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Review: Mappy-Land (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mappy-Land (Wii U eShop / NES)

Cats vs. Mouse

Mappy, a plucky mouse detective, is one of many arcade game mascots lost to time, having only starred in a few games over the years. While the character has guest-starred in various Namco games over the years (and makes a clever cameo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS), the biggest role Mappy's had is in a web series from the...

News: Yes, People Are Still Making NES Games In 2015

Yes, People Are Still Making NES Games In 2015

Just because they can

The NES is one of the most iconic gaming systems of all time, but it hasn't been on Nintendo's radar - at least from a hardware perspective - for quite some time. That hasn't stopped homebrew developers from continuing to support the vintage console, and as a result 2015 will see the release of The Mad Wizard: A Candelabra...

Review: Blaster Master (Wii U eShop / NES)

Blaster Master (Wii U eShop / NES)

Master your blast!

The latest eShop release of Sunsoft's 1988 NES classic, Blaster Master, marks the title's third Virtual Console appearance. With the game previously sighted on the Wii and more recently the 3DS, now it's the Wii U's turn to host this side-scrolling and top-down platform shooter that has since spawned an entire series. The western...

Video: Watch A Bunch Of Teenagers Use The Legendary Power Glove Accessory For The First Time Ever

Watch A Bunch Of Teenagers Use The Legendary Power Glove Accessory For The First Time Ever

“I can feel the energy flowing through my veins”

The Power Glove is an iconic NES controller accessory that was originally released in 1989. For Nintendo fans, it is a love and hate relationship, helping to establish Nintendo within pop culture, paving the way for future technology, but also becoming the butt of jokes. It was most prominently...

Weirdness: A Budding Little Mac Beats Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! While Blindfolded

A Budding Little Mac Beats Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! While Blindfolded

A knock out performance

You may remember late last year that Mike Tyson himself showed off his own skills at Punch-Out!! on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. While this was an entertaining moment, it served to prove that this classic NES boxing game is no pushover. You'll need to train hard to beat Iron Mike (or indeed Mr Dream!)...

News: This NES Arcade-Style Unit is a Thing of Beauty

This NES Arcade-Style Unit is a Thing of Beauty

Some games incompatible due to use Retron cartridge emulation tech

Hardware mods for retro systems are rather common, so those seeking a stylish or convenient option for playing their old NES games aren't short of options. Not many are quite as impressive as the Model G1 from Rabbit Engineering, though, which features arcade-style inputs, a...

News: Woah Dave! May Become a Real NES Cartridge Release

Woah Dave! May Become a Real NES Cartridge Release

Woah!

Woah Dave!, a 3DS eShop title that we reviewed late last year, may just be arriving on the console that inspired the game's alien-exterminating mechanics, as well as gaming as a whole - the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Tiny Cartridge has spoken with Choice Provisions Director Jason Cirillo and learned that the company has tentative...

News: Bidding Hits $100,000 on Uber-Rare NES Game, Stadium Events

Bidding Hits $100,000 on Uber-Rare NES Game, Stadium Events

Nintendo are welcome to bid on it if they want it!

We reported a few days ago that a user-rare copy of Stadium Events on the NES had been listed on eBay. While this isn't the most accomplished 8-bit game of all time, it is one of the rarest with a low production run - which was subsequently recalled as it was then rebranded. Only two sealed copies...

News: Nintendo's NES Predecessor, Unveiled at CES 31 Years Ago, Was Rather Different From the Iconic Home Console

Nintendo's NES Predecessor, Unveiled at CES 31 Years Ago, Was Rather Different From the Iconic Home Console

The Advance Video System was a more literal family computer

This week has brought us the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which has been particularly light on gaming goods. It's an opportunity for companies big and small to show off their technology, ranging from expensive high-end gear to slightly quirky or silly 'innovations'. For...

Review: Lode Runner (Wii U eShop / NES)

Lode Runner (Wii U eShop / NES)

Not quite endless runner

Broderbund's Lode Runner is a challenging puzzler that, unfortunately, hasn't aged particularly gracefully. Originally released in 1983 on computers like the Apple II and the Commodore 64, Lode Runner feels dated, even for an NES game. It's easy to see the reason Lode Runner was released on so many different platforms over...

Review: Shadow of the Ninja (Wii U eShop / NES)

Shadow of the Ninja (Wii U eShop / NES)

Go ninja, go ninja GO!

Ninjas really were a hot ticket back in the '90s. The Turtles were making TV and toy executives money hand over fist, and children became so caught up in the craze they had the sheer gall to drag their parents into the cinema to watch dreck like Surf Ninjas. Yep, it was a great time to be a kid. The trend bled into gaming and...

News: Blinking Light Win Means You'll Never Have To Blow On Your NES Cartridge Again

Blinking Light Win Means You'll Never Have To Blow On Your NES Cartridge Again

No soldering required

The NES is one of Nintendo's most famous systems, but it came with a massive, massive design flaw. The "toaster" zero insertion force cartridge slot — designed so the system could avoid unwanted comparisons with traditional games consoles and thus avoid the stigma which had risen up since the Video Game Crash of 1983 —...

Review: Devil World (Wii U eShop / NES)

Devil World (Wii U eShop / NES)

Heaven a good time

As far as obscure releases within the NES library go, Devil World is certainly one of the most interesting. Originally released in Japan in 1984 and in Europe in 1987, this is a title that to this day has never been available to purchase in North America — not even through the wonders of Nintendo’s Virtual Console service...