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Hardware Classics: Nintendo AV Famicom

Nintendo AV Famicom

Give the dog a bone

The Nintendo Entertainment System — or NES, for short — is arguably the console on which Nintendo's current lofty status was built. Launched in Japan as the Famicom, the 8-bit platform is home to an almost endless list of solid-gold classics, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid,

News: The Secrets Of The Nintendo Power Line Experts Are Revealed

The Secrets Of The Nintendo Power Line Experts Are Revealed

Game Counselors were mere mortals after all

Those of you in North America old enough to remember the days before the internet will no doubt recall the Nintendo Power Line. This telephone service offered gameplay tips and hints for struggling players, and was your only hope in a period where online FAQs and strategy guides didn't exist. The service...

News: Double Dragon Is Brawling Onto The Japanese 3DS eShop Next Week

Double Dragon Is Brawling Onto The Japanese 3DS eShop Next Week

Billy and Jimmy are taking no prisoners

Nintendo of Japan has confirmed that the Famicom (NES to you and me) version of Double Dragon is coming to the 3DS eShop next week - February 6th, to be exact. It's set to retail for 500 Yen (approximately £3.50 / $5.50). The 8-bit classic is one of the seminal side-scrolling fighters of all time, and is...

News: Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign Schedule Released

Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign Schedule Released

Seven classic games incoming over the next seven months

During today's Wii U Direct Satoru Iwata announced the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign, which has been devised to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Famicom. Eagle-eyed readers will note that the Virtual Console doesn't officially launch until after Spring, when the system...

News: This Trio Of New Games Proves That The NES Is Alive And Kicking

This Trio Of New Games Proves That The NES Is Alive And Kicking

Old consoles never die

Nintendo has just released the Wii U, the latest in a long line of systems which stretches back over four decades. However, that doesn't mean that the company's first home console - the NES - has been entirely forgotten. Amazingly, software is still being produced for the 8-bit wonder, and Wired has dug up three entirely new...

News: Here's An Enormous LEGO NES Controller That Actually Works

Here's An Enormous LEGO NES Controller That Actually Works

Colour us amazed

If you're a fans of LEGO and the NES, you need look no further. It's taken him four months, but Baron von Brunk has created a gigantic NES controller out of LEGO. It's the ultimate accessory. Von Brunk began the project in July 2012, to coincide with the 25th anniversary release of the first The Legend of Zelda title for the NES...

News: Unchipped Kickstarter Aims To Capture The Magic Of NES Music

Unchipped Kickstarter Aims To Capture The Magic Of NES Music

"8-bit NES themes brought to life with today's technology"

A new Kickstarter project has been launched which intends to celebrate the authentic sound of NES music. Unchipped - 8-Bit Music Reborn is the work of Brad Tratzinski, and has a modest goal of just $4,000. Tratzinski - who also plays in the band Splitbelly - reveals that the project came...

News: Give Your Wii U A Retro Makeover With This NES Skin

Give Your Wii U A Retro Makeover With This NES Skin

Beauty is only skin deep

The Wii U is an attractive system - a little too prone to picking up fingerprints perhaps, but aesthetically pleasing all the same. However, if it's just not "Nintendo" enough for you in its present guise, then you could slap this NES skin on it. Available in a gloss or matte finish, this skin will transform your shiny...

News: Classic NES RPG Shadowgate Getting a Remake

Classic NES RPG Shadowgate Getting a Remake

Creator Dave Marsh announces Kickstarter campaign

Dave Marsh, the creator of classic point-and-click adventure game Shadowgate, has announced that his company is currently working on a remake for PC, Mac and mobile devices. A Kickstarter campaign will launch tomorrow (Friday 26th October) in order to raise the funds needed to develop the game...

News: Take An Ambient Musical Trip Through 8-bit History With NEScapism

Take An Ambient Musical Trip Through 8-bit History With NEScapism

Zelda and Castlevania, trance-style

Electronic recording artist The Electric Witch (real name Zac Bentz) has created a fitting aural tribute to the NES era in the form of NEScapism, a mini-album which spurns the traditional chiptune format and instead re-imagines classic 8-bit tunes as swirling ambient soundscapes. To quote the composer:...

News: We Sing 80s Hits The Nintendo Entertainment System

We Sing 80s Hits The Nintendo Entertainment System

In the fictional world of video game promotion, at least

We Sing 80s is the latest in a long line of Wii-based music titles, so it's a given that the promotional campaign for the game needs to be something special for it to get noticed. Publisher Nordic Games has done just that by mocking up a video which shows what the game would have looked like...

News: The Complete 1986 CES NES Brochure For Your Viewing Pleasure

The Complete 1986 CES NES Brochure For Your Viewing Pleasure

Another retro gem from the vaults of ex-employee Howard Phillips

Howard Phillips has been raiding his collection of Nintendo-related memorabilia again, this time coming up with an awesome NES brochure from the 1986 CES. The promotional material focuses heavily on R.O.B. the Robot, Nintendo's ill-fated attempt to give the fledgling NES a little...

News: NES Signed by Stars of The Wizard Up For Sale

NES Signed by Stars of The Wizard Up For Sale

No Power Glove, unfortunately

One trick of adding value to old gaming memorabilia is to get it signed by famous people, and even if you have no intention to sell, it makes it that bit more magical. If you're going to get a Nintendo Entertainment System signed, then, you could do much worse than obtain the scrawls of the stars and director of The...

News: Good Lord, The Knit-tendo Entertainment System Actually Exists

Good Lord, The Knit-tendo Entertainment System Actually Exists

We're not pulling the wool over your eyes, honest

When you consider how omnipresent the NES was in North America during the early '90s, it's hardly surprising that a wide range of money-spinning - but ultimately pointless - peripherals were pushed out onto store shelves (Power Glove, we're looking at you). However, the king (or should that be...

News: Serve Up Some Pixels For Breakfast With The NES Toaster

Serve Up Some Pixels For Breakfast With The NES Toaster

Full of retro goodness

Digital artist, MyBurningEyes, has recently posted a rather smashing 3D design of an NES Toaster on deviantART.com. Sadly the Nintendo gadget is only a concept, but we're hoping that someone with the necessary skills will spot it and make our dream breakfast machine a reality! And then send us one to try with complimentary...

News: Meet The Man Who Brought Nintendo To America

Meet The Man Who Brought Nintendo To America

Howard Phillips' amazing journey from warehouse to boardroom

Although it's hard to imagine it now, Nintendo wasn't always a dead cert in North America. Back in the early '80s, before the company had launched the super-successful NES system in the States, it was just one of many Japanese coin-op manufacturers attempting to muscle in on the flagging...

News: Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Helped to Save NES

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Helped to Save NES

In the UK they were heroes, not ninjas

It's a popular perception that NES swept all before it when it was released, dominating sales and 8-bit popular culture in the late 1980s. While that's probably true in North America and Japan, Nintendo's debut home console actually had a slow and rather unsuccessful start in the UK, with distribution via...