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...
Tuesday5th Feb 2019
From SNES to Switch
Hercules is well and truly on his way to Nintendo Switch, as a remaster of the classic '90s platformer Gods is on its way to the console. Fittingly called Gods Remastered, this new release has been developed by Robot Riot Games and actually released on Steam towards the end of last year. The remaster presents the original title...
Sunday3rd Feb 2019
"One of the things I really wanted was a Japanese toilet"
When the Super Famicom hit Japanese store shelves at the end of 1990, it was accompanied by a host of particularly strong titles that did a superb job of communicating the power and versatility of Nintendo's new platform: Super Mario World, F-Zero, Pilotwings, Final Fight; these were arguably...
Wednesday30th Jan 2019
Source code acquired
Around 1997-98, a hack-and-slash game under the name Dragon Sword was in development for the Nintendo 64. Sadly, it was never completed, and players never got to see it as it was truly intended, but that might be about to change. The game was originally being created by Team Storm at Interactive Studios, the team behind 1998...
Monday28th Jan 2019
A new perspective
The Legend of Zelda series has taken some interesting new steps in recent years - Breath of the Wild was an entirely different take on the franchise's usual setup - but one thing we wouldn't expect to see is a first-person adventure. And especially not a first-person adventure with NES-style graphics. As it so happens, though,...
Saturday26th Jan 2019
A blast from the past
Classic Nintendo memorabilia is increasingly hard to come by nowadays. On the digital front, it’s much the same, with classic wallpapers and screensavers somewhat a thing of the past. If you are in need of a digital retro fix, Nintendo preservation specialist “The Forest of Illusion” has uploaded a lovely Japanese Super...
Friday25th Jan 2019
You may well have noticed that a little game called Resident Evil 2 is launching today across PS4, Xbox One and PC, acting as a remake of the 1998 original that first launched on PlayStation. You may also be aware that the original game was ported to the Nintendo 64, with the console's limited cartridge storage space making that version...
Thursday24th Jan 2019
The first Mario without Miyamoto
Mario has had a long and illustrious career, from 1985's Super Mario Bros. - in which Mario must save Princess Toadstool from Bowser - right up until 2018's New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, where things are almost creepily familiar. One short stint of this career, lasting from 1989 to 1994, was the Super Mario Land...
"Gues whats next"
If the Nintendo Switch is your system of choice for shoot 'em up games, you'll be glad to hear another retro one is making a comeback. Johnny Turbo - one of gaming's worst mascots - and now the face of Flying Tiger Entertainment's classic line recently hopped on Twitter to tease another old school Data East title coming to the...
Monday21st Jan 2019
Fire Emblem with mechs?
Masaya is a studio that is closely associated with the strategy RPG series Langrisser, a franchise which went head-to-head with Nintendo's Fire Emblem in the '90s. However, the company – via Career Soft, one of its internal teams – had been dabbling in this genre for some time before that, releasing Elthlead (PC-8801,...
Thursday17th Jan 2019
Welcome to the RacerMate Challenge II
Indoor cycling has really taken off in recent years, with innovations made with modern smart turbo trainers such as the Wahoo Kickr combined with software such as Zwift, which offers cyclists who wish to get in some virtual miles in their pain caves a gamified experience as they can user power-ups to gain an...
Wednesday16th Jan 2019
Your monthly retro fix
Just in case it had slipped your mind, we've once again reached that time of the month when Nintendo updates the Nintendo Switch Online service's selection of NES games. A total of four new offerings have arrived today (five if you're in Japan), so let's get stuck in. The two main additions this month are Blaster Master and
Tuesday15th Jan 2019
Yet another HDMI adapter, but this one doesn't cost the earth
Keen readers of the site will know that we're always on the lookout for ways to make vintage hardware look as good as possible on modern-day TV sets. Years ago, we dabbled in the world of scanline generators such as the SLG3000, and more recently we sang the praises of the OSSC, a device...
Thursday10th Jan 2019
New and improved
When it comes to getting the best possible image quality out of your retro console of choice, you usually have to jump through a few awkward (not to mention expensive) hoops. That was certainly the case with the GameCube until very recently; the best way of running the system in the past was via Nintendo's own SCART (if you're in...
Don't get mad, get Nomad
Retro-Bit – the company behind a series of clone systems and repackaged classic games – has already confirmed that it is working with Sega to produce a series of officially-licenced accessories for the Sega Genesis / Meg
Touted as the “world’s first”
The Virtual Boy was universally panned by critics and goes down in history as Nintendo’s worst system of all-time. Despite this, the 32-bit table-top console with a red monochrome head-mounted display has still managed to develop a cult following over the years. Surprisingly, there’s even a supportive...
Tuesday8th Jan 2019
Take your NES on the go
The Switch is slowly but surely becoming a super-useful tool for playing NES games on a modern display, and even on the go in handheld form, with the Nintendo Switch Online service throwing in three more games from the original system's library each month. Still, for anyone who has a large collection of real, physical NES...
Saturday5th Jan 2019
Nearly 15 years after the game's original release
A famous melody which has appeared in multiple Nintendo games over the years is Totaka's Song. It was originally created by Nintendo composer and sound director Kazumi Totaka and first appeared in X - a 1992 shooter on the original Game Boy - as a secret. Since then, it's become somewhat of an iconic...