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Interview: WayForward on Shantae's Past, Present and Future

WayForward on Shantae's Past, Present and Future

Some "pretty big surprises" in store for Pirate's Curse this Fall

With the release of Shantae (originally a Game Boy Color title) this week we touched base with WayForward's Creative Director and founding member, Matt Bozon, and he kindly agreed to a quick-fire interview before he jetted off to Comic-Con. This is a series that, despite being just...

Feature: The History Of The Famicom

The History Of The Famicom

As Nintendo's iconic console turns 30, we chart the rise of a legend

Nintendo may be a company with a history that stretches back over a hundred years, but it has only enjoyed its current level of fame for the past thirty or so — and that’s largely thanks to a remarkable 8-bit console which launched in its native Japan three decades ago this...

Talking Point: The Famicom Was the Beginning of the Modern Gaming Era

The Famicom Was the Beginning of the Modern Gaming Era

Solid building blocks

We recently shared the landmark news that the Famicom has celebrated its 30th Anniversary, having launched in Japan on 15th July 1983, over two years before the NES made its way West. The latter version is that best known and most commonly cited, yet it was the original model's release — Nintendo's first dalliance with a...

News: Smash Bros. Melee EVO Tournament Broke Viewer Records

Smash Bros. Melee EVO Tournament Broke Viewer Records

130,000 were watching

While the EVO tournament is always a popular event, the issues surrounding the inclusion of Super Smash Bros. Melee grabbed a lot of headlines. The Nintendo legal team denied permission for the game to be live streamed, and then Nintendo of America rapidly retracted that decision, so that the brawler's contest could go ahead...

News: Capcom To Reveal More Info On Mega Man's 25th Anniversary At Comic-Con 2013

Capcom To Reveal More Info On Mega Man's 25th Anniversary At Comic-Con 2013

Is a new game on the way?

Capcom is rolling like a tank at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and will showcase a wide range of its forthcoming titles — including Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies and DuckTales Remastered. However, it's the tantalising promise of fresh information regarding Mega Man's 25th Anniversary that caught our...

News: The Famicom Turns 30 Years Old

The Famicom Turns 30 Years Old

The system that started it all

At the time of writing it may still be 14th July in many countries, but it's 15th July in Japan — that means that the Famicom has now turned 30 years old in its homeland. It would eventually make its way to the West, redesigned, as the iconic NES. Of course, Nintendo had been a Playing Card company in its earliest...

Feature: The Making Of Pilotwings 64

The Making Of Pilotwings 64

The N64 launch title which soared to new heights

In recent years Nintendo has made a habit of aligning itself with external studios in order to complete notable projects. We've seen fruitful unions with the likes of Sega (F-Zero GX), Capcom (The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap) and more recently Team Ninja (Metroid: Other M), Next Level Games (

Feature: When it Comes to Games, What's in a Name?

When it Comes to Games, What's in a Name?

Quite a lot, if you're fussy like us

The latest major 3DS release to hit Europe is Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros., except in our review we took to calling it by its North American name, just plain-old Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. It arrives Stateside around a month after Europe, but the shorter title seems like a better fit; that "Bros."...

Feature: Taking A Look Back At The Nintendo 64 Rumble Pak

Taking A Look Back At The Nintendo 64 Rumble Pak

The little peripheral that shook things up in a big way

Nintendo has always been a video game manufacturer renowned for innovation. From revitalising the video game console industry with the NES back in 1985 right through to opening it up to the mainstream with its Wii and DS systems in the mid-2000s, the Japanese company has continued to have a...

News: Nintendo Initially Requested a Shutdown of the Whole Smash Bros. EVO Event, Before Backtracking

Nintendo Initially Requested a Shutdown of the Whole Smash Bros. EVO Event, Before Backtracking

It wasn't just the stream

We know that Nintendo, in recent months, has been attempting to assert greater control over its image and any representation of its IPs. It started claiming the advert money from monetized videos featuring its properties on YouTube, before subsequently backing down in some cases; it wouldn't be surprising if this was due...

News: 8-Bit Titles Nuts & Milk And Mach Rider Hitting Japanese 3DS eShop Next Week

8-Bit Titles Nuts & Milk And Mach Rider Hitting Japanese 3DS eShop Next Week

500 Yen a pop

Nintendo has confirmed that two new 8-bit titles are coming to the Japanese 3DS eShop next week. The excellently-titled Nuts & Milk was in fact the first third-party game for the Famicom, and launched way back in 1984. It's a curious puzzle / platfomer hybrid which involves linking up Milk with his girlfriend whilst avoiding the...

News: The Power Of Glove Charts The History Of Nintendo's Most Questionable Controller

The Power Of Glove Charts The History Of Nintendo's Most Questionable Controller

More power to your glove

Before the Wii revolutionised motion-controlled gaming, there was the Power Glove. Developed by Abrams Gentile Entertainment, this unique controller would find fame in Hollywood movie The Wizard, but in reality was something of a critical and commercial bomb — it was awkward to use and, according to its creators, was...

Feature: A Virtual Tour of Pilotwings 64

A Virtual Tour of Pilotwings 64

Come fly with me

When it was released in 1996, Pilotwings 64 was praised for its incredible visuals and vast, open landscapes. Even now, the attention to detail is astonishing — as we pointed out in our recent Pilotwings 64 review so much so that we felt compelled to explore it. To save you the effort of having to dust off that old N64 and unlock...

News: An Epic Mega Man Art Book is Coming to North America

An Epic Mega Man Art Book is Coming to North America

It only has 432 pages...

As we all know by now, Capcom has been sanctioning various celebratory products for Mega Man's 25th Anniversary. It may have been saving the best non-game product for late in the day, however, as Udon Entertainment has given more details on the brand new official series art book — MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official...

News: The North American SNES Almost Shipped With Super FX Built-In

The North American SNES Almost Shipped With Super FX Built-In

Idea was scrapped to keep costs down, says Jez San

The polygon-pushing power of the Super FX chip might seem humble in modern terms, but back in the early '90s it was a seriously potent piece of kit and allowed the SNES to produce games like Star Fox, Stunt Race FX and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. The chip — which was conceived by British...

Weirdness: Zelda And Pokémon Revisited As 1930s Disney Cartoons

Zelda And Pokémon Revisited As 1930s Disney Cartoons

Golly, Pluto!

Ever wondered what The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, Trine and Street Fighter would look like if they were magically transported back in time and drawn by the hand of Walt Disney himself? No? Well tough luck, because you're about to see them anyway. Red Little House — the team behind Fleish & Cherry in Crazy Hotel — have...