Retro News

January2014

  • Video Xbox One vs. Nintendo 64

    There's a reason why the classics are referred to as classics

    A new comparison video by Jeff Rubin, in which he pits the Xbox One against 1996's Nintendo 64, has proven what many of us have known all along: the Nintendo 64 is hands-down the superior system. The short tongue-in-cheek video (see below) actually makes a pretty compelling case as to...

  • Weirdness Snoop Lion's Latest Music Video References Pokémon and Retro Games

    DoggTales...

    Snoop Lion, for those unaware, is the current artistic name of the rapper many will likely know as Snoop Dogg. In recent times he's undergone a fairly major image change, with a shift in his music's themes, that new name and an even more chilled out style. Rather than hitting up the streets with Dr. Dre — or whatever — the most...

  • News Prolific Video Game Box Art Illustrator Greg Martin Passes Away

    Created covers for Sonic, Duck Tales 2, Adventure Island and many more

    The name Greg Martin may not mean anything to most gamers, but if you've been playing since the days of the NES then you will definitely have seen — and no doubt appreciated — his work. Martin created the amazing western covers for plenty of Sega and Nintendo games, such as...

  • News Award Winning Zelda-Themed Short Film, "Escape", To Get Feature Length Follow-Up

    "PRINCESS IN ANOTHER CASTLE" to tackle similar themes

    Way back in October 2012 we shared an award-winning, emotive and challenging Zelda-themed video called Escape. It portrayed some difficult times for a young girl that was miserable at school, before going home to a breaking family as well as physical and emotional abuse. Her escape was in the...

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  • Weirdness Worlds Of Power Is To Rise From The Grave In 2014

    Nintendo Life's Philip Reed is taking a trip down memory lane

    Young gamers growing up in the early 90s no doubt remember Worlds of Power. It was a series of youth-oriented novelisations of classic NES games...and the books have become legendarily awful. They were inaccurate, inept, and very poorly written. While their ostensible mission was to...

  • News Sega's Most Successful Console Is 25 Years Old Today

    Happy birthday, Mega Drive

    A quarter of the century ago, Sega released its most successful console. The Mega Drive hit Japanese retailers on October 29th, 1988 and would go on to sell an estimated 40 million units globally. Known in North America as the Genesis, the system was the first to genuinely challenge the supremacy of Nintendo's NES, and the...

  • News This Zelda Super NES Design is Rather Pretty

    A lick of paint can do a lot

    It's common for enthusiasts to take existing hardware and apply their own twists with alternate shells, skins and paint; just recently a surprisingly attractive 'Luigi 2DS' looked good enough to be official. The practice of tweaking consoles is perhaps most common with retro consoles, however, as the old are made new...

  • News Data Says - Choose Squirtle in Pokémon Red & Blue

    Logic once again seeks to ruin an Internet debate

    It is one of the greatest questions of our common era: who is the best Pokémon to begin with in Red & Blue? Everyone has their own opinion they will likely take to the grave, but science writer Kyle Hill decided to try a data-backed argument in a recent blog article for Scientific American. In...

  • News Sega Genesis Owners Very Nearly Missed Out On Treasure's Gunstar Heroes

    Sega of America almost passed on the legendary run-and-gun title

    Localising Japanese games for western release is a costly process, and even today we still see a lot of titles remaining Japan exclusives and therefore tantalisingly out of reach. Back in the '90s it was very much the same deal, with many amazing 16-bit games failing to make the jump...

  • News SEGA's Retro Remakes Down to Fans for "Next Lineup"

    Europe and North America still awaits retro 3D series on the eShop

    While now a software developer and publisher with other major interests in entertainment such as Pachinko machines in Japan, for some SEGA will always be the hardware and arcade company that brought joy to their early gaming years. It's a strong legacy, and the company often shows a...

  • News Readers Of EDGE Consider Ocarina Of Time And Mario 64 To Be The Best Games Of The Last 20 Years

    GoldenEye 007 and Super Mario Galaxy also make the top 10

    Long-running UK video game magazine EDGE recently turned 20, and to mark the occasion it ran a poll to see what its readers consider to be the 20 greatest games to be released since the publication's birth in 1993. Unsurprisingly for Nintendo fans, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and...

  • News Proposed Boogerman Reboot Will Feature Earthworm Jim

    16-bit icons stick together

    We recently reported on a Kickstarter campaign to make a new version of Boogerman, a gross 16-bit platformer which originally appeared on the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis back in the '90s. The creators are seeking $375,000 to fund the project and have raised just over $24,000 so far, with 27 days remaining. They'll no doubt...

  • News NECA's New RoboCop Figure Is Based On The 1989 NES Game

    Dead or alive, this figure is coming home with us

    Toy maker NECA has revealed the next entry in its video game-inspired figure line, and it's none other than augmented officer Alex J. Murphy, better known as RoboCop. The figure takes inspiration from Data East's 1989 NES adaptation of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven movie. The concept has recently been...

  • Video Nintendo Releases a Pokémon Series Showcase For You to Enjoy

    The presenter says "Pokémon" roughly one billion times

    While Nintendo's marketing for Pokémon X & Y has featured the usual excitable adverts and footage, with the games now released the company has taken a step back to present a Pokémon Series Showcase. For those new to Pokémon or perhaps too young to have been around since the earliest...

  • Video This Stop Motion Mega Man Video is a Bit Awesome

    Over 10,000 photos used

    As regular readers will know, we like drawing attention to some of the best and most interesting examples of gaming culture, where fans go to extraordinary lengths to simply produce something fantastic for others to enjoy. One YouTube creator we've featured is FinalCutKing, a channel that gave us the rather brilliant...

  • News If Nintendo Did Make A Smartphone, We'd Want It To Look Like This

    Feast your eyes on these Famicom and Super Famicom phone mock-ups

    There have been calls for Nintendo to enter the mobile phone market for years, with some even going as far as to create 3D renders of what they believe a "Nintenphone" should look like. While the Kyoto company has so far resisted the urge to leap into the handset arena, if it does...

  • News Overlay Gives an Old NES Controller Some New Zelda Sleekness

    Wii U isn't the only one who looks good in black and gold

    Have you been hearing this strange, quiet sighing noise ever since you got your limited edition Zelda Wii U bundle? It's probably coming from your old NES controller, wistfully eyeing that totally dope, gold-emblazoned GamePad and wishing it could have been as radically awesome in its day...

  • Feature A Supersonic History of Sonic Cartoons

    I’m waaaaiiiiting...

    For anyone growing up in the early nineties, there was one gaming rivalry that dwarfed all others – Nintendo vs SEGA. While the feud gave us classic moments such as “Genesis does what Nintendon’t” and the infamous Genesis ‘blast processing’, this gaming cold war would split playgrounds and even families over who...

  • News Nintendo Wants To Close Down This Open-Source Web Version Of Super Mario Bros.

    "Full Screen Mario" infringes copyrights, claims Nintendo

    Full Screen Mario is a recreation of the original Super Mario Bros. which runs in your web browser. It has all of the original levels and even allows you to create your own stages. It's an impressive feat of programming by a single person — college student Josh Goldberg — but Nintendo is...

  • Feature Last Night A Hedgehog Saved My Life

    Damien McFerran recalls his once ardent love for Sega's Sonic

    This week sees the launch of Sonic Lost World on Wii U and 3DS. Two of the most anticipated Sonic games in years, these new instalments have been subject to the usual level of hype which seems to surround any new adventure starring Sega's popular mascot. I've been swept up in this...

  • Events Nintendo Life at Play Expo 2013

    How retro can you go?

    Last weekend, thousands of gamers descended upon EventCity in Manchester, UK to attend Play Expo 2013. Organised by Replay Events, the yearly expo focuses in four key areas of gaming: current gaming (now.play), retro (re.play) tournaments (pro.play) and activities for the ever-growing Cosplay scene (cos.play). Being the video...

  • Video Check Out WaterMelon's New SNES Title ProjectN

    Going underground with the developers in Germany

    Indie developer WaterMelon is perhaps most famous for its Mega Drive title Pier Solar, which is coming to the Wii U eShop next year. However, the small studio is also working on a brand-new SNES title, currently referred to as ProjectN. WaterMelon has been uploading some rather amusing — not to...

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    Review Densha de Go! 64

    Lost in "trainslation"

    The massive surge in the number of simulation games over the past few years has been nothing short of baffling. Years ago, Microsoft Flight Simulator was essentially the sole attraction in this specialist genre, but now it seems virtually anything can and should be turned into a simulation. Road Works Simulator, Farming...

  • News Yoshi's Cookie to Be Removed From European Wii Shop Channel

    Oh how the cookie crumbles

    Nintendo has updated the Wii Shop Channel with a new message stating that Yoshi's Cookie will be no longer available for sale as of 11th October. The surprise announcement doesn't provide any details as to why the NES game is being removed. It was originally developed by Bullet-Proof Software, with Nintendo acting as...

  • News News Site Claims That Zelda "Takes A Dim View Of Workers, People Of Colour And Women"

    Best not mention GTA, then

    You might assume that time spent in the mythical land of Hyrule is unlikely to cause anybody any undue distress, but according to some, that simply isn't the case. News and entertainment site Salon.com — which has a monthly unique readership of 15 million — has controversially branded The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of...

  • News Tommo Refuses to Follow SNK's Neo Geo X Termination Demand

    Send in the lawyers

    Yesterday we reported that SNK had retracted its license and demanded an end to the manufacturing and sale of the Neo Geo X, a portable version of the iconic '90s console. We rather thought that'd be the end of the matter, as the IP holder had issued a rather blunt demand — lesson learned, never underestimate the power of...

  • News Neo Geo X Handheld Shut Down By SNK

    And just like that, it's gone

    Not so long ago we reviewed the Neo Geo X and Mega Pack Volume 1, a potential low cost option for gamers to own a piece of portable hardware that could run games from the iconic system, ideal if a Wii Virtual Console or pricey Neo Geo system aren't handy. While it had its merits, our conclusion reflected some...

  • News Meet Molotov Man, Sensible Software's Unreleased Answer To Bomberman

    Little-known SNES outing is detailed in new book celebrating the UK studio

    Sensible Software is a company which is perhaps more famous in the UK than the rest of the world. Founded in 1986 by Jon "Jovial Jops" Hare and Chris "Cuddly Krix" Yates, it produced titles for 8 and 16-bit computers, many of which were ported to consoles such as the Sega...