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Feature: Classic Gaming Typos, Errors and Translations

Classic Gaming Typos, Errors and Translations

Conglaturations for reading this

Earlier this week there was a great deal of chortling at a minor grammatical error in New Super Mario Bros. 2, with the initial Coin Rush notification being the offending screen; many of us actually missed it in our eagerness to play the mode itself. There's also a bit of a grammatical slip-up in the North American...

News: Intrepid Programmer Brings Super Mario Bros. to Atari 2600

Intrepid Programmer Brings Super Mario Bros. to Atari 2600

Harder than it sounds

While many of us enjoy indulging in retro classics on a regular basis, whether experiencing them for the first time or starting a 20th playthrough, there are those with a passion for past generations of systems and games that take the hobby further. Case in point is user Sprybug from atariage.com, who has reproduced World 1-1...

News: Dr Hank Chien Breaks His Own Donkey Kong World Record

Dr Hank Chien Breaks His Own Donkey Kong World Record

Just to rub it in

Dr Hank Chien is the current master and world record holder on the original Donkey Kong arcade. Ahead of a Kong Off II event in November, it seems that Dr Kong isn't merely content to enjoy his record and wait to face his rivals, but is actively trying to assert his place at the top of the tree. After extending his world record to...

News: Conker's Bad Fur Day Madness and Vulgarity The Work of "Twisted Genius"

Conker's Bad Fur Day Madness and Vulgarity The Work of "Twisted Genius"

Warning: poo references

Although Nintendo systems are notorious for censoring and toning down adult or vulgar content, there have been various mature games released on its consoles. A recent example, to name just one, is Madworld on Wii, which had enough violence and bad language to keep any mature gaming fan happy. If you want to go back to retro...

News: Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Helped to Save NES

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Helped to Save NES

In the UK they were heroes, not ninjas

It's a popular perception that NES swept all before it when it was released, dominating sales and 8-bit popular culture in the late 1980s. While that's probably true in North America and Japan, Nintendo's debut home console actually had a slow and rather unsuccessful start in the UK, with distribution via...

News: Rare Final Fantasy II NES Cartridge Hits eBay

Rare Final Fantasy II NES Cartridge Hits eBay

This one's only $50,000

A little while ago we posted news of a prototype cartridge for The Legend of Zelda on eBay, with the seller pricing it at $150,000 — though ultimately it went for around $55,000. Today brings another NES cartridge with a price tag to make the eyes water; this time it's a copy of Final Fantasy II on NES for $50,000. The...

Feature: Let's Celebrate Kirby's Spin-Offs

Let's Celebrate Kirby's Spin-Offs

Kirby's had a busy 20 years

Earlier this month, at his apocryphal 20th birthday celebration, we're sure Kirby was able to blow out his candles with trademark gale-force and reflect on what has been, even for a Nintendo character, an astoundingly diverse career. While keeping his day job of walking from left to right and inhaling enemies,...

Feature: The Making Of The Sony PlayStation

The Making Of The Sony PlayStation

Investigating the birth of a legend

It’s almost impossible to conceive it now but prior to the 32-bit PlayStation’s launch in 1994 there were real doubts over its chances in some sectors of the specialist press. Over 100 million hardware sales later, such pessimism seems woefully misplaced, but it’s easy to forget just how many hurdles Sony...

News: Turok Developer Wants To See N64 Versions On Virtual Console

Turok Developer Wants To See N64 Versions On Virtual Console

Ex-Iguana dev talks N64 development and the influence of James Bond

Former Acclaim and Iguana Entertainment designer Ryan Tracy wants to see the four N64 Turok games made available on the Virtual Console, but admits that the thorny issue of IP ownership could mean that his desire never comes to pass. Speaking to NotEnoughShaders.com, Tracy also...

News: Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run Set For November Release

Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run Set For November Release

Blasting your speakers soon

Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, the fan-produced music album of Metroid music and remixes, is now confirmed for a November release. A follow up to the original Harmony of a Hunter double album, 101% Run will feature music that missed out on the first release as well as brand new tracks. Like its predecessor it'll be...

News: The Legend of Zelda Prototype Cart Sells For $55,000

The Legend of Zelda Prototype Cart Sells For $55,000

One third of the Triforce price

Earlier this week we told you about a The Legend of Zelda prototype cart for sale on eBay, with the seller establishing a target price of $150,000. A sale has now been made for a handsome sum, but it's ultimately just over a third of that target price. According to examiner.com, $55,000 is a record total for a...

News: Commodore 64 Celebrates 30th Birthday

Commodore 64 Celebrates 30th Birthday

Birthday wishes still loading

We've seen some big gaming anniversaries in the past year that made some of the Nintendo Life team, and probably a fair share of readers, feel rather old. It's time for another one of these landmarks, as Commodore 64 turns 30 years old. While some may not know much about it, Commodore 64 was a games system that was...

News: King Nintendo 64 Lords It Up At Otakon

King Nintendo 64 Lords It Up At Otakon

Kneel, PS1 loyalists

The console wars are long since over for Nintendo 64, the curvy chunk that heralded the end of the cartridge era and fought heroically before succumbing to its rivals. If that particular console war was ever re-imagined, however, then there seems to be one gamer that could ride into battle with Epona: King Nintendo 64, of...

News: Legend of Zelda Prototype Cartridge Posted on eBay

Legend of Zelda Prototype Cartridge Posted on eBay

Yours for just $150,000

When it comes to online purchases, you're unlikely to find any other website with quite the same variety as eBay. You can quite easily buy some custom made birthday cards for a few dollars, or a rare prototype The Legend of Zelda cartridge for just $150,000, which is the price of a small house or expensive sports car. The...

Feature: Olympics Fever on Nintendo Systems

Olympics Fever on Nintendo Systems

Button mashing for gold

If you’ve been living in a cave and isolated from the world for the past couple of weeks, then you may not have been bombarded with coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It’s now well under way, and thousands of athletes are running, cycling, swimming and more in the name of winning a shiny gold medal. None of the...

News: Find The Real Master Sword in This Ocarina of Time Tribute

Find The Real Master Sword in This Ocarina of Time Tribute

Expect the unexpected

For gamers infatuated with iconic moments in gaming, who also happen to have a camera and a bit of film-making expertise, there's only one place to go: YouTube. While there's plenty of appalling rubbish on everyone's favourite video-sharing site, there's also some good work that re-creates memorable sequences with a twist. One...

News: Post-It Note Mario Has The Moves

Post-It Note Mario Has The Moves

Only 7000 notes used

As Mario is, arguably, the biggest icon in video game history, it's little surprise that he's the subject of various fan-projects and videos. One new video, posted yesterday on YouTube by user FinalCutKing, apparently uses 7000 post-it notes — and a lot of patience — to create a stop-motion video that sees Mario platforming...

Feature: GameCube - GBA Connectivity and Wii U

GameCube - GBA Connectivity and Wii U

Blazing a trail

Nintendo has been known to dip into its past when looking for the future. The 3DS is a good example: while the handheld may be the first glasses-free 3D video game system, it's hardly the company's first foray into the third dimension. The forgotten Famicom 3D System brought pop-out graphics to Nintendo's original home console in...

Feature: Batman's Nintendo Adventures

Batman's Nintendo Adventures

Holy topical feature, Batman!

Today sees the launch of The Dark Knight Rises in UK and North American theatres, amongst others, and it's become a cultural phenomenon, dominating the thoughts of Batman geeks and film lovers alike. We figured that you'll see the word 'Batman' wherever you go, so we might as well wrap it up in our favourite...

News: Apple Co-Founder is a Tetris Master

Apple Co-Founder is a Tetris Master

Those other gamers can't deny

Tetris is a brand that will forever be in the history of handheld gaming in particular, as it's credited by many as being the key title to launching the Game Boy to popularity. It had appeared on various consoles before Nintendo's handheld, but found its home on the system and became a phenomenon. The second part of...

News: Create 'A Game By Its Cover' Competition is Underway

Create 'A Game By Its Cover' Competition is Underway

Heading to Nottingham's GameCity festival

Indie game developers have delivered some memorable titles, mainly downloadable, in recent years. While blockbuster experiences can be terrific, there's a growing market of determined programmers and game designers going their own way, and 'A Game By Its Cover' is a competition that's encouraging people to...

News: Pixel Nation Volume 2 Hits Stands

Pixel Nation Volume 2 Hits Stands

Bubbly bobbly

Independent retro games magazine Pixel Nation has just published its second issue, available in both physical and PDF form. This volume comes loaded with articles on topics as diverse as bizarre NES accessories — ever heard of the Miracle Piano? — and a look back at classic gaming year 1986, there's something for everyone,...