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Feature: Nintendo's Biggest Blunders

Nintendo's Biggest Blunders

Even Mario gets it wrong sometimes

They say true love triumphs over any hardships. If that is the case, then we must really love Nintendo, for it's provided us with plenty of chances to test our devotion throughout the years. Here is a selection of moments where it all went topsy-turvy, even if our commitment never wavered: You Can't Play That:...

News: Capcom Japan Reprints GameCube Game Gotcha Force

Capcom Japan Reprints GameCube Game Gotcha Force

No, we don't know either

Think back to Capcom's GameCube classics: Viewtiful Joe. Killer 7. Resident Evil 4. Good games, one and all, making it all the more baffling the publisher has reprinted Gotcha Force for Japan. The 2003 action RPG didn't review too well and never flourished into a full-on franchise, but Capcom's giving it another shot with a...

Hardware Review: Everdrive 64

Everdrive 64

One cartridge, infinite possibilities

They may not find much favour with purists, but flash carts are becoming increasingly popular these days. The rapid march of technology combined with the low cost of flash-based storage has generated a wide selection of different options, almost all of which are produced in limited quantities and to very crude...

Feature: The Desire for Physical Media

The Desire for Physical Media

Digital isn’t always enough

Yesterday we reported that there’s a new SNES title on the way in 2013. That title is Nightmare Busters from developer Super Fighter Team, a run and gun action game with a planned pre-order run of 600 copies. The concept of developing for a console that's now four generations out of date is unconventional but not...

News: Retro Game Master Headed to DVD

Retro Game Master Headed to DVD

With a welcome extra

Many gaming fans are familiar with GameCenter CX by now. In this popular Japanese TV show, comedian Shinya Arino takes on difficult retro games, generally with the goal of reaching the end before his time is up. The show is especially popular with Nintendo fans, as not only are most featured games from the Famicom, several...

News: New SNES Title On the Way in 2013

New SNES Title On the Way in 2013

We're not kidding

Most Nintendo gamers are currently pre-occupied with their current consoles and perhaps looking ahead to the arrival of Wii U. It's surprising, therefore, to hear about a new title for Super Nintendo, but that's exactly what is on the way. Retro developer and publisher Super Fighter Team has confirmed that it is currently...

News: See Rockstar and Miyamoto's Unreleased N64 Project

See Rockstar and Miyamoto's Unreleased N64 Project

Do the buggy boogie

Back in the day, Rockstar San Diego — best known for Red Dead Redemption of course — was Angel Studios, a work-for-hire developer responsible for the N64 port of Resident Evil 2 among other games. What you may not know was the studio had an internal division known as Dream Team that once worked on an unreleased N64 game with...

News: Sami Cetin Sets New Super Mario Kart World Record

Sami Cetin Sets New Super Mario Kart World Record

Yes, another one

Super Mario Kart player extraordinaire Sami Cetin has just set another world record on the classic 1992 16-bit racer. At GEEK 2012 and using the PAL version, Cetin completed a time trial on Rainbow Road in just 1:26.64, only milliseconds quicker than the previous best of 1:26.68, set by Guillaume Leviach less than five days ago. Bet...

News: History of Game & Watch Book Due on 9th March

History of Game & Watch Book Due on 9th March

For real this time

We know we've reported several release dates for The History of Nintendo: Volume 2 — Game & Watch — the most recent being 15th December — but this time we're told it's definitely, definitely coming on 9th March. The follow-up to the rather good History of Nintendo: Volume 1 — 1889 - 1980: From playing-cards to Game...

Feature: Nintendo Characters Looking for Love

Nintendo Characters Looking for Love

Will you be their player two?

Like so many others, we at Nintendo Life get swept up in the romance that is in the air during St. Valentine's Day. We love the smell of the flowers, the taste of the chocolate and the irresistible allure of digging through the online dating profiles of strangers, hoping to find something amusing. Surprisingly, we got...

News: New York Gamer Breaks Tetris Record

New York Gamer Breaks Tetris Record

Then needs to lie down

Here at Nintendo Life we often follow the progress of the Donkey Kong arcade world record, with the feat representing, arguably, one of the pinnacles of retro gaming. There are plenty of other Nintendo classics from the 1980s that are still played competitively, however, one being the original Tetris on NES. As reported by...

News: Ex-Rare Staff Talk Nintendo, Microsoft and Where It All Changed

Ex-Rare Staff Talk Nintendo, Microsoft and Where It All Changed

Going places

Many long-standing Nintendo fans have a special place in their hearts for Rare, the British developer responsible for Banjo Kazooie, GoldenEye 007, Jet Force Gemini and more. In 1994 Nintendo bought a 49% stake in the developer, guiding it to create hit after hit, but in 2002 the studio was bought outright by Microsoft, spelling the end...

News: See, Kids? Sonic and Mario Weren't Always Friends

See, Kids? Sonic and Mario Weren't Always Friends

A little history lesson

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games might have been SEGA's biggest seller of last year, but don't let it fool you: it's an uneasy alliance. Sonic Wrecks recently posted a video from SEGA's official library that dates way back to 1992, from a time when the plumber-hedgehog rivalry was at boiling point. Just...

News: Can You Complete Super Mario Bros. In Under Five Minutes?

Can You Complete Super Mario Bros. In Under Five Minutes?

Mamma mia

Over 25 years on from release, people are still playing Super Mario Bros. on NES. Andrew Gardikis has probably played it more than most, as he's just set a new world record for fastest completion of the NES classic. Clocking in at 4:58.72, the time beats the previous record by ten seconds. Last year, Gardikis attempted to break the five...

Feature: The Wonder of Ugly Add-Ons

The Wonder of Ugly Add-Ons

Only their creators love them

For those who hadn’t noticed, we recently posted our 3DS Circle Pad Pro review, which unsurprisingly prompted a broad range of opinions and comments. While the reaction to the add-on has undoubtedly been diverse, most agree on one thing: it’s ugly. Or, to quote our review, it "makes the console look like it's...

Feature: 3DS and the Trend of Colourful Handhelds

3DS and the Trend of Colourful Handhelds

Who needs rainbows?

It’s been on the market for less than a year, yet the 3DS is already available in five distinct colours, with multiple limited edition console designs also in stores or on the way. The reaction to new colour announcements is always interesting: while some bemoan yet another ‘new’ 3DS hitting the market, many seem to accept...

News: Game Expo East Kent GEEKs Out in February

Game Expo East Kent GEEKs Out in February

Their words, not ours

The UK retro gaming meet-up scene is thriving, with Game Expo East Kent — GEEK — the next event on the 2012 calendar. Taking place from 15th – 19th February in sunny Margate, attendees can take part in tournaments on classic games like Super Mario Kart and meet like-minded gamers, while the Queen's Hall will hold industry...

News: The Origins of the Konami Code Revealed

The Origins of the Konami Code Revealed

All together now...

The Konami code is one of the most famous video game cheats of all time, but how did it come about? According to a translated chat between Konami's Kazuhisa Hashimoto and Shigeharu Umezaki, it all started with the NES port of Gradius. Hashimoto, the code's creator, explains: I had one guy under me, and he played through the coin-op version. That one’s really tough. I hadn’t..

News: Turn Your Retro Cartridges Into ROMS, Legally

Turn Your Retro Cartridges Into ROMS, Legally

Conscience intact

One thing that we positively don't support here at Nintendo Life is illegally downloading and playing retro games through emulators. As a result it's with a deep breath that we say this, but there's now a way to transfer your retro cartridges legally. A new gizmo called Retrode is on the way to market that allows you to plug in...

Hardware Review: Analogue Interactive CMVS Slim and Arcade Stick

Analogue Interactive CMVS Slim and Arcade Stick

A different class of console

When we went hands-on with Analogue Interactive’s amazing 100% walnut consolised MVS a few months back, we were amazed at both the workmanship involved and the mind-blowing retro gaming possibilities. The company managed to break into an extremely niche sector of the console hardware market with a machine that looked...

Feature: Staff Memories of Nintendo at Christmas

Staff Memories of Nintendo at Christmas

Merry Christmas, one and all

Christmas has arrived, the festive period of giving and generosity, and also a time when loved ones shower each other with thoughtful gifts. For many gamers it's a holiday full of nostalgia and memories of shiny new consoles, games and fun with the family. We couldn't let this holiday pass without sharing some of our...

News: The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary T-Shirt Due Soon

The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary T-Shirt Due Soon

Pre-orders open Christmas Eve

Premium t-shirt brand The King of Games has just revealed the official commemorative t-shirt for The Legend of Zelda's 25th anniversary, with pre-orders due to start on Christmas Eve. The shirt is available in black or green and features an image of Link's shield and Master Sword surrounded by his other famous items — boomerang, Rupees, heart container and more —..

News: How Was Super Mario Bros. 3 Made?

How Was Super Mario Bros. 3 Made?

Origin tails

The Tanooki tail is back in a big way this year, but it's time to take a look back at when and how it entered the Mario canon way back in Super Mario Bros. 3. Chris Covell's website has a translation of The Stars of Famicom Games, a 1989 book taking a sneaky peek at how Mario's greatest 8-bit adventure was created, from ideas to manufacturing. Shigeru Miyamoto, Koji Kondo, Takashi..

Feature: Further Adventures in Scanlines: The SLG SCART

Further Adventures in Scanlines: The SLG SCART

Reading between the lines

Not so long ago we reported on an awesome piece of tech which imbued your HD TV with the power to display authentic retro-style scanlines. The SLG3000 has since gone on to become a highly sought-after piece of kit in vintage gaming circles, so much so that Arcade Forge - the company behind the unit - have come up with a more streamlined version, dubbed the SLG SCART..

Feature: Celebrating 10 Years of Animal Crossing

Celebrating 10 Years of Animal Crossing

Population: glowing

Here's a fun game next time you're at a boring social occasion: try explaining the point of Animal Crossing to an elderly family member. Nintendo's genre-defying life series first appeared in Japan in April 2001 as Dobutsu no Mori ("Animal Forest") on Nintendo 64, but it was the enhanced Animal Forest+ for GameCube —...