YesterdayTue, 25th Apr 2017
Japan had it so much better, thinks Ian Cortina
All the video game magazines you and I grew up with were crap. We were robbed. Dealt a poor hand. Okay, that might be a little extreme, they were not crap per se - we just never had it as good as our friends in Japan. Sure, many a mag tried and came very close - Super Play immediately springs to mind...
Mario Kart got boost power!
Super Nintendo launch game F-Zero was an impressive feat of development at the time. With its use of Mode 7 visuals it made for a compelling single-player futuristic racing experience that is enjoyable to play even today. It's a shame that the franchise appears to be pretty much dormant now with the last entries being...
Monday24th Apr 2017
Never give up
Like so many things in life, retro games often get better with age. However, if they're not properly cared for then they can fall into pretty bad shape physically - especially cartridges, which contain multiple components such as chips and back-up batteries. You might assume that when a cartridge reaches a certain state of disrepair...
Thursday20th Apr 2017
Also available on the Sega Genesis and Dreamcast
The original Game Boy was launched way back in 1989 but despite its advanced age it's still getting new software - albeit of the unofficial variety. OrionSoft has just released Escape 2042: The Truth Defenders for the monochrome console, a "futuristic fast-paced platformer game" which takes place in...
Wednesday19th Apr 2017
Looking for a Few Good Men and Women
Role-playing games are likely the most beloved genre of the 16-bit era. The graphics hold up well in many cases, and the storylines can still be engaging. There were a few problems with RPGs in the 1980s and 1990s though. Many games had low print runs, making them hard to find back then, and sometimes
Piko Interactive seeks to republish Arcade Zone's finest
You might remember Arcade Zone's "Legend" for the Super Nintendo, a game that cult magazine Super Play issue #22 reviewed with a conclusion of "Skillfully crafted with cracking graphics and some novel touches (...)", despite failing to bring anything new to the sidescrolling brawler formula...
Coming this Christmas
Nintendo is apparently working on a successor to the NES Classic Mini, if reports from Eurogamer are to be believed. Speaking to sources close to Nintendo, Eurogamer is reporting that Nintendo is already hard at work on the "Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System", which is expected to launch this...
Tuesday18th Apr 2017
Games that started history
Shigeru Miyamoto's arcade hit, Donkey Kong, has been nominated for the 2017 addition to the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Additionally, The Pokémon Company International released a statement on its website announcing that Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green, originally released in 1996 on the Nintendo Game Boy, have also...
Monday17th Apr 2017
A simple product turned into a messy saga
Based upon the various decent emulators out there, it's not hard to run NES games. They're 30+ years old, and in this modern era of GPUs and accessible operating systems people are playing 8-bit games on a dizzying range of devices. Some of us, of course, spend decent money for official ROMs from Nintendo,...
Saturday15th Apr 2017
Our favourite Italian plumber is saddened
In yet another confirmation that wraps up the final applicable region, the NES Mini has reportedly been confirmed as discontinued in Italy. Following North America, Japan and Australia, this marks Europe as the fourth
Friday14th Apr 2017
Another one bites the dust
Recently, we have reported that both the NES Classic Edition in North America as well as the Famicom Classic Edition in Japan have been discontinued. Now, a Nintendo of Australia representative has told Vooks that the diminutive system has also been discontinued in Australia. We can confirm that we are no longer...
No new information on the NES Classic Edition production in Europe
As we reported earlier, the NES Classic Edition has been discontinued in North America. It also appears, via an update on the official website, that the same has occurred for the Famicom Classic Edition in Japan. A message on the site says: This product has ended production for...
Thursday13th Apr 2017
No information available for other regions
Earlier this year there was chatter online around the potential discontinuation of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe); some retailers in Scandinavia, for example, suggested they'd been told no more stock was coming, but...
Wednesday12th Apr 2017
Coming to Switch eShop soon
The lovely folks over at HAMSTER have been treating us to some Neo Geo classics on the Nintendo Switch eShop while we await Nintendo's own reboot of the Virtual Console. One of the lesser known games in the Neo Geo library, called Over Top, will be coming out on 27th April in Europe priced at £6.29 - according to the...
Monday10th Apr 2017
Just in time for Dizzy's 30th birthday
If you grew up in the UK in the '80s it is likely you played a Dizzy game at one time or another. These budget titles by Codemasters were some of the best games that you could buy for your home computer. Like all good mascots Dizzy made the leap over to consoles too, and 1991 saw the release of The Fantastic...
Bitmap Books is now Playing With Super Power
We are big fans of Bitmap Books' previous Visual Compendiums, so it is exciting to see that the next Kickstarter campaign is dedicated to everyone's favourite 16-bit machine of wonders, the almighty and all-conquering Super Nintendo. While in Europe Sega put up an impressive fight with the equally...
Saturday8th Apr 2017
Ex-SNK-developed fighter gets back up after Kickstarter KO
After a disastrous Kickstarter campaign that managed to raise only half the needed funds to publish Unholy Knight on the Super Nintendo later this year, it seemed like NU-GAIA's ambitious Super Nintendo one-on-one fighter was heading for an early retirement. So it was surprising to find out...
Monday3rd Apr 2017
All aboard the translation hype train!
Don't feel bad if you never heard of Taito's Densha de Go! series before; as video games go, it's the kind of series that comes to mind when one wants to give examples of what a niche title is. Train enthusiasts however will know all about the series whose name translates to "Go By Train!". Like most of Taito's...
Saturday1st Apr 2017
To be the Man, you've got to beat the Super Macho Man
Another game is passing the 30 year mark. After all, in 1987 the NES was available worldwide, with lots of titles being released - Punch Out!! being one of them. Originally made as a prize giveaway for a Famicom Open Golf contest in Japan in 1987, it was a home conversion of the arcade games...
Friday31st Mar 2017
Sorry Tails, you've been demoted
ROM hacks may be considered as slightly shady by some sectors of the gaming community but they lead to some truly amazing games which - under normal circumstances - simply wouldn't exist otherwise. Take Sonic 2, for instance. Regarded as one of the hedgehog's finest adventures, it's hard to see how it could possibly...
Wednesday29th Mar 2017
Quite A Departure From The Original Amiga Game
After the success of Sonic The Hedgehog back in the day there was a flood of animal mascot platformers on every system imaginable, trying with varied degrees of success to cash in on the overnight popularity of the genre. French developer Titus Software was one of many companies all over the world...
Don't worry, he gets put back together again
The Robotic Operating Buddy - or R.O.B. for short - was one of the many ways Nintendo attempted to differentiate its NES system from "traditional" console platforms which had poisoned the market after the 1983 video game crash. This robotic companion could connect to the console and interact with various...
Tuesday28th Mar 2017
Remembering Rash, Zitz & Pimple
Battletoads - along with Rare's back catalogue - may be owned by Microsoft these days, but NES owners will always have a special place in their hearts for Rash, Zitz & Pimple, three radical amphibians with plenty of attitude. Created at a time when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dominated TV, gaming and toy aisles,...
Comes on an 80-MEG cart
WaterMelon, best known for its RPG Pier Solar, has just revealed its next project - a side-scrolling fighter for the Sega Mega Drive called Paprium. Development began quite some time ago, when the game was known simply as
Monday27th Mar 2017
When the Switch was first revealed several (older) members of the Nintendo Life team expressed the opinion that it would be utterly perfect for hosting old-school vertically-scrolling shooters when played in "TATE" mode - basically, when turned on its side so the screen is in portrait ordination rather than landscape. It would seem...
Saturday25th Mar 2017
SteamWorld Dig 2 was chosen to lead off the Switch Nindie Showcase, broadcast shortly before the system launched. The original SteamWorld Dig was a bit of a breakout hit for Image & Form, of course - though the studio had a long track record before that 3DS eShop release, it has often admitted that the success of that game took...
Tuesday21st Mar 2017
The Switch doesn't have a Virtual Console of its own just yet, but that hasn't stopped Hamster from releasing a slew of Neo-Geo arcade titles on the system. In the video above we take a look at all seven currently available titles including some shoot-em-ups, some fighting games, and... well, more fighting games.
Monday20th Mar 2017
Retro is the new open world
Amidst all the hype surrounding The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild it's important to take stock and remember the good old days before everything was measured in teraflops and gigaslaps. That's just what our man Dan Thompson has been up to and has decided to make the bold move of muscling in on my turf in the form of...
Saturday18th Mar 2017
Could these for heading to the Nintendo Switch?
Japanese company Hamster Corporation has confirmed the next batch of titles in its "ACA Neo Geo" range. The new games are Alpha Mission II, Fatal Fury, Metal Slug, Neo Turf Masters, Samurai Shodown, Sengoku and World Heroes. At t
Wednesday15th Mar 2017
Could this be the perfect coffee table book?
We've seen an explosion in books celebrating retro video game history lately. One of the most prolific publishers is UK-based Bitmap Books, which is responsible for many of our favourites - including the excellent Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection. Their catchily titled 'Visual Compendium' series has...