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News: Ocarina of Time gets a 2D Makeover

Ocarina of Time gets a 2D Makeover

Downgradin' and relaxin'

A group of Zelda fans have decided to take the classic gameplay and graphics from A Link to the Past and apply it to what is arguably the most famous outing the the Zelda series, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The game is in the very early stages, and it’s not clear what engine the game is running on, but it’s...

Nintendo 64x64: Killer Instinct Gold

Killer Instinct Gold

Wisely held back from the Snes; giving gamers a further reason for a N64. Subsequently, better fighters did arrive but this became one to saviour as Rare never produced its own sequel. Instantly, the killer soundtrack stands out as well as great backgrounds, fresh new characters and team battles. Pitched perfectly to novices and experts; a rare...

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

Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Bros. 2


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...

Nintendo 64x64: F-Zero X

F-Zero X

The best F-Zero

F-Zero had abundant stand-out features, leaving even the strong competition tailing. Although graphically divisive, fans hailed Nintendo for capturing the Snes essence - choosing speed and frame rate over unnecessary graphical overhaul. Persevere with completion - the ground breaking random track generator ensures longevity almost...

Nintendo 64x64: Gauntlet Legends

Gauntlet Legends

While a multiplatform release, the N64 version of Gauntlet Legends benefited greatly from the system’s four built-in controller ports. Ported over from the arcade, Gauntlet Legends’ simplistic hack n’ slash gameplay makes it accessible to players of all skill levels. It’s a solid, button-bashing adventure which is best enjoyed with three...

Nintendo 64x64: F1 World Grand Prix

F1 World Grand Prix

Solid racer but one only suitable for the niche F1 gamer, not a casual lover of the racing genre. The F1 ‘feel’ is realistic and racing from the bumpy cockpit view is awesome. Accurate track layouts yet backgrounds are dull and racing them doesn’t engage like a F-Zero or MK64 track. Advice: conquer the challenges but turn down that incessant...

Nintendo 64x64: Wave Race 64

Wave Race 64

The physics are perfect, the graphics hold up surprisingly well, and the environments are perfectly varied. The only negative aspect of this game is the always irritating announcer, and even he is part of the drive to succeed in the game. I still periodically go back into obsessive Waverace64 phases, because nothing else has captured the magic of...

Nintendo 64x64: Extreme-G


It's a more or less fun game, with medium graphics, average gameplay, with the only great point being the soundtrack. And there's the competition, how can you pay attention to an average game when you have, on the same console, F-Zero X, Star Wars Racing, Mario Kart 64 and Top Gear Rally. In a time of amazing racing games, Extreme-G can't reach...

Nintendo 64x64: Excitebike 64

Excitebike 64

This game is also one of my favorites on the N64. The music was the best, and the race tracks were always awesome to play on, but if anything, what kept me coming back to the game was the challenge. Just when I thought I had my control down, I'd always be left with that same sentence from the announcer. "Jim Rivers! ...eats dirt.

Developer Interview: How Two Graduates From Nottingham Are Bringing Robin Hood To Life On The SNES

How Two Graduates From Nottingham Are Bringing Robin Hood To Life On The SNES

"We'd absolutely love to be able to do a cartridge release"

Indie development has never been more popular than it is now, with each of the major console makers bending over backwards to accommodate bedroom coders in the hope of finding the next Minecraft. However, while most small-scale devs favour the likes of iOS, Android, Steam and the digital...

News: Hyperkin Responds To Accusations Of Infringing On The Rights Of Emulator Creators

Hyperkin Responds To Accusations Of Infringing On The Rights Of Emulator Creators

"We have not been as quick as we could have been"

Last week, we reported on accusations that Hyperkin had infringed on the right of emulator authors with its RetroN 5 console, and at the time we gave Hyperkin the chance to put across its side of the story. We've now had an official response from Hyperkin developer Lawrence Lee: It has always been...

News: Super Mario World Speedrun Record Is Broken

Super Mario World Speedrun Record Is Broken

Beating the game in under 10 minutes is an artform

Super Mario World is a big game — so big it put other 2D platformers to shame when it launched alongside the shiny new SNES back in the early '90s. However, while many of us will have happy memories of wasting countless hours finding all those levels and secret routes, speedrunner linkdeadx2 has...

Video: These Mario Games Have More Secrets Than You May Think

These Mario Games Have More Secrets Than You May Think

And it's not even Easter

Continuing the series of discovering hidden Easter eggs in games, Did You Know Gaming has released the final part of its dissection of main series Mario games. It's always a joy to see hidden little details and secrets in video games, it shows just how much developers care about the creations that they make. Unsurprisingly,...

Nintendo 64x64: Banjo-Kazooie


Rescue you he will not dare, there's many dangers in my lair!

The progenitor of the "collect-a-thon" 3D platformer, this one holds up better than any of its successors today. Inspired worlds, massively inventive gameplay, and clever dialogue that surpass anything else that comes to mind. I have no shame in saying this is one of the best games ever...

Nintendo 64x64: Beetle Adventure Racing!

Beetle Adventure Racing!

Before I played it, I took this as nothing more than a cheap advertising game for the new model Beetles. This game surprised me when I finally rented it. With excellent controls, lots of track shortcuts to explore, and a catchy soundtrack to drive to, Beetle Adventure Racing is one of the best racers, period. It should be a part of everyone's N64...

News: Mitchell Corp Is Keen To Bring Strider's Spiritual Sequel To Home Formats

Mitchell Corp Is Keen To Bring Strider's Spiritual Sequel To Home Formats

Along with many of its other arcade titles

Mitchell Corp might not be a household name with most gamers, but the more astute among you will recognise the name from such hits as Pang, Puzz Loop and Polarium. Founded by former Data East staffer Roy Ozaki, the firm has enjoyed a very close relationship with Nintendo in recent years, with its last title...

Nintendo 64x64: Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon

Your friendly neighbourhood ninja

What do you call a game where you use a pipe and farts to fight food-monsters, duke it out in huge mechs, explore castles and towns inspired by the old japanese eras, fight a villain that comes from outer space and gain new allies, each stranger than the other along the way? A great Nintendo 64 classic with a bit of...

Nintendo 64x64: Pilotwings 64

Pilotwings 64

On target

From a calming glide through thermal currents, to blasting rockets into a giant humanoid robot, this game nails many great experiences in one package. A simple concept executed well, Pilotwings' depth relies heavily on perfecting subtle manoeuvres with a great variety of aircraft. Perhaps because there has been little to challenge it...