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  • News ​Nintendo Shares Original Design Documents from The Legend of Zelda

    It all started with some graph paper

    The original Legend of Zelda blazed many trails for gaming, arguably setting the standard for what would eventually become the open-world genre. Seeing as how this is the 30th anniversary for the series as a whole, Nintendo has opted for a blast from the past and dug up some of the original design documents from...

  • News The First NES Advertisement Has Been Successfully Preserved

    Chalk up another point for gaming historians

    Despite the gaming industry's relatively young age, it's interesting that much of its history is subject ot permanent loss. As standards have changed over the years, many games, advertisements, prototypes, and so on, have been lost due to poor efforts to future proof them. A great example of this can be...

  • News New NES game Dreamworld Pogie Finds Kickstarter Success

    Let's hope the Oliver Twins don't go dizzy

    Are you itching for something 'new' to play on your beloved NES? Then the Dreamworld Pogie Kickstarter might be the one for you. If you are British and of a certain age, you'll no doubt remember the Dizzy series of games by The Oliver Twins. While most of the Dizzy success story was on home computers,...

  • Video Remembering The Soggy Awesomeness Of Mega Man 2's Bubble Man Stage

    Water good level this is

    Mega Man 2 has to rank as one of the best action platformers in the NES library, if not the entire genre. Regarded by many as the pinnacle of the 8-bit series, it's the only Mega Man release to make it onto the NES Classic Mini, which speaks volumes about its quality. Our friends over at iretrogamer.com cl

  • Book Review 8-Bit Art Book

    A minimalist trip down memory lane

    We've seen lots of attractive coffee table art books aimed at retro gaming fans in recent times, which is no bad thing. Joining the ranks is a publication simply titled 8-Bit Art Book - by Ear Books - which pays homage to the visual quality of classic games spanning from 1975 to the early '90s. The author...

  • News Footage Of Unreleased Akira Game Boy Title Hits The Web

    Plus Heavy Weight Hockey on NES and Mall Rats on Mega Drive

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9JwxAnGv2Q Remember back in October when someone found four prototype copies of Akira for the Game Boy? Well that someone - Patrick Scott Patterson - has recently released gameplay video of one of the prototype Akira carts being played on the Super Game...

  • News Toys 'R' Us Expecting Fresh NES Classic Mini Stock This Weekend

    "They will sell very quickly"

    Retail giant Toys 'R' Us has revealed that it will be getting more stock of the NES Classic Edition in its North American stores this Sunday. The console has been incredibly hard to find all over the globe, with demand far outstripping supply. Nintendo has stated previously that a steady flow of machines is expected...

  • Video A Brief Interview with One of the Original Nintendo Power Line Counselors

    They were simpler times

    One of the most notable features of the days of the NES was the existence of the Nintendo Power Line. Seeing as it would be several years before the internet became usable to the world, obtaining information back in the day was mostly related to schoolyard discussions and advice from that one kid whose dad worked for...

  • News Check Out This Officially Licensed Famicom Stationary Collection

    Want a Famicom pen?

    With the recent launch of the NES/Famicom Mini, Nintendo's debut home console has seen something of a pop culture resurgence. It's always been an iconic piece of tech, so it's no surprise that Nintendo hasn't been afraid to dip into its past a bit to tap into nostalgia every now and then. Of course, the new microconsole has been...

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  • Video New NES Mini Trailer Shows Off Games, Display Options And User Interface

    Up to four save states per game, too

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SYfdwtv3eI The NES Classic Mini launches in November, and Nintendo has released a new trailer for the console which not only shows off some of the included games but also goes into detail regarding the various new modes and options available on the system. One of the big draws...

  • News Amazon UK's NES Classic Mini Launch Stock Is All Gone

    Retailer expects to "fill all pre-orders by mid-December 2016"

    The NES Classic Mini launches on November 11th but unless you've already pre-ordered one, it's unlikely that you're going to get it on that particular date. Amazon UK has stated that its launch allocation for the console - which contains 30 classic games and comes bundled with an...

  • News Fangs For The Memories Castlevania, You're Now 30 Years Old

    Three decades of miserable secrets

    Want to feel old? Konami's Castlevania series has now been going for 30 years. The franchise began life on the Japan-only Famicom Disk System as Akumajou Dracula. This title was released in North America as Castlevania in May the next year and was followed by two NES sequels - 1987's Castlevania II: Simon's Quest...

  • News Bases Loaded Is Being Resurrected On Nintendo 3DS

    Complete with 8-bit visuals

    Bases Loaded is considered to be something of a classic with North America NES players, and many rejoiced when the title got a new lease of life via the Virtual Console service a while back. Those same fans will no doubt be tickled pink to discovered that the game is getting a sequel of sorts in the form of Bases...

  • Hardware Review RetroUSB AVS

    The NES advantage?

    After years of enduring sloppy imitators which offer patchy performance and incomplete compatibility, we're finally seeing clone consoles come of age. The RetroN 5 leveraged the versatility of Google's Android platform to offer HD visuals and save state support, while the super-premium Analogue NT took existing Nintendo chips...

  • News Microsoft Blocks NESBox Emulator On Xbox One

    That was quick

    The NESBox saga appears to be drawing to a close with Microsoft "unpublishing" the app after it was submitted for launch on its Xbox One console. Many questioned whether or not the company would allow it to stand, given that NESBox effectively turns the Xbox One into a NES. However, on Friday it looked certain to be on the way as it...

  • News Super Pitfall Gets The Fan-Made 30th Anniversary Makeover It So Badly Needed

    Turning A Lump Of Coal Into a Diamond

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmIinTH54M0 The adventures of Pitfall Harry are a big part of many a gamer's childhood. His escapades were the closest we got to play (outside of licensed games of varying quality) as Indiana Jones on second generation consoles such as the Atari 2600. However, one particular game...

  • News Xbox One NES Emulator Passes Certification, Could Hit Console In The Next Few Days

    Your move, Nintendo

    We reported on the development of a NES emulator for the Xbox One console a few days ago, and we're now hearing that the app has passed certification, meaning it could arrive on the system any day now. NESBox will allow Xbox owners to play classic NES titles on their consoles, as well as load up fan-made games. ROMs will be...

  • News The Xbox One Might Be Getting A NES Emulator

    Nintendo's legal team, take note

    Given this is a Nintendo-focused site many of you may not be aware that it is now possible for Windows developers to submit their applications for release on the Xbox One. It's all part of Microsoft's overarching plan to unify its business interests and should - on the whole - result in benefits for console users...

  • Poll What Are Your Favourite Mini NES Games?

    30 for the 30th Anniversary in Europe

    Here's a fun fact that fell under the radar on a rather busy day - the NES turned 30 in Europe on 1st September. It celebrated the equivalent North American anniversary nearly a year ago, but the system took a while to arrive in Europe and, actually, struggled to gain much of a foothold - initially at least - in...

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  • Video These Five Mario Games Were Never Really Mario Games

    A Link to the Farce

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W520NMKj5VI Companies will often use a mascot to sell a mostly unrelated product, whether it be a tin of SpaghettiOs or otherwise, it's an expected move by big brands. Video games are no exception to the rule, and more times than we'd like we've been tantalised by the Mario name only for the...

  • News Nintendo Shares The Best NES Nostalgia Photos From UK Fans

    #ILoveNES

    It's fair to say that there is a lot of excitement for the upcoming Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, bundled with 30 of the best classic NES games. If you're a seasoned Nintendo fan then you're certainly going to want to find one under your Christmas tree this year. To celebrate the launch of the NES Mini our chums at...

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