YesterdayWed, 20th Mar 2019
The 'Time Extension' that never happened
The news that Virtua Racing is coming to Switch – and that it promises to be the most complete version yet seen – has caused a wee bit o' celebration amongst Sega fans. Yu Suzuki's seminal 3D racing classic effectively laid the foundation f
Tuesday19th Mar 2019
Let them know
In recent times, Sega has reached out to its fanbase on a number of occasions. At the 2018 Tokyo Game Show, it ran a poll to find out what games fans would like to see added to the AGES line and more recently asked the community what games should appear on the Mega Drive Mini. It's now conducting an extensive player survey in the US,...
Monday18th Mar 2019
‘90s Mario mania, posthumous endorsements and White Knuckle Scorin'...
Uncanny, no? It’s Saturday morning and we’re relaxing on the sofa with a coffee, idly scrolling through Twitter while MTV Classics plays in the background. The 1992 video for Roy Orbison’s posthumously released track 'I Drove All Night' plays. Now, we’re partial to...
Friday15th Mar 2019
"Fresh" as the kids might say
It's safe to say that we're pretty huge Legend of Zelda fans here at Nintendo Life, so much so that we'd happily go out and about wearing our favourite hoodies, backpacks, or t-shirts featuring our favourite Hyrule characters. Taking things up a notch, though, are these pair of custom trainers featuring a particularly...
Tuesday12th Mar 2019
You'll need the Giant's Wallet for this one
While you can pick up many NES games for next to nothing, there are several cartridges that fetch eye-watering prices these days, especially in good condition. Just last month a mint, unopened copy of the original Super Mario Bros. sold for over $100,000. That's all well and good, but Super Mario Bros...
Kid Icarus, StarTropics and more
In a surprise turn of events, the NES Switch Online app has updated one day earlier than expected, meaning you can now play March's new offerings by updating the software. As promised, this month adds both Kid Icarus and StarTropics. You can find
Monday11th Mar 2019
If you're a fan of Nintendo trivia, you may or may not have heard this one before. Apparently, Banjo and Kazooie from Rare's 1998 Nintendo 64 game Banjo-Kazooie are (at least partly) named after the grandchild and son of former Nintendo president, Hiroshi Yamauchi. This is according to some "amazing trivia" game writer and...
Sunday10th Mar 2019
Reviving a classic
In 1989, Capcom released the action platform title DuckTales on the NES. There's a famous tune in this classic game that is still considered to be one of the greatest 8-bit songs of all-time. Now, after all these years, Disney has paid its respects to the NES outing by featuring the iconic Moon theme in the latest episode of the...
Friday8th Mar 2019
An incredible find
It might be 2019, but somehow people are still discovering unreleased games on the NES. YouTuber Stephan Reese, also known as Archon 1981, recently acquired the NES game UWC from a former Nintendo employee. If you've never heard about this wrestling title before, that's because it was never actually released. The name is...
Thursday7th Mar 2019
Introducing the Game Boy Flex!
While we wait for Nintendo to sell us an official Game Boy Classic to complement the NES and SNES Mini, we cannot help our mind wandering. What might the classic 1989 Nintendo Game Boy look like if it were reimagined for our more – ahem – refined design sensibilities 30 years later? Industrial designer YJ Yoon...
Thursday28th Feb 2019
Now funding on Kickstarter
Chris Bateman, designer of 1999 adventure game Discworld Noir and puzzle strategy title Ghost Master, is back with another project, this time creating a tribute to '80s ZX Spectrum adventure classic, The Lords of Midnight. The new project is called Silk, a sandbox RPG adventure which isn't just serving as a tribute to The...
Tuesday26th Feb 2019
Just like you remember?
Fans of retro gaming who will accept nothing but original hardware are in a difficult spot in 2019. Systems from the '80s and '90s aren't getting any younger, and as time goes on, failure rates are only heading in one direction: up. These classic systems are robust, but they weren't built to last forever, and it's par for the...
Monday25th Feb 2019
But there are limited choices
The Sega Mega Drive Mini is set to bring Sega-focused retro delights to your living room later in 2019, all in a very similar fashion to Nintendo's NES and SNES mini consoles which saw releases in recent years. Before it arrives, though, Sega is hoping to find out which games you'd like to be playable on the system...
Sunday24th Feb 2019
“I love tinkering with old hardware”
Brian Provinciano from Vblank Entertainment recently appeared on Electric Playground Live to demo and talk about his upcoming multi-platform release, Shakedown Hawaii. One of the more interesting parts was when he was asked if it would be possible to run the "open-world comedy" on the Super Nintendo or Sega...
Friday22nd Feb 2019
Source code for Hardcore recovered from a single ailing harddrive
When Analogue released its modern reimagining of the NES, the Analogue Nt, it was a thing of beauty. The premium $500 price, though, meant it was destined for the serious enthusiast market only. Its follow up, the Analogue Nt Mini, trimmed a couple of features but came in at a far...
Tuesday19th Feb 2019
How did we not notice this before?
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker got off to a rocky start with fans. The 'Celda' backlash may seem like a dim and distant memory now, but at the time many fans were furious that their beloved series was being twisted and turned in a way they didn’t agree with. Fancy that, eh? Fortunately, Nintendo stuck to...
We could have been catching Capsule Monsters instead
Similar to the previously unearthed prototype designs for Pokémon Gold & Silver, further discoveries seem to have been made about original Pokémon Red & Blue monsters. A fresh batch of prototype assets has been published by Helix Chamber
Monday18th Feb 2019
(In the west, at least)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is one of the most beloved entries in the entire Zelda series, so it's little surprise that the announcement that Nintendo is remaking it for the Switch caused such a stir. The 1993 original remains a masterclass in adventure game design, and we personally cannot wait to get our hands on...
The company's always been experimental with art styles
The announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remaster for Switch has had many gamers revisiting the original and rediscovering the quirkiness of Koholint Island and its inhabitants. The remaster’s new toy-town art style is a plastic-y evolution of the aesthetic we saw in A Link...
Friday15th Feb 2019
The first six-figure video game sale
A certified near mint condition copy of the timeless NES classic Super Mario Bros. has sold for $100,150 USD at an auction. This makes it the first-ever video game to sell for six-figures. The reason it fetched such a high price is linked to the rarity. Between 1985 and 1986 in New York and L.A. at test market...
Wednesday13th Feb 2019
More retro goodness
Today sees the latest update arrive in Nintendo Switch Online's NES app, with four new games in total being added for your playing pleasure (or five if you're in Japan). The two main additions this month are Kirby's Adventure and Super Mario Bros. 2, which Nintendo pre
Tuesday12th Feb 2019
You, too, can look this dreary in a Fire Flower tee
Hip streetwear brand Bricktown has announced a partnership with Nintendo for an upcoming retro gaming-inspired collection. The crossover will see a variety of Super Mario World sprites adorning t-shirts, sweaters and caps of various hues. The moody polaroids are a bit much, but the merch itself...
Hmm, reading that back, it doesn't sound quite so appealing
Fans of chiptune and video game music in general have a whole bunch of freshly released tracks to enjoy thanks to Capcom dropping a boatload of albums on Spotify. They range from the classic NES Mega Man through PS1-era Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, Phoenix Wright, Devil May Cry,
Monday11th Feb 2019
A blast from the past
The Nintendo preservation experts at Forest of Illusion have shared some interesting Super Mario artwork, apparently dating back to the 1980s. The artwork was featured in an issue of Televi-Kun, which was a Japanese magazine for children. According to the source, the artwork was never featured in any other released media...
Saturday9th Feb 2019
Sensible Software is a studio embedded in gaming history for many reasons outside of the admittedly immortal Sensible Soccer. Along with the Canon Fodder games – the destructive sibling of Sensible's popular football sim – the company's commitment to the 16-bit Amiga proved that, sometimes, you can achieve impossibly addictive gaming...
Friday8th Feb 2019
The Oliver twins find another eggy treat in the loft
Dizzy fans rejoice! In what seems like an unending trove of unreleased software that Philip and Andrew Oliver have found down the back of their sofa, Panic! Dizzy is the latest in a line of rediscovered Dizzy titles seeking crowdfunding. The game will be free to play on their website, but the pair...
Time to put that Sega Nomad into storage?
This year, Sega will release the Mega Drive Mini, its own take on the retro console craze which Nintendo has done rather well out of in recent years with the NES and SNES Classic Editions. However, it's not the first time that the SNES rival has been
Thursday7th Feb 2019
Well, DOOM is but that would spoil the headline, no?
Turn-based RPG Doom & Destiny - the self-described 'Flying Spaghetti-Fantasy Adventure' - drops onto the eShop tomorrow. A farcical take on the old-school JRPG formula, your party of four friends encounter all the classic things you'd expect to find on a perilous top-down adventure - dragons,...
Wednesday6th Feb 2019
Hamster has confirmed that the already-promised Puzzle Bobble 2 is heading to Nintendo Switch very, very soon. So soon, in fact, that you'll be able to get your hands on it tomorrow. We already gave that away in the title, didn't we? Ah well. Puzzle Bobble 2 is a tile-matching game first released by Taito in 1995. Originally appearing...
If you need to be reminded just how miserable lifetime Wii U hardware sales were, Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad has shared a number of charts on Twitter, comparing Nintendo system sales as of 31st December 2018. Noticeably, the combined sales of the SNES Mini Classic and the NES Mini Classic are expected to surpass Wii U lifetime...