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Hardware Review: Hyperkin SupaBoy Portable SNES

Hyperkin SupaBoy Portable SNES

The biggest retro hardware release in more ways than one

The lapse of hardware patents on retro platforms has resulted in an explosion of clone machines, most of which are produced cheaply in the Far East. These systems emulate the performance of consoles such as the NES, Super Nintendo and Genesis/Mega Drive, all of which are no longer covered by...

Hands On: Netflix for 3DS

Netflix for 3DS

We go one-on-one with popcorn in one hand and a stylus in the other

In many cities across North America you can still find them: all-but-deserted video rental stores trying every special deal and coupon in their cap to reclaim business from the rampantly successful postal-based Netflix service. But for many, getting movies in the mail isn't its best...

Hands On: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Link's past and future in one evening

Last year's E3 conference was full of 3DS announcements, but one moment that still sticks in the memory after a year is the revelation of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for the console. With less than a month until the game hits shelves worldwide, Nintendo UK invited Nintendo Life to a special preview event to take Link's remastered adventure for a spin..

Hardware Review: Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS

We take Nintendo's 3D portable wonder for a spin

To say that the buzz surrounding the upcoming Nintendo 3DS system is insane would probably be the understatement of the century. The system has garnered an incredible amount of hype and anticipation over the past year since it was announced and now that we've had a hefty dose of playing time on the...

Hands On: Nintendo 3DS Augmented Reality Games

Nintendo 3DS Augmented Reality Games

Taking a reality check

The striking autostereoscopic screen of the Nintendo 3DS might be responsible for the console gaining countless column inches over the past year or so, but here at Nintendo Life we've been equally as impressed with the potential offered up by the external cameras. Augmented Reality isn't anything new - it's been big news in...

Hands On: Ivy the Kiwi?

Ivy the Kiwi?

We take Yuji Naka's unique platformer for a spin

Only getting a few minutes to play Ivy the Kiwi? at the recent E3 trade show in Los Angeles, it was difficult to get a good feel for what the games had to offer. While it was certainly fun getting to see them in action and having the gist of the gameplay fully explained, a part of me still wanted to...

E3 2010: First Impressions: Ivy the Kiwi?

First Impressions: Ivy the Kiwi?

Yuji Naka shows off his newest project

For the three or four people on the planet who don't know, Yuji Naka is the former head of Sega's Sonic Team and had a hand in the creation of the Mega Drive Sonic releases. He was also heavily involved in the creation of NiGHTS Into Dreams for the Sega Saturn before leaving the team to pursue other projects. Now Naka-san is in charge of his own game..

E3 2010: Interviews: Okamiden - Capcom

Interviews: Okamiden - Capcom

Okamiden producer answers a few of our questions

Okamiden has remained under the radar for the most part as of late, so it was nice to see the game on display at E3 2010. After spending a bit of time with the game, it's clear that it continues the tradition of beautiful oriental-style artwork and scenery, not to mention the same unique gameplay of the original Okami release. Since the game is being..

E3 2010: First Impressions: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light

First Impressions: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light

Something old and something new

With so many great games on the E3 show floor, it was difficult to find the time to get in some solid playing time on them all. But of all the titles I was fortunate enough to get to play during the E3 show, it was Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light that I found myself going back to time and time again whenever I had a free moment in between booth visits. I think I..

Hardware Review: VDigi VD-W3 Wii HDMI Upscaler

VDigi VD-W3 Wii HDMI Upscaler

We take a look at VDigi's up-scaler device that aims to bring you a step closer to "Wii HD".

It's well documented that the lack of High-Definition (HD) doesn't affect the majority of Wii gamers, however there is a significant minority who eagerly await Nintendo's step up in the HD realm. VDigi have identified this specific Wii gamer and offer them a...

Hands On: Netflix Wii

Netflix Wii

Another reason to never leave the couch

It may be late to the party, but Netflix's movie streaming service has arrived on Wii consoles in the U.S. via a free disc for subscribers. Despite being stuck in standard definition, those lamenting the lack of a Wii no Ma or BBC iPlayer equivalent in the US will appreciate the increased functionality. Compared to its console cousins, the service performs..

Hardware Review: Yobo FC-16 Go Portable SNES

Yobo FC-16 Go Portable SNES

Attack of the clones

Those of you with especially keen memories will recall that we reviewed the RetroDuo console not so long ago. One of the growing number of unlicensed clones hitting the market at the moment, this neat machine is now joined by something a little more portable - namely the Yobo Gameware FC-16 Go. This is essentially a portable...

First Impressions: Monster Hunter Tri

Monster Hunter Tri

Nintendo let us get to grips with Capcom's monster offering

Yesterday we were cordially invited to a guest lecture at the Science Museum in London. The subject? Monster Hunter of course; in fact, it was the very first session of 'Monster Hunter University'. In a lecture led by long-time series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto, the assembled masses were educated on topics ranging from monster ecology to..

First Impressions: Legends of Exidia

Legends of Exidia

We get to grips with Gameloft's miniature epic

Earlier this week Nintendo Life was cordially invited to Gameloft's London office for a hands-on of their latest adventure for DSiWare, Legends of Exidia, which has now been released in the European shop. Gameloft is developing something of a reputation as the most ambitious developers in the download market. These platforms tend to attract puzzle..

News: Eyes on DSi - hands-on report

Eyes on DSi - hands-on report

Earlier today I was fortunate enough to have a little face time with the new DSi, and I came away pretty impressed by Nintendo’s new baby.

The first thing you notice compared to the DS Lite is the DSi’s matte finish, which makes it easier to hide those troublesome fingerprints. Although you could say it looks a little dull compared to the shiny glory of the DS Lite, the upside is that it felt..

Hands On: MadWorld

MadWorld

We've played the gorefest MadWorld from Platinum games, but is it all about the visuals?

MadWorld is a game that I've been wanting to play ever since I saw the first trailer. The "Sin City" comic book style is jawdroppingly cool, I wasn't sure what it'd be like in the flesh but it looks great. Having read other previews I'd heard of people complaining about the fact that the majority of..

Hands On: The Conduit

The Conduit

The much hyped The Conduit has been making headlines left right and centre, but is it the FPS saviour for the Wii?

Maybe. Thanks to SEGA we managed to have a quick sneak-peak play of The Conduit yesterday. Let me start by saying that I do have some pre-conceptions about this title, casting our minds back to "Red Steel", we saw a shed load of good press and impressive artwork coming out of..

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