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News: Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry Almost Made Our Day On Nintendo Wii And DS

Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry Almost Made Our Day On Nintendo Wii And DS

...but it was cancelled. Do you feel unlucky, punk?

Detective Harry Callahan is one of Clint Eastwood's most enduring characters, and starred in some seminal action movies back in the '70s and '80s. Eastwood's no-nonsense cop would inspire countless clones in both movies and video games, and back in 2004 Warner Brothers decided that it was time that...

News: Assets For Cancelled Nintendo DS Version Of Crash Tag Team Racing Emerge

Assets For Cancelled Nintendo DS Version Of Crash Tag Team Racing Emerge

Was apparently only months from completion

Back in 2005 Sierra released Crash Tag Team Racing on a variety of formats, including the Nintendo GameCube. The game was a sequel of sorts to the well-received PlayStation classic Crash Team Racing and its follow-up Crash Nitro Kart, and was also due to hit the Nintendo DS at the same time. That port...

News: The Lost Worlds of Power eBook Arrives This Week to Fulfil Your Retro Life

The Lost Worlds of Power eBook Arrives This Week to Fulfil Your Retro Life

"12 unique literary adaptations of classic and not-so-classic NES games"

Earlier this year we told you about The Lost Worlds of Power: Volume 0, a free eBook — led and collated by Nintendo Life alumni Philip J Reed — which included five new tales inspired by the notoriously awful Worlds of Power video game novels from the NES era. That was...

News: Sami Cetin Breaks The NTSC Super Mario Kart World Record On Mario Circuit 1

Sami Cetin Breaks The NTSC Super Mario Kart World Record On Mario Circuit 1

He's a Time Trial master

Super Mario Kart SNES has just had another barrier broken on the Time Trial Mode. You may recall us reporting that UK-based Mario Kart expert Sami Cetin was the first person to break the sub-58 second barrier on the PAL Version of Mario Circuit 1 on Christmas Day, 2013. After this amazing Christmas present it was almost...

Weirdness: This Wearable Power Glove Accessory Can Be Yours for $150

This Wearable Power Glove Accessory Can Be Yours for $150

Tremendous hair not included

It seems the legacy of the infamous Power Glove controller for the NES lives on, so much so that one adventurous young individual has cracked a couple of them open and replaced their guts to create an interesting range of winter hand accessories. The connections are cut from the device and then the innards with wiring...

Anniversary: 20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

Donkey Kong Country is now two decades old

Donkey Kong is Nintendo's first major star, having made his début in the arcade game that effectively turned the company into the global monster it is today. However, when Mario decided to become Super on the NES and take his place as Nintendo's number one mascot, DK was bumped down the pecking order and...

Video: Someone Has Built Mario Kart 8's Mute City Track In F-Zero X, Just Because They Can

Someone Has Built Mario Kart 8's Mute City Track In F-Zero X, Just Because They Can

You've got boast power!

Mario Kart 8's new DLC is a beautiful thing, offering additional characters, karts and tracks which breathe new life into what was already one of the best Wii U games. However, one of the highlights for the Nintendo Life team — all card-carrying F-Zero fans — is the Mute City track, which makes us want a sequel more than...

Weirdness: Fan Turns Pokémon Blue into a SNES Game

Fan Turns Pokémon Blue into a SNES Game

Making a classic…more of a classic?

It can be said that most Pokémaniacs share the dream of one day being able to play a full Pokémon adventure on a big screen, and one dedicated fan has achieved this by managing to fit a Pokémon Blue Game Boy cartridge into an empty SNES cartridge through some soldering work. The Nintendo 64’s Pokémon...

Video: The Top 10 Mario Platformers, As Selected By You

The Top 10 Mario Platformers, As Selected By You

You voted, and the winner is...

Way back in August, we asked you wonderful readers what your favourite Super Mario platform game was. You voted, and from those votes we came up with a Top 10 list, which we have immortalised in this video. If you ever played a Super Mario game, then you must be curious about what game is number one, right? Could it...

News: The Man Behind Sega's Wonder Boy Series Hates The Controls In Super Mario Bros.

The Man Behind Sega's Wonder Boy Series Hates The Controls In Super Mario Bros.

"The movements just didn't feel right"

Super Mario Bros. is one of the most influential video games of all time, and has gone on to inspire countless titles over the years. While the vast majority of these subsequent games have tried to capture the magic which made Shigeru Miyamoto's NES classic so popular, Westone Bit founder Ryuichi Nishizawa has...

Book Review: Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works

To be this good takes AGES

Back in the early '90s Sega and Nintendo were hostile enemies, and this rivalry trickled down to the people who played their products. Anyone old enough to have experienced this period will no doubt recall the heated playground debates about which console was best, and the splintered friendships caused by something as...

Hardware Classics: The Sega Genesis Nomad

The Sega Genesis Nomad

The less-travelled roadie

During the early '90s Sega's hardware department effectively went crazy. Flushed with the success of the Genesis / Mega Drive in North America and Europe, the company produced a series of commercial duds in an attempt to buttress its 16-bit business in the face of stiff competition from rival Nintendo. The first endeavour...

Video: Teenagers Try Their Hand at the Original Super Smash Bros.

Teenagers Try Their Hand at the Original Super Smash Bros.

Arguable levels of success throughout

If you've ever wanted to feel old or skilled at a game from the Super Smash Bros. series, this video should be able to accommodate you. The REACT YouTube channel has taken six teenagers of varying names and sexes and pitted them against one another to see who has the most skill on the N64's classic Super Smash...

News: Former President Of Silicon Knights Announces New Entertainment Company, QE2

Former President Of Silicon Knights Announces New Entertainment Company, QE2

Will the spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness finally be released?

Dennis Dyack, former president of the now defunct Canadian-based developer, Silicon Knights, has announced the formation of a new entertainment company titled, Quantum Entanglement Entertainment Inc., also abbreviated to,“QE2.” The new company will focus on the development of...

Video: I ♥ Virtual Console - Monster Party Is The Wackiest Halloween Classic You'll Never Play

I ♥ Virtual Console - Monster Party Is The Wackiest Halloween Classic You'll Never Play

This NES classic deserves another lease of life - or should that be death?

Halloween is upon us, and while children all over the globe get themselves ready to don horrible costumes and harass their neighbours for candy, we're taking a look at a spooky old NES classic which really should be on the Virtual Console on a day like today. Monster Party...

Weirdness: Mike Tyson Fights Himself in Punch-Out!!

Mike Tyson Fights Himself in Punch-Out!!

K-Oh

While the NES version of Punch-Out!! now has 'Featuring Mr. Dream' in the title, before licensing issues and imprisonment in the '90s it was branded with the Mike Tyson name, who was one of the most ferocious boxers in Heavyweight history at his peak. He's now a somewhat mellow middle-aged man, of course, releasing books and conducting speaking...

Video: Let's Celebrate The Game Boy That The West Never Got

Let's Celebrate The Game Boy That The West Never Got

Shedding some light on a handheld classic

Nintendo's Game Boy range was massively successful all over the world — heck, even Kurt Cobain had one — but not every variant of the system made it out of Japan. Just before the launch of the Game Boy Color, Nintendo produced a revised backlit version of the original monochrome system which was...

News: Developers Reflect on F-Zero As It Passes Ten Years in the Wilderness

Developers Reflect on F-Zero As It Passes Ten Years in the Wilderness

"F-Zero is really something special to me"

Barely an E3 or Nintendo Direct goes by without someone in the Nintendo Life team muttering that maybe, against all odds, F-Zero will return. It's now been over ten years since F-Zero Climax, a thoroughly disappointing Game Boy Advance entry that's ignored by many, arrived in stores. It was an inglorious...

Video: Did You Know Gaming Tackles Donkey Kong Once Again

Did You Know Gaming Tackles Donkey Kong Once Again

The Rare years

Rare's Donkey Kong titles have recently been making their way onto the Wii U eShop in Europe — and hopefully will do so soon in North America — making it a good time to look back on the franchise. Whether that timing was part of its consideration or not, we do have Did You Know Gaming returning to the DK IP in its latest video...

News: The Game Boy Color is Now 16 Years Old

The Game Boy Color is Now 16 Years Old

It'll be asking to host house parties...

Nintendo's released so many systems and iconic games that anniversaries are a regular occurrence; now it's the turn of the Game Boy Color — it's 16 years old, having been released in Japan on 21st October 1998. While some attribute Nintendo's trend for focusing on innovation and content over raw power as...

Feature: The Making of Rocket: Robot on Wheels

The Making of Rocket: Robot on Wheels

How one of the N64's most criminally under-appreciated games came to be

The Nintendo 64, while simultaneously renowned and infamous for doing many things, is arguably best remembered for defining the 3D platforming genre. When Super Mario 64 released in 1996, it didn't just blow everyone’s socks off; it revolutionised home console gaming and set...