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News: French Firm Recycles SNES Consoles With a Unique Twist

French Firm Recycles SNES Consoles With a Unique Twist

What once was old is new again

We've got a saying here at Nintendo Life Towers: Old consoles don't die, they just go into storage. It's heartening to discover that French firm Lëkki feels the same way; the company is focused on taking existing retro hardware and making it new again with a fresh lick of paint - and we mean that literally. Lëkki...

News: Mario Clone Super Maria Land Jumps Onto Android

Mario Clone Super Maria Land Jumps Onto Android

Great artists steal?

Smartphone-based clones of popular games are everywhere these days, but this latest effort really is unashamedly blatant. Super Maria Land - which proudly proclaims itself as a 'Mario Clone' on its official Google Play store listing is a port of a web-based Flash title for Google's popular Android platform. It's clearly a...

News: Watch the Translated GameCenter CX vs. Iwata Asks Segment Right Here

Watch the Translated GameCenter CX vs. Iwata Asks Segment Right Here

Fresh from Japan

If you watched last week's Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation you'll know that at the end there was a special GameCenter CX segment featuring none other than Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. For those of you that don't know, GameCenter CX (known in the west as Retro Game Master) is a TV show starring Shinya Arino, who plays...

News: Check Out These Interesting Sonic Facts

Check Out These Interesting Sonic Facts

Now that he's pals with Mario

In the past months we've shared some videos from the Did You Know Gaming YouTube channel, which takes well-known and loved franchises and digs out some interesting facts and quirks for us to enjoy. These typically involve buried lines of code that reveal abandoned development ideas, or just snippets of information about...

News: Prize Awarded To Brave Knight Who Completed Ghosts 'n Goblins On 3DS

Prize Awarded To Brave Knight Who Completed Ghosts 'n Goblins On 3DS

Capcom gave a Halloween challenge

Capcom's Ghosts 'n Goblins hits the North American 3DS eShop this week, and it's sure to have many gamers throwing their consoles at walls in disgust - not because it's a bad game (far from it) but because it's harder than Arnold Schwarzenegger in a suit of titanium armour. So legendary is this game's toughness...

News: Classic NES RPG Shadowgate Getting a Remake

Classic NES RPG Shadowgate Getting a Remake

Creator Dave Marsh announces Kickstarter campaign

Dave Marsh, the creator of classic point-and-click adventure game Shadowgate, has announced that his company is currently working on a remake for PC, Mac and mobile devices. A Kickstarter campaign will launch tomorrow (Friday 26th October) in order to raise the funds needed to develop the game...

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...