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News: Unemployment And Platforming Combine In Wii U Title 8-Bit Boy

Unemployment And Platforming Combine In Wii U Title 8-Bit Boy

One man show

Danish one-man studio AwesomeBlade Software has announced that its retro-themed platformer 8-Bit Boy is coming to the Wii U. Created by Rasmus Kønig Sørensen - a Danish ex-video game journalist with a bachelor degree in Construction Management - 8-Bit Boy is a love letter to the 2D platforming epics of old. Sørensen counts himself...

News: SNES Campus Challenge & One-Of-A-Kind Console Go On Sale

SNES Campus Challenge & One-Of-A-Kind Console Go On Sale

Got a few thousand dollars to spare?

Video game collecting is something that's taken very seriously by some, and there are hundreds of expensive eBay auctions to back it up. The latest example to catch our eye is a listing on Game Gavel, with a very unique game and console up for auction. On sale is a copy of SNES Campus Challenge, a custom made...

News: Mega Man: The Wily Wars Battles Onto Genesis Portable

Mega Man: The Wily Wars Battles Onto Genesis Portable

Not on Virtual Console, sadly

Ever since Virtual Console arrived on Wii, plenty of older gamers — or younger retro enthusiasts — have had lists of games that they hope to see released on the service. One such title is quite possible Mega Man: The Wily Wars, a Sega Megadrive/Genesis release that includes re-makes of the first three titles in the...

Interview: The Trouble With The TurboGrafx-16

The Trouble With The TurboGrafx-16

We speak to former TTI Vice President and General Manager about the PC Engine's ill-fated trip to the US

The NEC PC Engine turned 25 this week, and to celebrate the life of this remarkable system we've already taken a comprehensive look at its history. If that didn't satisfy your hunger for NEC-related knowledge, then allow us to offer up this...

Feature: The Making Of The PC Engine

The Making Of The PC Engine

With NEC's machine turning 25, we take a look back at the history of the Famicom's biggest rival

Western gamers tend to consider Nintendo and Sega as the two major players in the 16-bit war. On European and American soil this was certainly the case - the Super Nintendo and Mega Drive (Genesis to North American players) battled it out for...

News: The Famicom's Biggest Rival Is 25 Years Old

The Famicom's Biggest Rival Is 25 Years Old

NEC's groundbreaking PC Engine comes of age

It makes us feel very old to say it, but NEC's popular 8-bit PC Engine console turned 25 yesterday. Better known in the US as the TurboGrafx-16, the system launched in Japan on October 30th, 1987 (yes, we know we're a day late with this) - a time when the Famicom was enjoying a period of total and utter...

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...