Anniversary News

Feature: A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation 6 - 2013 to ????

A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation 6 - 2013 to ????

Talking 'bout this generation

As we build up to the 20th anniversary of Pokémon later this month, and look hotly ahead towards brand new things, we're concluding our journey through each generation of Pokémon; this month we cover the most recent generation, the one we are still in! Be sure to also check out our retrospectives on generation 1,...

Talking Point: Let's Dare to Believe that Sonic the Hedgehog Can Have a Happy Anniversary

Let's Dare to Believe that Sonic the Hedgehog Can Have a Happy Anniversary

He just needs the right spin

There were a few notable anniversaries in 2015, yet this year looks set to be even more significant. Pokemon and The Legend of Zelda are among the major celebrations still to come, but it's also the 25th Anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog. Once the sworn enemy and rival to Mario, leading the SEGA charge in the 'Console...

Video: The Pokémon Company Builds Anniversary Hype and Confirms Monthly Mythical Pokémon Distributions

The Pokémon Company Builds Anniversary Hype and Confirms Monthly Mythical Pokémon Distributions

Digitally remastered movies! Special Edition cards! Merchandise!

It promises to be a great year for Pokémon fans, as 20th Anniversary celebrations are set to be a highlight over the course of many months. Various hardware bundles and the anniversary logo have been revealed, and now The Pokémon Company has released a video highlighting some more...

News: Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow 2DS Bundles Confirmed for Europe, New 3DS Bundle Coming to North America

Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow 2DS Bundles Confirmed for Europe, New 3DS Bundle Coming to North America

Commemorative anniversary logo also released

It's a big year for Pokémon as the franchise gears up to celebrate its 20th Anniversary. With that in mind Nintendo has now lifted the lid on some key releases that are on the way to the West, which should certainly please fans. Starting with Europe, it'll receive three variations of 2DS bundles, one...

Feature: Reflecting On Three Years With The Wii U - Part One

Reflecting On Three Years With The Wii U - Part One

The Nintendo Life team talks about the current-gen gem

The Wii U is - at the time of writing - about to turn three years old, and despite its young age some are already looking to the next generation from the big N. That seems a pity in light of the strengths of the system, especially as it's delivered so many wonderful games and memories, so to...

News: The NES is Now 30 Years Old

The NES is Now 30 Years Old

The game changer

The NES is 30 years old today, at least based on its widely agreed - albeit historically debatable - North American release date. Not to be mistaken with the Famicom release - which is way back in 1983 - it was nevertheless the Nintendo Entertainment System rebranding and a certain Super Mario Bros. that catapulted Nintendo...

News: Nintendo is Now 126 Years Old

Nintendo is Now 126 Years Old

About to enter a new era

It's time for paper hats, party poppers and some slightly underwhelming cake at Nintendo HQ - we've all been to that party - as the company celebrates its 126th Anniversary. It was founded on this day in 1889. We wrote a pretty extensive article about Nintendo's history and longevity for its 125th Anniversary last year,...

Video: Feel The Nostalgia as a Young Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka Demonstrate Super Mario Bros. Development

Feel The Nostalgia as a Young Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka Demonstrate Super Mario Bros. Development

Plus plenty of insight from the current day designers

In honour of Super Mario's 30th Anniversary, Nintendo of America has released a neat 'Special Interview' video featuring Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka talking about development of the original Super Mario Bros. and also Super Mario Maker. Though the bulk of the video is from a modern day...

Gallery: Mario - A History of Power-Ups, Fashion and Wardrobe Missteps

Mario - A History of Power-Ups, Fashion and Wardrobe Missteps

Looking fabulous

With the mascot's 30th Anniversary upon us you can expect to see a lot of words devoted to Mario in the coming days. Of course, for a franchise that's established its reputation on irreverent fun, we can't help but consider some of its sillier features. Power-ups qualify; yes, they can be integral to gameplay mechanics, absolutely...

Anniversary: The Virtual Boy Is 20 Years Old Today

The Virtual Boy Is 20 Years Old Today

Nintendo's most famous failure is getting on a bit

According to the history books, the Virtual Boy is Nintendo's biggest failure — both commercially and critically — in the hardware arena. Launched 20 years ago today on 21st July 1995 in Japan to almost complete consumer apathy, it bypassed Europe entirely and was discontinued the following...

News: The Famicom is 32 Years Old Today

The Famicom is 32 Years Old Today

Should have a steady job and a mortgage by now

Here's one to make some of us feel old - the Famicom is 32 years old today, released in Japan on 15th July 1983. It was, of course, the system that would be revamped and remodelled as the NES in October 1985 in North America. Famicom was the shortened name for Family Computer; a key difference of...

Feature: Ten Must-Play Games for the Nintendo 3DS

Ten Must-Play Games for the Nintendo 3DS

As voted for by you to celebrate four years of the portable

With the 3DS now four years old, and now that the New Nintendo 3DS has brought us another iteration with a whole load of features, we decided it was a good time to take stock of ten definitive experiences on the system. To that end we listed 50 retail games - the eShop will have its own...

News: The Nintendo 3DS is Now Four Years Old in Europe

The Nintendo 3DS is Now Four Years Old in Europe

Eur 'avin a laugh

The Nintendo 3DS arrived four years ago today in Europe, strategically released to maximise profits before the end of the financial year that closed on 31st March 2011... erm, we mean strategically released to excite gamers. Its arrival prompted plenty of launch week hype, and by the close of March Nintendo announced that over 3.5...

Anniversary: The Nintendo DS is Now 10 Years Old

The Nintendo DS is Now 10 Years Old

Went from baby phat to slim

It's a big day for the original DS, as it's 10 years to the day since the first model in the iconic family of systems — commonly referred to as the 'phat' — arrived in North America. Few will forget the E3 reveal of the DS by Reggie Fils-Aime, and its clamshell Though it signalled the beginning of the end for the...

Anniversary: 20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

Donkey Kong Country is now two decades old

Donkey Kong is Nintendo's first major star, having made his début in the arcade game that effectively turned the company into the global monster it is today. However, when Mario decided to become Super on the NES and take his place as Nintendo's number one mascot, DK was bumped down the pecking order and...