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Feature: The Humble Origins of Animal Crossing

The Humble Origins of Animal Crossing

How an obscure little N64 title grew into a hit franchise for Nintendo

The hype and excitement for Animal Crossing: New Leaf across the web is reaching a critical level. Hitting North America on 9th June and Europe on 14th June, it begs the question whether some people might literally explode as a result of not being able to contain their...

News: Don't Look Now, But There Could Be A New Shaq Fu Game Inbound

Don't Look Now, But There Could Be A New Shaq Fu Game Inbound

Be very afraid

Those of you old enough to recall the 16-bit era will no doubt remember a fighting game for the SNES by the name of Shaq Fu. It took the famous basketball star Shaquille O'Neal and placed him in a fantasy world when he had to use his intense B-Ball skills to defeat the malevolent Sett-Ra. Despite being created by the respected French...

News: Link's Awakening Turns 20 Years Old

Link's Awakening Turns 20 Years Old

First portable Zelda was a dream come true

Two decades ago, on 6th June 1993, Japanese gamers were the first to explore the mysteries of Koholint Island in what is still considered by some to be among the top Zelda games in the series — all on the now-humble Game Boy, no less. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was originally intended as a...

Review: Mega Man Zero (Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Zero (Game Boy Advance)

A side character gets a great spotlight

The classic Mega Man series was popular enough to warrant its own spin-off series, Mega Man X. That, in turn, proved strong enough for a spin-off series of its own, and in 2002 it arrived in the form of Mega Man Zero. The Zero series spans four titles — all released exclusively for the Game Boy Advance —...

Review: Ghosts 'n Goblins (Wii U eShop / NES)

Ghosts 'n Goblins (Wii U eShop / NES)

Lots of pain for little gain

From Software’s Demon's Souls and Dark Souls titles have been hailed as two of the most engaging games of this current hardware generation, praised by critics and gamers alike for their intense difficulty and complete lack of hand-holding. Set against other modern titles — which seem to fall over themselves to make...

Feature: The Making Of Street Fighter Alpha 3: Upper

The Making Of Street Fighter Alpha 3: Upper

How the GBA’s best fighter doomed the company that made it

We’d be willing to bet that if you quizzed any games developer, they’d admit that pushing a system to its absolute limit is one of the most satisfying parts of the job. Taking a piece of hardware and making it do things it really shouldn't be capable of shows incredible talent and...

Weirdness: Capcom Selling a Rush Tissue Pouch in Japan for Mega Man Anniversary

Capcom Selling a Rush Tissue Pouch in Japan for Mega Man Anniversary

Just what the fans want...

While this year has been a celebration of the Mega Man franchise's 25th Anniversary, Capcom's mainly been offering soundtracks, USB pen drives, laptop skins and other non-gaming products. We've also seen the release of the classic NES titles on the 3DS Virtual Console, with some doubling up on the Wii U Virtual Console for...

Review: Kirby's Dream Course (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Kirby's Dream Course (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Augusta this 'ain't

Kirby, being a lovable if slightly non-descript pink ball, can lend his hands — or flappy arms, whatever — to lots of things. Being shaped like a ball and all, he's indulged in pinball, for example, and when participating in his named spin-offs generally performs as the ball, rather than going all Mario and playing the sports...

Video: A History Of Nintendo Controllers in Less Than 30 Seconds

A History Of Nintendo Controllers in Less Than 30 Seconds

The N64's is still the strangest...

Nintendo has often played the role of innovator with its control schemes, particularly in more recent times. When not innovating it's been satisfied with simply producing the best controllers of their kind — in the NES and Super NES variants — with the Nintendo 64 starting a trend for curious designs and...

Review: Mega Man X (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Mega Man X (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Marks the spot

By the time Mega Man X was released for the SNES, gamers and critics were already expressing concern about the classic series feeling stale. Mega Man had become formulaic and predictable, and while the NES games were still a lot of fun, there was no denying that they didn't evolve much from title to title. Mega Man X felt like a firm...

News: Happy 15th Birthday, Banjo-Kazooie!

Happy 15th Birthday, Banjo-Kazooie!

Guh-huh!

It’s hard to believe now, but before 31st May, 1998, no one believed that a bear in yellow shorts and a bird in a backpack could ever make an effective team. A spunky little Twycross-based company called Rare, however, set out to prove the world wrong, and did so with quite admirable results. Today marks the 15th anniversary of the North...

News: Donkey Kong 64 Required Expansion Pak to Prevent Game-Breaking Bug

Donkey Kong 64 Required Expansion Pak to Prevent Game-Breaking Bug

Game would crash when using the N64's standard setup

When Donkey Kong 64 released all the way back in 1999, it was the first Nintendo 64 game to require the system’s 8MB Expansion Pak add-on in order to work. Advertising at the time suggested that the game was just so big that it couldn't possibly work without it. However, Chris Marlow, one of the...

News: Western Journalist Looking To Chart The Untold History Of Japanese Game Devs

Western Journalist Looking To Chart The Untold History Of Japanese Game Devs

Unprecedented project looking to Kickstarter for funding

Although many will argue that Japan's status in the games development world has lessened over the past few hardware generations, there once was a time when all the world's best software seemed to flow from that modestly-proportioned selection of islands. Back in the days of the 8 and 16-bit...

Feature: A Brief History of Pokémon - Part One

A Brief History of Pokémon - Part One

Contracting Pokémania

In the mid-nineties, an epidemic spread across the world. First discovered in Japan, it soon spread across the pacific, consuming vast areas of America. We were powerless to stop it. No cure was to be found. Before long, it broke America's shores and hit Europe with similarly devastating effect. The worst affected were...

Review: Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Third time's the charming

Kirby’s Dream Land 3 is the epitome of a lovable gaming experience. Carefree and popping with irresistible charm, this SNES platformer builds off the two previous Game Boy entries in the series and fulfills the potential they introduced. That doesn’t mean the core mechanics have suddenly become nuanced or up to par with...