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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...

Review: Ultimate NES Remix (3DS)

Ultimate NES Remix (3DS)

Not as ultimate as you'd think

Almost a year ago, the Wii U received some excellent download titles in the form of NES Remix and NES Remix 2, each taking a set of classic (and not so classic) NES games and making short challenges based on sections from each game, or in some cases creating entirely original scenarios. Curiously, the producer of the...

Video: I ♥ Virtual Console - Monster Party Is The Wackiest Halloween Classic You'll Never Play

I ♥ Virtual Console - Monster Party Is The Wackiest Halloween Classic You'll Never Play

This NES classic deserves another lease of life - or should that be death?

Halloween is upon us, and while children all over the globe get themselves ready to don horrible costumes and harass their neighbours for candy, we're taking a look at a spooky old NES classic which really should be on the Virtual Console on a day like today. Monster Party...

Video: Your Heart Will Melt At This Sega Genesis Promo Created By A Son and His Gaming Mad Father

Your Heart Will Melt At This Sega Genesis Promo Created By A Son and His Gaming Mad Father

1991 home movie intended to convince family members to dump the NES

As you'll know if you've read the recent Console Wars, back in the early '90s Nintendo was still very much the king of the hill when it came to video games. Sega's time in the sun was yet to come, but the 16-bit Genesis (Mega Drive if you're outside of the US) was already making...

Review: Donkey Kong: Original Edition (3DS eShop / NES)

Donkey Kong: Original Edition (3DS eShop / NES)

Whole once again

The legendary arcade title Donkey Kong is slightly infamous for receiving a rather botched NES conversion. Lacking several screens, animations and even an entire stage, it wasn't exactly one of Nintendo's finer porting jobs, especially when other home versions by different companies did manage to include all of the original content...

Book Review: Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Bros. 2

Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Bros. 2

Subcon-text

For how unique it is compared to other games in the Mario line, it’s amazing how easily Super Mario Bros. 2 is taken at face value or glossed over entirely. Many fans are happy to share the fact that the game is actually a reskin of Japanese title Doki Doki Panic after the original Super Mario Bros. sequel was deemed too difficult...

Review: Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Wii U eShop / NES)

Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Wii U eShop / NES)

It's good to be bad

Although many people are familiar with the Red Arremers, the notoriously persistent enemies from the Ghosts 'n Goblins games, not many seem to be aware that one particular Arremer also starred in several games of his own. The first Gargoyle's Quest was released on the 3DS Virtual Console a while back, and now we've finally...

News: This Fan-Made NES 3DS XL Offers a Cool Alternative Design

This Fan-Made NES 3DS XL Offers a Cool Alternative Design

Better than Nintendo's?

Nintendo certainly grabbed attention when it announced a NES-themed 3DS XL; the model will be exclusive to GameStop in North America, and unfortunately there are no plans to bring it to Europe. It's due for release on 10th October and will cost $199.99. Not all love the design, however, with the presence of the NES...