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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...

News: Killer Instinct's Music Gets the Cover it Deserves

Killer Instinct's Music Gets the Cover it Deserves

Supreme Victory

We often share some of the best fan content that we find, whether they're short films portraying scenes from games, memorable pieces of art or top-notch music covers. The band On Being Human brings us the latter, and last year we shared a terrific Super Metroid rock cover that seemed like the perfect alternative soundtrack to the...

News: Super Mario RPG Command System Inspired by a Laptop-Style "Children's Toy"

Super Mario RPG Command System Inspired by a Laptop-Style "Children's Toy"

Each Mario & Luigi entry strives for evolution

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team has now been released across the world on the 3DS, the latest in the popular if somewhat niche series. It's not necessarily the biggest-selling series in Nintendo's library, but it feels like one of its most valuable; it incorporates familiar characters in a Universe of its...

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...