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Feature: The Making of Wetrix and Its Route to Nintendo 64

The Making of Wetrix and Its Route to Nintendo 64

How the Pickford Bros' creative little puzzler made a huge splash

Time hasn't been kind to the memory of the Nintendo 64. While it was extremely well received upon its release 18 years ago, and still holds a special place in the hearts of many gamers, it signalled a turning point in Nintendo's history. The company's controversial decision to opt...

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...

News: Nintendo Quest, a Collector's NES Journey, to Launch a Fresh Kickstarter Campaign 

Nintendo Quest, a Collector's NES Journey, to Launch a Fresh Kickstarter Campaign 

The NES Club returns

Last year we interviewed Rob McCallum, the man behind the NES Club, about his planned documentary to follow "Jay Bartlett, as he tries to amass the entire NES library (NTSC retail games) in 30 days with no online purchases". Beyond the road trip vibe the film is aiming to highlight and explore retro gaming culture and Nintendo /...

Video: Super Mario 64 Is Getting A Fan-Made HD Remake, And It Looks Gorgeous

Super Mario 64 Is Getting A Fan-Made HD Remake, And It Looks Gorgeous

And is totally unofficial, needless to say

Super Mario 64 is one of the finest video games ever made, but aside from a Nintendo DS remix, it has rather been forgotten by Nintendo. Thankfully, dedicated fans still love the title enough to bring it back from the dead, and four such individuals -- Aryoksini, mStuff, Callum Martin and Chadtronic -- are...

Video: Teens Race and Talk Smack in Mario Kart 64

Teens Race and Talk Smack in Mario Kart 64

"Yo dawg I've got the golden mushroom"

YouTube has plenty of ways to entertain us, and one formula that's hugely successful is the React series in which different groups encounter games and are filmed as they get to grips with them. With Nintendo battling for attention against its big rivals, it can be fun to watch teens - particularly - getting to...