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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...

News: Ex-Rare Developers Join Forces To Create A Spiritual Successor To Banjo-Tooie

Ex-Rare Developers Join Forces To Create A Spiritual Successor To Banjo-Tooie

All hope is not lost

Nothing puts a frown on a Nintendo fan's face like mentioning Rare. The company that once brought Perfect Dark, Donkey Kong 64, Banjo Kazooie and GoldenEye 007 are currently working on the Kinect Sports series for Microsoft. While most gamers have given up on seeing a new "proper" Banjo Kazooie sequel from Rare, a new glimmer of...

News: Clever People Turn a NES Zapper Into a Real Laser

Clever People Turn a NES Zapper Into a Real Laser

Ducks beware

We have exciting news for you today, and possibly the most important scientific breakthrough since the wheel: a laser NES Zapper. Some smart — and we hasten to add, safe — people have changed the famous NES accessory from a light gun to a laser gun, and we're not even kidding. After taking the light gun apart and stripping out...

News: Mega Man 3 Leaps Onto The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

Mega Man 3 Leaps Onto The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

For those about to rock

The third instalment of Capcom's popular Mega Man series is launching on the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console this week. Mega Man 3 - known in Japan as Rockman 3: The End of Dr. Wily!? - will go live on the Japanese 3DS eShop tomorrow (September 26th) for 500 yen. Even harsher than its already tough predecessor, Mega Man 3 has...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto: Mario and Luigi Don't Have Last Names

Shigeru Miyamoto: Mario and Luigi Don't Have Last Names

So stop saying he's called Mario Mario

When it comes to Mario, Nintendo's number one icon, there are plenty of myths and stories that can be debated by gamers until the moo moo cows come home. One of these, thanks to the Super Mario Bros. movie that wasn't particularly good, is that Mario and Luigi's last name is actually Mario, meaning that the...

News: We Sing 80s Hits The Nintendo Entertainment System

We Sing 80s Hits The Nintendo Entertainment System

In the fictional world of video game promotion, at least

We Sing 80s is the latest in a long line of Wii-based music titles, so it's a given that the promotional campaign for the game needs to be something special for it to get noticed. Publisher Nordic Games has done just that by mocking up a video which shows what the game would have looked like...

Feature: Diamonds in the Rough - Dementium: The Ward

Diamonds in the Rough - Dementium: The Ward

Worth a scare

Whenever we look back at a console’s lifespan, the first thing we nearly always do is remember the good stuff. We remember the Marios, the Zeldas, the hordes of Pokémon, and maybe even the odd Kirby game depending on your level of pink puff-ball persuasion. But we’re often so caught up in remembering what’s great that we very...

News: Ever Wondered How Your 3DS Battery Life Compares To the Original Game Boy?

Ever Wondered How Your 3DS Battery Life Compares To the Original Game Boy?

Semi-scientific evidence now available

As portable systems become more powerful it's almost a given that battery life has to suffer as a result. We all fondly remember getting hours and hours of use out of our old monochrome Game Boys and Game Boy Advance MK1 consoles, but just how much more stamina do these retro relics offer when compared to the...

News: Want To Guess Which Nintendo Racer Inspired WipEout?

Want To Guess Which Nintendo Racer Inspired WipEout?

If you said F-Zero, you're wrong

Given that Sony's famous futuristic racer WipEout features craft which float just above the track surface, it's reasonable to assume that Nintendo's F-Zero - which predates WipEout by almost five years and also contains anti-gravity racing - would have provided the main inspiration. However, lead designer Nick...

Feature: The Making Of WipEout

The Making Of WipEout

We speak exclusively to the guys that changed the face of racing games forever

Following the recent closure of Studio Liverpool, we decided the time was ripe to investigate the story behind one of the most famous franchises to emerge from the developer: WipEout. One of the first PlayStation titles to really show off the raw 3D muscle of the...

News: New Super NES Game Project Launches

New Super NES Game Project Launches

Investors call the shots

In recent months we've reported on some fan-funded campaigns that have appeared on sites such as kickstarter.com, but a new project has launched that's a little different in its approach. It's the latest campaign from Magical Game Factory, called 'ProjectN', which will be an all-new game developed for Super NES. Unlike...

News: Check Out Dinosaur Planet, Before it Was Invaded by Star Fox

Check Out Dinosaur Planet, Before it Was Invaded by Star Fox

Anthropomorphic characters, but different

Star Fox Adventures was the last Rare developed game on a Nintendo system before the company was bought by Microsoft, and it was famously not what had initially been planned. It was going to be a new IP called Dinosaur Planet, with creatures called Sabre and Krystal, sidekicks Tricky and Kyte, as well as a...

News: This Super Metroid Cover Will Blow Your Mind

This Super Metroid Cover Will Blow Your Mind

Rock me, Ridley

Given that video game music is held in such high regard by players, it's perhaps not surprising that there are literally hundreds of tributes floating around the net right now. However, few can match the awesomeness of this effort by On Being Human. The band - which is made up of film, television and video game composers - posted...

News: It's Nintendo Versus Sega, Anime Style

It's Nintendo Versus Sega, Anime Style

Epic console wars of the '90s retold in animation

Japanese anime has tackled a wide range of topics over the years. From the price of fame to the effects of the bombing of Japan in World War II, the medium has been put to stunning use by animators in the Far East. However, there's plenty of oddball stuff around, too - like Aoi Sekai no Chuushin...

News: Today Would Have Been Gunpei Yokoi's 71st Birthday

Today Would Have Been Gunpei Yokoi's 71st Birthday

Play a game of Tetris in his honour

Gunpei Yokoi was one of Nintendo's original star employees. His inventions made the company millions, with the Game & Watch series kick-starting a period of portable dominance for the firm which was cemented further by the launch of the insanely successful Game Boy - possibly Yokoi's most enduring legacy...

News: GoldenEye 007 Designer Gives Amazingly In-Depth Post-Mortem On The Game

GoldenEye 007 Designer Gives Amazingly In-Depth Post-Mortem On The Game

Martin Hollis talks about creating the perfect Bond game

Famed developer Martin Hollis may have gone on to other projects at the now-defunct Zoonami - creators of the WiiWare classic Bonsai Barber - but he started his career at Rare, where he worked on titles such as Killer Instinct, Perfect Dark and - possibly most famously - GoldenEye 007. Hollis...

News: Want to Know The Real Reason Star Fox Was Renamed in Europe?

Want to Know The Real Reason Star Fox Was Renamed in Europe?

Unravelling the mystery behind Star Fox, Starwing and Lylat Wars

It's funny what you take for granted. When we posted a photo of the N64 game Lylat Wars on our Nintendo Life Instagram account, we never thought for a second it would result in confused replies from our followers: "I've never seen this....what kinda badassness is in that cartridge?"...