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Hardware Classics: The Sega Genesis Nomad

The Sega Genesis Nomad

The less-travelled roadie

During the early '90s Sega's hardware department effectively went crazy. Flushed with the success of the Genesis / Mega Drive in North America and Europe, the company produced a series of commercial duds in an attempt to buttress its 16-bit business in the face of stiff competition from rival Nintendo. The first endeavour...

Video: Teenagers Try Their Hand at the Original Super Smash Bros.

Teenagers Try Their Hand at the Original Super Smash Bros.

Arguable levels of success throughout

If you've ever wanted to feel old or skilled at a game from the Super Smash Bros. series, this video should be able to accommodate you. The REACT YouTube channel has taken six teenagers of varying names and sexes and pitted them against one another to see who has the most skill on the N64's classic Super Smash...

News: Former President Of Silicon Knights Announces New Entertainment Company, QE2

Former President Of Silicon Knights Announces New Entertainment Company, QE2

Will the spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness finally be released?

Dennis Dyack, former president of the now defunct Canadian-based developer, Silicon Knights, has announced the formation of a new entertainment company titled, Quantum Entanglement Entertainment Inc., also abbreviated to,“QE2.” The new company will focus on the development of...

Video: I ♥ Virtual Console - Monster Party Is The Wackiest Halloween Classic You'll Never Play

I ♥ Virtual Console - Monster Party Is The Wackiest Halloween Classic You'll Never Play

This NES classic deserves another lease of life - or should that be death?

Halloween is upon us, and while children all over the globe get themselves ready to don horrible costumes and harass their neighbours for candy, we're taking a look at a spooky old NES classic which really should be on the Virtual Console on a day like today. Monster Party...

Weirdness: Mike Tyson Fights Himself in Punch-Out!!

Mike Tyson Fights Himself in Punch-Out!!

K-Oh

While the NES version of Punch-Out!! now has 'Featuring Mr. Dream' in the title, before licensing issues and imprisonment in the '90s it was branded with the Mike Tyson name, who was one of the most ferocious boxers in Heavyweight history at his peak. He's now a somewhat mellow middle-aged man, of course, releasing books and conducting speaking...

Video: Let's Celebrate The Game Boy That The West Never Got

Let's Celebrate The Game Boy That The West Never Got

Shedding some light on a handheld classic

Nintendo's Game Boy range was massively successful all over the world — heck, even Kurt Cobain had one — but not every variant of the system made it out of Japan. Just before the launch of the Game Boy Color, Nintendo produced a revised backlit version of the original monochrome system which was...

News: Developers Reflect on F-Zero As It Passes Ten Years in the Wilderness

Developers Reflect on F-Zero As It Passes Ten Years in the Wilderness

"F-Zero is really something special to me"

Barely an E3 or Nintendo Direct goes by without someone in the Nintendo Life team muttering that maybe, against all odds, F-Zero will return. It's now been over ten years since F-Zero Climax, a thoroughly disappointing Game Boy Advance entry that's ignored by many, arrived in stores. It was an inglorious...

Video: Did You Know Gaming Tackles Donkey Kong Once Again

Did You Know Gaming Tackles Donkey Kong Once Again

The Rare years

Rare's Donkey Kong titles have recently been making their way onto the Wii U eShop in Europe — and hopefully will do so soon in North America — making it a good time to look back on the franchise. Whether that timing was part of its consideration or not, we do have Did You Know Gaming returning to the DK IP in its latest video...

News: The Game Boy Color is Now 16 Years Old

The Game Boy Color is Now 16 Years Old

It'll be asking to host house parties...

Nintendo's released so many systems and iconic games that anniversaries are a regular occurrence; now it's the turn of the Game Boy Color — it's 16 years old, having been released in Japan on 21st October 1998. While some attribute Nintendo's trend for focusing on innovation and content over raw power as...

Feature: The Making of Rocket: Robot on Wheels

The Making of Rocket: Robot on Wheels

How one of the N64's most criminally under-appreciated games came to be

The Nintendo 64, while simultaneously renowned and infamous for doing many things, is arguably best remembered for defining the 3D platforming genre. When Super Mario 64 released in 1996, it didn't just blow everyone’s socks off; it revolutionised home console gaming and set...

News: New Music and Voice Samples Discovered in the Donkey Kong Arcade

New Music and Voice Samples Discovered in the Donkey Kong Arcade

A few decades on, there's still more to find

The Donkey Kong arcade was a key turning point for Nintendo as a company, as it brought Shigeru Miyamoto to the fore and helped to demonstrate to Hiroshi Yamauchi and his management that the video game business could be lucrative for the company. It's so iconic that a small band of gamers still compete...

Poll: Nintendo Minute Debate - Is Super Mario World or Super Mario Bros. 3 More Influential?

Nintendo Minute Debate - Is Super Mario World or Super Mario Bros. 3 More Influential?

Well, which one?

We often like to share Nintendo Minute videos here on Nintendo Life, the series in which hosts Kit and Krysta play games and do various things to entertain big N fans. Their video this week tries something a little different, as the two hosts debate the following: Which game is more influential – Super Mario World or Super Mario...

News: Transport Yourself To The Eighties With This Totally Dope Ultimate NES Remix Cap

Transport Yourself To The Eighties With This Totally Dope Ultimate NES Remix Cap

Ships with the game when you buy from the UK online store

Ultimate NES Remix is a collection of mini-games inspired by some of Nintendo's finest 8-bit escapades and — we we're sure you're aware — hits the 3DS next month. Just in case the game's considerable retro vibe isn't strong enough for you, you can now pre-order the title from the...

News: Junichi Masuda Talks Pokémon Snap and Listening to Fans

Junichi Masuda Talks Pokémon Snap and Listening to Fans

Get your Game Freak on

In a recent interview about Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, director of the Pokémon games Junichi Masuda talked about the fans' desire to see a new Pokémon Snap game. Masuda-san was clear to point out that the N64 cult classic "wasn't originally developed by Game Freak", although it does seem that he has a certain...

Video: Your Heart Will Melt At This Sega Genesis Promo Created By A Son and His Gaming Mad Father

Your Heart Will Melt At This Sega Genesis Promo Created By A Son and His Gaming Mad Father

1991 home movie intended to convince family members to dump the NES

As you'll know if you've read the recent Console Wars, back in the early '90s Nintendo was still very much the king of the hill when it came to video games. Sega's time in the sun was yet to come, but the 16-bit Genesis (Mega Drive if you're outside of the US) was already making...

Video: Here's a Simultaneous Speedrun of Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time and GoldenEye

Here's a Simultaneous Speedrun of Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time and GoldenEye

All in under an hour

We're certainly fans of speedruns here on Nintendo Life, as few gaming pursuits push the boundaries of games and those playing them as far. Whether world records in classic Zelda games that exploit errors in coding, or flat-out runs that tackle every stage in order, there's plenty to enjoy in seeing the best of the field show...

Video: Another Neat 1-UP Trick Has Been Found in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

Another Neat 1-UP Trick Has Been Found in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

Awesome skills

The NES-era Mario platformers are still much-loved to this day, and are still tested and experimented upon by eager gamers looking for glitches and tricks. Given the limitations of the 8-bit hardware these are bountiful and are still being found; they can be rather entertaining for those of us without the skills to find them...

Video: You are Hereby Ordered To Surrender Nearly Three Hours Of Your Life To Game Boy Title Screens

You are Hereby Ordered To Surrender Nearly Three Hours Of Your Life To Game Boy Title Screens

Strangely mesmerising

Ever wondered what it would be like to sit through every single Game Boy title screen? Ponder no longer, as YouTube user NicksplosionFX has given us the chance to do just that. The video below is almost three hours (2:42:02, to be precise) of Game Boy title screens — that's every known original game for the console — and...

Video: Check Out this Adorable Tribute to the Mother Series

Check Out this Adorable Tribute to the Mother Series

That's 'Earthbound' to us

Regardless of who wrote them, fans are the ones who can really tell the story of a game better than anyone, and that statement is no truer than in this video which pays homage to the Mother series, which sadly still only exists as a single game outside of Japan. All of the peculiarity, all of the charm, and all of the...