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Feature: The Humble Origins of Animal Crossing

The Humble Origins of Animal Crossing

How an obscure little N64 title grew into a hit franchise for Nintendo

The hype and excitement for Animal Crossing: New Leaf across the web is reaching a critical level. Hitting North America on 9th June and Europe on 14th June, it begs the question whether some people might literally explode as a result of not being able to contain their...

News: Don't Look Now, But There Could Be A New Shaq Fu Game Inbound

Don't Look Now, But There Could Be A New Shaq Fu Game Inbound

Be very afraid

Those of you old enough to recall the 16-bit era will no doubt remember a fighting game for the SNES by the name of Shaq Fu. It took the famous basketball star Shaquille O'Neal and placed him in a fantasy world when he had to use his intense B-Ball skills to defeat the malevolent Sett-Ra. Despite being created by the respected French...

News: Link's Awakening Turns 20 Years Old

Link's Awakening Turns 20 Years Old

First portable Zelda was a dream come true

Two decades ago, on 6th June 1993, Japanese gamers were the first to explore the mysteries of Koholint Island in what is still considered by some to be among the top Zelda games in the series — all on the now-humble Game Boy, no less. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was originally intended as a...

Feature: The Making Of Street Fighter Alpha 3: Upper

The Making Of Street Fighter Alpha 3: Upper

How the GBA’s best fighter doomed the company that made it

We’d be willing to bet that if you quizzed any games developer, they’d admit that pushing a system to its absolute limit is one of the most satisfying parts of the job. Taking a piece of hardware and making it do things it really shouldn't be capable of shows incredible talent and...

Weirdness: Capcom Selling a Rush Tissue Pouch in Japan for Mega Man Anniversary

Capcom Selling a Rush Tissue Pouch in Japan for Mega Man Anniversary

Just what the fans want...

While this year has been a celebration of the Mega Man franchise's 25th Anniversary, Capcom's mainly been offering soundtracks, USB pen drives, laptop skins and other non-gaming products. We've also seen the release of the classic NES titles on the 3DS Virtual Console, with some doubling up on the Wii U Virtual Console for...

Video: A History Of Nintendo Controllers in Less Than 30 Seconds

A History Of Nintendo Controllers in Less Than 30 Seconds

The N64's is still the strangest...

Nintendo has often played the role of innovator with its control schemes, particularly in more recent times. When not innovating it's been satisfied with simply producing the best controllers of their kind — in the NES and Super NES variants — with the Nintendo 64 starting a trend for curious designs and...

News: Happy 15th Birthday, Banjo-Kazooie!

Happy 15th Birthday, Banjo-Kazooie!

Guh-huh!

It’s hard to believe now, but before 31st May, 1998, no one believed that a bear in yellow shorts and a bird in a backpack could ever make an effective team. A spunky little Twycross-based company called Rare, however, set out to prove the world wrong, and did so with quite admirable results. Today marks the 15th anniversary of the North...

News: Donkey Kong 64 Required Expansion Pak to Prevent Game-Breaking Bug

Donkey Kong 64 Required Expansion Pak to Prevent Game-Breaking Bug

Game would crash when using the N64's standard setup

When Donkey Kong 64 released all the way back in 1999, it was the first Nintendo 64 game to require the system’s 8MB Expansion Pak add-on in order to work. Advertising at the time suggested that the game was just so big that it couldn't possibly work without it. However, Chris Marlow, one of the...

News: Western Journalist Looking To Chart The Untold History Of Japanese Game Devs

Western Journalist Looking To Chart The Untold History Of Japanese Game Devs

Unprecedented project looking to Kickstarter for funding

Although many will argue that Japan's status in the games development world has lessened over the past few hardware generations, there once was a time when all the world's best software seemed to flow from that modestly-proportioned selection of islands. Back in the days of the 8 and 16-bit...

Feature: A Brief History of Pokémon - Part One

A Brief History of Pokémon - Part One

Contracting Pokémania

In the mid-nineties, an epidemic spread across the world. First discovered in Japan, it soon spread across the pacific, consuming vast areas of America. We were powerless to stop it. No cure was to be found. Before long, it broke America's shores and hit Europe with similarly devastating effect. The worst affected were...

Weirdness: Pokémon Fusion Fan-Site Remixes Your Favourite 'Mon

Pokémon Fusion Fan-Site Remixes Your Favourite 'Mon

We like the Hypbat

With Pokémon X & Y coming later this year, many fans of the franchise are no doubt enjoying every second of the buzz and hype. Part of that fun is learning about new evolutions or, when we're lucky, all new creatures, which makes fan-site Pokémon Fusion worth a look. It's the work of Alex Onsager, and he's currently working...

News: John Leguizamo: We Were Pioneers With The Super Mario Bros. Movie

John Leguizamo: We Were Pioneers With The Super Mario Bros. Movie

The actor who played Luigi gives his 20th anniversary speech

As you may or may not be aware, the Super Mario Bros. live-action movie is now two decades old. Attacked by critics and gamers alike when it originally hit cinemas, the film has nonetheless gained a cult following in the past twenty years. LA's Nuart Theatre played host to a special...

News: Mega Man 5 Soundtrack Rocks Onto Capcom Store

Mega Man 5 Soundtrack Rocks Onto Capcom Store

Tsk, it only has 57 tracks

If you're a Mega Man fan that simply has to buy every re-release that graces Nintendo Virtual Console platforms, chances are you may have just recently downloaded Mega Man 5 onto your 3DS. Coincidentally — or not, we suspect — Capcom has updated its gradual release of the Blue Bomber's soundtracks with the fifth...

News: Banjo-Kazooie Symphony On the Way From The Synthetic Orchestra

Banjo-Kazooie Symphony On the Way From The Synthetic Orchestra

Licensed and released on 31st May

Not so long ago, you may remember us drawing your attention to the Super Metroid Symphony, which is the work of talented composer and sound engineer Blake Robinson, the man behind the Synthetic Orchestra. If you like the music from the iconic Super NES title but want to hear it with a fully orchestrated sound, it's...

News: Putty Squad Returns This Summer

Putty Squad Returns This Summer

Classic platformer makes a comeback

System 3 - who are celebrating their 30th year in the video game publishing business this year - has announced that they'll be reviving one of their best-loved franchises this summer on Xbox 360 and other platforms. Putty Squad was first intended to be released for the Commodore Amiga back in 1992, but even...

News: Time to Rock Out With Some Chiptunes, Thanks to Diad

Time to Rock Out With Some Chiptunes, Thanks to Diad

Could have been called "Super Mosh Bros."

Occasionally we like to direct your attention to some awesome music or videos that we come across, and today we bring you a rock chip-tune album called Diad. As that description suggests, this seven track album aims to produce 8-bit chiptunes that, given the right instrumentation, could very easily be...