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News: Hudson's SNES Action Platformer Kishin Douji Zenki: Battle Raiden! Gets Translated Into English

Hudson's SNES Action Platformer Kishin Douji Zenki: Battle Raiden! Gets Translated Into English

Get ready to battle

In a period when dubious anime-licensed video games flooded the Eastern markets (or "The Great '90s Import Gamers Nightmare" as we cool kids used to call it) it was often hard to distinguish between good and bad Japanese titles - especially when the cover art featured your favorite manga or anime character in a cool pose,...

News: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time Gets CD Quality Audio Hack

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time Gets CD Quality Audio Hack

Cowabunga doesn't even begin to cover it

Prolific hacker DarkShock strikes again, increasing his already impressive list of similar enhancement hacks in the past, this time adding MSU-1 high quality PCM audio support for Konami's stellar SNES title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time. In place of the already quite impressive SPC music,...

Guide: Here's How To Make That Xenoblade Chronicles X USB Drive More Useful

Here's How To Make That Xenoblade Chronicles X USB Drive More Useful

Hack the planet

The North American collector's edition of Xenoblade Chronicles X comes with a USB drive containing 10 tracks from the game itself. It's a neat little extra, but largely useless once you've listened to the music - which is why Nintendo Life reader Ben "mikey64" Barger has come up with this handy little hack which allows you to turn...

News: ​Super Nintendo Classic Chrono Trigger Gets Digital Audio Support

​Super Nintendo Classic Chrono Trigger Gets Digital Audio Support

Orchestral Time Traveler

In an alternate universe not entirely dissimilar to our own the Super Nintendo got a CD add-on made by Sony, much like the Mega Drive's Mega CD. This would bring full motion video and Redbook audio to the SNES games you know and love. In fact, some games would have been completely different in that universe. Secret of Mana...

News: ​Super Famicom Exclusive The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes Gets Translated

​Super Famicom Exclusive The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes Gets Translated

Our 16-bit Spider Sense is tingling!

The Super Nintendo was home to several Spidey games, some better than others. Some of the best offerings came from LJN (yes, that LJN…), with Maximum Carnage and Separation Anxiety among the most notable. There was one however that never made it out of Japan, and as luck would have it, it's a rather good one...

News: Save Data Hackers Top Competition Leaderboards in Pokémon Shuffle

Save Data Hackers Top Competition Leaderboards in Pokémon Shuffle

Nintendo and Genius Sonority are slow to react

Pokémon Shuffle has been a target for hacks in the past, with the free-to-play download previously being targeted by those seeking to obtain in-game items without buying them. It's part of the 'game' that data hackers infiltrate titles, with Nintendo and other developers then regularly issuing updates...

Weirdness: Mario Infiltrates Sonic's First Adventure In Somari The Adventurer

Mario Infiltrates Sonic's First Adventure In Somari The Adventurer

Hack the planet

Mario and Sonic may be on friendlier terms these days, but once upon a time they were bitter enemies, and the notion of them sharing a game was as unlikely as a Smiths reunion. Still, you can now rewind time and imagine just what it could have been like had Mario decided to hop, skip and jump out of the Mushroom Kingdom and...

News: Nintendo Removes Ironfall Invasion From 3DS eShop Ahead Of Ironhax Exploit Release

Nintendo Removes Ironfall Invasion From 3DS eShop Ahead Of Ironhax Exploit Release

Beaten to the punch

A short time go we reported on the Ironhax exploit which would allow 3DS users to run homebrew and unsigned code on their consoles. The work of Jordan "Smealum" Rabet, Ironhax was unique in that unlike other methods, it didn't require the user to purchase a physical game in order to make it run - Ironfall Invasion is a...

News: Fire Emblem Meets Front Mission In Galaxy Robo, A Freshly Fan-Translated SNES RPG

Fire Emblem Meets Front Mission In Galaxy Robo, A Freshly Fan-Translated SNES RPG

Robot rock

Not a week seems to pass without another Super Famicom RPG getting translated by devoted fans, and this particular week it's the turn of Copya Systems' Galaxy Robo, a turn-based strategy title that was published in Japan by Imagineer in 1994. Playing like a cross between Fire Emblem and Square's Front Mission, Galaxy Robo has been...

News: Square's Romancing SaGa Finally Gets Translated Into A Language We Can Easily Understand

Square's Romancing SaGa Finally Gets Translated Into A Language We Can Easily Understand

Another Super Famicom classic liberated from the mists of time

1992 Super Famicom RPG Romancing SaGa has finally been translated into English. Designed by SaGa series creator Akitoshi Kawazu, this epic title never received a western release. The game is unique in that it abandons the linear structure seen in so many other JRPGs of the period and...

News: Dark Half Is A Twisted SNES JRPG From The Makers Of Wonder Boy, And It Now Has An English Translation

Dark Half Is A Twisted SNES JRPG From The Makers Of Wonder Boy, And It Now Has An English Translation

Another Japan-only release gets localised

When you say Westone, you think Wonder Boy. The recently-defunct Japanese studio created a series of amazing action-RPG titles for Sega which have since become legendary slices of retro gaming, but outside of that particular franchise the company's work is somewhat less well known - at least in the West...

News: Unofficial Metroid Prequel Uses The Original NES Hardware To Impressive Effect

Unofficial Metroid Prequel Uses The Original NES Hardware To Impressive Effect

Metroid: Rogue Dawn is coming later this year

Will we see a new Metroid game at this year's E3? Fans will certainly hope so, but in the meantime we can all get excited about a fan-made prequel which uses the original NES hardware for that extra degree of authenticity. Metroid: Rogue Dawn takes the original title and hacks it apart, building an...

News: Hacker Produces Region Free Exploit for Current New Nintendo 3DS System Version

Hacker Produces Region Free Exploit for Current New Nintendo 3DS System Version

New 'stability' update no doubt on the way

Though the DS days of mass hacking and playable ROMS through common R4 cards are a thing of the past - to the relief of developers and publishers - there are still those that mod the 3DS for niche purposes. Such has been Nintendo's aggressive approach to firmware updates to lock out exploits, any attempts...

News: 3DS System Update Shuts Off Web Browser Exploit, Ruling Out Pokémon Shuffle Freebies and Region-Free Hacks

3DS System Update Shuts Off Web Browser Exploit, Ruling Out Pokémon Shuffle Freebies and Region-Free Hacks

Game Boy Color ROM loading also bites the dust

In the past couple of months there have been a series of hacks that have utilised an exploit in the 3DS Web Browser; the New Nintendo 3DS has been excluded due to it having a different browser app. The exploit was used for multiple applications, such as loading Pokémon into the latest releases or...

News: 3DS Browser Exploit Hackers Bypass Pokémon Shuffle Microtransactions

3DS Browser Exploit Hackers Bypass Pokémon Shuffle Microtransactions

Actually free-to-play

Pokémon Shuffle has endured a mixed reception among vocal Nintendo fans since its recent release on the 3DS eShop; the free-to-play title is quite heavily reliant on microtransactions, which can be a sticking point for a number of gamers. That monetisation is being bypassed by some, however, with hackers utilising a loophole...

News: Ubisoft Hit By Hacking Attack

Ubisoft Hit By Hacking Attack

Account holders being advised to change their passwords

Ubisoft has been victim of a hacking attack that has left customer's usernames, email addresses and passwords exposed. As a result, the French publisher is now advising anyone who has an account with the company to change their password immediately. Though the account database was breached,...