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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...

Weirdness: Own The Manual To ClayFighter Sculptor's Cut? You Could Be Sitting On A Grand

Own The Manual To ClayFighter Sculptor's Cut? You Could Be Sitting On A Grand

Super-rare game has an even rarer instruction booklet

We'll forgive you for not being aware of this — because we certainly weren't — but ClayFighter Sculptor's Cut was a Blockbuster-only rental in North America. The 2D fighting title is therefore pretty rare already, but it's near-impossible to find with a mint instruction manual, mainly because...

News: This Famicom GamePad Skin is a Thing of Beauty

This Famicom GamePad Skin is a Thing of Beauty

A retro reminder every day

So, who is it says that the Japanese market gets all of the coolest limited edition Nintendo hardware and accessories? Well, lots of people, including us at Nintendo Life — because it's often true. The latest example is the pictured Famicom skin on the way to lovingly cover Wii U GamePad controllers in Nintendo's...

Video: Super Mario Slug X - It's As Crazy As It Sounds

Super Mario Slug X - It's As Crazy As It Sounds

Explosions, fireballs and madness

YouTube can be a funny, strange and at times silly place, and video game culture delivers some of its quirkiest videos as talented animators and directors mess around with gaming conventions. With such a prominent history in the industry, Nintendo naturally features in plenty of cameos and mash-ups, occasionally...

Hardware Review: Retro Duo Portable V2.0

Retro Duo Portable V2.0

NES, SNES and Mega Drive on the move

Clone systems are growing in popularity with each passing year, with several different companies all producing consoles which ape the performance of vintage hardware and aim to satisfy the needs of retro-lovers everywhere. We've already seen Hyperkin's SupaBoy bring portable SNES gaming to the masses, and now...

News: Abandoned Pixel Perfect Punch-Out!! Book Has a Knockout Ending With Mike Tyson

Abandoned Pixel Perfect Punch-Out!! Book Has a Knockout Ending With Mike Tyson

Public release failed due to licensing issues

While we cover a fair share of Kickstarter development fundraisers, one that's worth a mention is the Pixel Perfect: Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! book project, which was to raise money to enable public distribution for a limited run of 200 copies. The book itself was finished, an unofficial encyclopedia...

Feature: Celebrating Ten Years of The Wind Waker

Celebrating Ten Years of The Wind Waker

A decade under the ocean

This week marked the 10th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’s European release, a title that’s equally one of the most beloved and controversial titles in the entire Zelda franchise. Launched on the GameCube between 2002 and 2003 worldwide, The Wind Waker had a troubled launch, due largely to a...

News: Check Out These Spectacular NES Cartridge Rings

Check Out These Spectacular NES Cartridge Rings

There are plenty to choose from

There's a feeling you get with a cartridge that you just can't find with a boring compact disc. They may be a thing of the past but there are many people out there who still appreciate their charm. One person who clearly has a love for NES cartridges in particular is Etsy artist Jess Firsoff, who is making and...

News: The Super Mario Bros. Movie Is Getting a 20th Anniversary Screening In LA

The Super Mario Bros. Movie Is Getting a 20th Anniversary Screening In LA

Possibly more than it deserves?

Twenty years ago, Mario and Luigi starred in a pretty dismal Hollywood movie which almost ruined the career of Harold Ramis and still annoys star Bob Hoskins even today. However, there are still plenty of people who grew up loving the film — in the same way you come to love a tatty old teddy from your childhood, we...

News: Fan-Made Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker Remix Album Coming Soon

Fan-Made Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker Remix Album Coming Soon

"On the Breath of the Wind" releasing later this year

It's amazing to think that The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is ten years old — here at Nintendo Life Towers we still vividly recall seeing those lush cel-shaded visuals for the first time and being totally enraptured by the gameplay. To mark the occasion, a fan album is being produced which...

News: Chiptune Album World 1-2 Now Available To Download

Chiptune Album World 1-2 Now Available To Download

Music to our ears

Koopa Soundworks has released its digital album World 1-2 today featuring some of the best retro-style chiptune music you'll ever have the pleasure of hearing. The album is a collaboration that includes some of the biggest names from major gaming franchises and is being distributed via GameChops. One of the most recognisable names...

News: Super Retro Trio Plays SNES, Genesis, NES and GBA Games

Super Retro Trio Plays SNES, Genesis, NES and GBA Games

The RetroN5 has a challenger

It would seem that 2013 is going to be a big year for new gaming hardware — not only will we see the PlayStation 4 and Next Xbox, but we've got two new retro systems to look forward to as well. Hyperkin's RetroN 5 will be joined by the Retro-Bit Super Retro Trio, which plays SNES, Genesis / Mega Drive, NES and (with...