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News: Rare Nearly Took On The Nintendo Game Boy With Its Own "Playboy" Handheld

Rare Nearly Took On The Nintendo Game Boy With Its Own "Playboy" Handheld

Before they were bedfellows, Rare and Nintendo could have been rivals

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Rare's first game, Jetpac. OK, technically speaking Jetpac was created by Ultimate Play the Game — the company founded by the Stamper Brothers which eventually spawned Rare — but most fans consider the two studios to be...

News: Cute Konami Shooter Pop'n Twinbee Is Coming To The Virtual Console

Cute Konami Shooter Pop'n Twinbee Is Coming To The Virtual Console

The only question now is which one

The Australian Classification Board has revealed that Konami's Pop'n Twinbee is coming to the Virtual Console. The vertically-scrolling shooter is the sequel to the original Twinbee, and takes place in a cartoon-like world where you pilot a ship with arms. However, before you get too excited about the prospect of...

News: Meet Project NEMO, The Nintendo Killer That Never Was

Meet Project NEMO, The Nintendo Killer That Never Was

The amazing story of Hasbro's video-based games console

The history of the video game industry is filled with runaway successes, such as the NES, SNES, PlayStation and Xbox, but for every best-selling system there are just as many duds. Back in the '80s, many big companies saw how well Nintendo and Sega were doing and wanted to grab a share of the...

Weirdness: This is How Teslagrad Would Look on the Game Boy

This is How Teslagrad Would Look on the Game Boy

Kind of awesome, actually

Teslagrad is one of quite a few upcoming Wii U eShop titles that Nintendo's been happy to show off in video sizzle reels. That's not surprising, as the Rain Games project has caught the eye with attractive visuals and clever magnet-based puzzle platforming mechanics. Its attractive visuals certainly play a part in the...

Weirdness: Drink Your Troubles Away With This Nintendo Flask

Drink Your Troubles Away With This Nintendo Flask

Non alcoholic beverages are an option, of course

Retro gaming and whiskey, does it mix? One inventor on Kickstarter thought so. Matt Cornell describes himself as a passionate gamer and one who is lucky to have been raised alongside the video game industry as it has developed. Now he is repaying it with a throwback to the legends he was raised on...

News: Production Fault Pushes Hyperkin RetroN 5 Launch Into Next Year

Production Fault Pushes Hyperkin RetroN 5 Launch Into Next Year

Retro gaming powerhouse coming "first quarter, 2014"

If you're an avid retro gamer then chances are you've been saving your pennies for the Hyperkin RetroN 5, an all-in-one gaming system capable of running SNES / Super Famicom, Mega Drive / Genesis, NES / Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance cartridges. The console was due for...

News: Rare Originally Conceived Dinosaur Planet As A Racing And Adventure Crossover

Rare Originally Conceived Dinosaur Planet As A Racing And Adventure Crossover

Until Miyamoto had his say, of course

If you're familiar with Nintendo's history then you'll know that Star Fox Adventures on the GameCube actually began life as Dinosaur Planet on the N64. Created by UK studio Rare — then a first-party Nintendo developer — the game had progressed quite far before Shigeru Miyamoto decided that it would make a...

Soapbox: Zelda's Magic Creates A Link Between Generations

Zelda's Magic Creates A Link Between Generations

Damien McFerran on how Nintendo's new 3DS Zelda has created a vital bond

More than two decades ago, an excitable 12 year-old boy huddled down in front of his Super Nintendo console armed with a copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Having witnessed the critical acclaim directed towards this new action RPG the youth expectantly flicked...

News: Mega Drive: Collected Works To Include Input From Creators Of Ecco, Comix Zone And Vectorman

Mega Drive: Collected Works To Include Input From Creators Of Ecco, Comix Zone And Vectorman

US developers on-board for the definitive history of Sega's 16-bitter

We recently reported on the Kickstarter campaign for Sega Mega Drive / Genesis: Collected Works, and are happy to report that the project has already passed its initial funding goal of £30,000. However, Read-Only Memory founder Darren Wall has gotten in

Video: CNET Pays Homage To The Nintendo Game Boy

CNET Pays Homage To The Nintendo Game Boy

The legendary monochrome system gets some welcome recognition

Portable video gaming would be very different were it not for the Nintendo Game Boy. Although it was technologically outdated by the time it launched — rival systems like the Sega Game Gear and Atari Lynx offered better displays and superior processing power — it nevertheless became...

News: Full Screen Mario Web Game Closed Down Following Nintendo's Copyright Complaint

Full Screen Mario Web Game Closed Down Following Nintendo's Copyright Complaint

Popular HTML5 remake is no more

In mid-October we told you about Full Screen Mario, a free, open-source HTML5 web version of the original Super Mario Bros., the work of college student Josh Goldberg. The site attracted publicity due to its recreation of the original game, as well as a random map generator and level creator. With publicity came the...

News: Nintendo to Release Special 30th Anniversary Album of Famicom Music

Nintendo to Release Special 30th Anniversary Album of Famicom Music

And it looks to be a Japan exclusive

Amazon Japan has added a new product listing for Nintendo FAMICOM MUSIC, an upcoming music album to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Nintendo's breakthrough games system, the Famicom — or Nintendo Entertainment System as we know it in the West. Due to release on 4th December, the album is being produced...

News: SNES Generation Album Merges 16-Bit Sounds With Modern Game Music, and is Awesome

SNES Generation Album Merges 16-Bit Sounds With Modern Game Music, and is Awesome

The Wind Waker's 'Outset Island' with Link to the Past sounds, oh my...

We do like a bit of top-notch video game music here on Nintendo Life, and a new retro-infused album by Alex Roe has been serenading our ears. The album SNES Generation takes modern games and recreates their music with sounds and samples from equivalent Super NES titles, with...

News: Fangamer Announces Earthbound Charity Event

Fangamer Announces Earthbound Charity Event

Weekend marathon of the timeless RPG for a good cause

Fangamer has been hinting at something big and Earthbound-related for a while now, which should come as no surprise to those who know the company. They wear their passion for the cherished Mother series on their sleeves, so using this love to raise money seems like the perfect marriage...

News: Publisher Read-Only Memory Is Creating The Ultimate Retrospective On Sega's Mega Drive

Publisher Read-Only Memory Is Creating The Ultimate Retrospective On Sega's Mega Drive

Or the Genesis, if you're American

We recently investigated Read-Only Memory's excellent Sensible Software 1986–1999, a book which uncovers the history of one of Britain's most iconic games studios. Now, the publisher is back with another Kickstarter campaign, and this time it's Sega's legendary 16-bit console which is the main focus.

Hardware Review: Gametech Neo Fami

Gametech Neo Fami

The Famicom Clone To Rule Them All?

The concept of clone retro hardware isn't anything new — in fact, we've already covered the likes of the Retro Duo V2, RetroN 3 and SupaBoy here on Nintendo Life — but as time goes on these cheap and cheerful systems are becoming more and more desirable. Older machines are either failing as

News: Supporters Needed To Rebuild NES Hero Mega Man In Lego

Supporters Needed To Rebuild NES Hero Mega Man In Lego

From 8-bit to 8-brick

Mega Man has always been a cherished icon since his very first appearance on the NES in 1987, and now a designer by the name of Alatariel seeks to immortalise the character further with an official Lego set. Classic stages from Mega Man 2 such as Wily's Castle and Metal Man can be seen recreated on the designer's page, and...

News: Mega Man 2.5D Beta Blasts Into View With Co-Op Play

Mega Man 2.5D Beta Blasts Into View With Co-Op Play

Fan game teams up with Proto Man on PC

So, OK, time continues to pass and we still don't have a new and official Mega Man game to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the franchise. We have soundtracks, USB sticks, plushies and tissue dispensers, but no game. Such is life. Thankfully Mega Man fans often fill the void, and we've seen some fan games...