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Review: Xevious (Wii U eShop / NES)

Xevious (Wii U eShop / NES)

An early vertical scrolling classic

When Xevious hit arcades in 1982 it represented one of the first vertical shoot 'em ups of its kind. Not only that, but the game introduced a second bombing mechanic to give it a little more flare. After seeing a handful of home releases, it sprang upon the NES system with a vengeance and once again showed that...

Review: Super Mario Bros. 2 (Wii U eShop / NES)

Super Mario Bros. 2 (Wii U eShop / NES)

The stuff dreams are made of

By now we all know the story of Super Mario Bros. 2: concerns about the Japanese sequel to the original Super Mario Bros. kept it from release in North America and Europe. Different reasons have been given over time, from the game being too difficult to it simply not demonstrating enough creativity to keep gamers...

News: Banjo-Kazooie Symphony On the Way From The Synthetic Orchestra

Banjo-Kazooie Symphony On the Way From The Synthetic Orchestra

Licensed and released on 31st May

Not so long ago, you may remember us drawing your attention to the Super Metroid Symphony, which is the work of talented composer and sound engineer Blake Robinson, the man behind the Synthetic Orchestra. If you like the music from the iconic Super NES title but want to hear it with a fully orchestrated sound, it's...

Review: Solomon's Key (Wii U eShop / NES)

Solomon's Key (Wii U eShop / NES)

One door closes, another one opens

In Solomon’s Key – an action / puzzler from Tecmo – you take command of a wizard named Dana as he searches for a magical formula that’s said to banish all evil from the world. The game began life in arcades back in 1986, finding its way to NES a year later, and now it’s resurfaced on Wii U Virtual...

News: Time to Rock Out With Some Chiptunes, Thanks to Diad

Time to Rock Out With Some Chiptunes, Thanks to Diad

Could have been called "Super Mosh Bros."

Occasionally we like to direct your attention to some awesome music or videos that we come across, and today we bring you a rock chip-tune album called Diad. As that description suggests, this seven track album aims to produce 8-bit chiptunes that, given the right instrumentation, could very easily be...

Review: Pac-Man (Wii U eShop / NES)

Pac-Man (Wii U eShop / NES)

Pac is back!

When Pac-Man hit arcades in 1981, it was a phenomenal success. Spawning clothing, cereals and even a hit song, the game took the world by storm. It saw a rash of home console and personal computer releases during the 80s — some better than others — but it wasn't until the NES release in 1985 that the game finally saw a replica close...

Weirdness: Own The Manual To ClayFighter Sculptor's Cut? You Could Be Sitting On A Grand

Own The Manual To ClayFighter Sculptor's Cut? You Could Be Sitting On A Grand

Super-rare game has an even rarer instruction booklet

We'll forgive you for not being aware of this — because we certainly weren't — but ClayFighter Sculptor's Cut was a Blockbuster-only rental in North America. The 2D fighting title is therefore pretty rare already, but it's near-impossible to find with a mint instruction manual, mainly because...

News: This Famicom GamePad Skin is a Thing of Beauty

This Famicom GamePad Skin is a Thing of Beauty

A retro reminder every day

So, who is it says that the Japanese market gets all of the coolest limited edition Nintendo hardware and accessories? Well, lots of people, including us at Nintendo Life — because it's often true. The latest example is the pictured Famicom skin on the way to lovingly cover Wii U GamePad controllers in Nintendo's...

Review: Balloon Fight (3DS eShop / NES)

Balloon Fight (3DS eShop / NES)

Balloons don't float forever

In Balloon Fight you manipulate a little fellow who can flutter through the skies thanks to a pair of balloons strapped to his back and vigorous arm flapping. The world is a dangerous place for the intrepid defier of gravity, particularly when it comes to jealous birds — also illogically equipped with balloons — who...

Video: Super Mario Slug X - It's As Crazy As It Sounds

Super Mario Slug X - It's As Crazy As It Sounds

Explosions, fireballs and madness

YouTube can be a funny, strange and at times silly place, and video game culture delivers some of its quirkiest videos as talented animators and directors mess around with gaming conventions. With such a prominent history in the industry, Nintendo naturally features in plenty of cameos and mash-ups, occasionally...

Hardware Review: Retro Duo Portable V2.0

Retro Duo Portable V2.0

NES, SNES and Mega Drive on the move

Clone systems are growing in popularity with each passing year, with several different companies all producing consoles which ape the performance of vintage hardware and aim to satisfy the needs of retro-lovers everywhere. We've already seen Hyperkin's SupaBoy bring portable SNES gaming to the masses, and now...

News: Abandoned Pixel Perfect Punch-Out!! Book Has a Knockout Ending With Mike Tyson

Abandoned Pixel Perfect Punch-Out!! Book Has a Knockout Ending With Mike Tyson

Public release failed due to licensing issues

While we cover a fair share of Kickstarter development fundraisers, one that's worth a mention is the Pixel Perfect: Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! book project, which was to raise money to enable public distribution for a limited run of 200 copies. The book itself was finished, an unofficial encyclopedia...

Review: Mega Man (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mega Man (Wii U eShop / NES)

Fight, Mega Man, for everlasting re-release!

By now, if you want to play Mega Man you probably already have it. It's been previously released for the Wii and 3DS Virtual Consoles, after all. But if you've somehow managed to let the game pass you by — or just aren't sure if it's worth upgrading your old Virtual Console version — we're happy to...

Review: Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Everybody wants to rule the World

Right from the six-note melody that opens the first stage, you can tell there's something special about Super Mario World. This is the Super Nintendo launch title that set the bar impossibly high for day-one releases, created the magic that games such as Super Mario 64, Sonic Adventure, and Luigi's Mansion have...

Feature: Celebrating Ten Years of The Wind Waker

Celebrating Ten Years of The Wind Waker

A decade under the ocean

This week marked the 10th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’s European release, a title that’s equally one of the most beloved and controversial titles in the entire Zelda franchise. Launched on the GameCube between 2002 and 2003 worldwide, The Wind Waker had a troubled launch, due largely to a...

News: Check Out These Spectacular NES Cartridge Rings

Check Out These Spectacular NES Cartridge Rings

There are plenty to choose from

There's a feeling you get with a cartridge that you just can't find with a boring compact disc. They may be a thing of the past but there are many people out there who still appreciate their charm. One person who clearly has a love for NES cartridges in particular is Etsy artist Jess Firsoff, who is making and...

News: The Super Mario Bros. Movie Is Getting a 20th Anniversary Screening In LA

The Super Mario Bros. Movie Is Getting a 20th Anniversary Screening In LA

Possibly more than it deserves?

Twenty years ago, Mario and Luigi starred in a pretty dismal Hollywood movie which almost ruined the career of Harold Ramis and still annoys star Bob Hoskins even today. However, there are still plenty of people who grew up loving the film — in the same way you come to love a tatty old teddy from your childhood, we...