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News: Sing Along to The History of Nintendo

Sing Along to The History of Nintendo

Start Friday right

The talented folks at long-running webcomic Brawl in the Family have used their 400th strip to celebrate Nintendo's life and times in a catchy tune. From hanafuda cards to Wii U, it crams some good detail into its 3:42 running time and will no doubt get stuck in your head for a good few hours. It also scores bonus points for...

News: How Many of These 375 NES Illustrations Can You Recognise?

How Many of These 375 NES Illustrations Can You Recognise?

Quite a collection

Like many of us, Campbell Whyte remembers the time when 8-bit graphics were magical, when pixels and tiny sprites evoked wonder and excitement. Unlike us, though, Whyte's also a skilled illustrator, and used his fond NES memories as the basis of the 8 Bit Dreams project. Whyte created an illustration a day for over a year, aiming...

News: Nintendo and The Louvre Team Up

Nintendo and The Louvre Team Up

The Rhythm Thief's invitation got lost in the post

Gamers who fancy a musical adventure around the streets of Paris, including some shenanigans in the world famous museum the Louvre, can do so in Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure. For those who want to combine the handheld with the museum in real life, however, we have good news. We...

News: Fan Documentary Explores Ocarina of Time Development

Fan Documentary Explores Ocarina of Time Development

The story of a masterpiece

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on Nintendo 64 is a definitive game in Nintendo history, though opinions naturally vary on whether it should be regarded as one of the finest games ever produced. Regardless of where you stand on the subject, it undoubtedly revolutionised The Legend of Zelda as a series, bringing it...

News: Two Code of Princess Trailers Fight to the Fore

Two Code of Princess Trailers Fight to the Fore

Full of heart

3DS scrapper Code of Princess — from the same team behind SEGA Saturn classic Guardian Heroes, remember — is shaping up to be one intriguing title, as these two new trailers show off. The first video is what you'd expect: anime cut scenes, Japanese singing and a jester fighting with a guitar. The second shows off the game's chaotic...

News: New Retro Magazine "Pixel Nation" Launches

New Retro Magazine "Pixel Nation" Launches

It's good, too

Anyone who loves retro gaming might want to get their chops around Pixel Nation, a new quarterly magazine dedicated to the world of old-school digital entertainment. The first issue of the 100-page, full colour periodical includes articles on topics dear to many Nintendo hearts: famed composer Koji Kondo takes the spotlight, and the...

News: God of War NES Demake Released

God of War NES Demake Released

On PC, and it's free

There are some things that immediately grab your attention, and we'd classify the following as one of those things: God of War NES version, free of charge. It may seem unlikely, but that's exactly what indie developer Holmade Games has produced. PlayStation 3 owners are likely to be familiar with the God of War series set in...

News: Battlefield 3 and NES Sounds Are Finally Together

Battlefield 3 and NES Sounds Are Finally Together

Less gritty but more fun?

At the recent BAFTA Video Game Awards, EA's Battlefield 3 was the recipient of the Audio Achievement prize, as this is a title renowned for its gritty sound effects and strong soundtrack. Not released for any Nintendo consoles, this may have passed some of us by. Despite these facts, one YouTube user has put together a...

News: Mathematics Proves That Mario Games Are Difficult

Mathematics Proves That Mario Games Are Difficult

Mario + Retro = Hard

Many gamers, including those of us who consider ourselves to be accomplished gaming ninjas, find older Mario titles such as Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World difficult to finish. Thanks to scientific research, we no longer need to feel shame when the dreaded 'Game Over' screen appears. According to an analysis of the...

News: Donkey Kong and Pikmin Could Have Had Cameos in Super Mario Galaxy 2

Donkey Kong and Pikmin Could Have Had Cameos in Super Mario Galaxy 2

Yoshi would have enjoyed the company

There was a lot of talk about Mario at this year's GDC — Game Developer's Conference — including the revelation that Super Mario 3D Land could have had skateboarding. Koichi Hayashida, a leading figure in recent Mario titles, revealed that particular piece of information when on stage, but in an interview...

News: Wii Remotes Can Help Diagnose Eye Disorder

Wii Remotes Can Help Diagnose Eye Disorder

No, really

The humble Wii has been a lot of things in its lifespan beyond a simple gaming machine. It's become an alternative exercise centre, dance studio, artist's easel and, of course, a games console. The Wii Remote, meanwhile, has been possibly the most creatively-used game controller in the industry's history, with its motion capabilities...

News: Sound-chip Enthusiast Explains Retro Sound Design

Sound-chip Enthusiast Explains Retro Sound Design

NES music gets the treatment

For some gamers there's a particular pleasure to be found in listening to music from previous console generations. We're not referring to the midi-fest of the N64, but going all the way back to the original NES. Technological limitations meant that only certain sounds and compositions could be used, but clever design...

News: Nothing Says "Marry Me" Like Swapnote

Nothing Says "Marry Me" Like Swapnote

Romance is alive

Communication freebie Nintendo Letter Box/Swapnote is ideal for sketchy doodles and sharing glorious 3D photos of your dinner, but could it have a higher purpose? Could it be used to bring about a life of blissful matrimony? Yes. The video below is simultaneously the nerdiest and most heartwarming video we've seen all year. Call us...

News: March's Club Nintendo Rewards Are Up Now

March's Club Nintendo Rewards Are Up Now

Coins at the ready

It's 1st March, which means the North American Club Nintendo just updated with its new digital offerings. Coin-holders can exchange their hard-earned currency for three downloadable games, which are: Art Style: Cubello (WiiWare) — 100 CoinsMario's Picross (3DS Virtual Console) — 100 CoinsRadar Mission (3DS Virtual Console) —...

News: Fire Emblem: Kakusei Cover Art Released

Fire Emblem: Kakusei Cover Art Released

Bringing the heat

The Fire Emblem series has been around for 22 years, though it only became well known outside of Japan with the arrival of Game Boy Advance. Since that time there have been plenty of new titles, remakes and Virtual Console appearances released worldwide, so the announcement of Fire Emblem: Kakusei last year came as little surprise...

News: Fire Emblem 3DS Europe-Bound in 2012

Fire Emblem 3DS Europe-Bound in 2012

Confirmed

Fire Emblem (tentative) is coming to Europe in 2012, Nintendo has revealed. The strategy RPG is heading to 3DS before the year is out, with a full European translation and DLC plans. Nintendo reveals the first lot of DLC for the game in Japan will be free for a limited time, and will include new maps and story. Nintendo also says there may...

News: Welcome to the New Look Nintendo Life!

Welcome to the New Look Nintendo Life!

Power up!

It's been nearly three years since we launched the previous version of Nintendo Life. Since then a lot has changed, as a result our tab bar has grown exponentially as new platforms and consoles have been announced and launched. We, as a site, have also gone through lots of changes since 2009. Our pool of talented writing staff has grown,...

News: New York Gamer Breaks Tetris Record

New York Gamer Breaks Tetris Record

Then needs to lie down

Here at Nintendo Life we often follow the progress of the Donkey Kong arcade world record, with the feat representing, arguably, one of the pinnacles of retro gaming. There are plenty of other Nintendo classics from the 1980s that are still played competitively, however, one being the original Tetris on NES. As reported by...