TodayFri, 25th May 2018
Avoid the scalpers!
The NES Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (or NES Mini to it's closest friends) was quite the treat when it launched in November 2016. We loved it in our hardware review, with 30 classic games on board rendered in pixel perfect HD, what's not to like? Well, maybe the controller cord length if we are nitpicking! One...
There's been a spate of retro re-releases as of late in Japan, with publishers reissuing classic titles (and a few obscure gems) on their original platform. Japanese firm Tommo is the latest publisher to leap aboard the bandwagon, with two Super Famicom titles getting a reprint. It's been confirmed that Shodai Nekketsu Kpuha Kunio-kun...
YesterdayThu, 24th May 2018
Aquatic Ambiance is still relevant
Childish Gambino's latest track might have captured the zeitgeist in 2018, but back in 2012 the man otherwise known as Donald Glover took inspiration from a very different source. Much to the delight of veteran VGM composer David Wise, who recently discovered the track 'Eat your Vegetables' uses a looped sample...
Wednesday23rd May 2018
Gotta recap fast
The release of Sonic the Hedgehog in the early '90s was one of the key moments in the famous 'console war' between Sega and Nintendo, and would enable the former to challenge the latter's dominance of the global games market. Given the success of that first game, you would have imagined that a sequel was put into production without...
Not so 'Ultra' this time round?
Soapbox features enable our individual writers to voice their own opinions on hot topics, opinions that may not necessarily be the voice of the site. In this piece, our 'Man in Japan' Jon explains why Nintendo continuing the ‘classic mini’ line of retro consoles with the N64 may be one step too far... First...
Tuesday22nd May 2018
It's only a matter of time, right?
With the NES and SNES Classic Editions proving to be commercially successful, it's almost inevitable that Nintendo will produce another 'recooked' version of one of its vintage platforms. Given that Nintendo Co., Ltd. has just applied for an N64 trademark in Japan, one might assume that the 64-bit console...
Say hello to the Neon Advance
Humanity has been troubled by many great questions during its time on Earth. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Where do all those bloody odd socks go? However, none of these perplexing quandaries is more troubling than the ultimate question: which is the best Nintendo handheld for playing Game Boy Advance...
Saturday19th May 2018
At least five, anyway
Video games are a funny medium; one's released, and about a year afterwards you're not likely to be able to buy a brand new copy of it unless you're very lucky or it gets a second run. As such they age, and in a time of online patches and internet servers being so integral it's likely only going to get harder to play games...
Thursday17th May 2018
Gotta sketch 'em all
In a series of tweets yesterday, Game Freak employee James Turner revealed a sneak preview of a new educational manga recently released in Japan, detailing the history of Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri, and information from the early days at Game Freak. The book, called 'Satoshi Tajiri: The Man Who Created Pokémon', was...
"I have been upset for some time"
Remember Paprium? An incredible-looking Sega Genesis / Mega Drive scrolling fighter from the team behind the Wii U eShop RPG Pier Solar (which, incidentally, also began life on Sega's 16-bit system), it was announced over a y
Wednesday16th May 2018
"I had this faint hope that I’d be getting a call… but it never came"
Ever wondered what would have happened if Yuju Naka - former head of Sonic Team and one of the driving forces behind the success of the iconic blue speedster - had made the move over to Nintendo? Well, turns out that could have easily been reality. In a recent interview,...
Monday14th May 2018
Confirmed for both North America and Europe
We've known that the NES Classic Edition was making a comeback for a while now, but Nintendo has finally confirmed exactly when that will be. The company has revealed that both North America and Europe will be getting fresh stock of the micro-console on June 29th. The NES Classic was an instant...
A real 'virtual' console
Nintendo's plans for retro games on Switch don't seem to include the Virtual Console, and at the time of writing the company is going to focus on 8-bit titles when its online subscription service launches this September. However, one hacker has decided that they can't wait for SNES games to appear on their Switch and has...
Friday11th May 2018
It's hard to remember life before sophisticated digital cameras were bundled into a small slab of very thin microchips we carry around with us at all times, but it definitely happened. Back in 1998 most of us were taking photos on good old fashioned 35mm film and just hoping for the best when we took them to get dunked in...
Thursday10th May 2018
Buy a game, prevent mental illness
Devolver Digital and Megacat Studios are teaming up to create a brand-new SNES game which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues within the game development industry. Fork Parker’s Crunch Out was announced at the Game Developer Conference today, and is available to preorder...
A Jump 50th Anniversary addition, no less
Hot on the heels of SNK announcing the Neo Geo Mini really is a thing, the miniature console that set that original bandwagon rolling is getting a re-release. Yes, the NES Classic Edition - or Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer as its known in the East - is getting a special re-release in Japan on...
Wednesday9th May 2018
"There was no pushback"
Those of you who were alive during the late '80s and early '90s may well have fond memories of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, a cartoon production which dominated kid's TV during the early days of the Sega and Nintendo console war. Eurogamer has been speaking to people associated not only with this and the other Super...
Tuesday8th May 2018
"It's a game that could have been better"
Lizardcube's remake of Sega's sublime Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap was one of the very early eShop highlights on Switch. The work of programmer Omar Cornut and artist Ben Fiquet, this reimagining of an 8-bit classic took the Master System version and gave it gorgeous HD visuals while tinkering behind the...
Nintendo thrilled Switch owners today with hard details about its new Switch Online service, which includes NES games that can be played for free and feature modern elements, such as online play and voice chat. We've known that retro games would form some part of the mooted online package for a while, but many were hopeful that the Virtual...
Friday4th May 2018
A retro treasure trove
Last month SNK confirmed it was working on a 'Neo Geo Classic Edition' to mark its 40th anniversary, but bar an image showing 'something' draped mysteriously beneath a cloth we were left to wonder what such a throwback machine could be. YouTuber Spawn Wave may have potentially lifted the lid on these hotly-anticipated project,...
Tuesday1st May 2018
They'll work with your NES and SNES, too
With the Mega Man 30th anniversary now upon us, Capcom is pulling out all the stops to celebrate. Not only have we got Mega Man 11 coming alongside the two Legacy Collections, we've also got these limited edition cartridges for Mega Man 2 and Mega Man X. They even work on your old NTSC NES/SNES! Both...
And it's due later this month
It was only back in December last year that we got to experience the high-octane action of the first Gunbird, recalibrated for flight on Nintendo Switch, and now we're getting its equally bombastic sequel. That's right, Zerodiv is at it again, with plans to bring Gunbird 2 to the Switch eShop later this month. The game...
Friday27th Apr 2018
He's now working for a different, undisclosed firm
One of the Dragon Quest franchise's most influential developers has parted ways with the publisher. Jin Fujisawa, who worked on nine entries on the series (from Dragon Quest VII on PS1 to Dragon Quest X Online) has moved onto pastures new and is now working with a different company on an...
Thursday26th Apr 2018
Nintendo has revealed that the SNES Classic Edition has sold an impressive 5.28 million units worldwide. The micro-console - which launched in September last year - comes pre-loaded with 21 SNES titles - including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2 - and is the sequel to the equally-successful NES Classic Edition. The NES
Tuesday24th Apr 2018
37 years in the making
Few gaming characters have hung around as long as Donkey Kong, and over the years we at NL towers have garnered a healthy respect for the giant, tie-wearing ape. That's why we decided to throw together a short audio-visual retrospective to take a look at how DK managed to get where he is today. What's your favourite entry...
Monday23rd Apr 2018
More news coming this year
Polymega - which began life as RetroBlox - is a name we haven't heard much of over the past few months. The modular system aims to offer support for several key vintage gaming formats using removable sections which house the interface for each console's media and controllers. It's a really interesti
"I thought the whole witch hunt was ridiculous"
Nintendo of America's Howard Lincoln makes an example out of Night Trap during the 1993 Senate Hearings on Video Game Violence Ever since its inception, the video game industry and controversy have gone hand in hand. Custer’s Revenge, Death Race, Grand Theft Auto, Sam Fox’s Strip Poker… these...
Friday20th Apr 2018
The best there is, the best there Woz, and the best there ever will be
There’s been a lot of news as of late about some famous high scores and the shaky stories behind them. While we're on the topic, we thought it might be a good idea to take the headwinds and revisit another famous video game record, perhaps the most famous...
Thursday19th Apr 2018
Warning: Some Game Boys were harmed in the making of this video
The humble Game Boy has long been used as a musical instrument by chiptune enthusiasts, but this latest audio "hack" really doesn't just take the biscuit - it steals the entire jar and gobbles them all down in one go. YouTuber LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER - who does loa
More competition for Nintendo's micro-consoles?
SNK has announced today that it will be jumping on the "Classic Edition" bandwagon with its own new system, which will come pre-loaded with beloved Neo Geo titles. For those who don't know, the Neo Geo was SNK's high-end home system from the '90s, which delivered arcade-quality gaming at eye-watering...