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Feature: Mega Man Retrospective - Part Two

Mega Man Retrospective - Part Two

Back to the future

Yesterday we brought you part one of our Mega Man retrospective, where we looked at the first five main entries in the iconic series. It's all in honour of the Blue Bomber's 25th Anniversary, with this segment spanning the NES to Wii eras of Nintendo systems, with some non-Nintendo systems making a brief appearance. Mega Man 6...

Feature: Mega Man Retrospective - Part One

Mega Man Retrospective - Part One

25 years young

Twenty-five years ago today, the world was introduced to a super fighting robot — the Blue Bomber himself — Mega Man. Known as Rock Man in his native Japan, Mega Man earned global fame and popularity, introducing gamers to a unique and challenging franchise that, unsurprisingly, became a piece of classic gaming history. Looking...

News: Virtual Boy Title Bound High Goes Into Production 16 Years Late

Virtual Boy Title Bound High Goes Into Production 16 Years Late

Better late than never

Bound High was originally shown at the 1996 E3, but like all of the other Virtual Boy games demonstrated at that event, ended up being cancelled when it was clear that the console's fate was sealed. Since then, the game has become famous with hardcore Virtual Boy fans, with its source code floating around the web and a...

News: Give Your Wii U A Retro Makeover With This NES Skin

Give Your Wii U A Retro Makeover With This NES Skin

Beauty is only skin deep

The Wii U is an attractive system - a little too prone to picking up fingerprints perhaps, but aesthetically pleasing all the same. However, if it's just not "Nintendo" enough for you in its present guise, then you could slap this NES skin on it. Available in a gloss or matte finish, this skin will transform your shiny...

News: Entire SNES Game Collection Up For Sale

Entire SNES Game Collection Up For Sale

Yours for just $24,999

Every now and then an eager retro collector raises eyebrows by offering something unique at an eye-watering price, which in the past has included items such as demo NES cartridges. This time around we have an entire collection of Super NES games up for sale, which includes all 721 retail releases for the system that hit the...

News: Bizarre Games Related Wedding Stories Emerge

Bizarre Games Related Wedding Stories Emerge

Simulation girlfriends and Zelda wedding rings ahoy!

Ah, love at first sight; the sun is always shining, the grass is always green, and the sky is always blue. This is exactly what one Japanese otaku felt for his virtual woman - Nene Anegasaki of the dating sim Love Plus on the Nintendo DS, to be precise. Over time, he met a real life woman and they...

News: 72 Hour Super Mario Marathon Promises Fun and Fundraising

72 Hour Super Mario Marathon Promises Fun and Fundraising

Keep running right

Occasionally we bring you news of charitable marathons that not only bring amusement and entertainment for interested spectators, but also raise a lot of money for charity. With the recent glut of 2D Mario titles — well, two — we feel we should share the news of an upcoming 72 hour Super Mario marathon being organised by The...

News: What's On Your Game Boy Camera?

What's On Your Game Boy Camera?

Check your cupboards now, you could be sitting on valuable memories

The Game Boy Camera was a cool little device. Released at the end of the '90s, it allowed you to take grainy monochrome snaps using your beloved handheld. The images were pretty poor quality and you could only fit a few inside the minuscule memory, but for a generation of kids...

News: Nintendo Unfolds Paper Mario Visual History

Nintendo Unfolds Paper Mario Visual History

It's so pretty

Paper Mario: Sticker Star is days away in Europe and has been available in North America for a few weeks, and represents the first venture of the flat Mario onto a handheld. It's the fourth entry of a series over a decade old, meanwhile, games with enough RPG elements and dialogue to require a bit more development time than a...

News: 47,096 Perler Beads Made This Awesome Chrono Trigger Artwork

47,096 Perler Beads Made This Awesome Chrono Trigger Artwork

A labour of love

When you love a video game very much there are a number of ways in which you can express that adoration to the world. One is to simply tell anyone that will listen, while another is to create a fan-site or something similar which communicates why it's such a fantastic game. However, this imgur user decided that he wanted to do...

Feature: Reinventing Nintendo's Legacy Franchises on Wii U

Reinventing Nintendo's Legacy Franchises on Wii U

It's comeback time

Despite often being criticized for a perceived lack of new franchises, Nintendo’s back catalogue offers a wealth of unique games which have each carved out their own place in the company’s legacy. From Mario to Link to lesser known characters such as Ness and the Ice Climbers, it is clear that Nintendo has a diverse range of...

News: Ex-Rare Staffer Explains How He Created A Profanity-Packed N64 Cult Classic

Ex-Rare Staffer Explains How He Created A Profanity-Packed N64 Cult Classic

Chris Seavor spills the beans on Conker, the chances of Killer Instinct 3 and why he left Rare

Conker's Bad Fur Day is famous for its bad language, adult themes and profusion of poo, but it didn't start life as a mature-rated piece of software. Originally intended as a direct sequel to the cute and cuddly Game Boy Color title Conker's Pocket Tales,...

News: This Zelda Video is Truly Epic

This Zelda Video is Truly Epic

One of the best you'll see

We've seen some creative and clever videos over the years, with no shortage of film-making skill, that celebrate Nintendo franchises or characters. One of our favourites is this post-it Mario sequence, which used stop-motion video techniques and 7000 post-it notes — all in the name of entertainment. The talented people...

Feature: Hands-On With 16-bit RPG Pier Solar

Hands-On With 16-bit RPG Pier Solar

We check out the Mega Drive epic which could be making its way to Wii U soon

WaterMelon's 16-bit RPG Pier Solar is proof that old gaming hardware can enjoy a fresh existence years or even decades after its original production lifespan. What began as a homebrew project in 2004 has turned into a indie gaming success story; Pier Solar has had...

News: New Sonic The Hedgehog Comic Takes A Trip Down Memory Lane

New Sonic The Hedgehog Comic Takes A Trip Down Memory Lane

The legacy lives on

Sonic the Hedgehog has so many comics made about him, it's surprising Disney hasn’t bought the rights to make the movies. Last year Archie Comics released Sonic Legacy Series #1, a graphic novel which packed in issues 1-16 of the publisher's Sonic the Hedgehog comics, as well as issues 1-3 of the original Sonic miniseries; the...

Feature: The Making Of Myst

The Making Of Myst

We speak to one half of the Miller brothers about its creation

Few video games have the ability to polarise opinion quite as sharply as Myst. When it hit shop shelves back in 1993 many critics scoffed at the sedate gameplay and predicted that few people would want to sit through a game that was little more than an ‘interactive...

News: Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run Available From 17th November

Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run Available From 17th November

A must for Metroid fans

Harmony of a Hunter is a fan-produced album that celebrates the Metroid franchise, and when released it gave a more significant acknowledgement of the series' 25th Anniversary than that from Nintendo itself. A free, two-disc album with 36 tracks, it was a major undertaking that we discussed in our interview with Shinesparkers...

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...