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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?"...

News: Tetris Halloween Outfits Are a Puzzling Sight

Tetris Halloween Outfits Are a Puzzling Sight

Blocks walking 'round the block

When you combine video game enthusiasts and that strange time of year, Halloween, there's no limit to what strange costumes may be seen strolling around normally quiet neighbourhoods. It seems that one group of friends forgot that they were trying to scare people, so instead opted to cause puzzlement instead. As you...

Rumour: Sega Is Working On Skies of Arcadia Remake

Sega Is Working On Skies of Arcadia Remake

Trademark renewal suggests the cult RPG could be getting a new set of wings

Skies of Arcadia is one of Sega's most beloved RPGs, having turned heads on both the Dreamcast and GameCube a few years ago. The GameCube version is now quite a collector's item, as it added content and generally improved on the Dreamcast original. It would appear that Sega...

News: The Complete 1986 CES NES Brochure For Your Viewing Pleasure

The Complete 1986 CES NES Brochure For Your Viewing Pleasure

Another retro gem from the vaults of ex-employee Howard Phillips

Howard Phillips has been raiding his collection of Nintendo-related memorabilia again, this time coming up with an awesome NES brochure from the 1986 CES. The promotional material focuses heavily on R.O.B. the Robot, Nintendo's ill-fated attempt to give the fledgling NES a little...

News: NES Signed by Stars of The Wizard Up For Sale

NES Signed by Stars of The Wizard Up For Sale

No Power Glove, unfortunately

One trick of adding value to old gaming memorabilia is to get it signed by famous people, and even if you have no intention to sell, it makes it that bit more magical. If you're going to get a Nintendo Entertainment System signed, then, you could do much worse than obtain the scrawls of the stars and director of The...

News: Good Lord, The Knit-tendo Entertainment System Actually Exists

Good Lord, The Knit-tendo Entertainment System Actually Exists

We're not pulling the wool over your eyes, honest

When you consider how omnipresent the NES was in North America during the early '90s, it's hardly surprising that a wide range of money-spinning - but ultimately pointless - peripherals were pushed out onto store shelves (Power Glove, we're looking at you). However, the king (or should that be...

News: Serve Up Some Pixels For Breakfast With The NES Toaster

Serve Up Some Pixels For Breakfast With The NES Toaster

Full of retro goodness

Digital artist, MyBurningEyes, has recently posted a rather smashing 3D design of an NES Toaster on deviantART.com. Sadly the Nintendo gadget is only a concept, but we're hoping that someone with the necessary skills will spot it and make our dream breakfast machine a reality! And then send us one to try with complimentary...

Ninterview: Super Famicom Guy

Super Famicom Guy

You can call me Stu

Welcome to a new regular feature on Nintendo Life: the "Ninterview". Once a month we'll be taking the time to talk to someone who has a special affinity to Nintendo, and our first subject is Stu Brett - who also goes by the moniker Super Famicom Guy. Stu, a 33 year old designer from Scotland, is such a huge fan of Super Famicom...

News: Meet The Man Who Brought Nintendo To America

Meet The Man Who Brought Nintendo To America

Howard Phillips' amazing journey from warehouse to boardroom

Although it's hard to imagine it now, Nintendo wasn't always a dead cert in North America. Back in the early '80s, before the company had launched the super-successful NES system in the States, it was just one of many Japanese coin-op manufacturers attempting to muscle in on the flagging...

News: New Documentry Celebrates The World's Unsung Tetris Masters

New Documentry Celebrates The World's Unsung Tetris Masters

Block buster

Everyone loves Tetris, right? Everyone from your grandma to Steve Wozniak, in fact! But for some people, the most famous video game ever to emerge from Russia is much more than just a way to waste a few minutes while waiting for the bus - it's a way of life, a challenge which defines and shapes their existence. Tetris lover Robin...

Feature: 20 Years of Mario Kart

20 Years of Mario Kart

How the time, and kart, flies

Today is yet another Nintendo anniversary, in this case the 20th anniversary of Super Mario Kart's release in Japan. That's 20 years of powering around tracks and making other mascot's driving lives miserable, while infuriating their masters in multiplayer. It's a series with enduring appeal that has evolved into one...

Feature: In Defence of Super Mario Sunshine

In Defence of Super Mario Sunshine

Do or don't look back into the sun

Ten years ago today, on 26th August 2002, GameCube title Super Mario Sunshine was released in North America to an abundance of critical acclaim, with relatively muted murmuring that it was an unworthy follow-up to Super Mario 64. Gradually over the past decade opinions have grown more divided and gamers have...

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...