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News: UK Champion Sami Cetin Breaks World Record Barrier On First Ever Mario Kart Track

UK Champion Sami Cetin Breaks World Record Barrier On First Ever Mario Kart Track

21 years after release, the record is pushed even further

On Christmas Day 2013 — 21 years after UK gamers received Super Mario Kart for the SNES — a great Time Trial World Record barrier was broken. The person who achieved this feat is none other than current UK Champion Sami Cetin, who is currently ranked 2nd overall Worldwide on the PAL...

News: Dr Hank Chien Breaks His Own Donkey Kong World Record

Dr Hank Chien Breaks His Own Donkey Kong World Record

Just to rub it in

Dr Hank Chien is the current master and world record holder on the original Donkey Kong arcade. Ahead of a Kong Off II event in November, it seems that Dr Kong isn't merely content to enjoy his record and wait to face his rivals, but is actively trying to assert his place at the top of the tree. After extending his world record to...

News: Sami Cetin Sets New Super Mario Kart World Record

Sami Cetin Sets New Super Mario Kart World Record

Yes, another one

Super Mario Kart player extraordinaire Sami Cetin has just set another world record on the classic 1992 16-bit racer. At GEEK 2012 and using the PAL version, Cetin completed a time trial on Rainbow Road in just 1:26.64, only milliseconds quicker than the previous best of 1:26.68, set by Guillaume Leviach less than five days ago. Bet...

News: Do You Want to Be a Record Breaker?

Do You Want to Be a Record Breaker?

Dedication's what you need

Gamers who get down to London next week can try their hand at joining the Guinness Book of World Records at a special event in association with Nintendisco. A Guinness World Records adjudicator will be on hand to officiate record attempts, which kick off with a speed run on Super Mario World's World 1-1. It also looks like being a great opportunity for StreetPasses, if..

News: This NES Pad is the Biggest Game Controller in the World

This NES Pad is the Biggest Game Controller in the World

Forget sore thumbs

The trend for steadily increasing variants of the iconic NES controller is approaching critical mass, as Dutch students have just set a new record for the largest functioning game controller with an NES pad measuring nearly four metres wide. The pad measures 3.6 metres by 1.6 metres, which is around 11.8 feet by 5.2 feet, which...

News: 3DS Launch Sales Have Been Breaking Records Worldwide

3DS Launch Sales Have Been Breaking Records Worldwide

Reggie Fils-Aime explains why the 3DS and DS launches shouldn't be compared with each other

The 3DS has launched in all major territories now and the launch period sales figures have been undoubtedly impressive. Japan was the debut region for the 3DS and a reported 374,764 consoles were sold during its launch weekend with another 209,623 units shifted in the following week. Its debut week saw more..

News: Amazon Preorders Make the 3DS King of the Jungle

Amazon Preorders Make the 3DS King of the Jungle

Most preordered console in the history of Amazon.co.uk

3DS preorders have not only been record-breaking for Nintendo, because that kind of impact filters down to retailers too. With about a week left to go until the 3DS launches outside of Japan, online retailer Amazon.co.uk has announced that the system has become the most pre-ordered console of...

News: Hank Chien Breaks Previous DK Record, Climbs Further Up the Ladder

Hank Chien Breaks Previous DK Record, Climbs Further Up the Ladder

The high score just got higher

To be the best you have to beat the best, even if that means beating yourself. On 27th February, current Donkey Kong champion Hank Chien did just that. Nearly a year after he originally broke the record for the highest score on a Donkey Kong arcade machine, the New York surgeon has surpassed his best score, making...

News: Pokémon Black and White Catches a Million Trainers on Launch Day

Pokémon Black and White Catches a Million Trainers on Launch Day

Not the shoe variety

The 3DS may soon overtake its older brother, the DS, as Nintendo's première handheld system, but that's not going to stop its catalogue of games from selling like hot cakes in this stage of the handheld's lifespan. Pokémon Black and White launched this past Sunday in the United States, smashing the previous record for launch day sales for a Pokémon title in the U.S. The..

News: Steve Wiebe Attempting to Reclaim Toppled Donkey Kong Record This Saturday

Steve Wiebe Attempting to Reclaim Toppled Donkey Kong Record This Saturday

Join us as we bring you live coverage

Round and round the high score wheel goes, and yesterday it stopped once more on New York plastic surgeon Dr. Hank Chien with a barrel-blasting 1,068,000 points, besting Wiebe's September record by a cool 4,000. However, this Saturday Wiebe will attempt to take it back again, and you can tune in to Nintendo Life as we cover the event with a live blog at 3:30 PM..

News: Japanese DS Sales Spike Last Week in Mysterious Circumstances

Japanese DS Sales Spike Last Week in Mysterious Circumstances

Whatever could be the driving force?

Of course, Pokémon Black & White saw their Japanese release last week, with hardware sales more than doubling across the country. Previous week's DS sales stood at a respectable 39,749 across all models, with last week's figures passing 85,000 units sold across the entire week. In fact, the DS range outsold every other console combined, testament to the..

News: What's the World DS-Playing Record This Month?

What's the World DS-Playing Record This Month?

Congratulations if you said 659

Two months ago, 586 people at the London MCM Expo all played DS games simultaneously, setting a new Guinness World Record in the process. Last month, 659 people did exactly the same thing, only in Bradford instead of London. Guinness World Records' Gaming Editor Gaz Deaves was on-hand to verify the attempt: It was a great event, the atmosphere was incredible. Seeing..

News: 172 Australians Hug Mario for a World Record

172 Australians Hug Mario for a World Record

Game also released Down Under today

You may remember last week we told you of Nintendo's plan to launch Super Mario Galaxy 2 in Australia with a world record attempt for the most hugs by a mascot character in twenty minutes, and by jingo they've done it. The famous plumber got to grips with 172 people, each of whom received a photo of the momentous occasion, with one lucky fan leaving with a copy..

News: 586 People Playing DS Earns Them a World Record

586 People Playing DS Earns Them a World Record

London's MCM Expo made history

What's the largest number of people you've ever seen playing DS at one time? Four? Ten? Thirty? Then this video will blow your mind. Okay, not really. Last weekend's MCM Expo in London was home to a Guinness World Record attempt by gamers to smash the record of "Largest Handheld Game Console Party", held by Australia since 2007 with a group of 381 DS gamers..

News: New Super Mario Bros. Wii World Record Set

New Super Mario Bros. Wii World Record Set

Wa-Hoo!

Twin Galaxies has recently verified a new official Twin Galaxies World Record score for New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The score-keeping network has received numerous submissions for the game since release, with the record changing hands dozens of times between gamers from the US, Canada and Holland, and is now logging scores of significant...

News: DS is the UK's Best-Selling Console Ever

DS is the UK's Best-Selling Console Ever

Handheld machine tops the 10 million mark in Britain

We all know that the DS is only rivalled in popularity by lollipops and puppies, but perhaps we underestimated its appeal until Nintendo announced it's sold over ten million units in the UK alone, making it the most-bought console these Sceptred Isles have ever seen. Considering the population of the UK is estimated at 61 million that's a..

News: Twin Galaxies Crowns First Wii Sports Resort Record Holders

Twin Galaxies Crowns First Wii Sports Resort Record Holders

Still a bunch of records left wide open.

Twin Galaxies, the premiere keeper of video game records since anyone bothered to keep track of such things, recently began a record hunt for Nintendo's latest über-hit Wii Sports Resort. A few days later, the hunt has yielded some impressive results, but more are still needed! Most of the records set are perfect scores on Expert difficulty, so many can't..