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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...

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...

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...

News: Check Out these Remastered Metroid and Super Smash Bros. Themes

Check Out these Remastered Metroid and Super Smash Bros. Themes

A treat for the old eardrums

Music from video games is something that not many people outside the gaming circle really recognise or appreciate, so it's all the more encouraging when groups of people – be they large or small – band together in order to create a new experience from established melodies. Many of the classic themes from the Metroid...

Weirdness: Two Fish Duke it Out in Street Fighter II

Two Fish Duke it Out in Street Fighter II

Get PETA on the line!

Not so long ago we shared the humorous and slightly goofy spectacle of a Fish playing Pokémon, in which its often lazy swims around its tank would be converted into D-pad and button inputs. Like any Twitch phenomenon there'll be others that use that original as a source of inspiration, and we reckon this particular spin-off is...

Video: Turns Out Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan Isn't Very Good At GoldenEye 007

Turns Out Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan Isn't Very Good At GoldenEye 007

The Spy Who Karate-Chopped Me

GoldenEye 007 is arguably one of the finest video games ever made, and was a massive seller on its host platform, the N64. It recreated the events of the iconic 1995 James Bond movie of the same name, and starred a digital likeness of Pierce Brosnan (and a "square" Sean Bean, lest we forget). Just in case you're...

Weirdness: Check Out this LEGO Bob-Omb Battlefield Reconstruction

Check Out this LEGO Bob-Omb Battlefield Reconstruction

In more than 64 bits

Everybody likes to celebrate their passion in different ways, and one intrepid gamer has recreated the entirety of Bob-Omb Battlefield from Super Mario 64 entirely from LEGO bricks. The detail is phenomenal, the enormous Chain-Chomp taking centre place, and King Bob-Omb in his rightful place perched atop the hill. Goombas,...

News: The Sega Genesis is Now 25 Years Old

The Sega Genesis is Now 25 Years Old

How many of you are feeling old?

It's a day of hardware anniversaries, with the 19 year old Virtual Boy being joined by the 25th Anniversary of the Sega Genesis; as the name should have tipped you off, it's the North American anniversary of Sega's 16-bit beast. Known as the Mega Drive in PAL regions, the Genesis arrived before the Super NES and...

News: The Virtual Boy is 19 Years Old, Probably Hasn't Received a Celebratory Cake

The Virtual Boy is 19 Years Old, Probably Hasn't Received a Celebratory Cake

We still love it

The Virtual Boy is 19 years old in North America today, having arrived in the region on 14th August 1995. It doesn't have a European anniversary to celebrate, as it never had a release in the region. It's a system that shows us a few aspects of Nintendo that remain today, in some ways representing its key strengths. Nintendo...

Weirdness: How to Order Earthbound-Themed Japanese Old Folks' Undergarments

How to Order Earthbound-Themed Japanese Old Folks' Undergarments

Headline may be somewhat misleading

They may not be a must-have item for Lolita fashion, but the uniquely Japanese undergarment called haramaki has shed its reputation of being for grandparents only and enjoyed a resurgence of popularity among the young and fashionable in the last decade or so. A haramaki, or belly warmer, is a sweater-like...

News: Coleco Mini Arcades Set to Sit Proudly On Shelves Once Again

Coleco Mini Arcades Set to Sit Proudly On Shelves Once Again

Fingers crossed for the Donkey Kong version

Just recently we shared the news that Coleco wants to bring back its version of Donkey Kong, with the planned ColecoVision Flashback in the works and the company hoping to re-release the version of the DK arcade title that graced the original console. When we say 'company', it's worth observing that the...