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Feature: 20 Years of the Super NES

20 Years of the Super NES

Time flies when you’re having 16-bit fun

It’s been a year of major anniversaries, proving the fact for many of us at Nintendo Life that we are, indeed, getting old. We’ve seen anniversaries for Zelda, Metroid and Sonic, with Mario enjoying a celebratory cake with Princess Peach only last year. Next up is the Super Nintendo Entertainment Syste

Feature: What Happened to Metroid 64?

What Happened to Metroid 64?

Samus got lost

As a week of Metroid Anniversary celebrations draws to a close, we thought we’d look back at a Metroid game that never was. We’re not talking about Metroid Dread, which could still happen, but Metroid 64, which will obviously never see the light of day. We’ve made the title up, but in light of the trend of adding ‘64’ after...

Feature: Staff Roundtable - Metroid's Past, Present and Future

Staff Roundtable - Metroid's Past, Present and Future

Primed and ready

25 years ago, Nintendo released the original Metroid on the world, kicking off a franchise that has hit incredible highs and suffered the odd low point too. Here news editor James Newton is joined by reviewers Jacob Crites and Thomas Whitehead to discuss the series, its heritage and where it might go in the future. James Newton: This week marks the 25th anniversary of the original..

News: Metroid Celebrates its 25th Anniversary Today

Metroid Celebrates its 25th Anniversary Today

A quarter-century of hunting bounties

25 years ago today, 6th August, Samus Aran took her very first steps into the gaming world in Metroid on the NES, and she never looked back. To celebrate we have a great week of content planned, but for now let's recap on some of our past Metroid coverage. Want to know which game rises above the rest? We have...

News: First Zelda Concert Takes LA in October, Tour Starts in 2012

First Zelda Concert Takes LA in October, Tour Starts in 2012

Ticket prices inside

Nintendo's orchestral tribute to the Legend of Zelda series will kick off on 21st October at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, ahead of a full tour in 2012. The 70-piece orchestra and choir will play pieces picked by Koji Kondo and the Nintendo sound team and will be produced by the team behind the PLAY! A Video Game Symphony series of concerts. Tickets for the LA event go..

News: Sonic the Hedgehog is 20 Years Old Today

Sonic the Hedgehog is 20 Years Old Today

Time flies

On 23rd June 1991, SEGA released Sonic the Hedgehog in Europe and America and changed the world forever. The now-iconic hero captured the imagination of millions around the world, igniting the Nintendo vs. SEGA battle for console supremacy. Nowadays the two companies are far friendlier of course. In fact, thanks to Wii's Virtual Console service and backwards compatibility with GameCube..

News: There Will Be No Zelda 25th Anniversary Collection

There Will Be No Zelda 25th Anniversary Collection

Good news, bad news?

Nintendo is celebrating 25 years since the very first Legend of Zelda, but whereas last year the company celebrated Mario's quarter-century with the much-maligned Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition, the Hero of Time will receive no such compendium. According to the latest Japanese Iwata Asks article (via Nintendo World Report) Nintendo of America suggested a 25th..

News: A Dragon Quest Collection for Wii Draws Near!

A Dragon Quest Collection for Wii Draws Near!

25 years young

2011 is a busy year of anniversary celebrations: Sonic the Hedgehog reaches 20 and both Legend of Zelda and Metroid turn 25. While SEGA and Nintendo are sure to have some birthday plans in the works, Square Enix doesn't want you to forget about the 25th anniversary of Dragon Quest, as it's releasing a commemorative pack in its native Japan. Containing the 8-bit versions of Dragon..

News: Celebrate 15 Years of Resident Evil With This Special Trailer

Celebrate 15 Years of Resident Evil With This Special Trailer

According to Wesker, things are just warming up

In celebrating 15 years of Resident Evil, Capcom has released a trailer that takes us back to where it all began, as well as where the franchise will be taking us in the not-so-distant future. Narrated by Albert Wesker, the trailer compiles footage of games both old and new. From the upcoming high-definition versions of Resident Evil 4 and Resident..

News: The Legend of Zelda is 25 Years Old Today

The Legend of Zelda is 25 Years Old Today

Hard to believe

25 years ago this very day, the very first Legend of Zelda game on NES hit Japan, starting one of the most-loved gaming series of all time. Recently, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata discussed the possibility of a Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary collection, though there have been no announced plans to celebrate Link's special day in...

Features: Celebrating Super Famicom's 20th Anniversary

Celebrating Super Famicom's 20th Anniversary

Nintendo's Mode-7 machine turns 20

For those who aren't aware, the Super Famicom console is celebrating its 20th birthday today. On this day in 1990, Nintendo released the much-anticipated follow-up to its immensely popular Famicom system onto the eager Japanese gaming world. The Super Famicom became an instant hit in Japan and a North American release, labelled the Super Nintendo Entertainment..

News: We Celebrate 25 Years of NES

We Celebrate 25 Years of NES

We're throwing a hootenanny, and you're invited

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System's North American debut, and we're celebrating in style. This week, you can look forward to a menagerie of features that hearken back to the olden days of 8-bit glory. Twenty-five years ago today, every New Yorker sensed something magic...

News: Nintendo Turns 121 Years Old Today

Nintendo Turns 121 Years Old Today

That's old

It was on this day in 1889 that a playing card company opened up in Kyoto, Japan, headed up by Fusajiro Yamauchi. Its name was the Nintendo Playing Card Company – catchy, right? – that went on to become one of the world's biggest entertainment companies. If you want to know more about Nintendo's history, the excellent The History of...

News: Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary Means Euro Club Nintendo Gets Updated

Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary Means Euro Club Nintendo Gets Updated

Share your love for Mario and enter Nintendo's video competition

Anniversaries are wonderful and joyous occasions to celebrate with loved ones. What makes them better is if you can win prizes in the process too, and that's exactly what you can look forward to as Nintendo celebrates one of the biggest NES titles continuing to entertain having launched a quarter of a century ago. In celebrating 25..

Site News: Happy "Nintendo Life" Anniversary!

Happy "Nintendo Life" Anniversary!

Time to celebrate, it's been exactly one year

Some of our more regular guests will remember that on this day last year we merged our three Nintendo sites, Virtual Console Reviews, WiiWare World and the original Nintendo Life together to form what we now call "Nintendo Life". To celebrate we hope you enjoyed some "classic" themes across those...