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News: Proposed Boogerman Reboot Will Feature Earthworm Jim

Proposed Boogerman Reboot Will Feature Earthworm Jim

16-bit icons stick together

We recently reported on a Kickstarter campaign to make a new version of Boogerman, a gross 16-bit platformer which originally appeared on the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis back in the '90s. The creators are seeking $375,000 to fund the project and have raised just over $24,000 so far, with 27 days remaining. They'll no doubt...

News: NECA's New RoboCop Figure Is Based On The 1989 NES Game

NECA's New RoboCop Figure Is Based On The 1989 NES Game

Dead or alive, this figure is coming home with us

Toy maker NECA has revealed the next entry in its video game-inspired figure line, and it's none other than augmented officer Alex J. Murphy, better known as RoboCop. The figure takes inspiration from Data East's 1989 NES adaptation of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven movie. The concept has recently been...

Video: Nintendo Releases a Pokémon Series Showcase For You to Enjoy

Nintendo Releases a Pokémon Series Showcase For You to Enjoy

The presenter says "Pokémon" roughly one billion times

While Nintendo's marketing for Pokémon X & Y has featured the usual excitable adverts and footage, with the games now released the company has taken a step back to present a Pokémon Series Showcase. For those new to Pokémon or perhaps too young to have been around since the earliest...

News: If Nintendo Did Make A Smartphone, We'd Want It To Look Like This

If Nintendo Did Make A Smartphone, We'd Want It To Look Like This

Feast your eyes on these Famicom and Super Famicom phone mock-ups

There have been calls for Nintendo to enter the mobile phone market for years, with some even going as far as to create 3D renders of what they believe a "Nintenphone" should look like. While the Kyoto company has so far resisted the urge to leap into the handset arena, if it does...

News: Overlay Gives an Old NES Controller Some New Zelda Sleekness

Overlay Gives an Old NES Controller Some New Zelda Sleekness

Wii U isn't the only one who looks good in black and gold

Have you been hearing this strange, quiet sighing noise ever since you got your limited edition Zelda Wii U bundle? It's probably coming from your old NES controller, wistfully eyeing that totally dope, gold-emblazoned GamePad and wishing it could have been as radically awesome in its day...

News: PlayStation, This Is Very Much Your Life

PlayStation, This Is Very Much Your Life

For the players since 1995

If last week’s ‘Perfect Day’ commercial didn’t get you suitably hyped for the release of the PlayStation 4 next month, then this PlayStation Access video should do the trick. Dubbed ‘For the Players’, the poignant clip depicts almost two decades’ worth of PlayStation gaming from the perspective of a London...

Feature: A Supersonic History of Sonic Cartoons

A Supersonic History of Sonic Cartoons

I’m waaaaiiiiting...

For anyone growing up in the early nineties, there was one gaming rivalry that dwarfed all others – Nintendo vs SEGA. While the feud gave us classic moments such as “Genesis does what Nintendon’t” and the infamous Genesis ‘blast processing’, this gaming cold war would split playgrounds and even families over who...

News: Nintendo Wants To Close Down This Open-Source Web Version Of Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo Wants To Close Down This Open-Source Web Version Of Super Mario Bros.

"Full Screen Mario" infringes copyrights, claims Nintendo

Full Screen Mario is a recreation of the original Super Mario Bros. which runs in your web browser. It has all of the original levels and even allows you to create your own stages. It's an impressive feat of programming by a single person — college student Josh Goldberg — but Nintendo is...

Feature: Last Night A Hedgehog Saved My Life

Last Night A Hedgehog Saved My Life

Damien McFerran recalls his once ardent love for Sega's Sonic

This week sees the launch of Sonic Lost World on Wii U and 3DS. Two of the most anticipated Sonic games in years, these new instalments have been subject to the usual level of hype which seems to surround any new adventure starring Sega's popular mascot. I've been swept up in this...

Events: Nintendo Life at Play Expo 2013

Nintendo Life at Play Expo 2013

How retro can you go?

Last weekend, thousands of gamers descended upon EventCity in Manchester, UK to attend Play Expo 2013. Organised by Replay Events, the yearly expo focuses in four key areas of gaming: current gaming (now.play), retro (re.play) tournaments (pro.play) and activities for the ever-growing Cosplay scene (cos.play). Being the video...

Video: Check Out WaterMelon's New SNES Title ProjectN

Check Out WaterMelon's New SNES Title ProjectN

Going underground with the developers in Germany

Indie developer WaterMelon is perhaps most famous for its Mega Drive title Pier Solar, which is coming to the Wii U eShop next year. However, the small studio is also working on a brand-new SNES title, currently referred to as ProjectN. WaterMelon has been uploading some rather amusing — not to...

News: News Site Claims That Zelda "Takes A Dim View Of Workers, People Of Colour And Women"

News Site Claims That Zelda "Takes A Dim View Of Workers, People Of Colour And Women"

Best not mention GTA, then

You might assume that time spent in the mythical land of Hyrule is unlikely to cause anybody any undue distress, but according to some, that simply isn't the case. News and entertainment site Salon.com — which has a monthly unique readership of 15 million — has controversially branded The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of...

News: Tommo Refuses to Follow SNK's Neo Geo X Termination Demand

Tommo Refuses to Follow SNK's Neo Geo X Termination Demand

Send in the lawyers

Yesterday we reported that SNK had retracted its license and demanded an end to the manufacturing and sale of the Neo Geo X, a portable version of the iconic '90s console. We rather thought that'd be the end of the matter, as the IP holder had issued a rather blunt demand — lesson learned, never underestimate the power of...

News: Neo Geo X Handheld Shut Down By SNK

Neo Geo X Handheld Shut Down By SNK

And just like that, it's gone

Not so long ago we reviewed the Neo Geo X and Mega Pack Volume 1, a potential low cost option for gamers to own a piece of portable hardware that could run games from the iconic system, ideal if a Wii Virtual Console or pricey Neo Geo system aren't handy. While it had its merits, our conclusion reflected some...

News: Meet Molotov Man, Sensible Software's Unreleased Answer To Bomberman

Meet Molotov Man, Sensible Software's Unreleased Answer To Bomberman

Little-known SNES outing is detailed in new book celebrating the UK studio

Sensible Software is a company which is perhaps more famous in the UK than the rest of the world. Founded in 1986 by Jon "Jovial Jops" Hare and Chris "Cuddly Krix" Yates, it produced titles for 8 and 16-bit computers, many of which were ported to consoles such as the Sega...

Feature: Nintendo Life Book Club - Mega Man II

Nintendo Life Book Club - Mega Man II

Who needs a new game, huh?

Due to the huge success of our first entry in the Nintendo Life Book Club (our look at the novelization of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, which you can read here), we have decided that it's a series worth continuing. Yes, it took us two solid years to reach that conclusion. Leave us alone. The point is that we're finally...

Feature: The Short Life And Untimely Death Of Robotech: Crystal Dreams

The Short Life And Untimely Death Of Robotech: Crystal Dreams

Designer and developer Doug Lanford talks about the unreleased N64 title

Some game developers are drawn towards projects because they represent a challenge, or the chance to work on fresh hardware. Others may feel attracted to contributing to the development of a particular game because of its subject matter or the concept upon which it is based...

News: Microsoft Wants You To Know That Its Surface Tablet Can Play SNES Games

Microsoft Wants You To Know That Its Surface Tablet Can Play SNES Games

It's OUYA all over again

Emulation is a grey area at the best of times, but one thing that is a massive no-no is rival companies using the emulated titles of others to promote their own products. We've already seen the team behind the OUYA console attempt to use SNES emulators to sell their micro-console, and now Microsoft is getting in on the act...

Feature: Celebrating the 18th Anniversary of the PSone

Celebrating the 18th Anniversary of the PSone

Happy Birthday, PAL

Hip-hip-hooray, because today is the 18th anniversary of the original PlayStation console, as it was released on the 29th September 1995 in Europe, just twenty days after it was made available in North America. Therefore in the UK, at the age of eighteen, the PAL PSone can legally participate in a champagne tipple, so we raise...

Weirdness: New York Times Finally Issues a Correction for Describing the Mario Bros. as Janitors in 1988

New York Times Finally Issues a Correction for Describing the Mario Bros. as Janitors in 1988

The error was spotted in Hiroshi Yamauchi's obituary

Writers and journalists, no matter the prestige of their publication, make mistakes. Facts are incorrect or the wording may be wrong, and corrections are made. The New York Times, in an admirable sense of perspective and maintaining standards, has corrected an error from an article published 25...

News: Online Multiplayer Comes To The Super Nintendo Thanks To SNESoIP

Online Multiplayer Comes To The Super Nintendo Thanks To SNESoIP

You can't stop progress

When the SNES was released in the early '90s, the concept of online play was very much in its infancy. PC gamers had dabbled with crudely beaming data over telephones in the '80s, and despite some notable attempts to replicate this on consoles — such as X-Band and Nintendo's own Satellaview service — there was never any...

News: The Nebula of NES Games Is An Infographic Done Right

The Nebula of NES Games Is An Infographic Done Right

A galaxy of classics

Despite the best intentions of the designer, infographics can often be monumentally dull affairs. Thankfully that isn't true with Pop Chart Lab's The Nebula of NES Games, a visual representation of more than 700 Nintendo Entertainment System titles, all neatly arranged in a swirling formation. The spiral advances...

Weirdness: Watch Nearly 1000 Mario Players All At Once

Watch Nearly 1000 Mario Players All At Once

Super Mario Boy

For those that have played Super Meat Boy, which unfortunately never made it to a Nintendo system, a highlight can be the replay that follows every completed level — all of your attempts are shown at once. If you can imagine that with a Super Mario Bros. level, but with 974 players on display, then you can imagine what's coming...