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News: The Chrono Trigger Symphony: Volume 1 Arrives on 22nd August

The Chrono Trigger Symphony: Volume 1 Arrives on 22nd August

Blake Robinson's Synthetic Orchestra returns

You may be quite familiar with the name Blake Robinson by now, especially if you're a fan of video game music. Using software and tools that he's meticulously developed, Robinson produces orchestrations of iconic video game soundtracks that, arguably, take the source music to another level. He's produced...

Video: This Super Metroid Animation is Rather Impressive

This Super Metroid Animation is Rather Impressive

Let's all dream of a full animated series...

So, things have gone a bit quiet with the Metroid franchise. Metroid: Other M divided fans on the Wii, 3DS ambassadors received a copy of Game Boy Advance title Metroid Fusion, and the IP made an appearance in Nintendo Land. None of those have quite satisfied fans in recent years, it's safe to assume...

News: BBC Warns Of Online Gaming Addiction, Uses Image Of Someone Playing Offline Mario Kart

BBC Warns Of Online Gaming Addiction, Uses Image Of Someone Playing Offline Mario Kart

Nothing like a bit of fact-checking, right?

Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games — or MMORPGs — are pretty addictive. The allure of a constantly connected world populated by other players and challenges is often too much for some people to resist, leading to gaming sessions which last for days rather than just a few hours. According...

Ninterview: Dan Clarke And Jake Smith Talk Project Dolphin, A Print-Based GameCube Tribute

Dan Clarke And Jake Smith Talk Project Dolphin, A Print-Based GameCube Tribute

"More games consoles need to be bright orange and have a handle"

By day, Dan Clarke and Jake Smith run JP74, a digital design agency based in the UK, but by night they're passionate gamers with a love of retro. Given their design background, it should come as no surprise to learn that the duo has successfully combined interactive entertainment...

News: Classic SNES RPG Breath Of Fire II Is Coming To The North American Wii U Virtual Console

Classic SNES RPG Breath Of Fire II Is Coming To The North American Wii U Virtual Console

A breath of fresh air

Capcom's classic 16-bit RPG Breath of Fire II is coming to the North American Wii U Virtual Console "in the coming months". The news was broken on Capcom Unity, along with confirmation that UDON Entertainment is publishing a Breath of Fire Complete Works art book next year. The series is undergoing something of a revival of...

Ninterview: The Power Of Glove Filmmakers Adam Ward, Andrew Austin And Paula Kosowski

The Power Of Glove Filmmakers Adam Ward, Andrew Austin And Paula Kosowski

"At the time it looked like the coolest thing humankind had ever produced"

We recently reported on The Power of Glove, a documentary about one of the most notable Nintendo accessories of all time: The Power Glove. We got a chance to sit down and chat with the team behind the film — Adam Ward, Andrew Austin And Paula Kosowski — about their...

News: SNES Platform Hero Plok Makes A Long-Overdue Return

SNES Platform Hero Plok Makes A Long-Overdue Return

Comic book series revealed - could a new game be next?

Those of you with keen memories will no doubt recall a SNES platform title by the name of Plok. Released in 1993 and created by Ste and John Pickford — The Pickford Brothers, to you and me — the title was something of a cult classic and fans have been asking for a new entry for years. It...

News: Super Cute Mega Man Nanoblock Sets Emerge in Japan

Super Cute Mega Man Nanoblock Sets Emerge in Japan

No new game from Capcom again... again

Mega Man is still in his 25th Anniversary Year, and what delights he's received as promotional gifts in his honour. We've had themed USB drives, miniature statues, and even a Rush tissue box. And yet, as our imaginary real-life Blue Bomber opens present after present, the one thing he wants the most isn't...

Video: Codemasters Co-Founder David Darling Talks Game Genie, Micro Machines And More

Codemasters Co-Founder David Darling Talks Game Genie, Micro Machines And More

Industry veteran speaks exclusively to Nintendo Life

Codemasters is one of the UK's long-running video game studios and was founded by brothers David and Richard Darling way back in 1986. Although both have since parted company with the firm, they've left an incredible legacy which covers a variety of platforms, including the 8-bit Nintendo...

Weirdness: Hackers Use NES Pad To Drive Car

Hackers Use NES Pad To Drive Car

All those hours on Rad Racer might come in handy after all

Security experts Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have demonstrated a method which allows hackers to control a car using a laptop and NES joypad. The pair have created a system which enables them to connect to a car's electronic control unit (ECU) via the on-board diagnostics port and...

Weirdness: Mike Tyson Was Rubbish at Punch-Out!!

Mike Tyson Was Rubbish at Punch-Out!!

"I couldn't even beat Glass f****** Joe"

While some games, particularly in the '80s and '90s, proudly showed off a celebrity likeness or name to sell copies, that doesn't mean that those famous people even liked those games. In the case of Mike Tyson, he was so hopeless at his own part of NES history that it seems irrelevant whether he actually...

News: EarthBound Translator Shares Insight Into Preparing a Cult Classic for the West

EarthBound Translator Shares Insight Into Preparing a Cult Classic for the West

"It’s really a glass half full kind of game"

With EarthBound's arrival on the Wii U Virtual Console last week, many gamers can finally gain an insight into why the SNES title has accumulated such a vocal fan-base, despite its modest Western sales — it didn't even reach Europe — when it was originally released. It's a game lauded for its...

News: This GoldenEye 007 Wristwatch Is For Your Eyes Only

This GoldenEye 007 Wristwatch Is For Your Eyes Only

Fit for Commander Bond himself

N64 classic GoldenEye 007 is responsible for stealing away countless hours of our time here at the Nintendo Life office — we still crack out the dusty old console from time to time to indulge in a spot of remote mine-related tomfoolery. Bearing that in mind, you can imagine how pleased we were to see that some...

Soapbox: The 8-Bit Era Laid the Groundwork, but Modern Day Progress Shouldn't be Discounted

The 8-Bit Era Laid the Groundwork, but Modern Day Progress Shouldn't be Discounted

Tom feels that enjoying both retro and modern games is vital

This week we've published a few features to celebrate the Famicom's 30th Anniversary. It's an extraordinary landmark, particularly because so many games from the 8-bit machine are still treasured to this day, many of which are deserving because they're enormous fun. I think there's...

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...