Monday17th Sep 2018
Buy now or miss out
If you were hoping the Super Nintendo game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden would eventually be added to the Switch eShop or upcoming online service, we've got some unfortunate news to share. Bandai Namco reportedly has no intentions of making the classic fighting game publicly available on Nintendo's latest system. When Nintendo...
Saturday8th Sep 2018
The inside story on the game launch that made $50 million in a single day
September 13th, 1993 was a significant day in the world of video games; seasoned players might remember it better as 'Mortal Monday' – the day on which Acclaim released the home conversions of Midway's Mortal Kombat arcade game. Following hot on the heels of Capcom's Street...
Tuesday28th Aug 2018
Double the fun!
The NES Classic Mini and SNES Classic Mini have been a roaring success, with sales for both devices temporarily outperforming modern generation video game systems during certain mo
Sunday19th Aug 2018
Also plays ROMs
One less favourable aspect of Nintendo’s mini line of retro systems is the fixed library of games. As fantastic as the collection is on the SNES Classic Mini, some fans are admittedly disappointed by the closed state of the console - with no ability to update the device or download more nostalgic hits. The Classic 2 Magic...
Friday17th Aug 2018
Dark magic at work?
As technology continues to improve, so does the equipment inside our everyday automobiles. Video game devices in cars aren't exactly new, but we couldn't help but question what exactly was going on in one Facebook commercial posted by Honda Australia last month. The commercial plays out just like you'd expect from any car...
If you think back to the glory days of the Super Nintendo, you might recall how there were two versions of the system available. Even now, the unique controllers are still used to debate which one is the best. A recent post on Reddit has brought attention to the fact SNES controllers include assembly instructions on the...
Thursday16th Aug 2018
The hard work behind the scenes
Video game soundtracks can make up a huge part of a player's overall gaming experience; hearing just a couple of notes from your favourite games as a child can instantly transport you back to that world, bringing back all those feelings you thought you'd forgotten. Once they've entered your head for the first time,...
Tuesday14th Aug 2018
Alex Norton talks of TV fame and people in ape suits
In this special one-off piece, reader Alex Norton explains how he ended up being the first gamer to get his hands on Donkey Kong Country, way back in 1994. Back in 1994, I felt like the luckiest kid alive. I was the one-millionth caller to the Nintendo Hotline in the UK and had won my height in...
Monday13th Aug 2018
A much more serious design
Rare employee Gregg Mayles is at it again, giving us even more tasty insights into the makings of the Donkey Kong Country franchise. Earlier today, Mayles shared a list of the original names for Donkey Kong Country's characters and even the game itself, including the recent addition to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate...
Friday10th Aug 2018
A gaming first
If you cast your minds back to 1994, or allow yourself to simply imagine that time if you weren't born yet, you may remember Mickey Mania on the SNES. Developed by Traveller's Tales, this platformer also arrived on Sega Genesis and Sega CD, with one noteworthy element being its 3D, 'into-the-screen' chase - seemingly a first in...
Wednesday8th Aug 2018
And it still works!
Here's a whacky and wonderful one for you: a copy of EarthBound has recently been sent up to the edge of space, presumably being the only copy of the game that isn't actually bound to Earth. 14-year-old student, Ronnie Doyle, was recently given the chance to send an item of his choosing into space through a donation made by his...
Monday6th Aug 2018
Limited to 2,900 copies each
Retro-Bit is doing an excellent job when it comes to keeping the past alive, and has already released a couple of welcome compilations for the NES and SNES. However, the company has really outdone itself with its latest project, which features limited edition versions of Irem's R-Type and Holy Diver, for the SNES and...
Tuesday17th Jul 2018
No tricky soldering required
8BitDo has been gracing Nintendo fans with a whole range of controllers and accessories for some time now, with fancy wireless setups for the NES and SNES-themed pads, Switch controller alternatives, and more. Now, though, the company is giving you the opportunity to mod your own official controllers from home. To...
Friday13th Jul 2018
Elite's PowerSlide might be coming back from the dead
1994 was the year that 3D gaming truly came of age in the console arena. While both Nintendo and Sega had dabbled in the three-dimensional realm prior to this – with titles such as Star Fox and Virtua Racing – '94 marked the point where real-time 3D visuals were the expected norm, rather than...
Monday2nd Jul 2018
The dawn of the Lylat Wars
The story of how a group of ambitious young British programmers gave Nintendo the courage to enter the 3D arena is hardly new; we've covered it on this very site, for example. However, the tale behind the development of Star Fox is one that bears repeating, making this new video from People Make Games well worth a...
Monday25th Jun 2018
Baseball, dodgeball and puzzle variety on a single cartridge
Great news if you're a fan of Kunio and happen to be looking to expand your Super Famicom cartridge collection. A recent Amazon Japan listing has revealed what can be roughly translated as 'Kunio's Triple Play Replica Package', a complete Super Famicom boxed cartridge that brings...
Thursday31st May 2018
Wherever you look, people seem to love hacking into games systems and cartridges to create gameplay experiences that just would never be possible through official means. This latest project is no exception, and amazingly allows SNES games to be played on a real, unmodified NES console. Tom Murphy, aka Tom7, has found a way to...
Friday25th May 2018
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...
Wednesday23rd May 2018
With the recent release of five Super Famicom Great Battle games still fresh in our minds, Aeon Genesis and his group are back again with a complete English translation patch for one of the most iconic games in the whole Super Robot Wars saga: Super Robot Wars Gaiden: - Masōkishin – The Lord Of Elemental. However, according to the...
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...
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...
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
Friday13th Apr 2018
Now import friendlier
Jolly news for Megami Tensei fans today as Tom and DDSTrans have announced the release of a complete English translation patch for Super Famicom 1995 exclusive Last Bible III. This was the first entry in the series released on a home console, with the previous two games having graced the humble Game Boy Colour also...
Monday9th Apr 2018
Cocktails and controllers to cater for all tastes
While Tokyo may be the first stop on many gamers' lists due to its numerous arcades and the famous Akihabara area, other parts of Japan also have their own little pockets of gaming heaven for locals and tourists alike. Located in Amemura - just a few minutes walk from the Dotonbori river and...
Alternate timeline monkey business
When Rare was given the chance to work with one of Nintendo's most famous intellectual properties, it created one of the SNES' truly classic 2D platformers. However, Donkey Kong Country not only gave Kong a new lease of life; it gave him an entirely new look which has become the accepted template ever since. What,...
Thursday5th Apr 2018
Double Easter treat from Dynamc-Designs
Dynamic Designs picked April first for a double Super Famicom games translation release, but no need to worry, this is no April's fool. Add one of the last great JRPGs plus one anime fan favourite brawler to the club of fan translated Super Famicom games. Originally released by Infinity/Imaginer in...
Wednesday4th Apr 2018
Writer and director of SNES RPG Paladin's Quest
We've got some sad news today as it's being reported that veteran writer and game designer Hidenori Shibao has passed away. Shibao was best known for writing and directing the Super Nintendo RPG Paladin's Quest, which was published by Enix. In later years Shibao would go on to work...
Tuesday3rd Apr 2018
Support through the decades
Nintendo is unusual in that it offers much better after sales service than most of its rivals and, in the past, has supported systems for many, many years after they stopped being sold in stores. When one fan recently found his SNES was unresponsive, he decided to see if the troubleshooting telephone line printed on the...
Tuesday27th Mar 2018
Third time lucky?
It's fair to say that the SupaBoy handheld is one of Hyperkin's most successful products; it initially hit the market in 2012 and has been revised once already in the form of the SupaBoy S. We're now on the third iteration of the same model, and we can imagine this fresh SKU will do the business just as well as its forerunners did...
Monday26th Mar 2018
Can't do Mushbert-er than these
Mario's had a lot of friends. So many in fact that you'd be pushed to remember every single one of them, and even then there's probably one or two you've just never even heard of. That's why we've teamed up with the excellent rabbidluigi so that we can collate the very finest of these Mario relics to put in front of...