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Video: YouTube's Gaming Historian Takes Offense At One Element Of Mario's Game Boy Past

YouTube's Gaming Historian Takes Offense At One Element Of Mario's Game Boy Past

"Come on Nintendo. You're better than this"

Mario is one of the most recognisable characters in entertainment media, and has starred in a staggering number of games over the past few decades. The portly Italian plumber has also enjoyed a number of cameo roles throughout the years, and it's this element of the character's history that the latest...

News: Club Nintendo Rewards are Updated for January, Kicking Off Its Final Run

Club Nintendo Rewards are Updated for January, Kicking Off Its Final Run

Mario! Wario! Metroid! Zelda! More due in February!

After today's surprise news of the discontinuation of Club Nintendo, the North American version has had its regular monthly update, but with a bit of a difference. Though coins can only be earned in the region until the end of March, redeeming those coins is possible until the end of June. After a...

Ninterview: Learning Retro Secrets With A Former Nintendo Game Play Counselor

Learning Retro Secrets With A Former Nintendo Game Play Counselor

"We couldn't say 'kill', we had to say 'defeat'"

In its day the 8-bit NES took North America by storm, and it was so popular that in 1986 Nintendo set up a phone hotline so people who were stuck in their games could call at nearly any hour and speak to a live "game counselor", who could help walk the caller through the level which was giving them...

News: Resident Evil 4 Was Almost A Very Different Experience

Resident Evil 4 Was Almost A Very Different Experience

"Let's create a setting that doesn't revolve around science or reason"

Resident Evil 4 is often spoken of as the best entry in Capcom's iconic franchise, blending an over-the-shoulder camera, action and horror in one varied, entertaining experience. Often declared a classic, it's also the reference point when fans bemoan the conceivable...

Weirdness: Stop-Motion Animator Successfully Makes the Power Glove Awesome, and Useful

Stop-Motion Animator Successfully Makes the Power Glove Awesome, and Useful

He's got the power

The Power Glove remains an iconic part of Nintendo history, an accessory that was hugely visible in the NES era and beyond. It promised much with motion controls, and famously failed to deliver. Its visual and cultural appeal at the time can't be denied, however, and to this day we see accessories and mods that keep it alive. One...

Gallery: Imagining What Banjo-Kazooie Might Look Like in HD

Imagining What Banjo-Kazooie Might Look Like in HD

Bringing a Rare classic up to date

Rare's classic N64 game Banjo-Kazooie is a fan favourite with retro gamers for good reason; even by today's standards this early 3D game is still incredibly charming and fun to play. Still, 1998 is a long time ago, and there is always room for improvement. Enter UK based 3D artist Neil Goodman, who has tasked...

News: Bidding Hits $100,000 on Uber-Rare NES Game, Stadium Events

Bidding Hits $100,000 on Uber-Rare NES Game, Stadium Events

Nintendo are welcome to bid on it if they want it!

We reported a few days ago that a user-rare copy of Stadium Events on the NES had been listed on eBay. While this isn't the most accomplished 8-bit game of all time, it is one of the rarest with a low production run - which was subsequently recalled as it was then rebranded. Only two sealed copies...

News: This Fan-Made Facelift Of The Original Paper Mario On The Nintendo 64 Looks Stunning

This Fan-Made Facelift Of The Original Paper Mario On The Nintendo 64 Looks Stunning

Five years in the making

For those of you who weren't particularly fond of more recent entries in the Paper Mario series, perhaps an unofficial re-textured version of the original game released on the Nintendo 64 in 2000 might be of interest. A game design student at Zurich University of the Arts, who goes by the handle Nelde, has been chipping...