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News: Missing Super Mario Philips CD-i Game Comes To Light

Missing Super Mario Philips CD-i Game Comes To Light

How Mario almost took America

When Nintendo ditched Sony at the altar and decided not to proceed with the SNES-based PlayStation console, it quickly inked a new deal with Dutch firm Philips. That agreement also fell through, but Nintendo sweetened the divorce by allowing Philips to create games based on its characters for its CD-i entertainment...

News: The GameCube is 13 Years Old

The GameCube is 13 Years Old

Happy Birthday to the handled innovator

The GameCube, the system with a look like no other, is now 13 years old. Released in Japan on 14th September 2001, it holds a special place in the hearts of many Nintendo gamers, and was memorable not just for the fact it had a handle, but due to its line-up of exceptional games. While it holds the...

Weirdness: Here Is A Super Famicom On Top Of Mount Fuji

Here Is A Super Famicom On Top Of Mount Fuji

Reaching new heights since the '90s

The Super Nintendo goes down in history as one of the greatest video game systems of all-time, for a variety reasons – be it the at the time revolutionary controller design, the cutting edge graphics and audio, or the stunning library of games. So how do you make one of the most legendary Nintendo consoles to...

Weirdness: Modder Recreates Donkey Kong Country In Doom Engine

Modder Recreates Donkey Kong Country In Doom Engine

Scary in a different way!

Rare’s Donkey Kong Country was a huge feat in itself when it was released on the Super Nintendo in 1994. Now imagine recreating the iconic jungle-based platformer within an entirely different game engine from around the same era. Enter Doom, and insert the reminder here of just how crazy modders of the classic...

Feature: Meet The Unsung Pioneer Behind The Most Reviled Zelda Games Of All Time

Meet The Unsung Pioneer Behind The Most Reviled Zelda Games Of All Time

Charting the life of Dale DeSharone

The Legend of Zelda series is home to some of the most critically-acclaimed video games ever made, and the franchise is without a doubt one of the most important in Nintendo's illustrious catalogue. However, there a few titles within the lineage which stick out like a sore thumb — the trio of Zelda games...

News: Motorola's New Smart Watch Features a Goldeneye-Style Interface Option

Motorola's New Smart Watch Features a Goldeneye-Style Interface Option

Dr. No way to resist

Who in their life hasn't pretended to be a secret agent on a daring mission to uncover and foil the plot of a notorious villain whose greed surpasses their humanity? Well now you can take one step closer thanks to a clever little Android developer. The Moto 360 smart watch from Motorola is one of the more traditional-looking...

Video: Watch These Teenagers As They're Exposed To The NES

Watch These Teenagers As They're Exposed To The NES

"I have an iPhone case like this"

Gaming is becoming more and more mainstream with every turn, and sometimes we have to take a step back to realise just how far we've come, and depending on your age that could go back anywhere between the GameCube and the ZX Spectrum. To give you some perspective of the progress we've seen, take some typical modern...

Video: If You Love Mario Easter Eggs, This Series is for You

If You Love Mario Easter Eggs, This Series is for You

Covering Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario World, so far

One of the delights of retro Nintendo games is in discovering their secrets, little snippets of interesting features that can only be spotted with close attention. Hunting 'easter eggs' is a major part of retro gaming. A current series on the Did You Know Gaming channel is looking to reveal...

Feature: The Nintendo 64 Controller and the Rise of 3D Gaming

The Nintendo 64 Controller and the Rise of 3D Gaming

The three-handled situation

The Nintendo 64 controller is one that has fallen out of favour with some gamers – its outdated control stick and limited number of buttons leaves it and its parent system in a state of being old but without necessarily being seen by the general public as 'retro'. You could easily say the same for Sony's original...

News: Pokkén Tournament's Concept Even Shocked The Game’s Creators

Pokkén Tournament's Concept Even Shocked The Game’s Creators

“The entire office was dumbfounded”

In an announcement that could be described as hard to fathom, it was less than a week ago when it was revealed on NicoNico that a fighting-title by the name of Pokkén Tournament for arcade would be co-developed by Bandai Namco, with involvement from Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada and Soul Calibur producer...

News: Mega Man Legends 3 8-Bit Fan Demake is Available Now

Mega Man Legends 3 8-Bit Fan Demake is Available Now

It's more than Capcom's giving us

Last year we told you about an 8-bit demake of Mega Man Legends 3 being produced by a group of fans; it promised quite a departure from the original 3D adventure, naturally, as it was taking the characters and setting for a more typical 2D action Mega Man experience. It's taken quite some time, but it's finally...

Project: Nintendo 64x64

Nintendo 64x64

Celebrating 64 Nintendo 64 games over 64 days in 64 words

Today we bring you something a little different, Nintendo 64x64 - a collaboration project between @N64Memories and Nintendo Life. Now, if you've been a reader of Nintendo Life for a while you'll no doubt be aware that some of our team are huge Nintendo 64 fans, so you can imagine their...

Weirdness: Hear Nintendo's Classic Themes Played on Kazoos

Hear Nintendo's Classic Themes Played on Kazoos

Marginally too cool for school

Nintendo has arguably some of the best music in the gaming world, causing different groups of people to take the music from the games they love and perform it themselves. It's no surprise that certain individuals take it upon themselves to somewhat reinvent tracks in order to give them a fresh and interesting feel...

News: Trust Us, You Need This Super Famicom Box Art Collection Book In Your Life

Trust Us, You Need This Super Famicom Box Art Collection Book In Your Life

Update: Kickstarter now cancelled

Update: The Kickstarter has now been cancelled for the reasons explained by Stuart here: Hey folks. Firstly, I’d like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported this Kickstarter project. I’ve had a whirlwind of a weekend with my inbox literally breaking with messages of support from fans...

Feature: The History of Super Smash Bros.

The History of Super Smash Bros.

How Nintendo's crossover fighting series smashed its way to fame and glory

Despite its immense popularity — not to mention the frenzied hype and anticipation that comes during the lead-up to each new instalment — the origins of the Super Smash Bros. series are in fact remarkably humble. When its creator, Masahiro Sakurai, initially came up...

News: EarthBound Celebrates 20 Very Strange Years of Existence

EarthBound Celebrates 20 Very Strange Years of Existence

Proving that fighting piles of puke only gets better with age

It's almost hard to believe that EarthBound (Mother 2) is 20 years old with the way it continues to pop up nowadays. The 27th of August marks the RPG's 1994 release in Japan, however, and paved the way for its strange journey through other parts of the world. Brought to North America in...

Talking Point: The Argument For And Against Retro Flash Carts

The Argument For And Against Retro Flash Carts

Preserving the past, or exploiting it?

As technology has advanced over the years, we've seen massive strides being taken in the realm of retro gaming, and one of the most important events to occur recently is the emergence of flash carts that allow gamers to potentially store every single game ever made for a single platform on an SD card and run...

News: Monopoly: Pokémon Kanto Edition is Bringing Ruthless Landlord Gaming to a New Generation

Monopoly: Pokémon Kanto Edition is Bringing Ruthless Landlord Gaming to a New Generation

Gotta bankrupt 'em all

As a board game representation of cold-blooded capitalism, Monopoly is rather brutal — up to six entrepreneurs start with the same level of capital and acquire land as quickly as possible, before then applying hefty rent charges for merely standing on the land. The goal is to bankrupt the other players; it's a cruel world...