Retro News

August2014

  • News Princess Zelda A "Heroine in Her Own Right", Lucky to Escape a Bungling Rescue From Link

    Ganondorf has been compared to the "business end of a skunk"

    Earlier this week we brought you a slightly silly update on Yoshi's real name, in which 60 of you voted in our poll to suggest that the T in T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas stood for Tupac; over a hundred of you instead decided it was "the greatest mystery of our times". Not the most serious...

  • News Super Mario 64 Has a Mystery Goomba That Can Never Be Killed

    Nor its coin claimed

    While most gamers have a particular title that they'll play over and over again to a borderline unhealthy degree, not many of us have the fortitude and familiarity with any game to find its deepest, darkest secrets. Some do just that, however, often sharing their ultimately fascinating discoveries with the rest of us. One...

  • Video Nintendo's Wild Gunman And Sega's Bank Panic Face Off In A Deadly Shootout

    Which one is the quickest on the draw?

    Back in the '80s, it wasn't uncommon to see Sega and Nintendo launch games with similar themes in order to compete with one another, and a good example of this rivalry is the similarity between the NES light gun title Wild Gunman and the Sega Master System outing Bank Panic. Both had their origins in the...

  • Video Hyperkin RetroN 5 Review - King Of The Clone Consoles?

    Tom and Damien put the wonder machine through its paces

    The Hyperkin RetroN 5 has been with us for a while now, and we've had ample time to really get to know the system inside out. With that in mind, we present to you a video review of this talented piece of tech, which is capable of running games from a wide range of retro platforms, including the...

  • News Cult Classic Plok Transcends from Video Game to eBook

    Beyond the pixel'd realm

    Those who are well-versed in their SNES heritage should be aware of a sadly overlooked game from 1993 or 1994, depending where you were at the time. The name of the game in question is Plok - a platforming game where the titular character can remove and launch his limbs wherever he pleases in a style that's thankfully more...

  • News Coleco Wants to Bring Back Their Version of Donkey Kong

    Might also be interested in ColecoVision on Virtual Console

    Who's up for a quick history lesson? While Donkey Kong is purely Nintendo's furry, banana-breathed baby, the company originally granted Coleco rights to produce console and tabletop versions of the hit arcade game. Coleco bundled Donkey Kong with their new ColecoVision in 1982, then ported...

  • Weirdness There's a Fish That Plays Pokémon

    Magikarp breathes a sigh of relief (at least we think that was a sigh)

    Today's entrant in the annals of human achievement comes courtesy of Twitch TV, in the form of a motion-tracked fantail betta playing Pokémon Red/Blue using virtualised Game Boy controls. The fish, one Grayson Hopper, has apparently been playing (or "swimming aimlessly in his...

  • News Sean Bean Declares His Head is 'A Bit Square' in GoldenEye on N64

    But he's Bean a fan for a long time

    In a recent 'ask me anything' (AMA) on Reddit, Sean Bean confessed his admiration for the N64 classic Goldeneye 007, but also made reference to how polygonally-handicapped his head appeared. Oh, it's good, it's great! Especially because it's so popular, it's like, quite unique really. It was such a big hit. But...

  • News Nintendo's At It Again With Another Majora's Mask Tease

    No Majora hype implied

    Nintendo has been placing sly references to its off-the-wall cult classic The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask a number of years now – the most notable recent example was the presence of the titular mask on a wall of Link's house in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS. Not to be flogging a dead horse or...

  • Weirdness Yoshi's Real Name Is Both Silly and Scientific

    Will re-open the "is he a dinosaur" debate

    We were once told by Nintendo that Yoshi is not a dinosaur, as we'd stated in a feature, but that he was simply a Yoshi. Once we'd dusted ourselves down from the polite but firm telling off, we felt indignant. He is a dinosaur, with boots, what's so wrong about that? It is possible that down the road of...

  • Art Controller Evolution Photo Series Hammers Home The Nintendo Factor

    A visual record of how Nintendo has pushed the industry forward

    Nintendo has been responsible for some major innovations when it comes to controllers — the NES D-pad, the N64 analogue stick, the Wii Remote — and Spanish artist Javier Laspiur has put together a photographic whistle-stop tour of the evolution of the game pad which shows just how...

  • Feature Ten Must Play Titles on the Game Boy

    25 years young

    In this past week the venerable Game Boy celebrated its 25th Anniversary in North America, which means we've had a quarter century of monochrome gaming goodness. The iconic system established Nintendo's leadership of the dedicated gaming handheld market, a position it still holds in the 3DS generation. It's not just nostalgia that...

  • News Mega Man Soundtrack Volumes 1-10 Announced for the West

    Not a Japanese exclusive anymore

    Capcom and Sumthing Else Music Works have announced the release of Mega Man Soundtracks in ten delicious volumes. The first four volumes are already available, and the subsequent six will be released at the rate of two per month. The classic chiptune tracks have been heralded as some of the best in the business, so...

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