy XIV Boss in 16-Bit Style

We'd play a Super NES version any day

Final Fantasy XIV, an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) for the franchise, has had a troubled history. The first version was such a disappointment that Square Enix eventually dropped it, reproducing the game and changing up the development team that eventually released the far-improved A...

News: How One Man Is Giving Sonic Fans The Game They Want To Play

How One Man Is Giving Sonic Fans The Game They Want To Play

And he wants to do the same with Stunt Race FX next

Let's be honest here, Sonic's recent outings haven't been all that hot. Sonic Lost World on 3DS and Wii U was a crushing disappointment when you consider the level of hype it received, and most of the character's recent 3D outings have failed to recapture the brilliance of his early adventures...

News: Nintendo 64 Support Teased For A Future Hyperkin RetroN Console

Nintendo 64 Support Teased For A Future Hyperkin RetroN Console

Company teases an E3 reveal

The Hyperkin RetroN 5 is shaping up to be the most impressive "clone" system ever created; it has support for NES, Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance all in one box — but it would appear that Hyperkin is already thinking about how it can improve on this platform. Speaking...

News: Furrtek Software Engineering Revives The Game Boy Scene With Medieval Puzzler Airaki

Furrtek Software Engineering Revives The Game Boy Scene With Medieval Puzzler Airaki

25 years on, and still going strong

If you thought the best days of the Game Boy had been and gone, you’re probably right. Still, that hasn’t stopped retro-hacker and developer Furrtek Software Engineering (basically, a guy with a computer) from attempting to resurrect the gaming scene on what is arguably the most beloved Nintendo handheld of...

News: Super Mario Kart Record Holder Sami Cetin Gives Some Tips and Hits the Track in Mario Kart 8

Super Mario Kart Record Holder Sami Cetin Gives Some Tips and Hits the Track in Mario Kart 8

Niece and world champion Leyla Hasso takes him on

For the vast majority of Wii U owners, we suspect the 30th May release of Mario Kart 8 is a major event on their gaming calendars. It's a franchise that has consistently delivered success for Nintendo, with the most recent iterations uniting experienced gamers and enthusiastic newcomers in some...

News: Super Metroid is 20 Years Old Today

Super Metroid is 20 Years Old Today

One of the all time greats

Super Metroid is 20 years old today, having been released in Japan on 19th March 1994. It's a title that would go on to be one of a number of iconic, memorable experiences on the 16-bit machine, and is still revered to this day. Alternatively called Metroid 3, this title — like others in the series that would follow —...

News: Super Mario Kart Action Replay Code Discovered Which Grants Access To CPU Weapons

Super Mario Kart Action Replay Code Discovered Which Grants Access To CPU Weapons

Payback time

Super Mario Kart veterans will be aware that the CPU-controlled racers in the SNES classic don't always play fair — they've got access to exclusive weapons which aren't available to the player. We've lost count of the number of times we've seen Bowser reach for that deadly fireball and wish that we could get some of those amazing...

Weirdness: This Super Mario 64 Fan Remake is Fairly Impressive

This Super Mario 64 Fan Remake is Fairly Impressive

It's HD Mario, which was a novelty once!

Fans just can't get enough of retro Nintendo games, often recording themselves on speed-runs or producing animations, short films and music albums dedicated to various classics of years gone by. Some go a step further and decide to do their own remakes of the classics, no doubt hoping that their humble...

Video: Nintendo Minute Gets a Little Random While Wishing You a Happy St. Patrick's Day

Nintendo Minute Gets a Little Random While Wishing You a Happy St. Patrick's Day

Getting into the 'spirit', it seems

We regularly post the Nintendo Minute videos here on Nintendo Life — not always, but when they're interesting, entertaining or both. Today's video opens up a new category: 'quirky'. It's 17th March, which means it's St. Patrick's Day, in honour of the patron saint of Ireland. As many will know it's not just...

News: Twitch Claims Victory in Pokémon Crystal

Twitch Claims Victory in Pokémon Crystal

Adventure in Hoenn Begins Next Week

TwitchPlaysPokémon has spawned a massive following and fanbase. An insane amount of artwork and history have been created by thousands of dedicated fans of the series. Now, with two games under its belt, the internet phenomenon will begin its journey in Hoenn next week. The stream defeated the Elite Four and...

Weirdness: This Footage Of The Famicom Disk Writer Kiosk Is A Bit Awesome

This Footage Of The Famicom Disk Writer Kiosk Is A Bit Awesome

Bored of a game? Turn it into another one...

For gamers in the West the NES came in one basic form. There were alternative models with a tray or a top-loader, but it was a cartridge based system that fired up those famous carts over its whole generation. Some retro fans reading this are more than likely aware of the Famicom Disk System, however,...

News: Super Smash Bros. Melee Confirmed for Evo 2014

Super Smash Bros. Melee Confirmed for Evo 2014

Re-joins after a dramatic 2013 appearance

Keen fighting game fans may already have Evo 2014 in their diaries, taking place at Las Vegas Hotel & Casino between 11-13th July and all set to be streamed online to thousands of eager fans. Those that followed last year's events may also recall the controversy and happy ending over its Super Smash...

News: The Analogue Nt Is A NES Fashioned From Aircraft Grade Aluminium, And We Want It So Badly

The Analogue Nt Is A NES Fashioned From Aircraft Grade Aluminium, And We Want It So Badly

From the same guys that did the wooden Neo Geo MVS

Remember the wooden Neo Geo MVS console we showed you a while back? Well, the company behind that truly elite piece of gaming hardware — Analogue Interactive — is back with something a little more Nintendo-themed: The Analogue Nt. Essentially a NES in a sleek aluminum casing, this system will...

Weirdness: Engineer Uses Four Monitors to Display Whole Super Mario Bros. Levels

Engineer Uses Four Monitors to Display Whole Super Mario Bros. Levels

It's a me, Mario!

It's always fun when people use their skills to display a beloved video game character in an interesting way. Twitter user Morikuma_Works, who works as an engineer in Japan, has done just that with his four computer monitor display of Super Mario Bros. World 1-1. He also posted a picture of World 1-2, warp zone and all. Quite...

Feature: Games That Almost Were - A Look At Cancelled N64 Titles

Games That Almost Were - A Look At Cancelled N64 Titles

Everything not saved will be lost

The end of the millennium was a turbulent time for Nintendo – the N64 hadn’t quite turned out to be the SNES Mk.II success it’d hoped the hardware would be, the 64DD add-on got off to a cautious launch in Japan and in 2001 both the N64 and the Game Boy Color would be completely replaced with younger and more...

Matters Of Import: Wonder Project J2 Brings Masterful 2D To The N64

Wonder Project J2 Brings Masterful 2D To The N64

Making cute robots girls cry

The N64 never did get much 2D love when it was around, but games like Wonder Project J2 — as well as Treasure’s Bangai-O — show that other developers were missing a trick by ignoring the untapped potential of this side of Nintendo’s hardware. First published by Enix in 1996, Josette’s adventures on Blueland...