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News: The Man Responsible For Sega's Blast Processing Gimmick Is Sorry For Creating "That Ghastly Phrase"

The Man Responsible For Sega's Blast Processing Gimmick Is Sorry For Creating "That Ghastly Phrase"

"The next thing I knew Blast Processing was born"

Those old enough to recall the bitter 16-bit console war of the early '90s will be all too aware of how heated the battle got between Sega and Nintendo. The two firms were scrapping for domination in the burgeoning home console arena, and used every possible marketing weapon available to them to...

Video: Remembering Bubsy The Bobcat, The 16-bit Mascot Nobody Asked For

Remembering Bubsy The Bobcat, The 16-bit Mascot Nobody Asked For

"What could possibly go wrong?"

Remember Aero the Acrobat? Awesome Possum? How about Wonderdog? The 16-bit era was flooded with such me-too mascots from a wide range of publishers, largely spurred on by the incredible success of Sonic and Mario. As is the case when a single idea takes over the market, there simply wasn't enough of an audience to...

Art: If Nintendo Did Resurrect The Game Boy, We'd Want It To Look Like This

If Nintendo Did Resurrect The Game Boy, We'd Want It To Look Like This

Past and present

The Game Boy line may be effectively retired in Nintendo's eyes, but the name itself still carries a lot of weight with gamers all over the world - including German designer Florian Renner, who has put together a cool concept which resurrects the classic brand for the modern era. The Game Boy 1up is of course nothing more than a...

News: ​Hardware Review: Gamepad Digital GPD XD

​Hardware Review: Gamepad Digital GPD XD

That design reminds us of something

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when you're creating mass-market electronic devices, slavishly cloning the work of others usually lands you in costly lawsuit - just ask Samsung and Apple. However, there are a multitude of hardware makers working out of China which are small enough to operate...

Video: Learn a Little More About Chrono Trigger

Learn a Little More About Chrono Trigger

Courtesy of Did You Know Gaming?

When any conversation turns to the 16-bit era and classic RPGs, Chrono Trigger naturally gets mentioned. It's a stone-cold classic, undoubtedly, and turned 20 years old this year. As a fondly regarded SNES title - which also had a DS release - it's now been given the treatment by Did You Know Gaming?, the YouTube...

News: Unseen64 Reveals Information on Game Zero, a Sandbox GameCube Game from Former Rare Staff

Unseen64 Reveals Information on Game Zero, a Sandbox GameCube Game from Former Rare Staff

Looks kind of like a Minecraft precursor

Unseen64 is always digging up interesting facts and trivia about games that never got released and they've recently followed through yet again with another cool project that unfortunately didn't get to see the light of day. The project was to be developed by Zoonami, a studio composed of ex-Rare staff, but...

News: SNES Title Super Star Wars Coming to PS4 and Vita

SNES Title Super Star Wars Coming to PS4 and Vita

Blasphemy!

Well, it's happened. The PS4 and Vita may have a cooler Virtual Console release than Wii U and 3DS this week - well, sort of. Super Star Wars, the extremely tricky but fun SNES action platformer is coming to the PS4 and Vita in this week's North American PSN update, though it'll have some neat extras. From the PlayStation Blog:...

News: Swedish Craftsman Is Making An American Walnut-Clad Handheld Inspired By The Game Boy Advance SP

Swedish Craftsman Is Making An American Walnut-Clad Handheld Inspired By The Game Boy Advance SP

Woodn't you like one of these?

There aren't enough consoles made out of wood, in our opinion. Sure, the Atari VCS had pretend wood on its front and the guys over at Analogue Interactive have spoiled us rotten with their range of wooden Neo Geo systems, but there's still room in the market for more of this kind of thing - and thankfully the...

Video: This Guy Has Found What Could Be The Rarest Nintendo Game Ever

This Guy Has Found What Could Be The Rarest Nintendo Game Ever

Say hello the little-known 1981 coin-op, Sky Skipper

Donkey Kong might be one of the world's most famous arcade games, but it wasn't Nintendo's only stab at making a smash-hit arcade - the company had produced many other coin-ops around the same time, few of which could match the mighty Kong's commercial success. As a result, many of these early...

News: There Was Once an Open World South Park Game Planned for GameCube

There Was Once an Open World South Park Game Planned for GameCube

Dude!

South Park has had its share of dodgy games, including that rubbish one with snowballs as weapons on Nintendo 64 - c'mon, you know it sucked, admit it - though some reckon The Stick of Truth is a decent effort; not that Nintendo gamers had a chance to play that one. It seems, though, that a particularly ambitious project bit the dust in a past...

News: M2 Has The Source Files For Aquario, The Lost Arcade Title From Wonder Boy Studio Westone

M2 Has The Source Files For Aquario, The Lost Arcade Title From Wonder Boy Studio Westone

"Only the sound data is missing"

Wonder Boy studio Westone is sadly no more, but that doesn't mean that the company's legacy is doomed to be forgotten. In a recent interview with video game journalist John Szczepaniak for his book The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers Volume 2, Westone founder Ryuichi Nishizawa revealed that the source...

News: Cybernator Creator Talks Destructible Environments, Cut Ideas And Missing Stages

Cybernator Creator Talks Destructible Environments, Cut Ideas And Missing Stages

Nonlinear stage progression was mooted at one point

Cybernator - or Assault Suits Valken as it is known in Japan - is one of the finest action titles on the SNES, boasting awesome visuals, inventive levels and one of the most authentic representations of military mecha yet seen in gaming. What's even more amazing is that the game was designed almost...

News: Britsoft: An Oral History Charts The Birth Of The British Games Industry

Britsoft: An Oral History Charts The Birth Of The British Games Industry

Packed with exclusive interviews

While the exploits of Japanese and North American games makers are well documented, the considerable contribution that the United Kingdom has made to the global gaming scene is perhaps less well known. Thankfully that appears to be changing; last year's From Bedrooms to Billions documentary took an extensive look...

Video: Here's The Moment The SNES PlayStation Gets Turned On For The First Time

Here's The Moment The SNES PlayStation Gets Turned On For The First Time

"Thanks to the haters, too"

Last week we reported on the news that the legendary SNES PlayStation has been turned on and played, proving once and for all that the system is the real deal and not an elaborate fake, as some people had claimed. Dan Diebold - son of Terry, who unwittingly purchased the system when the company he worked at went bust -...

News: 1993 Kirby's Adventure Interview Reveals Cut Content, Alternative Names And Why Kirby Is Pink

1993 Kirby's Adventure Interview Reveals Cut Content, Alternative Names And Why Kirby Is Pink

"Normally a character like Kirby would have been yellow"

Kirby is now a firmly-established member in Nintendo's vast catalogue of intellectual properties, but back in 1993 he was very much a newcomer looking to prove himself - as this fascinating interview from the period attests. Freshly translated by Shumplations.com, the feature originally...

Feature: A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation 3 - 2002 to 2006

A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation 3 - 2002 to 2006

A period of evolution

As we build up to the 20th anniversary of Pokémon in February 2016, and look hotly ahead towards brand new things including the new Zygarde forms, we're continuing our monthly journey through each generation of Pokémon, this month we cover the generation that many ignored, the one that came after the Pokémon "fad" ended, but...

Video: Teens Discover That Finding A Weapon In GoldenEye 007 Is Harder Than You Think

Teens Discover That Finding A Weapon In GoldenEye 007 Is Harder Than You Think

"Bro, where's my gun at?"

GoldenEye 007 has been in the news lately thanks to comments from designer Martin Hollis regarding changes proposed by Shigeru Miyamoto, so this latest Teens React video is quite timely. You know the drill by now - the guys at the React YouTube channel take an old game, locate some willing teens and make them play it,...

Feature: Why We're Still Playing... Super Metroid

Why We're Still Playing... Super Metroid

Mitch Vogel on why it’s just as good 20+ years later

This is a series of features that'll focus on games that we keep playing again and again, either over an unhealthy number of hours or those that keep getting return visits long after they first graced our systems. I believe that the true test of a game's value is found in how well it stands...