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News: Drool Over This Donkey Kong Country Returns Concept Art

Drool Over This Donkey Kong Country Returns Concept Art

Then throw a barrel maybe

The art style in Donkey Kong Country Returns is pitch-perfect, showing respect to the gorilla's history and containing countless tiny references to his previous outings as well as other Retro Studios titles. The concept art that went into producing this unique art style is every bit as impressive as you'd expect, particularly the radically different design for DK himself;..

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

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..

News: Scrapped House of the Dead: Overkill Artwork Surfaces

Scrapped House of the Dead: Overkill Artwork Surfaces

Design studio shows off unused box and promotional art.

SEGA's House of the Dead: Overkill took the franchise in a whole new art direction, pushing a cheesy grindhouse aesthetic to the limit. The box art and in-game posters reeked of 70's exploitation movies, strengthening the game's much-needed personality. Fluidesign, the studio behind all the tacky posters, logos and box art, have posted a..

News: New Take On Smash Bros. Cast Slightly Disturbing

New Take On Smash Bros. Cast Slightly Disturbing

Another case of some things best left animated.

Santa Monica-based artist Greg de Stefano is, like many others, a fan of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He also seems to be a fan of scaring the willies out of you, if his latest work is any indication. Taking things a bit deeper than the uncanny valley, the off-kilter ensemble cast of the mascot basher is the subject of de Stefano's mildly perturbing new..

News: Box Art: Metroid Prime Trilogy

Box Art: Metroid Prime Trilogy

Take a look at the delicious Collector’s edition

Our good pals over at Nintendo just sent over some sweet images of the box art for the upcoming Metroid Prime Trilogy: Collector’s Edition which you can see in our gallery below. Exclusive bonus content includes: Collector’s edition metal packaging Special Metroid Prime Trilogy art booklet 16x9 wide screen presentation New Wii controls for..

News: NSFW: Fan-made Muramasa Artwork Shows Plenty of Crack

NSFW: Fan-made Muramasa Artwork Shows Plenty of Crack

Avert your eyes, little ones

Unofficial fan-made artwork usually falls into one of two camps - totally amazing or acutely embarrassing. Thankfully, "Shura Momohime” - by the painfully talented Muuten - is firmly in the former category. It's also happens to be a little bit rude, so don't click this link unless you're comfortable with seeing fictional video game characters "nekkid"..

News: Famicase 2009 Art Exhibit Opens

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: NES Controller is in the Bag

NES Controller is in the Bag

Quite literally

Crafty Etsy gal inhope has decided to grace her online shop with this lovely NES-controller bag -- not a bag for carrying a NES controller, but a ladies shoulder bag which has NES controller stylings (it does look like you could probably fit a Wii into that thing along with a large wallet, however). inhope is based in the USA and the bag is priced at US$39.99, though you can get it..

Talking Point: Should Game Stories Be Regarded as Highly as Literature?

Should Game Stories Be Regarded as Highly as Literature?

Expert assures us that games do, in fact, tell us stories that engage our minds.

Dr Souvik Mukherjee of Nottingham Trent University believes video games should be regarded as a storytelling medium that can stand along with traditional literary texts. Of course as a computer game narrative expert he has conducted an arbitrary research study to make these incredible findings... well, more credible..

News: Is Game Design Art? Great Designers Say 'Not Really'

Is Game Design Art?  Great Designers Say 'Not Really'

At a GDC 2009 roundtable with renowned designers, Art seems to be a dirty word

It’s a debate that has raged for centuries: Do video games constitute art? Ok, maybe not centuries, but it seems like a while. Personally, I say ‘yeah, of course it is!’, but I’m not the creator of games that have been hailed as art by so many. At this years GDC conference, ICO creator, Fumito Ueda says of his..