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Video: Iron Maiden's New Music Video Pays Tribute To Donkey Kong, Of All Things

Iron Maiden's New Music Video Pays Tribute To Donkey Kong, Of All Things

A heavy trip through gaming history

Legendary British heavy metal band Iron Maiden are preparing to release their first single in half a decade and have put together a video game-inspired music video to mark the occasion. Speed of Light's official video sees the band's iconic mascot Eddie getting sucked into an arcade machine which then forces him...

Mario History: Super Mario Bros. - 1985

Super Mario Bros. - 1985

Changing the gaming industry forever

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. To paraphrase the great poet Dylan Thomas, for this run of articles celebrating the Super Mario franchise we will begin at the...

News: The Tragic Tale Of Taito's WOWOW, The Console Which Promised Download Gaming In 1992

The Tragic Tale Of Taito's WOWOW, The Console Which Promised Download Gaming In 1992

Ill-fated system pre-dated the SNES Satellaview by some margin

Taito may now be a part of super-publisher Square Enix, but the history books will honour the company as one of gaming's true pioneers. It was responsible for Space Invaders - arguably one of the most important games of all time - as well as a string of '80s and '90s arcade hits,...

Editorial: Paper Mario is 15 Years Old Today, and Provides a Reminder of Nintendo's Wonderful Whimsy

Paper Mario is 15 Years Old Today, and Provides a Reminder of Nintendo's Wonderful Whimsy

Silly and brilliant, what a combination

Paper Mario is 15 years old today, 11th August, in terms of its Japanese release in 2000. Intelligent Systems, a development company typically associated with Fire Emblem and Advance Wars, took a step back from serious strategising to produce what was, at the time, a bit of a revelation. Actually originally...

Video: Say Hello To The SNES Game Which Ships Inside A Game Boy Cartridge

Say Hello To The SNES Game Which Ships Inside A Game Boy Cartridge

Invading a 16-bit home console near you

One of the really cool things about the Super Game Boy adapter - besides the fact that it allowed you to play your portable titles on SNES - was that it added embellishments to certain titles, like two-player modes, additional colours and even attractive borders around the screen. However, there's one title...

Video: New Interviews Uncover Rare's History, Famous Nintendo-Era Games And Tantalising Cancelled Projects

New Interviews Uncover Rare's History, Famous Nintendo-Era Games And Tantalising Cancelled Projects

Witness the Mario Kart killer that never was

Given the amount of love and attention we've bestowed Xbox One title Rare Replay recently, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you'd logged onto our sister site Pure Xbox by mistake. Still, Rare will forever be a major part of Nintendo history, and there's a lot of bonus content in this collection which...

Video: Kids React to Pokémon Snap In Rather Interesting Ways

Kids React to Pokémon Snap In Rather Interesting Ways

Where's that darn Z button?

It's oddly fascinating when young gamers get given a retro game to play, which helps to partly explain the huge success of the REACT channel. Yes, it covers people of all ages reacting to all manner of things, but when you hand a kid a retro controller the results can be - in their way - educational. The latest episode...

News: This Controller Wants to Bring the 'Next Gen' to NES

This Controller Wants to Bring the 'Next Gen' to NES

Works on the 8-bit system or PC

Plenty of companies tackle the surprisingly complex challenge of producing a high quality game controller, and not all pull it off successfully. We somewhat admire the effort from Retro Fighters, then, which is aiming to crowdfund a 'next gen' NES pad. The main pitch for this pad is that it has both usb and a NES...

News: Fire Emblem Meets Front Mission In Galaxy Robo, A Freshly Fan-Translated SNES RPG

Fire Emblem Meets Front Mission In Galaxy Robo, A Freshly Fan-Translated SNES RPG

Robot rock

Not a week seems to pass without another Super Famicom RPG getting translated by devoted fans, and this particular week it's the turn of Copya Systems' Galaxy Robo, a turn-based strategy title that was published in Japan by Imagineer in 1994. Playing like a cross between Fire Emblem and Square's Front Mission, Galaxy Robo has been...

Event: Movies, Mirth And Mario Kart Mastery At The First Nintendo Life Gaming Night

Movies, Mirth And Mario Kart Mastery At The First Nintendo Life Gaming Night

Hosted at the Centre for Computing History, Cambridge

As you'll no doubt be aware, here at Nintendo Life we've got a real soft spot for vintage gaming. Keeping this in mind, our recent event at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, England was something of an eye-opener. Our relationship with the museum itself goes back some time - thanks...

Video: Pokémon Gold & Silver Glitches Deliver Celebi Magic

Pokémon Gold & Silver Glitches Deliver Celebi Magic

And some weird stuff

The A+Start YouTube channel specialises in showing off fun game glitches, both practical and otherwise, and its latest video is sure to be worth a watch for Pokémon fans. It tackles Pokémon Gold & Silver, and in particular the lengthy method for obtaining one of the rarest 'mon in the games. We're talking about Celebi,...

Video: Chill Out With Smooth McGroove's Onett Theme A-Cappella From EarthBound

Chill Out With Smooth McGroove's Onett Theme A-Cappella From EarthBound

Released in honour of Satoru Iwata

Fans of awesome video game music with a taste for a-cappella are likely familiar with Smooth McGroove, who's covered a huge number of iconic tracks in his own style. There'd been a bit of a gap (around three months) since his last video at the time of writing, but the singer / composer has now released a fresh...

Weirdness: Sega's Repackaged Transformers Arcade Game Is An Unexpected Nod To Its Glorious Past

Sega's Repackaged Transformers Arcade Game Is An Unexpected Nod To Its Glorious Past

Feeling the G-Force

Back when arcades really mattered, Sega was one of the industry's big hitters. The company not only produced amazing titles like Golden Axe and Alien Storm, but also ran a pretty amazing line in dedicated coin-op cabinets. Titles like After Burner, Space Harrier, Out Run and Thunderblade were all housed in massive, hulking units...

Anniversary: The Virtual Boy Is 20 Years Old Today

The Virtual Boy Is 20 Years Old Today

Nintendo's most famous failure is getting on a bit

According to the history books, the Virtual Boy is Nintendo's biggest failure — both commercially and critically — in the hardware arena. Launched 20 years ago today on 21st July 1995 in Japan to almost complete consumer apathy, it bypassed Europe entirely and was discontinued the following...

News: Secret Of Evermore's Epic Soundtrack Gets The Remaster Treatment

Secret Of Evermore's Epic Soundtrack Gets The Remaster Treatment

Sean Schafianski works his magic on Jeremy Soule's original tracks

Secret of Evermore is one of Square's forgotten classics - a SNES title created entirely in North America that tried to ape stable mate Secret of Mana, but didn't quite match it. Despite being less acclaimed than some of Square's other 16-bit titles, Evermore still has plenty of fans...

News: The Famicom is 32 Years Old Today

The Famicom is 32 Years Old Today

Should have a steady job and a mortgage by now

Here's one to make some of us feel old - the Famicom is 32 years old today, released in Japan on 15th July 1983. It was, of course, the system that would be revamped and remodelled as the NES in October 1985 in North America. Famicom was the shortened name for Family Computer; a key difference of...

Ninterview: Meet The Man Who Makes Hip-Hop Music From Classic Nintendo Hardware

Meet The Man Who Makes Hip-Hop Music From Classic Nintendo Hardware

"The controller we have created is like wearing my childhood round my neck"

We recently came across a UK based hip-hop producer and DJ by the name of Imperial, who makes quite a striking impression with a strange musical instrument strapped around his neck, which has parts that might seem very familiar to our readers. This musical instrument is...

News: MEGABytes to Blend a Cafe and Arcade Together in Glasgow

MEGABytes to Blend a Cafe and Arcade Together in Glasgow

Cake and NES, together at last

Retro gaming culture remains strong, with the collector's scene, events and expos remaining hugely popular around the world. Arcades are less common, though some entrepreneurs in Glasgow have decided that rather than simply open a cafe, it'd provide a blend of old and new. MEGABytes is opening in Glasgow (Scotland)...