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News: Super Famicom Reaches 21 Years Old Today

Super Famicom Reaches 21 Years Old Today

Finally able to drink

It might seem like just yesterday, but it's 21 years ago today that Nintendo's 16-bit leviathan took its first step onto Japanese soil. The Super Famicom launched on in Japan on Wednesday 21st November for ¥25,000, selling out of its first shipment of 300,000 units within a few hours: hardly surprising considering it launched...

Feature: Remembering the GameCube

Remembering the GameCube

A decade of cubed gaming

Every company in every industry will have a few years in its history that don't quite stack up to the rest. With the mammoth success it had enjoyed with the SNES, Nintendo must have had quite the shock when Sony's PlayStation proved to be a huge overnight success in the mid-Nineties and poached many publishers, developers...

News: Zelda Top Brass Discuss Link To the Past in 3D

Zelda Top Brass Discuss Link To the Past in 3D

It could happen

The 3D Classics has taken in arcade games and 8-bit classics, but the potential for 3D remakes of games from the 16-bit era is mouthwatering. In a recent GamesRadar interview, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma revealed that he and Shigeru Miyamoto have discussed bringing the 3D treatment to Super Nintendo classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: Well actually, even Mr. Miyamoto..

News: The History of Nintendo Volume 2 Out on 15th December

The History of Nintendo Volume 2 Out on 15th December

Pre-orders open

The History of Nintendo: Volume 1 spanned the company's beginnings up until the creation of the Game & Watch, setting things up nicely for the second volume, which deals exclusively with Gunpei Yokoi's LCD wonder. The History of Nintendo: Volume 2 — 1980-1991: The Game & Watch games, an amazing invention to give its rather lengthy title, has just been given a 15th December..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 22: Mascots and Mixes

NLFM Episode 22: Mascots and Mixes

New digs for old friends

Our chip and game music podcast rears its lovely head this month with a collection of Nintendo mascot sounds new and old, from that new Kirby game to Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Metroid remixes. Jun Ishikawa, Hirokazu Ando — Cookie Country (Kirby’s Return to Dreamland)The Greatest Bits — Fear Factory (Donkey Kong Co

Feature: Ten Years of Golden Sun

Ten Years of Golden Sun

Bask in its warm glory

2001 must have been a particularly good year for gaming: we just celebrated Pikmin's tenth anniversary, and now it's time to look back on the birth of RPG franchise Golden Sun. The original Golden Sun launched in North America on 11th November 2001, with sequel Golden Sun: The Lost Age following in early 2003. Created by RPG...

Feature: Pikmin's 10th Anniversary

Pikmin's 10th Anniversary

A modern classic

The GameCube era is still a questionable time for Nintendo fans. While the console undoubtedly had its standout titles, there always seems to be a lingering question over how high — or, more to the point, how low — it would rank when gauged against Nintendo's other consoles. But wherever you fall in the debate, it's impossible not to acknowledge Nintendo's willingness to shake..

Feature: Classic Sequels - Tricks or Treats?

Classic Sequels - Tricks or Treats?

Better than monkey nuts

The night is finally here: Halloween is upon us. At the time of writing the world isn’t being taken over by zombies, werewolves or ghosts. Instead, the main horrors are the legions of children in cheap masks ringing the doorbell and demanding treats. Many can look forward to bags full of toffee apples, loose sweets and a pile of monkey nuts from less generous victims..

Feature: Fun and Frights on Nintendo - Part 2

Fun and Frights on Nintendo - Part 2

Moments of gaming horror

Halloween is almost upon us, with many gamers making plans for a night of terrifying gaming. Whether these are modern titles or retro, old-school goodness, there are plenty of scary games to enjoy. In the first part of our Fun and Frights feature, we gave a brief outline of how horror games have developed through the...

Feature: Fun and Frights on Nintendo - Part 1

Fun and Frights on Nintendo - Part 1

How horror has evolved

At this time of year, it’s no doubt common practice for many gamers to find their favourite scary game, turn off the lights and get into the Halloween mood. There’s something about frightful gaming experiences that's unique in the entertainment industry. Unlike horror movies or tense, nerve-wracking books, video game fear...

News: We Like These Tiny Pinball Tables and Arcade Cabinets

We Like These Tiny Pinball Tables and Arcade Cabinets

Flipping cool

Nintendo curiosities often fascinate, and these tiny replica arcade cabinets and pinball tables certainly fit the bill. The 1/12th scale models available to buy at Retro Heart includes classic Nintendo titles like Donkey Kong Jr., Mario Bros. and plenty more. Each model is individually hand-made, with glossy vinyl graphics and little

Round Table: Let's Talk About Castlevania

Let's Talk About Castlevania

25 years of memories

This week has been Castlevania features week. We’ve picked our top ten games from the series, reviewed an awful novelisation of Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest, and provided some tips for wannabe Dracula hunters. One thing that has become clear amongst the team is that this series is packed full of memories and nostalgia, as...

Ninterview: The Wizard's Luke Edwards

The Wizard's Luke Edwards

A Nintendo icon talks exclusively about starring in the cult classic

Although critics will tell you that The Wizard was little more than a brazen Nintendo advertisement masquerading as a movie and box office statistics will suggest it was a dismal commercial failure, there are legions of devoted fans that will argue just as passionately that it's a...

Feature: A Guide to Hunting Dracula

A Guide to Hunting Dracula

The old-school way

So far this week we’ve listed our top 10 Castlevania games, while also launching the Nintendo Life Book Club with the horrific Simon’s Quest novel. A common theme across the series is the quest to defeat Dracula, mostly by trekking through his unfeasibly huge castle. Should the unlikely ever occur and the world looks to you to hunt down the Prince of Darkness, who better to..

News: Pix'n Love Updates Site, Puts New Books Up for Pre-Order

Pix'n Love Updates Site, Puts New Books Up for Pre-Order

Turning over a new leaf

Pix'n Love Publishing, the company behind the rather good History of Nintendo: Volume 1, has just overhauled its website and put up a stack of new books to pre-order. Top of the list is the next issue in the series, titled The History of Nintendo: Volume 2 — Game & Watch, which goes through the development of Nintendo's classic LCD gaming devices. If it's half as good..

Feature: Nintendo Life Book Club - Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

Nintendo Life Book Club - Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

For all you bookworms

Here at Nintendo Life we do our best to keep you entertained with a diverse range of news, reviews, features, podcasts and music shows. We've been missing one thing, though: a Nintendo Life Book Club. There's a lot of game-based literature out there, so we thought that the bookworms out there would like to chill out with a...

News: Now It's Getting Cold, Stay Warm with Game Boy Gloves

Now It's Getting Cold, Stay Warm with Game Boy Gloves

Look cool, feel hot

Our readers in the Southern Hemisphere can comfortably look away now: this one's for the northerners currently approaching the chill of winter. You know we love some Nintendo arts and crafts here, and these knitted Game Boy gloves by Nintendo Life reader MaDonna could be just the thing for keeping your hands warm during the...

Feature: Castlevania - The Terrifying Ten

Castlevania - The Terrifying Ten

Our favourite Dracula quests

As the dreaded night of Halloween continues to loom ever closer, we are now turning our attention to the Castlevania franchise, which recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary. All of this week there'll be features looking at the series, as we join the hunt to take Dracula down once and for all. In previous features...

Feature: Resident Evil's Nintendo History

Resident Evil's Nintendo History

Undead on the big N, past, present and future

The claustrophobic darkness. The creeping undead. The hideous monsters. The Resident Evil series has brought such thrills and chills to our TVs since 1996, and it’s taken quite a unique path when it comes to Nintendo consoles. With the month of All Hallows’ Eve upon us, we decided to take a look at...

Feature: The History of Nintendo Volume 1 Book Review

The History of Nintendo Volume 1 Book Review

Let's-a go

You might consider yourself a Nintendo expert, with innumerable facts and figures at your disposal, but even the most knowledgeable follower of the Kyoto company will find hitherto unknown realms of information in The History of Nintendo: Volume 1 — 1889 - 1980: From playing-cards to Game & Watch. The book made waves last year in...

News: If You Like Storage and Nintendo We Have Just the Site for You

If You Like Storage and Nintendo We Have Just the Site for You

New life for old friends

To many retro gamers, cartridges are hallowed things: plastic shrines that hold the sacred texts within. They're also really handy things for sticking hard drives and portable storage in too, of course. Crafts website Broodr has some of the more ingenious options we've seen so far, with everything from Game Boy Advance carts...

Podcast: NLFM Episode 21: Curse of the Halloween Hootenanny

NLFM Episode 21: Curse of the Halloween Hootenanny

Fear the reaper!

Since it's not only the single best month of the year and because we had so much fun last time [citation needed], the NLFM Halloween Hootenanny has returned! More spooky, more sinister and more deathly, this episode is best listened to in a dark castle dungeon while eating raw pumpkins. Failing that, anywhere else will do. 1. Hip Tanaka, Keiichi Suzuki — Giygas Battle..

News: Unreleased N64 Game Glover 2 Surfaces Online

Unreleased N64 Game Glover 2 Surfaces Online

The sequel that never was

N64 platformer Glover may have been lost in the sea of other 3D platformers that flooded the system, but it's got nothing on its sequel. Glover 2 was never finished, but in 2010 a prototype version of the game made its way to eBay, allowing the world to see Interactive Studios' unreleased sequel. Check out the video below...