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Feature: Ten SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis Games We Want on the Wii U Virtual Console

Ten SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis Games We Want on the Wii U Virtual Console

They skipped Wii VC, so now their time has come

Earlier this week we were rather pleased the share the news, based on a couple of sources, that Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse looks set to come to Wii U. It's unclear whether it'll be a straight-up re-release (on the Virtual Console) or a remastered port, but whatever the case it's a SEGA...

News: Translated 1997 Interview with Miyamoto and Itoi Reveals Nintendo 64 Insights

Translated 1997 Interview with Miyamoto and Itoi Reveals Nintendo 64 Insights

Details on their professional relationship, the 64DD and N64 advertising

Japanese translation blog Yomuka! has produced a full English transcript of an interview with Shigeru Miyamoto and Shigesato Itoi (MOTHER series) that originally appeared in Japanese gaming magazine, The 64 Dream. The extensive interview from December 1997 provides a great...

News: California Games Reboot Heading to Kinect

California Games Reboot Heading to Kinect

System 3 At The Helm.

As part of a feature in this week's MCV that focuses on legendary British publisher System 3's 30th birthday, CEO Mark Cale has let slip that the company is working on a reboot of California Games. Cale mentions the franchise twice, first stating that "For Wii U, Kinect, or Move, we have interactive titles such as California...

News: Wiggy Design Mod Finally Makes The Sega Nomad Truly Portable

Wiggy Design Mod Finally Makes The Sega Nomad Truly Portable

Better screen, internal battery and improved sound - it's the Nomad X

As you'll already know, we're massive fans of Wiggy Design's Rose Colored Gaming here at Nintendo Life. Wiggy's motto is "New ideas for old games", and his most recent upgrade certainly lives up to that. The Nomad X mod takes Sega's portable Genesis / Mega Drive console and...

News: GoldenEye 007 Multiplayer Took Just Six Weeks To Make

GoldenEye 007 Multiplayer Took Just Six Weeks To Make

Rare staffers put it together right at the end

In 1997, Rare released GoldenEye 007 on the N64 and it became an absolute classic that arguably redefined the first person shooter genre and revolutionised the way multiplayer was done on home consoles. It all nearly never happened though as according to Grant Kirkhope, the composer behind the game's...

News: Best Buy R.O.B. Saga Reaches a Happy Ending

Best Buy R.O.B. Saga Reaches a Happy Ending

S.A.V.E.D.

Best Buy has decided not to destroy the R.O.B. unit that nearly cost an employee his job. The robot, which an employee unsuccessfully attempted to take home instead of being recycled as part of Best Buy's Renew Blue program, will instead be sent to the company's corporate headquarters to be put on display. Best Buy had some enthusiastic...

News: Best Buy Employee On A Mission To Save R.O.B.

Best Buy Employee On A Mission To Save R.O.B.

Battling corporate policy for the sake of gaming history

An employee at Best Buy is currently at risk of losing his job in a desperate bid to prevent a Nintendo Entertainment System Deluxe Set from being recycled. Sharing his story on Reddit, a customer recently brought the set into the store to have it recycled as part of Best Buy's "Renew Blue"...

News: Howard Phillips' "Ultimate" Nintendo World Championships 1990 Package Sells For A Whopping $17,367

Howard Phillips' "Ultimate" Nintendo World Championships 1990 Package Sells For A Whopping $17,367

"Not just another NWC cart auction"

A copy of Nintendo World Championships 1990 owned by none other than "Gamemaster" Howard Phillips has recently sold on eBay for an incredible US $17,367. The game was listed as part of a unique package being offered by Howard, including an all-access badge he wore during the original competition in 1990 and a...

News: Print Your Own Goldeneye Remote Mine

Print Your Own Goldeneye Remote Mine

Golden gun not included

Anyone who played Goldeneye 007 back on the N64 will no doubt remember the countless weapons and traps included in its multiplayer mode. ComradeQuiche of Thingiverse has combined his fond memories and technical know-how to create a replica of the remote mine using a 3D printer and has posted the model for all to use. The...

News: Star Fox Developer: I Wanted To Say "Screw That" To Shigeru Miyamoto

Star Fox Developer: I Wanted To Say "Screw That" To Shigeru Miyamoto

Dylan Cuthbert reveals the magic of working with Nintendo

Star Fox is one of the Super Nintendo's most enduring classics, thanks largely to its ground-breaking use of 3D and tight, immserise gameplay. However, had Dylan Cuthbert — one of the game's key developers — had his way, it might have turned out very differently; something he now admits...

News: Gaze Upon The Mega Man Figures You Will Never Own

Gaze Upon The Mega Man Figures You Will Never Own

Custom made and packed with awesomeness

There's no shortage of Mega Man figures out there — the popularity of the character both in the west and Japan has ensured a steady flow of cool merchandise — but unsurprisingly most are based on the anime-style iteration of the character, and not the one found on the western boxes. Although they're not...

Feature: Nintendo Life's Staff Favourites - NES

Nintendo Life's Staff Favourites - NES

Let's begin at the beginning

One thing you may have noticed, if you're a regular visitor to Nintendo Life, is that we're more than happy to wear our retro-enthusiast, rose-tinted spectacles as often as possible. A merger with VC-Reviews in April 2009 is an important part of our history, and we often share entertaining blasts from the past and wax...

Hardware Classics: NEC PC Engine

NEC PC Engine

Emotion Engine

It's a common misconception that the Nintendo Super Famicom and Sega Mega Drive were close rivals in their native Japan. In reality, Sega was in fact third in the pecking order, and it was NEC's PC Engine which fought so bitterly with Nintendo for domination of the sales charts. A collaboration between hardware manufacturer NEC an

Remake Request: Captain Blood

Captain Blood

Clone alone

The medium of video gaming has arguably witnessed some of the most ridiculous story lines in the history of humankind. Let’s face it, if you went to a literary agent with the concept of a portly Italian plumber giving up hunting giant apes and travelling to a land filled with talking mushrooms to save a princess from the clutches of...

Video: Pokémon Snap Gritty Reboot Spoofs Jurassic Park

Pokémon Snap Gritty Reboot Spoofs Jurassic Park

"Welcome to Pokémon Island!"

The Gritty Reboot team — which did such a fantastic job on Harvest Moon earlier this month — are back with another Nintendo-related trailer, this time based on the N64 title Pokémon Snap. The clip boasts the same astonishingly high production values as it predecessor, and this time spoofs the Hollywood smash-hit...

News: Earthbound Creator, Shigesato Itoi, Gearing Up to Play SNES Classic in Live Stream

Earthbound Creator, Shigesato Itoi, Gearing Up to Play SNES Classic in Live Stream

Watch and be jealous of Japanese gamers

Earthbound — or Mother 2: Revenge of Gyiygas in Japan — is one of those titles that's permanently on the agenda for some retro gamers; its absence in the West is a continual source of disappointment. With apparent licensing issues keeping the critically acclaimed classic off the Wii Virtual Console, the...

News: Super Metroid is 19 Years Old Today

Super Metroid is 19 Years Old Today

A defining game of the 16-bit era

We couldn't forget this anniversary now, could we? 19 years ago Super Metroid was released in Japan, though it was in later Western releases that it truly found an adoring audience. While not the first game in the series, it's arguably the most commonly cited and recognisable adventure starring Samus Aran. Whether...

News: This Is How You Recondition A Game Boy Advance

This Is How You Recondition A Game Boy Advance

From second hand to factory fresh

Last week, we interviewed Rose Colored Gaming's Matthew "Wiggy" Wiggins about his unique range of console modifications. In the feature, Wiggins revealed that he gets quite a kick out of buying grimy-looking games and systems and then freshing them up for a new lease of life, and in a recent blog post on his site,...

Video: It's a Fighting Robot Controlled By a Famicom Controller

It's a Fighting Robot Controlled By a Famicom Controller

Step aside, R.O.B.

Video game enthusiasts are often wonderful people, in that they'll do something unspeakably cool and awesome simply because they feel like it; that's why we rather adore quite a lot of video game culture. We also like anything that fuses modern technology with retro gadgets, which is exactly what this Japanese genius has done...