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Feature: Great Nintendo 64 Multiplayer Games You May Not Have Played

Great Nintendo 64 Multiplayer Games You May Not Have Played

All you need is a bunch of friends

When it comes to local multiplayer, the Nintendo 64 is undoubtedly one of the best systems around. With four controller ports built into the console, as well as a solid line-up of classic multiplayer games, it isn't surprising that the system is still being enjoyed by many people around the world – it is, after...

News: James Pond Franchise to Return With Crowdfunding Campaign

James Pond Franchise to Return With Crowdfunding Campaign

The original's creator, Chris Sorrell, is on board

Gamers of a certain age may remember the original James Pond, which graced a number of platforms including the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis; the sequel James Pond 2: Codename RoboCod has also been ported a lot, including a DS version in 2005. At its peak in the '90s the series was quite a hit in pop...

Hardware Review: Neo Geo X Gold & Mega Pack Volume 1

Neo Geo X Gold & Mega Pack Volume 1

The Rolls Royce of games consoles goes portable

Gamers of a certain age will have fond memories of the Neo Geo, even if they didn't get chance to own one all those years ago. Considering the small number of consoles sold, the system had an incredible influence and impact on the gaming scene in the early '90s. Launched at a time when the 16-bit...

Weirdness: If You Always Wanted to See Kanto From Pokémon Red and Blue in Minecraft, Here You Go

If You Always Wanted to See Kanto From Pokémon Red and Blue in Minecraft, Here You Go

Spare 10 minutes to reward hundreds of hours of effort

If we were to name a top ten, maybe even a top five, of the biggest franchises in the current gaming landscape, it's possible that both Minecraft and Pokemon would feature. Minecraft, and its ability to allow gamers to create their own worlds, has become a phenomenon, while the hype...

Weirdness: Punk Goes 8-Bit

Punk Goes 8-Bit

Chiptune's Not Dead

Ever wanted to hear some of your favorite punk-rock tunes like they’re straight out of a video game from the 1980’s? Head on over to the Punk Goes 8-Bit page on Band Camp and you can do just that. Tracks from The Offspring, Blink 182, NOFX, and more, all rebuilt with 8-bit bounce for your retro-loving ears. It’s a fun and...

Interview: Exploring The Centre for Computing History - Cambridge

Exploring The Centre for Computing History - Cambridge

Taking a trip down memory lane

One of Cambridge’s best kept secrets is The Centre for Computing History, a museum dedicated to preserving the history of home computers and video game consoles from all eras. Located on a quiet industrial estate only a few miles outside of the historic city centre in East Anglia, England, the museum is not one you...

News: Super Castlevania IV Is Whipping The Japanese Wii U Virtual Console Next Week

Super Castlevania IV Is Whipping The Japanese Wii U Virtual Console Next Week

A 16-bit classic to get your teeth into

Japanese Wii U owners will be able to enjoy what is arguably Simon Belmont's best adventure next week as Super Castlevania IV (or Akumajō Dracula as it's known over there) hits the Virtual Console in that region. The first 16-bit outing for Konami's esteemed vampire-hunting series, Super Castlevania IV was...

Review: Chrono Trigger Symphony: Volume 1 by The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra

Chrono Trigger Symphony: Volume 1 by The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra

A timeless classic

Chrono Trigger is rightly remembered for being one of the best games to ever grace the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Even now, players around the world come back to it over and over again – no doubt partly thanks to both the recent Nintendo DS and iOS ports. But if there’s one element of Chrono Trigger that’s truly...

Video: Street Fighter Fans, This 25th Anniversary Documentary Is For You

Street Fighter Fans, This 25th Anniversary Documentary Is For You

Get some snacks and a drink

As we've seen with Nintendo in recent years, plenty of major publishers are celebrating major anniversaries that go back to the 8 and 16-bit eras. Capcom is included in this, and has celebrated Mega Man by releasing a load of merchandise and by being upstaged by Keiji Inafune — the latter clearly wasn't part of any...

Hardware Review: N64 Hori Mini Pad

N64 Hori Mini Pad

Better get this controller in a Hori

The original Nintendo 64 controller proved to be quite divisive as far as gamepads are concerned. With its peculiar three-pronged design – which was partly borne out of Nintendo’s fear that 3D gaming might not take off – camera buttons and novel Z-trigger, the controller was the perfect tool for fully...

News: Nintendo Has "Nothing To Announce" Regarding Mother 3 Localisation

Nintendo Has "Nothing To Announce" Regarding Mother 3 Localisation

Earthbound Wii U release won't pave the way for future ports

Earthbound coming to the Wii U Virtual Console was quite an event — fans had been asking for the game since the days of the original Wii. Given the tremendous exposure surrounding the launch of the game, you might assume that Nintendo would want to explore the possibly of bringing other...

Weirdness: If You Always Wanted a Gold DuckTales NES Cartridge, Now's Your Chance

If You Always Wanted a Gold DuckTales NES Cartridge, Now's Your Chance

Sing or draw to win, it's up to you

DuckTales: Remastered is now gracing the Wii U eShop, giving the NES classic a HD makeover and the odd extra feature. Capcom isn't quite finished promoting the multi-platform release — mainly due to the fact it's yet to arrive on the Xbox 360 — so has launched a rather intriguing contest for eager collectors...

Interview: Dan Hess on Composing the Pilotwings 64 Soundtrack

Dan Hess on Composing the Pilotwings 64 Soundtrack

Hitting the high notes

Pilotwings 64 is fondly remembered for the impressive amount of freedom that it granted gamers back in the late 90s. 'Whether it was taking in the view while flying a hang glider or navigating your gyrocopter along a meandering and treacherous river, there was a memorable moment for everyone. Yet, despite all the vibrant...

Weirdness: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is Beaten in Under 20 Minutes

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is Beaten in Under 20 Minutes

Cosmo strikes in 19 minutes 15 seconds

A little while ago we told you about Cosmo Wright, a speedrunner that was recorded explaining, in detail, how to complete Ocarina of Time in 22 minutes. As he admitted himself it wasn't an impeccable run, possibly because he was trying to describe intricate maneuvers while executing them. That run was at a...

News: SEGA Genesis Shooter, Steel Empire, to Get the 3DS eShop Remake Treatment

SEGA Genesis Shooter, Steel Empire, to Get the 3DS eShop Remake Treatment

Steampunk shooting

We may have reported this week that the publisher of Kokuga sees "difficult crossroads" for the shoot-em-'up genre in Japan, but that hasn't deterred others from flying into the market. One upcoming release is promising to bring back a side-scrolling shooter from the 16-bit era, as Japanese developers Starfish are preparing...

News: Game Designers Reveal How Super Mario Bros. 3 Would Work As A Free-To-Play Mobile Title

Game Designers Reveal How Super Mario Bros. 3 Would Work As A Free-To-Play Mobile Title

It's not for the faint hearted...

Free-to-play mobile games have proven popular with casual gamers over recent years and there is seemingly no end of developers looking to create another addictive bird chucking or candy crushing title to harvest money from people's e-wallets. Many people have wondered if this free-to-play model can work for much...

Hardware Review: Wireless Super Retro 64 Controller

Wireless Super Retro 64 Controller

Out of control

With digital download services on the rise and HD remakes becoming more of a regular occurrence, the retro gaming scene is bigger than ever. Restore points and improved visuals — not to mention the off-TV play function offered by the Wii U GamePad — have done a good job of making older titles more suited to our modern...

Weirdness: Mike Tyson Plays Punch-Out!! And Takes on His Arch-Nemesis, Glass Joe

Mike Tyson Plays Punch-Out!! And Takes on His Arch-Nemesis, Glass Joe

Did he beat Glass f****** Joe?

A little while ago we brought you some retro news of huge importance that shook the foundations of the NES — Mike Tyson was rubbish at Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!. Here's what he told a charming paparazzi journo that was following him around. "I couldn't even beat Glass f****** Joe. I couldn't beat Glass Joe, you know...

News: Translated EarthBound 64 Interview Gives Insight Into Struggles of Development and Cancellation

Translated EarthBound 64 Interview Gives Insight Into Struggles of Development and Cancellation

Satoru Iwata, Shigesato Itoi and Shigeru Miyamoto pull no punches

Despite the loyal following generated by the first two games in the series, EarthBound 64 — or MOTHER 3 as it actually was — never saw the light of day. It didn't in that form, in any case, as MOTHER 3 eventually arrived on the Game Boy Advance in 2006, but only in Japan; the...

Weirdness: It's a Nintendo 64 Controller Pillow, Which Looks Rather Comfortable

It's a Nintendo 64 Controller Pillow, Which Looks Rather Comfortable

Retro resting

Most gamers will have a favourite spot from which they like to play games, whether it's a chair, bed or hanging upside down from the ceiling — that last one may just be for Batman fans. In any case some handicraft enthusiasts create their own gaming seats, with some impressive examples. One such gamer is DeviantArt user tavington,...

Weirdness: Perhaps We All Need These LEGO Nintendo 64 Transformers in Our Lives

Perhaps We All Need These LEGO Nintendo 64 Transformers in Our Lives

More than meets the eye

Sometimes life is tough. Some of us have work, school, work and school, bills to pay, credit card bills to panic over and a myriad of other concerns. At least we have video games to ease the load, but there's always room for improvement; how about combining video games with LEGO and Transformers? Yes, that'll do the trick...