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News: The Sega Genesis is Now 25 Years Old

The Sega Genesis is Now 25 Years Old

How many of you are feeling old?

It's a day of hardware anniversaries, with the 19 year old Virtual Boy being joined by the 25th Anniversary of the Sega Genesis; as the name should have tipped you off, it's the North American anniversary of Sega's 16-bit beast. Known as the Mega Drive in PAL regions, the Genesis arrived before the Super NES and...

News: The Virtual Boy is 19 Years Old, Probably Hasn't Received a Celebratory Cake

The Virtual Boy is 19 Years Old, Probably Hasn't Received a Celebratory Cake

We still love it

The Virtual Boy is 19 years old in North America today, having arrived in the region on 14th August 1995. It doesn't have a European anniversary to celebrate, as it never had a release in the region. It's a system that shows us a few aspects of Nintendo that remain today, in some ways representing its key strengths. Nintendo...

News: The Game Boy is 25 Years Old in North America

The Game Boy is 25 Years Old in North America

Happy Birthday, Old Boy

The Game Boy recently celebrated the 25th anniversary for its release in Japan, a reminder of the enduring legacy of one of Nintendo's greatest creations. Its role in transforming the games industry and popularising portable systems can't be overlooked, not to mention the various franchises and classic games that define it...

News: Rising Star Games Is Now Ten Years Old

Rising Star Games Is Now Ten Years Old

Celebrates with new brush logo and a promise

Hertfordshire-based game publisher Rising Star Games, the “home of Japanese games,” is celebrating its ten-year anniversary. The company’s announcement page features a splashy minute-long montage video and details how Rising Star is celebrating with events and announcements on the tenth of every...

News: The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan

The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan

Finally old enough to run Conker's Bad Fur Day

Time flies when you're having fun, especially for those of us who grew up spending excessive amounts of time playing GoldenEye 007 and Mario Kart 64. That's because the Nintendo 64 was released a whopping 18 years ago today in its native territory of Japan. Released on 23 June 1996, the N64 served as a...

Talking Point: The Game Boy is 25 Years Old, and Deserves Its Place in Gaming History

The Game Boy is 25 Years Old, and Deserves Its Place in Gaming History

Nintendo's most vital triumph

Today's an important day, and we imagine a large celebration cake has been purchased for Nintendo HQ in Kyoto. The Game Boy was released 25 years ago today in Japan, and it was a system that — perhaps unlike any other — defined and set Nintendo on its path to being a successful multi-billion dollar corporation...

News: The 3DS is Now Three Years Old in Europe

The 3DS is Now Three Years Old in Europe

Onwards and upwards

A month ago we reported that the 3DS had reached its third birthday in Japan — it's now reached the same landmark in Europe as of today, 25th March. After the usual pre-launch buzz the 3DS had a mixed first year, but has since gone from strength to strength. Going into its fourth year it has upcoming releases such as Kirby:...

News: Super Metroid is 20 Years Old Today

Super Metroid is 20 Years Old Today

One of the all time greats

Super Metroid is 20 years old today, having been released in Japan on 19th March 1994. It's a title that would go on to be one of a number of iconic, memorable experiences on the 16-bit machine, and is still revered to this day. Alternatively called Metroid 3, this title — like others in the series that would follow —...

News: The 3DS Celebrates Its Third Birthday in Japan

The 3DS Celebrates Its Third Birthday in Japan

Happy 3dees day

Put on the party hats and break out the bunting, the 3DS is three years old today. Or it is in Japan which, judging by the time we're posting this and thanks to the vagaries of time zones, is actually yesterday in Nintendo's homeland. But still, we'll celebrate anyway. The 3DS was greeted with plenty of launch day buzz in 2011,...

News: Katsura Hashino: "Many Announcements" Set For 25th Anniversary of Atlus

Katsura Hashino: "Many Announcements" Set For 25th Anniversary of Atlus

Looking forward despite parent company problems

It's been a tough summer for Atlus, as it's had to absorb its share of pressure over its parent company's financial difficulties. As we've reported previously, Atlus' owner Index has begun the process of selling its operations following its slide into an equivalent of bankruptcy; rumoured potential...

News: The Famicom Turns 30 Years Old

The Famicom Turns 30 Years Old

The system that started it all

At the time of writing it may still be 14th July in many countries, but it's 15th July in Japan — that means that the Famicom has now turned 30 years old in its homeland. It would eventually make its way to the West, redesigned, as the iconic NES. Of course, Nintendo had been a Playing Card company in its earliest...

News: Happy 15th Birthday, Banjo-Kazooie!

Happy 15th Birthday, Banjo-Kazooie!

Guh-huh!

It’s hard to believe now, but before 31st May, 1998, no one believed that a bear in yellow shorts and a bird in a backpack could ever make an effective team. A spunky little Twycross-based company called Rare, however, set out to prove the world wrong, and did so with quite admirable results. Today marks the 15th anniversary of the North...

News: This New Mega Man Anniversary Statue Goes Large

This New Mega Man Anniversary Statue Goes Large

Alas, still no "proper" game for the big anniversary

With this being the 25th Anniversary year of the Mega Man franchise, Capcom has released a free PC crossover game — Street Fighter X Mega Man — which in many respects was a slightly polished fan effort, and has given us some celebratory laptops and USB drives in different regions. Plenty of...

Site News: Happy "Nintendo Life" Anniversary!

Happy "Nintendo Life" Anniversary!

Time to celebrate, it's been four years

Some of our long-term readers might remember that on this day four years ago we merged our three Nintendo sites — VC Reviews, WiiWare World and the original Nintendo Life — together to form the new and improved "Nintendo Life". Since then we've grown our readership to an unprecedented level, and according...

News: The Nintendo 3DS Celebrates its Two Year Anniversary

The Nintendo 3DS Celebrates its Two Year Anniversary

Still going strong

Two years ago, on 25th March 2011, the Nintendo 3DS arrived in Europe; its North American release was on 27th March. As the follow-up to the DS family of systems — the biggest selling series of handhelds in history — it arrived with plenty of expectation. After an excitable launch — it landed in Japan in late February —...

News: The Nintendo DS Celebrates its 8th Birthday in Europe Today

The Nintendo DS Celebrates its 8th Birthday in Europe Today

Blow into the mic to put out the candles

Eight years ago today, Europe became the last major territory to get its hands on the original DS, that now known as the "phat". It can be easy to forget that it was a handheld that truly innovated the concept of mainstream handheld gaming, incorporating a clamshell two screen design famously pioneered in the...

Feature: 20 Years of Mario Kart

20 Years of Mario Kart

How the time, and kart, flies

Today is yet another Nintendo anniversary, in this case the 20th anniversary of Super Mario Kart's release in Japan. That's 20 years of powering around tracks and making other mascot's driving lives miserable, while infuriating their masters in multiplayer. It's a series with enduring appeal that has evolved into one...