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Mario Memories: Conquering the First Level in Super Mario Bros.

Conquering the First Level in Super Mario Bros.

"I had a sense of fear about progressing further into the first level"

In this series of 30 daily articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. This time we have news writer, reviewer and Australian Correspondent...

News: This iBookGuy Video Explaining How "Oldschool" Graphics Work Has Deservedly Gone Viral

This iBookGuy Video Explaining How "Oldschool" Graphics Work Has Deservedly Gone Viral

Simple and detailed at once

In a reminder of how curiosity in retro gaming, programming and technology can combine to dramatic affect online, a video exploring 'How "oldschool" graphics worked' has gone viral this week. Published by The iBookGuy on 17th August, it's already amassed over one million views at the time of writing. It's a great watch,...

Mario History: Super Mario Kart - 1992

Super Mario Kart - 1992

The start of something beautiful

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. With the exception of our 1987 entry, this series of articles on Mario titles for each year since 1985 has been all about main-series...

Mario History: Super Mario Bros. 3 - 1990

Super Mario Bros. 3 - 1990

Platforming wizardry

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. Though it landed in Japan in late 1988, it would be February 1990 before Super Mario Bros. 3 would grace the NES in North America - painfully, it...

Ninterview: Dave Higgins And The Quest For A Complete European Game Boy Library

Dave Higgins And The Quest For A Complete European Game Boy Library

Collecting at a rate of 1.064 games per day

Nintendo is responsible for some of the most iconic gaming systems of all time, but one of its most technically humble seems to be undergoing something of a resurgence at present. The monochrome Game Boy may not have the visual impact of the SNES or N64, but its portable nature arguably lends a more...

Mario History: Super Mario Land - 1989

Super Mario Land - 1989

Portable platforming

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. It's a reflection of the technological times that it was 1989 before Nintendo produced a profitable portable - its grey and green screen was far from...

Mario History: Super Mario Bros. 2 - 1988

Super Mario Bros. 2 - 1988

Like a dream

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. In our 1986 entry of this series we covered Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, which forms the other half of this particular tale. Both that and what would...

Event: Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2015 - 18th to 22nd August

Super Mario Kart SNES World Championships 2015 - 18th to 22nd August

Champion racers are back

The worldwide Mario Kart community is huge, especially since the success of Mario Kart 8; yet let's not forget that the older versions are still heavily competitive. Super Mario Kart has Official World Championships held annually in France every August run by the French Federation of SMK team (http://www.ffsmk.org/)...

Mario Memories: Pre-Internet Timeline Confusion and the Joys of Computer Club

Pre-Internet Timeline Confusion and the Joys of Computer Club

The first rule of Computer Club...

In this series of 30 daily articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. Next up is reviewer Jonathan Town. Looking back now, I realise that growing up in Wakefield (West...

Mario History: Punch-Out!! and Famicom Grand Prix: F1 Race - 1987

Punch-Out!! and Famicom Grand Prix: F1 Race - 1987

The master of cameos

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game (or more!) every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. 1987 was a rather quiet year for Mario. Nintendo was somewhat occupied with conquering the video game world and popularising a range of...

Video: Iron Maiden's New Music Video Pays Tribute To Donkey Kong, Of All Things

Iron Maiden's New Music Video Pays Tribute To Donkey Kong, Of All Things

A heavy trip through gaming history

Legendary British heavy metal band Iron Maiden are preparing to release their first single in half a decade and have put together a video game-inspired music video to mark the occasion. Speed of Light's official video sees the band's iconic mascot Eddie getting sucked into an arcade machine which then forces him...

Mario History: Super Mario Bros. - 1985

Super Mario Bros. - 1985

Changing the gaming industry forever

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. To paraphrase the great poet Dylan Thomas, for this run of articles celebrating the Super Mario franchise we will begin at the...

News: The Tragic Tale Of Taito's WOWOW, The Console Which Promised Download Gaming In 1992

The Tragic Tale Of Taito's WOWOW, The Console Which Promised Download Gaming In 1992

Ill-fated system pre-dated the SNES Satellaview by some margin

Taito may now be a part of super-publisher Square Enix, but the history books will honour the company as one of gaming's true pioneers. It was responsible for Space Invaders - arguably one of the most important games of all time - as well as a string of '80s and '90s arcade hits,...