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News: 'Pokémon Reorchestrated' Has Its 'Kanto Symphony' Album Removed From YouTube By The Pokémon Company

'Pokémon Reorchestrated' Has Its 'Kanto Symphony' Album Removed From YouTube By The Pokémon Company

That's not effective

Well-known Pokémon fan project Pokémon Reorchestrated - a channel dedicated to orchestral covers of music across the Pokémon games - has had its full Kanto Symphony playlist removed from YouTube by The Pokémon Company. Channel creator Braxton Burks covers this in detail via the video below, but the key notes to take away...

Random: Don't Forget to Celebrate Mewtwo's Birthday

Don't Forget to Celebrate Mewtwo's Birthday

For he's a jolly good genetically engineered lifeform

February 27th is a big day for Pokémon, marking the series' 20th anniversary since its début games in 1996. However, information contained within those games mentions another special day too - February 6th is Mewtwo's birthday! Players of Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow/FireRed/LeafGreen will...

Video: Reliving the Memories of the Original Announcement for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Reliving the Memories of the Original Announcement for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Out of time, into Twilight

With the release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD just around the corner we thought it was about time we looked back at the fantastic reveal that the original game received. Much controversy surrounded the art direction of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and many people wanted a more realistic Zelda game...

News: Overheating Computers Almost Cost The World The Original Pokémon Games

Overheating Computers Almost Cost The World The Original Pokémon Games

"I sure am glad I fixed those computers back then"

Pokémon turns 20 this year, and to mark the occassion Game Freak's Junichi Masuda has posted a video online in which he shares some of his strongest memories regarding the creation of this iconic series. Masuda - who served as a programmer on Pokémon Red and Green and created the music and...

Review: Dark Half (SNES)

Dark Half (SNES)

​Heaven and Hell

There are hundreds of amazing games for the Super Famicom that remain a mystery to Western gamers. Dark Half is one such game, published by Enix in 1996. It is a late generation Super Famicom title that at first glance seems to be your typical JRPG, with the player taking control of Falco, the Paladin (not to be confused with the...

Video: Catch Up on Yet More Legend of Zelda Easter Eggs

Catch Up on Yet More Legend of Zelda Easter Eggs

Linking to the past

The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's most important franchises and celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. It's going to get a lot of focus, then, including plenty of fan-created content to celebrate its history and idiosyncrasies. It's taken a little while, but Did You Know Gaming has continued its series that looks at a...

Hardware Classics: Bit Corp Gamate

Bit Corp Gamate

​From Taiwan with love

Given that we've covered pretty much every retro console of note in our Hardware Classics series, it was almost inevitable that we'd be forced to investigate systems which could hardly be considered noteworthy from a commercial or critical standpoint. That's certainly the case with Bit Corp Gamate, a handheld console...

Video: Behind the Scenes of Battletoads with David Wise

Behind the Scenes of Battletoads with David Wise

Blast from the past

Rare is a studio that's known for putting out multiple classics on Nintendo's older hardware. Though the studio is arguably best known for its Nintendo 64 games and its work on the Donkey Kong series, it also put out Battletoads way back on the NES. Known for being a great example of 'Nintendo Hard' gameplay – especially with...

News: It Looks Like Michael Jackson Did Write Some Of Sonic 3's Soundtrack After All

It Looks Like Michael Jackson Did Write Some Of Sonic 3's Soundtrack After All

Doesn't matter if you're black or white (or blue)

Back in the early '90s when Michael Jackson was arguably the most famous person on the face of the planet, he started working with Nintendo's rival Sega on a series of video game projects. Sega was quick to exploit Jackson's natural love of video games with Moonwalker being perhaps the most...

Weirdness: Super Mario 64 Expert Collects a Star in 0.5 'A' Button Presses

Super Mario 64 Expert Collects a Star in 0.5 'A' Button Presses

"We need to talk about parallel universes..."

The recent Awesome Games Done Quick marathon served as a fantastic example of speedrunners demonstrating their practiced skill with impressive results. In the wake of its conclusion earlier this month, we've got just the video for anyone still needing their fix of game-breaking talent on display. While...

Feature: Why We're Still Playing... GoldenEye 007

Why We're Still Playing... GoldenEye 007

Steven Smith revives the laser watch on N64

In the latest entry in this series we have Nintendo Life newcomer Steven Smith (@N64Memories) talking about GoldenEye 007; no, not that one on Wii, but the N64 original. GoldenEye 007 was my first true experience of a first-person shooter (FPS). Yes, I had played Doom – a classic, o

Hardware Classics: Sega Game Gear

Sega Game Gear

Getting into Gear

It's easy to see the thinking behind the Game Gear, the machine Sega positioned as a Game Boy-beater in the early '90s. The firm's Mega Drive / Genesis platform was doing a fine job of stealing away market share from the aging NES, and Sega no doubt assumed it could do the same in the portable arena with hardware that was more...

News: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time Gets CD Quality Audio Hack

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time Gets CD Quality Audio Hack

Cowabunga doesn't even begin to cover it

Prolific hacker DarkShock strikes again, increasing his already impressive list of similar enhancement hacks in the past, this time adding MSU-1 high quality PCM audio support for Konami's stellar SNES title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time. In place of the already quite impressive SPC music,...

Video: See the GameCube HDMI Mod Thrash Cheaper HDMI Converters in Video & Audio Quality

See the GameCube HDMI Mod Thrash Cheaper HDMI Converters in Video & Audio Quality

Goodbye lag, goodbye blur

We've been raving about the GCVideo HDMI mod for the GameCube for a little bit now, but what we haven't yet done it compare the quality to that of your average AV to HDMI converter; a common option for those trying to get older systems and games onto modern screens. These cheap devices present all sorts of issues with...

News: Hardcore Gaming 101's Next Book Focuses On Taito's Arcade Legacy

Hardcore Gaming 101's Next Book Focuses On Taito's Arcade Legacy

From Elevator Action to Liquid Kids

Video game site Hardcore Gaming 101 has become something of a goldmine for retro gamers, with its staff tirelessly uncovering gems from the past that everyone else has all but forgotten about. The site also produces a line of excellent books which feature both new and re-written content, and the latest offering...

Video: Check Out Super Smash Bros. Melee Running Through a GameCube HDMI Mod

Check Out Super Smash Bros. Melee Running Through a GameCube HDMI Mod

Modded hardware with practically zero input lag

While many work on emulators to boost resolutions of retro systems, genuine hardware mods are arguably the truest way to enjoy older games with a crisper, clearer picture. With that in mind we're always interested in mods that can apply a digital HDMI output to retro consoles and, as a result, improve...