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Ninterview: Joe Heaton on The Joy of Game Boy Mods and Chiptune Music

Joe Heaton on The Joy of Game Boy Mods and Chiptune Music

"Over time it’s achieved an iconic status "

Nintendo's unrivalled history and cultural impact in gaming is manifested in various ways, and brings together fans and enthusiasts of many kinds. A number of us enthusiastically jump into the company's latest systems and games, while others find the most joy in collecting retro equivalents. There are...

News: This Metroid Game Boy Advance Design is a Treat

This Metroid Game Boy Advance Design is a Treat

Perfect for celebrating Metroid Fusion's arrival on Wii U

Metroid Fusion is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console, which is good news as it's rather brilliant. The arrival of Game Boy Advance titles on the Wii U also gives portable gamers with longer memories or retro leanings an excuse to look back wistfully on the original platform, the...

Hardware Classics: Sega Saturn

Sega Saturn

Out of this world

Following their epic tussle for supremacy during the early part of the decade, the remainder of the '90s were difficult times for rivals Sega and Nintendo. The arrival of hardware newcomer Sony — and its phenomenally successful 32-bit PlayStation system — totally changed the landscape of the video games industry. Sega and...

News: This Legend of Zelda NES Demake Allows You to Experience Link's Most Basic Quest Yet

This Legend of Zelda NES Demake Allows You to Experience Link's Most Basic Quest Yet

Save Hyrule block by block

The original Legend of Zelda may seem like a very simple game compared to today's super-duper HD titles, but it's surprisingly deep despite its 8-bit exterior. If you don't believe us, then you may want to check out a recent demake of the game which proves just how much simpler it can get. Created by developer Ben Purdy...

Book Review: Boss Fight Books - Chrono Trigger

Boss Fight Books - Chrono Trigger

There's more than one way to revisit the past

It's difficult to write about video games. Believe us, we know. The medium is, strictly speaking, a compound one. Whereas writing about works of art in most media entails a relatively straightforward discussion of how well or poorly the work in question used the tools available to that medium, writing...

Weirdness: Here's a Nine-Hour Video of Every SNES Start Screen

Here's a Nine-Hour Video of Every SNES Start Screen

You know you want to...

Back in January, YouTube user NicksplosionFX made a three-hour video of every NES start screen — well, a lot of them, arguments aside. Now he's back for the Super Nintendo edition, clocking in at just over nine hours. It's in alphabetical order if you want to skip straight to your favourite game, but true fans will surely...

Feature: A Look At the Super Mario Kart (SNES) World Championship 2014

A Look At the Super Mario Kart (SNES) World Championship 2014

Start your engines

With the arrival of Mario Kart 8 soon this year, the franchise has come a long way; yet while plenty of gamers look ahead to what's next in the series, competitive gaming on its predecessors is still going strong. An example is the original Super Mario Kart on the Super NES, just recently released on the Wii U Virtual Console...

News: Swedish Speedrunner Breaks Record For Fastest Zelda: Majora's Mask Playthrough

Swedish Speedrunner Breaks Record For Fastest Zelda: Majora's Mask Playthrough

Because he can

Speed-runs seem like a dime a dozen these days, with new records being broken all the time. Although they seem like a fad to some, others are extremely passionate about them and spend a generous amount of time figuring out how to beat the clock. A few months back, we talked about one such individual, Cosmo Wright, whose January 2013...

News: The Videogame History Museum's GDC Nintendo Exhibit Was Full of Retro Delights

The Videogame History Museum's GDC Nintendo Exhibit Was Full of Retro Delights

The Virtual Boy even appeared

GDC (Game Developers Conference 2014) has drawn to a close, and it brought us some snippets of Nintendo news, mainly focused on the download market. Nintendo showed off various games on the way to the eShop, promised there were plenty more, and showed off Mario vs. Donkey Kong running on the Nintendo Web Framework. The...

Weirdness: Square Enix Reproduces Deadly Final Fantasy XIV Boss in 16-Bit Style

Square Enix Reproduces Deadly Final Fantasy XIV Boss in 16-Bit Style

We'd play a Super NES version any day

Final Fantasy XIV, an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) for the franchise, has had a troubled history. The first version was such a disappointment that Square Enix eventually dropped it, reproducing the game and changing up the development team that eventually released the far-improved A...

News: How One Man Is Giving Sonic Fans The Game They Want To Play

How One Man Is Giving Sonic Fans The Game They Want To Play

And he wants to do the same with Stunt Race FX next

Let's be honest here, Sonic's recent outings haven't been all that hot. Sonic Lost World on 3DS and Wii U was a crushing disappointment when you consider the level of hype it received, and most of the character's recent 3D outings have failed to recapture the brilliance of his early adventures...

News: Nintendo 64 Support Teased For A Future Hyperkin RetroN Console

Nintendo 64 Support Teased For A Future Hyperkin RetroN Console

Company teases an E3 reveal

The Hyperkin RetroN 5 is shaping up to be the most impressive "clone" system ever created; it has support for NES, Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance all in one box — but it would appear that Hyperkin is already thinking about how it can improve on this platform. Speaking...

News: Furrtek Software Engineering Revives The Game Boy Scene With Medieval Puzzler Airaki

Furrtek Software Engineering Revives The Game Boy Scene With Medieval Puzzler Airaki

25 years on, and still going strong

If you thought the best days of the Game Boy had been and gone, you’re probably right. Still, that hasn’t stopped retro-hacker and developer Furrtek Software Engineering (basically, a guy with a computer) from attempting to resurrect the gaming scene on what is arguably the most beloved Nintendo handheld of...

News: Super Mario Kart Record Holder Sami Cetin Gives Some Tips and Hits the Track in Mario Kart 8

Super Mario Kart Record Holder Sami Cetin Gives Some Tips and Hits the Track in Mario Kart 8

Niece and world champion Leyla Hasso takes him on

For the vast majority of Wii U owners, we suspect the 30th May release of Mario Kart 8 is a major event on their gaming calendars. It's a franchise that has consistently delivered success for Nintendo, with the most recent iterations uniting experienced gamers and enthusiastic newcomers in some...

News: Super Metroid is 20 Years Old Today

Super Metroid is 20 Years Old Today

One of the all time greats

Super Metroid is 20 years old today, having been released in Japan on 19th March 1994. It's a title that would go on to be one of a number of iconic, memorable experiences on the 16-bit machine, and is still revered to this day. Alternatively called Metroid 3, this title — like others in the series that would follow —...

News: Super Mario Kart Action Replay Code Discovered Which Grants Access To CPU Weapons

Super Mario Kart Action Replay Code Discovered Which Grants Access To CPU Weapons

Payback time

Super Mario Kart veterans will be aware that the CPU-controlled racers in the SNES classic don't always play fair — they've got access to exclusive weapons which aren't available to the player. We've lost count of the number of times we've seen Bowser reach for that deadly fireball and wish that we could get some of those amazing...

Weirdness: This Super Mario 64 Fan Remake is Fairly Impressive

This Super Mario 64 Fan Remake is Fairly Impressive

It's HD Mario, which was a novelty once!

Fans just can't get enough of retro Nintendo games, often recording themselves on speed-runs or producing animations, short films and music albums dedicated to various classics of years gone by. Some go a step further and decide to do their own remakes of the classics, no doubt hoping that their humble...

Video: Nintendo Minute Gets a Little Random While Wishing You a Happy St. Patrick's Day

Nintendo Minute Gets a Little Random While Wishing You a Happy St. Patrick's Day

Getting into the 'spirit', it seems

We regularly post the Nintendo Minute videos here on Nintendo Life — not always, but when they're interesting, entertaining or both. Today's video opens up a new category: 'quirky'. It's 17th March, which means it's St. Patrick's Day, in honour of the patron saint of Ireland. As many will know it's not just...

News: Twitch Claims Victory in Pokémon Crystal

Twitch Claims Victory in Pokémon Crystal

Adventure in Hoenn Begins Next Week

TwitchPlaysPokémon has spawned a massive following and fanbase. An insane amount of artwork and history have been created by thousands of dedicated fans of the series. Now, with two games under its belt, the internet phenomenon will begin its journey in Hoenn next week. The stream defeated the Elite Four and...