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Weirdness: Gamer Keeps Super Famicom On For 20 Years To Preserve Umihara Kawase Save Data

Gamer Keeps Super Famicom On For 20 Years To Preserve Umihara Kawase Save Data

That's over 180,000 hours

Back in the days when cartridges used batteries to store save data, your precious save files would only remain in existence as long as the battery itself had juice - when the power ran out, the data was lost forever. Collectors of retro games will know this fact all too well; many RPGs from the '80s and '90s are now...

News: Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection Pre-Orders Go Live Next Month

Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection Pre-Orders Go Live Next Month

Starting 2016 with a bang

Back in October, we delivered the happy news that Stuart "Super Famicom Guy" Brett's Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection had found a publisher and would be coming to store shelves in the near future. Bitmap Books has now revealed that pre-orders will open on January 2nd, giving you something to look forward to early in...

Hardware Review: 8bitdo SNES30 And SFC30 Bluetooth Controllers

8bitdo SNES30 And SFC30 Bluetooth Controllers

Clones 25 years in the making

Chinese firm 8bitdo is on a roll when it comes to making Bluetooth controllers which look and feel like classic Nintendo pads. We've already had the NES30 and the FC30 Pro - the former taking inspiration from the classic 8-bit console and the latter sporting design cues lifted from the Japanese edition of the NES, the...

News: The Super Famicom is 25 Years Old

The Super Famicom is 25 Years Old

16-bit beauty

The 21st of November, 1990, was a day of commotion in parts of Japan; namely those that were around electronics shops. This was the day Nintendo launched the Super Famicom, a 16-bit system that has since found its place within gaming history and atop many's lists of greatest consoles. Only two games launched with the Super Famicom,...

News: Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection Is Back, And Better Than Ever

Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection Is Back, And Better Than Ever

Book returns with publisher backing, Steve Jarratt editing

This time last year we reported on a book which look certain to adorn the coffee tables of Nintendo fans the world over. Stuart Brett's Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection was a glorious celebration of the lush Japanese artwork found on 16-bit Nintendo game covers of the period, and a...

News: Fire Emblem Meets Front Mission In Galaxy Robo, A Freshly Fan-Translated SNES RPG

Fire Emblem Meets Front Mission In Galaxy Robo, A Freshly Fan-Translated SNES RPG

Robot rock

Not a week seems to pass without another Super Famicom RPG getting translated by devoted fans, and this particular week it's the turn of Copya Systems' Galaxy Robo, a turn-based strategy title that was published in Japan by Imagineer in 1994. Playing like a cross between Fire Emblem and Square's Front Mission, Galaxy Robo has been...

Video: Take A Drip Down Memory Lane With Game Freak's Second Game, Jerry Boy

Take A Drip Down Memory Lane With Game Freak's Second Game, Jerry Boy

Or Smart Ball, if you had the misfortune of playing the American version

Game Freak may be most famous for the Pokémon series, but the company's history goes back a little further than that. Back when the firm was still learning the ropes, it released the platform title Jerry Boy on the Super Famicom. A cute and cuddly romp through a colourful...

News: Square's Romancing SaGa Finally Gets Translated Into A Language We Can Easily Understand

Square's Romancing SaGa Finally Gets Translated Into A Language We Can Easily Understand

Another Super Famicom classic liberated from the mists of time

1992 Super Famicom RPG Romancing SaGa has finally been translated into English. Designed by SaGa series creator Akitoshi Kawazu, this epic title never received a western release. The game is unique in that it abandons the linear structure seen in so many other JRPGs of the period and...

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...

News: You May Need This Super Famicom or SNES Game Boy Advance System in Your Life

You May Need This Super Famicom or SNES Game Boy Advance System in Your Life

Deep breath...

Well constructed mods of retro systems are among our favourite things here at Nintendo Life, and we recently featured GameBoyMods.uk's Shaun Jones, who unsurprisingly specialises in modding the original 'brick' system. We also interviewed Matthew "Wiggy" Wiggins of Rose Colored Gaming last year, a company that specialises in gorgeous...

Ninterview: Super Famicom Guy

Super Famicom Guy

You can call me Stu

Welcome to a new regular feature on Nintendo Life: the "Ninterview". Once a month we'll be taking the time to talk to someone who has a special affinity to Nintendo, and our first subject is Stu Brett - who also goes by the moniker Super Famicom Guy. Stu, a 33 year old designer from Scotland, is such a huge fan of Super Famicom...

Features: Celebrating Super Famicom's 20th Anniversary

Celebrating Super Famicom's 20th Anniversary

Nintendo's Mode-7 machine turns 20

For those who aren't aware, the Super Famicom console is celebrating its 20th birthday today. On this day in 1990, Nintendo released the much-anticipated follow-up to its immensely popular Famicom system onto the eager Japanese gaming world. The Super Famicom became an instant hit in Japan and a North American release, labelled the Super Nintendo Entertainment..