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Weirdness: Conceptual Artist Attempts Tetris World Record as a Metaphor of Capitalism

Conceptual Artist Attempts Tetris World Record as a Metaphor of Capitalism

"Eventually they fall so fast that you can’t keep up and you die"

Conceptual and performance artists find meaning - or try to - in the unlikeliest of places, often taking mundane or obsessive aspects of life and applying an artistic different vision. One artist doing this is Rutherford Chang, who's based in New York and has previous works that...

News: Let's Debunk Some Of Pokémon's Biggest Myths Ahead Of This Year's Virtual Console Resurrection

Let's Debunk Some Of Pokémon's Biggest Myths Ahead Of This Year's Virtual Console Resurrection

No, you can't capture Pikablu

Nintendo is finally launching the first-gen Pokémon games on the 3DS Virtual Console, and this event has gotten the peeps over at Red Bull thinking about all of the classic myths which grew up around the games back in the late '90s - before the internet came along and made it easy to debunk such nonsense. No, you...

Art: If Nintendo Did Resurrect The Game Boy, We'd Want It To Look Like This

If Nintendo Did Resurrect The Game Boy, We'd Want It To Look Like This

Past and present

The Game Boy line may be effectively retired in Nintendo's eyes, but the name itself still carries a lot of weight with gamers all over the world - including German designer Florian Renner, who has put together a cool concept which resurrects the classic brand for the modern era. The Game Boy 1up is of course nothing more than a...

News: Nintendo Has "Moved On" From Game Boy Games on the 3DS Virtual Console

Nintendo Has "Moved On" From Game Boy Games on the 3DS Virtual Console

No wonder the VC has been so quiet

When the 3DS Virtual Console was introduced, it brought with it the promise of giving classic portable games a new lease in life much the same as the Wii Virtual Console did for classic console games. While it had a pretty strong start, it's no secret that the 3DS Virtual Console has been lacking for quite some...

Hardware Review: BitBoy Lets You Back Up Your Game Boy Camera Snaps With Ease

BitBoy Lets You Back Up Your Game Boy Camera Snaps With Ease

Digital photography, 1998 style

In 1998 Nintendo launched the Game Boy Camera, a tiny (at the time) digital camera that sat in the Game Boy's cartridge slot and took simple monochrome photos that could be edited and printed via the link cable and an optional Game Boy Printer, using a roll of thermal printing paper similar to a till receipt. In the...

Ninterview: Dave Higgins And The Quest For A Complete European Game Boy Library

Dave Higgins And The Quest For A Complete European Game Boy Library

Collecting at a rate of 1.064 games per day

Nintendo is responsible for some of the most iconic gaming systems of all time, but one of its most technically humble seems to be undergoing something of a resurgence at present. The monochrome Game Boy may not have the visual impact of the SNES or N64, but its portable nature arguably lends a more...

Video: Say Hello To The SNES Game Which Ships Inside A Game Boy Cartridge

Say Hello To The SNES Game Which Ships Inside A Game Boy Cartridge

Invading a 16-bit home console near you

One of the really cool things about the Super Game Boy adapter - besides the fact that it allowed you to play your portable titles on SNES - was that it added embellishments to certain titles, like two-player modes, additional colours and even attractive borders around the screen. However, there's one title...

News: This 'PikaBoy' Game Boy Color Mod Goes the Extra Mile

This 'PikaBoy' Game Boy Color Mod Goes the Extra Mile

LED cheeks, a tail and feet to stand up

We sure like retro console mods here at Nintendo Life, as fans take classic systems and apply a neat twist to their design. Nintendo systems are often re-imagined in wonderful ways, and this 'PikaBoy' system is another example. The creator, 'eforie', had the idea in 2011 but made it a reality for...

News: Gunpei Yokoi Discusses The Struggle To Make The Game Boy In One Of His Last Interviews

Gunpei Yokoi Discusses The Struggle To Make The Game Boy In One Of His Last Interviews

"Hardware design isn't about making the most powerful thing you can"

Gunpei Yokoi is one of the most important figures in the history of Nintendo. One of the engineers who helped turn the company into what it is today, Yokoi produced some of its most significant releases - including the iconic Game & Watch series and the world-beating Game Boy...

News: The Smart Boy Is Real, Will Let You Play Original Game Boy Carts On Your Smartphone

The Smart Boy Is Real, Will Let You Play Original Game Boy Carts On Your Smartphone

Hyperkin's April Fool's joke turns out to be true

Back in April, hardware maker Hyperkin posted what many people thought was an elaborate April Fool's joke. The "Smart Boy" was pitched as a bolt-on controller which allowed you to play your original Game Boy carts on your smartphone. A fantastic idea, but surely too bonkers to actually be true,...

Feature: Game Boy Collector Tracks Down Original Owner Using The Power Of Social Media

Game Boy Collector Tracks Down Original Owner Using The Power Of Social Media

A very modern mystery

The internet is a wonderful tool which allows us to do all kinds of things – shopping, keeping in touch with loved ones and (of course) reading amazing websites like Nintendo Life. It's also rather handy when you pick up a second-hand piece of vintage gaming technology and want to know who owned it a few decades ago – and...

Ninterview: Jeremy Parish On Cataloguing The History Of The Game Boy, One Game At A Time

Jeremy Parish On Cataloguing The History Of The Game Boy, One Game At A Time

"I've made peace with the fact that I'll die before completing this"

The original monochrome Game Boy is the elder statesman of Nintendo's handheld family, having arrived on the market back in 1989. The console became a commercial and cultural phenomenon, effortlessly casting aside its more technically-competent rivals and establishing a brand...