Retro - News

November2009

  • Feature Retro Duo Console Review

    Bring your 8-bit and 16-bit Nintendo titles out of retirement

    Retro gaming is a hobby that is both rewarding and enlightening; like leafing through an old book or listening to a record from many moons ago, there’s an element of discovery for those who weren’t around to enjoy vintage titles when they were first released. Conversely, those of us...

  • News Sin & Punishment Team Talks N64 Development Hell

    The console "didn't work at all"

    The paradigm shift from 2D to 3D that game developers faced in the 32/64-bit era was so drastic that not only did developers have to grapple with new tech but also figuring out how on earth their games would work in a new dimension. It didn't always work out so well, but when it did it was magical. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata sat down with members of Treasure's..

October2009

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    GameCube

    Review Midway Arcade Treasures 2

    This time the spotlight is on Midway's glory days

    Whilst the first Arcade Treasures collection was firmly focused on the Williams catalogue, this second collection is all about the Bally Midway and Midway brands featuring games spanning the mid to late 1980s and 1990s, with a handful of Williams and Atari Games titles for good measure. This...

  • Feature The Spooky Denizens of the World of Nintendo

    We run down the scariest of scaries the Big N has cooked up

    We here at Nintendo Life love Halloween. Despite the fact it was originally a time when the dead were believed to cause sickness to the living and damage their crops, but nowadays it's just a good excuse to gorge ourselves on delicious, delicious candy. As part of our All Hallows’ Eve...

  • News Celebrate Halloween With Nintendo Life's Exclusive 8-Bit Decorations!

    Print 'em, cut 'em out and scare the retro crap out of everyone.

    Ah, Halloween, the one day of the year where little kids are encouraged to defy all parental advice and take candy from strangers. It's so close you can almost feel the post-holiday sugar hangover. Are you excited? Nintendo Life is pretty excited, and that's not just the sugar talking. We all got so excited that we teamed up with our..

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    Super Nintendo

    Review Porky Pig's Haunted Holiday

    A Looney Tunes platformer that's actually not too shabby.

    For anyone who's watched the classic Porky Pig cartoons, you know that animators were quite fond of placing our stuttering pig friend into scary situations. Who could forget the leprechaun shoes or the moose head with the gun barrel protruding from its mouth. Well you'll be happy to know that not only are they both found in this haunting..

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    GameCube

    Review 1080° Avalanche

    Dude, where's my snowboard?

    With its December 2003 GCN release, 1080° Avalanche faced a quandary which mirrored the mixed up personality of the board sport it represented. Development had to decide between following the previous 'extreme to the max' approach of SSX 3, or to continue in the vein of its N64 predecessor 1080° Snowboarding, which...

  • News Vintage NES Game Up To $8.5K On eBay

    Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991 cart proves yet again that collectors have oodles of money

    As a retro game fan, if I had a ton of money to blow I'd probably point my browser over to this eBay auction for a Nintendo Campus Challenge cart and lay down the law. $8,500 of your American currency? Pfft, tis child's play. Forged by Nintendo's blacksmiths back in 1991, the carts were to be used in 58..

  • News Nintendo Shows Off Its History at Kyoto Cross Media Event

    Lots of cool retro gear on display

    This weekend the Kyoto Cross Media Experience 2009 took place in - you guessed it - Kyoto, Japan. Nintendo was in attendance and had plenty of goodies for avid gamers to ogle at. As well as showing off new games for the Wii and DS, the video game veteran had a massive display which illustrated the company's long and proud gaming history. Machines on show included..

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    Nintendo 64

    Review Banjo Tooie

    Can you bear second helpings?

    Banjo Kazooie was a game that revolutionised platforming on the N64: Rare's off-the-wall-humour, creative level design and sublime controls made it the pinnacle of platforming on Nintendo's console. Fans of the original will most likely remember Rare's lavish promises about the second game, Banjo Tooie, including the...

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    Super Nintendo

    Review Super Double Dragon

    Billy and Jimmy Lee star in Super Double Draggin'!

    The scene is set: grimy, littered streets patrolled by ruthless gangs, whose sole intent is to cause mayhem in the neighbourhood. This urban jungle setting for Return of Double Dragon (Super Double Dragon in the West) is as synonymous with 2D side scrolling beat-em-ups as it was with movies like The...

September2009

  • News Smart Bomb Issue One Now Available

    Former Super Play artist produces awesome comic along with fellow Rare employees

    If you're a UK-based SNES fan then chances are you will recall a fantastic magazine called Super Play. Easily the best publication devoted to Nintendo's 16-bit machine, the mag was especially notable for focusing on import releases (when all other magazines ignored...

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    Super Nintendo

    Review Biker Mice From Mars

    Time to rock 'n ride!

    If you want to know what Biker Mice from Mars is like, think of it this way. Take RC Pro-Am for the NES, change the cars into Harleys, and then throw a bunch of thug-like mice onto those bikes and there you have it. It's pretty much a carbon copy of the ideas and gameplay found in RC Pro-Am, with the over-the-top weirdness of the Biker Mice theme tossed into the mix. Now while..

  • News French Government Lobbied To Establish Retro Gaming Museum

    Now there's an idea we can all agree with!

    MO5 - a group of retro video gaming fans - has lobbied the French government to start up a retro video game museum. More specifically, it's after a "National Institute of Digital Sciences", where visitors can view - and play - classic systems. MO5 members between them currently own around 30,000 games and 1,500 different game systems. They have..

  • News Rare: Fate Was Against Us With Goldeneye

    UK developer sees little chance of a Virtual Console release

    A while back we got rather excited about the prospect of seeing the N64 classic Goldeneye on the Virtual Console. Such enthusiasm was perfectly understandable - it's still one of the best FPS games you're ever likely to play - but sadly legal wrangles between Nintendo, Microsoft and current Bond license holder Activision seemed to scupper..

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    Super Nintendo

    Review Star Fox

    Pretty Foxy stuff...

    In 1993 the Mega Drive / Genesis was selling well and 2D was the bread and butter of console gaming. "Emergency, emergency… emergency, emergency! Incoming fighters prepare for launch", hailed the 16-bit Nintendo counter attack. For Sega and NEC it was too late: the swooping Nintendo Arwing squadron hammered the early...

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    Super Nintendo

    Review Soul Blazer

    Still one of the greatest action RPGs ever created.

    At a time when action RPGs were truly beginning to catch on with gamers, Soul Blazer came along and offered up an adventure that was as charming and engaging as any role-playing game fans had experienced. Taking many of the unique gameplay elements found in the Actraiser title that came before it, Soul Blazer carefully crafted the gameplay..

  • Book Review Game Over: How Nintendo Zapped an American Industry

    Game over man

    You won’t find an abundance of book reviews here on Nintendo Life – we’re aimed squarely at providing you the best content from the world of interactive entertainment, after all – but anyone who considers themselves to be a fan of The Big N (or video gaming in general) should read David’s Sheff’s Game Over (or Game Over:...

  • News Super Nintendo Review Fridays

    We're going to show the Super Nintendo console some love each Friday.

    You might remember that we recently gave some love to Nintendo's Game Boy system in our Game Boy 20th Anniversary Special. Well the feature went over so well that we've decided to do another one and this time we're going to be showering some attention on another legendary Nintendo...

  • News Left 4 Dead Map Infects Mushroom Kingdom

    You gotta shoot 'em in the head

    Has the Mushroom Kingdom ever really been a happy place? Seems every time we visit the castle is under siege, the princess is kidnapped and a Brooklyn plumber goes on a killing spree. The old kingdom looks like it's going to be in for another bumpy ride as, what else, zombies are preparing to muck up the post-apocalyptic place via the fan-made campaign Mushroom..

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    Super Nintendo

    Review Kid Klown in Crazy Chase

    You don't have to be crazy to play this game, but it helps!

    Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, Super Metroid, ActRaiser, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Mario All-Stars, the Donkey Kong Country trilogy…these games all have three things in common: they’re all platform games, they’re all on Super Nintendo, and they’re all genuine classics that stand out...

  • First Impressions Classic Controller Pro

    We go thumbs-on to determine whether it's for pros or schmoes

    Launched in Japan alongside Monster Hunter 3 Tri and the Dark World Wii, the Classic Controller Pro is Nintendo's attempt at righting the wrongs of its original old-school pad. The good news is, it largely does. The bad news? It's got a few quirks of its own. We snagged a shiny black one: so shiny, in fact, that our first thought went..

  • Feature The Making of The Wizard

    We go behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s most misunderstood classics

    The Wizard is very much a guilty pleasure. When the film was released it was panned by critics and flopped at the box office, yet many people still talk about it in hushed, almost reverent tones over fifteen years after its release. Although many critics will gladly tell you...

  • News Capcom Interested In Doing More Retro Games

    Unsure if sales were disappointing for Mega Man 9

    Contrary to popular belief, game companies have a vested interest in making money. Things that appear to be massive fan service, like Capcom's downloadable retro sequel Mega Man 9, bank on said fans actually buying the game, especially when considering doing it all again. So how were those sales? Christian Svensson, corporate officer/VP of Strategic..

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    GameCube

    Review Midway Arcade Treasures

    Experience some of America's arcade masterpieces

    The history of Midway Home Entertainment is a convoluted story of boom and bust that includes the most famous names in the index of America's arcade companies. Williams Electronics and Midway merged in the 1990s to create WMS Industries in a bid to remain competitive in a market seeing the rapid decline of the video arcades that were still the core..

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    GameCube

    Review Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary

    This is one exhibition that will disappoint many

    Namco is a company with one of the most impressive back catalogues in video games and is now one of the biggest names in home entertainment following a successful merger with toy and anime company Bandai five years ago. Released at the end of the Gamecube's life to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Namco (a company whose humble origins in the..

August2009

  • Features Metroid's Metal Makeover

    How five guys blasted the series' haunting soundtrack into a whole different genre - without sucking

    The trouble with covering beloved music is that it’s so easy to lose something in the translation. Successfully capturing the original work’s intent and mood is atypical; what most often happens when things go south is the heart and soul of the piece are mangled with good intentions. It’s not..

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Virtual Lab

    Where to begin?

    One of the last Virtual Boy games to be released in Japan, Virtual Lab is a strange falling block puzzler that, rumour has it, was still being developed when developer J-Wing got wind of Nintendo’s plan to discontinue support of the Virtual Boy. They then hurriedly finished it off, so as they could get it in to shops whilst there was still the opportunity to make some cash off of..

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    GameCube

    Review Defender

    "Live up to your name, Defender!"

    Defender was Williams Electronics first video game and its biggest seller with over 60,000 units sold. It was noteworthy for the level of control players were given over their space ship as well as excellent visuals and sound. It was a badge of honour if you could play the game with any skill due to the complexity of the controls, but nevertheless Defender stands..

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    GameCube

    Review Mr. Driller Drill Land

    "Dig a Chance!"

    If Namco had a corporate mascot that wasn't Pac-Man it would almost certainly be Mr. Driller. The retro arcade game from the end of the last century has spawned a franchise seeing seven games released with a version of some form on nearly every console made in the past decade. Its popularity is not only down to the simple, yet engaging gamplay based around drilling through..

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    Super Nintendo

    Review Shadowrun

    Computers and magic meet in this overlooked gem of an RPG

    Waking up in a morgue with amnesia it’s clear that your character, Jake Armitage, is having a bad day. Set in Seattle in the year 2050, Shadowrun is a cyberpunk RPG based on the pen and paper game of the same name. Having been gunned down in the streets you must uncover exactly what’s going on and fast, because people are still after..

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    Game Boy

    Review Adventure Island II: Aliens in Paradise

    Easily one of the Game Boy's best pure platformers.

    With the success of their Adventure Island series on the NES console and their first release on the Game Boy platform, Hudson was obviously looking to continue that success with the release of their second Game Boy release. While the game is based on the third NES release, it actually eclipses it in some ways and brings a level of platforming to..

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    Game Boy

    Review The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

    A treasured classic and the absolute pinnacle of Game Boy gaming.

    There were initially some concerns that the gameplay experiences on the Game Boy system might end up being a bit too shallow. Fortunately, that notion was put to rest early on with some of the outstanding releases for the system. Of course no title would shatter that misconception like the release of The Legend of Zelda: Link's..

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    Virtual Boy

    Review SD Gundam Dimension War

    Mobile Cute Gundam

    Based on the popular mecha anime franchise, SD Gundam Dimension War is a turn-based strategy game where you are place in command of a small task force as you travel across the galaxy aiming to wipe out the opposing units you encounter. Gameplay is split in to two parts - a map screen where you manoeuvre your troops and a close up view for battles. Both sides mainly consist of the..

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    Game Boy

    Review Operation C

    Does the diminutive adventure bring the big guns?

    Let's just get this out of the way now: if you like the NES games, you'll probably dig this entry. Operation C isn't an adaptation or a port (arguably); it is an old-school Contra game. It may lack in a few notable areas, but you'll largely enjoy it. Operation C does a pretty good job of sticking to the series’ formula; a half-naked guy with big..

  • News The Portable SNES You've Always Wanted, But Can Never Have

    NOT coming soon to shop near you!

    Wouldn't it be great to have a mobile SNES that you could take with you everywhere? Well, until Nintendo decides to pull its finger out and launch the DSi Virtual Console service we're all hoping and praying for, you'll have to send begging letters to industrious French hardware modder darthchris13. This talented...

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    Game Boy

    Review Kid Dracula

    Nobody parodies their own games quite like Konami!

    Konami had already enjoyed some success creating a parody of their Gradius series of shooters with their Parodius releases, so they must have felt like they were on to something when they decided to do the same with their popular Castlevania series back in the early '90s. Kid Dracula basically takes...

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    Nintendo 64

    Review Hybrid Heaven

    The N64's own Metal Gear Solid? If only.

    Back in 1998, Konami's Metal Gear Solid took the gaming world by storm. Its masterful combination of action-packed gameplay and cinematic storytelling was unlike anything ever before seen in a videogame. The only bad news was that unless you owned a PlayStation, you wouldn’t be playing it, as it was...

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    Game Boy

    Review Picross 2

    Even more fun with numbers!

    Mario's Picross was a very nice attempt at making a Mario game based on Picross puzzles (Or nonograms, as they're sometimes called), but there were a few shortcomings - the biggest of which was that most puzzles just weren't really hard. With a maximum size of 15x15, the game's "toughest" puzzles just didn't...

  • News Retro Gamer Looks Back at the Virtual Boy

    Nintendo's much-maligned machine gets the retroinspection treatment

    Here's some good news for those of you that have been keenly following Dave's excellent Virtual Boy reviews and are now thirsting for more information on the machine. UK-based magazine Retro Gamer recently ran a 5-page feature on the platform in issue 64, which leading Virtual Boy site Planet Virtual Boy has kindly scanned and put..

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Virtual Bowling

    More Virtual Boy bowling action!

    Just like Tetris, there were two Bowling games released for the Virtual Boy and just like Tetris, each region only got one of these games. While North American gamers were treated to Nester's Funky Bowling, the Japanese exclusive was Virtual Bowling which features various weights of ball, different lane conditions...

  • News Inside the Game Boy

    Nintendo's legendary handheld celebrates it's 20th by getting naked

    The Game Boy is 20 years young this year, which is pretty incredible when you think about it. To mark this momentous event, PC World (UK readers - that's a website, not the shop of the same name) has featured the machine in its Gadget Autopsy section, where they disassemble famous devices for no other reason than to see what makes..

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Space Invaders: Virtual Collection

    They’ll port it to anything.

    It’s highly likely that you will have encountered the simple fun addictiveness that is Space Invaders at some point, even if you missed it in the arcades. Ports, slight updates and compilations have appeared on a wide variety of systems over the years - Atari 2600, Spectrum, NES, Master System, Game Boy, Playstation, Xbox, PSP and mobile phones to name just a few of..

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    Game Boy

    Review Final Fantasy Legend III

    Is the third time the charm for the Final Fantasy Legends series?

    Like many of the other NES and Super NES marquee titles of the era, a Final Fantasy appearance on the Game Boy was almost a foregone conclusion. The series began life in Japan under the title of SaGa, but thankfully Squaresoft was kind enough to bring the three Japanese Game Boy releases over to the US. While all three releases..

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    Game Boy

    Review Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge

    The second Game Boy Castlevania atones for the sins of its predecessor and ranks as one of the finest entries in the entire series

    Before we plough headlong into this review, a short history lesson is probably in order. As the title denotes, Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge isn’t the first instalment of Konami’s vampire-slaying franchise to...

July2009

  • News Game Boy 20th Anniversary Special

    Nintendo's popular portable turns twenty!

    For those of you who don't know, Nintendo's Game Boy system turns 20 on July 31, 2009. It's hard to believe the little guy is already two decades old, but I guess time really does fly when you're having fun. The original Game Boy system hit the video game scene in North America in 1989 at a retail cost of...

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    Virtual Boy

    Review 3D Tetris

    It’s Tetris. On the Virtual Boy. Again.

    Perhaps one of the strangest things about the Virtual Boy is that it had two Tetris games. OK there are many systems with multiple versions of Tetris but they were around a lot longer than Virtual Boy was. Interestingly--though this would have changed had the system been around longer--each region only got one of the games. Japan received the traditional..

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    Super Nintendo

    Review Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

    Perhaps the greatest platformer of all-time.

    When remembering the great games of the past, our thoughts tend to drift towards the revolutionary titles; the literal game-changers. And any gamer worth a darn knows that the indisputable king of these wonderful permutations is Shigeru Miyamoto. The man's M.O. is completely altering the landscape of...

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Virtual League Baseball

    Does stepping onto the virtual diamond impress?

    You take control of a team then bat, pitch and field as you compete against others, either in one off games or a league, offering you the chance to become Virtual League World Champion. Each game lasts for 9 innings though games will end early if a team is winning by over 10 points. For both batting and pitching the camera view is the same: just..

  • News Daft Punk Gets 8-Bit Makeover

    Chiptunes compilation shows the true meaning of digital love.

    Sometimes, music gets covered in a way that just feels right, like Nouvelle Vague's rendition of Billy Idol's Dancing With Myself. French musician Je deviens dj en 3 jours' (or JDDJ3J) project, Da Chip!, fits nicely into this category. With the help of 10 of his cronies, the fusion of...

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Jack Bros.

    Justifiably well regarded or just overhyped?

    Aside from VB Wario Land, if there’s one game that causes people to get excited when discussing the Virtual Boy its Jack Bros.: a spin-off title from the Megami Tensei RPG series that sees players working their way down a series of floors, fighting enemies as a timer ticks down. But is it worthy of this, or is it just hype with its reputation built up..

  • News Fan-made Mother 3 Handbook Freely Available To Read

    It's all online, and it's all free.

    Remember that fantastic fan-made Mother 3 guide a while back? Those of you with a marshmallow-soft spot for the series and $20 American to spare probably already have your copy sitting snugly on your shelf. The rest of us? Well, we can now read and download it (legally!) for free. Score one for the cheap-o's! It's a low-res version, but the entirety of the book..

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    NES

    Review Rampage

    Is this monster mash worth all your quarters?

    Today people might look at Midway as the financial disaster that they are and chuckle. In the better days of arcades, however, Midway developed a number of hit arcade games including their hit Mortal Kombat series of fighters. While MK is likely their most famous effort, they also had some respectable games prior to the seminal fighter, not the least of..

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    Nintendo 64

    Review Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon

    Save Japan from a group of stage performers by throwing coins and hitting robots with your trusty kiseru pipe. You know it makes sense!

    What do you get if you take a generous helping of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, mix well with a portion of Mario 64, and add a heavy sprinkling of traditional Japanese culture? The answer, of course, is Mystical...

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Golf

    Simple name. Simple game?

    The Virtual Boy's Golf places you on to an 18-hole course as you compete against 47 opponents to try and win the tournament. That's pretty much it. Compared to, say, the latest Tiger Woods MotionPlus offering it doesn’t offer much, but does the opportunity to tee-off in 3D make it worth a try? Perhaps more than any other...

  • News Gold Nintendo World Championships Sells for $17,500

    But parting with that much cash wasn't the only tough thing the buyer had to face.

    You might remember that someone recently listed a gold Nintendo World Championships NES cartridge for sale on eBay for a whopping $25,000. Well that cart has finally sold, albeit for a bit less money, and it seems the buyer had to go through quite an ordeal in order to finally own the holy grail of video game..

June2009

  • News Retro Game Championship Contest Details

    Do you have what it takes to win big?

    JJGames has just announced their upcoming Retro Games Championship video game competition that will be hosted in Denver, CO on Saturday, July 18th. Players will get a chance to square off on two of the absolute rarest NES game cartridges in existence. All contest details are below for you to check out including the list of prizes, location of competition, and..

  • News Retro Game Challenge Needs to Sell 100,000 Copies to Justify Localizing Sequel

    The guys at XSEED set the record straight regarding Retro Game Challenge 2.

    To say that the original Retro Game Challenge has a loyal following might be the understatement of the year, but unfortunately that following isn't quite large enough to justify XSEED localizing its sequel Retro Game Challenge 2. Of course this hasn't stopped the flood of fan emails to the company begging and pleading for..

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Space Squash

    Think 3D Pong, and you're halfway there...

    Space Squash is one of those games where the premise is so simple you could write it on the back of a postage stamp and still have room to spare. You guard one end of a tunnel and your opponent guards the other as you both float around smacking a spiked ball between one another. Get it past the opposition to score a point. First to three wins. The left..

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Waterworld

    Surely it can't be as bad as they say...

    A lot of negative stuff is written about the Virtual Boy, but whilst it has its defenders no one seems to want to stick up for Waterworld. It has a bad reputation, with some claiming it’s the worst game ever (and not just on the Virtual Boy). But is that fair? Is it really that bad? Or are people just...

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    Super Nintendo

    Review Princess Maker - Legend of Another World

    Overall, a pretty regal experience.

    The Princess Maker series by Akai/Gainax isn't all that well known in the West – which is hardly surprising. Besides one failed translation project by SoftEgg in 1993, the franchise has never reached Western shores, and while the game may be considered by some as catering to a niche market, it is in fact a..

  • News GameCenter CX To Hold 24-Hour Gaming Marathon

    Show taking fan requests.

    Shinya Arino, star of Japanese TV show GameCenter CX (which served as the source material for the stellar Retro Game Challenge), is no stranger to long and torturous gaming sessions. Good thing then, because he's got another one coming up! A really long one. According to the show's official blog (via Kotaku): Finally... Really... Truly...

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Galactic Pinball

    That Virtual kid sure plays a mean pinball!

    Launch the ball on to the table and use flippers to stop it falling out of the playing area, smacking it around the table over ramps and against targets to get points. That’s how pinball works in amusement arcades and it’s how it’s worked for the many computer and video game versions released over the years. Galactic Pinball is no different..

  • News Luigi WAS in Super Mario 64

    For a bit.

    Shigeru Miyamoto's been harping on about a multiplayer Mario for ages, but in a recent interview with Wired.com he revealed there was planned to be two-player support for Super Mario 64, but that it was scrapped. Miyamoto: With Mario 64, we had an experiment that took advantage of the idea of the screen growing larger and smaller...

  • News R-Type Boss Molded in Plastic

    Someone had a lot of spare time on their hands.

    Ever wondered what that enormous third stage boss in R-Type looked like as a whole? Tired of trying to picture it in your mind through screen after screen of scrolling? Well wonder no more. It seems someone decided to put together a garage kit of the ship and judging from the picture of the model, it's...

  • News Play Super Mario Bros. With...A Theremin?

    Takes motion controls to a whole new level.

    Music controllers are all the rage nowadays, thanks to your Rock Bands and your DJ Heroes, even your GameCube Jungle Beats. Now, some whiz has managed to hook up an obscure instrument for some retro action. The theremin is known for its spooky sounds and for being the only instrument you can play without...

  • News Compose Chiptunes On The Go With 8Bitone

    iPhone/Touch app lets you craft your very own NES-style symphonies.

    Dig chiptunes? Got a creative side just itching to get out? Hope you've got an iPhone or iPod Touch then, because a new app is out that may float your pixelated boat. 8Bitone is a full-blown retro synthesizer and sequencer with both feet firmly planted in the NES-era. It's so...

  • News Stride Gum Offers Steve Wiebe Consolation Prize

    Sometimes second place ain't so bad after all.

    Even though Steve Wiebe didn't crack the DK record at E3, falling short a relatively measly 60,800 points below Billy Mitchell's whopping 1,050,200 score, he's still got something to show for it. Stride Gum, who originally offered Wiebe $10,001 in quarters and a year's supply of their Uber Bubble gum as an incentive for smacking down the record, are..

  • News Street Fighter II's Bonus Stage: Live Action Spectacular

    How to destroy a car in just over a minute

    Remember the bonus stage in Capcom's Street Fighter II where you had to rip a car to bits within a set time limit using nothing but your fists and feet (and a few fireballs if you were Ryu and Ken, of course)? As far as vehicular violence was concerned it was pretty sweet, but we also thought it was a bit unrealistic. Surely no one could actually do that..

  • News Steve Wiebe Fails To Crack Donkey Kong Record At E3

    Legendary gaming icon still manages to clock a respectable 989,400 points, though

    Algebra teacher and King of Kong star Steve Wiebe has failed in his attempt to wrestle the Donkey Kong world high score record from current champion Billy Mitchell. Wiebe made his attempt live at E3, where he had three attempts and chalked up a best score of 989,400 points - which in practically any arcade in the..

May2009

  • News UK Retro Computer Museum Open Day

    We paid this commendable UK-based event a visit. Our thoughts lie within...

    While it's not directly related to Nintendo, the Retro Computer Museum open day recently took place and we decided it was our duty to pay the event a visit. If you've not heard of these guys before then listen up: they aim to create a permanent display of retro gaming...

  • News Mega Man Meets Super Paper Mario

    If only this were real. Might we one day see a Mega Man 2.5D?

    There is no denying that Capcom’s recent NES styled Mega Man 9 was a great tribute to the series. We loved it but let’s be honest it was just treading old ground. Might Capcom try something new in the future to excite fans of the blue bomber? If they do try something new then we hope it is along the lines of what Peter Sjostrand, a..

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    Game Boy Advance

    Review Densetsu no Stafi 3

    The third time is the charm for the Densetsu no Stafi series.

    After the success of the first two Densetsu no Stafi releases, TOSE obviously wanted to knock one out of the park with their third and final Game Boy Advance Stafi title. To say that they were successful would be a huge understatement, as Densetsu no Stafi 3 offers up the type of...

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Vertical Force

    Old school fun blasting fun from the experts at Hudson

    Out of all the games available for the much-maligned Virtual Boy, Vertical Force is possibly the most conventional in terms of game design. It's a vertically scrolling shooter (clue was in the title really) where you fight your way through swarms of enemies before facing a boss character to proceed to the next level. Aside from a few graphical..

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Panic Bomber

    Boom blocks!

    With any new hardware release people look forward to new games, but are also excited to see what will be done with an existing game series. Due to the short amount of time the Virtual Boy was around before Nintendo gave up on it, very few series received an entry on the system, although Tetris managed two. This is a shame, as its unique...

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    Game Boy Advance

    Review Densetsu no Stafi 2

    Densetsu no Stafi 2 kicks things up a notch.

    The original Densetsu no Stafi started a series that features a unique blend of platforming and puzzle-solving elements to form one of the more unique Game Boy Advance titles, and certainly one that's become quite beloved by platformer fans the world over. Its sequel, Densetsu no Stafi 2, picks up where the first game left off and retains all of the..

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    Game Boy

    Review Dragon Warrior Monsters

    Does this monster-hunting spin off live up to the Dragon Quest name?

    It's always a risky proposition when you create a spin-off of an already established and popular franchise, so when Enix decided to take the theme of their hugely popular Dragon Quest series and build a monster-hunting title around it, some RPG fans were more than a little...

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    Game Boy Advance

    Review Densetsu no Stafi

    Densetsu no Stafi kicks the series off in grand style.

    Before the Densetsu no Stafi series made an appearance on Nintendo's DS system, it started off with three amazing Game Boy Advance releases. The game creatively combined platforming elements with underwater puzzle solving game play to form one of the most unique and engrossing games available...

  • Feature Legendary Starfy 101

    A little history lesson on Nintendo's adorable platforming star.

    Since many gamers outside of Japan are not terribly familiar with the Densetsu no Stafi series of games, not to mention the fact that The Legendary Starfy is set to be released in North American on June 9th, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the history of the series complete with some fun facts that might surprise even..

  • News Nintendo: The Game Boy Advance Is Alive And Well

    Just under half a million units sold in the past year

    When Nintendo revealed the DS all those years ago it spoke about a grand 'three pillar' strategy; the idea was that the DS would not be a replacement for the ridiculously successful Game Boy Advance and instead would exist alongside it and the GameCube, giving the company a trio of potential...

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    GCN

    Review Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

    Double the usual number of exclamation marks means double the fun!!

    Mario…perhaps the most multi-faceted video game hero since MacGyver. He can make fireballs out of flowers, plays tennis and baseball professionally, balances two careers (carpentry and plumbing), and even has two girlfriends. Okay, maybe MacGyver wasn't actually a video game...

  • News GoldenEye Designer Backs Virtual Console Release

    Martin Hollis would love to see 007 on the Wii...but also admits it's a legal minefield

    The man behind GoldenEye - one of the most beloved N64 games of all time - has admitted that he'd love to see the game make it to the Virtual Console download service. Martin Hollis, formerly of Rare and now plying his trade at his own company Zoonami (Bonsai...

  • News Stride Gum Offering Socks Full of Quarters to Steve Wiebe

    That's no monkey business! HIYOOOOOOOOOO!

    Steve Wiebe doesn't need more reason to shatter Billy Mitchell's Donkey Kong record other than to wipe that grin off Mitchell's smug face, but lo and behold, here's another one. Or, another 10,001 reasons. According to GoNintendo, Stride Gum has stepped up to offer Wiebe $10,001 if he can break Mitchell's...

  • News Watch Contra ReBirth In Action

    Explosions, shooting and hilarious-looking storyline accounted for

    Announced mere days ago, the wait for Contra ReBirth could hardly be described as excruciating for owners of a Japanese Wii. Everyone else, on the other hand, will have to make due with excited air-punches and YouTube videos to get their fix until the title is unleashed in their region. Speaking of which, here's a YouTube video of..

  • News Speed Gamers Blasting Through Mother Series For Charity

    Money raised will go to breast cancer foundation

    Between Child's Play and The Speed Gamers, gamers have raised quite a bit of money for charities. This weekend, that trend continues with one of Nintendo's most acclaimed (and desired) series' at the center. Starting at 6 p.m. CST on May 15th and going for 72 hours, The Speed Gamers will play through Mother, Earthbound and Mother 3 over a live webcam..

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Mario Clash

    Is this overlooked title worthy of a second chance?

    Many reasons have been given for why the Virtual Boy failed so badly when it was released in the mid '90s. One of the more convincing arguments is that the lack of a 'proper' Mario game meant that hardcore Nintendo fans ignored the console; while it's hard to accept that this is the only reason, it...

  • News Famicase 2009 Art Exhibit Opens

    Fifty-eight artists and designers craft imaginary Famicom game carts

    The art on game boxes and carts from the 8-bit era was generally pretty crap. A lot of it is still crap today, but back then gaming was still considered largely a kid's thing so people gave even less of a **** on whether or not the box art looked good. Japanese retro games shop Meteor is behind the My Famicase exhibition, which..

  • News Modders Build Mario 64 Expansion

    Play as Luigi in The Missing Stars

    We can all finally stop resorting to hokey FAQs to find Luigi buried deep within the castle in Mario 64 (I hear he hangs with Boo), all thanks to a computer-savvy fan. Typically reserved for PC games, the TC-loving has been extended to the plumber's 3D debut. Dubbed The Missing Stars, not only does the emulator-only mod feature 38 stars in 10 new levels (!), it..

  • News Fan-made Mother 3 Guide is All Kinds of Awesome

    The English guide for the English version that never was

    Nintendo's Mother series might not be all that well known here in the West, but the name Earthbound certainly is. You see, Earthbound is actually the English-language version of the Japanese Super Famicom game Mother 2: Gyiyg no Gyakushū. Its sequel - which took 11 years to produce and was...

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Teleroboxer

    Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

    Teleroboxer is a boxing game that puts you in control of a giant fighting machine as you face a series of weird and wonderful opponents in a bid to become the champion. The game uses a first person perspective with your fists visible on screen. The left d-pad and L control your left fist and the right d-pad and R control your right. It feels very natural to play and,..

  • News Prepare To Gnash Those Teeth: Perfect Dark May Be XBLA-bound

    Leaked screenshot suggests that Rare is porting the classic N64 FPS to the 360

    Website Destructoid has been sent an image from an undisclosed source that gives a pretty solid indication that former Nintendo cohort Rare is porting its beloved Nintendo 64 title Perfect Dark to Microsoft's console. Given that Microsoft owns Rare now, this is hardly a...

  • News New Copy Of Earthbound Sells For Over $1000 On eBay

    Don't you wish you'd have kept your copy sealed now?

    A new and factory sealed copy of the cult SNES RPG Earthbound has sold for over $1000 on auction site eBay, proving once and for all that video game collectors aren't scared of the credit crunch. Seller dave2236 bagged a whopping $1,025.01 for the minty-fresh copy of the game. To give you some...

  • News Retro Game Challenge Sequel Localization Looking Dire

    Sales not up to snuff for XSEED

    Things just ain't what they used to be for niche-localizer XSeed. First they lose the gorgeous Muramasa: The Demon Blade to publisher Ignition due to financial woes, and now another promising gem is stripped from them. Yes, Virginia, Retro Game Challenge 2 for DS (Game Center CX 2 as it's known in the motherland)...

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Virtual Boy Wario Land

    The Virtual Boy's best game?

    It's hard to talk about the Virtual Boy without mentioning Virtual Boy Wario Land; the ill-fated system only experienced 22 games throughout its short lifespan and this lack of software has resulted in some VB games getting a better reputation than they deserve purely because there's so little else to play on the...

  • News Get Technical With The Science of the Mushroom Kingdom

    Know your mushrooms

    A student at Carnegie Mellon University known only as 'Theyab' has produced a seriously cool faux-medical manual for his/her Communication Design Fundamentals class, and rather than keep this awesome document in the classroom, they've posted it online for us all to chuckle at. The manual explains the various side-effects of different items featured in the Super Mario Bros..

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    Virtual Boy

    Review Red Alarm

    Should Fox McCloud be scared?

    Red Alarm is a 3D shooter where you take your Tech-Wing Fighter and battle through five enemy-filled levels, each ending with a showdown with a boss character. When it was originally released the first thing people noticed were the wire frame graphics, bringing to mind games such as Battlezone and Elite; although these were both excellent titles, they had originally..

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    Game Boy

    Review Pokémon Red and Blue

    Catching them all never felt as good as it did back in 1998.

    To say that Pokémon has made its mark on the video game industry would be something of an understatement. While many claimed the franchise to be a fad when it first made its debut in each of the world’s four major video game regions, over time those people have been proven wrong. Even...

  • News Mad Dog McCree Coming To The Wii?

    Crusty old FMV shooter gets rated by the ESRB

    Chances are many of you won't have been alive when the FMV gaming craze happened in the late '80s/early '90s; the storage power of formats like LaserDisc and CD-ROM caused game developers to go a little crazy, creating titles with live action footage that had all the depth of a shallow puddle. One such...

  • News The King of Kong Strikes Again

    Steve Wiebe bags the Donkey Kong Jr. World Record

    As we noted a while back, Steve Wiebe (star of the hit movie King of Kong) is busy preparing to make another attempt on the Donkey Kong world record at this year's E3. As part of his training he's set a new high score record for Donkey Kong Jr. - 1,139,800 points, to be exact. Here's the full story,...

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    Virtual Boy

    Review V-Tetris

    You know what to do…

    Blocks fall down the screen and the player has to place them to make lines. Get a line and it disappears. Get multiple lines for extra points. Alexey Pajitnov’s falling block puzzle game has been ported to many different systems over the years, all essentially playing the same, only differentiated by the variety of modes...

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