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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...

News: Grant Kirkhope's Perfect Dark Soundtrack Blasts Onto Bandcamp

Grant Kirkhope's Perfect Dark Soundtrack Blasts Onto Bandcamp

The sweet beats

When we think back to iconic Rare shooters that helped to redefine the genre on the Nintendo 64, minds often drift to GoldenEye 007. That has a strong case as a trailblazer, but if you're looking for the best Rare title in that genre from the 64-bit beast, plenty of loyal fans will very enthusiastically and loudly point you towards...

News: Famicom Hardware Designer Masayuki Uemura Explains Origins of its Name and Red Colouring

Famicom Hardware Designer Masayuki Uemura Explains Origins of its Name and Red Colouring

Colour choice "due to an order from the company's president"

The original Famicom — which would be branded as the NES in the West — remains an iconic example of Japanese hardware design. That's not to say it was perfect, with one notable feature being that the controllers were hardwired into the system — it's easy to see why that idea was...

News: UK Retro Gaming Event Gathers Steam Ahead Of May Launch

UK Retro Gaming Event Gathers Steam Ahead Of May Launch

A festival of vintage gaming

If you're based in the UK and have a soft spot for the games of yesteryear then you might want to look into buying a ticket for Revival. The event — which is the successor to the popular Retro Fusion show — takes place on the weekend of May 18th / 19th at Wolverhampton Racecourse in the Midlands, and over a thousand...

News: 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience Hits DVD

100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience Hits DVD

Blu-Ray and digital launch expected this year, too

Those of you with exceptionally good powers of recollection will no doubt remember that we reported on the production of 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience last year. A love letter to the coin-op scene in Japan, the film has been completed thanks to two IndieGoGo campaigns which raised a...

Feature: Nintendo Battle - Game Watch: Super Mario Bros. 3 vs. Star Fox

Nintendo Battle - Game Watch: Super Mario Bros. 3 vs. Star Fox

The power's on the wrist

These days we take gaming portability for granted. We may kill time playing a bit of Angry Birds on our smartphones while waiting for the next bus to arrive or waiting for our dental appointment. Back in the early ’90s you could carry around a Game Boy or Atari Lynx, but neither was particularly pocket friendly. The...

News: Donkey Kong Junior Arcade Has A New World Record Holder

Donkey Kong Junior Arcade Has A New World Record Holder

1,349,000 points is the new high score

The classic arcade title Donkey Kong Junior has a new world champion after the previous record was beaten by 20,900 points Mike Kasper of Beaverton, Oregon is the man who achieved such a feat. During a live TV broadcast Kasper managed to score 1,349,000 points on an original arcade cabinet, topping the...

Video: Luigi Defeats All Characters On Super Smash Bros. Melee By Doing Absolutely Nothing

Luigi Defeats All Characters On Super Smash Bros. Melee By Doing Absolutely Nothing

A devious tactic

When playing Super Smash Bros. Melee there are various tactics you can use to come out on top. You could pick the speedy Fox McCloud and run rings around the other players, blast people from afar as Samus, maybe pick a powerhouse character and take it to your opponent from close range. Or you could just pick Luigi and win by doing...

News: These Screens Show What NES Games Would Be Like Today

These Screens Show What NES Games Would Be Like Today

Minus the secrets and controller-hurling difficulty

This video games lark is quite young as an entertainment medium; it's decades behind film and television, while books have hundreds of years behind them. Yet in a short time we've seen extraordinary transformations in technology and also game design. It's easy to forget when playing modern games,...

News: The Konami Code Is 27 Years Old This Week

The Konami Code Is 27 Years Old This Week

Raise a glass to more than a quarter-century of cheating

The Konami Code has gone from being a developer's secret workaround to one of video gaming's most famous cheats — and it's 27-years-old this week. According to lore, the code was created by Kazuhisa Hashimoto, who was developing the home port of Gradius for the Famicom / NES. Hashimoto...

News: Hyperkin: Nintendo Hasn't Contacted Us About the RetroN 5

Hyperkin: Nintendo Hasn't Contacted Us About the RetroN 5

Flying under the legal radar

In case you hadn't noticed, we're quite excited about Hyperkin's forthcoming RetroN 5 console. It plays practically every retro format under the sun, comes with a wireless pad and connects to HD televisions via HDMI — in short, it's shaping up to be the ultimate retro gamer's system. Interestingly, Hyperkin's...

News: Mother 3 Fan Offers Nintendo Free Translation of the GBA Title

Mother 3 Fan Offers Nintendo Free Translation of the GBA Title

Nintendo's offered an olive branch, fans will help to get the whole tree

So, last week Nintendo announced that it was finally planning to release one of the most requested Virtual Console titles we've known of here at Nintendo Life; Earthbound is coming to the Wii U Virtual Console. The fact that gamer reaction after its confirmation for the...

Feature: Nintendo Life's Staff Favourites - Super NES

Nintendo Life's Staff Favourites - Super NES

Doubling the bits for Super power

We think it's safe to say that the past two generations of Nintendo home consoles — Wii and Wii U — haven't overly concerned themselves with raw graphical power; now its all about concepts and experiences. It wasn't always so, with Nintendo responding the the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis — which enjoyed a spell...