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August2010

  • News Let the Warm Glow of this Golden Sun Trailer Brighten Your Day

    The future's bright

    It's been three long weeks since we got chance to play Camelot's upcoming RPG Golden Sun Dark Dawn, and our First Impressions only left us wanting more. This new Japanese trailer for the game has exactly the same effect. With more Psynergies, Summons and simply stunning graphics than before, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn looks like it...

  • News Developers Make Famicom Games from Unreal Famicom Cartridges

    It'll make sense soon

    You might remember a story back in May about a Japanese art project where artists created fictitious Famicom cartridges to display their work. Here we are, three months later, bringing you news that some enterprising developers took the cartridges as inspiration to create games. Taking in cat-touching adventure Neco Touch, sloth simulator Namakemono – translated as..

  • News Science Makes Another Huge Leap Through Super Mario Bros.

    Control the plumber with only your eyes

    We've had NES consoles controlled by peculiar pads in the past, one notable example being the Castlevania fan who used a dance mat, but what if you could play a similarly legendary, groundbreaking game without any controllers at all? No, we're not talking about Kinect, we're talking about Super Mario Bros. and...

  • News These Nintendo Demakes are Adorable or Awesome or Both

    You decide

    Remakes are big business these days – NBA Jam and GoldenEye 007 are just two on the way later this year – but demakes are growing in popularity. These old-school versions of modern franchises are often mocked up just to look awesome, and talented Way of the Pixel member junkboy has a skill to top most. Created for Swedish gaming...

July2010

  • News These Gaming Figures are Great, But There's a Catch

    Japanese Wonder Festival shows off Nintendo treats

    Japan, video games and figurines go together like bacon, lettuce and tomato, and here's a particularly tasty sandwich of gaming figures from the latest Japanese Wonder Festival. Monster Hunter Tri fans are well-served as always, with series stalwart Rathalos roaring wildly, hunters in sets of Rathalos and Lagiacrus armours and an array of Felynes..

  • News Swedish Chiptune Organ Sounds as Awesome as Can Be

    Even better thanks to awkward commentary

    If you listen to our chip and game music podcast NLFM you've not only proven yourself to be a gamer of outstanding taste, you'll also appreciate how intricate and enjoyable chip music can be. Despite severe technical constraints, many gamers' favourite tunes stem from those 8-bit days, and one such dedicated gamer is Linus Åkesson, inventor of the..

  • News Aussie Child Uses DS to Save Mother's Bacon

    Nintendo's dual-screen wonder to the rescue

    Next time you're in a potentially life-threatening situation you might want to make sure you have a handheld console nearby. A quick-thinking Australian schoolchild - credited only as "Christopher" - found a use for his DS that didn't involve training pocket monsters or defeating Bowser; when his family's car overturned after an attempt to avoid..

  • News These Domo-Kun Photos May be Too Cute for Human Eyes

    Domo plays classic Nintendo titles

    You know him as the face of a thousand memes but it's easy to forget that Domo-kun, the brown oblong with the sharp teeth, is a big Nintendo fan too. DSiWare fans may know him from his excursions into golf, rafting and construction, among others. As these recent photos show, he also loves to get his Wii game on. Taken from the flickr set of one Chris Gritti, the..

June2010

  • News This Beatboxer Has Clearly Played A Lot of Mario Games

    Japanese musician performs some impressive beat-coin-boxing

    We've seen some interesting 8-bit musical adaptations before, but Japanese beatboxer Hikakin has done the reverse, emulating classic Mushroom Kingdom melodies with nothing more than his mouth / throat combination. It's Rahzel meets Miyamoto in this incredibly impressive display of vocal...

  • E3 2010 More Third Party Games Unveiled

    A Boy and His Blob, Sonic, Contra?!

    We know your poor hearts can't take much more excitement following the revelation of the 3DS, its already-amazing catalogue of titles and the rest of the E3 hullabaloo that, let's face it, has been Nintendo's best show in years. Your heart's about to take a bit more of a pounding, though. Nintendo's released a list of more titles due to hit the 3DS during its..

  • News Great Scott! Telltale Bringing Back to the Future to WiiWare

    Our excitement level hits 1.21 Gigowatts

    Telltale is a busy place to be at the moment: not only is it working on the recently unveiled Puzzle Agent, it recently acquired the rights to produce episodic Jurassic Park games, not yet confirmed for WiiWare but a good probability considering the company's past. Now we've learnt that the studio is also...

  • News New Nintendo Video Reminds You Wii has Great Games

    Four minutes full of core titles

    Wii's reputation as a family-friendly, casual gamer's paradise is well-storied and not undeserved; claims it's devoid of great third-party core games, however, are less accurate, and Nintendo UK clearly wants to set the record straight with its new "Play Wii" promo video. Taking in everything from...

May2010

  • News Sticking a Laser Projector to a Wii Zapper Brings us Closer to Virtual Reality

    Odd combination creates very cool effect

    Remember those first Wii trailers showing people jumping across their living rooms, blasting at the screen, so immersed in the game it's like they were actually in it? Their minds would be blown by this video, as were ours. Strapping a laser projector to the Wii Zapper and harnessing the power of a gyrometer, talented modder Nirav Patel's creation almost..

  • News Complete Your Living Room: My Fireplace Stoking up WiiWare

    It burns, it burns

    You've had an aquarium, a dolphin and a zoo in your Wii so far, but how about something even more sedate? How about... a fireplace? That seems to be the thinking over at Korner Entertainment as it's just sent over the press release and first screenshot of My Fireplace, and what a screenshot it is too. Can you see all that virtual wood, virtually burning away into virtual smoke?..

  • News This is the Greatest Wii Controller You'll See Today

    Dragon Quest kicks it up a notch

    Versatile though it is, the Wii Remote sometimes just doesn't – excuse the pun – cut it when it comes to game input. Monster Hunter Tri was built around the Classic Controller Pro and Wii Sports Resort obviously revolved around MotionPlus, but neither of those add-ons were anywhere near as outlandish as this...

  • News Kick Back and Relax with Some Super Mario Kart Jazz

    The OneUps take guitars, organs, flute to classic soundtrack

    Since Super Mario Kart launched on the European Virtual Console just a few weeks ago we've had those catchy ditties stuck in our heads all over again. Imagine our joy, then, when we stumbled upon a fully re-recorded and rather lovely-sounding soundtrack from The OneUps. Taking ten classic...

April2010

March2010

  • News Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon Gets The NES Treatment

    Classic rock album is re-imagined on the vintage 8-bit

    Pink Floyd may be a band that your dad was into when he was younger but that doesn't deny them the privilege of being one of rock music's all-time greatest acts, and their magnum opus The Dark Side of the Moon still sounds amazing even today. But you know what would make it sound even more amazing? If it were re-done using nothing but the NES..

  • News Advance Wars Reaches New Levels of Boardom

    Take the fight to your tabletop

    We all love a bit of Advance Wars: on the sofa, on the bus and probably even on the loo. But on the table, with cards and counters instead of buttons and bleeps? Well, that's the ingenious idea of several enterprising chaps who've devised Skirmish Wars: Advance Tactics, transporting the turns-based war game into a turns-based war board game, complete with buildings,..

  • News Eminem Prepping Donkey Kong High Score Attempt?

    Rapper's Tweet suggests he's a mean Kong player

    Considering it's a crusty old arcade machine from a few decades back Donkey Kong sure is grabbing a lot of headlines recently. First there was the amazing King of Kong movie based around Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell's titanic struggle to achieve the best DK score in history. More recently we're seen a relative newcomer grab the accolade when Hank..

  • News Rathalos Figurine Swoops in on Monster Hunter Preorders

    More information on the limited edition, too

    If, like us, you're busy counting down the days and stitching up your armour in anticipation of the upcoming Monster Hunter 3 (~Tri), you’ll probably be interested in the announcement of a European preorder incentive in the form of a Rathalos head figurine. Not only that, the final piece of the European-exclusive limited edition pack is revealed as a..

  • News Moonhawk Studios Podcast Available Now

    James Newton talks about WiiWare, review controversy and... pigtails?!

    Nintendo Life Assistant Editor James Newton appeared on the Moonhawk Studios Presents podcast with Mac Paladin and Adam Dayton yesterday, and shot the breeze about Nintendo's marketing, third-party successes and the potential future of the DS. If you missed the show when it was broadcast live (at 2am UK time!) the entire show is..

  • News Call Nintendo Life Live, Tonight!

    Full show available to download later

    You may still be reeling from the recent double podcast whammy of DS's Fifth Birthday and the start of MAR 10's Mario Month celebrations, but it's not time to throw away your speakers just yet. Tonight at 10pm EST/7pm PST, Nintendo Life's very own Assistant Editor James Newton will be appearing on the Moonhawk Studios Presents podcast. You can get involved by..

  • News R.O.B. Display Unit Sells for $4K on eBay

    Someone obviously has very deep pockets

    Some rich retro collector has just gotten their hands on a one-of-a-kind auction thanks to eBay. The auction was for a display case containing a Nintendo Entertainment System and a Robotic Operating Buddy (better known as R.O.B.). The final figure? $4,150. Sweet. "These are extremely difficult to find, and this unit comes 100% complete in the original..

February2010

  • News Steve Wiebe Crowned King of Kong Once Again

    Although it's Donkey Kong Jr. this time

    Celebrity gamer and star of the excellent King of Kong Steve Wiebe has reclaimed the world record for Nintendo's Donkey Kong Jr. coin-op after briefly relinquishing the title to Mark Kiel, who had set the previous high score at a whopping 1,147,800. Wiebe - who became famous after his battle with gaming legend Billy Mitchell was immortalized in Seth Gordan's..

January2010

  • News DSi Gets Motion Detection

    Console tilt-sensitive without attachments

    Satoru Iwata may say the DS's successor will be motion sensitive, but the team at Engine Software has beaten him to the punch, creating full motion sensitivity with no attachments needed. To demonstrate the technology in action, Engine Software has released a video of TILT, a prototype marble-rolling simulation. Check it out below. The developers are keen..

December2009

  • Feature Retro GT Clothing Interview

    We catch up with the chaps behind this awesome gaming-related clothing brand

    Video gaming has spawned many iconic images over the years, so its little surprise that many brands have crossed over to feature on various items of clothing. One of our favourite clothing companies has to be UK-based Retro GT, who specalise in custom-made designs that reflect several decades of misspent youth. We caught..

November2009

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Wii Packaging Is All Kinds Of Awesome

    Paint the town red with Mario's latest adventure

    We don't have our press copy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii yet, but those lucky chaps over at Kotaku do - and they've taken some photos of the packaging to tease us with. Normally we wouldn't report on something as banal as this but the fact is the case for NSMB Wii looks fantastic. It's made of red instead of white plastic, so it's sure to stand out..

  • News Michael Jackson's Moonwalker Coming to Virtual Console?

    Could the King of Pop make his Wii debut soon?

    The PEGI has been a bit quiet for a while, as they tend not to add ratings to their site until the games in question have actually been released. Today, however, one game slipped through the cracks, and it's not an insignificant one either. A Virtual Console listing for Michael Jackson's Moonwalker has appeared, making it seem like one of the games..

  • News Black Wii Unboxed Before Your Very Eyes!

    Yes, we've got one.

    When Nintendo announced the Limited Edition black Wii was on its way to the UK and Europe this month, our first reaction was a sense of satisfaction - the Wii has been stuck in its whitewash world for too long, so the added choice of another colour is more than welcome. Not all of you were so thrilled though, particularly you poor, forgotten North American readers with naught..

October2009

  • News Ryo Hazuki to Search for Sailors in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

    Shenmue main man confirmed for racing game!

    It's been a long and tearful six years since we last saw Ryo Hazuki on a console (that's Shenmue II on Xbox, fact-fans) but now the face-plastered one is set to return as a playable character in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing! This new video just sent to us by Sega shows Ryo thundering around the game's brightly-coloured race tracks on a motorbike -..

  • News It's Official: Nintendo is the Best

    Are you going to argue with the experts at A.T. Kearney, punk?

    As hardcore Nintendo fans we're all aware that the company is pretty freakin' special. However, it's always nice to have this kind of thing confirmed semi-officially, so the fact that highly respected consulting firm A.T. Kearney has decided that Nintendo is the number one firm in the world when it comes to 2008 sales and international..

  • News The Haynes Video Gaming Manual

    A coffee table classic that every dedicated gamer should own

    Following on from our review of the superb Game Over, we've got another literary classic to bring to your attention. The Video Game Manual is published by UK firm Haynes (famed for its automotive help guides) and is penned by João Diniz Sanches, former editor of Future's Edge magazine...

September2009

  • News Smart Bomb Issue One Now Available

    Former Super Play artist produces awesome comic along with fellow Rare employees

    If you're a UK-based SNES fan then chances are you will recall a fantastic magazine called Super Play. Easily the best publication devoted to Nintendo's 16-bit machine, the mag was especially notable for focusing on import releases (when all other magazines ignored...

August2009

July2009

  • News A Whole New Meaning To The Term Shovelware

    Bet you didn't know your Wiimote could handle such power

    What do you get if you mix 15 tonnes of steel, 200 bar of hydraulic pressure and a Wiimote? The answer: a totally awesome industrial grappler. The chaps behind these two grapplers - which use a control system written in Python software language - have tinkered around with them so that you can operate them using a Wiimote. Check out the..

June2009

  • News Street Fighter II's Bonus Stage: Live Action Spectacular

    How to destroy a car in just over a minute

    Remember the bonus stage in Capcom's Street Fighter II where you had to rip a car to bits within a set time limit using nothing but your fists and feet (and a few fireballs if you were Ryu and Ken, of course)? As far as vehicular violence was concerned it was pretty sweet, but we also thought it was a bit unrealistic. Surely no one could actually do that..

May2009

  • News Hey, You Got Your Rhythm Heaven In My iTunes!

    Quirky visualizer makes your trippy music even more so.

    Music and visualizers go together like caramel and apples, chocolate and peanut butter, and apple sauce and chocolate chip cookies (don't knock it till you try it!). iTunes users have been blessed with a series of excellent ones built right in, and now you can add another one to your arsenal of things to space out to: Rhythm Heaven! Over at..

  • News Now You Can Have Your Very Own Fairy In A Bottle

    Link cosplay costumes everywhere rejoice!

    It's no wonder Link does the things he does. All he needs is a fairy in a jar and he can go and do whatever stupid thing he wants and the fairy'll just reanimate his corpse. Pretty handy when you're out battling pig demon things and whatnot. Your mortal enemy may not be a Machiavellian tyrant, but that doesn't mean you wouldn't look dashing with the latest..

  • News 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 Fan-made Mother 3 Guide is All Kinds of Awesome

    The English guide for the English version that never was

    Nintendo's Mother series might not be all that well known here in the West, but the name Earthbound certainly is. You see, Earthbound is actually the English-language version of the Japanese Super Famicom game Mother 2: Gyiyg no Gyakushū. Its sequel - which took 11 years to produce and was...

  • News Get Technical With The Science of the Mushroom Kingdom

    Know your mushrooms

    A student at Carnegie Mellon University known only as 'Theyab' has produced a seriously cool faux-medical manual for his/her Communication Design Fundamentals class, and rather than keep this awesome document in the classroom, they've posted it online for us all to chuckle at. The manual explains the various side-effects of different items featured in the Super Mario Bros..

April2009

  • News Seriously Cool Game Boy Timeline

    The Game Boy is 20!

    Gadget site Gizmodo is celebrating the 20th birthday of Nintendo's Game Boy in style; the site has posted an illustrated timeline of the machine's history which goes all the way back to 1889. Along the way the timeline picks out moments of success (and failure) as well as mentioning key historical events, too. It's one of the coolest things we've seen in a while and is well..

  • News Nintendo DSi – Deconstructed

    Cool stop-motion video surfaces of a DSi ripping itself to pieces

    Whenever there’s a new hardware launch you can practically guarantee that some nutcase will take it upon themselves to rip the machine open to see what it looks like inside. Nine times out of ten all they discover is a bunch of circuit board and some chips – hardly surprising. Still, when you get someone taking hardware apart via..

  • News The Wii Gets Its Own Brutal Legend

    Double Fine's gut-busting metal adventure becomes a strong likelihood for the Wii, although not exactly as expected.

    For those unaware, Brutal Legend is a game that stars heavy-metal-groupie-turned-hero, Eddie Riggs (voiced by Jack Black), who is pulled into a world of rock ‘n’ roll fantasy where evil reigns most awesomely. Full of heavy riffs,...

April2008

  • News SNES Controller + Wii = Awesome?

    Do you like our simple grasp upon mathematics? It's true though. So very true.

    While we have to sit around waiting for Nintendo to update their allocation of "free" Wii Points on Nintendo Of Europes site - Japanese gamers are getting their hands on this little piece of kit. If you're a Club Nintendo member (or an eBay account holder) and have a Japanese Wii - we recommend getting your..