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Weirdness: Sega's Repackaged Transformers Arcade Game Is An Unexpected Nod To Its Glorious Past

Sega's Repackaged Transformers Arcade Game Is An Unexpected Nod To Its Glorious Past

Feeling the G-Force

Back when arcades really mattered, Sega was one of the industry's big hitters. The company not only produced amazing titles like Golden Axe and Alien Storm, but also ran a pretty amazing line in dedicated coin-op cabinets. Titles like After Burner, Space Harrier, Out Run and Thunderblade were all housed in massive, hulking units...

Anniversary: The Virtual Boy Is 20 Years Old Today

The Virtual Boy Is 20 Years Old Today

Nintendo's most famous failure is getting on a bit

According to the history books, the Virtual Boy is Nintendo's biggest failure — both commercially and critically — in the hardware arena. Launched 20 years ago today on 21st July 1995 in Japan to almost complete consumer apathy, it bypassed Europe entirely and was discontinued the following...

News: Secret Of Evermore's Epic Soundtrack Gets The Remaster Treatment

Secret Of Evermore's Epic Soundtrack Gets The Remaster Treatment

Sean Schafianski works his magic on Jeremy Soule's original tracks

Secret of Evermore is one of Square's forgotten classics - a SNES title created entirely in North America that tried to ape stable mate Secret of Mana, but didn't quite match it. Despite being less acclaimed than some of Square's other 16-bit titles, Evermore still has plenty of fans...

News: The Famicom is 32 Years Old Today

The Famicom is 32 Years Old Today

Should have a steady job and a mortgage by now

Here's one to make some of us feel old - the Famicom is 32 years old today, released in Japan on 15th July 1983. It was, of course, the system that would be revamped and remodelled as the NES in October 1985 in North America. Famicom was the shortened name for Family Computer; a key difference of...

Ninterview: Meet The Man Who Makes Hip-Hop Music From Classic Nintendo Hardware

Meet The Man Who Makes Hip-Hop Music From Classic Nintendo Hardware

"The controller we have created is like wearing my childhood round my neck"

We recently came across a UK based hip-hop producer and DJ by the name of Imperial, who makes quite a striking impression with a strange musical instrument strapped around his neck, which has parts that might seem very familiar to our readers. This musical instrument is...

News: MEGABytes to Blend a Cafe and Arcade Together in Glasgow

MEGABytes to Blend a Cafe and Arcade Together in Glasgow

Cake and NES, together at last

Retro gaming culture remains strong, with the collector's scene, events and expos remaining hugely popular around the world. Arcades are less common, though some entrepreneurs in Glasgow have decided that rather than simply open a cafe, it'd provide a blend of old and new. MEGABytes is opening in Glasgow (Scotland)...

Video: Check Out an Extensive History of Super Mario Bros. 2

Check Out an Extensive History of Super Mario Bros. 2

The real original and the Doki Doki Panic re-skin

Many Nintendo fans know the basic story around Super Mario Bros. 2 as known in the West, and the original sequel which would be called Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels outside of Japan. It's a familiar tale, but one nevertheless with some detail that's reserved for those keen to delve into the...

News: This 'PikaBoy' Game Boy Color Mod Goes the Extra Mile

This 'PikaBoy' Game Boy Color Mod Goes the Extra Mile

LED cheeks, a tail and feet to stand up

We sure like retro console mods here at Nintendo Life, as fans take classic systems and apply a neat twist to their design. Nintendo systems are often re-imagined in wonderful ways, and this 'PikaBoy' system is another example. The creator, 'eforie', had the idea in 2011 but made it a reality for...

News: Say Hello To What Could Be The Most Obscure Piece Of Nintendo Hardware Ever Made

Say Hello To What Could Be The Most Obscure Piece Of Nintendo Hardware Ever Made

Copy me do

There's been a lot of chatter lately about obscure gaming hardware, mainly inspired by the discovery of the prototype SNES PlayStation. However, if you want a truly off-the-wall slice of Nintendo history, then you need look no further than the Copilas. Produced in 1971 way before Nintendo had begun experimenting with video games, the...

Video: Take A Drip Down Memory Lane With Game Freak's Second Game, Jerry Boy

Take A Drip Down Memory Lane With Game Freak's Second Game, Jerry Boy

Or Smart Ball, if you had the misfortune of playing the American version

Game Freak may be most famous for the Pokémon series, but the company's history goes back a little further than that. Back when the firm was still learning the ropes, it released the platform title Jerry Boy on the Super Famicom. A cute and cuddly romp through a colourful...

News: Gunpei Yokoi Discusses The Struggle To Make The Game Boy In One Of His Last Interviews

Gunpei Yokoi Discusses The Struggle To Make The Game Boy In One Of His Last Interviews

"Hardware design isn't about making the most powerful thing you can"

Gunpei Yokoi is one of the most important figures in the history of Nintendo. One of the engineers who helped turn the company into what it is today, Yokoi produced some of its most significant releases - including the iconic Game & Watch series and the world-beating Game Boy...

News: Square's Romancing SaGa Finally Gets Translated Into A Language We Can Easily Understand

Square's Romancing SaGa Finally Gets Translated Into A Language We Can Easily Understand

Another Super Famicom classic liberated from the mists of time

1992 Super Famicom RPG Romancing SaGa has finally been translated into English. Designed by SaGa series creator Akitoshi Kawazu, this epic title never received a western release. The game is unique in that it abandons the linear structure seen in so many other JRPGs of the period and...

News: The Classic NES Lives On As An Awesome PC Case Mod

The Classic NES Lives On As An Awesome PC Case Mod

Pimp my NES

The iconic Nintendo Entertainment System was hardly a design classic back in 1985, but it holds special memories for many of us. What better way to keep the spirit of the humble NES alive than with a custom PC case mod? A PC Gamer reader gutted an old NES which he had lying around, went to work with a dremel and sandpaper and gave the...

News: The Man Who Found The SNES PlayStation Thinks It Will Probably Be Sold

The Man Who Found The SNES PlayStation Thinks It Will Probably Be Sold

"Sure my dad would think about selling it because he's pretty broke"

Yesterday we reported on the stunning news that a SNES PlayStation has been located in the wild. The existence of this almost-mythical machine was never in doubt - Sony released promotional images back in the early '90s - but it was believed that all of the prototypes were either...

News: Prototype SNES PlayStation Found In The Wild, Unicorn And Big Foot Expected Next

Prototype SNES PlayStation Found In The Wild, Unicorn And Big Foot Expected Next

Update: Video of console now live

Before Sony entered the home console arena it worked with Nintendo on a CD-ROM drive for the SNES. The aim was to eventually release a combined console - called the PlayStation - which would play SNES carts and SNES CD-ROM games. Of course, this never came to pass - at the 1991 CES Sony officially announced the...

News: Analogue Nt Starts Shipping To Buyers, Pitched As "The Leica Of Home Consoles"

Analogue Nt Starts Shipping To Buyers, Pitched As "The Leica Of Home Consoles"

"We've always looked up to the standards of companies like Leica"

Analogue Interactive's Analogue Nt has completed its initial production run and is now shipping out to consumers. The aluminium-cased console - which plays NES and Famicom carts - comes from the same company which gave us the wooden SNK Neo Geo AES and features a wide range of AV...

Movie Review: Behind Nintendo Quest's Game Collecting, There's A Surprisingly Human Story

Behind Nintendo Quest's Game Collecting, There's A Surprisingly Human Story

For the love of the find

Kickstarter-funded movie Nintendo Quest isn't exactly a documentary about NES games. They're definitely in the film; don't worry about that. You'll see so many shelves and boxes and displays chock full of gray cartridges that they'll dance behind your eyelids whenever you close them. But those who expect huge reels of play...