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News: Take An Ambient Musical Trip Through 8-bit History With NEScapism

Take An Ambient Musical Trip Through 8-bit History With NEScapism

Zelda and Castlevania, trance-style

Electronic recording artist The Electric Witch (real name Zac Bentz) has created a fitting aural tribute to the NES era in the form of NEScapism, a mini-album which spurns the traditional chiptune format and instead re-imagines classic 8-bit tunes as swirling ambient soundscapes. To quote the composer:...

News: Award Winning Short Film Shows the Power of Zelda and Escapism

Award Winning Short Film Shows the Power of Zelda and Escapism

Sad but brilliant

If there's one thing that video games very rarely do, if ever, it's to remind us of our everyday lives. While reading books, watching TV and more serve as a source of rest from our day-to-day existence, one of the game medium's strengths, that makes gamers love their hobby with such a passion, is the ability of some titles to truly...

Feature: The New Dimensions of Pokémon

The New Dimensions of Pokémon

Snap and Dream Radar change the perspective

Trading cards and anime episodes aside, the Pokémon series is known for a long-lasting line of handheld RPGs. You've almost certainly played one or two of them — and we suspect that quite a few of you are already getting into Pokémon Black & White 2 — most likely followed by an obsessed state of...

News: The Truth Behind Donkey Kong Country's Opening Level Theme

The Truth Behind Donkey Kong Country's Opening Level Theme

It's a stitch-up

Remember the music for the opening level on Donkey Kong Country? Do you recall how it moves from one musical style to another, almost as if it's three different songs that have been fused together? That because it is. In an interview with CVG, former Rare composer David Wise reveals the truth behind the track: I was on holiday in...

Ninterview: Howard "Gamemaster" Phillips

Howard "Gamemaster" Phillips

We speak to one of Nintendo of America's first employees

Howard Phillips joined Nintendo in the early '80s with the intention of helping transport a few new-fangled arcade cabinets, but he ended up becoming the spokesperson for one of the fastest-growing entertainment companies in the US. He recently began a Kickstarter campaign for his first...

News: Check Out Some Mario Facts in This Video

Check Out Some Mario Facts in This Video

Cameo appearances, cancelled sequels and other mysteries

Mario has so many video games that if there weren't peculiarities and quirks throughout them, something would be wrong. The sheer volume of games over a period in excess of 25 years is impressive, especially if you go beyond the scope of the main franchise and venture off into spin-offs and...

News: Super Paper Mario Bros. - Level 1-1 Recreated in Mobius Strip

Super Paper Mario Bros. - Level 1-1 Recreated in Mobius Strip

Yours for $24

With a franchise like Mario, it's safe to say that there are plenty of arts and crafts projects out there that have been created as a dedication to the moustachioed one. Pins, animations with nothing but post-it notes, and any wacky idea you can imagine have probably been done already. One that involved a fair bit of effort and skill...

News: Ex-Rare Developers Join Forces To Create A Spiritual Successor To Banjo-Tooie

Ex-Rare Developers Join Forces To Create A Spiritual Successor To Banjo-Tooie

All hope is not lost

Nothing puts a frown on a Nintendo fan's face like mentioning Rare. The company that once brought Perfect Dark, Donkey Kong 64, Banjo Kazooie and GoldenEye 007 are currently working on the Kinect Sports series for Microsoft. While most gamers have given up on seeing a new "proper" Banjo Kazooie sequel from Rare, a new glimmer of...

News: Clever People Turn a NES Zapper Into a Real Laser

Clever People Turn a NES Zapper Into a Real Laser

Ducks beware

We have exciting news for you today, and possibly the most important scientific breakthrough since the wheel: a laser NES Zapper. Some smart — and we hasten to add, safe — people have changed the famous NES accessory from a light gun to a laser gun, and we're not even kidding. After taking the light gun apart and stripping out...

News: Mega Man 3 Leaps Onto The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

Mega Man 3 Leaps Onto The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

For those about to rock

The third instalment of Capcom's popular Mega Man series is launching on the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console this week. Mega Man 3 - known in Japan as Rockman 3: The End of Dr. Wily!? - will go live on the Japanese 3DS eShop tomorrow (September 26th) for 500 yen. Even harsher than its already tough predecessor, Mega Man 3 has...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto: Mario and Luigi Don't Have Last Names

Shigeru Miyamoto: Mario and Luigi Don't Have Last Names

So stop saying he's called Mario Mario

When it comes to Mario, Nintendo's number one icon, there are plenty of myths and stories that can be debated by gamers until the moo moo cows come home. One of these, thanks to the Super Mario Bros. movie that wasn't particularly good, is that Mario and Luigi's last name is actually Mario, meaning that the...

News: We Sing 80s Hits The Nintendo Entertainment System

We Sing 80s Hits The Nintendo Entertainment System

In the fictional world of video game promotion, at least

We Sing 80s is the latest in a long line of Wii-based music titles, so it's a given that the promotional campaign for the game needs to be something special for it to get noticed. Publisher Nordic Games has done just that by mocking up a video which shows what the game would have looked like...

Feature: Diamonds in the Rough - Dementium: The Ward

Diamonds in the Rough - Dementium: The Ward

Worth a scare

Whenever we look back at a console’s lifespan, the first thing we nearly always do is remember the good stuff. We remember the Marios, the Zeldas, the hordes of Pokémon, and maybe even the odd Kirby game depending on your level of pink puff-ball persuasion. But we’re often so caught up in remembering what’s great that we very...